Monday, December 31, 2007

Men and women

Men and women have the choice as to what they will do with this power within them. Shall they exhaust it in the various self-indulgences, both mental and physical, or shall they use it to become creative in the realms of the spirit and higher mind – a force for good? It is this tremendous choice which every human being has to face.

~Vera Stanley Alder

It appears

It appears that mind, as manifested by the capacity to make choices, is to some extent inherent in every atom….I do not make any clear distinction between mind and God. God is what mind becomes when it has passed beyond the scale of our comprehension.

~ Freeman Dyson

Man has

Man has the privilege and possesses the possibilities of choosing the good.

~Zolar

We can choose

We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better and more just world for our children.

~Cesar Chavez

Perception

Perception rests on choosing.

~A Course in Miracles

The ancients did not doubt

The ancients did not doubt that men could choose and, through choice, exercise some control over the disposition of their lives. Tacitus, for example…claims that ‘the wisest of the ancients leave us the capacity of choosing our life'.

~Mortimer J. Adler

One's character

One’s character is a matter of self-determination. It is a matter of the form that the person gives to his or her attributes of both nature and nurture.

~Thomas P. Rausch

Every situation

Every situation represents a choice: do we prefer to stay with ego-based patterns of thought and behavior, or do we choose to play life in a higher, more loving way? Will we tread the path of limitation and fear, though that path has grown painful and boring and old, or do we choose to give birth to a higher mode of expression.

~Marianne Williamson

The world

The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved.

~Chronicles 16:30

The sun

The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.

~Ecclesiastes 1:5“

The revolution

The revolution is a movement to bring man's thinking, his society, and his life to terms with the revolution of technology and science that has already taken place. Technology demands of man a new mind - a higher, transcendent reason - if it is to be controlled and guided rather than to become an unthinking monster. It demands a new individual responsibility for values, or it will dictate all values. And it promises a life that is more liberated and more beautiful than any man has known, if man has the courage and the imagination to seize that life.

The transformation that is coming invites us to re-examine our own lives. It confronts us with a personal and individual choice: are we satisfied with how we have lived; how would we live differently? It offers us a recovery of self. It faces us with the fact that this choice cannot be evaded, for as the freedom is already there, so must the responsibility be there. At the heart of everything is what we shall call a change of consciousness. This means a "new head" - a new way of living - a new man. ...

~Charles Reich

Mankind will always

Mankind will always have the choice and the challenge to express its highest self or fall prey to its darker desires.

~Elizabeth Clare Prophet

The choices you make

The choices you make are always and only motivated by either faith or fear.

~Caroline Myss

Because we can choose

Because we can choose our inner feelings and thoughts, we have the possibility of self-control and self-direction. This gives us some control over our environment and our world. Our evolution is now self-induced, through our own decisions and efforts. Although the full development of self-consciousness and choice is not yet apparent, we are capable to some extent of choosing what we wish to express and be and what our world will be.

~Shirley Nicholson

Beer

Beer: So much more than just a breakfast drink.

~Whitstran Brewery sign

If God

If God had intended us to drink beer,
He would have given us stomachs.

~David Daye

Not all chemicals

Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.

~Dave Barry

Sometimes when

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

~Jack Handy

Without question

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.

~Dave Barry

Beer is proof

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

~Benjamin Franklin

beer

24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case.
Coincidence?

~Stephen Wright

Friday, December 28, 2007

The supreme happiness

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

~Victor Hugo

I like flaws

I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.

~Augusten Burroughs

Never

Never above you
Never below you
But always with you.

~Ruth Rose

The morning wind

The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it's gone.

~Rumi

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happiness is

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

~George Burns

Listen

Listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world,
and you will remember the lesson you forgot.

~jack kerouac

Move outside

Move outside the tangle of fear thinking.
Live in silence.
Flow down and down in always

widening rings of being.

~Rumi

I always wanted

I always wanted to be somebody,
I should have been more specific.


~Lily Tomlin

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

There is no answer

There is no answer.
There never has been an answer.
There never will be an answer.
That's the answer.

~Gertrude Stein

What is

What is to give light must endure burning.

~Viktor Frankl

Remember

Remember that you cannot hold on to something and surrender it.

