Monday, March 23, 2009

Some lives, like some remarks, only make sense out of context.

Words make known. But we live in the unknown.

Tell the truth. It's more disturbing than telling lies.

Rain is the picnic when it rains.

Press your lips to the fountain and drink life in.

Death is. That's its only excuse.

Priceless things are things you put no price on.

Real dishes break. That's how you know they're real.

He's the happiest who's happy with nothing.

Does it really matter who the fastest runner is?

New ideas are nothing new.

New ideas wind up on the same trash heap as the old ones.

The riddle we'll never solve is how to get along.

Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they'll be pleasantly surprised.

If you paint a black picture, the picture will be black.

God may be an atheist for all we know.

Humanity will never solve its problems as long as there are people around.

It is incredible the number of things I find not to take seriously.

Lovers of beauty can't be too discriminating.

If you're glad to be alive, the rest doesn't matter.

Cheer up. You don't have to do anything.

If you need a second to think, it's too late.

Miracles happen so often they become commonplace.

Bullets that miss the mark travel just as fast.

It's easier to draw a straight line than to straighten a crooked one.

All rabbits are not the same rabbit. Just as all Roberts are not the same Robert.

What costs me time costs me nothing.

A few names have survived oblivion. In time oblivion will have them all.

Art: a conversation through a locked door.

Boredom is the price one pays for not enjoying everything.

90 comments:

  1. "Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they'll be pleasantly surprised."
    ...Laugh-out-loud funny, Marty! Wonderful! Have you ever considered writing a list of such delightfully shocking beatitudes?
    Mike

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  2. Great stuff--I particularly like "Cheer up. You don't have to do anything" and "Boredom is the price one pays for not enjoying everything."

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  3. !Tell the truth. It's more disturbing than telling lies!.
    This I really like and since i'm always telling the truth sometimes people don't like me!
    Regards from Italy

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  4. Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

    :)

    Thank you for visiting my blog and letting me know you exist.

    Love,
    M

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  5. Are we 'pose to just...when we juxtapose?

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  6. I actually cut and pasted this list--there were quite a few that I really enjoyed. My favorites were:

    Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they'll be pleasantly surprised.

    If you paint a black picture, the picture will be black.

    Miracles happen so often they become commonplace.

    Great stuff!

    Melinda

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  7. Nice Words. Nice Blog. Simple & Valuable

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  9. Reading you list. Again. Hope you do more.

    As usual, you take triggers my take.

    I read "Blessed are they who expect nothing. For they'll pleasantly surprised."

    I smiled. Then an immediate twist came: "Blessed are they who expect nothing, for their expectations will be realized."

    And "If you need a second to to think, it's too late." Again, I liked. Then tripped to:
    "Don't people know? Being spontaneous takes time!"

    And: "Miracles happen so often they become common place." And I was stopped. Right on.
    Great.

    Look forward to more.

    And thank you for the comment posted on Notches. It brought me back for a re-read here.

    Ralph

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  10. I should read this daily.

    "It's easier to draw a straight line than to straighten a crooked one."

    Would I not enjoy or, rather, gain more, from straightening the crooked line than drawing the straight ?

    "The riddle we'll never solve is how to get along."

    "Tell the truth. It's more disturbing than telling lies."


    I must agree with you. I find that when writing about things that I have witnessed or experienced, the disturbing things, as I allow myself to relive those moments, after many years, I am still disturbed.

    Thank you for this.

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  11. Hai, great contents and I think you are good.Really good. Keep up with more valuable contents like this.


    Cheers
    Selvia

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  12. Nice one! Its taken me a while to comment, but I've been meaning to.

    I really loved the stuff about new ideas never really being new, I think that's totally true, no matter what it is!!

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  13. "Some lives, like some remarks, only make sense out of context."

    i love this....

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  14. "Tell the truth. It's more disturbing than telling lies."

    Since I'm a straightforward person, I really love this one.

    Gee you have one great stuff here! Btw, thanks for visiting my blog, I'm your follower from now on :)

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  15. This is a wonderfully brilliant blog. I enjoyed it immensely. But, please dump the black background template. It tires the eye very quickly and leaves a
    feeling of dullness or ennui. Your blog deserves a bright, light template. My best. Count Sneaky

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  16. I absolutely love this...still giggling at the quotes and would love to share....

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  17. This is a great place to stop and feel some things...

    Great ideas and thought provoking.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  18. Great little blog. Enjoyable and instructive. Count Sneaky

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  19. "Humanity will never solve its problems as long as there are people around." That's absolutely true. Here's a Christian twist to that one. For those people who are looking for the perfect church, they shouldn't join the perfect church when they find it because it will no longer be perfect...:)

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  20. Tell the truth. It's more disturbing than telling lies.
    So true :D

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  21. liked your poetry, and loved the line "God may be an atheist for all we know."

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  22. Excellent. I really enjoyed reading. Speaking of "out of context'. I had an acquaintance who used to say he was going to "turn into a new leaf". He really didn't know he was saying that in such a profound new way.

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  23. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Let's Jump Together. You have some great stuff here- hope you will keep more coming!

