"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


Bayard Taylor Quotes

Photo: Orchids
Hartwig Schroettke Residence
Bohol, Philippines
November 2, 2011

"Around the pillars of the palm-tree bower
The orchids cling, in rose and purple spheres;
Shield-broad the lily floats; the aloe flower
Foredates its hundred years."
~Bayard Taylor, Canopus
(from Your Dictionary of Quotes)



"The bravest are the most tender; the loving are the daring." ~Bayard Taylor

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Bette Davis Quotes

"Everybody has a heart. Except some people." ~Bette Davis

"Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone-but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding." ~Bette Davis

"Pleasure of love lasts but a moment; pain of love lasts a lifetime." ~Bette Davis

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Jamie Paolinetti - imagination

"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless." ~Jamie Paolinetti

Maurice P. Ware Memorable ONE LINERS

"Darling,I love you too and we will be together till it's time to go from this world." ~MPW. 13/08/2914

"In my free time, I go out for a ride out on my bike and gardening, and few trips on the ferry." ~MPW

"Love and patience is what we have." ~MPW

"My heart will come in to your heart, and be as one." ~MPW

"The road is long no matter how far you are away from me, but I will get there by your side." ~MPW

"The sun will always rise each day." ~Maurice P. Ware

"There is no age on having a laugh as there is no age barrier when you are in love." ~MPW

"To laugh and be together is what makes our love strong." ~MPW

"We can build our love and have all our loving moments together." ~MPW

"We have only one life, and each day is a blessing to enjoy, and live it to the full; and enjoy the sun and the lovely blue sky and the rain." ~MPW

"We were on an island just you and me, and living our dream together under the sunny sky and lovely love at night in the moonlight." ~MPW

"You're a rose that grows in my heart to love." ~MPW

"You have my heart to hold." ~MPW

"Your smile is in my heart and each day you're there." ~MPW

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Francis Quarles Quotes

"The average person's ear weighs what you are, not what you were." ~Francis Quarles

"The road to perseverance lies by doubt." ~Francis Quarles

Hannah Arendt Quotes


"Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical human forces." ~Hannah Arendt (1906–1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher.

"Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom." ~Hannah Arendt

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Arlene Blum - footprints

“You never conquer a mountain. You stand on the summit a few moments, then the wind blows your footprints away.” ~Arlene Blum

Julius Erving - short end

"If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end." ~Julius Erving

H Geneen - leadership

"Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions." ~H Geneen

Thought for Today - Only The Best

"The best ornament is Humility. The richest wealth is Wisdom. The strongest weapon is Patience The best security is Faith The best tonic is Laughter." ~Thought for Today-UK

William George Jordan - sin of humanity

"Ingratitude, the most popular sin of humanity, is forgetfulness of heart." ~William George Jordan

St. Clement of Alexandra - hope

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes." ~St. Clement of Alexandra

Veronica Chambers - adventure

"There was nothing a good adventure couldn't cure." ~Veronica Chambers

Sarah Ayoub - good fight

"There is such thing as a good fight. In the process, I gain my independence, battled cultural and social stereotypes, and discovered there is a love worth fighting for." ~ Sarah Ayoub, "Was Our Love Worth the Fight?", Sunday Telegraph Magazine, January 29-February 4, 2012 Issue

Ari Berk - life

“In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.”
Ari Berk, D

Damon Runyon - winner

"You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge." ~Damon Runyon

Thought for Today - With Love

"Teaching others is best done with love. Once the heart has understood the mind opens." ~Thought for Today-UK

Learn To Create Love
"If I limit the love I give to just one or two, it will eventually go stale. If I learn to create love inside my heart and silently give it to everyone I meet, love will grace every corner of my life." ~Thought for Today-UK

David Crosby - loneliness

“It's so lonely when you don't even know yourself.” ~David Crosby on Loneliness

Bernard Malamud - life

“There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go - if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.”
~Bernard Malamud

Isaac Bickerstaffe - sailor

“How happy is the sailor's life, from coast to coast to roam; in every port he finds a wife, in every land a home.” ~Isaac Bickerstaffe

Thought for Today - Helping All

"Try never to feel that you are competing with anyone; it is better to have the feeling that you are helping all." ~Thought for Today-UK


Muhammad Ali Quotes

"Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream a vision." ~Muhammad Ali

"Children make you want to start life over." ~Muhammad Ali

"Everything that God made valuable in this world is covered and hard to get to. Diamonds are covered and protected deep down in the ground. Pearls are found deep down at the bottom of the ocean covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rocks, you will find the gold. You've got to work hard to get them. Your body is sacred. You're far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too." ~Muhammad Ali

"Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." ~Muhammad Ali

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." ~Muhammed Ali

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." ~Muhammad Ali

"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it." ~Muhammad Ali

"Impossible is not a fact. Its an opinion." ~Muhammad Ali

"Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do -- they all contain truths." ~Muhammad Ali -

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." ~Muhammad Ali

"The man who has no imagination has no wings." ~Muhammad Ali

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Friedrich Von Schlegel -man

"Man is a creative retrospection of nature upon itself." ~Friedrich Von Schlegel


Leah C. Dancel on LIFE

"Let the candles of life keep burning." ~Leah C. Dancel, FB, 14 July 2013

"Life is a ballad by itself, a song to sing and music to live on and the note is its own parody." ~Leah Dancel

"Life is a great Eye Opener especially if you are someone who experienced factual difficulties of struggles in order to survive." ~lcd, FB, 30 April 2012

"Sometimes life is a luxury when you're on your own." ~Leah C. Dancel, 21 June 2009, Sunday's Malingering blog

"To Everyone, my humble Thanks. Yes, celebrating life while still alive is our way of thanking God for sustaining us through His grace, mercy and blessing. Am grateful." ~Leah C. Dancel, 18 August 2013&

Leah C. Dancel - FAITH

‎"Sometimes in life, doubt covers the view of our perspective no matter how hard we try to stay positive on our fence. Strength is the force that comes from above that moves us to go on! All because we have faith " ~Leah C. Dancel

"When you're down deep in the pit - remember what others have been through and yet they pull themselves out from that darkness. All because they hold on to their faith!" ~Leah C. Dancel

