Favorite Quotes

If beating yourself up worked, you’d already be rich, thin and happy: try loving yourself instead. Cheryl Richardson

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.  Hafiz

To love. To be loved. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget. Arundhati Roy

Our job is to make music with what remains. Itzhak Perlman

Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay!  Maya Angelou

The meaning of life is to give life meaning. Viktor Frankl

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. Brother David Steindl-Rast

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

What imagination cannot conjure, reality delivers with a shrug.  Trumbo

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. Abraham Maslow

The soul assists the body and at certain moments uplifts it. It is the only bird that can lift up its cage. Victor Hugo

I am strong because I know my weaknesses; I am beautiful because I am aware of my faults; I am fearless because I can tell reality from illusion; I am wise because I have been foolish; I  love because I have known hate; I laugh because I have known sadness. Ziad Abdelnour

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Rumi

Last year I abstained, this year I devour: without guilt, which is also an art Margaret Atwood

Real freedom begins with obedience to a higher influence — a higher, finer energy within oneself. Jacob Needleman

Five things to quit right now: 1) trying to please everyone, 2) fearing change, 3) living in the past, 4)putting yourself down, and 5) overthinking. Anonymous

Take this time to awaken the awareness of our capacity to regain the states of balance, harmony and integration, moment by moment, and the awareness that we have the capacity and the tools to transform, the ability to shift: From fragmentation to integration· From aggression to kindness-  From being absent to being present· From tension to relaxation· From doubt to clarity· From denial to commitment. John Milton

Ring the bells that can still ring. Forget the perfect offering: there’s a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you. L.R. Knost

Hold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth; hold on to what you believe, even if it is a tree that stands by itself; hold on to what you must do, even if it is a long way from here. Pueblo Prayer

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Guijar Veer

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. Rumi

No amount of guilt can change the past; no amount of anxiety can change the future. Buddha

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  Bessie A. Stanley

Love your fate. Whatever happens, say, “This is what I need”. View it as a challenge/opportunity. Bring love, not discouragement, to the moment, and you will find strength. Joseph Campbell paraphrasing Nietzsche

Don’t ever allow anything or anyone to dull your sparkle, your brilliance or your  beauty. Always remember: “… you have constellations lining the cathedral walls of your chest, a moon for a heart, and the sunlight pouring through your skin;  you are a symphony of stardust and you were born to shine.”  Tyler Kent White

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. Frank Herbert, Dune

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. Carlos Santana

Plan in decades; think in years; work in months; live in days. Nic Haralambous

If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.
Maya Angelou

Don’t promise when you are happy, don’t reply when you’re angry, and don’t decide when you’re sad. Anonymous

In order to really grow inside, you must first be challenged from all directions. Things cannot just go your way. You cannot command life or expect it to fulfil your projections. If things are always easy, you go to sleep inside your being. As you become more sensitive, more alert, more intuitive, open and silent, fear, resistance and lethargy subside and are replaced with a deep calm and faith. Though no outer company may be seen alongside you, the one who walks is never alone. The hosts of the heavens walk with them. Welcome on the road of true life. Mooji

Everything will change when your desire to move on exceeds your desire to hold on. Alan H Cohen

Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life. Joshua Glenn

Sin was invented by men to control others through fear. Scott Cullens

I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain. James Baldwin

Every time you think you know what your life is going to be like, it’s not like that. You realize that life is not linear. Cedric Klapisch

We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow. Fulton Oursler

I have learned so much from God that I can no longer call myself a Christian, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Jew. The truth has shared so much of itself with me that I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel, or even a soul. Love has befriended Hafiz so completely it has turned to ash and freed me.of every concept and image my mind has ever known. Hafiz

Other people’s negativity is not your problem — unless you agree to make it yours. Don’t let ’em drag you down! Vince DelMonte

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything. Anonymous

You have to love yourself because no amount of love from others is sufficient to fill the yearning that your soul requires from you. Dodinsky

If you have to keep wondering where you stand with someone, perhaps it is time to stop standing and start walking. Digital Romance

Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. It is all we ever have, so we might as well work with it rather than struggle against it. We might as well make it our friend and teacher, rather than our enemy. Pema Chodron

