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Here you will find all the treasures I have been collecting. These are the quotes, poems and passages 

that have led me along my own path in life. I look at life in an optimistic way and hope I 
will continue
to enjoy life...the good and the bad! Life is after all a journey. 

What we learn is perhaps more important than what we experience.





Art by Beth Avary 



Love Quotes    Quotes for Book Lovers 

Wisdom from Around the Globe

Quotes about Books & Words    Cat Quotes

Quotes that are Poetic or about Poetry

Friendship Quotes


All I ask is for an opportunity to prove that money doesn't buy happiness. ~ Anonymous


God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I'm so far behind I will never die! ~ Anonymous


Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. ~ Napoleon Hill


A friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. ~ Elbert Hubbard


You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Rossevelt


It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. 
~ Epictetus, Greek Philosopher

The secret of patience is to do something else in the meantime. ~ Spanish Proverb

Patience is bitter but its reward is sweet. ~ Unknown

A word withheld can have as much impact as words spoken. ~ Regina Barreca

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. ~ Albert Einstein

Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve. ~ W. Clement Stone


The unexamined life is not worth living. ~ Socrates

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. ~ Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. ~ Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

The greatest high you can get in life is by helping somebody. ~ Timothy Stackpole

For your ship to come in, you must first build a dock. ~ Author unknown

Winning is easy...all you have to do is outlast your opponent. ~ Doug Firebaugh

You must do the thing you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear
and obstacles vanish. ~ John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

I never quite believed that one chance is all I get. ~ Anne Tyler


What you are shouts so loudly in my ear I cannot hear what you say. ~ Emerson


The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we
were at when we created them. ~ Albert Einstein


You can let the same force that makes flowers grow and planets move 
run your life, or you can do it yourself. ~ Marianne Williamson


Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. ~ Author unknown


This is what I want from now on: a slower pace, a more centered existence, and the feeling of perfect happiness to be found in the moments I come home to myself. ~ Linda Weltner


When you learn to identify your deepest desires, you can truly take advantage of desire's creative power. That's when intentions, instead of being wishes or  fantasies, become powerful engines that awaken your life. ~ Sally Kempton


Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. ~ Robert J. Sawyer


The greatest prayer is patience. ~ Buddha


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu


What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? ~ Robert H. Schuller


I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience. ~ William Shakespeare, Henry VIII


Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~ Hippocrates

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside of us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our touch, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. ~ E. E. Cummings


The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people half way. ~ Henry Boyle


Never cut what you can untie. ~ Joseph Joubert


The person who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a negotiator. ~ Robert Estabrook


Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~ Thomas A. Edison


The first day you laugh at yourself, you grow up. ~ Ethel Barrymore


Those who say it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it. ~ Chinese Proverb


Warriors take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them. 
~ Japanese Proverb


From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity. ~ Albert Einstein


Sometimes, the best way to move ahead in life is to admit you've had enough. ~ M. J. Ryan


All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive,  are forced at last, to tell the whole story. ~ James Baldwin


The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be. ~ Oprah


You have a gift that only you can give the world that's the whole reason you're on the planet. ~ Oprah, August, 2002


Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. ~ Margaret Lee Runbeck


You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. ~ Plato


Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. ~ Storm Jameson


And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
We have free will; we can change our minds. We can open mind and heart. We can eradicate the darkness inside of us. You don't do it purely from blessings or reading a book.  You've got to do the work. It's like anything else. ~ Richard Gere


Being a poet is not a choice, it is a way of life. It comes to me like the water  from some invisible well or source. ~ Joanna Harris


I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer. ~ Colette, French writer


Some of us need to discover that we will not begin to live more fully until we have the courage to do and see and taste and experience much less than usual... There are times, then, when in order to keep ourselves in existence at all we simply have to sit back for a while and do nothing. And for a man who has let himself be drawn completely out of himself by his activity, nothing is more difficult than to sit still and rest, doing nothing at all. The very act of resting is the hardest and most courageous act he can perform. ~ Thomas Merton