Juvilla Jugan Mcgowran Quotes

"A whisper brings life to a dying hope." Juvilla J. Mcgowran, FB, 10 June 2012

"attention seekers are SELFISH PEOPLE...yes, they need our attention, they are understood, they are loved but this makes them abusive, manipulative...they still demand for more that "Your happiness depends upon your very own thoughts. No one else can think your thoughts for you. Deliberately think thoughts of what you want because they're the thoughts that make you happy." ~Rhonda Byrne is left for others, for us....attention seekers can choked us, it can drained us..the more attention we give, the more they want from us......attention seekers have no contentment....giving more attention to them is toxic to both the giver and the recepient of it.....these people need more of GOD not from/of people.........." ~Juvilla Mcgowran (FB, December 2014)

"Distance is never a hindrance of true friendship. Friends are already written in the heart of a true friend." ~Juvilla J. Mcgowran, FB, 22 April 2012

"Keep sailing no matter how rough is the ocean...til you reach the seashore of hope." ~Mcgowran Juvilla

"Many people here are hungry/thirsty of publicity for this is (FB) their refuge. Thry thought of it as their refuge." ~Juvilla Mcgowran (December 2014)

"May GOD continuously bless us with life on earth and will be walking in the LIGHT of HIM." ~Juvilla J. Mcgowran, FB, 27 February 2012

"Tears cleanse your eyes and thus make them beautifully glowing." ~Juvilla J. Mcgowran, FB, 23 April 2012

"There are lots of struggles as we journey in this world. Let us not stop. The finer we become and upon reaching the end of the channel, GOD sees the finest creation HE ever made." ~Juvilla Mcgowran (October 21, 2914)

"We sometimes fail to recognise our scars and wounds because we travel in this world in different routes, different directions. But, we have one thing in common, pain, when we reach the crossing of the four highways, channels or the intersection..." ~Juvilla Mcgowran August 2014

"Wrinkles are signs of one's greatness in life." ~Juvilla J. Mcgowran

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Marlene Dietrich - thoughts

"It is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed by someone wiser than oneself." ~Marlene Dietrich

Sara Hendersdon - time

"The generosity of your time is the most valauble gift you can give." ~Sara Henderson

Kenneth Slessor - poetic dangle of hung men

The red globes of light, the liquour-green,
The pulsing arrows and the running fire
Spilt on  the stones, go deeper than a stream;
You find this ugly, I find this lovely.

Ghosts' trousers, like the dangle of hung men,
In pawnshop-windows, bumping knee by knee,
But none inside to suffer or condemn;
You find this ugly, I find this lovely.
~Kenneth Slessor, William Street, 1939

Faith Bandler - sky folds into the sea

Sky mirrors over the sea in Bohol
November 2011

"The blueness of the sky folded into the sea and it was never ending. It was always like this. Everything was eternal. The moon came and went and came again. The sun came everyday. When the dark thick clouds which brought the rain covered the sun, there was no need to think about them, even to notice them, because the sun would come again." ~Faith Bandler, Wacvie (1977)

James A Michener - mankind

"Mankind was destined to live on the edge of perpetual disaster. We are mankind because we survive. We
do it in a half-assed way, but we do it." ~James A Michener, Chesapeake, 1978

Lin Yutang Quotes

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a noble art of leaving things undone." ~Lin Yutang

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” ~Lin Yutang

"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." ~Lin Yutang

"The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." ~Lin Yutang

"When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means the sun is about to set." ~Lyn Yutang

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Rob Williams Quotes

"A happy or successful person is not someone who is living in a certain set of circumstances, but rather someone who is living with a certain set of attitudes." ~Rob Williams

"Finding peace and happiness doesn't depend on getting rid of all conflicts and problems in life. . . rather, finding peace and happiness depends on learning how to deal with those problems and conflicts and knowing how to rise above them to enjoy the good things." ~Rob Williams

Jeremy Taylor Quotes

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can let alone.” ~Jeremy Taylor on Wealth

"Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous." ~Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), British churchman, devotional writer.

"Love is friendship set on fire." ~Jeremy Taylor

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Thought for Today - Generosity

"You are a soul who does not wait for happy endings, but creates them with the power of a generous heart." ~Thought for Today-UK

Dr. Michael W. Fox -stewardship of nature

"Human liberation will begin when we understand that our evolution and fulfillment are contingent on the recognition of animal rights and on a compassionate and responsible stewardship of nature." ~Dr. Michael W. Fox, Animal Activist

Byrd Baggett - windshield

“Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror” ~Byrd Baggett

Maria Ray - moment

"We have only this moment sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake." ~Maria Ray

Thought for Today - Missing Out

"You can only be in one place at any moment in time. If you feel you are missing out on something then you are. But it's not the party, or being with another person that you're missing, it's your own life. As long as you are thinking of where you could be, you are marking yourself absent from where you are now. Which means you are nowhere. Many people spend their entire life in 'nowhere'. Not a wise choice!" ~Thought for Today-UK

John Gay Quotes

"Excuse me, then! you know my heart; But dearest friends, alas! must part." ~John Gay

"If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, the mist is dispelled when a woman appears." ~John Gay

Miss Piggy - eating habit

"Never eat more than you can lift." ~Miss Piggy

Bob Dylan Quotes

"All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.” ~Bob Dylan on Equality

"Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself: Are my songs literature? So, I do thank the Swedish Academy, both for taking the time to consider that question, and for providing such a wonderful answer." ~Bob Dylan's' Nobel Acceptance speech.

