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Quotes April 18, 2021

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
Joseph Campbell – 1904-1987 – American Professor
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Light houses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – just shine.
Dwight L. Moody – 1837-1899, Evangelist and Publisher
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
Paul Boese – 1923-1976, Businessman and Writer
“I learned some useful things … though they were mostly about what not to do. I learned that it’s better for technology companies to be run by product people than sales people (though sales is a real skill and people who are good at it are really good at it), that it leads to bugs when code is edited by too many people, that cheap office space is no bargain if it’s depressing, that planned meetings are inferior to corridor conversations, that big, bureaucratic customers are a dangerous source of money, and that there’s not much overlap between conventional office hours and the optimal time for hacking, or conventional offices and the optimal place for it. But the most important thing I learned … is that the low end eats the high end: that it’s good to be the “entry level” option, even though that will be less prestigious, because if you’re not, someone else will be, and will squash you against the ceiling. Which in turn means that prestige is a danger sign.”
Paul Graham
“We are in the habit of imagining our lives to be linear, a long march from birth to death in which we mass our powers, only to surrender them again, all the while slowly losing our youthful beauty. This is a brutal untruth. Life meanders like a path through the woods. We have seasons when we flourish and seasons when the leaves fall from us, revealing our bare bones. Given time, they grow again.”
Author Katherine May on the seasons of life
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
Dolly Parton
“The teacher learns more than the student.

The author learns more than the reader.

The speaker learns more than the attendee.

The way to learn is by doing.”

“The desire to improve does not have to come from a place of self-loathing.”

“Whenever you are stuck searching for the optimal plan, remember:

Getting started changes everything.”
James Clear
You’re free when no one can buy your time.
Farnam Street Blog

Quotes April 11, 2021

There are eight million Shinto gods
who secretly travel this earth of ours.
These modest beings come to touch us.
They touch us. Then they wander on.
Jorge Luis Borges
I have found the heart and will never leave this house of light.
I’ve always loved the definition for contemplation: “a long, loving look.” And when you take a long, loving look anywhere, you feel more bonded with whatever you’ve looked at.
Naomi Shihab Nye
may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living
e.e. cummings
If the universe is movement, it will not be in one direction only. We think of our lives as linear but it is the spin of the earth that allows us to observe time.
Jeanette Winterson
I will live for love and the rest will take care of itself.
Marina Keegan
To slow down is to be taken into the soul of things.
Terry Tempest Williams
Once the mind has seen through all fear and all hope, it finds peace within itself, in a state of awareness beyond thought.
Alan Watts
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer
Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.
Parker Palmer
Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence.
Rachel Naomi Remen

Quotes March 23, 2021

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
African Proverb
“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”.
Audre Lorde
What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote.
Edward Abbey
Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.
Martha Beck
Being able to self-activate positive experiences — to call up inner strengths at will — is fundamental to coping, well-being, and everyday effectiveness. With practice, these experiences and strengths will increasingly activate on their own.
Rick Hanson
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
Dalai Lama
Sometimes we speak clumsily and create internal knots in others. Then we say, “I was just telling the truth.” It may be the truth, but if our way of speaking causes unnecessary suffering, it is not Right Speech.
Thich Nhat Hanh
As life becomes harder and more threatening, it also becomes richer, because the fewer expectations we have, the more the good things of life become unexpected gifts that we accept with gratitude.
Etty Hillesum
We must embrace more holy envy and less unholy ignorance.
Robert Azzi
Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
Sarah Williams
We cannot let our ideas blind us to our unknowing.
Jane Hirschfield
We have now felled forest enough everywhere, in many districts far too much. Let us restore this one element of material life to its normal proportions, and devise means for maintaining the permanence of its relations to the fields, the meadows and the pastures, to the rain and the dews of heaven, to the springs and rivulets with which it waters down the earth.
George Perkins Marsh in 1864
Be patient and persistent in pursuit of your goals.

Quotes March 16, 2021

Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not.
Paulo Coelho
Surrender is to give oneself up to the original cause of one’s being.
Ramana Maharishi
not so much looking for the shape
as being available
to any shape that may be
summoning itself
through me
from the self not mine but ours.
A.R. Ammons
Whether we or our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.
Wendell Berry
Our kinship with Earth must be maintained; otherwise, we will find ourselves trapped in the center of our own paved-over souls with no way out.
Terry Tempest Williams
Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic — this is the spiritual path.
Pema Chodron
Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
Alice Mackenzie Swaim
Let the good in me connect with the good in others, until all the world is transformed through the compelling power of love.
Nachman of Breslov
The awakening of consciousness is the next step for mankind.
Eckhart Tolle
Look back along the endless corridors of time and you will see that four things have built civilization: the spirit of religion, the spirit of creative art, the spirit of research and the spirit of business enterprise.
Neil Carothers
Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest.
You must have shadow and light source both.
Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.
Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt in solitude, where we are least alone.
Lord Byron
Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.
Barbara Kingsolver
There is a huge silence inside each of us that beckons us into itself, and the recovery of our own silence can begin to teach us the language of heaven.
Meister Eckhart
Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies, it creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.
Stephanie Marshall
When we are challenged we do not rise to our expectations. We fall to our level of practice.
Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.
Frederick Buechner
Waiting, as represented by silences, gaps, and distance, allows us the capacity to imagine that which does not yet exist and, ultimately, innovate into those new worlds as our knowledge expands. –
Jason Farman
We — young and old together — hold the future in our hands. If our common life is to become more compassionate, creative, and just, it will take an intergenerational effort.
Parker Palmer
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
Wayne Dyer
You’re not poor because you don’t have money. You’re poor if you don’t have a dream.
Randy Gage
Everyone is NOT replaceable… watch how you treat good people.

