Quotes To Live By


“Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.” — Czesław Miłosz

“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.” — Steve Maraboli


“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“I tried to see that every picture was better-looking than the person.” — James Van Der Zee


“Why should we build our happiness on the opinions of others, when we can find it in our own hearts?” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Freedom lies in being bold.” — Robert Frost


“I am only one; but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something. I will not refuse to do something I can do.” — Helen Keller

“All we can do is live our lives fully, be authentically ourselves, and trust that the right things about us, the best and most fitting things, will echo in the memories of us that endure.” — Alice McDermott


“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.” — Pearl Buck

When we match our priorities with purpose, we spend more time living and loving…


“It is all right for the lion and the lamb to lie down together if they are both asleep, but if one of them begins to get active it is dangerous.” — Crystal Eastman

“I have said all that I have to say. There is nothing left for me to do but scream.” — Kay Sage


“Yes’m, old friends is always best, ‘less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of. ” ― Sarah Orne Jewett

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” — Henry Ward Beecher

“A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.” — John Ciardi


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

What can I give today?

“Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life.” — Wilma Rudolph


“It’s good to embrace a hope.” — Ovid

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bil Keane


“Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn & taken away from us at dusk.
“I’m going to smile, my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.” — Jean-Paul Sartre


“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.” — Lillian Hellman


“We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.” — Blaise Pascal

“You can’t separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” — Malcolm X


“What you can’t afford to lose, you can’t afford to buy.” — Carolyn Wells

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” — Jim Rohn


“There are many things to be done today
and it’s a lovely day to do them in

Each thing a joy to do
and a joy to have done

I can tell because of the calm I feel
when I think about doing them…”

— Ron Padgett

“I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.” — Helen Keller

Rose with slight breeze in garden today….Sun with rays


“I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.” — Apache leader Geronimo

“I had forgotten that time wasn’t fixed like concrete but in fact was fluid as sand, or water. I had forgotten that even misery can end.“ — Joyce Carol Oates


“Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.” — Erik Erikson

“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.” — Joseph Campbell


“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” —
Harriet Beecher Stowe


“How fleeting are all human passions compared with the massive continuity of ducks.” — Dorothy L. Sayers

“There are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet.” — W. B. Yeats


“Saying good night to the mountains, the sun throws his most beautiful rays to them, that they may not forget him till the morning.” — Johanna Spyri

“We are adhering to life now with our last muscle — the heart.” — Djuna Barnes


“True happiness
Consists not in the multitude of friends,
But in the worth and choice.”
— Ben Jonson

“The clocks are ticking my friends. History has got a strict timetable. If we’re not careful we might be remembered as the country who arrived to late.” — Athol Fugard


“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” — Charles Dickens

“If you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn.” — Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie


“Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith.” — Muhammad

“What the people want is very simple — they want an America as good as its promise.” — Rep. Barbara Jordan


“When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen.” — Stephen Covey

“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” — Marian Wright Edelman

“We are each other’s magnitude and bond.” — Gwendolyn Brooks

“Love won’t be tampered with, love won’t go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other.” — Louise Erdrich


“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” — Winston S. Churchill


“It is no bad thing celebrating a simple life.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams


“The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.” Josephine Baker


“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things . . . the trivial pleasure like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.” — Barbara Pym

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

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Martin Luther King Jr.


“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein

“He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.” —Aesop