"Stay free from petty jealousies
Live by no man's code
And hold your judgement for yourself
Lest you wind up on this road."
~Bob Dylan

"There’s beauty in the silver singing river, There’s beauty in the sunrise in the sky, But none of these and nothing else can match the beauty, That I remember in my true love’s eyes." ~Bob Dylan

“Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark.” ~Bob Dylan

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Emily Bronte Quotes


"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." ~Emily Bronte

"He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ~Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

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

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." ~Emily Bronte

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Joanne Madeline Moore Quotes

"A pinch of patience will get you through." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Be astute in your appraisal with people and situations." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Be patient and wait for an opportune time." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Bite the bullet and look for love." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Bring beauty, creativity and harmony into your domestic environment." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Careless slips and thoughtless quips will land you in trouble so think carefully before you speak." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Communicate clearly, else there'll be problems and misunderstanding." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Compromise with others and find win-win solutions to mutual problems." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Focus on smart saving rather than frivolous spending." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Learn how to delegate." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Others are happy to help - all you have to do is ask." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Pay close attention to your dreams." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Prioritise, state what you can do and can't do - and don't be afraid to say no." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Slow down and read the fine line carefully first." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Stimulate your brain cells through reading, researching, listening and observing." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"Take time to reflect on your future - and your past." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"The harder you work, the better the results be." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"When confused about an emotional issue, sleep on it and let a fresh perspective emerge." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

"When you're feeling generous, don't promise more than you can realistically deliver." ~Joanne Madeline Moore

Hans Hofmann Quotes

"A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world." ~Hans Hofmann

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." ~Hans Hofmann

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Thomas J. Peters Quotes

"Celebrate what you want to see more of!." ~Thomas J. Peters

"If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade." ~Thomas J. Peters

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Thought for Today - Noticing Goodness

"Even if I don't mean to be critical, I often unconsciously home in on others' weaknesses and mistakes, The more I develop the habit of noticing goodness and only holding onto the good in others and situations, the more my own sense of well-being will rise. When I continually think: "He/she is wrong", I create a barrier that prevents me from reaching my own goodness." ~Thought for Today-UK

Nicola Conville - chuckle

"A good old chuckle not only makes you feel better; it has proven health benefits. A week's worth of giggles may be just what's needed." ~Nicola Conville

Henry Ford Quotes

"An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous." ~Henry Ford

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him had better take a closer look at the American Indian." ~Henry Ford

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

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." ~Henry Ford

"Don't find fault, find a remedy." ~Henry Ford

"Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement."~Henry Ford

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” ~Henry Ford

"If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get to the other person's point of view and see things from his angle as well as your own." ~Henry Ford

"It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages." ~Henry Ford

"Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward." ~Henry Ford

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." ~Henry Ford

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, that's why so few people engage in it." ~Henry Ford

"Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can't are both right." ~Henry Ford

"Wealth is nothing more or less than a tool to do things with." ~Henry Ford

"Whatever you think you can or think you can't, you are right." ~Henry Ford

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." ~Henry Ford

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Sonia Kruger - glow

"To get the glow on the outside, the best place to start is within." ~Sonia Kruger

Jim Elliot Quotes

"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him." ~Jim Elliot

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." ~Jim Elliot

"The sound of 'gentle stillness' after all the thunder and wind have passed will be the ultimate word from God." ~Jim Elliot

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Thought for Today - Unity Blossoms

"Unity is harmony within and amongst people. It is built with a shared vision for the good of all and a common goal. Unity is appreciating the value of each person and their unique contribution. When there is willingness to accommodate others, unity blossoms." ~Thought for Today-UK

Leah C. Dancel - nature

"Nature is God's garden as "the earth is His footstool." It's a resting place at His leisure, where man finds pleasure watching His beauteous creations contained therein." ~Leah C. Dancel

David Soriano - universe

"The function of a civilization is to realize that the universe was made for more questions than answers." ~David Soriano


Chogyam Trungpa Quotes

"Generosity is self-existing openness, complete openness. You are no longer subject to cultivating your own scheme or project. And the best way to open yourself up is to make friends with yourself and with others." ~Chogyam Trungpa

"Hope and fear cannot alter the seasons." ~Chogyam Trungpa

"The epitome of the human realm is to be stuck in a huge traffic jam of discursive thought." ~Chogyam Trungpa

"When we hear the crescendo building, suddenly if the music stops, we begin to hear the silence as part of the music." ~Chogyam Trungpa

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Henry Dancel - faith

"The magic of thinking big can transform your life, but you also need faith that you can succeed and adopt a positive attitude and positive action." ~Henry Dancel


Marilynne Robinson - generosity

“Generosity is also an act of freedom, a casting off of the constraints of prudence and self-interest.” ~Marilynne Robinson

Oie Osterkamp - world

“The world is a much more beautiful and incredible place than you think, and each of us has a great deal of power to make it more so.” ~Oie Osterkamp

Alexander Woollcott - kind of day

"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." ~Alexander Woollcott, American Author

Karen Ravn - dream

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” ~Karen Ravn

R. Shelley - ride

"Against my hesitations and fear, it makes more sense to ride into the teeth of life's challenges than to run from them." ~R. Shelley

George Crabbe - fish

“A sly old fish, too cunning for the hook.” ~George Crabbe

Louis Adamic Quotes

"My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn." ~Louis Adamic

“There is a certain blend of courage, integrity, character and principle which has no satisfactory dictionary name but has been called different things at different times in different countries. Our American name for it is 'guts.'” ~Louis Adamic

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Virginia Woolf Quotes

"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world." ~Virginia Woolf

"But when we sit together, close, we melt into each other with phrases. We are edged with mist. We make an unsubstantial territory." ~Virginia Woolf

"Every face, every shop, bedroom window, public-house, and dark square is a picture feverishly turned--in search of what? It is the same with books. What do we seek through millions of pages?" ~Virginia WoolF

"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." ~Virginia Woolf

“For pleasure has no relish unless we share it.” ~Virginia Woolf

“He smiled the most exquisite smile, veiled by memory, tinged by dreams.” ~Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

"Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue." ~Virginia Woolf

"I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past." ~Virginia Woolf

"I desired always to stretch the night and fill it fuller and fuller with dreams." ~Virginia Woolf, The Waves

"I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." ~Virginia Woolf

"It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done." ~Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

"It is our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top." ~Virginia Woolf

"Lighthouses are endlessly suggestive signifiers of both human isolation and our ultimate connectedness to each other." ~Virginia Woolf

"Love, the poet said, is woman's whole existence." ~Virginia Woolf

"Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice." ~Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” ~Virginia Woolf

