Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday ~ February 17, 2020

When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the time and the place the tide will turn.

(Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811 - 1896)

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday ~ February 16,2020

For the truth is that in the end loyalty is never an attachment to something external so much as it is an allegiance to something inside yourself. That which commands you outwardly has first possessed you inwardly. That is why a bad human being is never a reliable patriot, nor a good human being a bad citizen. There is no surer test than this: Your loyalty will always be what you secretly love and serve.

 ( A. Powell Davies, 1902 - 1957)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday ~ February 15, 2020

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order - willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.

(Annie Dillard, b. 1945)

Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday ~ February 14, 2020

The thing is to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it, and everything you've held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it...
Then you hold life like a face between your palms, a plain face, no charming smile, no violet eyes, and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you again.

(Ellen Bass, b. 1947)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday ~ February 13, 2020

Hatred is a passion requiring one hundred times the energy of love. Keep it for a cause, not an individual. Keep it for intolerance, injustice, stupidity. For hatred is the strength of the sensitive. Its power and its greatness depend on the selflessness of its use.

(Olive Moore, 1916 - 1970)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wednesday ~ February 12, 2020

Panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind always grows through them and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is that they are the touchstone of sincerity and hypocrisy, and they bring things and people to light, which might otherwise have lain forever undisclosed.

(Thomas Paine, 1737 - 1809)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday ~ February 11, 2020

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.

(Cynthia Heimel, 1947 - 2018)

Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday ~ February 10, 2020

New Yorkers will excuse me for missing my barred owls, fuffed grouse, and snowshoe rabbits, my grosbeaks and deer. I love what you love too. In the city and in the country there is a simple, underlying basis ti life which we forget almost daily: that life is good. We forget because losing it or wife, children, health, friends is so awfully painful, and because life is hard, but we know from our own experience as well as our expectations that it can and ought to be good, and is even meant to be good.

(Edward Hoagland, b. 1932)

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday ~ February 9, 2020

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.

(Dorothy Day, 1897 - 1980)

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Saturday ~ February 8,2020

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust, the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.
My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.
Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life, some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 - 1882)

Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday ~ February 7, 2020

The world either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky,
No higher than the soul is high.
The heart can push the sea and land
Farther away on either hand;
The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.

(Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892 - 1950)

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Thursday ~ February 6, 2020

It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed... The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. All history will convince you of this, and that wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.

(Abigail Adams, 1744 - 1818)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wednesday ~ February 5, 2020

Remember how long you have procrastinated, and how consistently you have failed to put to good use your suspended sentence from the gods. It is about time you realized the nature of the universe (of which you are part) and of the power that rules it (to which your part owes its existence). Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.

(Marcus Aurelius, 121 - 180)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tuesday ~ February 4, 2020

In America, I saw the freest and most enlightened people placed in the happiest circumstances that the world affords. Yet it seemed to me as if a cloud habitually hung upon their brows, and I thought them serious and almost sad, even in their pleasures. In the United States, people build houses in which to spend their old age, and they sell them before the roof is on; they plant gardens and sublet them just as the trees are coming into bearing; the bring fields into tillage and leave others to gather the crops; they embrace a profession and give it up; they settle in a place, which they soon afterwards leave to carry their changeable longings elsewhere... They who have set their hearts exclusively upon the pursuit of worldly welfare are always in a hurry, for they have but a limited time at their disposal to reach, to grasp, and to enjoy it.

(lexis de Tocqueville, 1805 - 1859)

Monday, February 3, 2020

Monday ~ February 3, 2020

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

(Edith Wharton, 1862 - 1937)

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sunday ~ February 2, 2020 ... 02/02/2020

If space and time, as sages say,
  Are things which cannot be,
The fly that lives a single day
  Has lived as long as we.
But let us live while yet we may,
  While love and life are free,
For time is time, and runs away,
  Through sages disagree.

(T.S. Eliot, 1888 - 1965)

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Saturday ~ February 1, 2020

The trouble with comparing yourself to others is that there are too many others. Using others as your control group, all of your worst fears and all your fondest hopes are at once true. You are good; you are bad; you are abnormal; you are just like everyone else.

(Sarah Manguso, b. 1974)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Friday ~ January 31, 2020

It is not the critics who count, nor the people who point out how the strong have stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strive valiantly... who know great enthusiasm and great devotion, and spend themselves in worthy cause; who, at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if they fail, at least fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

(Theodore Roosevelt, 1858 - 1919)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Thursday ~ January 30, 2020

There is no mystery greater than our own mystery. We are, to ourselves, unknown. And yet we do know. The thought we cannot quite think is nevertheless somehow a thought, and it lives in us without our being able to think it. We are a mystery, but we are a living mystery. The most alive thing about us is what we are when thought breaks off and our mind can go no further - for that is where our yearning begins, our inconsolable yearning, and the loneliness that begets compassion, the forlornness that prepares the heart for love.

