Quotes and Poems

“Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”

Susan Ertz

(1894-1985)

“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.”

Julien Green

(1900-1998)

“You will never come up against a greater adversary than your own potential, my young friend.”

Dr. Paul Stubbs to Wesley Crusher

Star Trek: The Next Generation

“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”

Mark Twain

(1835-1910)

“You’re always in either first or fifth, but you know there’s a lot of great gears in between.”

Tony (to Angela on Who's The Boss)

“God hides things by putting them all around us.”

Author Unknown

“He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise.”

Lao-tzu

Tao te Ching

“It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.”

H.W. Shaw

(1818-1885)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

(1928-2014)

“Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”

Henry Van Dyke

(1852-1933)

“That’s the way things come clear.  All of a sudden.  And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along.”

Madeleine L'Engle

(1918-2007)

“To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying ‘Amen’ to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894)

Each has its lesson; for our dreams in sooth,

Come they in shape of demons, gods, or elves,

Are allegories with deep hearts of truth

That tell us solemn secretes of ourselves.

Henry Timrod

(1829-2867)

“Man is not the creature of circumstance – circumstances are the creatures of men.”

Benjamin Disraeli

(1804-1881)

“Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.”

Socrates

(470BCE-399BCE)

“If you don’t believe in miracles, you’ll never see one. If you believe in miracles, you’ll see them all the time.”

Albert Einstein

(1879-1955)

“It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you’ve forgotten about.”

Alan Ball

American Beauty (1999)

To generalize is to be an idiot.”

William Blake

(1757-1827)

“Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.”

Sal Baba

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Soren Kierkegaard

(1813-1855)

“We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.”

Carl Jung

(1875-1961)

“To strengthen the muscles of your heart, the best exercise is lifting someone else’s spirit whenever you can.”

Dodinsky

Author/Blogger

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny…”

C. S. Lewis

(1898-1963)

“He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.”

Lao Tse

(6th Century BC), The Character of Tao

“The self is our life’s goal, for it is the completest expression of that fateful combination we call individuality.”

Carl Jung

(1875-1961), The Collected Works

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

St. Augustine

(354-430)

“To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying “Amen” to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894)

“Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.”

Erich Fromm

(1900-1980)

“The self is our life’s goal, for it is the completest expression of that fateful combination we call individuality.”

Carl Jung

(1875-1961), The Collected Works

“Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chops.”

H. L. Mencken

(1880-1956)

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

(1929-1968)

“The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills.”

Ernest Hemingway

(1899-1961), A Farewell to Arms

“An intimate relationship between people not only asks for mutual openness but also for mutual protection of each other’s uniqueness.”

Henri Nouwen

(1932-1996), Reaching Out

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Viktor Frankl

(1905-1997), Man's Search for Meaning

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