"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


Brian Tracy Quotes

“A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.” ~Brian Tracy

"A healthy relationship must ultimately be based on trust. To build trust, you always keep your word. You remain consistent and dependable in everything you say and do. You become the kind of team player who is utterly reliable in every situation. You never do or say anything that can shake this foundation of trust upon which a healthy relationship is built." ~Brian Tracy

"Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid." ~Brian Tracy

"Being true to yourself means living in truth with each person in your life. It means refusing to say or do something that you don't believe is right. Living in truth with other people means that you refuse to stay in any situation where you are unhappy with the behavior of another person. You refuse to tolerate it. You refuse to compromise." ~Brian Tracy

"Determine Your Hearts Desire - What is your hearts desire? What words would you like people to use to describe you when you are not there? What would you like someone to say about you at your funeral? What kind of reputation do you have today? What kind of reputation would you like to have sometime in the future?" ~Brian Tracy

"Embrace every opportunity to speak with fellow entrepreneurs that are smarter, more established and more successful. That is priceless education." ~Brian Tracy

"Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement." ~Brian Tracy

"If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings." ~Brian Tracy

"It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going." ~Brian Tracy

“I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” ~Bryan Tracy

"Know What You Really Want. Many people work hard to achieve goals that they think they want only to find, at the end of the day, they get no joy or satisfaction from their accomplishments." ~Brian Tracy

"Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true." ~Brian Tracy

"Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goals." ~Brian Tracy

“Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment, can you grow more surely toward the stars." ~Brian Tracy

"Resolve to be a master of change rather than a victim of change." ~Brian Tracy

"Self-esteem and self-love are the opposite of fear; the more you like yourself, the less you fear anything." ~Brian Tracy

"Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organise your life around it." ~Brian Tracy

"Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else." ~Brian Tracy

"Success in life is in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do." ~Brian Tracy

"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance." ~Brian Tracy

"The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person." ~Brian Tracy

"The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good." ~Brian Tracy

"The quality of love and the duration of a relationship are in direct proportion to the depth of the commitment by both people to making the relationship successful. Commit yourself wholeheartedly and unconditionally to the most important people in your life." ~Brian Tracy

"Trust Your Intuition - Self-trust is the foundation of greatness. Self-trust comes from listening to your intuition, to your "still, small voice" within. Men and women begin to become great when they begin to listen to their inner voices and absolutely trust that they are being guided to a higher power each step of the way." ~Brian Tracy

"Watch Your Behavior - How can you tell what your values really are? The answer is simple. You always demonstrate your true values in your actions and especially your actions under pressure. Whenever you are forced to choose between one behavior and another you will always act consistent with what is most important and valuable to you at that moment." ~Brian Tracy

"You can only grow if you're willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." ~Brian Tracy

"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you." ~Brian Tracy

"You have within you,right now,everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you." ~Brian Tracy

"Your Past is Not Your Future - Many people had difficult experiences growing up. They fell on hard times and became associated with the wrong people. Remember, it doesn't matter where you're coming from; all that really matters is where you're going." ~Brian Tracy

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Terry Orlick - excellence

"The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion." ~Terry Orlick

Leo Buscaglia Quotes

"A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself - to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart." ~Leo F. Buscaglia

"A single rose can be my garden, a single friend, my world." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Because you are human, you do have magic. Get in touch with it. When you feel the insanity rising, don't push it down. Let it come out. Just once--and then let me know what happens!" ~Leo Buscaglia

"Chained by your attitude, you are a slave. You have forfeited your freedom. Only if you risk are you free." ~Leo Buscaglia 

"Change is the end result of all true learning." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Courage is the end result of all true learning." -Leo Bruscaglia from Journey to Peace

"Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Every day we are offered new means for learning and growing in love." ~Leo Buscaglia

"I am often accused of being childish. I prefer to interpret that as child-like. I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish. I still listen to instinctual urges. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. I never water my garden without soaking myself. It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work." ~Leo Buscaglia

"I've always thought that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don't miss it." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time." ~Leo F. Buscaglia on Adventure

"Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Love and the self are one, and the discovery of either is the realization of both." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness." ~Leo Buscaglia

"The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises." ~Leo Buscaglia

"The hardest battle you're ever going to fight is the battle to be just you." ~Leo Buscaglia

"The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt." ~Leo Buscaglia

"The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live." ~L.B (Leo Buscaglia)

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." ~Leo Buscaglia

"When man has love he is no longer at the mercy of forces greater then himself. For he, himself, becomes the powerful force." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Why do some people always see beautiful skies and grass and lovely flowers and incredible human beings, while others are hard-pressed to find anything or any place that is beautiful?" ~Leo Buscaglia

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy." ~Leo Buscaglia

"You have choice. You can select joy over despair. You can select happiness over tears. You can select action over apathy. You can select growth over stagnation. You can select you. And you can select life. And it's time that people tell you you're not at the mercy of forces greater than yourself. You are, indeed, the greatest force for you." ~Leo Buscaglia

"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." ~Leo Buscaglia

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Elisabeth Foley - without growing apart

"The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart." ~Elisabeth Foley

Jean de Boufflers - flower and perfume

"Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume." ~Jean de Boufflers

Doug Larson Quotes

"Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days." ~Doug Larson

“Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: You find the present tense and the past perfect." Doug Larson

"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." ~Douglas Larson

"What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living." ~Doug Larson

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." ~Doug Larson

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Leah C. Dancel - God of wisdom

"Spring fills the garden with scented mirth.
Its fragrant beauty charms the earth.
Life is mystery no man discerns;
How God of wisdom make us learn
Of knowledge that comes from a humble seed."

