"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


Moira Kelly - greatest act

"The greatest act of kindness changes generations. Wherever there is the greatest evil, the greatest good can be achieved." ~Moira Kelly

Dr. David Hawkins - gift of life

"Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself. This is the greatest gift anyone can give." ~Dr. David Hawkins

Alice Walker Quotes


"Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself." ~Alice Walker

"Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise." ~Alice Walker

"I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to." ~Alice Walker

"In nature nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful." ~Alice Walker

"Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed." ~Alice Walker

"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.” ~Alice Walker

"Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul." ~Alice Walker

"Wherever I have knocked, a door has opened. Wherever I have wandered, a path has appeared." ~Alice Walker

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Thought for Today - Complete Everything

"A task left undone remains undone in two places - at the actual location of the task, and inside your head. Incomplete tasks in your head consume the energy of your attention as they gnaw at your conscience. They syphon off a little more of your personal power every time you delay. No need to be a perfectionist, that's debilitating in an imperfect world, but it's good to be a 'completionist'. If you start it, finish it...or forget it. Do it - or dump it!" ~Thought for Today-UK


Paul Tillich Quotes

"He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being." ~Paul Tillich

"Neurosis is the way of avoiding non-being by avoiding being." ~Paul Tillich

"Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone." -Paul Tillich

"The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity." ~Paul Tillich

"The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable." ~Paul Tillich

"The first duty of love is to listen." ~Paul Tillich

"We can speak without voice to the trees and the clouds and the waves of the sea. Without words they respond through the rustling of leaves and the moving of clouds and the murmuring of the sea." ~Paul Tillich

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Thought for Today - Be Here Now

"Treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. Remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow a mystery. Today is a gift... That's why it's called the present." ~Thought for Today-UK


Thought for Today - Abundance

"Abundance is to see that there are endless possibilities before us. And at the same time, still see an incredibly rich existence right where we are. It is a feeling of gratitude for everything and everyone we have in our life." ~Thought for Today-UK


Thought for Today - Open Mind

"The mind is like a parachute - it works best when it is open. How quickly we make assumptions, jump to conclusions and close our mind. How easily we form and hold fast to our opinions and then close our mind. How fast do we make a judgement, slap on a label and then close our mind. A closed mind never knows the delight of playing with possibilities, being enlightened by others point of view or enjoying the diversity of human life. An open and understanding mind never assumes, doesn't jump to conclusions and won't hold fast to any opinion. Perhaps it is no wonder a closed mind is not a very relaxed mind." ~Thought for Today-UK


Thought for Today - Self-Sovereignty

"Subservience to my negativity is a very precarious existence as I can never be sure how well I will handle a difficult situation. With practice it is possible to create appreciative and compassionate thoughts; then I no longer need to indulge in resentment, bitterness or dislike. Training myself to react calmly and wisely offers enormous dividends. Let me talk to myself silently with love and encouragement, balanced with firmness, and like the wise old sovereigns of fairy stories, let me rule the inner kingdom of my mind with benevolence." ~ Thought for Today-UK

Thought for Today - Inspirations

"The soul flies, the body plods. If you identify with your body, you will feel heavy. If you think you are a soul, you will feel light." ~Thought for Today-UK

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait - true nature

"Forgetting the true nature of the self is what makes human beings subject to timidity, weakness, fear and insecurity." ~Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Katrina Kenison Quotes


"Alone—in moments of prayer or meditation, or simply in stillness—we breathe more deeply, see more fully, hear more keenly. We notice more, and in the process, we return to what is sacred." ~Katrina Kenison

"Solitude is the soul's holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead." ~Katrina Kenison

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Gregory David Roberts Quotes

"Love is the passionate search for a truth other than your own; and once you feel it, honestly and completely, love is forever.." — Gregory David Roberts

“Some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. Some things are so sad that only your soul can do the crying for them.” ~Gregory David Roberts

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Amy Bloom Quotes

"All intimacy is rare—that's what makes it precious." —Amy Bloom

"Boundaries are the lines we draw that mark off our autonomy and that of other people, that protect our privacy and that of others. Boundaries allow for intimate connection without dissolving or losing one's sense of self." ~Amy Bloom

"Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner." ~Amy Bloom

"You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful." ~Amy Bloom

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Alvin Toffler - learning

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

Susan Wright - old habit

“You will have to make the effort to break old habits and establish new ones. You will have to admit to yourself that your ‘gut feeling’ about things is askew, and unless you learn a better way, you will continue to suffer.” ~Susan Wright

Reggie White - burden on weight

“God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight.” ~Reggie White on Effort

Edmund Burke Quotes

"All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice." ~Edmund Burke

"All that is needed for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing." ~Edmund Burke

"Beauty is the promise of happiness." ~Edmund Burke

"Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security." ~Edmund Burke

"Depend upon it that the lovers of freedom will be free." ~Edmund Burke

"Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other." ~Edmund Burke on Example

"Good order is the foundation of all things." ~Edmund Burke

"He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper." ~Edmund Burke

“I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against an whole people.” ~Edmund Burke on Law

"In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute." ~Edmund Burke

"It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact." ~Edmund Burke

"Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair." ~Edmund Burke

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little." ~Edmund Burke

"Patience will achieve more than force." ~Edmund Burke

"People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors." ~from "Reflections on the Revolution in France" (1790) by Edmund Burke


Political theorist and philosopher Edmund Burke died in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England on this day in 1797 (aged 68).

