November 2016 Archive of Posted Quotes

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work:  you don't give up. ~~ Anne Lamott




 You can't put a limit on anything.  The more you dream, the farther you get. ~~ Michael Phelps



Success has many faces; it need not be circumscribed by a title, a job, a cause.  Success is not always "getting."  It is more often "giving."  It does not consist of what we do, but rather of what we are.  Success is not always an accomplishment.  It can be a state of mind.  The quiet dignity of a home, the relationships of the individuals in that home.  The continuing expression of an inquiring mind can mean more in terms of success than all the surface symbols of status. ~~ Claudia Lady Bird Johnson



It seems you can't buy anything anymore that lasts as long as the old one. ~~ Kin Hubbard



No single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.  To live is to be slowly born. ~~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery



Somehow you can tell the difference when a song is written just to get on the radio and when what someone does is their whole life.  That comes through in [Bob] Dylan, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson.  There is no separating their life from their music. ~~ Lyle Lovett



It's quite possible to leave your home for a walk in the early morning air and return a different person--beguiled, enchanted. ~~ Mary Chase



When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice. ~~ William James



An individual is the end product of the decisions he has made.  He who fails to make decisions, for the consequences of which he is responsible, is not a person.  The ego, the self, the personality--call it what you will--comes into being and grows through the process of making responsible decisions. ~~ Thomas S. Szasz



Clean is the autumn wind,
Splendid the autumn moon,
The blown leaves are heaped and scattered,
The ice-cold raven starts from its roost.
Dreaming of you--when shall I see you again?
On this night sorrow fills my heart. ~~ Li Po



If worry were an effective weight-loss program, women would be invisible. ~~ Nancy Drew



Photographs record the gamut of feelings written on the human face -- the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited; and the wealth and confusion man has created.  It is a major force in explaining man to man. ~~ Edward Steichen



Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. ~~ Marie Curie



He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. ~~ Elbert Hubbard


The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. ~~ Victor Hugo



It takes five hundred small details to add up to one favorable impression. ~~ Cary Grant



Adaptable as human beings are and have to be, I sometimes sympathize with the chameleon who had a nervous breakdown on a patchwork quilt. ~~ John Stephen Strange [Unquiet Grave]



If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen. ~~ Loretta Girzartis



Don't think of it as wrinkles.  Think of it as relaxed-fit skin. ~~ Cathy Crimmins



Everybody needs his memories.  They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. ~~ Saul Bellow



I hoard books.  They are people who do not leave. ~~ Anne Sexton



Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances.  Those too big to pass through are our friends. ~~ Arlene Francis



I can't say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days. ~~ Daniel Boone




Many of the guests will eventually leave the table to watch football on television, which would be a rudeness at any other occasion but is a relief at Thanksgiving and probably the only way to get those people to budge. ~~ Judith Martin



Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace. ~~ Paul Theroux



Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moonrise. ~~ Gladys Taber



Never try to outstubborn a cat. ~~ Robert A. Heinlein



The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for 5 seconds and think for 10 minutes. ~~ William Davis



I'm a pessimist about probabilities; I'm an optimist about possibilities. ~~ Lewis Mumford



There are two ways of spreading light:  to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~~ Edith Wharton