"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


Kate Somerville- reflection

"Our skin is a reflection of our deepest selves. [It] speaks of our present, tells tales of our past and foreshadows our future." ~Kate Somerville

Matthew Kelly Quotes

"Love is a choice, love is an act of will, you can choose to love." ~Matthew Kelly

"Our essential purpose is to become the best version of ourselves." ~Matthew Kelly

"To be truly intimate with another person, is to share every aspect of yourself with that person." ~Matthew Kelly

Jonas Salk - INTUITION

"Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." ~Jonas Salk

Michael Silverblatt - book

"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

Kate Spade - style

"Above all, style begins with a sense of who you are and your self-confidence." ~Kate Spade

Lisa M. Hayes - listening

"Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening." ~Lisa M. Hayes

Mooji Quotes

"Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go." ~Mooji

"Leave your existence to existence, stop caring for yourself so much and let the universe care for you; it is the best mother." ~Mooji

Country Driving - Grand Prairie, Texas
16 April 2013

"When you live guided by intuition rather than thought, your life dances like writing on water, fresh and untraceable." ~Mooji

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"A friend is known in time of need." ~French Proverb

"A good husband should be deaf, and a good wife should be blind." ~French Proverb

"A loving heart is always young." ~French Proverb

"All that I can, I will." ~French Proverb

"Follow the river and you will find the sea." ~French Proverb.

"Gratitude is the heart's memory." ~French Proverb

"Hope is the dream of a soul awake." ~French Proverb

"In water one sees one's own face; But in wine one beholds the heart of another." ~ French Proverb

"It is very hard to shave an egg." ~French Proverb

"Kindness is like snow - it beautifies everything it covers." ~French Proverb on Kindness

“Money is a good servant but a bad master.” ~French Proverb

"Nothing is as burdensome as a secret." ~French Proverb

"One beggar at the door is enough." ~French Proverb

"What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea of the happiness of others." ~French Proverb, 1998/mpw

"Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace." ~French Proverb

‪"You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it." ~French Proverb‬

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George Harrison Quotes

"It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one." ~George Harrison

"What you focus on is what you hold in your consciousness. And so that is how you feel, and that is how you are." ~ George Harrison

"With our love, we could save the world." -George Harrison

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Colette Haddad - touch of beauty

"The warmth and kindness of the people you encounter in life, you never forget, for they always leave a touch of beauty in your heart." ~Colette Haddad

Laini Taylor - HOPE

"Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic." ~Laini Taylor

Conte Vittorio Alfieri Quotes

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." ~Vittorio Alfieri on Thought

"The guilty is he who meditates a crime; the punishment is his who lays the plot." ~Conte Vittorio Alfieri on Guilt

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Sonia Choquette Quotes

"Slow down. Get quiet. Breath deeply. Listen to your heart. Trust your vibes." ~Sonia Choquette

Photo Credit: Friendship Calendar

"The universe will fill your cup — whether you carry a big cup, a little cup, or a thimble!" ~Sonia Choquette

Ernest Holmes - mirror

Family Time in Paragon Hotel
Circular Quay
26 November 2012

"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it." ~Ernest Holmes

Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt - enjoyment

"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united." ~Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Roel van Sleeuwen - dreams

"Life is a game, you live so you play. Follow your dreams and win what your happy heart desires." ~Roel van Sleeuwen

Doc Childre - parent

"An aware parent loves all children, he or she meets and interacts with, for you are a caretaker for those moments in time." ~Doc Childre

Lionel Ketchian - money

"Happiness is something that even a billionaire’s money can't buy." ~Lionel Ketchian

Peyton Conway - law of nature

"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else." ~Peyton Conway

Edmund Hillary - mountain

"It is not the mountain, we conquer, but ourselves." ~Edmund Hillary

Daniel Goleman - compatibility

"What counts, in making a happy relationship is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility." ~Daniel Goleman

J.C. Shairp - friendship

"The love of friendship arises out of the love of life, and is indeed another form of it." ~J.C. Shairp

James Van Praagh Quotes

"Earth is the schoolroom of the soul." ~James Van Praagh

"I'd rather look forward and dream, than look backward and regret." ~James Van Praagh

