Thursday, December 3, 2009

When smashing idols, always begin with your own.

The pieces of a puzzle aren't together or apart.

When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up.

Even blind alleys lead somewhere.

A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk all on its own.

Success reveals how little ambition is worth.

Handing one's troubles over to God makes sense even to an atheist.

Nothing will ever improve if we keep trying to make things better.

I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone.

Because I took the sun for granted it smiled on me.

If no one gives me advice I always follow it.

How is failure possible? One is always just beginning to live.

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  1. Again a wonderful batch of aphorisms! I love the last one and 'A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk all on its own'

    Lovely as usual NP!

    Heey! You also have the captcha word verification! Making me feel guilty that you had to type it several times hehehe ;D.

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  2. Thanks NP. Great aphorisms as per usual. I especially resonate with these:

    The pieces of a puzzle aren't together or apart.

    When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up.

    Even blind alleys lead somewhere.

    A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk all on its own.

    Nothing will ever improve if we keep trying to make things better.

    If no one gives me advice I always follow it.

    How is failure possible? One is always just beginning to live.

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  3. "When smashing idols, always begin with your own." This reminds me of the saying, don't take away someone's crutch unless you have something to replace it.

    On second thought, maybe those aren't related.

    You totally lost me on this one: "Handing one's troubles over to God makes sense even to an atheist." Little help?


    I LOVE this one: "How is failure possible? One is always just beginning to live." I think I may have to hang that on my computer.

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  4. "Even blind alleys lead somewhere" ohhh sooo true!!!

    Love them all NP!

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  5. NP! Lovely as always. I so enjoy reading your sunny perspective on life. You once said that your only real goal in life was to be happy--and I truly believe you have mastered that status. You are an inspiration to me, always--your gentle kindness is certainly something the world could use a lot more of.

    Thanks for letting me know about your new aphorisms! I really enjoyed reading them!

    Take care,

    Melinda

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  6. Especially like "Handing one's troubles over to God makes sense even to an atheist". Surrending your problems to a higher being is a big step, in my opinion, in recognizing your limitations and letting go of what has been holding you back.

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  7. Thought provoking, all of them. But my favorites have so many meanings! "Nothing will ever improve if we keep trying to make things better." is on e example - think wine. We do nothing, and yet with age it gets filled with all kinds of nuances that add so much depth and create a better wine.

    Nicely done NP!

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  8. Good job young man! ... would feature them in the shop but you're one of our links ... mirrors, self portraits, and idols ... goodness!

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  9. Thought provoking and lovely collection of aphorisms as usual,I always look forward to them .And here is one on my favourites “Handing one's troubles over to God makes sense even to an atheist”. True!

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  10. You are so spot on with your thinking. The war of the words between the Christians and Atheist is alive and well. This is a wonderful thing for those who ask serious questions about life itself. You are so thoughtful in your philosophy: this post has tremendous truth. Thank you so much for your leadership through intelligence. Your FAN.

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  11. I love new aphorism day! They are always so thought provoking. I am so happy you share your incredibly wise thoughts with us.

    I like the "nothing will improve if we keep trying to make things better". Overall, another great set of aphorisms.

    Thanks!

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  12. Dear Marty,
    after reading these latest quotes, I'm feeling much honored to be your reader and friend. Although, I learn a lot from your comments found in B.C discussions but I still wait for your pearls of wisdom here.
    This latest post seems to be the best of the best.

    As usual, I also want to tell about my favourite pearls of wisdom:

    "When smashing idols, always begin with your own."

    "A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk all on its own."

    "Handing one's troubles over to God makes sense even to an atheist."
    I like this because in these few words I see a great lesson of living with hope . How can a materialist have hope while he only calculates matter.

    "I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone."
    For me the silence of the stone is: Patience.

    May you have more wisdom to provide more and more inspiration to your readers. Ameen
    N.P thank you so much for sharing.

    PearlTrader (B.C)

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  13. This made my day especially "even blind alleys lead somewhere". I cast light on my blind spot and found the broadcast button LOL.

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  14. Great work M, I love the pause my mind takes while I enjoy each one! I'll be over soon to throw that Risotto together as a gift exchange for these lovely expressions of yours...lol.

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  15. "When smashing idols, always begin with your own."

    Love it. I've always been struck by the way everybody happily sings along with John Lennon on "imagine no religion"...and I think it's precisely because they're thinking "everybody's but mine..."

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  16. Great aphorisms again NP! I love all of them. But I like especially this one, "Handing one's troubles over to God makes sense even to an atheist".

