"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


Mohammed Nabeeh - sound of silence

"There is a time of night when work ends, traffic sleeps, and silence is the only sound. At that time—while the world around us sleeps—there is One who remains awake and waits for us to call on Him!" ~Mohammed Nabeeh

Terry Tempest Williams Quotes

"Our sense of community and compassionate intelligence must be extended to all life forms, plants, animals, rocks, rivers, and human beings. This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future." ~Terry Tempest Williams

"This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers." ~Terry Tempest Williams


Michael Pollan - nature to culture

"Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds." ~Michael Pollan

Marius - old people

"Old people have more experience. They understand things that are deep in the soul and the lights up and down everyday life." ~Marius

Thought for Today - Harmony In Relationships

"Speak always with a conscious control and only what is necessary and helpful." ~Thought for Today-UK

Kate Munger - bridge

"A song is a bridge between what we know, what we can feel, and the big mystery." ~Kate Munger

George Mueller - He never fails

"Be assured, if you walk with Him, and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you." ~George Mueller

Quotes on GARDENS

Photo Credit: Quambatok Community Garden Logo



1. Welcome all bees and butterflies!

2. A garden is a friend you can visit anytime.

3. May all my weeds be wild flowers.

4. A garden is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

5. If you can only do one thing, keep the lawn mowed.

6. Give your plant a little breathing room.

"One is nearer to God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth." ~Dorothy Frances Gurney

“What greater delight is there than to behold the earth apparelled with plants as with a robe of embroidered works, set with Orient pearls and garnished with the great diversities of rare and costly jewels. But these delights are in the outward senses. The principle of delight is in the mind, singularly enriched with the knowledge of these visible things, setting forth to us the invisible wisdom and admirable workmanship of almighty God.” ~ John Gerard ~
1997- Beauty Transcends
Home Garden in Orange 1995

"There is a garden where lilies
And roses are side by side;
And all day between them in silence
The silken butterflies glide."
~Francis Turner Palgrave~

"A beautiful garden needs different kinds of flowers." ~Sanjay Suri

"A garden is a friend you can visit anytime." ~from Vintage Belle Broken China Jewellry

"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust." ~Gertrude Jekyll, TFBFG 2014/mpw

"A garden is a poem conceived in light,

Born in birdsong, fruited in flight."

~Mark Tredinnick, from ‘Anthology’

"A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy." ~Luis Barragan

“A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.” ~Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

"All it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual garden." ~Terri Guillemets

"Count the garden by the flowers never by the leaves that fall." ~Anon

"Criticising another's garden doesn't keep the weeds out of your own." ~Anon

"Cultivate your garden. Do not depend upon teachers to educate you ... follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony… In the end, education, like happiness, is individual, and must come to us from life and from ourselves. There is no way; each pilgrim must make his own path. "Happiness," said Chamfort, "is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere." ~Will Durant

"During the middle ages, English aristocrats usually hide where their wealth and food are coming from. They build vast ornamented lawns and gardens infront of their manor houses to impress the middle class. The middle class then copied that idea and carried it with them overseas... in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Every one nowadays has that little aristocrat thing infront of their homes. Permaculture intends to attack that idea of nonsense energy consuming, costly and unproductive habit. We are not aristocrat neither belong to the middle class; grow your own food infront and all around your homes." ~Renante M Areola

"Every garden I design is influenced by the building’s architecture, the site characteristics and the surrounding landscape. It is typical to see the plants, materials and colours of the surrounding landscape and borrowed views becoming integral to the design. Where practical, local or recycled materials are used. Reducing energy inputs during construction and maintenance is always a consideration. Each design is unique and sits in enduring harmony within the site and landscape that has inspired it." ~Fiona

"Gardens are a form of autobiography." ~Sydney Eddison

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

"Gardening fuels the senses: talk with hands, observe with ears, and listen with your eyes." ~Costa Georgiadis (gleaned from my daughter Lily's Bullet Journal (BUJO 2017-2018)

"Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it." ~Anon

"Gardening is my heart and soul. It's where I go to escape everything." ~Megan Turner, Country Style Magazine, August 2010 Issue

"Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed." ~Walt Whitman

"Goodness and kindness blossom our spiritual garden." ~A.D. Williams

"Gratitude is the most resilient flower in the garden of life." ~Lisa Prosen, My Renewed Mind

"How quiet the garden is; no breeze ruffles the Cornelian cherry. Summer has come." ~LOUISE GLÜCK

"If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I’d walk through a garden forever." ~Anon

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden from Everyman's Library

"In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the breaking of new blooms." ~Anon

"In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it." ~Frank McKinney Hubbard

"In the garden I see only your face. From trees and blossoms I inhale only your fragrance." ~Rumi

'It is better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war." ~Sun Tzu

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." -Oscar Wilde

"Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same." ~Helen Keller

"Love is like a garden. The only things that will ever grow within it are the things you place there, nurture and tenderly care for with all your heart." ~Robert Clancy

"Manure helps a garden grow. Think of yourself as a garden, ever changing. All the shit in your life serves your growth and helps transform you into something strong, and resilient, and beautiful. Even delicious." ~Scott Stabile

"My garden taught me many things. But mostly it's taught me how little I know. I've planted seeds and seedlings countless times and had grass, vegetables, fruit and flowers in return. But I couldn't even begin to understand how those everyday miracles work." ~Harry

"My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers." ~Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

"No matter where we are, we can be in our own garden. Just close your eyes and you can be walking down your garden pathway, enjoying the scent of the flowers." ~Beverley Nichols, The Friendship Book 2014 (special gift from Maurice Ware - who himself is a keen gardener).

"O for a garden of the olden time where none but long familiar flowers grow." ~John Russell Hayes

"Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners." ~William Shakespeare

"Plant your own garden and sow your own seeds instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. " ~Anon

"Stepping into your garden on a sunny day has the feel of a good friendship ... familiar, comforting, and beautiful." ~Anon

"Tending the garden is a relaxing pastime, but it does not prepare one for the inevitable battles of life. It is easy to be calm in a serene setting. To be calm and serene when under attack is much more difficult, so, therefore, I teach you that it is far better to be a warrior tending his garden rather than a gardener at war.” ~Sun Tzu

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

"The first gatherings of the garden in May of salads, radishes and herbs made me feel like a mother about her baby - how could anything so beautiful be mine. And this emotion of wonder filled me for each vegetable as it was gathered every year. There is nothing that is comparable to it, as satisfactory or as thrilling, as gathering the vegetables one has grown." ~Alice B. Toklas

Chinese Garden
27 September 2012

"The garden is a mirror of the heart."~Anon

"The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough." ~George Edward Moore from Mastering Relationship With Love

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies." ~Gertrude Jekyll

"... there are for many of us three gardens - the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in the house, and the garden of the mind's eye." ~Katherine S. White

"There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colours are brighter, the air softer, and the morning air more fragrant than ever again." ~Elizabeth Lawrence

