From Kismet’s blog: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world. ― Fred Rogers
“I see more and more physical traits, preferences and mannerisms that are passed down through the generations of my family. So much of who we are, is who we were.”
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
and badfish chimed in with this one:
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” – Martin Buber
“The gardening season officially begins on January 1st and ends on December 31.” –Marie Huston
“Let us understand that the darkness need not triumph in our moments of descent – in time and with help, it too shall pass.” Tina Schell
I believe it is more than helpful to recognize the human capacity to create gods and chase after delusion. But I think it is vital to recognize that not all gods are created equal, and there is reason to believe there might be One who isn’t created at all. Jill Carattini
All truth goes through three stages.
First it is ridiculed.
Then it is violently opposed.
Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
“Mercy is always ugly to someone.” Jill Carattini
Cancer is caused by a fungus. Emma
“Families are the result of decades of relationships, twists of fate and world events. It is unbelievable how one decision can ultimately determine how many descendants will be brought into this world…or what happens to them.” Koji
“My advice: Your days are numbered and there’s loads to learn — so don’t be afraid of something because it seems difficult. Rather, seek out the toughest challenges and fight your way through them. It can be done. And you are the one to do it.” Danny Gregory
“It’s the ability to see the beauty in simple things: a good red wine, a partner’s intimate touch, that post-workout calm, a great night’s sleep. The feel of the sun on your face, your feet in the wet sand, and your hands in the cool dirt. Or the thrill of pedaling down a rugged dirt trail, or the peace of floating on a quiet lake. Some time ago, for me, it was tasting the best shrimp of my life—grilled perfectly tender and flavorful in the shell with a mango-citrus dipping juice. Eating with my hands, sitting on the beach, enjoying the company of my wife and friends, I relished the full moment as much as that enticing platter. When you practice gratitude, you create a happier take on your day-to- day world. But I am absolutely certain abundance only comes to people who appreciate the small gifts, the humble blessings, the basics.” Mark Sisson at Mark’s Daily Apple.
“…if you enter in to an argument which to me is perfectly fine first off read the text or make some kind of rational argument based on the text you read not on your own little thing that you have going on in your head.”
This quote is from Charly Priest in a comment to a reader, which I think nailed down how some people are not really reading or listening to what is being said and they argue for years from the same old thoughts they have – when they need to stop – drop the stale argument and actually read – or listen – to what someone is saying… and two bloggers come to mind with this.
The little boy’s family was crying because their dog died and so he said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” Then this four-year-old boy continued, “Well dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay <here on earth> as long.”
I stop and ask myself this….on many levels…all the time.
I’m just a tad introspective with a dash of melancholy.
Always have been.
Because I really, really enjoy it.
It’s something I do FOR ME.
It lifts me up and pushes me to let out what’s inside and brightens my world.” Adrienne
“I just want people to know what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. My motto with carbs is basically “eat them as you need them.” For most people, that means tailoring their carbohydrate intake to their activity levels” Mark Sisson
“A warrior does not constantly fight. They rest between the big battles.” Ben Greenfield
The ability to relax and rest is a positive habit that must be acquired, and often requires breaking your hardwired drive to be constantly productive. Ben Greenfield (on Marks daily apple)
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln
Not an official quote, but a poem to share (thank you B. Pyett)
Postage Stamp William Hart-Smith
If you should ever have to part from someone dear,
tear yourself away.
Be sure the tear is where the perforations are.
Please, please do not ever recklessly sever,
shear yourself from some one other
so that their stamp is torn and you have part of their living,
bleeding flesh at your side worn.
From Selected Poems 1936-84 Angus and Robertson
“No place is perfect, the same way no person is without flaw” ANA Linden,
“Art is supposed to make you feel something, doesn’t matter if it is a picture of a flower or a bullfighter.” oddtaylor,
“As a teacher, I was always keenly aware of the importance of the role I had in helping to raise children other than my own. It was a role I took very seriously for over 30 years of my life.” Julie at Cookiecrumbstoliveby
“It takes a village to raise a child”
“Give it a try,”
whispered the heart. (unknown author, quote copied from a tweet by Lori Greiner- 6.11.2014)
“Get out there and Do What you Do!”
