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From Frank Zocchi
Even the greatest minds are still the minds of men.
From Kim Ecenbarger
Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.
-Kate Douglas Wiggin
From Sueellen Parkhurst
I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From Steve Russo
No matter where you go, there you are.
From Melissa Barry
Sometimes only one person is missing and the whole world seems depopulated.
Love means not ever having to say you’re sorry.
From Erica De Santis
But Oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearless on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort—the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person—having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
Success moves clockwise, failure moves anticlockwise.
From Kathy Smith
I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. Sometimes you seek the problems because you need their gifts.
From Amy Jackson
Before he died, Rabbi Zusya said: “In the world to come they will not ask me, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusya?'”
-from the legends about Hasidic Rabbi Zusya of Hanipoli (died 1800)
From Michella Neves
Those who don’t know how to love Women, Music, and Wine will remain foolish for life.
From Susanne Gleason
If God wanted holes in your ear, he would have put ‘em there!
-Philomena Pakel, beloved mom!
Got a bone in your stomach? Bend over and pick that up!
-Philomena Pakel, beloved mom!
From David Kaim
Wealth buys necessities. Great wealth buys appetite.
From Debi O’Heran
The Inner Bitch isn’t about controlling others through intimidation, displays of temper, or other poor behavior. The Inner Bitch is all about self-control, with the goal being the end of self-defeating behaviors.
-The Inner Bitch
From Mahree Hill
(For the power-hungry boss)
It is not necessary to direct traffic if the lights are working properly.
From Kerry McCabe
We know ourselves to be made from this earth. We know this earth is made from our bodies. For we see ourselves. And we are nature. We are nature seeking nature. We are nature with a concept of nature. Nature weeping. Nature speaking of nature to nature.
From Carmen Wootan
Chance favors the prepared mind.
From D. Cruz
Creative relativity…The notion that great ideas begin to gain speed as they evolve and can inevitably be measured in terms of “velocity towards fruition.”
From [name withheld]
Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.
From Rod Strand
The madman shouted in the market place; no one stopped to answer him. Thus, it was confirmed that his thesis was incontrovertible.
-Dag Hammarskjold, UN Secretary-General
It is important to answer the madman. It is important because, left unanswered, his lies and his malice can poison the climate. They can do worse. They can make other men mad. Left unanswered for long enough, they can nourish everything in men and women that is hateful and destructive and murderous. Our end is to ensure that every time the madman shouts in the market place, he is answered.
-Roy McMurtry, Attorney General of Ontario
From Ryan Lamb
What you can’t hold onto, don’t let go; what you can’t let go, don’t hold onto.
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.
The more you reason, the less you create.
Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one’s face.
-James D. Finley
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
The chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense.
From Mike Middlemas
Every once in a while, someone without a single bad habit gets caught.
Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.
From Kenn Macy
Even monkeys fall out of trees.
Shared happiness is double the happiness; Shared sorrow is half the sorrow.
From Tom Townsend
Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
From Rayat Cabot
your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose
After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
The worst will have come when truth and justice would no longer find spokesmen on Earth.
-Father Pribilla, German Jesuit, 1935
No one is so foolish as to prefer war to peace: in peace children bury their fathers, while in war fathers bury their children.
From Tom Hering
But liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near-war footing.
From Jeff Disney
A mother-in-law dies only when another demon is needed in hell.
Your opinion of me is none of my business.
I don’t want to just end the war; I want to end the mindset that got us into war.
From Paula Gutiérrez
We are nothing more than our stories and who we love. What we pass on, how we exist…it’s having people remember who we are. We’re terrible at that in this world. At remembering. At passing it on.
Who are we if not the stories we pass down? What happens when there’s no one left to tell those stories? To hear them? Who will ever know that I existed? What if we are the only ones left—who will know our stories then? Who will remember those?
And sometimes to give means
Give someone away
More and more as I am here and see what life really is, I understand that it is not when or how you die but how and if you truly were ever alive.
-Dr Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald
I’d like to help you out. Which way did you come in?
Pleasure delayed is pleasure doubled.
From Diane Jung
Love is forgiving…
Love is for giving…
From Alicia Carroll
“Hmmm…. Easy to point at; hard to fix.”
