"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


Chris Hart - smile

"All the statistics in the world can't measure the warmth of a smile." ~Chris Hart

Alfred Adler Quotes

"Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority." ~Alfred Adler

"The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions." ~Alfred Adler

"Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement." ~Alfred Adler

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Mary Tyler Moore Quotes

"Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." ~Mary Tyler Moore

"Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave." ~Mary Tyler Moore

"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." ~Mary Tyler Moore

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Leon Brown Quotes

"A moment of anger can destroy a lifetime of work, whereas a moment of love can break barriers that took a lifetime to build." ~Leon Brown

"Be patient. Life will offer you another chance as soon as you find calm within, for abundance is born out of calmness." ~Leon Brown

"Healing is not an overnight process; it is a daily cleansing of pain, it is a daily healing of your life." ~Leon Brown

"It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you." ~Leon Brown

"It all begins with you. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not be strong enough to take care of anything in life." ~Leon Brown

"It all begins with you! Which is why you must take special care of yourself, as then you'll have the strength to take care of others." ~Leon Brown

"Never give up hope. Situations can change overnight, and problems can dissolve in the light of a new day's sun." ~Leon Brown

“One day you will realize that material things mean nothing. All that matters is the well-being of the people in your life.” ~Leon Brown

"The pain will not go away by getting angry or bitter, it will go away when you learn to accept life's challenges with grace and ease." ~Leon Brown

"There is no need for revenge. Living happily ever after is a sign that you have not let the past beat you." ~Leon Brown

"Too many people listen to the noise of the world instead of themselves."~ Leon Brown

"Understand that you own nothing. Everything that surrounds you is temporary, only the love in your heart will last forever." ~Leon Brown

"When the storm has passed, put your energy into rebuilding your life, don't waste time looking back." ~Leon Brown

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Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

"Be soft.
Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let the pain make you hate.
Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pride that even though
the rest of the world may disagree,
you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
~Kurt Vonnegut

"Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before." ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

"Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things." -Kurt Vonnegut

"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center." ~Kurt Vonnegut

"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The Only Proof He Needed for the Existence of God Was Music." ~Kurt Vonnegut

"The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest." ~Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." ~Kurt Vonnegut

"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured." ~Kurt Vonnegut

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Angela Airey - intuition

"Your intuition will tell you who's bluffing, who's lying, who's taking advantage - and who's trustworthy. " ~Angela Airey, Author (Intuition - A Business Skill).

Bette Neese - mosquito

"If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito." ~Bette Neese

Emory Austin - song

"Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway." ~Emory Austin

David Icke - be joyous

"The best way of removing negativity is to laugh and be joyous." ~David Icke

Harold R. McAlindon - leave a trail

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~Harold R. McAlindon

Robert J. Flaherty - prospector

"There's a saying among prospectors: 'Go out looking for one thing and that's all you'll ever find." ~Robert J. Flaherty

Leslie Ludy - priceless jewels

"Whenever you surrender the most precious areas of your life to GOD, it's like trading in a pile of worthless pebbles for a truckload of priceless jewels." ~Leslie Ludy

Patricia Neal - miracles

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

Alex Karras - soul and spirit

"Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles." ~Alex Karras

Hugh Miller - opportunities

"Problems are opportunities with thorns on them." ~Hugh Miller

Ezra Taft Benson - grateful

"The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become." ~Ezra Taft Benson

St Basil of Caesaria - friendship

"He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love." ~St Basil of Caesaria

George Washington Burnap - grand essentials

"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are: something to do, something to love and something to hope for." ~George Washington Burnap

John Wanamaker - mountain

"One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time." ~John Wanamaker

Dave Turner - dreams

"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us." ~Dave Turner

Morris Mandel - sixty minutes

"The darkest hour has only sixty minutes." ~Morris Mandel

Herm Albright - attitude

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


Mx - faithful

"A man is only as faithful as his options." ~Hero, MX, Lost in Love, 27 February 2013

Chris Widener - important

"Don't do what is fun. Don't do what is easy. Do what is IMPORTANT! Live out your priorities! When you do, you will guarantee that you will make your day GREAT, every day!" ~Chris Widener


Emily Post Quotes


"Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory." ~Emily Post, (1873-1960)

"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use." ~Emily Post

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Blaine Lee - Leadership

"The great leaders are like the best conductors - they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players." ~Blaine Lee on Leadership

Suzy Greaves - life

"To start living a passionate life, you need to dig around and start getting back in touch with what you love, what you enjoy and what makes your heart sing." ~Suzy Greaves

Jimmy Durante - rain

"If you want the rainbow you've got to put up with the rain." ~Jimmy Durante


Robert Greene - savour of content

"Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content; The quiet mind is richer than a crowne."~Robert Greene (1558-92)

Sadako Sasaki - peace

"I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world." ~Sadako Sasaki

Jonathan Sacks - Peace

"Peace can be agreed around the conference table, but unless it grows in ordinary hearts and minds, it does not last. It may not even begin." ~Jonathan Sacks

David Mitchell - ocean

"What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?" ~David Mitchell


"A book is a dream you hold in your hand." ~Neil Gaiman

"A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out." ~G. C. Lichtenberg

“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” ~Salman Rushdie

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us." ~Franz Kafka

"A book of quotations can never be complete." ~Robert M. Hamilton

"A good book can soothe away a lot of our pain!" ~Mary Balogh

"A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great book gives you no choice." ~ Anon

"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading." ~William Styron

"A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth"~ Anon

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once." ~George RR. Martin

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." ~Cicero

"A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight." ~William Robertson Davies

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." ~Maya Angelou

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

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." ~ Stephen King

"Books are cold and certain friends." ~Victor Hugo

“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ~Mark Twain

“Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.” ~Edwin Percy Whipple from Chicken Soup for the Soul

"Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out." ~Anon

"Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them." ~Samuel Butler

"Books are like little immortal treats that I get to eat over and over again." ~Unattributed from Literature is my Utopia

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

“Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.” ~Alan Bennett

"Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house." ~Henry Ward Beecher

“Books are not my whole life, but they make my life whole.” ~AnOn

"Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life." ~Jesse Lee Bennett

"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life'." ~Helen Exley

"Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secret of our own" -William Hazzlit

"Books, like friends, should be few and well-chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again - for like true friends, they never fail us, never cease to instruct us, never cloy." ~Elbert Hubbard

“Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.” ~Francis Bacon

"Books were my window on the world. Growing up at the Elephant and Castle, which was very rough, my paradise was the library." ~Michael Caine

"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 Wool

"Every wrinkle on our faces is a story lived with courage, pride, smile, cry, love. I'm like the words of an open book, peeled by time, before the eyes of the world." ~Alda Merini

"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." ~Martin Luther

"From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it." ~Anon

"He loved books, those undemanding but faithful friends." ~Victor Hugo

“He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.” ~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.” ~Bertolt Brecht

"I'm enjoying the sound of rain pattering on the roof of my cozy little abode. It is the perfect musical accompaniment to a good book." ~Edie Talley

“I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn” ~Robert Frost

"I believe the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but those that bring simple little pleasures, following one after another softly, like pearls slipping off a string." ~ ~Lucy Maud Montgomery

"I do, indeed, close my door at times and surrender myself to a book, but only because I can open the door again and see a human face looking at me." ~Martin Buber

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ~Groucho Marx

"I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul." ~Rumi

"I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories. Books are safer than other people anyway." ~Neil Gaiman

"I made use of the college library by borrowing books other than scientific books, such as all of the plays by George Bernard Shaw, the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The college library helped me to develop a broader aspect on life." ~Linus Pauling, Scientist (American Library Association "Libraries Change Lives" Campaign, 1995.)