What comes from the heart, goes to the heart. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Whoever is happy will make others happy. ~ Anne Frank


The best way to succeed is to discover what you love and find a way to offer it to others. ~ Oprah


An affirmation is a statement of truth which one aspires to absorb into his life. It has been said  that we are what we eat. It would be truer to say, “We are what we think.” 
~ J. Donald Walters, Affirmations for Self-Healing  


Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~ Victor Borge


It's kind of fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney


Unless we change directions, we are likely to end up where we are going. ~ Chinese Proverb


Hope saves a man in the midst of misfortune. ~ Menander


The good are always prone to tears. ~ Greek Proverb


Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul. ~ Democritus


There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. ~ George Sand


There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend. ~ Katherine Hathaway


Art by Beth Avary 



You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born ...fear not the  strangeness you feel. The future must enter into you before it happens. Just wait for the  birth...for the hour of new clarity. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke


Listen to your dreams - those are the sounds no one else can hear. ~ Kobi Yamada


What three things will you do to change/improve your life within the next month?  Take action on it. ~ Mark Sincevich, The Real Ideal


Every moment of ones existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. ~ Norman Mailer


Only a few men die from sudden lack of air, but multitudes perish because for  years they have not been breathing enough. ~ Rasmus Alsaker, M.D.


What we think creates our life. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. ~ George M. Adams


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Gandhi


Learning is a treasure that accompanies its owner everywhere. ~ Chinese proverb


You must first have knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare;  third, the faith to do. ~ Charles F. Haanel



Art by Beth Avary 


We write our own destiny; we become what we do. ~ Madame Chiang Kai-shek


There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle. ~ Albert Einstein


The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~ Winston Churchill


You are worth the risk of taking action! ~ Dr. Phil


I believe service to others makes us happiest. ~ Oprah Winfrey


I wanted to join the ranks of cooks who can create nostalgia out of flour, eggs and  butter; the puzzle solvers who can turn memories into recipes. ~ Dana Cowin,  Food and Wine Editor in Chief discussing her dream to create the perfect apple pie


If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life. ~ Louis Parrish


Food is not about impressing people, it's about making them feel comfortable. ~ Ina Garten


Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. ~ Mother Teresa


Effective people are not problem-minded; they're opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. ~ Stephen Covey


The Secret of Success is making your Vocation your Vacation. ~ Mark Twain
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust




One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time, in others' minds. ~ Alfred Kazin

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger;  and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.  ...Verily, verily, I say unto you,  He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  I am that bread of life.  

~ John 6:35, 47-48 


I'm so astonished at God's love, and I want to be captured by it and invite others into that process with me. God is good, and I want to celebrate His goodness, even in the midst of the confusion and difficulties of life and unanswerable questions. ~ Steven Curtis Chapman


Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others. ~ Jacob M. Brude


I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know; the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. ~ Albert Schwietzer


We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. ~ Marcel Proust


People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality,  so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. ~ Joseph Campbell


The greatest explorers on earth never take voyages as long as those of the man who ascends to the depths of his heart. ~ Julien Green


He that respects himself is safe from others;
He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Dream no small dreams; for these have no power to move the hearts of men. ~ Goethe


Whatever we concentrate on, expands and increases. ~ Alan Cohen


What we do with compliments is a marvelous metaphor for our ability to receive love. ~ Alan Cohen


Anger is often but an echo of anguish. ~ Taro Gold's Mother


Great spirits have always encountered violent resistance from mediocre minds. ~ Albert Einstein


Failure is God's way of saying, "Excuse me, you're moving in the wrong direction." ~ Oprah Winfrey


Each day affirm that there is nothing in this world that can stop you from transforming your life, opening your heart, loving yourself and sharing your love with everyone you encounter. ~ Yogi Amrit Desai


When you know who you are, you will have the answer to every challenge that life poses. ~ Ramana Maharshi


I regard wonder as the first of all passions. ~ Rene Descartes, The Passion of the Soul, 1649


