Category Archives: PAGGLES

Beauty And vanity Vanish like vapour on A hot day; winter wrinkles wink And grin © irina dimitric 2013

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“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.” 

― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds. – Jean Burden

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Karl Cameron-Jackson and Mike Hopkins |  05 March 2012

The feral cat

Fresh blood dripping from your snarling mouth
your shoulders bunched, spine high-arched
you glared angrily at me as I drove past in my car.

Icon of primeval hunter, you crouched by the roadside
teeth burgeoning in crushing, crunching jaws
tearing flesh from a fresh-killed victim with razor claws.

Boldness imaged your new freedom
in an expanding heart that lusted
solely to hunt … stalk … kill prey.

You are growing wiser
stronger … faster … wilder.

down by the seashore, where life is a little easier!

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“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” 

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.


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“Don’t allow your pride to push you away from those who truly care for you just because you are going through a rough patch in life. That’s exactly when you need them with you the most.”

― Ramona Matta


Beauty’s sister is vanity, and it’s daughter lust. Russian

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“A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Our greediness so often troubles us, making us run after so many things at the same time, that while we too eagerly look after the least, we miss the greatest

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“Let’s just call things what they are. When a man’s love of finery clouds his moral judgement, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice.”
― Matthew Scully.

I mean, who wants to trudge through life, doing everything just right? Taking no chances means wasting your dreams.

― Ellen Hopkins

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We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. 

Erma Bombeck

Pride, anger, gluttony, and idleness are sometimes conquered, but the conversion of a malicious and envious mind is a kind of miracle.

― Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont

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“He grinned. “I was trying to remember all the deadly sins the other day,” he said. “Greed,envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry…”
“I’m pretty sure irony isn’t a deadly sin.”
“I’m pretty sure it is.”
“Lust,” she said. “Lust is a deadly sin.”
“And spanking.”
“I think that falls under lust.”
“I think it should have its own category,” said Jace. “Greed, envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry, lust, and spanking.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

I had a Viking sense of entitlement to whatever provisions I could plunder.

― Jonathan Franzen, The Discomfort Zone: A Personal Journey


We, too, ‘ve been waylaid by Time’s robber band,

And yet, the Poet’s rhyme it cannot thieve,

Nor can it plunder what we both believe,

As long as we two travel hand in hand.

all his longings came out as a kind of disdain for what he longed for.

― Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty


No tears, Celia, now shall win

         My resolv’d heart to return;

I have search’d thy soul within,

         And find nought, but pride, and scorn;

I have learn’d thy arts, and now

Can disdain as much as thou.

Some power, in my revenge, convey

That love to her I cast away.

Disdain Returned


Those who try to juggle wisdom, power and greed, drop one of the balls, every time.

—Zarost” ― Greg Hamerton, The Riddler’s Gift


“Fates are woven not by gods, but by the choices of humans–their greed and jealousies, their loves and courage…Fate is but one moment the gods extend to us, a test for us, but it is the choices we make that take us to that fate, or away. And so I will forge my own life!”
― Jules Watson, The Swan Maiden

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ― Anton Chekhov



‘PROCRASTINATION’ is an art, a trade, a goal, a calling.
Not a pit of failure into which the world is falling.
This year, we should declare, a year of celebration,
For that once decried achievement, and that’s ‘PROCRASTINATION’.

Everyone has practised it from childhood to old age,
Some have done it quietly. Some reached centre stage.
It’s been written into history as a reputation earned  —
You remember Nero? He fiddled, while Rome burned.

It that’s not ‘PROCRASTINATION’, then I don’t know what is.
Nero’s ‘fiddling’ made him a ‘PROCRASTINATION’ whiz.
He should have been revered for this. Was this true? I doubt it.
He committed suicide, but he took his time about it.

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Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.” Lemony Snicket


What do you want from me?" he asks.
What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him.

Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road

But better to be hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie. Khaled Hosseini


“Envy is the religion of the mediocre. It comforts them, it soothes their worries, and finally it rots their souls, allowing them to justify their meanness and their greed until they believe these to be virtues. Such people are convinced that the doors of heaven will be opened only to poor wretches like themselves who go through life without leaving any trace but their threadbare attempts to belittle others and to exclude – and destroy if possible – those who, by the simple fact of their existence, show up their own poorness of spirit, mind, and guts. Blessed be the one at whom the fools bark, because his soul will never belong to them.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game

He longed for the gold bracelets and was caught by the tiger !


The story is told in the Panchatantra. A certain tiger grew too old to hunt

and was dying of hunger, when he thought of a device for securing a meal,

and wove a bracelet of yellow grass round his paw. A Brahman who

came that way saw the bracelet and believing it to be gold, coveted it.

The tiger, who professed intense penitence for all his former sins, declared that he would give the bracelet to the Brahman, if he would take it.

The Brahman led by his avarice approached to take the gift, and was

killed and eaten by the tiger.

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

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When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock, And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens, And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence; O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best, With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest, As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock.

James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916


The marks of the sluggard or idler are

(1) Loves not difficulties : will not plough by reason of cold, Prov. 20. 4 ;

(2) loves not disturbance, though death’s handwriting may be on the wall;

(3) enjoys not the good in hand ; roasts not what was taken in hunting, Prov. 12. 27 ;

(4) his way hedged with thorns, Prov. 15. 19 ; such were the ten tribes — too lazy to go up to Jerusalem, i Kings 12.28;. so with the servant in the parable of the talents;

(5) allows weeds on his fields, Prov. 24. 30 ;

(6) desires onlybut makes no efforts ; so Balaam wished the death of the righteous, but led not the life of the righteous, Nimi. 23. 10;

(7) makes no progress, turns as a door on the hinges. Prov. 26. 14 ;

(8) makes excuses ; there is a lion in the way, Prov. 22. 13.


"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"

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Discipline without freedom is tyranny; freedom without discipline is chaos. Cullen Hightower


A man should avoid these six evils: lust, anger, avarice, pleasure, pride, and rashness, for free of these he may be happy. Sanskrit.

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

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VENGEANCE will sit above our faults ; but till She there do sit, We see her not, nor them. Thus blind, yet still We lead her way ; and thus, whilst we do ill, We suffer it.

John Donne: 1572-1631

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Wink at small faults, for you have great ones yourself.


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Emulation is lively and generous, envy base and malicious.


"Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically"

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“ One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. ”

Prov. 11:24

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He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. Proverbs 25:28

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Heat in a Room

Jill Jones

And days draft me, breathing extinction
my skin a chassis of orange

As for the car, it shimmers into the raging sunset
then sort of erupts

(a kind of persistent hope that nobody gets caught)

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The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall ; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall; but in charity there is no excess, neither can angel or man come in danger by it.


Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desire to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidest.

"The Cyclopaedia of Practical Quotations, English and Latin: With an Appendix Containing Proverbs …"

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