"I read my eyes out, and cant read half enough. The more one reads the more one sees we have to read." ~John Adams

"I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place." ~Anne Tyler

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see." ~John Burroughs

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” ~Harold Kushner

"I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren't in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets." ~Dolly Parton

"If bookworms ruled the world, bookstores would have shopping carts." ~Books Direct

"If it is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish." ~S.I. Hayakawa (1906-1992)

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” ~Toni Morrison

“If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all.” ~Thomas Carlyle on Reading

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~Stephen King

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

"If we could read the minds of other animals we would find only truths." ~A.D. Williams

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ~Mark Twain

"In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own." ~Anna Quindlen

"It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you can." ~Jane Hamilton

"It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life." ~Victor Hugo

"I've written a lot of books which are written from the moon - the view from nowhere." ~Clifford Geertz

"Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force." ~Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier." ~Kathleen Norris

"Keep reading. It's one of the most marvellous adventures that anyone can have." ~Loyd Alexander

"Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations." ~Vladimir Nabokov

“Lend us a book we can read up alone” ~Anon

"Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read." ~Cassandra Clare

"Love is the religion, and the universe is the book." ~Rumi

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

“Men do not understand books until they have had a certain amount of life, until they have seen and lived at least part of their contents” ~Ezra Pound

"Men, like books, are large and small, quartos, folios and tiny volumes. Some are fairer bound than others, and some that lack in show make up in durability of binding and in the value of their contents. Some are pious and some profane, some full of wisdom and some full of folly, but each must have a final page with the word 'Finis'." ~Richard Gove

"Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume, or sat with parted lips listening to a new talker, or for very lack of books began to listen to the voices within, as the first traceable beginning of our love.' ~George Eliot

“My alma mater was books, a good library - I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity” ~Malcolm X

"My books are friends that never fail me." ~Thomas Carlyle

"My books need no one to accuse or judge you: the page which is yours stands up against you and says, "You are a thief." ~Marcus Valerius Martial on Plagiarism

“Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me.” ~Anatole France

"No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over." ~Eugene Field

“Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.” ~Mickey Spillane

"Nothing like a good old hard copy of a book. The SMELL of the pages quite intoxicating, wanting to spread those covers and ravish those words within. The feel of your fingers caressing paper filled with scenes." ~Kay Swan Mills

"October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book." ~John Sinor

"One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper." ~Michael Cunningham

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~Groucho Marx

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

"Read. Forget everything you've been told about books and read." ~Paulo Coelho

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

“Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge, it is thinking that makes what we read ours." ~Anon

"Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are." ~Mason Cooley

"Reading in bed before sleep, the luxury of entering another world as if from above..." ~Maxine Kumin

"Reading is a pleasure of the mind, which means that it is a little like a sport: your eagerness and knowledge and quickness count for something. The fun of reading is not that something is told to you, but that you stretch your mind. Your own imagination works along with the author's, or even goes beyond his, yields the same or different conclusions, and your ideas develop as you understand his." ~Bennett Cerf (1898-1971)

"Reading … is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual." ~Jorge Luis Borges

“Reading is my favourite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.” ~from "Agnes Grey" By Anne Brontë

"Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude." ~Marcel Proust

‪"Reading is the gateway to life." ~Mary Waite‬

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." ~Joseph Addison

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch." ~R Steele

"Reading makes me feel I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. ... Reading is bliss." ~Nora Ephron

"Reading opens doors to a world of choice and opportunity." ~The Indigenous Literacy Foundation

"Reading something unfamiliar widens our horizon." ~Alex Umali

"Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." ~Hazel Rochman

"Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head." ~Paul Auster

"Reading won't solve your problems. But then again, neither will housework." ~Susan Wiggs

"She reads books as one would breath air, to fill up and live." ~Annie Dillard

"Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again." ~Louisa May Alcott

"Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested." ~Francis Bacon

“Sometimes I sensed that the books I read in rapid succession had set up some sort of murmur among themselves, transforming my head into an orchestra pit where different musical instruments sounded out, and I would realize that I could endure this life because of these musicales going on in my head.” ~Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

"Speak Love: The story of your life isn’t written in a book, it’s told by the kindness in your heart." ~Robert Clancy

"The act of reading is a partnership. the author builds a house, but the reader makes it a home." ~J. Picoult

"The book is an experience that allows you to witness your feelings without having to surrender to them, to succumb to them, or to be battered by them. It gives you access to a deep knowledge of how you would respond to things you would never, thank goodness, have been required to experience." ~Michael Silverblatt
The bookshop has a thousand books,
All colours, hues and tinges,
And every cover is a door
That turns on magic hinges." ~Anon (TFBFG 1987/CAH)
"The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency - the belief that the here and now is all there is." ~Allan Bloom (1930-1992) American Philosopher, Classicist, and Academic

"The illiterate of the future are not those who can't read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn. ~Alvin Tofler

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.” ~Mark Twain

"The more a child reads, the likelier they are able to understand the emotions of others," ~Anon, Book Facts

"The more we read books, the likelier our ability to understand better the emotions of others. Read. Take advantage of the Net." ~Rafael Alunan III, 8 January 2017)

“The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing; one comes to the country of the writer with one's papers and identification pretty much in order. Constant reading will pull you into a place (a mind-set, if you like the phrase) where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness. It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn't, what is trite and what is fresh, what works and what just lies there dying (or dead) on the page. The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.” ~Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." ~from Quotes About Life

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it." ~Bertrand Russell

"There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book." ~Anon

"There is a great deal to be learned from books and school but you also have to get out into the world and experience things for yourself." ~Sean Hemingway on what he's learned from his grandfather.

"There is no friend as loyal as a book." ~Ernest Hemingway

"There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away." ~Emily Dickinson

"There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you." ~Doris Lessing

"There's so much more to a book than just the reading." ~Maurice Sendak

“They castrate the books of other men in order that with the fat of their works they may lard their own lean volumes.” ~Paulus Jovius (also known as Paolo Giovio)

"Thousands kiss the books outside, who never look within." ~Anon

"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” ~W. Somerset Maugham

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." -Victor Hugo

"To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one." ~Chinese Proverb

"To read is to empowerTo empower is to writeTo write is to influenceTo influence is to changeTo change is to live." ~Jane Evershed

"We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful." ~Lord Henry from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

"We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth." John Lubbock

"When two people read books in each other’s company it is considered companionable silence, or mutual intellectual interest, or a romantic version of solitude from which one is sure they will surface shortly to discuss what they have read and marvel at each other’s insights." ~Emma Brockes

"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow
In more light." ~Vera Nazarian

"Wisdom discloses Truth in ways that cannot even be explained with a thousand books, a million teachings from religious figures, or a hundred million facts memorized and assimilated. Wisdom is so pure, that even language corrupts it." ~The Mind Unleashed
“You are the books you read, the films you watch,
the music you listen to, the people you meet,
the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in.
You are what you take from these.
You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air,
the brightest light and the darkest corner.

