There are many miracles in the world to be celebrated and, for me, garlic is the most deserving. ~~ Leo Buscaglia


I want a busy life, a just mind, and a timely death. ~~ Zora Neale Hurston [Dust Tracks on a Road]


Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, and to work, and to play and to look up at the stars. ~~ Henry Van Dyke


Read the Declaration of Independence to your children as a tradition every Fourth of July. Make sure they understand why the word "pursuit" precedes the word "happiness." ~~ Jeff Bezos


A fact is like a sack--it won't stand up if it's empty.  To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place. ~~ Luigi Pirandello


I like [champagne] because it always tastes as though my foot is asleep. ~~ Art Buchwald



Cats can be cooperative when something feels good; which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible.  ~~ Roger A. Caras


We cannot live in the past, nor can we re-create it.  Yet as we unravel the past, the future also unfolds before us, as though they are mirrors without which neither can be seen or happen. ~~ Judy Grahn

The sea possesses a power over one's moods that has the effect of a will.  The sea can hypnotize.  Nature in general can do so. ~~ Henrik Ibsen


Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. ~~ Ansel Adams


And what do all the great words come to in the end, but that? -- I love you -- I am at rest with you -- I have come home. ~~ Dorothy L. Sayers


One of the best safeguards of our hopes, I have suggested, is to be able to mark off the areas of hopelessness and to acknowledge them, to face them directly, not with despair but with the creative intent of keeping them from polluting all the areas of possibility. ~~ William F. Lynch


I have been underestimated for years.  I've done very well that way. ~~ Helmut Kohl



Life is like playing a violin solo in public, and learning the instrument as one goes on. ~~ Samuel Butler


The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that perseverance means a strong will and obstinacy means a strong won't. ~~ D. W. Jerrold


Lots of women buy just as many wigs and makeup things as I do.  They just don't wear them all at the same time. ~~ Dolly Parton


What I'm looking for is a blessing that's not in disguise. ~~ Kitty O'Neill Collins


I gotta be me … everybody else turned down the job. ~~ Ziggy [Tom Wilson]

Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come. ~~ Chinese proverb


Answering a creative need within affirms one's self-worth. ~~ Mary Chapin Carpenter


All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.  So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. ~~ William Faulkner

A dreamer--you know--it's a mind that looks over the edge of things. ~~ Mary O'Hara


One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds. ~~ Dan Bennett


You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose. ~~ Indira Gandhi


You stay young as long as you can learn, acquire new habits, and suffer contradiction. ~~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


To put your life in danger from time to time… breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities. ~~ Nevil Shute


You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it. ~~ Barbra Streisand


We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today. ~~ Sydney Smith



A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while, he knows something. ~~ Wilson Mizner


Things hold.  Lines connect in ways that last and last, and lives become generations made out of pictures and words just kept. ~~ Lucille Clifton