~Leah Dancel, from the Poem, "Spring of Life" Copyright@2011 Leah C.Dancel , Australia, 10 May 2011

Robert Collier Quotes

“All power is from within and therefore under our control.” ~Robert Collier

"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again." ~Robert Collier

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives." ~Robert Collier

"Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service." ~Robert Collier

"Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out." ~Robert Collier

"The first principle of success is desire - -knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed." ~Robert Collier

"The great successful men of the world have used their imagination, think ahead and create their mental picture in all it details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building-steadily building." ~Robert Collier

"Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself." ~Robert Collier

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TFT- Detached Observer

"Peace ends when you are emotionally involved in a situation. The practice of being an detached observer helps you stay stable and calm. It is the best way to approach a decision in any circumstance." ~Thought for Today-UK

Credit Union of Australia - life

"Life holds many stories." ~Credit Union of Australia

German Proverb - change

"To change and to change for the better are two different things." ~German Proverb

John W. Gardner Quotes

"Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well." ~John W. Gardner

"The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept." ~John W. Gardner

"There's something in us that fiercely resists change. And there's something else in us that welcomes it, finds it embracing it; even to seek it out." ~John Gardner

"True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents." ~John W. Gardner

“We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images - a dog hunting through garbage cans, a plane circling above Alaskan mountains, an old lady furtively licking her napkin at a party. We slip into a dream, forgetting the room we're sitting in, forgetting it's lunchtime or time to go to work.” ~John Gardner

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

"A child mis-educated is a child lost." ~John F. Kennedy

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." ~John F. Kennedy

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"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." ~John F Kennedy

"For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all.” ~John Kennedy

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." ~John F. Kennedy

"I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, - except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came." ~John F. Kennedy

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." ~John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians." ~John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"In politics, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies, there are only permanent interests.” ~President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

“The freedom of the city is not negotiable. We cannot negotiate with those who say, 'What's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable.'" ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth: persistent, persuasive and realistic." ~John F. Kennedy

"The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us." ~John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened." ~John F. Kennedy

"The stories of past courage...can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." ~John F. Kennedy

"There exists in this country a plot to enslave every man, woman, and child. Before I leave this high and noble office I intend to expose this plot." ~John.F.Kennedy

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." ~John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came…” ~John F. Kennedy

"We choose to go to the moon in this decade. We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity." ~J.F.Kennedy

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Thought for Today - Go Deep

"Most of us think too much, especially about events and people, local and global, famous and not so famous. When we are always thinking about what is happening on the surface of life, the visible, then it is as if we are living a superficial life. Deep down inside there is a voice, a longing, a calling to depth. It's our heart, reminding us to visit, explore and express the depths of our ourselves. Going deep and being deep requires time spent in solitude, some periods of introversion and a conversation with ourselves. How on earth will we ever see what is in our heart unless we dive deep inside, switch on the light and look. Those who do will tell you it changes everything. What do they see? Simple, only beauty and truth. They are always there, waiting for us to return. Waiting to welcome us and to introduce ourselves to ourself." ~ Thought for Today-UK

Dr. Phil McGraw Quotes

"Don’t ask others to tell you what to do; instead, take ownership of your own decision making." ~Dr. Phil

"Fights are inevitable in any relationship, but there is a right and a wrong way. Learn how to fight fair." ~Dr. Phil

"If you never let your children face adversity, when they do, they're likely to not know how to adapt. Don't spoil your kids to the point where they never get knocked down." ~Dr. Phil

"Instead of being ashamed of what you've been through, be proud of what you have overcome." ~Dr. Phil

"It's a gift to your children to structure time to recharge your batteries." ~Dr. Phil

"Just about everybody has a temper, but could you have the warrior gene?" ~Dr Phil McGraw

"Life is not a success-only journey. You're going to have challenges. You're going to get pushed." ~Dr. Phil

"Loss doesn't have to be an end, it can also be a beginning." ~Dr Phil

"No one ever climbed a hill just by looking at it." ~Dr. Phil

"Old sayings get to be old sayings because they are profound." ~Dr Phil

"Someday is not a day of the week." ~Dr. Phil

"Stand up and walk out of your history." ~Dr Phil

"The best predictor do future behaviour is past behaviour." ~Dr. Phil

"The depth and length of your love ... Is not reflected by the length and depth of your grief ..." ~Dr. Phil

"The first step of abuse, whether physical or emotional, is isolation." ~Dr. Phil

"The most important relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself." ~Dr Phil McGraw

"Throughout your life, people write on the slate of who you are." ~Dr. Phil

"To rest s not a sin. Take time to relax and enjoy all that you have worked for in life." ~Dr. Phil

"We are all products of our history and learning. There's a parental legacy that has been passed on to you, based on how your mother mothered you and your father fathered you. You bring this cumulative experience to the role of motherhood." ~Dr Phil McGraw

"When you choose the behaviour, you choose the consequences." ~Dr. Phil

"You're either going to live the life chosen or the life assigned. I want you to live the life chosen." ~Dr. Phil

"You don’t have to go along to get along. All you have to be is genuine." ~Dr Phil

"You don't stop being a woman when you start being a mother. Motherhood doesn't define you. It is one of many roles that you assume. You have to bring all your own gifts, traits and characteristics to the role. Your actions must be consistent with what you think, hope, believe and value as a person. You cannot have peace in your mind and heart unless you are being authentic." ~Dr. Phil

