QUOTES TO PONDER

Welcome to page 7 of my collection of quotes.


Joyce Ashley:
"Each of us is born with the potential for the unfolding of our true self. When you deviate from the truth, you are interfering with the intention of something far greater than you are--call it nature or a higher power. As a result, you develop discomfort in your body and psyche. Therefore, anxiety symptoms may be regarded as meaningful communication from a powerful force within you that wants you to be yourself."

Naomi Tucker:
"Labels are always limiting because they conjure up different feelings to individuals based on their own experiences. If we identify ourselves with standard definitions, we shortchange ourselves, painting an incomplete picture of who we really are."

Dajenya:
"There's always someone to put you down no matter what you do. So ultimately you have to base your choices on your own experiences and beliefs as well as on the deep feeling and inner needs which influence each person's belief."

Author Unknown:
"It is not hard to find the truth. What is hard is not to run away from it once you have found it."

Dolly Parton:
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up withthe rain."

Anais Nin:
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

Margaret Mead:
"One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are, when you don't come home at night."

Dar Williams:
"In the laughing times we know that we are lucky, and in the quiet times we know that we are blessed. And we will not be alone."

Monica Miller:
"I was whining about a terrible day and my dad said: 'Any idiot can enjoy a good day. It's people who figure out how to enjoy a bad day who have something going for them.' I think of that often."

Robert Fulghum:
"Do you ever go off with a long grocery list and come home from the store with a bunch of different stuff? And somebody in the family unsacks the groceries and wants to know why you got this and didn't get that and just where is the whatever? And you want to say, 'Well, just be glad I came back, okay?' And the unpacker says, 'Well, next time bring what's on the list.'"

Author Unknown:
"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something."

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it."

Author Unknown:
"Not all who wander are lost."

George Bernard Shaw:
"Everytihng happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough."

Author Unknown:
"Never frown...even when you're sad 'cause you never know when someone's falling in love with your smile."

Sharon J. Wohlmuth:
"For me, photographs take their power from memory and emotion. A picture tells its own story, shaped by the mood or insights of the person you are at the time you see it. It becomes layered with the past and the present. It need not be of people you know: if a photograph is powerful, you enter it the moment it was taken. All that emerges from your observation becomes your own."

Susan Carlson:
"Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you."

Ivy Baker Priest:
"The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning."

Liza Minnelli:
"Reality is something you rise above."

Michael Torguson:
"Never pride yourself on knowledge. Remember, even a head of iceburg lettuce knows more than you do. It knows whether or not that light really does go out when the refrigerator door shuts."

John Irving:
"Adolescence--is it the first time in life we discover that we have something terrible to hide from those who love us?"

Maya Angelou:
"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart."

Dorothy Bernard:
"Courage--fear that has said its prayers."

Author Unknown:
"Feel the ryhthm of the earth and dance the song of life."

Red in The Shawshank Redemption:
"I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend."

Aldous Huxley:
"Experience is not what happens to you but what you make of what happens to you."

Wendy Liebman:
"I found out why cats drink out of the toilet. My mother told me it's because it's cold in there. And I'm like: How did my mother know THAT?"

Rita Mae Brown:
"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they are okay, then it's you."

Ellen DeGeneres:
"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her."

Catie Curtis:
"I'm not being radical when I kiss you. I don't love you to make a point. It's the hollow of my heart, that cries when I miss you, and keeps me alive when we're apart."

Pablo Picasso:
"God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things."

Stephen Wright:
"I intend to live forever--so far, so good."

Emily Saliers:
"I don't think any human being is truly free. We're so tethered to our own insecurities and hampered by our fears and our prejudices. I think it's human nature that we're never going to be free."

David Byrne:
"Singing is a trick to get people to listen to music for longer than they would ordinarily."

Wilhelm Stekel:
"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."

Audre Lorde:
"But underneath it all as I was growing up, home was still a sweet place somewhere else which they had not managed to capture yet on paper, nor to throttle and bind up between the pages of a schoolbook. It was our own, my truly private paradise..."

Audre Lorde:
"If you can't change reality, change your perceptions of it."

Audre Lorde:
"You loved people and you came to depend on their being there. But people died or changed or went away and it hurt too much. The only way to avoid that pain was not to love anyone, and not to let anyone get too close or too important. The secret to not being hurt like this again, I decided, was never depending on anyone, never needing, never loving. It is the last dream of children, to be forever untouched."

Nicole Burdette:
"...I think--the loneliest thing is to be alone with someone. I'd rather be by myself than be with someone who has no idea who I am."

David Brinkley:
"A successful person is one who lays a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her."

Author Unknown:
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back."

Stephen Wright:
"You know how when you put a stick in water, it gets bent; that's why I don't take baths."

Author Unknown
"You don't MAKE yourself feel love, or passively 'fall' in love, but you let love ENTER you."

Author Unknown:
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."

William Rotsler:
"How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend."

Anton Chekhov:
"I often wonder: suppose we could begin life over again, knowing what we were doing? Suppose we could use one life, already ended, as a sort of rough draft for another? I think that every one of us would try, more than anything else, not to repeat himself, at the very least he would rearrange his manner of life, he would make sure of rooms like these, with flowers and light..."

Clint Black:
"Love isn't something that we're in...Love isn't just those words we say; it's something that we do."

George Carlin:
"Think of how stupid the average person is and realize that half of everybody is stupider than that."

David Shenk:
"Microsoft, by some accounts, the second most capitalized company on the planet, is the only corporate colossus in history whose entire product line could be eliminated with a giant magnet."

Author Unknown:
"Going to church does not make a person religious, nor does going to school make a person educated, any more than going to a garage makes a person a car."

Jay Leno:
"I've never understood why women love cats. Cats are independent, they don't listen, they don't come in when you call, they like to stay out all night, and when they're home they like to be left alone and sleep. In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a cat."

Florence Parry Heide:
"...listening to parents' advice is sort of like watching commercials. You know what's coming, you've heard it all before, it's a big bore, but you listen anyway."

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.:
"The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye: the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract."

Anne Frank:
"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."

Author Unknown:
"Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you."

Author Unknown:
"Blessed are those that can give without remembering and take without forgetting."

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny little matters compared to what lies within us."

Indira Ghandi:
"You can't shake hands with a closed fist."

Marlon Riggs:
"Silence kills the soul; it diminishes its possibilities to rise and fly and explore. Silence withers what makes you human. The soul shrinks, until it's nothing."

Oriah Mountain Dreamer:
"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive. I need to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human. It doesn't interestme if the story you're telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty every day...I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, 'Yes!' It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children. It doesn't interest me who you are, how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments."



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