He’s been through a Civil war, the Khmer Rouge and lived, I have no doubt, in poverty his whole life. Yes, tiredness is etch across his face, but so is happiness, don’t you think?
“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. Your have to catch up with it yourself.”
― Benjamin Franklin
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
― Marie Curie
I hope they are family. But in truth I cannot be sure. It is common in Cambodia for children to be ‘borrowed’ and then put to work begging and all four were doing so at the local pagoda. But little Miss Red Dress, especially, still had time for fun as ‘Mum’ wasn’t pushing her too hard to make money.
“A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
“We must laugh and cry, enjoy and suffer, in a word, vibrate to our full capacity … I think that’s what being really human means.”
― Gustave Flaubert
“You lost your innocence when you grew up, all right, everyone knew that, but did you have to lose your hope, as well?”
― Stephen King
“It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.”
― Albert Camus
There is no need for someone to watch your shoes at a pagoda; no one is going to steal them. But this lady does just that and is paid a few riel for her efforts. Thus, she can feed herself and maintain some self-respect.
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”
― George Bernard Shaw
She’s feed the good dog all her life. Of that I am sure.