Be yourself. The world worships the original. ~ Ingrid Bergman


I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door,  I'll go through another door - or I'll make my own door. ~ Joan Rivers


Those who move mountains begin by carrying away small stones. ~ Chinese proverb


Writing is a form of therapy. ~ Graham Greene


It is only when we silence the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can  finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. ~ K.T. Jong


Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. ~ Julia Child


Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours. ~ Disraeli


It is by my sorrows that I soar. ~ Mahatma Gandhi


The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn;  the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs.  Dreams are the seedlings of realities." ~ James Allen


"I can," then you can.
"I cannot," then you cannot.
You decide.
~ Dae Soen Sa Nim


The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. ~ Mother Teresa

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


I never feel lonely in the kitchen. Food is very friendly. ~ Julia Child, In Time Magazine


All that we do is touched by ocean, yet we remain on the shore of what we know. ~ Richard Wilbur


One who lives life with passion is like a brightly burning fire. A small, dim fire can easily be extinguished by gusts of wind, but a large, bright one will grow bigger as the wind grows stronger. In the same way, the more obstacles a passionate person encounters, the brighter and stronger that person grows. 
~ Open Your Mind, Open Your Life by Taro Gold


The first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone. ~ Jonathan Franzen


All we are is a result of what we have thought. ~ Buddha


The power of work, and the power of creativity, can be your salvation. ~ Nicole Kidman


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. ~ Thoreau


Quiet people are often found to have profound insights. The shallow water in a brook or river runs fast: The deep water seems calmer. ~ James Rogers


It's strange to think most books are about love... even cookbooks. ~ Stephan in A Heart in Winter


Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive,  and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~ Howard Thurman


To bring a person into your house is to take charge of his happiness for as long as he is under your roof. ~ Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


Man loves company even if it is only that of a small burning candle. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~ John Gunther


Anyone who eats three meals a day should understand why cookbooks outsell sex books three to one. ~ L.M. Boyd


The day people stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. ~ Colin Powell, My American Journey


Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you. ~ Sister Mary Tricky


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


Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. ~ Salvador Dali, Diary of a Genius


There is a luxury in being quiet in the midst of chaos. ~ Virginia Woolf


Any attempt you make to control other people actually puts you under their control. ~ Martha Beck


Eighty percent of all questions are statements in disguise. ~ Dr. Phil McGraw


For we only wish to unfold,
to continue the miracle
of having been born.
We long to greet each day
as the world does,
Fresh, new and ripe for living. 
To lean towards the sun
like flowers-eager to blossom
To move wild
like waves under a silver moon-
drawn on the tide
of our native longing.
We wish to belong to the world, yes.
But first and foremost,
we wish to belong to ourselves. 
~ Denise Bissonnette, The Wholehearted Journey


Life is what's happening to you while you're making other plans. ~ John Lennon


A relationship lost because of honesty wasn't worth having to begin with. ~ Ellen Kreidman


If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you should probably water yours. ~ Veronica


If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. ~ Thomas Edison


You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. ~ Amy Carmichael


Do not ever doubt that the world can be changed by the efforts of a single human being, for that is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most  frightens us. ~ Marianne Williamson


If two people agree on everything, then one of them is really not necessary in the relationship. ~ Ellen Kreidman


I'm very optimistic in many ways. I do not believe there is anything in life that cannot be fixed. ~ Christina Ricci


Even for those who own dozens (maybe hundreds) of cookbooks, the desire for the one  book that includes it all is hard to suppress. ~ Susan Wyler, Great Books for Cooks


For things to change you have to change. ~ Ellen Kreidman

We master our fears by embracing them, not by subduing them. ~ Arianna Huffington

If you'd tell me what I imagine about myself, you'd find it a lot more interesting." ~ Anne Shirley of Green Gables


You are the product of your own brainstorm. ~ Rosemary Konner Steinbaum


There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all. ~ Anonymous


The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything—they just make the most  of everything that comes their way. ~ Anonymous


The only way to have a life is to commit to it like crazy. ~ Angelina Jolie in Premiere