You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life.
You are every single second of every single day.
So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence.
Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind
until there is nothing left to do but explode.
There are no wrong answers.
Inspiration is everything.
Sit back, relax, and take it all in.
Now, go out and create something.”
~Jac Vanek
"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." ~C.S. Lewis

"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." ~Paul Sweeney

"You will be the same person you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read." ~Charlie Jones

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

"Your life is a book; Make it a bestseller." ~Shannon Gray



“A good listener is not someone with nothing to say. A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.”
Katharine Whitehorn

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." ~Henry Ward Beecher

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” ~Anon

"Being a bookworm means having non-fictional feelings for fictional characters." ~The Bookworm's Diary

"Our nothingness differs little; it is a trivial and chance circumstance that you should be the reader of these exercises and I their author." ~Jorge Luis Borges

"Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.
When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves.
We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost.
That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence."
~Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

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Paul Brunton - test

"Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness." ~Paul Brunton


"A beautiful face can't conceal an ugly heart for very long. Who you are on the inside eventually shows up on the outside." ~Anon

"A plain woman is one who, however beautiful, neglects to charm." ~Edgar Saltus

"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness." ~John Keats

"A woman's beauty is not measured by her outer appearance, but by the view of her heart to another human being." ~ anon from FB

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

“All the truth you’ll ever need to know is found when you trust the beauty in your heart.” ~Robert Clancy

"All the ugliness of the world can best be forgotten in the beauty of nature." ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow." ~from ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy

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

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." ~Franz Kafka

"Basic beauty lies in the way a woman walks; it is health and an attitude to life." ~Nancy Astor

"Be Beautiful: Shine your beauty to the world as if it’s love's first precious kiss." ~Robert Clancy

"Be Radiant! Never underestimate the great tool you carry with you everywhere…your beautiful smile. It can touch the heart of an old friend, bring radiance to a stranger and most importantly, it can change your whole outlook on life when you share it with yourself." ~Robert Clancy
"Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul."
~Alexander Pope
"Beauty alone can attract a man, but it cannot make him stay." ~Deep Thoughts online

"Beauty and goodness comes from the inside." ~Ronny's-G's Travels from B&P

"Beauty and grace command the world." ~Park Benjamin

"Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said." ~George Santayana

"Beauty awakens the soul to act." ~Dante Alighieri

"Beauty can be found in just about everything, but the greatest amount is found right there in your heart." ~Robert Clancy on Self- Worth

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

"Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them." ~David Hume

"Beauty is a form of genius — is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon." ~Oscar Wilde

"Beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction." ~Aristotle

"Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us." ~Blaise Pascal

"Beauty is a light in the heart." ~Khalil Gibran

"Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever." ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

"Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It's about knowing and accepting who you are." ~Ellen DeGeneres

"Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?" ~George Bernard Shaw

"Beauty is but a flower, which wrinkles will devour." ~Thomas Nash

"Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul." ~George Bancroft

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

"Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical." ~Sophia Loren

"Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty." ~David Hume

"Beauty is not extravagance; beauty is life." ~Imelda Marcos

"Beauty isn't having a beautiful face. It's about having a beautiful mind, a good heart and a kind soul." ~Anon

"Beauty isn't having a beautiful face. It's about having a beautiful mind, a good heart and a kind soul." ~Anon

"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." ~Kahlil Gibran

“Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.” ~Shannon L. Alder

"Beauty is often spoken of as though it only stirs lust or admiration, but the most beautiful people are so in a way that makes them look like destiny or fate or meaning, the heroes of a remarkable story." ~Rebecca Solnit

"Beauty is power; a smile is its sword." ~Anon

"Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love." ~Evelyn Underhill

"Beauty is the illumination of your soul." ~John O'Donohue

"Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity." ~Oscar Wilde from "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young

"Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men." ~Chinese Proverb

"Beauty is whatever gives joy." ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

‪"Beauty‬ is when you can ‪appreciate‬ yourself. When you ‪‎love‬ yourself, that's when you're most ‪beautiful‬." ~Zoë Kravitz

"Beauty lies within your heart. It shows." ~Leah C. Dancel

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

"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears." ~Edgar Allan Poe

“Beauty, real everlasting beauty, lives not on our faces, but in our attitude and our actions. It lives in what we do for ourselves and for others.” ~Justina Chen

"Beauty speaks to us in moments." ~Bryant McGill

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

"Beauty surrounds us." ~Rumi

"Beauty talks in the language of the heart. The magnificence of a sunset, or of a violin concerto, cannot be adequately conveyed in words. Just as food nourishes our body, beauty nourishes our spirit. It inspires and challenges us to do great things. But you don’t need to be rich or powerful to enjoy the sublime pleasure of beauty. The only thing you need is the willingness to appreciate the beauty that is already around you - in nature, in other people, in works of art, architecture, music and literature. In a world where creativity and innovation are essential in every aspect of life, beauty is a powerful fuel for successful living." ~Ralph Marston

“Beauty without intelligence is like a hook without bait.” ~Molière, Tartuffe

"Beautiful in my opinion, has nothing to do with looks. It's how you are as a person and how you make others feel about themselves." ~The Notebook of Life

"Beautiful isle of the sea, Smile on the brow of the waters." ~George Cooper

"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art." ~Anon

"Because your heart is so beautiful , everything looks beautiful to you." ~Zen proverb

"Dimples enhance the beauty of a deity." ~Leah C. Dancel, October 14, 2017

"Creating beauty in the world is as simple as sharing a smile." ~Robert Clancy

"Don't let anyone or anything rob you of the beauty and meaning at the heart of life. It's your birthright gift." ~Parker J. Palmer

"Each day has so much beauty waiting for us to open our eyes in wonder." ~Anon

"Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside." ~Coco Chanel

"Enjoy the incredible beauty even in the smallest of things!" ~Dr. Susan

"Even in today's world, beauty and truth can still be found and the first place to start looking is within my own self." ~Thought for Today-UK

"Every beauty and greatness in this world is created by a single thought or emotion inside a man." ~Kahlil Gibran

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." ~John Muir

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." ~Confucius

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." ~Audrey Hepburn

"For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it." ~Ivan Panin

"For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity." -Gotthold Ephraim Lessing from BrainyQuote

"Glances of true beauty can be seen in the faces of those who live in true meekness." ~Henry David Thoreau

"Goodness is beauty in the best estate." ~Christopher Marlowe

"How can so much beauty paint so much sadness as well?" ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, Social Welfare ASec

