Patricia Davis > Patricia's Quotes

Showing 1-27 of 27
sort by

  • #1
    Honoré de Balzac
    “Reading brings us unknown friends”
    Honore de Balzac

  • #2
    Honoré de Balzac
    “Our greatest fears lie in anticipation.”
    Balzac

  • #3
    Honoré de Balzac
    “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness”
    Honore de Balzac

  • #4
    Honoré de Balzac
    “Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another's happiness than in your own.”
    Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

  • #5
    Honoré de Balzac
    “Who is to decide which is the grimmer sight: withered hearts, or empty skulls?”
    Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

  • #6
    Honoré de Balzac
    “Love is the reduction of the universe to the single being,
    and the expansion of a single being, even to God”
    Balzac

  • #7
    Honoré de Balzac
    “Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.”
    Honore de Balzac

  • #8
    Honoré de Balzac
    “Cruelty and fear shake hands together. An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.”
    Honoré de Balzac

  • #9
    Honoré de Balzac
    “What moralists describe as the mysteries of the human heart are solely the deceiving thoughts, the spontaneous impulses of self-regard. The sudden changes in character, about which so much has been said, are instinctive calculations for the furtherance of our own pleasures. Seeing himself now in his fine clothes, his new gloves and shoes, Eugène de Rastignac forgot his noble resolve. Youth, when it swerves toward wrong, dares not look in the mirror of conscience; maturity has already seen itself there. That is the whole difference between the two phases of life.”
    Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

  • #10
    Honoré de Balzac
    “I prefer thought to action, an idea to a transaction, contemplation to activity.”
    Honore de Balzac

  • #11
    Honoré de Balzac
    “All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.”
    Honore de Balzac

  • #12
    Honoré de Balzac
    “The more a man judges, the less he loves”
    Honoré de Balzac

  • #13
    Honoré de Balzac
    “A beautiful book is a victory won in all the battlefields of human thought.”
    Honoré de Balzac

  • #14
    Honoré de Balzac
    “Unluckily, Governments cannot be enlightened, and a Government which regards itself as a diffuser of light is the least open to enlightenment.”
    Honoré de Balzac

  • #15
    Bob Marley
    “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
    Bob Marley

  • #16
    Christopher Hitchens
    MT [Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #17
    Wendell Berry
    “The complexity of our present trouble suggests as never before that we need to change our present concept of education. Education is not properly an industry, and its proper use is not to serve industries, either by job-training or by industry-subsidized research. It's proper use is to enable citizens to live lives that are economically, politically, socially, and culturally responsible. This cannot be done by gathering or "accessing" what we now call "information" - which is to say facts without context and therefore without priority. A proper education enables young people to put their lives in order, which means knowing what things are more important than other things; it means putting first things first.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #18
    Wendell Berry
    “We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.”
    Wendell Berry, The Long-Legged House

  • #19
    Wendell Berry
    “A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #20
    Wendell Berry
    “There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.”
    Wendell Berry, Given

  • #21
    Wendell Berry
    “What I stand for is what I stand on.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #22
    Wendell Berry
    “And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.”
    Wendell Berry, The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky's Red River Gorge

  • #23
    Wendell Berry
    “Let us have the candor to acknowledge that what we call "the economy" or "the free market" is less and less distinguishable from warfare.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #24
    Wendell Berry
    “I don't believe that grief passes away. It has its time and place forever. More time is added to it; it becomes a story within a story. But grief and griever alike endure.”
    Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

  • #25
    Wendell Berry
    “Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
    Wendell Berry, Farming: a hand book

  • #26
    Oliver Sacks
    “We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought.”
    Oliver Sacks, Seeing Voices

  • #27
    Oliver Sacks
    “Darwin speculated that “music tones and rhythms were used by our half-human ancestors, during the season of courtship, when animals of all kinds are excited not only by love, but by strong passions of jealousy, rivalry, and triumph” and that speech arose, secondarily, from this primal music.”
    Oliver Sacks



Rss