Spiritsong quotes

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“The longest journey of any person 
is the journey inward.
Dag Hammerskjold

Journey In Word is a tapestry of eclectic, often uncommon quotations gathered up and lovingly woven together by Coyote McRaven. You are welcome to use the quotes on this page but if you distribute them electronically or in hard copy, in large chunks or as a whole without rearranging them, kindly give the Coyote her due editorial credit. A link to this web site is always appreciated as well. 
Thanks, and enjoy the Journey!

Drumsound rises on the air,
its throb, my heart.

A voice inside the beat
“I know you’re tired,

but come. This is the way.”
Jeláluddín Rúmí

(trans. by Coleman Barks)
“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”

“To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.”
Jose Ortega y Gasset

“He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.”
M.C. Escher

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting
 for our wits to grow sharper.”
Eden Phillpotts

“The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”
Julia Cameron

“You can observe a lot by just watching.”
Yogi Berra

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.”
Albert Einstein

“The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.”
Francis Bacon

“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”
Henry Emerson Fosdick

“The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.”
Kilgore Trout (Kurt Vonnegut)

“The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
André Gide

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

“It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.”
Written in the dust on the back of a bus. Wickenburg, Arizona.

“We don’t go anywhere. Going somewhere is for squares.
 We just go!”
Marlon Brando, The Wild One (1954)

“If you’re not where you are, you’re nowhere!”
“Colonel Potter” from a M*A*S*H episode

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

“Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting. ”
Karl “The Great” Wallenda

“The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
 Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
Helen Keller

“Adventure is worthwhile.”
Amelia Earhart

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Yogi Berra

“If you don’t know where you are going, you can never get lost.”
Herb Cohen

“Mum reckoned that getting lost and finding your way were just different sides of the same coin. You couldn’t have one without the other.”
Fynn (from “Mister God, This Is Anna”)

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”
Helen Keller

“When it gets dark enough you can see the stars.”
Lee Salk

“We carry with us the wonders we seek without us.”
Sir Thomas Browne

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.”
Rachael Carson

“Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.”
Henry Emerson Fosdick

“If a thing loves, it is infinite.”
William Blake

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”
Rumi (trans. by Coleman Barks)

“Revelations are found in clouds.”
Serge Kahili King

“Where there is no vision, people perish.”
Proverbs 29:18

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Mohandas Gandhi

“There’s a wonder in the way we’re always free
 To change the world by changing how we see.”
Cyndi Craven (from “Love’s Shining Peace”)

“The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit, till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.”
Annie Dillard

“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism and skepticism and humbug and we shall want to live more musically.”
Vincent van Gogh

“The music in my heart I bore long after it was heard no more.”
William Wordsworth

“Philosophers have argued for centuries about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but materialists have always known it depends on whether they are jitterbugging or dancing cheek to cheek.”
Tom Robbins

“If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.”

“He who does not dance does not know what happens.”
Jesus (Gnostic texts)

“It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”
Duke Ellington

“Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.”
Rumi (trans. by Coleman Barks)

“And everything comes to One,
 As we dance on, dance on, dance on.”
Theodore Roetheke

“We dance round in a ring and suppose,
 But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.”
Robert Frost

“Look within! … The secret is inside you.”

“A lively understandable spirit

Once entertained you.

It will come again.

Be still.

Theodore Roethke

“Now is the dwelling place of God himself.”
Thomas R. Kelly

“The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.”

“God is so omnipresent…God is an angel in an angel, and a stone in a stone, and a straw in a straw.”
John Donne

“Lift the stone and you will find me;
 cleave the wood and I am there.”
Jesus (from The Gospel of Thomas)

“Therefore, if you want to discover nature’s nakedness, you must destroy its symbols, and the farther you get in the nearer you come to its essence. When you come to the One that gathers all things up into itself, there your soul must stay.”
Meister Eckhart

“I suppose what makes me most glad is that we all recognize each other in this metaphysical space of silence and happening, and get some sense, for a moment, that we are full of paradise without knowing it.”
Thomas Merton

“The drum of the realization of the promise is beating, we are sweeping the road to the sky. Your joy is here today, what remains for tomorrow?”
Rumi (trans. by Coleman Barks)

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it The Present.”
Babatunde Olatunji

“Ever notice that the area of a department store containing completely useless objects is called ‘gifts?'”

