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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.”

James Oppenheim

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If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

-Stephen Levine

“Some of us are like wheelbarrows – only useful when pushed and very easily upset.”

– Jack Herbert

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the get in the wheelbarrow story (belief, trust, faith, commitment, courage, conviction)

The story goes: upon completing a highly dangerous tightrope walk over Niagara Falls in appalling wind and rain, ‘The Great Zumbrati’ was met by an enthusiastic supporter, who urged him to make a return trip, this time pushing a wheelbarrow, which the spectator had thoughtfully brought along.

The Great Zumbrati was reluctant, given the terrible conditions, but the supporter pressed him, “You can do it – I know you can,” he urged.

“You really believe I can do it?” asked Zumbrati.

“Yes – definitely – you can do it.” the supporter gushed.

“Okay,” said Zumbrati, “Get in the wheelbarrow…”

One day an Eskimo sitting in his kayak got chilly; but when he lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving that you can’t have your kayak… and heat it too.

http://www.oklahomaroadtrips.com/Paddler-Quotes.htm

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My favourite little journey was white water rafting. Have ya been? If you haven’t been, just take an ice cold shower and hit yourself with a bag. It’s the same thing.

http://www.rodneyohebsion.com/quotes-proverbs.htm

A man who is trampled to death by an elephant is a man who is blind and deaf.

http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/proverbs.html

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Meyek olenkaina ilala lenyena
The elephant does not get tired of its tusks
Meaning: one carries his burden without flinching.

http://www.bluegecko.org/kenya/tribes/maasai/proverbs.htm

When the lamps in the house are lit it is like the flowering of lotus on the lake.

Chinese

http://www.special-dictionary.com/proverbs/keywords/lake/

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I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
William Butler Yeats
The Lake Isle of Innisfree

Serenity Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand. May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism. Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone. May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace. May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them. Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.

 

It is much easier to earn a lot of money than to find a bosom friend.

http://www.hanban.com/chinese-culture/chinese-proverbs/chinese-proverbs-friendship.html

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MEMBER’S POEM: A FRIEND

A faithful friend is hard to find’

Who’ll stand through thick and thin, ]

But  my ‘ ‘dog, ‘Dutch,

‘ is just ‘the kind

Who’d do that sort of thing.

She’s just a ‘Cairn terrier pup,

‘ As full of mischief as can, be.

With ears and tail cocked up so bold

As straight as one can see.

Two gleaming eyes, a cold, ‘wet ‘nose,

She stands there all agog,

A tiny bark, a wagging- tail

And that is ‘Dutch,’ my dog.

 

Good advice once was worth a camel; now that it is free of charge, no one takes it. Lebanese

http://creativeproverbs.com/cgi-bin/sql_search3cp.cgi?boolean=and&field=all&frank=all&keyword=camel

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  • At twenty a man will be a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy a monkey, and at eighty nothing.
    Spanish

 

I once started out to walk around the world but ended up in Brooklyn, that Bridge was too much for me.”

― Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Coney Island of the Mind

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My father worked at Coney Island. He had a concession on the boardwalk, where you knock over milk bottles with baseballs, which I could never do for my entire childhood. There was a tidal wave at Coney Island when I was a child. Ripped up the boardwalk and did about a million dollars worth of damage, houses and everything. The only thing left standing was those little milk bottles.

http://www.rodneyohebsion.com/quotes-proverbs.htm

“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”

– Woodrow Wilson

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“The universe contains any amount of horrible ways to be woken up, such as the noise of the mob breaking down the front door, the scream of fire engines, or the realization that today is the Monday which on Friday night was a comfortably long way off.

A dog’s wet nose is not strictly speaking the worst of the bunch, but it has it’s own peculiar dreadfulness which connoisseurs of the ghastly and dog owners everywhere have come to know and dread. It’s like having a small piece of defrosting liver pressed lovingly against you.”

― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

Then their little ferret faces Are peeking out to see That what they’ve stolen most Is the very heart of me!

http://www.angelfire.com/pa/adella/poem/poem3.html

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A Trip Across The Sea

If I had to pick but one thing To take across the sea I think I’d pick a ferret To go along with me

A ferret is more precious Than any other thing They can make you feel complete And get your soul to sing

And when that ferret and I Set sail across that sea We’ll fear no squall nor storm Together strong we’ll be

http://www.kwflatbed.com/ferretpoems.html

 

Dragons beget dragons, and phoenixes, phoenixes; and the offspring of mice will know how to chew holes. Chinese

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May you touch dragonflies & stars, dance with fairies & talk to the moon. May you grow up with love and a gracious heart and always know how loved you are.