Category Archives: SATISFACTION

The length of a frog can only be determined after it dies. Ghanaia



Ali Cobby Eckermann

she sits on a rocky ledge
overlooking frog song
puncturing a choked river
at dusk

it is only here native birds sing
their evening lullaby
echoed between red banks
overgrown with weeds

it’s like life slips away in the evening
a resounding of Salientia castanets
soon to fall silent
like flaking moss

she listens for earth song
under the algae and foreign reeds
and just as darkness falls
a fish jumps rippling memory


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 28 November 1925

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW - 1842 - 1954), Saturday 28 November 1925,

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

However bad at pricing a butcher may be, he won’t price an elephant at 700 cowries. Hausa.



Reaching down arm-deep into bright water
I gathered on white sand under waves
Shells, drifted up on beaches where I alone
Inhabit a finite world of years and days.
I reached my arm down a myriad years
To gather treasure from the yester-milliennial sea-floor,
Held in my fingers forms shaped on the day of creation.

Building their beauty in three dimensions
Over which the world recedes away from us,
And in the fourth, that takes away ourselves
From moment to moment and from year to year
From first to last they remain in their continuous present.
The helix revolves like a timeless thought,
Instantaneous from apex to rim
Like a dance whose figure is limpet or murex,
cowrie or golden winkle.

They sleep on the ocean floor like humming-tops
Whose music is the mother-of-pearl octave of the rainbow,
Harmonious shells that whisper forever in our ears,
The world that you inhabit has not yet been created.

Kathleen Raine

We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole aim of our lives.”

― Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

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Sobriety is a jewel
That I do much adore;
And therefore keep me dancing
Though drunkards lie and snore.
O mind your feet, O mind your feet,
Keep dancing like a wave,
And under every dancer
A dead man in his grave.
No ups and downs, my pretty,
A mermaid, not a punk;
A drunkard is a dead man,
And all dead men are drunk.

William Butler Yeats

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

The best way to eat the elephant standing in your path is to cut it up into little pieces.


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The human heart is never satisfied, just like the snake that wants to swallow an elephant.



Wisdom’s Pearl doth often dwell Closed in Fancy’s rainbow shell” John Sterling

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“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can only collect a few. One moon shell is more impressive than three. There is only one moon in the sky.”

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.

― Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe


“No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.”

Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood’s End

Mean clothes will keep out cold and ordinary meats satisfy hunger. Turkish Spy.

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


Camarón que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente. / The shrimp that sleeps is carried away by the current. Spanish proverb

It’s amazing what can happen while we’re not paying attention. Who knows how many opportunities you can miss with a complacent attitude? Stay "awake" if you don’t want to find yourself drifting far from your intended path.

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