"Meditation is a doorway to the soul." ~James Van Praagh

"Time spent on earth is one of learning. From a spiritual point of view, all that is expected of us is to love ourselves and to value ourselves as the spiritual beings we are." ~James Van Praagh

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Connie Harrison - constant change

"Everything is a part of everything else, changing constantly from one state to another. The rain becomes the river, the river surrenders to the sea, and the cycle begins over again. Nothing is ever lost. The melody changes, but the dance goes on." ~Connie Harrison



"A hedge between keeps friendships green." ~German Proverb

"A life without a friend is a life without a sun." ~German Proverb

"Experience is a long road and an expensive school." ~German Proverb

"Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is." ~German Proverb

"Forever is a long bargain." ~German Proverb

"No answer is also an answer." ~German Proverb

"Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding." ~German Proverb

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

"To question as a wise man is the beginning of wisdom." ~German Proverb

"Those who get lost on the way to school will never find their way through life." ~German Proverb

"Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet." ~German Proverb

"Who takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart." ~German Proverb

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Bahá'u'lláh - words

"Do not be content with showing friendship inWORDS alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path." ~Bahá'u'lláh

Terrence - smile

"Behind a tough smile is a girl in pain." ~Terrence (The Other Side)

Carole Davies Quotes


Family Time at Paragon Hotel
Circular Quay
26 November 2012

"Don't be afraid of your own reflection, You are made of love and light, How can that not be right? Your fears were bestowed upon you by past events by those who did not know how to relent. You do not have to be the same. Let your angels free you of pain for from today you are free to live again." ~Carole Davies

"It's better to guard your heart and be alone than to give it to the wrong one" ~from Carole Davies

"Teach yourself to accept compliments because they are genuine truths that tell you how amazing you really are" ~Carole Davies

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T. William Watts - pathways

"Dreams are pathways for the heart." ~T. William Watts

Siddhārtha Gautama Quotes

Rain on a Sunny Day
Circular Quay
26 November 2012

"As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgements but rain your kindness equally on all." ~Siddhārtha Gautama

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~Siddhārtha Gautama

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Loretta Laroch - extrapolate

"There is always something we can extrapolate from our day to day that can help to buffer our fears. If you can engage in this practice you will find yourself more able to handle difficult situations and there’s a good possibility you may even live longer." ~Loretta Laroch

Dr. Martin Seligman Quotes

"Happiness-building exercises" can increase contentment because they can change a person's memory and perception of the past." ~Dr. Martin Seligman

"Pessimists use the three P’s to explain themselves: Personalization: "It always happens to me!" Pervasiveness: "It happens to me every day in every way!" Permanence: "It will never end!" ~Dr. Martin Seligman

Gene Brown - bridge

Newly built bridge at Casula
9 February 2013

"The bridges that you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren't there." ~Gene Brown

Melanie Moushigian Koulouris Qoutes

"Harmonically connect with the universe. Find your inner spirit and authentic self. Discover your purpose through internal peace." ~Melanie Moushigian

"Once you become consciously aware of just how powerful your thoughts are, you will realize everything in your life is exactly how YOU allow it to be." ~Melanie Moushigian Koulouris

"Open your heart and let your loving vibes levitate. Set your spirit in motion and let your soul fly freely, defying gravity." ~Melanie Moushigian Koulouris

M C Richards - window

Rail Heritage Central
26 November 2012

"Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance." ~M C Richards

Yehudi Menuhin - compassion

"Why is compassion not part of our established curriculum, an inherent part of our education? Compassion, awe, wonder, curiosity, exaltation, humility, these are the very foundation of any real civilization, no longer the prerogatives, the preserves, of any one church, but belonging to everyone, every child in every school." ~Yehudi Menuhin

Frank Crane - trust

"You may be deceived, if you trust too much, but you will live in torment, if you do not trust enough." ~Frank Crane

Steve Allen - imaginations

"One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations." ~Steve Allen

Ajahn Chah Quotes

"Letting go a little brings a little peace. Letting go a lot brings a lot of peace. Letting go completely brings complete peace." ~Ajahn Chah

"Try to be mindful and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still, like a clear forest pool." ~Ajahn Chah

