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Quotes July 27 & 28, 2021

“You’re entitled to your own opinion if you keep your opinion to yourself. If you decide to say it out loud, then I think you have a responsibility to be open to changing your mind in the face of better logic or stronger data. I think if you’re willing to voice an opinion, you should also be willing to change that opinion.”
Adam Grant on rethinking your position
I love to think about chance — about how one little overheard word, one pebble in a shoe, can change the universe.
Anne Tyler,
Throw away the light, the definitions, and say what you see in the dark.
It is not everyday that the world arranges itself into a poem.
Wallace Stevens,
Laughter is life-giving. It makes you breathe.
Kristin Chenoweth,
actor, singer
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
Helen Keller
“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”
Charles Dickens
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
Ernest Hemingway
“The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do.”
B.F. Skinner
Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.
David Bly – Politician-Retired Teacher
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.
Florence Nightingale – 1820-1910 – Social Reformer-Founder of Modern Nursing-Organized Care for Wounded Soldiers at Constantinople
“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges.”
George Washington
Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.

Quotes July 26, 2021

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. One who lives life fully is prepared to die at any time.”
Edward Abbey
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
Steve Maraboli
There are a lot of people who you might be… unfond of, especially these days. Just so you know — it is possible to be kind to someone you are not fond of. “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.”
Samuel Johnson
“No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.”
Emma Goldman
It’s normal to feel sad. The kindest thing you can do is to allow yourself to feel your own grief.
Our days are filled with chaos, anxiety, and overwork. It’s important that we find peace in our every day even if it’s just a moment to take a breath.
Your kindness generates beauty — inside you and the person you’re kind to. Be kind. Create gorgeous beauty among the green of life.
You’ll never remember the days you spent toiling away.

Get out and enjoy your life.
Feeling out of balance? It’s likely that you are burdened by too many things. Maybe it’s time to let something go. Never to carry more than you can balance.
Yes, I’ve heard it to. “Everything’s back to normal!!” Whee!! Do you want everything to go back to “normal”? Listen, the road ahead is wide open. Where do you want to your life to go?
What if — just for today — we focus on what we give to others, rather than what we get from others. We’ll feel better.
Just be nice!
It’s not that hard.
Just be nice, even when it’s hard.
There’s a lot of ugly around.

Turn away from the drama machine.

Find some beauty in your every day.

Focus on beauty.
Be kind to everyone, including you.

Kindness will beautify your entire life.

Be kind.

Live in beauty.
Symmetry — what you give out comes back to you. Be kind — to everyone, all the time — it will come back to you.
Be kind. Bring beauty into your life.
You are loved.
Kindness is the song of this universe. Break out into song as often as possible.

Quotes July 25, 2021

She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.
Atticus – Character-Poet
“Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
Edith Schaeffer
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
Albert Schweitzer
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”
Amelia Earhart
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
Lao Tzu
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
“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
“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
“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”
Lionel Hampton
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust
“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
Edith Schaeffer
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

Quotes July 24, 2021

“You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.”
Michael Phelps
I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.
Shawn Carter – American Rapper-Entrepreneur-Songwriter-Record Executive
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank – 1929-1945 – German-Dutch Diarist-Jewish Holocaust Victim
Failure is not the opposite of success, it is part of success.
Arianna Huffington – Greek-American Author-Businesswoman
Being polite and grateful will make people more inclined to help you. And if people are willing to help you, you may accidentally get something you want.
Jason Sudeikis,
actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer
They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker,
jazz saxophonist, band leader, composer
You can’t live your life trying to be somebody else. What’s the point?
Be you. Do you. Don’t let anybody steal your joy.
singer, rapper, flutist, songwriter
The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
John Steinbeck,
writer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
Isak Dinesen, pseudonym of Karen Blixen,
Maybe happiness is this: not feeling like you should be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.
Isaac Asimov,
writer, professor of biochemistry
But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
A.A. Milne, The House At Pooh Corner
Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him—and it was still hot.
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
For Siddalee Walker, the need to understand has passed, at least for the moment. All that was left was love and wonder.
Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.
Terry Pratchett

