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  • #1
    Zora Neale Hurston
    “Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground. ”
    Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road


  • #2
    Winston Churchill
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
    Winston Churchill


  • #3
    Helen Keller
    “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
    Helen Keller


  • #4
    A.A.  Milne
    “Organization is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed up.”
    A.A. Milne


  • #5
    Virginia Woolf
    “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
    Virginia Woolf


  • #6
    Beverly Sills
    “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
    Beverly Sills


  • #7
    Ann Landers
    “If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.”
    Ann Landers


  • #8
    Albert Einstein
    “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
    Albert Einstein


  • #9
    Alan Bennett
    “The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”
    Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film


  • #10
    Helen Keller
    “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
    Helen Keller


  • #11
    Brenda Shoshanna
    “Now today, moment by moment, realize that each person and event that happens is life for you. Life is not somewhere else. See how fully you can accept the life that presents itself to you now.”
    Brenda Shoshanna


  • #12
    Gautama Buddha
    “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it.
    Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.”
    Gautama Buddha


  • #13
    Alan Wilson Watts
    “Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”
    Alan Wilson Watts


  • #14
    Robert M. Pirsig
    “The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there.”
    Robert M. Pirsig


  • #15
    Jamie Lee Curtis
    “If indeed it's a race
    Then the chicks do the most
    It isn't a brag
    Or an estrogen boast
    It's the women who've led me
    With big open hearts
    If not for their love
    I'd have failed at the start.
    And it's not just the mothers
    I speak of them ALL
    It's a woman there first
    When somebody falls.

    The multi of tasking
    That's easy to tease
    I dare a great man
    To try it all, PLEASE!
    So this is my shout out
    My rallying cry
    To women all over
    I hold you up high
    And though there are others
    Who'll think this poem strange
    It's the women who plant
    The root of big change.”
    Jamie Lee Curtis


  • #16
    Anne Lamott
    “You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #17
    Anne Lamott
    “It's good to do uncomfortable things. It's weight training for life.”
    Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
    tags: life


  • #18
    Anne Lamott
    “Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #19
    Anne Lamott
    “Laughter is carbonated holiness.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #20
    Anne Lamott
    “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #21
    Anne Lamott
    “Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #22
    Anne Lamott
    “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #23
    Anne Lamott
    “I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path. We're here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don't have time to carry grudges; you don't have time to cling to the need to be right.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #24
    Anne Lamott
    “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #25
    Anne Lamott
    “I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #26
    Anne Lamott
    “Certainty is missing the point entirely.”
    Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith


  • #27
    Anne Lamott
    “Jealousy always has been my cross, the weakness and woundedness in me that has most often caused me to feel ugly and unlovable, like the Bad Seed. I’ve had many years of recovery and therapy, years filled with intimate and devoted friendships, yet I still struggle. I know that when someone gets a big slice of pie, it doesn’t mean there’s less for me. In fact, I know that there isn’t even a pie, that there’s plenty to go around, enough food and love and air.

    But I don’t believe it for a second.

    I secretly believe there’s a pie. I will go to my grave brandishing my fork.”
    Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith


  • #28
    Anne Lamott
    “If you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #29
    Anne Lamott
    “You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won't really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we'll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #30
    Anne Lamott
    “You can tell if people are following Jesus, because they are feeding the poor, sharing their wealth, and trying to get everyone medical insurance.”
    Anne Lamott




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