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If you had a choice, and you do, would you rather go through life feeling entitled or blessed? ~Robert Brault,

I may not overcome the inevitable, but O, it is mine to see that the inevitable does not overcome me. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

Always remember lost, so that you don't take for granted found. ~Terri Guillemets

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995

Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

I am a mortal being living in a vast, timeless universe. If today I am happy — or, indeed, if today I am sad — then of course I am blowing something out of proportion. ~Robert Brault,, 2019

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. ~Oscar Wilde

In a day and age when all manner of things are believed against contrary evidence — hey, why not believe there's a little good in everyone. ~Robert Brault, 2017,

I will not endeavor to forget my sorrow by belittling it. Let my sorrow remain what it is, but O lift me up to mightier proportions. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one. ~Cavett Robert

It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. ~Annie Gottlier

You only have to do something until you want to do it, then you won’t have to do it any more. ~Leland Val Van de Wall

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left. ~Hubert Humphrey

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day. ~Author Unknown

We always think we'd be happier in some faraway place, as if you could catch a plane to a state of mind. ~Robert Brault,

Life is not happening to you. Life is responding to you. ~Author Unknown

The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. ~Roald Dahl

There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate. ~Robert Brault,

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. ~George Santayana

Occasionally it's good to pause, take a moment and remind yourself of the things in your life that are just fine. ~Robert Brault,

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

Heredity is much, environment is much, but I am much more. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. ~The Eagles, "Already Gone"

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. ~Samuel Johnson

I've decided that the stuff falling through the cracks is confetti and I'm having a party! ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, (2009 tweet, @wildthyme)

Pain can make you give up completely, or pain can make you start over again. It's totally up to you. ~James Jones, My 600-lb Life [S2, E7, 2014]

Long ago I decided that if I get a second life, I will be beautiful and clever and rich, and that has allowed me to focus on this life. ~Robert Brault,

Think you to‑morrow when the fulness of life's treasure is mine, that it will hold aught that is new or strange to me? I tell you that I long have known each masterpiece that hangs upon the walls of my To Be, and each royal robe that I shall wear was spun from starshine in my dreams; and not a jewel shall rest upon my brow but whose strange light has long enchanted me, and not a strain shall rise to charm my ear but whose far melody has long been playing in my soul. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

Above all, don't go gunning for gloom. It was a pious thought that got loose when that guy wrote "Laugh and Grow Fat," to which might be added — Grin and grow gracious. ~James P. Haverson (1880–1954), "The Hunch — A Preface," Sour Sonnets of a Sorehead & Other Songs of the Street, 1908

The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders. ~Foster's Law

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book

Whatever is — is best. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The most real thing is one's own soul. That may be set down as an axiom; and being true, the real business of life is to keep one's soul in the state of harmony, of love, of joy, in which along is the condition of creative activity. As the most real thing is the soul, so the most unreal thing is any quality opposed to spiritual states, — as envy, hatred, or despair. The circumstances or events that throw us into any of these conditions render us negative to true advancement. And so, measuring life by the ideal, one has no moral right to let himself be so disappointed or depressed or disturbed as to be in any wise turned aside from his real business, — the right living. ~Lilian Whiting (1847–1942), "To Clasp Eternal Beauty: The True Realities," The World Beautiful: Second Series, 1896

When you want to do something, your energy kicks in. ~Hoda Kotb, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, to Ellen, airdate 2020 January 29th

You can awaken each day to obligations you never chose, or you can decide today to choose them. ~Robert Brault, 2017,

I do not bemoan misfortune. To me there is no misfortune. I welcome whatever comes; I go out gladly to meet it. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers," in The Open Court, August 1903

Scorn not thy narrow task. For He who made
The brilliant stars and moon to gild the night,
Placed the small glow-worm in earth's woodland shade,
And bade her too shed forth her tiny light.
~Fanny Charlotte Wyndham Montgomery (1820–1893), "When with a tired soul," 1846

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. ~Bill Meyer

To‑day I am a serf, but to‑morrow is the day of manumission. To‑day I will make a survey, but to‑morrow I will reset the stakes. To‑day I slash in the shallows, but to‑morrow I will pass the danger line and swim the infinite sea. To‑day I walk the confines, but to‑morrow I will swing out into the illimitable. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

We find things where we look for them, which is why I never look for a golf ball out of bounds. ~Robert Brault,

