"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


Our Daily Bread.- security in God's plans

"There is security in knowing that the Lord will lead us each day, but we must not become so attached to our plans that we resist Gods redirection or His timing." ~Our Daily Bread


Ashtavakra Gita - ocean

“Let the waves of the universe rise and fall as they will. You have nothing to gain or lose. You are the ocean.“ ~Ashtavakra Gita

Charlotte Watts Health - energy

"With each in-breath we are gathering in new energy." ~Charlotte Watts Health


Randy Kilgore - horizon

"As we look out upon the horizon of our own problems, may we not despair. May we have hope through the certainty of our faith in the One Man—Jesus, our God and Savior." ~Randy Kilgore

Doris Humphrey - Dancer

"The Dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing." ~Doris Humphrey from Tim Cox Fine Art


Nick Carter - "box of chocolates"

"It's like Forrest Gump said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates.' Your career is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. But everything you get is going to teach you something along the way and make you the person you are today. That's the exciting part - it's an adventure in itself." ~Nick Carter

Bruno Tonioli - summer day

“You lift my spirits like a bright summer’s day, you are the essence of joy." ~DANCING WITH THE STARS judge Bruno Tonioli on Bindi Irwin


QUOTES from Vintage Books and Anchor Books

“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke in a letter to Clara Rilke

"But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called -- called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come." ~from THE CALL OF THE WILD (1903) by John Griffith

"Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography." ~from "The Critic as Artist" (1891)

“How could people like these, without words to put to their emotions and passions, manage? They could, at best, only suffer dumbly. Their pains and humiliations would work themselves out in their characters alone: like evil spirits possessing a body, so that the body itself might appear innocent of what it did.”
―from "The Enigma of Arrival: A Novel in Five Sections" by V. S. Naipaul

“I discovered the miracle that all things that sound are music, including the dishes and silverware in the dishwasher, as long as they fulfill the illusion of showing us where life is heading.” ~from LIVING TO TELL THE TALE by Gabriel García Márquez

“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

“I've discovered over the years that the simplest explanation is almost always the right one; and that hunger of one kind or another―desire, by another name―is the source of almost every sorrow.” ~Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs

“I've learned quite a lot, over the years, by avoiding what I was supposed to be learning.” ~Margaret Atwood, Moral Disorder and Other Stories

“I learned a lot from the stories my uncle, aunts and grandparents told me: that no one is perfect but most people are good; that people can’t be judged by their worst or weakest moments; that harsh judgments can make hypocrites of us all; that a lot of life is just showing up and hanging on; that laughter is often the best, and sometimes the only response to pain........... Perhaps most important, I learned that everyone has a story – of dreams and nightmares, hope and heartache, love and loss, courage and fear, sacrifice and selfishness. All my life I’ve been interested in other people’s stories. I wanted to know them, understand them, feel them. When I grew up into politics, I always felt the main point of my work was to give people a chance to have better stories." ~President Bill Clinton, My Life

“I wonder why trying to transcend time never even succeeds in stopping it...” ~Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman

“If we hope to live not just from moment to moment, but in true consciousness of our existence, then our greatest need and most difficult achievement is to find meaning in our lives.” ~from "The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales" by Bruno Bettelheim

“Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It’s like the tide going out, revealing whatever’s been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. This is the kind of thing you see if you sit in the darkness with open eyes, not knowing the future.” ~Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.” ~Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go from Vintage & Anchor Books

"No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be." ~Jonathan Harker from DRACULA by Bram Stoker

"Once you let people know anything about what you think, that's it, you're dead. Then they'll be jumping about in your mind, taking things out, holding them up to the light and killing them, yes, killing them, because thoughts are supposed to stay and grow in quiet, dark places, like butterflies in cocoons." ~Helen Oyeyemi, author of THE ICARUS GIRL

"One cannot be taught to write. One can only learn to write by writing—and reading. Reading good books written by real artists—until you understand why they are good.” ~Truman Capote from a letter to Alvin Dewey III (25 May 1964) included in TOO BRIEF A TREAT: The Letters of Truman Capote By Truman Capote

"People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.” ~from AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner from Vintage Books

"Politicians come to judge themselves, and be judged, by whether they deliver the pork; whether they offered grants rather than their own best judgment and wisdom; whether their decision was in the immediate interest of their district or city rather them the long-term interest if the nation." ~from THE STREETS WERE PAVED WITH GOLD (1979) by Ken Auletta

“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.” ~M. F. K. Fisher

“The person who knew you best when you were seventeen will always have a claim on you, no matter how much you change. There's something seductive and magnetic about it, the feeling of being understood like that. I suppose it goes both ways.” ~Lauren Fox, Friends Like Us

“The right ending is an open door you can't see too far out of. It can mean exactly the opposite of what you are thinking.” ~from COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER by Michael Ondaatje

“The world hid its head in the sands of convention, so that by seeing nothing it might avoid Truth. ” ~Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness

"There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real." ~James Salter, All That Is, from Vintage & Anchor Books

"There's nothing so dangerous as sitting still. You've only got one life, one youth, and you can let it slip through your fingers if you want to; nothing easier. Most people do that." ~from "The Bohemian Girl" (1912) by Willa Cather