    ".. makes sense", I wish you worded it stronger because we are all God's creation, believers and non-believers, don't you think so? But of course, that's your signature style that makes you click! Looking forward to more.

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  17. I like to take these in slowly. But the first one really struck a chord with me.

    "When smashing idols always begin with your own."

    I call that, "don't believe the hype!"

    What a good message for all of us to see, especially in this "ME" world.

    Thanks!!

    ONE of THE GUYS

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  18. When smashing idols, always begin with the television show.

    When a thing becomes indispensable, try to find a casket where it can fit together with you.

    A puppet whose strings got cut no longer have a social life.

    I found all my prayers in God's spam folder.

    Sorry... just can't help myself. =D

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  19. I so agree with many of the thoughts and if only I could live some of them.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  20. Hey, these are some of my favorites yet! Particularly the first, that's always been something I live by even before I heard it phrased so well. Great job!

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  21. Hi Marty,

    I crawled back to your blog and noticed new aphorisms!

    I do not agree with some things...umm... it is better to say that I wouldn't apply them to myself....

    I love this one! "A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk on its own." It is so true!!!

    I used to whine about my childhood - but then I realized that if things would not be so bad, I hadn't been at this point of my life. Now I am thankful to all those troubles. :P

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  22. thanks again for the thought provoking aphorisms

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  23. MOre great aphorisms from the master.
    Sorry to not be around, but I have been away from computers and internet lately.
    Hope you are well NP

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  24. Oh my God - are all these your's? If so, you are a genius. You recently visited my humble blog. I have a few other posts that you might be interested in, mostly lists of invented words or old words with new definitions. But after reading your pearls of wisdom, I thought you might want to see one of my early posts:

    http://daisybrain.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/some-things-ive-learned-this-lifetime/

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  25. Success reveals how little ambition is worth.
    -My favorite!! :)

    Handing one's troubles over to God makes sense even to an atheist.
    -Oh yeah! I smiled at this one. Atheists are not afraid to consider the possibility of things including the presence of a god; even if it is going to compromise the basis of their own idealogy, which is not a big deal really. We change our minds about these things easily. No wars needed.

    Nothing will ever improve if we keep trying to make things better.
    - I agree with this. I use this line everytime my mom gets in the mode where she's trying to instill future plans into her children's minds.

    I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone.
    -Satirical one, this one :P

    Because I took the sun for granted it smiled on me.
    -Yeah, tell me about it. It's freaking cold now where I am. I'm thinking of the lovely sun, where is it!

    Thanks NP for this new set of wisdom nuggets. :)
    Be well :)

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  26. More great work. I especially like the one about giving something up when it becomes indispensable - as soon as we become attached...

    The one about the pieces of a puzzle reminds me of something in a novel by Robert Kroetsch - one of the characters tries to take apart words made with alphabet blocks and re-distribute the letters, but "out" is always "out," no matter where he puts the letters.

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  27. Thank you for stopping by my site as it brought me to yours and this outstanding post...I seem to have needed to read that today. A.J.

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  28. A puppet whose string got cut...is my all time favorite. I'm Mz. Independent and probably expect everyone to be. You simply amaze me!

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  29. As others, I like the "handing one's troubles over to God..." When I first entered AA I immediately got stuck on Step 3 - handing my will over to a higher power. Finally an exasperated fellow member said "Just say 'help' in the morning, and 'thanks' as night!' But who do I say it to?, I asked. "Say it to your damn doornob. JUST DO IT." The lesson was simple. Beliefs don't matter. Actions count.

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  30. "I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone"-i love this part : ).

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  31. You've done it again, my old fellow iconoclast. Naturally, the first one is my favorite, but the rest of them are great also. I would like to see a few visuals with maybe every third one illustrated by a nice photo, Nature pics lend themselves to this use. What do you think? My best

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  32. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. The aphorisms always give me a moment to reflect upon life the "value" of certain things. The final sentence highlights something I believe to be true.

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  33. Hi Marty,

    I know that you already know what one is my favorite in this list:) "Handing one's troubles over to God, makes sense even to an atheist."... And how true is the first one in your list... Great job as always- Love them all, but that one caught my attention:) It only goes to show my nature as a Rev, Right? LOL

    Thank you so much Marty for your friendship and stimulating my mind with your awesome aphorisms...

    With deepest affection
    Rev Deb

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  34. Thanks once again, my wise sir.

    On the surface they won't make much sense to most people, but one must be patient and allow what has been said to permeate the mind...Alas! I now see the light of true wisdom!