~Joel Goldsmith

Serene

Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, or tide, or sea:
I rave no more 'gainst Time or Fate,
For, Lo! my own shall come to me.

~Burroughs

Monday, December 10, 2007

There is

There is no great; there is no small, in the mind that causeth all.

~The Hermetica

There is not

There is not one who is Fatherless nor Motherless in the universe.

~The Kybalion

Under and back of

Under, and back of, the Universe of Time Space and Change, is ever to be found the Substantial Reality - The Fundamental Truth.

~The Kybalion

Gender is in everything

Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles; gender manifests on all planes.

~The Kybalion

Every cause has it's effect

Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to Law. Chance is but a name for Law Not Recognized; there are many planes of causation; but nothing escapes the law.

~The Kybalion

Nothing rests

Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.

~The Kybalion

As above

As above, so below;
as below, so above.

~The Kybalion

The lips of wisdom

The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of understanding.

~Hermetic Aphorism

When

When the ears of the students are ready to hear, then cometh the lips to fill them with wisdom.

~The Kybalion

Atum sows immortality

Atum sows immortality in heaven and change on earth.

~The Hermetica

Wise words

Wise words although written by my decaying hand, remain imperishable through time.

~Hermes

The ALL is

THE ALL is MIND;
The Universe is Mental.

~The Kybalion.

The wise ones

The wise ones serve on the higher, but rule on the lower. They obey the laws coming from above them, But on their own plane, and those below them they rule and give orders. And, yet, in so doing, they form a part of the Principle, instead of opposing it. The wise man falls in with the Law, and by understanding its movements he operates it instead of being its blind slave. Just as does the skilled swimmer turn this way and that way, going and coming as he will, instead of being as the log which is carried here and there-so is the wise man as compared to the ordinary man-and yet both swimmer and log; wise man and fool, are subject to Law. He who understands this is well on the road to Mastery.

~The Kybalion.

Mind

Mind (as well as metals and elements) may be transmuted from state to state degree to degree. condition to condition pole to pole; vibration to vibration.

~The Kybalion

To destroy

To destroy an undesirable rate of mental vibration, put into operation the principle of Polarity and concentrate upon the opposite pole to that which you desire to suppress. Kill out the undesirable by changing its polarity.

~The Kybalion

To change

To change your mood or mental state-change your vibration.

~The Kybalion

The possession of knowledge

The possession of Knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in Action, is like the hoarding of precious metals-a vain and foolish thing. Knowledge, like wealth, is intended for Use. The Law of Use is Universal, and he who violates it suffers by reason of his conflict with natural forces.

~The Kybalion

Saturday, December 1, 2007

The vow of silence

The vow of silence, that's the mind-blower. See, talking is what I do... [i] t's a real need with me, a craving, I'm like a word junkie. I never shut up. I talk to myself, I talk in my sleep. The idea of voluntarily turning off that tap, I can't imagine it! It'd be like, I don't know, all the rivers in the world just slammed to a stop. No churning, no flowing, no white water, just stillness, crushing stillness. I don't think I could stand it, locked up like that in my own psyche. I'd collapse into myself, I'd implode!

~Northern Exposure

Soar

Soar, eat ether, see what has never been seen;
depart, be lost, but climb.

~Edna St. Vincent Millay

You're alive

You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act.

~Barbara Hall,

Friday, November 30, 2007

I have been

I have been truthful all along the way. The truth is more interesting, and if you tell the truth you never have to cover your tracks.

~Real Live Preacher

This isn't

This isn't good or bad. It's just the way of things. Nothing stays the same.

~Real Live Preacher

God, I don't have

God, I don’t have great faith, but I can be faithful. My belief in you may be seasonal, but my faithfulness will not. I will follow in the way of Christ. I will act as though my life and the lives of others matter. I will love. I have no greater gift to offer than my life. Take it.

~Real Live Preacher

My life

My life is the story of a man who always wants to carry too much. My spiritual quest is the painful process of learning to let go of things not essential.

~Real Live Preacher

I believe love

I believe love is primarily a choice and only sometimes a feeling. If you want to feel love, choose to love and be patient.