"When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. And when we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy.” ~Ajahn Chah

"When your heart is ready, PEACE will come looking for you." ~Ajahn Chah

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Dr. Bella Quotes

"Bitterness and cynicism are the antithesis of love." ~Dr. Bella

"Focus on your own ambitions and your own path of knowledge." ~Dr. Bella

Hodding Carter - children

"Two great things you can give your children. One is roots, the other is wings." ~Hodding Carter

P. D. James- child

"What a child doesn't receive, he can seldom later give." ~P. D. James


Fiona McLeod - dream

"Love is a beautiful dream." ~Fiona McLeod

The Kneeling Christian Quotes

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

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

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Leonard Ravenhill Quotes

"No man is greater than his prayer life." ~Leonard Ravenhill

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

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

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Edward McKendree Bounds Quotes

"'Tis not enough to bend the knee,
and words of prayer to say;
The heart must with the lips agree;
Or else we do not pray." ~Edward McKendree Bounds
"Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element in prayer." ~E. M. Bounds

"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

"No matter what you need to talk to God about in prayer, He's listening." ~E. M. Bounds

"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

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

"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

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Andrew Murray Quotes

"Higher comfort there cannot be than to rest in the Father's heart." ~Andrew Murray

"Humility is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God." ~Andrew Murray

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

"Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God's voice is its most essential part. Listening to God's voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine." ~Andrew Murray

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

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John Wesley - prayer

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

John G. Lake Quotes

"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

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

J. Sidlow Baxter - prayers

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

Frederick Franson - pray

"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


"A tree often transplanted is never loaded with fruit." ~Italian Proverb

"After the game, the king a pawn go into the same box." ~Italian Proverb

"Count your nights by stars, not shadows;
Count your life by smiles, not tears;
And with joy on every birthday morning,
Count your age by friends, not years."
~Italian Proverb

"Love is a thing that sharpens all our wits." ~Italian Proverb

"If nothing is going well, call your grandmother." ~Italian Proverb

"If the wife sins, the husband is not innocent." ~Italian Proverb

"If you are willing to love, you will find a thousand ways." ~Italian Proverb

"Moderate profits fill the purse." ~Italian Proverb

"Of what does not concern you say nothing good or bad." ~Italian Proverb

"Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves." ~Italian Proverb

"The best way to get praise is to die." ~Italian Proverb

"The rich never have to seek out their relatives." ~Italian Proverb

"There is no love like the first love." ~~Italian Proverb

"Those who begin many things finish but a few." ~Italian Proverb

"To preserve a friend three things are necessary:to honor him present, praise him absent, and assist him in his necessities." ~Italian Proverb

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Andrew Bonar - prayer

"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

R.G. Lee - prayer

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


"A man without a wife is like a vase without flowers." ~African Proverb

"A speaker of truth has no friends." ~African Proverbs

"A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything." ~African Proverb

"Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community." ~African Proverb

"Even if you sit at the bottom of the stream, you cannot be a fish. If there is a continual going to the well, one day there will be a smashing of the pitcher. The stone in the water knows nothing of the hill which lies parched in the sun." ~African Proverbs

"He who asks questions, cannot avoid the answers>" ~African Proverb

"If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry." ~African Proverb

"Seeing is different than being told." ~African Proverb

"Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends." ~African Proverb

“The one who asks questions doesn’t lose his way.” ~African Proverb

"Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused." ~African Saying

"When an old man dies, a library burns down." ~African Proverbs

"When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you." ~African Proverb

"When your mouth stumbles, it's worse than feet." (Oji proverb) ~African Proverb

"If you want to walk quick, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together." ~African Saying

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"He who listens, understands." ~West African Proverb

"Speak softly and carry a big stick; and you will go far." ~West African Proverb

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Adoniram Judson Quotes

"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

"The future is as bright as the promises of God." ~Adoniram Judson

David Jeremiah - prayer

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

George Elliston - beautiful day

"How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!" ~George Elliston


Prentice Mulford - tree

"There is a sense in the tree which feels your love and responds to it. It does not respond or show its pleasure in our way or in any way we can now understand." ~Prentice Mulford

