Category Archives: LIVE AND LET LIVE

A critic is someone who meddles with something that is none of his business. permalink Paul Gauguin

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“The youngest, aged twelve, could not conceal her disappointment, and turned away, feeling as so many of us have felt when we discover that our idols are very extraordinary men and women.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Jo’s Boys

Daisies are like sunshine to the ground.

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By Dick Turner – © Joan Small

The everlasting daisies form a carpet pink and white,
A fairyland of frosting, a vision of delight,
Ghost gums dance in mystic moonlight to a whispering refrain,
Yet the spirit of the inland
Lives in mulga after rain.

seed shade sheep shade cow shade horse shade wallaby shade people shade ground shade sun shade

Jenny Boult

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Freedom on the Wallaby

Australia’s a big country 
An’ Freedom’s humping bluey, 
An’ Freedom’s on the wallaby 
Oh! don’t you hear ‘er cooey? 
She’s just begun to boomerang, 
She’ll knock the tyrants silly, 
She’s goin’ to light another fire 
And boil another billy. 


Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double-dip ice cream cone.




As I come down the hill from Toro Poutini’s house
My feet are sore, being bare, on the sharp stones
And that is a suitable penance. The dust of the pa road
Is cool, though, and I can see
The axe of the moon shift down behind the trees
Very slowly. The red light from the windows
Of the church has a ghostly look, and in
This place ghosts are real. The bees are humming loudly
In moonlight in their old hive above the church door
Where I go to kneel, and come out to make my way
Uphill past a startled horse who plunges in the paddock
Above the nunnery. Now there are one or two
Of the tribe back in the big house—What would you have me do,
Kind Jesus? Your games with me have turned me into a boulder.

The Sacred Politics of James K. Baxter


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Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.

Truman Capote (1924-84), American novelist, short-story writer, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”

― Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water

Beware of a silent dog and still water.

 – Latin

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“The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom. ”

― Philip K. Dick, VALIS



Dog buy rum, cow drink am, hog in sty get drunk.

A matter may not concern someone, yet he or she gets involved.

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

~ West African


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“The Gods did not count time spent fishing in the hours of a man’s life.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Endless Nights

When sea-gulls fly to land, a storm is at hand.

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“The wind blustered in from the sea, setting the horses’ manes streaming sideways, and the gulls wheeled mewing against the blue-and-grey tumble of the sky; and Aquila, riding a little aside from the rest as usual, caught for a moment from the wind and the gulls and the wet sand and the living, leaping power of the young red mare under him, something of the joy of simply being alive that he had taken for granted in the old days.”

― Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers

The echoes of childhood torments have great power, even when not brought to mind in such an inexplicable and horrifying way.”

― C.J. Sansom, Dissolution

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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.

We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.― Maya Angelou


Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. 


Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

― Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown’s Little Book of Wisdom


“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
― Plato

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.

(1778 – 1830) ― William Hazlitt


“The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”

― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse. ― Carlos Castaneda

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“In order to have faith in his own path, a warrior does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.”

― Paulo Coelho, Life: Selected Quotations

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. Dalai Lama XIV


“Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at…something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.”

― David Nicholls, One Day

No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras

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“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”

Kate Chopin, The Awakening, and Selected Stories

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

Mike Murdock


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

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

Birds of prey do not flock together. Port. Prince.


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

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My days burn with the sun my nights with moon and star, since into myself I took all the living things that are. Judith Wright.



There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.


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If you want to live in peace, don’t weigh the cats. The origin of this saying is as follows. A Bannuchi woman had a lover, to whom she gave all her husband’s store of gi, and, when asked about its disappearance, laid the blame on her cats, on which the unreasonably suspicious husband said he would weigh them. On that the indignant wife replied as above. The moral is, I fancy, that one ought to "live and let live," wink at small irregularities, and not be too particular in testing the truth of explanations rendered by one’s wife.

"Bannú: Or Our Afghan Frontier"

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Between two stools one sits on the ground.


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