You've got to have a reason to get up in the morning. ~ Barbara Walters


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust


Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."  ~ Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey


We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere. 
~ Tim McGraw


To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. ~ Henri Bergson


It was only a sunny smile,
And little it cost in the giving. 
But like morning light, it scattered the night,
And made the day worth living.
~ Anonymous


Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected. ~ William Safire


Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers. 
~ Mary Tyler Moore


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


There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action,  and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. ~ Martha Graham


It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. ~ Moliere


Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but rather a manner of traveling. ~ Samuel Johnson


Any road is bound to arrive somewhere if you follow it far enough. ~ Patricia Wentworth


You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer


The beauty of expanding your comfort zone is that there is a certain rush when you do it.  There is this surge of energy, this rush you feel when you do something new.  You feel really alive. ~ Kent Sayre, Unstoppable Confidence


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear. ~ Mark Twain


There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people.  It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations.  It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills. ~ Buddha


Quality questions create a quality of life. Successful people ask better questions,  and as a result, they get better answers. ~ Anthony Robbins


First comes thought; then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe,  is your imagination. ~ Napoleon Hill


The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it. ~ Al Batt


Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit. ~ Henry David Thoreau


It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars. ~ Garrison Keillor


I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much. ~ Mother Teresa


I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say. ~ Flannery O'Connor


We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less without that drop. ~ Mother Teresa


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The way to a man's heart is through his stomach. ~ Fanny Fern


Without sharing, there is no happiness in life. Happiness comes from work and discipline and  sharing, from using your time in a way that is good for you and for others... every little thing you do to help counts, and I am only beginning. ~ Penelope Cruz,  who supports a foundation to help homeless children in Calcutta


Reading is not just an enriching life experience. Success later in life is directly  related to whether you were brought up around books. ~ Librarian of Congress, Jim Billington


It takes no more time to see the good side of life than to see the bad. ~ Jimmy Buffett


To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~ Katherine Paterson


If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. ~ Donald H. Rumsfeld


Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~ Harriet Van Horne


If people will just sit together and touch one another with the simple act of breaking bread,  there is such power there. ~ Art Smith


My life is in the hands of any fool who makes me lose my temper. ~ Joseph Hunter (1914-1974)


The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. ~ Henry David Thoreau


He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. ~ Edmund Burke (1729-1797)


Our life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books. ~ John Ruskin (1819-1900)


When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong - or absolutely right. ~Albert Guinon


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


A human being is like a television set with millions of channels. If we turn on sorrow, we are sorrow.  If we turn on a smile, we are the smile. We cannot let one channel dominate us. We have the seed of  everything in us and we have to seize the situation at hand, to recover our power. We need to change the channel once in a while! ~ Thich Nhat Nanh 


Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us. ~ Oscar Wilde


A mother understands what a child does not say. ~ Jewish Proverb


Follow the river and you will arrive at the sea. ~ French Proverb


It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks,  to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our  hearts as we travel towards our distant goal.  ~ Helen Keller


The children of our country materially have just about everything, but what they're often lacking is love and attention. ~ Johann Christoph Arnold, Author


Just try to be angry with someone who fed you something delicious. ~ Carmen Cook


He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. ~ Bessie Anderson Stanley


Whoever said you can't buy happiness, forgot little puppies. ~ Gene Hill


Anger must be the energy that has not yet found its right channel. ~ Florida Scott-Maxwell


The Guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. ~ Jean Paul Richter


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An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision. ~ St. Thomas Aquinas


Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. ~ Lady Bird Johnson


And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that  believeth on me shall never thirst. ...Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on  me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. ~ John 6:35, 47-48


The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before. ~ Samuel Johnson




A Prayer


May tree and plant and shrub

be soundless through the night

and stars and moon be dimmed

to shut out all the light. 

So when you sleep in peace,

no bird will move in flight,

and angles guard your sleep. 

Goodnight, my love goodnight.