~Real Live Preacher

Fidelity

Fidelity to commitment in the face of doubts and fears is a very spiritual thing.

~Real Live Preacher

The only comfort

The only comfort comes in thinking about how nice it was to know them, and how nice it was to brush against goodness for a season.



~Real Live Preacher

Thursday, November 29, 2007

You can always choose

You can always choose to open yourself, in the midst of a thousand graces and setbacks, to the oneness with God that is the reality of all that is real.

~James Finley

The hardest

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.

~Helen Hayes (at 73)

I refuse

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.

~Janette Barber

My second favorite

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first one being -- hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.

~Erma Bombeck

Old age

Old age ain't no place for sissies.

~Bette Davis

Inside me

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with cookies.

~unknown

I'm not

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.

~Roseanne Barr

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

And after death

And after death...you will begin to see that your life here is almost nothing but the sum total of every choice you have made during every moment of your life. Your thoughts, which you are responsible for, are as real as your deeds. You will begin to realize that every word and every deed affects your life and also touches thousands of lives.

~ Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The secret

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

~The Buddha

To hold

To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.

~Tao Te Ching

We can

We can choose to live in joy.

~Joseph Campbell

We choose

We choose. We choose what carries energy in our lives. We choose what we pay attention to. We choose what mental and emotional impulses and responses drive us.

~Christina Baldwin

At any given moment

At any given moment you can choose to grow where you are planted. You can yield to the subtle inclination that tugs at your heart to open yourself to the presence of God that is always there.

~James Finley

Every choice

Every choice we make, every thought and feeling we have, is an act of power that has biological, environmental, social, personal, and global consequences.

~Caroline Myss

We always have

We always have a choice. We can let the garden of our life grow wild and unattended until it fills with weeds, or we can take up the proper tools and tend to our garden until we create a place of unimaginable loveliness.

~John Marks Templeton

Sunday, November 18, 2007

You feed something

You feed something every time you think, so you must decide what it will be. Do you want to feed your separation, your alienation? It will increase. Do you want to feed your Wholeness? It, too, will increase. You are the way to Truth and Light. You are the way! Gather up your awareness and place it where you wish it to be and it will stay there, fixed, until you move it again. It’s really up to you.

~Mary-Margaret Moore

We are continually

We are continually engaged in the evolution of self and world – and we have the power to choose, moment by moment, between that which gives life and that which deals death.

~Parker J. Palmer

We choose

We choose the god-like splendor
Of the best-beloved Sun
To inspire us;
May the shining Sun
Brighten your life!

~The Ramayana

We choose

We choose our lives, we make them, we cocreate them, we give birth to them by the ‘inward’ choices we make.

~Matthew Fox

What is dark

What is dark clings to what is light and so enhances the brightness of the latter. A luminous thing giving out light must have within itself something that perseveres; otherwise it will in time burn itself out. Everything that gives light is dependent on something to which it clings, in order that it may continue to shine.

Thus the sun and moon cling to heaven, and grain, grass, and trees cling to the earth. So too the twofold clarity of the dedicated man clings to what is right and thereby can shape the world. Human life on earth is conditioned and unfree, and when man recognizes this limitation and makes himself dependent upon the harmonious and beneficent forces of the cosmos, he achieves success.

~I Ching

One need remain

One need remain in hell no longer than one chooses to; we can rise to any heaven we ourselves choose; and when we choose so to rise, all the higher powers of the Universe combine to help us heavenward.

~R. W. Trine

You can choose

You can choose to think positive thoughts or negative thoughts. You can choose to feel happy or sad. You can choose to see the positive in a negative situation, or the negative in a positive situation.

~Rabbi Shoni Labowitz

We're here

We’re here to learn to love more fully, to be God or angels in disguise for one another, to show our love, to show our compassion, to be active in creation. That is the reason and the meaning behind our lives. Each of us has a choice about how to love the world in our unique way.

~Bernie Siegel

Joyousness

Joyousness that is weighed is not at peace. After ridding himself of mistakes a man has joy. Often a man finds himself weighing the choice between various kinds of pleasures, and so long as he has not decided which kind he will choose, the higher or the lower, he has no inner peace. Only when he clearly recognizes that passion brings suffering, can he make up his mind to turn away from the lower pleasures and to strive for the higher. Once this decision is sealed, he finds true joy and peace, and inner conflict is overcome.

