"A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I
prefer their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens Where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of
the birds, the rippling of the mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at
least, I am a Pagan."--- Zitkala-Sa
how nature- trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars the moon
and the sun, how they move in silence...We
silence to be able to touch souls." -Mother Teresa
the bridge across forever, arching above the sea,
adventuring for our pleasure, living mysteries for the fun of it,
disasters, triumphs, challenges, impossible odds,
testing ourselves over and again,
learning love and love and LOVE!
You have not lived
a perfect day,
even though you have earned your money,
unless you have done something for someone
who will never
be able to repay you.
"Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts none of us yet know, for
none of us have been taught in early youth, what fairy palaces we may build of beautiful thought -- proof against all adversity.
Bright fancies, satisfied memories, noble histories, faithful sayings, treasure houses of precious and restful thoughts, which
care cannot disturb, nor pain make gloomy, nor poverty take away from us -- houses built without hands, for our souls to live
in." --- John Ruskin
I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck
out all the marrow of life ... to put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not
~~Henry David Thoreau (Dead Poets Society)
has loveliness to sell,
beautiful and splendid things,
waves whitened on a cliff,
fire that sways and sings,
children's faces looking up
wonder like a cup.
has loveliness to sell,
like a curve of gold,
of pine trees in the rain,
that love you, arms that hold,
for your spirit's still delight,
thoughts that star the night.
all you have for loveliness,
it and never count the cost;
one white singing hour of peace
many a year of strife well lost,
for a breath of ecstasy
all you have been, or could be.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders
and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with
too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them.
We say we love trees, yet we cut them down.
still wonder why some are afraid
when told they are loved!" --Anonymous
The warmth of another's eyes, the fresh scent of rain on a hot summer's eve ? moments like these renew
in us a heartfelt appreciation for life.
~~ Gwen Weising
"The supreme state of human love is the
unity of one soul within two bodies"
~ Sri Aurobindo
"And when one of them meets with his other
half, the actual half of himself, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be
out of the other's sight even for a moment."
Weed - a plant whose virtues
have not yet been discovered.
~~Ralph Waldo Emmerson
"All that glitters is not gold. All who wander are not
lost."-- William Shakespeare
Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the Bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with
delight, the soughing of the Pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness
of things. --- Kakuzookakura
a snake shakes off the old, so shall I, and look ever forward to the new!" Rebecca Wiles
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one
who regards himself as
your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.
The other is mere business. -Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
IF I HAD MY CHILD TO RAISE OVER AGAIN..
I'd finger paint more, and
point the finger less.
I'd do less correcting, and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my
I would care to know less, and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing
serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd teach less about
the love of power,
And more about the power of love!
"I have Cherokee blood in me. I have just enough white blood
for you to question my honesty!"----Will Rogers "Youth is a religion from which one always ends up being converted."
--- Andre Malraux
"Beside a well, one does not thirst. Beside a sister,
one does not despair."--- Chinese Proverb
"Anything will give up it's secrets if you love it enough."
---George Washington Carver
"Leisure, some degree of it, is necessary to the health
of a man's spirit." ---Harriet Martineau
"Our own heart, and not others' opinions of us, forms
our true honor." --- Friedrich Von Schiller
"It is better to sleep on things beforehand, than lie
awake about them afterwards." ---Baltasar Gracian
"It is a beauteous evening, calm and free..." ---William
"Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled
by unexpected sparks." ---Samuel Johnson
"Fear not, thou drummer of the night, we too will be
there. And still he drummed on in the silence and the dark... These simple sounds related us to the stars." ---Henry David
"Seek not the good in external things, seek it in yourselves."
"Every little action of the common day, makes or unmakes
character." ---Oscar Wilde
"Friends are nations in themselves." ---Emily Dickison
"It is sweet to let the mind unbend on occasion." ---Horace
"In trying to satisfy all, I maybe able to satisfy none."
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail
my ship." ---Louisa May Alcott
"We must take care to live not merely a long life, but
a full one; for living a long life requires only good fortune, but living a full life requires character. Long is the life
that is fully lived; it is fulfilled only when the mind supplies its own good qualities and empowers itself from within."
"Nature provides exceptions to every rule." ---Margaret
"How many ideas there have been in history that were
unthinkable ten years before they appeared." ---Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds
need ideas in order to create." ---Nicoles Malebranche
"The soul enfolds itself like a lotus of countless
petals." ---Kahlil Gibran
"Passion colors all that it touches in its own hues."
"We turn not older with years, but newer every day."
"And the song from beginging to end, I found in the heart
of a friend." ---Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at
it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart." ---Jerome K. Jerome
"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for
wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible."
"Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things
we do not see." ---Martin Luther
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny
matters compared to what lies within us." ---Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Saying nothing.... sometimes says the most." ---Emily
"Celestial wisdom calms the mind." ---Samuel Johnson
"Nothing strengthens the judgement and quickens the conscience
like individual responsibility." ---Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"He who knows patience knows peace." ---Chinese Proverb
"No bird soars too high with his own wings." ---William
"Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid
things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up holding wonder
like a cup." ---Sara Teasdale
"there is no end to adventures that we can have, if only
we seek them with our eyes open." ---Nehru
"Do not weep; do not wax indignant, understand." ---Spinoza
"One changes from day to day... every few years one becomes
a new being." ---George Sand
"The flower that follows the sun, does so even on cloudy
days." ---Robert Leighton
"A house is no home unless it contains food and fire
for the mind as well as the body." ---Margaret Fuller
"It isn't the thing you do, dear, It's the thing you
leave undone which gives you a bit of heartache at the setting of the sun." ---Margaret E. Sangster
"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong
to ourselves." ---Montaigne
"He who forgives ends the argument." ---African Proverb
"Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace
it." ---David Lloyd George
"For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever
alike. When you are the anvil, bear- when you are the hammer, strike." ---Edwin Markham
"It is easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by
like a song. But the man worthwhile is one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong." ---Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water
shapes itself to the vessel that contains it." ---Chinese Proverb
"Beauty is a form of genious--- is higher, indeed, than
genious, as it needs no explanation.It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or reflection in dark
water of that silver shell we call the moon." ---Oscar Wilde
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and
what you do are in harmony." ---Mahatma Gandhi
"I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with
me ever after, and changed my ideas; they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour
of my mind." ---Emily Bronte
"Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts none of us
yet know, for none of us have been taught in early youth, what fairy places we may build of beautiful thought-- proof against
all adversity. Bright fancies, satisfied memories, noble histories, faithful sayings, treasure houses of precious and restful
thoughts, which care cannot disturb , nor pain make gloomy, nor poverty take away from us-- houses built without hands, for
our souls to live in." ---John Ruskin
"I hear and forget, I see and I remember, I do and I
understand." ---Chinese Proverb
"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics
of a vigorous mind." ---Samuel Johnson
"Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness
and just be happy." ---Guillaume Apollinaire
"The spirit of delight comes in small ways." ---Robert
"When you get into a tight place and everything goes
against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place
and time that the tide will turn." ---Harriet Beecher Stowe
"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at
the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." ---Albert Einstein
"What is it about my daily rituals? Why such pleasure
in repetition? Well, it occurs to me that I might just be practising... being me." ---David Jacoby
"A gem cannot be polished without friction nor a man
perfected without trials." ---Chinese Proverb
"I have often thought the best way to define a man's
character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most
deeplyand intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: "This is the real me!"
"The doors of opportunity are marked 'push' and 'pull'."
---Ethel Watts Mumford
"Hope--- the recognition, by true foresight, of better
things to be reached here after." ---John Ruskin
"Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free,
instinctively complicates life." ---Katharine Fullerton Gerould
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the
shadow." ---Helen Keller
"The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you're
finished." ---Ben Franklin
"Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we
have been makes us what we are." ---George Eliot
"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of
infinite beauty." ---John Ruskin
"Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a
vision, but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope." ---Sanskrit
"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and
astonish the rest." ---Mark Twain
"We will be known by the tracks we leave behind." ---Dakota
"Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge
is limited, while imagination embraces the whole world." ---Albert Einstein
"People who know little are usually great talkers, while
those who know much say little." ---Jean Jacques Rousseau
"Love is blind, but friendship closes it's eyes." ---unknown
"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk
behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me, and be my friend." ---Albert Camus
"If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you
made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand." ---unknown
"Soul meets soul on lovers lips." ---Shelley
uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small peace of her fabric reveals the organization
of her entire tapestry." ---- Richard Feynman
"The only thing more important than being good is being real. Authenticity
is kinder than resignation without conviction. Truth leads to good faster than good leads to truth. Ultimately truth is good,
but you have to live it from the inside out." ----Alan Cohen
"When your sense of worth exceeds your condition,
conditions will shift to amtch your vision." ---Alan Cohen
"The greatest gift you can give yourself, is
a little bit of your own attention." ---Anthony J D Angelo
"A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a
direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion, this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and patterns
behind all clouds. And you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond all horizons." ---Richard Bach,
"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reation,
both are transformed." Carl Jung
"In any conflict, we can defend ourselves or we can learn. Defense has made
the world unlivable. What would happen if we chose to learn instead? Instead of saying, "You frighten me", what if we said,
"You interest me?" ---Leslie Black, One
"Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you
will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail." ---Edward A Navajo
in my soul a thought went up in my mind today that I have had before, but did not finish, some way back, I could not fix the
year. Nor where it went, nor why it came the second time to me, nor definetly what it was, have I the art to say. But somewhere
in my soul, I know I've met the thing before; it just reminded me-' twas all'-and came my way no more."---Emily Dickison