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Quotes December 10, 2016

In the practice of our days, to listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.
Mark Nepo

A beautiful heart can bring things into your life that all the money in the world couldn’t obtain.

Stop expecting others to act first, be the one who makes a positive change.
Leon Brown

Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.
Serbian Proverb

“Idleness is often covered by turbulence and hurry. He that neglects his known duty and real employment naturally endeavours to crowd his mind with something that may bar out the remembrance of his own folly, and does anything but what he ought to do with eager diligence, that he may keep himself in his own favour.”
Samuel Johnson, Selected Writings

“The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Quotes December 8, 2016

Excerpt from For The Traveler:
May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.

May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.
John O’Donohue



The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.
Annie Dillard

One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.
Malala Yousafzai

“Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open.”

A person’s a person, no matter how small.
Dr. Seuss

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.
Laurence Sterne

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.
Albert Einstein

If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.
Ray Davis

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
William J. H. Boetcker

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.
Bryant H. McGill

Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given.
Hussein Nishah

Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.
Stephen Cosgrove

Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.
R.G. Risch

Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
Thomas Paine

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them.
Herbert H. Lehman

I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.
Julius Erving

He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If I despised myself, it would be no compensation if everyone saluted me, and if I respect myself, it does not trouble me if others hold me lightly.
Max Nordau

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Albert Camus

Never take a person’s dignity: it is worth everything to them, and nothing to you.
Frank Barron

Treat others as you want them to treat you because what goes around comes around

Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human.
John Cogley


Quotes December 7, 2016

WWII Tributes



“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
You must not ever stop being whimsical.
Mary Oliver

There are people who, the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.
Jane Austen

“I like my town but I can’t say exactly what I like about it. I don’t think it’s the smell. I’m too accustomed to the monuments to want to look at them. I like certain lights, a few bridges, café terraces. I love passing through a place I haven’t seen for a long time.”
Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, “The Town”

The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.
Charles de Lint,

A ‘force of nature’ is what happens when what you say and what you do come together.
Gary John bishop

‘Follow your dreams and live with courage, so you can die with dignity.’
Steven Gossington
Fractured Eden

You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.

Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have to power to make it so.

I wonder how much of what weights me down is not mine to carry.

If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.

In this life we are all just walking up the mountain and we can sing as we climb, or we can complain about sore feet.  Whichever we choose, we still gotta do the hike.  I decided a long time ago singing made a lot more sense.


Quotes December 6, 2016

Confidence is silent.
Insecurities are loud.


“But shame is like a wound that is never exposed and therefore never heals.”
Andreas Eschbach




Kindness is not an act. It is a lifestyle.
Anthony Douglas Williams




“If people knew what Matisse, supposedly the painter of happiness, had gone through, the anguish and tragedy he had to overcome to manage to capture that light which has never left him, if people knew all that, they would also realize that this happiness, this light, this dispassionate wisdom which seems to be mine, are sometimes well-deserved, given the severity of my trials.”
Henri Matisse, interview, Matisse on Art



Be careful when you follow the masses.  Sometimes the M is silent

Quotes December 5, 2016

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
John Buchan,
politician and writer

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.”
Albert Einstein

“You’re in the driver’s seat, you can travel in any direction you choose.”

“It’s amazing how much destruction one person can cause”

“Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.”

“Love isn’t safe. And whoever you love will hurt you. It’s part of the human experience…”

“It’s like loving the shadow of a person who never existed.”

“Whenever you had a bad day, just remember I Love You.”

“Before you say something to someone, always think about how you’d feel if someone told you the same thing.”

“We both know that I’m not over you.”

“As bad as it was, as bad as it hurts, I Thank God, I didn’t get what I thought that I deserved.”



Quotes December 4, 2016

“The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you.
Parker J. Palmer

“I think that it is useless to fight directly against natural weaknesses. One has to force oneself to act as though one did not have them in circumstances where a duty makes it imperative; and in the ordinary course of life one has to know these weaknesses, prudently take them into account, and strive to turn them to good purpose; for they are all capable of being put to some good purpose.”
Simone Weil, Waiting For God

“The way to love anything is to realise that it might be lost.”
G. K. Chesterton, “The Advantages of Having One Leg”

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Carl Sagan

I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.

I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser.
Arnold Palmer

I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
Ray Charles

It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.
Hugh Laurie

Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.
John Parker (captain)













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Quotes December 2, 2016

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
Pema Chodron

Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become. The difference is that, unlike the body, when it comes to training the mind, there is no limit to how far we can go.
Dalai Lama

“If you can’t get emotional about what your believe in your heart, you’re in the wrong business.”
Vince Lombardi

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.
Leo Tolstoy,

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for
Franz Kafka,

“Emotional intelligence begins to develop in the earliest years. All the small exchanges children have with their parents, teachers, and with each other carry emotional messages.”
Daniel Goleman


Quotes November 30, 2016

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell,
scientist and inventor

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Erich Fromm

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
Oprah Winfrey

We need to learn to let go as easily as we grasp and we will find our hands full and our minds empty.
Leo F. Buscaglia

There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Theodore Roosevelt

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.

Your past does not equal your future.
Anthony Robbins

To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.
Jack Kornfield

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
Lao Tzu

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.

Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.
Deborah Reber

You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.
Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.
Guy Finley

I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward.
Fridtjof Nansen

Why do people persist in a dissatisfying relationship, unwilling either to work toward solutions or end it and move on? It’s because they know changing will lead to the unknown, and most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they’re already experiencing.
Anthony Robbins

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
Raymond Lindquist

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
Lyndon B. Johnson

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
J. K. Rowling

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.
Wayne Dyer

The most difficult aspect of moving on is accepting that the other person already did.
Faraaz Kazi

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
Bob Newhart

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energy moving forward together towards an answer.
Denis Waitley

Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.
Daphne Rose Kingma

Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.
Ralph Marston

When we go back in to the past and rake up all the troubles we’ve had, we end up reeling and staggering through life. Stability and peace of mind come by living in the moment.
Pam W. Vredevelt

Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go.

There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.
Jessica Hatchigan

You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever ‘the old’ means for you.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it.
Anthony Robbins

Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go.
Anais Nin

The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.
Baltasar Gracián

Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?
Leo Buscaglia

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.
Jan Glidewell





Quotes November 29, 2016

It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Harold Wilson,
prime minister

“Be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
Robert Frost