Quotes July 23, 2021

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
Joseph Stalin (perhaps)
Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.
Mao Zedong
The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.
Otto von Bismarck
Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism.
Vladimir Putin
The immortal Lincoln bowed in prayer, and plead Heaven’s almighty aid, vowing the proclamation of freedom through all the land to all the inhabitants thereof; and though the assassin’s deadly arm cut short his high career, his soul went up to God with four million broken manacles in its hand.
American Wesleyan
“This is what I learned from those years in the prison camp, where all those constraints just were oppressive. You must never confuse, on the one hand, the need for absolute, unwavering faith that you can prevail despite those constraints with, on the other hand, the need for the discipline to begin by confronting the brutal facts, whatever they are.’”
Admiral Jim Stockdale (source)
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
George Santayana
Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it.

Quotes July 22, 2021

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

“Being broken is what makes us human. We all have our reasons. Sometimes we’re fractured by the choices we make; sometimes we’re shattered by things we would never have chosen. But our brokenness is also the source of our common humanity, the basis for our shared search for comfort, meaning, and healing.”
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
“Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.”
Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life (
“Some beautiful things are more dazzling when they are still imperfect than when they have been too perfectly crafted.”
François de La Rochefoucauld, Collected Maxims and Other Reflections
“What a lark! What a plunge!”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
“That I walk up my stoop, I pause to consider if it really be,
A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
Unscrew the locks from the doors!
Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!”
Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself XXIV”
“I am a great believer in the seasons. Even here in my own world, I have no relish for sweet corn in January or strawberries in November.”
Pearl S. Buck, My Several Worlds
“What is far off may be more familiar to us than what is quite near.”
Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

Quotes July 21, 2021

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
Oscar Wilde
“She burned too bright for this world.”
Emily Bronte
Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.
Virat Kohli – Indian Cricketer-Current Captain of the National Team of India
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli – 1804-1881 – Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
“We’re going to see lots of ‘boomerang’ employees, who a year from now miss their jobs and decide their novel isn’t going as well as expected. Being a boomerang employee works only if you leave on a very, very positive note.”
Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management at Texas A&M University and expert on job exits, speaking to Bloomberg. Klotz also suggests you give the office a try before you quit over a return to work mandate—people are very bad at predicting how they’ll feel about something, he says.
“It seems nature definitely intended that adults should nap in the middle of the day, perhaps to get out of the midday sun.”
William Dement, former director of Stanford University’s Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center
“I think the most critical question is: If you were all alone on vacation with no responsibilities, no one to worry about, no telephone… what time would you go to bed and what time would you wake up, to feel well-rested and to be living on your most biological sleeping pattern possible?”
Louis Ptáček, neuroscientist at University of California, San Francisco
“Studies have shown that 90% of error in thinking is due to error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion and this can lead to new ideas. Logic will never change emotion or perception.”
Edward de Bono (source)
Timeless Insight
“People prefer their sources of information to be highly correlated. Then all the messages you get are consistent with each other and you’re comfortable.”
Daniel Kahneman
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
Marie Curie
A puppy thinks: “Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a warm, dry home, pet me and take good care of me…
A kitten thinks: “Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a warm, dry home, pet me and take good care of me…
Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.

