Archived Quotes from December 2017

If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor. ~~ Jennifer Jones



Sattinger's Law:  It works better if you plug it in. ~~ Arthur Block [Murphy's Law and Other Reasons Why Things Go]



When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen.  There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly. ~~ Patrick Overton



One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are. ~~ Gail Godwin



I've always liked to think that we put ourselves in the circumstances in life that will support us moving through to wherever it is our spirit is going. ~~ John Denver



Life is not completed in a single life span; it cannot but pass on its impulses.  If the chain of life is traced back into the past, one does not come to a beginning, and if one follows it into the future, one generation follows the next, and no end is ever found. ~~ Tsung Ping



Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor.  The thing that really fascinated me is that throught this tragedy there was this amazing American herosism. ~~ Michael Bay




The sunlight on the garden
Hardens and grows cold,
We cannot cage the minute
Within its net of gold.


~~ Louis MacNeice

 The first fall of snow is not only an event, but it is a magical event.  You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up to find yourself in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found? ~~ J. B. Priestley

 People ask how I feel about getting old.  I tell them I have the same question.  I'm learning as I go. ~~ Paul simon

 1)  Nothing is as easy as it looks.  (2) Everything takes longer than you think.  (3) If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong. ~~ Murphy's Law:  Corollaries

 Be silly.  Be honest.  Be kind. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. ~~ Helen Keller



That's actually the message behind a lot of my songs--that you must protect those who are weaker than you. ~~ Suzanne Vega



You and I should be the best gifts that we could ever give one another. ~~ Joni Eareckson Tada



I live by this credo:  Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness.  Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations.  Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough. ~~ Red Skelton



Women are never what they seem to be.  There is the woman you see and there is the woman who is hidden.  Buy the gift for the woman who is hidden. ~~ Erma Bombeck



Christmas gift suggestions:  to your enemy, forgiveness.  To an opponent, tolerance.  To a friend, your heart.  To a customer, service.  To all, charity.  To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect. ~~ Owen Arnold



The snows of childhood are gentle, each falling flake a benediction and an eyelid kiss.  The stuff is no threat to the young.  Flake on flake, layer on layer, it forms a mantle over nature's scars and man's mistakes.  It decorates the child.  Forget the impermanence, the melting days and the slush.  It is enough for the child that now the day is white and bright with snow, each crystal signaling another delight:  a snowball fight, an igloo to be made, a hill and a sled, and a fireplace-and-cocoa haven at the end of the day.  Snow promises all of that to the child, and like any other child I still believe in snow that way. ~~ Herbert Burkholz [The Snow Gods]



Family faces are magic mirrors.  Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future.  We make discoveries about ourselves. ~~ Gail Lumet Buckley



Remember that peace on earth starts with peace in our homes and in our hearts. ~~ H. Jackson Brown



One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly. ~Andy Rooney



Christmas Eve is my favorite... I think the anticipation is more fun than anything else. I kind of lost that. The idea that something - food, traditions, an arbitrary date on the calendar - can be special because we decide it should be. We make it special. Not just for ourselves, but for others. ~~ Kiersten White



As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same. ~~ Donald E. Westlake



Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. ~~ attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby



Fitness experts are encouraging Americans to make small New Year's resolutions this year that they can keep, like adding five minutes to their exercise routines.  As a result, most Americans will now have a five-minute exercise routine. ~~ Conan O'Brien



We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~~ Ellen Goodman



Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer. ~~ Peggy Toney Horton



Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~~ Oprah Winfrey



Some countries don't celebrate Christmas, but everyone welcomes in the New Year, even if it's on different dates. ~~ Paul K. Stevens




At Rainbow Cake, January's special flavors would be dark chocolate and coffee, those pick-me-ups we all needed to start the day- or a new year. To me, their toasty-toasty flavors said that even if you only had a mere handful of beans and your life went up in flames, you could still create something wonderful.


A little trial by fire could do you good. After all, if it worked so well with raw cacao and coffee beans, it could work for others, including me.   ~~ Judith Fertig [The Cake Therapist]