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Quotes March 02, 2021

Treat yourself with love and respect, and you will attract people who show you love and respect.
Rhonda Byrne
 
 
 
 
You enter life a ship laden with meaning, purpose and gifts
sent to be delivered to a hungry world.
And as much as the world needs your cargo,
you need to give it away.
Everything depends on this.
Greg Kimura
 
 
 
 
Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.
Harriet Goldhor Lerner
 
 
 
 
We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?
Wendell Berry
 
 
 
 
Only when our feet learn once again how to walk in a sacred manner, and our hearts hear the real music of creation, can we bring the world back into balance.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
 
 
 
 
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
e.e. cummings
 
 
 
 
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Henry Havelock Ellis
 
 
 
 
Now man cannot live without some vision of himself. But still less can he live with a vision that is not true to his inner experience and inner feeling.
D.H. Lawrence
 
 
 
 
Love is first and foremost exemplified by action –by practice — not solely by feeling.
bell hooks
 
 
 
 
Stillness is our most intense mode of action. It is in our moments of deep quiet that is born every idea, emotion, and drive which we eventually honor with the name of action.
Leonard Bernstein
 
 
 
 
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.
Amelia Earhart
 
 
 
 
By activating your own goodness within, under any circumstances –especially in hard or difficult conditions — life itself will lead to goodness.
Master Mingtong Gu

Quotes March 01, 2021

I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
Jeff Bezos
 
 
 
 
Soul is that unconditioned, mysterious, untamed, undomesticated, unique individual wild core of ourselves which is inextricably connected to the mysteries of wild nature.
Claire Dunn
 
 
 
 
We’ve replaced what we thought of as superstition with a new superstition, which is the myth of progress.
Peter Kalmus
 
 
 
 
The persecution of any minority is inhuman and unnatural. That belief is timeless and beyond change.
Charlie Chaplin
 
 
 
 
Listen with a heart, but answer with a soul.
Oscar Auliq-Ice
 
 
 
 
One must always maintain one’s connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.
Gaston Bachelard
 
 
 
 
Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.
To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
Pema Chodron
 
 
 
 
Light is a powerful substance. We have a primal connection to it. But, for something so powerful, situations for its felt presence are fragile.
James Turrell
 
 
 
 
There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
Shunryu Suzuki
 
 
 
 
There is no comradeship except through unity on the same rope, climbing towards the same peak.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
 
 
 
 
I must go there today —
Tomorrow the plum blossoms
Will scatter.
Ryokan
 
 
 
 
The future is not out there in front of us, but inside us.
Joanna Macy
 
 
 
 
Democracy is hard; demagoguery is easy.
Patricia Roberts-Miller
 
 
 
 
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
Rachel Carson

Quotes February 28, 2021

You don’t get in life what you want. You get what you are.
Jackie Lapin
 
 
 
 
Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.
Ernest Hemingway,
writer, journalist, Nobel Prize winner
 
 
 
 
The animals of the planet are in desperate peril. Without free animal life, I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.
Alice Walker
 
 
 
 
The witchery of living
is my whole conversation
with you, my darlings.
All I can tell you is what I know.
Mary Oliver
 
 
 
 
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller
 
 
 
 
Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are caused by too much future, and not enough presence.
Eckhart Tolle
 
 
 
 
Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.
Jose Saramago
 
 
 
 
For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.
Bruce Lee
 
 
 
 
Love is the bridge between you and everything.
Rumi
 
 
 
 
If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Rainer Maria Rilke
 
 
 
 
The subtle source is clear and bright, the tributary streams run through the darkness.
Shitou Xiqian
 
 
 
 
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it.
Michaelangelo
 
 
 
 
To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege.
Sy Montgomery
 
 
 
 
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
Muhammad Ali,
professional heavyweight boxer, social activist, entertainer, philanthropist
February is Black History Month

 
 
 
 
Simply by changing your own behavior, you gain at least some influence over the problem.
Douglas Stone

Quotes February 27, 2021

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

 
 
“To belittle, you have to be little.”
Kahlil Gibran
 
 
 
 
“Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our hearts with tolerance.”
Stan Lee
 
 
 
 
This is a music venue here in Denver. Human Kind Be both.
 
 
 
 
Getting ready to plant your life? What you plant is what you will harvest. When you plant kindness, you grow a kind life. It’s about that simple.
 
