"Where there is peace, God is." ~George Herbert
"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." ~William Penn

"Friendship enhances our lives and gladdens our hearts." ~Francis Gay, The Friendship Book 2014 - in grateful thanks to Maurice Ware
"Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient." ~Cicero Ovid Seneca


E. O. Wilson - Nature

"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction." ~E. O. Wilson

Anthony Gucciardi - persistence

"A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence." ~Anthony Gucciardi


OUR DAILY.BREAD - relationship with GOD

"Trials provide opportunity to deepen our relationship with God. They also provide the opening to learn lessons that success cannot teach by developing in us the kind of patience that waits on God and trusts Him for the strength to endure." ~Our Daily Bread

Suzy Kassem - journey

"You have no control over how your story begins or ends. But by now, you should know that all things have an ending. Every spark returns to darkness. Every sound returns to silence. Every flower returns to sleep with the earth. The journey of the sun and moon is predictable. But yours, is your ultimate art." ~Suzy Kassem

Quotes on TEA

Photo Credit: Dilmah, FB

"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage." ~Catherine Douzel

Kathleen Norris - good book

"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier." ~Kathleen Norris


Robert Fulghum - proof of importance

“You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.” ~Robert Fulghum


QUOTES FROM Semplice Abbondanza


"Simplicity is the need to distinguish always, every day, the essential from the superfluous." ~Semplice Abbondanza

"The simple life is the secret tranquility of the soul." ~Semplice Abbondanza


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From Daily Vibes

Being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest and most incredible things you can ever hear." ~Daily Vibes

QUOTES FROM Trust Your Journey


"A friend is someone who dances with you in the sunlight and walks with you in the shadows." ~Anon

“Anything that you learn becomes your wealth, a wealth that cannot be taken away from you; whether you learn it in a building called school or in the school of life. To learn something new is a timeless pleasure and a valuable treasure. And not all things that you learn are taught to you, but many things that you learn you realize you have taught yourself.” ~C. JoyBell C. - Writer

“Dance while you can – even if there is no music. Laugh at the wonder of life – even if there is no reason to. Smile at everyone – even if they don’t smile back. Enjoy this moment – even if no-one else is. Love whatever enchants you – even if there is nothing in return.” ~Jeff Mullan

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” ~Fred (Mr.) Rogers

"Life is always a polarity. If there were no darkness there would be no light. If there were no trouble there could never be any peace. If the sun always shone you would not appreciate it. You have to learn sometimes through conditions that seem a nuisance. One day you will look back and say, "We learned our best lessons not when the sun was shining, but when the storm was at its greatest, when the thunder roared, the lightning flashed, the clouds obscured the sun and all seemed dark and hopeless". It is only when the soul is in adversity that some of its greatest possibilities can be realized." ~Silver Birch

"One day you will wake up and there won't be anymore time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now.” ~Paulo Coelho

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” ~G.K. Chesterton

"You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life." ~Anon

“You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.” ~Robert Fulghum

“You need to make friends with yourself. It’s corny and it’s cliché but it’s also the truth. Because there will be certain times in your life that it’ll feel like you’re all you’ve got. And when those times come, you have to be enough to get by.” ~Kovie Biakolo

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Ionel George Bunda - green earth

" The best thing on God's green Earth is the human soul. Even the littlest of miracles of kindness leave me in awe. I admire the persistence of rationality when facing superstition or despair. I am amazed by humanity, by people and by their kind hearts." ~Ionel George Bunda



"When in despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won; there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall." ~M. K. Gandhi


Horace Traubel - world

“If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.” ~Horace Traubel on World


Quintilian - mind

"The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice." ~Quintilian (from Tim Cox Fine Art)


Martin Hiedegger - pursue

“We pursue that which retreats from us.” ~Martin Hiedegger on Desire



Frank McCourt - mind

"You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace." ~Frank McCourt


Donna Tartt - reality

“Sometimes, when there’s been an accident and reality is too sudden and strange to comprehend, the surreal will take over. Action slows to a dreamlike glide, frame by frame; the motion of a hand, a sentence spoken, fills an eternity.” ~Donna Tartt, The Secret History


"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor." ~Alexis Carre

"Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three: all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have." ~Edward Everett Hale

"When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take a step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe one of two things will happen ~there will be something solid for us to stand upon, or we will be taught to fly." ~Anon

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Photo Credit: British Monarchist League, FB

"I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else, I can give you my heart and my devotion," ~Queen Elizabeth (proclaimed in 1957).

