Quotations: 2012. Could there be a ghost dog? Love me Love My Dog Peter Shelley: the song. Following youtube lectures by Jonathan Haidt and his emphasis on wisdom, the ancients, fragility in the GenZ generation born after 1995, I am reviewing my quotes and where necessary making changes. Reviewed 27th May 2023

June 19th 2020:  COVID-19 and all dog pounds are closed down.  Our dear dog Freddie passed away after nearly four years with us.  We loved him dearly but we had Jack Russell for nearly 14 years and today I found this.  Having phoned all pounds and shelters to be told that the demand for dogs has resulted in closures of shelters and a shortage of dogs.  Then entered Ghost Dog as mentioned above Jack Russell.  The woman who brought Jack Russell to us in 2004 somehow got our number and she phoned to say, she remembered us and has a Jack Russell, aged 2 years, who will be arriving on Monday.  I had tried to find her through the Irish Times but could not get through to the dog section.  We are so delighted to have made contact with Barbara and to know we will be homing one of her treasured dogs who is left without a home.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v044SCWA4LA

2012 – Some quotations to add to the complexities of life; to empower thinking  and creativity

Meditation XVII, John Donne

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” – Meditation XVII, John Donne

E.F. Schumacher
‘Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, more violent.
It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction’

Tacitus 56-115 AD Roman Empire
‘The more corrupt the State the more numerous the laws’Chinese Sage Lao-tzu
‘Nothing is more powerful than the emptiness from which men shrink’

Lao-Tao 16th century
‘Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking causes profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Hindu Proverb
‘Water is purified by flowing, the human being by going forward’

Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet
‘You give little when you give of your possessions – it is when you give of yourself that you truly give.  For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?  and what is fear of need but need itself’

Jesse Jackson – US Civil Rights
‘Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up’

Thomas Merton – Cistercian Monk
‘To perfect the memory, delete the incidentals’

Eduardo Frei – President Chile 1964

If we always look outside ourselves for blame that in itself is a form of dependence.
We must look for own blame to find our personality’

Jonathan Swift 1667-1745
‘Satire is sort of glass window wherein beholders do
generally discover everybody’s face but their own

George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
‘An Irishman’s heart is nothing but his imagination’

Kate Millett: The Politics of Cruelty – teimonage

‘the one who has been there; seen it, knows.  It crosses genres, can be autobiography, reportage, even narrative fiction.  But its basis is factual, fact passionately lived and put into writing by a moral imperative rooted like a flower and carnage with an imperishable optimism, a hope that those who will hear, will care, WILL EVEN TAKE ACTION.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu – South Africa
‘Be nice to the whites, they need you to discover their humanity

Steve Biko 1946-77 South Africa murdered activist
The most potent weapon in the hands of the possessor is the mind of the oppressed’

George Orwell 1903-59 – Telling the Truth
‘During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act’

Jean Paul Sartre, French writer and philosopher
‘When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die’

Anthony de Mello Jesuit priest
‘The sun that gives sight to the eagle blinds the owl.  Stop searching little fish. There isn’t anything to look for.  All you have to do is look’

Jon Sobrino, Salvedorian theologian
The prophet is a person on the street, the person who judges history from the viewpoint of God’

Michael Harrington – Economist
‘If there is a technological advance without a social advance, there is, almost automatically an increase in human misery’

Groucho Marx
‘Look at me – I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty’

‘Never waste time thinking about people you don’t like

Mercy nun Zambia
‘Charity is about empowering people ie to make them self reliant’

Helen Keller
‘Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full overcoming suffering’.

Susan Jeffers
‘Oriental man is very light in the head and heavy down in the belly and feels very secure
Western man is light in the belly but very heavy up in the head, so he topples over’

Mother Teresa

Lonely and being unwanted is the greatest poverty’

Dale Carnegie
‘Co-operate with the inevitable’

Kabir – Mystical Poet India
I laughed when they told me a fish in water can be thirsty’

‘Its easier to split an atom than prejudice’


‘It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare: it is because we do not dare that they are difficult’

Robert Kennedy Former US President

‘Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others,
or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest of walls of oppression’

About michelleclarke2015

Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for Irishhealth.com 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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