"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


Megan Lynne Young - core value

"I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other. As one, we can help society." ~Megan Lynne Young, Miss World 2013, Miss World 2013 (28 September 2013)

Michael Jordan Quotes

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." ~Michael Jordan

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

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” ~Michael Jordan on Teamwork

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Roderick Thorp - BEST FRIEND

"We have to learn to be our own best friends, because we fall easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies." ~Roderick Thorp

Cesar Millan - dream

"When you're poor, you have nothing to lose and be afraid of. Holding onto the dream and having nothing to lose is what helped me succeed." ~Cesar Millan

Pope John Paul II Quotes

"It's better to cry than to be angry because anger hurts others while tears flow through the soul and cleanses the heart." ~Pope John II

"Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. This, as has already been said, is why Christ the Redeemer "fully reveals man to himself." ~Redemptor Hominis of Pope St. John Paul the Great

"The truth is not always the same as the majority decision." ~Pope St John Paul II


Saint John Paul II birthday. Born 5/18/1920 Karol Jozef Wojtyla.

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Ruth Senter - another woman

"When you are truly joined in spirit, another woman's good is your good too. You work for the good of each other." ~Ruth Senter (1944-)

Roy E. Disney - values

"It's not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are." ~Roy E. Disney

Zzaineb Dancel Manueline - masks

"The greatest love is love without masks, beyond the fake things that we feel like we have to do to earn love." ~Zzaine Dancel Manuel

Caroline Overington - ingredients

"Many ingredients are needed to hold strong families together - love is certainly one of them and so too is tradition." ~Caroline Overington, The Australian Women's Weekly, August 2012 Issue

Shams of Tabriz Quotes

"Don't search for heaven and hell in the future. Both are now present. Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. Whenever we fight, hate, we are in hell." ~Shams of Tabriz

"Intellect takes you to the door, but it doesn't take you into the house." ~Shams Tabrizi

"Most of conflicts and tensions are due to language. Don’t pay so much attention to the words. In love’s country, language doesn’t have its place. Love is mute." ~Shams Tabrizi

"Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full." ~Shams of Tabrizi

"Real filth is the one inside. The rest simply washes off. There is only one type of dirt that cannot be cleansed with pure water, and that is the stain of hatred and bigotry contaminating the soul. You can purify your body through abstinence and fasting, but only love will purify your heart." ~Shams Tabrizi

"The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion. The world does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment." ~Shams Tabrizi

"The real dirt is not outside, but inside, in our hearts. We can wash all stains with water. The only one we can’t remove is the grudge and the bad intentions sticking to our hearts." ~Shams of Tabriz

"The universe is a complete unique entity. Everything and everyone is bound together with some invisible strings. Do not break anyone’s heart; do not look down on weaker than you. One’s sorrow at the other side of the world can make the entire world suffer; one’s happiness can make the entire world smile." ~~Shams of Tabriz

"There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?" ~Shams of Tabriz

“This world is like a mountain. Your echo depends on you. If you scream good things, the world will give it back. If you scream bad things, the world will give it back. Even if someone says badly about you, speak well about him. Change your heart to change the world.” ~Shams Tabrizi

"We live in a world of illusion bound by fear. To awaken the soul is to enlighten the mind. There is one eternal, simple truth: I AM. And because that is so, everything is because I AM. I AM God the Creator, everything else I am not, although I can be if I so choose. To illuminate the mind is to confront fear, to confront fear is to examine our limitations and boundaries. To open the mind is to invite the courageous soul into those places where once resided fear and worry. As the soul awakens from the slumber induced by being human, we are created, re-created anew." ~Shams of Tabriz

"Whatever happens to you, don’t fall in despair. Even if all the doors are closed, a secret path will be there for you that no one knows. You can’t see it yet but so many paradises are at the end of this path. Be grateful! It is easy to thank after obtaining what you want, thank before having what you want." ~Shams of Tabriz

"Wherever you go, east, west, north or south, think of it as a journey into yourself! The one who travels into itself travels the world." ~Shams Tabrizi

"You can be everything in life but the important thing is to be a good person." ~Shams of Tabriz

"You will learn by reading, but you will understand with love." ~Shams of Tabriz



"A life without love
is a waste.
“Should I look for
spiritual love, or material, or physical love?”
Don’t ask yourself this question.
Discrimination leads to discrimination.
Love doesn’t need any name,
category or definition.
Love is a world itself.
Either you are in, at the center…
either you are out,
yearning.' ~Shams Tabrizi

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Jessica Mauboy - landscape

"The lighting took over the landscape and there was a moment when the sunset looked as if it took the land away with it. It was incredible." ~Jessica Mauboy, InStyle Magazine, October 2013

Samantha C. Lourie Quotes and Verses

This space is personally dedicated to a beautiful lady named Samantha of the UK for her passionate sharing of Life, Motherhood, Children, and Friends amongst others in full scale, vivid and vibrant assessment about things around her and beyond that most affect us all. All entries here are extracted from her own Facebook Inspirational Page: Butterflies and Pebbles." ~Leah C. Dancel, Blog Administrator

Cook Park, Orange NSW


"A seeker of all things brave.
A doer of all things authentic.
A be-er of herself and only herself.
A lover of her life and not just of the flying but all the falling too.
(They both can free your unquenchable happiness " ~S.C. Lourie

"I grieved today for the times I have loved so much that I forgot about myself and my own needs. I grieved today for giving so much and forgetting that I should keep a little bit back just for me. I grieved today for getting so caught up in helping others that I overlooked I needed a little help as well. I grieved today for thinking I could just do it all, denying that I also have my limits. And sometimes having limitations is a holy thing. I just wanna love people in a way that makes me feel loved too. I don’t want to forget myself anymore." ~S. C. Lourie

“I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.” ~Dawna Markova

"beautiful moments,
glistening like
pearl drops
floating down
from the stars
fall into our laps
out of the blue.
And all we need
are open hearts
to receive them."
~S.C Lourie

"I wonder what this new and beautiful week
has in store for us all.
Let's have a blast, let's have a ball.
Let's make sure we have some fun,
dancing in the rain, chasing the sun,
some time to play,
going with the flow kinda days,
some time to reflect,
some time to collect
beautiful memories of smiley hearts and faces.
Let's find the preciousness of life in all the spaces we come across, directly or from surprise.
Let's make sure we take time to love our lives
with the things we do while on this great week's ride.
Let's enjoy ourselves,
making the most out of our lives.
Our real wealth is in our moments true,
All this week's wholesomeness I'm wishing you." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"It is written in your blood, that you will fly.
So let your heart bleed when it is struck by
the tendernesses of life or the whirling thunderstorms -
and let it burst open when it is drunk on too much pain.
Everything unresolved, let it come.
Do not hide.
Do not bandage your heart half in shame.
Let the tears rain from your eyes when all is stirred.
Let the messy goddess emerge with dead grass still in her hair.
The sky calls your wings.
Let your blood respond.
Soaring will come naturally, I promise.
But for some reason we must fall before we can fly.
We must hear again the song of our blood.
It is blood we all share and
the soil knows it as much as the sky.
They wrote it all together." ~SC Lourie

"Let's be explorers of each other's hearts.
Let's be adventurers of each other's souls.
Let's be travellers of each other's dreams.
Let's defy loneliness and
Lovingly walk each other home." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Life is in the living of it.
Not in the controlling of it,
or the preplanning of it;
life can only really be had in equally bearing
your heart to the sun and the rain,
the thunder and the rainbow. The storm, the gentle
breeze, all of it.
In feeling the pain as much as the joy
and regardless of whether your heart is raw
with vulnerability or bursting with the fire of love
you still every day get up to give yourself over
to the winds of the universe. Where they blow
is where you go. Let the winds decide." ~S.C Lourie

"My darling, your heart so beautiful, so creative, so true.
Let the world make nothing else out of you.
Do not compromise your uniqueness for a copy.
Value your special way of seeing the world,
do not be shy in telling your story.
Your life is yours so live it so.
Do not care for whether people agree.
And when they try to make you someone else, tell them no.
Stand strong in your originality.
The trees will stand with you.
All things wild, free and as they should be salute you.
You are not alone.
There are those that have stayed true.
Your path is a rarity.
And upon it you will find all of wonderful you." ~S.C Lourie

"My wings are my joy.
I don't want to hide
from you anymore.

