John Donaldson photo Paddy Summerfield

John was a brave and remarkable man...there is real vision in his poems

      - Kathleen Raine


Aphorisms and Philosophical Thoughts

John presented his thoughts often as 'aphorisms' or sayings, many of which demonstrate great wisdom learned through adversity and hardship. They fall into a number of categories that he himself defined for them, namely: Advice, Feelings, Establishment, Religion, Humour, Warnings, and Wisdoms.

Below we present some samples, which will change occasionally.

• Suppression does not satisfy this law of supply and demand

• No-one has the monopoly of tribulation

• If life is a gift, either end of the gun is futile

• Thought is a state we are never allowed to fully occupy

• Mediocrity is a widespread war, where art is blacked out in favour of the substandard

Betty Donaldson 2006-11