Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth,
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
~ Naomi Shihab Nye, from the poem “Kindness”
anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the thing themselves
which anger or annoy us.
Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121-180)
attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
better listeners. Practice the art of listening in everything you do. Not
just listening to yourself and your body, but listening to the people around
you, listening to the plant world, the animal world. Really open your ears
to what's coming at you. From there, see if you can have the ability to
respond instead of react. And that usually comes with listening. If the
observation and the listening are deep, then your action will be deep also.
~ Rodney Yee, yoga teacher
great marriage is not when the perfect couple comes
It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their
differences. ~ Dave Meurere
have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have
never failed to imitate them.
we have learned from others becomes our own by reflection.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
majority of people cannot endure the bareness and futility of their
they have some ardent dedication, or some passionate pursuit in which
can lose themselves. ~ Eric Hoffer
should love to satisfy all, if I possibly can; but in trying to satisfy
all, I may be able to satisfy none. I have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that the best
course is to satisfy one's own conscience and leave the world to form
its own judgment, favorable or otherwise. ~ Mohandas
K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
don't go through a deep personal transformation without some kind of dark
night of the soul.
learn well and fast when we experience the consequences of
what we do—and don't do.
who achieve a sense of meaning in their lives are happier than those who
from one pleasure to another. ~ Richard Layard
art of living is always to make a good thing out of a bad thing.
F. Schumacher (1911-1977)
all you can...
Do all the good you can,
In all the ways you can,
To all the people you
In every place you can,
At all the times you
As long as ever you can.
One who believes things are so bad they're bound to get better.
at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In
I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. ~ Rodney
was born free and everywhere he is in chains. ~ Jean-Jacques
world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of
his own face. Frown at it,
and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and
it is a jolly kind companion.
Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
underestimate your power
to change yourself;
never over-estimate your
Jackson Brown, Jr.
friend is one who walks in when others walk out.
Walter Winchell (1897-1972)
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
~ George Bernard Shaw
one offers gratitude, one is healed of many things.
words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly
~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Founder, Missionaries of Charity
future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
In three words I can sum up everything I've
learned about life: It goes on.
~ Robert Frost
Let us not look back in anger or forward in
fear but around in awareness.
~ James Thurber
"I'd like to add some beauty to life," said Anne dreamily.
"I don't exactly want to make people know more...though I know that
is the noblest ambition...but I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time
because of me...to have some little joy or happy thought that would never
have existed if I hadn't been born."
~ Anne of Avonlea
Flatter me, and I may not believe you
Criticize me, and I may not like you
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
~ William Arthur Ward
In the long run the pessimist may be proved to
be right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.
~ Daniel L. Reardon
Sorrow comes in great waves...but it rolls
over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And
we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it
passes and we remain. ~ Henry James
is the by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Gretta Palmer (b. 1905) American Writer
have noticed that when chickens quit quarreling over their food
often find that there is enough for all of them
wonder if it might not be the same with the human race.
Robert Perry Marquis, American Journalist
of the sweetest things in life: a letter from a friend.
Andy Rooney, American television commentator
The Quotable Cook
envy people who drink—at least they know what to
blame everything on. ~ Oscar Levant
life shall touch a dozen lives
this day is done,
countless marks for good or ill,
sets the evening sun;
is the wish I always wish,
prayer I always pray:
may my life help other lives
touches by the way.
~ Alice E. Clark
greatest good we can do for others is not to share our riches but to
reveal theirs. ~ Author Unknown
is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within
us while we live. ~ Norman Cousins
lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what
lies within us." ~ Ralph
people have cultivated the habit of never denying to themselves their
true feelings and attitudes...They have no need for pretenses.
~ David Harold Fink
be righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in character.
be beauty in character,
there will be harmony in the home.
be harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
be order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
Confucius, Book of Rites
time to work
is the price of success
time to think
is the source of power
time to play
is the secret of perpetual youth
time to read
is the fountain of wisdom
time to be friendly
is the road to happiness
time to love and be loved
is nourishment for the soul
time to share
is too short a life to be selfish
time to laugh
is the music of the heart
time to dream
is hitching your wagon to a star.
one is committed,
there is hesitancy,
chance to draw back,
concerning all acts of initiative
There is one elementary truth
the ignorance of which
and splendid plans:
that the moment one definitely
then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never
otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues
from the decision,
raising in one's favor
all manner of unforeseen incidents
and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed
would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.
Begin it now.
Wolfgang von Goethe
The heaven's blue expanse
stretched like a curtain
With tiny stars, uncounted
Winds moving dreamlike in the
And brooding in them still the
peace of God,
with hints and whispers faint, like
With revelation frought, stirring
And sleep that heals and sleep
that soothes and comforts....
~ Chiam Nachman Bialik
believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
believe in love even when not feeling it.
believe in God even when He is silent.
Jewish wall inscription
is a loud din raised to drown the voice of guilt within us. ~ Eric
person who refuses to give up will always succeed eventually. ~
by Beth Avary