If you had a choice, and you do, would you rather go through life feeling entitled or blessed? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com, 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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, betsygarmon.com (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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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
I'd rather laugh
~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, lumpenbangenpiano.com
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.
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, rbrault.blogspot.com, 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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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.
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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.
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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.
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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 quoteinvestigator.com/2013/11/16/rose-thorn
"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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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, rbrault.blogspot.com, 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," rbrault.blogspot.com
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.
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.
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
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).
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, professorsunwolf.com
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,
What's the use complainin'
That the game ain't on the square?
There's mighty few will listen,
An' fewer still will care —
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.
Get out an' study laughin'
Go on an' learn to smile;
You might even tackle singin'
If you practised fer a while —
~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.
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, rbrault.blogspot.com
The trouble with letting trivial things ruin your life is that they keep getting more trivial. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
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]