[1] You Know What They Say…

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          1. Mindfump

            I put that down to their limit intellect rather than a philosophical outlook but you are right. I’ve watched it 10 times already. I apologies in advance for later. Make sure you get yourself out the house, maybe go for a walk, call the family. Just don’t turn on the TV.

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  1. S. Hansen

    This saying is actually a badly translated Dutch saying. the Dutch for friend is vriend, but vriend also means well-wisher. The dog should be a metaphor for a person, while the pond is misery. The dog is not encouraged to go into the pond, there are not well wishers supporting it. And it means that people do not wish you well on your journey into misery.
    The saying is somewhat changed by the friend translation because the full quote is ‘ a dog in the pond has no well-wishers but a loving owner waiting patiently.’ You’re friends will wait for you to come back but they can’t support your journey. The first written instance of the saying was by Vincent van Gogh in a letter to Picasso.

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    1. Mindfump

      Thank you so much for enlightening me to the true origins of this Hansen. It is a quote I have been very fond of for many years but I never knew its true origin. It makes so much more sense now. Although I’m intrigued to know why Van Gogh was writing to Picasso when Picasso was a very small boy in a different country. I’ll need to delve deeper.

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      1. S. Hansen

        Much like small children write to their favourite artists in the hopes of a deeper understanding, Picasso had written to Van Gogh. And being the helpful and kind man he was Van Gogh responded by writing a a letter in Dutch to an aspiring Spanish painter.

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  2. ibizagoldgirl

    Awww how super cute is that dog, and lucky too! When I lived in Ireland my darling housemates would joke that they could drop me in the middle of the ocean and I’d befriend the mermaids! I often think about why they said it as I never really have had any friends at all. Like that dog I’ll swim with whoever is about and enjoy the company whilst it lasts.

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  3. Paul Sunstone

    “A dog in the pond has no friends.” Mindfump, when I read that just minutes ago, it struck home like nothing else has in all my years of puzzled wandering as an itinerant toenail painter. I finally realized what had compelled me to take up such a strange occupation, what had driven me for decades. The quote has sparked on epiphany! It has made sense of everything!

    You see, I see now that between the crucial and key years of 17 and 18 3/4ths I was traumatized — positively traumatized — by my experience of being, as the quote has it, “a dog in a pond with no friends”! Alas! I’ve been living in denial of that trauma and its consequences all these years.

    You know, Mindfump, I really believe something big, something bigger than both of us, something bigger even than America itself directed me to your blog tonight, and to the inspirational quote you fatefully posted. Do you believe in fate, Mindfump? I do now.

    Big Thing, whoever you are, bless this quote, and this blog!

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    1. Mindfump

      I’m glad these words are changing lives in such a positive way. Some people have been sceptical of the power a quote can have but I think this proves beyond doubt that they can change lives and can inspire people to be better. I do know fate and fatefully so do you.

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