"There is always music amongst the trees in the garden but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it." ~Anon

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." ~Audrey Hepburn

"Walked for half an hour in the garden.  A fine rain was falling, and the landscape was that of autumn.  The sky was hung with various shades of gray, and mists hovered about the distant mountains - a melancholy nature.  The leaves were falling on all sides like the last illusions of youth under the tears of irremediable grief.  A brood of chattering birds were chasing each other through the shrubberies, and playing games among the branches, like a knot of hiding schoolboys.  Every landscape is, as it were, a state of the soul, and whoever penetrates into both is astonished to find how much likeness there is in each detail." ~Henri Frederic Amiel 

"We must be kind and gentle gardeners with people and nature." ~Bryant McGill

“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.” ~Leonora Carrington

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

"When we see the Beloved in each person, it's like walking through a garden, watching flowers bloom all around us." ~Ram Dass

"When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms." ~Ma Jaya

"When I see heaven and earth as my own garden, I live that moment outside the universe." ~Japanese Folk saying

7 October 2012

"The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers." ~Basho

"There are so many cheery wee robins in the garden this morning. Always the first birds to appear, even before sunrise. Such happy heart-warming chirps all around." ~FB, Happy and Free to be Me.

"Wherever there is a garden to be tended there is a soul ready to bloom." ~Adele Basheer

"When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden." ~ Minnie Aumonier

"With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy." ~Lope de Vega

"Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you." ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“Would it not be more tranquil and serene to be a gardener and tend the plants?” ~Sun Tzu

"Your life is your garden, your thoughts are the seeds. If your life isn't awesome, you've been watering the weeds." ~Anon

"Your minds may now be likened to a garden, which will, if neglected, yield only weeds and thistles; but, if cultivated, will produce the most beautiful flowers, and the most delicious fruits." ~Dorothea Dix

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"Down by the sally gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the sally gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree."
~William Butler Yeats



What makes a garden?
Flowers, grass and trees,
Fragrance, grace and color:
Lovely gifts like these.

What makes a garden
And why do gardens grow?
Love lives in gardens--
God and lovers know!

~Caroline Giltinan
From God is Love 1975


"Let first the onion flourish there,
Rose among the roots, the maiden-fair
Wine scented and poetic soul
of the capacious salad bowl."
~Robert Louis Stevenson



"Blossoms on the plum,
Wild wind and merry,
Leaves upon the cherry
And one swallow come.
~Norah Hopper


"Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits."


"We went down into the silent garden.
Dawn is the time when nothing breathes,
the hour of silence.
Everything is transfixed,
only the light moves."
~ Leonora Carrington

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"A simple leaf for me is God's handiwork with its intricate mechanism to feed the world." ~Francisco Amoy, FB, 23 May 2016

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

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

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." ~John Burroughs

"I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard." ~Queen Latifah

"Keeping things simple with a drop of water into your pond and lots of plants looks stunning!" ~The Splosht Team.

"The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain signing to it... you and you alone make me feel that I am alive... Other men, it is said, have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough." ~George Moore


"An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup." ~Henry L. Mencken

"And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together." ~Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels

"Better to eat vegetables and fear no creditors, than eat duck and hide from them." ~The Talmud

"He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers." ~Jonathan Swift

"I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse

"In the night the cabbages catch at the moon, the leaves drip silver, the rows of cabbages are a series of little silver waterfalls in the moon." ~Carl Sandburg

"It's a guy thing to plant vegetables in your front flower bed, but then again, it's also a guy thing to put them out back in a big rectangle. It's a little radical to put them in front, a statement that you can do whatever you want in your own damn yard." ~Warren Schultz

"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato." ~Lewis Grizzard

"Our vegetable garden is coming along well, with radishes and beans up, and we are less worried about revolution that we used to be." ~E. B. White

"The first gatherings of the garden in May of salads, radishes and herbs made me feel like a mother about her baby - how could anything so beautiful be mine. And this emotion of wonder filled me for each vegetable as it was gathered every year. There is nothing that is comparable to it, as satisfactory or as thrilling, as gathering the vegetables one has grown." ~Alice B. Toklas

"Vegetable gardening might be considered one of the great conservative rituals." ~David M. Tucker, 1993


in the water bucket
a melon and an eggplant
nodding to each other
- Yosa Buson

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"Now thin mists temper the slow ripening beams
Of the September sun: his golden gleams 

On gaudy flowers shine, that prank the rows 

Of high-grown hollyhocks, and all tall shows

That Autum flauntreth in his bushy bowers..."
~Robert Seymour Bridges
from "The Garden in September,"(1914)

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"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~Anais Nin

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." ~Elizabeth Lawrence

"Every plant you pass has a cultural or medicinal significance, and many of those have been learned from watching animals." ~Mark Hunter

"Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain how variation occurs within limits, however. They aspire to answer a much broader question-which is how complex organisms like birds, and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place." ~Phillip E. Johnson

"From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow." ~Aeschylus

"Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about." ~Saskya Pandita

"The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture." ~Thomas Jefferson

"The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense his life. . . . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how many human aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives -- and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song!" ~John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)

"Their nest is a few leaves in the bottom of a hollow in a tree, where they lay up to eight eggs. They feed on seeds and like open spaces with scattered clumps of trees for roosting and nesting. Land-clearing and cereal crops have favoured galahs and they are now often so common that we forget how beautiful they are."
Source: Birds Australia (The Galah is one of the natural clowns of the bird world.

“You grow plants at home; from the time of sowing to when they are full-grown, ... If they do not bear fruit, would you not be very disappointed?" ~Y M Yang

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Thought for Today on Happiness

"Constantly sing the song of happiness. Happiness is the greatest nourishment, there is no other nourishment like that of happiness. Those who eat the nourishment of happiness every day are always healthy, they are never weak. Therefore, make your mind and intellect powerful with the nourishment of happiness." ~Thought for Today-UK

"Great souls take advantage of every moment and every opportunity to give happiness to others through kindness in their thoughts; such souls are willing to overlook weaknesses and mistakes and have the desire to help everyone reach their potential." ~Thought for Today-UK

"No matter what adverse situations come in front of you, no matter how many obstacles come in front of you, your happiness should not disappear. An obstacle that comes will also go away. That obstacle comes and goes away but what belongs to you should not go. So, happiness is your property. Whenever an obstacle comes, just think that it has come to go away. When a guest comes to your home, it isn't that he has come as a guest and will go away having taken everything from your home. So an obstacle has come and it will go away but it should not take away your happiness. Happiness should always remain with you." ~Thought for Today-UK

"The happiness you give makes you more happy than the happiness you receive." ~Thought for Today-UK

"You are a jewel of happiness who sparkles with the wisdom of knowing that all will be well." ~Thought for Today-UK