"How I feel about myself is more important than how I look. Feeling confident, being comfortable in your skin—that's what really makes you beautiful." ~Bobbi Brown

"I am not pretty.
I am not beautiful.
I am as radiant as the sun."
~Suzanne Collins

"I believe true beauty comes from the heart." ~Anon

"I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains." ~Anne Frank

"I think we grow up as girls having to deal with a lot of oppressive beauty myths. And Anne is a girl who fails by all standards of what is acceptable and beautiful. She's not pretty. She's not rich. She has no parents. But through sheer exercise of will she makes the world understand how beautiful she is. It's her specialness, her ability to transform how people perceive her, that audiences, particularly girls, want to believe in."-Megan Follows on her character, Anne Shirley

"If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be." ~Anon

"If you could just believe in your own beauty, you could then believe in the beauty of others." ~Bryant McGill

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

"Integrity reveals beauty." ~Thomas Leonard

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

"It's beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart." ~Anon

"It is not beauty that endears, it's love that makes us see beauty." ~Leo Tolstoy

"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit." ~Robert Louis Stevenson

"Keep the beauty inside your heart untarnished. Don't let greed and covetousness blemish that gem." ~Leah C. Dancel

"Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." ~Rumi

"Let us live for the beauty of our own reality." ~Charles Lamb

"Life has dark moments and it is out of our darkness that we often find our greatest beauties and strengths." ~Bryant McGill

"Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind." ~Ashley Smith

"Look at light and admire its beauty. Close your eyes, and then look again: what you saw is no longer there; and what you will see later is not yet." ~Leonardo da Vinci

"Look for the beauty in each day. See the light...smell the fragrance... listen to the birds sing..." ~I Must Be A Mermaid

"Looking far behind, finds beauty within." ~Arjoy Ceniza

"Love becomes an unlimited renewable resource the instant it’s powered by all the beauty within your priceless soul." ~Robert Clancy

"Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out." ~Jenn Proske

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." ~Anon

"No amount of physical beauty will ever be as valuable as a beautiful heart." ~Anon

"No matter what people say, you will ALWAYS be beautiful." ~Abhi

"No other beauty can be greater than a woman whose confidence and strength exude from the inside." ~Kate De la Rue

"Nothing beautiful can be summarized." ~Paul Valery

"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful, than the belief that she is beautiful." ~Sophia Loren

"Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand." ~Khalil Gibran

"People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder." ~Salma Hayek

"People who are truly beautiful are always filled with beauty on the inside, which spills over to the outside." ~Fiona (The Healing Room)

"Rare is the union of beauty and purity." ~Juvenal from BrainyQuote

"Real beauty is about looking life right in the face and seeing all its magnificence reflected in your own." ~Valerie Monroe

"Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison." ~Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.” ~Carl Sagan, Cosmos

"The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor." ~J. Paul Getty

"The beauties that we know: an amazing sunset, the taste of ripe fruit, the warm breeze of a spring day, a painting by Van Gogh, the music of Mozart; these things are not complete. They are merely hints of the real beauty that is." ~from DB, Vagabond Journeys

"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way that she combs her hair. But the beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart. The place where love resides." ~Anon

"The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides." ~Anon

"The beauty of your kindness can extend further and brighten the world more than you ever would have imagined in your wildest dreams." ~Lacey @ Things of Beauty

"The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express." ~Sir Francis Bacon

"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed." ~Ernest Hemingway

"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

"The moon reflected in the water is not the real moon, but still it has tremendous beauty; and if the waters of your mind are silent, then the moon reflected in those waters is exactly the same." ~Osho

“The moon teaches us that darkness can’t hide the beauty of life if we know how to reflect beauty.” Debasish Mridha

"The more often we see the things around us, even the beautiful and wonderful things — the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world." ~Joseph B. Wirthlin

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths." ~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"The pain passes, but the beauty remains". ~Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

"The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others." ~Anon

"The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day. . . we become seekers." ~Peter Matthiessen

"The world has its own ways of treating us like what we will never be, but want to be. It relinquishes its grip on our souls while lulling us with the songs of freedom and conquest of beauty. It magnifies every tiny bit of something useless over an unfathomable presence of humanity. And we all waste the whole of our lives standing in queue for gaining its attention to be abdicated as if we never existed in the eyes of our fellow men.” ~Annie Ali

"The world will be saved by beauty." ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

"There are millions of smiles shared everyday, but only one as uniquely beautiful as yours." ~Robert Clancy

"There can never be a more beautiful you, than when you shine the way only you can. Today is your day to be that light!" ~Robert Clancy

"There is a beauty in pain.
The darkness has to be faced or there
is never a way to the light."
~Thomas Plummer

"There is a divine beauty within all life. To feel this beauty is a spiritual experience." ~A.D. Williams

"There is a kind of beauty in imperfection." ~Conrad Hall

"There is beauty in every new season." ~The 700 Club

"There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness." ~Lady Blessington

"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." ~Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

"There is no reason for beauty. It just is." ~Erin Kellison

"There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty." ~Joseph Addison

"There is so much beauty in the world around us...as you acknowledge the beauty--even the smallest thing--beauty will acknowledge you." ~Bryant McGill

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy." ~Ann Frank

"To allow each moment to unfold on its own will reveal beauty unimagined." ~Alex Woodard

"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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

"To keep beauty in its place is to make all things beautiful." ~George Santayana

"To love beauty is to see light." ~Victor Hugo

"To walk in beauty with all things, we must connect with all things. Treat them seriously, with reverence. Beauty surrounds us." ~Anon

"True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others." ~Alek Wek

"True beauty never fades." ~Leah C. Dancel, 26 April 2016

"We have the power to challenge and redefine beauty every day through our words and actions." ~Ben Barry

"We must be surrounded by beauty if our souls are to grow." ~M. Scott Momaday, Kiowa novelist

“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.” ~David Brower

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

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.” ~from "The Makioka Sisters" By Junichiro Tanizaki

"When one is in love, even the scars left by smallpox are as beautiful as dimples on a person’s cheeks." ~Anon

"When you allow life to happen, it will unfold its beauty like a newborn butterfly’s wings; today is the day to take flight and sail on the winds of love." ~Robert Clancy

"When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty." ~Kahlil Gibran

"When your heart rings, an angel sings for all the beauty love brings." ~Robert Clancy

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

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

“Woman is a delicate creature with strong emotions who has been created by the Almighty God to shoulder responsibility for educating society and moving toward perfection. God created woman as symbol of His own beauty and to give solace to her partner and her family.” ~Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

"You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing." ~Marie Carmichael Stopes

"You see behind the masks and beneath the fears to the beauty within every heart." ~Jim Johnson

"You will find beauty in every person and experience if beauty has been cultivated within. The supreme hallmark of reality is balance. Balance and fullness exists in the polarity of all things. How we choose to perceive affects how we partake of reality; narrowly or completely. When you succumb to cynicism, darkness, pessimism and sarcasm you are amplifying imbalance and negativity. Dominant negativity cheats reality of its mutual positives." ~Bryant McGill