    I'm off ot re-read these because I don't have the foggiest idea what you're talking about, NP :P

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  35. Handing one's troubles over to God makse sense even to an atheist.

    Oh I so love that. I'm baffled by the powerless state one is left in when no Highest power is leaned on.
    (If this comment angers someone please don't slam on this blog. Feel free to take it right to me.) Really though, I wonder, how do they manage?

    When smashing idols always begin with your own.
    True that!!!

    fma

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  36. Two ideas:
    1. You should number these! So commenters can refer to their favorites easier.

    2. You should have a blogroll or exchange links. I would love to exchange links with you.

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  37. "When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up."
    My favourite, and such a noble truth that not many in life ever recognize.

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  38. I love stopping by here. You provide such food for thought so poetically. I too found "The pieces of a puzzle aren't together or apart and When a thing is indispensable it is time to give it up" the two that resonated with me most. I have a chalkboard in my office where I post quotes, etc. that might help my clients shift their thinking and these two have earned a spot in the coming week. Hope that is ok.
    As always, thank you for stopping by my blog and your well and warm wishes! I so appreciate it.

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  39. This is well written about the truth. Thanks for sharing and reminders.

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  40. You visited my blog at the beginning of the month and I appreciated your comments. Sorry to have taken some days to visit your blog. I'm just glad I didn't fail to do so altogether because just look at what I'd have missed! The simple elegance of this post really speaks to me. Thank you.

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  41. NP, Wonderful aphorisms again!

    My favourite for the month so far:
    "When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up."

    I see that you keep adding new ones over the month, so I'm going to be back for more, for sure :-)

    Oh, btw, thank you for taking the time to comment on my site. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

    See ya again soon!

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  42. Hi!

    This is beautiful. Glad to have come. By the way, thank you for dropping by my page and for your message. The pleasure was all mine. :-)

    Have a lovely day. God bless you.

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  43. Hi NP, as always a great bunch of aphorisms, my favorite, and so true is:
    If no one gives me advice I always follow it.

    I will be looking forward to reading more as you post more as your words always seem to provoke deep thought.

    Have a great day!

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  44. I love reading these. I promise to visit more often now that the house has sold! Yay! And ... i have my work schedule down pat and it is that time of year again. I always enjoy your blog!

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  45. Delicious words, as usual. My two favorites:

    When smashing idols, always begin with your own.

    Nothing will ever improve if we keep trying to make things better.

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  46. Hi NP, I am so happy you posted your new set of aphorism!! I wish you posted more often, so that I can read one every morning before I start my day!
    My favorites are:

    "Even blind alleys lead somewhere."

    "Success reveals how little ambition is worth."

    "I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone." ( That one is just wow :)!!!}

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  47. Once again – a brilliant collection! Thanks for these and thanks too for always stopping by Bonehead – I really do appreciate it!

    “A Puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk all on its own” is so timely for us – we have close friends who keep leaning on their parents (also our friends) to help them out of financial difficulties. It may be ok once in a while – but they’re adults in their 40’s and we’re trying to explain to their parents that it’s more than time to let them fly on their own. Without anyone ever cutting the strings – why would a puppet bother to learn to walk?

    “The pieces of a puzzle aren't together or apart” connections are needed to make a complete picture but you have to find your perfect fit, and in life – that’s usually the puzzle.

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  48. And sometimes...it is not a puppet...but when an angel with new wings...when he is left on a mountaintop...he must learn to fly on his own... :)

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  49. "Because I took the sun for granted it smiled on me." Sublime.

    What a great set - from strength to strength.

    There's a story I heard about Abraham -from the bible. His father prayed to idols and he was an idol maker - that was his trade. Abraham asked his father whether the idols had any power and his father said of course they did.

    When his father was out, Abraham smashed all the idols except one.

    When his father came back and asked who did it, Abraham pointed to the idol that was left unsmashed.

    Without thinking, his father shouted 'Don't be silly, the idol couldn't destroy the others.'

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  50. Hi dear NP,

    I LOVE this one: "I found all my prayers answered in the silence of a stone." It just reminded me of all my time in the rainforest. So many things answered in the silence, in the just being.

    Also found this one sooooooooo healing and permissive and soothing: "How is failure possible? One is always just beginning to live." SO COMPASSIONATE!!!

    These are so beautiful and I marvel at your creativity and way with words. Thank you for sharing such uniqueness, one that brings pleasure to so many.

