Monday, July 13, 2009

Language-a mirror in front of a window.

We put ourselves through hell and that is hell.

There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself.

Parrots mimic their owners. Their owners consider that a sign of intelligence.

First you roll a ball; then it rolls by itself.

A dream separates, but a look unites.

A cat believes in its claws even when they're cut.

I try never to do anything I might be proud of later.

I have a bad memory. Every day seems new to me.

A fool who cursed the sun was surprised to see it still shining.

Nothing succeeds like indifference to success.

Every bullet fired can expect a bullet in return.

The tragedy of every religion is that it needs a church to survive.

What if you have all the pieces and the puzzle still doesn't fit?

The leaves on the water, the fog under the bridge. That's what I believe in.

89 comments:

  1. Great stuff--especially "Nothing succeeds like indifference to success," "There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself," and "Parrots mimic their owners. Their owners consider that a sign of intelligence." Have you ever read William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" (which includes his "Parables of Hell")? If not, you should check it out....

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  2. Nothing profound, visiting your blog always leaves me with a smile on my face. I find myself reading, and re-reading each aphorism, and I think I get more from it each time I do - maybe that's why I come back to your blog all the time even though I read each post multiple times. :)

    My favorite of these is: We put ourselves through hell and that is hell.

    It is so ironically true, isn't it?

    I always look forward to reading more from you.

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  3. I am so happy you updated your aphorisms! You are quite brilliant at coming up with them.

    This time, my favorites are:

    “Parrots mimic their owners. Their owners consider that a sign of intelligence”. – this one really did make me LOL.

    “I have a bad memory. Every day seems new to me”.—I’m sending this to my mom, who will really appreciate it.

    and my personal favorite:

    “The tragedy of every religion is that it needs a church to survive.” –how absolutely true and PROFOUND this is.

    Great stuff, as always!

    Melinda

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  4. NP, left a comment on your discussion of my favorite which I have named the empowering aphorism.(Smiles)

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  5. your lightness is unbearable ;)

    "There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself."

    there is also the learned dog.

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  6. These are your best yet. I come back and read them over every few days. There are a couple of jewels. I will give you my choice in the nextday or so. You seem to have, like me, a fondness for the wit,bevity and sting of Haiku and the wisdom of Buddhist thought.Someone above mentioned Blake's "Proverbs of Heaven and Hell"
    and it is indeed worthy of study. Perhaps, also we need to set them in larger type and space them out with typographic ornaments or illustrate each of them with
    drawings or photographics. I meant to give you a link on my blog before and I'm going to do that now.
    We aphoristas have to stick together...

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  7. "We put ourselves through hell and that is hell." - that is what I did to myself a while ago. Good for me it was the past.
    "There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself." - Music of good mood? =P
    "First you roll a ball; then it rolls by itself." - ya, it works like that =)
    "The tragedy of every religion is that it needs a church to survive." - giggling...it is the voice of my Slavic origin.

    Thank you, Marty, for sharing your insights with us.

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  8. "Nothing succeeds like indifference to success."

    How true.

    Great sayings!

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  9. I'm getting that boll rolling, then! These are great, Nothing Profound! You've got me believing in my claws again whether I cut them or not!

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  10. Hey NP, Wassup!
    In this one, my favorite would be "Language-a mirror in front of a window." It's indeed a mirror, and sometimes the image comes out twisted. Such is the limitation of this boon, which is a bane yet.

    In this piece, I found it slightly tough to find the connecting thread between all the aphorisms. I read and re-read (But it could just be silly me ;-)...I'm a little slow) For this reason, in my opinion, the earlier two posts score slightly above.

    I love your work. Keep writing.

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  11. Albert Einstein once said, "Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” It takes a wise man to put in a few simple words the profound experience of life. These words you have here are really fantastic and can even be compared to the most inspiring articles out there. You have the gift, my friend.

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  12. I've always been fascinated with language... mostly because I'm bilingual and learned English almost as a teenager. I just love words and the fact they can mean so many different things to so many different people. Your post is wonderful:) I believe in my claws when they're cut too... it's just a matter of time till they grow.

    I'm glad you found me! I'm a fan.

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  13. Yes, thanks for letting me know you added some things to think about.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  14. "Nothing succeeds like indiference to success" Now I'm falling in love with your blog. It is so much like you :p

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  15. Good stuff! You are actually very profound! Your post made me smile today after I messed up an experiment, thank you.

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  16. May I borrow the cat one for my Cat Saturday blog? Also, good to know we are aphoristas. I had not heard that term before but like it.

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  17. I especially like the last one. It puts me in a romantic frame of mind (romantic in the classical sense). I love how some of these seem almost like they could have come straight from the book of Proverbs and things like that. :)

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  18. I am glad I came to read your aphorsims, this is in my opinion the best so far. I loved them all, but especially the one about religions.