Cynthia Ozick Quotes

"We often take for granted the very thing that most deserve our gratitude." ~Cynthia Ozick

"What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen." ~Cynthia Ozick

Charles H. Burr - simple act of thoughtfulness

"Simply give others a bit of yourself; a thoughtful act, a helpful idea, a word of appreciation, a lift over a rough spot, a sense of understanding, a timely suggestion. You take something out of your mind, garnished in kindness out of your heart, and put it into the other person's mind and heart." ~Charles H. Burr

Neville Goddard - from within

"Nothing comes from without. All things come from within." ~Neville Goddard

Dave Sim - truth

"Once a profound truth has been seen, it cannot be 'unseen'. There's no 'going back' to the person you were. Even if such a possibility did exist...why would you want to?" ~Dave Sim

James F. Byrnes - SELF-INTEREST

"Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life." ~James F. Byrnes

Frederick II The Great Quotes

"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in." ~Frederick II The Great of Prussia on Royalty

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


Tom Petty - feel free

"You belong somewhere you feel free." ~Tom Petty

Haddon W. Robinson - good communicators

"Good communication occurs not only when we know what we want to say, but when we know the person to whom we speak. And to know one another requires a willingness to let others know our weaknesses and limitations." ~Haddon W. Robinson

Source: Our Daily Bread


Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak. ~James 1:19

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy."
~Proverbs 31:8-9

"God speaks to those who take time to listen and He listens to those who take time to pray." ~Anon
"Always remember there are certain people who set their watches by your clock." ~Anon

"Conversation flowing from the heart is a sign of true friendship." ~Rumi

"Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak." ~Epictetus

"He that speaks much, is much mistaken." ~Benjamin Franklin

"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

"If someone planted an acorn in front of your house for every kind word you ever spoke and chopped down a tree for every unkind word, would your garden be a forest or a desert? ~Anon

"It is terrible to speak well and be wrong." ~Sophocles

"Speak quietly to yourself and promise there will be better days. Whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. Console your bruised and tender spirit with reminders of many other successes. Offer comfort in practical and tangible ways — as if you were encouraging your dearest friend. Recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. Tomorrow comes more brightly." ~Mary Anne Radmacher

"Speak the truth lovingly and persistently, and then trust God to move on the hearts of those who are in error." ~ Anon

"The next time you are with someone, try to gauge what they are feeling. Don’t just listen to their words, look deep inside to see if you can get a handle on what they are feeling. Read between the lines. Look past the words. Practice Active Listening. It can work miracles" ~Neale Donald Walsch

"There is no substitute for speaking your mind-be generous with your honesty." ~Anon

"When I converse with a profound mind, or if at any time being alone I have good thoughts, I do not at once arrive at satisfactions , as when, being thirsty, I drink water, or go to the fire, being cold: no! but I am first apprised of my vicinity to a new and excellent region of life. By persisting to read or to think, this region gives further sign of itself, as it were in flashes of light, in sudden discoveries of its profound beauty and repose, as if the clouds that covered it parted at intervals, and showed the approaching traveller the inland mountains, with the tranquil eternal meadows spread at their base, whereon flocks graze, and shepherds pipe and dance." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When we speak, in gestures or signs, we fashion a real object in the world; the gesture is seen, the words and the song are heard." ~~Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier] (1868-1951), French philosopher

"When you speak something you are breathing life into what you are saying, either good or bad." ~Billy Cox Motivation

"Words spoken in love need no interpreter." ~Our Daily Bread


"Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch." ~Parker J. Palmer

"Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble." ~Frank

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper." ~Robert Frost

"Good listening is the key to developing fresh insights and ideas that fuel success." ~ Bernard Ferrari, author of Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of Alt

"Haven't you been listening to your inner-voice? Be honest, your gut has been screaming but you have been ignoring it. How much more of your life are you going to throw-away for a lie? Accept it. Some people never change. Some people have abusive, negative, controlling tendencies in their blood; they are wired for havoc, bickering and deception. They know of no other way to interface with others except through their created chaos. Chaos is their home-court advantage where they play their mind-games so they can have power over you; it's a rigged game you can never win. They will wear you ragged and bring you to your knees emotionally and physically. In time they will destroy every wonderful thing you have in your life. You are in danger: your health, your peace of mind, your happiness and maybe even your life. There is more than one way to lose your life; quickly through violence, or fettered-away and wasted around dreadful, toxic people. You must take control of your life and make good decisions for yourself. The insanity must end, for your sake and for theirs." ~Bryant McGill