    Hugs,
    Robin

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  51. hey!!! thanks for dropping by. sorry haven't dropped by for a while. but great entries as usual! :D

    "When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up" -- so true!
    "Handing one's troubles over to God makes sense even to an atheist" -- amen to this!

    keep em coming! :D

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  52. This one touched me the most.

    ~Nothing will ever improve if we keep trying to make things better~

    It is a reminder that instead of trying to make things better, I should just "be" better. As I do this, every aspect of life will begin to coincide with this attitude. Just be better and everything will be too.

    Excellent N.P. Thanks for this important reminder. Blessings!

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  53. Interesting and beautiful message.

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  54. "The pieces of a puzzle aren't together or apart."

    If only us humans would realise we are all but puzzle pieces scattered side by side in the box.

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  55. dear NP,
    they are treasures as always. loved the first one the most :)

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  56. Once again you supply us with great nuggets of wisdom. I found this one especially poignant:
    "A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk all on its own." Gems, all....

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  57. 'Even blind alleys lead somewhere.' - Quite true!

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  58. Very interesting! Thanks for stopping by Healthy Moms!

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  59. I love your aphorisms! My favorite one has to be this:I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone.... :)

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  60. My favorite is, "When smashing idols, always begin with your own." The more I learn and grow, the more I realize I am the cause of most of my problems.

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  61. Dear Friend, I'm much better physical and emotionally. I was under profound pain and it did affect me in many ways. BC was not for me by that time.

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    I wish you all the best and you can't imagine how is important for me have a friend as you.

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  62. A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk on it's own. I have to remember that in dealing with my kids. Give up control!!!

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  63. If no one gives me advice I always follow it.
    :)

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  64. It is always a relief to read your insights :) and indeed "How is failure possible? One is always just beginning to live." Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  65. How is failure possible? One is always just beginning to live.

    Loath though I am to disagree with such a beautifully put sentiment, failure is I maintain not only possible but actually necessary: see under "Impossible Imperatives" on my own somewhat blog-like entity Critical Idealism

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  66. This isn't a comment on this particular piece. I like to look through your stuff and pick a few sentaces that I can put on the end of each of my emails after my signature. I dont's know if you would want to keep this in mind for people like me or not. Just an idea:)

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  67. Thanks once again for life's realization. Bravo!!!!

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  68. This is wonderful! This reminds me of my grandmother's poetry. I can't put in word how that makes me feel so, I won't.

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  69. I am dropping by your place, to wish you much magic for the Holidays, Christmastime, the New Year, and far far far beyond that! Much magic for you!

    Thank you, for appreciating me, and thank you, for appreciating and supporting my writings. You have become very dear to me, as a result!

    Do not forget me in the year to come, ok? :)

    lovingly and sincerely,
    C

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  70. very nice blog about aphorisms. You are good in writing and formulating those aphorisms.

    They are thought provoking and can be used in teaching about different virtues a person should possess.

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  71. Great stuff mate!One of the great American blues musicians, whose name escapes me,once said 'I started with nothing and I've still got some of it left!'

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  72. I love the first one, When smashing idols, start with your own. haha... I realized that people always do that but never think about what other people might think of their own idols. Thanks for sharing this!

    And thank you so much for informing about my comment box problem. I'm glad you liked that Fedora! Thanks!

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  73. nice way to start. Your imagination impresses me lot

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  74. You have a beautiful blog. Thanks for visiting my site. YOu're always welcome to come again.

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  75. The pieces of a puzzle aren't together or apart. (hehehehehe great!!)

    When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up. (very wise!)

    Even blind alleys lead somewhere. (sometimes they lead to a more paceful place, sometimes to hell)


    Nothing will ever improve if we keep trying to make things better. (Marthy, this is really fantastic!! Our modern Lao-Tzu, hehehehhee, you have to publish a book with this amazing stuff!!)

    If no one gives me advice I always follow it.
    (yes, there are people that really loves you and let you be, and they are there if you need it)

    Blessings and peace to you.
    Haver

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  76. A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk all on its own.

    this is one of my favorites by far
    I love the way you write my dear

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  77. this one is awesome!
    82 commentS???wow..i would loved that..
    but i cant blame them, this is a nice blog:)

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  78. Hey Marty we just found your blog and enjoyed reading some of the aphorisms. Gonna have to come back and read some more when Oliver isn't begging for the computer!

    -Humayra

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  79. Hey, thanks for visiting my site. I came to your site from your comment, and I liked you blog very much. I see that you don't have a lot of blog posts, and yet a lot of visitors. :) Post more often, and you may find yourself very successful! I will visit here from now on every so often. :)

    Cheers, Charmaine

    (Keep it up!)

