Author Unknown

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than others think safe, dreaming more than others think practical, and expecting more than others think possible.

Harvey MacKay

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy; they just promised it would be worth it.

John Lennon

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.

Author Unknown

"It's impossible," said pride. "It's risky," said experience. "It's pointless," said reason. "Give it a try," whispered the heart.

Saint Francis de Sales

Nothing so strong as gentleness, nothing as gentle as pure strength.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Love consists in this; that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.

Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Sally Kempton, Yoga Journal

Yoga, after all, is not an escape from life, but a way of taking yourself into life's pulsing heart. It will inevitably lead you to your own vulnerability, to your raw places. But vulnerability also opens the door to love, grace, and the deepest forms of healing. Your vulnerability, scary as it can be, is inseparable from your capacity for intimacy and creativity and love.

Ruth E. Renkel

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.

Sarah Williams

Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly
To be fearful of the night. 

Rabindranath Tagore

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.

Garth Brooks

And now, I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end, the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Albert Schweitzer

Sometimes, our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes our deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light. 

Khahlil Gibran

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Ansel Adams

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

Richard Bach

Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there? 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

John Wooden

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.

H.G. Wells

We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.

Marcel Proust

We don't receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

Henry Ellis

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

Author Unknown

Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there's a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.

John Muir

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.


Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

Tom Robbins

Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they're born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mocking birds aren't content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world. For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that serve no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The soul is indestructible and its activity will continue through eternity. It is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set at night; but it has in reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere.

Charlotte Bronte

Better to be without logic than without feeling.

Louis Nizer

True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves,and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Helen Keller

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.

Latin Proverb

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Author Unknown

From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, their streams of light flow together, and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being

William Cowper

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

Robert Collier

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

James Boswell

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.

Author Unknown

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope.

Denis Diderot

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.

Author Unknown

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain.

Thomas Moore, Irish Poet

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

Irish Proverb

May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, and tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all that your heart may desire.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.

Henry David Thoreau

All these expanding leaves and flower buds are much more beautiful in the rain, covered with clear drops. They who do not walk in the rain never behold them in their freshest and most radiant beauty.

Edward Hopper

More of me comes out when I improvise.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Swedish Proverb

Those who wish to sing always find a song.

Vincent van Gogh

The best way to know life is to love many things.

Marcus Aurelius

Very little is needed to make a happy life - it is all within yourself and in your way of thinking.

Benjamin Mays

The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.
When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only true gift is a portion of thyself.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The soul is indestructible and its activity will continue through eternity. It is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set at night; but it has in reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere.

Pablo Picasso

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something.

Carl Jung

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

Author Unknown

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Henry David Thoreau

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Robert Browning

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?

Author unknown

To reach any goal requires that we be unyielding about where we intend to go, but flexible about how to get there.

Vincent Van Gogh

If you hear a voice within you saying "you are not a painter", then by all means paint...and that voice will be silenced.

HIGH FLIGHT, by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings:
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up in the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Mark Twain

Dance like nobody's watching;
Love like you've never been hurt.
Sing like nobody's listening;
Live like it's heaven on earth.

Found inscribed over a doorway at Westminster Abbey

Of the craftsmen it may be said that
in the handiwork of their craft is their prayer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adopt the pace of nature;
her secret is patience.

Longfellow, Ladder of Saint Augustine, st. 10

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Marcel Marceau

Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?

Philip Thatcher

Ask not what the world needs;
ask rather what makes your heart sing,
and go do that -
for what the world needs
is people
with hearts that sing.

Henry van Dyke

Be glad of life,
for it gives you the chance
to love, and to work, and to play,
and to look up at the stars.


One should, every day at least,
hear a little song, read a good poem,
see a fine picture, and, if possible,
speak a few reasonable words.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you make a decision,
the universe conspires to make it happen.

John Muir

This grand show is eternal.
It is always sunrise somewhere,
the dew is never all dried at once,
a shower is forever falling,
vapor is ever rising.
Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset,
eternal dawn and gloaming,
on sea, continents, and islands,
each in its turn
as the round earth rolls.

Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand,
there is no art.

Sign over an old inn, Bray, England

Fear knocked at the door
Faith answered
There was no one there.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

I am a part of all that I have met.