Quotes To Live By

“The Season, launched at the United Nations in 1998, marks the annual 64 calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30 and that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4.

Season for Nonviolence
Season for Nonviolence


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi


“You are, at this moment, standing right in the middle of your own ‘acres of diamonds.” — Earl Nightingale


“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.” — W. B. Yeats


“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour.” ― William Cowper

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“In Three Words, I Can Sum Up Everything I’ve Learned About Life. It Goes On.” — Robert Frost


“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” — Charles Buxton


“People will work for a living but they’ll die for recognition.” — Lee Odden


“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” — Anne Frank

“Synergy is what happens when 1+1= 10 or
100 or even 1,000! It’s the profound
result when 2 or more respectful
human beings determine to go
beyond their preconceived
ideas to meet a great
— Stephen Covey


“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.” — George Eliot


“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” — John Green


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley


“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — A. A. Milne


“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr


“Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.” — Paulo Coelho


“The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.” — Erik Erikson


“Something important is always about to happen… And if not, you’d do well to act as if it were. You’ll enjoy life better that way.” ― Julia Quinn


“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” — Andre Gide

“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”
George Eliot


“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 however 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


“Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.” — Carl Sandburg


“Hope is the anchor of the soul, the stimulus to action, and the incentive to achievement.” — Anonymous


“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” — Helen Keller


“Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.” — Henry James


“He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” — Lao Tzu

“It is very unfair to judge of any body’s conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation.” — Jane Austen


“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.” — John Steinbeck


“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.” — Swami Vivekananda


“I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together.” — John Greenleaf Whittier


“Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you.” —Stephen Covey

“Courage and endurance are useless if they are never tested.” — Penelope Fitzgerald


“It is always the secure who are humble.” — Gilbert Keith Chesterton

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” —Auguste Rodin


“There is nothing in the world, I venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one’s life.” — Viktor E. Frankl

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” — Meister Eckhart


“The point of life is to find the delicate equilibrium between dream and reality.” — Gustave Flaubert


“Everyone, real or invented, deserves the open destiny of life.” — Grace Paley


“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” ― Anne Frank


“Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.” — Stephen Covey

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” — Grace Hopper


“We change, whether we like it or not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” — Hans Selye


“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” — Noam Chomsky


“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.” — Humphry Davy

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” — Walt Disney


“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. live in the question.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” — Edith Cavell


“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” — Frederick Douglass


“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” — Ernest Hemingway

“The real meditation practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn


“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde


“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” — Madeleine L’Engle

“The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” — Oscar Wilde



“A body of clay, a mind full of play, a life of a moment – that’s me.” — Harivansh Rai Bachchan

“In every child who is born, no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again” — James Agee


“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.“ — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” — Meister Eckhart


“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” ― Thomas Merton


“We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“You’re making yourself too important. Guilt comes from feeling we’re at the center of the universe. We’re not.” — Gloria Whelan


“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” — George Eliot

“It’s not the situation, but whether we react negative or respond positive to the situation that is important.” — Zig Zglar


“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

“What are temples of stone and clay to the soul? Learn to build eternal mansions of dreams and visions!” — Selma Lagerlöf


“Good friends are like stars you don’t always see them but you know they are there.” Unknown

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” — Martin Luther King Jr.


“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” — Howard Thurman

“I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.” — Maya Angelou


“when it comes down to it, that’s what life is all about: showing up for the people you love, again and again, until you can’t show up anymore.” — Rebecca Walker


“But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.” — Alan Watts

“Life is like a trumpet – if you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out of it.” — W. C. Handy


“Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous.” — Unknown

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” — Khalil Gibran


“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” — Buddha

“Look into your own heart, discover what it is that gives you pain and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.” — Karen Armstrong


“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” — Maya Angelou

“Never let yesterday use up too much of today.” — Will Rogers


“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” — Thomas Edison

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke


“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” — Lao Tzu


“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” — Carl Sagan

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” — Anne Sexton


“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” — Camille Pissarro


“The longer we live, the more we find we are like other persons.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” — Marcus Aurelius


