"Where there is peace, God is." ~George Herbert

"Carve your blessings in stone." ~Anon
"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
"Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient." ~Cicero Ovid Seneca

"Words pulsate in the veins of my pen"™Leah C. Dancel


Ben Williams - like a puppy

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” ~Ben Williams, American Journalist.

Virginia Satir Quotes


"Be gentle and loving with yourself and others." ~Virginia Satir

"Be open to receiving feedback and listen to it carefully because you might learn something about yourself from it." ~Virginia Satir

"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family." ~Virginia Satir

"Hugging is good medicine. It transfers energy, and gives the person hugged an emotional boost. We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth." ~Virginia Satir

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you deal with it is what makes the difference." ~Virgina Satir

"The greatest gift I can give is to see, hear, understand and to touch another person." ~Virginia Satir

"We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth." ~Virginia Satir

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Frederick Buechner Quotes

"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace." —Frederick Buechner

"Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's needs." ~Frederick Buechner

"Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality—not as we expect it to be but as it is—is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love." ~Frederick Buechner

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"Education is the kindling of a flame, ..." ~Socrates
"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." ~Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

"A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning." ~Lillian Gish

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stop." ~Henry Brooks Adams

"A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he or she who fills our memory with rows on rows of natural objects, classified with name and form." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.   Anyone who keeps learning stays young." ~Henry Ford

“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.

"As the humanities and liberal arts are downsized, privatized, and commodified, higher education finds itself caught in the paradox of claiming to invest in the future of young people while offering them few intellectual, civic, and moral supports." ~Henry Giroux

"Be the teacher America's children of color deserve, because we, the teachers, are responsible for instilling empathy and understanding in the hearts of all kids. We are responsible for the future of this country." ~Emily E Smith

"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"

"Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning." ~William Arthur Ward

“Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.” ~Anon

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." ~Aristotle

"Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn." ~Melanie Joy

"Education is a powerful constraint against narrow parochialism and a gateway to ideas that can change communities." ~Miriam Defensor Santiago

“Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but is life itself.” ~John Dewey

"Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." ~Joseph Stalin

"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."~Oscar Wilde

"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." ~Daniel J. Boorstin

"Education is like a double-edged sword. It may be turned to dangerous uses if it is not properly handled." ~ Wu Ting-Fang

"Education is not just a matter of 3 R's, but of the 3 H's - Head, Hand and Heart." ~ Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey (TFBFG 1987 from Carol Ann Hewer)

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." ~John Dewey

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." ~William Butler Yeats

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper." ~Robert Frost

"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." ~Socrates

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ~Nelson Mandela

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." ~Albert Einstein

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." ~B.F. Skinner

"Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't." ~Pete Seeger

"Education was the only way to break the bonds of penury and lowliness." ~Arcadio Morada, Jr. , Memoir of a Father from Bayanihan News July 2013 issue

"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil." ~C.S. Lewis

"Every storm is a school, every trial a teacher." ~Rick Warren

"Everyone is a teacher to one who is open to learn." ~Surf Reyes

“Experience, travel - these are an education in themselves.” ~Euripides

"First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak." ~Epictetus

"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." ~Jim Rohn

"Great teachers don't always have the best lessons. But they always have the best relationships with kids." ~Songs for Teaching

“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.” ~Tryon Edwards on Literature

"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn, and not often, on their own, the hard way." ~Heinlein

"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." ~Albert Einstein

"I see myself reflected in my students, with their desire to learn and develop their skills, now I can see that they are reaping the fruits of their labour and this fills me with satisfaction." ~Miguel Angel Ramirez

“If you're going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning. If you're going to fight something, fight for those in need. If you're going to question something, question authority. If you're going to lose something, lose your inhibitions. If you're going to gain something, gain respect and confidence. And if you're going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams.” ~Daniel Golston

"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn." ~Phil Collins

"In order to learn, grow, and be successful you must step out of your comfort zone. Everything you desire is on the other side of fear." ~Lynne Taylor of Ups, Downs and Roundabouts

"It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense." ~Robert G. Ingersoll

“It is better to create than to be learned, creating is the true essence of life” ~Barthold Georg Niebuhr

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." ~Epictetus

"It's not easy to educate people about the value of what we were born into and what our ancestors passed onto us We take things around us for granted. Slowly though we are starting to realize how important their value is." ~Trixie Cruz-Angeles, NCCA Legal Counsel, Philipine Identity Keeper