My wings are my joy.
Why do I give time to
the things that imprison me?

My wings are my joy.
I want to spread them
rather than keep them at bay.

My wings are my joy.
They never give up on me.

My wings are my joy.
I will wait no longer.

My wings are my joy.
I can't fly like you
but I shouldn't feel
I have to.

My wings are my joy
and it's time for me to be happy.
They like the wind want
to take me across the sky,
with the sun on my back
and my worries below my feet.

My wings are my joy.
I was born in my smile,
and to feel my wings free.
My joy awaits me.

My wings are
and have always been ready.
No longer will the world fool me.
The things that wall me
collapse before me.
Yes, flying calls me.
My joy pulls me.
I am enthralled, says she...
as she jumps off the cliff
of merely existing into the sky
of feeling alive,
finally flying free."

♥*✿*•♥ S.C. Lourie ♥*✿*•♥

My wings, my wings.
They have always been there.
But only when I plunged
deep into the ocean of my life.
Only when I told the sea
I would no longer hide,
did I see them, there, beside me,
like remnants of angels love left behind.
I lived my emotions,
no longer speculating.
I drunk pain as much as I would joy.
I stopped saying
that I should only have the good stuff
and in accepting it all
I emerged...free
with 'perfection' no where to be seen.
I was truly free.
I forgave the journey of others
to bring me such storms.
More than that
I kissed their shadow in thanks.
For the storms have shown me
that I go on no matter.
There are friends everywhere.
Even in my dark messes.
They wait for me
with kindness in their eyes
if I dare to get lost.
The sun sunk into the sea
and lit it with gold
and I swam.
And now I am whole
and filling every time.
My wings,
they are my companions.
I sometimes use and then
sometimes I rest.
But I am here.
Finally, I am just,
and simply, here.
And so let it all be.
~S.C Lourie
Butterflies and Pebbles

"On special days like today
I just want to tell you
your wings are beautiful
whether you use them or not.
whether you believe in them
or not, you have them.
And you’ll find your
way with them. You’ll
realise one day that you’ve
always had wings.
and that they’ve
always been perfect
and beautiful.

It’s in the blood of every woman to find her wings and to realise her unique beauty. We all get there. And these days are about celebrating that whether it’s happened for you, now happening or just about to.

Happy 8th March 2014 proud-to-be-a-woman-day
(International Woman's Day)

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"She found her quiet.
As she sat in front of her hot tea,
there in the spirals
of the steam, was a special
moment. A moment
of extraordinary ordinary.
The stillness spoke to her
of the beauty always here."
~S.C Lourie

"She rose with the sun
in front of her
the possibilities of
the day fresh in the air.
The quiet of her soul
was the song in her lungs
as she took a breath.
Deep within, she gave her heart
to the day. It would be beautiful.
Both the sun and she
deep down knew that."
~S.C Lourie

"The ocean is such a romantic force in nature
Waltzing with the shores of the land
Every moment of the day.
Singing its song to the moon
Through the daytime and the night.
It is never ceasing in love
Even as the moon sleeps,
Still it's lullaby of love delights
The children that come to visit it,
And rests the weary hearts of the adults,
As it woos the sands until the moon
Comes out to play again."
~Butterflies and Pebbles

The Soul-fire Manifesto

It's my life to live. My path to walk.
My mistakes to make. My blessings to appreciate.
My song to sing. My dance to be dancing.
My wings to spread. My soul to be fed.
My journey to abound. My freedom to be found.
My essence to discover. My true face to uncover.
My love to explore. My healing to soar.
My sparkle to let shine. My courage, in faith, that I will find.
My wisdom to learn. My soulfire to burn.
The softest parts of my heart to empower.
My deepest dream to nourish from bud to flower.
And today I choose to walk this way.
-S.C Lourie

"there is a beauty in mist
i never knew was there.
it clouds all around you
so you can notice again
all beauty close to you.
the distractions lessen
so you can look deep into
the eyes of those that hold your hand.
in the mist blurring our stresses and ambitions,
we might find each other again.
we might just find ourselves."
~Butterfly and Pebbles

"What makes your heart flutter?
What makes your soul soar?
What makes your spirit dance?
Go do those things more."
~Butterflies and Pebbles

"When the wild life bird sings
inside your soul at the beginning
of each sunrise, whispering her truths,
where does she tell you to go?
What does she tell you to do?
Follow her guidance.
Your day is a gift to be opened,
an adventure to be unravelled." ~S.C Lourie


"I wish you bright mornings and warm, sunny days,
Soft shade to cool you from sweltering rays,
Raindrops, a few, from some cloud floating by,
Rainbows thereafter to colour your sky." ~Anon (B&P)

'You shine your light
So that I may find my way
No matter how dark it gets
I'll know where I can stay
Within the comfort of your arms
Your Love shows me hope
So I will come out to play
with a whole new outlook!'
~from Butterflies and Pebbles

From Babes' Mums Mouth On Wall Colouring Adventure Thread

"Paint is cheap. Looking into a little happy face is priceless." ~Tamara Lewis Griffith

"I'll never forget our first spring after we bought our first home and had a yard of our own for the first time. My oldest daughter was two at the time, and as I looked in dismay at the sea of dandelions, lamb's-ear, clover, and other "weeds," my daughter said, "Mama! It's just like Teletubbyland!" She loved all the pretty flowers and she saw them for what they were... flowers." ~Candy Montgomery

"The innocence of a child is magical. Look at it like the pencil marks our parents would keep on the doorways to mark our height. These are moments that will be gone in a flash ." ~Dianne Wilding

"and sometimes a home should be lived in, our kids are only small once, then they grow up and leave us..( just try to enjoy them now, fix everything later if you need to, happiness is...).~Michelle Anne Middleton

"The wonderful invention of magic erasers!!! If I had it to do all over again there would be a dedicated wall for drawing or at the very least a chalkboard wall!!" ~Donna Armstrong-Petersen

Quotes from B and P

“All you need in life is to know thyself; to live with the knowledge that it’s just life and that's the way it is. You need a sense of what your life means to you, the appreciation of yourself, your friendships and the love of others. You need a desire to grow as a person, to discover what your gifts in life are to yourself, others, and the world. You are the only you in the world. Embrace who you are....” ~James A. Murphy, The Waves of Life Quotes and Daily Meditations (Butterflies and Pebbles)

"An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. 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." ~Jes Allen

"And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time." ~Libba Bray from Journey to Peace

"Anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful." -Richelle E. Goodrich from Butterflies and Pebbles

“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” ~Chuck Klosterman

"As I've followed my heart over the years and become more acquainted with genuine spirituality, I thought I'd become like a rock. I thought I'd feel no pain, be all smiling, steadfast, oozing out love at every turn. But the truth is I cry more now than I did when I was tricking myself through the years. I feel so much more. In my chest. In my gut. And in that I feel alive. But I feel pain. I feel unsure. I feel passion. I feel empathy. Sometimes I don't smile and that's okay. Sometimes I don't have the answers I used to wrack my brains about and that's okay too. I think I kept my heart chained and hardened to avoid all I feel now. But life has shown me the only way to really live is to feel it all, including the pain, the loss, the sting of every goodbye. I think my goodbyes will always be painful despite however much I spiritually understand. I reckon my thousands of tears will be for all the gratitude I have for the thousands of moments I've had with my loved ones. I think my pain will be a sign that what I have now is so good. And I'll be okay with not being okay. That's what I have learned the most so far. It's okay not being okay. It's just as beautiful and healing in its own way." ~S.C Lourie