-An Australian plumber
From Sara McGoun
Nothing in life is above being honest.
People can read me like an open book. Obviously you’re illiterate.
You have to expect things for yourself before you can do them.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
I take nothing for granted; I have only good days and great days.
From Damini Solomon
Every snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.
From Stephanie Kiminsky
Don’t take life too seriously, for it is a situation that you cannot get out of alive.
From Julie Hayes
I cause problems.
From Cyndy Edmonds
Calvin: You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
Hobbes: What mood is that?
Calvin: Last-minute panic.
From Marcela Quiroz Luna
Life is short. Don’t make it shorter.
From Lynn Howard
Today is the Tomorrow you worried about Yesterday.
From Kathy Wilson Anderson
The best way to overcome fear is to go out and scare yourself.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
From Jen Cairns
Leap and the net will appear.
The ripest peach is highest on the tree.
-James Whitcomb Riley
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
I am still learning…
I’m not young enough to know everything.
Every day people are straying away from church and going back to God.
Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.
From Michelle Peele
In giving there is healing.
Tell me facts and figures and you touch my mind, but tell me a story and you touch my soul!
With every goodbye you learn.
From Marne Potter
If there were Druids whose temples were the oak groves, my temple is the swamp.
-Henry David Thoreau
Art is not a thing; it is a way.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Art allows us to expand the dimensions of our everyday life.
From M. Macha NightMare
Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
From Bartlett Meeks
Those who are externally brave do not fear death. Those who are truly brave do not fear life.
Live your life so that whenever you lose, you’re ahead.
Awe is the salve that heals our eyes…
Nanny’s philosophy was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time, and to do it as hard as possible. It had never let her down.
…And a good time was had by all. Even, presumably, the lady that threw up.
-Anonymous (for good reason)
From Stacy Weeks
But let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Dreaming hitches the soul to the stars.
The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well!
Experience is not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
The only way for a woman, as for a man, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own.
Follow your bliss. Find where it is, and don’t be afraid to follow it.
Taking joy in life is a woman’s best cosmetic
How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.
Who find a friend finds treasure.
– Irish Proverb
I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
What America needs is more young people who carry to their job the same enthusiasm for getting ahead as they display in traffic.
When in doubt, take a bath.
And silence comes to heal the blows of sound.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The trouble with resisting temptations is that you may not get another chance.
Show me a day when the world wasn’t new.
-Sister Barbara Hance
From Stephen Long
If you want to build a ship, teach the men to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Let each of us look within our own hearts and our own communities, and let each of us put our shoulder to the wheel to root out injustice wherever it exists.
-Lyndon B. Johnson
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.
-John F. Kennedy
I look forward to an America… which will preserve the great old American houses and squares and parks of our national past and which will build handsome and balanced cities for our future.
-John F. Kennedy
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
Out of the public school grows the greatness of a nation.
From Aderim Musliu
I am going to be a rich man by turning my dreams into gold.
If you owe the bank $100, that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.
-John Paul Getty
May hope be our best friend!
Planning to do shopping without a plan is the best plan you have ever done!
Changes are necessary to remain unchangeable.
From Chinedu Daniel Erondu
Any secret that speaks two languages is no longer a treasure hidden but unhidden.
To succeed we must be prepared to fail at times.
From Kirstin Dion
Life is what you make it, make it last long.
From Rod Finch
Pain is nothing more than weakness leaving the body!
From Denise Finkel
Time stands between Timid and Timbuktu.
From Marion Licchiello
Life is filled with experiences, it’s a journey for us to explore. If we don’t explore all the paths, we might regret it. If we do, someone can get hurt but we have to keep ourselves open and vulnerable to that. If we didn’t get hurt in life, we wouldn’t grow and learn; we wouldn’t progress on to a new level, a new path, a new journey. However, if we take the path that we’re unsure of and break through our comfort levels we could experience joy, ecstasy and things that we never believed possible. Enjoy life. Do what makes you happy.
From Kageni Wilson
The legacy of a fire is seen only in its dying moments. When it’s burning big and bright, we are distracted by its flames and deceived by its warmth. But when all that’s left is ash amidst a few smoldering embers, then the reality of life sets upon us. It is in these moments that we finally see the world as it truly is—cold, dark and lonely.
