No losses are ever losses when we love; what we love is always with us, becoming part of who we are.
When you’re going through hell, keep going.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Life isn’t perfect, it never will be, but there are moments in life that are breathtakingly perfect. You just have to be present to notice them.
“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”
“Perspective is what you change when circumstances are unmalleable.”
“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.”
“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
“Some people collect things and toys throughout their lives, I’d much rather collect friends and memories.”
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
“We live by demands when we should live by priorities.”
~J. A. Motyer
“When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in yourself than there was before.”
“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself into one.”
~Henry David Thoreau
“A person is just about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now… for I shall not pass this way again.”
~Etienne de Grillet
“Put some starch in your britches and don’t fall into depression like so many other people do when they lose their job.”
“I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
“Great tranquility of heart is his who cares neither for praise nor blame.”
~Thomas a Kempis
“He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.”
“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened.”
“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.”
Andre Gide, 1869-1951
“A lie goes halfway round the world before the truth can get its pants on.”
“No disguise can long conceal love where it exists, or long feign it where it is lacking.”
“Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you have a job without aggravation, you don’t have a job.”
~Malcolm Forbes, 1919-1990
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
~Theo. Roosevelt, 1858-1919
“We are perpetually being told that what is wanted is a strong man who will do things. What is really wanted is a strong man who will undo things; and that will be the real test of strength.”
~G.K. Chesterton, 1874-1936
“The world does not need more Christian writers — it needs more good writers and composers who are Christians.”
“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”
“Any woodsman can tell you that in a broken and sundered nest, one can hardly expect to find more than a precious few whole eggs. So it is with the family.”
“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”