My favorite quotes

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.” – Victor Frankl

“Our chief want in life is someone who will make us do what we can.” – Emerson

“He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How.” – Nietzche (also in Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning)

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.” – R.D.Laing

SunflowersRocksculp“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile,  climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” -John Muir

“The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“No form of human exchange is more profitable than the exchange of ideas. If I give you a thought in return for one of your thoughts, each of us will have gained a 100 percent dividend.” – Napoleon Hill

“It is with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery , The Little Prince

“Being is the basis of thinking, thinking is the basis of action, action is the basis of achievement and achievement is the basis of fulfillment.”  – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Thus, the task is not so much to see/what no one yet has seen,/but to think what nobody yet has thought/about that which everybody sees. – Schopenhauer

In the midst of all the chaos swirling through your brain, all the disorganization and impulsiveness, the condition (ADHD) also seems to trigger a certain kind of creativity. – David Neeleman 
CEO of JetBlue

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”   – Peter F. Drucker  

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin


“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. – Van Gogh

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.” – Oscar Wilde

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart

“…decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved.  If it is, stop worrying….” – Amelia Earhart

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Darwin

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl R. Rogers

“Thinking is easy, acting difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action, the most difficult thing in the world.” – Goethe

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“…have patience with everything unresolved in your heart
and to try to love the questions themselves
as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.
Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually,
without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903

“It is the truth we ourselves speak rather than the treatment we receive that heals us.” – O. Hobart Mowrer

“Men are disturbed not by things or events, but by the view which they take of them.” – Epictetus

“Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.” – Epictetus

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” – Epictetus

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” – Epictetus

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” – e.e. cummings

“The wand chooses the wizard.” – J.K. Rowling

“”Be mindful of the future, but not at the expense of the present.” – Jedi philosophy, Star Wars

“Look in the mirror…until you see yourself.” – unknown

“The future you see is the future you get.” – Robert G. Allen

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

“Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“Wings are not only for birds; they are also for minds. Human potential stops at some point somewhere beyond infinity.” – Toller Cranston

“We are dominated by everything with which our self becomes identified. We can dominate and control everything from which we dis-identify ourselves.” – Assagioli

“There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true self.” – William James

“The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.” – Benjamin Franklin

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Albert Einstein

“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.” – Dan Stanford

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” – James Joyce
“Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body.” – James Joyce (Dubliners)

“As other perceptions arise…the total vision of human possibilities enlarges and is transformed.” – Jean Baker Miller

“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” – e.e. cummings

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”- Carl Jung

“We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.” – Carl Jung

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”- Carl Jung

“The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.” – Carl Jung

“Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.” – Carl Jung, “On the Psychology of the Unconciousness”, 1917

“Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.” – Carl Jung

“I seem to be a verb.” – Buckminster Fuller

“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” – Henry Miller

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickinson 

“Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.” – Richard Bach

“Like electricity, the Light is everywhere, but one must know how to activate it.” – Mother Meera

“My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.” – John Keats

“Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced.” – John Keats

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” – Charles Kettering

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” – Margaret Fuller

“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.” – Jane Austen

“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.” – Jane Austen

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“We only want that which is given naturally to all peoples of the world, to be masters of our own fate, not of others, and in cooperation and friendship with others.” – Golda Meier

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” – Emily Dickinson

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” – Goethe

“Love is a great beautifier.” – Louise May Alcott

“Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The elevator to success is broken. You’ll have to take the stairs.” – Joe Girard

“Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others… he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach

“You are fortunate if you have learned the difference between temporary defeat and failure, more fortunate still if you have learned the truth that the very seed of success is dormant in every defeat that you experience.” – Napoleon Hill

“I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” – Thomas Edison, Inventor

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” – Deepak Chopra

“When we learn to deal directly with our complaints and difficulties, romanticized ideas about the spiritual path are no longer meaningful. We see that what is important is to take responsibility for ourselves, and to always be aware of our thoughts, feelings, and actions.” – Tarthang Tulku

“It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks.” – Bob Richards

“It’s when you run away that you’re most liable to stumble.” – Casey Robinson

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.” – Thomas Edison

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Play like you’re in first, but train like you’re in second.” – Unknown

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

“All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.” – Lao Tzu

“Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.” – Lao Tzu

“An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.” – Lao Tzu

“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.” – Lao Tzu

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tzu

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

“Born to be wild – live to outgrow it.” – Lao Tzu

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.” – Lao Tzu

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Lao Tzu

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” – Lao Tzu

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” – Lao Tzu

“He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.” – Lao Tzu

“He who knows others is clever; He who knows himself has discernment.” – Lao Tzu

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” – Lao Tzu

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.” – Lao Tzu

“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” – Lao Tzu

“In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.”- Lao Tzu

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu

“Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.” – Lao Tzu

“Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.” – Lao Tzu

“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.” – Lao Tzu

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu

“One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.” – Lao Tzu

“People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.”- Lao Tzu

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.” – Lao Tzu

“Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu

“Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.” – Lao Tzu

“The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.” – Lao Tzu

“The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.” – Lao Tzu

“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” – Lao Tzu

“To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.” – Lao Tzu

“Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.” – Lao Tzu

“Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.” – Lao Tzu

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tzu

“Without stirring abroad, One can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window One can see the way of heaven. The further one goes The less one knows.” – Lao Tzu

“All of us get knocked down, but it’s resiliency that really matters. All of us do well when things are going well, but the thing that distinguishes athletes is the ability to do well in times of great stress, urgency and pressure.” – Roger Staubach

“Passion, not pedigree, will win in the end.” – Jon Bon Jovi

“Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“You never really lose until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka

“The difference between a good athlete and a top athlete is the top athlete will do the mundane things when nobody’s looking.” – Susan True

“When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. Am I tired? That doesn’t matter either. Then Willpower will be no problem.” – Emil Zatopek, Czech Olympic great

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog! The person who is not hungry says that the coconut has a hard shell.” – African Tribal Saying

“All the wonders you seek are within yourself.” – Sir Thomas Brown

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

“Don’t judge those who try and fail, judge those who fail to try.” – Unknown

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

“…we could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller

“Problems are not stop signs, they’re guidelines.” – Robert Schuler

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“He who has a why to live for, can endure almost any how.” – Victor Frankyl

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life only demands from the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible – not to have run away.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of all human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“Resilient children tend to have parents who are concerned with their children’s education, who participate in that education, who direct their children everyday task, and who are aware of their children interests and goals. Another important characteristic of resilient children is having at least one significant adult in their lives.” – Linda F. Winfield

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin to Pooh

“Behold the turtle: he only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.” – James Bryant Conat, 1893-1978, Educator and Diplomat

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” – Napoleon Hill

“If in normal conditions it is skill, which counts, in such extreme situations, it is the spirit, which saves.” – Walter Bonatti.

“Cry if you want to, I won’t tell you not to, I won’t try to cheer you, I’ll just be here if you want me to be.” – C. Porter

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks. It’s just a matter of how you view them.” –

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

“One who makes no mistakes never makes anything.” – Unknown

“Let the past drift away with the water.” – Japanese Saying

“Obstacles are what we see when we take our eyes off of the goal.” – Crossman

“History had demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” – B.C. Forbes

“The marvellous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” – Helen Keller

“Character cannot be developed in peace and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision be cleared, ambition insured and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” – Japanese proverb

“The sturdiest tree is not found in the shelter of the forest but high upon some rocky crag, where its daily battle with the elements shapes it into a thing of beauty.” – Unknown

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Long-range goals keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.” – Unknown

“Little drops of water wear down big stones.” – Russian Proverb
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“What matters is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” -Coach Bear Bryant

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education is not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”- Calvin Coolidge

“Seize the day, Carpe Diem.” – Quintus Horatius Flaccus 65BC-8BC

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned, there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

“Healing is a matter of time, but sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” – Hypocrites

