To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful
in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders
on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal
~Archibald MacLeish (1892 - 1982)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines,
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
~Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands
of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again
honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine
joy in the successes of those under him.
~W. A. Nance
Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the
same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur,
Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and
~H. Jackson Brown
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.
The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but
significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along
your path will take on greater meaning.
~Oprah Winfrey (1954 - )
Books...are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with
'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our
earlier stages of development.
~Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 - 1957), The Unpleasantness
at the Bellona Club, 1928
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate
to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent
when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer
flow into our souls.
~Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902), 1890
Do not give up on yourselves, any of you, or on your earth's
growing or on your world's turning. We cradle your memories in this
motion of this persons mind - we strive with you - for there
is no against. We send you these answers that you search for, in this
guise of faded jeans and middle age approaching. And we call upon the
best that can be brought out of each of you - without exception - even
from within the confines of self-doubt, loneliness or despair.
Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because
he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself
on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.
~Horace Mann (1796 - 1859)
To believe in God or in a guiding force because someone
tells you to is the height of stupidity. We are given senses to receive
our information within. With our own eyes we see, and with our own skin
we feel. With our intelligence, it is intended that we understand. But
each person must puzzle it out for himself or herself.
In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow,
one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one
is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested
in big things, and happy in small ways.
~Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and
the belief in a thing makes it happen.
~Frank Lloyd Wright (1869 - 1959)
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things
~Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898), Alice in Wonderland