“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ~from THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok

"If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen." ~Loretta Girzartis

"If you're really listening, if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders." ~Andrew Harvey

"If you listen, you can hear Mother Earth speaking." ~A.D. Williams

"Listen to the quiet of your heart. It wants to share deep truths that cannot be understood through words." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

"Listen to your heart, it seeks more love.
Listen to your body, it seeks more care.
Listen to your mind, it seeks more truth.
Listen to your soul, it seeks more peace."
~A.D. Williams

"Listen with ears of tolerance.
See through the eyes of compassion.
Speak with the language of love."

"Listen without defending. Speak without offending." ~Anon (Sunday Herald)

"Listening is a primitive act of love in which a person gives him- or herself to another's word, making oneself accessible and vulnerable to that word." ~ William Stringfellow

"Listening is a very active awareness of the coming together of at least two lives. Listening, as far as I'm concerned, is certainly a prerequisite of love. One of the most essential ways of saying 'I love you' is being a receptive listener." ~Fred Rogersg

"Listening may be the most important thing you do today." ~Our Daily Bread

"Listening...the most important part of a conversation." ~Unattributed

"Listening to your heart is the first step in becoming fluent in love." ~Robert Clancy on The Language of Love

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

"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." ~Bryant McGill

“One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.” ~Rebecca Falls on Inspirational

"Really listening and suspending one's own judgment is necessary in order to understand other people on their own terms. As we have noted, this is a process that requires trust and builds trust." ~Mary Field Belenky

"The act of listening is reflecting back the person’s emotional state, not necessarily the content of what they’re saying." ~ Dr. Albert J. Bernstein, a clinical psychologist

"The earth has music for those who listen." ~George Santayana

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

"The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them." ~Dietrich Bonfoeffer

"The most important marriage skill is listening to your partner in a way that they can't possibly doubt that you love them." ~Diane Sollee

"There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen." ~Rumi

"There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it." ~Judith McNaught, Remember When

"When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time." ~Rachel Naomi Remen

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

"You'll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart." ~George Michael


"Arrogance, egotism, jealousy, and craving for fame can lead spiritual seekers astray from their true spiritual path." ~Dr. Susan Shumsky

"In the silence of nature you hear your own voice." ~Sarah Willoughby


"A conversation requires a balance between talking and listening, and somewhere along the way, we lost that balance." ~Celeste Headlee

"A fearful man is always hearing things." ~Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

"A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity." ~Buddha

"Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've always imagined." ~Anon

"Conversation flowing from the heart is a sign of true friendship." ~Rumi

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

"I learned early on that setting a table is so much more than just laying down knives and forks. It is creating a setting for food and conversation, setting a mood and an aura that lingers long after what was served and who said what was forgotten" ~Peri Wolfman

"If you tend to hesitate or step over bringing up difficult issues or having the “tough” conversations, the relationship is not going to work anyway! Part of loving and honoring yourself is speaking up. But when is the right time to do that? My rule of thumb is this: if it is on your mind, it’s worth talking about." ~Suzanne Muller-Heinz

"Love may be spoken fluently in every language, but is best articulated by a kind heart." ~Robert Clancy on Speak Love

"Part of being a Master is learning how to sing in nobody's voice but your own." ~Hugh Macleod

"In Digong's speech, I was speechless. Everything I want to hear he had said. He is truly the voice of the voiceless." ~Arsenio Antonio, July 24, 2017, SONA2

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

"She dances to the songs in her head, speaks with the rhythm of her heart, and loves from the depths of her soul." ~Dean Jackson

"Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds." ~Sir Walter Raleigh

"The beautiful voice within your heart will always speak louder than any thunder roaring around you." ~Robert Clancy

"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate." ~Joseph Priestley

"The more sympathy you give, the less you need." ~Anon

"The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home." ~William Temple

"The mouth is made for communication, and nothing is more articulate than a kiss." ~J. Kintz