    Take care!

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  24. I added you to my blogroll at http://mitajain.wordpress.com

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  25. Your writing is illuminating and thought-provoking.
    There's so much to appreciate--the small things are often overlooked.
    Everything is so fast paced--instant gratification takes the place of patience, of sacrifice, of thankfulness.
    Keep up the great blogs.
    Look forward to more!

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  26. I like the way you intersperse common sayings or those easily identified with with funny, unexpected ones like "Blessed are those who expect nothing, for they'll be pleasantly surprised." My philosophy in life!

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  27. Just wanted to stop by and visit. I will leave now with a better understanding of the person that I have become friends with. Your words have rewarded you with wisdom seeking friends. Most of all your wisdom has rewarded you with friends that are like wise. Have a nice evening , I will return.

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  28. I LOVED Art: a conversation through a locked door. I shall remember this blissfully while I am pretending I am in the Louvre alone frantically searching for the key. :)
    Well done my new friend. Your writing is inspiring, comical, brilliant and thought provoking, I shall return again and again.

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  30. Very cool!

    I love the, "real dishes break..." It says so much about our paper plastic world, and our lives as well. You are so right - no matter what troubles we have in our lives, if we're to really live we must enjoy each day and find the pleasure in those moments.

    Again, lovely piece.

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  31. "for all we know god may be an athiest" i tend to believe that. this is great stuff...

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  32. I agree, change your template... It looks dull here...

    But, you have a gift in writing though... Indeed, I admire you...

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  33. This is a rest comment being made to determine what the problem is.
    timethief

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  34. Hi Marty,

    There are a few of you"r saying that I particularly, like "Tell the truth. It's more disturbing then telling lies", "Priceless things are things you put no price on", Maricles happen so often they become commonplace, but the one that intrigues me the most is : "Some lives, like some remarks, only make sense out of context."

    I would say that about sums it up! I think form a spiritual point of view, that is the only way it makes sense. The Bible cannot make sense to the natural man(for he does not believe). The only things that can be understood by him is through the intellect or the 5 senses... But it is the "out of contenxt " pieces of out spritual walks that make the most sense of all to the believer.

    Thank you so much Marty, for giving me this momement to ponder...
    All Grace and peace to you in the love of Christ.
    blessings
    Rev Deb

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  36. I liked this poem. I liked it a LOT
    Andras

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  37. These are all great, but I particularly like:

    Humanity will never solve its problems as long as there are people around.

    Boredome is the price one pays for not enjoying everything.

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  38. I loved the last post, boredom is the price one pays for not enjoying anything, true, life is short and boredom is the alert saying you are wasting it.

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  39. Sorry it's taken me so long to visit and thanks for your comments on www.facedestiny.com/blog.

    A set of statements that are so simple, but so complex at the same time.

    What a wonderful way to describe and define life. I especially like 'Paint a black picture...', 'Priceless things...', 'Boredom...' and 'Tell the truth...'

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  40. OK now, I'm a Christian but I thought this was hilarious:

    "God may be an atheist for all we know."

    And the one right after it made me LOL too:

    "Humanity will never solve its problems as long as there are people around."

    You left a comment on my blog saying you wouldn't call yourself a writer but I read this thinking you're one of the best. I hope you'll take that as a compliment. :)

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  41. I enjoy things that make me think or look at life with a new perspective. This has done that, so thank you.

    Karen

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  42. Did you come up with all of these?

    My favorite is "Death is. That's it's only excuse."

    Very true, unfortunately.

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  43. Bravo! Each a drop of priceless wisdom in an ocean of Wise. Thank you kindly for visiting me also and I will be back to see more of your wonderful writing. Have and be, a Great Day. :)

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  44. I especially enjoyed the last sentence regarding boredom and nothing...so poetically true.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  45. Very Nice. I like this part:

    Tell the truth. It's more disturbing than telling lies.

    and

    God may be an atheist for all we know.

    That was great :)

    I hope you might drop in on me sometime. I've just started my own blog (so this is kinda noob) but I'm looking to hook up with other poet bloggers.

    Take care

    Dasha
    http://aholeintheroof.blogspot.com/
    http://ironjawedangels.blogspot.com/

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  46. You say some very profound things.
    I look forward to more...

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  47. very wise sayings..and fun.

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  48. thanks for these wise sayings. I especially like "Does it really matter who the fastest runner is?".This really cracked me up.

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  49. Misery is my other username.evilsquirrel01

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  50. This is perhaps the most interesting blog with exactly one posting and exactly 50 comments that I have ever read. Well 51 comments now, which sort of makes it lose the symmetry but certainly not the poetry.

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  51. This is brilliant.
    I tend to spend hours on end browsing through quotegarden online.
    "The maxims od men disclose their hearts"

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  52. "All rabbits are not the same rabbit. Just as all Roberts are not the same Robert."

    and this just proves how stereotyping other people is always a mistake.

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  53. Your statements tells a lot about you and your way of living and thinking! =) But a blog with one post consisted only from your aphorisms (without any additional comments) tells much more!

