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Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Zz August 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness, Music & Dance, Nature.


Passion is power.  Follow your dreams.

Living life without passion is like trying to go hot air ballooning with an empty balloon.

The world stands aside to let pass those who know where they are going. ~ David Jordan

Nothing can stop a person who refuses to be stopped.

Listen to the mustn’ts child. Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’t haves, the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen child.  Anything can be.
~ Shel Silverstein

Those who can, do.  Those who can’t, try to tell us why we can’t do it either.

If we limit our choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, we disconnect ourselves from what we truly want; all that’s left is compromise. ~ Robert Fritz

Rather than allowing our thoughts, emotions, and past experiences to dictate our re-actions to new events, we can view life with alert curiosity. 

Cultivate optimism.  Become the most positive person you know

Zeal for living and Zest for life are great possessions to have.


A leopard cannot change its spots, nor a zebra its stripes. ~ Proverb

I’m ten years old. My life is half over and I don’t even know if I’m black with white stripes or white with black stripes! ~ Marty the Zebra (Madagascar)

The zebra epitomizes the wildness of the Serengeti like no other creature. ~ Zalu Mubuto (speech to WWF, 1987)

There is no more fun loving, yet temperamental animal on the plain than the zebra. ~ Zalu Mubuto (comment to reporters, c. 1983)

Alex, do not interrupt me when I’m daydreaming.  When a zebra’s in the zone, leave him alone. ~ Marty the Zebra (Madagascar)

As long as we have zebras in our midst, I shall be content. ~ Atlo Dogong (c.1915-1988) (comment at a trade meeting in Nairobi Kenya, 1979)

Look there, daddy.  Do you see?  There’s a horse in striped pajamas! ~ No, that’s not what it is at all.  That’s an animal people call a zebra. ~ I see.  But it still looks like a horse in striped pajamas to me. ~ Captain Kangaroo

There’s no end to the things you might know
Depending how far beyond Zebra you go. ~ Dr. Seuss

I asked the zebra, Are you black with white strips? Or white with black strips? 
And the zebra asked me:
Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times? Or are you quiet with noisy times? 
Are you happy with sad days? Or are you sad with happy days? 
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?  Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on
And on and on he went.
I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes again.
~ Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

Zen Parable

An arrogant man, who felt that no one could teach him anything, visited a Zen master for tea.  The Zen master poured the tea until it overflowed the cup, and still he continued to pour. 

The arrogant man cried, “Master, stop!  Why do you keep pouring? The cup is full.”

The master replied, “You too are full of your opinions and judgments about the world.  You must empty yourself of the past, in order to receive the present.”

Zen Wisdom

How refreshing
the whinny of a pack horse
fully unloaded!
~ Classic Haiku

When we choose to just be, our authentic presence is revealed.


“Ziggy the Zebra” painting by Jan Philpot ~ a talented artist, prolific writer, retired school teacher, and compassionate humanitarian.  ♥ ♥ ♥


1. Agatha82 - August 19, 2010

ze very good 😉 (oh dear those horse teeth lol)

nrhatch - August 19, 2010

My niece’s horse one summer. I can’t look at it without laughing (and without feeling good about my own teeth!).

2. cindy - August 19, 2010

“What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life”
Bertrand Russell

nrhatch - August 19, 2010

Good one, Cindy.

This is my favorite of the 26 aphorisms posts. Whatever will I do next???

3. cindy - August 19, 2010

Um … *scratches head* … I’m sure you’ll think of something?

nrhatch - August 19, 2010

Maybe 99 Bottles of Beer on the wall . . . and other number related quips and quotes?

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