Category Archives: TRUTH

“I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” – Isaac Newton

http://beachchairscientist.com/2012/06/08/100-ocean-quotes/

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Sydney Morning Herald (NSW - 1842 - 1954), Saturday 28 March 1953,

The peg swallowed the necklace. (Arabic).

King Vikram in time of misfortune hung his necklace on a peg. As misfortunes follow one another,  the necklace soon disappeared. No one being  able to tell how it was lost, the saying went  abroad that the peg had swallowed it. When good  fortune returned, the King found his necklace on  the peg where it had been hung.

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“I am the only one of us who brings in any money. the other two cannot make money fortune telling. this is because they only tell the truth, and the truth is not what people want to hear. it is a bad thing and it troubles people, so they do not come back.”

― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

” Believe, it thou wilt, that mountains change their places, but believe not that men change their dispositions.”

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To be 70 years old is like climbing the Alps. You reach a snow-crowned summit, and see behind you the deep valley stretching miles and miles away, and before you other summits higher and whiter, which you may have strength to climb, or may not.
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns. –Bruce Lee

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“Life is neither static nor unchanging. With no individuality, there can be no change, no adaptation and, in an inherently changing world, any species unable to adapt is also doomed.”
― Jean M. Auel

In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

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“The Chrysanthemum, the Flower of Happiness, was so revered that in Japan only the nobles could grow it.  It has been grown for over 2,000 years all throughout in the Far East.  It has come to mean love and truthfulness.  We may see it carved on the throne of the Emperor of Japan and on many Chinese artifacts.”
–   Flowers: Myths, Legends and Traditions 

“To realize the truth, you have to cross the boundaries of all religions and prophets.” ― Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspiration

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“People couldn’t become truly holy, he said, unless they also had the opportunity to be definitively wicked.”

― Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch 0 sailorbeachcombe00safriala_0117

“Fear prophets, Adso, and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.” Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

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“Anyway, if you stop tellin’ people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive. ”

― Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

“A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.” Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha.

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“The Yen Buddhists are the richest religious sect in the universe. They hold that the accumulation of money is a great evil and a burden to the soul. They therefore, regardless of personal hazard, see it as their unpleasant duty to acquire as much as possible in order to reduce the risk to innocent people.”

― Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad

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In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” ― Robert Lynd

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I saw a navy blue bird

flying way above the sea

I walked on & I learned later

that this navy blue bird was me

I returned a paler blue bird

and this is the advice they gave me

“you must not try to be too pure

you must fly closer to the sea”

 Sinead O’Connor in “I do not want what I haven’t got”

http://www.astrolog.org/home/quotes.htm

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You thought, as a boy, that a mage is one who can do anything. So I thought once. So did we all. And the truth is at as a man’s real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do.

– Ursula K. LeGuin

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It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realise the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity.

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 1 April 1933,

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God is merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.

http://vivekananda.org/quotes.aspx

There should be those among whom we can sit and weep and still be counted as warriors. Native American.

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I have spent too long
telling the world the world is the world
and poetry is made of language.
Today on the Bedford platform, I began
the great poem: weeping openly on the public
telephone—the way some were staring
as they swirled past, the way some
weren’t—yes: it was truth
at last.

—Jan Zwicky

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one of my favourite poems

LES MURRAY

An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow

The word goes round Repins,
the murmur goes round Lorenzinis,
at Tattersalls, men look up from sheets of numbers,
the Stock Exchange scribblers forget the chalk in their hands
and men with bread in their pockets leave the Greek Club:
There’s a fellow crying in Martin Place. They can’t stop him.

The traffic in George Street is banked up for half a mile
and drained of motion. The crowds are edgy with talk
and more crowds come hurrying. Many run in the back streets
which minutes ago were busy main streets, pointing:
There’s a fellow weeping down there. No one can stop him.

