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The length of a frog can only be determined after it dies. Ghanaia



Ali Cobby Eckermann

she sits on a rocky ledge
overlooking frog song
puncturing a choked river
at dusk

it is only here native birds sing
their evening lullaby
echoed between red banks
overgrown with weeds

it’s like life slips away in the evening
a resounding of Salientia castanets
soon to fall silent
like flaking moss

she listens for earth song
under the algae and foreign reeds
and just as darkness falls
a fish jumps rippling memory


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 28 November 1925

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW - 1842 - 1954), Saturday 28 November 1925,

There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lie happiness.” – Gelett Burgess


The past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future. – Marilyn Ferguson –

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“This is what a woman is: unadorned, after children and work and age, and experience-these are the marks of living.” auty

― Zadie Smith, On Be

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A shot to kill the pain. A pill to drain the shame. A purge to end the gain. A cut to break the vein. A smoke to ease the crave. A drink to win the game. An addiction is an addiction because it all hurts the same.

He who would enjoy the fruit must not spoil the blossom.

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“It is hard work to control the workings of inclination and turn the bent of nature; but that it may be done, I know from experience. God has given us, in a measure, the power to make our own fate: and when our energies seem to demand a sustenance they cannot get–when our will strains after a path we may not follow–we need neither starve from inanition, not stand still in despair: we have but to seek another nourishment for the mind, as strong as the forbidden fruit it longed to taste–and perhaps purer; and to hew out for the adventurous foot a road as direct and broad as the one Fortune has blocked up against us, if rougher than it.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre



There is many a good man to be found under a shabby hat.


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My father said being an artist is the shortest road to the poor house , claiming “real” work is something you don’t like. I ignored him through oppositional behaviour, later reasoning that only an idiot sets out to find the poor house , not to mention devote himself to something he does not love. Instead, I discovered an interesting back road to the unknown , and deliberately without a safety net.”

― Russell Chatham

Looking into the spirit of others is sometimes like looking into a pond. Though we aim to see what’s deep in the bottom, we are often distracted by our own reflection.”

― Katina Ferguson

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Do your work,then step back.The only path to serenity.



“Is it not certain that the Creator yawns in earthquake and thunder and other popular displays, but toils in rounding the delicate spiral of a shell?

The Trembling of the Veil” ― W.B. Yeats

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“The Shell

The sea fills my ear
with sand and with fear.

You may wash out the sand,
but never the sound
of the ghost of the sea
that is haunting me.”
― Ted Hughes, The Mermaid’s Purse: poems by Ted Hughes

Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do.” ― Oscar Wilde

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“I want my girls to see their relationship with me as a place of refuge, a place they can retreat to for honesty, unconditional love, and support. I want to teach them and have them trust me, not fear me. I want to preserve the gentle souls that I see in them.”

-Liz. M.”
― Hilary Flower, Adventures in Gentle Discipline: A Parent-to-Parent Guide

“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

Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.

― Heraclitus, Fragments


“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don’t go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open
Don’t go back to sleep!”

― Rumi

If I told you I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at, I’d be lying, because I have no idea where I am right now.

― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale


“But you see," said Roark quietly, "I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I’ve chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I’m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one.”

― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

An ant will not die beneath her feet.

One who walks slowly and softly.

"Marathi proverbs"


If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle — absolute busyness — then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy — and without consciousness.
Gunther Grass.

Eva Young: To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.

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All change is not growth; as all movement is not forward.

Ellen Glasgow


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I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands. Zora Neale Hurston


"The way one eats is the way one works."



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" Joke with the clown in your house, and he will jest with you in public places."

if encouragement be given to a vulgar individual to joke or take liberties with another in private, be would repeat them in public so as to occasion him pain and confusion.

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Every week has its holiday.

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