Category Archives: WORDS

You must judge a man by the work of his hands.

 

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“It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them, they always purr: “If they would only purr for ‘yes,’ and mew for ‘no,; or any rule of that sort,” she had said, “so that one could keep up a conversation! But how can you talk with a person if they always say the same thing?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

If eskimos can come up with fifty words for snow because its a matter of life and death, why do we have just one word for love?”

― Mike Gayle

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Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

John Ruskin 1819-1900

If we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night”

― D.H. Lawrence

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The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.

Homer, Greek epic poet, (Eighth Century BC)

 

I cannot hear what you say for the thunder of what you are.

African Proverb

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The folktale is as follows: the peacock and the crow decide to add colour to their feathers, and to paint each other’s. The crow spends a long time painting careful designs on the peacock, who becomes so proud of his feathers he wants to strut and flaunt them. So when the peacock paints the crow, he just dumps black paint on and says he’s done. Yet the crow is more respected for his care for others and his modesty.

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. Gautama Buddha

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

― Melody Beattie

Words are cold, muddy toads trying to understand sprites dancing in a field-but they’re all we have.

― Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil

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“The smell of that buttered toast simply spoke to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cozy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

She realized with deep respect that this woman had always done what she had to do and faced what she had to face. If many of her fears and burdens would have seemed unreal to another woman, there was nothing unreal about her courage.”

 ― Elizabeth Goudge, The Scent of Water

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“Owen meany who rarely wasted words and who had the conversation-stopping habit of dropping remarks like coins into a deep pool of water… remarks that sank, like truth, to the bottom of the pool where they would remain untouchable.”

― John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

“Australian Aborigines say that the big stories — the stories worth telling and retelling, the ones in which you may find the meaning of your life — are forever stalking the right teller, sniffing and tracking like predators hunting their prey in the bush.” Robert Moss

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“When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.”

― Rabindranath Tagore

“And what is wrong with playing with words? Words love to be played with, just like children or kittens do!”

― David Almond, My Name is Mina

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“I don’t know if tea really helps when one feels precarious, but it does give one something warm to hold on to. A kitten would work just as well, but we don’t have one at the moment. They will grow into cats.”

― Joanna Bourne, My Lord and Spymaster

I never felt the urge to jump off a bridge, but there are times I have wanted to jump out of my life, out of my skin.

― David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility

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THE BRIDGE

David Hallett

somehow
something has unlocked
to pronounce the beautiful words
that were frozen in my mouth,
lost in my mind, always in my heart/
(I had put aside)
to cry out war and tragedy and oppression –
she left those sad words behind
she left the machines and the crowd
to join the dreamcatchers in the mist of her mountain den –
where the sky walks the land
where the sunlight is singing
and the water is singing a river of beautiful words
falling through her valley/
fingers of water weaving transparent
through the twine of vine
falling through her hair,
raining down brow and breasts and toes
where she stands barefoot
under the great tree
and the immense forest breathing around her/
and the day and the night caress each other
like a man and a woman in love,
and the cool lips of the night
whisper time is not stone
and there is a bridge,
a bridge leaps the waters and the tower of trees,
a bridge of dreams and words,
its path is fern and flower and golden rain,
and always, always
the bridge is love.
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Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. ― C.S. Lewis

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“Sometimes, Ms. Lane," he said, "one must break with one’s past to embrace one’s future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.”

― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

“Silence itself—the things one declines to say, or is forbidden to name, the discretion that is required between speakers is…an element that functions alongside the things said…There is no binary division to be made between what one says and what one does not say; we must try to determine the different ways of not saying such things.”

Michel Foucault History of Sexuality Vol. 1

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“It must be admitted frankly that Aunt Becky was not particularly beloved by her clan. She was too fond of telling them what she called the plain truth. And, as Uncle Pippin said, while the truth was all right, in its place, there was no sense in pouring out great gobs of it around where it wasn’t wanted. To Aunt Becky, however, tact and diplomacy and discretion, never to mention any consideration for any one’s feelings, were things unknown.”

L.M. Montgomery, A Tangled Web

The sword is not to be used against him who has asked forgiveness.

"Turkish Proverbs"

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Forgiveness

Now bury with the dead years conflicts dead
And with fresh days let all begin anew.
Why longer amid shrivelled leaf—drifts tread,
When buds are swelling, flower—sheaths peeping through?
Seen through the vista of the vanished years,
How trivial seem the struggle and the crown,
How vain past feuds, when reconciling tears
Course down the channel worn by vanished frown.
How few mean half the bitterness they speak!
Words more than feelings keep us still apart,
And, in the heat of passion or of pique,
The tongue is far more cruel than the heart.
Since love alone makes it worth while to live,
Let all be now forgiven, and forgive.

Alfred Austin 1835-1913

http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/52770-Alfred-Austin-Forgiveness

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"The whisperer’s tongue is worse than the serpent’s venom.” (Latin).

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I wonder why it is, that young men are always cautioned against bad girls. Anyone can handle a bad girl. It’s the good girls men should be warned against.
David Niven

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"The tongue breaketh bone though itself have none." (French).

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A greengrocer and a potter hired a camel together and each hung a pannier on its side filled with his goods. As they proceeded on their way the camel occasionally helped itself to vegetables from the greengrocer’s pannier, which caused the potter to laugh at his companion. After a time they paused to rest and the camel in seating itself naturally leaned to the heavier side, which was the side on which was the pannier of pots, break ing all the vessels.

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go out under the dark trees to where the boat lies waiting by the rock

DAVID BROOKS – Australia

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Kavala karakarala mhanuna piriipala marata nahi

The Pimpal tree does not die because the crow cawed.

The Pimpal is a sacred tree. Good men are not disturbed if a base person speak against them.

"Marathi proverbs"

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