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6/1/17 to the present

Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.

Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

Wherever I go it will be well with me, for it was well with me here, not on account of the place, but of my judgments which I shall carry away with me, for no one can deprive me of these; on the contrary, they alone are my property, and cannot be taken away, and to possess them suffices me wherever I am or whatever I do.


Be patient towards all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing." It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.

Fulton J. Sheen

True peace is not the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.

Martin Luther King, Jr

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

St. Augustine

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Edison

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.


The willing, Destiny guides them; the unwilling, Destiny drags them.


It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.

Upton Sinclair

To consider persons and events and situations only in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of hell.

Thomas Merton

Even as a youngster, though, I could never bring myself to believe that when knowledge presented danger, the solution was ignorance. To me, it always seemed the answer had to be wisdom. You did not refuse to look at the danger, rather you learned to handle it safely.

Isaac Asimov

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.

John Ruskin

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you can, help others.
If you can't, at least don't hurt others

The Dalai Lama

Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings.

Alice Miller

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.

May Sarton

Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.

Thomas Merton

Thoughts are like breath, they come and go. Continue breathing and you will find that once you let a thought go, you are back in the gift of life, the present.

Ozzie Gontang

Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius.

Isaac D'Israeli

A job is something we do to get a paycheck and pay our bills. Jobs are legitimate, at times, but work is why we are here in the universe. Work and calling often go together.

Matthew Fox


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