“Being a dreamer is not lost on this world. This world is lost in the wrong dreams. It is only our golden shakes and heart-shaped shouts which can free us into another iteration. Wild one, your dreams ache and arch inside of you, they beg to tumble out.” ~Robin Lee from SC Lourie

"Being happy never goes out of style." ~Lilly Pulitzer (B&P)

“Books are many things: lullabies for the weary, ointment for the wounded, armour for the fearful and nests for those in need of a home.” ~Glenda Millard, The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk (SC Lourie FB Page)

"Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember you're the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside." ~Rachel Wolchin from Butterflies and Pebbles

"Children are the ones that know exactly what's going on in the world. They see more than adults, believe in more, are honest and will always, always let you know where you stand." ~Cecelia Ahern

“Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” ~Mandy Hale

“Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don't be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are.” ~Kristin Armstrong

"Each moment is its own reward." ~Tony Parsons

"Every life comes with a story ... and a possibility of adventure." ~Kobi Yamada

"Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." ~Lauren DeStefano

"Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love - Ne you love!" ~Osho

"I believe certain people cross your life as guardian angels and some connections can't be explained by words alone. It's more of a soul thing, a feeling." ~Overly Exclusive

"I do not belong inside the concrete jungle where the air grows thick with fumes and destruction. I belong where I can feel the earth with my bare feet and the rivers flow peacefully beneath the lush trees and their melodic friends. I belong with nature." ~Anon (from Waking Wonder)

"If hatred knocks at your door, greet it with a smile, but tell it it has come too late, for love is already having tea inside." ~Nasim Asgari
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even
if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the "good" living room
and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather rambling about his youth.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day
because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculped like a rose before it melted
in storage.I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television, and more
while watching life.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the
earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical,
wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every
moment, realising that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance
in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said,
"Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."
There would have been more "I love you's" and more "I'm sorry's"
. . . but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute . . .
look at it and really see it . . . and never give it back.” ~Erma Bombeck
"If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." ~Fred Rogers from Butterflies and Pebbles

"I've always like the time before dawn because there's no one around to remind me who I'm supposed to be, so it's easier to remember who I am." ~Brian Andreas

"I've just discovered that vivid sweet dreams are written on love letters." ~Rekindling the Fire

“I have the deepest affection for intellectual conversations. The ability to just sit and talk. About love, about life, about anything, about everything. To sit under the moon with all the time in the world, the full-speed train that is our lives slowing to a crawl. Bound by no obligations, barred by no human limitations. To speak without regret or fear of consequence. To talk for hours and about what’s really important in life.” ~Anon

“I know it isn’t easy, being who you are in a world hell-bent on making you fit into something made by somebody else. Don’t let them shave off your beautiful edges. Don’t let them rip you from the arms of your Soul.” ~Alison Nappi from SC Lourie

"I need to be startlingly clear. This thing of finding your authentic voice, expressing your blessed weirdness and revealing your soul isn’t an elegant process. You don’t do it to be cool. It’s only real when it is ruthless, relentless and inevitable. But it is also a matter of personal and collective survival. Yes, it’s that important. You are that critical" ~Jacob Nordby

“...I remember thinking how often we look, but never see...we listen, but never hear...we exist, but never feel. We take our relationships for granted. A house is only a place. It has no life of its own. It needs human voices, activity and laughter to come alive.” ~Erma Bombeck from Waking Wonder

"If you are giving more than you are receiving, you will feel drained, tired, resentful and depleted. Your energy levels will be thin on the ground. It might be time to do an energy stocktake, to look at where your energy is going and what is coming in... If its not in balance, it is time for you to take time out for yourself, to recharge your batteries and give to self." ~Michelle O'Brien / Divine Directions

"In order to know the Truth, you have to be out of your Mind." ~Vivian Amis (Waking Wonder)

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” ~Hugh Laurie from SC Lourie

"It's alright to do things the way you want. There is no map to life, no blueprints to survival, you can create your world day by day if you have a clear vision and an unwillingness to give up." ~John O'Callaghan (B&P)

“It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.” ~Frances Hodgson Burnett

“It's much easier to not know things sometimes. Things change and friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody. I wanted to laugh. Or maybe get mad. Or maybe shrug at how strange everybody was, especially me. I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and than make the choice to share it with other people. You can't just sit their and put everybody's lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can't. You have to do things. I'm going to do what I want to do. I'm going to be who I really am. And I'm going to figure out what that is. And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn't do or what they didn't know. I don't know. I guess there could always be someone to blame. It's just different. Maybe it's good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it's okay to feel things. I was really there. And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite.” ~Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"Just when you thought your light was about to go out, you saw a little flicker, fed it with love and watched it reignite again! Feed your soul daily with faith and love and you will never stop shining!" ~Shari Alyse

"Lean forward into your life. Begin each day as if it were on purpose." ~Mary Ann Radmacher (B&P)

"Let us pray for your.
For your bones.
For your sacred hands.
May you learn to love
What is holy in you.
May you learn to love
What is not." ~Caitlyn Siehl

"Life really is that simple. It's the mind that complicates it." ~Anon (B&P

"Limits only exist in our minds." ~Judy Culgan

"Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person's soul." ~John O'Donohue

"Love is a meeting of two souls, fully accepting the dark and the light within each other, bound by the courage to grow through struggle into bliss." ~Anon (B&P)

"Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world." ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Maturity is that time when the mirrors in our mind turn into windows and instead if seeing the reflection of ourselves, we see others." ~Anon (B&P)

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." ~Neil Gaiman

"Only three things can change our lives: dreams, suffering and love." ~Paulo Coelho (B&P)

"Perhaps strength doesn't reside in having never been broken, but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places." ~Ruthie Dean

"Relationships aren't here to make us happy (for happiness is only found within). They are here o make us profoundly conscious." ~Eckhart Tolle

"Set your life on fire.
Seek those who fan your flames." ~Rumi

"She dances to the songs in her head, speaks with the rhythm of her heart, and loves from the depths of her soul." ~Dean Jackson from B&P

"She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

“She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.” ~Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake

"She was a wild, wicked slip of a girl. She burned too bright for this world." ~Emily Bronte (B&P)

"Some days, just when we think all is healed, Sadness arrives. Unannounced, uninvited, he floats in, bringing tears, regret, pain, emptiness. He reminds us of the Unpleasant Past and the Unresolved Present. My dear, do not be afraid. The presence of Sadness does not equal the absence of Healing. Healing is always working her wonders. Sadness is merely a cleansing Visitor." ~Amy Denson from Project Butterfly Free

"Something will grow from all you’re going through and it will be YOU." ~Anon

"Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting. Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but just how it’s meant to be." ~Anon (The Ruby Gateway)

"Sometimes you just gotta be there for yourself no matter what is happening in the busy world around you." ~Christopher Barzak

"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone." ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

"The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable." ~John Cheever

“The entire world is a mirror. The only thing you can ever experience is yourself. Everything you think, feel, do, and see is you. Your thoughts, feelings, ideas, values, philosophies, and opinions create your world. Everything you experience is as it is because that’s how you experience it. We experience the world the way we do because of who we are, not because of how it is:.” ~Cheri Huber from SC Lourie

"The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire oceAn is affected by a pebble." ~Blaise Pascal

"The place where passion remains undaunted and emotion is lived rather than observed..." ~Anon

"The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to seeing them that we call them ordinary things." ~Hans Christian Andersen

"There is peace even in the storm"... ~Vincent Van Gogh

“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.” ~Judith McNaught, Remember When

"To have faith is to have wings." ~J. M. Barrie

"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are." ~Kurt Cobain

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"We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars." ~Carl Sagan

"We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining equilibrium in the face of any situation, lies within ourselves." ~Francis Braceland

"We must look at ourselves over and over again in order to learn to love, to discover what has kept our hearts closed, and what it means to allow our hearts to open." ~Jack Kornfield (B&P)

"We sometimes choose the most locked up, dark versions of the story, but what a good friend does is turn on the lights, open the window, and remind us that there are a whole lot of ways to tell the same story." ~Shauna Niequist

