Tag: Various

Quotes May 10, 2021

You must remember never to cease to act because you fear you may fail.
Queen Lili’uokalani,
first sovereign queen and last monarch of the Hawaiian islands
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
The way to lose any earthly kingdom is to be inflexible, intolerant and prejudicial.
Queen Lili’uokalani,
first sovereign queen and last monarch of the Hawaiian islands
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
 
 
 
 
Walk boldly through your life with an open, broken heart.
Joanna Macy
 
 
 
 
Every leaf that grows will tell you: what you sow will bear fruit, so if you have any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but Love.
Rumi
 
 
 
 
The bonsai is not you working on the tree; you have to have the tree work on you.
John Naka
 
 
 
 
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
Aeschylus – 525-455 BC – Ancient Greek Author
 
 
 
 
A wise man said: Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time, you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience.
Biggs Burke – Entrepreneur-Record Executive-Film Producer
 
 
 
 
Sometimes bravery is simply choosing to take the next step without fully knowing the path.
Glennon Doyle – American Author
 
 
 
 
We each have a star, all we have to do is find it. Once you do, everyone who sees it will be blinded.
Earl Simmons – 1970-2021 – Rapper-Songwriter-Actor
 
 
 
 
The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
Stephen King

 
 
 
 
One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.
Brene Brown – American Researcher

 
 
 
 
After making a true decision, especially the tough ones, we usually feel a tremendous burden has been lifted from our shoulders.
Unknown

Quotes May 06, 2021

This, then, may be the world’s only hope for peace: that all of us, friends and enemies, allies and foes, brothers and sisters and strangers alike, understand we meet as guests together in ‘God’s own tent.’
Sister Marilyn Lacey
 
 
 
 
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.
William Faulkner
 
 
 
 
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
Nelson Mandela
 
 
 
 
Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity.
Deepak Chopra
 
 
 
 
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
 
 
Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. And our world could stand to be a little kinder and braver.
Brené Brown
 
 
 
 
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
Since before we were anatomically modern, humans have been making journeys into darkness to make and find meaning.
Robert Macfarlane
 
 
 
 
To labor is to pray.
Benedictine motto
 
 
 
 
The Earth is what we all have in common.
Wendell Berry
 
 
 
 
This is the first and principal benefit caused by this arid and dark night of contemplation: the knowledge of oneself and of one’s misery.
San Juan de la Cruz
 
 
 
 
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
W.B. Yeats

 
 
 
 
A life without festivity is a long road without an inn.
Democritus

Quotes April 26, 2021

When timeless moments solicit you, accept the invitation. Go deep within it, until you find yourself in your absence.
Jean Klein
 
 
 
 
In the cherry blossom’s shade
there’s no such thing
as a stranger.
Kobayashi Issa
 
 
 
 
Today is the winter solstice. The planet tilts just so to its star, lists and holds circling in a fixed tension between veering and longing, and spins helpless, exalted, in and out of that fleet blazing touch.
Annie Dillard
 
 
 
 
For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children’s future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
 
 
 
 
Words act as a compass. Place speech serves literally to enchant the land; to sing it back into being and to sing one’s being back into it.
Robert Macfarlane
 
 
 
 
Love is at once an affirmation and a transcendence of who we are.
Esther Perel
 
 
 
 
What the universe will manifest when you are in alignment with it is a lot more interesting than what you try to manifest.
Adyashanti
 
 
 
 
Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.
John Muir
 
 
 
 
Music may be the activity that prepared our pre-human ancestors for speech communication and for the very cognitive, representational flexibility necessary to become humans.
Daniel J. Levitin
 
 
 
 
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
Soren Kierkegaard
 
 
 
 
There is no neutrality. There is only greater or lesser awareness of one’s bias.
Phyllis Rose
 
 
 
 
The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
 
 
 
 
The care of rivers is not a question of rivers but of the human heart.
Shozo Tanaka
 
 
 
 
Deep down, very few of us want safety to suffocate freedom.
Joel Salatin

Quotes April 25, 2021

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Robert Kennedy – 1925-1968, Politician and Lawyer
 
 
 
 
Much like a wave is not just part of the sea but the very sea in its specific materialization, my voice and my words only make sense within a commonwealth of other beings that make me possible.
Bayo Akomolafe
 
 
 
 
I find more and more that attention is the elemental unit of time. Each moment we are fully paying attention is an atom of eternity.
Maria Popova
 
 
 
 
A name is a starting point for bringing the abstract into relationship, enkindling understanding.
Natalie Middleton
 
 
 
 
I learned in that moment that when I live in that kind of connection, I get to speak for Life with all of my life.
Mark Dubois
 
 
 
 
Icebergs behoove the soul (both being self-made from elements least visible) to see themselves: fleshed, fair, erected, indivisible.
Elizabeth Bishop
 
 
 
 
What waits to awaken in each person is ancient and surprising, mythic and meaningful.
Michael Meade
 
 
 
 
In nature’s economy the currency is not money, it is life.
Vandana Shiva
 
 
 
 
This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.
Mary Oliver
 
 
 