Talk happiness.  The world is sad enough
      Without your woe. No path is wholly rough.
      Look for the places that are smooth and clear,
      And speak of them to rest the weary ear
      Of earth; so hurt by one continuous strain
      Of mortal discontent and grief and pain...
Talk health.  The dreary, never-ending tale
      Of mortal maladies is worn and stale;
      You cannot charm or interest or please
      By harping on that minor chord, disease.
      Say you are well, or all is well with you,
      And God shall hear your words and make them true.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox, "Speech," Poems of Power, 1901

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. ~Attributed to both Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Franklin

I'd sooner smile
      Than weep,
      A heap.
I'd rather laugh
      Than fret,
      You bet.
~James P. Haverson (1880–1954), Sour Sonnets of a Sorehead & Other Songs of the Street, 1908

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have. ~Ken S. Keyes, Jr., Handbook to Higher Consciousness

Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it. ~Joe Clark

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. ~Scott Hamilton

Life is life, until it is what we make of it. Hemp is hemp, — until it is a life-line or a hangman's rope. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. ~Vince Lombardi

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. ~J. Brotherton

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. ~Publius Terentius Afer

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. ~Abraham Lincoln

Just because you're miserable doesn't mean you can't enjoy your life. ~Annette Goodheart

Conditions may make some men, but some men can make conditions. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. ~Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Buddha

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. ~William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues

I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. ~Abraham Lincoln

Being in a good frame of mind helps keep one in the picture of health. ~Author Unknown

If life throws stones at you, crush them and throw back glitter. ~Terri Guillemets

Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I'd like to express my thanks -
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
~Irving Berlin, "I Got the Sun in the Morning," 1946

To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell. ~Ancient Proverb

Make your optimism come true. ~Author Unknown

If we try to see something positive in everything we do, life won't necessarily become easier but it becomes more valuable. ~Author Unknown

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander. ~Charles Caleb Colton

Try to look on the bright side of things; if the bright side is not immediately evident, keep looking. It is better to be busy than depressed. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. ~Confucius

Your life is your garden,
Your thoughts are the seeds.
If your life isn't awesome,
You've been watering the weeds.
~Author Unknown

Learn to smile at every situation. See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability. ~Joe Brown

Even if you lose a ray or two of your star, keep on shining! ~Terri Guillemets

The day returns and brings us the petty round of irritating concerns and duties. Help us to play the man, help us to perform them with laughter and kind faces, let cheerfulness abound with industry. Give us to go blithely on our business all this day, bring us to our resting beds weary and content and undishonoured, and grant us in the end the gift of sleep. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, "At Morning," Prayers Written at Vailima, 1890

Yes, sometimes we fall short, but you don't normally climb a ten-step staircase without falling short nine times. ~Robert Brault,, 2018

Why aren't you dancing with joy at this very moment? is the only relevant spiritual question. ~Vilayat Khan

I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. ~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

You can bear your troubles or shrug them off. They're your shoulders. ~Robert Brault,

Better than tiaras — the diadem of freedom.
Better than broad acres — a garden of heartsease.
Better than mines of gold — a mint of dreams.
Better than bars of molten silver — the silver of a laugh.
Better than strings of pearls — the crystal of a tear.
Better than bands of choristers — a lute in the soul.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers," in The Open Court, August 1903

The only difference between a good day & a bad day is your attitude. ~Dennis S. Brown, 1993 ®

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises.
~William Shakespeare

Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us. ~Stephen Covey

You can't count the bad things that happen. They don't count against life. They are life. Only count the good things. Let every blessing strengthen you. ~Terri Guillemets

If you have nothing to be grateful for check your pulse. ~Author Unknown

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox. ~English Proverb

No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent. ~William Ellery Channing, 1838

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body — the wishbone. ~Robert Frost

If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Essential to happiness, I believe, is the ability to discard your regrets once they have served their purpose. ~Robert Brault,

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

Staying positive is one of the hardest fights, though I'm happy I'm in it. ~Daniel, @blindedpoet

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. ~Patricia Neal

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. ~William James

Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose — a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818

My constant bedtime prayer of gratitude: "We are all survivors." ~Terri Guillemets

When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long. ~Author Unknown

What is possible? What you will. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Positive thinking does not mean trying to create something that is not there. Real positive thinking acknowledges that good already exists — indeed it is all that exists. ~Alan Cohen, 1987

