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Quotes October 19, 2021

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
Harper Lee – 1926-2016 – Novelist
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
Arianna Huffington – Author-Columnist-Businesswoman
“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”
Billy Graham
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Tolstoy wrote with the precision of the artist and the passion of the scientist.
Vladamir Nabokov
It’s paradoxical and it’s fantastically benevolent that we can feel deeply in contact with the world around us as, and really only as, we cultivate that deep contact within ourselves.
Judith Blackstone
Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are.
Anne Lamott
When you change the way you see people, your experience of people changes.
Nic Askew
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
Soren Kierkegaard
Ultimately, all moments are really one, therefore now is an eternity.
David Bohm
Grief and joy and love — it’s all part of the same spectrum. I’m grieving because I loved someone so much.
Maryanne O’Hara

Every day I make a choice to transcend the negative and use every moment that there is breath in this body to positively impact the world around me.
Preethi Srinivasan

Quotes October 18, 2021

“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”
Merce Cunningham
Of all the species that need rewilding, I think human beings come at the top of the list. I would love to see a more intense and emotional engagement of human beings with the living world.
George Monbiot
No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.
Herman Melville
Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.
John O’Donohue
One foggy morning 30 years ago Bob Sadler was out looking for the perfect photo along a riverbank. A rowing competition was on. A homeless man happened by, looked at him and said, “I suppose the question for you is–are you an artist or are you just an observer with a camera?”
In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter, war spreading, families dying, the world in danger, I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.
Wendell Berry
The more you study delight, the more delight there is to study…I felt my life to be more full of delight. Not without sorrow or fear or pain or loss. But more full of delight.
Ross Gay
Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: The Book of Delights: Poet and Gardener Ross Gay’s Yearlong Experiment in Willful Gladness
If you brew your own cauldron, magic will surely happen.
Dara McAnulty
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.
Brene Brown – Professor-Lecturer-Author
A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.
Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany
That’s all it took to solve problems — just sense.
A book is a friend. You can never have too many.
Gary Paulsen,

Quotes October 16, 2021

You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.
Leymah Gbowee – Peace Activist
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
Jane Goodall – Primatologist-Anthropologist
“Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth, the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age.”
Walter Savage Landor
Don’t be told something is impossible. There’s always a way.
Robert Rodriguez,
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
There isn’t time — so brief is life — for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving — and but an instant, so to speak, for that.
Mark Twain
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia
The memories of childhood have a strange shuttling quality, and areas of darkness ring the spaces of light. The memories of childhood are like clear candles in an acre of night, illuminating fixed scenes from surrounding darkness.
Carson McCullers
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict – alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
Dorothy Thompson
The more any of us writes, the more our words will “come to us.” If we trust in the words and their own mysterious relationship with one another, they will help us find things out.
Naomi Shihab Nye

Quotes October 12, 2021

“Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.”
Oscar Wilde
“My countrymen: we have reached a turning point in our history. The choice is yours. Shall we venture into this brave new world, bright with possibilities, or retreat to the safety of our familiar but sterile past? I am for crossing the frontier.”
Ferdinand Marcos
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Helen Keller – 1880-1968 – Educator-Author-Political Activist
I want to raise questions because I don’t think I have the answers.
Hung Liu
The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 1756-1791 – Prolific, Influential Compost of the Classical Period
Enlightenment to me is a movement in the here and now, not a goal to be reached.
Gert van Leeuwen
Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives–we are each of us unique.
Oliver Sacks
If you restore balance in your own self, you will be contributing immensely to the healing of the world.
Deepak Chopra
Welcome a deep breath and a sense of feeling safe, strong, and spiritually connected.
AmyAnn Cadwell
So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love
E.A. Bucchianeri
Reality is a staircase going neither up nor down, we don’t move; today is today, always is today.
Octavio Paz,
poet, writer, diplomat, Nobel Prize winner
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Amelia Earhart – 1897-1939 – Aviation Pioneer-Author

Quotes October 09, 2021

I try to let my decisions be guided not by what I think will succeed or fail, but what I’m going to learn from that process.
You can’t control the success or failure of a thing you work on. You can only control the thing you work on.
Lin-Manuel Miranda,
composer, lyricist, singer, actor, playwright, producer
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”
Thomas Paine
I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.
Joan Rivers – 1933-2014 – Comedian-Actress-Writer-Producer
I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
John Cage – 1912-1992 – Composer-Music Theorist-Artist-Philosopher
Simply walking into a forest is a holiday for your mind and soul, allowing your imagination and creativity to bloom
Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
Walt Whitman
There is some strange intimacy between grief and aliveness, some sacred exchange between what seems unbearable and what is most exquisitely alive.
Francis Weller
The truth is, indeed, that love is the threshold of another universe.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Quotes October 04, 2021

“Home is the nicest word there is.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”
Jane Austen
You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready.
Bruno Mars – Singer-Songwriter-Record Producer-Musician-Dancer
We must be impatient for change. Let us remember that our voice is a precious gift and we must use it.
Claudia Flores,
educator, lawyer, director of the Global Human Rights Clinic
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
James Herriot
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw
He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.
Old English proverb
“If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it for yourself.”
Mindy Kaling
When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found. They forgot where they came from.
Carl Sandburg
Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nature’s what it’s all about, but our people have been brainwashed into thinking that life is a cell phone against your head and the TV on a beer commercial with hot chicks.
Tim Dorsey, Nuclear Jellyfish
The average TV commercial of sixty seconds has one hundred and twenty half-second clips in it, or one-third of a second. We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking.
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
Jerry Seinfeld
“If you’re illiterate, you probably live your life by a set of unwritten rules.”
Matt Fawcett
When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.
Nora Ephron