"It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth." ~Jean Piaget

"It is vital that our youth lead the efforts to create the conditions in which our people can sleep peacefully at night and our children can go to school without fear." ~Nelson Mandela upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, 30 May 1998, LivingTheLegacy‬

“Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; and love by love.” ~Thomas S. Szasz on Skill

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." ~John F. Kennedy

"Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did." ~Sarah Caldwell

“Learning is a kind of natural food for the mind."
[Lat., "Doctrina est ingenii naturale quoddam pabulum.]”~Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." ~Chinese Proverb

"Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back." ~Chinese Proverb

"Learning is never done without errors and defeat." ~Vladimir Lenin

"Learning never exhausts the mind." ~Leonardo da Vinci

"Learning without thought is a labor lost, thought without learning is perilous." ~Confucius

"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education." ~Bertrand Russell

"No child in Africa, and in fact anywhere in the world, should be denied education. I know that we can reach this goal." ~Nelson Mandela speaking during the launch of 'A Dream for Africa' International Fund-raising Campaign, Cape Town, South Africa, 6 December 2004 ‎Living The Legacy

"One of the chief objects of education should be to widen the windows through which we view the world." ~Arnold Glasow

"One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more." ~Washington Irving (1783-1859)

"Our lives teach us who we are." ~Salman Rushdie (from Inspiration Line)

"Sometimes, a break from a preoccupation offers an opportunity for learning, and maybe, even relearning." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Taking time and sharing is the essence of teaching. The future of those we cherish, will be a reflection of what we model today." ~Anon

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” ~Bob Talber

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." ~B. B. King

"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book." ~Anon

"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence." ~Rabindranath Tagore

"The illiterate of the 21st century, will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." ~Alvin Toffler

"The largest portion of a child's education is in the hands of his mother, not the institution. All institutions is only helping to improve children's cognitive ability, including socialization. But the basic skill for life, which is always going to be provision for his future child, only to be had from a mother. That is why, make big plans for your children. Suppose we are the home of the school, a boarding school for the children of our children, create a curriculum that's great, if necessary international standard, and be professional in these matters. If we need to create the report development, and make our husbands as heads of the school, who should receive the report." ~from Awaliah Hafsyah

“The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth” ~Desiderius Erasmus

"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned to learn and change." ~Carl Rogers

"The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers." ~Jean Piaget

"The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one." -Malcolm Forbes

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." ~Aristotle

"The school will teach children how to read, but the environment of the home must teach them what to read. The school can teach them how to think, but the home must teach them what to believe." ~ Charles A. Wells

"The teacher is the heart of the educational system." ~Sidney Hook

"The true teachers defend their pupils against their own personal influence. They inspire self-trust. They guide their student's eyes from themselves to the spirit that quickens them. They will have no disciple." ~Amos Bronson Alcott

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” ~Sydney J. Harris

"The world of education is like an island where people, cut off from the world, are prepared for life by exclusion from it." ~Maria Montessori

"There are four steps of learning: At first you don't know that you don't know. Next you know that you don't know. Then you don't know that you know. Finally you know that you know." ~Anon

"There is divine beauty in learning, just as there is human beauty in tolerance. To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you." ~Elie Wiesel

"They say GET an education. I say CREATE your education. There's a HUGE difference." ~Leslie Samuel

"This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life but leave it free to develop." ~Maria Montessori

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." ~Victor Hugo

"To teach is to learn twice." ~Joseph Joubert

"True education should include pointing people to where the most important truths are found." ~Gerard Weston

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." ~Thomas Huxley

"Unless we learn to practice true humility, our material knowledge may lead to intellectual vanity—a feeling of superiority and even of arrogance." ~Richard Ames

“Until you have suffered much in your heart, you cannot learn humility.” ~Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

"We have much to learn no matter where we are in our journey. Everything we encounter, good or bad is a lesson revealed." ~Owen K Massey

"You cannot change another person's mind or educate them; this they must do themselves." ~Bryant McGill

"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." ~Bill Gates



"A culture of music education starts in a school gradually. It comes, always, from a teacher. It doesn't come because you say, "it has to be there because music is good." If you don't have a good teacher, you don't have anything, it doesn't matter whether it's music, maths, English, whatever it is. If you have a good teacher, that will happen. The big difference with music is people don't see it as essential." ~Richard Gill, on ABC RN's 'What Keeps Me Awake'

"A feeling of accomplishment in the child's face is the teacher's biggest reward!" ~Margaret Wilson