"I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust." ~Queen Elizabeth II (In an evening address following her Coronation in June 1953. She became a Queen at the age of 25).

“Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones; my own is no exception. But I thank you all, and the many others at home and overseas, for your touching messages of great kindness.” ~Queen Elizabeth 9 September 2015

“Like all families, we went through the full range of the pleasure and tribulations of bringing up children. I am, naturally, somewhat biased, but I think our children have all done rather well.” ~Queen Elizabeth (Proud mother and loving grandmother. As she prepares to take over as Britain's longest-reigning monarch (63 years on 9 September 2015), we look back at another job the Queen takes very seriously: matriarch.)

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Dr. Jeff Mullan Quotes

“Dance while you can – even if there is no music. Laugh at the wonder of life – even if there is no reason to. Smile at everyone – even if they don’t smile back. Enjoy this moment – even if no-one else is. Love whatever enchants you – even if there is nothing in return.” ~Dr. Jeff Mullan

”Someone has to enjoy life. Let it be You! Someone has to appreciate the wonders of the world. Let it be You! Someone has to make their life a dance of delight. Let it be You! Someone has to honor the beauty of this Earth. Let it be You!” ~Dr. Jeff Mullan

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"I'm a lighthouse... I am incandescent." ~Laini Taylor

"A good book is a lighthouse; a wise man is a lighthouse; conscience is a lighthouse; compassion is a lighthouse; science is a lighthouse! They all show us the true path! Keep them in your life to remain safe in the rocky and dark waters of life!" ~Mehmet Murat Ildan

"A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine." ~D.L. Moody

"A lighthouse is not interested in who gets its light! It just gives it without thinking! Giving light is its nature!" ~Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Actuality is when the lighthouse is dark between flashes: it is the instant between the ticks of the watch: it is a void interval slipping forever through time: the rupture between past and future: the gap at the poles of the revolving magnetic field, infinitesimally small but ultimately real. It is the interchronic pause when nothing is happening. It is the void between events." ~George Kubler

"Hope was the perfect shiny top on the Christmas tree, the glowing halo of every wish, the endless beacon of a lighthouse bringing tormented ships home at last." ~Deb Caletti

"Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships." ~Charles Simic
"Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine." ~Dwight L. Moody

"It's like all my life I've been this tower standing at the edge of the ocean for some obscure purpose, and only now, almost eighteen years in, has someone thought to flip the switch that reveals that I'm not a tower at all. I'm a lighthouse. It's like waking up. I am incandescent." ~Laini Taylor

"Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining." ~Anne Lamott

"Seek not a lighthouse greater than the human mind!" ~Mehmet Murat Ildan

"She is like a revolving lighthouse; pitch darkness alternating with a dazzling brilliancy!" ~Henry James

"To be a lighthouse, you must be strong enough to resist every kind of storm, to every kind of loneliness and you must have a powerful light inside you!" ~Mehmet Murat Ildan



"Grief does not expire like a candle or the beacon on a lighthouse. It simply changes temperature." ~Anthony Rapp

"The heart is the lighthouse that guides all our senses and it is the essence of our humanity." ~Asrarabdulghani

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Donald Marquis - living in time

"We live in a time when the people do not know what you want, but, in order to do anything to get it." ~Donald Marquis


OUR DAILY BREAD - humility

"We too are dependent on the Lord as we face life's struggles. He longs for us to come near to Him today in humility. And He'll be there again for us tomorrow." ~Our Daily Bread



"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all." ~Dale Carnegie


Mario Nievera - perfection

"You always want to mess with perfection. You decide to convey an idea, then do something to throw it a little off." ~Mario Nievera


Rose Tarlow - passé


"Nothing is passé if you really love it." ~Rose Tarlow

The Guardian - moral

"The moral imagination of the scriptures was determined by a battered refugee people. If politicians don’t like that, they shouldn’t claim the Christian mantle." ~The Guardian, FB