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  80. Hi my friend

    many thanks for popping bye my wee blog

    peace and light to you and your family

    aye i guess i am a wee bit of a throw back but been on the road over twenty years i love the simplicity of the life on the road

    all the best from our wee bus

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  81. Wonderful insight on life. I have to scroll down so much to write a comment!!! But its worth the effort. Shall follow your insights on life hereafter.

    I appreciate your coming to my blog.

    Joy and peace always,
    Susan

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  82. "When smashing idols, always begin with your own."

    -- and be sure not to glue the pieces together again...


    :)

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  83. "Success reveals how little ambition is worth."

    Followed you over from my place. Wonderful stuff :) I'll spend some time here and add you to my feed reader.

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  84. Hi Nothing Profound...great stuff and here're my favorites:

    "When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up."

    "Nothing will ever improve if we keep trying to make things better."

    "If no one gives me advice I always follow it."

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  85. When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up...

    I'm going to apply this one.

    xh

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  86. The first line: "When smashing idols, always begin with your own."
    Great aphorisms !

    Enjoyed reading, and thanks for stopping by aswell!

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  87. Just stopping to say..."Happy Holidays" and my wish for you in the coming year is that it will be overflowing with new and wonderful accomplishments.

    Best Regards,
    A.J.

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  88. NP, I love your thoughts but as much, I love your responses, you have touched people out there on many levels it seems and for all that is written, there is a lot behind the scenes...
    Myself there is the one about a puppet on a string...it made me think of how we try to sort out the problems of our children but of course, they have to break away and sort a few thing for themselves, however hard it is for us.
    Merry christmas ~ ChrissyX

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  89. This blog is the very important one for the better process of the literating for the public.your answer for the mind...The success will definitely show the value of the small aim.I like this line.thanks keep sharing.

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  90. Nice collection, as usual. Very witty and some peppered with humor, too.^^

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  91. Beautiful work (as always), my friend. I especially like:

    "When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up."

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  92. Simply profound. I am just lost for words. I think you are a genius. Please someday tell us some about yourself.

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  93. I loved these aphorisms(I read your earlier posts too). They make complete sense to me and it also made me smile, so Thank you.

    Thank you for your visit too and leaving thought prints. :)

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  94. Hello my friend, thank you for the inspiration in your words. Much enjoyed reading.

    Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year 2010!

    PEACE

    Zuzanna

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  95. Thank you for visiting my blog. It is lovely to read through yours. You share beautiful bits of wisdom. Little things that help us to remember along this journey. Keep finding beauty within each moment.

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  96. This a a mystical piece you have written. It bears some studying, I'll read it some more.
    Thanks for visiting Secret Story Time!

    Secretia

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  97. Smashing Idols would be a good name for a band.

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  98. If it wasn't painfully difficult....you probably did it wrong.

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  99. nothingprofound,
    I like the phase " When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up. "
    Something that people are so attached like drinking, gaming should be discarded when it become indispensable in life.
    It is good to give up something that needed to be given up.

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  100. Fantastic... such a welcome break from the usual Pollyanna fair. More, more I say!

    (and thanks for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere!)

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  101. Wow, some really nice quotes about life. I especially like the puppet quote. I know I'll learn to do that someday!

    I really hope you update more often with quotes like these. You speak like the Elder of a tribe, haha!

    Much Love,

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  102. Hi NP,

    You really made me think and feel good at the same time. I like the line I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone...I think you meant..when we go deep into silence the voice of God speaks to us..Is that correct. or you wanted to convey something more?

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  103. 'How is failure possible? One is always just beginning to live. '

    True, we can't keep up with evolving and growth.

    Love the whole list! Thanks for the compliment on my sentiments. :-) I am living my dream and riding the clouds.

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  104. Lovely collection you got here! Love reading them, thanks for sharing!

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  105. Hi Marty, glad to be here again. I was so busy the past weeks and was happy to be back reading your aphorisms again! Nice collection as usual.

    Happy New Year to you. Looking forward to your next post. I know you'll never run out of words to share.^^

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  106. Great reading and pondering thoughts. I liked these two enough to note them in my daily journal.

    When smashing idols, always begin with your own.

    When a thing becomes indispensable it's time to give it up.

    Go Blue Moon!

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  107. Dear Marty R., at the dawn of this new horizon we have in front of us, I want to greet you and wish you all the beautiful things that your soul has to offer to you and to the world and I also wish for you all the blessings you desire, from up above!