"A genuine teacher does not seek to impress you with their greatness, but instead to impress upon you that you possess the skills to discover your own." ~Charles F. Glassman

"A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that individuality is the key to success." ~Jezza Dancel

"A humble person will always see the truth in simple lessons. Gratefully accept these simple moments, smile and take what they learn into everyday life." ~Angel whispers...wisdom

"All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners. Looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they’re not learning, they’re not growing and not moving toward excellence." ~Denis Whitley

"Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times, you grow. Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons." ~Troy Amdahl

"Do your best to be at peace with your soul, and the experiences you are here to learn and grow through." ~Tracey Smith

"Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them  be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world" ~Samuel Butler (1835–1902)

"Don't let a hard lesson harden your heart." ~Anon

"Each person you meet is a lesson to be learned."— Bryant McGill

"Every lesson is a widening of the mind beyond its conceptual limits; a stretching of the heart beyond its emotional boundaries." ~Gilbert 'Gibo' Teodoro, Jr

"Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills." ~Minna Antrim

"Good teachers are the ones who can challenge young minds without losing their own." ~Anon

"I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” ~C.S. Lewis

"I would like to learn, or remember, how to live." ~Annie Dillard

"If there is one lesson we can learn from the struggle against racism, in our country as well as yours, it is that racism must be consciously combatted, and not discreetly tolerated." ~ Nelson Mandela speaking during his Investiture, Clark University, Atlanta, USA, 10 July 1993, LivingTheLegacy

"If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher." ~Pema Chodron

"It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor" ~Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom, 1994

"Learn to write your pains on the sand where winds of joy can erase it away. Curve your happiness on the stone where even rain cannot dare to wash it away. Pain will give us more strength and the pain is part of growing up. It's how we learn." ~Anon

"Life itself is a teacher, and you are in a constant state of learning." ~Bruce Lee

“Not all classrooms have four walls… “ ~Wild Woman Sisterhood

"One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try." ~Sophocles

"Teachers who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.” ~Anon

"Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning." ~Anon

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." ~B.B. King

"The best school of discipline is home. Family life is God's own method of training the young." ~I Love My Family

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” ~Alexandra K.Trenfor

"The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic." ~Oscar Wild

"The free man is not he who defies the rules…but he who, recognizing the compulsions inherent in his being, seeks rather to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest each day’s experience." ~Bernard Iddings Bell, D.D.

"The influence of a good teacher can never be erased." ~Anon

"The more something upsets you, the more it is meant for you. When it no longer upsets you, it is no longer needed because the lesson is complete." ~Bryant McGill

"The time has come to take concrete steps to bring about a real transformation in the ways we educate our future generations. We need to combine both an education of the mind with an education of the heart so that our children grow up as responsible, caring citizens equipped to meet the challenges of today's increasingly globalized world." ~Dalai Lama

"There are many things which we can afford to forget which it is yet well to learn." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"There is a great deal to be learned from books and school but you also have to get out into the world and experience things for yourself." ~Sean Hemingway on what he's learned from his grandfather.

"There's much more we can learn when we just open our minds to what nature can teach us silently, for that's how GOD has willed it, rather than rely alone on what men teach us with their mouths." ~Georix Alertze

“To have a student who is so passionate to teach others about it, and to show others how to live through it is very empowering, especially with adolescents and teens. Sometimes voices of their peers are far louder than educators and adults." ~Jennifer Burgess, Principal -Parker Performing Arts School, on Alec Ybarra Film "UNMARKED"

"We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves." ~Galileo Galilei

“We could all take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.” ~Anon

"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself." ~Lloyd Alexander

"We learn something every day, and lots of times it's that what we learned the day before was wrong." ~Bill Vaughan

“Woman is a delicate creature with strong emotions who has been created by the Almighty God to shoulder responsibility for educating society and moving toward perfection. God created woman as symbol of His own beauty and to give solace to her partner and her family.” ~Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

"You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something." ~H.G. wells

"You learn something every day if you pay attention." ~Ray LeBlond

“Your soul awakens your mind.
Your mind makes your choices.
Your choices manifest your life.
Your life is your lesson.
Your lessons create wisdom.
Your wisdom enriches your soul.”
~Karen A. Baquiran

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Mae Jemison - imagination

"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live." ~Mae Jemison


King George V - Six Treasured Maxims

Teach me to be obedient to the rules of the game;

Teach me to distinguish between sentiment and sentimentality, admiring the one and despising the other;

Teach me neither to proffer nor receive cheap praises;

If I am called upon to suffer let me be like a well-bred beast that goes away to suffer in silence;

Teach me to win, if I may; if I may not, then above all teach me to be a good loser;

Teach me neither to cry for the moon nor over spilt milk.