"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." ~Anon

"When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings." ~Dean Jackson

"When someone's happiness is your own happiness, that's love." ~Lana Del Ray

“When tears come, I breathe deeply and rest. I know I am swimming in a hallowed stream where many have gone before. I am not alone, crazy, or having a nervous breakdown…. My heart is at work, my soul is awake." ~Mary Margaret Funk from Butterflies and Pebbles

“When they ask me about my future wife, I always tell them that her eyes are the only Christmas lights that deserve to be seen all year long. I tell them that she has a walk that can make an atheist believe in God just long enough to say, ‘God damn’. I tell them that if my alarm clock sounded like her voice, my snooze button would collect dust. I tell them that if she came in a bottle, I would drink her until my vision is blurry and my friends take away my keys. I tell them that if she was a book, I would memorize her table of contents. I would read her, cover to cover, hoping to find typos, just so we could both have something to work on, because aren’t we all unfinished?” ~Rudy Francisco

"When we allow ourselves to Be, we allow everyone to Be." ~Sus Kongsbak Larsen

"Where there is understanding there is Love" ~from Elaine Paphides

"With Freedom, Books, Flowers and the Moon, who really could not be happy?" ~Oscar Wilde

“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner.
You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in.
Now, go out and create something.” ~Jac Vanek

"You can't calm the storm to stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass." ~Timba Hawkeye

"You can't outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little sidebets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don't play at all. And if you don't play you can't in." ~Judith McNaught, Paradise

"You carry away with you a reflection of me, a part of me. I dreamed you; I wished for your existence. You will always be a part of my life. If I love you, it must be because we shared, at some moment, the same imaginings, the same madness, the same stage. When your beauty struck me, it dissolved me. Deep down, I am not different from you. I dreamed you, I wished for your existence. I see in you that part of me which is you. I surrender my sincerity because if I love you it means we share the same fantasies, we share the same madness." Anais Nin (from B&P)

"Your body is not your masterpiece - your life is.... Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush. ...
Pick up your instrument and start painting this day beautiful and bold and wild and free and YOU.” ~Glennon Melton from Butterflies and Pebbles

"Your heart and my heart are old friends." ~Hafiz

"Your intuition is your pilot's seat of your soul. If you don't trust it, you'll keep missing the most important destinations of life." ~Kaiden Blake (B&P)

Quotes from SC Lourie

"And if anything, if you can be gentle with the truth and not defend yourself madly against the onslaught of its love, everything will turn out okay. It will be beautiful. The mending will always happen. " ~SC Lourie

"And today, I choose to walk this way ; grateful in faith and not knowing where the hell I'm going. Such is life. Such is love. Such is adventure. Such is the truth of every new day. Wouldn't want it any other way." ~S.C Lourie

"Because even on the hardest of days, I try to remember my life is precious." ~S.C. Lourie

"Coffee is the magic formula that brightens all the mornings around the world." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Days will get more and more beautiful. And nights will get more and more peaceful, ..." ~S.C Lourie

"Don't be so hard on yourself for not having it together all the time, for not knowing all the answers. You don't always have to be sure of who you are, otherwise there' be nothing left to discover. You don't have to know where you're headed or have a clear vision of the bigger picture. Sometimes taking one tiny step at a time is more than enough. Sometimes slowing down just to feel the wind blow against you is the beauty of life right there. Wander, be unsure when it is natural to be. Let yourself breathe. We're all rushing for no reason anyway." ~S.C Lourie

"Don't let the waves of others drown out your own ocean song. Hold your heart as though it was a seashell. And listen to it. Listen tot it's music. To the whispers of your ocean within. and then swim. Swim to your own ocean music." ~S.C Lourie

"Don't pick yourself apart anymore. It's as crazy as a flower plucking its own petals out because it feels unworthy. You wouldn't let a flower do that to itself. You would stop it and tell it how beautiful it is. You would show it its beautiful life. The sun shining on it so that it can marvel at its beauty some more, the winds kissing it so it might feel so close…well..you are beautiful, in that very same way. So let your petals be. They will blossom for you if you do." ~S.C. Lourie

"Do you love me enough so that I can give up on always being strong? That rather bring push and strain every muscle in my body I might just sit with you and let all the tension fizzle away ... so that you might see the mouse in me, rather than the lion I often cling to out of fear." ~SC Lourie

"Dreaming of being by the sea is never a wasted dream, a wasted time." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Each new sunrise is just one new day." ~SC. Lourie

"Everyone has music inside them. Treat your song with love and you'll find the voice to sing." ~S. C. Lourie

"Every time you step out the door, your life could change dramatically. Be open. Stay loose. Go where the wind takes you." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Everything has to be given back to its source at some point and all energy meets again in the sky." ~S. C. Lourie

"Everything looks like stardust from deep within. The light is crystal. The blue of the sky is bejewelled. Everything floats and orbits. My stars swim. I am most alive. I am most alive. As soon as we see the world beneath our skin, we wonder why we stayed on the surface for so long. But we cannot go back. And deep heart-sea diving becomes the way of our souls. We breathe underneath even freer than we did above sea. Our breathing comes from a different part of us. That part where we realise we can breathe free anywhere." ~SC Lourie

"Example is the greatest teacher of all." ~S.C. Lourie

"Fly above your clouds today and get lost in the skies of possibility." ~S.C Lourie

"For all the hard days, may my heart grow softer. For all the uncertain days, may my heart grow surer. For all the empty days, may my heart overflow. For all the days I have little, may my heart just simply grow. For all the plain days, may my heart grow in passion. For all the weak days, may my heart grow strong. For all the dark days, may my heart grow bright. And with every night that comes and goes may my heart know its true light." ~S.C Lourie

"For all the times you wanted to give up but didn't, I'm so proud of you. For all those times you thought you were better off dead, but kept on living, I'm so glad you did. Because of you, others will do the same, including me." ~S.C Lourie
"We've all been there, we might often visit that place, and still we keep going...still we keep our heart open and trust that everything will be okay. For every time you don't give up, your energy goes into the world and inspires someone else to keep going. We affect each other. We need each other. We're in this world together and that's a beautiful thing. We may never know how much we inspire others but that's okay, as long as we have inspiration in the air, possibilities abound in great measure for us all." ~S.C. Lourie from Butterflies and Pebbles
"Home is wherever and whenever I say yes to my soul." ~S.C. Lourie

"I admire the people who drink from the water of the storms in their lives. And grow flowers in the most unlikely places because of it." ~S.C Lourie from Butterflies and Pebbles

"I always found the road of becoming to be such a strenuous one. So much happier just being me and letting that unfold naturally." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"I'm on the road of unhiding, of letting myself be. I will live my life in a way that let's my soul and skin breathe." ~SC Lourie

"I am slowly building my own little space. Bear with me as I seek to expand and make myself my own little independent haven of inspiration. I love fb but I want to be freer than I am here...so further into the world I go...I know not whether my little voice will get heard in this ocean of a million trillion voices. But I have a voice to sing, to speak, to rhyme, to express...whether anyone hears it or not, so let it all be." ~B&P

"I deteriorated only when I told myself I wasn't enough. But even as I deteriorated, I was still breathing and breathing meant there was always possibility. As long as I was alive, I could always, always rediscover the beauty of living, the beauty of being me." ~S.C Lourie

"I found my edge once my fear melted away. Fear is only a condition of perspective. Once I got a different perception of the world, there was no more fear to paralyse me." ~S.C. Lourie

"I grieved today for the times I have loved so much that I forgot about myself and my own needs. I grieved today for giving so much and forgetting that I should keep a little bit back just for me. I grieved today for getting so caught up in helping others that I overlooked I needed a little help as well. I grieved today for thinking I could just do it all, denying that I also have my limits. And sometimes having limitations is a holy thing. I just wanna love people in a way that makes me feel loved too. I don’t want to forget myself anymore." ~S.C. Lourie

