1. 10

    [Edinburgh] is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.

  2. 9

    It is sometimes easier to be happy if you don't know everything.

  3. 8

    Who can't like pigs? They're wonderful creatures! I've always liked pigs.

  4. 7

    A life without stories would be no life at all. And stories bound us, did they not, one to another, the living to the dead, people to animals, people to the land?

  5. 6

    Talking about pumpkins doesn't make them grow.

  6. 5

    It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for going on. Pumpkin.

  7. 4

    Manners are the basic building blocks of civil society.

  8. 3

    I see no point in being despondent. We might as well enjoy ourselves during our brief tenure of this life.

  9. 2

    Gracious acceptance is an art - an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving.... Accepting another person's gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.

  10. 1

    Most people want nothing to happen. That is the problem with governments these days. They want to do things all the time; they are always very busy thinking of what things they can do next. That is not what people want. People want to be left alone to look after their cattle.

  11. Last Update: 8 December 2022

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