Quotes October 03, 2021

“The problem is not scientifically illiterate kids; it is scientifically illiterate adults. Kids are born curious about the natural world. They are always turning over rocks, jumping with two feet into mud puddles and playing with the tablecloth and fine china.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
John Lubbock
“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.”
Frances Wright
When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.
Paulo Coelho – Author
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
Isaac Newton – 1643-1727 – Mathematician-Physicist-Astronomer-Author
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
Isaac Newton – 1643-1727 – Mathematician-Physicist-Astronomer-Author
Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.
Aretha Franklin – 1942-2018 – Singer-Songwriter-Pianist
Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one lives and to the individual who can grasp it.
I have never seen either angels or goddesses, so I am not interested in painting them.
Gustave Courbet,
painter, leader of the Realism movement
“What is the next thing?” The ineffability of that next thing preoccupies me more than anything else.
Where’s the thing that I haven’t seen myself do before?
Carmen Gimenez Smith,
poet, editor, publisher, educator
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
The creative word is key to joining in and affecting the ways of the universe.
Juan Felipe Herrera,
poet, writer, performer, activist, first Latino poet laureate of the US
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Quotes September 28, 2021

Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle. This joy you feel is life.
Is it worse to be scared than to be bored, that is the question.
Gertrude Stein,
“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.”
Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive good things and good people will be drawn to you.
Mary Lou Retton – Retired American Gymnast
“For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and to elect but to be elected.”
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.
Kristin Armstrong – Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist-Former Professional Road Bicycle Racer
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Epictetus – 50 AD-135 AD – Greek Stoic Philosopher
You cannot do everything—but what single thing is within your reach and will give you peace today?
AmyAnn Cadwell
Love is evil – it will make you fall in love with a goat
Russian Proverb
“Are you in control of the relationships in your life, or are you ceding that control to others? That standing lunch date, or the conference you’ve attended for years because your pal is involved — when is the last time those interactions either provided value or allowed you to give value? Do you come away energized or drained? If you are not deciding the rules of engagement and making deliberate choices about who you are spending time with, then you need to take back that control.”
The Inner Circle
“Unkindness involves a failure of the imagination so acute that it threatens not just our happiness but our sanity.”
Adam Phillips, On Kindness
Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.
Steve Maraboli – Author-Speaker
“The biggest fear most of us have with learning to say NO is that we will miss an opportunity. An opportunity that would have catapulted us to success, or that will never come again. And most of the time*, that simply isn’t true. I’ve found that the first part of learning to say NO is learning to accept that offers and opportunities are merely an indication that you’re on the right path- not that you’ve arrived at a final destination you can never find again.’”
Grace Bonney on saying no
“The big mistake in this pattern of failure is projecting your subjective lack of comprehension onto the object you are looking at, as “irrationality.” We make this mistake because we are tempted by a desire for legibility.”
A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
Timeless Insight
Why do we waste so much energy looking for someone to blame when something doesn’t go our way?
Dr. Brene Brown
For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?
Matthew 16:26
When you start taking care of yourself you start feeling better, you start looking better, and you start to attract better. It all starts with you.

Quotes September 04, 2021

Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.
Daniel Webster,
lawyer, statesman
That’s most interesting. But I was no more a mind-reader then than today. I was weeping for an altogether different reason. When I watched you dancing that day, I saw something else. I saw a new world coming rapidly. More scientific, efficient, yes. More cures for the old sicknesses. Very good. But a harsh, cruel world. And I saw a little girl, her eyes tightly closed, holding to her breast the old kind world, one that she knew in her heart could not remain, and she was holding it and pleading, never to let her go. That is what I saw. It wasn’t really you, what you were doing, I know that. But I saw you and it broke my heart. And I’ve never forgotten.
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
I am my heart’s undertaker. Daily I go and retrieve its tattered remains, place them delicately into its little coffin, and bury it in the depths of my memory, only to have to do it all again tomorrow.
Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls
I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.
Margaret J. Wheatley
The law of unintended consequences pushes us ceaselessly through the years, permitting no pause for perspective.
Richard Schickel
“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
Gustave Flaubert
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein
A melancholy-looking man, he had the appearance of one who has searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle.
P.G. Wodehouse, The Man Upstairs and Other Stories
My basic view of things is — not to have any basic view of things.
Ingmar Bergman,
film director, screenwriter, producer
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
John F. Kennedy
I now tried a new hypothesis: It was possible that I was more in charge of my happiness than I was allowing myself to be.
Michelle Obama – Former First Lady of the United States-Author-Attorney
The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen. I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years.
David Bowie, New York Times, 2002
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Mahatma Gandhi – 1869-1948 – Lawyer-Nationalist

Quotes September 02, 2021

In September the swallows are chattering of destination and departure like a crowd of tourists.
Saddle your dreams before you ride ’em.
Mary Webb,
writer, poet
My favorite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something.
Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them … well, I have others.
Groucho Marx,
comedian, actor, writer, radio and television personality
“There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.”
Malala Yousafzai
“I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.”
Evel Knievel
The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.
J.M. Barrie,
writer, playwright
If you believe it’ll work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you don’t believe it’ll work out, you’ll see obstacles.
Wayne Dyer – 1940-2015 – Author
I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time is chasing after all of us.
J.M. Barrie,
writer, playwright
Hold the vision, trust the process.