"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." ~Dorothy Nevill

"The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action." ~Confucius

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

"You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say." ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


"If speech is silver
Silence is gold
When you must speak
Speak a few words
Speak sweetly and softly
That is the way
To reach a listener's heart." ~Anon

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Our Daily Bread - Integrity

"There is no legacy as rich as integrity." ~Our Daily Bread

Herbert Vander Lugt Quotes

"Honest commendation is encouraging and brings out the best in us." ~Herbert Vander Lugt

"Honest people do what they can to make things right, even when it costs them something." ~Herbert Vander Lugt

"We often place more value on applause we receive from people in this life than on praise from God in the life to come." ~Herbert Vander Lugt

Source: Our Daily Bread

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"If someone planted an acorn in front of your house for every kind word you ever spoke and chopped down a tree for every unkind word, would your garden be a forest or a desert? ~Anon

John Heywood - marriage

"More things belong in marriage than four legs in bed." ~John Heywood

Vita Sackville-West - death

"We have never interfered with each other, and strangely enough, never been jealous of each other. And now, in our advancing years, we love each other more deeply than ever. And also more agonizingly; since we see the inevitable end. it is not nice to know that one of us must die before the other." ~Vita Sackville-West

Richard Garnett - paradise

"Love is the greatest gift that one generation can leave to another." ~Richard Garnett

"Man and woman may only enter Paradise hand in hand. Together they left it, and together they must return." ~Richard Garnett

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Ambrose Bierce Quotes

"Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues." ~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think." ~Ambrose Bierce- US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)

"Clock, n.: A machine of great moral value to man, allaying his concern for the future by reminding him what a lot of time remains to him." ~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Compromise, n.: Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due." ~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one's country." ~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured." ~Ambrose Bierce

"Grammar, n.: A system of pitfalls thoughtfully prepared for the feet for the self-made man, along the path by which he advances to distinction." ~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Habit, n.: A shackle for the free." ~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"I is the first letter of the alphabet, the first word of the language, the first thought of the mind, the first object of affection." ~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by the removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. This disease, like caries and many other ailments, is prevalent only among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from its ravages. It is sometimes fatal, but more frequently to the physician than to the patient." ~Ambrose Bierce

"Marriage: a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two." ~Ambrose Bierce

"Misfortune, n.: The kind of fortune that never misses." ~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Opportunity is a favorable occasion for grasping a disappointment." ~Ambrose Bierce

"Quotation, noun: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another." ~Ambrose Bierce

"Sweater: a garment worn by child when its MOTHER is feeling chilly." ~Ambrose Bierce

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Anon - EGO

"All growth requires a temporary surrender of ego." ~Anon

Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes

"Poverty is a glass through which he can see his true friends." ~Geoffrey Chaucer

"Time and tide wait for no man." ~Geoffrey Chaucer

Arthur Balfour - world

"Enthusiasm moves the world." ~Arthur Balfour

Scott Barnes - beauty

"Finding your beauty isn’t about looking exactly like everyone else. It’s about accepting yourself—the parts you love and the parts you don’t—and then working with all of it." ~Scott Barnes

Anon - hand

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"One hand doesn't always know what the other is doing." ~Anon

Harriette Hartigan - birth

"Birth is as safe as life gets." ~Harriette Hartigan

Marquis de Vauvenargues - life

"To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die." ~Marquis de Vauvenargues

Charles The Bold - success

"It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere." ~Charles The Bold

Yiddish Proverb - appearance

"Many complain of their looks, but none of their brains." ~Yiddish Proverb

Anon - wonderful living

"If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living." ~Anon



"Allow yourself to become submerged in the ocean of your benevolence." ~Anon


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

"GOD loves a cheerful giver." ~Bible

"To give and not expect anything in return;
to give for no special time or season;
to give, not for any particular recognition;
to give, not for a substantial tax refund;
to give for the sake of giving —
often just between giver and receiver —
has a life of its own —
an elevated one." ~Glasceta Honeyghan

"Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting." ~Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco

"For it is in giving that we receive." ~St Francis of Assisi

"Give all thou canst; high heaven rejects the lore of nicely calculated less or more." William Wordsworth