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts. Buddha

Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. Morticia Addams

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Collective Evolution

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, “I’m possible” Audrey Hepburn

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion. Anonymous

Still the mind. Inhale peace. Let go of worries. Exhale stress. Notice the breath. Connect to all. Embrace calm. Mary Davis

You must make the choice to take the chance if you want anything in your life to change.  Anonymous

The problem with the world is that intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence. Charles Bukowski

Your past has served its purpose. Panache Desai

Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them. Anonymous

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering. Ben Okri

One of the happiest moments ever, is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change. Liora

You can’t force someone to respect you, but you can refuse to be disrespected.  Anonymous

There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life; getting back up is living. Jose N Harris

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. J.K. Rowling via Albus Dumbledore

Expose yourself to your deepest fears; after that fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes, you are free. Jim Morrison

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses. Abraham Lincoln

Tell the negative committee inside your head to sit down and shut up. Ann Bradford

Change frustration into a force for a better future. Anonymous

The depth of your struggle determines the height of your success. Frederick Douglas

Energy flows where attention goes.  Anonymous

The criteria for success: you are free, you live in the present moment, you are useful to the people around you, and you feel love for all humanity. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The funny thing about setbacks and roadblocks is that very often they actually turn out to be windows and doorways. Trusting that opportunities are waiting for us makes them easier to discover! Begin With Yes

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.  Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anywayWhat you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anywayGive the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway. Kent M. Keith

Worry is a total waste of time. It doesn’t change anything. All it does is steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing. Jill Blakeway

The first to apologize is bravest. The first to forgive is strongest. The first to forget is happiest. Dave Fournier

Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet: to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you , and to gradually strengthen you into the person you are meant to be. Collective Evolution

People will like you and people will hate you. And none of this has anything to do with you. Abraham-Hicks

Overthinking kills your happiness. Purple Clover

We are alive and need to take risks. And if we fail, so what? Who cares? It doesn’t matter. Learn and move on without judgement. don Miguel Ruiz

You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts. Philip Arnold

If you believe it will work out, you see opportunities; if you believe it won’t, you see obstacles. Wayne Dyer

When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you. Anonymous

No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen. Alan Watts

The difference between a flower and a weed is judgement. Spirit Science

Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it. Spirit Science

I smile and act like nothing is wrong sometimes; it’s called dealing with shit and staying strong. Anonymous

Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth and your heart for love. Fredy Paul

Be happy with nothing and you’ll be happy with everything. Spirit Science

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are still thinking about yesterday. Anonymous

Don’t rush for things. If something is bound to happen, it will happen. In the right time, with the right person and for the best reason. Curiano.com

The tongue has no bones but it is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words. Anonymous

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. Aldous Huxley

People grow when they are loved well. If you want to help others heal, love them without an agenda. Mike McHargue

Say how you feel, leave the job you hate, find your passion, love with every ounce of your bones, stand up for things that matter, don’t settle, don’t apologize for who you are, be fucking brave. Lisa Rinna

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies moving forward toward finding the answer. Denis Waitley

You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free. Thich Nhat Hanh

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these. Lloyd Shearer

Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith: it is the price of love. Queen Elizabeth I

You should love someone while you have them; love them fully and without reservation, even if you know you will lose them someday. We lose everyone. If you are trying to avoid loss, there’s no point in taking another breath, or letting your heart beat one more time. It all ends. That’s all life is – breathing in, breathing out – the space between two breaths. Leah Raeder

When I was younger I wish I’d known that what often seemed to be the end of the world often turned out to be a positive and transformative experience. Annie Lennox

People start to heal the moment they feel heard. Cheryl Richardson

We are here to heal, not harm. We are here to love, not hate. We are here to create, not destroy. A.D. Williams

Love is the experience that others are not others. Beauty is the experience that objects are not objects. Rupert Spira

Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living. Anonymous

One can begin to reshape the landscape with a single flower. Spock

Accept what is; let go of what was; have faith in what will be. Anonymous

Your mantra is thank you. Just keep saying thank you. Don’t explain. Don’t complain. Just say thank you. Say thank you to existence. Mooji