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. ~Katherine Mansfield

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~Robert Brault,

Let me enjoy the earth no less
Because the all-enacting Might
Which fashioned forth its loveliness
Had other aims than my delight.
~Thomas Hardy, Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, 1909

Whenever you fall, pick something up. ~Oswald Avery

Success is due less to ability than to zeal. ~Charles Buxton

My father's nature turned out no waste product; he had none of that useless stuff in him that lies in heaps near factories. He took his own happiness with him. ~Margot Asquith

Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you. ~Author Unknown

We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them. ~Elbert Hubbard

If my resolution to be a great man was half so strong as it is to despise the shame of being a little one... ~William Cowper

I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it? ~Henry Moore

When life is viewed as good, a bad day is easily absorbed. ~Attributed to Neil Maxwell

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. ~René Descartes

Up is not an easy direction. It defies gravity, both cultural and magnetic. ~Mike Abrashoff

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all. ~Dorothy Day

A happy tear, sweet, sad,
a moment when your heart is bursting
with sunrays to drown out all that's bad.
~Gunda Fijnje-Nolan, September 25th 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

Sometimes life's Hell. But hey! Whatever gets the marshmallows toasty. ~J. Andrew Helt

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. ~Winston Churchill

It’s not that the people
with nice shiny attitudes
have not been banged up—
but they buff out their
dings and scratches with
gratitude and positivity,
perspective and grace,
resilience and courage,
with purpose and faith.
~Terri Guillemets, "How to shine," 2019

Your choices of action may be limited, but your choices of thought are not. ~Abraham–Hicks

You're not going to make me have a bad day. If there's oxygen on earth and I'm breathing, it's going to be a good day. ~Cotton Fitzsimmons

If the sky falls, hold up your hands. ~Author Unknown

[W]hat counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it's the size of the fight in the dog. ~Dwight Eisenhower, address to Republican National Committee, 1958 January 31st

Two people can have a middling day, but one rounds up and the other rounds down. ~Robert Brault,

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. ~Betty Smith

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune. ~Walt Whitman

Am I the victim of misplaced zeal, or misdirected force and energy? I dig and sweat in the furrows, when there are sky-furrows awaiting the kiss of my plow's bright steel.... I have minded spigots, when it was mine to tend the seas. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring" (XV & XVII), A Soul's Faring, 1921  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it. ~Ellen Glasgow

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution. ~Wernher von Braun

Where the loser saw barriers, the winner saw hurdles. ~Robert Brault,

Reach for a better feeling thought. ~Abraham–Hicks

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist. ~David Ben-Gurion

There's a saying among prospectors: "Go out looking for one thing, and that's all you'll ever find." ~Robert Flaherty

I've got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I'm blue. ~Author Unknown

I will have a care lest my burden rest all too long where my wings might have grown. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. ~C.C. Scott

Give goodness to the day and before you know it, the day will be giving goodness to you. ~Terri Guillemets

I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope. ~Voltaire

When you decide to graduate from your regrets and disappointments, there is a brilliant career waiting for you called LIFE. ~Dodinsky

If you can wear the hard times of your life as furrows on your brow, you can wear the good times as a twinkle in your eye. ~Robert Brault,

The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy. ~Eudora Welty

Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks. Most men think it's looks, most women know otherwise. ~Kathleen Turner

While the black slough mud can send forth lilies to blossom on its breast, I shall not despair. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Be the dot on the exclamation point of life! ~Terri Guillemets

If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet. ~Isaac Bashevis Singer

Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold. ~Maurice Setter

Tear up your frustrations into confetti dreams. ~Terri Guillemets

Grow antennae, not horns. ~James Angell

Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain; unless we resist it, then it becomes torment. ~I Ching

Your positivity can become a castle around you which will protect you from the arrow of negativity. ~Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu

Focus on the simple, good things in life and breathe your way through the minor struggles. ~Terri Guillemets, "Re-learning life," 2002

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. ~Author Unknown

Look for something positive in every day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. ~Author unknown

Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
~Irish Saying

Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire. ~Arab Proverb

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. ~Thomas Carlyle

Misery is a communicable disease. ~Martha Graham

A car can't operate without the mechanical systems working, but it can operate with a few dents and scratches..., you are the same. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife

