"Words of wisdom and beauty, inspire the soul to sing;
                                    so quotes were born;
                               "Tis a marvelous thing."


"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

"See how nature- trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars the moon
and the sun, how they move in silence...We
need silence to be able to touch souls." -Mother Teresa

We're the bridge across forever, arching above the sea,
adventuring for our pleasure, living mysteries for the fun of it,
choosing disasters, triumphs, challenges, impossible odds,
testing ourselves over and again,
learning love and love and LOVE!
~ Richard Bach (from "The Bridge Across Forever") ~

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.
~ Ruth Smeltzer ~

"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 lived.
~~Henry David Thoreau (Dead Poets Society)


By Sara Teasdale

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.

Life has loveliness to sell,
      Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
      Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
      Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
      Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give 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.
And people 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."

2,500 years ago...

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

"As 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)

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 eyes.
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.
I 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!
Diane Loomans

"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 Wordsworth

 "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 Thoeau

 "Seek not the good in external things, seek it in yourselves." ---Epictetus

 "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." ---Gandhi

 "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." ---Senecca

 "Nature provides exceptions to every rule." ---Margaret Fuller

 "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." ---Baltasar Gracian

 "We turn not older with years, but newer every day." ---Emily Dickinson

 "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." ---Soren Kierkegaard

 "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 Dickison

 "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 Blake

 "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 Lewis Stevenson

 "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!" ---William James

 "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." ---Celia Thaxter

 "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 Proverb

 "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 Proverb

 "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

 "Nature 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, Illusions

 "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

 "Somewhere 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


 There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.---- Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.---- Henry James (Portrait of a Lady)
O Tea! O leaves torn from the sacred bough!
O stalk, gift born of the great gods!
What joyful region bored thee? In what part of the sky
Is the fostering earth swollen with your health, bringing increase.----Pierre Daniel Huet
So hear it then, my Rennie dear,
Nor hear it with a frown;
You cannot make the tea so fast
As I can gulp it down.
I therefore pray thee, Rennie dear,
That thou wilt give to me
With cream and sugar softened well,
Another dish of tea. ---- Dr. Samuel Johnson
The first cup moistens my lips and throat;
The second cup breaks my loneliness;
The third cup searches my barren entrail but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs;
The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration-all the wrongs of life pass out through my pores;
At the fifth cup I am purified;
The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals.
The seventh cup-ah, but I could take no more! I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves.
Where is Elysium? Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither.---- Lu Tung (Chinese Poet during the T'ang Dynasty)
We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe. ---- Rudyard Kipling
If you are cold, tea will warm you;
If you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you. ---- Gladstone (Victorian British Prime Minister)
Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea. ---- Sidney Smith
The naming of teas is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your everyday games-
Some might think you as mad as a hatter
Should you tell them each goes by several names.
For starters each tea in this world must belong
To the families Black or Green or Oolong;
Then look more closely as these family trees-
Some include Indians along with Chinese. --- T.S. Eliot
When the tea is brought at five o'clock
And all the neat curtains are drawn with care,
The little black cat with bright green eyes
Is suddenly purring there.---- Harold Monro
The cozy fire is bright and gay,
The merry kettle boils away
And hums a cheerful song.
I sing the saucer and the cup;
Pray, Mary, fill the teapot up,
And do not make it strong. ----Barry Pain
Matrons, who toss the cup and see
The grounds of fate in grounds of tea.---- Alexander Pope

"Sail me on a silver sun

Where I know that I'm free

Show me that I'm everywhere

And get me home for tea" ----From the Beatles, "All too much"


"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage."---- Catherine Douzel


" The tea party is a spa for the soul. You leave your cares and work behind. Busy people forget thier business. Your stress melts away, your senses awaken...."----Alexandra Stoddard

"Inkstands and teacups are never as full as when one upsets them." ---Edith Wharton
 "There is no trouble so great or grave that it cannot be much diminshed by a nice cup of tea." ---Bernard Paul Heroux 
 "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."---C.S. Lewis








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 "Silence,they say,is the voice of complicity. But silence is impossible. Silence screams. Silence is the message,just as doing nothing is an act. Let who you are ring out and resonate in every word and deed. Yes,become who you are. There's no sidestepping your own being or your own responsibility. What you do is who you are. You are your own comeuppance. You become your own message. You are the message. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse." 
 Leonard Peltier~ U.S. Federal Prisoner #89637-132 

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing."--John Keats