GENTLE BREEZES (Wisdom)
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A man's got to be himself. Can't break the mold. I tried it once and it didn't work. (Shane in the
Be good and industrious and serve God continually. (Joseph Haydn)
Soul, clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress
Action is worry's worst enemy.
Ambition is putting a ladder against the skies.
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
One pair of listening ears can drink a thousand tongues dry.
Difficulties are things that show what people are like.
Prescription for happiness: Something to do; someone to love; something to look forward to.
Subtlety teaches best.
A whole lot of ideas isn't a plan. (Donald Westlake)
When it comes to personal success in life,
the wisdom of gracious acceptance is a step backward in the right direction.
(from the movie "The Tea House of the August Moon")
Sometimes it's better to be on the right side of wrong than the wrong side of right.
Anything that ever goes wrong in our lives happens when we fail to see ourselves as parts of
that whole--when we can't recognize ourselves for what we truly are: individual beings who
belong. All you have to do in life is to find and to understand yourself. Even those people who
spend their entire lives helping others--that is their way of knowing themselves. (Maria Joao
No artist is pleased; there is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a strange,
divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than
the others. (Martha Graham)
There was a boy
A very enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far, very far
over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
And then one day he passed my way
And while we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"
A fine life is a thought conceived in youth and realized in maturity. (Alfred de Vigny)
The rules aren’t written down, you fool, they’re lived. (From the Tom Selleck movie, Monte
When we leave this world, we leave all we have taken but carry with us all we have given.
Most men can lead, but they don't hunger and thirst to do so. Probably they are better
adjusted emotionally to life's lot than most of us. They are content to gather flowers in the
one garden they call their own. To toil at a simple task for which they are fitted, to love a little
and to be loved, to feel warmth in their home--these things are enough for them. (SLA
When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness. (Malcolm Forbes)
Appreciation makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. (Voltaire)
Your mind is a bad neighborhood. Don't go there alone. (D. D. Lewis)
The book of life is brief and once a page is read
All but love is dead. (Don McLean)
I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it. (Jonathan Winters)
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
I’ve made peace with myself somewhere between my ambitions and my limitations. (from the
movie, Teahouse of the August Moon.)
The impression of simplicity is the final achievement. (Frederic Chopin)
Two in distress makes sorrow less.
The past isn’t dead; it isn’t even past. (William Faulkner)
Can a lifetime represent a single motive? (T. S. Eliot)
The husband may be the head of the family, but the wife is the neck. She can turn the man’s
head in any direction. Don’t let your past dictate your future, but let your past be part of what
you become. (Nia Vardelos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
I gave you life so you could live it.
When men cry, they usually cry about things they should have shed tears over in the past.
My Life's been grand
I've been a hand at livin' it up all the way
I've had good times and bad times and hard times and done time
But life's been a blessing every day
My life's been grand
You know I'd write home and tell 'em
But they wouldn't believe me
My good luck's been good
And if it ended today, hell
I've been all the way
My life's been grand. (Merle Haggard)
We just don't recognize the most significant aspects of our lives while they're happening.
(From the movie, Field of Dreams)
So many things can hinder one. Think you are up in a hot air balloon with sandbags. As you
get older, keep throwing those sandbags overboard. The more sandbags you throw, the
higher you soar, the higher the balloon goes.
Getting it right the first time is not nearly as important as getting it right the second time.
Great men never feel great and small men never feel small.
The best chaperon a girl can have is to be in love with another guy. (Mark Twain)
"Have you ever failed?" "Only in life." (From the movie, The Ghosts in the Darkness.)
The essence of learning is remembering what one knew even before awareness. (Socrates)
There was a time when I was
In a hurry as you are
I was like you
There was a day when I just
Had to tell my point of view
I was like you
Now I don't mean to make you frown
No, I just want you to slow down
Have you never been mellow
Have you never tried
To find the comfort from inside you
Have you never been happy
Just to hear a song
Have you never let someone else be strong
One does not learn to love, but one learns to understand that which one loves. (Camille
Trifles make perfection and perfection is no trifle. (Michelangelo)
He who has not carried your burden doesn't know how much it weighs.
I am comfortable with everyone. My main credo is to “understand the other person.” If I don’t
like something in a person, I try to understand why they are like that, and as soon as I
understand these reasons, I can’t be angry anymore. (Lazar Berman)
Wide experience makes for deep tolerance.
