Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams
Begin to say no to the Greek chorus that thinks it knows the parameters of a happy life when all it knows is the homogenization of human experience. Listen to that small voice from inside you, that tells you to go another way. George Eliot wrote, 'It is never too late to be what you might have been.' It is never too early, either. And it will make all the difference in the world.
Commencement Address at Mount Holyoke in 1999 by Anna Quindlen
Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.
May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten
May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day When the sun is out and the wind is still, You're one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, A cloud comes over the sunlit arch, A wind comes off a frozen peak, And you're two months back in the middle of March.
Robert Lee Frost
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow, grow.'
The Talmud quotes
A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts
William Arthur Ward
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Carl Gustav Jung
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
The first duty of love is to listen.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes.
Anne C. Weisberg
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Love and time—those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent.
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
If the world is cold make it your business to build fires.
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
Miguel de Cervantes
If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Fear of failure and fear of the unknown are always defeated by faith. Having faith in yourself, in the process of change, and in the new direction that change sets will reveal your own inner core of steel.
When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: there will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
Barbara J. Winter
The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.
Mme. Du Deffand
Every thought we think is creating our future.
Louise L. Hay
All men should strive to learn before they die--what they are running from, and to, and why.
When you learn not to want things so badly, life comes to you.
I admit that twice two makes four is an excellent thing, but if we are to give everything its due, twice two makes five is sometimes a very charming thing too.
I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.
One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.
True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.Life responds when we risk.
Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and I could say, "I used everything that you gave me."
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
To sit patiently with a yearning that has not yet been fulfilled, and to trust that, that fulfillment will come, is quite possibly one of the most powerful "magic skills" that human beings are capable of. It has been noted by almost every ancient wisdom tradition.
When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.”
Tecumseh Shawnee Chief quote
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Native American Proverb
A Cliff Dwelling
There sandy seems the golden sky
And golden seems the sandy plain.
No habitation meets the eye
Unless in the horizon rim,
Some halfway up the limestone wall,
That spot of black is not a stain
Or shadow, but a cavern hole,
Where someone used to climb and crawl
To rest from his besetting fears.
I see the callus on his soul
The disappearing last of him
And of his race starvation slim,
Oh years ago - ten thousand years.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the law of the universe will be simpler.
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
A bird cried jubilation. In that moment they lived long. All minor motions were stilled and only the great ones were perceived. Beneath them the earth turned, singing.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it... You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.
Edward De Bono
The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.
"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens." ~ Carl Jung
"May and June. Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights. The discussion of philosophy is over; it's time for work to begin."
"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
Edwin Way Teale
"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun."
“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.”
A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.
Norman Vincent Peale
It takes a long time to grow young.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Henry David Thoreau
You can choose to be a person who has resulted simply from what has happened, or from what you have chosento be and do about what has happened.
Neale Donald Walsch Conversations with God Book 1
Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
Robert H. Goddard
The marksman hitteth the mark partly by pulling, partly by letting go.
Tell me whom you love, and I will tell you who you are.
If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.
What is it that binds you?
You are not bound by any chains now.
Is it just the thought that you are bound that binds you?
Mental chains can only be broken by mental effort.
You don't take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it. ~Author Unknown
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action
Life in abundance comes only through great love.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out
how far one can go
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss,
you'll land among the stars
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed
He who conquers himself has won a greater victory
than he who conquers a city
Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.
John Updike, September
If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day—go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month—get married.
If you want happiness for a year—inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime—help others.
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
There are two kinds of people: those who do the work, and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.Eleanor Roosevelt
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them? Rose F. Kennedy
May I never grow too old to treasure 'once upon a time'.
The one red leaf, the last of its clan, / That dances as often as dance it can, / Hanging so light, and hanging so high, / On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter
If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
Old Shaker Lesson:
Don’t make something
Unless it is both necessary and useful:
But if it is both useful and necessary,
Don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.
Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding
If I know what love is, it is because of you. Herman Hesse
There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir, We must rise and follow her; When from every hill of flame, She calls and calls each vagabond by name
William Bliss Carman
O' GREAT SPIRIT
help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.
Give thanks for unknown blessings
already on their way.
Native American saying
We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elisabeth Kubler Ross
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do
When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. Buddha
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we took so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened up for us”
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
If there is bitterness in the heart, sugar in the mouth won't make life sweeter.
"All glory comes from daring to begin."
Eugene F. Ware
"Every answer you seek and every solution you need is out there in the universe just waiting to be invited into your life." -– Rick Beneteau
As you go the way of life you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.
Native American Proverb