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  • #31
    Vera Nazarian
    “There's a difference between playing and playing games. The former is an act of joy, the latter — an act.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #32
    Vera Nazarian
    “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”
    Vera Nazarian

  • #33
    Vera Nazarian
    “A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #34
    Vera Nazarian
    “A great ancient poet was blind. A great classical composer was deaf. Many of us are dumb. What have we to show for it?”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #35
    Vera Nazarian
    “The pyramid shape is said to hold many secrets and amazing properties. One of them is a sense of wonder.”
    Vera Nazarian

  • #36
    Vera Nazarian
    “Every story needs to be worth telling.”
    Vera Nazarian

  • #37
    Vera Nazarian
    “To every rule there is an exception—and an idiot ready to demonstrate it. Don't be the one!”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #38
    Vera Nazarian
    “Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look at the sunflower.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #39
    Vera Nazarian
    “It's easier for a rich man to ride that camel through the eye of a needle directly into the Kingdom of Heaven, than for some of us to give up our cell phone.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #40
    Vera Nazarian
    “In the plains the grass grows tall, since there is no one to cut it. There is no one to water it either.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #41
    Vera Nazarian
    “The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #42
    Vera Nazarian
    “Neither sugar nor salt tastes particularly good by itself. Each is at its best when used to season other things.

    Love is the same way.

    Use it to "season" people.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #43
    Vera Nazarian
    “When you reach for the stars, you are reaching for the farthest thing out there. When you reach deep into yourself, it is the same thing, but in the opposite direction. If you reach in both directions, you will have spanned the universe.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #44
    Vera Nazarian
    “A tornado of thought is unleashed after each new insight. This in turn results in an earthquake of assumptions. These are natural disasters that re-shape the spirit.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #45
    Vera Nazarian
    “When tough times come, it is particularly important to offset them with much gentle softness. Be a pillow.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #46
    Vera Nazarian
    “We are all glorified motion sensors.

    Some things only become visible to us when they undergo change.

    We take for granted all the constant, fixed things, and eventually stop paying any attention to them. At the same time we observe and obsess over small, fast-moving, ephemeral things of little value.

    The trick to rediscovering constants is to stop and focus on the greater panorama around us. While everything else flits abut, the important things remain in place.

    Their stillness appears as reverse motion to our perspective, as relativity resets our motion sensors. It reboots us, allowing us once again to perceive.

    And now that we do see, suddenly we realize that those still things are not so motionless after all. They are simply gliding with slow individualistic grace against the backdrop of the immense universe.

    And it takes a more sensitive motion instrument to track this.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #47
    Vera Nazarian
    “A wise person is like a smoothly polished rock: it takes time to become either.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #48
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #49
    Vera Nazarian
    “Not every puzzle is intended to be solved. Some are in place to test your limits. Others are, in fact, not puzzles at all...”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #50
    Vera Nazarian
    “Don't be afraid of the dark. Shine!”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #51
    Vera Nazarian
    “Unlike a fountain that circulates the same water in an enclosed, perpetually recycling system, a human being circulates thoughts in an unlimited reservoir of self.

    Don't limit yourself to being a mere fountain when you contain an ocean.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #52
    Vera Nazarian
    “Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind.

    Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.

    Their language has been lost.

    But not the gestures.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #53
    Vera Nazarian
    “Respect the young and chastise your elders. It's about time the world was set aright.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #54
    Vera Nazarian
    “Some women seem so voluptuous in every sense, richly bountiful and fertile with generous gifts of plenty, sensual and confident in their female strength that they are called "earth mothers."

    That’s how some days feel—when they are bountiful and fertile with the power of our imagination.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #55
    Vera Nazarian
    “Gift giving is a true art.

    1. You need to understand the person to whom you intend to give the gift.

    2. You need to know what they truly want.

    3. You must be able to give it to them.

    Anything less is a symptom of varying degrees, on your part, of ignorance, distance, or insult.

    But if you cannot afford the right gift, telling the person what you would do if you could, justifies everything—as you present that not-so-perfect substitute.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #56
    Vera Nazarian
    “Ice is most welcome in a cold drink on a hot day.

    But in the heart of winter, you want a warm hot mug with your favorite soothing brew to keep the chill away.

    When you don’t have anything warm at hand, even a memory can be a small substitute.

    Remember a searing look of intimate eyes.

    Receive the inner fire.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #57
    Vera Nazarian
    “The sand in the hourglass runs from one compartment to the other, marking the passage of moments with something constant and tangible.

    If you watch the flowing sand, you might see time itself riding the granules.

    Contrary to popular opinion, time is not an old white-haired man, but a laughing child.

    And time sings.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #58
    Vera Nazarian
    “If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options.

    You can climb it and cross to the other side.

    You can go around it.

    You can dig under it.

    You can fly over it.

    You can blow it up.

    You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there.

    You can turn around and go back the way you came.

    Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #59
    Vera Nazarian
    “Colored lights blink on and off, racing across the green boughs. Their reflections dance across exquisite glass globes and splinter into shards against tinsel thread and garlands of metallic filaments that disappear underneath the other ornaments and finery.

    Shadows follow, joyful, laughing sprites.

    The tree is rich with potential wonder.

    All it needs is a glance from you to come alive.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #60
    Leo Buscaglia
    “Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.”
    Leo Buscaglia



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