Source: The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1981

Lao Tsu Quotes

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?

Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn't seek fulfillment,
but not seeking, not expecting,
is present, and can welcome all things.

Lao Tsu


"A tree unbending is easily broken." ~Lao Tsu

"An integral being knows without going, sees without looking and accomplishes without doing." ~Lao Tsu

"Stop thinking, and end your problems." ~Lao-Tsu

"Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things. Do not be concerned with loss or gain. Love the world as your own Self; then you can truly care for all things." ~Lao Tsu

"Therefore the sage keeps to the deed that consists in taking no action and practices the teaching that uses no words." ~Lao-Tsu


Leah Dancel - load

"The burden is heavy because we keep looking at the load. Learn to overlook trivial mistakes of others and avoid unwanted stress due to their impertinence and imperfection. We have our own to be concerned of." - Leah Dancel, my silent advice to a warring tribe, talking to myself while walking down the street on my way home tonight- 25 August 2010

Paul Boese - forgiveness

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." ~Paul Boese


Marianna Olszewski - master of life

"Act as a master of your life by putting your health, well being and happiness first."
~Marianna Olszewski


C. Neil Strait - Kindness

"Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person." ~C. Neil Strait


Mary Webb - swerve from path

"If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path." ~Mary Webb


Julian Simon -optimist

"People call me an optimist, but I'm really an appreciator....When I was six years old and had scarlet fever, the first of the miracle drugs, sulfanilamide, saved my life. I'm grateful for computers and photocopiers...I appreciate where we've come from." ~Julian Simon

60th Birthday

"Here's a posy of flowers, and a basket too,
With Birthday greetings all for you." ~Anonymous

"I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,
The violets, and the lily-cups,
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs, where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburmum on his birthday,-
The tree is living yet." ~Thomas Hood


Bruce Jenner - point of no return

"If you want to take your mission in life to the Next Level, look inside. Abolish your fears and raise your commitment level to the point of no return, and I guarantee you that the champion within will propel you toward victory." ~ Olympian Bruce Jenner

Gary Ryan Blair - deliberate decisions

"Success in any endeavor does not happen by accident. Rather, it’s the result of deliberate decisions, conscious effort, and immense persistence — all directed at specific goals."~Gary Ryan Blair

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes

"All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art." ~Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature.

"Any life, no matter how long and complete it may be, is made up of a single moment—the moment in which a person finds out, once and for all, who they are." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Being conservative is a way of being skeptic." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Do you want to see what human eyes have never seen?
Look at the moon.
Do you want to hear what ears have never heard?
Listen to the bird's cry.
Do you want to touch what hands have never touched?
Touch the earth.
Verily I say that God is about to create the world."
~Jorge Luis Borges

"Doubt is one of the names of intelligence." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Every novel is an ideal plane inserted into the realm of reality." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Heaven and hell seem out of proportion to me: the actions of men do not deserve so much." ~Jorge Louis Borges

“I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the hunger of my heart, I am trying to bribe you with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat.” ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Let heaven exist, though my own place may be in hell. Let me be tortured and battered and annihilated, but let there be one instant, one creature, wherein thy enormous Library may find its justification." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Our nothingness differs little; it is a trivial and chance circumstance that you should be the reader of these exercises and I their author." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Reading … is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"There's no need to build a labyrinth when the entire universe is one." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Time can't be measured in days the way money is measured in pesos and centavos, because all pesos are equal, while every day, perhaps every hour, is different." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely." ~Jorge Luis Borges

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Sue Patton Thoele - true capabilities

“Remembering our true capabilities will assist us in finding the courage to be our brightest, most authentic selves.” ~Sue Patton Thoele

Dr. Joyce Brothers Quotes

"Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery." ~Dr. Joyce Brothers

"Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level." ~Dr. Joyce Brothers

"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." ~Dr. Joyce Brothers

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Joann Davis - inner world

"Our inner world is ours to make of what we choose. Magnificent changes can radiate out of every human heart if we so desire."~ Joann Davis

Andrew Carnegie Quotes

"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." ~Andrew Carnegie

"Concentration is my motto: first honesty, then industry, then concentration." ~Andrew Carnegie

“Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.” ~Andrew Carnegie

"He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave." ~Andrew Carnegie

"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." ~Andrew Carnegie

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." ~Andrew Carnegie

"Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his or her lifetime for the good of the community." ~Andrew Carnegie

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." ~Andrew Carnegie

"There is little success where there is little laughter." ~Andrew Carnegie

"Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!" ~Andrew Carnegie

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William Blake Quotes

NSW Government House

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself." ~William Blake


"A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent." ~William Blake

"And we are put on earth a little space
That we my learn to bear the beams of love." ~William Blake

"Eternity is in love with the productions of time." ~William Blake

"Gratitude is heaven itself." ~William Blake

"Great things are done when men and mountains meet." ~William Blake

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is infinite." ~William Blake

"If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out." ~William Blake

"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." ~William Blake

"No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings." ~William Blake (1757–1827), British poet, painter, engraver.

"Opposition is true friendship." ~William Blake

"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship." ~William Blake

"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest." ~William Blake

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself." ~William Blake

"To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour." ~William Blake

"Travelers repose and dream among my leaves." ~William Blake

"When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree." ~William Blake

“When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head!” ~William Blake, poet and artist

"You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough." ~William Blake



"A Divine Image"
by William Blake
Cruelty has a human heart,
And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And Secresy the human dress.

The human dress is forged iron,
The human form a fiery forge,
The human face a furnace sealed,
The human heart its hungry gorge.

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Og Mandino Quotes

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." ~Og Mandino

"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again." ~Og Mandino

"Do all things with love." Og Mandino

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” ~Og Mandino

"I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge." ~Og Mandino

"I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars." ~Og Mandino

"I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? I look on all things with love and be born again." ~Og Mandino

"I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit." ~Og Mandino

"I will master my moods through positive action and when I master my moods I will control my destiny." ~Og Mandino

"I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul." ~Og Mandino

"Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously." ~Og Mandino

"Realise that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." ~Og Mandino

"The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do." ~Og Mandino

"Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished." ~Og Mandino

"Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail." ~Og Mandino

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Qoutes on (Greek, Macedonia) Philosophers


"A faithful friend is the medicine of life." ~Apocrypha


"Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred, then a thousand more." ~Catullus

Caecilius Statius

"Grant us a brief delay impulse in everything is but a worthless servant." ~Caecilius Statius


"Let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine." ~Hippocrates

"The art is long, life is short." ~Hippocrates

"Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm." ~Hippocrates


"To be able to say how much you love is to love but little." ~Petrarch


“Unless what we do is useful, our glory is vain." ~Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)
[Lat., Nisi utile est quod facimus, stulta est gloria.]”~Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia) on Glory


"Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea." ~Phythagoras

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

"They make a wilderness and call it peace." ~Publius Cornelius Tacitus


"Each man is the architect of his own fate." ~Appius Claudius

"I'll speak to thee in silence." ~Posthumus Leonatus

"The goal of life is living in agreement with nature." ~Zeno of Citium (335-263 B.C.)

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Robert Brault Quotes

"A parent's love is whole, no matter how many times divided." ~Robert Brault

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, not forgetting to leave others be as you would have them leave you be." ~Robert Brault

"Do what you must, and your friends will adjust." ~Robert Brault

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~Robert Brault

"For every person who atones, a hundred others find regret sufficient." ~Robert Brault

"How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it." ~Robert Brault

“If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door.” ~Robert Brault

"In the end there doesn't have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to." ~Robert Brault

"It is possible at any age to discover a lifelong desire you never knew you had." ~Robert Brault

"Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got." ~Robert Brault

Sydney Harbour on Rivercat Cruise
5 September 2011

"Life is like sailing. You can use any wind to go in any direction." ~Robert Brault

"Looking back, you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life, and that person was you. It is not too late to become that person again." ~Robert Brault

“Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.” ~Robert Brault

"Seize every opportunity along the way, for how sad it would be if the road you chose became the road not taken." -Robert Brault

"Sometimes it is the person closest to us who must travel the furthest distance to be our friends." ~Robert Brault

"There are days when you'd just like to enter the world of a child's imagination and never come back." ~Robert Brault

"There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate." ~Robert Brault

"Under every full moon, memories stir of the dreamers we were." ~Robert Brault

"When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be someone. " ~Robert Brault

"You can as easily love without trusting as you can hug without embracing." ~Robert Brault

"You can hope for a miracle in your life, or you can realize that your life is the miracle." ~Robert Brault

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"What instances must pass before them of ardent, disinterested, self-denying attachment, of heroism, fortitude, patience, resignation—of all the conflicts and the sacrifices that enno ble us most. A sick room may often furnish the worth of volumes."~Jane Austen (1775–1817)

"Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a women beautiful."~ Jacqueline Bisset (b. 1946)

"Be thou my exaltation
Or fortitude of mien,
Lord of the world's elation,
Thou breath of things unseen!"
~Bliss Carman (1861–1929).

