What the hell...?

 

What the hell were they talking about ??

Less. Is. More. 

Warning. Some of the following quotes are are from First Nations Australians and North Americans who are deceased.

 

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. - Confucius

 

 
 
Sovereignty is not given, it is taken.
 
A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten.
 
Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.
 
Science is the only true guide in life.
 
Peace at home, peace in the world.
 
A nation devoid of art and artists cannot have a full existence.
 
 
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
 
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Former President of Turkey
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Kemal Atatürk, commonly referred to as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was a Turkish field marshal, revolutionary statesman, author, and founder of the Republic of Turkey, serving as its first President from 1923 until his death in 1938. Wikipedia
 

 

 
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.
 
The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
 
The greatest danger to our future is apathy.
 
Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.
 
I think the best evenings are when we have messages, things that make us think, but we can also laugh and enjoy each other's company.
 
Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.
 
Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don't change.
 
(DR. Jane Goodall)
 
 

 

 

 

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

Khalil Gibran

 

We have become 99 percent money mad. The method of living at home modestly and within our income, laying a little by systematically for the proverbial rainy day which is due to come, can almost be listed among the lost arts.

George Washington Carver

 

 "All through the day. I. Me. Mine."( George Harrison)

 

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world" (Robin Williams)

 

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts, we make the world." (Buddha)

 

"The planet is fine. The people are fucked." (George Carlin)

 

"All that is solid melts into air." (Karl Marx)

 

 “Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.”(Benito Mussolini)

 

“Capitalism is a legitimate racket run by the ruling class.” (Al Capone)

SAN FRANCISCO, USA - OCT 5, 2015: Al Capone at the Madame Tussauds museum in SF. It was open on June 26, 2014

 

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Socrates.....

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“Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
 Hermann Goering

 

  "The situation is hopeless. We must take the next step." (Pablo Casals)

 

"Smithers. Release the hounds. " (Monty Burns)

    

1. "Following the death of Pemulwuy Governor King wrote to Lord Hobart that on the death of Pemulwuy he was given his head by the Aboriginal people as Pemulwuy "had been the cause of all that had happened". The Governor issued orders with immediate effect to not "molest or ill-treat any native", and to re-admit them to the areas of Parramatta and Prospect from which they had been forcibly excluded. Pemulwuy's head was preserved in spirits. It was sent to England to Sir Joseph Banks accompanied by a letter from Governor King, who wrote: "Although a terrible pest to the colony, he was a brave and independent character." (Wikipedia)

 2. “Each of us is unique. We are different. We are all Australians and call this home. Let us rejoice in our diversity and difference because it is they that will enrich us. It is who we are and where we want to be.” (Patrick Dodson)

 3. “Australia will become a model for other global communities ... I see Australians coming together from all walks of life, especially indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, for a better tomorrow. We need to lock into one-another's point of view.that will ultimately give us the strength, wisdom, inspiration and the generosity to get the job done.” (Manduway Yunupingu)

 4. “They [Aboriginal youth] learn and receive messages from society of low worth and expectations of mediocrity and failure. I challenge these messages and dream for young Aboriginal Australians and I encourage them to believe in themselves.

We stagger & stumble into each other in confusion when our identity…is contested & thus allow ourselves to be moulded by others.

We pray eternally that the White authority structure will not turn on us and impede what little progress we have made.

We live off the crumbs that fall off the White Australian tables and are told to be grateful. 

We ask for land rights with tongue in cheek knowing full well that the land belonged to us in the first instance.” (Dr Charles Perkins)

5. “Peace, unity and harmony!

 People could see in me who I am now, an Olympic champ, the best in the world.

 You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable.” (Cathy Freeman)

6.“All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. (John Kenneth Galbraith)

7.“Listen, the next revolution is gonna be a revolution of ideas.” (Bill Hicks)

8. "I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal." (Milton Friedman)

9.“What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?” (Henry David Thoreau)

10.“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!"  (Jack Kerouac)

11. “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” (Bertrand Russell)

12. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." (Winston Churchill)

13.“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.” (George Carlin)

14."There must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief

There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief

Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth

None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.” (Bob Dylan)

15. “A person with a good idea is a crank until the idea succeeds." ( Mark Twain)

16. “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” ( Galileo)

17. “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” (Goethe)

18. “In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” (George Orwell)

19. “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”(Adolf Hitler)

20. “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” (George Orwell)

21. “So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.” (George Orwell)

22. “By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.”(Adolf Hitler)

23. “ Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”  (George Orwell)

24. “There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.” (Margaret Thatcher)