"You must challenge every aspect of your life, including the reality that you may be pursuing things that simply aren’t right for you." ~Dr. Phil

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TFT - The Power of Thoughts

"Thoughts are more powerful than actions because they are the creators of actions. You have to keep in mind that the thought-waves of your good wishes and pure feelings, your vibrations of peace and love, can once again bring harmony in nature and happiness in the world." ~Thought for Today-UK

Ed and Deb Shapiro Quotes

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"If, amidst the turmoil, you can find just one moment of peace in each day, then your whole life will become more joyful. Like the water in a lake, when your mind is calm, you can see the depths below." ~Ed and Deb Shapiro

"Freedom is an inner awareness, a knowing that nothing can touch the truth of who you are; it is the 'I am' that is within you and everyone." ~Ed and Deb Shapiro

"Life is not an obligation, but an opportunity to be whoever and whatever you want. Make today an opportunity to create the world you want to live in." ~Ed and Deb Shapiro

"Never throw anyone out of your heart. People, more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed." ~Ed and Deb Shapiro

"To learn how to fly, you first must learn how to stand, to walk, run, dance and even to climb. Only then can you soar as high as a bird."~Ed and Deb Shapiro, Spiritual Teachers

"When you make loving and caring for others the story of your life, then there is never a final chapter. The joy continues on always, page after page." ~Ed and Deb Shapiro

"You do not need to hide your fears or pretend you are stronger than you are. Sharing tenderness and caring, we can let love direct us." ~Ed and Deb Shapiro

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Jean Rostand - hearts

"A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it." ~Jean Rostand

Thomas Hardy Quotes

"Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society; and we can't get out of it if we would." ~Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

"If all hearts were open and all desires known - as they would be if people showed their souls - how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!" ~Thomas Hardy

"It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs." ~from Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) by Thomas Hardy (Everyman's Library)

"It may have been observed that there is no regular path for getting out of love as there is for getting in. Some people look upon marriage as a short cut that way, but it has been known to fail." ~Thomas Hardy (from "Far from the Madding Crowd")

"Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness. Marriage transforms a distraction into a support, the power of which should be, and happily often is, in direct proportion to the degree of imbecility it supplants." ~Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd from Everyman's Library

"The sky was clear—remarkably clear—and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse." ~Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

"Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change. " ~Thomas Hardy

“Why is it that a woman can see from a distance what a man cannot see close?” ~Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native from Everyman's Library

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Madisyn Taylor - state of nurturing

"When we are surrounded by relationships that nurture us fully, our souls feels safe to grow, create and have the courage to express ourselves fully. Being in a state of nurturing is familiar to our souls; it is from this place that we first enter this world, and it is up to us to safeguard our spiritual selves to remain in a state of nurturing." ~Madisyn Taylor

Elizabeth Gilbert Quotes


"A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back..." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, you strive for it, insist upon it and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"I'm choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises." ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

"If you're going to answer the call and you're going to transform and you're going to change, get ready. It is not a day at the beach." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"If you learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"My mother is not a saint or a paragon; she's just a woman who, like many mothers, tried to do her best with her kids, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognised yourself as a friend." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"Never let anyone throw a pile of toxic vitriol at you, and then try to get away with it by calling themselves a "truth-teller". Honesty untempered by compassion is nothing but counterfeit virtue - and is usually just an excuse to be cruel." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"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

"Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"Sureness is something like a neck brace, which we clamp around our lives, hoping to somehow protect ourselves from the frightening, constant whiplash of change." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I'm going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow—this is a human offering that can border on miraculous." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it's like you have four legs instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"You were given life; it is your duty...to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"Your fear is the most boring thing about you." ~Elizabeth Gilbert

"Your partner is something else. That's your friend. My husband is my best friend. He's not the mirror that holds up my flaws. He's just the guy who's like, 'I think you're terrific'... It's just simple, showing up for each other." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"Your treasure - your perfection - is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart." ~Elizabeth Gilbert, (Eat, Pray, Love)

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"You can only make the best choice possible, based on what you know RIGHT NOW. Later, you may know more. Then you may be tempted to judge yourself harshly for the decision you made today. But decide right now to forgive yourself in advance for what you did not know — and could not know — today. So make your decision, and move on." ~Mother of Elizabeth Gilbert (ONWARD)

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Anne-Sophie Swetchine Quotes

"Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings, which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them." ~Anne-Sophie Swetchine

"We decieve ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more." ~Swetchine

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TFT- The Weak, The Brave And The Strong

"Anger is weakness, tolerance is bravery. Humility makes you strong." ~Thought for Today-UK

J. S. Bryan - family

"Many men can make a fortune but very few can build a family." ~J. S. Bryan


Baba Dioum - what we are taught

"For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." ~Baba Dioum


Dr. Stephen R. Covey Quotes

"An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations." ~Stephen R. Covey

"Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment." ~Stephen Covey

"Be sure that, as you scramble up the ladder of success, it is leaning against the right building." ~Steven Cove

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." ~Stephen R. Covey

"I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a "transformer" in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader." ~Stephen R. Covey

"I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth." ~Stephen Covey

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

"Live out of your imagination, not your history." ~Stephen Covey

"Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important." ~Stephen Covey

"The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves." ~Steven Covey

"Seek first to understand, then to be understood." ~Stephen Covey

"The environment you fashion out of your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideals, your philosophy is the only climate you will ever live in." ~Dr. Stephen Covey

