Category Archives: REALITY

And no more it was, because he was a water-baby, and had the original sow by the right ear; which you will never have, unless you be a baby, whether of the water, the land, or the air, matters not, provided you can only keep on continually being a baby.

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So [the old fairy] took the poor professor in hand: and because he was not content with things as they are, she filled his head with things as they were not, to try if he would like them better; and because he did not choose to believe in a water-baby when he saw it, she made him believe in worse things than water-babies in unicorns, fire-drakes, manticoras, basilisks, amphisboenas, griffins, phoenixes, rocs,orcs, dog-headed men, three-headed dogs, three-bodied, greyons, and other pleasant creatures, which folks think never exsited yet, and which folks hope never will exist, though they know nothing about the matter and never will.

The Water Babies
WATER BABIES

Charles Kingsley

Some people might call them cherubs, although there was nothing rosy-cheeked about them.

They might be rumoured among those who see to it that gravity operates and that time stays separate from space. Call them auditors. Auditors of reality.

TERRY PRATCHETT

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“Cherubs fan our foolish fires, filling hearts with mad desires. They prick our pride and haughtiness with quick, angelic naughtiness.”
John Biccard

An Irishman will always soften bad news, so that a major coronary is no more than ‘a bad turn’ and a hurricane that leaves many homeless is ‘good drying weather’ for the clothes.” Hugh Leonard

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Las malas noticias vuelan

Bad news flies

Human nature being what it is, the average mortal finds far more pleasure in spreading word about other people´s misfortunes than about their good luck…Accordingly, bad news travels faster. –

See more at: http://www.spanish-learning-corner.com/spanish-proverbs.html#sthash.QjATAItv.dpuf

You have not line nor rope: with which to land a sea-monster.

Huna mshipi, hu nangwe: kuomoa tenga na nini?
Said of somebody who undertakes an impossible task.

http://swahiliproverbs.afrst.illinois.edu/ambition.html

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Time langa dan rope.


Time is longer than a rope.


Meaning: Things will change eventually.

http://www.belizeans.com/grauma.htm

He who digs a pit for others must invariably fall into it.

http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/proverbs.html

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You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.” 


~ Fransesca Marciano, “Rules of the Wild”

http://www.glimpsesofafrica.com/african-quotes–proverbs.html

If I were looking for a white rabbit, I’d ask the Mad Hatter.

 

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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself.”

― Emil Cioran, A Short History of Decay

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When you are deeply in love, heartbreak can be traumatic. If you are going through a period of heartbreak, you must accept the fact that life goes on and so must you. Face those feelings of rejection and anger by acknowledging them, dealing with them, and then achieving closure. The most important thing is to get in touch with reality.

http://quotations.about.com/od/HurtQuotesandSayings/Hurt-Quotes-And-Sayings.htm

 

 

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”

― William Ralph Inge

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“The wolf lives right here. In this village”. He looked at the villages. “Among you. It is one of you.”

― Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, Red Riding Hood

How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice? How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness? Can I cast it aside, all this loyalty and this pride? Will I ever learn that there’ll be no peace, that the war won’t cease, until He returns?”

― Bob Dylan, Lyrics: 1962-2001

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In a certain way we are all the same. Our defects and our qualities are what make us different from one another, and the prejudices and preconceptions are what distance us from the perception of this obvious and undeniable reality.

Jean-Paul Malfatti.

“I believe in loyalty. When a woman reaches an age she likes, she should stick with it.”

Eva Gabor

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“You couldn’t get hold of the things you’d done and turn them right again. Such a power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing. Had it been otherwise, people would probably die of old age still trying to rewrite their teens.”

― Stephen King, The Stand

It is difficult to live without opium after having known it because it is difficult, after knowing opium, to take earth seriously. And unless one is a saint, it is difficult to live without taking earth seriously.

… Jean Cocteau

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“Any way I slice reality it comes out poorly, and I feel an urge to not exist, something I have never felt before; and now here it comes with conviction, almost panic. I mentally bless and exonerate anyone who has kicked a chair out from beneath her or swallowed opium in large chunks. My mind has met their environment, here in the void. I understand perfectly.”

― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

For ages you have run from the pain and forfeited the ecstasy. So come, return to the root of the root of your own soul.

Rumi

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“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvellous that only the marvellous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvellous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
― Anaïs Nin

Reality has teeth and claws. It’s rarely pretty and never fair. Haven’t you figured that out yet?”

― Kaitlin Bevis, Persephone

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“Slowly, desolately, the fist of what we’d done unclenched the clawed palm of what we’d become.”
― Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

An ant across the ocean is seen, but not the elephant nearby .

Malay / Indonesian

http://bijlmakers.com/entomology/proverbs_insects.htm

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“My needlework teacher suffered from a problem of vision. She recognized things according to expectation and environment. If you were in a particular place, you expected to see particular things. Sheep and hills, sea and fish; if there was an elephant in the market, she’d either not see it at all, or call it Mrs. Jones and talk about fishcakes. But most likely, she’d do what most people do when confronted with something they don’t understand:
Panic.”

― Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

 

 

Then the mouth of the cavern faced me fair As I turned and fronted the rocks: So at last I had pressed the wolf to his lair! I had run to his earth the fox!

 Adam Lindsay Gordon
1833 – 1870

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“To man has been given the grief, often, of seeing his gods overthrown and his altars crumbling; but to the wolf and the wild dog that have come in to crouch at man’s feet, this grief has never come. Unlike man, whose gods are of the unseen and overguessed, vapors and mists of fancy eluding the garmenture of reality, wandering wraiths of desired goodness and power, intangible outcroppings of self into the realm of spirit – unlike man, the wolf and the wild dog that have come into their fire find the gods in the living flesh, solid to the touch, occupying earth-space and requiring time for the accomplishment of their ends and their existence. No effort of faith is necessary to believe in such a god; no effort of will can possibly induce disbelief in such a god. There is no getting away from it. There it stands, on its two hindlegs, club in hand, immensely potential, passionate and wrathful and loving, god and mystery and power all wrapped up and around by flesh that bleeds when it is torn and that is good to eat like any flesh.”

― Jack London, White Fang