The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it. ~Will Foley

They may destroy your rose gardens, but no harm has been done, so that they have not destroyed your urge for roses. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Much in a Basket: VIII," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923

Optimist: someone who isn't sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy but is tickled silly just to be in the play. ~Robert Brault,

The light is always shining, to see it we must stop focusing on the shadows it casts. ~Kim Clarkin, December 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don't, you have achieved half your failure. ~David Ambrose

If your storm has lightning and rainbows —
Be glad, be glad.
~Terri Guillemets

Be the light in the dark, be the calm in the storm and be at peace while at war. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife

Calmness is a huge gift. And once you master it, you will be able to respond in a useful way to every difficult situation that decides to walk into your heart. ~Geri Larkin

If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks. ~Francis Rabelais

If you allow momentary defeats to find shelter in your heart, you are allowing your most beautiful dreams to become homeless. ~Dodinsky

For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. ~Adlai Stevenson

It rests with me whether I sit sifting through the night, or rise up and ride away in the chariot drawn by the white steeds of my yearning. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of Longing: XIV," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923

Win or lose, every time you do something in life be positive about it, be proud of the progress you're making. ~Troy Mullins

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. ~Hugh Downs

A nasty day! A nasty day!
'Twas thus I heard a critic say
Because the skies were bleak and gray—
And yet it somehow seemed to me
The day was all that it should be.
I looked it very closely o'er;
Its hours still were twenty-four,
With sixty minutes each—no less—
For deeds of good and helpfulness;
And every second full of chance
To give the day significance;
And every hour full of growth
For everybody but the sloth—
I couldn't see it quite that way,
For though the skies were bleak and gray
The day itself, it seemed to me,
Was all a day could rightly be.
~John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), "A Protest" (February Fourteenth), The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920

One needs a light spirit to bear a heavy fate. ~Danish Proverb

My environment may be making me what I am, but I am permitting the environment. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. ~Arthur Christopher Benson

It is possible, if you never look up, to live a dull gray life under a blue sky. ~Robert Brault,

You're picky about the car you drive. You're picky about what you wear. You're picky about what you put in your mouth. We want you to be pickier about what you think. ~Abraham–Hicks

Leroy bet me I couldn't find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough. ~Rita Mae Brown

The best way to dispel negative thoughts is to require that they have a purpose. ~Robert Brault,

Let us try to see things from their better side:
You complain about seeing thorny rose bushes;
Me, I rejoice and give thanks to the gods
That thorns have roses.
~Quoted by Alphonse Karr, 1853, see

"Ah!" said Queen Titania, "that is not the way to look at the beautiful things of life. It is because the thorns have roses that we should be thankful, and not find fault because the roses have thorns." ~S.J. Adair Fitz-Gerald (1859–1925), The Zankiwank & The Bletherwitch, 1896

The will to live! — Dare one crave so much?
To live yearning — and to die yearning still.
Never to have abandoned the thing...
To carry into age the zest and faith of youth...
To die buoyantly — to the end on winged feet!
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of Longing: III," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923

All that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae. ~Paul Walker

On and on you will hike.
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are...
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!, 1990

Nothing so absurd as to sit down and wring your hands because all the good which may happen to you in twenty years has not taken place at this precise moment. ~Sydney Smith, "A Little Moral Advice: A Fragment on the Cultivation and Improvement of the Animal Spirits"

If you absolutely can't stay positive, don't go negative — just cruise neutral for a while until you can get back up. ~Terri Guillemets

I like the man who takes the stones
Upon his rocky road
With smiling lips instead of groans,
Whate'er his heavy load
Who seizes each as on he goes,
And neatly crumbles it,
And turns his share of pebbly woes
To stores of inner grit.
~John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), "Transformation" (February Fifteenth), The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920

[B]eing flexible ensures that you meet with no limitations. It is often in the things you cannot change that you discover life's power to guide you. In a concrete world of mechanical sounds, you may forget that you are a natural creature in the great river of life. When a floating leaf encounters an obstacle, it begins to move in a circle. The potential power captured in the latent energy of the leaf as it turns in circles, reveals how you can access enormous energy by simply letting go. Let go and simply fall back into the great river; sometimes a necessary deluge is required to release you. Before philosophy and organized religion, nature was our only teacher. The greatest inspiration that nature can offer is how it transcends limitations. "Unattached, nothing can ever block your way." ~Kari Hohne (Taoist wisdom)