"To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground." ~Stephen R. Covey

"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey." ~Stephen R. Covey

"Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness." ~Stephen R. Covey

"You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically—to say no to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger yes burning inside." ~Stephen Covey

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Thought for Today - Look Before You Leap

"Whatever actions you perform, check the consequences and then perform that action. Then you will never say I don't know how this happened. I didn't mean it to happen. If you do not pay attention, lines of tension then become visible on your face." ~Thought for Today-UK

Webb Wilder - harder

"Work hard. Rock hard. Eat hard. Sleep hard. Grow big. Wear glasses if you need 'em." ~Webb Wilder

Roland Rink - make space

"Lord God, grant us the courage to dream big dreams. Soften our hearts to make space for your people. Give us the energy to make those dreams reality. Amen." ~Roland Rink

Tom Robbins Quotes

“If little else, the brain is an educational toy.” ~Tom Robbins

"If you believe in peace, act peacefully; if you believe in love, acting lovingly; if you believe every which way, then act every which way, that's perfectly valid - but don't go out trying to sell your beliefs to the system. You end up contradicting what you profess to believe in, and you set a bum example. If you want to change the world, change yourself." ~Tom Robbins from Ups, Downs & Roundabouts

"There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, and nothing worth killing for." ~Tom Robbins

"We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love." ~Tom Robbins

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Thought for Today - Introversion

"The ability to enjoy one's own company is one of the greatest gifts life has to offer. Learning to turn my thoughts away from all my responsibilities at the day's end and take my mind into a state of peace and benevolence enables me to carry greater and greater loads without feeling the burden. When my inner landscape is full of beautiful thoughts, everything I do is a pleasure. Gently, I calm down chaotic situations and offer solace to troubled minds." ~Thought for Today-UK

Heinrich Heine Quotes

"Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess."~Heinrich Heine

"If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world." ~Heinrich Heine 

"Silence is the essential condition of happiness." ~Heinrich Heine

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John Homer Miller Quotes

"Circumstances and situation do color life but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be." ~John Homer Miller (b. 1904), American writer and educator

"There's not a chance we'll our full potential until we stop blaming each other and start practicing personal accountability." ~John Miller, QBQ: The Question Behind the Question

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens." ~John Homer Miller

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Henry Drummond Quotes

"Let us keep our friendships in repair. They are worth while spending time on and keeping them up, because they constitute a large part of our lives." ~Henry Drummond

“On the last analysis, then, love is life. Love never faileth and life never faileth so long as there is love.” ~Henry Drummond

"Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles." ~Henry Drummond

"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love." ~Henry Drummond

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Evelyn Underhill - parts of one whole

“Most of our conflicts and difficulties come from trying to deal with the spiritual and practical aspects of our life separately instead of realizing them as parts of one whole. If our practical life is centered on our own interests, cluttered up by possessions, distracted by ambitions, passions, wants and worries, beset by a sense of our own rights and importance, or anxieties for our own future, or longings for our own success, we need not expect that our spiritual life will be a contrast to all this. The soul's house is not built on such a convenient plan; there are few soundproof partitions in it. Only when the conviction -- not merely the idea -- that the demand of the Spirit, however inconvenient, rules the whole of it, will those objectionable noises die down which have a way of penetrating into the nicely furnished little oratory and drowning all the quieter voices by their din.”~Evelyn Underhill~

Thought for Today - Manners

"A person of wisdom and spirituality has very beautiful manners that have grown from genuine respect and love for the whole of humanity. Manners in this sense have nothing to do with culture or education: it is simply a question of humility. When we are at the receiving end of such manners, we feel that some deeper part of us has been honoured. In fact, none of us deserves anything less." ~Thought for Today-UK



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Thought on Life

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it." ~Mother Theresa
"A joyful heart is like a sunshine of God's love, the hope of eternal happiness, a burning flame of God...And if we pray, we will become that sunshine of God's love in our own home, the place where we live, and in the world at large." ~Mother Teresa

"A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy." ~Mother Teresa

"A smile is the beginning of peace." ~Mother Teresa

"All our words will be useless unless they come from within." ~Mother Teresa

"All over the world people are hungry and thirsty for God's love. We meet the hunger by spreading joy. Joy is one of the best safeguards against temptation." ~Mother Teresa, NO GREATER LOVE

"As a rule, when we are suffering, we are so focused on ourselves we have no time for others." ~Mother Teresa

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." ~Mother Teresa

"Be kind to each other: It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness." ~Mother Teresa

"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat." ~Mother Teresa.

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." ~Mother Teresa

"Every human being comes from the hand of God, and we all know something of God's love for us. Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first learn to forgive before anything else." ~Mother Teresa

"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." ~Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Everybody has something good inside them. Some hide it, some neglect it, but it is there." ~Mother Teresa, TFBFG 2000/MPW

"Everybody should see kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in your warm greeting." ~Mother Teresa

"Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world." ~Mother Teresa

"Every time you smile at someone it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." ~Mother Teresa

"From the moment a soul has the grace to know God, she must steel." ~Mother Teresa

"Give of your hands to serve and your hearts to love." ~Mother Teresa

"God is a friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls." ~Mother Teresa

"God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer." ~Mother Teresa

"Holy living consists in doing God’s work with a smile.” ~Mother Teresa

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." ~Mother Teresa

"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world." ~Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojarhiu)