(A. Powell Davies, 1902-1957)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wednesday ~ January 29,2020

Nothing forced works.
The Gordian knot just worsens if it's jerked at by a person.
One of the main stations of the cross is patience.
Another, of course, is impatience.
There is such a thing as too much tolerance for unpleasant situations,
a time when the gentle teasing out of the threads ceases to be pleasing to a woman born for conquest.
Instead, she must assault the knot or alp or everest with something sharp and take upon herself the moral warp of progress,

(Kay Ryan, b. 1945)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tuesday ~ January 28,2020

Peace is not the product of despair.
An army's most invincible least used.
Strength engenders weakness when abused,
Serving best by merely being there.
One conquers in the end by being just,
Vanquishing the conscience with the right.
Each child that's passed over in the night
restores just one-half bullet's worth of trust.

(Nicholas Gordon, b. 1940)

Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday ~ January 27,2020

We want more soul, a higher cultivation of all spiritual faculties. We need more unselfishness, earnestness, and integrity. We need men and women whose hearts are the homes of high and lofty enthusiasm and noble devotion to the cause of emancipation, who are ready and willing to lay time, talent, and money on the altar of universal freedom.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday ~ January 26, 2020

Friendship of a kind that cannot easily be reversed tomorrow must have its roots in common interests and shared beliefs.

(Barbara Tuchman, 1912-1989)

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday ~ January 25,2020

When we can begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.

(Katherine Mansfield, 1888-1923)

Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday ~ January 24, 2020

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they be a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again; you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.

(Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Thursday 23, 2020

This crowd on Earth they soon forget
The heroes of the past.
They cheer like mad until you fail
and that's how long you last.
But God He never does forget
and in His hall of Fame
By just believing in His Son
Inscribed you'll find your name.

Thursday ~ January 23,2020

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.

(Wendell Berry, b. 1934)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wednesday ~ January 22, 2020

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well, safely rest.
God is nigh.
Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, and the stars
Shineth bright.
Fare thee well; day has gone.
Night is on.
Thanks and praise, For our days,
"Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go, this we know,
God is nigh.

("Taps," arranged in 1862 by Daniel Butterfield)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday ~ January 21, 2020

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.

(Helen Keller, 1880-1960)

Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday ~ January 20, 2020

"One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of the status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change."

 (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968)

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday ~ January 19, 2020

God, give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

(Reinhold Niebuhr, 1892-1971)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saturday ~ January 18, 2020

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth can find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring comes after winter.

(Rachel Carson, 1907 - 1964)

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday ~ January 17, 2020

It is a miracle that New York works at all. The whole thing is implausible... By rights, New York should have destroyed itself long ago, from panic or fire or rioting or failure of some vital supply line in its circulatory system or from some deep labyrinthine short circuit. Long ago the city should have experienced an insoluble traffic snarl at some impossible bottleneck. It should have been touched in the head by the August heat and gone off its rocker... There is not enough air and not enough light, and there is usually either too much heat or too little. But the city makes up for its hazards and deficiencies by supplying its citizens with massive doses of a supplementary vitamin: the sense of belonging to something unique, cosmopolitan, mighty and unparalleled.

(E.B. White. 1899-1985)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday ~ January 16, 2020

There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us - to know
Whence our lives come and where they go.

(Matthew Arnold, 1882 - 1888)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wednesday ~ January 15, 2020

The resources (divine and human) that are available for the achievement of meaningful change justify an attitude of ultimate optimism... History is a struggle in dead earnest between justice and injustice, looking towards the ultimate victory in the promise and fulfillment of grace. Anyone who does not enter into that struggle with the affirmation of love and beauty misses the mark and thwarts creation as well as self-creation.

(James Luther Adams, 1901 - 1994)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tuesday ~ January 14, 2020

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, It was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going directly the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

(Charles Dickens, 1812 - 1870)

Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday ~ January 13, 2010

The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep.
And round the pebbly beaches far and wide
I heard the first wave of the rising tide
Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;
A voice out of the silence of the deep,
 A sound mysteriously multiplied
As of a cataract from the mountain's side,
Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.
So comes to us at times, from the unknown
And inaccessible solitudes of being,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;
And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 - 1882)

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday ~ January 12, 2020

Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions: desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.

(Blaise Pascal, 1623 - 1662)

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday ~ January 11, 2020

A ritual takes what happened a long time ago and drags it into the present so you can experience it here and now. Rituals keep us from forgetting what must not be forgotten and keep us rooted in a past from which we must not be disconnected.

(Tony Campolo, b. 1936)

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday ~ January 10, 2010

Sublime places repeat in grand terms a lesson that ordinary typically introduces viciously: that the universe is mightier than we are, that we are frail and tempory and have no alternative but to accept limitations on our will; that we must bow to necessities greater than ourselves... This is the lesson written into the stones of the desert and the ice fields of the poles. So grandly is it written there that we may come away from such places not crushed but inspired by what lies beyond us, privileged to be subject to such majestic necessities. The sense of awe may even shade into a desire to worship.

(Alain de Botton, b. 1969)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wednesday ~ January 8, 2020

Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not easy.

(Aristotle, 384 - 322 BCE)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Tuesday ~ January 7, 2020

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

(Helen Keller, 1880 - 1960)


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