“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.” — Buddha

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” — Friedrich Nietzsche


“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” — Ella Wheeler Wilcox


“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


“When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” — Helen Keller

“The most important thing in life is to see to it that you are never beaten.” — André Malraux


“Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same.” — Lois McMaster Bujold

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw



“Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart. Success is all right if it doesn’t go to the head.” — Grantland Rice

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein


“…either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


“Breath, dreams, silence, invincible calm, you triumph.” — Paul Valéry


“To keep the body in good health is a duty … otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” — Buddha

“I’ve done business with men who think I’m as silly as I look. By the time they realize I’m not, I’ve done got the money and gone.” — Dolly Parton


“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.” — Ted Hughes


“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” — Sylvia Plath

“We’re all under the same sky/walk the same earth; we’re alive together during the same moment.” — Maxine Hong Kingston


“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” — Pat Conroe

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” — Stephen Covey


“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” — Marcus Aurelius


“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” — Christian D. Larson


“Logically, harmony must come from the heart… Harmony very much based on trust. As soon as use force, creates fear. Fear and trust cannot go together.” — Dalai Lama


“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” — Doris Lessing

“Don’t confuse me with the facts—I’ve already made up my mind.” — Ann Rule


“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” — Robert Frost

, b.1911 in Oklahoma. 

“You get an education in school and in college. And then you start to work. and that’s when you learn!” — Mary Blair


“After all, when you take a walk you’re after solitude, and if the solitude won’t come to you, you must go to it.” — Elfriede Jelinek

“Sometimes the ideas that mean the most to you will feel true long before you can quite formulate them or justify them.” — Robert Pinsky


“Compassionate listening is to help the other side suffer less. If we realize that other people are the same people as we are, we are no longer angry at them.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” —Oscar Wilde


“Only a night from old to new;

Only a sleep from night to morn.

The new is but the old come true;

Each sunrise sees a new year born.”

— Helen Hunt Jackson

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Friedrich Nietzsche


“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — E. E. Cummings


“Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.” — Dalai Lama

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” — Albert Einstein


“A man hasn’t got a corner on virtue just because his shoes are shined.” —  

Ann Petry

“Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave, and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.” ― Alice Childress


“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindnesses and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart, and secure comfort.” ― Humphry Davy

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt


“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.” — Buddha


“Lift up your hearts

Each new hour holds new chances

For new beginnings.”

— Maya Angelou

“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” — Jane Goodall


“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu

“Wonder….music heard in the heart, is voiceless.” — Rosemary Dobson 


“Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over.” — Fannie Lou Hamer


“Creativity requires a state of grace. So many things are required for it to succeed—stimulus and composure, inner peace and a kind of bitter-sweet excitement.” — Magda Szabó


“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” ― Pema Chödrön

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” — Nelson Mandela


“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” — St. Francis of Assisi


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“One learns people through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect.” — Mark Twain


“Friendship is like love at its best; not blind but sympathetically all-seeing; a support which does not wait for understanding; an act of faith which does not need, but always has, reason.” — Louis Untermeyer


“It’s far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.” — Judith Martin

“Peace is our gift to each other.”

“Wherever men & women are persecuted because of their race, religion, political views, that place must, at that moment, become the center of the universe.”

“Human suffering anywhere concerns men & women everywhere.”

— Elie Wiesel


“I’ve always liked quiet people: You never know if they’re dancing in a daydream or if they’re carrying the weight of the world.” — John Green

“For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand.” — Miguel de Cervantes


“Hurrying and worrying are not the same as strength.” — Nigerian Proverb

“Nothing wastes more energy than worrying. The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets. Don’t take things too seriously. Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.” — Douglas Pagels


“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” — Norman Vincent Peale

“Life is short and we never have enough time for the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.” — Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“This sea is dangerous and its storms terrible but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to stay ashore.” — Ferdinand Magellan


“You are a child of the universe, 

no less than the trees and the stars; 

you have a right to be here. 