From Terri M. van Huisstede
Sometimes the truest of loves is found after we realize our greatest faults….
From Maria Sieverding
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.
From Tim Bagwell
If the damn war was so long ago, why is it still flaming in my head?
From David R. Lim
Lessons in life are meant to be learned and understood. It makes you wise, not just to sit, but teaches you how to kneel and most of all bend. Even if you do have LESS, life has to go ON.
Past makes the present wiser…but future makes them both a lesson.
Saying sorry doesn’t solve the problem. It’s what you do after that really counts!
It’s never to late to become what you might have been.
Love is the secret to life…all you have to do is find the key!
Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
From Angela Berzins
Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.
It’s not getting what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.
-Unknown (not Sheryl Crow)
From Jim Stinson
Failure to communicate: men driving Interstate 69 when they could have telecommuted.
From Zeqe Gashi
It is in peoples’ nature to have rules put over them.
If you are not understandable it does not mean that you are an artist.
Every step backward is a step forward toward going backward.
From Sean Kamminga
Instead of constantly saying “why can’t we all just get along,” why don’t we all just get along?
From Drake Spaeth
Healing is the leap out of suffering and into myth.
Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
Don’t mess with the dead…they have eerie powers!
We are bemused and crazed creatures, strangers to our true selves, to one another, and to the spiritual and material world —mad, even, from an ideal standpoint we can glimpse but not adopt.
-R. D. Laing
I’m a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are.
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
You live and learn. At any rate, you live.
Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn’t there.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Creationists make it sound as though a “theory” is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Personal experience makes a believer out of anyone; that explains the hordes of evolution deniers.
Satan (impatiently) to Newcomer: The trouble with you Chicago people is, that you think you are the best people down here; whereas you are merely the most numerous.
The Christian fear of the Pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of humanity.
-David Herbert Lawrence
Unless we rediscover that sacred passion for God; that sacred passion for each other; that sacred passion for the creation; that sacred fire; that dynamic, ecstatic, passion for the entire experience of being a human being; we are going to let the world die out in our contemporary orgy of desolation, meaninglessness, and despair!
-Andrew Harvey, in the documentary Rumi Returning
Little by little, wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of invisible game.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
-Rev Dr Martin Lurther King, Jr
From Kevin MacDowell
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
From Bridget O’Keefe
So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we don’t just sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
May you never steal, lie, or cheat. But if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows. And if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life. And if you must cheat, then please cheat death, because I couldn’t live a day without you.
-From the movie Leap Year
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
And at last, they finally realized the point of living: to love whoever is around to be loved.
Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life.
The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.
The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.
Before you, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars—points of light and reason. And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything.
To my Patients: The near-sighted should go to the eye clinic. The far-sighted should follow me.
-Emigrant Jewish eye doctor’s door sign in 1930s Germany
The hand of a child cannot reach the ledge; the hand of the elder cannot enter the gourd; both the young and the old have what each can do for the other.
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when memory fails.
-Pioneer Girls Leaders’ Handbook
Oppression can only survive through silence.
If I have revenge in my heart, it will torture me worse than anything I experienced in prison. If I have forgiveness in my heart, I will live like a king.
Once you have faced the impossible, only the possible remains
It is impossible to be burned out if you have never been on fire.
-Dr Charlie Nelms
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
-George Bernard Shaw
Humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
-Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about—the more you have left when anything happens.
In the Pentagon, there’s a phrase that gets used, “generational war,” a war that lasts a generation or more. Well, we need to ask ourselves whether that really makes sense? What are the costs entailed by waging war for a generation? Where does the money come from? What are we not doing because we’re spending all this money on war? And in a very human sense, who actually pays the cost? I mean, who serves? Who doesn’t serve? Whose social needs are getting met, and whose are not getting met, as a consequence of having open-ended global war be this national priority?
You can’t change the world
But you can change the facts
And when you change the facts
You change points of view
If you change points of view
You may change a vote
And when you change a vote
You may change the world
From Charlie Savage
Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
Actions lie louder than words.
We could have saved the earth but we were too damned cheap.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
From Carmen Trevino
While we sit in a circle and suppose, the secret sits in the center and knows!