"Heaven is large, and affords space for all modes of love and fortitude. Why should we be busybodies and superserviceable?"~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

"The thanksgiving of the old Jew, "Lord, I thank Thee that Thou didst not make me a woman," doubtless came from a careful review of the situation - MORE The thanksgiving of the old Jew, "Lord, I thank Thee that Thou didst not make me a woman," doubtless came from a careful review of the situation. Like all of us, he had fortitude enough to bear his neighbors' afflictions." ~Frances A. Griffin

"It is easy to talk of sitting at home contented, when others are seeing or making shows. But not to have been where it is supposed, and seldom... - MORE It is easy to talk of sitting at home contented, when others are seeing or making shows. But not to have been where it is supposed, and seldom supposed falsely, that all would go if they could; to be able to say nothing when everyone is talking; to have no opinion when everyone is judging; to hear exclamations of rapture without power to depress; to listen to falsehoods without right to contradict, is, after all, a state of temporary inferiority, in which the mind is rather hardened by stubbornness, than supported by fortitude. If the world be worth winning let us enjoy it, if it is to be despised let us despise it by conviction. But the world is not to be despised but as it is compared with something better." ~ Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)

"That way of life against which my generation rebelled had given us grim courage, fortitude, self-discipline, a sense of individual responsibility, and a capacity for relentless hard work." ~ Rose Wilder Lane (1886–1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, ch. 2, by William V. Holtz (1993)

"If tragedy elicits our compassion, comedy appeals to our self-interest. The former confronts life's failures with noble fortitude, the latter ... - MORE If tragedy elicits our compassion, comedy appeals to our self-interest. The former confronts life's failures with noble fortitude, the latter seeks to circumvent them with shrewd nonchalance. The one leaves us momentarily in a mood of resignation, the other in a condition of euphoria."~ Harry Levin (b. 1912)

"What is there
like fortitude! What sap
went through that little thread
to make the cherry red!"
~Marianne Moore (1887–1972)

"The king-becoming graces,
As justice, verity, temperance, stableness,
Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness,
Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
I have no relish of them."
~William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

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W.E. Farbstein - not even once

"The dog is mentioned in the Bible eighteen times--the cat not even once." ~W.E. Farbstein


Ray Hunt Quotes

"Don't do too much at one time. Do a little bit often." ~Ray Hunt

"If you are going to teach a horse something and have a good relationship, you don't make him learn it - you let him learn it." ~Ray Hunt

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Edith Wharton Quotes


"I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting." ~Edith Wharton

"I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views." ~Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

"If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time." ~Edith Wharton

“In spite of illness, in spite even of the arch-enemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.” ~Edith Wharton

"One knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have critics overlook them and invent others." ~Edith Wharton

"Set wide the window. Let me drink the day." ~Edith Wharton

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." ~Edith Wharton

"There’s no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow." ~Edith Wharton

“There was such love as she had dreamed, and she meant to go on believing in it and cherishing the thought that she was worthy of it.” ~Edith Wharton, The Reef from Everyman's Library

"True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision." ~Edith Wharton

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John Andrew Holmes Quotes

“A ten-word epigram to be accurate needs a ten-page footnote, yet what it lacks in accuracy it makes up in nimbleness” ~John Andrew Holmes on Epitaphs and epigrams

"Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both." ~John Andrew Holmes

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." ~John Andrew Holmes


Lawrence L Lynch - a window

“The human face is a window.” — Lawrence L. Lynch

J Donald Walters Quotes

"In a sense, each of us is an island. In another sense, however, we are all one. For though islands appear separate, and may even be situated at great distances from one another, they are only extrusions of the same planet, Earth." ~ J. Donald Walters

“Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.” ~J. Donald Walters

Micheal Teal Quotes

Home Sweet Home

"Have reverence for yourself and you will walk with the angels. Explore inner landscapes and the journey of growing spirit will be one of immense blessings. Ours is a vast ocean of consciousness and if one colours outside the lines they will be embraced by light and love will shine upon them all their days. Be the master of your own life, live your dreams, explore the infinite and yours will be a magnificent voyage." ~Micheal Teal

