I am starting with my VERY favourite quote, & adding others that inspire me along my creative journey through life. This quote has inspired me alot of my adult life because it reminds me that it is our individual impact that often means the most. It’s not the 1,000’s of people we encounter in our lives that matter, its the 1’s that we touch & leave a lasting impression on.
To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, & refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, & wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes & sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony. William Henry Channing
Art when really understood is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. It is not an outside, extra thing. When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for better understanding. Robert Henri, The Art Spirit (1923)
Abundance, like want, ruins many. Romanian Proverb
Adversity makes a man wise, not rich. Romanian Proverb
After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. Italian Proverb
After victory, tighten your helmet chord. Japanese Proverb
An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
All things good to know are difficult to learn. Greek Proverb
The anvil fears no blows. Romanian Proverb
An iron rod bends while it is hot. Greek Proverb
Where, unwilling, dies the rose, buds the new, another year. Dorothy Parker
They are able, who think they are able. Virgil
I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows. Janette Barber
Old age ain’t no place for sissies. Bette Davis
Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. Caryn Leschen
Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. Mark Twain
Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way. Native American Proverb (Blackfoot)
Live your own life, for you will die your own death. Latin Proverb
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. Chinese Proverb
Beware of a man of one book. English Proverb
A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood. Chinese Proverb
Quarrels would not last long if the fault were on one side only.
Confessed faults are half mended. Scottish Proverb
Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more. Mark Twain.
After three days without reading, talk becomes flavourless. Chinese proverb
Ask the experienced rather than the learned. Arabic proverb
How could anyone believe that anything in this world is only what it
appears to be? Mary Oliver
Fashion fades, only style remains.
Special friends become our chosen family.
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends. Laurie Kuslansky
A friend’s good points will stand by themselves, it’s up to you to stand by his bad ones. W.G.P.
Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.
Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style.
I can wear a hat, or take it off, but either way it is a conversation piece. Hedda Hooper.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. George Eliot.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door." – Albert Camus
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambitions. Abraham Lincoln
Laughter is an instant vacation.
A deep-down really hearty laugh now and then is better than any medicine. W.G.P.
People fail through lack of purpose rather than through lack of talent.
You are a part of all that surrounds you. Celebrate your connection to the beauty and mystery of life.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Chinese Proverb
Life isn’t one straight line. Most of us have to be transplanted, like a tree, before we blossom. Louise Nevelson
looking for the best
The optimistic gardener is one who thinks what goes down must come up. Anon.
If you are strong enough, there are no precedents. F. Scott Fitzgerald
If you don’t have a dream…..borrow one! Any which way…You must have a dream. Sara Henderson
If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third place.
Two heads are better than one, especially if they happen to be on the same coin. Unknown
You don’t love a woman because she is beautiful. She is beautiful because you love her.
Love is not blind. It just opens your eyes to things others don’t see.
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end. Benjamin Disraeli.
Cuando amor no es locura, no es amor. (When love is not madness, it is not love.) Spanish Proverb
Love rules without rules. Italian Proverb
Love tells us many things that are not so. Ukranian Proverb
Love your neighbor, but don’t tear down your fence. German Proverb
The loveliest of faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy. Persian Proverb
Music is a healing agent, a calming influence in a sometimes confusing world. Hazel Hawke.
Ask a lot, but take what is offered. Russian Proverb
Just jump. You’ll grow your wings on the way down.
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. Og Mandino (1923 – 1996)
The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities. Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931)
I ask you to look both ways. For the road to a knowledge of the stars leads through the atom; and important knowledge of the atom has been reached through the stars. Sir Arthur Eddington (1882 – 1944)
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due. Dean W.R. Inge
You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. Jan Glidewell.
Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance. Jon Frankin
To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony. William Henry Channing
We may run, walk, stumble, drive or fly but let us never loose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow along the way.
A difficult stretch of the road is always made easier by a good travelling companion.
We wander for distraction, we travel for fulfilment.
All roads lead to
. Roman Proverb
All roads do not lead to
. Slovenian Proverb
Start treating yourself as if you are the most important asset you’ll ever have. After all, aren’t you? Unknown
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. Sandra Carey.
The young are always ready to give those who are older the full benefit of their inexperience. Oscar Wilde.
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?