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Quotes June 21, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“Gaslighting by parents can extend way into adulthood, but it may have particularly harmed you during your childhood. Children need to learn to trust themselves, and when they’re taught that what they see, hear, or feel isn’t real, that can lead to a lifetime of self-doubt.”
Suzannah Weiss
 
 
“Lose your mind so that you can gain a new way of knowing.”
Holly Lynn Payne
 
 
“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Andy Rooney
 
 
“We cannot grow when we are in shame, and we can’t use shame to change ourselves or others.”
Brené Brown
 
 
“Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.”
Unknown
 
 
“Don’t waste your time looking back on what you’ve lost. Move on, for life is not meant to be traveled backwards.” Unknown
 
 
“You don’t have to be brave all of the time. You are not damaged or defeated. Have patience. Give yourself permission to grieve, to cry, and to heal. Allow a bit of compassion, you’re doing the best you can. We all are.”
Unknown

Quotes July 20, 2020

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

 
 
“There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing.”
Mary McCarthy, “The Vita Activa”, The New Yorker, October 18, 1958
 
 
 
 
“What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become strengths greater than what we had when we were ‘normal’ or unbroken…when something breaks, something greater often emerges from the cracks.”
Nnedi Okorafor, Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected
 
 
 
 
“When one loves, one does not calculate.”
St. Therese of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul
 
 
 
 
“I didn’t deserve reconciliation or love in that moment, but that’s how mercy works. The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving. It’s when mercy is least expected that it’s most potent—strong enough to break the cycle of victimization and victimhood, retribution and suffering.”
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy​
 
 
 
 
“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African
 
 
 
 
“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
 
 
 
 
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
 
 
 
 
“The fact is that very few things have so much effect on the feeling inside a room as the sun shining into it.”
Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language
 
 
 
 
“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)
 
 
 
 
“’It’s not easy to start over in a new place,’ he said. ‘Exile is not for everyone. Someone has to stay behind, to receive the letters and greet family members when they come back.’”
Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I’m Dying
 
 
 
 
“That is Morning. To cease for a bright hour to be a prisoner of this sickly body and to become as large as the World.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, March 27, 1838
 
 
 
 
“There is in the soul a taste for the good, just as there is in the body an appetite for enjoyment.”
Joseph Joubert, Pensées
 
 
 
 
“The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.”
Ralph Ellison, a quote from Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews (1963) edited by George Plimpton
 
 
 
 
“In a curious way spirit must sometimes follow body, just as at other times spirit leads.”
Pearl Buck, A Bridge for Passing
 
 
 
 
“A house has a physical definition; a home has a spiritual one.”
Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden (Book)
 
 
 
 
“It isn’t necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait. Don’t wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you to be unmasked, it can do no other, it will writhe before you in ecstasy.”
Franz Kafka, Aphorisms (Amazon, Bookshop)
 
 
 
 
“That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”
Willa Cather, My Ántonia (Amazon, Bookshop)
 
 
 
 
“Our duties and our needs, in all the fundamental thing for which we were created, come down in practice to the same thing.”
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain (Amazon, Bookshop)
 
 
 
 
“Hurry, hurry, open every door! says my heart.”
Mary Oliver, “Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides,”
 
 
 
 
“It is easy to be heavy; hard to be light.”
G. K. Chesterton
 
 
 
 
“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.”
James Baldwin, Paris Review Interviews, II
 
 
 
 
“The opposite of a profound truth is also true.”
Gretchen Rubin

Quotes July 19, 2020

“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.”
Rumi
 
 
 
 
“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”
Albert Ellis
 
 
 
 
“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.”
Paulo Coelho
 
 
 
 
“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.”
Barbara De Angelis
 
 
 
 
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
Anaïs Nin
 
 
 
 
“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 
 
 
 
“When you adopt the viewpoint that there is nothing that exists that is not part of you, that there is no one who exists who is not part of you, that any judgment you make is self-judgment, that any criticism you level is self-criticism, you will wisely extend to yourself an unconditional love that will be the light of the world.”
Harry Palmer
 
 
 
 
Remove negative people from your life. The people you spend time with influence your attitude, thoughts and success more than you think.
Unknown

Quotes July 18, 2020

If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
Rabindranath Tagore
 
 
 
 
No one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Teachings of the Buddha
 
 
 
 
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Marcus Tullius Cicero,
statesman, philosopher, lawyer
 
 
 
 
Books don’t change the world, people change the world, books only change people.
Mario Quintana,
poet, writer, translator
 
 
 
 
“Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.”
James Thurber
 
 
 
 
“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.”
Seneca
 
 
 
 
“Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’”
Erich Fromm
 
 
 
 
“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
Wayne Dyer
 
 
 
 
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Arthur Ashe
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”
Confucius
 
 
 
 
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”
Albert Einstein
 
 
 
 
Don’t waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.
Mario Quintana,
poet, writer, translator

Quotes July 17, 2020

“Their notion of training was to march the men up and down in parades and reviews: these were nice to look at and gave them the impression of military discipline and precision, but as a preparation for a modern war they had no value whatsoever.”
Orlando Figes, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924
 
 
 
 
“There are more good people than bad people, and overall there’s more that’s good in the world than there is that’s bad. We just need to hear about it, we just need to see it.”
Tucker Elliot, The Day Before 9/11
 
 
 
 
“The simple and terrifying reality, forbidden from discussion in America, was that despite spending $600 billion a year on the military, despite having the best fighting force the world had ever known, they were getting their asses kicked by illiterate peasants who made bombs out of manure and wood.”
Michael Hastings, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan
 
 
 
 
“Chickenshit can be recognized instantly because it never has anything to do with winning the war.”
Paul Fussell, Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War
 
 
 
 
“Troops are everywhere in their modern, digital camouflage, designed to blend in anywhere at any time. Yet at night we wear bright yellow reflective belts.”
Glenn Dean, Soldier / Geek: An Army Science Advisor’s Journal of the War in Afghanistan
 
 
 
 
“Give me a scholar, therefore, who is able to think and to write, to look with an eye of discernment into things, and to do business himself, if called upon, who hath both civil and military knowledge; one, moreover, who has been in camps, and has seen armies in the field and out of it; knows the use of arms, and machines, and warlike engines of every kind; can tell what the front, and what the horn is, how the ranks are to be disposed, how the horse is to be directed, and from whence to advance or to retreat; one, in short, who does not stay at home and trust to the reports of others: but, above all, let him be of a noble and liberal mind; let him neither fear nor hope for anything; otherwise he will only resemble those unjust judges who determine from partiality or prejudice, and give sentence for hire: but, whatever the man is, as such let him be described.”
Lucian of Samosata, Lucian’s True History;
 
 
 
 
“For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo. Geronimo E.K.I.A”
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Quotes July 16, 2020

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”
Lemony Snicket
 
 
 
 
“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
Abraham Lincoln
 
 
 
 

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”
David Allen
 
 
 
 
“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
Peter Drucker
 
 
 
 
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Albert Einstein
 
 
 
 
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
Henry Ford
 
 
 
 
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
Richard Branson
 
 
 
 
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
Wayne Dyer
 
 
 
 
“A ship is always safe at shore but that is not what it’s built for.”
Albert Einstein
 
 
 
 
“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone who has never achieved much.”
Joan Collins
 
 
 
 
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
Jim Rohn
 
 
 
 
“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again.”
W. Clement Stone
 
 
 
 
Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations
Ray Bradbury
 
 
 
 
If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off … no matter what they say.
Barbara McClintock,
cytogeneticist, Nobel Prize winner
 
 
 
 
The possibilities are endless when you work hard and never give up.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.
Unknown

Quotes July 15, 2020

We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do.
Martha Grimes,
writer
 
 
 
 
I would like to show the world today as an ant sees it and tomorrow as the moon sees it.
Hannah Hoch,
Dada artist
 
 
 
 
Take good advice, make sure it is good advice, then do it your way.
Vidal Sassoon,
hairstylist, businessman, philanthropist
 
 
 
 
Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.
Wendell Berry,
poet, writer, environmental activist, critic, farmer
 
 
 
 
Courage isn’t something you are born with. It comes to you with experience.
Patricia Neal,
actress
 
 
 
 
Music is an experience, not a science.
Ennio Morricone,
composer, orchestrator, conductor
1928-2020
 
 
 
 
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.
Marian Wright Edelman,
children’s rights activist, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund

Quotes July 14, 2020

“Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.”
Elbert Hubbard
 
 
 
 
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
“I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.”
Jonas Salk
 
 
 
 
“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.”
David Allen
 
 
 
 
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Stephen King
 
 
 
 
“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”
Ray Goforth
 
 
 
 
“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge
 
 
 
 
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
Earl Nightingale
 
 
 
 
“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”
David M. Burns
 
 
 
 
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
T.E. Lawrence
 
 
 
 
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”
Stephen R. Covey
 
 
 
 
“The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others.”
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Nothing will change in your life if you don’t do something different from what you have been doing.
Unknown

Quotes July 12 & 13, 2020

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
 
 
“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.”
Joseph Addison
 
 
 
 
“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”
Dr. Robert Anthony
 
 
 
 
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
Peter Marshall
 
 
 
 
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
Clay P. Bedford
 
 
 
 
“The fullness of life is only accessible in the present moment.”
Eckhart Tolle
 
 
 
 
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
Abraham Maslow
 
 
 
 
If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.
Warren Buffett
 
 
 
 
How many times had those awful words – “I know what I’m doing” – been uttered throughout history as prelude to disaster?
Christopher Buckley
 
 
 
 
O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense
 
 
 
 
The dons, the bashaws, the grandees, the patricians, the sachems, the nabobs, call them by what names you please, sigh and groan and fret, and sometimes stamp and foam and curse, but all in vain. The decree is gone forth, and it cannot be recalled, that a more equal liberty than has prevailed in other parts of the earth must be established in America.
John Adams, letter to Patrick Henry, June 3, 1776
 
 
 
 
Too many people are trying to find the right person instead of being the right person.
Gloria Steinem
 
 
 
 
Paradise is always where love dwells.
Jean Paul Richter
 
 
 
 
Holding on is being brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
It’s okay to have flaws. That’s what makes you real.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
“Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.”
Unknown

Quotes July 11, 2020

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