"I learned to GIVE not because I have many - but because I know exactly how it feels to have nothing." ~Mother Teresa

"I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God." ~Mother Teresa

"I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion rather than work miracles in unkindness and hardness." ~Mother Teresa

“If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't follow. I'd be at the bottom to catch them when they fall.” ~Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"If there has been resentment in our hearts or if we have not accepted humiliation, we will not learn humility." ~Mother Teresa

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." ~Mother Teresa

"If you can't feed a hundred people, Then Feed One." ~Mother Teresa

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." ~Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Intense love does not measure - it just gives." ~Mother Teresa

"It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start." ~Mother Teresa

"It is not how much you do, but how much Love you put into the doing that matters." ~Mother Teresa"

"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls." ~Mother Teresa

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls." ~Mother Teresa

"Joy is strength." ~Mother Teresa

"Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family." ~Mother Teresa

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." ~Mother Teresa

"Let's meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." ~Mother Teresa

"Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work." ~Mother Teresa

"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action." ~Mother Teresa

"Love has a hem to her garment
That reaches the very dust.
It sweeps the stains
From the streets and lanes
And because it can, it must."
~Mother Teresa

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and in reach of every hand." ~Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Never be so busy as not to think of others." ~Mother Teresa

"Never let anyone come to you without coming away better and happier." ~Mother Teresa

"One filled with joy preaches without preaching." ~Mother Teresa

"Our mission is to convey God's love - not a dead God but a living God, a God of love." ~Mother Teresa

"Peace begins with a smile." ~Mother Teresa

"Prayer is in all things, in all gestures." ~Mother Teresa

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” ~Blessed Mother Teresa

"Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together." ~Mother Teresa

"See how nature, trees, flowers, grass, grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls." ~Mother Teresa

"Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other--it doesn't matter who it is--and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other." ~Mother Teresa

"Some people come in your life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons." ~Mother Teresa

"Someone who is filled with joy preaches without preaching." ~Mother Teresa

"Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house ... kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness." ~Mother Teresa

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." ~Mother Teresa

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house.
Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor…
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
Be the living expression of God’s kindness;
kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”
~Mother Theresa~

"The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace." ~Mother Teresa

"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread." ~Mother Teresa

"The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it." ~Mother Teresa

"The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are." ~Mother Teresa

"The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving." ~Mother Teresa

“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” ~Mother Teresa

"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." ~Mother Teresa

"Those who have the mission of giving to others must grow first in the knowledge of God." ~M T, NO GREATER LOVE

"Thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity." ~Mother Teresa

"We are too often afraid of the sacrifices we might have to make. But where there is true love, there is joy and peace." ~Mother Teresa

"We can do no great things; only small things with great love." ~Mother Teresa

"We cannot solve all the problems in the world, but let us never bring in the worst problem of all, and that is to destroy love." ~Mother Teresa

"We must never be pre-occupied with the future. There is no reason to be so." ~Mother Teresa

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls." ~Mother Teresa

"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

"You Cannot Know The Meaning Of Your Life Until You Are Connected To THe Power That Created You " ~Mother Teresa

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Logan Pearsall Smith - youth

"Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own." ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Adrian Mitchell - poetry

"Most people ignore most poetry / because / most poetry ignores most people." ~Adrian Mitchell

Thougjt for Today - Change Skill

There is nothing more certain than that the world will continue to change. Accepting and not resisting this, is the first and most important inner skill in this frenetically changing, modern world. Life tests us every day to see how well we have developed this ability. Equally, there is nothing more real than the inner space within each of us that never ever changes. We may change our thoughts, our feelings, even our sense of who we are, but we fail to visit the unchanging centre of our own self. The ability to be in this inner space, where our peace is found, when all around would prefer chaos and crisis, is the deepest spiritual change skill. It is the eye of the storm, it is the oasis in the desert, it is the place where peace is power. Call in today. You'll be surprised how much it can influence and change everything and everyone around you! ~Thought for Today-UK


Thomas Hood - bed

"O bed! O bed! Delicious bed ! That heaven upon earth to the weary head." ~Thomas Hood

Mohandas K. Gandhi Quotes

"A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes." ~Mohandas Gandhi

"Even a tree has one trunk, with many branches and so many leaves, there too is one religion but a number of faiths." ~Mohandas Gandhi

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." ~Mohandas Gandhi

"I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all life, even with such things as crawl upon earth." ~Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Nobody can hurt me without my permission. " ~Mohandas Gandhi

"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action." ~Mohandas Gandhi

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." ~Mohandas Gandhi

"The admiration that I feel for you grows each day. Where there is love, there is life." ~Mohandas Gandhi

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.” ~Mohandas Gandhi

"The mind may wander, but let not the senses wander with it. If the senses wander where the mind takes them, one is done for." ~Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The more hepless the creature, the more that it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man." ~Mohandas Gandi

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

"Wisdom can come out of the mouth of babes as it can come from old people, the golden rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from where it comes." ~Mohandas Gandhi

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Claudia Black -road of life

"The journey along the road of life may be a glorious and fulfilling adventure, but there are dangers and pitfalls along the way." ~Claudia Black, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Isaac Newton Quotes

"About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamour and opposition." ~ Sir Isaac Newton

"I am only a child picking up pebbles on the shore of the great ocean of truth." ~Isaac Newton

“I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” ~Isaac Newton

"If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent." ~Sir Isaac Newton

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." ~Isaac Newton

"If I saw further thn others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants." ~Isaac Newton (1643-1727)

"We build too many walls and not enough bridges." ~Isaac Newton

(Note: On reflection - Astronomy is about human understanding of the universe.)

