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  • #1
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #2
    E.B. White
    “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”
    E.B. White

  • #3
    Mother Teresa
    “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
    Mother Teresa

  • #4
    H. Jackson Brown Jr.
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

  • #5
    “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

  • #6
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

  • #7
    Emily Dickinson
    “If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”
    Emily Dickinson, Selected Letters

  • #8
    Wendy Cope
    “At lunchtime I bought a huge orange
    The size of it made us all laugh.
    I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
    They got quarters and I had a half.

    And that orange it made me so happy,
    As ordinary things often do
    Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park
    This is peace and contentment. It's new.

    The rest of the day was quite easy.
    I did all my jobs on my list
    And enjoyed them and had some time over.
    I love you. I'm glad I exist.”
    Wendy Cope, Serious Concerns
    tags: love

  • #9
    Theodore Roosevelt
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

  • #10
    Louise Erdrich
    “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
    Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

  • #11
    Louis MacNeice
    “The Sunlight on the Garden

    The sunlight on the garden
    Hardens and grows cold,
    We cannot cage the minute
    Within its nets of gold,
    When all is told
    We cannot beg for pardon.

    Our freedom as free lances
    Advances towards its end;
    The earth compels, upon it
    Sonnets and birds descend;
    And soon, my friend,
    We shall have no time for dances.

    The sky was good for flying
    Defying the church bells
    And every evil iron
    Siren and what it tells:
    The earth compels,
    We are dying, Egypt, dying

    And not expecting pardon,
    Hardened in heart anew,
    But glad to have sat under
    Thunder and rain with you,
    And grateful too
    For sunlight on the garden.”
    Louis MacNeice, Collected Poems 1925-1948

  • #12
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • #13
    C.S. Lewis
    “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
    C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

  • #14
    Mother Teresa
    “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
    Mother Teresa

  • #15
    Alan W. Watts
    “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”
    Alan W. Watts

  • #16
    Leonard Cohen
    “Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That's how the light gets in.”
    Leonard Cohen

  • #17
    Jill McCorkle
    “We used to all come outside when the streetlights came on and prowl the neighborhood in a pack, a herd of kids on banana-seat bikes and minibikes. The grown-ups looked so silly framed in their living-room and kitchen windows. They complained about their days and sighed deep sighs of depression and loss. They talked about how spoiled and lucky children were these days. We will never be that way, we said, we will never say those things.”
    Jill McCorkle

  • #18
    Albert Einstein
    “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”
    Albert Einstein

  • #19
    “Now, this is what the Lord says, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
    Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

  • #20
    Joseph Campbell
    “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
    Joseph Campbell

  • #21
    “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
    John Anster, The First Part of Goethe's Faust

  • #22
    Anne Lamott
    “Listen to your broccoli and it will tell you how to eat it.”
    Anne Lamott

  • #23
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

  • #24
    E.B. White
    “Just to live in the country is a full-time job. You don't have to do anything. The idle pursuit of making a living is pushed to one side, where it belongs, in favor of living itself, a task of such immediacy, variety, beauty, and excitement that one is powerless to resist its wild embrace.”
    E.B. White

  • #25
    Thich Nhat Hanh
    “Each time you look at a tangerine, you can see deeply into it. You can see everything in the universe in one tangerine. When you peel it and smell it, it’s wonderful. You can take your time eating a tangerine and be very happy.”
    Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

  • #26
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?”
    Mary Oliver

  • #27
    Lewis Carroll
    “Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.'

    I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!”
    Lewis Carroll

  • #28
    E.B. White
    “I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.”
    E.B. White

  • #29
    San Juan de la Cruz
    “If a man wishes to be sure of the road he’s traveling on, then he must close his syes and travel in the dark.”
    San Juan de la Cruz

  • #30
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “Grown-ups love figures... When you tell them you've made a new friend they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies? " Instead they demand "How old is he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make? " Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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