Category Archives: SANITY

Paddle together, bail, paddle; paddle, bail; paddle towards the land.

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He lawai’a no ke kai papa’u, he pokole ke aho; he lawai’a no ke kai hohonu he loa ke aho.


A fisherman of shallow seas uses only a short line; a fisherman of the deep sea uses a long line.

You will reach only as far as you aim and prepare yourself to reach.

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 Scott, Margaret

over miles of puddled sand. Soon I’ll hear the scuff and flap of your thongs cantering down the long slope to the beach. As you come to find me here in the heel

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The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995), Sunday 4 August 1985,

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer? George Price

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 Lee Emmett, Australia
SHOPPING FOR SANITYvery exciting trip
saves from implosion
goods-shelves explosion

getting better at shopping
don’t panic so much
millions of shapes and forms
got to stay in touch

just buy some basics
bread, fruit, eggs
decide it’s too hot
to run self off legs

talk to friends on phone
arrange to have lunch soon
meeting others for coffee
later this afternoon

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“Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out,” said the shopkeeper. “That’s what I’ve always thought. No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic

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For it is commonly said: accomplished labours are pleasant.



Vulgo enim dicitur: Iucunde acti labores.

Quotation from De Finibus by Cicero.
(Lived 106-43 BC)




After Mardi Gras
the city’s largest bacchanalia
a dazzling display of breast
feather sequin sleek flesh
muscular loins and electricity
contraptions everywhere
the grit of hard labour. Now
the body unwinds like string
from a yo-yo, the mind tightens
into routine, toxins clear
skin takes in water.
Sydney, Australia

People who hold on to resentment are hurting themselves a great deal, and they usually don’t even see it.


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One cannot always keep an adder in one’s breast to feed one, nor rise up every night to sow thorns in the garden of one’s soul.”
― Oscar Wilde, Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds


People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

– Carl R. Rogers

“Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible.”

(Cantonese saying. Source: The Chinese Kitchen by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo)

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To put your life in danger from time to time… breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities.

— Nevil Shute, Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer

There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good. Edwin Denby

“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.

― Merce Cunningham


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The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Thursday 15 May 1890

Keeping up the appearance of having all your marbles is hard work, but important.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

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All that trouble, and no more enjoyment than from a game of marbles.  

Renoir referring to the “horses, carriages, society people, ridiculous clothes and even a poor fox” that are needed to hunt as opposed to the simplicity of the child’s game.

Finley Peter Dunne Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed by the facts.

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Six SANITY Steps for Regaining a Healthy Relationship with Adult Children

S = STOP the Enabling and STOP the Flow of Money
A = ASSEMBLE a Support Group
N = NIP Excuses in the Bud
I = IMPLEMENT Rules and Boundaries
T = TRUST Your Instincts
Y = YIELD Everything to God

To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”

― Jeanette Winterson

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When a dying man cries, it is not because of where he is going which he knows nothing about, but because of what he wishes he would have done in the world he is leaving behind.


You can’t always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.

– Frank Zappa

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“Does the giraffe know what he’s for? Or care? Or even think about his place in things? A giraffe has a black tongue twenty-seven inches long and no vocal cords. A giraffe has nothing to say. He just goes on giraffing.
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten


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

Malay / Indonesian

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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:

― Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit



The isolation of every human soul and the necessity of self- dependence must give each individual the right to choose his own surroundings.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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“I would judge the sanest man to be him who most firmly realizes the tragic isolation of humanity and pursues his essential purposes calmly. I suppose I feel about it this way because I have a delusion of grandeur. I believe myself to be Joe Gould.”
― Joe Gould

Safety doesn’t happen by accident.

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“if the teenage kids want to carouse, that’s where they do it. They make bonfires, and drink too much and smoke dope, and grope around in one another’s clothing as if they’ve just invented it, and smash their parents cars up on the way back to town.

― Margaret Atwood

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

-James A. Froude

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“The two limits of every unit of thinking are a perplexed, troubled, or confused situation at the beginning, and a cleared up, unified, resolved situation at the close.”

― John Dewey

This shall be home, where danger was my cradle, and all we have learned will guard us!

― Brian W. Aldiss, The Long Afternoon of Earth

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In my age, as in my youth, night brings me many a deep remorse. I realize that from the cradle up I have been like the rest of the race–never quite sane in the night.
– Mark Twain’s Autobiography