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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

140/365 - The Last Page (Paul Sweeney)

“You know you've read a Good Book 
when you turn the Last Page 
and feel a little as if you have Lost a Friend.” 

- Paul Sweeney

Monday, 30 January 2012

139/365 - The Silence of our Friends (Martin Luther King Jr.)

“In the End, 
we will remember not the words of our enemies, 
but the silence of our friends.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

138/365 - It's Indifference (Elie Wiesel)

“The opposite of Love is not Hate, 
it's Indifference. 

The opposite of Art is not Ugliness,
it's Indifference.

The opposite of Faith is not Heresy, 
it's Indifference. 

And the opposite of Life is not Death, 
it's Indifference.” 

- Elie Wiesel
(Nobel Peace Prize Winner of 1986)

Saturday, 28 January 2012

137/365 - The Karma of your Soul (Gary Zukav)

"You are the product of the Karma of your Soul.

The dispositions, aptitudes and attitudes that you were born with serve the learning of your soul.  As your soul learns the lessons that it must learn to balance its energy, those characteristics become unnecessary, and are replaced by others.  This is how you grow.  As you come to realise, for example, that anger leads nowhere, your anger begins to disappear and you move into a more integrated and mature orientation toward your experiences.  What once angered you now brings forth different responses.

Until you become aware of the effects of your anger, you continue to be an angry person.  If you do not reach this awareness by the time you return home, your soul will continue this lesson through the experiences of another lifetime.  It will incarnate another personality with aspects that are similar to your own.  What is not learned in each lifetime is carried over into other lifetimes, along with new lessons that arise for the soul to learn, new karmic obligations that result from the responses of its personality to the situations that it encounters.  The lessons that the soul has learned also are brought forward into other lifetimes, and this is how the soul evolves.  Personalities mature in time, and the soul evolves in eternity."  - Gary Zukav (The Seat of the Soul)

Friday, 27 January 2012

136/365 - At this Time and this Place (Azar Nafisi)

“You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place, 
I told him, 
like you'll not only miss the people you love 
but you'll miss the person you are now,
at this time and this place, 
because you'll never be this way ever again.” 
Azar Nafisi
(Reading Lolita in Tehran) 

Thursday, 26 January 2012

135/365 - Secret Destinations (Martin Buber)

“All Journeys have Secret Destinations 
of which the Traveler is unaware.” 
- Martin Buber

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

134/365 - What we Pretend to Be (Kurt Vonnegut)

“We Are what we Pretend to Be, 
so we must be Careful about what we pretend to be.” 
- Kurt Vonnegut
(Mother Night)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

133/365 - Love is that Condition (Robert A. Heinlein)

is that condition in which the happiness of another person 
is essential to your own.” 

- Robert A. Heinlein
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

Monday, 23 January 2012

132/365 - Because I was Once a Child (Madeleine L'Engle)

“I am still every age that I have been. 

Because I was once a child, 
I am always a child. 

Because I was once a searching adolescent, 
given to moods and ecstasies, 
these are still part of me, and always will be... 

This does not mean that I ought to be trapped 
or enclosed in any of these ages...
the delayed adolescent, 
the childish adult, 
but that they are in me to be drawn on; 
to forget is a form of suicide... 

Far too many people misunderstand 
what *putting away childish things* means,
and think that forgetting what it is like 
to think and feel 
and touch and smell 
and taste and see 
and hear like a three-year-old 
or a thirteen-year-old 
or a twenty-three-year-old 
means being grownup. 

When I'm with these people I, 
like the kids, 
feel that if this is what it means to be a grown-up, 
then I don't ever want to be one. 

Instead of which, 
if I can retain a child's awareness and joy, 
and *be* fifty-one, 
then I will really learn what it means to be grownup.” 

-  Madeleine L'Engle
(A Wrinkle in Time)

Sunday, 22 January 2012

131/365 - An Understanding Ear (Stephen King)

“The most Important Things are the Hardest to say. 

They are the things you get Ashamed of, 
because words Diminish them -- 
Words Shrink things that seemed Limitless 
when they were in your head 
to no more than living size when they're brought out. 

But it's more than that, isn't it? 

The most Important Things 
lie too close to wherever your Secret Heart is buried, 
like Landmarks
to a Treasure your Enemies would love to steal away. 

And you may make Revelations 
that cost you dearly 
only to have people look at you in a funny way, 
not understanding what you've said at all, 
or why you thought it was so important 
that you almost cried while you were saying it. 

That's the worst, I think. 

When the Secret stays Locked within
not for want of a Tellar 
but for want of an Understanding Ear.” 

- Stephen King 
(Different Seasons)

130/365 - Let Old Wrinkles Come (William Shakespeare)

“With Mirth and Laughter 
let Old wrinkles come.” 

- William Shakespeare

Happy 34th, my Love!

Friday, 20 January 2012

129/365 - You have Feet in your Shoes (Dr. Seuss)

“You have brains in your head. 

You have feet in your shoes. 

You can steer yourself any direction you choose. 

You're on your own. 

And you know what you know. 

And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” 

- Dr. Seuss
(Oh, The Places you'll Go)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

128/365 - Shutting them Out (Blaize Clement)

“Protecting people from the Truth 
is another way of Shutting them out.”