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." ~Virginia Woolf

"Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river." ~Virginia Woolf

"Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends." ~Virginia Woolf

"The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages." ~Virginia Woolf

"The world is crammed with delightful things" ~Virginia Woolf

"To walk alone in London is the greatest rest" ~Virginia Woolf

"You cannot find peace by avoiding life." ~Virginia Woolf from BrainyQuite

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Samuel Goldwyn Quotes

"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on." ~Samuel Goldwyn

"I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. Everyone has bad breaks, but everyone also has opportunities. People who can smile at their breaks and grab their chances get on." ~Samuel Goldwyn

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David Starr Jordan Quotes

"Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for." ~David Jordan

"The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going." ~David Starr Jordan (1851 – 1931)

"Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it." ~David Starr Jordan

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Arthur Ashe Quotes

"Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can."~Arthur Ashe

"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome." ~Arthur Ashe

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John Bulwer - feeling alone

"It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves." ~John Bulwer

Emil M. Cioran Quotes

“Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.” ~Emil Cioran

"Our first intuitions are the true ones." ~Emile M. Cioran

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Thought for Today - Getting Up Early

"Develop the habit of getting up early and sitting in silence. Read a peaceful thought and reflect on it. Write down some ideas about this thought. Return to silence, allowing these ideas to take root inside you. Share your ideas with a person close to you. This practice will help you accept and cope with conflicts and difficult situations. It will help you stay happy and peaceful for the rest of the day." ~Thought for Today-UK

Dr. Mehmet Oz Quotes

"The body is an excellent communicator." ~Dr. Mehmet Oz

"There's more to being beautiful than what you see in the mirror. It's also about what's going on in your body, how you feel and even how you think." ~Dr. Mehmet Oz

"To achieve your goals, make the right thing to do the easy thing to do." ~Dr. Mehmet Oz

Mencius Quotes

"A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child. -Mencius

"Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart." ~Mencius

"Human nature is disposed to do good, just as water flows downward. There is no man that does not show this tendency to goodness." ~Mencius

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

"A lie can travel around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes." ~Mark Twain

"A moment of truth is very powerful. Instead of smiling to be polite, just frown. Instead of laughing when you are nervous or uncomfortable, just speak your truth. Instead of acting like everything is all right, proclaim it isn't alright, and talk about your feelings! Honor your truth. Honor yourself. Be real." ~Bryant McGill

"Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates." ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"After every end there is a new beginning - that's truth beyond this earthly time." ~Ursula Steinhauser

"All Truth passes thru three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident." ~Arthur Schopenhaue

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” ~Galileo Galilei on Truth

"Facts and truth don't have much to do with each other." ~Calvin Trillin

"I have no boundary to truth. I am closed permanently to lies." ~Liz

"If you want the truth, I'll tell you the truth: Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which is inside you." ~Kabi

"Imagination is the wide-open eye which leads us always to see truth more vividly." ~Christopher Fry

"In the spider web of facts, many a truth is strangled." ~Paul Eldridge

“It's in great joy that we grasp truth.” ~Mark Leyner

"The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices." ~Frederick II, the Great

"The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself." ~Anais Nin

“Truth, and goodness, and beauty, are but different faces of the same All” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth is a pathless land, and happiness is a journey without distance." ~Robert Holden

"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away." ~Elvis Presley

"Truth is often drowned in rhetoric." ~B. Zawadzki

"Truth, though it has many disadvantages, is at least changeless. You can always find it where you left it." ~Phyllis Bottome

"We know the truth, not only by the reason, but by the heart." ~Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician and philosopher

"Written truth is four-dimensional. If we consult it at the wrong time, or read it at the wrong pace, it is as empty and shapeless as a dress on a hook." ~Robert Grudin

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Sr. Mary Rose McGeady - joy

"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life." ~Sr. Mary Rose McGeady


Lytton Strachey Quotes

"Discretion is not the better part of biography." ~Lytton Strachey

"Perhaps of all the creations of man, language is the most astonishing." ~Lytton Strachey

Susan Cain - culture

"In our culture, snails are not considered valiant animals -- we are constantly exhorting people to "come out of their shells" -- but there's a lot to be said for taking your home with you wherever you go." ~Susan Cain

Luigi Pirandello - dream

“In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.” ~Luigi Pirandello

Sourav Ghosh - moment to live

“If you have enough time to waste, try giving it to someone who have moments to live.” ~Sourav Ghosh

Edward Young Quotes

"All may do what has by man been done." ~Edward Young

"How blessings brighten as they take their flight." ~Edward Young

"Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote." ~Edward Young

"We nothing know, but what is marvellous; Yet what is marvellous, we can't believe." ~Edward Young on Wonders

"Who does the best his circumstance allows does well, acts nobly; angels could do no more." ~Edward Young

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Dick Cavett - intellectual

"To label me an intellectual is a misunderstanding of what that is." ~Dick Cavett

Jim - perceptions

"True communication isn't possible. Humans have their own perceptions of reality where they feel they connect with others. It's only the lack of real communication that prevents those personal realities from turning to utter loneliness and despair brought about by the understanding that none of us can ever truly know another." ~Jim

Harold Rheingold - communication

"People who use computers to communicate, form friendships that sometimes form the basis of communities, but you have to be careful to not mistake the tool for the task and think that just writing words on a screen is the same thing as real community." ~Harold Rheingold

Thought for Today - Humility

"Humility grows a little more each time I step away from my own feelings and opinions and genuinely listen to the experience of another human being. Humility is dedication to the extent that no acknowledgement is sought for the self. Only when I have learned to value others no more or less than I value myself can I be said to be truly humble."

