Category Archives: TOUGH GOING

With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.

 

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Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.

Elizabeth I

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In making your escape, where is it you’re going to?

Do you plan to creep back in here where you emerged from?
Opening her robe to expose her virgina, a mother confronts her son who had fled from a battle.

http://www.ancientgreekbattles.net/Pages/47931_Spartaquotes.htm

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I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.

~J.C. Penny

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You’ll enjoy the short walk of his company,

as will he: singled out from the others

to push his nose eagerly into the halter, lowering

his head so you can easily fasten the buckle.

Rest your arm on his warm neck

as you wait for a passing ute,

lean into the could-only-be-horse smell of him,

see his ear turn just a few degrees in your direction,

like an old man cupping his hand, to hear

you say go on. Turn him loose and stay awhile,

watch him graze, lifting his head to sounds

of minute-to-minute living.

Because by Carolyn Fisher

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A wise man doesn’t see his foot on the ground, he watches his next step.

http://cogweb.ucla.edu/Discourse/Proverbs/Ilocano.html

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Eileen Caddy

When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.

Sometimes you need to move away before you can see where you are.

― Benny Bellamacina, Philosophical Uplifting Quotes and Poems

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Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” –

Cesare Pavese

Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

—Yves Saint Laurent

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The longer I live the more I mistrust
theatricality, the false glamour cast
by performance, the more I know its poverty beside
the truths we are salvaging from
the splitting-open of our lives.

-from “Transcendental Etude” ‘
― Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

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“Don’t allow your pride to push you away from those who truly care for you just because you are going through a rough patch in life. That’s exactly when you need them with you the most.”

― Ramona Matta

 

“I know it seems hard sometimes, but remember one thing, through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it gets, keep your chest out, keep your head up and handle it.

Tupac

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“They stared at each other, wanting each other, drawn to each other, but their silent shout of love went unheard in the roar of misunderstanding, and the clatter of culturally ingrained beliefs.”

― Jean M. Auel, The Mammoth Hunters

The truth of God’s love is not that He allows bad things to happen, it’s his promise that he will be there with us-when they do.”

― Janette Oke, Love Comes Softly

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“He promised us that everything would be okay. I was a child, but I knew that everything would not be okay. That did not make my father a liar. It made him my father.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

 

Russian — He hunting two hares does not catch even one.

"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"

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http://andrewlansdown.com/fiction/novels/the-red-dragon/

Andrew Lansdown 2006

Your mother once told me, “Life will toughen him up soon enough. Your job is to keep him tender.”’ He looked out the shed door, then back at Colyn. ‘So leave the fox cubs to me, son. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to have a grown-up heart.’

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It is hard on a man when he has to choose.

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

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Manage with bread and salted butter until God brings something to eat with it.
Moroccan Proverb

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Those who do not study are only cattle dressed in men’s clothes. Chinese Proverb.

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Rain from Nowhere

Well he cried and laughed and shook his head then put the truck in gear,
Shut his eyes and hugged his dad in a vision that was clear,
Dropped the cattle at the yards, put the truck away
Filled the troughs the best he could and fed his last ten bales of hay.
Then he strode towards the homestead, shoulders back and head held high,
He still knew the road was tough but there was purpose in his eye.

 

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