 
Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.
E.B. White

Quotes April 24, 2021

It is so easy to exist instead of live. Unless you know there is a clock ticking.
All of us want to do well. But if we do not do good, too, then doing well will never be enough.
Anna Quindlen,
writer, journalist, columnist
 
 
 
 
April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
Christopher Morley,
writer, editor, journalist
 
 
 
 
The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way.
Diane Arbus,
photographer
 
 
 
 
Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.
Karle Wilson Baker,
poet, writer
April 22 is Earth Day
 
 
 
 
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
Marshall McLuhan,
philosopher
April 22 is Earth Day
 
 
 
 
You cannot improvise unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
Christopher Walken,
actor
 
 
 
 
Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.
Bobby Knight – Basketball Coach
 
 
 
 
If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused.
Walter Mondale,
politician, lawyer, 42nd vice president of the United States
1928-2021
 
 
 
 
Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
W. Clement Stone – 1902-2002, Businessman and Author
 
 
 
 
Gratitude begins where our sense of entitlement ends.
Steven Furtic – Pastor and Songwriter
 
 
 
 
Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.
Viktor Frankl – 1905-1997, Psychiatrist and Author
 
 
 
 
The picture that we have of ourselves – will always determine how we respond to life.
Miles Munroe – 1954-2014, Minister
 
 
 
 
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness.
James Thurber – 1894-1961, Cartoonist and Author

Quotes April 21, 2021

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.
Kenneth Clark
 
 
 
 
Life is not an easy matter… You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.
Leon Trotsky
 
 
 
 
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw
 
 
 
 
Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.
Edith Wharton
 
 
 
 
The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.
John Maynard Keynes
 
 
 
 
It’s a good thing we don’t get all the government we pay for.
Will Rogers
 
 
 
 
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
Once we choose hope, everything is possible.
Christopher Reeve,
actor, director, activist
 
 
 
 
In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life.
High Hefner, born April 9, 1926
 
 
 
 
Always be a poet, even in prose.
Charles Baudelaire, born April 9, 1921
 
 
 
 
I’d rather be a creature of the night than an old dude.
Gerard Way, born April 9, 1977
 
 
 
 
I believe in pink.

I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.

I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.

I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.

I believe that tomorrow is another day,

And I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
 
 
 
 
Our work is never to shape ourselves into some ideal image, rather to discover who we already are and become that person with joyful abandon.
AmyAnn Cadwell
 
 
 
 
Advertising doesn’t cause addictions. But it does create a climate of denial and it contributes mightily to a belief in the quick fix, instant gratification, the dreamworld, and escape from all pain and boredom. All of this is part of what addicts believe and what we hope for when we reach for our particular substance…. Addiction begins with the hope that something “out there” can instantly fill up the emptiness inside. Advertising is all about this false hope.
Jean Kilbourne
 
 
 
 
Hubris, arrogance, is just one step ahead of loss of integrity, because if you think you’re better than other people, you know more, then you’re going to think, as many leaders have, that the rules don’t apply to them – so they lose their integrity.
Charles Koch
 
 
 
 
“It’s hard to imagine a more stupid or dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong”
Thomas Sowell
 
 
 
 
As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.
It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?
Ernest Hemingway
 
 
 
 
I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking.
Joan Didion
 
 
 
 
There is a choice to make, a chance to take.
Jill McCorkle,
writer, educator
 
 
 
 
A side hustle is a means of making money alongside one’s main form of employment or income.
Dictionary.com
 
 
 
 
Good things happen to those who hustle.
Anais Nin
 
 
 
 
The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.
Unknown

Quotes April 19, 2021

While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.
Cyril Connolly
 
 
 
 
Everybody has a heart that can be touched by something.
Naoki Higashida
 
 
 
 
Understanding and loving are inseparable. If they are separate, it is a cerebral process and the door to essential understanding remains closed.
Erich Fromm
 
 
 
 
We all flow from one fountain — Soul. All are expressions of one love.
John Muir
 
 
 
 
A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If .one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists. Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and diminishes the song.
Vera Nazarian
 
 
 
 
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Aldous Huxley
 
 
 
 
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, how can we know the dancer from the dance?
William Butler Yeats
 
 
 
 
Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.
Mike McIntyre
 
 
 
 
I came into poetry feeling as though, on some level, these words were not just mine but my grandparents’, their parents’.
Joy Harjo
 
 
 
 
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
James Clear
 
 
 
 
Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.
Jorge Luis Borges
 
 
 
 
Interaction with self, with other human beings, and with Nature, all should lead to harmony and peace. That is the purpose of life.
Anand Damani
 
 
 
 
The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one’s capacity to lead is severely limited.
Robert Greenleaf
 
 
 
 
Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.
Nelson Mandela
 
 
 
 
What is this moment teaching me about myself and others, and how is it contributing to my ability to love?
Lee Perlman
 
 
 
 
A market exchange has an equilibrium or stasis: you pay to balance the scale. But when you give a gift there is momentum, and the weight shifts from body to body.
Lewis Hyde
 
 
 
 
The true life of the bowl began the moment it was dropped.
Ancient Kintsugi quote
 