Within each man is a continent of undiscovered character; happy is he who discovers the Columbus of his soul!
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
From Jody Donovan
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
-E. B. White
From Clarissa Pain
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.
When they die, nobody says,
“I wish I’d spent more time at the office.”
Silence is the real crime against humanity.
Common sense is not so common.
Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
From Ann St John
Control the controllables and diminish the feeling of being a leaf blowing in the wind.
My request is to see the Divine in everything.
To have beauty is to have only that, but to have goodness is to be beautiful too.
From Jenn Robison
If the world were clear, art would not exist.
From Tom Coleman
Ask the questions before coming up with the answers.
From Val Pierce
It’s an amazing scientific fact
that stardust could come together and contemplate itself.
The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
Doctor, our flamingo is sick.
Life is good, even when it’s not.
From Gretchen Knapp
Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.
What you think about, you bring about. What you focus on, you find.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
In spite of illness, in spite even of the arch-enemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
-Edith Newbold Wharton
From Jill Fiore
Love is the single true prosperity of any moment.
From Bridgette Swab
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
-Henry Ward Beecher
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
From Daniel McDeavitt
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, but life without meaning is the torture of restlessness and vague desire. It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
-Edgar Lee Masters
From Aaron Stanton
Reject fear—embrace hope.
From Andrew Pelloso
Be yourself. No one can ever tell you you’re doing it wrong.
-James Leo Herlihy
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
Don’t go crazy, but if you do, take me with you.
From Arnie Mori
Necessity is the mother of much tension.
No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.
From Ira Weiss
Genius never sleeps.
From Jerry Downs
If you want to feel wonderful, be full of wonder.
From Nadia Bernal
Love is like a Galaxy
magic and unknown
but you must know it…
You’ll be surprised
From Laura Stull
Eating out is expensive….Eating with your family….priceless!
From [name withheld]
Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: Know the nature of joy.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
-as quoted by Marianne Williamson
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are, I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive….
-Oriah Mountain Dreamer, “The Invitation”
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
-Pamela Vaull Starr
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
From Diane Probst
Far back, far back in our dark soul the horse prances.
Do not spur a free horse.
From Alan Spott
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Pain shared is lessened; joy shared, increased.
Life is like high school, with longer halls.
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
-Michael McGriffy, MD
When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Life is a bridge to somewhere.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink.
How beautiful, if sorrow had not made
Sorrow more beautiful than Beauty’s self.
I wish I was still sixteen. I knew everything when I was sixteen. -Unknown
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
-Sir Francis Bacon
From Chris Stanton
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Sometimes I think that sanity is just a passing fad.
From Karen Luerssen
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate tireless minority keen to set fire in the people’s minds.
When we risk going too far, we discover how incredibly far we can go.
– Paul Wesselman
Absorb the speed bumps of your day.
-Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Any woman whose I.Q. hovers above her body temperature must be a feminist.
-Rita Mae Brown
We make a LIVING by what we get. We make a LIFE by what we give.
Surviving is important. Thriving is Elegant.
I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.
To give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
All that I seek is already within me.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
People are like tea bags… if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them in hot water.
From Norman Mills
Darwin had it all wrong. Man did not evolve through the ape, he evolved through the hog.
-Herschel Hunt, professor of physical chemistry, Purdue University, 1958
From Jill Adler
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
One thing is inevitable: if government continues to fall down the people will rise up.
It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
If you can explain what you do with any conventional terminology, you’ve already been outsourced to India.
The opposite of ”real” is ”optional.”
-Thomas De Zengotita
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
-Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr
One cannot remain the same. Art is a mirror which should show many reflections, and the artist should not always show the same face, or the face becomes a mask.
I do not want to die until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy.
Be brave, that you may survive among the blessed.
From Kay Daniel
Good, Fast, Cheap.
Pick any two.
-Print shop sign
Forty is the old age of youth; Fifty, the youth of old age.
From Jack Brubaker
Must be present to win.
From Laurent Castellucci
We have thrown away the most valuable asset we had—the individual’s right to oppose both flag and country when he (just he, by himself) believed them to be in the wrong. We have thrown it away; and with it all that was really respectable about that grotesque and laughable word, patriotism.