Jean Vianney - springtime

"It is always springtime in the heart that loves God." ~Jean Vianney


Carol Quotes

"There is just the right moment for everything. If you find obstruction on your path, back off just a minute. Take time to allow for an integration of this new information. Your being wants to create perfection, but perfection cannot be forced. If things are not working out well, take a break, especially a mental break. Let go of how you were looking at the situation. Allow the superconscious to do its tempering work of synthesis." ~Carol

Waikatu River, Taupo, New Zealand
October 2010

"It will re-inspire you to right and harmonious action. Imagine there is a smooth flowing river of life with a strong current just for carrying you effortlessly forward. Step into it in your mind’s eye. Feel the gentle push and let your body float on it. Just a moment’s visualization can put you on the right course. It gives your higher being time to see what’s really needed. It may only be an adjustment of thought, a slight change in plans, but the increment of difference may be all that is needed to make everything happen easily." ~Carol

Source: Positive Thoughts

Thought for Today - Serenity

Lakes Entrance, VICTORIA
17 July 2012

"The real sign of serenity is not seen so much in the face, as found in the depth and stillness of the eyes." ~Thought for Today-UK

Yun-Men - sound of a bell

"The world is so wide, so vast, why put on a formal vestment at the sound of a bell?" ~Yun-Men

Knut Hamsun - letters

"In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived." ~Knut Hamsun

The Sandokai - value

"Each thing has its own intrinsic value." ~The Sandokai


Faith Sawey - gift of joy

Tinago Falls
Linamon, Lanao del Norte
PHILIPPINES 19 November 2011

"A free flowing energy of forgiving and giving brings forth an overflowing gift of joy and abundance like the waterfall as it continuously exhibit the freedom of constant flow, it exudes the radiance of PURITY and PROSPERITY." ~Faith Sawey

Justin Guzman - stay positive

"One of life's greatest joys is realizing that you've made a positive impact in someone else's life. We are all capable of creating positivity for others: stay healthy, stay happy; be safe, live free, stay positive." ~Justin Guzman

Tom Walsh Quotes

"Giving is one of the best ways there is to augment our own awareness of what we really do have in life, and when we see the effects of what we give on others--even if the effects aren't immediate, we have to trust that there will be effects--then we can appreciate more the many gifts that we do have, as well as our power to contribute positively to the world. When we're able to look at something that we have and realize that someone else could probably use it more or in better ways, then we can start to see the power of letting go of things in our lives." ~Tom Walsh

"I believe that the most important thing to consider when thinking about forgiveness is the effect that it has on ourselves. Forgiveness isn't always about the person being forgiven; often, that person will have asked forgiveness and will be very grateful when we do forgive, but probably more often we need to forgive for our own sakes." ~Tom Walsh

"I want my view of the world to be a view filled with wonder and awe, and carrying a grudge taints that view; I'm the one who suffers from my own inability to forgive; just as I'm the only one who can save myself from that suffering by putting things behind me where they belong." ~Tom Walsh

"There's a whole day ahead of me, today, tomorrow, and the next day. What I contribute to each of these days is, in short, my contribution to the world. So what am I going to do? Shall I contribute to the positive energy of the world, or to the negative? The choice always is mine." ~Tom Walsh

J. G. Holland Quotes

King Parrot
Wonboyn Lake, NSW
19 July 2012

"God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest." ~J. G. Holland

"Joys divided are increased." ~J. G. Holland

Arnold Bennett Quotes

"Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like." ~Arnold Bennett

"The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose." ~Arnold Bennett

"Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission." ~Arnold Bennett

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Master Choa Kok Sui - family life

"Family life is one of the fastest way to Spiritual Development.Inevitably.there is relationship friction.You develop Self sacrifice,Self Control,Patience,Flexibility,and Tolerance." ~Master Choa Kok Sui

Gail Sheehy Quotes

"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living." ~Gail Sheehy

"The delights of self-discovery are always available." ~Gail Sheehy, author

Thought for Today - Dream

"Most of us have forgotten how to dream. We have exchanged our creativity for security. The current state of the world is a wake up call that brings us back to our dreams and hopes. This is the time to realise that beyond us there is another, unlimited, energy in action. This energy will surpass our expectations, if only we trust. The more we remember our dream, the more we become alert for the coincidences and synchronicity that will bring us in its direction." ~Thought for Today-UK

Sigmund Romberg - music

"A love song is just a caress set to music." ~Sigmund Romberg

William Durant Quotes

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” ~Will Durant on Ignorance

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it." ~William Durant

"To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy." ~Will Durant

Gary Kowalski - animals

"It is not just that animals make the world more scenic or picturesque. The lives of animals are woven into our very being — closer than our own breathing — and our souls will suffer when they are gone." ~Gary Kowalski, Author of The Souls of Animals

Thought for Today - Balance

"Maintain the balance of responding to situations with a cool head and to people with a warm heart." ~Thought for Today-UK


Thought for Today - Vibrations

"With your own vibrations of peace and happiness, give everyone else the experience of happiness and comfort." ~Thought for Today-UK


Edward Counsel - power of good

"Envy wealth for its power of good, not ill." ~Edward Counsel

El Cid - triumph without glory

"To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory." ~El Cid

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh -courage

"There is only one courage, and that is the courage to let go of the past, not to collect it, not to accumulate it, not to cling to it. We all cling to the past, and because we cling to the past we become unavailable to the present." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Lord Mansfield - speech

“A speech is like a love affair. Any fool can start it, but to end it requires considerable skill.” ~Lord Mansfield

Thought for Today - Choices

"Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life." ~Thought for Today-UK


Leah C. Dancel - Reflection: Glowing Sunrise

Quarantine Bay
5 March 2011

"What a beautiful morning!
That sends sunrise aglowing
of ember bouquet of rays
its light to the calm sea radiates."
~@Leah C. Dancel, Australia, Return to Me
21 March 2011

Thought for Today - Inner Landscape

Wonboyn Lake
7 March 2011

"When my inner landscape is full of beautiful thoughts, everything I do is a pleasure. Gently, I calm down chaotic situations and offer solace to troubled minds." ~Thought for Today, UK


Marlo Thomas Quotes

“If it's one thing we learned from the first book, it's that you don't have to be a prizefighter, or a world-renowned architect, or a concert violinist to have been affected by the power of words.” ~Marlo Thoma

“My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.” ~Marlo Thomas (Margaret Julia “Marlo” Thomas, American actress)

Patrick Buchanan Quotes

“Defeat has its lessons as well as victory.” ~Patrick Buchanan

“If a country forgets where it came from, how will its people know who they are?” ~Patrick Buchanan

“Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution not be taught to their children.” ~Patrick Buchana

“The food that enters the mind must be watched as closely as the food that enters the body.” ~Patrick Buchanan

“What's the Christian-bashing all about? Simple - a struggle for the soul of America is under way, a struggle to determine whose views, values, beliefs and standards will serve as the basis of law” ~Patrick Buchanan

W. M. Lewis - tragedy

"The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it." ~W. M. Lewis

William Barclay Quotes

"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory." ~William Barclay

"The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God; the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way." ~William Barclay

