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“The sidewalks were haunted by dust
ghosts all night as the furnace wind summoned them up,
swung them about, and gentled them down in a warm spice on
the lawns. Trees, shaken by the footsteps of late-night strollers, sifted avalanches of dust. From midnight on, it seemed a
volcano beyond the town was showering red-hot ashes every-
where, crusting slumberless night watchmen and irritable
dogs. Each house was a yellow attic smouldering with spontaneous combustion at three in the morning.

Dawn, then, was a time where things changed element for
element. Air ran like hot spring waters nowhere, with no
sound. The lake was a quantity of steam very still and deep
over valleys of fish and sand held baking under its serene
vapours. Tar was poured licorice in the streets, red bricks were
brass and gold, roof tops were paved with bronze. The high-
tension wires were lightning held forever, blazing, a threat
above the unslept houses.
The cicadas sang louder and yet louder.
The sun did not rise, it overflowed.”

Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine

“I’m told there’s no going back. So I’m choosing forward.” ― David Levithan, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

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Let him who knows not the way to the sea take a river for his guide; that is, let him follow the course of a river, which, though per- haps by a circuitous route, will at length lead hIm there ; the sea being the common receptacle

When she can’t bring me to heel with scolding, she bends me to shape with guilt.  Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

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“Star Wars: Clone Wars: Chapter 21 (#3.1)” (2005)

Obi-Wan Kenobi: I know this will generate debate, but I suggest that in this time of war, we forego the trials and promote my padawan Anakin to Jedi Knight. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi: [by Hologram] Young one, the council requires your presence, immediately. 
Anakin Skywalker: I’ll be right there, master. 

Anakin Skywalker: If I’m late for another scolding, does it really matter? 
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Scolding? You’re not a little boy any more. But as long as you’re my student, you will heed my wisdom. 
Anakin Skywalker: You’re right, I’m not a little boy. And as far as your wisdom is goes, you’re no Qui-Gon Jinn! 

Obi-Wan Kenobi: And now we must leave our roles as master and student. It is time we became…brothers. 

Home life as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.

George Bernard Shaw   Getting Married, preface,’Hearth and Home’.

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That sulphur-crested bird with great white wings,
The wise, harsh bird - as old and wise as Time
Whose well-dark eyes the wonder kept and closed.

Rosemary Dobson

I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars. — (Edward Abbey)


Taoist Mondo

One day Chuang-tzu and a friend were walking along a riverbank. “How delightfully the fishes are enjoying themselves in the water!” Chuang-tzu exclaimed.
“You are not a fish,” his friend said. “How do you know whether or not the fishes are enjoying themselves?”
“You are not me,” Chuang-tzu said. “How do you know that I do not know that the fishes are enjoying themselves?”

Mighty of purpose and stalwart of limb, Clove they a path through the forest so dim, Forward, adventuring, knowing no fears, Honour and praise to the old pioneers.

  John Sandes

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It is not so much for its beauty 
that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, 
as for that subtle something, 
that quality of air that emanation from old trees, 
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. 
~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

The elders of the village are the boundaries.


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 Ituura rir kanono ritituhagia kahiu

The village, which has got a whetstone, does not blunt the knife

The sense of the proverb is that if in a village there is a good whetstone it does not mean that the villagers should purposely blunt their tools in order to whet them.  The time will come when the shetstone will have to be used.

Every thing is good in its season.

Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find – nothing.”

― Aesop

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In the fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter fly along in v formation, one might consider what science has discovered as to why geese fly this way.
Each bird flaps its wings creating uplift for the bird immediately following. A flock has a greater flying range in formation than a single bird would have on its own.
People, who share a common direction and sense of community, can reach a goal more quickly and easily because they are travelling on the thrust of one another. It is harder to do something alone than together.
It is beneficial to take turns doing demanding work. By sharing leadership and depending upon others in a group, there is a chance to lead and an opportunity to rest.



There are so many things about which some old man ought to tell one while one is little; for when one is grown one would know them as a matter of course.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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He who knows he who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him; He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child, teach him. He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep, wake him. He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise, follow him.


Quien quiera saber, que compre un viejo.

If you wish good advice, consult an old man.

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“Throughout his life, Albert Einstein would retain the intuition and the awe of a child. He never lost his sense of wonder at the magic of nature’s phenomena-magnetic fields, gravity, inertia, acceleration, light beams-which grown-ups find so commonplace. He retained the ability to hold two thoughts in his mind simultaneously, to be puzzled when they conflicted, and to marvel when he could smell an underlying unity. “People like you and me never grow old,” he wrote a friend later in life. “We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.”
― Walter Isaacson

There’s a saying I remember from my grandmother: One today is worth two tomorrows.

― James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas


“Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which you are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked. … It may be that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal and that you are a paralytic.”

― G.K. Chesterton

The reason that ‘guru’ is such a popular word is because ‘charlatan’ is so hard to spell.

― William J. Bernstein, The Investor’s Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between


Let the fragrance of humour play in those eyes.
Imported midget of a soul, brown eyed,
Cuddled in cologne-sodden hands;
Worked out devil, doped in cognac.

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“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“ Going into a river upon A mud horse. (Tdugu).” Do not depend on people who make great pretensions and boast of their power and influence, for they will fail you in time of need.

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Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.

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The best of the aged is his advice.

"The proverbs of Wales: a collection of Welsh proverbs, with English Translations"


Wade, Joseph H.

If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to be a failure, I would seek advice from men who never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they do.

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If a child shoots an arrow that reaches the top of a tall palm tree, then it must be that an elderly person carved the arrow for him. Nigeria.

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In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past


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When was a young ‘un, his cheeks necked with down, He drew his first pay cheque to head into town. Then up spoke his father, ‘Son, heed my words well — Keep clear of the girls at the Railway Hotel’ W.G. Howcroft.



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