 
 
 
I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.
Ram Dass

Quotes April 17, 2021

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
Larry McMurtry,
writer, screenwriter, bookseller
1936-2021

 
 
 
 
Nothing in the whole world felt as good as being able to make something from a sudden idea.
Beverly Cleary,
writer
1916-2021
 
 
 
 
Our past, our present, and whatever remains of our future, absolutely depend on what we do now.
Sylvia Earle,
marine biologist, conservationist, oceanographer, explorer
 
 
 
 
Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.
Hans Christian Andersen,
writer
 
 
 
 
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
George Jean Nathan,
drama critic, magazine editor
 
 
 
 
Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.
D.H. Lawrence,
writer, poet
 
 
 
 
When people say, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,’ it’s not true, because you can reinvent yourself and learn new things whenever you want.
Jonathan Van Ness,
hairdresser, actor, writer, TV personality, podcast host
 
 
 
 
There is a choice to make, a chance to take.
Jill McCorkle,
writer, educator
 
 
 
 
To be who you are and become what you are capable of is the only goal worth living.
One of the processes of your life is to constantly break down that inferiority, to constantly reaffirm that I Am Somebody.
Alvin Ailey,
dancer, director, choreographer, activist
 
 
 
 
The first act of insight is throw away the labels.
Never think you’ve seen the last of anything.
Eudora Welty,
writer, Pulitzer Prize winner
 
 
 
 
Judge not for your flaws, but for your Triumphs!
Whitney Houston,
singer, actor
 
 
 
 
The talent should speak for itself.
Jennifer Hudson,
singer, actor
 
 
 
 
You don’t paddle against the current, you paddle with it. And if you get good at it, you throw away the oars.
Kris Kristofferson,
singer-songwriter, actor

Quotes April 13, 2021

When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.
Rabindranath Tagore
 
 
 
 
Within sorrow is grace. When we come close to those things that break us down, we touch those things that also break us open. And in that breaking open, we uncover our true nature.
Wayne Muller
 
 
 
 
Occasionally in life one develops a conviction so precious and meaningful that he will stand on it till the end. That is what I have found in nonviolence.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
 
 
No person, I think, ever saw a herd of buffalo, of which a few were fat and the great majority lean. No person ever saw a flock of birds, of which two or three were swimming in grease, and the others all skin and bone.
Henry George
 
 
 
 
The creative process is a process of surrender not control.
Julia Cameron
 
 
 
 
We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 
 
 
 
Believing that your qualities are carved in stone –the fixed mindset–creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over.
Carol Dweck
 
 
 
 
When we tell them that the tree is not a who, but an it, we make that maple an object; we put a barrier between us, absolving ourselves of moral responsibility and opening the door to exploitation.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
 
 
 
 
Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents.
Eckhart Tolle
 
 
 
 
Negativity is an addiction to the bleak shadow that lingers around every human form…you can transfigure negativity by turning it toward the light of your soul.
John O’Donohue
 
 
 
 
To heal means to “make whole,” and when we feel whole we are in touch with the whole world.
Michael Meade
 
 
 
 
I believe that you live on inside the hearts and minds of everyone you’ve touched while you were here on earth.
Mitch Albom
 
 
 
 
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
Gary Snyder
 
 
 
 
The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness,
And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.
Kahlil Gibran
 
 
 
 
There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul.
Kristin Armstrong

Quotes April 06, 2021

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
Let the past be content with itself, for man needs forgetfulness as well as memory.
James Stephens
 
 
 
 
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
P. J. O’Rourke
 
 
 
 
The best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question; it’s to post the wrong answer.
Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer who developed the first wiki
 
 
 
 
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake
 
 
 
 
Arrogant people are non-learners. They invest their energies in maintaining a cozy feeling of complacency, and complacency is the biggest single enemy to the process of continuously learning from experience. Arrogant people are exactly the sort of people who are destined to have one year’s experience 20 times rather than 20 years’ worth of experience.
Peter Honey
 
 
 
 
Only the mediocre are always at their best.
Jean Giraudoux
 
 
 
 
Many people seem to think it foolish, even superstitious, to believe that the world could still change for the better. And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, ‘What do I care if there is a summer; its warmth is no help to me now.’ Yes, evil often seems to surpass good. But then, in spite of us, and without our permission, there comes at last an end to the bitter frosts. One morning the wind turns, and there is a thaw. And so I must still have hope.
Vincent van Gogh
 
 
 
 
You hear about how many fourth-quarter comebacks that a guy has, and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.
Peyton Manning
 
 
 
 
I am a believer in regular work, and never wait for an inspiration. Temperamentally, I am not only careless and irregular, but melancholy; still I have fought both down. The discipline I had as a sailor had a full effect on me. Perhaps my old sea days are also responsible for the regularity and limitations of my life. Five and a half hours [of sleep] is the precise average I allow myself, and no circumstance has yet arisen in my life that can keep me awake when the time comes to ‘turn in.’
Jack London
 
 
 
 
Publishing is a business. Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done, comes down to dollars.
Nicholas Sparks