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

"Your eyes are an ocean of beauty." ~Anon

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

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

“Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.” ~Christian Dior


"A frown will bring the sun down, but a smile will light a thousand miles." ~Robert Clancy

"A laugh is a smile that bursts." ~Mary H. Waldrip

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” ~Phyllis Diller

"A smile is an act of kindness." ~A.D. Williams

"A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks." ~Charles Gord

"A smile is complete when it begins in your heart, reflects in your eyes and ends with a glow on your face." ~ILMF

"A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside."~Denis Waitley

"A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home." ~Anon

"A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear." ~Anon

"A smile is the shortest distance between two people." ~Victor Borge

"A miracle occurs every time you share a smile." ~Robert Clancy

"A smile radiates hope, more meaningful to those who border hopelessness" ~Dr. Abdullah Dangcal Alonto

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

"A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy - the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love." ~Thomas C Haliburton

"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."~Anne Roiphe

"Adding kindness to your life’s wardrobe is as simple as wearing a smile on your heart." ~Robert Clancy on Wear a Smile

"All smiles are created with love...and a sprinkle of angelic light." ~Robert Clancy

"Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier." ~Lord Alfred Tennyson

"In the eyes of the angels you’re a beautiful celestial masterwork created by God. Let the world see that art that’s showcased by your heart. All you have to do is light it up with a radiant smile." ~Robert Clancy

"Let my Soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts." ~Paramahansa Yogananda

"When you wear a smile your entire world becomes the universe within my heart." ~Robert Clancy

"Never underestimate the light you bring to the world with your beautiful smile." ~Robert Clancy

"One smile has the power to:
Calm fears.
Soften stone walls.
Warm a cold heart.
Invite a new friend.
Mimic a loving hug.
Beautify the bearer.
Lighten heavy loads.
Promote good deeds.
Brighten a gloomy day.
Comfort a grieving spirit.
Offer hope to the forlorn.
Send a message of caring.
Lift the downtrodden soul.
Patch up invisible wounds.
Weaken the hold of misery.
Act as medicine for suffering.
Attract the companionship of angels.
Fulfil the human need for recognition.
Who knew changing the world would prove so simple."
~Richelle E. Goodrich

"Smile and show your dimple;
you'll find it's very simple:
You can think of something comical
in a very little while.
Chase away the wrinkle;
sprinkle just a twinkle:
Light your face up,
just brace up and smile."
~Irving Berlin

"Smile is one of the most important part of your personality. It is a mirror that reflects the good things inside of you." ~Happy Heart Daily Inspiration

"Smile - sunshine is good for your teeth." ~Anon

"Smiling can be a deliberate, intentioned act. When it is that, it becomes an act of creation, and a powerful tool. Be quick to smile, and quick to share your smile with others. You will light up your heart and light up the room." ~Neale Donald Walsch

"Smiling is the best way to face every problem, to crush every fear and to hide every pain.” ~Anon

"Sometimes even the naughty smile of a little child brings gladness to the heart." ~‪Georix Alertze‬

"The sides of buildings should be like the tops of lakes. I’d fish through your window hoping to catch a smile." ~Jarod Kintz

"The smile that lights up a face brimming with love is the most beautiful in the entire world." ~Amma

“The world always looks better from behind a smile.” ~Anon

"There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

"There is a divine beauty and grace within all animals." ~A.D. Williams

"Think about how much better this world would be if people would just smile at each other more often...You don't have to talk; you don't have to agree on anything; all you have to do is smile! Smiling breaks barriers; it eases tension, and it's the first step to making a new friend." ~Tom Giaquinto, Be A Good Human (from Mermaids of the Lake)

"To me nothing in the world is as precious as a genuine smile, especially from a child." ~Rumi

"True friends are the people who brighten your smile, everytime you're with them." ~Julia VeRost

"We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting." ~from SAND AND FOAM by Khalil Gibran

"Wear a mask for a year...and it becomes your face." ~M. Scott Momaday, Kiowa novelist

"You’d be surprised what a smile can hide." ~The Healing Nest

“You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face, And show the world all the love in your heart, then people gonna treat you better. You're gonna find, yes, you will, That you're beautiful as you feel.” ~Carole King

"Your smile brings beauty to both you and humanity." ~A.D. Williams

“Your smile lights up a room like a candle in the dark. I can still hear the song of your laughter.” ~Anon


"A butterfly lights beside us, like a sunbeam ... and for a brief moment it's glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and although we wish it could have stayed, we are so thankful to have seen it at all." ~Anon

"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life." ~Lewis Mumford (1895-1990)

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

"Angelic prose is all the beauty your precious heart will ever need to say." ~Robert Clancy

"Charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty, but you can't resist charm." ~Audrey Tatou

"Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever."~Isak Dinesen

"Don't let the darkness steal the beautiful person you have inside." ~Anon

"Every beautiful thing you say to someone becomes a part of them and you." ~Bryant McGill

"From pure sensation to the intuition of beauty, from pleasure and pain to love and the mystical ecstasy and death — all the things that are fundamental to the human spirit, are most profoundly significant, can only be experienced, not expressed." ~Aldous Huxley

"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

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

"Kindness is like snow - it beautifies everything it covers." ~Kahlil Gibran

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

"Flowers are mother nature's way of telling us how much she loves us. What sunshine is to flowers, smiling faces are to us people: flowers are the smiles of our earth." ~Anon

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

"Life is simply a series of changes—some difficult, some wonderful, but isn’t that what the beauty of life is all about?" ~Robert Clancy

"May your life continue to bloom with beauty, day by day." ~Laura Hegfield

"Mean people are really just sad people. They hurt others because they are hurting. Every person is born beautiful, and much of the ugliness in others was put inside of them by other hurting people." ~Bryant McGill

"Our kids can teach us a lot about ourselves, including how we perceive our own beauty." ~Chicken Soup for the Soul

"Peace of mind is a beautiful thing to see, but peace of heart allows you to see the beauty in everything." ~Robert Clancy

"Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul." ~Saint Augustine

"Some see no beauty in our trees without shade, our flowers without perfume, our birds who cannot fly, and our beasts who have not yet learned to walk on all fours. But the dweller in the wilderness acknowledges the subtle charm of this fantastic land of monstrosities. He becomes familiar with the beauty of loneliness." ~Marcus Clarke, 1846-1881, writer, poet

"The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it, and CHANGE." ~UDandRoundabouts

"The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you." ~Rumi

"The most beautiful eyes are those who see everything with love and compassion." ~Nur Blessing

“True Beauty: More beauty is found in a simple act of kindness than you’ll ever see on the cover of a fashion magazine or in some other human ideal. Be beautiful today!” ~Robert Clancy

"You may remember a beautiful face for a few days but will remember a beautiful soul forever." ~From Joy of Mom

"Your heart becomes fully aware of its beauty the moment it connects with another’s." ~Robert Clancy

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Quotes from ORIAH Mountain Dreamer