25. “All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”(Adolf Hitler)

26. “Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.” (Mel Brooks)

27. “Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.”(Benito Mussolini)

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29. “Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you." (Marilyn Monroe)

30. “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages”.  (Virginia Woolf)

31. “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”( Buddha)

32. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” (Woody Allen)

33. “Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.” (Kurt Vonnegut)

34. “The older I get the more certain I am I’m not running the show (Leonard Cohen)

35. "One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."  ( Lewis Carroll)

36. “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.” ( Sylvia Plath)

37. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” (William Blake)

38. “ The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” ( William Blake)

39. “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom” (William Blake)

40. “The worst part of success is trying to find anyone who is happy for you." ( Bette Midler)

41. “But he that dares not grasp the thorn /Should never crave the rose” ( Anne Bronte)

42. “Never give in. Never give in. Never. Never. Never.”  (Winston Churchill)

43. “When you are going through Hell, keep going.” (Winston Churchill)

44. “We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.” (Marcel Proust)

45. “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

46. ”The fact of being reported multiplies the apparent extent of any deplorable development by five- to tenfold" (or any figure the reader would care to supply).” (Barbara W. Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century)

47. “Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:

Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;

Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;

Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;

Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;

Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;

Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”( Marcus Tullius Cicero)

48. “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” (Beethoven)

49. “I see music as fluid architecture.” (Joni Mitchell)

50. ”Easy to see without looking too far.... not much is really sacred”..(Bob Dylan)

51” ...the same things that  make you live

        can kill you in the end...” (Neil Young)

52. “Advertising signs that con you

 Into thinking you're the one

 That can do what's never been done

 That can win what's never been won

 Meantime life outside goes on

 All around you.” (Bob Dylan) 1965.

53. “ They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot

With a pink hotel, a boutique

And a swinging hot SPOT

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got

‘Til it's gone......” (Joni Mitchell)

54....”And in the end the love you take

          is equal to the love you make...”(Lennon/MacCartney)

55....”don’t follow leaders

         watch the parking meters.....” (Bob Dylan)

56. “I've yet to be on a campus where most women weren't worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.” (Gloria Steinem)

57. “Men are like hardwood floors - lay them right the first time, then you can walk all over them for years. " (Anon.)

58. “There's very little advice in men's magazines, because men don't think there's a lot they don't know. Women do. Women want to learn. Men think, 'I know what I'm doing, just show me somebody naked.” (Jerry Seinfeld)

59. “He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher.....or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.”  (Douglas Adams)

60. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” (J. K. Rowling)

61. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” (Muhammad Ali)

62. “It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” (Muhammad Ali)

63. “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” (Muhammad Ali)

64. “Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.”  (Thomas Mann)

65. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”(Helen Keller)

66. “The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.”(Goethe)

67. “Sartre said Hell is other people. I believe that most of them are “  (Van Morrison)

68. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” (Helen Keller)

69. “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to  take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” (Carl Jung)

70. “The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable”. (Carl Jung)

71. “The foundation of all mental illness is the avoidance of  legitimate suffering”. (Carl Jung)

72. “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams”. (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

73. “Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?” (Groucho Marx)

74. “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.” (Groucho Marx)

75. “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” (Karl Marx)

76. “Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.” (Arthur C. Clarke)

77. “I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.” (Arthur C. Clarke)

78. “The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.“  (Arthur C. Clarke)

79."Never trust a man, who when left alone with a tea cosey...... doesn't try it on. (Billy Connolly)

80. “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” (Nietzsche)

81. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”(Plato)

82. “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” (Socrates)

83. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”(Martin Luther King, Jr.)

84. “I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.” (E.M. Forster)

85. “Years of love have been forgot,

        In the hatred of a minute.” ( Edgar Allan Poe)

86. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. “(Helen Keller)

87. “Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.” (Robert Frost)

88. “The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” (Buddha)

89. “If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative." (Woody Allen)

90. “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology ‘(Carl Sagan)

91. "Who are we? We find that we  live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” (Carl Sagan)

92. “A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.” (Carl Sagan)

92. “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. ‘(Carl Sagan)

93. “There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world" (Carl Sagan –Cosmos)

94. “For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” (Carl Sagan)

95. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” (Albert Einstein)

96. “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” (Albert Einstein)

97. “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”(Albert Einstein)

98. “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.”(Albert Einstein)

99. “A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? (Albert Einstein)

100. “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” (Albert Einstein)

101. “When the solution is simple, God is answering. “ (Albert Einstein)

102. “Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”(Albert Einstein)