"Humility is the sign of greatness. To the extent that you are great, you are accordingly humble because you are constantly full. Just as a fully-laden tree would be bowing down, so, humility does service, and those who remain humble receive respect from everyone. No one gives respect to those who have arrogance; they run away from such a person. Wherever those who are humble go and whatever they do, they will always give happiness. Everyone will experience happiness from them." ~Thought for Today-UK

"Humility puts a hand out to nothing extra, but simply takes what's there. Whether that be food or clothing or understanding. Sometimes there is a lot available and sometimes only a little. It doesn't matter. Even when you understand nothing, there is no worry, for in humility there is the trust that if a person feels themselves to be a child of God, everything will come anyway at the right time." ~Thought for Today-UK

I. A. Richards - language

"Language is an instrument for the pursuit and control of meanings." ~I. A. Richards

R. K. Bergethon - wisdom

“It is not good to know more unless we do more with what we already know.” ~R. K. Bergethon

Miles Davis Quotes

"Do not fear mistakes. There are none." ~Miles Davis

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." ~Miles Davis

Michael Burke - instincts

"Good instincts tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out." ~Michael Burke

Annette Funicello -life

“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful." ~Annette Funicello

Charles de Lint Quotes

"Don't forget—no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell." ~Charles de Lint

"Everybody's got the potential for great good and great wrong in them, but it's the choices we make that define who we really are." ~Charles de Lint

"I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile." ~Charles de Lint

"Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning." ~Charles de Lint

"Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has for warriors." ~Charles de Lint

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Nishi De Silva - precious life

“Emptiness is the only thing one will understand in one's precious era of life, which depends upon his level of mentality...If he finds out it in his last moment of his life still he is luckier than who will never be able to understand it in the whole life!" ~Nishi De Silva

Edward F. Halifax - merit

 5 October 2009
Waikatu River
Taupo, New Zealand

"True merit is like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes." ~Edward F. Halifax

Max Muller Quotes

11 October 2009
Taupo New Zealand

"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love." ~Max Muller

"The spring of love becomes hidden and soon filled up." ~Max Muller

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Wendell Berry Quotes

“Eating is an agricultural act." ~Wendell Berry

"It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey." ~Wendell Berry

"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope." ~ Wendell Berry

"The Earth is what we all have in common." ~Wendell Berry

"The world is whole beyond human knowing." ~Wendell Berry

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Ursula K. LeGuin Quotes


5 October 2009
Taupo, New Zealand

"First sentences are doors to worlds." ~Ursula K. LeGuin

Other Quotes:

"... but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply?" ~Ursula K. LeGuin

"Love doesn't sit there like a stone, it has to be make like bread; remade all the time, made new."~Ursula K. LeGuin

"The only thing that makes life possible is a permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next." ~Ursula K. LeGuin

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Samuel Beckett Quotes

“The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.” ~Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

"We lose our hair, our teeth! Our bloom, our ideals." ~Samuel Beckett

"Words are all we have." ~Samuel Beckett


"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

January 2012

"Writing a book is a "poor trade for the spirits" ~Julia, (The Tower Rooms by Mary Grant Bruce

"Writing a first draft is an act of discovery where you need to learn to mine your imagination. You can refine what comes out later." ~TWS

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." ~E.L. Doctorow

"Writing a novel or screen play is an adventure and an act of discovery. You can't control the process. Your stories take you to places you never realised you needed to go. And often what you didn't know at the start turns out to be the best parts of your story." ~The Writer's Studio

"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul." ~Anne Lamott

"Writing is a confidence game. There is no failure just a big field to wander in." ~The Writer's Studio

"Writing is a mood changing activity. Most likely you will rarely feel like writing. The key thing is to just sit down and do the work regardless of how you feel. When you finish you will be so glad you did. The act of writing has its own reward." ~TWS

"Writing is a mood changing activity. The act of writing nourishes your spirit." ~TWS

"[Writing is] being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page." ~Mary Gaitskill

"Writing is a struggle against silence." ~Carlos Fuentes

"Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go." ~E. L. Doctorow

“Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don’t try to be perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. Accept imperfections. Get it finished and then you can go back. If you try and polish every sentence there’s a chance you’ll never get past the first chapter.” ~Iain Banks

“Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.” ~Molière

"Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area.” ~Nadine Gordimer

"Writing is medicine. It is an appropriate antidote to injury. It is an appropriate companion for any difficult change." ~Julia Cameron

“Writing is not just an ability to write. There is more to it. Thinking and reasoning are just two seeds that would nourish letters and words to become fruits of inspiration and change! Let the seeds grow!” ~Rado Gatchalian

"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards." ~Robert Heinlein

"Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators." ~Olin Milleron Writing

"Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money." ~Jules Renard

“Writing is the painting of the voice; the closer the resemblance, the better it is” ~Voltaire

"Writing is the supreme solace." ~William Somerset Maugham

"Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery." ~Henry Miller

"Writing or making anything—a poem, a bird feeder, a chocolate cake—has self-respect in it. You're working. You're trying. You're not lying down on the ground, having given up." ~Sharon Olds

"Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers." ~Isaac Asimov


"A bad novel awakens senses, a good novel the conscience." ~Anon

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit" ~Richard Bach

"A serious writer is not to be confused with a solemn writr. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or evwen a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl." ~Ernest Hemingway

"All you have to do is write one tue sentence." ~Ernest Hemingway

"An arena where honest opinion is mixed freely with a lightly used editor's pen and freedom of expression is the rule of day." ~St.Alberts's Place on the Web

"As a writer you ask yourself to dream while awake." ~Aimee Bender

"At night I read and write, and things I have never understood become clear; I reap the harvest of the rest of the year's planting." ~Annie Dillard

"Authenticity is the only style worth having. " ~The Writer's Studio

"Discretion is not the better part of biography." ~Lytton Strachey

"Don't forget—no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell." ~Charles de Lint

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." ~Benjamin Franklin

"Every great personal story you have to tell involves overcoming adversity. If you shy away from adversity, you take away your ability to tell new stories." ~Farrel Droke

"Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works." ~Virginia Woolf

"Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite." ~Edward Albee

"First sentences are doors to worlds." ~Ursula K. Le Guin

"I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed quickly, to trap them before they escape." ~Ray Bradbury

"I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living." ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good." ~Seneca

"I think of a writer as a river: you reflect what passes before you." ~Natalia Ginzburg

"I would hurls words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all, to keep alive in our hearts a sense of the inexpressibly human." ~Richard Wright

"I’d love a new start, to make new memories and forget the bad ones. I want to travel, see new places, different scene, different music, touching hearts. I want to meet new people, who will show me what it is to love and be loved in return. I want to leave it all behind, to erase my book, back to the very cover, and re-write my story." ~Anon

