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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

--Anais Nin

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning an I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

--Cary Grant

I will read the ashes for you if you ask me.
I will look on the fire and tell you from the gray lashes
And out of the red and black tongues and stripes,
I will tell how fire comes
And how fire runs far as the sea.

--Carl Sandburg


There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have changed.

--Nelson Mandela

And the sunset itself on such waves of ether
That I just can't comprehend
Whether it is the end of the day, the end of the world,
Or the mystery of mysteries in me again.

--Anna Akhmatova

Legend has it that if you can't fall asleep at night it's because you're awake in someone else's dreams.



History is a thing that never happened, written by a man who wasn't there.


Every animal knows far more than you do.

--Nez Pearce Proverb

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.

--Auguste Rodin


Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.

--North African Proverb

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.

--Ariel Durant

When you possess light within, you see it externally.

--Anais Nin


After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.

--Albert Camus

One by one the sands are flowing
One by one the moments fall;
Some are coming, some are going,
Do not strive to grasp them all.

--Adelaide Ann Proctor

In ancient shadows and twilights
Where childhood had strayed
The world's great sorrows were born
And heroes made.

--A.E. (George William Russel)


A few observations and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning lead to truth.

--Alexis Carrel

The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.

--Annie Dillard

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is like expecting the lion not to eat you because you are a vegetarian.



I'm a wanderer
so let that be my name -
the first winter rain

--Matsuo Basho

Anything visible is a mask. Anything hidden is real.


All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.

--Blaise Pascal


Let us hope that we are all preceded in this world by a love story.

--Don Snyder

You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

--C. S. Lewis

Ninety percent of politics is deciding who to blame.

--Meg Greenfield

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