And I Jack, the Pumpkin King, have grown so tired of the same old thing…”

― Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Nah mind how pumpkin vine run, he must dry up one day.

Every life comes to an end sooner or later.

A book tightly shut is but a block of paper. Chinese.


when grey skies clear
then listen here
in quiet heavens
doth now appear
a rainbow

William Thomas Dodd, Germany


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After a foolish deed comes remorse. Kenya.

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A wasted life! This sad refrain

Comes surging through my ears again;

There’s no escape from thee, though fiend;

Thou art borne to me on every wind –

A wasted life! A wasted life!

By day or night, no peace for me;

Still, still before me I can see

The fragments of the dear dead past,

Which I (Oh! fool) from me have cast

A wasted life! A wasted life!

I’ve tried to drown in lethean drain

This ruthless voice; but all in vain;

It comes with ten-fold force again,

And brings remorse to swell and strain

A wasted life! A wasted life!

From out this deep dark Stygian sea,

While vainly struggling to be free,

I look above, and pray that I

No more may hear that awful cry

A wasted life! A wasted life!



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When a person regrets endlessly, he gets to pay more for what he regrets. Nigeria.

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Petit Testament

In the twenty-fifth year of my age
I find myself to be a dromedary
That has run short of water between
One oasis and the next mirage
And having despaired of ever
Making my obsessions intelligible
I am content at last to be
The sole clerk of my metamorphoses.
Begin here:

Ern Malley


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If a child shoots an arrow that reaches the top of a tall palm tree, then it must be that an elderly person carved the arrow for him. Nigeria.

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In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past


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Eva Young: To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.

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All change is not growth; as all movement is not forward.

Ellen Glasgow


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And the creek of life goes winding on, Wandering by; And bears for ever, its course upon, A song and a sigh. Henry Lawson


When you drank too much out of the above "tankard" you were said to be "tanked" . If you got so "tanked" that you passed out, there was a chance that somebody might think you had actually died. Since back then they didn’t have experience with taking pulses, they often buried people alive who were actually in a drunken stupor or otherwise comatose.

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Peace is when the world forgives, forgets and smiles. Peace is when all nations stand together as one.Rosie and Rohaana Kilvington Junior School Victoria, Australia.

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If you want to know your past life,
look into your present condition;
if you want to know your future,
look into your present action.


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foto – tree in Bello. xmas 09.

Ellen Goodman We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.


We love and burn
just for a year or so, then take those photos
and lose a precious ability and a sweetheart
and nothing seems the same, ever again.



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"As Time Goes By" You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, A sigh is just a sigh; The fundamental things apply, As time goes by. Herman Hupfeld

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To know what we know, and know what we do not know, is wisdom.



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Minnie L. Haskins. And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.

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Five Senses

Now my five senses
gather into a meaning
all acts, all presences;
and as a lily gathers
the elements together,
in me this dark and shining,
that stillness and that moving,
these shapes that spring from nothing,
become a rhythm that dances,
a pure design.

Judith Wright.


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foto – xmas 09 in bello.

A cow that burned its throat in the sun pants at the moon. Korean.

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Breathings climbed up on the verandah
when dark cattle rubbed at the corner
and sometimes dim towering rain stood
for forest, and the dry cave hunched woollen.

The Sleepout LES MURRAY.

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