Archived Quotes from February 2020

I could never take dogs for granted… They were just animals, after all, and it seemed to me that their main preoccupation ought to be in seeking food and protection; instead they dispensed a flow of affection and loyalty which appeared to be limitless. ~~ James Herriot



Groundhog Day did not start out Groundhog Day.  Germans who migrated had a hard time finding a badger in Pennsylvania so they made do with a groundhog. ~~ Deane Jordan



Someone asked someone who was about my age:  "How are you?"  The answer was, "Fine.  If you don't ask for details." ~~ Katharine Hepburn



Any road is bound to arrive somewhere if you follow it far enough. ~~ Patricia Wentworth



A path with heart will include our unique gifts and creativity.  The outer expression of our heart may be to write books, to build buildings, to create ways for people to serve one another. It may be to teach or to garden, to serve food or play music.  Whatever we choose, the creations of our life must be grounded in our hearts.  Our love is the source of all energy to create and connect.  If we act without a connection to the heart, even the greatest things in our life can become dried up, meaningless, or barren. ~~ Jack Kornfield



It never pays to deal with the flyweights of the world.  They take far too much pleasure in thwarting you at every turn. ~~ Sue Grafton



There are four warning signs of a short attention sp ~~ John Grimes



February is just plain malicious.  It knows your defenses are down. ~~ Katherine Paterson



I believe talent is like electricity.  We do not understand electricity.  We use it.  Electricity makes no judgment.  You can plug into it, and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going… or you can electrocute a person with it… I think talent is like that. ~~ Maya Angelou



Acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze. ~~ Thomas Carlyle



Do you ever get the feeling that life is a violin solo and you're wearing mittens? ~~ Robert Orben



Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.  We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved.  They come together and they fall apart.  Then they come together again and fall apart again.  It's just like that.  The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen:  room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. ~~ Pema Chodron


Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength that will always spring up if thou wilt always look there. ~~ Marcus Aurelius



To please everybody is impossible; were I to undertake it, I should probably please nobody. ~~ George Washington



What is defeat?  Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better. ~~ Wendell Phillips




 I often say of George Washington that he didn't write the Constitution--not a word of it--but he sat for it.  It's his portrait.  He was just a figure, but what a figure he was--one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.  He could have been.  It's something to think about. ~~ Robert Frost



Decision making, like coffee, needs a cooling process. ~~ George Washington



To prevent an effect from occurring at all requires a force equal to the cause of that effect, but to give it a new direction often requires only something very trivial. ~~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg



It is your own conviction which compels you; that is, choice compels choice. ~~ Epictetus


 Black cats keep care and trouble away from the house.  It is lucky for a black and strange cat to stray into anybody's house. ~~ Welsh proverb



 I wanted to teach myself some life lessons at the age of 60 and one of them was that you don't give up. ~~ Diana Nyad



 Sports like baseball, basketball, and hockey develop muscles.  That's why Americans have the strongest eyes in the world. ~~ Robert Orben



Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet. ~~ Martin Friedman



If you burn your neighbor's house down, it doesn't make your house look any better. ~~ Lou Holtz



You don't realize what fine fighting material there is in age… You show me any one who's lived to over seventy and you show me a fighter--someone who's got the will to live. ~~ Agatha Christie



That old saw about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed in bed. ~~ Robert Heinlein



It was an exquisite day.  It was one of those days so clear, so still, so silent, you almost feel the earth itself has stopped in astonishment at its own beauty. ~~ Katherine Mansfield



During a Leap Year, as Leap Day approached, I began to have this sense I was to get what I always seem to need: an extra 24 hours in the day... Then I started to think Leap Day should be designated a holiday so people can take advantage of the extra 24 hours however they wished... By marking this bonus day in some special way, we would celebrate time — really consider what it means to have time here on Earth — and thus, be present with our life and our time together. ~~ Kara Douglass Thom