...There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you
lose, you win...
...Some things have to be believed to be seen...
...No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking...
...To live and let live, without clamor for distinction or recognition;
to wait on divine Love; to write truth first on the tablet of one's own
heart-this is the sanity and perfection of living...
...There are only two ways to live. One as though nothing is a miracle. The
other as though everything is a miracle...
-Dr. Albert Einstein
Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
-William Wordsworth 1806
...Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but to rise every
time we fall...
...Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all
external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature,
highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to change...
...Success is not so much achievement as achieving. Refuse to join the cautious
crowd that plays not to lose; play to win...
...Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand
for-because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything...
...We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in
filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run
over. So in a series of kindnesses there is, at last, one which makes
the heart run over...
...Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time: effaces
all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end...
-Madame de Stael
...Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and
love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that
you shall live...
...The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice...
...There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your
business, know your men...
...Every man who will not have softening of the heart must at least have
softening of the brain...
...The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions-the little,
soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt
compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and
For you alone are such
That by your loss you are regained...
...Your words are the seed, your soul is the farmer, the world is your field...
...Out of action, action of any sort, there grows a peculiar, useful,
everyday wisdom. Truth is rarely found by the idle. Nor is it the result
of deep and long study. It is a sort of essence that is secreted from a
-Dr. Frank Crane
...People are lucky and unlucky...according to the ratio between what
they get and what they have been led to expect...
Love is like an artwork
Held in an empty frame,
Until strokes of color liven
And visions make a name.
...The secret of happiness...is to be in harmony with existence, to be
always calm, always lucid, always willing...to let each wave of life wash
us a little farther up the shore...
...What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity...the good they do
No action, whether foul or fair
Is ever done, but it leaves somewhere
A record, written by fingers ghostly,
As a blessing or a curse, and mostly
In the greater weakness or greater strengh
Of the acts which follow it.
...Everything that lives, lives not alone, nor for itself...
...A true critic ought rather dwell upon excellencies than
imperfections, to discern concealed beauties, and to communicate
to the world such things as are worth their observations...
...There are no precedents: You are the first You that ever was...
...When something does not insist on being noticed, when we aren't
grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event,
we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude...
...There is no courage but in innocence...
...Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern
or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a
communicated sense of fineness...
... The conclusion of belief is not so much a conclusion as a
resolution, and it is for that reason that belief excludes doubt...
...It is enough that I am of value to somebody today...
...Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in
prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant...
...The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp...
Resolve to be thyself: and know that he
who finds himself, loses his misery.
-Matthew Arnold 1852
...It is graceful in a man to think and speak with propriety, to act
with deliberation, and in every occurence in life to find out and
persevere in the truth...
...For one human being to love another...the work for which all other
work is but preparation...
-Maria Rilke 1904
...We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act,
but a habit...
...The criterion of true beauty is, that it increases on examination;
if false, that it lessons. There is therefore, something in true beauty
that corresponds with right reason...
Serious things cannot be understood without laughable things.
nor opposites at all without opposites.
...Simply the thing I am shall make me live...
...What happens to all our 'good talks' with those we love, and how
can we hope to remember the tiniest fragment of them...it is these
that would reveal us; it is there that we are to be found...
...Not a day passes over this earth but men and women of note do great
deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows...
...What is difficulty? Only a word indicating the degree of strength
requisite for accomplishing particular objects; a mere notice of the
necessity of exertion...
His hope is trecherous only whose love dies
With beauty, which is varying every hour;
But in chaste hearts uninfluenced by the power
Of outward change, there blooms a deathless flower,
That breathes on earth the air of paradise.
...The secret of the heart-a thing personal and intimate-being
expressed, stated perhaps with diffidence, turns out to be the
great lamp of truth, an axis on which human life turns, and has
...Life is now...this day, this hour...and is probably the only
experience of the kind one is to have...
...We must become cheerful, ready to receive things much greater than
ourselves...we must, in one word, be capable of admiration...
...It is in the matter of knowledge that a man is most haunted with a
sense of inevitable limitation...
...Man...must rule the empire of himself...
...They are surely to be esteemed the bravest spirits who, having
the clearest sense of both the pains and pleasures of life, do
not on that account shrink from danger...
-Thucydides ~400 B.C.
...He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true
poet, though he has never written a line in all his life...
-George Sand 1851
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
And therefore is wing'd cupid painted blind.
Nor hath love's mind of any judgement taste.
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.
And therefore is love said to be a child.
Because, in choice, he is so oft beguiled.
... Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the
marble and the sculptor...
-Dr. Alexis Carrel
...Innocence always calls mutely for protection...wandering the world,
meaning no harm...
...Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if
no birds sang except those that sang best...
-Henry Van Dyke
...The perception of beauty is a moral test...
-Henry David Thoreau
...Happiness is not perfected until it is shared...
...To be nobody-but-myself-in a world which is doing its best, night and
day, to make you everybody else-means to fight the hardest battle which
any human can fight, and never stop fighting...
-E.E. Cummings 1958
To see the world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wildflower;
to hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour-
...The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his
happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things...
...Courage is an everyday thing. When we look reality sqaurely in the
eye and refuse to back away from our awareness, we are living courage...
What is uttered from the heart alone
Will win the hearts of others to your own.
-Johann Von Goethe 1808
...Deeper and deeper into Time's endless tunnel, does the winged soul,
like a night-hawk, wend her wild way; and finds eternities before and
behind; and her last limit is her everlasting beginning...
-Herman Melville 1849
...No man will be found in whose mind airy notions do not sometimes
tyrannize, and force him to hope or fear beyond the limits of sober
...There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in
a person's eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood
him, interested ourself in his welfare. At these moments something fine
and spiritual passes between two friends. These moments are the moments
When first we met we did not guess
That love would prove so hard a master.