By choosing our thoughts, and by selecting which emotional currents you will release and which you will reinforce, you determine the quality of your light. You determine the effects that you will have upon others, and the nature of the experiences in your life. Gary Zukav

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Kiss slowly, play hard, forgive quickly, take chances, give everything and have no regrets. Life’s too short to be anything but happy. Anonymous

We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. Dalai Lama

The trance of unworthiness keeps the sweetness of belonging out of reach. The path to “the sweetness of belonging,” is acceptance – acceptance of ourselves and acceptance of others without judgment. Tara Brach

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, as the solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. To be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. Louise Erdrich

There are three solutions to every problem: accept it, change it or leave it. If you can’t accept it, change it; if you can’t change it, leave it. Spirit Science

Problems shared are halved; love shared is doubled. Will Coons

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.  Martha Washington

Our life purpose is to be happy, and maximize our gifts and talents in the service to others, that they may be happy too. Will Coons

No matter how you feel, get up, clean up, dress up, shape up, show up and never give up. Anonymous

If you are helping someone and expecting something in return, you are doing business not kindness. Anonymous

The moment you accept yourself you become beautiful. Osho

Beware of destination addiction – a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, or in the next person. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are. Greg Braden

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And no matter how difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. Stephen Hawking

7 Steps to Happiness: Think less, feel more; frown less, smile more; talk less, listen more; judge less, accept more; watch less, do more; complain less, appreciate more; fear less, love more. Birkan Tore

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. Yoda

Go in peace. Go in kindness. Go in love. Go in faith. Leave the day, The day behind us. Day is done. Go in grace. Let us go Into the dark, Not afraid, Not alone. Let us hope By some good pleasure
Safely to Arrive at home.  
Catoe Rex

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. Betty Smith

If you don’t go after what you want, you will never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always ‘no’. If you don’t step forward, you are always in the same place. Nora Roberts

Worry is using your imagination to create things you do not want in your life. Anonymous

People were created to be loved; things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used. Liora

When you look at yourself and feel dissatisfaction about any part of you, you will continue to attract feelings of dissatisfaction, because the law mirrors back to you exactly what you are holding inside. Be in awe and wonder at the magnificence of you! Rhonda Byrne

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. Thich Naht Hanh

Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place”. Marianne Williamson

A head full of fears has no space for dreams. Anonymous

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou

To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else. Dalai Lama

With life as short as a half-taken breath, don’t plant anything but love. Rumi

Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.  Rita Schiano

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask yourself if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. Deepak Chopra

Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion. Anonymous

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. Henri Nouwen

The same boiling water which softens the potato hardens the egg; it’s about what you are made of, not the circumstance. Anonymous

I believe that, at the end of it all, if we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime; to make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. Roger Ebert

Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. Anonymous

Let go of comparing, competing, complaining, worrying, judgement, regrets, blame, guilt, fear. Zen

When something bad happens, you have three choices: you can let it define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you. Anonymous

The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.  Albert Schweitzer

Madness has neither color nor religion. Malek Merabet

People will forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston S. Churchill

The tolerance of wrong dulls our sense of its injustice. Men may become accustomed to theft, murder, even to slavery — that sum of all villainies — so they see no injustice in it, yet that which is unjust is unjust still. Henry George

Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Guillaume Apollinaire

Just chuck it in the fuck it bucket and move on. A. Wise Person

People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster. James Baldwin

We are all damaged. We have all been hurt. We have all had to learn painful lessons. We are all recovering from some mistake, loss, betrayal, abuse, injustice or misfortune. All of life is a process of recovery that never ends. We each must find ways to accept and move through the pain and to pick ourselves back up. For each pang of grief, depression, doubt or despair there is an inverse toward renewal coming to you in time. Each tragedy is an announcement that some good will indeed come in time. Be patient with yourself. Anonymous

Do not tax your life with forethought of grief. Wendell Berry 

Don’t let exercise become an obsession in pursuit of perfection. Davey Wavey

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. Helen Keller

Looking for happiness in the body, mind or world is like looking for the screen in a movie. The screen doesn’t appear in the movie, and yet, at the same time, all that is seen in the movie is the screen. In the same way that the screen ‘hides’ in plain view, so happiness ‘hides’ in all experience. Rupert Spira