"Life is a spiritual practice of blessings and inspiration where the seeds of lovingkindness within our soul will blossom if we tend to them properly. Love is lifes water , sprinkle it over your garden and a tree of life will grow that will bear fruit for eternity." ~Micheal Teal

"My soul is dressed with beams of light that I may serve as a beacon to those in the shadows who are seeking vision and spirit. By bringing earth closer to heaven we can all give birth to the magnificence of our own being. Ours is a journey of compassion and transformation, by breathing in the moment we cultivate spiritual well-being and celebrate the miracle of life. Let your global soul create a new humanity." ~Micheal Teal

"The kingdom within is a lush garden that fills your soul with awe. An inner landscape of truth, beauty and love that if acknowledged and appreciated will transport you to a higher level of being where the glow of greatness will guide you to the essence of true wisdom. Find your wings and let your soul fly across a rainbow bridge of divine grace and harmony to a place where love is life and life is love!" ~Micheal Teal

"We all have a divine mission on earth. Let that mission be to inspire love and embrace the light within. Let that mission be to have peace in our hearts as we create heaven on earth. Let that mission be to seek empowerment through transformation and to breathe joy into everything we do. If we allow these things to be our mission the golden light of the sun will shine on our souls and change our world forever." ~Micheal Teal

"We are more than just physical beings, we are whispers of love dancing in the breeze. We are spiritual beings on a path of loving service, where if we pay attention the sacred earth wisdom within will direct our destinies to a place of peace where joy and love abound. Embrace how beautiful you are and you make your life a garden of grace and beauty. We are love and love is the light within that guides our way." ~Micheal Teal

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Sally Koch - helping others seldom come

"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us everyday." ~Sally Koch


Francis Gay - chance and change

"In a world of chance and change we can find comfort in the fact that there are some things that never change - truth, beauty, goodness and love among them. We should hold them fast." ~Francis Gay- The Book of Friendship 1981


Francis Gay Quotes

"A heart attuned to beauty, goodness, kindness and happiness acts as a kind of magnet - just as if those things were always 'popping into our heads'". ~Francis Gay, The Friendship Book 1984, (August 21).

"A little restriction is often good for the soul. Too much ease and luxury can produce a poor spiritual harvest." ~Francis Gay

"A loving heart is a joy forever!" ~Francis Gay

"A loving touch can soothe away pain, and take the place of words." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1983

"A thought, a prayer, a letter, a phone call - all these can vanquish the miles." ~Francis Gaym TFBFG 1985 (from CAH)

"Always keep our eyes open to the beauties and wonders around us. Let's enjoy them." ~Frances Gay (1983)

"Fortunate is the nation that has writers to whom the truth means everything!" ~ Francis Gay (1979)

"Gardens are bright with early daffodils, crocuses, and other small bulbs, and in sunny spots the first dog-tooth violets are flowering." ~Francis Gay (1998)

"Happy, kind laughter can bring sunshine into our lives." ~Francis Gay (1998)

"How often does a certain fragrance bring back memories of a special occasion?" ~Francis Gay (1998)

"However humble our calling may be, there is a satisfaction in work well done which can be equalled by few other things." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1983

"...how true it is that much of the discordance of life's "melody" is due to our lack of quiet places, quiet times and quiet thought. They do help the music of life." ~Francis Gay, (1985)

"If we really try, we can squeeze some good out of even the bitter things of life." ~Francis Gay (1987 - from Carol Ann Hewer)

"If we really want a happy, satisfying life we need something to which we feel ourselves to be deeply committed--it may be a good cause, a charity, a club to which we belong, a church, a hobby--it does not much matter as long as it is something which really engrossed us, for engrossed people are never bored and unhappy." ~Francis Gay (1983)

"It's good to learn something new every day, for it keeps us on our toes and gives a zest to living." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1998/mpw

"It is not just the 'power that be' who have a responsibility for creating a better world; each of us can play our part." ~Francis Gay, 1984

"It is often among the very old that we find the courage that is born of faith." ~Francis Gay, TFB-FG 1980

"It's rather a startling reminder...how glory is found in the commonplace. What transformations are possible in us and in our world!" ~Francis Gay, 1984

"It will be the unconscious words and little deeds of kindness that will be remembered." ~Francis Gay

"Life has its debts and duties, its disappointments and frustrations but if we can learn to pay the bill with a smile, few things will get us down." ~ Francis Gay, TFBFG 1983

