Archived Quotes from May 2018

I'm concentrating on staying healthy, having peace, being happy, remembering what is important, taking in nature and animals, spending time reading, trying to understand the universe, where science and the spiritual meet. ~~ Joan Jett



Momsense is language or ideas intelligible only to mothers. ~~ Teresa Bloomingdale




You don't have to do great things, but the little things you are doing in your sphere of influence can be done with great conviction, great beauty, and great love. ~~ Ruth K. Jacobs



When my mother was dying of cancer, she said, "Son, am I in your new book?… Don't make me like this.  Make me beautiful.  Promise me you will make me beautiful."  After that moment I loved being a Southern writer.  I said, "Mom, I'm going to make you so beautiful.  Because you taught me right and raised me right, I can lift you off that bed and I can send you dancing.  And I can make you beautiful again for everybody in the world."  And my mother said, "I want Meryl Streep to play the role." ~~ Pat Conroy



I think music in itself is healing.  It's an explosive expression of humanity.  It's something we are all touched by.  No matter what culture you're from, everyone loves music. ~~ Billy Joel



When I was a teenager I rejected almost anything my mother said with a "What does she know?"  Now that I'm an adult, her words of advice have come to drive my every day:  "Be safe.  Be who you want to be.  Do what you want to do." ~~ Amelia Richards



Listen carefully to what country people call mother wit.  In those homely sayings are couched the collective wisdom of generations. ~~ Maya Angelou




My mother is everywhere… 
In the perfume of a rose,
The eyes of a tiger,
The pages of a book,
The food that we partake,
The whistling wind of the desert,
The blazing gems of sunset,
The crystal light of full moon,
The opal veils of sunshine.


~~ Grace Seton-Thompson



When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping." ~~  Mr. Fred Rogers



Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. ~~ Harriet Beecher Stowe



But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin. ~~ Mitch Albom



Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. ~~ Barbara Kingsolver




You breathe.
You feel.
You see
and hear
and smell
and taste
and think
and move
and laugh
and weep
and heal
and dance
and sing
and love.
Thank your mother.


~~ Richelle E. Goodrich



We are lonesome animals.  We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome.  One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say--and to feel--"Yes, that's the way it is, or at least that's the way I feel it.  You're not as alone as you thought." ~~ John Steinbeck



No matter what happens, there's always somebody who knew it would. ~~ Lonny Starr



When I look at the kids training [for figure skating] today… I can tell which ones are going to do well.  It's not necessarily the ones who have the most natural talent or who fall the least.  Sometimes it's the kids who fall the MOST, and keep pulling themselves up and trying again. ~~ Michelle Kwan



The true cook … is the perfect blend, the only perfect blend, of artist and philosopher. ~~ Norman Douglas



All too many consultants, when asked, "What is two and two?" respond, "What did you have in mind?" ~~ Norman R. Augustine



So maybe we won’t ever win the lottery, or marry royalty, or make that last second shot. That doesn’t mean we won’t have amazing adventures, meet exceptional people, and make indelible memories. The trick is to notice before it’s too late. ~~ John Green



Always remember, your focus determines your reality. ~~ George Lucas



Establishing goals is all right if you don't let them deprive you of interesting detours. ~~ Doug Larson



We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?
~Wilfred Wilson Gibson



Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause.  Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as best he can, the same cause. ~~ Abraham Lincoln



Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight. ~~ George R.R. Martin



From out of the ground a eulogy grows and becomes a poppy. ~~ Nanette L. Avery




Decoration Day is the most beautiful of our national holidays.... The grim cannon have turned into palm branches, and the shell and shrapnel into peach blossoms.  ~Thomas Bailey Aldrich


[Memorial Day was called Decoration Day prior to 1967]



To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. ~~ Thomas Campbell



When we speak of the morrow nothing is ever certain. ~~ George R. R. Martin [A Clash of Kings]



Let us be grateful for the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls bloom. ~~ Marcel Proust



Things present themselves to you, and it's how you choose to deal with them that reveals who you are.  We all say a lot of things, don't we, about who we are and how we think.  But in the end it's your actions, how you respond to circumstance that reveals your character. ~~ Cate Blanchett