― Blaize Clement

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

127/365 - Once and for All (Paulo Coelho)

“No one should ever ask themselves: 
why am I unhappy? 

The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. 

If we ask that question, 
it means we want to find out what makes us happy. 

If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, 
then we must either change once and for all 
or stay as we are, 
feeling even more unhappy.” 

- Paulo Coelho
(The Zahir)

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

126/365 - In the Very Same Proportion (Henry James)

“My idea is this,
that when you only love a little 
you’re naturally not jealous -
or are only jealous also a little, 
so that it doesn’t matter. 

But when you love in a deeper and intenser way, 
then you’re in the very same proportion jealous; 
your jealousy has intensity and, 
no doubt, ferocity. 

When however you love 
in the most abysmal and unutterable way of all – 
whey then you’re beyond everything,
and nothing can pull you down.” 

― Henry James
(The Golden Bowl)

Monday, 16 January 2012

Sunday, 15 January 2012

124/365 - Every Child (Pablo Picasso)

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

- Pablo Picasso

Saturday, 14 January 2012

123/365 - A Single Moment (Anne Frank)

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.” 

- Anne Frank

Friday, 13 January 2012

122/365 - Believe you Will Receive (Rhonda Byrne)

"If you are seeking an Answer
or Guidance on something in your Life,
Ask the Question,
Believe you will receive,(...)

Be Aware of everything around you,
because you are receiving the answers to your Questions
in every moment of the day.

The Channels those answers can come through
are Unlimited.

The could be delivered in the form of a newspaper headline 
that attracts your attention,
or overhearing someone speaking,
or a song on the radio,
or signage on a truck passing by,
or receiving a sudden inspiration.

Remember to Remember,
and Become Aware."

- Rhonda Byrne
(The Secret)

121/365 - To Feed the Children (Oriah Mountain Dreamer)

“It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. 
I want to know what you ache for, 
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. 
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, 
for your dream, 
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. 
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow,
if you have been opened by life's betrayals 
or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain!

I want to know if you can sit with pain, 
mine or your own, 
without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, 
mine or your own, 
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes 
without cautioning us to be careful, 
to be realistic, 
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. 
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; 
if you can bear the accusation of betrayal 
and not betray your own soul; 
if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty,
even when it's not pretty, 
every day, 
and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, 
yours and mine, 
and still stand on the edge of the lake 
and shout to the silver of the full moon, 

It doesn't interest me to know where you live
or how much money you have. 
I want to know if you can get up, 
after the night of grief and despair, 
weary and bruised to the bone, 
and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know 
or how you came to be here. 
I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me 
and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. 
I want to know what sustains you, 
from the inside, 
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone 
with yourself 
and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.” 

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Monday, 9 January 2012

118/365 - Give him a Mask (Oscar Wilde)

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. 
Give him a Mask, 
and he will tell you the Truth.” 

- Oscar Wilde

Saturday, 7 January 2012

116/365 - Time is a Game (Heraclitus)

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.” 

-  Heraclitus

Friday, 6 January 2012

Thursday, 5 January 2012

114/365 - Over and Over Again (Albert Einstein)

“Insanity is doing the same thing, 
over and over again, 
but expecting different results.” 

- Albert Einstein

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

113/365 - Never Put Off (Mark Twain)

“Never put off until tomorrow 
what you can do the day after tomorrow.” 

- Mark Twain

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Monday, 2 January 2012

111/365 - Learn from the Leaf (Anais Nin)

“In art, in history 
man fights his fears, 
he wants to live forever, 
he is afraid of death, 
he wants to work with other men, 
he wants to live forever. 

He is like a child afraid of death. 
 The child is afraid of death, of darkness, of solitude. 

Such simple fears 
behind all the elaborate constructions.
Such simple fears 
as hunger for light, warmth, love. 
Such simple fears 
behind the elaborate constructions of art. 

Examine them all gently and quietly 
through the eyes of a boy. 

There is always a human being lonely, 
a human being afraid,
a human being lost,
a human being confused.

Concealing and disguising his dependence, his needs,
ashamed to say: 

I am a simple human being 
in a too vast and complex world. 

Because of all we have discovered about a leaf...
it is still a leaf.

Can we relate to a leaf, 
on a tree, in a park, a simple leaf:
green, glistening, sun-bathed or wet, 
or turning white because the storm is coming. 

Like the savage,
let us look at the leaf wet or shining with sun, 
or white with fear of the storm, 
or silvery in the fog, 
or listless in too great heat, 
or falling in autumn, dying, 
reborn each year anew. 

Learn from the leaf: simplicity. 

In spite of all we know about the leaf: 
its nerve structure
phyllome cellular papilla parenchyma stomata venation. 

Keep a human relation -- 
leaf, man, woman, child. 

In tenderness. 

No matter how immense the world, 
how elaborate, how contradictory, 
there is always man, woman, child, 
and the leaf."

- Anais Nin
(Children of the Albatross)

Sunday, 1 January 2012

110/365 - A New Year (Taylor Swift)

“This is a new year. A new beginning. 
And things will change.”

- Taylor Swift