-Mark Twain, 1908
If a law is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
-Henry David Thoreau
From Marion Licchiello-Lenz
(All quotes original)
Whatever you focus on is what you get, negative or positive; so focus on the positive and you’ll bring more positive into your life.
Your mind is the door to new opportunities. When it is open, you can get from one thought to another; when it is closed, you are trapped.
Sometimes it takes tiny steps to get to the top of the staircase but if you keep moving forward and upward, you will get there.
From Steve Russo
We’re all wearing uniforms.
You can’t drink all day, unless you start in the morning!
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Move on from what you left behind, hold on to what you have left, and take in what life throws at your doors.
Success is like a shadow in the darkness: you have to find it.
Sometimes people are like butterflies. When you have them sitting in the palm of your hand you don’t want to claim them yours forever, but when they spread their wings and soar, you want to chase them, reach out, and then keep them because you’ve realized what beauty you have lost.
From Gabe Gloden
If life gives you lemons, why not kill someone with those lemons…preferably by shoving them down someone’s throat.
From Jude LaVerdiere
Space is but the mind,
c o n t e m p l a t i n g
E T E R N I T Y.
From Carl Hott
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
From Debra Wrobel
Ya can’t worry it right.
From Kin Hubbard
The person that you owe is more easily found than the person who owes you!
From Ellen Evert Hopman
Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove, has been hallowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished. Even the rocks, which seem to be dumb and dead as the swelter in the sun along the silent shore, thrill with memories of stirring events connected with the lives of my people, and the
very dust upon which you now stand responds more lovingly to their footsteps than yours, because it is rich with the blood of our ancestors, and our bare
feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch.
Our departed braves, fond mothers, glad, happy hearted maidens, and even the little children who lived
here and rejoiced here for a brief season, will love these somber solitudes and at eventide they greet shadowy returning spirits.
And when the last Red Man shall have perished, and the memory of my tribe shall have become a myth among the White Men, these shores will swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe, and when your children’s children think themselves alone in the
field, the store, the shop, upon the highway, or in the silence of the pathless woods, they will not be alone.
In all the earth there is no place dedicated to solitude. At night when the streets of your cities and villages are silent and you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning
hosts that once filled them and still love this beautiful land.
The trouble is, once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.
From Georgia Gorringe
Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
From Cynthia Bretheim
One less stressful thought in your mind equals one more peace in your world.
From Yaël Ksander
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
From Jeff Mease
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then there will be peace.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
From Evan Duning
The anticipation of chocolate on my lips is only surpassed by the fear of where I hid it.
From Vivien Reyes
Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.
From Jerrie Hildebrand
All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
Give yourself to love itself, without a shred of you remaining. Die completely into loving. When you return, when your sense of self is recollected, you will be refreshed through and through, washed awake by the innocence lying wide on the other side of surrender.
Once you label me, you negate me.
The biggest social disease of human beings on the planet is the need to be right.
From Daphne Patai
The plural of “anecdote” is not “data.”
Vocabulary is the intellectual’s form of conspicuous consumption.
-Herself (with a nod to
Living is dangerous.
-Joao Guimaraes Rosa
From Deborah Carole Barnes
Argue your limitations, and surely they will be your own.
From Josie Randall
Every man who is high up likes to think that he has done it all himself, and the wife smiles and lets it go at that.
From Qaseem Gul
If you look at everything with my eyes, they are not the same as what your eyes see.
Do not forget the past! The past was present and you are living the future.
Peace gives birth to Peace.
Don’t wait beneath the shadow of the tree for the apple to fall; mount up and grab it by hand.
From Kennifer Tstein
Tolerance is seeing with your heart instead of your eyes.
From Kevin Lacy
Live by your word.
From Sylvie de Wit
Humanity’s problem is that we are and will always remain a bunch of highly evolved monkeys. Every now and then the monkey inside us reaches out for a good old primitive banana.
No man can call himself a genius if he does not recognise the genius in every other man he meets.
From Gregory Volan
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
From [name withheld]
He’s as nervous as a long-tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs
From Andrea Dine
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
-The Mahatma Ghandi
From Donald McDonald
Attack life— it’s going to kill you anyway.
From Megan House
The only impossibilities are the ones you create for yourself.
Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they’re yours.