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  19. I really love your posts. I liked this line especially "I have a bad memory. Every day seems new to me". This is a great way to start my day! :D

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  20. Really great words. I loved this. Keep it up. :)

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  21. "Nothing succeeds like indifference to success." Damn...that is genius and true!

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  22. I love this one :

    "A cat believes in its claws even when they're cut."

    This is quite powerful, love it!
    Keep it up!

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  23. I feel like I'm talking to one of my favourite writers, I don't know what to say.

    I like the third one, it made me think of Proust. He wrote (more or less): "The beauty things that we will write if we are talented are inside us, faint, like the memory of a tune that delights us. [And if we don't try to write them] no one will ever know, not even us, which was the music that followed us with its indefinite and delicious rhythm."

    I also like the last one, I think you found your music when you wrote it.

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  24. I like this one by Bill Cosby :
    "A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."

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  25. Every bullet fired may expect a bullet in return. - Actually it could "many bullets in return" LOL

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  26. Two thumbs up! Wish I had more thumbs. Another great piece.

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  27. Parrots mimic their owners. Their owners consider that a sign of intelligence... wow your blog is a great example of quality rather then quantity and i really love to be there. Now a days i am out due to sickness even than i can not avoid your invitation when i read it i just jumped into your blog to read this beautiful piece of your writing. Its truly a pleasure to read poetry of a person like you , I just wish i could imagine like you, what you describes in your poetry become a scene for the reader to visualize and it is the beauty of your poetry. Always notify me whenever you post any thing.
    Wish you happiness now and forever.
    Regards

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  28. "Nothing succeeds like indifference to success."

    Hall of Fame stuff

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  29. An abstract lesson in life. Keep that ball rolling..

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  30. Count me in as a fan of:

    "Nothing succeeds like indifference to success."

    and the puzzle pieces!

    Brilliant as usual

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  31. I've been waiting for you to add a new post... These are fabulous.

    Hard to pick a favorite, but the one that grabbed me today, in this moment, is "There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself." That one positively sings to me.

    cindygeenotes

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  32. Good stuff!
    check out some of my Word Humor:
    http://wordhumor.blogspot.com

    word origins, funny words, Bacon was Shakespeare, the F***ing post..
    ..Jose..

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  33. "the tragedy with religion is it needs a church to survive"
    Amen!!

    "The triumph of the Lord's church is it needs no religion to survive"

    What perspective:) Love it!! There are several that stood out, but this to me,
    natually stood out the most. Keep them coming, I absolutely love reading your king Solomon type aphorisms:)
    blessings
    Rev Deb

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  34. Beautiful. I like the humor, too! Another profound post from Nothing Profound :)

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  35. Another wonderful collection, thanks for letting me know you updated :)You are very talented.

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  36. Marty, FYI I've selected your cat aphorism as the photo quote de jour at tomorrow's Cat Saturday blog(The Muse Muse). Hope you like it. I've given you credit and will add a link to your blog as well.

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  37. A dream separates, but a look unites.





    I like that.

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  38. "There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself" Very true. I do it often. :)

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  39. So many praises already! So many! What should I say Marty?

    I tell you what, PLEASE (A Request) stop calling yourself "Nothing Profound"!



    Write On, And On. On And On...

    Cheers.
    Jo

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  40. I know you're attached to your screen name but I still say it's a total misnomer! These are just great:

    -We put ourselves through hell and that is hell. (Check out my latest blog - I totally feel this one b/c I've had a lot of garbage dumped on me lately but the worst parts of it are definitely those I do to myself)

    -There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself. (This is so hard to do when no one else hears it and can't understand it when they do)

    -Parrots mimic their owners. Their owners consider that a sign of intelligence. (HILARIOUS!)

    -A dream separates, but a look unites (This is really intriguing. I have to chew on it for a while.)

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  41. All seem to simply be sayings...but come together wonderfully under that umbrella them of language and what it seems to be moment by moment. Nice....

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  42. Great stuff . Pearl of wisdom.

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  43. its a treasure trove.god bless you for sharing these.

    waiting for the next one..

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  44. wow, nothing profound as a blog name sure is a surprise when you come trolling by this blog and find that it is all about profoundness in the simplest of ideas. I love this. :)

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  45. Your writing is so eloquently expressed.
    I look forward to your blogs very much.

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  46. Thanks for your wise words always. You never fail to leave a big smile on my face. You talk in music.....

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  47. This is my first visit to you blog and I think it's fabulous! I look forward to reading more.

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  48. Interested in the short sayings you make...

    "I have a bad memory. Every day seems new to me": I think that is also a good way to enjoy life, isn't it?!

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  49. Dear NP, I congratulate you on posting these new quotes. I appreciate all of your posts but I think this one is the best.

    My favourites are :

    I have a bad memory. Every day seems new to me.

    A fool who cursed the sun was surprised to see it still shining.

    Every bullet fired can expect a bullet in return.


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

    This last one is the best in my favourites.

    Having seen so many Pearls of Wisdom here makes me think if I continously kept on visiting your blog there are chances that Pearl Trader's trade will expand a lot.......

