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Quotations - My Personal Favorites
Why I Love Quotations...
I've always been inspired or amused or enlightened by quotations...sometimes all three at once!
But that's not the only reason I like quotations. Quotations are like poetry, if you think about it. Spontaneous poetry. Some funny; some serious; some inspiring. But all are glimmers of truth.
This page will highlight some of my favorite quotations. I hope they'll touch you the same way they touch me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much
to win the respect
of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation
of honest critics and endure
the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others;
to leave the world
a bit better, whether
by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life
has breathed easier
because you have lived.
That is to have succeeded.
"I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues." Duke Ellington
"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems." John W. Gardner
"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity." John F. Kennedy
"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Eleanor Roosevelt
"I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's OK to stumble . . . I will get up. It's OK to fail . . . I will rise again. Today I will make a difference." Max Lucado
"The cautious seldom err." Confucious
"I -think-I-can, I-think-I-can, I-think-I-can..." The Little Engine That Could
This ancient proverb is simple but profound.
"Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment - chop wood, carry water."
"Sound when stretched is music. Movement when stretched is dance. Mind when stretched is meditation. Life when stretched is celebration." Shri Shri Ravishankar Jee
Erma Bombeck was a funny, wise and beloved writer. This is one of her gems.
There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, 'Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams.' Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they're still there.
These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, 'How good or how bad am I?' That's where courage comes in." Erma Bombeck
On Risk and Failure
So very true...
"Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking." ~Tim McMahon
There is an art to relaxation and it's been sorely neglected in most of our lives...
Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits. " Satchel Paige (1906 - 1982)
"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles." Charlie Chaplin (1889 - 1977)
"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." H. Jackson Brown
(As a fairly opinionated person (at times) it's important for me to remember this...)
"Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves."
~Thich Nhat Hanh
"May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it." An Old Irish Blessing
I tend to agree more with Dave Barry who says,
"Fishing is boring, unless you catch an actual fish, and then it is disgusting."
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling,
how could it be so?
It came without ribbons.
It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled
'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
"What if Christmas", he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
Holiday Quotes and More - A gift for you or someone you love...
This funny little book will brighten anyone's day...from Dave Barry's All I Want For Christmas contribution to The Secret to Foolproof Resolutions there's some little gem for every Holiday occasion.
From the Product Description:
Holidays can be both fun and frustrating, can't they? All the chaos that goes with the holidays can make you grin or groan. What you need for happy holidays is to have your stocking stuffed with tasty bits of humor.
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"Keep me from the wisdom that does not weep, and the philosophy that does not laugh, and the pride that does not bow its head before a child." Kahlil Gibran
"Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known." A. A. Milne, Pooh's Little Instruction Book
"Once we give up searching for approval, we often find it easier to earn respect." Gloria Steinem
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself." Montaigne
And here are a couple of good Dave Barry quotes about the great outdoors:
"Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business."
(My sentiments, exactly)
"It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent."
"The ultimate camping trip was the Lewis and Clark expedition."
(Boy, isn't THAT the truth??)
Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."
Reaching for a goal is as important as achieving it....That's my own personal thought...
"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, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." H. Jackson Brown
And my favorite (because it's fun) is:
"Even Noah got no salary for the first six months partly on account of the weather and partly because he was learning navigation." Mark Twain
"The person who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the person who can't read them." Mark Twain
I'd love it if you would share your favorite quotes, too.
I don't know who first said this but I'll end with another of my very favorite quotes...
"A smile is a silent hello".