My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you’ll become a general; if you become a monk, you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
I’m not young enough to know everything.
I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
When it feels like life has got you by the horns, remember: you don’t have horns.
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
You can bend it and twist it…. You can misuse and abuse it….
But even GOD cannot change …The Truth.
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
Dreams are an expansion of life, an enlightenment, and a discipline.
-Amelia E. Barr
Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships; that is why good ideas are always initially resisted.
I’m only comfortable when I’m uncomfortable.
– Jay Chiat
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
Love isn’t finding a perfect person. It’s seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
-Henry David Thoreau
Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.
-Anthony J. D’Angelo
No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.
Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
My karma ran over your dogma.
Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
There is no friend as loyal as a book.
If I am not for myself,
Who will be for me?
If I am only for myself,
What am I?
If not now,
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Live for the journey, not the destination.
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
From Sean Pendergast
Some’s bastards, some’s ain’t, that’s the score.
-Old Bull Lee (from Kerouac’s On The Road)
From Luci Englert McKean
Happiness is available. Help yourself.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
From Jeduthun Hughes
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; …To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
From Connie Scheer
I will—because I can.
From Jim Johnson
It isn’t necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy.
Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
-Allan K. Chalmers
If you haven’t got charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
From Ruth Velasquez
The Statue of Liberty? Ridiculous. It is French. The Americans can’t even make their own statues, they need the French to give them one!
Four be the things I’d have been better without: love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
From Mike Christoff
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet; regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.” –
The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.
I haven’t lost my mind; I have a tape back-up somewhere.
Momma? Why does the moon fall to pieces sometimes?
-Jack Christoff, age 4
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came –
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
-George Cooper, October’s Party
Really we create nothing. We merely plagiarize nature.
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.
It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away.
-Tom Waits, Small Change
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
He who hurries cannot walk with dignity.
somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
You see things; and you say Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say Why not?
-George Bernhard Shaw
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.
From Jamie Long
[What Would Jean-Luc Picard Do?]
From [name withheld]
It loved to happen.
From Elizabeth Barrette
[All quotes original]
Just because you can’t do something as well as you’d like is no excuse not to do it as best as you can.
If the concept “can’t we all just get along” is a pipe dream, then I think more people should be smoking that pipe.
When you come to the place where there’s no more road, is that the end, or the beginning?
It is not necessary to point out holes by sticking one’s fingers through them.
Exasperation is the mother of invention.
Before it’s set in stone, I want to know who’s holding the chisel.
I refuse to be civilized by people I don’t like.
Home is where you don’t have to hide your altar.
Don’t bother me; it’s been one of those lives.
Knowledge pays; ignorance costs.
I don’t hate your guts. On the contrary, I think they’d make very nice bowstrings.
It’s hard to see eye-to-eye when you’re wearing a blindfold.
If this is the price of society, when do I get my change?
From Tracy Lane
You can protect your child from every thing but love.
You say I loved you, I say I didn’t. I say you loved me, you say who didn’t?
From Marion Licchiello
(all quotes original)
Whatever you focus on is what you get, negative or positive; so focus on the positive and you’ll bring more positive into your life.
Life is filled with experiences.. it’s a journey for us to explore. If we don’t explore all the paths we might regret it. If we do someone can get hurt but we have to keep ourselves open and vulnerable to that. If we didn’t get hurt in life we wouldn’t grow and learn. We wouldn’t progress on to a new level, a new path, a new journey. However, if we take the path that we’re unsure of and break through our comfort levels we could experience joy, ecstasy and things that we never believed possible. Enjoy life. Do what makes you happy.
Goals are what push us forward! Without goals there is no target to aim at…without a target it’s a crap shoot…win or lose…you never know!
From Michael Northrop
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
-Edgar Allan Poe
Ambition cannot be taught, but it can be learned.
From Myana Dhenin
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground, and miss.
Relationships all have their hardship, its whether we let the ship sink or protect it and fix its leaks to better it for the long journey.
From Lou Delgado
To never have made a mistake is a mistake.
From Kathryn Paul
You cannot outrun raindrops.
You must either protect yourself or resign yourself—and then embrace the wetness.
From Gelson Garcia
Music is a breath of nature and life a step further of having a open mind and an open heart.
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