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Elizabeth Kadetsky - achievement

"You achieve much once you stop telling yourself you can't do things." ~Elizabeth Kadetsky

Dame Flora Robson - inspiration

"I've done all I can, Father-please take over now and give me inspiration" ~Dame Flora Robson, a prayer before her performance.

Charles Caleb Colton Quote

"Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself... and all that runs over will be yours." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"Peace is the evening star of the soul, as virtue is its sun, and the two are never far apart." ~Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

"The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later." ~Charles Caleb Colton

"True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost." ~Charles Caleb Colton

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes

"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"All things come round to him who will but wait." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~ Tim Cox

"And the song, from beginning to end, I found in the heart of a friend." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Doing what you do well and doing well whatever you do." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Feeling is deep and still; and the word that floats on the surface Is as the tossing buoy, that betrays where the anchor is hidden.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-

"Give what you have, to someone it may be better than you dare to think." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"I hear the wind among the trees playing the celestial symphonies; I see the branches downward bent, like keys of some great instrument." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from Ups, Downs & Roundabouts

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas

"If spring came but once acentury instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all the hearts to behold the miraculouschange." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth." ~Longfellow

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

"In the land of the Dacotahs,
Where the falls of Minnehaha
Flash and gleam in shining reaches,
Leap and laugh among the woodlands."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sand of time." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Look, then, into thine heart, and write!" ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Love keeps our the cold better than a cloak. It serves for food and raiment." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Sleep... Oh! how I loathe those little slices of death...” ~Longfellow on Death / immortality

"Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Take the Sunday with you through the week and sweeten with it all the other days." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The best thing one can do when it's raining, is let it rain." ~Henry W. Longfellow

"The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"To say the least, a town life makes one more tolerant and liberal in one's judgement of others." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"When a friend asks there is no tomorrow." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



By unseen hand uplifted in the light
Of sunset, yonder solitary cloud
Floats, with its white apparel blown abroad,
And wafted up to heaven." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“For 'tis sweet to stammer one letter
Of the Eternal's language;--
on earth it is called Forgiveness!”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Very hot and still the air was,
Very smooth the gliding river,
Motionless the sleeping shadows.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Summer

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Dave Branon Quotes

"God has spoken. Obedience is the best way to honor Him for what He has done for us and to show Him how much we love Him." ~Dave Branon

"The next time you see snow—in life or in photos—thank God for the forgiveness and the freedom from sin’s p'enalties that this beautiful, natural gift pictures for all who have put their trust in our Savior." ~Dave Branon (Our Daily Bread)

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Thought for Today - Space for God

"The best solutions to problems will not be the result of hard thinking. Use your time better by creating peaceful thoughts, and problems will cease to affect you. Do not try to solve everything on your own. Leave some space for God to come and help you." ~Thought for Today-UK

Pat Luna - value in struggle

"Our daily conflicts and struggles can be a holy process. We need not feel compelled to give in or pull too hard to get our way. Instead, we can seek a loving balance and trust that there is value in struggle." ~Pat Luna

Martha Graham Quotes


"Age is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years." ~Martha Graham (1894-1991)

"Art is eternal, for it reveals the inner landscape, which is the soul of man." ~Martha Graham

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." ~Martha Graham

"I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same." ~Martha Graham

"The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted." ~Martha Graham

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy that is translated through you; and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique." ~Martha Graham

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William Arthur Ward Quotes

"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition." ~William Arthur Ward

"A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities." ~William Arthur Ward

"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." ~William Arthur Ward

"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life." ~William Arthur Ward

"Better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills." -William A. Ward

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

"Do more than belong: participate.
Do more than care: help.
Do more than believe: practice.
Do more than be fair: be kind.
Do more than forgive: forget.
Do more than dream: work."
~William Arthur Ward

"Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant Oak in an acorn." ~William Arthur Ward

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it ...is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~William Arthur Ward
"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you"? ~William Arthur Ward

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." ~William Arthur Ward

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it." ~William Arthur Ward

"It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses." ~William Arthur Ward

"Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation." ~William Arthur Ward

"Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can." ~William Arthur Ward

"Nothing limits achievement like small thinking. Nothing equals possibilities like unleashed thinking." ~William Arthur Ward

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~William Arthur Ward

"Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.” ~William Arthur Ward

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” ~William Arthur Ward

"Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others." ~William Ward

"To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honours with humility - these are marks of maturity and graciousness." ~William Arthur Ward

"Today's patience can transform yesterday's discouragements into tomorrow's discoveries. Today's purposes can turn yesterday's defeats into tomorrow's determination." ~William Arthur Ward

"We are more than what we do... much more than what we accomplish... far more than what we possess." ~William Arthur Ward

"We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys." ~William Arthur Ward

"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves" ~William Arthur


Poesy Quotes

"The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
And the realist adjusts the sails."
~William Arthur Ward

"Vow to be valiant;
Resolve to be radiant;
Determine to be dynamic;
Strive to be sincere;
Aspire to be attuned." ~William Arthur Ward

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Karl Wilhelm - Friedrich Schlegel - reunion

"Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion of befriended thoughts after a long separation." ~Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Leah C. Dancel - education

"When education collides with commonsense as to nature's existence, climate change is sure foreboding." ~Leah C. Dancel, FB, 16 May 2011

Leah C. Dancel - travel

"For every travel I do, Prayer is my armor and shield for safety to keep me away from any road mishaps." ~Leah C. Dancel, extracted from my Traveler's blog.