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“You can’t have everything… where would you put it?”
Stephen Wright

“Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them. Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit.”
Taisen Deshimaru

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”
Martin Luther

“What you pursue, you don’t get. But what you allow to grow slowly in its own way, comes to you.”
Rabbi Pinhas

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
Rumi (trans. by Coleman Barks)

“In the hour of adversity be not without hope
 For crystal rain falls from black clouds.”
Persian Poem

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
Peter Marshall

“Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.”
Williard Marriott

“Sometimes I go about pitying myself

And all the while I am being carried across the sky

By beautiful clouds.”
Ojibway Indian saying

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”
Richard Bach

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.”
Carl Rogers

“Be yourself. The world worships the original.”
Ingrid Bergman

“If I try to be like him, who will be like me?”
Yiddish proverb

“God said to Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.”
Exodus 3:14

“Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.”
Tallulah Bankhead

“This above all: to thine own self be true.”
William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

“When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville.”
Flannery O’Conner

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
Henry Van Dyke

“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”
Doug Floyd

“Pay no attention to what the critics say;
 no statue has ever been erected to a critic.”
Jean Sibelius

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower.”
Shigenori Kameoka

“Don’t be afraid to be amazing.”
Andy Offutt Irwin (during a late night Waffle House conversation)

“Don’t dream it – be it!”
Frank-n-Furter (Rocky Horror Picture Show)

“Do, or do not. There is no try. ”

“Love the earth and sun and animals,

Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,

Stand up for the stupid and crazy,

Devote your income and labor to others . . .

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”
Walt Whitman

“Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.”
Arthur Helps

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness.”
The Talmud

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”
Henry James

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
Carl W. Buechner

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
Abraham Lincoln

“We are here on Earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I do not know.”
W. H. Auden

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
The 14th Dalai Lama

“If you would be loved, love, and be lovable.”
Benjamin Franklin

“To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.”
Taisen Deshimaru

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.”

“Light is good from whatever lamp it shines.”

“To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”
Mother Teresa

“Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.”

“Keep your words sweet—you may have to eat them.”

“I don’t let my mouth say nothin’ my head can’t stand.”
Louis Armstrong.

“Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose.”
Billie Holiday

“Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
Rumi (trans. by Coleman Barks)

“Muddy water,

let stand

becomes clear.”

“When people bother you in any way, it is because their souls are trying to get your divine attention and your blessing.”
Catherine Ponder

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.”
Norman Cousins

“And God said love me, love them, and love it, and don’t forget to love yourself.”
Anna (from “Mister God, This Is Anna”)

“If we could share this world below, If we could learn to love…
If we could share this world below, We’d need no world above.”
Ray Faraday Nelson

“Some set more by such things as come from a distance, but I rec’lect mother always used to maintain that folks was meant to be doctored with the stuff that grew right about ’em.”
Sarah Orne Jewett

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”
James Oppenheim

“The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day in rhythmic measure. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth into numberless waves of flowers.”
Rabindranath Tagore

“God bless the roots! Body and soul are one.”
Theodore Roethke

“Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.”
The Talmud

“We are each other’s angels, we meet when it is time.”
Chuck Brodsky

“I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.”
Tracy Chapman

“The difference from a person and an angel is easy. Most of an angel is in the inside and most of a person is on the outside.”
Anna (Mister God, This Is Anna)

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
Henry David Thoreau

“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”
John Burroughs

“You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed.”
Rabindranath Tagore

“To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“A hand-rolled

Dumpling of

I’ve gulped it down

And easily it went.”
Dim Sum Zen

“If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily.”
Chinese Proverb

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
Martin Luther

“When the world is falling apart around you, drink tea.”

“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”
Rumi (trans. by Coleman Barks)

“Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.”

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands—a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.”
Sidney Lovett

“Be still and know that I am with you.”
English prayer

“Inside the Great Mystery that is, we don’t really own anything. What is this competition we feel then, before we go, one at a time, through the same gate?”

“We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God.”
Chief Joseph (Nez Perce)

“Every day people are straying away from church and going back to God.”
Lenny Bruce

“Re-examine all you have been told . . . Dismiss what insults your Soul.”
Walt Whitman

“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.”
Abraham Lincoln

“God never made His work for man to mend.”
John Dryden

“Civilization has been thrust upon me… and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.”
Chief Luther Standing Bear (Oglala Sioux)

“We are all born charming, fresh, and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.”
Judith Martin (aka “Miss Manners”)

“The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”
Tom Robbins

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.”
Groucho Marx

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Mother Teresa

“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.”
Jawaharlal Nehru

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”
E.B. White

“Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.”
Abba Eban

“Wisdom is a life that knows it is living.”
Moravian prayer book

“A wise man is nothin’ but a fool with a good memory.”
“Russell Greene” from Promised Land

“Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.”

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
Helen Keller

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
Charlie Chaplin

“Don’t worry – be happy.”
Bobby McFerrin

“I want to know God’s thoughts . . . the rest are details.”
Albert Einstein

“The best way to know God is to love many things.”
Vincent van Gogh


And He’ll open the door


And He’ll make you shine like the sun.


And He’ll raise you to the heavens.

Become nothing,

And He’ll turn you into everything.”
Rumi (trans. by Coleman Barks)

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”
Muriel Rukeyser

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein

“Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can match.”
Ingrid Bengis

“Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.”
Carl Zwanzig

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.”
Albert Einstein

“What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.”
Boris Pasternak

“Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.”
Rabindranath Tagore

“We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.”
H. L. Mencken

“The heart has it’s reasons, of which reason knows nothing.”

“I am certain of nothing but the Holiness of the Heart’s affections and the Truth of the Imagination.”
John Keats

“I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me.
Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne

“When you are deluded and full of doubt, even a thousand books of scripture are not enough. When you have realized understanding, even one word is too much.”

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
Chief Joseph (Nez Perce)

“No one’s mouth is big enough to utter the whole thing.”
Alan Watts

“Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.”
Dan Quayle

“Earth’s crammed with heaven,

And every common bush afire with God:

But only he who sees takes off his shoes.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.”
Mickey Mouse

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
Albert Einstein

“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.”

“Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.”
William Shakespeare

“When your heart speaks, take good notes.”
Judith Campbell

“Faith is an oasis in the heart which can never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”
Kahlil Gibran

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“To those who can dream there is no such place as far away.”

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart … Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
Carl Jung

“Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days… What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The beginning is always today.”
Mary Wollstonecraft

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”
John Wayne

“It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.”
Anatole France

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

“Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
Samuel Ullman

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.”
Pearl S. Buck

“Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
Lionel Stander

“If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith.”
Albert Einstein

“In order for you to profit from your mistakes, you have to get out and make some.”

“A man on a mission is far different from a drone on a deadline.”
Rheta Grimsley Johnson

“We’re on a mission from God.”
The Blues Brothers

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”
A.A. Milne

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
Mark Twain

“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.”
Edgar Degas

“Ideas run wild without discussion.”
Serge Kahili King

“Without deviation, progress is not possible.”
Frank Zappa

“The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.”
Thomas Holcroft

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”
John Cage

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
Thomas Edison

“Art my slats! I can paint with a shoestring dipped in lard!”
George Luks

“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.”
John Coltrane

“I’ll play with it first and tell you what it is later.”
Miles Davis

“Art is running away without ever leaving home.”
Twyla Tharp

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
e. e. cummings

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?”
Satchel Paige

“It takes one a long time to become young.”
Pablo Picasso

“Things do not change: we change.”
Henry David Thoreau

“To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.”
William James

“The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”
Douglas Larson

“If you never did, you should.

These things are fun, and fun is good.”
Dr. Seuss

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”
Tom Robbins, from Still Life with Woodpecker

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

“Anything on earth you want to do is play. Anything on earth you have to do is work. Play will never kill you, work will. I never worked a day in my life.”
Dr. Leila Denmark, 103, USA’s oldest practicing physician.

“Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince)

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.”
Ethel Barrymore

“We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.”
Agnes Repplier

“Blessed is the person who can laugh at himself—
he’ll never cease to be amused.”

“Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.”
Golda Meir

“Life is too important to be taken seriously.”
Oscar Wilde

“It’s best not to be too moral. You cheat yourself out of too much life. Aim above morality. If you apply that to life, you’re bound to live it fully.”
Maude (from Harold & Maude)

“I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.”

“Water which is too pure has no fish.”
Ts’ai Ken T’an

“Where there are humans

you’ll find flies,

and Buddhas.”

“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,

One clover, and a bee,

And revery.

The revery alone will do,

If bees are few.”
Emily Dickinson

“Unthinking, idle, wild, and young,

I laugh’d and danc’d and talk’d and sung.”
Princess Amelia (1783-1810)

“I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!”
Louise Bogan

“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable … but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
Agatha Christie

“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.”