"I had so many holes, so many heart bruises. Life was asking me to stop avoiding them. To no longer despise them or make them prettier than what they were. For all the times I censored myself, denied my heart, rejected my gut, the holes had come, the bruises had appeared and some I hadn't even stopped to notice. When the moment came for me to start being true to my soul, my holes, my wounds were my passage. And strangely it was in the heart of that passage that I met with the beauty of my inner world, the freedom we are all born with. I found a new love for all my living scars and I realised that often in the heart of our bruises and our holes is where we meet the beauty and the greatness of our souls. Through them we can reconnect and make home in our souls forever." ~S.C Lourie

"I will dance with life today...at times I will twirl like a princess and free the rhythm of my dreams...and in other moments I will stamp my feet, like a gypsy and bask in my freedom passionately." ~S.C Lourie

"If you find peace inside...and outside will soon find it's harmony." ~B&P

"In stillness, the earth's beauty sings." ~Waking Wonder

"In us becoming conscious and attentive to our pain, it is no longer toxic for those around us. So we do not need to get rid of it, we do not need to rush the process. Because pain brings beauty, sensitivity, a deeper appreciation and awareness of life. And something that can bring such sacred gifts needs not be feared as much as we fear it, nor does it need to be gotten rid of. But its when we avoid our pain, pretend it not there, that's when it is toxic for people around us. As soon as you start calling things for what they are, you are safe. We are all safe and there the journey of healing begins." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"It is in herself she will find the strength she needs." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"It's the things that keep you up at night. They're the ones that have your heart." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"It is well in the meadow of my soul. That secret place where only I can go. I always feel well after every visit there. It is well with my soul." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Let us dance through out the night and make friends with all the stars." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Let us make our own footsteps and the stars will light up the
path when we can't see our way." ~S.C Lourie

"Life is a constant balancing act. So if you're wobbling right now in life, you're probably well on your way to finding balance. You can't have the balance without some wobbling beforehand." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Life is whole. Live all your life. Even the things that hurt. They are still your life, and still they can yield you something beautiful. Live entirely. Live in your entirety. You are whole already. You must just dare to feel it. To experience your whole self. In doing so you will see how beautiful you are." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Listen to the quiet of your heart. It wants to share deep truths that cannot be understood through words." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Live your life like a butterfly. Take a rest sometimes but never forget to fly." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"May my heart blossom into my soul and leave my mind behind." ~S. C. Lourie

"May we find such peace with our own past so that we can celebrate our scars and realize the treasures within them."
~S.C. Laurie

"No matter what is happening in life, I refuse to not feel alive and enjoy the life I have inside of me and around me." ~B&P

"Nothing stays forever. But that's okay because all beautiful things come around again and again." ~S.C Lourie

"One night my goddess spoke to me. She whispered in my ear that she had always been in my heart. All I had to do was trust it again and there she would guide me. To open it, she whispered, let the softness be. She said that all divinity is found in an open heart. It never get more complicated than that." ~S.C Lourie

"Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right." ~Waking Wonder

"Our lives are music in the making. You make your music. I'll make my music and our melodies will have us soaring together." ~S.C Lourie

"See to your heart's constant longing and all else will fall into place. Worry's medicine is to listen to the heart and act on it's guidance. That's how we lessen our anxiety. That's how we diminish the burden it sometimes feels to live. We must not quench our hearts. We must not stifle our deepest loves. We must allow our deepest inclinations to breathe. We must encourage them in each other." ~B&P

"She took a deep breath and let it all go. Free from her grip, Life started to dance amongst her and at the sight of freedom from the worry, her heart finally smiled...again." ~S.C Lourie

"Some people look for that beautiful place out in the distance. Others make whatever they find themselves that beautiful place." ~Waking Wonder

"Sometimes I just want to let it all be. There is no greater peace than to realise you don't need to always get things your way." ~S.C Lourie from Butterflies and Pebbles

"Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us." ~B&P

"Sometimes tough moments come so we can pay attention to something that needs our time. Often beautiful things happen through them." ~Waking Wonder

"Take the time to listen to those things that speak without words. Your heart is one of them." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"The beat of your heart plays like the song of my soul. We were always gonna be. Like the inhale to my exhale. Always." ~SC Lourie

"The beauty of life is found in our just simple being. We are everything we need." ~S.C. Lourie

"The human heart is an incredible expression of life. It can be broken a thousand times and will live again a thousand and one times. That is true and unflinching beauty." ~S.C Lourie

"The journeys we have gone on to be who we are today. The battles we have emerged from, wounded but not finished. The levels of hell we have endured because we believed a peaceful day was coming. It has been such a labour of love, blood, sweat, tears to get to where I am today. When I do eventually die one day, all I want to really say is that I have lived. I have loved. I have given everything to my life, to the sense of being here awake in this world. I kept on when I could have stopped. I just want my battery to be totally empty when my time comes. All my fuel spent on a life that I put my whole heart into exploring and expressing and giving and relishing. Feeling grateful right now, just to be here. I hope you celebrate who you are today too. It's all been worth it up to now and what lies before us is even more wonderful than all the things we leave behind in every new moment. Long may we continue and everything may we continue to give." ~SC Lourie, Butterflies and Pebbles, 22 June 2014

"The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself." ~S.C. Lourie ("Butterflies and Pebbles)

"The ocean is where my heart naturally goes to at night time. I am longing for the seashores knight." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"The more time I spend in my heart, the more I think my heart is really where I should live from." ~B&P

"The song of the sea sings so perfectly the melody of our hearts." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"The universe does a wonderful job of bringing the right people to you at the right time." ~S.C Lourie

"There's traveling around the world and then there's traveling around your worlds within. One you can do only once in a while if you're fortunate enough. The other you can do at any time on any day and each trip will yield you new and beautiful ways to see yourself, life and the immediate world around you that hopefully one day you can travel around too. There is so much within you to discover. You can begin a new journey by trying to see something in a new way...by letting go of something familiar and old....by doing something that scares you or have been putting off for a while. The most significant journey you will ever make is the one within. It will bring meaning to all other adventures you've ever had. Your heart is bottomless. There are always new places to find." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"There were the years when I was brave. When I was desperate to honour the planets swirling inside of me. And then there were the years where I sat back and replaced my roar with a hum of patterning, scheduling, fitting into the box of the frightened world. But my galaxies, they didn't leave me, they just went to sleep for a while to refuel their orbit. And they boomed one day and my chaos emerged like a giant, coming up to my surface, ready to expose the alien in all I was then attempting to be. But that was the day my stars were born. Millions of them. And I am still dancing with them now. Always let the chaos come." ~SC Lourie, Star-catcher

"There will be clear skies after every pouring down of rain." ~Waking Wonder

"To let my soul breathe, I simply am. I need nothing more." ~S.C. Lourie

"To live outside the pressures of time is a very beautiful thing and that's why I love Sundays. It gives me a peak into a deeper way of being and existing, one that resonates deeply with my dreams." ~S.C Lourie

"Tread gently and be kind. Ask someone if they are okay and really listen to their answer, it may not be in their words but hidden in their smile." ~SC Lourie

"Value the journey of your heart to this moment by being present in today as you are today, not as you were in your yesterdays. And breathe, live, speak, respond, walk and groove at your own pace. Only the rhythm of your soul are you supposed to dance to. Nothing need be rushed." ~S.C. Lourie

"We are all born wild and free. But we must make real our freedom in this sleeping world. We must make our dreams tangible.We must pursue the path our heart directs us on. And light the way with a passion that can burn the stars. We must follow the winds of our soul even to the ends of the earth. We must if anything always be true to ourselves. Wherever we find ourselves, we must always be true." -S.C Lourie

"We are all flower children. Of the earth. Facing the sun. Blossoming in season. Flowing with the constant changes of Life. May your day be peaceful and flower-powered." ~B&P

"We journey through something all the time." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"What if each flickering star actually was the remnants of every prayer sent up for a loved one, and every kind wish sent across the ocean, and every smile given across a road? What if it was gestures of love that filled the sky at night? And every time we looked up at nighttime, we were visually reminded of what our love and light do in this world every day?" ~S. C. Lourie