 
 
 
I’m not going to tell you that it’s not hard. You will remember this time as one of the most difficult of your life. FEEL what you are feeling. Don’t hold back. But don’t ever, ever believe that you cannot do it. You’ve got this. Be kind to you in the process.
 
 
 
 
Are you sure you’re flying in your right direction? Or are you just following that guy in front of you? Take a moment and think about it. If you want a kind life, you have to fly with a kind flock.
 
 
 
 
Some days the best thing you can do is put your feet up and plan for better days. Better days are coming.
 
 
 
 
Every once in a while, we need to stop and be grateful for what hasn’t happened.
 
 
 
 
Be kind and watch the bright and beautiful fill your life.
 
 
 
 
Your kindness to others will cause beautiful things to grow in your life.
 
 
 
 
Let’s just be crystal clear — we are KIND people. It’s in our DNA. The cruel and power hungry are weirdos, freaks. Be kind to everyone – even the weirdos. You’ll feel better and more like yourself.

Quotes February 26, 2021

“I don’t know what awaits us on the other side of that berm,” 22-year-old Joe DaSilva told his troops. “But I’ll tell you this. If I have to give my life for any of you I will do it in a heartbeat.”
 
 
 
 
“The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”
Eisenhower’s “in case of failure” contingency D-Day message
 
 
 
 
“A passion for life is contagious and uplifting. Passion cuts both ways… I want to create passion in my own life and with those I care for. I want to feel, experience and live every emotion. I will suffer through the bad for the heights of the good.”
Pat Tillman, football star who joined the Army Rangers after 9/11 and was killed in action in Afghanistan
 
 
 
 
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Thucydides” – Dave Grossman, On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
 
 
 
 
I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.
Jim Mattis
 
 
 
 
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston S. Churchill
 
 
 
 
“These Marines left their home–all these great Americans left their home–signed up during a time of war and said, ‘I wanna do that.’ And we owe them so much gratitude. I am so, so proud. And they understand that in our profession there can be no second place. There can be no losing. Because the weight of our nation rests on their shoulders.”
Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal
 
 
 
 
“I was thinking really of future generations of women that I would like them to have that opportunity so I had that pressure on myself And not letting people down that I knew believed in me, people that were supporting me.”
Capt. Kristen Griest, one of the first two women to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School
 
 
 
 
“There’s no quitting, I can’t have quit in me. There was never an option to stop and quit.”
Major Lisa Jaster, third woman to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School
 
 
 
 
“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
George S. Patton
 
 
 
 
“In the military, you learn the essence of people. You see so many examples of self-sacrifice and moral courage. In the rest of life, you don’t get that many opportunities to be sure of your friends.”
Adam Driver, actor and Marine Corps veteran
 
 
 
 
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Woodrow Wilson
 
 
 
 
“The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.”
General Colin Powell

Quotes February 25, 2021

Courtesy of Henrik Edberg The Positvity Blog

 
 
“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’
Eckhart Tolle

“No price is too great to pay for inner peace.”
Sri Chinmoy

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
John Lubbock

“These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.”
Najwa Zebian

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
Ovid

“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
Doug Larson

“It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.”
Diane Von Furstenberg

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”
Germany Kent

“Respect yourself enough to say – I deserve inner peace – and walk away from people and things that prevent you from attaining it.”
Jerico Silvers

“Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.”
Roy T. Bennett

“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”
Viggo Mortensen

“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
Wayne Dyer

“The best fighter is never angry.”
Lao Tzu

“Don’t believe every worried thought you have. Worried thoughts are notoriously inaccurate.”
Renee Jain

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Sydney J. Harris

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
John Newton

“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”
Eckhart Tolle

”People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”
James Allen

“That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”
Chinese Proverb

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. “
Lily Tomlin

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
Bertrand Russell

“Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.”
Mike Ditka

“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward.”
Spanish proverb

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. “
Aesop

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
George Burns

“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”
Dean Smith

“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes February 25, 2021

Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.
Gordon Parks,
photographer, film director, musician, writer, co-founder of Essence magazine
February is Black History Month
 
 
 
 
There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.
Nina Simone,
singer, songwriter, musician, civil rights activist
February is Black History Month
 
 
 
 
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
Ernest Hemingway,
writer, journalist, Nobel Prize winner
 
 
 
 
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
Moliere,
playwright, actor and poet
 
 
 
 
When memory is transmitted, it makes witnesses. Witnesses are activated people who now are telling other people’s stories.
Rabbi Ariel Burger
 
 
 
 
Water flows from high in the mountains
Water runs deep in the Earth
Miraculously, water comes to us,
And sustains all life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
 