103. “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” (Albert Einstein)

104. “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” (Albert Einstein)

105. “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.”  (Albert Einstein)

106. “I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.”(Albert Einstein)

107. “That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.” (Albert Einstein)

108. “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”(Albert Einsten)

 109. “It has always seemed strange to me....the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.” ( John Steinbeck)

110. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.  ( Bertrand Russell)

111. "Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception". ( Carl Sagan)

112. “The thing the ecologically illiterate don't realize about an ecosystem is that it's a system. A system! A system maintains a certain fluid stability that can be destroyed by a misstep in just one niche. A system has order, a flowing from point to point. If something dams the flow, order collapses. The untrained miss the collapse until too late. That's why the highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences.” (Frank Herbert)

113. “The evolution of the human race will not be accomplished in the ten thousand years of tame animals, but in the million years of wild animals, because man is and will always be a wild animal.”  (Charles Darwin)

114. “All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”( Noam Chomsky)

115. “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong”. (John Lennon)

116. “The Kingdom of Heaven is within’ (Jesus)

117. “Suffer the little children, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Jesus)

118. “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

119. “The 'Kingdom of Heaven' is a condition of the heart - not something that comes 'upon the earth' or after death.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

120. “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” (Desmond Tutu)

121. "I was hostile to the white man...We preferred hunting to a life of idleness on our reservations. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed to hunt. All we wanted was peace and to be let alone. Soldiers came...in the winter..and destroyed our villages. Then Long Hair (Custer) came...They said we massacred him, but he would have done the same to us. Our first impulse was to escape...but we were so hemmed in we had to fight. After that I lived in peace, but the government would not let me alone. I was not allowed to remain quiet. I was tired of fighting...They tried to confine me..and a soldier ran his bayonet into me. I have spoken." (Crazy Horse – Sioux)

122. "I love this land and the buffalo and will not part with it. I want you to understand well what I say. Write it on paper...I hear a great deal of good talk from the gentlemen the Great Father sends us, but they never do what they say. I don't want any of the medicine lodges (schools and churches) within the country. I want the children raised as I was.

I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don't want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die.

A long time ago this land belonged to our fathers, but when I go up to the river I see camps of soldiers on its banks. These soldiers cut down my timber, they kill my buffalo and when I see that, my heart feels like bursting." (Santana. Kiowa Chief)

123. “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” (Stephen Hawking)

124. “The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. “ (Stephen Hawking)

125. “Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity. “ (Stephen Hawking)

126. “I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.”(Isaac Asimov)

127. “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company” (Mark Twain)

128. "Freedom lies in being bold." (Robert Frost)

129."If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same..yours is the earth and everything in it."(Rudyard Kipling)

 

EDUCATION

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. - George Washington Carver

 

The Art of Teaching

 

-“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”.( Nelson Mandela)

-“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” ( John Steinbeck)

-“I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.” (Woody Allen)

-“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for they  only gave them life, those the art of living well.”(Aristotle)

-“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. “ (Albert Einstein)

-“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the  house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” (Khalil Gibran)

-“Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.”(Aristotle)

-He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches. ( George Bernard Shaw)

 

                                                                                                    TRAVEL

1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ( Mark Twain)

2.“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.”(Britney Spears)

3. “Travel, which was once either a necessity or an adventure, has become very largely a commodity, and from all sides we are persuaded into thinking that it is a social requirement, too.” (Jan Morris)

4. “I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.” (Michael Palin)

5. “Michael Palin decided to give up on his considerable comedy talents to make those dreadfully tedious travel shows. Have you ever tried to watch one?”(John Cleese)

6. “Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.”(W. C. Fields)

7. “We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it's vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it's security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.”(Adlai E. Stevenson)

8. “Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.”(Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

9. “Travel is one of the best anti-war weapons that there are. I've been to Iran, and if you're there you see little kids, cops, old people, cemeteries. Once you see that, you can't say, 'Oh, Iran, let's bomb them.” (Viggo Mortensen)

10. “Not all those who wander are lost.”  (J.R.R. Tolkien)

11. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson)

12. “But that's the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don't want to know what people are talking about. I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” ( Bill Bryson)

                                                           DEATH

 

1.“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.

Trouble no one about their religion;

Respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.

Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.

Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,

even a stranger, when in a lonely place.

Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools

and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled

with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep

and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.

Sing your death song and die  like a hero going home.”