"Being the fool is a little different for each of us- it's about being willing to be seen as the beginner instead of the master, the one who is not smooth and rehearsed, the one who stumbles & fumbles a little. It requires that we not take ourselves too seriously- and yet is most valuable in those areas of life that are seriously close to our hearts- in love, in creativity, in new inner or outer adventures. May we find the courage to be the fool/the beginner this weekend- entering new territory or old territory in a new way." ~Oriah from Oriah Mountain Dreamer

"I write these words to name myself- to name each of us- worthy of going home, worthy of having our longing met, worthy of awakening in the arms of the Beloved. Finding and voicing our soul’s longing is not enough. Our ability to live in a way that is consistent with our longing- our ability to dance- is dependent upon what we believe we must do. If our intention is to change who we essentially are, we will fail. If our intention is to become who we essentially are, we cannot help but live true to the deepest longings of our soul."~Oriah Mountain Dreamer from THE DANCE

"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dream of meeting your heart's longing." ~Oriah

"It takes courage to sit with our own shadow, seeing what aspects of self we find unacceptable, inviting them to speak to us. To hold with tenderness the fears we are tempted to project outward, to refuse to let them (largely unconsciously) run our individual or collective lives. . . . this is what preserves life and protects us all." ~Oriah "Mountain Dreamer" House (c) 2016

"Just acknowledging what we don’t know can be a big step in cultivating the willingness to open our minds and our hearts to learning." ~Oriah

"Life shapes us, changes us, leaves us with invisible tattoos some call scars that tingle in anticipation or apprehension (and sometimes both) when we meet another. When we are vulnerable enough to reveal ourselves, the lines that life has etched on our bodies and hearts become our invitation to another to meet us without pretence or promises, to see what we are about and show us who they are. Ah, what a gift when this invitation is offered and received." ~Oriah

"Love gives us courage. May we be men and women of courage." ~Oriah "Mountain Dreamer" House (c) 2016

"May the dreamer and poet and pirate be awake within in us this weekend, loving the adventure of looking for the treasure as much as we love finding the inner gold that guides us." ~Oriah

"Remember what you are, and let a deeper knowing color the shape of your humanness." ~The Call by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (via Susan Deborah, FB)

"Some days are harder than others. Some days the pain and the exhaustion make me lay on the floor in front of the refrigerator so I can take small breaks inbetween the kale and the cucumber, gathering the ingredients for a smoothy one at a time. I try not to mutter to myself, to breathe lightly, to accept that this is just the way it is today, that no writing will be done but no one will die if my words do not hit the page. Sometimes I have only one prayer: that we receive the bone-deep, heart-penetrating rest we need to meet another day with open hearts and willing spirits. Some days even this prayer feels like a stretch, and I wonder if my intention is more denial than hope. And then I look outside and catch a glimpse of the light of the setting sun. And something in me that has been holding on, let's go. And I am held in the arms of grace." ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer

"Sometimes, when our lives or sense of self has gone through a period of crumbling, we find ourselves resting on the foundation that was under layers of beliefs and habits and illusions. And from there, we can build a life that is truly sustainable, that offers what we have to give and gracefully receives what is needed." ~Oriah

"May we centre ourselves over and over in the deepest call at the centre of who we are. May we have the wisdom, the clarity and the courage to allow that call to shape our choices." ~Oriah

"Oh the journey to the centre of our personal earth. Such an epic but necessary adventure." ~Dassana Yellowbird

"Some wounds
even after they're healed
leave us walking with a bit of a limp
But they cannot stop us from dancing"
~Oriah "Mountain Dreamer" House (c) 2016

"The call is that consistent tug we feel at the centre of our lives to do more than just continue, to know and fulfil the meaning of our lives. The call is always there, whispering in the soft places of our bodies and hearts, in the longing that reminds us what we ache for at the deepest level."~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer from THE CALL

"The eqinox- equal amounts of light & darkness today on both halves of the planet. We here in the north are headed into spring after a long winter- greeting new growth, planting new seeds. Our brothers and sisters in the south are heading into autumn, the time of harvest, of knowing and holding close what has value for the winter ahead. Today is a celebration of balance, of that point just before and just after, of the pause at the end of the exhale when we regain our footing on the earth, letting her pull us toward her so we can dance lightly but with exquisite balance." ~Oriah

"The traffic flows, pedestrians walk on, the city around us buzzes back to life. ...
And I say a prayer of gratitude for the young man, with each breath offering back a thousand times the blessings he bestowed on the two men in disagreement, on all of us who were there to witness. Oh I know it could have turned out differently, that he was taking a risk of being hurt himself. But he led with his heart- you could hear it in his voice. That’s always risky, but often a choice worth making.
~Oriah House (c) 2015

"Today, May 1, 2014, is Beltane - here in the northern hemisphere, it's a mid-point between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, while down in the southern hemisphere it's a mid-point between the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice." ~Oriah

"Today. . . wherever we are. . . whatever comes. . . let's dance to the inner music that reminds us who and what we are!" ~Oriah

"... we might see where our attention wanders, what captures our focus- and consider what kind of a prayer, what embodiment of attention we are creating. ~Oriah

"When in doubt, listen harder. When reactive or baffled, listen deeper.” ~Oriah

"When life crumbles away, we get closer to the solid foundation underneath." ~Petra Mikat
"The call is about the finding the one thing you came here to say and saying it a thousand different ways- in your words, your actions, your choices- so you and the world can really hear it. It’s about finding the end of the one thread that glows luminescent for you and following it faithfully to the time and place- here and now- where you can weave it into the fabric of your life and so offer it to the world. It’s not about getting it right, not about living your word perfectly. It’s about coming into life-long relationship with the one word you long to know, the one word that seems at times to come so easily to others and yet has eluded you for most of your life. Out of our willingness to learn from our weakness, we develop a strength we can offer to others. "~Oriah Mountain Dreamer from THE CALL

"We make choices about how to take care of business, how to make sure we take care of our needs and the needs of those who depend on us. The question is whether or not we can let the song of our soul- our essential nature- guide those choices when fear is singing in our other ear. The question is -Which tune do we dance to? Which piper do we pay?" ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer from THE DANCE

"When I was fifteen years old I wrote: 'I want to live so that my life reflects the God I know.' How we live our lives is the story we choose to tell for our children’s children to remember, reflects what we know of the Beloved, the Mystery, of that which is sacred. How you do what you do offers stories of hope or despair, of compassion or judgement, of presence or absence." ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer from THE DANCE

"Winter Solstice here in the northern hemisphere is the time of the longest darkness followed by the returning light. I love the promise of the light but I also value the darkness and what it brings: the deep rest and the dreaming we need for ourselves and our world; the strength and willingness to see those things in ourselves and others that shy away from the spotlight. I like to take time to sit in the dark during the evenings before the Solstice. Sometimes a Presence that speaks to me is more easily heard in the dark." ~Oriah

"Words spilling onto the page, the kind of writing that comes from the sweet ache at the centre of my bones, always takes me home. It helps me catch up with myself, discover the state-of-the-union (or disunion) within, find healing and meaning. It opens me to sorrows that have been avoided and, as these sorrows are allowed, fresh joy in the ordinary and the extraordinary is felt fully." ~Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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Alexandra K. Trenfor - teachers

