Category Archives: LISTEN AND LEARN

You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light. Edward Abbey, The Best of Edward Abbey

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The Breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.   Rumi

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The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.” – Mortimer Adler

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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ― Elie Wiesel

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When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude

Come, Come, Whoever you Are Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. RUMI

It doesn’t matter.

Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vow  a thousand times

Come, yet again, come, come

http://healing-hearts-blog.com/category/mawlana-jalaluddin-rumi/

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I listen to Istanbul, my eyes closed:
First, a light wind blowing
A soft wind swaying
The leaves in the trees,
And far off in the distance
The tinkling cups of the water-seller;
I listen to Istanbul, my eyes closed.
I listen to Istanbul, my eyes closed:

http://www.inspirationalstories.com/poems/i-listen-to-istanbul-orhan-veli-kanik-poems/

Music is my life But some people call it noise I love listening. Patricia (U.S.A.)

http://www.creative-writing-now.com/haiku-poems.html

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“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” 

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

 

 

 

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

A.S. Roche

http://www.marinal-anon.org/pages/welcome/quotes-and-sayings.php

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A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

― Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth — teaching others. -Ibn Gabirol

 

When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.

Ashanti Proverb

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“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

– Miriam Beard

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“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

All secrets are deep. All secrets become dark. That’s in the nature of secrets.

Cory Doctorow, Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town, 2005

http://www.quotationspage.com/subjects/secrets/

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“A woman once described a friend of hers as being such a keen listener that even the trees leaned toward her, as if they were speaking their innermost secrets into her listening ears. Over the years I’ve envisioned that woman’s silence, a hearing full and open enough that the world told her its stories. The green leaves turned toward her, whispering tales of soft breezes and the murmurs of leaf against leaf.”

― Linda Hogan, Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World

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The fact is, there are no rules and there never were any rules, and there never will be any rules of musical composition except rules of thumb; and thumbs vary in length, like ears.

– George Bernard Shaw Music in London,1890^1894.

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God and your heart both whisper – incline your ear – don’t just learn from your head…”
― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

I took advice from none but the best. I listened, how I listened! That’s how I finally became my own expert.

Peggy Guggenheim

 

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“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”

― Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta Philosophy: Lectures by the Swami Vivekananda on Raja Yoga Also Pantanjali’s Yoga Aphorisms, with Commentaries, and Glossary of Sa

It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.

Erma Bombeck

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“For the first time the magnitude of what he had undertaken came home to him. How could you communicate with the future? It was of its nature impossible. Either the future would resemble the present, in which case it would not listen to him: or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless.”
― George Orwell, 1984

As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have least with are the greatest babblers.

-Plato

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“There comes a time in every life when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn to know the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.”

― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
T. S. Eliot

I was not proud of what I had learned but I never doubted that it was worth knowing.

― Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

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“I changed my mind. I don’t want to be an investigative journalist anymore. I want to be a professional rum drinker.”
“There are people who do that,” Duff said. He’d barely sipped his rum.
“Really? What do you call them?”
“Alcoholics.”

― Libba Bray, Beauty Queens

We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word.–Emerson.

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“Owl,’ said Rabbit shortly, ‘you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is easy thinking to be done in this Forest – and when I say thinking I mean thinking – you and I must do it.”

― A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

I will tell you something about stories . . . They aren’t just entertainment. Don’t be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death.

Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony

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“I’m not stupid. I know exactly what’s going on, and I’m not fighting it. If I have to go through this, I will glean from it any small benefit I can receive. I will not fight this. Bring it on. Bring on the cure. Bring on the fucking happy. I’m committed.”

Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

Listen to your heart, it speaks, hear its words.

Patricia Kay, Gentleman Companion Two

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“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”

Henry David Thoreau

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

Mike Murdock

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The prayer of words cannot be eliminated. And I must pray them daily, whether I feel like praying or not. Otherwise, when God as something to say to me, I will not know how to listen. Until I have worked through self, I will not be enabled to get out of the way.”

Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

Buy no cats in bags. (Belgian)

"The Antiquity of Proverbs: Fifty Familiar Proverbs and Folk Sayings with Annotations and Lists …"

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Did St. Francis really preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
Rebecca West

http://www.best-quotes-poems.com/cats-quotes.html

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Digging for a worm, up rose a snake. (Bengalese)

"Curiosities in Proverbs: A Collection of Unusual Adages, Maxims, Aphorisms, Phrases and Other …"

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A man found a snake. Although it was frozen, he recognised it as a poisonous snake. He picked the poor thing up and took it home to revive it. He placed the snake in front of the fire to thaw. Once thawed, he bent down to give it a nice little saucer of milk. The snake lifted its head and bit the good man. As the man lay dying he asked the snake, “How could you do this to me after all I have done for you?” As the snake slid out the door, it turned to the good man and said, “Stop your whingeing. You knew I was a poisonous snake when you picked me up. What else did you expect me to do?!” (Respect, Aug 1996)

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By practising the hand you learn how to draw pictures, by practising the tongue you learn to speak classical Tamil. " All things are difficult before they are easy."

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

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Al buen entendedor, pocas palabras bastan.

To a good listener, few words are enough (understanding comes easy).

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Spanish_proverbs

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Handling criticism: if it’s untrue, disregard it. If it’s unfair, keep from irritation. If it’s ignorant, smile. If it’s justified, learn from it.

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If you criticise a fine genius, the odds are that you are out of your reckoning, and instead of the poet, are censuring your own caricature of him.  Emerson