We humans fear the beast within the wolf because we do not understand the beast within ourselves.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
― Benjamin Franklin
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 25 May 1935
A spider’s cobweb isn’t only its sleeping spring but also its food trap. African
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 11 June 1927,
The problem with finding the easiest way, is that the
enemy already booby trapped it.
Every stone has been turned, and every stone has been beaten into agreement that it is a stone, and every stone has vowed silence, every stone has agreed roundness or sharpness will be its predictable gift. Handle this stone, then, every day, and offer its dullness to the sky, sense its vigilance. This is the only way.
Maka’ala ke kanaka kahea manu.
A man who calls birds should always be alert.
The Hawaiian alii (chiefs) wore beautiful capes and headdresses crafted by weaving in thousands of tiny feathers. The Kanaka kahea manu, the bird-catcher, would imitate bird-calls to attract the birds to catch them, pluck out a small number of tiny feathers and let them go. Once he had called the birds, he had to stay alert and be prepared to catch them quickly when they came near. The saying advises one who wishes to succeed to be alert to any opportunity that should arise.
Having now reached a point where danger might be reasonably apprehended from strolling war parties of Indians, spies were kept in advance and strict diligence observed in the duty of sentinels.
William Henry Ashley
Be ever vigilant but never suspicious.
Koketsu ni irazunba koji wo ezu)
If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
You can’t do anything without risking something.
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Robert W. Service
o’er scattered stones, and dreams
long dreamt of boneless soils well tilled
by settled soldiers
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
All are keeping a sharp look-out in front, but none suspects that the danger may be creeping up from behind.
(J.M. Barrie, “Peter Pan”)
“but you live your life at the time you live it—you don’t have much of an overview when what’s happening to you is still happening.”
― John Irving
– Tagalog (Filipino)
“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”
― Eckhart Tolle
“Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I’m a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst case scenario. I call it ‘the eaten by wolves factor.’
If I do something,
what’s the most terrible thing that could happen?
Would I be eaten by wolves?
One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don’t worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
i.e. It is very near, even when we little expect it.
"Never bolt your door with a boiled carrot."
"The Antiquity of Proverbs: Fifty Familiar Proverbs and Folk Sayings with Annotations and Lists …"
Did St. Francis really preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
foto – black cat in raleigh 2010
A Dictionary of Foreign Phrases and Classical Quotations
FROM THE POOL
Birdland – A Poem
Guitar riff, as a thorn-winged plover screechingly
messerschmitts magpies and butcherbirds,
bluff-diving to protect his nesting mate
Busily disputing their noisy offspring.
"Moral Emblems, with Aphorisms, Adages, and Proverbs, of All Ages and Nations"
Ang Owang nga matulog Paga dad-on sa solog.
A sleeping shrimp is carried away by the current.
foto – fixing the rigging at sail urunga
A certain man, on hearing that God would care for those who relinquished all their possessions, left his home and retired to the desert where he gave himself to fasting and prayer. On the third day of his retirement he observed many horses laden with baskets of bread passing over a distant highway. Seeing a loaf fall from one of the baskets, he waited and then cautiously dragged himself over the ground to the spot. Seizing the bread he began to eat. As he did so he re peated to himself: "Yes, it is true, God gives bread, but we must creep along ourselves to get it."
"Curiosities in Proverbs: A Collection of Unusual Adages, Maxims, Aphorisms, Phrases and Other …"
foto – izzy foreal and his friends at the workers’ cottage 2010
"A Dictionary of Spanish Proverbs: COMP. From The Best Authorities In The …"
Throw that bone to another dog."
Play that trick upon another, ’twill not pass with me.