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File:Tsurugaoka hachimangu himorogi.jpg
Himorogi (神籬) in Japan are sometimes seen at construction sites. The boundary ropes mark a sacred space. The symbolic fenced area stands for a while before actual work begins.

Quotes



"... non-action is not passivity."

"Fear has its use bu cowardice has none." -- Gandhi



Context

Senryu
If the cuckoo does not sing, kill it

鳴かぬなら、殺してしまえほととぎす
Nakanunara, koroshiteshimae, hototogisu

If the cuckoo does not sing, coax it

鳴かぬなら、鳴かして見せようほととぎす
Nakanunara, nakashitemiseyou, hototogisu

If the cuckoo doesn’t sing, wait for it

鳴かぬなら、鳴くまで待とうほととぎす
Nakanunara, nakumadematou, hototogisu


Beware the shortsighted quick fix that can lead to worse problems
The close-at-hand problem is always the one the defender must take care of before anything else, but the solution should include what you are committing yourself to over the long haul.

"It is altogether too easy to let the burden of the immediate problem obliterate other considerations from your thinking and to jump at what promises to be a quick fix. What often happens is that you have not achieved a long-range success but only converted one difficulty into another perhaps less obvious but no less onerous one.

-- Robert Byrne. "Pastimes; Chess," New York Times. December 24, 1989.

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Wikiquote explains here that the following is misattributed --

• I am only one, but I am one.
• I can not do everything, but I can do something.
• I must not fail to do the something that I can do.

I learned these word as a Helen Keller quotation, and I think of her each time I read them.

  • A politician uses history the way a drunk uses a lamp post -- for support rather than illumination. -- John Dower
  • Mark Twain said: "People commonly use statistics the way a drunk uses a lamp post, for support rather than illumination."