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  • #1
    “You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.”
    James R. Sherman, Rejection

  • #2
    Sakyong Mipham
    “ Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We're left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don't we think about training our minds?”
    Sakyong Mipham

  • #3
    Margaret Mead
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
    Margaret Mead

  • #4
    Dalai Lama XIV
    “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
    Dalai Lama XIV

  • #5
    Leo Buscaglia
    “The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.”
    Leo Buscaglia

  • #6
    L. Frank Baum
    “That proves you are unusual," returned the Scarecrow; "and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.”
    L. Frank Baum

  • #7
    Edward de Bono
    “Everyone has the right to doubt everything as often as he pleases and the duty to do it at least once. No way of looking at things is too sacred to be reconsidered. No way of doing things is beyond improvement.”
    Edward de Bono, The Use of Lateral Thinking

  • #8
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for...

    They don't find it," I answered.

    And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."

    Of course," I answered.

    And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

  • #9
    Adrienne Rich
    “Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre: "I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.

    Responsibility to yourself means that you don't fall for shallow and easy solutions--predigested books and ideas...marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short...and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be "different"...The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.”
    Adrienne Rich

  • #10
    Mother Teresa
    “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
    Mother Teresa

  • #11
    Shel Silverstein
    “If you have to dry the dishes
    (Such an awful boring chore)
    If you have to dry the dishes
    ('Stead of going to the store)
    If you have to dry the dishes
    And you drop one on the floor
    Maybe they won't let you
    Dry the dishes anymore”
    Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

  • #12
    Betty Friedan
    “Each suburban wife struggles with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night- she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question-- 'Is this all?”
    Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

  • #13
    John F. Kennedy
    “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

    [Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]
    John F. Kennedy

  • #14
    “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
    Roderick Evans

  • #15
    Haruki Murakami
    “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
    Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

  • #16
    Mother Teresa
    “Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.”
    Mother Teresa

  • #17
    Nisargadatta Maharaj
    “It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.”
    Nisargadatta Maharaj

  • #18
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you're satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you've got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #19
    Babe Ruth
    “It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
    Babe Ruth

  • #20
    John F. Kennedy
    “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
    John F. Kennedy

  • #21
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “What makes the desert beautiful,' said the little prince, 'is that somewhere it hides a well...”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

  • #22
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “So tonight I reach for my journal again. This is the first time I’ve done this since I came to Italy. What I write in my journal is that I am weak and full of fear. I explain that Depression and Loneliness have shown up, and I’m scared they will never leave. I say that I don’t want to take the drugs anymore, but I’m frightened I will have to. I am terrified that I will never really pull my life together.
    In response, somewhere from within me, rises a now-familiar presence, offering me all the certainties I have always wished another person would say to me when I was troubled. This is what I find myself writing on the page:

    I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long. I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and Braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.

    Tonight, this strange interior gesture of friendship—the lending of a hand from
    me to myself when nobody else is around to offer solace—reminds me of something that happened to me once in New York City. I walked into an office building one afternoon in a hurry, dashed into the waiting elevator. As I rushed in, I caught an unexpected glance of myself in a security mirror’s reflection. In that moment, my brain did an odd thing—it fired off this split-second message: “Hey! You know her! That’s a friend of yours!” And I actually ran forward toward my own reflection with a smile, ready to welcome that girl whose name I had lost but whose face was so familiar. In a flash instant of course, I realized my mistake and laughed in embarrassment at my almost doglike confusion over how a mirror works. But for some reason that incident comes to mind again tonight during my sadness in Rome, and I find myself writing this comforting reminder at the bottom of the page.

    Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a FRIEND…

    I fell asleep holding my notebook pressed against my chest, open to this most recent assurance. In the morning when I wake up, I can still smell a faint trace of depression’s lingering smoke, but he himself is nowhere to be seen. Somewhere during the night, he got up and left. And his buddy loneliness beat it, too.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert

  • #23
    Robert M. Pirsig
    “The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.”
    Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

  • #24
    E.E. Cummings
    “I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #25
    Jodi Picoult
    “Sometimes you can see things happen right in front of your eyes and still jump to the wrong conclusions.”
    Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith

  • #26
    “Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim--letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.”
    C.R. Strahan

  • #27
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “some things don't matter much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart--now, that matters. The whole problem with people is...they know what matters, but they don't choose it...The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.”
    Sue Monk Kidd

  • #28
    Max Lucado
    “When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?

    Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn't they matter most now?”
    Max Lucado

  • #29
    Dalai Lama XIV
    “There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?”
    Dalai Lama XIV

  • #30
    “A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”
    Elsa Schiaparelli
    tags: food

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