Quotes

O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out
Against the wrackful siege of battering days?
— Shakespeare

Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.
— George Bernard Shaw

“Enter as strangers, leave as friends.”
— Unknown

“When I dream, I am ageless.”
— Elizabeth Coatsworth

“Don’t go through life, grow through life.”
— Eric Butterworth

“I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries,
and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. ”
— Joseph Addison

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
— William Shakespeare

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam; And for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world, but then it flies on again. And though we wish it could have stayed, We feel so lucky to have seen it.
— Author unknown

A friend to all is a friend to none.
— Aristotle

A friendship that can end never really began.
— Publilius Syrus

A soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
— Johann von Goeth

A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
Its loveliness increases;
it will never Pass into nothingness.
— John Keats

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.
— Mary Kay Ash

All glory comes from daring to begin.
— Eugene F. Ware

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.
— Leonardo da Vinci

All that counts in heaven is intention.
— Bill Purdin

And if tonight my soul may find her peace
in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower
then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.
— D.H. Lawrence

Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile… initially scared me to death.
— Betty Bender

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be a good animal. True to your instincts.
— D.H. Lawrence

Be good and you will be lonesome.
— Mark Twain

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
— E. Roosevelt

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
— Kahlil Gibran

Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up there pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others — and whether they see everyday chores as related to how we treat this planet.
— Eda Leshan

Creating is like playing, the aim is to have fun and to share this joy with others.
— Caroline

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.
— Jean Paul Richter

Don’t go through life.
Grow through life.
— Eric Butterworth

Each place has its own advantages – heaven for the climate, and hell for the society.
— Mark Twain

Enter as strangers
Leave as friends
— Author unknown

Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.
— Henry Van Dyke

Every man should be born again on the first day of January.
Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January. Let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.
— Henry Ward Beecher

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

Eveyone is a genius at least once a year. A real genius has his original ideas closer together.
— Georg C. Lichtenberg

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
— Vernon Sanders Law

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
— Oscar Wilde

For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.
— Clarence E. Hodges

Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things in life.
— James Francis Byrnes

From small beginnings come great things.
— Proverb

Give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.
— Madeline Bridges

God enters by a private door into every individual.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than my talent
for absorbing positive knowledge.
— Albert Einstein

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.”
— Bill Cosby

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
— Henry David Thoreau

I often put boiling water in the freezer. Then whenever I need boiling water, I simply defrost it.
— Gracie Allen

I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.
— Mother Teresa

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
— Maya Angelou

If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?
— Will Rogers

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
— Mother Theresa

If you give what you do not need, it isn’t giving.
— Mother Teresa

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
— Robert Fritz

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
— Carl Sagan

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
— John Muir

It is a blessed thing to have an imagination that can always make you satisfied, no matter how you are fixed.
— Mark Twain

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.
— J. K. Rowling

It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.
— Garrison Keillor

Knowledge is not knowing but knowing where to find it.
— Unknown

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
— Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
— Epictetus

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
— Jim Ryun

Nature is the source of all artistic expression
— Unknown

Never eat more than you can lift.
— Miss Piggy

Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.
— Comte de Buffon

No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.
— Carrie Snow

No distance of place of lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.
— Robert Southey

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
— Unknown

No man is the whole of himself. His friends are the rest of him.
— Good Life Almanac

O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down
And steep my sense in forgetfulness?
— William Shakespeare

One finger cannot lift a pebble.
— Hopi Saying

One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.
— Rebecca Falls

One should count each day a separate life.
— Seneca

Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with the truth.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.
— Yehudi Menuhin

Small ills are the fountains of most of our groans.
Men trip not on mountains, they stumble on stones.
— Chinese Proverb

Success is never final and failure never fatal. It’s courage that counts.
— George F. Tilton

Synergy — the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.
— Mark Twain

Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.
— Native American Proverb

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
— Beatrix Potter

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
— Chinese Proverb

The best way to know God is to love many things.
— Vincent Van Gogh

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

The fact that our task is exactly as large as our life makes it appear infinite.
— Franz Kafka

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
— Hada Bejar

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
— William James

The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.
— Abraham Maslow

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

The path to greatness is along with others.
— Baltasar Gracion, Spanish Priest

The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision.
— George Eliot

The right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of rights.
— Louis D. Brandies

The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in having new eyes.
— Marcel Proust

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
— Gandhi

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
— Albert Einstein

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
— Indira Gandhi

There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
— Edith Wharton

There is never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over.
— Carl W. Buechner

There is no ideal Christmas;
only the one Christmas you decide to make
as a reflection of your values,
desires, affections, traditions.
— Bill McKibben

There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will.
— Robert Frost

There is only one moment in time
when it is essential to awaken.

That moment is now.
— Buddha

Today I live in the quiet, joyous expectation of good.
— Ernest Holmen

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
— New England proverb

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
— Carl Gustav Jung

We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.
— Talmud

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
— Indira Gandhi

What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.
— Peter F. Drucker

When we truly care for ourselves, it becomes possible to care more profoundly about other people. The more alert we are to our own needs, the more loving and generous we can be toward others.
— Eda Leshan

Worrying is like being in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but does not get you anywhere.
— Unknown

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.
— Unknown

You can’t depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus.
— Mark Twain

You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
— Proverbs

“Come to the edge.”
“We can’t. We’re afraid.”
“Come to the edge.”
“We can’t. We will fall!”
“Come to the edge.”
And they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
— Guillaume Apollinaire, 1880-1918, French Poet, Philosopher

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.
David Foster Wallace