"I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk." ~H. L. Mencken

“If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day. The consistency, the monotony, the certainty, all vagaries and passions are covered by this daily occurrence. You don't go to a well once but daily. You don't skip a child's breakfast or forget to wake up in the morning. Sleep comes to you each day, and so does the muse… ’I know I have a novel in me,’ I often hear people say, ’But how can I get it out?’ The answer, always, is every day.” ~Walter Mosely

"If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new…" ~Mark Houlahan

"If you wish to be a writer, write." ~Epictetus

"In every man's writings, the character of the writer must lie recorded." ~Thomas Carlyle

“Insecure writers follow the rules. Rebellious writers break the rules. An artist masters the form.” ~Robert McKee

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

"It's not a bad idea to get the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone with them." ~Isabel Colegate

"It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone and can be made as offensive as a brickbat." ~Oscar Wilde

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.” ~Christina Baldwin

"Journaling is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time." ~Mina Murray

"Keep in mind that the only person to write for is yourself.Tell the story you most desperately want to read." ~Susan Isaacs

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

"Many have an irresistible itch for writing." ~Anon on Proverbs

"Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon." ~H. L. Mencken

"Nature is a writer's best friend." ~Agavé Powers

"No matter how long you've been at it, you always start from scratch." ~Jeffrey Eugenides

"Once, lovers on faraway shores sat by candlelight and dipped ink to parchment, writing words that could not be erased. They took an evening to compose their thoughts, maybe the next evening as well." ~Mitch Albom

"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

“One must be pitiless about this matter of mood. In a sense writing will create the mood. Generally I've found this to be true. I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes... and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.” ~Joyce Carol Oates from TWS

"Part of being a writer is being a strong, avid reader." ~Ann Eckhart

"People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up into the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit on back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to,it." ~Harlan Ellison

"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man." ~Sir Francis Bacon

“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.” ~Ralph Keyes from TWS

“Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.” ~Bonnie Friedman

"Tears are words that need to be written." ~Paulo Coelho

"The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power." ~Toni Morrison

"The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair." ~Mary Heaton

"The first draft is just telling yourself a story." ~Terry Prachett, Freedom With Writing

"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." ~Samuel Johnson

"The only happy author in this world is he who is below the care of reputation." ~Washington Irving

"The only way to write a gret book is o write it through the eyes of a child who sees things for the first time." ~Arnold Bennett, novelist, (TFBFG 1987/cah)

"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." ~Anaïs Nin

"The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words."
~William H. Gass

"The writer's job is to tell the truth." ~Ernest Hemingway

"There are many different kinds of writers, I like to use the analogy of architects and gardeners. [There are some writers who are architects, and they plan everything, they blueprint everything, and they know before the drive the first nail into the first board what the house is going to look like and where all the closets are going to be, where the plumbing is going to run, and everything is figured out on the blueprints before they actually begin any work whatsoever. And then there are gardeners who dig a little hole and drop a seed in and water it with their blood and see what comes up, and sort of shape it. They sort of know what seed they've planted — whether it's an oak or an elm, or a horror story or a science fiction story, but they don't how big it's going to be, or what shape it's going to take.]I am much more a gardener than an architect." ~George Raymond Richard Martin

"There is nothing to writing. All you have to do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." ~Ernest Hemingway

"There must be millions of people all over the world who never get any love letters... I could be their leader." ~Charlie Brown

"They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription." ~Samuel Butler

“To write clearly and creatively we need to trust our own voice. Like any other art, creative writing is a function of the whole person. The unconscious must flow freely and richly, bringing at demand all the treasures of memory, all the emotions, incidents, scenes, intimation of character and relationships, which it has stored away in its depths. The unconscious is shy, elusive and unwieldy, but it is possible to tap it at will, and even direct it.” ~Dorothea Brande

"To write well is to think well, to feel well, and to render well; it is to possess at once an intellect, soul, and taste." ~George Louis Buffon

"We write by the light of every story we have read." ~Richard Peck

"When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen." ~Anon

“Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is that you’re having a relationship with your mind.” ~Natalie Goldberg

"When you steal from one author, it's plagiarism. When you steal from many, it's research." ~Wilson Mizner

"Write your day as you want your story to read. Make this day count more than yesterday." ~John, One Spark Foundation

"Write your hurts in the sand. Carve your Blessings in stone." ~Anon

"Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals." ~John Steinbeck on Clowns

"Writers aren't exactly people. They're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person." ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Writers are people who write. Writing has its own reward. If you want to write a novel or script you have to enjoy the process." ~The Writers' Studio

"You have to live your story before being able to write your story." ~Amy Shearn

“You might have the insights of Buddha, but if you can’t tell a story, your ideas will be as dry as dust. Craft is the sum total of all means used to draw the audience into deep involvement, to hold that involvement and ultimately reward it with a moving and meaningful experience.” ~Robert McKee

"You must simply love to write. Then, when there's interest in one of yourn stories, it's a bonus. There's a lot of giving yourself up to it than being so much in command of anything. It's like giving yourself up to something that's going to take you along with it. And that you're going to go wherever it goes. It may work out, it may not, but you're going to go there." ~Romulus Linney

"You should write because you love the shape of the stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page." ~Annie Proulx

Quotes on Letters

"The letter in the postman's bag,
The caller at the door,
A meeting with a stranger.
What will it have in store?
Life need never be all that dull,
There's promise new each day,
Just open out your heart
To every chance that comes your way." ~Anon♥

Source: The Friendship Book of Francis Gay 1979
“A letter is a soul, so faithful an echo of the speaking voice that to the sensitive it is among the richest treasures of love.” ~Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

"Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them." ~James Fallows

"And none will hear the postman's knock
Without quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten."
~WH Auden

"As you see gentleman I am but a postman. It is no exaggeration. In the old days it was my job to deliver the mails." -JRD Tata

"Letters are important to receive and a joy to get."~MPW

“Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls. For, thus friends absent speak.” ~John Donne

"The one good thing about not seeing you is that I can write you letters." ~Svetlana Alliluyeva