    Best Wishes !

    PearlTrader

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  50. I'm so glad to see your new post. I especially love "The tragedy of every religion is that it needs a church to survive." Just something I've been thinking for a long time and wanted someone to put into a neat statement like this.

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  51. Hi

    Came to visit. Thanks for dropping by. 55 comments WOW me. That much Wisdom.

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  52. heya, just wanted to stop in and say hello. Thanks for taking the time to come see my blog and leave a comment .. and lol @ the "hot flash* ;)

    take care,

    Bettie :)

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  53. These are great, as usual. I especially like:

    "We put ourselves through hell and that is hell."---and that's the truth.

    "The tragedy of every religion is that it needs a church to survive."---Amen!

    Eagerly awaiting your next post..

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  54. youre the god of words :) nice blog..

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  55. Awesome.

    The third line is my favorite :-)))

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  56. Marty - I am an unabashed fan. I love how you navigate through music and poetry and art and religion and leave me smiling and, you know, wondering.

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  57. I have a bad memory. Every day seems new to me. ( I LOVE THIS ONE :))

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I am sure to visit your blog often! :)


    Take care,
    Ingrid

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  58. HI,
    You dropped by my blog and left a comment. So you were in the drawing for the free book. You won!!! You will be getting your prize soon. Congratulations!!!

    Barbara
    http://barbaraehrentreu.blogspot.com/

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  59. Hmmm, as strange mix of thoughts but they made me laugh and made me think...
    Not sure of my favourites...I think I will need to read on another day too

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  60. Very good I like very much and yes you should publish. Somewhat remind me of some of mine but really reminds me of Galligar.

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  61. Hi I am loving this blog and will definitely com back to visit again. Favourite so far "There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself". Nice to see a blog that make me think.

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  62. I'm always empowered when I stop by please keep it going.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  63. "The tragedy of every religion is that it needs a church to survive." Except for Tao...but Taoism is not a religion, nor a philosophy. It is a river, with leaves on the water, and fog under the bridge. It was nice to meet you there.

    xhenry

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  64. Thank-you for stopping in and leaving a comment, it's much appreciated.
    My first year of blogging has been an amazing experience. It has given me more then I could ever have imagined. Today I feel so grateful.

    Huggs
    JB

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  65. This is really beautiful, Thank you so much for stopping at my blog. I really enjoyed this blog, my favorite line :
    The tragedy of every religion is that it needs a church to survive.
    This day and age yes that is true.

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  66. Here I beg to disagree with U -
    I try never to do anything I might be proud of later.

    Being proud is no sin, it is another name for self-confidence and self-respect. Please reconsider.

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  67. my favorite:

    nothing succeeds like indifference to success.

    thank you.

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  68. This is gooder than good! ~Nards

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  69. Still reading....and the goodness just keeps on coming! ~Nards

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  70. Marty,
    love how you think!

    What you said about music, "There's music you never hear unless you play it yourself."

    We all need to stop relying on other people and do more ourselves. Being a musician I definitely appreciate that sentiment. Although i will say you don't actually have to play the music to hear it.(But I think that's what you meant)
    thanks for the inspiration.
    Bring back pluto

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  71. "the fool who cursed the sun..." .... I think there are too many of those in the world...don't you think? :)

    I want to thank you for visiting my place, and for leaving such an uplifting, inspiring comment, which I truly appreciate. :)

    I don't think I try to do anything with my writings, at all! Rather...my writings do many, many things to me! :)

    Always feel free to visit me again, anytime. :) Thanks again. :)

    -C

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  72. "There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself"
    Just like a drummer marches to his own beat. I like this very much!

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  73. Took quite some time to find my way back to your blog again, and it's always good to be back.

    "What if you have all the pieces and the puzzle still doesn't fit?"

    Ha! Good one!

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  74. wow. you amaze me. you know what you're profound person contrary to your name, to be able to pour in writing your thoughts. keep it up!

    http://thetstepheniemeyertwilight.blogspot.com/

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  75. What interesting food for thought. I enjoyed my visit!

    Karen

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  76. "There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself." - awwww...love this! Thanks again for sharing. I'm so busy with some projects and I hardly visit my blogs nowadays. Have a nice day!

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  77. nice prose. Reminds me of what my SO callbabble. Not everyone understands.

    Take care,
    mb

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  78. I love the hidden meanings of them, but yet they aren't hidden at all, can I take you and put you in my pocket

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  79. "When in doubt, leap. One needs a little courage to live." - How true! I'll fold this up and tuck it away with me for the bad days.

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  80. "Language-a mirror in front of a window." Loved this one! Sometimes, you wonder if the window is open or closed, cracked a bit, maybe drafty. Of course, then the question remains, "But what does the window think about language?" Language always seems to have its say...

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  81. I just love after stay a while. Congraatulations. I subscribed.

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  82. Only a word... DEEP!
    I like it^_^

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  83. This is great.
    This is profound.

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