Quotes February 16, 2021

Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still make a big impact.
Neil Patrick Harris,
actor, singer, comedian, writer, producer
When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand pick up anything.
Alex Haley,
February is Black History Month
Don’t be afraid to take time to learn.
Success isn’t about the end result; it’s about what you learn along the way.
Vera Wang,
fashion designer
I’m learning to cope and not deny my own success, but I still think it’s not happening a lot. I get nervous, and I am capable of doing something to blow it on purpose. A lot of actors have that problem.
John Belushi
The number one rule of thieves is that nothing is too small to steal.
Jimmy Breslin
There’s a way to do it better – find it.
Thomas A. Edison
It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you’ve fallen in love with.
Clark Gable, born February 1, 1901
Never make eye contact with anyone while eating a banana.
Harry Styles, born February 1, 1994
You can build a throne with bayonets, but it’s difficult to sit on it.
Boris Yeltsin, February 1, 1931
I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.
Langston Hughes, born February 1, 1902
Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.
Louis Pasteur

Quotes February 13, 2021

The worst has happened. The best is next.
Paul George
Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength.
Eric Hoffer
Certainty is based on flimsier evidence than most of us realize.
Ellen J. Langer
A government of, by, and for the people requires that people talk to people, that we can agree to disagree but do so in civility. If we let the politicians and those who report dictate our discourse, then our course will be dictated.
Donna Brazile
There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
Alfred Korzybski
If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out.
George Brett
Losing feels worse than winning feels good.
Vin Scully
Most cynics are really crushed romantics: they’ve been hurt, they’re sensitive, and their cynicism is a shell that’s protecting this tiny, dear part in them that’s still alive.
Jeff Bridges
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
In overlooking, denying, evading this complexity–which is nothing more than the disquieting complexity of ourselves–we are diminished and we perish; only within this web of ambiguity, paradox, this hunger, danger, darkness, can we find at once ourselves and the power that will free us from ourselves.
James Baldwin
“I used to try to decide which was the worst month of the year. In the winter I would choose February. The reason God made February short a few days was because he knew that by the time people came to the end of it they would die if they had to stand one more blasted day.”
Katherine Paterson
Time, unfortunately, though it makes animals and vegetables bloom and fade with amazing punctuality, has no such simple effect upon the mind of man. The mind of man, moreover, works with equal strangeness upon the body of time. An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length; on the other hand, an hour may be accurately represented on the timepiece of the mind by one second.
Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography
Consistency is so important. Be consistent with your positive energy, if you wish to reap positive results.

Quotes January 12, 2021

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
Bill Vaughan,
writer, columnist
If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.
Carl Lewis,
track and field athlete, Olympic medalist
Choose the least important day in your life. It will be important enough.
Thornton Wilder,
playwright, writer
Dream big and surround yourself with brilliance …
Deadlines are things that we pass through on the way to finishing.
Peter Gabriel,
musician, singer, songwriter, record producer
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.
Will Rogers,
actor, performer, humorist, columnist
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.

Quotes January 11, 2021

Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.
Carl Jung
Resonance reveals the deep reality that we are a part of a larger whole, that we need one another, and, in some ways, that we are created by the ongoing dance within, between, and among us.
John Prendergast
We are a people. A people do not throw their geniuses away. If they do, it is our duty as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children. If necessary, bone by bone.
Alice Walker
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
Alan Watts
What is now proved was once only imagined.
William Blake
The wide belt of the universe has no need for finger-rings. I am one with the infinite and need no other assurance.
Zora Neale Hurston
All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.
Martha Graham
If we identify only with form, our life will remain confined to known, familiar structures. But if we try to live only as pure emptiness, or absolute being, we may not engage with our humanity. In absolute terms, the personal self is not ultimately real; at the relative level, it must be respected.
John Welwood
The older I get, the more I would rather sit alone, in silence, than with people who judge the way I live.
Kristen Butler
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

Quotes December 20, 2020

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt
What’s in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination.
Phylicia Rashad,
actor, singer, stage director
Inspiration gives no warnings.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez,
writer, journalist, Nobel Prize winner
Right now a moment is fleeting by! … We must become that moment.
Paul Cezanne,

Quotes December 07, 2020

It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.
Ornette Coleman,
jazz musician
I Already told you that falling is easy / It’s getting back up that becomes the problem / If you don’t believe you can find a way out / You become the problem.
Catherine Roseanne Dennis
Even if you fall, it isn’t over / You’re here ’til the end / Nothing’s stopping you / From getting back up again.
Stefano Giorgini
Falling down is life / Living is getting back up again.
Kellen McGregor
In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.
J. Paul Getty
Take risks. If you win you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise.