Quotes June 05, 2017

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
Marcus Aurelius
“The six best doctors: sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet.”
Wayne Fields
There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.
Helen Frankenthaler
“To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.”
Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist Part II
“Every man is, no doubt, by nature, first and principally recommended to his own care; and as he is fitter to take care of himself, than of any other person, it is fit and right that it should be so.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
“When your toil has been a pleasure, you have not earned money merely, but money, health, delight, and moral profit, all in one.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when grief weights you like your own flesh only more of it, an obesity of grief, you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face between your palms, a plain face, no charming smile, no violet eyes, and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.
Ellen Bass
When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillar spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been.
But she had wings.
Dean Jackson
The unsexy truth is success requires hard sometimes tedious, frustrating & defeating work over a long sustained period of time.
“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.”
You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn. You’re human, not perfect. You’ve been hurt, but you’re alive.
Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things you love.
Sometimes there is sadness in our journey, but there is also lots of beauty. We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt, for we will never know what is waiting for us just around the bend.
The strongest drug that exists for a human is another human being.

Quotes June 03, 2017

(From 2012 blog) A Luna-tic Tip:

“I can’t find a job!”

– – – Move to Williston, North Dakota.
“I can’t find a nice girlfriend in any of the bars”

– – – Join a volunteer group where you’re all helping others for free.
“I hate it when my friends say I’m fat!”

– – – Follow Dr. Gott’s NO FLOUR NO SUGAR diet.
“My son’s in his 20s and refuses to leave home.”

– – – Hand him an application to work at McDonalds, and kick him out.
“We don’t have the money to send our kids to college.”

– – – Then see that they learn a trade, even if they must work for minimum wage at the start.
“I want to write a book but I have no time!”

– – – Get up at 5 a.m. like I do.

Quotes June 02, 2017

RED Friday

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
Albert Einstein

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
Alexander Hamilton

“Discipline is the soul of an Army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to all of the weak, and esteem to all.”
George Washington

“The soldier is the Army. No Army is better than its soldiers. The soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.”
George S Patton

“It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.”
Douglas MacArthur

“Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they have been given.”
Orson Scott Card, Enders Game


“I am not afraid of an Army of lions lead by a sheep; I am afraid of sheep lead by a lion.”
Alexander the Great

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
Dwight D Eisenhower

“None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I can’t expect loyalty from the army if I do not give it.”
George C Marshall

“Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.”
George S. Patton

“The Army is the true nobility of our country.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Even a phone call that lasts a couple minutes or seconds can make your day or entire week.”
Military Moments

Quotes June 01, 2017

“Humor is the antidote to over thinking. It’s a way of saying that life is paradoxical. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them. It says that the right way to exist among the contradictions, paradoxes, and absurdities of life is to cope with them through laughter.”
Bob Mankoff, How About Never: Is Never Good For You

“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

“It has been well observed that the misery of man proceeds not from any single crush of overwhelming evil, but from small vexatious continuous repeated.”
Samuel Johnson, “Pope,” in Selected Writings

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”
W.H. Sheldon

The real affliction of old age is remorse.
Cesare Pavese,
You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.
Byron Katie,
writer and speaker

“At any given moment, you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.”
Christine Mason Miller

Quotes May 31, 2017

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
Vernon Sanders Law, 1930-present
Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983
You can have the nine greatest individual ballplayers in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
Babe Ruth,
baseball player
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.
Thomas Jefferson,
third US president
“The mind…is rarely so disturbed, but that the company of a friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
“The most congenial social occasions are those ruled by cheerful deference of each for all.”
Goethe, Maxims and Reflections
“I’m glad to report that even now, at this late day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me—more promising than a silver cloud, prettier than a little red wagon. It holds all the hope there is, all fears. I can remember, really quite distinctly, looking a sheet of paper square in the eyes when I was seven or eight years old and thinking, ‘This is where I belong, this is it.’”
E. B. White, letter to Stanley Hart White January 1947
“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”
Pema Chödrön

Quotes May 30, 2017

“Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”
Saint Francis of Assisi
“Darkness must always be combatted positively.”
Paramhansa Yogananda
“If we want to save the world, we must have a plan. But no plan will work unless we meditate.”
The Dalai Lama
“Effective action always proceeds from a sense of inner peace.”
Swami Kriyananda
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If we have the energy of compassion and loving kindness in us, the people around us will be influenced by our way of being and living.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Don’t be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world. Light your little candle and step forward.”
“Let us join together in this wave of social transformation, and through our practice of meditation, create a spirit of global unity that can lead to lasting peace.”
Nayaswami Devi
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”
Chief Seattle

Quotes May 29, 2017

Culture for the poor should not be a poor culture.
Stanford Thompson, Music Educator quoting his mentor Dr Jose Antonio Abreu and reflecting on his motivation to start Play On, Philly!—a music education and social development program.
You are here because of the golden opportunities made possible by mass extinction.
Lauren Sallan, Paleobioligist on how a mass extinction from climate and sea level fluctuations 359 million years ago paved the way for modern species.
Beauty is the most resilient thing. It can grow anywhere; it transcends time and space; it is a liberation from suffering.
Prumsodun Ok, Choreographer and Dancer on saving classic Cambodian dance after its near annihilation by the Khmer Rouge.
In Ferguson I found anger, but I also found love. Then the police showed up and it turned to fear, but then saw courage.
Damon Davis, Photographer and Film-maker on making art as “weapons in a spiritual war.”
When we are denied identity we become invisible.
Kayla Briët, Musician and Filmmaker who explores and remixes the creative output of her mixed ancestral cultures.
I look down to the ground asking the same questions other people ask looking up at the stars—are we alone?
Armando Azua-Bustos, Astrobiologist who studys Chile’s Atacama Desert as a model for Mars.
Too much of education reform is driven by a systemic approach, not an empathic approach.
Karim Abouelnaga, Founder of NYC-based peer-to-peer summer mentorship program, Practice Makes Perfect.
It’s a clamity.
Mei Lin Neo, Marine Biologist on saving the Giant Clam from extinction.

Quotes May 28, 2017

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”
Diane Mariechild
“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”
Beyoncé Knowles Carter
“You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”
Anita Roddick
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Marie Curie,
physicist and chemist
“The only alternative left for mankind…is discipline…But by discipline I don’t mean harsh routines. I don’t mean waking up every morning at five-thirty and throwing cold water on yourself until you’re blue. Sorcerers understand discipline as the capacity to face with serenity odds that are not included in our expectations. For them, discipline is an art: the art of facing infinity without flinching, not because they are strong and tough but because they are filled with awe.”
Carlos Castaneda
“If you find yourself criticizing other people, you’re probably doing it out of Resistance. When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived out our own. Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement. Watch yourself. Of all the manifestations of Resistance, most only harm ourselves. Criticism and cruelty harm others as well.”
Steven Pressfield, War of Art

“Good creators don’t talk sh@@ about their fellow creators. They champion the work of those around them. They know how hard this stuff is. They accept that stumbles are part of what we do. And they treat one another with respect—because we all deserve that.”
Eric Karjaluoto

“Promises are like debt — they accrue interest. The longer you wait to fulfill them, the more they cost to pay off.”
Jason Fried

Quotes May 27, 2017

“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.”
Jackie French Koller
I don’t want to be a passenger in my own life.
Diane Ackerman,
writer and naturalist

“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.”
Linda Breen Pierce

“The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.”
Doris Janzen Longacre

“The simplest things are often the truest.”
Richard Bach

“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”
Vernon Howard

“Less is more.”
Mies Van Der Rohe

“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Lope de Vega

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”
Leo Tolstoy


“I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.”
Bob Newhart