“Those final weeks, spanning end of summer and the beginning of another autumn, are blurred in memory, perhaps because our understanding of each other had reached that sweet depth where two people communicate more often in silence than in words: an affectionate quietness replaces the tensions, the unrelaxed chatter and chasing about that produce a friendship’s more showy, more, in the surface sense, dramatic moments.” ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

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

"We are so convinced of the goodness of ourselves, and the goodness of our love, we cannot bear to believe that there might be something more worthy of love than us, more worthy of worship. Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time." ~Zadie Smith, White Teeth

“We judge people and initiatives by their results, and we expect events to happen for good, understandable reason. But our clear visions of inevitability are often only illusions.” ~from THE DRUNKARD'S WALK: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow

“We breathe, sleep, drink, eat, work and then die! The end of life is death. What do you long for? Love? A few kisses and you will be powerless. Money? What for? To gratify your desires. Glory? What coems after it all? Death! Death alone is certain.” ~from BEL AMI by Guy de Maupassant

"We tend to suffer from the illusion that we are capable of dying for a belief or theory. What Hagakure is insisting is that even in merciless death, a futile death that knows neither flower nor fruit has dignity as the death of a human being. If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death? No death may be called futile." ~Yukio Mishima on Hagakure : The Samurai Ethic and Modern Japan (1977)

"When you admire a writer you become curious. You look for his secret. The clues to his puzzle." ~from Philip Roth's THE GHOST WRITER (Vintage Books and Anchor Books)

"Wilde had to live his life twice over, first in slow motion, then at top speed. During the first period he was a scapegrace, during the second a scapegoat." ~from OSCAR WILDE by Richard Ellmann

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

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Claire Messud - by another name

“I've discovered over the years that the simplest explanation is almost always the right one; and that hunger of one kind or another―desire, by another name―is the source of almost every sorrow.” ~Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs


Frank McDonald - drive for dominance

"When most of the world is destroyed, when there is nothing left on our grounds to grow, when there is no life left in the oceans, when all this is swimming in the blood of the innocent...only then will the human race realize how futile their drive for dominance over others was worthless." ~Frank McDonald

Molly Mahar - a woman

"I am enough. I am full of sparkle and of compassion. I genuinely want to make the world a better place. I love hard. I practice kindness. I am not afraid of the truth. I am loyal, adventurous, supporting, and surprising. I am a woman. I am enough. I make mistakes, but I own them and I learn from them. And sometimes I make a lot of mistakes. But I am enough." ~Molly Mahar


Jennifer Tanna - relationship

"Ultimately, it is the quality of our relationship with ourselves that affects the quality of all relationships we attract and accept into our lives." ~Jennifer Tanna


Tori Amos - Healing

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” ~Tori Amos



E. O. Wilson - Nature

"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction." ~E. O. Wilson

Anthony Gucciardi Quotes

"A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence." ~Anthony Gucciardi

"No matter how carefully you choose your words, they'll always end up being twisted by others." ~Anthony Gucciardi

"Some people are never going to give you the same amount of energy as you give them, no matter how hard you try." ~Anthony Gucciardi

"The most inspirational people I've ever spoken to always seem to have some of the hardest pasts." ~Anthony Gucciardi

"Those with great minds often find themselves crossing at the intersection of genius and insanity." ~Anthony Gucciardi

"When you start with nothing, you learn to appreciate everything."~Anthony Gucciardi

"You’re not the only one that makes mistakes or says things that you regret. No matter what people tell you, we’re all just figuring out this life together." - Anthony Gucciardi

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OUR DAILY.BREAD - relationship with GOD

"Trials provide opportunity to deepen our relationship with God. They also provide the opening to learn lessons that success cannot teach by developing in us the kind of patience that waits on God and trusts Him for the strength to endure." ~Our Daily Bread

Suzy Kassem Quotes

"Each time you say hello to a stranger, your heart acknowledges over and over again that we are all family." ~Suzy Kassem

“When two brothers are busy fighting, an evil man can easily attack and rob their poor mother. Mankind should always stay united, standing shoulder to shoulder so evil can never cheat and divide them.” ~Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

"You have no control over how your story begins or ends. But by now, you should know that all things have an ending. Every spark returns to darkness. Every sound returns to silence. Every flower returns to sleep with the earth. The journey of the sun and moon is predictable. But yours, is your ultimate art." ~Suzy Kassem


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Quotes on TEA

Photo Credit: Dilmah, FB

"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage." ~Catherine Douzel


"Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea." ~Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

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Kathleen Norris Quotes

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

"None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner,
waiting to change all the tenor of our lives." ~Kathleen Norris

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Robert Fulghum Quotes

"Only an open mind still has room for new knowledge. What is outgrown and used up must be discarded to make room for what is yet to be learned. And much of the best thinking is done alone--in deserts, on beaches, in bed, behind closed doors. It is why we say we need to get away--to escape from clutter and busyness--to hear ourselves think." ~Robert Fulghum

“Share everything. Don't take things that aren't yours. Put things back where you found them.” ~Robert Fulghum

“You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.” ~Robert Fulghum

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