"To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart." ~ Phyllis Theroux

"Want to fall in love? Write yourself a love letter. Close your eyes and picture yourself as the most glorious person in the world. You are the ultimate beloved! Now open your eyes and write." ~Deborah Shouse

"What a heavy oar the pen is, and what a strong current ideas are to row in!" ~D. H. Lawrence

"What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp." ~Anon

"What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call." ~Liz Carpenter


"A postcard is not only a snapshot of a carefree time but also a permanent reminder of exploring faraway lands. It is fascinating to think that what started out as a practical joke is now a part of the fabric of summer holidays." ~Stephen Agar, Daily Mail

"A postcard lets a friend know you're thinking of her, sharing a little of your holiday sunshine to brighten her day."~Francis Gay, The Friendship Book 1979

"Every stamp tells a story. We’re reminded of how we live now, or memorable moments from times past. This is why stamp collecting is such a popular hobby around the world, and new stamp issues bring such joy." ~Australia Post

"For over 100 years people up and down the country have been sending postcards home when they are away." ~Stephen Agar, From Daily Mail .co. uk

"She was as rare as a postcard and as beautiful as a love letter in the mail." ~Robbie J Sherrah

"Some good friendship blossoms from just a simple pleasure that derives from so-called "we have one thing in common" cliche. In this case, it happens via a simple joy of collecting postcards." ~Leah Dancel, FB, 29 November 2011

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Katharine Hepburn - discipline

"Without discipline, there is no life at all." ~Katharine Hepburn

Thought for Today - Courage

"Whoever has courage can give courage to others, just as the flame of the candle can light another's path." ~Thought for Today-UK

Ronald Wilson Reagan Quotes

"A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at?" ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Sept. 12, 1965. Quoted in Sacramento Bee (California, Mar. 12, 1966). Reagan later denied having made this statement.

"But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Address, June 19, 1986, to the graduating class of Glassboro High School, New Jersey.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~Ronald Reagan

"God's miracles are to be found in nature itself; the winds and waves, the wood that becomes a tree - all of these are explained biologically, but behind them is the hand of God." ~Ronald Wilson Reagan

"Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Dec. 11, 1972. "The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan," Speaking My Mind (1989).

"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." ~Ronald Reagan

"I know in my heart that man is good that what is right will always eventually triumph and there is purpose and worth to each and every life." ~Ronald Wilson Reagan

"If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Remark, June 23, 1983, to Polish Americans in Chicago. "The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan," Speaking My Mind (1989).

"Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech to Republican Party fund-raising dinner. quoted in Los Angeles Times (Oct. 20, 1978).

"Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Guardian (London, June 14, 1989).

"It doesn't do good to open doors for someone who doesn't have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Chronicle (San Francisco, September 9, 1967).

"Let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples of the earth—they are the focus of evil in the modern world." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Statement, March 8, 1983. quoted in "Focus of Evil," Reagan's Reign of Error, eds. Mark Green and Gail MacColl (1987).

"Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. From a joint television broadcast with Nancy Reagan, fall 1986, announcing a national crusade against the use of drugs. quoted in Lewis H. Lapham, Money and Class in America, ch. 5, sct. 1 (1988).

"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. television address, Oct. 27, 1964. "A Time for Choosing," Speaking My Mind (1989)

"People keep looking to government for the answer and government is the problem." ~Ronald Reagan

“So, I tell you there are a great many God-fearing, dedicated, noble men and women in public life, present company included. And, yes, we need your help to keep us ever mindful of the ideas and the principles that brought us into the public arena in the first place. The basis of those ideals and principles is a commitment to freedom and personal liberty that, itself, is grounded in the much deeper realization that freedom prospers only where the blessings of God are avidly sought and humbly accepted.” ~Pres. Ronald Reagan (1983)

"That's the nice thing about this job. You get to quote yourself shamelessly. If you don't, Larry Speakes will." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Daily Telegraph (London, April 14, 1988).

"The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Address, August 15, 1986, to the White House Conference on Small Business.

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” ~US President Ronald Reagan

"The greatest security for Israel is to create new Egypts." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. quoted in Observer (London, Feb. 27, 1983).

"...The judgment of history is left to you - the people. I have no fears of that, for we have done our best. And so I say, come and learn from it." ~Ronald Reagan, 4 November 1991

"There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect." ~Ronald Reagan

"There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what new know is morally right." ~Pres. Ronald Reagan

"Trust, but verify." ~Ronald Reagan

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." ~Ronald Reagan

"We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. speech, Feb. 6, 1985. "The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan," Speaking My Mind (1989).

"We kept faith with a promise as old as this land we love and as big as the sky, a brilliant vision of America as a shining city on a hill." ~Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1 December 1988

"We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Quoted in Observer (London, February 5, 1983).

"When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat." ~Ronald Reagan

"You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans." ~Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. New York Times (Jan. 15, 1981).

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Buzz Aldrin Quotes

"I believe that every human has a finite number of heart-beats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises." ~Buzz Aldrin

“I still say, 'Shoot for the moon; you might get there.’” ~Buzz Aldrin

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John Hersey - literature

"Imaginative literature comes closer than other to being able to give an impression of truth." ~John Hersey

Ted Turner - perfect

"If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect." ~Ted Turner

Lorraine Newman Quotes

17 August 2010
Sydney Harbour Cruise with Marilyn

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But a word is also worth a thousand pictures." ~Lorraine Newman

Other Quotes:

"Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way, and people will wonder how you did it." ~Lorraine Newman

"Magic lives in the sky; clear, fresh, full of possibilities and presence." ~Lorraine Newman

"Passion is vital for connecting us to our purpose." ~Lorraine Newman

People Quotes

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

"People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it." ~Howard Newton

"People with goals succeed because they know where they're going. It's that simple." ~Earl Nightingale

"People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it." ~Ogden Nash

"People who light fires on the slightest provocation are always the nicest. There's something comforting about fires." ~Jane England


Ruth Fishell - mind

"Everything that is created, begins in the mind." ~Ruth Fishell


William Ellery Channing Quotes

"Faith is love taking the form of aspiration" ~ William Ellery Channing

"Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it." ~William Ellery Channing

"Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life." ~William Ellery Channing