Quotes July 20, 2021

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
Oscar Wilde
“Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?”
Rose Kennedy
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
Paulo Coelho
Faith is a withholding of conclusion so that you allow what is to arise.
Though leaves are many, the root is one.
William Butler Yeats
The word En’owkin in the Okanagan language elicits the metaphorical image of liquid being absorbed drop by single drop through the head (mind). It refers to coming to understanding through a gentle process of integration.
Jeanette Armstrong
Our longings are a unique manifestation of the universe’s longings. In listening to the depths of life, within our lives and within every life, we will hear the longings of the One that are deeper than the fears that divide us.
John Philip Newell
My work is loving the world.
Mary Oliver
The justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations.
Glenn Gould
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner
Editing is really like plumbing a good deal of the time. You put two things together, and a current runs through it.
Thelma Schoonmaker
I ushered at the Shubert in New Haven during graduate school when plays en route to Broadway still went out of town to try out. I worked backstage at summer stock doing jobs from garbage man to strapping on Herbert Marshall’s wooden leg to fixing Gloria Swanson’s broken plumbing in her dressing room with her yelling at me as I worked the plunger.
John Guare
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
Dolly Parton
“Strong men – men who are truly role models – don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.”
Michelle Obama
“It’s not what you look for that matters, it’s what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau
“This is a youth-oriented society, and the joke is on them because youth is a disease from which we all recover.”
Dorothy Fuldheim
“There are going to be people in your life who change your trajectory. They’re going to walk into your life for a moment, a lifetime, or anytime in between. And they’re going to disrupt something in your life. They’ll challenge you, they’ll shake your beliefs, they’ll trigger you and then stand by you as you work through your healing. These people will teach you and be taught by you. You’ll dance and play. You’ll see the softer sides that others don’t get to see. They’ll lay down markers on your life’s timeline. Markers that roar “I was here”. Pre me. Post me. They’re the life changers. The good type of change. Not the one that takes you away from yourself… but the one that brings you home. “
Vienna Pharaon

Quotes July 19, 2021

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“Of all things, it would seem, make friends with depersonalization. Enemies within consciousness never work, and only escalate the problem. Befriend it, consider it part of life to work with it. We can’t expel it or cancel it. When we try, the pressure makes a volcano out of it. This is true of so many things, it must be true of DDD too.”
David Hench
“Sensitive people feel so deeply they often have to retreat from the world, in order to dig beneath the layers of pain to find their faith and courage.”
Shannon L. Alder
“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell
“Yes, love is all about sacrifice and compromise, but it’s important also to establish a limit. You shouldn’t have to throw your whole life away to make a relationship work. If you have to lose yourself to please your partner, you’re with the wrong person.”
Beau Taplin
“When I got sober, I thought giving up was saying goodbye to all the fun and all the sparkle, and it turned out to be just the opposite. That’s when the sparkle started for me.”
Mary Karr
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
James Allen
“If you love yourself it doesn’t matter if other people don’t like you because you don’t need their approval to feel good about yourself.”
Lori Deschene

Quotes July 18, 2021

A day of bad writing is always better than a day of no writing.
Don Roff
Here she is mending her dress; mending her dress as usual, he thought; here she’s been sitting all the time I’ve been in India; mending her dress; playing about; going to parties; running to the House and back and all that, he thought, growing more and more irritated, more and more agitated, for there’s nothing in the world so bad for some women as marriage, he thought; and politics; and having a Conservative husband, like the admirable Richard. So it is, so it is, he thought, shutting his knife with a snap.
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
They were now both ready, not to begin from scratch, but to continue with a love that had survived for thirteen years in hibernation. They were no longer travellers without baggage. They were no longer twenty. They’d both been around the block a bit and had suffered without the other. They’d both lost their way without the other.
Each had tried to find love with other people.
But all that was now finished.
Guillaume Musso, Que serais-je sans toi?
That’s the trouble, I can’t forget him. He was everything to me, except mine.
Jennifer Worth, The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
Coal is a portable climate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poetry was the maiden I loved, but politics was the harridan I married.
Joseph Howe
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society
Mark Twain
Hubris is interesting, because you get people who are often very clever, very powerful, have achieved great things, and then something goes wrong – they just don’t know when to stop.
Margaret MacMillan
One cannot rule out a blizzard in Minnesota after Labor Day, and so when I travel for Thanksgiving or any time in the fall, I am careful to fly into Des Moines instead of Minneapolis and then drive the 200 miles north to my hometown.
Hope Jahren
Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence.
George Steiner
Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
Coco Chanel – 1883-1971 – French Fashion Designer
There are infinite ways back to ourselves.
AmyAnn Cadwell
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.