"The best teachers are those who show where to look, but don't tell you what to see." ~Alexandra K. Trenfor

Alfred E. Wiggam - conservative

"A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time." ~Alfred E. Wiggam

Bill Nye - knowing something

"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don.t" ~Bill Nye

Elizabeth Green - right people

"Sometimes the most ordinary things can be made extraordinary simply by doing them with the right people." ~Elizabeth Green


Steven Johnson Quotes

"Your brain is not a single, unified "thinking machine." It's a complex system with many parts specialised for distinct tasks. Learning how your brain works can change the way you think about yourself and your relationships." ~Steven Johnson, Reader's Digest, Your Brain Explained, February 2005 Issue

"Humans are capable of remembering Seven distinct items in working memory." Steven Johnson (from the same source as above)

Louis L'Amour Quotes

"A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself." ~Louis L'Amour

"Adventure is just a romantic name for trouble." ~Louis L'Amour

"Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content." ~Louis L'Amour

"There is a little cowboy in all of us. A little frontier" ~Louis L'Amour

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." ~Louis L'Amour

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Percy Sutton - idea

"If you have but one wish, let it be for an idea." ~Percy Sutton

Julia Child Quotes

19 October 2012

“Glass has the ability, more than any other material, to bring joy and a certain happiness to people.” ~Dale Chihuly

“How can a nation be great if their bread tastes like kleenex?” ~Julia Childs

"I never feel lonely in the kitchen. Food is very friendly." ~Julia Child, Time, Reader's Digest Quotable Quotes

“It's fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That's what human life is all about -- enjoying things.” ~Julia Child

"It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it." ~Julia Child

"Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health." ~Julia Child

"People who love to eat are always the best people." ~Julia Child

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Jonathan Lockwood Huie Quotes

"Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Forgiving is not a gift to someone else. Forgiving is your gift to yourself — a great gift — the gift of happiness." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Happiness blooms in the presence of self-respect and the absence of ego. Love yourself. Love everyone around you. Love everyone in the whole world. Know that your own life is of infinite importance, as is every other life." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Honor your being,
Release each and every struggle,
Gather strength from life's storms,
Relax into the arms of spirit." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"I sail the seas of life as the master of my ship." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Know that life's burdens are lighter when you laugh at yourself." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Know that you cannot create great new beginnings until you sincerely celebrate the endings that precede them." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Nothing is worth losing your inner peace. Take action as circumstances require, but never surrender your inner peace. Stop. Breathe deeply. Close your eyes and breathe deeply again. Then, and only then, take action - from a peaceful heart." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Tears and laughter cleanse the heart." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree - after a year and a thousand miles ..." ~Jonathan L. Huie

"Today, I choose the higher road - path of charity, acceptance, love, selflessness, kindness." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Today is your day to dance lightly with life. Sing wild songs of adventure. Invite rainbows and butterflies out to play. Soar your spirit and unfurl your joy." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Truth is not defined by how many people believe something. Ask ... Question ... Think ... Decide - for yourself." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"You have a choice about the perspective you take on life. See tragedy and the world is tragic. See beauty and the world is beautiful." ~Jonathan LockwoodHuie

"Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself: your relaxed, happy and fully-present self." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Nicolas Chamfort - willing to love

"There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love." ~Nicolas Chamfort

David Whyte Quotes

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“Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” ~David Whyte

"Be impatient with easy explanations and teach that part of the mind that wants to know everything." ~David Whyte

"DESPAIR takes us in when we have nowhere else to go; when we feel the heart cannot break anymore, when our world or our loved ones disappear, when we feel we cannot be loved or do not deserve to be loved, when our God disappoints, or when our body is carrying profound pain in a way that does not seem to go away. Despair is a haven with its own temporary form of beauty; of self compassion, it is the invitation we accept when we want to remove ourselves from hurt." ~David Whyte

"Every person come to a place, at one time or another in their maturation, of complete loss or deadness, a stark and frightening absence of creativity or even enthusiasm for creativity, where life seems to have retreated from us like a tide." ~David Whyte (FB on Midlife)

"Every real relationship has as its heart and soul a real, beautiful and mutually experienced invitation." ~David Whyte (Invitation and Relationship: November Thoughts)

"Forgiveness is a skill, a way of preserving clarity, sanity and generosity in an individual life, a beautiful question and a way of shaping the mind to a future we want for ourselves; an admittance that if forgiveness comes through understanding, and if understanding is just a matter of time and application then we might as well begin forgiving right at the beginning of any drama, rather than put ourselves through the full cycle of festering, incapacitation, reluctant healing and eventual blessing." ~David Whyte

"FRIENDSHIP is a mirror to presence and a testament to forgiveness. Friendship not only helps us to see ourselves through another’s eyes, but can be sustained over the years only with someone who has repeatedly forgiven us for our trespasses as we must find it in ourselves to forgive them in turn. A friend knows our difficulties and shadows and remains in sight, a companion to our vulnerabilities more than our triumphs, when we are under the strange illusion we do not need them. An undercurrent of real friendship is a blessing exactly because its elemental form is rediscovered again and again through understanding and mercy. All friendships of any length are based on a continued, mutual forgiveness. Without tolerance and mercy all friendships die." ~David Whyte

"Honesty is reached through the doorway of grief and loss." ~David Whyte

"I loved the wind
on the moors
that carried the rain
and that carried the ashes
of the dead,
like a spring sowing
of memory,
stored through all
the winters past...
~David Whyte
From RIVER FLOW: New and Selected Poems
© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press

"Memory is a pulse passing through all created life, a wave form, and then continually becoming other thens, all the while creating a continual but almost untouchable now." ~David Whyte, Essay, "Memory"

"Recall the way mere mortals are overwhelmed by circumstance, how great reputations dissolve with infirmity and how you, in particular, stand a hairsbreadth from losing everyone you hold dear." ~David Whyte, Mameen (From Tobar Phadraic - River Flow Poetry

"So let this winter

of listening

be enough

for the new life

I must call my own."
~David Whyte

excerpt from "Winter of Listening"

"Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find
The one line already written inside you." ~David Whyte, The Journey (River Flow)

"Sometimes the best thing to do is to hold a kind of silent vigil beside the part of us that is going through the depths of a difficult transformation. When the outer story that the ego tells merges with the one the inner self has come to, this becomes "the marriage of true minds." The ego seems to disappear, but actually it has simply assumed its rightful place in the hierarchy of priorities; it has become a good servant to the soul's desires." ~David Whyte from Dreamwork with Toko-pa

"The doorway to a radical, numinous, simplicity seems to be reached by the long and difficult path of generosity." ~David Whyte (FB, Thoughts from Avignon, 2013)

"The invisible conversation you held while you were alive can still be heard in every shadowed wall, in the birdsong of morning, and in the last light of evening, the final rays above the river drawing the shape you make in the air by your absence." ~David Whyte, Elegy for a Lost Friend (Thoughts if Avignon) @June 2013

"The severest test of work today, is not of our strategies, but of our imaginations and identities." ~David Whyte, From Crossing the Unknown Sea