"Our affections are our life. We live by them; they supply our warmth." ~William Ellery Channing

“The chief evil of war is more evil. War is the concentration of all human crimes. Here is its distinguishing, accursed brand. Under its standard gather violence, malignity, rage, fraud, perfidy, rapacity, and lust. If it only slew man, it would do little. It turns man into a beast of prey.” ~Channing

“…To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly … to listen to stars and buds, to babes and sages, with open heart; await occasions, hurry never … this is my symphony.” ~ William Henry Channing, Memoir of William Henry Channing,1886



"To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury;
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable;
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages,
with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully,
do all bravely,
await occasion,
hurry never;
in a word,
to let the spiritual,
unbidden and
unconscious grow up
through the common.
This is to be my symphony." ~William Ellery Channing

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardi - history

"The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire." ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardi, French Paleontologist and Philosopher

Hubert Reeves - nature

"Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that the Nature he is destroying is this God he is worshiping." ~Hubert Reeves

Dawna Markova Quotes

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

"It is not within my nature to bloom within a greenhouse. I am a wildflower, a weed perhaps. I need open and untamed spaces to sprout. I need to ask questions, and think the thoughts that others overlook." ~Dawna Markova

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Thought for Today - Mistakes

"If you make a mistake, be gentle on yourself and encourage yourself to learn from it, let go and move on." ~Thought for Toady-UK

Lawrence Block Quotes

"Our happiest moment as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else." ~Lawrence Block

"Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for." ~Lawrence Block

Jack London Quotes

"A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog." ~Jack London

"I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet." ~Jack London

"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." ~Jack London

"The proper function of man is to live -- not to exist." ~Jack London

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." ~Jack London

Mick Jagger - go and back

"It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back." ~Mick Jagger

Eldridge Cleaver - human beings

“The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.” ~Eldridge Cleaver

Elias Canetti - true

"Someone who always has to lie discovers that every one of his lies is true." ~Elias Canetti

Po Bronson Quotes

"As I get older, I've learned to listen to people rather than accuse them of things." ~Po Bronson

"The tougher the times, the more clarity you gain about the difference between what really matters and what doesnt." ~Po Bronson

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John Di Lemme - believe in yourself

"Believe in yourself. If you don't, then no one else will have a reason to" ~John Di Lemme

Queen Rania Quotes

"Children keep us in check. Their laughter prevents our hearts from hardening. Their dreams ensure we never lose our drive to make ours a better world. They are the greatest disciplinarians known to mankind." ~Queen Rania of Jordan, Hello Magazine

"Ramadan is a time of compassion and reflection ." ~Queen Rania

"Refugees are not numbers. They are human beings like you and I, except they have seen unspeakable horror and have experienced unthinkable tragedy and hardship. They risked everything, their families, their possessions just to make it to safety." ~Queen Rania of Jordan, Hello Magazine

”We shouldn't judge people through the prism of our own stereotypes.” -Queen Rania of Jordan (from Yogi Alejo)

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Johann Friedrich Von Schiller Quotes

“A jest loses its point when the jester laughs himself."
[Ger., Des Spass verliert Alles, wenn der Spassmacher selber lacht.] ~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

"Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom." ~Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

"Keep true to the dreams of your youth." ~Friedrich Schiller

"Power is the most persuasive rhetoric." ~Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

"To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine." ~Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

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Titus Maccius Plautus - something shall be done

"I am always afraid of your 'something shall be done.'" ~Titus Maccius Plautus

"Spice a dish with love and it pleases every palate." ~Plautus

"The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase these things with money." ~Plautus

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Dogen Quotes

"...enlightenment is the mind which sees into impermanence." ~Dogen

"If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?" ~Dogen

"The practice of meditation is not a method for the attainment of realization
it is enlightenment itself." ~Dogen

"Though it has no thought of keeping watch, it's not for naught that the scarecrow stands in the grain field." ~Dogen

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Sir Max Beerbohm Quotes

"There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success." ~Sir Max Beerbohm

"To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving." ~Max Beerbohm from BrainyQuote

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Frank A. Clark Quotes

"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." ~Frank A. Clark

"Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out." ~Frank Clark

"The reason there’s so much ignorance is that those who have it are so eager to share it." ~Frank A. Clark

"We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't." ~Frank A. Clark

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Edward Chapin - peace and joy

"Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy." ~Edward Chapin


Thought for Today - I am Love

"We seek it here, we seek it there, we look for love everywhere! We expect it to come to us, usually through another person. All our conditioning says it is something that happens to us. The mythology of our fables, legends and modern day entertainment industries say it is something we 'fall into'. And yet...and yet real love cannot be acquired, possessed or accumulated. It cannot be known when we think it comes from outside ourselves. The ultimate paradox is we are it. We are love. Each one of us is a source of love that has forgotten that 'love is what I am'. Say it now "I am love". Doesn't feel right does it? That's because its been so long since we knew and experienced ourselves in this true way. And yet we all know that the deepest trust and the purest love is known and experienced only when we give it, not take it. As we give love in whatever way is appropriate, we are the ones to experience it first, on the way out. Falling in love is impossible. It is only infatuation, obsession with an external object which appears to fill a gap in ourselves. As soon as the object or person is remembered when they are not present and when they do not need to be remembered, it is simply attachment which, if sustained, will become a dependency. And attachment and dependency are not love. But you already know that...don't you?" ~Thought for Today-UK


Joan Didion Quotes

"A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image." ~Joan Didion

“Character—the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life—is the source from which self-respect springs.” ~Joan Didion

“Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.” ~Joan Didion

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” ~Joan Didion

"To have that sense of intrinsic worth...is to potentially have everything." ~Joan Didion

Thought for Today - Take Time to Listen

"Most people don't understand themselves or others. we need to make time for this. We get too impatient. Very often, because we are not willing to take this time, misunderstandings continue. We don't take time to listen to someone quietly and try to understand them. Then we start inventing things about them, because we simply haven't taken the time to understand." ~Thought for Today-UK

Sheila dela Pena - competition

“Doesn't matter what other people do. The only competition you should beat is yourself. So strive to be better each day.” ~Sheila dela Pena