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12/1/19 to the present

Don't judge each day by the harvest that you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

True happiness enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and Iknow no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.


If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

Frank A. Clark

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Edwin H. Chapin

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be willing to have it so; acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

William James

Enjoy each moment. Appreciate what is. Be completely here and now. That is where eternity is found.

Peter Mc Williams

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

Albert Camus

The enlightened give thanks for what most people take for granted… As you begin to be grateful for what most people take for granted, that vibration of gratitude makes you more receptive to good in your life.

Michael Beckwith

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.


If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Mother Teresa

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

James Thurber

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

Richard Bach

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.


The meaning of life is nothing very special. Try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.

from Monty Python "The Meaning of Life"

When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.

Martin Buber

There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.

Albert Ellis

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

Mohandas Gandhi

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

Alice Walker

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality.

John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.

Elbert Hubbard

The best memory is that which forgets nothing, but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust.

Persian Proverb

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

Samuel Johnson

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia

Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.


Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life's blessings.

Oprah Winfrey

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.

Kahlil Gibran

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.

Alexander Hamilton

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth. And set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.


The highest result of education is tolerance.

Helen Keller

Do not consider painful what is good for you.


May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The foresight to know where you are going,
And the insight to know when you have gone too far.

An Irish Blessing

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

Swami Vivekananda

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.

Neil Armstrong

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

Lin Yutang

Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.

Pete Seeger

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

You have to be your own teacher and your own disciple. You have to question everything that man has accepted as valuable, as necessary.

J. Krishnamurti

That which one wants to hide most are one's own faults, but on the contrary, they should not be hidden but rather acknowledged, if one has any real desire to be free from them. By acknowledging one's faults, one destroys them or finds a way to improve on them.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.

Elvis Presley

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.

Blaise Pascal

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

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

Rainer Maria Rilke

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

John Lubbock

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

William Shakespeare

Everything is dependent on everything else, everything is connected, nothing is separate. Therefore everything is going in the only way it can go. If people were different everything would be different. They are what they are, so everything is as it is.

G.I. Gurdjieff

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.


The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.


For it is in giving that we receive.

Francis of Assisi

Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.

Henry Van Dyke

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

Jawaharlal Nehru

When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely-- the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears-- when you give your whole attention to it.


Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.

Rabindranath Tagore

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.

Theodore Isaac Rubin

Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.

Mary Wollstonecraft

I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.

Edith Cavell

Life is a long lesson in humility.

James M. Barrie

If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.

Zimbabwe proverb

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud became more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.

Wayne Dyer

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

Betty Smith

I must learn to love the fool in me--the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.

Theodore Isaac Rubin

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

Chinese Proverb

Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.

Vaclav Havel

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.


If we live, we live; if we die, we die; if we suffer, we suffer; if we are terrified, we are terrified. There is no problem about it.

Alan Watts

We must always seek to ally ourselves with that part of the enemy that knows what is right.

Mahatma Gandhi

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.

Jean De La Fontaine

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

Augustine of Hippo

All things are parts of one single system, which is called nature; the individual life is good when it is in harmony with nature.

Zeno of Citium

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive---to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Marcus Aurelius

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

Frank A. Clark


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