~I Ching

True joy

True joy must spring from within. But if one is empty within and wholly given over to the world, idle pleasures come streaming in from without. This is what many people welcome as diversion. Those who lack inner stability and therefore need amusement, will always find opportunity of indulgence. They attract external pleasures by the emptiness of their natures. Thus they lose themselves more and more, which of course has bad results.

~I Ching

The depth

The depth of the psyche, the unconscious, is not made by man but is divinely created nature.

~C. G. Jung

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

All paths

All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. However, a path without a heart is never enjoyable. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy—it does not make a warrior work at liking it; it makes for a joyful journey; as long as a man follows it, he is one with it.

~Carlos Castaneda

Your pain is

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

~Kahlil Gibran

Choose to be

Choose to be in close proximity to people who are empowering, who appeal to your sense of connection to intention, who see the greatness in you, who feel connected to God, who live a life that gives evidence that Spirit has found celebration through them.

~Wayne Dyer

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I'm not

I'm not going to live forever...
I just wanna live while I'm alive.

~John Bon Jovi

The past

The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshiped. It is our future in which we find greatness.

~Pierre Trudeau

The intuitive mind

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

~Albert Einstein

Within each soul

Within each soul is a passion: an inner fire born of love and the intellegence profoundly immersed in the wholeness of creation--therefore, an intelligence burning with compassion. A blessing is this very soulfire made manifest.

~David Spangler

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Twenty years from now

Twenty years from now, you will be more
disappointed in the things you didn't do than
by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore...Dream...Discover.

~Mark Twain

In life

In life you must choose between bordom and suffering.

~Madam de Stael

Iron rusts

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen - so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.

~Leonardo da Vinci

I'm not

I'm not gonna say anything inspirational; I'm just gonna fucking swear a lot.

~Billie Joe Armstrong

Every normal man

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

~H.L. Mencken

Age is not

Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.

~George Macdonald

As we explore

As we explore the extraordinary interplay of energies between the many aspects of our personality -- our needs, unconscious reactions, repressed emotions, aspirations and fears -- with the functioning of our physical system and its capacity to maintain itself, we soon realise how very wise the body is. With its intricately detailed systems and operations it portrays infinite intelligence and compassion, constantly giving us the means to understand ourselves further, to confront issues we are not looking at, and to go beyond that which is holding us back.

~Deb Shapiro

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

God delights

God delights to isolate us every day, and hide from us the past and the future... "you will not remember," he seems to say, "and you will not expect."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every mind

Every mind must know the whole lesson for itself, must go over the whole ground. What it does not see, what it does not live, it will not know.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you think

If you think you came into being for the purpose of taking an important part in the administration of events, to guard a province of the moral creation from ruin, and that its salvation hangs on the success of your single arm, you have wholly mistaken your business.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The whole object

The whole object of the universe to us is the formation of character.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

All our progress

All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. It is vain to hurry it. By trusting it to the end, it shall ripen into truth and you shall know wny you believe...

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world

The world is not the product of manifold power, but of one will, of one mind; and that one mind is everywhere active, in each ray of the star, in each wavelet of the pool; and whatever opposes that will is everywhere balked and baffled, because things are made so, and not otherwise.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I will so trust

I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must

We must be our own before we can be another's.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 5, 2007

Poetry

Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.

~Vincent Van Gogh

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Coincidences

Coincidences have never been idle for me, instinctively, but as meaningful as I was to find they were to Jung. I have always had a hunch that they are a manifestation of a law of life of which we are inadequately aware and which in terms of our short life are unfortunately incapable of total definition, and yet however partial the meaning we can extract from them, we ignore it, I believe, at our peril. For as well as promoting some cosmic law, coincidences, I suspect, are some sort of indication to what extent the evolution of our lives is obedient or not obedient to the symmetry of the universe.

~Laurens van der Post

Human beings

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.

~Laurens Van der Post

Happy Halloween!