"What if it was never about finding a happy ending? But about finding harmony with every chapter and realising that life doesn't ever end but is just in constant and meaningful change -- even if we have days where we don't understand its meaning..." ~S.C Lourie

"What if you were a gift to the day as much as the day is a gift to us? Unwrap your heart and give it to your day entirely. Be present and realise you are the present. " ~S.C Lourie

"What life really comes down to, peace in the mind, health in hand and love in the heart." ~Samantha C. Lourie

"Whatever's in your hands is enough. Give it the light of your faith and see it light up the sky of possibility." ~S.C Lourie (B&P)

"When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew." ~B&P

"When it's your moment to shine, remember you're made of stardust...literally. It's in your blood to sparkle." ~S.C Lourie

"When life seems quite difficult don’t despair, it just means you have the right conditions for a miracle to happen." -S.C Lourie

"When you do a kindness for no reason at all you do a remarkable thing in this world. Earth becomes a little more like heaven." ~S. C. Lourie

"When you meet someone from your soul tribe, you get so close so quick. Being with them is like food for the soul. Your dreams are nourished just by your paths meeting." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"When you open your heart to the earth, the earth opens her heart to you." ~S.C Lourie

"You're a diamond dear.... If fire made you, nothing can break you. So live on. be bold and let the light dance with your soul." ~S.C Lourie from Butterflies and Pebbles

"You cannot do both at the same time. You either compromise yourself or value yourself. You are worthy of all value. May you know that to the very top and bottom of you." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"You have beautiful hidden worlds inside you. They are closer than you might imagine. You are not as lost as you reckon and your rediscovery is nearer than it seems in your mind." ~S.C Lourie, Butterflies in the Gutter: The Miracle Awaiting You in Life's Dark Moments

"You never know when the tide is going to change and there is a little or a lot of the wonderful things everywhere." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"You will never find your place in the world by being like everybody else." ~S.C Lourie

"Your wings are beautiful, whether you spread them or not. but if you spread them you get to experience their beauty. And that's special. For you and the world." ~S.C Lourie


"When it comes to pure, true love it needs no reason. When you think you're unlovable it still loves. Just like when you feel disenchanted, your heart still beats regardless. When someone else is unlovable, you still love them. Reasons to love come after. But love itself is always there first, mysteriously unconditional, limitless, beating as your very heart beat. You are love first. Reasons for expression come after but your heart is not dependent on them. It is dependent on nothing. It is a beautiful thing to realise that. When you realise you are love, you are free." ~S.C Lourie


"Here's the truth sweet soul: Your situation is never permanent. Life isn't solid. It's fluid. Life changes and that's a good thing, whenever you look back. The changing nature of life you're often more grateful for than you would expect. Trust it, stay loose and let it lead you. All will be well." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"May we celebrate the ins and outs, the labyrinths and smooth passages, the loops and twirls, the highs, the lows, the piercing truths along the way, all the rubble and the mire, the catharsis and the passion, the consuming, purging fire, the soft, falling rain, the glistening pearls and the shattered glass of our journeys. The endless strength of our souls to keep walking, crawling, moving, changing, evolving, simplifying, somehow eventually finding the way to let it all just simply be. The cuddles and the kisses, the slaps and the struggles. May we celebrate the rocks that cut our feet and the gentle tide of the ocean that soothed them again. May we revere the thunderous waves that came crashing against us, literally submerging our last breath, for us to then unknowingly arise like a force of the universe through the inner storm, as new creatures of life and light. May we think kindly upon the hypnotic golden dust swirling in the sunbeams of our tired afternoons where the tender air has whispered for us to stop and ponder on our lives and the direction we're walking in. Those blank spaces, the void, where we feel so in between, holding on, waiting for the stars to guide us home...let us celebrate it all. The melancholy, the sting of the bittersweet, the glimmers of wonder that tear open our closing hearts, the freedom of being okay with not always being okay, releasing the bondage of perfection, competition, comparison and self-rejection again and again and again. The unraveling of our freedom that we find again and again until we realise it can never be lost to us...We are what we are today because of everything before this moment. Bless it all. I bow my head in peace. It is an honour to be a being of humanness. I deeply thank the journey's every piece." ~S.C Lourie (11 July 2014)

"My list for this new week:
Calm in my mind to keep my vision clear.
Strength in my hand to make me able and brave.
Hope in my heart to keep me soft, open and my faith in life blossoming.
I wish you the same." ~S.C Lourie

"The journeys we have gone on to be who we are today. The battles we have emerged from, wounded but not finished. The levels of hell we have endured because we believed a peaceful day was coming. It has been such a labour of love, blood, sweat, tears to get to where I am today. When I do eventually die one day, all I want to really say is that I have lived. I have loved. I have given everything to my life, to the sense of being here awake in this world. I kept on when I could have stopped. I just want my battery to be totally empty when my time comes. All my fuel spent on a life that I put my whole heart into exploring and expressing and giving and relishing. Feeling grateful right now, just to be here. I hope you celebrate who you are today too. It's all been worth it up to now and what lies before us is even more wonderful than all the things we leave behind in every new moment. Long may we continue and everything may we continue to give." ~S.C Lourie from Butterflies and Pebbles (11 July 2014)

"Sometimes we are just so hard on ourselves. Constantly pressuring ourselves to live up to some kind of standard that often feels out of reach. Constantly striving to be a better us. But what if as you are right now you are fine. You are beautiful and need no improvement. What if it was the stress and strife you go through to try and improve yourself that creates all the problems and complications anyway? I found that in letting myself be, the conflict within me that made me spill out in issues and problems slowly disappeared. In just allowing myself to be, the tightness I felt that led to me making more mistakes than natural for me slowly reduced too and so did the usual actions of mine that made me feel bad in the first place. I realised that it wasn't so much about changing me but more changing the mindsets that stopped me from just letting myself be. Once I did that an ease of living came into my life like a beautiful flowing stream and I've been swimming in it's flow ever since. I am not perfect. But I don't think of trying to make myself perfect either. I realised there was a huge yet subtle chain of self-consciousness and seeking the approval of others in my ideas of what being perfect is. There is a far deeper way to exist that I've found and it leaves the idea of perfection behind, it puts expectations to one side and all definitive labels. I am now far deeper than perfect. I am free. I am alive. I am constantly changing. And I am in love with life whether it fits my preferences or not. There are no full stops and constant surprises. And this all started from just allowing myself to be." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Sunday: Take it slow and give your beautiful soul a chance to catch up with your beautiful body. Give your beautiful heart a chance to catch up with some beautiful friends. Give your beautiful being a chance to catch up on realising all the beautiful things you have in your life. Sunday: a day for recoop and reflection." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"The things we can't change in life we often can't change because they're in the process of changing us for the better." ~S.C Lourie

"There's traveling around the world and then there's traveling around your worlds within. One you can do only once in a while if you're fortunate enough. The other you can do at any time on any day and each trip will yield you new and beautiful ways to see yourself, life and the immediate world around you that hopefully one day you can travel around too. There is so much within you to discover. You can begin a new journey by trying to see something in a new way...by letting go of something familiar and old....by doing something that scares you or have been putting off for a while. The most significant journey you will ever make is the one within. It will bring meaning to all other adventures you've ever had. Your heart is bottomless. There are always new places to find." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Time heals mostly everything. But you gotta give time time to do its magic. Its quite a beautiful thing to ponder on, that we change as our lives go on" ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"You know that moment, before the mind kicks in and the rush of the world starts knocking on our door, soon after we wake up and everything feels new for a short while, our hearts tender, not trying to get ahead, contented in now, impressions and stirrings so beautiful...that moment, remember it today. Keep it in your thoughts. That's your essence." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"We learn the value of things in loss, in messing up, in getting things wrong." ~S. C. Lourie