And whether or not it is clear to you, 

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

— Terra Haute

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T. S. Eliot


“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” — William Faulkner

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” — John Muir


“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


“And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving, and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long.” — Mary Church Terrell

 “Thus human beings judge of one another, superficially, casually, throwing contempt on one another, with but little reason, and no charity.” — Emma Orczy


“Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of: abide by it; it will counsel you best.” — Phillip Stanhope


“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” —George Eliot

“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” — Stephen King

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.” — J.R.R. Tolkien


“Any fool can fight a winning battle, but it needs character to fight a losing one, and that should inspire us…” — W. B. Yeats


“The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.” — William Golding

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” — Jacques Prevert


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous.” — Samuel Johnson


“It isn’t by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world…by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves.” — Ken Kesey


“Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“To find a mountain path all by oneself gives a greater feeling of strength than to take a path that is shown.” — Karen Horney


“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away” ― Benjamin Franklin


“Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while,

a great wind carries me across the sky.” — Ojibwe saying

“Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade.” — Constance Baker Motley


“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” ― Roy T. Bennett


“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it & you’ll start believing in it.” — Jesse Owens

“The fact is that people are good, Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.” — Abraham Maslow


“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.” — Thich Nhat Hanh


“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” ― Aldous Huxley

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


“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein


Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until her 70s. This beautiful lesson for us and doing what you love and gives you joy no matter your age. 

“People should take time to be happy.”

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”

— Anna Mary Robertson Moses

“I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.” — Edith Sitwell


“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” — Jane Addams

“The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” — Robert M. Pirsig


“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.” — Arthur Koestler


“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” — Abraham Maslow

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.” — Charles Dickens


“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful;

for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament.

Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower,

and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” — Paulo Coelho


“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.” — W.P. Kinsella

“The road to success is always under construction.” — Lily Tomlin


“Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.” — Maria Montessori

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” Albert Einstein


“Do anything, but let it produce joy.” — Henry Miller

“Friendship is a serious affection; the most sublime of all affections.” — Mary Shelley


“Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes


“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Hope is sweet. Hope is illumining. Hope is fulfilling. Hope can be everlasting. Therefore, do not give up hope, Even in the sunset of your life.” — Sri Chinmoy

“The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.” — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

“Love isn’t an act, it’s a whole life.” — Brian Moore


“Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect. Be true to your own mind and conscience, your heart and your soul.” — Theodore Parker

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ― Mahatma Gandhi 


“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.” — William Faulkner

“real care means the willingness to help each other in making our brokenness into the gateway to joy.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

“We’re all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up.” — Annie Proulx


“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” — Napoleon Hill

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” ― Terry Pratchett


“The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.” — Paul Tillich


“It’s far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.” — Judith Martin


“Every individual, even the least intelligent, the lowest of outcasts, from childhood on gives himself some explanation of the world. And with it he manages to live. And without it, he would sink into madness.” — Elsa Morante

“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.” — Maya Angelou


“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” — George Orwell


“Either peace or happiness, let it enfold you.” — Charles Bukowski

Happy Sunday! 

(August 16, 2000)

Hoping that this day

will find a way to let peace 

and or happiness enfold you.

Let this day find a way to let peace and or happiness enfold you.


“Look back, and smile on perils past.” — Walter Scott


“Youth has no age.” Pablo Picasso

With a healthy lifestyle and a growth mindset, you can be youthful at any age. 


“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama


“For the sake of all the others who are like you, but less strong and less gifted perhaps, many of them, it’s up to you to have the courage to make good.” — Radclyffe Hall

“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away” ― Benjamin Franklin


“Love is not to be proven or measured…It exists, and that is enough.” — Jorge Amado

“Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.” — Robert G. Ingersoll


“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

 “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” — William Shakespeare


“There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.” — Robert Frost 

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh


“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” ― Vincent van Gogh

“I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to.” ― Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


“I have a deep-seated bias against hate and intolerance. I have a bias against racial and religious bigotry. I have a bias against war, and a bias for peace. … I have a strong bias in favour of the United Nations and its ability to maintain a peaceful world.” — Ralph Bunche

“Respect other people’s feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. 


