Archived Quotes from March 2018

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation:  it does not mean running away from the struggle.  On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps or heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices. ~~ Paul Tournier



They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody? ~~ Lady Diana Spencer [Diana, Princess of Wales]



I'm better off not socializing.  I make a better impression if I'm not around. ~~ Christopher Walken



How hard it is to escape from places.  However carefully one goes they hold you -- you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences -- little rags and shreds of your very life. ~~Katherine Mansfield



If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I wouldn't pass it around.  Wouldn't be doing anybody a favor.  Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.  I don't say embrace trouble.  That's as bad as treating it as an enemy.  But I do say, meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it. ~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.




The earth and the ocean seem


To sleep in one another's arms, and dream


Of waves, flowers, clouds, woods, rocks, and all that we


Read in their smiles, and call reality.


~~ Percy Bysshe Shelley



Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength. ~~ St. Francis de Sales



Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. ~~ Stephen King



You have to have a sense of humor about your work and everything else in life.  More and more, life and humor are inseparable for me. ~~ Ani DiFranco



"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~~ Francois Mauriac



Saving time, it seems, has a primacy that's too rarely examined. ~~ Ellen Goodman




May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.


May your heart be as light as a song.


May each day bring you bright happy hours,


That stay with you all year long.


For each petal on the shamrock


This brings a wish your way


Good health, good luck, and happiness


For today and every day.


~~ Irish Blessing


May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward. ~~ Traditional Irish Toast



We Irish prefer embroideries to plain cloth. To us Irish, memory is a canvas—stretched, primed, and ready for painting on. We love the "story" part of the word "history," and we love it trimmed out with color and drama, ribbons and bows. Listen to our tunes, observe a Celtic scroll: we always decorate our essence. ~~ Frank Delaney



St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~~ Adrienne Cook




My people – before I was changed – they exchanged this as a sign of devotion. It's a Claddagh ring. The hands represent friendship; the crown represents loyalty... and the heart... Well, you know... Wear it with the heart pointing towards you. It means you belong to somebody. Like this.


― Joss Whedon



A happy, generous nature, a friendly spirit too

These are the gifts Saint Patrick has surely given you

And may every day to come bring a generous part

Of all the happy things in life that keep joy in your heart.

~~ Irish Blessing



Life is always at some turning point. ~~ Irwin Edman



Rich people do spring cleaning too.  Liz Taylor [was] completely exhausted after spraying Windex on her diamonds. ~~ Karen Lee




Only with winter-patience can we bring


The deep-desired, long-awaited spring.




~~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh



You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon.  The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about -- the more you have left when anything happens. ~~ Ethel Barrymore



Souls are made of dawn-stuff and starshine. ~~ Elbert Hubbard



My class, you will learn to think for yourselves again.  You will learn to savor words and language.  No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. ~~ Dead Poets Society [film, 1989]



Conversation is the wall we build between ourselves and other people, too often with tired words like used and broken bottles which, catching the sunlight as they lie embedded in the wall, are mistaken for jewels. ~~ Janet Frame




It's not the fact that all my hair
is jumping ship in droves,


or that I hoard my medicines
like precious treasure troves.




It's not that once-true memory banks
will not cooperate,


or parts that once had muscle tone
now downward gravitate.




It's not the fact that I can't eat
the foods I used to love.


It's not a single one of these --
it's all of the above.




~~ Robert Scotellaro




 Some days you tame the tiger.  And some days the tiger has you for lunch. ~~ Tug McGraw

 The air and the earth interpenetrated in the warm gusts of spring; the soil was full of sunlight, and the sunlight full of red dust.  The air one breathed was saturated with earthly smells, and the grass underfoot had a reflection of blue sky in it. ~~ Willa Cather



To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  That is to have succeeded. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



There is no pleasing some people.  The trick is to stop trying. ~~ Joel Rosenberg




Would you like some warm Spring pie?


Then, take a cup of clear blue sky.


Stir in buzzes from a bee,


Add the laughter of a tree.
A dash of sunlight should suffice


To give the dew a hint of spice.


Mix with berries, plump and sweet.


Top with fluffy clouds, and eat!




~~ Paul F. Kortepeter [Holly Pond Hill:  A Child's Book of Easter]