"Daughter" is not a lifelong assignment. ~~ Shirley Abbott


If I look confused it's because I'm thinking. ~~ Samuel Goldwyn


 Sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness...until it flowers again from within. ~~ Galway Kinnell


 We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our times on us--not our effects on others. ~~ Pearl Bailey



The older I grow, the more I listen to people who don't talk much. ~~ Germain G. Glidden



In the turbulence of this anxious and active world many people are leading uneventful, lonely lives.  To them, dreariness, not disaster, is the enemy.  They seldom realize that on their steadfastness, on their ability to withstand the fatigue of dull repetitive work, and on their courage in meeting constant small adversities depend in great measure the happiness and prosperity of the community as a whole… The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundess of heart of its average men and women. ~~ Queen Elizabeth II



It was formerly a terrifying view to me that I should one day be an old woman.  I now find that Nature has provided pleasures for every state. ~~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu



As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can:  by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given. ~~ Mary Lou Retton



I'm not happy, I'm cheerful.  There's a difference.  A happy woman has no cares at all.  A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them. ~~ Beverly Sills



If you're an artist, you try to keep an ear to the ground and an ear to your heart. ~~ Bruce Springsteen



Sometimes things which at the moment may be perceived as obstacles--and actually be obstacles, difficulties, or drawbacks--can in the long run result in some good end which would not have occurred if it had not been for the obstacle. ~~ Steve Allen



A friend is someone who can see through you and still enjoys the show. ~~ Farmers Almanac


 You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self. ~~ Richard Bach



Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway. ~~ Mignon McLaughlin



The giving of love is an education in itself. ~~ Eleanor Roosevelt



Integrity and firmness are all I can promise.  These, be the voyage long or short, shall never forsake me, although I may be deserted by all men; for of the consolations, which are to be derived from these, under any circumstances, the world cannot deprive me. ~~ George Washington



It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy.  The bee is praised.  The mosquito is swatted. ~~ Mary O'Connor



There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty.  That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting. ~~ John Kenneth Galbraith



Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do.  Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. ~~ Ella Fitzgerald



Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears.  Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore.  I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. ~~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


 I suppose nobody has ever been struck a direct blow by a rabbit.  At least, not deliberately. ~~ Cassandra [Sir William Connor]



It doesn't take a lot of strength to hang on.  It takes a lot of strength to let go. ~~ J. C. Watts



We reckoned we could make it because there were four of us.  None of us could've made it alone, because Paul wasn't quite strong enough, I didn't have enough girl appeal, George was too quiet, and Ringo was the drummer. ~~ John Lennon



All I ever wanted to do was give a great performance.  If people label me the world's greatest female track athlete, I appreciate it, I accept it, but I keep it in perspective.  I know there is always going to be someone else. ~~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee



A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound. ~~ Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev



If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. ~~ Maxwell Maltz



If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating. ~~ Leigh Hunt



Remember wherever you go, there you are. ~~ Earl MacRauch



The distance is nothing. It's only the first step that's important. ~~ Marquise du Deffand



A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, big or small, young or old.  He doesn't care if you're not smart, not popular, not a good joke teller, not the best athlete, not the best looking person.  To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being who was ever born.  You are his friend and protector. ~~ Louis Sabin