A river never beats its head against obstacles. It always goes around, and it always gets to the sea. ~Robert Brault,

If you call a thing bad you do little, if you call a thing good you do much. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is the best day the world has ever seen; tomorrow will be better. ~R.A. Campbell, quoted in Journal of Education, vol. 81, Boston University, 1915

Not one holy day, but seven.
Worshipping, not at the call of a bell, but at the call of my soul.
Singing, not at the baton's sway, but to the rhythm in my heart.
Loving because I must.
Giving because I cannot keep.
Doing for the joy of it.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "My Creed," 1904

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind. ~John Burroughs

Even when the future's not certain, our hearts can still be certain — of love and happiness and all that's good. ~Terri Guillemets

Care not what they say about the color of your skin let the brilliant light of your soul blind them. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife

When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you're really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!
~Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, 1973

Every day is a new opportunity to be grateful, and enjoy the world, and improve it — in our own little ways. ~Terri Guillemets

When it rains, it pours. You decide what comes down. ~Justin Uyehara

I am breast to breast with the great import;
Stepping the stride of the infinite intent;
Measuring myself against the utmost possibility.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of the Strong: XXVIII," A Soul's Faring, 1921

Our wingspan is measured not in inches but in spirit. ~Terri Guillemets, "Infinite reach," 1992

Once in a while we find those people who can be overwhelmed by nothing. They are really luminaries, and the dictionary defines a luminary as a body that gives off light. Some people are pitched head forward into a sea of trouble and come up smiling and strike out for the shore. ~Earl L. Douglas, "Don't eat your heart out," November 1963

So many problems, so many snags
      To untangle every day;
      So many perplexing things in life
      That keep us from being gay!
So many days that are drab and dull
      That we're filled with deepest woe,
      And we give way to discouragement,
      Our dangerous, mortal foe.—
A foe to our joy and happiness,
      A foe to our peace of mind,—
      It's something we all have to conquer
      If contentment we would find!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Our Mortal Foe" (1940s)

The real "it is well" is something I say from the ground, having fallen. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

When life hands you a lemon, say, "Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?" ~Henry Rollins

Clouds or no clouds, life is grand — be grateful for all the varieties of weather in your life. ~Terri Guillemets

Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves. ~Italian Proverb

Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus. ~Susan Longacre

I not only bow to the inevitable; I am fortified by it. ~Thornton Wilder

May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down. ~Sara June Parker

I'll use my broom as a paintbrush and as I try to clean up my life, beautify it too. ~Terri Guillemets, "Sweeping changes," 2016

The Cynic is one who never sees a good quality in man, and never fails to see a bad one... A man will be what his most cherished feelings are. If he encourage a noble generosity, every feeling will be enriched by it; if he nurse bitter and envenomed thoughts, his own spirit will absorb the poison; and he will crawl among men as a burnished adder, whose life is mischief, and whose errand is death... He who hunts for flowers, will find flowers; and he who loves weeds, may find weeds. ~Henry Ward Beecher, Lectures to Young Men, on Various Important Subjects, 1844

I never really look for anything. What God throws my way comes. I wake up in the morning and whichever way God turns my feet, I go. ~Pearl Bailey

Men who never get carried away should be. ~Malcolm Forbes

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they're always there. ~Norman Vincent Peale

As important as keeping a grasp on reality is keeping a grasp on possibility. ~Robert Brault,, 2018

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be a pain. ~Unknown 82-year-old, quoted in H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Live and Learn and Pass It On, 1991

      I will have the feel of abundance in my life, if it is only an abundance of sunshine and leaves and grasses.
      The look of poverty and woe is not an outer condition that I put on like a garment, but an inner condition that I exude with my breath.
      I will come like roses in their prolific season, like cherry blossoms in May, like fields where countless daisies grow...
      I will scatter myself over the earth, life's caster of seed. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XLII," A Soul's Faring, 1921