“The thing about photography, and about art in general, is that’s its very personal.” Tina Schell
“Nations routinely underestimate the length, cost and carnage of the wars they enter.” Delancey Place
“Too much month at the end of the money.” Unknown
“Learn how to love and forget how to hate.” OZZY
“Man’s life should not always be that of humiliation and trials.
Always higher grounds offer the better view.” Generaliregi
“I’ll say this for Will: he knows how to lead you to sometimes expect the expected but then takes an unexpected turn which, in retrospect, you could also have expected.” Calmgrove about William Shakespeare
If you’re ever feeling down or melancholy, take the time to think about all the things you are thankful for…and your attitude will change immediately. Get off the negative and focus on the positive and everything brightens. Mike Bondi
“It’s funny how a picture can bring all your senses to life in a single moment and suddenly the sights, smells, sounds and emotions surrounding a single memory come bursting to life.” West517
” ‘Let food be thy medicine,’ said some old Roman guy, I think. Whoever he was, he was right. Food is the foundation for preventive medicine. It’s the first thing we examine when figuring out a health issue, and successful changes to what we eat usually have the most profound effect on our health. If we don’t eat well, we won’t be healthy – simple as that.” Mark Sisson
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo da Vinci
“Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to take time to listen to the birds.” John M. Ross
Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” ~ Anonymous
“You see, God knows His creatures. He made them. He knows that in some cases they are just plain stupid (like sheep).” Andy Oldham
“A quiet airplane ride is a pleasant airplane ride….well, most of the time…” y.p.
“We live to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection,” ~ Anaїs Nin
“The wrong diagnosis leads to the wrong prognosis.” ~Stuart McAllister
“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut” ~ Albert Einstein
If anybody needs a tutor for college work (like writing) or for dissertation work (like editing) – I want to suggest Steve Watts. Steve has a nice balance of confidence and humility!
His tag line is a communication quote, which reflects much about his style and thinking: “I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
Steve’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Watts, PhD(c)
270 NE Vivaron Avenue, Saint Charles, MO 63303
(I do not get any perks for this – just sharing a resource option…)
“I like artists who are almost obsessed with their work — painters who paint, writers who write, potters who make pots. You write to find out about yourself. If you’re in areas where you’re not finding out about yourself, it’s futile. You’re wasting your time.” ~Norbert Blei, on the writing life…
“…the kind of book addict who hangs out in used bookstores, who has a mental map of every used bookstore within a certain radius of wherever you happen to be passing through, who has a certain thing about first editions and signed first editions, who can tell the quality and depth of a used bookstore by the sheer smell of the place… ~Norman Blei (writing about Calkins)
Quotes from Les Miserables – by VICTOR HUGO:
“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.”
“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.
“Marius and Cosette were in the dark in regard to each other. They did not speak, they did not bow, they were not acquainted; they saw each other; and, like the stars in the sky separated by millions of leagues, they lived by gazing upon each other.”
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
Diamonds are found only in the dark bowels of the earth; truths are found only in the depths of thought. It seemed to him that after descending into those depths after long groping in the blackest of this darkness, he had at last found one of these diamonds, one of these truths, and that he held it in his hand; and it blinded him to look at it.
(FR) Les diamants ne se trouvent que dans les entrailles sombres de la terre; vérités ne se trouvent que dans les profondeurs de la pensée. Il lui semblait que après être descendu dans ces profondeurs après une longue tâtons dans le noir le plus de cette obscurité, il avait enfin trouvé un de ces diamants, une de ces vérités, et qu’il tenait dans sa main; et il l’a aveuglé à regarder.
“Success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblances to merit…. They confound the brilliance of the firmament with the star-shaped footprints of a duck in the mud.”
“God knows better than we do what we need.”
“Dieu sait mieux que nous ce dont nous avons besoin.”
“Be happy without picking flaws.”
To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
It is a terrible thing to be happy! How pleased we are with it! How all-sufficient we think it! How, being in possession of the false aim of life, happiness, we forget the true aim, duty!”
We need those who pray constantly to compensate for those who do not pray at all.”
“Another story must begin!”