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Flowers do not remain, however nice they are, they usually pass over into fruits and berries and seeds in the great cycle of a plant's total life manifestation. We have to strive to make sensible idea flowers work well in our lives.

Dirty Clothes and a False Tummy

Big names often stand on small legs (American proverb).

Christ was a Norwegian American, and he wrote letters.. Christ was his first name; not an arbitrary title. There is no all right way around that fact (Zempel 1991;1985-91).

Be that as it may for now. Some ways to escape cringing ones, may include eating garlic and wearing dirty clothes. You do not always have to look stupid. Marpa, Milarepa's guru, did much to pass as a drunkard. [Tm] Very hard-won benefits of living alone may be attainable in such ways.

The Hippopotamus

You may find significant reasons for dauntless confidence in the riverhorse lifestyle with its waterbed rest and fearless sleep.

To become like a remarkably polluting hippo leader, some go for management schooling that leads to much pollution against cooperative, future living, and get an entry into the heavy-weight class and circles. Few things may be as hard as that, deep within. It costs to be a faded celebrity too, and most celebrities fade.

Much Trickery

You can get crushed by much trickery. So it may pay to clarify things before much gets out of control, as "The head lost means everything lost" [German proverb, Sl 31]


We should bulwark against things that may cause sorrows. By circumspection and traditional customs and decrees, some manage to bulwark against considerable sorrows. Merely to talk far and wide may help common man next to nothing, whereas "The good example is half the sermon." (German, Sl 142]


What is polite? Lack of candour is hardly polite to one's sense of worth, one's inner being. Frankness is one of the noble assets. If you are not allowed to be free-flowing yet polite, maybe you have come across someone that passes on his largely-stunted-and-stunting problems. There are many such fellows. Really good manners are not for covering your sincere nature; to the contrary. Try to bulwark much and often, to preserve your assets and fair play. At least try to be fair and to the point. It could pay in the long run.

A godo conclusion may help somewhat. We have to judge and ascertain many things on our own, much and often. On top of such a long process, "There is nothing as practical as a good theory," - Kurt Lewin. [Sop 11]. Some proverbs are called loosely "folk theories", in part to test out, says Jerome Bruner.

A show of humility is not the best there is

Those who make a show of humility, lack sincerity, and a fool seems unable to change his mind.

It is possible to instruct a letter-writer in how to go about in a straight, fair and ordered way, also in the face of uncertainties.

To get it better, study under someone to respect, and take notes of highly important points, to be a better student and get it better after the formal education is got.

Gentlemen with tapeworms

A gentleman insists on being himself, as well deserved. The true gentleman is not fond of spiritual tapeworms. Tapeworms seek to get it warm and cosy with no or few extertions and expenses. The tapeworm spiritual is not really afire, and gets outsmarted in all likelihood. Against it: Earn and learn.

It is a mistake to be fond of well sheltered, soaking and sponging followers and other tapeworms. Passive-aggressive, over-submissive offenders could be worse than frank and unpretending guys.


Wearing figures, an essay, Literature  

Zempel, Solveig, ed., tr. and introduction. In Their Own Words: Letters from Norwegian Immigrants. Oxford: University of Minnesota Press, 1991.

Ap: Mieder, Wolfgang (main ed.), Stewart A. Kingsbury, and Kelsie E. Harder: A Dictionary of American Proverbs. (Paperback) New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Sop: Smith, Eliot R., and Diane M. Mackie. Social Psychology. 2nd ed. Hove: Psychology Press, 2000.

Sl: Beyer, Horst, und Annelies Beyer. Sprichwörter Lexikon. Weyarn: Seehamer, 1996.

Tm: Evans-Wentz, Walter Yeeling, ed. Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa. 2nd ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1969.

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