 
I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.
George Washington Carver
 
 
 
 
Poetry is life distilled.
Gwendolyn Brooks
 
 
 
 
Vulnerability in the face of constant change is what we share, whatever our present condition.
Sharon Salzberg
 
 
 
 
Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.
Susan Sontag
 
 
 
 
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him — the people who give you their food give you their heart.
Cesar Chavez
 
 
 
 
Falling down is an accident; staying down is a choice.
Unknown

Quotes February 24, 2021

Quotes courtesy of Henrik Edberg The Positivity Blog

“Every morning brings new potential, but if you dwell on the misfortunes of the day before, you tend to overlook tremendous opportunities.”
Harvey Mackay
 
 
 
 
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
George Horace Lorimer
 
 
 
 
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”
Theodore Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”
Irish Proverb
 
 
 
 
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
Zig Ziglar
 
 
 
 
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
Buddha
 
 
 
 
”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
Brian Tracy
 
 
 
 
“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.”
James Allen
 
 
 
 
“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
Lolly Daskal
 
 
 
 
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
Helen Keller
 
 
 
 
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Jim Rohn
 
 
 
 
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
Charles F. Kettering
 
 
 
 
“We become what we think about.”
Earl Nightingale
 
 
 
 
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson
 
 
 
 
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
Karen Lamb
 
 
 
 
“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”
John Barrymore
 
 
 
 
“Happy Wednesday! You are who you are; be happy with what you are called to do. Do not pretend to be like someone else for your gifts are unique to help lead you to the success as only you can define. Have a good day.”
Byron Pulsifer
 
 
 
 
“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”
Carlos Castaneda
 
 
 
 
“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.”
John Henry Jowett
 
 
 
 
“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”
Albert Ellis
 
 
 
 
“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”
Mary Lou Retton
 
 
 
 
“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.”
Buddha
 
 
 
 
“If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”
Epicurus
 
 
 
 
“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
Frederick Keonig
 
 
 
 
“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.”
Proverb
 
 
 
 
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
Helen Keller
 
 
 
 
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.
If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”
Andy Rooney
 
 
 
 
“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.”
Maxim Gorky
 
 
 
 
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb
 
 
 
 
“The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”
Andre Maurois
 
 
 
 
“There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.”
Anthony de Mello
 
 
 
 
“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.”
Epictetus
 
 
 
 
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
Kahlil Gibran
 
 
 
 
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
George Bernard Shaw
 
 
 
 
“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.“
Groucho Marx
 
 
 
 
“I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.”
Unknown

Quotes February 23, 2021

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

 
 
“When one loves, one does not calculate.”
St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul
 
 
 
 
“Love is a creative act. When you love someone you create a new world for them. My mother did that for me, and with the progress I made and the things I learned, I came back and created a new world and a new understanding for her.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
 
 
 
 
“We may, by fixing our attention almost fiercely on the facts actually before us, force them to turn into adventures; force them to give up their meaning and fulfill their mysterious purpose.”
G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
 
 
 
 
“The way in which people miss their opportunities is melancholy.”
Elizabeth von Arnim, The Solitary Summer
 
 
 
 
“Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.”
Bertrand Russell, Philosophy and Politics
 
 
 
 
“I shall never have the garden I have in my mind, but that for me is the joy of it; certain things can never be realized and so all the more reason to attempt them.”
Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden (Book)
 
 
 
 
“A library is a medicine cabinet. What can heal one person may not work at all for somebody else.”
Sandra Cisneros, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
 
 
 
 
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
“Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
 
 
 
 
“The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star.”
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste, or Meditation on Transcendent Gastronomy
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Quotes February 22, 2021

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

 
 
“Not all of the depression that people experience is an illness… Unlike clinical depression, congruent depression is actually appropriate to your situation.”
Dr. K
 
 
“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
Louise L. Hay
 
 
“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”
Kahlil Gibran
 
 
“Hope for love, pray for love, wish for love, dream for love…but don’t put your life on hold waiting for love.”
Mandy Hale
 
 
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
J.K. Rowling
 
 
“I don’t always make the best choices, but today I choose compassion over intolerance, sympathy over hatred, and love over fear.”
LJ Vanier
 
 
“The scars you can’t see are the hardest to heal.”
Astrid Alauda
 
 
“A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, or being perfect. It’s about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.”
Unknown
 
 
“When you bring peace to your past, you can move forward to your future.”
Unknown