Well I'm not the kind to live in the past
The years run too short and the days too fast
The things you lean on are the things that don't last
Well it's just now and then my line gets cast into these
There's something back here that you left behind
Oh time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight
(Al Stewart and Peter White)
A clean conscience is a good pillow.
It’s easier to pull down than to build up.
Can't figure out the problem? Put it aside for a brainy day.
There is something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability. (Elbert Hubbard)
Total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. (Augustine of Hippo)
Don’t be afraid to love the boy. (From the movie, The Yearling, with Gregory Peck)
If you don’t do what you are, you quit being. (From the Tom Select movie, Monte Walsh)
The most important events are often the results of accidents. (Polybius)
To leave footprints on the sands of time, wear work shoes. (Author unknown)
Said will be a little ahead, but done should follow at his heel. (C. H. Spurgeon)
Every history worth its salt is telling us who we are (we who do not know who we are). (John
That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the
respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished
his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a
perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to
express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had. (Robert Louis
Thou shalt ever joy at eventide if you spend the day fruitfully. (Thomas á Kempis)
If you’re going through hell, keep going. Don’t stop. (Winston Churchill)
The way to do is to be. (Lao Tzu)
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. (Author unknown)
Lord grant that the FIRE of my heart may melt the lead in my feet. (Author unknown)
Racing has to come before everything else in your life. I’d reached a point where helping my
sons and daughters means more to me today than driving into turn one. (Al Unser, Jr.)
Action is the antidote for despair. (Joan Baez)
It’s unbelievable! No, even better—it’s perfect.” (From the movie, Fields of Dreams)
People get the government that looks like them. We can observe ourselves by seeing who we
elect. (Paul Griffiths)
If you’re going to be successful in life, you either have to be smart or pleasant. I tried being
smart for awhile but found that being pleasant is much more effective. (from the Jimmy
Stewart movie, Harvey)
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. (J. M. Power)
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. (Proverb)
He had climbed to the top of the tree and there was nothing there. I don’t think he ever knew
what he wanted, but in his last years he knew he would never get it. (Constantine Gratsos on
Stop worrying about whether or not you’re effective.
Worry about what is possible for you to do, which is always greater than you imagine.
(Archbishop Oscar Romero)
Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing. (William Shakespeare)
The shortest way to do many things is to do one thing at once. (Samuel Smiles)
If you cannot feed a hundred people, then feed just one. (Mother Teresa)
He does much who loves much. (Thomas á Kempis)
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. (Chinese
How vain it is to sit down and write when you have not stood up to live! (Henry David
I’m a sinking ship, scuttled by my own men! (from the movie, Teahouse of the August Moon.)
Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of. (Geri Weitzman)
Where science stops, God begins. (From the movie The Notebook)
Ideas won’t keep; something must be done about them. (Alfred North Whitehead)
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. (John Wooden)
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. (Peter
I believe a great deal of happiness can be found in every circumstance. It isn't only a matter of
being married or unmarried. It's more a matter of being complete or incomplete as a human
being, of exploring and employing the best that's in us, of adapting and remaining forever
flexible, and of resisting being categorized, labeled, pigeon-holed, or price-tagged. You can
live a fairly full life in an imperfect world if you have the courage to be 'you' and seek out and
face all the facts--the facts of a life which is never all you dreamed it would be, but which,
nevertheless, is your own life in which you can function well and be important to yourself and
others. (Kate Smith)
Happy is he who knows how to break things off before being broken by them. (Franz Liszt)
Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at
hand. (Thomas Carlyle)
Love cannot be practiced right unless we first exercise it the moment God gives the
opportunity. (John Wesley)
Leave nothing to chance, and then leave everything to God. (Author unknown)
To give our Lord a perfect hospitality, Mary and Martha must combine. (Teresa of Avila)
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Adventure is not outside a man, it is within. (David Grayson)
Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue. (Francis Bacon)
We must face today as children of tomorrow.
We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty
of the world to come. (A.W. Tozer)
Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret. (Benjamin Disraeli)
Forty is the old age of youth; fifth the youth of old age. (Victor Hugo)
Men are not punished for their sins, but by them. (Elbert Hubbard)
The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going. (Author unknown)
Be careful what you set your heart upon—for it will surely be yours. (James Baldwin)
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. (Albert Einstein)
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not
refuse to do the something I can do. (Helen Keller)
How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making
It is very difficult to make an accurate prediction, especially about the future.
