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6/1/18 to the present

As irrigators lead water where they want,
as archers make their arrows straight,
as carpenters carve wood,
the wise shape their minds.


Happiness is not a reward--it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment--it is a result.

Robert G. Ingersoll

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

William James

The world is a spell, an enchantement, an amazement, an arabesque of such stunning rhythm and a plot so intriguing that we are drawn by its web into a state of involvement where we forget that it is a game.

Alan Watts

Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

Alan Keightly

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.

Marion Wright Edelman

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.

Marcus Aurelius

We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

Maxwell Maltz

The key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.

Peter Abelard

Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

Ambrose Bierce

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.


Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed than one in adversity.


The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.


Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.

Shakti Gawain

We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.

Blaise Pascal

Observation, not old age, brings wisdom.

Publilius Syrus

Do good to thy Friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him.

Benjamin Franklin

Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.


Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.


Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.

Carl Gustav Jung

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.

Isaac Asimov

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

Alexander Graham Bell

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.

Walter Anderson

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.

Calvin Coolidge

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.

Georg Christoph Litchenberg

As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.

Henry Van Dyke

There is only one reason
We have followed God into this world:
To encourage laughter, freedom, dance
And love.


When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?

Frank Borman

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

Helen Keller

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

Albert Einstein

The Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast you first must make it beautiful.

Kay Redfield Jamison

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.

Carl Sagan

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.

Richard Bach

Your duty is to be; and not to be this or that.

Sri Ramana Maharishi

We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.

Marian Wright Edelman

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

King Whitney Jr.

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.

W. Edwards Deming

Like stones rolling down hills, fair ideas reach their objectives despite all obstacles and barriers. It may be possible to speed or hinder them, but impossible to stop them.

Jose Marti


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