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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

Quotes March 30, 2021

The muscles used to make a smile actually send a biochemical message to our nervous system that it is safe to relax the flight or freeze response.
Tara Brach
Until we define happiness for ourselves, clearly seeing the difference between excitement and joy, for example, our habits will likely not change. We will keep returning to the fruits of our desires
Judson Brewer
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
Rabindranath Tagore
Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Rossiter W. Raymond
Everything we see and touch consists of matter rearranged by information and energy. Everything is in connections and bonds. Life, mind, and love, our human nature, have been created in partnership with the rules that run the world.
Paul R. Fleischman
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Watts
So often, we leave the selfless side of ourselves for nights and weekends, for our charity work. It is our duty to inject that into our day-to-day business, into the work that we do, to improve corporations, to improve civil society, and to improve government.
Leila Janah
What will those who come after us think of us? Will they envy us that we saw butterflies and mockingbirds, penguins and little brown bats?
Derrick Jensen
This wonderful elixir of light is the thing that actually connects the immaterial with the material – that connects the cosmic to the plain everyday existence that we try to live in.
James Turrell
In our estrangement from nature we have severed our sense of the community of life and lost touch with the experience of other animals. …understanding the human animal becomes easier in context, seeing our human thread woven into the living web among the strands of so many others.
Carl Safina
Where there is anger there is always pain underneath.
Eckhart Tolle
Laughter is immeasurable.
Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.
Wendell Berry
If you want to succeed, focus on changing yourself, not others.

Quotes March 29, 2021

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
Simone de Beauvoir,
writer, activist, feminist, social theorist
March is Women’s History Month
We haven’t risen yet to the level of ourselves
I drink from a small spring, my thirst exceeds the ocean.
Adam Zagajewski,
poet, writer
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present
Albert Camus
A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu
The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace
Eckhart Tolle
Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.
Susan Sontag
In our uniqueness lies our universality. By being what only we are, we contribute to humanity what only we can give.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.
Carlos Fuentes
Acts of caregiving come as close to what I think religion is as I could name.
Arthur Kleinman
Silence is the answer. And silence arises when we are willing to let go of everything we have built up so far, and continue from there. Not to want to perform to become what we pursue– but to become who we are.
Gert van Leeuwen
Trees do not preach learning and precepts. They preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
Herman Hesse
Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk’s flight on the empty sky.
Ursula K. Le Guin
The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are not.
Overthinking ruins you, ruins the situation, twists things around, makes you worry and just makes everything much worse than it actually is.
Over 90% of what we worry about never happens.

Quotes March 27, 2021

Poetry calls us to pause. There is so much we overlook, while the abundance around us continues to shimmer, on its own.
Naomi Shihab Nye
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
Henry David Thoreau
I don’t even try to persuade people to be artistic. I just say it’s permissible.
Davis Dimock
No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.
Paul Oxton
If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
Lilla Watson
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Pablo Picasso
In a time of crisis we all have the potential to morph up to a new level and do things we never thought possible.
Stuart Wilde
Let borders become sunlight so we traverse this Earth as one nation and drive the darkness out.
Kamand Kojouri
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
Thornton Wilder
I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
John Muir
Connection and connectedness are other words for community and communion.
Parker Palmer
Love, oneness, is no separation between you and life. It is a progressive letting go, a progressive not fault finding… It’s very beautiful and very deep.
Ajahn Brahm
In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.
Fred Rogers
We’re all human. It’s the most important, neglected fact in business.
Chip Conley
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
Make the rest of your life the best of your life.
If you do not try, your chance of success drops to 0.0%

Quotes March 09, 2021

The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.
Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.
Amelia Earhart,
aviation pioneer, writer, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
March is Women’s History Month
When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t put it down until you get to the end of the row.
To me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.
Alice Paul,
suffragist, women’s rights activist, leader of the National Woman’s Party
March is Women’s History Month
To fly we have to have resistance.
Maya Lin,
architect, sculptor, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Civil Rights Memorial
March is Women’s History Month
Don’t stir all the warmth out of your coffee; drink it.
Kate Chopin,
March is Women’s History Month
There’s no such thing as a foreseeable future.
David McCullough,
historian, writer, Pulitzer Prize winner
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Robert Frost,
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Milton Berle
Simplicity is not a simple thing.
Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.
Charlie Chaplin,
actor, filmmaker
Life is too short to get hung up on the small things that do not matter.
Repetitive complaining will attract things for you to complain about. Repeated gratitude will attract things for you to be thankful about. Unknown