"What a happiness this must have been seventy or eighty years ago and upwards, to those chosen few who had the good luck to be born on the eve of this festival of all festivals; when the whole earth was so overrun with ghosts, boggles, bloody-bones, spirits, demons, ignis fatui, brownies, bugbears, black dogs, specters, shellycoats, scarecrows, witches, wizards, barguests, Robin-Goodfellows, hags, night-bats, scrags, breaknecks, fantasms, hobgoblins, hobhoulards, boggy-boes, dobbies, hob-thrusts, fetches, kelpies, warlocks, mock-beggars, mum-pokers, Jemmy-burties, urchins, satyrs, pans, fauns, sirens, tritons, centaurs, calcars, nymphs, imps, incubuses, spoorns, men-in-the-oak, hell-wains, fire-drakes, kit-a-can-sticks, Tom-tumblers, melch-dicks, larrs, kitty-witches, hobby-lanthorns, Dick-a-Tuesdays, Elf-fires, Gyl-burnt-tales, knockers, elves, rawheads, Meg-with-the-wads, old-shocks, ouphs, pad-foots, pixies, pictrees, giants, dwarfs, Tom-pokers, tutgots, snapdragons, sprets, spunks, conjurers, thurses, spurns, tantarrabobs, swaithes, tints, tod-lowries, Jack-in-the-Wads, mormos, changelings, redcaps, yeth-hounds, colt-pixies, Tom-thumbs, black-bugs, boggarts, scar-bugs, shag-foals, hodge-pochers, hob-thrushes, bugs, bull-beggars, bygorns, bolls, caddies, bomen, brags, wraiths, waffs, flay-boggarts, fiends, gallytrots, imps, gytrashes, patches, hob-and-lanthorns, gringes, boguests, bonelesses, Peg-powlers, pucks, fays, kidnappers, gallybeggars, hudskins, nickers, madcaps, trolls, robinets, friars' lanthorns, silkies, cauld-lads, death-hearses, goblins, hob-headlesses, bugaboos, kows, or cowes, nickies, nacks necks, waiths, miffies, buckies, ghouls, sylphs, guests, swarths, freiths, freits, gy-carlins Gyre-carling, pigmies, chittifaces, nixies, Jinny-burnt-tails, dudmen, hell-hounds, dopple-gangers, boggleboes, bogies, redmen, portunes, grants, hobbits, hobgoblins, brown-men, cowies, dunnies, wirrikows, alholdes, mannikins, follets, korreds, lubberkins, cluricauns, kobolds, leprechauns, kors, mares, korreds, puckles korigans, sylvans, succubuses, blackmen, shadows, banshees, lian-hanshees, clabbernappers, Gabriel-hounds, mawkins, doubles, corpse lights or candles, scrats, mahounds, trows, gnomes, sprites, fates, fiends, sibyls, nicknevins, whitewomen, fairies, thrummy-caps, cutties, and nisses, and apparitions of every shape, make, form, fashion, kind and description, that there was not a village in England that had not its own peculiar ghost.

Nay, every lone tenement, castle, or mansion-house, which could boast of any antiquity had its bogle, its specter, or its knocker. The churches, churchyards, and crossroads were all haunted. Every green lane had its boulder-stone on which an apparition kept watch at night. Every common had its circle of fairies belonging to it. And there was scarcely a shepherd to be met with who had not seen a spirit!"

~Michael Aislabie Denham

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The struggle of the mind

The struggle of the mind to keep itself free from every sort of bondage -- to remain curious, open, unsatiated in all its relations with nature -- is tenfold more difficult than the cultivation of a stable, satisfying point of view, but a thousandfold more precious.

~Gardner Murphy

Often we do not

Often we do not know what is really going on. Our perspective can barely accommodate another person’s point of view, no less the forward march of evolution or the eternal mind of God. Better to admit not knowing and to relax in the mystery of life than to try to force our minds where they can’t go.

~Elizabeth Lesser

What we have

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

~Helen Keller

I believe

I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.

~Dalai Lama

Develop interest

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people. Forget yourself.

~Henry Miller

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Often we do not know

Often we do not know what is really going on. Our perspective can barely accommodate another person’s point of view, no less the forward march of evolution or the eternal mind of God. Better to admit not knowing and to relax in the mystery of life than to try to force our minds where they can’t go.