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Laurie R. King - fear

"Tears wash away the fear and cool the hate." ~Laurie R. King

Laura Stavoe Harm - culture

"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong." ~Laura Stavoe Harm

John Ogwyn - truth

"Someone who only has a shallow, superficial understanding of the truth, even if he has great emotional fervor, will lack staying power over the long haul, and will probably crumble when serious difficulties arise." ~John Ogwyn

Sallust - harmony

Green Hill
9 June 2011

"Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay." ~Sallust

Stanely A. Cain - estuaries

SH Duck Pond
9 June 2011

"Estuaries are a happy land, rich in the continent itself, stirred by the forces of nature like the soup of a French chef; the home of myriad forms of life from bacteria and protozoans to grasses and mammals; the nursery, resting place, and refuge of countless things." ~Stanely A. Cain

Russell Hoban - mirror

Tangara Train
27 June 2011

"An ordinary mirror is silvered at the back but the window of the night train has darkness behind the glass. My face and the faces of other travellers were now mirrored on this darkness in a succession of stillnesses. Consider this, said the darkness: any motion at any speed is a succession of stillnesses; any section through an action will show just such a plane of stillness as this dark window in which your seeking face is mirrored. And in each plane of stillness is the moment of clarity that makes you responsible for what you do." ~Russell Hoban

Thought for Today - Lotus Life

Sydney Royal Botanical Garden
30 December 2010

"The lotus is a symbol of purity. Its roots are in the mud, but the flower remains above dirty water. Live a lotus life. Be in the world, but unaffected by impurities." ~Thought for Today-UK


John Howard Payne - There's no place like home

“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home” ~John Howard Payne

William L Shirer - happiness

"Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is difficult to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline." ~William L Shirer

BJ Olson Quotes

"Peace comes from living in the moment and looking for the good in others. Peacefulness comes from facing our fears and letting them go - trusting that things will turn out all right. Peacefulness is also a way of approaching conflict with others so no one is made wrong. Everyone wins because we then work to find a peaceful solution."~BJ Olson

"Peacefulness is an inner sense of calm - it comes from becoming still - in order to reflect and meditate on our inner wisdom and receive answers. A peaceful heart is one that is free from worry and trouble. It's becoming quiet so we can look at things quietly so we can more clearly understand them and thus come up with creative solutions. It is learning to live in the present."~BJ Olson

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William Plomer - creativity

“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” ~William Plomer

Edmund Spenser Quotes

"For take thy ballaunce if thou be so wise, And weigh the winds that under heaven doth blow; Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise; Or weigh the thought that from man's mind doth flow." ~Edmund Spenser

"Gather the rose of love whilst yet it time." ~Edmund Spenser

Morris West - sunshine

"If you spend your life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine." ~Morris West

Robert Green Ingersoll Quotes

"Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." ~Robert Green Ingersoll

"Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so." ~Robert Green Ingersoll

"Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers." ~Robert Green Ingersoll

“In nature there are neither rewards nor punishment - there are consequences.” ~Robert G. Ingersoll

"In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds." ~Robert Green Ingersoll

"In the night of death hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing." ~Robert G. Ingersoll

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

"The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart." ~Robert Green Ingersoll

"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man." ~Robert Green Ingersoll

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Scott Heron expression

“The way you get to know yourself is by the expression on other people's faces.” ~Gil Scott Heron

Seth Godin Quotes

"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from." ~Seth Godin from Ups, Downs and Roundabouts

“Trust is built when no one is looking.” ~Seth Godin

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High Eagle - vision

“The mere possession of a vision is not the same as living it, nor can we encourage others with it if we do not, ourselves, understand and follow its truths. The pattern of the Great Spirit is over us all, but if we follow our own spirits from within, our pattern becomes clearer. For centuries, others have sought their visions. They prepare themselves, so that if the Creator desires them to know their life's purpose, then a vision would be revealed. To be blessed with visions is not enough...we must live them!”
~High Eagle

Barbara Jordan - excitement

“I live one day at a time. Each day I look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning, I say: 'What is my exciting thing for today?' Then, I do the day. Don't ask me about tomorrow.” ~Barbara Jordan

Leonard Nimoy Quotes

“I believe in goodness, mercy and charity. I believe in casting bread upon the waters.” ~Leonard Nimoy

“I think it's my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.” ~Leonard Nimoy

“Rocket ships are exciting but so are roses on a birthday.” ~Leonard Nimoy, Come Be With Me

“The means of many out way the means of the few or one.” ~Leonard Nimoy

"The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have." ~Leonard Nimoy

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T'ao Shan - rainbow

Photo Credit: G. Seierstad

"Look at that rainbow. It is only when the sky cries that you see the colors in the light." ~T'ao Shan

Moses Hadas - gap

"This book fills a much-needed gap." ~Moses Hadas

Quotes on AGE


"Age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress. And as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars invisible by day." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age." ~Robert Frost

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. " ~John Barrymore

"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father." ~Gabriel García Márquez

"Age and experience doesn't always equate to wisdom." ~Gillian Ehlers

"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age." ~Anais Nin

"Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom.” ~Gabriel García Márquez

"Age is a matter of feeling, not of years." ~George William Curtis

“Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.” ~Tom Stoppard

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.” ~Mark Twain

“Age is just a number, and agelessness means not buying into the idea that a number determines everything from your state of health to your attractiveness to your value.” ~Christiane Northrup, M.D

"Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you." ~Anon

"Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough." ~Don Marquis

"Age is nothing but a number as long as I never let go of the child living inside of me." ~Mountain Wisdom

"Age is opportunity no less than youth itself." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese." ~Billie Burke (1884-1970)

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

"Age matters, especially when it comes to health. Some health issues are inevitable and come with the package of getting older." ~Jaleesa Bell

"Ageing's alright, better than the alternative, which is not being here.” ~George H. W. Bush

"Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been." ~David Bowie

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~Bettie Friedan

“And I shall watch the ferry boats, and they’ll get high, on a bluer ocean against tomorrow’s sky. and I will never grow so old again, and I will walk and talk, in gardens all wet with rain…” ~Van Morrison

"And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!” ~Audrey Hepburn

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford

"As I get older, I am becoming more selective of who I consider a friend. I find that I would rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies." ~Anon

"As we get older and our inner compass develops, we become less interested in the opinions and judgments of others." ~Kay Mo

"As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind. Sometimes walking away is a step forward." ~Anon

"As you get older you find out that true happiness isn't how much you make, how many degrees you have, how big your house is, or how fancy your car is.. It's finding peace, joy, and calmness in your life that will soon become the most important thing to you. Your family is what matters to you, love is what matters to you. Things that are of quality, not just quantity." ~Anon from Relax Relate Release

"As you get older you will understand more and more that it's not about what you look like or what you own, it's all about the person you've become." ~Anon

"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." ~Audrey Hepburn

"By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it." ~George Burns

"Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age," ~Booth Tarkington

"Centenarians — people 100 years or older — are a rarity. Their lives are often scrutinized as holding the key to aging." ~Michael Calcagno

"Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears." ~John Lennon

"Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like a curious child before the Great Mystery into which you are born. For a human heart can never grow old if it takes a lively interest in the pairing of birds, the reproduction of flowers, and the changing tints of autumn leaves. Cherish the laugh lines and wrinkles – the memories that made those lines are the most important part of you today. Have the same energy that God invested in you at birth and live under the consciousness that He has set His love upon you – you'll find blessings in every circumstance." ~Gilbert 'Gibo' Teodoro, Jr.

"Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.” ~Irish proverb

"Ears of my old age; the summer rains falling down the rainpipe." ~Buson

"Enjoy your youth. You'll never be younger than you are at this very moment." ~Anon

"Every age explodes old errors and created new ones." ~Precious Little Dove

"Everyone is the age of their heart." ~Guatemalan Proverb

"Feeling young comes from happiness, contentment, peace of mind, and a happy family!" ~Eloi Casis

"Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age." ~Victor Hugo

"Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be." ~Robert Browning

"He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.” ~Plato

"Help me age with grace and dignity, as you will one day walk the same road traveled now by me." ~Mountain Wisdom

"I'm 72 and my perfect age is now." ~Diana, Balłet Dancer

"I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates." ~T.S. Elito (1888-1965)

"I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged."
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

"I look forward to being older., when what you look like become less and less an issue and what you are is the point." ~Susan Sarandon

"I never forget how young I am now that I'm getting old." ~Leah C. Dancel, 11 October 2017

"If we celebrate the years behind us they become stepping stones of strength and joy for the years ahead." ~Anon

"If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old." ~Lord Chesterfield

"I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel." ~Elizabeth Arden

"In order to become old and wise, we need to have been young and foolish." ~Anon

"...inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.” ~Terry Pratchett

"It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides." ~George Sand

"It is autumn; not without.. but within me is the cold. Youth and spring are all about; It is I that have grown old." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"It's direction at a young age to work to become wealthy, to determine in the age the bones to pain to the wealth to enjoy too much" -Simon Freigericht

"It is not the length of life, but the depth." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years." ~Ausonius

"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late." ~Benjamin Franklin

"No matter my age, now is the time to live it up, to acknowledge my self-worth." ~Louise Hay

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm." ~Henry David Thoreau

"Old age is frail. It is as dainty as a crystal vessel." ~Leah C. Dancel, 2 August 2014

"Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people want it." ~Crow

"Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man." ~Leon Trotsky

“One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.” ~Dorothy Canfield Fisher, (1879-1958)

"Our age has robbed millions of simplicity of ignorance, and has so far failed to lift them to simplicity of wisdom." ~William Robertson Davies

"Seek ye counsel of the aged, for their eyes have looked on the faces of the years and their ears have heartened to the voices of life. Even if their counsel is displeasing to you, pay heed to them ." ~Khalil Gibran

“That folly of old age which is called dotage is peculiar to silly old men, not to age itself.” ~Anon on Proverbs

"The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The great secret that all old people share is that you haven’t really changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.” ~Doris Lessing

"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been." ~Madeleine L'Engle

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

“The human spirit does not know what old age is. As the body of the outer person ages, the inner person makes a passage into a new life.” ~Emanuel Swedenborg

"The older you get, the more you realize
It's not about material things, pride, or ego.
It's about what your heart beats for." ~R.A.

"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." ~Lucille Ball

"The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life’s tragedy." ~Oscar Wilde

"The three ages of man: youth, middle age and ‘my word you do look well’." ~June Whitfield

"The truth is, aging can be your realest opportunity to decide how best to live - and the best incentive for getting you to do just that. Finally." ~Elizabeth Berg

"The truth of the matter is our metabolism does slow with age, our body does lose muscle mass and bone density over time and our energy level does diminish over the passing years. However none of these necessarily prevent everyone from doing the things that help us stay fit. Age alone is not the factor that prevents us from walking or from enjoying a healthy diet of more water, fruits and vegetables." ~Richard Franz (Source: The Lies We Believe and the Truths We Reject By Richard Franz | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

"Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart." ~Caryn Lesche‪n‬

"This is the aging process worth celebrating. Chronological age marks how long you’ve lived, but emotional age reflects what you’ve done with the time." ~Judith Sills

"Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young." ~Sir Arthur Wing Pinero

"To get better with age, get spiritually fit." ~from Our Daily Bread

"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent - that is to triumph over old age.” ~Thomas Bailey Aldrich

"To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am." ~Bernard M. Baruch

"Today is the oldest you've ever been, yet the youngest you'll ever be, so enjoy this day while it lasts." ~Anon

"Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age." ~George Sand

"We are all geniuses up to the age of ten." ~Aldous Huxley

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

"We aren’t in an information age, we are in an entertainment age." ~Anthony Robbins

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~George Bernard Shaw

"We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair." ~Charles Lamb

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

"What makes me so certain that the natural human lifespan is far in excess of the actual one is this. Among all my autopsies (and I have performed over 1000), I have never seen a person who died of old age. In fact, I do not think that anyone has ever died of old age yet. We invariably die because one vital part has worn out too early in proportion to the rest of the body." ~Dr. Hans Selye

"When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age." ~Victor Hugo

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

"You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." ~Douglas MacArthur

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."~C. S. Lewis

"You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred." ~Woody Allen (1935-)

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old." ~George Burns

"You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing." ~Michael Pritchard

"You're never too old to grow up." ~Shirley Conran on Maturity

"You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake." ~Bob Hope

"You might be getting older, but you don't have to get old". ~from Starts at 60 Style

"Youth is a state of the soul - nothing to do with age - everything to do with attitude." ~Anon, 1998/mpw


"Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life." ~Jean Paul

"I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.” ~Simone de Beauvoir

"I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older." ~Catherine Bowen

"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late." ~Benjamin Franklin

"Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy." ~Henri Frederic Amiel

"The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities." ~Khalil Gibran

"When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not." ~Yoda

“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ~Franz Kafka

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Ibn Arabi - imagination

"The whole of existence is imagination within imagination, while true Being is God alone." ~Ibn Arabi

Buson Quotes

"Ears of my old age; the summer rains falling down the rainpipe." ~Buson

"The old calendar fills me with gratitude." ~Buson

William Macneile Dixon - heart

"To understand any living thing, you must, so to say, creep within and feel the beating of its heart." ~William Macneile Dixon

Rob Legato - enthusiasm

"When we're infused with either enthusiasm or awe or fondness…it changes what we see. It changes what we remember." ~Rob Legato

Duke Ellington - do your best

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best." ~Duke Ellington


Gustav Adolfo Becquer - through the eyes

“The soul that can speak through the eyes, can also kiss with a gaze” ~Gustav Adolfo Becquer

Sarah Williams - perfect light

“Though my soul may set in darkness, It will rise in perfect light, I have loved the stars too fondly To be fearful of the night” ~Sarah Williams


