Choose To Be Optimistic

Those who are determined to be ‘offended’ will discover a provocation somewhere.. We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics, and it is degrading to make the attempt.
( Christopher Hitchens )

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

A healthy forest is worth much more than the resources we extract from its destruction.
(Aleks Evtimov)

It’s a good day to have a good day.

The culture’s problem lies above all in the belief that controlling and abusing the natural world is justifiable.
( Derrick Jensen )

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, and we create the dreams.
( Albert Einstein )

Your religion may tell you to pray, but you have no right to impose that prayer on others.
You don’t get to impose your belief or rituals on others.
Believe whatever you want but keep it to yourself, in your thoughts.

If you want to understand any problem in America, you need to focus on who profits from that problem, not who suffers from the problem.
( Dr Amos Wilson )

The common man or woman, whether they are Israeli or Palestinian, Protestant or Catholic, or Iraqi, or American, the common man just wants to live in peace and justice in a clean environment.. When we look around the world and we see that that is not the case, we know the will of the majority is not being listened to.. That’s the first sign that our system is broken.
( Woody Harrelson )

I’ve always loved the idea of not being what others expect me to be.

You can stand tall without standing on someone.
You can be a victor without having victims.
( Harriett Woods )

The ability to step into the shoes of another, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions.

If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture, that is immortality for me.. And as much as anyone deserves.
( Edward Abbey )

Is what you believe true, or do you just believe that it’s true because you were taught it was true and you never looked any further.

Wars are not about freedom.
Wars are about control of resources, greed, selfishness, and power.
And the people are fed lies and propaganda.

A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors, are not victims but accomplices.
( George Orwell )

As we grow older the things we used to tolerate have become intolerable.
Where we once remained quiet, we are now speaking the truth.
Where we once argued, we are now choosing to remain silent.
We begin to understand that there are some situations that no longer deserve our time and energy.

How wonderful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be angry.

The worst decisions are made under the shade of loneliness.
( R.H. Sin )

Just because we can.. Doesn’t mean we should.

Be grateful for the positive things in your life..
Rather than worrying about what you might be missing.

Treat everyone you meet as if they were you.
( Doug Dillon )

My soul recognises your soul.
There is no difference between us.
We are the same .. We are one.

Sometimes we need to be silent, swallow our pride, and accept we are wrong.
It’s not giving up, it’s simply being grown up.

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
( Dalai Lama )

We must stop making stupid people famous.

Some people are cut from a different cloth..
And they don’t make that fabric anymore.

It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.
( Thomas Paine )

Victory is reserved for those who believe they are worthy of victory.

Judge others by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
( Mary Oliver )

It always seems to rain the hardest on those who deserve the sun.

Sometimes your greatest accomplishment will just be keeping your mouth shut.

Don’t take your organs to Heaven..
Heaven knows we need them here.

They have promised that dreams can come true..
But forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.
( Oscar Wilde )

The good, caring folk use their freedom of speech for those who have no voice.

I want to live simply.
I want to fall asleep when the moon is high..
And wake up slowly with no place to rush off to.
I don’t want to be governed by money or clocks
Or any restraints that society imposes.
I just want to be me.

Forgiveness empties the past of its power to empty the present of its peace.
( L.R. Knost )

It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.
( Bill Murray )

Don’t Let Hate Slow You Down

Anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful.

If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good.
(Morris Cohen)

The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life.
(Buckminster Fuller)

At a certain age you just don’t care what people think any more.

Those who tried to break you are expecting you to be in fight mode..
Conquer them with your peace.
(Thema Davis)

It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth.
(Alexis de Tocqueville)

If you have beauty in your heart, everything looks beautiful.

One kind word can warm three winter months.
(Japanese proverb)

When you see beautiful flowers, you know the Earth is smiling.
(Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008)

Compassion is always born of understanding, and understanding is the result of looking deeply.
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

Spend more time trying to make something of yourself, and less time trying to impress others.

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
(Thomas Jefferson)

Have the maturity to know sometimes silence is more powerful than having the last word.
(Thema Davis)

The music is not in the notes..
But the silence in between.

Science is a method of investigation, not a belief system.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

With guns you can kill terrorists.. With education, you can kill terrorism.
(Malala Yousafzai)

I woke up.. I have a warm home.. I have running water..
I have food to eat.. I have clothes to wear.
Life is good.. I am blessed.. I am thankful.

When you are truly genuine, there will invariably be people who do not accept you.
And in that case, you must be your own badass self, without apology.
(Katie Goodman)

Be happy.. It’s good for your health.

Some people don’t like you just because your strength reminds them of their weakness.. Don’t let the hate slow you down.
(Thema Davis)

How we walk with the weak and the vulnerable speaks louder than how we sit with the strong and the powerful.