    I liked some of them. I didn't understand few (English is not my native.) And I don't agree with few things (not being agree means that I don't apply it in my life.)

    Take care of your philosophy!

    Ekaterina, GenuineWoman

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  54. interesting style of writing. only one post?

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  55. You have such an impressive writing that I absolutely adore!

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  56. Very interesting - many truisms! Will you be posting more?

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  57. Thanks for the comment & visit to my blog,re;pictures...worth a thousand words.Could be a very nice adjunct.

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  58. Definitely one of the best blog posts I've read! Nice job.. Keep posting! :)

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  59. I read you for fun and I do love aphroisms. One of mine: True compassion is taking up a collection for church mice. My best. Count Sneaky

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  60. As a rabbit who has often been mistaken for a Robert, I just want to say how much I appreciate the sensitivity with which you have handled the issue.

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  61. "Real dishes break. That's how you know they're real."-- Thank you for this beautiful quote! It really brings joy to my day, because it is true on a very basic level, in our world of broken glass.

    yours truly: funispower

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  62. "If you're glad to be alive, the rest doesn't matter."-- very Emmerson of you, I completely agree. The hard part is learning to be glad isn's it?

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  63. I am really looking forward to more posts, please write more, you clearly have a talent for bringing joy to people.

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  64. Apropos, "If you're glad to be alive, the rest doesn't matter."

    It occurs to me that:

    "After endless reincarnation, you'll be glad to be alive."

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  65. I appreciate the following very much:

    It's easer to draw a staight line than to straighten a crooked one.

    Bullets that miss the mark travel just as fast.

    If you're glad to be alive, the rest doesn't matter.

    Death is. That's its only excuse.

    nothingprofound, Althouggh you don't have huge amount of words on ur blog but what u have is wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing.

    PearlTrader

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  66. Hello! I am following, visited this site yesterday but forgot to comment, super busy at work! You and TT are my faves indeed :)

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  67. HEY!

    Do you know how many times this has popped up in my head since reading it:

    "Tell the truth. It's more disturbing than telling lies."

    This line has been very, very good for me.
    Thank you !!!!!!!

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  68. Is it wise to be wise?

    I'm a new fan of Wordplay and Jason Mraz, so, let's keep talking, anything to stop clockwatching.

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  69. I thought the other day that marriage is not always a bed of roses...in fact, nine out of ten couples prefer mattresses, say a Sealy; a Posture-Pedic; or Certa.
    I is not known what sort of thorn-fetish the other couple is into. The Count and his child-bride of fifty-three years have found all three brand names to be
    quite servicable.I come to your blog every week to see what my betters are doing. My best. Count Sneaky

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  70. What is written is written. Kudos to you for recording yours. A plus is a plus, and you giving yours gives to me.

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  71. interesting pieces of thinking.

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  72. Short sentences that say so much. Nicely spaced - these and your others. Just short, and to the point, that hit home with many I'm sure, and I'm sure all appreciate that your words are posted here, and once leaving your blog, your words linger on, and make visitors think about their lives.

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  73. I love the short lines of wisdom you effortlessly put in place here.

    You have a gift, an understanding of the simplicity in complex subjectives that I am totally at awe with.

    Keep writing :)

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  74. Hi,

    I appriciate the skills of your blog writing and the time sharing with us.
    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often. Big M blog.

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  75. I'm still laughing from some of the lines ...

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  76. Your best collection yet. I was wonderig what you thought about this topic: Simone Weil wrote, Pain is the greatest teacher of all.Is this the only way to learn or must we accept it to learn at all? How much can we really learn from the thoughts of others? Perhaps it is more the irony in aphroisms rather than the unexpected that makes them appeal to us.My best

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  77. I just posted a poem underneath your John Keats poem in the favorite poem discussion, and I must admit I wouldn't have guessed Keats either.
    But, do you like Haiku and the various forms of oriental poetry? I posted one of the enlightened masters, Takahashi, The last line hits you with great force. My best

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  78. Entertaining and thought-provoking! Great job!

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  79. Your poem are very inspiring. They really make me think about life and my illness. I should be grateful for what I have, not sad about what I have lost. Thank you.

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  80. No. It doesn't really matter who the fastest runner is.

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  81. Hello,

    I'm back, still into many projects at work and rarely visit BC. Anyway, these made me smile:
    "I have a bad memory. Every day seems new to me."

    "You know you're on the wrong track if you're thinking too much."

    "Happiness exists, but not the conditions of happiness."

    Very true! Thanks for sharing all these, more power :)

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  82. I enjoyed this. I'll continue to follow this...and thanks for checking out my blog as well.

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  83. In our household, ALL dishes are potentially real! I've considered getting plastic plates and cups, but then, they are not so nice to eat from.

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  84. 'Cheer up. You don't have to do anything.': except doing the dishes!

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  85. True ...Real dishes break. That's how you know they're real....

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  86. smiles..I love them all..becouse all of them have a ll truth inside..all. Congrats! Go on! Well done my friend.

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  87. Happy New Year and many blessings to you for 2010.

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