M. Hirsh Goldberg - moral

"April begins with a day dedicated to lying [April Fool's Day] and should end on a higher moral note." ~M. Hirsh Goldberg

Pope Paul VI - help

‎"Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help." ~Pope Paul VI

Mrs Francis Gay - press on

"There are two ways of meeting adversity. You either admit defeat or you press on and win a victory." ~Mrs Francis Gay, TFBFG 1984


Peter Minard - real silence

"Not merely an absence of noise, real silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary." ~Peter Minard

Gertrude Stein Quotes

"Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening." ~Gertrude Stein

"Counting is the religion of this generation, it is its hope and its salvation." ~Gertrude Stein

"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense." ~Gertrude Stein

"Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something." ~Gertrude Stein

“Money is always there but the pockets change.” ~Gertrude Stein on Money

"We are always the same age inside." ~Gertrude Stein

"When you get there, there isn't any there there," ~~Gertrude Stein

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Thought for Today - Relationships

"A sensible person knows it is a waste of time and energy to get angry. Effort will then have to be made to reconstruct that relationship. It is much more useful to breathe deeply, pay attention to your attitude and answer without rushing. In this way, improve and strengthen your relationships with others." ~Thought for Today-UK

"Good feelings for others are like ointments that heal wounds and re-establish friendship and relationships. Good feelings are generated in the mind, are transmitted through your attitude and are reflected through your eyes and smile. Smiling opens the heart and a glance can make miracles happen." ~Thought for Today-UK

Josh Billings Quotes

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." ~Josh Billings

"A slander is like a hornet; if you cannot kill it dead the first blow, better not strike at it. " ~Josh Billings

"Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there." ~Josh Billings

“Confess your sins to the Lord and you will be forgiven; confess them to man and you will be laughed at.” ~Josh Billings

"It is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so." ~Josh Billings

“Life is short, but it's long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined” ~Josh Billings

"Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it." ~Josh Billings

"Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute." ~Josh Billings

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Shane - good life

"Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody and being nice, right? Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long." ~Shane

Source: Extracted from the story of Rites of Passage by Robin Downing, D.V.M. as reproduced by the Inspiration Line.

Quote is attributed to a little boy named Shane, a four year old son of Ron and Lisa who owned a blue heeler dog named Belker, who died of cancer.

Parker Pillsbury - dark river

"You seem so near the brink of the dark river, that I almost wonder how the opposite shore may appear to you." ~Parker Pillsbury (to Henry David Thoreau before Thoreau's death)


Mary Oliver Quotes

"I simply do not distinguish between work and play." ~Mary Oliver

"I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable and beautiful
and afraid of nothing as though I had wings."
-Mary Oliver

“In which at last I saw what a child must love,
I saw what love might have done had we loved in time.”
~Mary Oliver, ‘The Visitor’

“Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.” ~ Mary Oliver

"It is a serious thing to be alive on this fresh morning in the broken world." ~Mary Oliver

"It is what I was born for- to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world- to instruct myself over and over..." ~Mary Oliver

"One can rise early in the morning and have time to write (or, even, to take a walk and then write) before the world's work schedule begins. Also...one can live simply and honorably on just about enough money to keep a chicken alive. And do so cheerfully." ~Mary Oliver

"Someone I loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift." ~Mary Oliver

"Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed." ~Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? " -Mary Oliver

"To live in this world you must be able to do three things to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go." ~Mary Oliver

"To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work." ~Mary Oliver

"We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it." ~Mary Oliver

"What I have done is learn to love and learn to be loved. That didn't come easy." ~Mary Oliver

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” ~Mary Oliver

"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -- over and over announcing your place in the family of things." ~Mary Oliver


"Watch now
How I start the day
In happiness
In kindness." ~Mary Oliver

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P Kavanagh - new day

"Each new day is bringing something new." ~P Kavanagh

Anna Strong - quest


"To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be." ~Anna Strong

Mike Murdock - problems

"You will be remembered only for two things: the problems you solve or the ones you create." ~Mike Murdock

Publilius Syrus Quotes

"A friendship that can end never really began." ~Publilius Syrus

“Better use medicines at the outset than at the last moment.” ~Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

"From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own." ~Publilius Syrus, Roman slave and poet

"In doubtful matters boldness is everything." ~Publilius Syrus

"I often regret that I have spoken; never that I am silent." ~Publilius Syrus

"It is better to have a little than nothing." ~Syrus (Publilius Syrus) on Nothingness

"Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage." ~Publilius Syrus

"No one knows what he can do until he tries." ~Publilius Syrus

"No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety." ~Publilius Syrus

"The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment." ~Publilius Syrus (85BC-43BC)

"The wounds of love can only be healed by the one who made them." ~Syrus Publilius

"There is no medicine to cure hatred." ~Publilius Syrus

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Susan Jeffers - small voice

"Learn the richness of solitude and quiet. That "still small voice" is yearning to be heard." ~Susan Jeffers

Frances de Sales Quotes

"Friendship begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off." ~Frances de Sales

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength." ~Frances de Sales

Ben Sweetland - torch

"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own." ~Ben Sweetland

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Quotes

"A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself." ~Michel de Montaigne from BrainyQuote

"Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass." - Michel de Montaigne

"He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak." ~Montaigne

"He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying." ~Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

