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I’m an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat. Harold Wilson.

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“Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder.”

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A bicycle does get you there and more…. And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun. ~Bill Emerson, “On Bicycling,” Saturday Evening Post, 1967 July 29th

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A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. Crazy Horse


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In ‘Cloud Storm’ the poet shows us ‘the cloud skin’ of ‘the oldest wedgetail in the world’ with a ‘string of men … resting on the eagles wing’, a mythological context that makes sense of the world in which people often ‘sit broken together’ and ‘darkness waits’

How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee; kill your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it.

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“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages”

― Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Vol 1

You call it madness, but I call it love.

Don Byas


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“Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

When a man hurries, the devil smiles.



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Love it the way it is. The way you see the world depends entirely on your own vibration level. When your vibration changes, the whole world will look different. It’s like those days when everyone seems to be smiling at you because you feel happy. The way to raise your vibration level is to feel more love. Start by loving your negative feelings, your own boredom, dullness and despair. It’s hard to believe, but changing the content of your mind does nothing to change your vibration level.

For the purpose of raising your awareness, it is useless to change your ideas, your faith, your behaviour, your place of residence, or your companions. It is not arbitrary or an accident that you are where you are, so you might as well get your attitude straight before you make a change. Otherwise you might find yourself chasing all over creation looking for the right place, and not even the Sea of Infinite Bliss will feel right to you. You take yourself with you wherever you go. As they say in Zen: If you can’t find it where you are standing, where do you expect to wander in search of it?

– Thaddeus Golas in “The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment”


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

Once you’ve chosen a man, don’t try to change him’, I wrote with more confidence. ‘It can’t be done. More important-don’t let him try to change you.”

― Diana Gabaldon, Voyager


“With the palms zipping past and the big sun burning down on the road ahead, I had a flash of something I hadn’t felt since my first months in Europe – a mixture of ignorance and a loose, “what the hell” kind of confidence that comes on a man when the wind picks up and he begins to move in a hard straight line toward an unknown horizon.”

― Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

God’s mercy on you degenerate swine. Hunter S. Thompson


“Women can accept the fact that a man is a rotter, a swindler, a drug taker, a confirmed liar, and a general swine, without batting an eyelash, and without its impairing their affection for the brute in the least. Women are wonderful realists. ”

Agatha Christie, Murder in Mesopotamia


Man’s manhood, a lecture (1848)

Author: George Morris
Year: 1848

The last feature I will mention is that of a deeply meditative spirit. There will be comparatively but little of the life without, . the being will be within. It will look deep into principles. Without shunning the world it will love seclusion ; — the re tirement of its own sacred depths, where it holds unheard converse with the secret truth of things. It will be often bending over its own thoughts to adjust their polished shaft. The man’s spirit will love to gather round itself the experience of the solemn past, the hopes and struggles of the busy pre sent, the mighty expectations of the pregnant future. Will oft be listening to the pale lips of things long buried — catching something of what they see and hear and do, now that they have gone hence and are to him ”no more:” reading the varied face of what now is with its prophecies of what shall be ; which prophecies, even as they are being fore-told deepen and expand and shape themselves from shadows into probable realities. All the experience he has gathered from’ men and books and things ‘ — from the faults and virtues of his own heart and life accumulate around him till he stand enveloped in it as in a cloud which moves as part of him: — a cloud of mingled hues ; some parts black, some filled with light, some streaked with prophetic fire, — all seen, all felt. Enveloped thus — thus built round about with truth- — thus experience clad, and bearing upon his warm, manly, naked heart the wants, the infirmities, the sorrows of his fellow men he will will go about the world holding sweet converse with whatever of earth is likest HEAVEN.

Tree leans on tree in the forest and man on man in national life.

"National proverbs: Serbia"


Each swipe of the dish-sponge is anger or regret,
choices have consequences, consequences constrict
to the tightness of skin on a fruit, this feijoa
I slice into, savagely, and stop. Pineapple-scented.
The soft, fragrant jelly within.


AustraliaPoetry International Web 

foto – fruit on a coldstream street tree ulmarra nov 09.

My sleep was like a summer sky that held the music of a lark. (George Sterling)


Talking is like playing on the 
harp, there is as much in laying 
the hand on the strings to stop 
a vibration as in twanging them 
to bring out their music. O. W. 

"Ying Han xi yu wen xue da ci dian = The republican dictionary of English phrases, quotations, proverbs and maxims"


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Experience is the father of wisdom and memory the mother.


The world is like the shifting 
scenes of a panorama: ten years 
convert the population of the 
schools into men and women, and 
make and mar fortunes; twenty 
years converts infants into lovers, 
fathers, and mothers, and decide 
men's fortunes; thirty years turn 
fascinating beauties into bearable 
old women, and convert lovers 
into grandfathers; forty years 
change the face of all society; and 
fifty years will, alas! find us in a 
world of which we know nothing, 
and to which we are unknown. — 
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He that harmeth his household shall reap the wind.

It is a base crime to repay confidence by treachery, 
and to injure the friend who trusts us. Such crimes 

merit the severest punishment. 



Æsop’s fables : accompanied by many hundred proverbs and moral maxims, suited to the subject of each fable"

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doug, andrew hegedus, izzy foreal, karl mullan.

Fa’aui le ‘ula. To take off a necklace (in order to give it to another).


This truly sounds alarming To all the sons of time, For women still are women Through every age and clime ; Even Solomon and David,  Those saints of former days, Were led astray by women, Though wisest of our race.

"Mona miscellany : a selection of proverbs, sayings, ballads, customs, superstitions, and legends, peculiar to the Isle of Man"

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Old men who have loved young company have been of long life. Bacon.

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A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.

Katharine Butler Hathaway

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The wounded gladiator forswears fighting, and then forgets his former wound and grasps his weapons again.

STOKERS 017You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.



Scrubby Pete Hurcombe and Izzy Foreal at Stoker’s Siding. 2008.