Archived Quotes from August 2017

The search for happiness is unlike any other search, for we search last in the likeliest places. ~~ Robert Brault


There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. ~~ Bill Watterson


 I never knew how soothing trees are -- many trees and patches of open sunlight, and tree presences; it is almost like having another being. ~~ D. H. Lawrence


What am I doing? Nothing. I am letting life rain upon me. ~~ Rahel Varnhagen


 In most of America, probably because of television, stories are drying up.  Not here in New Orleans.  They grow in abundance here, like the flowering vines, and the myrtles, the bananas, and the figs. ~~ Andrei Codrescu


This would be a great world if everyone was as nice to you as the guy who's trying to sell you something. ~~ Author Unknown



 I have a rock garden.  Last week three of them died. ~~ Richard Diran



'Tis my faith that every flower

Enjoys the air it breathes.


~~ William Wordsworth


 What it comes down to is that anybody can win with the best horse.  What makes you good is if you can take the second or third best horse and win. ~~ Vicky Aragon



 I have a remarkable memory; I forget everything.  It is wonderfully convenient.  It is as though the world were constantly renewing itself for me. ~~ Jules Renard


There are two kinds of friends:  friends of the road and friends of the heart.  Friends of the road are people who pass through your life.  You don't know them forever.  If you lose contact, you lose the friendship because contact is what keeps it alive. Friends of the heart are different.  It's like family--long-lived and continuous.  There is absolute trust and the friendship is fully reciprocal.  You don't have to be there all the time to maintain the friendship.  Friends of the road may be shallower, but they are valuable because they provide us with a kaleidoscope of changing patterns in our lives. ~~ Lillian Rubin

 If there is a group of men doing anything with a ball in a field, another group of men will watch. ~~ Jasmine Birtles

To have ideas is to gather flowers.  To think is to weave them into garlands. ~~ Anne-Sophie Swetchine


 For the past eight years, I have started each day in the same manner.  It is not a mechanical routine but something essential to my daily life.  I go to the piano, I play two preludes and fugues of Bach.  I cannot think of doing otherwise.  It is a sort of benediction on the house.  But that is not its only meaning for me.  It is a rediscovery of the world of which I have the joy of being a part.  It fills me with awareness of the wonder of life, with a feeling of the incredible marvel of being a human being. ~~ Pablo Casals



Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories:  those that don't work, those that break down, and those that get lost. ~~ Russell Baker


 Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. ~~ Barbara Johnson


 There's good chances and bad chances, and nobody's luck is pulled by only one string. ~~ George Eliot


 was gratified to be able to answer promptly.  I said I don't know. ~~ Mark Twain


 The way to achieve happiness is to have a high standard for yourself and a medium one for everyone else. ~~ Marcelene Cox


I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure.  It's all a question of how I view my life. ~~ Paulo Coelho


 The rule of thumb is a simple one.  Regard each man, each woman, as an individual, not as a Catholic, a Protestant, or a Jew; not as an Indian, American, or European.  Like or dislike a person for his own intrinsic qualities--not because he belongs to a different race or subscribes to a different religion.  Dignify man with individuality. ~~ Oveta Culp Hobby


 When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. ~~ John Muir


 I have had more than half a century of such happiness.  A great deal of worry and sorrow, too, but never a worry or a sorrow that was not offset by a purple iris, a lark, a bluebird, or a dewy morning glory. ~~ Mary McLeod Bethune


The tragedy of our time is that we are so eye-centered, so appearance-besotted. ~~ Jessamyn West


The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together. ~~ William Shakespeare



Memory is to love what the saucer is to the cup. ~~ Elizabeth Bowen [The House in Paris]



There are years that ask questions and years that answer. ~~ Zora Neale Hurston



For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.  For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.  For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it. ~~ Ivan Panin



Silence is the safety zone of conversation. ~~ Arnold H. Glasow



When someone gives me three reasons instead of one, I'm inclined not to believe any of them. ~~Margaret Millar