An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.
Lord grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish. (Michelangelo)
This is America. We can do anything here. (Ted Turner)
Amusement to an observing mind is study. (Benjamin Disraeli)
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements. (Joshua Reynolds)
Worry is the interest you pay on borrowed trouble.
You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re
going to live. Now. (Joan Baez)
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated and the desire to be
important. (Dale Carnegie)
It is useless for us to reason a man out of a thing he has never been reasoned into. (Jonathan
Argument is the worst sort of conversation. (Jonathan Swift)
Start with what you can do; don’t stop because of what you can’t do. (Author unknown)
Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? (Author unknown)
Don’t count the days, make the days count. (Author unknown)
It’s a beautiful world to see,
Or it’s dismal in every zone,
The thing it must be in its gloom or its gleam
Depends on yourself alone.
If you look for the good, you will find it; if you look for the bad, you will also find it.
Never look at what you have lost…look at what you have left. (Author unknown)
Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses. (Author
Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush, it can color any situation. (Author unknown)
Don’t worry about what you want, concentrate on what you already have. (Author unknown)
All I am is what I’m going after. (Al Pacino in Heat)
There are two kinds of men who never amount to very much: Those who cannot do what they
are told, and those who can do nothing else.
(Cyrus H. K. Curtis)
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. (Albert Einstein)
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. (Helen Keller)
I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude. (Judith M.
The new cosmology portrays a cosmos that defied our figuring and confounds every
expectation of how things ought to work. The implications of this emerging theory, of course,
are even harder to predict than the theory is to understand. (Leonard Sweet, Bryan D.
McLaren, Jerry Haselmayer)
If you try to fail and succeed, what have you done? (George Carlin)
I thought my fireplace cold, and stirred up the ashes; my fingers got burnt. (Antonio
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all
shut. (Maxwell Maltz)
Attitudes are more important than facts. (Karl Menninger)
Live life slowly so it lasts longer. (Sandor)
Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart. (Friedrich Schiller)
Beautiful is that which we see, more beautiful that which we know, but by far the most
beautiful that which we do not comprehend. (Nicolaus Steno.)
Whatever you are, be a good one. (Abraham Lincoln)
If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. (Henry Ford)
As I get older I seem to believe less and less and yet to believe what I do believe more and
more. (David Jenkins)
Make sure the thing you’re living for is worth dying for. (Charles Mayes)
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is
terribly important. (Bertrand Russell)
Crowding a life does not always enrich it. (Author unknown)
Be the change you want to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi)
Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. (Adlai Stevenson)
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one things of changing himself. (Leo Tolstoy)
A person’s character and their garden both reflect the amount of weeding that was done in the
growing season. (Author unknown)
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and
suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success
achieved. (Helen Keller)
Never seek warm fire under cold ice. (Samuel Rutherford)
The dew of compassion is a tear. (Lord Byron)
Is this heaven? (Shoeless Joe Jackson on the baseball field in the movie, Fields of Dreams)
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. (Krishnamurti)
Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience. (Hasidic saying)
Next to faith this is the highest art—to be content with the calling in which God has placed
you. I have not learned it yet. (Martin Luther)
The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves at
home here on earth. (Malcolm Muggeridge)
Great wealth and contentment seldom live together. (Bob Phillips)
Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life. (Karl Barth)
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. (Mark Twain)
How wonderful that we have met a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.
If you haven’t found something strange during the day, it hasn’t been much of a day. (John
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing it opponents and making them see the
light, but rather because its opponents eventual die, and a new generation grows up that is
familiar with it. (Max Planck)
Either we are all alone in the universe, or we are not. Either thought is frightening. (Arthur C.
You can recognize a pioneer by the arrows in his back. (Beverly Rubik)
A paradox is truth standing on its head to attract attention. (Nicholas Falletta)
It’s remarkable, really, how much of our life begins before we’re even born. When I look at my
mother’s family, I’m amazed at the patterns that have been repeated in my life. It’s a funny
thing about the past. If you don’t watch out, it will become the present. (Lorna Luft)
Life was about to lift a corner of its mysterious veil for her to observe its wonders. O. Henry
(William Sydney Porter)
Computers are useless because all they give you is are answers. ((Keith Jarrett)