There is nothing abstract about pain. It is specific, it is real, and, when it is intense, it is world destroying. Albert Camus

The sole purpose of life is to enjoy it. Samuel Butler

The moment we want to be something, we are no longer free. Krishnamurti

If we are to speak well, our words must pass through three gates: Are these words true? Are they necessary? Are they kind? Sufi saying

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. Abraham Maslow

You can’t let people scare you. You can’t go your whole life trying to please everyone else. You can’t go through life worrying about what everyone else is going to think. Whether it’s your hair, clothes, what you have to say, how you feel, what you believe and what you have. You can’t let the judgement of others stop you from being you. Because if you do, you’re no longer you. You’re someone everyone else wants you to be. Anonymous

Every time you judge yourself, you break your own heart.  Swami Kripalu

Only saints and sociopaths don’t care what others think. Richard Landes

You can’t really love yourself until you know yourself. Christian de la Huerta

Fear only brings death to the soul. Love everything. Sigur Ros

You have to walk away from your past to walk into your future. Anonymous

Sometimes following your heart means losing your mind. Anonymous

You’ve only got one chance to make life amazing; don’t waste it. Christopher Van Etten

Spring, like contentment, is elusive; when we stop desiring, it is more likely to appear. As Spring blossoms, so might I. Will Coons

A negative mind will never give you a positive life. Anonymous

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Arthur Ashe

Happiness can be found everywhere and in everything. Or not. It’s our choice. A.D. William

Nothing is sexier than knowing who you are and loving it. Joe L Joshua

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.~Carl Jung 

Senescence begins and middle age ends the day your descendants outnumber your friends. Ogden Nash

To my old brown earth
And to my old blue sky
I’ll now give these last few molecules of “I.”

And you who sing,
And you who stand nearby,
I do charge you not to cry.

Guard well our human chain,
Watch well you keep it strong,
As long as sun will shine.

And this our home,
Keep pure and sweet and green,
For now I’m yours
And you are also mine.

-Pete Seeger

Provincetown will always be the end of the road, surrounded by light and water. People will always come here to lose themselves and find themselves again. Transformation will always be at Provincetown’s core. Anne Stott

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. David Brinkley

There are two days you can do nothing: yesterday and tomorrow. Focus on today. Dalai Lama

Love is Like Water. Only love, with no thought of return, can soften the point of suffering. Like water, the miracle of love is that it covers whatever it touches, making the touched thing grow while leaving no trace of its touch. Most things break instead of transform because they resist . The quiet miracle of love is that without our interference, it, like water, accepts whatever is tossed or dropped or placed into it,  embracing it completely. Mark Nepo

People may forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Anonymous 

Everything will change when your desire to move on exceeds your desire to hold on. Alan H. Cohen

Every storm runs out of rain. Gary Allan

Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feetThich Nhat Hanh

To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers – or both. Elizabeth Charles

Unless we take care of the society we live in, there won’t be any society left to support our businesses. We have to give as much as we extract. Ron Shaich, Panera Bread

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. Bertrand Russell

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past. Robertson Davies

Life is a struggle to be what we are not and to do what we cannot. William Hazlitt

Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. Joseph Joubert

Faith hovers in the space between what our heart needs and what our mind is willing to accept. Lawrence Brown

BREATHING IN: I do the best I can.  BREATHING OUT: I let go of the rest. Anonymous 

Let us read, and let us dance – these two amusements will never do any harm to the world. Voltaire

In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose. Anne Sophie Swetchine

Happiness arises when you relax into the reality of your natural condition. The secrets of the universe are already in you as you. Seeking anything implies that you don’t have it; every search for the idea of enlightenment  leads you further away from it.  The magnificance of life does not await you — it actually is you. Mark Whitwell

If you want to know what you have done in the past, look at your life now. If you want to know what kind of person you will be in the future, look at what you are thinking and doing now. Annonymous

Be easier on yourself, on everyone, on everything. Suspend your judgements on the way things should be, must be and ought to be. Suspending judgments gives you greater ease. Consider ease the antidote  for disease. Peter McWilliams

