Finely crafted words can be beacons which help us navigate life. My favorite quotations are like old friends who offer comfort, humor and wisdom. I hope you enjoy reading them. I will be adding to this collection regularly, and invite readers to send me their favorites.
A. A. Milne
" 'How long does getting thin take?' asked Pooh"
"I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend."
"Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security and joy of humanity than the discoverers of knowledge."
"Gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love."
"Great spirits often encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope."
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."
"We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see the land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
E. B. White
"... I wakeup each morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. This makes it very hard to plan the day."
"The world cannot be understood from a single point of view."
"We find comfort among those who agree with us -- growth among those who don't."
"It's not the stress that kills us, it's our reaction to it."
"Love is an expression of the willingness to create space in which something is allowed to change."
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
Henry David Thoreau
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Believe me, every man has his secret sorrow, which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad."
"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."
Herophilus, physician to Alexander the Great (350 - 280 BC)
"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied."
"... forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
"Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity... it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us. It is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - from his Inaugural Address, 1995
"A man's reach should extend his grasp, or what's heaven for?"
"It takes a noble person to plant a seed for a tree that will one day provide shade to those whom he may never meet."
"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation."
"...we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love."