~ James Neill Northe


What is it about friendship that makes being among friends so much richer than being among the  most accomplished and interesting strangers? ~ Sandy Sheehy, Connecting


It would be great if people never got angry at someone for doing something they've done themselves. ~ Rodney Dangerfield


Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. ~ Winston Churchill


Good Humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


People give food meaning. It's easy to trivialize, because food is everywhere.  But love of food is love of life. ~ Barbara Haber


America's greatest strength, and its greatest weakness, is our belief in second chances, our belief that we can always start over, 
that things can be made better. 
~ Anthony Walton


Some people come into our lives and quickly go.  Some stay for a while and leave  footprints on our hearts.  And we are never, ever the same. ~ Unknown


You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. ~ James Lane Allen


It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ~ Ursula K. LeGuin


Good food is a celebration of life. ~ Sophia Loren


It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward. ~ Baltasar Gracian


What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give. ~ P. D. James, Time to Be in Earnest


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. ~ Plato


Here's one thing I know: The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel pain. ~ Jennifer Aniston

The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence. ~ Robert J. Shiller




Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. ~ Oprah Winfrey


When we think of balancing our lives, we think of work, family and relationships. But we cannot balance these until we find an internal balance of who we are and  what we want out of life. ~ Anne Wilson Schef, Ph.D.




I really believe that if you have genuine talent and if you're persistent and disciplined,  and not wearied by the inevitable rejections along the way, eventually you'll make it. ~ Donya Dickerson


One sure window into a person's soul is his reading list. ~ Mary B. W. Tabor


None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens  to the whisper which is heard by him alone. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). 
"Greatness, "Letters and Social Aims, 1876


At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived. ~ Rose Macaulay, English author (1881-1958)


Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained  by perpetual neglect of many other things. 

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, who is made known through Jesus Christ. ~ Blaise Pascal


Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ~ Leo Tolstoy


To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. ~ Anatole France


We do as we are; we become as we do. ~ Saying


Learning to use anger is no easy task. Yet the alternative - letting anger use us - makes us prisoners  of our own minds. Anger is not the enemy, and we're not helpless in the face of it.  It is only an energy - one that, with practice, we can harness for our good. ~ Mark Epstein


Loneliness is a choice. ~ Toora Miah


A soul mate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communicating and communing that take place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace. This kind of relationship is so important to the soul that many have said there is nothing more precious in life. ~ Thomas Moore


May the urgent things in life never get in the way of the important things. ~ Trey Sklar, Four Souls  


Perhaps there is nothing in the world so painful as feeling that one is not valued. ~ Sei Shonagon


Battle is essentially a moral conflict. It requires a mutual and sustained act of will by two  contending parties and , if it is to result in a decision, the moral  collapse of one of them... ~ John Keegan, The Face of Battle


Cookbook collectors read cookbooks like novels! They curl up with them in the evening like I would with a biography. This is one of the most pleasurable things for them – to find a book that is peppered (so to speak) with little-known facts, reminiscences from your childhood, comments about  long-time friends, information about the sources of some of the ingredients,  the history of certain dishes. ~ Jay Lane

Good friends are harder to find than pearls in quicksand. ~ R.W. Wells


They say that if you're looking for God, you've already found him. ~ Beverly Donofrio


Anytime you make an effort to do something good, you may benefit not just the person you help  but also those who witness your act. We don't feel elevation from thinking about charity.  We feel it from seeing someone do something charitable. ~ Jonathan Haidt, PhD

If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace I would surely vote for the purr. ~ Barbara L. Diamond

Stars got tangled in her hair whenever she played in the sky. ~ Laini


What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Often people feel severely judgmental toward those who are doing the things they've denied themselves. ~ Martha Beck, author




I put down my book
The Meaning of Zen
and see the cat smiling into her fur
as she delicately combs it with her pink tongue. 

"Cat, I would lend you this book to study
but it appears that you have already read it." 

She looks up and gives me her full gaze. 
"Don't be ridiculous," she purrs. "I wrote it." 

~ Dilys Laing



It is what we perceive to be true that causes us either joy or despair. ~ Willard Gaylin


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