Wag more. Bark less. ~Author Unknown

Scratch less, purr more. ~Author Unknown

As to the idea of considering myself a "breast cancer survivor," I have a hard time with that concept. I feel that the term survivor is being overused to the point of losing impact.... I feel that we are all survivors of something every day that we wake up. If it isn't breast cancer, it's accidents, old age, poverty, joblessness, or any other condition of the human race. I don't want to be singled out or made an example of or commended because of my behavior during a crisis or a lifetime. The behaviors that make breast cancer survivors are the same behaviors that make survivors in any situation. ~Jean Maynard, 1993, in Straight from the Heart: Letters of Hope and Inspiration from Survivors of Breast Cancer, edited by Ina Yalof, 1996

It is easy to keep things at a distance; it is hard to be naturally beyond them. ~Bunan

Surrounded by people who love life, you love it too; surrounded by people who don't, you don't. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

That which is around me does not affect my mood; my mood affects that which is around me. ~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008

The myriad things that are mine, had I but the capacity to contain them. The paucity of life is not in the things, but in me. Where in all my life have I room for the stature of an hour? For the pulsings of night and day? The meagerness is in my own being, in my own incapacity to open and receive. Life is rich and abundant — I am the sparsity. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XLV," A Soul's Faring, 1921  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Am I sorry for me; are you sorry for you;
      And do we grieve for ourselves all the long day through?
      Do we feel that there's no one whom we've ever known
      Who has had so much sorrow, who's been so alone?...
...I will try not to be too sorry for me;
      For, when the shadows fall, God will help me to see.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Am I Sorry for Me?" (1940s)

Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear. ~Author Unknown

I am the unsheltered life...
I am the fearlessness of him who has encountered many foes...
I am the strength of him who has had much to combat.
I am the ruggedness of him who has grown up through rocks.
I am the unsheltered life.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. ~Frederick Faber

Your attitude is your life, more so than even your body. ~Terri Guillemets

We come before Thee, O Lord, in the end of thy day with thanksgiving... the service of the day is over, and the hour come to rest. We resign into thy hands our sleeping bodies, our cold hearths, and open doors. Give us to awake with smiles, give us to labour smiling. As the sun returns in the east, so let our patience be renewed with dawn; as the sun lightens the world, so let our loving-kindness make bright this house of our habitation. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, "Evening," Prayers Written at Vailima, 1890

We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon. ~Konrad Adenauer

No vision and you perish;
No ideal, and you're lost;
Your heart must ever cherish
Some faith at any cost.
Some hope, some dream to cling to,
Some rainbow in the sky,
Some melody to sing to,
Some service that is high.
~Harriet Du Autermont

Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun. ~Colleen C. Barrett

I do not come with charted countries, — I bring you plains that are trackless, seas that have never known sail...
I am the doer of things that cannot be done.
I chant impossibilities.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of the Strong: IV," A Soul's Faring, 1921

Don't say it's all going to be good again someday. It's still good now — if you really look. ~Terri Guillemets

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs. ~Kenneth Clark

Having worked with at risk youth... I noticed that when I was intentionally positive by looking beyond their "fog" and to their light they responded with their genius. ~Joe Tassinari

The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities. ~Author Unknown

For want of wings
we have been earthbound,
but hearts and dreams soar!
~Terri Guillemets, "For want of wings," 2019, scrambled blackout poetry created from Rafe Martin, Birdwing, 2005, pages 94–95

No road is paved with gold unless you make it your own treasure. ~Alvaro Velasco

To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face, to greet the day with reverence, for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever wooes sleep and the joy that comes from work well done—this is how I desire to waste my days. ~Thomas Dreier

The world is filled with great beauty
      For all God's children to see;
      But many things pass unheeded
      If man holds to jealousy!
All jealousy and all hatred,
      And great bitterness of mind
      Will keep mortal man from searching,
      Nature's loveliness, to find!
His vision becomes distorted;
      He sees only what he thinks:
      If he thinks in terms of darkness,
      Shadows to himself he links!...
He surrounds himself with armor
      That keeps away rainbow lights
      And all harmony of color
      That could make his world so bright!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Vibration of Music and Color" (1940s)

Never mind the odds against you. If you doubled your effort, what would the odds against you do — send for reinforcements? ~Robert Brault, "Sparsely Sage, Mostly Rosemary and Thyme,"

Don't major in minor things. ~Author unknown

I ask of life the innocence of yesteryears, the happiness of the present time and the peace of mind of future. ~Papiha Ghosh, January 2012 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

You can't get overwhelmed by the thought of all the weeds if there are flowers in your soul. ~Terri Guillemets