John Cage Quotes

"I can't understand why people are afraid of new ideas, I'm afraid of the old ones." ~John Cage

"My favourite piece of music is the one we hear all the time if we are quiet." ~John Cage

"We need not destroy the past. It is gone." ~John Cage

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"You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name's sake, lead me and guide me." Psalm 31:3

"God speaks to those who take time to listen and He listens to those who take time to pray." ~Anon

"Help us, this and every day,
To live more nearly as we pray." ~John Keble

"Grant, O Lord, that I may be like a fire that illumines and warms, like a fountain that takes away thirst, like a tree that shelters and protects." ~Hindu Prayer

‪A Prayer for You...‬
‪May your precious soul be comforted by a blanket of divine love.‬
‪I call upon the angels to watch over you from the blessed heavens above.‬
‪May God hold you in safety, so you can release your worries and fear.‬
‪Let whatever you’re going through be just a reminder of what you hold dear.‬
‪~Robert Clancy‬

"God is the best listener, you don't have to shout nor cry out loud because He hears even the silent prayer of a sincere heart." ~Anon

"God likes to see His people shut up to this, that there is no hope but in prayer. Herein lies the church's power against the world." ~Andrew Bonar

"God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede." ~Oswald Chambers
"A mother prays that her child approach the world with wide open arms like the wings of the butterfly." ~Family Friends Poem

"All action is prayer. All trees are desire-fulfilling. All water is the Ganga. All land is Varanasi. Love everything." ~Neem Karoli Baba

"All that true prayer seeks is God Himself, for with Him we get all we need." ~The Kneeling Christian

"Beware of the prayers of the poor who are victims of injustice, for there is no curtain between them, and the Almighty." ~Anon

"Do you know what prayer is? It is not begging God for this and that. The first thing we have to do is to get you beggars to quit begging until a little faith moves in your souls." ~John G. Lake

"Every positive thought is a silent prayer which will change your life." ~Bryant McGill

"Happy is the person who learns to wait as he prays and never loses his patience, for God's time is the best time." ~The Bible

"Having a life time of prayer, talking to God become natural as breathing...it's the presence of God ... moment by moment reality" ~Anon

"Healing Prayer: May the Lord give you enough faith and hope to help you find the light on the dark days you can’t change and enough love to become that light on the days you can." ~Robert Clancy

"I am persuaded that we are all more deficient in a spirit of prayer than in any other grace. God loves importunate prayer so much that He will not give us much blessing without it." Adoniram Judson

"I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it." ~John Wesley

"I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer." ~Martin Luther

"I prayed so much that I turned into prayer." ~Rumi

“If during a prayer, the body does not exert itself, and the heart does not experience repentance, it is not yet a fully ripened fruit, because such a prayer is - without soul” ~Isaac the Syrian, a famous Orthodox Christian saint and ascetic (on Russian Faith)

“If every eight year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” – Dalai Lama

"If you are sick, fast and pray; if the language is hard to learn, fast and pray; if the people will not hear you, fast and pray, if you have nothing to eat, fast and pray." ~Frederick Franson

"If your day is hemmed in with prayers, it is less likely to come unraveled." ~Anon

"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart." ~John Bunyan

"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" ~Corrie Ten Boom

"Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer." ~E. M. Bounds

"Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart." ~Ruth Bell Graham (1920-2007)

"Let's be women who storm the gates of Heaven with prayers upon prayers." ~Wendy Pope ( Ephesians 6:18)

"Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them." ~Rabindranath Tagore

"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good." ~Maya Angelou

"Love is seeing God in the person next to us, and meditation is seeing God within." ~Ravi Shankar

"Many of us have inherited great risks from our parents - the bank account of their personal faith and family prayers." ~Nels F.S Fere

"Meditate every day. In the stillness, you will find your true being, you will hear the breathing of your soul - and of God." ~Neale Donald Walsch

"Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons; but they are helpless against our prayers." ~J. Sidlow Baxter

"Modelling a vibrant prayer life to your children and praying daily with your children is the best present you can ever give them." ~Anon

"My heroes in life are ordinary. Waking up each day and dealing with the ordinary challenges of life takes extraordinary courage. I celebrate the countless many who show grace and humour while tired and anxious. They leap into the unknown with children, worries and unvoiced problems. They still smile and laugh. They pray and hope. ... these people – us."~Pilgrim, Red Bubble

"My prayer today... is that we would wake up to what is happening around us. That we would be ready and doing what we need to do. Prayer is totally vital. Words don't change hearts but prayer can change anything!" ~Cam Richmond

"No Man can do a great and enduring work of God, who is not a man of prayer, and no man can be a man of prayer who does not give much time to praying." ~E M Bounds

"Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God." ~R.G. Lee

"O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth." ~Andrew Murray

“Often the answer to our prayer does not come while we’re on our knees, but while we’re on our feet serving the Lord and serving those around us.” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"Oftentimes men pray to the Father in Christ's name, but do not abide in Him, that is, they take His name into their mouths and on their lips, but not into their hearts and lives." ~Sadhu Sundar Singh

"One does not need to fast for days and meditate for hours at a time to experience the sense of sublime mystery which constantly envelops us. All one need do is to notice intelligently, if even for a brief moment, a blossoming tree, a forest flooded with autumn colors, an infant smiling." ~Simon Greenberg

"Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means for getting something for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself." ~Oswald Chambers

"Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us." ~Socrates

"Pray, love, teach by word and example. Your little place is not a steppingstone to greatness. It is greatness." ~David Roper

"Pray more with your heart and less with your brain." ~B. A. Kipfer

"Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan." ~John Bunyan

"Pray silently with simplicity every day to stay cool and calm in mind, composed and collected in heart; courageous and connected to own soul, to lay the way for a peaceful life." ~The Lovely Thoughts

"Pray to understand what man has forgotten." ~Lumbee

"Pray with a sincere and simple heart, and your prayers will be heard." ~Ramakrishna

"Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God's saints have been held." ~E. M. Bounds

"Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work." ~Oswald Chambers

“Prayer is aligning ourselves with the purposes of God.” ~E. Stanley Jones

"Prayer is an act if kindness that everybody needs. It costs nothing but it creates much." ~Dhenz Dancel

"Prayer is an essential tool for us to talk with God and to build a closer relationship with Him, so we can become more like our Father." ~Douglas S Winnail

"Prayer is and remains always a native and deepest impulse of the soul of man." ~ Thomas Carlyle

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

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

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart." ~Mahatma Gandhi

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

"Prayer is not given us as a burden to be borne or an irksome duty to fulfill, but to be a joy and power to which there is no limit." ~The Kneeling Christian

"Prayer is our pathway not only to divine protection, but also to a personal, intimate relationship with God." ~ Shirley Dobson

"Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child." ~Max ‪Lucado

"Prayer is such an ordinary, everyday, mundane thing. Certainly, people who pray are no more saints than the rest of us. Rather, they are people who want to share a life with God, to love and be loved, to speak and to listen, to work and to be at rest in the presence of God." ~Roberta Bondi