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”
Emily Dickenson

“Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life.”
From the Sanskrit Salutation of the Dawn

“Isn’t it wonderful? All around us, living things!”
Maude (from Harold & Maude)

“People need joy. Quite as much as clothing. Some of them need it far more.”
Margaret Collier Graham

“From three to four, he planned to stand perfectly still and think of what it was like to be alive.”
Wilbur the Pig (Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White)

“So you see, imagination needs moodling—long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.”
Brenda Ueland

“All of the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.”

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”
Anne Frank

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
The 14th Dalai Lama

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.”
Lin Yutang

“Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.”
Charlie McCarthy

“Punctuality is the thief of time.”
Oscar Wilde

“The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.”

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
Bertrand Russell

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.”

“I take a nap

making the mountain water

pound the rice.”

“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.”
Spanish proverb

“Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”
Zen saying

“One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.”
Will Durant

“The good and the wise lead quiet lives.”

“Patience is the key to paradise.”
Turkish proverb

“The highest happiness of man … is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.”

“The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.”
Teresa of Avila

“Who says the eternal being does not exist?

Who says the sun has gone out?

Someone who climbs up on the roof and closes his eyes
tight, and says, I don’t see anything.”
Rumi (trans. by Coleman Barks)

“As I walk, as I walk
The universe is walking with me
In beauty it walks before me
In beauty it walks behind me
In beauty it walks below me
In beauty it walks above me
Beauty is on every side
As I walk, I walk with beauty.”

Traditional Navajo Prayer from the Navajo rain dance ceremony

“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.”
William Saroyan

“True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self, but the point is not only to get out—you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.”
Henry James

“Don’t refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase.
 That’s what wild geese are for.”

“Geese are friends to no one, they badmouth everybody and everything. But they are companionable once you get used to their ingratitude and false accusations.”
E. B. White

“If I didn’t start painting, I would have raised chickens”
Grandma Moses

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.

Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
Winston Churchill

“A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime.”
Mark Twain

“I love cats. I even think we have one at home.”
Edward Burlingame

“I have an Egyptian cat. He leaves a pyramid in every room.”
Rodney Dangerfield

“He looked a fierce and quarrelsome cat, but claw he never would; He only bit the ones he loved, because they tasted good.”
S. Greenfield

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
Jean Cocteau

“If cats could talk, they would lie to you.”
Rob Kopack

“If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.”
Nan Porter

“Every creature is a word of God.”
Meister Eckhart

“Every animal knows more than you do.
Native American Proverb

“Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.”
Ben Hecht

“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.”
Henry David Thoreau

“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
Doug Larson

“If you’re too busy to go fishin’, you’re too busy.”
Jed Clampett

“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.”

“Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tom Seaver: “Hey, Yogi, what time is it?”

Yogi Berra: “You mean now?”

“Look to the future, because that is where you’ll spend the rest of your life.”
George Burns

“The future will be better tomorrow.”
Dan Quayle

“Life is so short we must move very slowly.”
Thai saying

“God knows no distance.”
Charleszetta Waddles

“If I’m not back in five minutes, wait longer.”
Ace Ventura, Pet Detective

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
Stephen Wright

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

“May you live all the days of your life.”
Jonathan Swift

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”
Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.”
D.H. Lawrence

(word carved on a stone on John Ruskin’s desk)

“Whatever you do Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.”
Mohandas. Gandhi

“Old age was simply a delightful time, when the old people sat on the sunny doorsteps, playing in the sun with the children, until they fell asleep. At last they failed to wake up.”
James Paytiamo (Acoma Pueblo)

“A painting is never finished—it simply stops in interesting places.”
Paul Gardner

“I look back on my life like a good day’s work; it was done
 and I am satisfied with it.”
Grandma Moses

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”
Betty Smith

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
Meister Eckhart

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
Victor Hugo

“Now comes the mystery.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“It is time now for us to rise from sleep.”
Saint Benedict

“Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place.”
Genesis 28:16-17

“…the fog is rising.”
Emily Dickinson’s last words

“I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.”
Thomas Hobbes’ last words

“Get my swan costume ready.”
Anna Pavlova’s last words

“More light!”
Goethe’s last words

“It’s a magical world, Hobbes, Ol’ Buddy…let’s go exploring!”
Calvin’s last words,12/31/95 (Calvin & Hobbes). . .

“Well, then I must be off. We shall have to meet again….
Maude (from Harold & Maude)

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