He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.
~Edgar A. Guest, It Couldn't Be Done

Why not learn to enjoy the little things — there are so many of them. ~Author unknown

Say "Yes" to the seedlings and a giant forest cleaves the sky. Say "Yes" to the universe and the planets become your neighbors. Say "Yes" to dreams of love and freedom. It is the password to utopia. ~Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951

Positive anything is better than negative thinking. ~Elbert Hubbard

They can betray me, but I choose not to betray my peace of mind. ~Dodinsky

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.
~John Milton

Dear Life: When you give me dilemmas, I make dilemmanade. ~Author Unknown

I have made oath to put my arms around the universe, to embrace all that is. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of Longing: X," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923

We were not made to eternally weep. ~Countee Cullen (1903–1946)

Life is bare because we never plant it with seed. We never till its long rows... ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XLVIII," A Soul's Faring, 1921

For every day that there is sunshine, there will be days of rain,
it's how we dance within them both that shows our love and pain.
~Joey Tolbert

Either way, things are a lot better — either a lot better than they were or a lot better than they're going to be. ~Robert Brault,

Sometimes I'll find myself getting a little bit wound up about something, and I'll just have to talk myself down. Try to surround yourself with strong, upbeat, positive friends and people, and realize that every day in life is a choice between creating your own happiness or creating your own unhappiness. And I don't want to be unhappy. ~Hannah Aitchison, LA Ink, "Kat's in Love" (season 1, episode 10, original airdate 2007 October 9th)

Reach up (to accept blessings).
Bend down (to respect humbly).
Reach out (to give freely).
~Terri Guillemets

I am sure that nothing has such a decisive influence upon a man's course as his personal appearance, and not so much his appearance as his belief in its attractiveness or unattractiveness. ~Leo Tolstoy

If you are not enjoying the journey, you probably won't enjoy the destination. ~Author Unknown

God, set me free with dragon-flies, and wasps, and dusty-millers — unclaimed, unespoused, but free!...
Denied, protested, but living their wings.
Let me but grasp half so much of life as despised things, as purslane, and mullen, and wort
Growing there in their God-corner, unmindful of the world's disdain,
Eating the clean earth with their roots, drinking the light with their leaves —
God-things of opprobrium — but God's!
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Much in a Basket: XIV," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Be enthusiastic. Remember the placebo effect — 30% of medicine is showbiz. ~Ronald Spark

An old gentleman got up once in a meeting and said he had lived nearly all his life on Grumble Street, but not long ago he had moved over on Thanksgiving street. ~D.L. Moody, "Power in Prayer," address delivered in the Northfield Auditorium July 23 and 24, 1895

I said I was living life, but I was misliving it. What I called life was death. I was putting the grave-clothes on everything worth while.
Knowing that the thing I live is not life, but death; not truth, but falsity; not nature, but distortion; will I rise up and do the thing, or am I but one more coward of being? ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: LXXV," A Soul's Faring, 1921

Don't be mean when you've had a bad day. Be nice, and your day will get better. ~Terri Guillemets

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. ~G.K. Chesterton, "On Running After One's Hat," All Things Considered, 1908

It is no use to grumble and complain;
It's just as cheap and easy to rejoice;
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain -
Why, rain's my choice.
~James Whitcomb Riley

How can something bother you if you won't let it? ~Terri Guillemets

Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools. ~Napoleon

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. ~Jack Layton

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. ~Author unknown

Do not allow the noise of negativity to smother the whisper of your heart. ~Dodinsky

Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. ~Eckhart Tolle

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. ~Galileo Galilei

If it's worth getting upset over, then go ahead, but is it really? ~Terri Guillemets

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads. ~Henry David Thoreau

A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world; everyone you meet is your mirror. ~Ken Keyes, Jr.