(…) animals are divided into:
1. those that belong to the Emperor,
2. embalmed ones,
3. those that are trained,
4. suckling pigs,
5. mermaids,
6. fabulous ones,
7. stray dogs,
8. those included in the present classification,
9. those that tremble as if they were mad,
10. innumerable ones,
11. those drawn with a very fine camelhair brush,
12. others,
13. those that have just broken a flower vase,
14. those that from a long way off look like flies.
The Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge
from The Analytical Language of John Wilkins
by Jorge Luis Borges

“There’s no thrill in easy sailing,
When the sky is clear and blue.
There’s no joy in merely doing
Things which anyone can do.
But there is some fulfillment
That is mighty sweet to take,
When you reach a destination,
You thought you couldn’t make.”
– Unknown

“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes.
Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly.
Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.
What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind.
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision
to recognize it as such.”
– Henry Miller

“No revolution in outer things is possible without prior revolution in one’s inner way of being.
Whatever change you aspire to in your affairs must be preceded by a change in heart, an active deepening and strengthening of your resolve to meet every event with equanimity, detachment, and innocent goodwill.
When this spiritual poise is achieved within, magnificent things are possible without.”
– Hexagram 49-KO
The I Ching or Book of Changes:
A Guide to Life’s Turning Points
by Brian Browne Walker

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson in Return to Love

“To practice properly the Art of Peace, you must: Calm the spirit and return to the source, cleanse the body and spirit by removing all malice, selfishness and desire. Be ever grateful for the gifts received from the Universe, your family, Mother Nature, and your fellow human beings.” – Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido

“When we walk to the edge
of all the light we have
and take the step into the
darkness of the unknown,
we must believe that
one of two things will happen….
There will be something
solid for us to stand on
or we will be taught to fly.”
– Patrick Overton

“Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions….
Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.”
– Don Juan

“There are only 4 questions of value in life, Don Octavio:
What is sacred?
Of What is the spirit made?
What is worth Living for? and
What is worth Dying for?
The answer to each is the same: only Love!”
– Don Juan de Marco

“The man, who, being really on the Way, falls upon hard times in the world will not, as a consequence, turn to that friend who offers him refuge and comfort and encourages his old self to survive. Rather, he will seek out someone who will faithfully and inexorably help him to risk himself, so that he may endure the suffering and pass courageously through it. Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him. In this lies the dignity of daring.”
– Karlfried Gras von Durkheim from The Way of Transformation

“I will not play at tug o’war.
I’d rather play at hug o’war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.”
– Shel Silverstein from Where the Sidewalk Ends
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe’, limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

“A good relationship has a pattern like a dance and is built on some of the same rules. The partners do not need to hold on tightly, because they move confidently in the same pattern, intricate but gay and swift and free, like a country dance of Mozart’s. To touch heavily would be to arrest the pattern and freeze the movement, to check the endlessly changing beauty of its unfolding. There is no place here for the possessive clutch, the clinging arm, the heavy hand; only the barest touch in passing. Now arm in arm, now face to face, now back to back — it does not matter which. Because they know they are partners moving to the same rhythm, creating a pattern together, and being invisibly nourished by it.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“ The lesson
which life repeats and constantly enforces is
“Look under foot.”
You are always
nearer to the divine and the
true sources of your power
than you think.
The lure of the distant and the difficult
is deceptive. The great opportunity is
where you are.
Do not despise your own place and hour.
Every place is under the stars,
every place is the center of the world.”
– John Burroughs

“How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before
it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the
time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?”
– Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss

“Faith is not being sure. It is not being sure, but betting with your last cent… Faith is not a series of gilt-edged propositions that you sit down to figure out, and if you follow all the logic and accept all the conclusions, then you have it. It is crumpling and throwing away everything, proposition by proposition, until nothing is left, and then writing a new proposition, your very own, to throw in the teeth of despair… Faith is not making religious-sounding noises in the daytime. It is asking your inmost self questions at night and then getting up and going to work… Faith is thinking thoughts and singing songs and making poems in the lap of death.” – Mary Jean Irion, 1970, from “Yes, World: A Mosaic of Meditation”

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