"Your new day is a gift to be opened, a new adventure to be unraveled. Emerge from the renewing dark of the night, brave and beautiful, with another day to live at hand and simply just go do that. Go live...not just merely exist but really and truly live. Your heart knows what to do. Trust it. Do something that fulfils it whether its a stroll through the park, or a few moments on your own to read a favourite book or write out some thoughts that have been fluttering inside you for a while. And know that all things of the heart root for you on this new day." -S.C Lourie



Butterflies in the Gutter: The Miracle Awaiting You in Life's Dark Moments is an exploration through poetry and prose of the beautiful possibilities for spiritual freedom that hover over our lives in the heart of difficulty. Through honest self-reflection and gentle contemplation, the author invites the reader to consider challenging times from an angle that suggests darkness is not an enemy to conquer nor are the uncomfortable moments of life something we should try to avoid. By S. C. Lourie,

S.C Lourie is a writer and dance teacher, living in the outskirts of London with her husband and daughters, enjoying their simple and quiet life. She graduated from Kings College London in 2003, studying English Literature and Language and has been involved in teaching, creative writing and the performing arts ever since. She runs a couple pages on Facebook called Butterflies and Pebbles (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Butterflies-and-Pebbles/1582310755241522)
and Waking Wonder (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waking-Wonder/225103977569253)
and writes on there daily. She can also be contacted on sclourie@yahoo.co.uk.

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"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." ~Rachel Zoe

Quotes on MIRROR


“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living” ~Rudolf Steiner

"A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self—in the mirror of some woman's eyes." ~Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987)

"A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"A man's true wealth is the good he does in the world. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror." ~Khalil Gibran

"All of life is a mirror...wherever you look, the beauty that you find is really your own!" ~Surf Reyes

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” ~Bertolt Brecht

“As fragrance abides in the flower
As reflection is within the mirror,
So does your Lord abide within you,
Why search for him without?” ~Guru Nanak  

"As you live deeper in the heart, the mirror gets clearer and cleaner." ~Rumi

"Bronze in the mirror of the form, wine of the mind." ~Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.)

"Don't stare into a mirror when you are trying to solve a problem." ~Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

"He who stands most remote from his age is he who mirrors it best." ~Oscar Wilde

"Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror." ~ Khalil Gibran

"Beauty starts in your head, not in your mirror." ~Joubert Botha

“For Native Americans, mirrors were symbols of wealth and prestige." ~Edwin L. Wade, a specialist in native culture (Beyond Buckskin)

"FRIENDSHIP is a mirror to presence and a testament to forgiveness." ~David Whyte

"If you're looking for confidence outside your mirror, you won't find it." ~Pharrell Williams

“If you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, you can find out first hand what it's like to be me.” ~Gerard Way

"If your searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror." ~Anon

"It's a whole lot easier to look through a magnifying glass than to look into a mirror, but you learn more from the mirror." ~Eleanor Brown

"It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being." ~John Joseph Powell

‪"It's easier to see others than to see oneself in the mirror." ~Mario M. Nicolas Jr. , FB, December 4, 2017‬

"Kindness is the mirror of your soul that reflects your beauty upon everyone who looks into your heart." ~Robert Clancy

"Let the mirror reflect your inner beauty. It's what you feel that counts, not how you look to others." ~Unattributed by Ups, Downs and Roundabouts

"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it." ~Ernest Holmes

"Looking at yourself in a mirror isn't exactly a study of life." ~Lauren Bacall

"Loving ourselves creates a life of joy and fulfillment. Mirror work can help you learn to love yourself, and when you do, the abundance will flow. Let the love for yourself bring miracles into your life." ~Louise Hay

"Many people would be scared if they saw in the mirror, not their faces ... but their character." ~Anon

“No one’s character is completely like another’s...this infinite variety is like a mirror in which we can see the infinity of God the Creator.” ~Emanuel Swedenborg

"Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves un distorted. Only in quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." ~Hans Margolius

"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"People will come and go in life, but the person in the mirror will be there forever: SO BE GOOD TO YOURSELF." ~Zig Ziglar

"Practice polishing the mirror to reflect love. In this moment there is just awareness and love. If someone asks me how to get into their heart, I give them this practice." ~Ram Dass

"Serenity are of those who look beyond the mirror..." ~Semplice Abbondanza

‪"So I've brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me." ~Rumi‬

"Take a look in the mirror. Look at yourself.But don't you look too close. ... you might see the person that you hate the most." ~Natalie Cole

“The entire world is a mirror. The only thing you can ever experience is yourself. Everything you think, feel, do, and see is you. Your thoughts, feelings, ideas, values, philosophies, and opinions create your world. Everything you experience is as it is because that’s how you experience it. We experience the world the way we do because of who we are, not because of how it is:.” ~Cheri Huber from SC Lourie

"The eyes are the mirror to the soul, they reveal how precious our character is." ~Anon

"The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart." ~St. Jerome

"The labyrinth of wisdom in the eyes is perhaps the eternal mirror of the soul." ~‪Luis Fernando Terceros V‬

"The only person you need to impress is the one looking back at you in the mirror." ~Jane Craft of Mountain Wisdom

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

"The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too." ~Herbert Samuel

"The world you live in is a mirror of yourself. Everything you hold to be true becomes your cage and your reality. If you perceive an imperfect world, it's because you fail to compassionately accept your own imperfections. If you find yourself condemning another, it is actually condemning some shamed part of yourself that you have not acknowledged. Reflect God in your mirror and you will perceive the world in kind and with love. The sense of beauty and goodness and worth you see in all, here and now, is His reflection breathing beauty and goodness and worth into you." ~Gilbert 'Gibo' Teodoro, Jr. (2017NOVEMBER07/TUESDAY [ADMIN 10])

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

"Those men who are inventors and interpreters between Nature and Man, as compared with boasters and declaimers of the works of others, must be regarded and not otherwise esteemed than as the object in front of a mirror, when compared with its image seen in the mirror." ~Leonardo da Vinci

"To every soul you encounter, be a mirror, which reflects only their beauty." ~Bryant McGill

"We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection."~Jean Paul

"What if you looked in the mirror and saw your character instead of the face?" ~Sue Fitzmaurice

"You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.
This universe is not outside of you.
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want,
you are already that." ~Rumi

"Your face is like a mirror into your soul. It reflects your true self." ~Anon

"Your heart is the mirror to your soul! After taking a close look at your heart, we are certain that you use your heart for all great decisions in life." ~Anon

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"A great attitude becomes a great mood.
A great mood becomes a great day.
A great day becomes a great year.
A great year becomes a great life."

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." Herm Allbright

"A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug." ~Patricia Neal

"A strong and positive attitude creates more miracles than any other thing, because life is 10 percent how you make it and 90 percent how you take it." ~Anon

"Arrogance, lies and deceit will never win people over." ~Rolaiza Mimi Singayao, 18 September 2017 l

“Attitude truly is everything, especially when that outlook on your life comes from deep within your soul. Whatever you’re going through, you can and will make it if you believe in the divine light within your heart.” ~Robert Clancy

"Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude." ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.” ~Soyen Shaku

"Housework is the only political problem in which doiyng less and not caring are the solution, where apathy is the most sensible and progressive attitude”. ~Stephen Marche, Canadian writer

"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." ~William James

"I am convinced that attitude is the key to ‪success‬ or failure in almost any of life's endeavors." ~Carolyn Warner

"If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges." ~Nature, Love and Art

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal." ~Thomas Jefferson

"People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude." ~John C. Maxwell

"Sometimes we are limited more by attitude than by opportunities." ~from Small Things are God's Blessings

"The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times." ~Anon (a moral lesson)

"The greatest discovery of my age is that men can change their circumstances by changing the attitude of their mind." ~William James

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." ~Scott Hamilton

"You and I don't have the same genetics, we don't live in the same places, but we can have the same basic attitude – being comfortable in our skin." ~Mireille Guiliano

"You cannot tailor make your situation in life, but you can tailor make your attitudes to fit those situations." ~Zig Ziglar

"You don't hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills." ~Simon Sinek

"Your attitude…determines your priorities, your actions, your values." ~Carolyn Warner