~Elizabeth Lesser

Nothing in the world

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common that unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

~Calvin Coolidge

Friday, October 26, 2007

Congratulations

Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.

~Yogi Berra

You should

You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours.

~Yogi Berra

In theory

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

~Yogi Berra

Baseball

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.

~Yogi Berra

If you ask

If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer.

~Yogi Berra

All pitchers

All pitchers are liars or crybabies.

~Yogi Berra

How

How can you think and hit at the same time?

~Yogi Berra

So I'm ugly

So I'm ugly. So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face.

~Yogi Berra

If the world

If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.

~Yogi Berra

If the people

If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them.

~Yogi Berra

The future

The future ain't what it used to be.

~Yogi Berra

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

If there is

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.

~Henry Ford

Don't just listen

Don't just listen to what someone is saying, listen to why they are saying it.

~Anonymous

If you look

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

~C.S. Lewis

Please

Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it.

~Edna St. Vincent Millay

Oh, the comfort

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

~George Eliot

When we honestly

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

~Henri Nouwen

Advice

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

~Erica Jong

No one wants

No one wants advice — only corroboration.

~John Steinbeck

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Computers

Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.

~Albert Einstein

Computers

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

~Pablo Picasso

Monday, October 22, 2007

I have not failed

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

~Thomas Alva Edison

A positive attitude

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

~Herm Albright


By trying

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity - another man's I mean.

~Mark Twain

Every man

Well, every man has a religion; has something in heaven or earth which he will give up everything else for - something which absorbs him - which may be regarded by others as being useless - yet it is his dream, it is his lodestar, it is his master. That, whatever it is seized upon me, made me its servant, slave - induced me to set aside the other ambitions - a trail of glory in the heavens, which I followed, followed with a full heart... When once I am convinced, I never let go...

~Walt Whitman

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I believe

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

~Frank Lloyd Wright

If you want

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.

~Carl Sagan

When you have

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.

~Chinese Proverb

You think Nature is some Disney movie?

You think Nature is some Disney movie? Nature is a killer. Nature is a bitch. It's feeding time out there 24 hours a day, every step that you take is a gamble with death. If it isn't getting hit with lightning today, it's an earthquake tomorrow or some deer tick carrying Lime disease. Either way, you're ending up on the wrong end of the food chain.

~Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Honesty may be

Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.

~George Carlin

Scientists announced

Scientists announced today that they have discovered a cure for apathy. However, they claim no one has shown the slightest interest in it.

~George Carlin

Only put of

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

~Pablo Picasso

The artist is

The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.

~Pablo Picasso

Only those

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

~T S Elliot

No matter how hard

No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible.

~Baudjuin

Friday, October 19, 2007

Every Warrior

Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties. Every Warrior of the Light has said 'yes' when he wanted to say "no". Every Warrior of the Light has hurt someone he loved. That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.

~Paulo Coelho

Always you have been told

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

~Kahlil Gibran

Increasingly

Increasingly, we need to make our decisions from the larger perspective provided by serving the One Life.

~William Metzger

I teach you

I teach you the Overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him? … The time has come for man to set himself a goal. The time has come to plant the seed to his highest hope.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

If you don't

If you don't make mistakes you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's the biggest mistake.

~F. Wizelek

When you come

When you come to the end of everything you know, and the next step is into the depths of darkness of the great unknown, you must believe one of two things: Either you will step out onto firm ground or you will be taught to fly.

~Patrick Overton

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It's a dangerous business

It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.

~Bilbo Baggins, from Lord of the Rings

I wish

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.

~from Lord of the Rings

I know

I know what I must do. It's just... I'm afraid to do it.

~Frodo, from The Lord of the Rings

Even the smallest

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

~Galadriel, from The Lord of the Rings

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

We are built

We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

~Maxwell Maltz

Obstacles will look

Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small.

~Orison Swett Marden

Stand up

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.

~Norman Vincent Peale

For every mountain

For every mountain there is a miracle.

~Robert H. Schuller

Patience and preserverance

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

~John Quincy Adams

History has demonstrated

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

~B. C. Forbes

It's the constant

It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.