"Give as you would like to receive: cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation." ~Anon

"Give something worth remembering." ~Anon

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

"Give with no strings attached." ~Anon

"Giving doesn't come from a part of your brain; it comes from all of your heart." ~Anon

"Giving feels good. It is a form of healing. Not just for you as an individual, but for everyone." ~Jennifer-Beals

"Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others." ~Barbara Bush

"Giving has a sacred dimension." ~Anon

"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

"Giving is the highest expression of potency." ~Erich Fromm

"Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of human life." ~Bryant McGill

"If only our impulse to give could match our impulse to possess." ~Anon

"If you get, Give. If you learn, Teach." ~Maya Angelou

"The best way to live is to give." ~ A.D. Williams

"It is not what we give but what we share, for the gift without a giver is bare." ~James Russell Lowell

"In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich." ~Henry Ward Beecher

"It is better to give something, and regret it, than to regret and give nothing." ~Anon

"No woman can control her destiny if she doesn't give to herself as much as she gives of herself." ~Suze Orman

"Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away." ~Elbert Hubbard

"For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile." ~Elie Wiesel

"Practice giving things away, not just things you don’t care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachment you overcome that count. So don’t bankrupt yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later. Give thought to giving. Give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes going along with the act of releasing the little thing you liked." ~Robert Thurman

"Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return." ~Peace Pilgrim

"The Buddha taught that anyone who experiences the delight of being truly generous will never want to eat another meal without sharing it." ~Martha Beck

"The greatest joy comes from giving and serving, so replace your habit of focusing exclusively on yourself and what's in it for you. When you make the shift to supporting others in your life, without expecting anything in return, you'll think less about what you want and find comfort and joy in the act of giving and serving." ~Wayne Dyer

"The greatest pleasure in life is giving what people say you cannot give." ~Anon

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” ~Morrie Schwartz

"To be ready to five is good. To know when to give is better. But to give is best.' ~Anon

“To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.” ~Oscar Wilde

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

“To give and receive graciously, is to open your soul to the abundant blessings, they are the strongest forces of life.” ~Anon from LOVE FB Fan Page

"To receive everything, one must open one's hand and give." ~Deshimaru

"True benevolence or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation." ~Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

"When you don't give too much, you don't give enough." ~Anon

"When you wake in the morning, give thanks for the new day, for your life and strength." ~Anon

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Martin Luther Quotes

"For as through sleep all weariness and faintness pass away and cease and the powers of the spirit come back again, so in the morning we arise fresh and strong and joyous."" ~Martin Luther (1483-1546)

"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver." ~Martin Luther

"The heart of the giver makes the gift precious." ~Martin Luther

“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” ~Martin Luther

"You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say." ~Martin Luther

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Hsu Yun - ask your heart

"The best way is just to observe the noise of the world. The answer to your questions? Ask your heart." ~Hsu Yun

Peter Koestenbaum - sacred

"To recognize anothers inwardness is to have seen the sacred." ~Peter Koestenbaum

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf - truth of the matter

"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it." ~General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” ~Arnold Schwarzenegger

"When I was in an important position, they always complimented me, and when I lost this position, they forgot about me and did not keep their promise. Do not trust your position or the amount of money you have, nor your power, nor your intelligence, it will not last." ~Arnold Schwarzenegger, Actor, Ex Governor of California

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Tom Wilson - temptation

"About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you are fighting temptation." ~Tom Wilson

Gerald P. O'driscol - choice

"Economics is first and foremost about the thoughts leading up to choice." ~Gerald P. O'driscol

José N. Harris - path

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"When you find your path, you must ignore fear. You need to have the courage to risk mistakes. But once you are on that road - run, run, run, and don't stop 'til you've reached its end." ~José N. Harris

David Gayson Quotes

"Adventure is not outside a man it is within." ~David Gayson

"All the disconnected people I know are trying to be something they are not, to do something they cannot do." ~David Gayson

"Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode: it is rather a life." ~David Gayson

"Talk of joy there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread - there may be." ~David Gayson

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Dr. George Sewell - sneaker

"When all the blandishments of life are gone, The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on." ~Dr. George Sewell on Cowards