Whatever my day may have lacked, yet I have tonight's pearl moon. ~Dr. SunWolf,

Life does not have a stop sign, only a speed limiter. ~Harshit Bhattaram

What's the use of kickin'
      In an aimless sort of way?
      What's the use of knockin'?
      If you've nothin' good to say,
            Shut up!
What's the use complainin'
      That the game ain't on the square?
      There's mighty few will listen,
      An' fewer still will care —
            Shut up!
What's the use of talkin'
      Of the "good old days gone by"?
      There's lots to do preparin'
      Fer them that's drawin' nigh.
            Shut up!
Get out an' study laughin'
      Go on an' learn to smile;
      You might even tackle singin'
      If you practised fer a while —
            Tune up!
~James P. Haverson (1880–1954), "Shut Up!", Sour Sonnets of a Sorehead & Other Songs of the Street, 1908

Storm clouds and rainbows, sunshine and tears, love and loneliness. It's all life, it's all good. And if it's not, it will be. ~Terri Guillemets

My joy may be diminished now, but I am still alive to be more joyful ahead. ~Ankam Nithin Kumar, April 2012 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

The sun won't shine until you put the umbrella away. Be free. ~Author unknown

Is life so wretched? Isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up. ~Dag Hammarskjold

If you fail to look at the Brightside of life,
You will fail to succeed at leaving the Darkside of life.
~Amir Al-Rubai

Spirit can walk, spirit can swim, spirit can climb, spirit can crawl. There is no terrain you cannot overcome. ~Terri Guillemets

The man who has no inner life is a slave to his surroundings. ~Henri Frédéric Amiel

Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. ~Alex Karras

It isn't our position but our disposition which makes us happy. ~Author Unknown

One day I shall come through Fields of Peace, up past the Hills of Joy. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Maori Proverb

A bad attitude is a fog over your whole body. ~Terri Guillemets

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore

Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin

Mind is everything. Muscle — pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind. ~Paavo Nurmi

Each morn, as I get out of bed,
      These thoughts keep running through my head:
      "Another day to do my work,
      To do it well and not to shirk;
"Another day to laugh and sing
      That joy to others I may bring;
      Another day of hopes and fears,
      Of happy hours—perhaps, some tears!"
And when, at night, I go to bed,
      I'm always hoping I have shed
      Some sunshine, as I lived the day,
      To help another on his way.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Another Day" (1940s)

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. ~Edward de Bono, Observer, 12 June 1977

There is no law that says the things that brighten your day can't be every bit as trivial as the things that ruin it. ~Robert Brault,

The trouble with letting trivial things ruin your life is that they keep getting more trivial. ~Robert Brault,

Anywhere you go liking everyone, everyone will be likeable. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Worship," The Conduct of Life, 1860

People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them. ~Epictetus

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. ~William Arthur Ward

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. ~Arthur Rubinstein

There are two types of people — those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are." ~Frederick L. Collins

Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved. ~Marcus Antonius

You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe. ~James Whistler

"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily. "So it is." "And freezing." "Is it?" "Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately." ~A.A. Milne

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. ~Alice Walker

Those who wish to sing, always find a song. ~Swedish Proverb

I've known... lightning strikes and hammer blows, tripping falls face-to-ground. I drag heavy fears... and I've hurt a lot. But why nurture the negative? With each adversity and graying year comes a brighter, giddier laugh and a more sincere, deeper smile. My heart gets both weaker and stronger with each blow, and every knockout convinces me that I don't want to spend any more time, not even mere seconds, being miserable or resentful or smeared with the filth of the past. Wash myself clean each morning and brave the new day.... I'll take what I can get in lessons and give whatever I can in smiles... ~Terri Guillemets, "Kicked Happy, Fallen Grateful," 2012

Thou hast a jewel prison'd in thy breast
That God hath breathed on with the breath of love,
The brightest gift,—the most endear'd bequest,
The purest relic from our Home above.
It is thy Talisman of good below...
It will not live but in a loving heart...
It will not stay where scorn and doubt have part...
~Fanny Charlotte Wyndham Montgomery (1820–1893), "When with a tired soul," 1846

So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. ~Chinese Proverb

Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth. ~Francesca Lia Block

What do I want to be when I grow up? Happy. I want to be happy. And useful, loved, loving, healthy, wise, free, strong. ~Terri Guillemets

Nothing is interesting if you're not interested. ~Helen MacInness

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell

Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things. ~Terri Guillemets

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. ~Ralph Marston

Mr. Dumby:  I don't think we are bad. I think we are all good except Tuppy.
Lord Darlington:  No, we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan: A Play About a Good Woman, 1892

Linda:  How's that saying go? We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars?
Lucifer  The stars are just gas bags. And I never would've fed Oscar that line had I known how much I'd have to hear people quote it back to me.
~Julia Fontana, "Chloe Does Lucifer," Lucifer [S3, E8, 2017]


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