Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Monday, August 5, 2013


“Life has three aspects: Paradox, Humor, and Change. - Paradox: Life is a mystery; don’t waste time figuring it out. - Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure - Change: Know that nothing stays the same.” ~ Peaceful Warrior

“We’re so self-important. Everybody’s going to save something now. “Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.” And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. The planet isn’t going anywhere. WE are!” ~ George Carlin

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.” ~ William Wordsworth

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Go beyond the idea of succeeding and failing — these are judgments. Stay in the process and allow the universe to handle the details.” ~ Wayne Dyer

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”~ Audrey Hepburn

“Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.”~ Rumi

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.” Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Between love and understanding there is a very close link…He who loves understands, and he who understands loves. One who feels understood feels loved, and one who feels loved feels sure of being understood.” ~ Paul Tournier

“When the need for bread is met we discover that we have other hungers, and none so deep as the hunger to be understood.” ~ Elizabeth O’Connor

“You don’t have to make any effort in order to enjoy a beautiful sunset. You need only to be there, to be there mind and body together. But if your body is there and your mind is in the past or in the future, then the beautiful sunset will not be there for you.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh 

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in.” ~ Morrie Schwartz

Lao Tzu said, “Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and unyielding.”

Compassion is like water; gentle and always changing and yet it will patiently erode the hardest heart. This is the greatest paradox: the gentlest virtue is the strongest force. Compassion is patient, persistent strength.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” ~ A headstone in Ireland

"It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers — not excuses.” ~ William Arthur Ward

“When there’s an elephant in the room introduce him.”  ~ Randy Pausch

“Death twitches my ear; ‘Live,’ he says… ‘I’m coming.’  ~ Virgil

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” ~ Robert Lynd

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver

“With the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~  F. Scott Fitzgerald

typing to do list

Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen. - Epictetus

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Nelson Mandela

If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life. -Michael Jordan

There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he's absolutely free to choose. - William M. Bulger

A man needs a little madness or else he never dares to cut the rope & be free. -Nikos Kazantazkis

You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. -Henry Ford

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything. -Vincent Van Gogh

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. - Og Mandino

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never have tried to succeed. - Theodore Roosevelt

Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it. -C.S. Lewis

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ~ Robert Frost

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others. -Levi Strauss

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. -Helen Keller

How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world -Anne Frank

Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others. - Socrates

Look at life through the windshield, not the rear view mirror. -Byrd Baggett

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. 
- Mark Twain

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. -John Lennon

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want. - Jim Rohn

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. 
- Michael Jordan

Always give without remembering & always receive without forgetting. -Brian Tracy

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. 
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. -Mother Teresa

Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it. -C.S. Lewis

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. - Confucius

Success is not permanent & failure is not fatal. -Mike Ditka

A man grows most tired while standing still. -Chinese Proverbs

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ~ Robert Frost

“The first rule of holes: When you’re in one stop digging.” ~ Molly Ivins  

“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”  ~ Swami Vivekananda

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up” ~ J.M. Power

“When the mind is full of memories and preoccupied by the future, it misses the freshness of the present moment. In this way, we fail to recognize the luminous simplicity of mind that is always present behind the veils of thought.” – Matthieu Ricard


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