Quotes March 04, 2021

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they are supposed to help you discover who you are.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Restoring rituals of initiation is at the heart of any meaningful cultural change.
Francis Weller
Be courageous and face this moment in time consciously and with all the discernment and clarity within your power.
James O’Dea
There’s a morning when presence comes over your soul. You sing like a rooster in your earth-colored shape. Your heart hears and, no longer frantic, begins to dance.
Our Ancestors knew that healing comes in cycles and circles. One generation carries the pain so that the next can live and heal.
Gemma B. Benton
Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, a human cannot live without a spiritual life.
The Buddha
To live into the future means to leap into the unknown, and this requires a degree of courage for which there is no immediate precedent and which few people realize.
Rollo May
What if we started economics not with its long-established theories but with humanity’s long-term goals, and then sought out the economic thinking that would enable us to achieve them?
Kate Raworth
Empathy is connecting with the emotion that someone is experiencing, not the event or the circumstance.
A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people.
Brene Brown
Forgiveness is just another name for freedom.
Byron Katie
There is no beyond, there is only here, the infinitely small, infinitely great and utterly demanding present.
Iris Murdoch
In a place where there are no humans, one must strive to be human.
Hillel the Elder
We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.
Gwendolyn Brooks

Quotes March 01, 2021

I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
Jeff Bezos
Soul is that unconditioned, mysterious, untamed, undomesticated, unique individual wild core of ourselves which is inextricably connected to the mysteries of wild nature.
Claire Dunn
We’ve replaced what we thought of as superstition with a new superstition, which is the myth of progress.
Peter Kalmus
The persecution of any minority is inhuman and unnatural. That belief is timeless and beyond change.
Charlie Chaplin
Listen with a heart, but answer with a soul.
Oscar Auliq-Ice
One must always maintain one’s connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.
Gaston Bachelard
Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.
To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
Pema Chodron
Light is a powerful substance. We have a primal connection to it. But, for something so powerful, situations for its felt presence are fragile.
James Turrell
There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
Shunryu Suzuki
There is no comradeship except through unity on the same rope, climbing towards the same peak.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I must go there today —
Tomorrow the plum blossoms
Will scatter.
The future is not out there in front of us, but inside us.
Joanna Macy
Democracy is hard; demagoguery is easy.
Patricia Roberts-Miller
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
Rachel Carson

Quotes February 25, 2021

Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.
Gordon Parks,
photographer, film director, musician, writer, co-founder of Essence magazine
February is Black History Month
There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.
Nina Simone,
singer, songwriter, musician, civil rights activist
February is Black History Month
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
Ernest Hemingway,
writer, journalist, Nobel Prize winner
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
playwright, actor and poet
When memory is transmitted, it makes witnesses. Witnesses are activated people who now are telling other people’s stories.
Rabbi Ariel Burger
Water flows from high in the mountains
Water runs deep in the Earth
Miraculously, water comes to us,
And sustains all life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.
George Washington Carver
Poetry is life distilled.
Gwendolyn Brooks
Vulnerability in the face of constant change is what we share, whatever our present condition.
Sharon Salzberg
Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.
Susan Sontag
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him — the people who give you their food give you their heart.
Cesar Chavez
Falling down is an accident; staying down is a choice.

Quotes February 21, 2021

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.
Roy T. Bennett
I speak of change not on the surface but in the depth–change in the sense of renewal.
James Baldwin
Grieving allows us to heal, to remember with love rather than pain. It is a sorting process. One by one you let go of the things that are gone and you mourn for them. One by one you take hold of the things that have become a part of who you are and build again.
Rachel Naomi Remen
Forgiveness is not about condoning or forgetting, it’s a creative exploration and analysis of the circumstances that brought you to that place. It’s a metamorphosis of the given idea about the experience, so that it serves us, as opposed to working against us.
Aqeela Sherrill
The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.
John Lewis
To vote is to rise to the occasion of an opportunity to say YES and to take a stand for the shared heart of our world.
Kristi Nelson
I was born when all I once feared, I could love.
Hazrat Bibi Rabia of Basra
Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Nature–the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful–offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot.
Richard Louv
Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?
Walt Whitman
The boundary between us and the rest of the world is so fluid. So I think of myself as a song the universe is singing.
Rebecca Henderson
This is the greatest discovery of the scientific enterprise: You take hydrogen gas, and you leave it alone, and it turns into rosebushes, giraffes, and humans.
Brian Swimme

Quotes February 18, 2021

They laugh at me because I’m different. I laugh at them because they’re all the same.
Kurt Cobain
The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
Robert Frost
We are not our experiences. The harm we do and things we experience do not define us or who we are, they just inform who we are becoming.
Aqeela Sherrills
To get better at wintering, we need to address our very notion of time. We tend to imagine that our lives are linear, but they are in fact cyclical.
Katherine May
When we are able, when we are sufficiently still and relaxed–letting it happen, not doing it–we can receive a resonance from a greater consciousness.
James George
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
Raymond Carver
I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
Stanley Kunitz
She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.
George Eliot
How do we carry the weight of the world?
With love.
Emily Rose Barr
The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe.
Masanobu Fukuoka
There are these brilliant people in the world, but I always bow down to the so-called average person who shows that, in fact, average human people can and do change the narrative in a very profound way.
James O’Dea
I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Be vocal in times of beauty.
P. Lal
Avoid overthinking, overanalyzing, and complicating things. Keep everything simple. Life is much more beautiful and enjoyable this way.
Gratitude: Always have it. Never expect it.