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"Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain." ~Eckhart Tolle

"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I forgive people but that doesn't mean I accept their behavior or trust them. I forgive them for me, so I can let go and move on with my life." ~Anon

“It's a question of what you might do in your wildest imagination, not what you might do because you are bound by the strictures of polite behaviour. We don't want our writing to be bound by that. We'd like our stories to be greatly expressive of our fantasy life.” ~David Mamet

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"A carefree easy life seldom brings out the best in our character; it's the difficulties of life that give us the chance to develop whatever strength of character we may possess."~Francis Gay, The Friendship Book 1981

"A man"s character is his fate." ~Heraclitus

“A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.” ~Hosea Ballou

"All our lives want a suitable background... Character always secures for itself this advantage, and is thus distinct and unrelated to near or trivial objects whether things or persons." ~Henry David Thoreau

‪"At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built; not what we got but what we shared; not competence but our character; and not our success but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of Love." ~Law of Attraction‬

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." ~John Wooden

"Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter." ~Paxton Hood

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden

"Be your character. What it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word." ~Lord Chesterfield

"Beauty comes from the expression and character in your face—not just its symmetry." ~Robert Jones

"Beauty is a radiance that originates from within and comes from inner security and strong character." ~Jane Seymour

"Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity — I mean the true simplicity of a rightly and nobly ordered mind and character, not that other simplicity which is only a euphemism for folly." ~Plato from THE REPUBLIC

"Character and attitude top education any day of the week." ~Trevor Bailey, NZ

"Character can never be undervalued or underestimated." ~from Inspire More dot com

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

"Character develops itself in the stream of life." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught." ~J.C. Watts

"Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you." ~Anon

"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." ~Abraham Lincoln

"Character is like the foundation of the building, it is below the surface." ~Felizardo Demetillo

"Character is much easier kept than recovered." ~Thomas Paine

"Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited." ~Robert Freeman

"Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids." ~Aristotle

"Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion." ~Aristotle

"Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart." ~Henry Clay

"Don’t let someone’s words blind you from their behavior." ~Steve Maraboli

"... even though all things come to pass, our deeds will outlast our mortal lives. No amount of success, power, or position can ever compensate for the greed and corruption of human character." ~President Duterte, November 1, 2016

"Every phase of our life belongs to us. The moon does not, except in appearance, lose her first thin, luminous curve, nor her silvery crescent, in rounding to her full. The woman is still both child and girl, in the completeness of womanly character." ~Lucy Larcom

"Every thought willingly contemplated, every word meaningly spoken, every action freely done, consolidates itself in the character, and will project itself onward in a permanent continuity." ~Henry Giles

"Forcing good behavior is itself a bad behavior. You can only teach good behavior by living it." ~Bryant McGill

"Good character and true friendship is all about how a person nurtures another person who is vulnerable and can give nothing in return. So when you have been through tough times and come out the other side, look around you. The people still standing beside you are your true friends." ~Marc and Angel Hack Life

"Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people." ~Dennis Prager

"Housework is the only political problem in which doing less and not caring are the solution, where apathy is the most sensible and progressive attitude”. ~Stephen Marche, Canadian writer

"Human life must be some form of mistake” ~Arthur Schopenhauer "It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character." ~Arthur Schopenhauer

"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies." ~Oscar Wilde

"I know of no higher fortitude than stubborness in the face of overwhelming odds." ~Louis Nizer

"If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on primary greatness of character." ~Stephen R. Covey

"In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it." ~Francis Thompson

"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. " ~Aeschylus

"It is not the still calm of life, or in the repose of a specific situation, that great characters are formed." ~Abigail Adams, 1744-1818, American First Lady

"It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character." ~Arthur Schopenhauer

"It is about our own character, which is reflected by our treatment of others." ~Lessons Learned In Life

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~Zig Ziglar

“Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"... literacy creates attitude to some
not just pride but conceit

stripping them of humility

that they were once

stupid and ignorant."
~Grace Lim, FB

“Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.” ~Johann Wolfgang Goethe

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . ." ~Orson F. Whitney

"Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Personality can open doors but only character can keep them open." ~Elmer G. Letterman

"Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath." ~Solon

"Remember that your character is the sum total of your habits. You can’t claim to be kind unless you are habitually kind—you show kindness without even thinking about it. You can’t claim to have integrity unless it is your habit to always be honest." ~Rick Warren

"Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself." ~Earl Kuhn, Artist

"Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny." ~Celtic Proverb

"Sports do not build character. They reveal it." ~John Wooden

“Success builds character, failure reveals it” ~Dave Checkett

"Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.." ~Goethe

"The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character." ~Isabelle Eberhardt

"The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious. ...People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts." ~Eleanor H. Porter

"The long span of the bridge of your life is supported by countless cables called habits, attitudes, and desires." ~L.G. Elliott

"The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out." ~Macauley

"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

"...... the process to Christ-likeness is character development. And our character as children of God is hammered during sufferings." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

“The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life.” ~James L. Christensen

"The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children." ~Nelson Mandela during the launch of the Blue Train, Worcester Station, Worcester, South Africa, 27 September 1997

"The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching. " ~John Wooden

"To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies." ~Willa Cather (1873-1947)

“There was a saying that a man's true character was revealed in defeat. I thought it was also revealed in victory.” ~Alison Goodman

“Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.” ~George Bancroft

"We should measure the success of our parenting not by the happiness of our children but by the goodness of their character." ~Meg Meeker, MD

"We tend to judge others by their behaviour, and ourselves by our intentions." ~Albert F. Schlieder

"When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends." ~Japanese Proverb

"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost." ~Billy Graham

"When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life. Even the smallest incident has significance for your character development. Every day is an important day, and every second is a growth opportunity to deepen your character, to demonstrate love, or to depend on God. Some tests seem overwhelming, while others you don’t even notice. But all of them have eternal implications." ~Rick Warren

"With age comes beauty and character." ~House of Fifty

"You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals." ~Paul McCartney

"You can speak with spiritual eloquence, pray in public, and maintain a holy appearance, but it is your behaviour that will reveal your true character." ~Steve Maraboli

"You could meet someone tomorrow who has better intentions for you than someone you've known forever. Time means nothing. Character does." ~Anon

"Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behaviour does." ~~Hannah Craner

"Your dazzling beauty is the result of your character integrity, your personal charm and your fantastic looks. Even your tiny flaws are enchanting because they make you more interesting! " ~Anon

"Your eyes are a direct reflection of your personality. They reveal a lot about your experiences and your strongest character traits." ~from Nametests

"Your habits define your character." ~Rick Warren

"Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person." ~Derek Jeter

"Your knowledge and life experiences. – Character and wisdom are sculpted over time. They come with loss, lessons, and triumphs. They come after doubts, second guesses, and unknowns. If there was a definitive path to success, everyone would be on it. The seeds of your success are planted in your past failures. Your best stories will come from overcoming your greatest struggles. Your praises will be birthed from your pains. So keep standing, keep learning, and keep living." ~Marc and Angel Hack Life

"Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely coloured by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, moulded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day." ~Orison Swett Marden



“A graceful refusal is better than a lengthy promise.” ~Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” ~Thomas Paine

"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." ~Roald Dahl

"All habits gather by unseen degrees,
As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas."
~John Dryden

"Be professional, prudent and circumspect. Do not abuse. Be true to the code of conduct of your profession." ~Rafael Alunan III

"Change is painful. It involves giving up comfortable old ways and habits. It is often said that the only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn." ~David G. Pumphrey

"Devotion. Loyalty. Trust. Comfort. Love. These are the best characteristics of best friends." ~A.D. Williams

"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit." ~W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

"Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones." ~Tim McCarver

"It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom." -Aristotle

"Our best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when we are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret." ~Miguel Ruiz

"Our conduct is the only proof of the sincerity of our heart." ~Charles Thomson Rees Wilson

"Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible." ~Earl of Chesterfield

"The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones." ~Somerset Maugham



"A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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