F. Alexander Magoun - wisdom

"Tears have a wisdom all their own. They come when a person has relaxed enough to let go and to work through his (her) sorrow. They are the natural bleeding of an emotional wound,
carrying the poison out of the system. Here lies the road to recovery." ~F. Alexander Magoun

Anne M. Gorman - grief


"There is no escaping it. Our immune systems take on the blows of grief. It’s not bad enough that we are brought to our knees when we lose a loved one but many have to suffer the devastation of a second loss and that is our own health." ~Anne M. Gorman

Benvenuto Cellini - Fortune

"Let all the world witness how many different means Fortune employs when she wishes to destroy a man." ~from "The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini


Carl Perkins - rocks

"If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the
would have no song." ~Carl Perkins


Donald Kircher - ability

“We rate ability in men by what they finish, not by what they attempt” ~Donald Kircher


Edouard Manet - colour

"There are no lines in nature, only areas.of colour, one.against another." ~Edouard Manet


Allanah Hunt Quotes


"Getting to know and love yourself through acceptance and understanding will build the self-confidence you need to fully embrace your life." ~Allanah Hunt

"Self Confidence is the most attractive quality we can have and yet its one we often struggle with. Brought up in a world where we are taught that its better to fit in than to stand out, we hide our uniqueness behind a wall of ‘normality’ which keeps us small." ~Allanah Hunt

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"You can't expect to draw people into your life who are kind, confident, and generous if you're thinking and acting in cruel, weak, and selfish ways. You must be what it is that you're seeking— that is, you need to put forth what you want to attract." ~Wayne Dyer


Susan Olson - effort


"Each time we don't include someone,
they quietly wilt. Make an effort to
notice who needs a smile, a nod or a kind word." ~Susan Olson

Umberto Eco - learning

"Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do." ~Umberto Eco from "The Name of the Rose"



Tamara Star Quotes


"Be mindful of the words you speak.
Speak your dreams, not your fears". ~Tamara Star

"When you march to the beat of your own drum, your true tribe will hear your music and find you". ~Tamara Star

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Eric.Roth.- For what it's worth

"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” ~Eric Roth

Source: Positive Thoughts



Taken at Irish Pub
Mt. Eden, New Zealand
1 September 2015

A whole new perspective is born.

"An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling like a human being. You just ride the wave that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy. You move fluidly, steadily, calm and grateful. A veil is lifted, and a whole new perspective is born." ~Anon

Source: Positive Thoughts


Junichiro Tanizaki - beauty

Photo Credit: Gary P Hayes, (FB Blue Mountains )

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.” ~from "The Makioka Sisters" By Junichiro Tanizaki

Source: From Everyman's Library


Billy Baldwin - style

"Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style." ~Billy Baldwin


Charles Evans Hughes - spirit of the law

“Dissents are appeals to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of another day.” ~Charles Evans Hughes



Lou Tice - future

"The future is only as bright as you and I believe and picture it to be." ~Lou Tice


Kate Chopin - voice of the sea


“The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.” ~Kate Chopin from "The Awakening"

Prince William - on grief

"Real grief often does not hit home until much later. For many it is a grief never entirely lost." ~Prince William on Diana's 18th Death Anniversary


Helen Thornton - a woman of tradition


"Love or hate Diana. She was a wonderful mother who fought with tradition to bring her boys up to respect women and show affection, something sadly lacking in her then husband . William now respects and openly loves his wife and now their new daughter, now I believe that is a legacy, I think he will make a great King with a very strong loved woman by his side." ~Helen Thornton (on the birth of Princess of Cambridge, 2 May 2015)

Dennis Fisher - reaching out

"When we take risk by reaching out to others, we reflect the heart of our Savior who gave up so much for us." ~Dennis Fisher



Kathryn Ireland - decoration


"Serious is a word that must be entirely avoided when it comes to decoration." ~Kathryn Ireland

Marcel Lawrence - challenge

"Life challenges, like illness can make us bitter and resentful. But being bitter and resentful is a choice. Let your pain make you soft, not hard. Compassionate, not cruel. Gentle, not unkind. Choose to be loving and tenderhearted. Take care of each other and be kind." ~Marcel Lawrence