“Tis not too late to seek a newer world.” — Alfred, Lord Tennyson


“Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.” — Norman Vincent Peale

“It is the lives we encounter that make life worth living.” — Guy de Maupassant


“Seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doing to it, and all I’m saying is: see what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love, baby – love. That’s the secret.” — Louis Armstrong

“Fear not for the future, weep not for the past” — Percy Bysshe Shelley


“Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few, and powerlessness in the hands of so many.” — Maggie Kuhn


“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin

“What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.” — Isabel Allende



“Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.” — Maria Mitchell

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” — Herman Melville


“The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.” — Whitney Young


“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” ― Edmund Lee

“Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.” — John Lewis


“Our is a world where people don’t know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.” ― Don Marquis

“we are the transformed
we are the awoken
we lay your visions of a concrete world
in ashes
we build a new, a living world
away from death and decay”
― Dahi Tamara Koch


“Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.” — Beatrix Potter

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings


“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” — Stephen Covey

“Genius is nothing else than a great aptitude for patience.” — Comte de Buffon

Patience is key.
It takes time.
Keep working, 1-step at a time.

“We do things when it is our time to do them. They do not occur to us until it is time; they cannot be resisted, once their time has come. It’s a question of time, not motive.” ― Bharati Mukherjee


“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” — Carl Jung

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” — George Bernard Shaw


“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” ― C.S. Lewis

“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” — Eric Hoffer


“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” — Amelia Earhart

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” ― Saul Bellow


“A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all.” — Chinese Proverb

“We are touched by magic wands. For just a fraction of our day life is perfect, and we are absolutely happy and in harmony with the earth. The feeling passes much too quickly. But the memory – and the anticipation of other miracles – sustains us in the battle indefinitely.” — John Nichols


“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” ― Margery Williams Bianco

“True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

“The last of human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Viktor Frankl


“loving friendship is able to endure everything; it refuses no burden” — Petrarch


“Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us” ― A.J. Cronin

My favorite quote
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” ― Nelson Mandela

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — John Lewis

“The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.” — William Makepeace Thackeray


“I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?” — Henry Moore

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” — Gilbert K. Chesterton


“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing.” — Saint Clare of Assisi

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” — Albert Einstein

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” — Iris Murdoch


“Today, as never before, the fates of men (and women) are so intimately linked to one another that a disaster for one is a disaster for everybody.” — Natalia Ginzburg

“Each of us has his own alphabet with which to create poetry.” — Irving Stone

“How difficult it is to be simple.” — Irving Stone


“The essence of true friendship, in my view, is to make allowances for one another’s little lapses.” — David Storey

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” — Dalai Lama


“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” — Henry David Thoreau

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)


“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” ― Thomas Paine

“Five types of people you want to surround yourself with:
the inspired, the passionate, the motivated, the grateful and the open minded.” — Richard Feynman


“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” — Camille Pissarro


“We are the ones we have been waiting for.” — June Jordan


“There are only two races, the decent and the indecent.” — Victor E. Frankl

“Beware, so long as you live, of judging men (or women) by their outward appearance.” — Jean de La Fontaine

“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.” Navajo proverb


“It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.” —Henri Matisse

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” — Frida Kahlo


“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived; but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” — Maya Angelou

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt


“You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.” — Arthur Ashe

“Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and once gone, can never be retrieved.” — Al-Ghazali

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” — Dalai Lama


“In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost

“It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.” ― Judith Martin

You are enough–just the way you are. You have unique talents and strengths that will help you to make the world a better place. You are special just the way you are. — Beth Frates

“Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.” — Joseph Joubert

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” — Joan Didion


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

“The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.” — Thurgood Marshall


“Be the most you can be, so life will be more because you were.” ― Susan Glaspell

“We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things-it’s all just a different kind of the same thing.” — Susan Glaspell