The man we surround, the man no one approaches
simply weeps, and does not cover it, weeps
not like a child, not like the wind, like a man
and does not declaim it, nor beat his breast, nor even
sob very loudly—yet the dignity of his weeping

holds us back from his space, the hollow he makes about him
in the midday light, in his pentagram of sorrow,
and uniforms back in the crowd who tried to seize him
stare out at him, and feel, with amazement, their minds
longing for tears as children for a rainbow.

Some will say, in the years to come, a halo
or force stood around him. There is no such thing.
Some will say they were shocked and would have stopped him
but they will not have been there. The fiercest manhood,
the toughest reserve, the slickest wit amongst us

trembles with silence, and burns with unexpected
judgements of peace. Some in the concourse scream
who thought themselves happy. Only the smallest children
and such as look out of Paradise come near him
and sit at his feet, with dogs and dusty pigeons.

Ridiculous, says a man near me, and stops
his mouth with his hands, as if it uttered vomit—
and I see a woman, shining, stretch her hand
and shake as she receives the gift of weeping;
as many as follow her also receive it

and many weep for sheer acceptance, and more
refuse to weep for fear of all acceptance,
but the weeping man, like the earth, requires nothing,
the man who weeps ignores us, and cries out
of his writhen face and ordinary body

not words, but grief, not messages, but sorrow,
hard as the earth, sheer, present as the sea—
and when he stops, he simply walks between us
mopping his face with the dignity of one
man who has wept, and now has finished weeping.

Evading believers, he hurries off down Pitt Street.
from
The Weatherboard Cathedral, 1969

http://www.lesmurray.org/pm_aor.htm

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The play is over, applaud.

Said to have been the last words of the Emperor Augustus Caesar. (Lived 63 BC-AD 14)

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Without the Dark, there can be no Light,
We have purpose
Without the Lie, there can be no Truth,
We have purpose
Without the War, there can be no Victory,
We have purpose
Without the Death, there can be no sacrifice,
We have purpose
Without the Hope there can be no Future,
We have purpose
Without the Loyalty there can be no one chapter,
We have purpose
Without the Emperor, there is nothing,…
And we would have no purpose

http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Quotes_Space_Marines#.UtzXI6gzHCw

The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Some people will not tolerate such emotional honesty in communication. They would rather defend their dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Therefore, having rationalized their phoniness into nobility, they settle for superficial relationships.”

http://dailynewsdig.com/35-honesty-quotes-and-sayings/

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.” ― Elvis Presley

CLARA AND SAF AT BLACK BEAR

 

 

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“The people are immensely likeable— cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted, and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water. They have a society that is prosperous, well ordered, and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn’t get much better than this.” 

― Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country

My cousin loved the violin / and played it gracefully in tune / except when, touching certain chords, / he fell down, shrieked and bit at boards /

Les Murray

 

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“The moment you tell someone else is the moment you become a whiner and the world’s smallest violin starts to play. The truth is, we all have problems.” 

― J.A. Redmerski, The Edge of Never

And those who ride on the Border side, Albeit they like him not, They know his mettle has oft been tried Where blows were thick and hot.

The Feud: A Border Ballad

by Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833 – 1870)

Australian writer

http://alldownunder.com/australian-authors/adam-lindsay-gordon/feud-a-border-ballad.htm

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foto at the nsw queensland border in coolangatta/tweed heads australia

Let us all understand that death is not an eraser. It does not remove the deeds or the meanings that existed in anyone’s life. It does not make poor men rich or great men fallible. And when death comes, let us not romanticize its presence nor the person it takes from us. Let us see death for what it really is: a border that we all must cross; a border that, more than any other, defines the lives we are able to lead. Do not mourn for those who cross over. Rather, reflect on the definition they’ve left behind. It is the only truth we are able to know here on earth. When the definition is great, then celebrate it. When it is lacking, then learn from it and improve on it. And use it to make your own definition more truthful and loving and miraculous.

~Russell Andrews

Read more: http://www.gadel.info/2011/07/loss-of-loved-one-quotes-sayings.html#ixzz2mTi1iac2

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

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“I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.”

― Albert Camus, The Fall