What does the above quote have to do with anything in Astana, Kazakhstan? A LOT!!! We are experiencing very cold temps and lately I have seen some very lovely furs worn by women. We had a somewhat mild fall leading up to the Christmas and New Year holidays and now THIS. My husband and I arrived to Astana about a year ago at this time. It was insufferably cold but those of us who survived, have something in common in our survivor society. “We prevailed” despite the cold weather and we will do so again. That’s what keeps us going when the temps plummet.
That’s also the way Minnesotans think and that is an eternally safe subject to talk about because there is so much material to discuss. Therefore, I love wearing my fur coat in Astana when it gets cold and I need to find a proper fur hat like all the other Kazakh ladies in Astana wear. I want to go “native” so to speak and that would do it. So those people out there who oppose fur don’t live in a place that drops to 20 or 30 below zero. These same people and I know among my readership there are many, will wear leather coats or shoes or carry leather bags but for some reason disdain fur! Let them live in a climate where the temperature continues to drop!!! I’d like to know what they would do then.
On to other quotes I picked up along the way, this one by Nelson Mandela “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
Here’s a Latin proverb: Errarum humanum est = “He who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.”
A Kazakh proverb: “A friend says the truth even if it breaks your heart, but an enemy says what you want to hear even if it is a lie.”
Henry Ford supposedly said: “Don’t find a fault, find a remedy.”
Napolean said “Ability is nothing without opportunity”
Charles Marice was quoted as saying: “I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of one hundred lions led by a sheep.”
F. Dostoevskyi wrote: “The main distinction between a human being and the person, is the ability to have one’s own opinion.”
Abai, the noted Kazakh philosopher and poet said: “You are one brick in creations of our world, so find that place on the wall intended for you.”
What do any of these quotes have to do with the title? Nothing, I just like them and wanted to share with my reading audience. Maybe we can all agree on the truth of these quotes? Yes?