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Sunday, March 2, 2014

You Don’t Say

Write your sorrows in sand but etch your blessings in stone.  dee

For as long as I can remember, I have cut and pasted  quotations that resonated with me into a journal. The advent of computers made it infinitely easier. A few buttons and swipes, a careful attribution of the words, and it’s in my file called QUOTES. I tend to include things that feel true and memorable.  It occurred to me this morning, how very much the quotations that I keep are a truthful mirror of who I am and who I want to be.  What a striking realization. For some reason, it completely escaped me that these gems, these pearls of wisdom that I have gathered from far and near, circumscribe me, leaving a clear imprint of just what matters to me.  My collection is entirely from reading I have done -- certainly reflecting a motley collection of authors and philosophers ( Aristotle, Drake, Longfellow) To my mind, these goodies have been earned, rather than glibly culled from Pinterest.  See what you can make of the ones that touched me -- help yourself. By doing so, you might be surprised to find out just who you are!  

We must die to one life before we enter another.  Anastole France (Thibault)

Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

an experiment carried out in thought only

Einstein coined

Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.

-Soren Kierkegaard
Your life has been a success.  The strengths that you already have can support you in the life you want.    
Jack Canfield

― Thomas Edison

White lies are the glue of polite society.  Dawn Elise Evans

The further backward you look, the further forward you will see.  Winston Churchill

"Guess now who holds thee!"--"Death," I said, But, there,
The silver answer rang, "Not Death, but Love."  Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches on the soul
And sings the tunes without the words
And never stops at all.  Emily Dickinson

I can live for two months on a good compliment. Mark Twain

Kindness in words creates confidence 
                Kindess in thinking creates profoundness
                 Kindness in giving creates love.  Lao Tze

Be faithful in small things because it is in the that your strength lies.  Mother Theresa

Be the change you wish to see in the world.  Ghandi

“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.”
E.B. White

If you ain’t crashin, you ain’t trying.  Twitch, a motocross stuntman.

― Thomas Fuller

― Coco Chanel

There has always bee much tragedy in my life, at least half of it actually happened. 
Mark Twain

Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.

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

The miracle is not to fly in the air nor to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.                         Chinese proverbs

We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.   Henry David Thoreau

An unexamined life is not worth living.  Socrates

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.  Anon

Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.  Drake

Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday.  Skyler Greu

The essence of our love does not change with circumstance or time.  Evans

The first step toward change is to believe it is possible.  Evans

You think the dead we  loved hardly ever truly leave us?
You think that we don’t count them more clearly than ever in great times
of trouble?  J.K. Rowling.

Tis not the summer of your youth; time has not cropped the roses from your
cheek, though sorrow long has washed them.  Edward Moore

“Of course there is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life, and what it brings” 

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow