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12/1/14 to the present

You cannot have the peace you seek until you let go of what is taking its place.

Beth Johnson

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

Charles R. Swindoll

Our choice is to be in love or to be in fear. But to choose to be in love means to have a mountain inside of you, means to have the heart of the world inside you, means you will feel another's suffering inside your own body and you will weep. You will have no protection from the world's pain because it will be your own.

China Galland

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will. Integrity is not a search for the rewards for integrity.

John D. MacDonald as Travis McGee from The Turquoise Lament
submitted by Juliette Borchers

While God waits for His temple to be built of love, men bring stones.

Rabindranath Tagore

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.

Mother Teresa

We must find our own particular way of loving the world and put our energy into it. Decide your way of loving and you will be rewarded.

Bernie Siegel

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton

Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.

Ursula K. LeGuin

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.

David Richo, The Power of Coincidence: How Life Shows Us What We Need to Know

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.

Abraham Lincoln

We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew...Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful...and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.

Desmond Tutu

The best portion of a good man's life are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.

William Wordsworth

The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second disastrous.

Margaret Fontey

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

John D. Rockefeller III

The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving -- with passion and compassion, and humor and style, and generosity and kindness.

Maya Angelou

Dwelling on past mistakes is a waste of time. If the Ego needs to rectify a misdeed, have it do something that creates good in the present, this will certainly spawn good will for the future and create balance in your life.

Beth Johnson

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

Mignon McLaughlin

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.

Mahatma Gandhi

The Sufis advise us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through three gates. At the first gate, we ask ourselves,"Are these words true?" If so, we let them pass on; If not, back they go. At the second gate, we ask, "Are they necessary?" At the last gate, we ask, "Are they kind?"

Eknath Easwaran

The only myth that's going to be worth thinking about in the immediate future is one talking about the planet -- not this city, not these people, but the planet and everybody on it.

Joseph Campbell

I searched through rebellion, drugs, diets, mysticism, religions, intellectualism and much more, only to begin to find...that truth is basically simple -- and feels good, clean and right.

Chick Corea

The truth that many people never understand until it is too late is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer.

Thomas Merton

Do not say, "I follow the one true path of the Spirit," but rather, "I have found the Spirit walking on my path," for the Spirit walks on all paths.

Khalil Gibran

At times helping happens simply in the way of things. It's not something we really think about, merely the instinctive response of an open heart. Caring is a reflex...You live, you help.

Ram Dass & Paul Gorman in How Can I Help? Stories and Reflections on Service

It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a moment. What creates despair is the imagination, which pretends there is a future, and insists on predicting millions of moments, thousands of days, and so drains you that you cannot live the moment at hand.

Andre Dubus

The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.

Maya Angelou

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

Hal Borland

Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.

Lao Tzu

But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.

Benjamin Disraeli

Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.

Milton Erickson, M.D.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.

Paul Johannes Tillich

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

Eckhart Tolle

Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.

Edwin Louis Cole

I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

Og Mandino

All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.

Rainer Maria Rilke

The awakening of consciouness is not unlike the crossing of a frontier--one step and you are in another country.

Adrienne Rich

Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects.

Thich Nhat Hanh

In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.

O. Carl Simonton

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.

Vaclav Havel

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.

Fred Astaire

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.

Anne Lamott Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Love is above all, the gift of oneself.

Jean Anouilh

If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up somewhere else.

Yogi Berra

To fight fear, act. To increase fear, wait, put off, postpone.

David Joseph Schwartz

It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.

Claude Bernard

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

Helen Keller

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.


I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

Robert A. Heinlein

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Ann Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, 1947

By the presence of good, evil is cast out, just as by the presence of light, the darkness disappears.

Ernest Holmes

Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

William Shakespeare

If we live in peace ourselves, we in turn may bring peace to others. A peacable man does more good than a learned one.

Thomas A Kempis

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.

Tryon Edwards


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