~Claude M. Bristol

You are

You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.

~Les Brown

An optimist

An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.

-Winston Churchill

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The thirst after happiness

The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man.

~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

People who say

People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think.

~George Carlin

Thursday, October 4, 2007

As long as

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the mountain

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.

~Sir Edmund Hillary

When man meets

When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.

~Ryszard Kapuscinski

It still holds

It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.

~Eric Hoffer

If you can find

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

~Frank A. Clark

Life's ups and downs

Life's ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.

~Marsha Sinetar

Most of our obstacles

Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.

~Orison Swett Marden

Press on

Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.

~Robert H. Schuller

Friday, September 28, 2007

One may have

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.

~Vincent Van Gogh

My mother said

My mother said to me, "If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope." Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

~Pablo Picasso

A painter

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.

~Leopold Stokowski

Thursday, September 27, 2007

There are always

There are always two persons in each individual. The person without is the picture the person within paints with his mind.

~Charles Filmore

Teach

You can only teach what you need to learn.

~Inyala Vanzant

Deeds of giving

Deeds of giving are the very foundation of the world.

~The Torah

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

After despair
many hopes flourish.
Just as after darkness,
thousands of suns
open and
start to shine.

~Rumi
Whatever shows up in your life is the answer. Your job is to figure out what the question was.

~unknown
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.

~T S Eliot

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Life is

Life is like getting dropped off in the middle of the woods, and then year by year, gradually walking home.

~April Foiles

Time flies

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

~Groucho Marx

A positive attitude

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

~Herm Albright

You've got to

You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.

~Will Rogers

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Time and space

Time and space are but physiological colors which the eye makes, but the soul is light; where it is, is day; where it was, is night.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is one soul

There is one soul.
It is related to the world.
Art is its action thereon.
Science finds its methods.
Literature is its record.
Religion os the emotion of reverence that it inspires.
Ethics is the soul illustrated in human life.
Society is the finding of this sould by individuals in each other.
Trades are the learning of the soul in nature by labor.
Politics is the activity of the soul illustrated in power.
Manners are silent and mediate expressions of the soul.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

God be

God be between you and harm in
all the empty places you walk.

~Blessing of the 18th Egyptian Dynasty

What is life?

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

~Crowfoot - Blackfoot warior and orator

I may not be

I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent.

~Ashleigh Brilliant

There is no end

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.

~Federico Fellini

Test everything

Test everything. Hold on to the good.

~1 Thessalonians 5:21

Monday, September 17, 2007

Self image

Self image sets the level of our expectations.

~William Tully

No one

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

A successful person

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.

~David Brinkley

Saturday, September 15, 2007

In school

In school you get the lesson and then take the test ... In life you take the test and then get the lesson.

~unknown

Most people

Most people have come to prefer certain of life’s experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain and even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness.

~Rachel Naomi Remen

Friday, September 14, 2007

Love the ones

Love the ones you can. Touch the ones you can reach. Let the others go.

Real Live Preacher

Fall not

Fall not in love, therefore; it will stick to your face.

~National Lampoon

Learning to love

Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.

~Michael Masser and Linda Creed

In Kyudo philosophy

In Kyudo philosophy, you don't aim--you become one with the target. Then, in fact, there's nothing to aim at. I find it works well with women, too. Give it a try.

~Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman, Northern Exposure

Where you used to be

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling into at night. I miss you like hell.

~Edna St. Vincent Millay

Is love supposed

Is love supposed to last throughout all time, or is it like trains changing at random stops. If I loved her, how could I leave her? If I felt that way then, how come I don't feel anything now?

~Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure

Marriage is

Marriage is the union of disparate elements. Male and female. Yin and yang. Proton and electron. What are we talking about here? Nothing less than the very tension that binds the universe. You see, when we look at marriage, people, we're are looking at creation itself.

"I am the sky," says the Hindu bridegroom to the bride. "You are the earth. We are sky and earth united.... You are my husband. You are my wife. My feet shall run because of you. My feet shall dance because of you. My heart shall beat because of you. My eyes see because of you. My mind thinks because of you and I shall love because of you."

~Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure