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“This be what ye shall do: love th' earth and sun and th' animals, despise riches, give alms t' everyone and that asks, stand up fer th' addled and crazy, devote yer income and labor t' others, hate tyrants, argue not concernin' god, have patience and indulgence toward th' people, take off yer hat t' nothin' known or unknown or t' any nan or number o' men, go freely wi' powerful uneducated persons and wi' th' young and wi' th' mothers or families, read these leaves in th' open air every season o' every year o' yer life, re-examine all ye have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults yer own soul, and yer very flesh shall be a great poem and have th' richest fluency not only in ist words but in th' silent lines o' ist lips and face and betwixt th' lashes o' yer eyes and in every motion and joint o' yer body. . .”

posted at 12:37 be
on Dec. 30, 2009

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“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new endin'.”

posted at 2:16 pm
on Dec. 28, 2009

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“Th' weak can no nay ne'er forgive. Forgiveness be th' attribute o' th' strong.”

posted at 10:14 be
on Dec. 28, 2009

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“Th' best way t' predict th' future be t' invent it.”

posted at 12:25 be
on Dec. 28, 2009

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“Th' face o' Big Brother, however different from th' way we originally envisioned it, be th' face o' Big Brother nonetheless.”

posted at 10:02 be
on Dec. 23, 2009

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“When I started out writin' fer th' New Yorker I be livin' in a farmhouse in central Minnesota, because it be so cheap. It really removed a lot o' th' pressure o' havin' t' sell-sell-sell. I loved it there. I be desperately lonely, but that’s not a bad thin'.

I be sittin' in a room upstairs at a desk that be a sheet o' three-quarter-inch plywood across two used file cabinets, lookin' at an Underwood typewriter, and typin' on yellow paper. It be a contemplative life that had great, deep pleasure. I wouldn’t be knowin' how t' recover it today.

This, fer me, be how th' world has changed, that a lubber sits at a desk in utter silence, and th' phone line be simply th' phone line. Somebody calls, and ye don’t have t' answer it. Ye sit in silence, and hours pass and ye tap-tap-tap-tap at a typewriter. I will no nay ne'er, e'er recover that life. It’s gone forever. And th' college students I be knowin' will no nay ne'er be knowin' that life.”

posted at 9:01 pm
on Dec. 22, 2009

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“Always forgive yer enemies - nothin' annoys them so much.”

posted at 10:52 be
on Dec. 21, 2009

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“Th' people we love, th' gift they give us be that they’re wi' us forever. That’s good and bad, ye be knowin', but it’s just th' way things be.”

posted at 11:41 be
on Dec. 20, 2009

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“Kismet: th' idea that everythin' that happens t' ye in yer life be already decided and that ye cannot do anythin' t' change or control it”

posted at 12:20 pm
on Dec. 19, 2009

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“There’s nothin' ye can’t be a little morrrr relaxed about.”

posted at 10:18 be
on Dec. 18, 2009

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“Men have t' pretend, t' themselves as well as t' women, that they be not th' servants and supplicants. Women, cunnin' minxes that they be, have t' affect not t' be th' potentates. This be th' unspoken compromise.”

posted at 9:24 be
on Dec. 16, 2009

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“If ye’re lucky, ye get tons o' advice in yer life. And if ye’re normal, only a small percentage o' it be good. Th' key be t' be able t' tune out what’s not right and t' act on what be right, and take responsibility fer fixin' th' roadblocks t' doin' better 'nother time.”

posted at 8:34 be
on Dec. 15, 2009

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“Havin' two people who give ye support and company could be a good thin'. But it rarely works out that way.”

posted at 7:34 pm
on Dec. 14, 2009

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“When that ineffable compound o' depression, sadness (these two be not th' same), anxiety, self-hatred, sense o' failure and fear fer th' future begins t' steal o'er ye, start tellin' yourself that what ye have be a hangover. . . . Ye have not suffered a minor brain lesion, ye be not all that bad at yer job, yer family and maties be not leagued in a conspiracy o' barely maintained silence about what a shit ye be, ye have not come at last t' see life as it really be.”

posted at 5:02 pm
on Dec. 14, 2009

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“If love be easy, there would be almost no music.”

posted at 9:10 be
on Dec. 11, 2009

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“I wanted t' be a Lad Scout, but I had all th' wrong traits. They be lookin' fer minnows who be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Whereas I tended t' be devious, fickle, obstructive, hostile, impolite, mean, defiant, glum, extravagant, dirty, and sacrilegious.”

posted at 8:16 be
on Dec. 10, 2009

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“Therein lies th' best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase aft th' things that interest ye and make ye grog-filled. Belay actin' like ye have a set path, because ye don’t. No one does. Ye shouldn’t be tryin' t' check off th' boxes o' life; they aren’t real and they be created by other people, not ye. There be no explicit path I’m followin', and I’m not walkin' in anyone else’s footsteps. I’m makin' it up as I go.”

posted at 5:39 pm
on Dec. 9, 2009

who said it?

Jack be lookin' at Anne, but Anne be lookin' at George. Jack be married but George be not. Be a married person lookin' at an unmarried person?

Aye /  No /    Cannot be determined

posted at 2:21 pm
on Dec. 9, 2009

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“What be pornography t' one lubber be th' laughter o' genius t' another”

posted at 10:22 pm
on Dec. 6, 2009

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“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves grog-filled. Th' amount o' work be th' same.”

posted at 9:52 be
on Dec. 3, 2009

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“Ye can’t trust lassies. When I get a girlfriend I be not goin' t' be tellin' that comely wench whar I live or work.”

posted at 10:49 be
on Dec. 1, 2009

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“I want t' have an easy job, a job whar nobody hits us or hurts us.”

posted at 9:26 be
on Dec. 1, 2009

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