    May you have a very happy and prosperous New Year!

    Lovingly,
    Charity

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  108. HAPPY NEW YEAR N.P !
    what a thought provoking piece of work !

    I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone.

    A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk all on its own.

    you are genius ! have a blessed 2010 :))

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  109. Hey NP. Good stuff. I particularly liked "when a thing becomes indispensable it is time to give it up." Sometimes stuff has way too strong a hold on us.

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  110. Happy New Year Marty,

    I pray this new year is all that you hope it to be... Thank you so much for those beautiful gracious words. I am so blessed to have made such a good and constant friend..
    Have a wonderful day :)
    Blessings
    Rev Deb

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  111. nothingprofound, good sir, "I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone". This piece gives me strength. You said it just right for me. Thanks. Hoping for more nuggets to ponder on here!

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  112. Regarding the one about taking the Sun for granted, years ago I starting considering what our lives would be like if Earth were not so blessed to have a Moon. That cascaded into an exercise in considering & appreciating everything, from cats to car trouble.
    My best to you & yours in 2010. :)

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  113. Bonjour!

    Just came across your comment on my blog, re: Henry Miller. Pleased to meet you :-)

    What an interesting site you have... and what a great philosophy. Keep spreading the good energy -- namaste!

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  114. "Success reveals how little ambition is worth." - Nothing like the downright amusing mind-tickling truth: refreshing! :)

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  115. How do you manage to get so many people visiting AND commenting your blog???? Send some over to mine too...LOL...

    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog, I'm honored to see you visiting.

    Yes, of course...we can do that, sit down and have good talks on the porch! I have open house anyway all the time...*smile*...

    Susanne

    Sue's Daily Photography

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  116. Happy New Year!

    I agree completely with your sentiment. Success reveals how little ambition is worth.

    Lately I've been enjoying just sitting by the fire and reading. Screw ambition!

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  117. I found my prayers in the silence of the stone, I love that.

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

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  118. "Even blind alleys lead somewhere."

    I liked that, simple but charmingly profound.

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  119. You say, nothing profound, but this is really really deep !

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  120. absorbing, engrossing, gripping...

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  121. Hi NP, I had to make a return trip to your blog. I find that although I have read these before, I seem to get something new out of at least one each time.
    Such amazing wisdom, you would think that it would take a 500 word essay to describe, and yet you accomplish it one aphorism at a time.
    Thank you, I always enjoy my visits here!

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  122. Hi,
    You continue to write wonderful, inspiring words of wisdom...
    I love your blog and you have a great heart too!

    Happy New Year and
    Warm regards

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  123. This is timeless wisdom!
    I hope you write all the time.

    Thanks for visiting Secret Story Time, too.

    Secretia

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  124. Wonderful thoughts and words, in which your wisdom shines!

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  125. I love this last piece: "How is failure possible? One is always just beginning to live."

    It's so true. From larger perspective, how can we fail it the work isn't yet done?

    Great piece!

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  126. "A puppet whose strings got cut learned to walk all on its own"...I feel like a blissful Pinocchio.

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  127. I wait for your posts, this time I missed it though, so catching up now.
    You touch everything with the inner authenticity and the inner conviction shines through every word. My favorite today is:
    "Because I took the sun for granted it smiled on me."
    In this age we have become so accustomed to chasing everything that we have forgotten the easy way of life and you so beautifully brought out the truth. Thanks for the reminder. God bless.

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  128. Simple-minded, trite, self-serving, banal and hackneyed. Still, if it keeps the mindless christians and other self-deceivers happy clappy - and all the responses indicate that you have collared the market in stupids. As one of the 20th century's foremost thinkers, philosopher Bertrand Russell once said 'To die for one's religion is to put a high price on conjecture.' Now, why not quote that and really make these dummies sit up?

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  129. This is my favorite one, but I like the others too, "I hate criticism, it makes me feel important." Thanks for the words of wisdom!

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  130. Nothing will ever improve if we keep trying to make things better.

    This could be attributed to our current state of affairs.

    Great post.

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  132. Today this one resonates for me > The world is the medicine that cures me of myself.

    You know what would be interesting is for readers to select one of your aphorisms and blog about it.

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  133. Failure begs the question, "How can I succeed?" Following these aphorisms makes one feel one doesn't have to panic about not quite knowing the answer.

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  134. I really love all these Wonderful thoughts and words .And here is one on my favorites “Handing one's troubles over to God makes sense even to an atheist”. True!

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