I demolish my bridges behind me.. Then there is no choice but to move forward.
(Fridtjof Nansen)

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.
(Mason Cooley)

I’m not afraid of the opinions of others, but of being needed and coming up short.
(John Geddes)

Sometimes, the best thing we can do for another is just to listen to them

There are times when wisdom cannot be found in the chambers of parliament or the halls of academia but at the unpretentious setting of the kitchen table.
(E.A. Bucchianeri)

Just because today is a terrible day, doesn’t mean tomorrow might not be the best day of your life.

If I believe my truth is true and you believe your truth is true..
What if my truth says yours is a lie.. Is it still true ?

When others walk away, let them.
Your future is not about people who walk away.
It’s about the people who stay in it for the ride.

Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.
(David Bowie)

Haters are always going to hate.
While the rest of us live and laugh and love and have fun.

When you’re thinking about the rest of your life, you’re never really thinking more than a couple of years down the road.
(Chuck Palahniuk)

Goodbyes are one of the hardest things about life.
People are always leaving.
Our family, our friends, those we love and care about.

I always thought that life was about standing your ground, no matter how strong the current was.. But going with the flow isn’t so bad after all.. As long as it takes you forward.
(Ai Yazawa)

Don’t let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything.

Be there for others.. But never leave yourself behind.

No one is so old that he cannot live another year..
Or so young that he cannot die today.

Hope is not a feeling of certainty that everything ends well.
Hope is just a feeling that life and work have a meaning.
(Václav Havel)

The more secure you are with yourself..
The less time you spend trying to tear others down.

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.
(Miles Davis)

My Heart Is My Hand

My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.
(Jimmy Carter)

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
(Marian Wright Edelman)

One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm.
One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.
(Hannah Senesh)

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience.. This is the ideal life.
(Mark Twain)

He whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
(Thomas Paine)

Work for something because it is good..
Not just because it stands a chance to succeed.

(Vaclav Havel)

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

In the end.. It is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.
(Thomas Merton)

Our face and our body will change and look older..
But a good person will always be a good person.
(Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008)

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
(Peter F. Drucker)

What is a weed ? .. A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
(Henry David Thoreau)

Listen to your heart.. Not to the crowd.
(Ma Zu)

A good friend is there when you have nothing.. Or when you feel like nothing.
(Bob Wol)

When you relinquish the desire to control your future you obtain happiness.
(Nicole Kidman)

For many in the world.. Yesterday is gone.. Today is almost over.
And they will never see tomorrow.
(R S Hutchison)

It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
(Dizzy Gillespie)

Memories bring me comfort..
But they remind me how without you life has never been the same.
(Florence Emily Hookins, 1896-1962)

If you care about somebody, you should want them to be happy.
Even if you wind up being left out.
(Stephen Chbosky)

A single lie is enough to create doubt in every other word spoken.

Those who speak the truth are always respected.
(Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008)

Friends are the support bras of life.
(Lisa Kleypas)

When an ignorant man neglects valuable advice.
He becomes the cause of his own misery.
(Alfred Hookins, 1892-1956)

I was tired of pretending that I was someone else just to get along with people, just for the sake of having friendships.
(Kurt Cobain)

Worrying gives small problems big shadows.

When greed takes hold, all believe in the same religion, ‘money’..
More important than the lives of men, women and children.
(Owl Warrior)

There is no teaching better than the true practice of the awakening to one’s own nature.
(Bob Wol)

I pull away, you pull me back, you grab my hand and wrap me around.
What you did not know is.. My heart is my hand.
(Coco J. Ginger)

Summon the power of your inner courage and live the life you are completely comfortable with.
(Alfred Hookins, 1892-1956)

Don’t underestimate the power of friendship.
Those bonds are tight stitches that close up the holes you might otherwise fall through.
(Richelle E. Goodrich)

Sleep doesn’t help if your soul is tired.

Sometimes we have to stop caring..
And turn off all our emotions and feelings..
Just to protect ourself from getting hurt.
(R S Hutchison)

Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden.

We are fascinated by the words..
But where we meet is in the silence behind them.
(Ram Dass)

If someone’s life is not enriched by their time with you, then you’re not doing something right.
(Osayi Osar-Emokpae)

There is no death.. Only a change of worlds.
(Chief Seattle)

The worst part about being strong is that no one ever asks you if you are okay.

Sometimes it’s best to say nothing.
Some people are not worth your breath, let alone your words.
(Owl Warrior)

We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place, or not to bother.
(Jane Goodall)

Above all, don’t lie to yourself.. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others.. And having no respect he ceases to love.
(Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

We Were Once Just Humans

Statistics.. The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
(Evan Esar)

Some people will do you wrong then turn around and act like you did something to them.
(Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008)

They will call you crazy until they find out you are right.

If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

The past is a place of reference.. Not a place of residence.
(Owl Warrior)

May your neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, angels protect you, and heaven accept you.
(Aubrey Drake)

Some days you need the music..
And some days you need the lyrics.

Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.
(Rabindranath Tagore)

May your shoes make happy tracks on many roads..
And may rainbows always touch your shoulders.
(Alfred Hookins, 1892-1956)

Your whole life is on the other side of the glass, and there is nobody watching.
(Alan Bennett)

What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
(Andre Agassi)

It’s very sad that some of the kindest people in life are always the most mistreated.

Recession is when a neighbour loses his job.
Depression is when you lose yours.
(Ronald Reagan)

Being different doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
(Florence Emily Hookins, 1896-1962)

The right to free speech and the unrealistic expectation to never be offended can not coexist.
(Philip Sharp)

The present is what slips by us while we are pondering the past and worrying about the future.

Be the reason someone smiles today.

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
(Thomas Jefferson)

Unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.
(Noam Chomsky)

The joy in life is to be used for a purpose.
I want to be used up when I die.
(George Bernard Shaw)

I only know two tunes..
One of them is ‘Yankee Doodle’ and the other isn’t.
(Ulysses S. Grant)

I don’t want you to think like me.. I just want you to think.
(Robert William Hutchison, 1922-2006)

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

No amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education simply develops it.
(Bob Wol)

A good life is when you smile often, laugh a lot..
And realise how blessed you are for what you have.

There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.
(William F. Halsey)

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
(Benjamin Franklin)

We were all once just simply humans..
Until some gave themselves labels and separated us..
Atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, etc., etc.
(Owl Warrior)

What is success ?
It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.
(Paulo Coelho)

The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.

There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.
(Alexander Woollcott)

Listen to the wind, it talks.
Listen to the silence, it speaks.
Listen to your heart, it knows.

May the stars carry your sadness away.
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty.
May hope forever wipe away your tears.
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
(Chief Dan George)

I am who I am.. Your approval is not needed.

Sacrificing the earth for paradise is giving up the substance for the shadow.
(Victor Hugo)

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.
(Alfred A. Montapert)

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
(Thomas Paine)

Stay away from negative people..
They have a problem for every solution.

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
(Alvin Toffler)

Now That It’s All Over

Who cares about shit people say, that they don’t have the balls to say to your face.
(Tony Soprano)

Society tells us how we should lead our lives, what we can and cannot say, how we are supposed to feel, and they claim this is freedom.

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

The greatest country, the richest country, is not that which has the most capitalists, monopolists, immense grabbings, vast fortunes, with its sad, sad soil of extreme, degrading, damning poverty, but the land in which there are the most homesteads, freeholds, where wealth does not show contrasts high and low, where all men have enough, a modest living, and no man is made possessor beyond the sane and beautiful necessities.
(Walt Whitman)

People do not die from suicide.. They die from sadness.

When someone asks me what I do.. I say ‘whatever it takes’.

Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived.
So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have ?
(Jane Goodall)

I like when you don’t have to be careful what you say.
That’s when you know you are with the right people.

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. 
(C.S. Lewis)

The life many humans complain about is only a dream for millions of poor souls

Make your goal to create a life in which you don’t need to take a vacation.

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live.. Which of these two is better only God knows.

I don’t think you should die until you’re ready.
Until you’ve wrung out every last bit of living you can.
(Libba Bray)

The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change.
The leader adjusts the sails.

Never before in the history of politics have the UK electors made such a grave mistake.
(God Almighty)

Happiness is simply peace, dancing..
Peace is simply happiness at rest.

You’ve got a lot of choices.. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.
(Steven D. Woodhull)

Trust is like paper.. Once it’s crumbled, it can’t be perfect again.

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.
(Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros)

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy..
Even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.

Now that it’s all over, what did you really do yesterday that’s worth mentioning ?
(Coleman Cox)

I try to do good in the world, to do the best I can..
Not because I expect a reward or praise..
But because it feels better than being an asshole.

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.
(Charles Dickens)

Try and be one of the reasons why others believe in goodness and kindness.

My favourite times are when I am having intelligent conversations with good people and when I am listening to good music.
(Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008)

When it rains look for rainbows..
When it’s dark look for stars.

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
(J.K. Rowling)

People know your name, but not your story.
They have heard what you have done, but not what you have been through.
So take their opinions of you with a pinch of salt.
It’s not what others think of you..
It’s what you think about yourself that counts.

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.
But if you listen, you may learn something new.
(Dalai Lama)

Your value doesn’t decrease based on the inability of others to see your worth.

A good human will be honest no matter how painful the truth is.
A coward hides behind lies and deceit.

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.
Failure is delay, not defeat.
It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
(Denis Waitley)

Never underestimate yourself.
You know more than you say, think more than you speak, and notice more than you realise.

I smile and act like nothing is wrong.
It’s called dealing with life and staying strong.

Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things.
We must teach music in schools.
(Martin Luther)

Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air and thinking you are better than everyone else.. It’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone else in the first place.

When someone is nasty or treats you poorly..
Don’t take it personally..
It says nothing about you but everything about them.

Be thankful for the body and the mind you have.
No one can look or think the way you do.
You are unique.