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12/1/14 to the present

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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