Category Archives: QUIETLY, QUIETLY

t’s not the monkey on top that make a tree fall but it’s the work and effort of numerous small insects and ants.

If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is. ~ Egypt

http://afritorial.com/the-best-72-african-wise-proverbs/

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We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals… In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.

Henry Beston

 

 

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”  ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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A woman once came to Mahatma Gandhi with her little boy.  She asked, “Mahatma-ji, tell my little boy to stop eating sugar.”        
“Come back in three days,” said Gandhi.     
In three days the woman and the little boy returned and Mahatma Gandhi said to the little boy, “Stop eating sugar.”     
The woman asked, “Why was it necessary for us to return only after three days for you to tell my little boy that?”     
The Mahatma replied: “Three days ago I had not stopped eating sugar.

http://www.globalstewards.org/quotes.htm

Be very, very careful what you put into that head, because you will never, ever get it out. Cardinal Wolsey

http://www.songs4teachers.com/inspiration.htm

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Which artist painted that?

Andrew Burke

Chances are the artist attends school now

and learns more and more logic

and language skills each day. Still

ocean seeks grass, river reflects

sky. His poem about a truck

is illustrated and pinned on

the display board. In his poem

the truck carries things

and drives between shops, but

it has a  disquietening element the author

will not change: his truck drives

north, it seeks North unerringly.

Teachers dismiss this as

a blemish, Father wants to know

how the truck will ever return to base,

and Mother tousles his hair, saying,

He’s just a boy, he’s just a boy.

Grandpa bends down to ask,

Do you want  to  be a truckdriver

when you grow up? No, he shakes

his head, a scientist, only

a scientist. Can’t they see that?

http://leswicks.tripod.com/apcarchive.htm

 

 

Ah, Carmen, alas! Be quiet! Be quiet, my God!

 

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“Carmen”

Darling, darling, doesn’t have a problem
Lying to herself ’cause her liquor’s top shelf
It’s alarming honestly how charming she can be
Fooling everyone, telling them she’s having fun
Darling, darling, doesn’t have a problem
Lying to herself ’cause her liquor’s top shelf
LANA DEL REY

No reply is best

It is often advisable not to give any answer. Don’t say no. Don’t say yes. Say nothing.

http://www.englishclub.com/ref/Sayings/Talking/

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I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings.

from the Fox-”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

A fly that dances carelessly in front of a spider’s web, risks the wrath of the spider’s teeth.

(African Proverb)

http://www.inspirationalstories.com/proverbs/t/about-spider/

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In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled. 

~Paul Eldridge

Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.”

― Gwendolyn Brooks

 

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“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”

– Pat Conroy

“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.”

Agatha Christie

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“YOU SEE THEM SOMETIMES.

They’re just out of the corner of your eye, when you’re not expecting them, and sometimes if you close your eyes very, very tightly, and open them quickly, there will be a quick flash of them behind your eyelids before they dissipate.

They are the echoes of deja vu, they are the regrets that are fleeting, they are that which you didn’t know you missed…

They are everywhere and nowhere.”

― Peter David, The Quiet Place

The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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“The day wore on, and all these bright colours subsided, and assumed a quieter tint, like young hopes softened down by time, or youthful features by degrees resolving into the calm and serenity of age. But they were scarcely less beautiful in their slow decline, than they had been in their prime; for nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy, that we can scarcely mark their progress.”

― Charles Dickens

Be what you want to be, not what others want to see.

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“You have to take risks, he said. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exist–that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists–a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.”

― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.

Madam Benoit

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“It already smells good,” he said, pointing toward the stove. “It smells… quiet.” He looked at her.

“Quiet? Could something smell quiet” She was thinking about the phrase, asking herself. He was right. After the pork chops and steaks and roasts she cooked for the family, this was quiet cooking. No violence involved anywhere down the food chain, except maybe for pulling up the vegetables. The stew cooked quietly and smelled quiet.”

― Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County

If you put enough sheep together you have a herd- a force to be reckoned with.”

― Maria V. Snyder, Inside Out

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Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 – 1939), Saturday 5 May 1923

The dissenter is every human being at those moments in his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.

– Archibald MacLeish
  ‘In Praise of Dissent’, in the NewYork Times,16 Dec.

 

 

A quiet thought that no one hears, Cries for help with hopeless tears.

 

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“A picnic. Picture a forest, a country road, a meadow. Cars drive off the country road into the meadow, a group of young people get out carrying bottles, baskets of food, transistor radios, and cameras. They light fires, pitch tents, turn on the music. In the morning they leave. The animals, birds, and insects that watched in horror through the long night creep out from their hiding places. And what do they see? Old spark plugs and old filters strewn around… Rags, burnt-out bulbs, and a monkey wrench left behind… And of course, the usual mess—apple cores, candy wrappers, charred remains of the campfire, cans, bottles, somebody’s handkerchief, somebody’s penknife, torn newspapers, coins, faded flowers picked in another meadow.”

― Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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“Take for instance a man driven to incessant work by a sense of deep insecurity and loneliness; or another one driven by ambition, or greed for money. In all these cases the person is the slave of a passion, and his activity is in reality a “passivity” because he is driven; he is the sufferer, not the “actor”. On the other hand a man sitting quiet and contemplating, with no purpose or aim except that of experiencing himself and his oneness with the world, is considered to be “passive”, because he is not “doing” anything. In reality, this attitude of concentrated meditation is the highest activity there is, an activity of the soul, which is possible only under the condition of inner freedom and independence”
― Erich Fromm

Action must be taken at the first signs of disruption or decay, otherwise disaster will follow as ice-bound water follows brief autumn frosts.

– I Ching

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   Lee Emmett

GLORIOUS AUTUMN MORNING

glorious Autumn morning
sky is clear and still
dog is barking next door
otherwise quiet on hill
garden is looking a treat
after recent welcome rains
green returns to landscape
gentle healing assuages pains

 

 

 

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

Why did the mushroom go to the party? Because he’s a fungi!

One Direction, One Direction: Forever Young: Our Official X Factor Story

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“There was nothing wrong with being a homebody. There was nothing wrong with not wanting – not needing – the constant jostle and noise of a party or bar or… whatever.”

― Charles de Lint, Jack of Kinrowan: Jack the Giant-Killer and Drink Down the Moon

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

― Blaise Pascal, Pensées

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“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”

― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

“If there was anything I learned from John the Baptist, it was that the sooner you confess a mistake, the quicker you can get on to making new and better mistakes.”

Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

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“They sell courage of a sort in the taverns. And another sort, though not for sale, a man can find in the confessional. Try the alehouses and the churches, Hugh. In either a man can be quiet and think.”
― Ellis Peters, The Heretic’s Apprentice

A moment of silence is actually a very loud moment. ― Nouf Alfadl

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“The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Cause if you shoot a bullet someone dies. If you drop a bomb many die. You hit a woman, love dies. But if you say the F-word… nothing actually happens.

― Richard Curtis

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“Everyday we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read the lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Everyman, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths.”

― Henry Miller

What a bog and labyrinth the human essence is… We are all overbrained and overemotioned. ― Barry Hannah, Airships

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This is a quiet only bog can offer.
Sound soaks into its open mouth,
through its dark skin
waiting, while human flurry
stills in the valves of the heart.

http://www.clifdenwriters.com/robynrowlandpoems.htm

Robyn Rowland ©  from Seasons of doubt & burning. New & Selected poems, Five Islands Press, 2011