"Life is never as easy as we would like to think. Even when the stormy waters seem to be all behind us we still have to behave with commonsense and tact, never underestimating the difficulty of just "plain sailing." ~Francis Gay TFBFG

"Life should be remembered for the blessings and benefits we leave behind for others." ~Francis Gay

"Make the most of each new tomorrow. Look for the beauty around us, listen to music, lend a helping hand wherever we can. Let's try to use every moment." ~Francis Gay (1998)

"Many people have been encouraged to try a new path and found that it led to success." ~Francis Gay (1998)

"March is the doorway from Winter to Spring." ~Francis Gay (1998)

"One of the best ways of overcoming our own griefs and troubles is to go out and do something for someone else in need." ~Francis Gay TFBFG 1984

"Ordinary folk of every nationality and every language know the art of friendship." ~Francis Gay (1983)

"Poets in every age have sung the wonder of springtime." ~Francis Gay (1984)

"Sometimes, it is the small things which brighten our lives. Never be afraid to let someone know you are thinking of them. It could be just the boost to their spirits which they are needing." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1998/mpw

"Surprises are delightful. They bring pleasure to both the creator and the recipient." ~Francis Gay (1998)

"The way to contentment is to learn how to accept what we can't alter." ~Francis Gay

"The will to do something is always more important than the circumstances we try to arrange for ourselves." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1985 (Carol Ann Hewer)

"The world couldn't exist without its second fiddles. Think of the people who never hit the headlines but cheerfully suppress their own ambitions to help a husband or support a family. While the stars receive the flowers and the plaudits, the second fiddles soldier on in the background doing a good job and often getting very little thanks for it." ~Francis Gay, TFB-FG, 1980

"Thought for others and the recognition of others' thought for us is a way of "greatness" within the scope of us all." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1983.

"To help people when we can - that's good; but to anticipate their needs is true compassion." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1983

"To learn patience is to learn one of life's most precious secrets." ~Francus Gay, TFBFG 1985 (from Carol Ann Hewer)

"To live in a silent world isn't much fun, and though blind people immediately arouse our sympathy, we tend to forget that deafness is just as severe a handicap. Let's try to be more understanding next time we meet people suffering from real deafness." ~Francis Gay

"To offer or receive the hand of friendship is a beautiful thing. This world would be a far more peaceful and loving place, if only we "kept in touch"." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1983

"We all have it in our power--listening to people instead of doing all the talking ourselves, asking them about their interests instead of simply expounding our own. This is the way to make people feel important--and the way to make friends." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1984

"We are all faced with difficult decisions at one time or another and sometimes, sadly, others are offended by what we decide to do. But if it's the right course to take then we must have the courage to go ahead. Better than sitting on the fence and going nowhere." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1984

"What a difference it makes to our outlook when we can feel that the world-the whole world-is ours to enjoy!" ~Francis Gay (1983)

"Whatever our own particular status in life, even if it be quite obscure and humdrum, we can always find opportunities to help somebody worse off than ourselves."~Francis Gay

"Whatever the weather, the first official day of Spring ought to lift our spirits with hope." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1984

"When I look at many of the flowers in my own garden, their names give an extra bonus to their beauty." ~Francis Gay 1987 (from CAH)

"When our day begins and ends in prayer, problems don't seem to loom as large." ~Francis Gay TFBFG 1998 (MPW)

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W.T. Parker - blessings and thanksgiving

"Not what we SAY about our blessings, but HOW WE USE them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." ~ W.T. Parker


Pictorial Quote - friendship measured

Pictorial Quote - success and failure

Vladimir Nabokov Quotes

"I have never seen a more lucid, better balanced, mad mind than mine." ~Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

"I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is." ~Vladimir Nabokov

"The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea." ~Vladimir Nabokov


Don Herold - neat

"There's one thing about baldness, it's neat." ~Don Herold

William Faulkner Quotes

"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." ~William Faulkner

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good.” ~William Faulkner

“People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.” ~from AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner from Vintage Books

"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." ~William Faulkner from BrainyQuote

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James A. Froude - dream

"You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one." ~James A. Froude

Lewis Smedes Quotes

"Forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future." ~Lewis Smedes

"It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited." ~Lewis B. Smedes

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." Lewis B. Smedes

"You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well." ~Lewis B. Smedes

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Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu Quotes

"Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them." ~Charles de Montesquieu

"If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are." ~Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu

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