What Nanny Chu said:

To know what’s best to do
know what you would like done
when the day is.

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Only be concerned with animals that want to have something to do with you. Good or bad.

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Do not carry that which you cannot.

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He who sweeps only on the front porch
cares too much for another’s thoughts.

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Democracy is complaint.

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That which is forbidden must be had

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In every faith
there is a time
when questions
are harshly punished.

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When amongst a small moment of nothing
do a small amount of something.

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Life is far simpler than we think it.

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Those who can rationalize anything are loyal to nothing.

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People will forgive you almost anything
if you are generous and thoughtful;
almost nothing when you’re not.

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A day’s worth
is rarely so
when it should
always be.

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When young you are told what you cannot have
when older you are left to tell yourself.

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The quality of our complexity is not equal to the depth of our simplicity.

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Sometimes the path of least resistance causes the most friction

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The unglued cannot be broken.

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There is a location between madness and clarity where both can live.

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It is hard to argue fairly with the dead
for one must offer them a kindness
which to the living one would not give.

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The cost of learning is but a slight humility.

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The ability to argue directly confuses
the ability to understand.

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Hard to see the bigger picture
when the eyes look only in.

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In the equation of emotions
triumph rarely equals heartbreak.

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Forget not
all that has been forgotten.

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The worst thing we can do is anthropomorphize ourselves.

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Grief is a land far away
from each of us
until its border arrives
without invitation
and causes us to cross.

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Be uncertain of anyone who hasn’t at some point gone mad.

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Breasts are but primary proof of the scarcity principle.

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You mother knows less than you think and more than you imagine.

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There are two sorts of beasts
those that run towards you
and those that run away.
The trick is not to be scared
of the second kind.

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Where there is no give the sound of take slowly deafens.

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Those in fear of  absence are owned by its presence.

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A hungry man feels no shame skinning the slowest rabbit.

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What is a man but a boy so full of waiting to become a man?

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Teach a child to swim to read and value kindness (to be kind above all else) and you will have attended to their physical intellectual and emotional selves the rest will be as it will.

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As a rule men like their women to be physically enthusiastic. Is there a market for the sullen? Yes, but it is small and somewhat depressed.

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Nothing worse than the hidden truth that whispers we are fools and one day one day we shall see it to be so.

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The incremental nature of change, while accepted to be the hardest thing happens steadily in human lives, until where we are resembles nothing as to where we started.

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The harder the grasp is held the less it holds until tightly it has nothing and defends it with all it has.

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Where there is privilege, rights will surface. They will come as morning does, however long the night by way of  enlightenment and understanding. Or oppression and revolt.

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It’s the scars we love the most.

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There are no snakes in heaven, only crosses.

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The further you go away the bigger the small things are.

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The ability to argue directly confuses the ability to understand.

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Stray cats die by way of absence like lovers, when they stop appearing it is fair to consider them dead.

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Those who are deaf don’t listen.

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“You cook, you look.”

By this she meant, and very firmly so that she or he who had prepared the evening’s food was not in any way expected or required to clean the dishes and pots after the eating.*The thing about living on your own is that everything’s left just where you left it. And everything’s left just where you left it.*The man who wears no clothes cannot be told he’s naked.*She who scrapes the wallpaper gets to choose the paint.*To be beaten by the mules of circumstance is how we then adapt.*The banging together of a child’s shoes full of sand is the applause of adulthood.*Enlightenment is plenty good and states of grace are welcome but on a moment to moment basis all most of us hope and want for is the usual with a little extra.*Do not flee yourself before you know who you are but then run like hell.*

The fog may have lifted, but that does not mean the weather is fine.

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Memory can be a lonely friend.

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In the moment that one is grateful for the conscious moment the conscious moment conscious of itself loses sight of the moment.

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Beware the man both generous and selfish for he will go to the market and surprise you with a gift of your favorite ripe mangoes but then eat them while you are sleeping.

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Find everything interesting and you will probably survive.

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Nobody knows what it is that is going on. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying to you or themselves.

* It is the human condition to doubt; the thing of it is not to succumb.

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Certainty is the great lie.

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Life is essentially meaningless. This is why love is so important.

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Do not forgive everything but learn to overlook.

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The Devil may be absent but his presence must still be imagined.

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Consider your steps carefully when walking in the house of yourself for where light has been put there was no light.

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If the food of your life does not taste good you are not yet hungry enough.

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It is the first wife who sew the cushions for the second wife to sit on.

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We are all -those alive or doing our best to be so- in danger of losing our minds or what passes for them in this company anyway. It is the only sure way to know that we are alive. However; there is a matter of sometimes getting on with things rather than simply listening to others gathered around the recursive circle who are feeding themselves by telling us so religiously how to get fed.

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If ifs and ands were pots and pans they’d be no work for tinkers.

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How can another say they know me when I am yet to know myself?

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Excess is but a poorly spelled anagram of regret.

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The two biggest problems anyone has in a relationship are whatever they believe to be the biggest problem and whatever their partner does. No exceptions, except from everyone (all of us) who are sure what dogs us is urgent and vital and what bothers them is something they need to deal with, stop making such a big thing about, and just get over.

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Do not be so proud as to raise your children to be the best drones they can possibly be.

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Some are quiet because they have a secret to tell, a story. Others because they have nothing to say.

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It is a parent’s task to allow themselves to be invisibly exceeded.

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Fight hard to start slow and stay that way for speed alone the confusion of motion with action rarely delivers us to the destination we first dreamt of.

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Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

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The wise man knows he’s a fool.

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He who will not see without his own skin cannot see within.

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Have no sorrow for the man who stares at an empty field while his child goes hungry.

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The rarity of children can be found in the fact that we are (barring tragedy) not competitive with them or defensive because of them but instead hope only they somehow exceed us.

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Have what you like, but eat what you have.

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Of what is important, what is important?

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Everyone sees everything.

[I think here she meant that when you are walking in the fish market and you see the person you do not want to talk to because you have no time or because they are a person you would not want to talk to even with all the time in the world (or especially so) and then you turn your head as though you have not seen them at all there is every likelyhood that they have seen you also and know you saw them or indeed that they are  avoiding you as you are them.]

*Intend to measure your life by more than the weight your ashes leave behind.*We can still pity that which we are not fond of.*The route of our roots can be found first in pain.*As if a physical law all that can be controlled will be all that allow it will be all that are fearful are.*People will cheat you but for the shekels they take you’ll learn of them more.*Most things you think to be irony are only circumstance.*The enforcer of resentment is justification.*Some think love to be a fear of loss. It is not, but it can be.

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Often a child considers their parent to be patient but it is the child who has taught the parent this.

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Do not blame the blind for not seeing.

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Children are a kind of madness.

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You don’t get the skin without the hair.

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Be sure that certainty will not last.

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The way to stay healthy is to be healthy.

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The horizon of the self is very close.

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Don’t poke the bear.

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