"I care not so much what I am in the opinion of others as what I am in my own; I would be rich of myself and not by borrowing." ~Montaigne

"I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly." ~Michel de Montaigne

"I quote others only to better express myself." ~Michel E. de Montaigne

“If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.” ~Michel de Montaigne

"It is good to run and polish your mind against the minds of others." ~Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

"Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself." ~Montaigne

"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them if they will not apply themselves to me." ~Montaigne

"Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it." ~Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself." ~Michel de Montaigne

"The most certain sign of wisdom is continual cheerfulness; her state is like the things above the moon, always clear and serene." ~Michael de Montaigne

"The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible." ~Montaigne

"The strongest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage." ~Michel de Montaigne

"The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little." ~Michel de Montaigne

“There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.” ~Michel Eyquem De Montaigne on Virtue

"Traveling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgment of men. We are all of us confined and enclosed within ourselves, and see no farther than the end of our nose. This great world is a mirror where we must see ourselves in order to know ourselves. There are so many different tempers, so many different points of view, judgments, opinions, laws and customs to teach us to judge wisely on our own, and to teach our judgment to recognize its imperfection and natural weakness." ~Michel de Montaigne

"We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom." ~Michel de Montaigne

"When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind." ~Michel de Montaigne



Michel de Montaigne
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. Wikipedia
Died: September 13, 1592, Château de Montaigne, Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne, France

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John C Maxwell Quotes

"A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position." ~John Maxwell

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." ~John C. Maxwell

"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." ~John C. Maxwell

"If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone." ~John Maxwell on Experience

"People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care." ~John Maxwell

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

"Put your dream to the test." ~John C. Maxwell

"Reflective thinking turns experience into insight." ~John Maxwell

"Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up." ~John Maxwell

"The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up." ~John Maxwell

"The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one." ~John C. Maxwell

"We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are." ~John C. Maxwell

"We cannot choose how many years we will live, but we can choose how much life those years will have. We cannot control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it. We cannot control life's difficult moments but we can choose to make life less difficult. We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world, but we can control the atmosphere of our minds. Too often we try to choose and control things we cannot. Too seldom we choose to control what we can, our attitude." ~John C Maxwell (Developing the Leader Within You)"

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Thought for Today - Mistakes

"When you make a mistake, learn from it, resolve not to repeat it and then forget about it. You will feel better again. Do the same with others, instead of making their mistakes bigger, dissolve them in your mind and help them also to forget about them.

A sensible person does not criticise the mistakes of others, instead, he learns from them for the future." ~Thought for Today-UK


Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

"Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things they are transformed." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Breathing in, I calm body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.
We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life, our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift!  We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Forgetfulness is the darkness, mindfulness is the light." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"I am a frog swimming happily in the clear water of a pond. And I am the grass-snake that silently feeds itself on the frog." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"I have arrived. I am home. My destination is in each step." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free... Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It's a daily practice." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"If a child smiles, if an adult smiles, that is very important. If in our daily lives we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive-that you can touch the miracle of being alive-then that is a kind of enlightenment." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"If you do not know how to take care of yourself, and the violence in you, then you will not be able to take care of others. You must have love and patience before you can truly listen to your partner or child. If you are irritated you cannot listen. You have to know how to breath mindfully, embrace your irritation and transform it. Offer ONLY understand and compassion to your partner or child - This is the true practice of love." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Let go of your sorrows, let go of your worries. That is the secret of walking meditation." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free." ~Thích Nhất Hạnh

"Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us in the here and the now." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. With mindfulness, we know what to do and what not to do to help." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Mindfulness helps us to regain the paradise we thought we had lost... If we sit firmly in the present moment, it is as though we are sitting on a lotus." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Of course we can buy a present from the market and we put a lot of love into it. But to tell you the truth, my hut in Upper Hamlet in not large enough to store all these kinds of presents. I would like to have a kind of present that I can enjoy every day and you also can enjoy every day - a present that can last for a long time, a present of the heart." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We don't have to travel far away to enjoy the blue sky. We don't have to leave our city or even our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of a beautiful child. Even the air we breathe can be a source of joy." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on earth is the real miracle." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“The Buddha’s teachings on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"The deepest happiness you can have comes from that capacity to help relieve the suffering of others.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"The flower is aware of the fact that it contains everything within it, the whole cosmos, and it does not try to become something else." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"The most precious gift parents can give their children is they love each other, respect each other, and care for each other." ~T N Hanh

"The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive you will see it." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"The way you speak to others can offer them joy, happiness, self-confidence, hope, trust and enlightenment." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it. You recognise it, you smile to it and you invite something nicer to come up and replace it; you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music, you go somewhere in nature, or you do some walking meditation." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginingless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.” ~Thích Nhất Hạnh, No Death, No Fear

"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others, you need to accept yourself." ~Thich Nhat Hanh from Thyme and Again

"To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past, or responsibly plan for the futurre. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past, but you are still grounded in the present moment." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"True love is possible only with understanding. When there is understanding, compassion is born." ~Thich Nhat Hahn

"Understanding and Love are not two separate things, but just one. To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion. When you understand, you cannot help but love. And when you love, you naturally act in a way that can relieve the suffering of people." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and look at all beings with eyes of compassion." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realise." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

"We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"When understanding is born in me, compassion is also born." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?" ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Wholesome, spiritual nourishment can be found looking at the blue sky, the spring blossoms, or the eyes of a child. We can celebrate the joys that are available in these simple pleasures." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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