Archived Quotes from October 2018

The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always.  No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree.  The feeling they produce is not transferable.  From them comes silence and awe.  It's not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time. ~~ John Steinbeck

 


 

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. ~~ Thomas Stearns Eliot

 


 

One can learn, at least.  One can go on learning until the day one is cut off. ~~ Fay Weldon

 


 

Error is the ultimate inside job.  Yes, the world can be profoundly confusing; and yes, other people can mislead or deceive you.  In the end, though, nobody but you can choose to believe your own beliefs. ~~ Kathryn Schulz

 


 

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do. ~~ John Holt

 


 

There are reasons, and then there are excuses. ~~ Julia Child [Julia Child & Company]

 


 

Life is such a very troublesome matter, when all is said and done, that it's as well even to take its blessings quietly. ~~ Mary Elizabeth Braddon

 


 

Childhood trauma and suffering does not provide us with an excuse for our problems.  It explains the origin of our problems while in no way relieving us of the responsibility to understand and to improve ourselves.  The point is not to blame the people in our past, but to use insight into our past to refocus on the good effects and to free ourselves from its harmful ones. ~~ Peter R. Breggin

 


 

Life is too short to wear tight shoes. ~~ Yurok Indian proverb

 


 

People who've had happy childhoods are wonderful, but they're bland… An unhappy childhood compels you to use your imagination to create a world in which you can be happy.  Use your old grief.  That's the gift you're given. ~~ Sue Grafton

 


 

When the first Superman movie came out I was frequently asked "What is a hero?"  …My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences… Now my definition is completely different.  I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. ~~ Christopher Reeve

 


 

Perhaps that is the secret. It is not what we do, so much as why we do it. ~~ Tyrion Lannister [George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings]

 


 

Every person you meet is better at something than you are. ~~ Robert A. Cook

 


 

It was such a lovely day I thought it was pity to get up. ~~ Somerset Maugham

 


 

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ~~ Lou Holtz

 


 

Coffee is a fleeting moment and a fragrance. ~~ Claudia Roden

 


 

If you have to keep reminding yourself of a thing, perhaps it isn't so. ~~ Christopher Morley

 


 

Curiosity has its own reason for existing.  One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries … of life … It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.  Never lose a holy curiosity. ~~ Albert Einstein

 


 

A black cat dropped soundlessly from a high wall, like a spoonful of dark treacle, and melted under a gate. ~~ Elizabeth LeMarchand

 


 

Maybe being oneself is always an acquired taste. ~~ Patricia Hampl

 


 

People don't change.  Only their costumes do. ~~ Gene Moore

 


 

Everyone alters and is altered by everyone else.  We are all the time taking in portions of one another or else reacting against them, and by these involuntary acquisitions and repulsions modifying our natures. ~~ Gerald Brenan

 


 

Everyone alters and is altered by everyone else.  We are all the time taking in portions of one another or else reacting against them, and by these involuntary acquisitions and repulsions modifying our natures. ~~ Gerald Brenan

 


 

Violence and injury enclose in their net all that do such things, and generally return upon him who began. ~~ Titus Lucretius Carus

 


 

People who pin their faith to a catchword never feel the necessity of understanding anything. ~~ Agnes Repplier

 


 

The hardest thing we are asked to do in this world is to remain aware of suffering, suffering about which we can do nothing. ~~ May Sarton

 


 

Halloween is the beginning of the holiday shopping season.  That's for women.  The beginning of the holiday shopping season for men is Christmas Eve. ~~ David Letterman

 


 

As a kid, there are some things you looked forward to. You looked forward to Charlie Brown during Halloween and you looked forward to Monday Night Football. ~~  Nick Ferguson