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"What will survive of us is love." ~ Philip Larkin





"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ Christopher Robin to Pooh

"You are so young, you have not even begun, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that is unsolved in your heart and to try to cherish the questions themselves, like closed rooms and like books written in a very strange tongue. Do not search now for the answers which cannot be given you because you could not live them. It is a matter of living everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, one distant day live right into the answer." ~ R.M. Rilke

"The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt." ~ Leo Buscaglia

"We do not want merely to see beauty... We want something else which can hardly be put into words -- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to be part of it." ~ C.S. Lewis, Transposition and Other Addresses

"Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead." ~ Karl Von Clausewitz

"Happiness depends on external circumstances, but true joy is based on your relationship with God."

"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. When the great oak is straining in the wind, the boughs drink in new beauty, and the trunk sends down a deeper root on the windward side. Only the soul that knows the mighty grief can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come to stretch out spaces in the heart for joy." ~ Edwin Markham 1852-1940

"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."

"Before saying anything, pass it through three sieves: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?" ~ Amy Carmichael

"Don't give up on the song in your soul just because the chaos of your life or the hurt in your heart temporarily drowns out its melody." ~ Cary Branscum

"You don't have to blow out the other person's light to let your own shine." ~ Bernard M. Baruch

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being." ~ Goethe

"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain." ~ Emily Dickinson

"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all." ~ Emily Dickinson

"To feel yourself carried along with the speed of an arrow and the graceful undulations of a bird in the air, on a smooth, shining, resonant and treacherous surface: by a simple balancing of the body and by using only your will as a rudder, to give yourself all the curves and changes of direction of a ship at sea or an eagle soaring in the blue sky; for me this was such an intoxication of the senses and such a voluptuous dizziness of thought that I cannot recall it without emotion. Even horses, that I have loved so much, do not give to the rider the delirium that the ice gives to the skater." ~ Alphonse De Lamartine, circa 1830















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