Quotes November 9, 2016

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
Henry Kissinger,
diplomat

“If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.
Michael LeBoeuf,
writer and management professor

“Once in those very early days my brother brought into the nursery the lid of a biscuit tin which he had covered with moss and garnished with twigs and flowers so as to make it a toy garden or a toy forest. That was the first beauty I ever knew. What the real garden had failed to do, the toy garden did. It made me aware of nature—not, indeed, as a storehouse of forms and colors but as something cool, dewy, fresh, exuberant….As long as I live my imagination of Paradise will retain something of my brother’s toy garden.”
C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance.
Maria Popova

“Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good:
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow.”
William Wordsworth

“Asking for help does not mean that we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence.”
Anne Wilson Schaef

People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.”
Donna Karan

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
An Wang, 1920-1990

The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realizing that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.
Arnold Bennett, 1867-1931

Not to dream boldly may turn out to be simply irresponsible.
George Leonard, 1923-2010

“When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead.”
Barney Stinson

The goal is not always meant to be reached, but to serve as a mark for our aim.
Joseph Joubert,
essayist