"They realize at once that all along they have been an invitation to everything and every kind of trouble and that life happens by to those who inhabit silence." ~David Whyte (from his poem: IT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO LIVE ALONE)

"To want to run away is an essence of being human, it transforms any staying through the transfigurations of choice. To think about fleeing from circumstances, from a marriage, a relationship; from a work is part of the conversation itself and helps us understand the true distilled nature of our own reluctance. We are perhaps most fully incarnated as humans strangely, when part of us does not want to be here, or does not know how to be here. Presence is only fully understood and realized through fully understanding our reluctance to show up." ~David Whyte on RUN AWAY

"Touch is what we desire in one form or another, even if we find it through being alone, through the agency of silence or through the felt need to walk at a distance: the meeting with something or someone other than ourselves, the light brush of grass on the skin, the ruffling breeze, the actual touch of another’s hand; even the gentle first touch of an understanding which until now, we were formally afraid to hold." ~David Whyte (Touch in Consolations) @2015

“You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds Except the one in which you belong.” ~David Whyte



"ALONE is a word that stands by itself, carrying the austere, solitary beauty of its own meaning even as it is spoken to another. It is a word that can be felt at the same time as an invitation to depth and as an imminent threat, as in ‘all alone’, with its returned echo of abandonment. ‘Alone’ is a word that rings with a strange finality, especially when contained in that haunting aggregate, ‘left all alone’, as if the state once experienced begins to define and engender its own inescapable world. The first step in spending time alone is to admit how afraid of it we are.
Being alone is a difficult discipline: a beautiful and difficult sense of being solitary is always the ground from which we step into a contemplative intimacy with the unknown, but the first portal of aloneness is often experienced as a gateway to alienation, grief and abandonment. To find our selves alone or to be left alone is an ever present, fearful and abiding human potentiality of which we are often unconsciously, and deeply afraid.
To be alone for any length of time is to shed an outer skin. The body is inhabited in a different way when we are alone than when we are with others. Alone, we live in our bodies as a question rather than a statement." ~David Whyte

"NOSTALGIA is the arriving waveform of a dynamic past, newly remembered and about to be re-imagined by a mind and a body at last ready to come to terms with what actually occurred. Nostalgia subverts the present by its overwhelming physical connection to a person or a place, to a time in which we lived or to a person with whom we lived, making us wonder, in the meeting of past and present, if the intervening years ever occurred. Nostalgia can feel like an indulgence, a sickness, an inundation by forces beyond us, but strangely, forces that have also lived with us and within us, all along.

Nostalgia is not indulgence. Nostalgia tells us we are in the presence of imminent revelation, about to break through the present structures held together by the way we have remembered: something we thought we understood but that we are now about to fully understand, something already lived but not fully lived, issuing not from our future but from something already experienced, something that was important, but something to which we did not grant importance enough, something now wanting to be lived again, at the depth to which it first invited us but which we originally refused. Nostalgia is not an immersion in the past, nostalgia is the first annunciation that the past as we knew it is coming to an end." ~©2014 David Whyte
Excerpted from ‘NOSTALGIA’ From the upcoming book of essays CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words (from FB)

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Marian Evans - deeds

"Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds." ~Marian Evans


Queen Elizabeth I Quotes


"I do not want a husband who honours me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman." ~Queen Elizabeth I

“I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” ~Elizabeth I

“The use of sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession therof.” ~Elizabeth I, Queen of England

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Norma Hennessy Quotes

"CHANGE takes many forms. It can be a gain or a loss; an addition or deduction. A partial shift or a hundred eighty degree about face. And a change which divests a people of freedom of speech and expression is certainly not a change of growth and progress. It diverts the direction of movement from forward to backward. A reverse osmosis. As to what happens next - who knows. From outside looking in, the view could soon be closed." ~Norma Hennessy

"Courage and optimism are blessings we so often ignore and forego when they're free instruments made available for us. But those who take it, make possible of the impossible, good of the bad and make life worth living." ~Norma Hennessy

"Family is relationship in the heart. It emerges from true spirit of unconditional caring." ~Norma Hennessy

"I found that life has its way of rubbing on you a reality that sooths and knocks you down." ~Norma Hennessy

"I have learned that so often we are strangers to ourselves. We think we are when we are not. We think we are not when we are. What we often think as less for us, is actually the best that can happen for us. The 'more' that we think we deserve is actually a cashing-in of our souls. I have also learned that we naturally judge our souls far less than what it needs; that we judge ourselves by what we think and feel and not by how much we survived life's tests." ~Norma Hennessy

"It does not make sense that we are fighting for claims over territorial lands when we cannot look after our homeland." ~Norma Hennessy (July 2013)

"Life is a carousel of varying musical rhythmic parts. One part finishes off and transitions into a new lead." ~Norma Hennessy

"Life is full of mystery. It is a bitch. It is an angel. It is both. And when it is a bitch, it threshes you to a pulp, vaporising the fibres of your mind, bleeding you off to the last drop of your blood. When it is an angel, it tenderly caresses your soul . It is an enigma. It wreaks havoc within your soul and tenderly mould you into a crystal ball at the same time. It shakes you to the core and yet, it also builds you into a rock." ~Norma Hennessy

"Live on till you are not conscious of the earth anymore. By then, life for you would have taken another course, another phase, another sense, another perspective of being towards another closing and yet another new beginning." ~Norma Hennessy

"South Australia is a charming state of surprises. It is home to quiet nooks and crannies that emerge into a kind of magnificence at spring, cheery brilliance at summer and then turn enigmatic at autumn and mysterious at winter." ~Norma Hennessy

"The roads glistened in wetness under the festive evening lights of the signages along the sides of the road." ~Norma Hennessy

"The volunteer embraces the sanctity of life and risks his own for the greater number - more so for a multitude of young lives yet to see the springtime of their lives!" ~Norma Hennessy

"To lead is a lonely task ... a lonely travel on a lonely trail." ~Norma Hennessy, FB, 18 November 2012

"We allow environmental apathy and turn a blind eye to destruction of our freshwater ways, forests and lands." ~
Norma Hennessy (Juky 2013)

"When life plays a joke on you, it's not funny. Until it dawns on you that the joke was on itself and you were the unwilling joker. Laugh, however late, and catch on to life's unpredictable pulse beat. Dance on till your feet are weary. But continue to tap your toes to twilight where eternity's edge echoes your laughter and the evening enfolds you into slumber, in the comfort of its wings of joy and peace." ~Norma Hennessy, 12 June 2015

"You learn something everyday. You learn from everyone... And everything. From young to old, new to the ordinary." ~Norma Hennessy

"When you care, and you care for its own sake, then it suffices as that. When you care with an expectation to get it back, then the care becomes conditional and you are bound to get hurt. Caring that is free-flowing and is boundless expands the grace of its source. So go ahead and care. Allow the magnanimity of your spirit to share it grace by sharing unconditionally." ~Norma Hennesy

"You walk along on high heels and you feel like one leg is shorter than the other." ~Norma Hennessy

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