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Inspiration

God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet

When it gets dark enough, you can see the stars.
Charles A. Beard, historian

God, help me to accept the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful.
Cec Murphey, author and speaker

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, mind your own business and work with your hands...
I Thessalonians 4:11

Life


Self-discipline is self-caring.
M. Scott Peck, author

The pain then is part of the happiness now…that’s the deal.
Joy in the movie, "Shadowlands"

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Helen Keller, author and lecturer

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You don't blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the President. You realize that you control your own destiny.
Albert Ellis, psychologist

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw, playwright

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making…A lot of people don't have the courage to do it.
Helen Hayes, actress

Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.
The Skin Horse to the Rabbit in "The Velveteen Rabbit"

Marriage

Love is letting you be who you are, and me being who I am. That’s it.
Betty Heldreth, mentor

To love is not to look at each other but to look together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, writer and aviator

A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.
Rainer Maria Rilke, poet

Kids

You can love ‘em into Heaven or preach ‘em into hell.
Bill Cusack, counselor

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically….on their children than the unlived life of the parent.
C. G. Jung, psychiatrist

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, writer and aviator

Work


Never hope more than you work.
Rita Mae Brown, author

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.
Aristotle, philosopher

Each indecision brings it own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days…What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has Magic, Power, and Genius in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

Writing

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
E.L. Doctorow, author

I even shower with my pen, in case any ideas drip out of the water head.
Graycie Harmon, writer

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Anton Chekhov, writer

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
Mark Twain, author and humorist

I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.
Norman Mailer, writer

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau, author

Home

A room is not finished until it evokes an emotion when you walk into it.
John Gore, interior designer

Humor

If you think something small can't make a big difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.
Unknown

Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.
Groucho Marx, comedian and film star