"Do a good deed, and throw it into the sea. If the fish don’t appreciate it, the Creator will." Azerbaijan.

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In this world with starry dome,
Floored with gemlike plains and seas,
Shall I never feel at home,
Never wholly be at ease?

World-Strangeness.  Sir William Watson.(1858–1935)

FOTO – POSTCARD FROM LAURIETON NSW EARLY/MID 20th CENTURY.

Nsungwi ya mtuwa sisiliridwa. A tender bamboo cannot be eagerly desired (for building). AFRICAN.

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Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
J B S Haldane, Possible Worlds, title essay (1927)

FOTO -KATI B IN PADDINGTON. SASSAFRAS CAFE.

 

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Getting money is like digging with a needle, spending it is like water soaking into sand. JAPANESE.

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Individuals continuing daily functions surrounded by fused sand
structures should be forbidden to hurl missiles.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
FOTO - POTTSVILLE BEACH 2005 MOB. ( MAD O'BRIAN)
 

“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.” -Coco Chanel

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“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common – this is my symphony.” – William Ellery Channing

FOTO – READYS AND BELLS SYDNEY. 1940S

"Woe be to him that reads but one book." Herbert.

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“The greatest gift is the passion for reading.
It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites,
it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.
It is a moral illumination.”
Elizabeth Hardwick

http://www.librarysupportstaff.com/quotes4lib.html

FOTO – BRISBANE BOOKSHOP AND CAFE.

 

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A land of sombre, silent hills, where mountain cattle go By twisted tracks, on sidelings deep, where giant gum trees grow And the wind replies, in the river oaks, to the song of the stream below. A land where the hills keep watch and ward, silent and wide awake. AB PATERSON.

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“Pigmei gigantum humeris impositi plusquam ipsi gigantes vident”

“Pigmies placed on the shoulders of giants see more than the giants themselves.”
Lucan AD 39-65, The Civil War, Book II, 10

FOTO – BILAMBIL BLUES CLUB 2007.

 

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PROVERBS 8. For my fruit is better than gold and the precious stone, and my blossoms than choice silver.

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A Good-bye – Rosemary Dobson

We have seen you off as far as the yellow-box-tree
Returning I sit for a little while reflecting
On the long white clouds low at the horizon.
The wind sharpens the distant Brindabellas,
In the courtyard the fallen plum-blossom settles.

There will be time enough and time enough later
For crossing the threshold to lamplight and conversation.

http://www.australianliterarycompendium.com/continuancepoem.html

FOTO – MAD O’BRIAN’S LEMON BLOSSOM IN BILAMBIL 2009

 

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Come live with me, and be my love; And we will all the pleasures prove That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods or steepy mountain yields. Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593) from "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

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Upon the Valley’s Lap by Francis Bourdillon

So, often in the course,
Of life’s few fleeting years,
A single pleasure costs,
The soul a thousand tears.

FOTO – BILAMBIL VALLEY 2009 MAD O’BRIAN

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9

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“Third World Labourer”

“If I am asked where I come from,
“I will answer that I am a labourer,
“that in the empire of greed,
“exploitation hurts the same.”

Luz Acuna Aguayo

“How can you thank a man for giving you what’s already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?” MALCOLM X.

T. S. Elliot: Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time.

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For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

FOTO – MT TAMBORINE 2008

 

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Pr.3:34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.

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Mכε KUN DAUN Mכε, A EE CHIAN Pכε MA.
If yu ebul it pכsin in hed, nכ fred dכti na di yai.
If you can bring yourself to eat a person’s head, you don’t have to be afraid to eat the dirt (the sand) in the eye.

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FOTO – LAMP SHINES ON LIZARDS, VW AND KAZOOS IN RED HILL 2007

Brush Tailed Possum. In the garden he disposes Of geraniums and roses, And both pansies and petunias he enjoys; And these destructive habits He shares with wretched rabbits; All the plants that we delight in, he destroys! PHILLIP RUSH.

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WETIN GכD DכN PLANT, YU Nכ GεT Fכ WATA-RAM. (Temne)
When God has planted something, you don’t have to water it.

SIERRA LEONE.

http://www.sierra-leone.org/Krio-Proverbs.html 

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If there’s no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money. (Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet.

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IF YU DE GO NA HIL Fכ PUL SARA Fכ DεN DεBUL DεN, YU MITכP DεN NA ROD, YU GO GO EGEN? (Mende)
If you are going to the hill to make a sacrifice for the devils there and you meet them on the way, will you still go?

SIERRA LEONE PROVERB.

http://www.sierra-leone.org/Krio-Proverbs.html

FOTO – UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND  2008

 

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"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." Helen Keller

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A man hated the way he walked and decided to learn how people in the city of Handan carried themselves. The result was that not only did he fail to learn the new style, but he also forgot his own way of walking. He could only but crawl back to his hometown where he became a laughing stock.

CHINESE PROVERB.

FOTO – QUEENSLAND/ NSW BORDER 2008

 

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Every bird loves to hear himself sing. Slovak Counterpart: Každá líška svoj chvost chváli.

 

Ralph de Bricassart: (the legend of the thorn bird ) There’s a story , a legend, about a bird that sings just once in its life. From the moment it leaves its nest, it searches for a thorn tree… and never rests until it’s found one. And then it sings more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. And singing, it impales itself on the longest, sharpest thorn. But, as it dies, it rises above its own agony, to outsing the lark and the nightingale. The thorn bird pays its life for just one song, but the whole world stills to listen, and God in his heaven smiles.

by Colleen McCullough

FOTO – FEEDING MAGPIES AT BILAMBIL 2009

 

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