"Prayer is the cry of faith to the ear of mercy." ~Hannah Moore

"Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening." ~Mahatma Gandhi

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

"Prayer is the voice of faith, trusting that God knows and cares." ~Our Daily Bread

"Prayer is the way to open ourselves to God, and the way in which He shows us our unstable hearts and begins to strengthen them." ~Teresa of Avila

"Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven and meditation the eye wherewith we see God." ~ Ambrose of Milan

"Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God." ~Anon

"Prayer means launching out of the heart toward God; a cry of grateful love from the crest of joy or the trough of despair; it is a vast, supernatural force that opens out my heart, and binds me close to Jesus." ~St. Therese of Lisieux

"Prayer should become as natural as breathing." ~Our Daily Bread

"Prayer unites the soul to God, for although the soul may always be like God in nature and substance, it is often unlike Him in condition." ~Julian of Norwich (1342-1413), British Christian

"Prayers would not let you hate or make others angry." ~Anon

"Praying is not about asking; it's about listening ... It is just opening your eyes to see what was there all along." Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

"Praying is sometimes not the only thing that we can do to help those we love, but in many cases it is the best thing that we can do for them." ~Mountain Wisdom

"Protecting your heart with prayer: When we really get serious about prayer, the trigger is usually desperation, not duty." ~David Jeremiah

"Satan laughs at our toiling, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray." ~The Kneeling Christian

“Some of my earliest and fondest memories of my mother are of her kneeling at the side of per bed every night and praying. As a child, I would always get very close to her as she prayed. I would put my ear as close as I could to her mouth and try my best to hear what she was saying to God, but I never could make out the words. Today, being married to an addict myself, I'm pretty sure I know exactly what she was praying.” ~Barbara Bice, Just Right

"Some people pray just to pray and some people pray to know God." ~Andrew Murray

"Sometimes our prayers may seem to have been unanswered. But often, if we wait, we find they have been answered after all - though not in the way we had expected." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1979

"Tears are prayers too. They travel to God when we can't speak." ~Anon from
Ups, Downs & Roundabouts

"That which brings the praying soul near to God is humility of heart. That which gives wings to prayer is lowliness of mind." ~Edward McKendree Bounds

"The best prayer is humility put into practice." ~Leah C. Dancel

"The best reason to pray is that God is really there. In praying, our unbelief gradually starts to melt. God moves smack into the middle of even an ordinary day ... Prayer is a matter of keeping at it... Thunderclaps and lightning flashes are very unlikely. It is well to start small and quietly." ~Emilie Griffin

"The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays." ~Søren Kierkegaard

"The highest form of prayer comes from the depths of a humble heart." ~Our Daily Bread

"The kind of prayer God desires flows out of a humble evaluation of our own sinful hearts." ~Anne Cetas

"The Ministry of Prayer, if it be anything worthy of the Name, is a ministry of ardor, a ministry of unwearied and intense longing after God and His holiness." ~E. M. Bounds

"The only power that God will yield to is that of prayer." ~Leonard Ravenhill

"The secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer." ~The Kneeling Christian

"The secret of praying is praying in secret." ~Leonard Ravenhill

"The value of constant prayer is not that He will hear us, but that WE WILL HEAR HIM." ~William McGill

"The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong." ~E. M. Bounds

"There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees." ~Victor Hugo

"There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying." ~John G. Lake

"Two places are most valuable in this world: The nicest place is to be in someone's thoughts and the safest place is to be in someone's prayers." ~Anon

"Walking with God down the avenue of prayer we acquire something of His likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of His beauty and His grace." ~E. M. Bounds

"We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith alone. However, true prayer is one way of expressing your faith." ~Katherine Keher, Angel Stories and Miracles

"We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties." ~Oswald Chambers

"We lean to our own understanding, or we bank on service and do away with prayer, and consequently by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing prayer." ~Oswald Chambers

"What God gives in answer to our prayers will always be the thing we most urgently need, and it will always be sufficient." ~Elisabeth Elliot

"When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy." ~Corrie Ten Boom

"When I can go no further, I lift my hands upward and pray knowing that my God will carry me the rest of the way." ~Mountain Wisdom

"When life knocks you down to your knees, you’re in a perfect position to pray." ~Unattributed

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

"When the world pushes you to your knees, you are in a perfect position to pray." ~

"When we carry a burden which is a heavy load, it makes us weak and feeble and shaky that we kneel down or slump or pass out. But when God holds you, you still sustain enough strength to stay kneeling down, recompose, meditate then pray. You don't even have to say the words. He hears you through your spirit being in you." ~Leah C. Dancel, 9 July 2017

"When we pray, our hearts glow a glorious joy that lights our souls and all the world around us." ~Terri Guillemets

"When we pray, we may not see how God is working or understand how He will bring good through it all. So we have to trust Him. We relinquish our rights and let God do what is best." ~Our Daily Bread

"When we pray, we pray from the heart. By recognising God's mighty power and His great love for mankind, we are able to know that God is real." ~Rowena Caranto

"‪When you find time on your hands, put them together in Prayer." ~Anon

"When you pray, God hears your words, but he listens to what your heart has to say." ~Mountain Wisdom

“With prayer as with other gifts from God, it is not what you get that counts, it's what you do with it.” ~Anon

"You come with a cat and call it a rabbit." ~Proverb

"You pray in your distress and in your need, would that you might pray also in the fulness of your joy and your days of abundance." ~Kahlil Gibran


"As meditation flowers, you find that on one hand truth has revealed to you all its mysteries and on the other blissfulness is showering all its treasures on you." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"At the beginning of every winter people are careful to install storm windows. These extra panes of glass protect their houses against the bitter winds. We do something very similar to protect our minds through the practice of meditation." ~Eknath Easwaran

"Enjoy simple things with total intensity. Just a cup of tea can be a deep meditation." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"In meditation, you are calm and receptive. You are like an open door providing a kind of cross ventilation so that the air of divinity can move through you." ~Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu

"Meditation allows us to directly participate in our lives instead of living life as an afterthought." ~Stephen Levine

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

"Meditation has to become your heartbeat; even when you are asleep the meditation continues like an undercurrent." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Meditation is a flower and compassion is its fragrance." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Meditation is a silent heart, a peaceful mind which can make life more lovable, more livable...." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around." ~Dan Millman

"Meditation is an energy healing art that has great health benefits. Meditation is great for relaxing the mind, body, and spirit. In addition to boosting immunity to fight off harmful microorganisms, many studies have shown that meditation, mindfulness, and deep relaxation can reduce stress, improve cognitive focus, and affect emotions in positive ways." ~The Relaxed Mind

"Meditation is just a strategy to take away your personality, your thoughts, your mind, your identity with the body, and leave you absolutely alone inside, just a living fire. And once you have found your living fire, you will know all the joys and all the ecstasies that human consciousness is capable of." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Meditation is like giving a hug to ourselves, getting in touch with that awesome reality in us." ~Paramahansa Yogananda

"Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss or tranquility, nor is it attempting to be a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes." ~Chögyam Trungpa

"Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end." ~Jiddhu Krishnamurti

"Meditation is not something that should be done in a particular position at a particular time. It is an awareness and an attitude that must persist throughout the day." ~Annamalai Swami

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

"Meditation is silence. If you realize that you really know nothing, then you will be truly meditating. Such truthfulness is the right soil for silence. Silence is meditation." ~Yogaswami

"Meditation is the antidote to all the poisons of your life. It is the nourishment of your authentic nature." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity." ~Sivananda Saraswati

"Meditation is the golden key to all the mysteries of life." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Meditation is the highest form of prayer. In it you are so close to God that you don't need to say a thing It's just great to be together." ~Swami Chetan

"Meditation is the most significant because it opens the door for all other significant things: love, prayer, God, light, music, poetry." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Meditation is the soul's perspective glass." ~Owen Feltham

"Meditation makes you innocent, it makes you childlike. In that state, miracles are possible. That state is pure magic." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Meditation, perhaps, is the only alchemy that can transform a beggar into an emperor." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Meditation provides a way of learning how to let go. As we sit, the self we've been trying to construct and make into a nice, neat package continues to unravel." ~John Welwood

"Meditation stills the wandering mind and establishes us forever in a state of peace." ~Muktananda

"Mind is a door that leads you outside in the world; meditation is the door that leads you to your interiority—to the very innermost shrine of your being." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Mindfulness meditation doesn't change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart's capacity to accept life as it is." ~Sylvia Boorstein

"My whole effort here is to keep you as non-serious as possible, for the simple reason that meditation, all kinds of meditation, can make you too serious and that seriousness will create a spiritual disease and nothing else. Unless a meditation brings you more laughter, more joy, more playfulness, avoid it. It is not for you." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Seek in reading and thou shalt find in meditation; knock in prayer and it shall be opened in contemplation." ~John of the Cross

"Spiritual meditation is the pathway to Divinity. It is a mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to Truth, from pain to peace." ~James Allen

"The practice of meditation can, and should, be focused on the present. On the one hand, we silence the disturbing voices that bind us to the past. On the other, we must block the often frightening pictures that we ourselves create to represent our concerns about the future. Since our own fears create these pictures, they're neither comforting nor pleasant—and since there are countless possible futures that we have available to us, these "pictures" may not necessarily manifest as the actual future. Many of our personal conflicts and tensions can be resolved when meditation allows us to concentrate fully on the present. This is how we develop the ability to focus on what's important, minimizing extraneous thoughts. The practice of meditation needs persistence and tenacity, as negative thoughts may return repeatedly, often through mere force of habit. The past is finished. Learn from it and let it go. As for the future, it isn't even here yet—of course you should plan for it, but don't waste your time worrying about it. Worrying is worthless. When you stop focusing on what has already happened and what may never happen, then you'll be in the present moment. Then you'll begin to experience joy in life." ~Dr. Brian Weiss

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

"The practice of reflective meditation, which consists of holding certain ideas in the mind long enough to enable them to form emotional connections, tends to break up the crust of habit and to create a new will." ~Walter M. Horton

"The you that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same you that comes out the other side." ~Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

"Through meditation you discover that while it is the brain that moves the body, it is the mind that moves the world." ~Stuart Avery Gold

"To be alone and to be drunk with your own aloneness is what meditation is all about." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"True meditation gives us, as it were, wings for flight to a higher realm and thus detaches us from terrestrial fetters." ~Paramananda

“When the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray” ~Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

"When you are angry with someone and you throw your anger on him, you are creating a chain reaction. Now he too will be angry. This may continue for lives and you will go on being enemies. How can you end it? There is only one possibility. You can end it only in meditation, nowhere else, because in meditation you are not angry with someone: you are simply angry." ~Osho

"Wisdom happens through meditation, and bliss also happens through meditation. Both the flowers bloom on the same branch." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"You cannot see clearly, because you are so full of expectations, hopes, desires. Your eyes are covered with many layers of dust: you need a deep cleansing of your eyes. That's what meditation is. Let the thoughts disappear, the hopes disappear, the desires disappear. Then you have a clarity, then your eyes are perfect mirrors. Only then, in that silent state of your vision, will you know the secrets of the beyond." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh



"Contemplation places us in a purity and radiance which is far above our understanding." ~John of Ruysbroeck

"Finding love is like finding one answer to all of your prayers." ~Jennifer Regimbald

"For what is prayer but the extension of yourself into the living ether?" ~Khalil Gibran

"If you learn to go beyond the jabbering of your mind, and can go to the deeper aspects of your consciousness, then body, breath, and mind will not come in your way." ~Swāmī Rāma

"One hour of contemplation surpasses sixty years of worship." ~Muhammad

"When the mind is really absent, in that silence, in that unlimited space, your potential starts glowing, radiating, flowering. Suddenly you are full of cherry blossoms, a new presence, a new fragrance." ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"You experience the deepest worship in your life in your dark moments, when you weather storms after storms." ~Kyle Reygel Perales



"Dear God,
I don’t want to go another day
without you in my life,
controlling every part of my heart.
I offer you my body.
I dedicate myself to you.
In light of all you’ve done for me,
I give myself as a living sacrifice
to you as a spiritual act of worship.

I humbly admit that I need help.
I want you to help renew my mind.
Help me to think
the way you want me to think.
Please forgive me for my pride.
I don’t want to think
more highly of myself than I should.
My faith needs to grow,
and I need your help
to set goals that can be measured
so I can manage them.
Forgive me for trying
to change on my own.

I want to fill my life with love.
I want to fill my life with you.
Help me to get group support.
Help me to take delight
in honoring other people,
to focus on giving my life away
so that you can take care of my needs.
I want to nurture
my enthusiasm by being in you.
Help me to be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
and faithful in prayer.
I give myself to you.
In your name I pray.
~Pastor Rick Warren


"Dear God,
Please help me to see this situation clearly.
Help me to see the best path to take
and to find grace through this journey.
I call forward the wisdom
of my Higher Self and my angelic team
and ask for signs of magic along my way.
Help me to see through the eyes of my soul
so that my journey is filled with love and joy.
Help me find my way into a deeper level
of authentic joy and well-being.
I now allow myself to connect
with the wisdom in my soul.
I trust my path and I know
I am being gently held
in the love of the Divine.
Thank you, God,
for watching over me.
Love, Me."
~Laurel Bleadon-Maffei


"Lord, when I am wrong make me willing to change;
And when I am right make me easy to live with!"
~Anon, TFBFG 1998/mpw


"Say a little prayer today
Its something we can all give
Say a prayer for all you love
And all you wish you could
Say a little prayer for peace and strength
Say a prayer for hope
Every little prayer you pray
Is precious in its worth!" ~Cam Richmond

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