The New England conscience doesn’t stop you from doing what you shouldn’t; it just keeps you from enjoying it.  Cleveland Amory

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends to do otherwise.  Aldo Leiopold

Knowing life is short, enjoy it day after day, moment after moment. Anonymous

He who will not reason is a bigot, he who cannot is a fool and he who dares not is a slave. William Drummond

A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. William G.T. Shedd

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. William Faulkner

Energy does not grow old. Lee Holden

Cowardice asks, is it safe? Expediency asks, is it politic? Vanity asks, is it popular? But conscience asks, is it right? William Morley Punshon

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. Albert Einstein

I don’t want to see the republican party ride to political victory on the four horsemen of calumny — fear, ignorance, bigotry and smear. Margaret Chase Smith

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. Henry James

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revivied, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Audrey Hepburn

The way people behave towards each other is a measure of their value as human beings. Lynne Truss

Live up to other people’s best attributes, not down to their worst. Jef Mallett

The riches that are not found in our soul do not belong to us. Demetrius

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

The only limits of our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. FDR

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  Herman Melville

We’ll fall fighting over what divides us. It comes down to that. Judith B. Goodenough

The emptiness within transformation is where I most clearly experience my soul.  Michael Fernandes

Yin is not weak Yang. Deane Juhan

Tread lightly. Speak softly. Smile often. Anonymous

To see what must be done and not do it is a crime. Elizabeth Destsch Earle

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

How can people with so much be so angry at people who have so little? Patrick V. Brown

Your reach should always exceed your grasp. Harvey Cox

Self-love is not so bad, my liege, as is one’s self neglect. Shakespeare’s Henry V

There is a time for departure even when there is no certain place to go. Tennessee Williams

To live in our vision is to gain mastery in our lives. Anonymous

When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. Audre Lorde

You’re alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act. Barbara Hall

Out of the dusk a shadow, then, a spark. Out of the cloud, a silence, then, a lark. Out of the heart, a rapture, then, a pain. Out of the dead, cold ashes, then, Life again. John Banister Tabb

As a bee seeks nectar from all kinds of flowers, seek teachings everywhere. Like a deer that finds a quiet place to graze, seek seclusion to digest all that you have gathered. Like a madman, beyond all limits, go wherever you please and live like a lion, free of fear. Dzogchen tantra

Isn’t it strange that Princes and Kings and clowns that caper in sawdust rings, and common people like you and me, are builders for eternity? Each is given a bag of tools, a shapeless mass, a book of rules, and each must make – ere life is flown – a stumbling block, or a stepping stone. R.L. Sharpe

Free your mind from fear and worry; free your heart from anger and hate; give more; expect less; live simply. Buddhist mantra

Live: there is too much love, joy and peace to let it slip away. John Durrett, in memory of Helen Coons Durett

Watch the indolent butterfly playing on the tall flower in the yard and think about the sun going down. It always does you know. Rod McKuen

Live simply, that others may simply live. Anonymous

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. Isak Dinesen

When you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. Mark Twain

As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life. Buddha

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Four Agreements: Do your best. Keep your word. Take nothing personal. Make no assumptions.
Don Miguel Ruiz

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. Henry David Thoreau

Go placidly among the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all people. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant: they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive people: they are vexatious to the spirit. … in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Max Ehrmann (Desiderata)

As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is twilight. And it is in such twilight that we must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. Justice William O. Douglas

Why are we bored, lonely and lazy? Because we don’t have the will to totally open our hearts to others. If you have the strength of will to totally open your heart to others, you will eliminate laziness, selfishness and loneliness. Actually, the reason you get lonely is that you are not doing anything. If you were busy, you wouldn’t have time to get lonely. Loneliness can only enter an inactive mind. If your mind is dull and your body inactive, then you get lonely. Basically, this comes from a selfish attitude, concern for yourself alone. That is the cause of loneliness, laziness and a closed heart. Lama Yeshe, Becoming Vajrasattva, the Tantric Path of Purification

Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so too will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still. Deng Ming-Dao

Hope means to keep living amid desperation and to keep humming in the darkness. Henri J. M. Nouwen