(Chief Tecumseh -  Shawnee Nation 1768-1813)

2.“ I've told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.” (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

3.“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” (Albert Einstein)

4.“It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it.” (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

5.“Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.” (Bertolt Brecht)

6.“Dying is easy, it's living that scares me to death.” (Annie Lennox)

7.“Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.” (Walt Whitman)

8.....”he not busy being born is busy dying...” (Bob Dylan)

9.“ I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens.”(Woody Allen)

10. “Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool  I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” (Steve Jobs)

12. “ I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.” (George Carlin)

13. “ Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” (Anais Nin)

14. “ In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.” (Anne Frank)

15. “ There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.”(Ernest Hemingway)

16. “There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.”(Dwight D. Eisenhower)

17. “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.’(Anais Nin)

18.“It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.” (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

19. "Success is like death. The more successful you become the higher the house on the hill gets and the higher the fences." (Kevin Spacey)

20."It worked.” (said after witnessing the first atomic detonation). (J. Robert Oppenheimer)

      "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” (J. Robert Oppenheimer)

 

      -Native American version of the 23rd Psalm

“The GREAT FATHER above a SHEPHERD CHIEF is.

 I am His and with Him I want not.

He throws out to me a rope and the name of the rope is love

 and He draws me to where the grass is green and the water is not dangerous,

 and I eat and lie down and am satisfied.

 Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down

 but He lifts me up again draws me into a good road.

 His name is WONDERFUL .

 Sometimes, it may be very soon, it may be a long long time,

 He will draw me into a valley.

 It is dark there, but I'll be afraid not,

 for it is between those mountains that the SHEPHERD CHIEF will meet me

 and the hunger that I have in my heart all through life will be satisfied.

 Sometimes he makes the love rope into a whip,

 but afterwards He gives me a staff to lean upon.

 He spreads a table before me with all kinds of foods.

 He puts His hand upon my head and all the " tired " is gone.

 My cup he fills till it runs over.

 What I tell is true. I lie not.

 These roads that are "away ahead" will stay with me

 through this life and after;

 and afterwards I will go to live in the Big Teepee

 and sit down with the SHEPHERD CHIEF forever.”

Author unknown

                                  

The way to happiness is: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry.

Live simply, give much. Fill your life with love, do as you would be done by.

(Buddha)

 Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

(Rumi)

bird up there in endless sky

swooping low

flying high

doesn't stop to wonder why

he just knows it's all

within him...

(Anon )

 

                       Success

To laugh often and love much; To win

the respect of intelligent persons

and the affection of children; to earn the

approbation of honest critics and

endure the betrayal of false friends; to

appreciate beauty; to find the best in

others; to give of one's self; to leave the

world a bit better, whether by a healthy

child, a garden patch, or a redeemed

condition; to have played and laughed

with enthusiam and sung with exultation;

to know even one life has breathed easier

because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.  

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

 

 

   Worth having a chew on.....

1. "Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second-rate people who share its' luck." ( Donald Horne)

2. "The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy. " ALEX, CAREY 

3. "Men and Women of Australia .    It's Time....." ( Gough Whitlam, 1972 Election launch)

 4. " Poverty is a national waste as well as individual waste. We are all diminished when any of us are denied proper education. The nation is the poorer - a poorer economy, a poorer civilisation, because of this human and national waste." ( Gough Whitlam, 1969 election pitch)

5. " Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindiji people and I put into your hands this piece of the earth itself as a sign that we restore them to you and your children forever." ( Gough Whitlam, Northern Territory, 1975)

6. "From little things Big Things grow..." (Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody)

7. "Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen." (Phillip Adams)

8. "One is left with the thought that given the way we now abuse the ocean and abuse the climate that we are heading towards our own iceberg, which is looming on the horizon. It's not visible yet but it certainly exists there and it won't be my generation that has to deal with the fact that the world is not bountiful forever, that the ocean and the atmosphere are not free goods to be abused, that will have to feed these vast populations. That will be your generation.

PAUL, KEATING - Speech to accept Honorary Doctorate Macquarie University, 12 April 2012

9. " We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life. We brought the disasters. The alcohol. We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practised discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice. And our failure to imagine these things being done to us. " (Paul Keating, Redfern Speech, 10 December 1992.)

10. " I'd like to be seen as an average Australian bloke. I can't think of....I can't think of a nobler description than to be called an average Australian bloke." ( John Howard)

11. " All our best heroes are losers." ( Richard Glover)

 12. "Only The Straaayan Yartz can set you free !!! " (Big Nod/Wink  to Sir Les Patterson, a trend setting, largely unappreciated but fine and distinguished Public Servant/Diplomat in his day !)