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Jed Rubenfeld - meaning

“If he wants meaning—the meaning of his dreams, his secrets, his life—a man must reinhabit his past, however dark, and live for the future, however uncertain.” — Jed Rubenfeld

Mark Matousek - life is a fgift

“The more we remember that life is a gift—that everything changes, we're not in control—the stronger our sense of well-being becomes.” ~Mark Matousek

Randy Pausch Quotes

"Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier. " ~Randy Pausch

"Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun." ~Randy Pausch

“Remember brick walls let us show our dedication. They are there to separate us from the people who don’t really want to achieve their childhood dreams.” ~Randy Pausch

"The size of your audience doesn't matter. What's important is that your audience is listening." ~Randy Pausch

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Frances Moore Lappé Quotes

“We can all reprogram our brain's responses by putting ourselves into new, initially uncomfortable situations. We'll learn fear might not mean 'stop'; I've come to believe fear usually means 'go.'” ~Frances Moore Lappé “We'll learn fear might not mean 'stop'; personally, I've come to believe fear usually means 'go.' It always means listen closely.” ~Frances Moore Lappé

Bob Edwards - learning and ignorance

“A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.” ~ Bob Edwards on Learning

Julia Alvarez - pass it on

“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.” ~Julia Alvarez

Colleen Seifert - people

“People are opportunities. The gift is in the interaction and the connection with another person, whether it lasts forever or not.” ~Colleen Seifert

Jeremy Collier - imagination

“How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.” ~Jeremy Collier on Cowardice

Barry Goldwater - government

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” ~Barry Goldwater on Politics / government

Norman Fischer - state of mind

“Busy-ness is a state of mind, not a fact. No matter how much or how little we’re doing, we’re always just doing what we’re doing, simply living this one moment of our lives.” ~Norman Fischer

Tao Te Ching Quotes authored by Lao Tzu

"A good traveler leaves no track." ~Tao Te Ching

"A great tailor cuts little." ~Tao Te Ching

"Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations." ~Tao Te Ching

"He who knows he has enough is rich." ~Tao Te Ching

"He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened." ~Tao Te Ching

"Only fools seek power, power, and the greatest fools seek it through force." ~Tao Te Ching

"The best soldier does not attack. The superior fighter succeeds without violence. The greatest conqueror wins without struggle. The most successful manager leads without dictating. This is intelligent non-aggressiveness. This is called the mastery of men." ~Tao Te Ching (from Omaya Colo)

"The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail." ~Tao Te Ching

"The man who knows how to live has no place for death to enter." ~Tao Te Ching, Chapter 50

“The supreme goodness is like water.

It benefits all things without contention.

In dwelling, it stays grounded.

In being, it flows to depths.

In expression, it is honest.

In confrontation, it stays gentle.
In governance, it does not control.

In action, it aligns to timing.
It is content with its nature
and therefore cannot be faulted.”

~The Tao Te Ching

"The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth." ~Tao Te Ching

"To know others is wisdom, to know oneself enlightenment." ~Tao Te Ching

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need." ~Tao Te Ching

"When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is created.
When people see things as good, evil is created.
Being and non-being produce each other.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low oppose each other.
Fore and aft follow each other.
Therefore the Master can act without doing anything
and teach without saying a word.
Things come her way and she does not stop them;
things leave and she lets them go.
She has without possessing,
and acts without any expectations.
When her work is done, she takes no credit.
That is why it will last forever.
~Tao Te Ching

"Yield and become whole, bend and then straighten." ~Tao Te Ching

From FB as shared by Paulo Coelho, author

"And because he is not competing, no one in the world can compete with him." ~Tao Te Ching

"Be humble and you will remain whole." ~Tao Te Ching

"Bow down and you will remain erect." ~Tao Te Ching

"Empty yourself and you will remain full." ~Tao Te Ching

"He does not attract attention to himself, and that is why he is noticed." ~Tao Te Ching

"He does not praise himself, and that is why he has merit." ~Tao Te Ching

"He who keeps to his path has will." ~Tao Te Ching

"The wise man does not show himself, and that is why he shines." ~Tao Te Chibg

"Wear yourself out and you will remain new." ~Tao Te Ching

Source: Shared by Paulo Coelho, author, (FB)

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