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Sunday, 30 June 2013

290/365 - Too precious (Laurell K. Hamilton)

“Love is too precious to be ashamed of.”

  - Laurell K. Hamilton
A Stroke of Midnight

Saturday, 29 June 2013

289/365 - Quality of thought (Daphne du Maurier)

“Happiness is not a possession
 to be prized, 
it is a quality of thought, 
a state of mind.”

  - Daphne du Maurier

Friday, 28 June 2013

288/365 - Happiness Blinds (Alexandre Dumas)

“I am not proud, 
but I am happy; 
and happiness blinds,
 I think, more than pride.”

- Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo

Thursday, 27 June 2013

287/365 - Doing something right (Henry David Thoreau)

“I am a happy camper
 so I guess I’m doing something right. 
Happiness is like a butterfly; 
the more you chase it,
 the more it will elude you, 
but if you turn your attention 
to other things, 
it will come and sit softly 
on your shoulder.”

  - Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

286/365 - What makes you pretty (Drew Barrymore)

“I think happiness
 is what makes you pretty. 


Happy people are beautiful. 

They become like a mirror 
and they reflect that happiness.”

  - Drew Barrymore

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

285/365 - Up in Height (Robert Frost)

“Happiness makes up in height
 for what it lacks in length.”

  - Robert Frost

Monday, 24 June 2013

284/365 - Grow as a lotus (Goldie Hawn)

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, 
whose petals open one by one.
 But it will only grow in the mud.

 In order to grow and gain wisdom,
 first you must have the mud ---
 the obstacles of life 
and its suffering. ... 

The mud speaks of the common ground
 that humans share,
 no matter what our stations in life. ...

 Whether we have it all 
or we have nothing, 
we are all faced with the same obstacles:
 sadness, loss,
 illness, dying and death. 

If we are to strive
 as human beings
 to gain more wisdom,
 more kindness 
and more compassion,
 we must have the intention
 to grow as a lotus
 and open each petal
 one by one. ”

- Goldie Hawn

Sunday, 23 June 2013

283/365 - Expectations make people miserable (Simone Elkeles)

“Expectations make people miserable, 
so whatever yours are, 
lower them. 

You'll definitely be happier.”

  - Simone Elkeles
How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation

Saturday, 22 June 2013

282/365 - We all pretend it does (Eric Idle)

“Life doesn't make any sense, 
and we all pretend it does. 

Comedy's job
 is to point out
 that it doesn't make sense, 
and that it doesn't make much difference anyway.”
- Eric Idle

Friday, 21 June 2013

281/365 - There is a wisdom (Charles Dickens)

“There is a wisdom 
of the head,
 and there is a wisdom
 of the heart.”

  - Charles Dickens
Hard Times

Thursday, 20 June 2013

280/365 - What build a marriage (Madeleine l'Engle)

“Love of music, 
of sunsets and sea; 
a liking for the same kind of people; 
political opinions 
that are not radically divergent;
 a similar stance 
as we look at the stars 
and think of the marvelous 
strangeness of the universe - 
these are what build a marriage. 

And it is never
 to be taken for granted.”

  - Madeleine L'Engle
Two-Part Invention: 
The Story of a Marriage

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

278/365 - An attitude of gratitude (Brian Tracy)

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, 
and give thanks for everything 
that happens to you,
 knowing that every step forward
 is a step toward achieving something
bigger and better 
than your current situation.”
- Brian Tracy

Monday, 17 June 2013

277/365 - First shed our tears (Libba Bray)

“There is an ancient tribal proverb 
I once heard in India. 

It says that before we can see properly
 we must first shed our tears
 to clear the way.”

  - Libba Bray

Sunday, 16 June 2013

276/365 - If continued far enough (Ernest Hemingway)

 all stories, 
if continued far enough, 
end in death, 
and he is no true-story teller
 who would keep that from you.”

  - Ernest Hemingway

Saturday, 15 June 2013

275/365 - Forgive, Forget (Thomas Stephen Szasz)

“The stupid
 neither forgive nor forget; 
the naive 
forgive and forget; 
the wise
 forgive but do not forget.”

- Thomas Stephen Szasz

Friday, 14 June 2013

274/365 - Usually great talkers (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

“People who know little
 are usually great talkers, 
while men who know much 
say little.”

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Thursday, 13 June 2013

273/365 - When a Child asks you something (Harper Lee)

“When a child asks you something, 
answer him,
 for goodness sake. 

But don't make a production of it. 

Children are children, 
but they can spot an evasion
 faster than adults, 
and evasion simply muddles 'em.”

- Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

272/365 - Throw some things back (Maya Angelou)

“I've learned that you shouldn't go through life
 with a catcher's mitt on both hands;
 you need to be able to throw some things back.”

  - Maya Angelou

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Monday, 10 June 2013

270/365 - The man of courage (Confucius)

“The man of wisdom 
is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence 
never worries;
the man of courage
 is never afraid.”

  - Confucius

Sunday, 9 June 2013

269/365 - Nothing is by chance (Arthur J. Russell)

“All sacrifice and suffering
 is redemptive. 

It is used to either teach the individual 
or to help others. 
Nothing is by chance.”

  - Arthur J. Russell

Saturday, 8 June 2013

268/365 - Listen to it carefully (Richard Bach)

“Your conscience
is the measure of the honesty 
of your selfishness.

Listen to it carefully.”

  - Richard Bach
The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Friday, 7 June 2013

267/365 - Everyone looking the same (Scott Westerfeld)

“Perhaps the logical conclusion 
of everyone looking the same
 is everyone thinking the same.”

  - Scott Westerfeld

Thursday, 6 June 2013

266/365 - Say yes (Stephen Colbert)

you cannot be both 
young and wise. 

Young people
who pretend to be wise 
to the ways of the world
 are mostly just cynics. 

 masquerades as wisdom, 
but it is the farthest thing
 from it. 

Because cynics 
don’t learn anything. 

Because cynicism
 is a self-imposed blindness,
a rejection of the world 
because we are afraid
 it will hurt us 
or disappoint us. 

Cynics always say no. 

But saying “yes” 
begins things. 

Saying “yes” 
is how things grow. 

Saying “yes” 
leads to knowledge.

 is for young people. 

So for as long
 as you have the strength to,
say “yes'.”

  - Stephen Colbert

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

265/365 - What brings us happiness (Dan Millman)

“The journey 
is what brings us happiness
 not the destination.”

  - Dan Millman
Way of the Peaceful Warrior:
 A Book That Changes Lives

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

264/365 - What we become (Umberto Eco)

“I believe that what we become
 depends on what our fathers teach us 
at odd moments, 
when they aren't trying to teach us.

 We are formed
 by little scraps of wisdom.”

- Umberto Eco
Foucault's Pendulum

Monday, 3 June 2013

Sunday, 2 June 2013

262/365 - To focus your energies (William Arthur Ward)

“It is wise to direct your anger
 towards problems --
 not people; 
to focus your energies 
on answers --
 not excuses.”

- William Arthur Ward

Saturday, 1 June 2013

261/365 - Together as brothers (Martin Luther King Jr.)

“We must live together
 as brothers 
or perish together 
as fools.”

  - Martin Luther King Jr.