Category Archives: INSTINCTS

Mirrored in the past, the eye may see The faces of the centuries-to-be.

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For the mouth to desire sweet tastes, the eye to desire beautiful colours, the ear to desire pleasant sounds, the nose to desire fragrant odours, and the four limbs to desire rest and ease, — these things are natural. Mencius

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Many littles make a mickle; the whole ocean is made up of drops.

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“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” – Loren Eiseley

Por donde va la mar, vayan las arenas. Where the sea goes let the sands go.

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FOTO- SAF AT NORTH BEACH 2011 

“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.”

 Loren Eiseley

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.

 

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 1 December 1928

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The Fire of Life: Stay and Defend

The time has now come for all of us to choose – wherever we are, wherever ‘home’ is for us, whatever our fears, whatever our tasks. We are each asked to be responsible. The fire is upon us. Nay – we are already ablaze. Will we choose to flee? Will we choose to stay, unprepared, a burden to others? Or will we stay and actively defend, becoming fire, and putting ourselves in service of that which needs to be done in world evolution?

http://socialpoetry.net/2014/01/16/the-fire-of-life-stay-and-defend/

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Nobody wants to meet an ill-omened bird.

Gutiri mundu wendaga gutungana na nyoni njuru

To the Kikuyu many birds foreshadow calamity.  The cry of the owl forebodes mishap.  If the owl cries, perched on the top of a hut, the oldest man in that village will die very soon.  If someone, about to make a journey, hears the cry of any bird of ill- omen, he must not start on any account.

Nobody seeks his own ruin.

http://www.misterseed.com/link%20pages/PROVERBS2.htm

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Bell-Birds (Kendall poem)

By channels of coolness the echoes are calling,

And down the dim gorges I hear the creek falling;

It lives in the mountain, where moss and the sedges

Touch with their beauty the banks and the ledges;

Through brakes of the cedar and sycamore bowers

Struggles the light that is love to the flowers.

And, softer than slumber, and sweeter than singing,

The notes of the bell-birds are running and ringing.

The silver-voiced bell-birds, the darlings of day-time,

They sing in September their songs of the May-time.

When shadows wax strong and the thunder-bolts hurtle,

They hide with their fear in the leaves of the myrtle;

When rain and the sunbeams shine mingled together

They start up like fairies that follow fair weather,

And straightway the hues of their feathers unfolden

Are the green and the purple, the blue and the golden.

October, the maiden of bright yellow tresses,

Loiters for love in these cool wildernesses;

Loiters knee-deep in the grasses to listen,

Where dripping rocks gleam and the leafy pools glisten.

Then is the time when the water-moons splendid

Break with their gold, and are scattered or blended

Over the creeks, till the woodlands have warning

Of songs of the bell-bird and wings of the morning.

Welcome as waters unkissed by the summers

Are the voices of bell-birds to thirsty far-comers.

When fiery December sets foot in the forest,

And the need of the wayfarer presses the sorest,

Pent in the ridges for ever and ever.

The bell-birds direct him to spring and to river,

With ring and with ripple, like runnels whose torrents

Are toned by the pebbles and leaves in the currents.

Often I sit, looking back to a childhood

Mixt with the sights and the sounds of the wildwood,

Longing for power and the sweetness to fashion

Lyrics with beats like the heart-beats of passion –

Songs interwoven of lights and of laughters

Borrowed from bell-birds in far forest rafters;

So I might keep in the city and alleys

The beauty and strength of the deep mountain valleys,

Charming to slumber the pain of my losses

With glimpses of creeks and a vision of mosses.

As I said, I began losing confidence in my instincts, which is tough and very bad for an instinctive person.

Kim Novak

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A child lacks wisdom, and some say that what is important is that the child does not die; what kills more surely than lack of wisdom?

http://quotations.about.com/od/proverbs/a/swahilipro.htm

Never marry a woman with bigger feet than your own

http://www.sayingsfromafrica.info/2012/12/some-great-inspiring-african-proverbs.html

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Chains do not hold a marriage together.  It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. 

~Simone Signoret

Though I fly through the Valley of Death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 80,000 feet and climbing.”

― Anonymous

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“All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears – of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words “Some Assembly Required.”

Dave Barry

http://www.phobialist.com/fears.html

Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture.”

― Vladimir Nabokov

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“He who cannot howl, will not find his pack.”

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Be a good animal,true to your instincts.”

― D.H. Lawrence, The White Peacock

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“The thing you fail to grasp is that people are not basically good. We are basically selfish. We shove and clamour and cry for adoration, and beat down everyone else to get it. Life is a competition of prattling peacocks enraptured in inane mating rituals. But for all our effacing and self-importance, we are all slaves to what we fear most. You have so very much to learn. Here. Let me teach you.”

― Christopher Nolan, Batman Begins

The way you make love is the way God will be with you.

RUMI, The Book of Love

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Life without sex might be safer but it would be unbearably dull.  It is the sex instinct which makes women seem beautiful, which they are once in a blue moon, and men seem wise and brave, which they never are at all.  Throttle it, denaturalize it, take it away, and human existence would be reduced to the prosaic, labourious, boresome, imbecile level of life in an anthill.  ~Henry Louis Mencken

http://www.quotegarden.com/sex.html

Cause if you shoot a bullet someone dies. If you drop a bomb many die. You hit a woman, love dies. But if you say the F-word… nothing actually happens.

― Richard Curtis

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“Everyday we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read the lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Everyman, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths.”

― Henry Miller

Foreigners are like you and me, they know what children need. All women anywhere have maternal instincts, we’re all like the Guan Yin inside.” ― Xin Ran

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“Why Not You?
Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you?
Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?
Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you?
Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you?
Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you?
Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you?
Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you?
Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you?
Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you?
Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more. Why not you?
Today is a new day!
Many will seize this day.
Many will live it to the fullest.
Why not you?”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous. ― G.K. Chesterton

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“He’d noticed that sex bore some resemblance to cookery: it fascinated people, they sometimes bought books full of complicated recipes and interesting pictures, and sometimes when they were really hungry they created vast banquets in their imagination – but at the end of the day they’d settle quite happily for egg and chips. If it was well done and maybe had a slice of tomato.”

― Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant

You’ve always been your own knight, riding to your rescue. I’m just the man who came along and saw how brightly your armour shone.

― Courtney Milan, Unclaimed

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“…as your father, my instinct is to protect you … Other people will want to protect you too. But remember that you are not a damsel in distress, waiting for some prince to rescue you. Forget the prince. With your brain and your resourcefulness, you can rescue yourself.”

Brad Meltzer, Heroes for My Daughter