A Life Not Lived For Others Is Not A Life

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.

It’s a good feeling when someone simply asks, ‘How are you ?’

I don’t want to be alone. I want to be left alone.
( Audrey Hepburn )

I sometimes think of the people who weren’t there for me, and thank them for forcing me to find my own way.

We owe no one any explanation of what we do or say.
Our life is ours, not theirs.

We must confront what’s wrong in the world and multiply what’s right.

Self-care is not being selfish, it’s a necessity.
If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for others.

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is.
( Winston Churchill )

Always appreciate and be good to the people who make an effort to stay in your life.

Whether you are right or wrong, someone will always criticise you.

Some people decide to go through their darkest times alone.
Not telling and not asking family or friends for help.

To care for the old folk who once cared for us is something we all should do.

To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.
( Martin Luther King, Jr. )

If you don’t do stupid things while you are young,
You will have nothing to laugh about when you are old.

If you see something good in someone, tell them.
It may only take a few seconds to say,
But for them, it may help them on their way.

Instead of wiping away your tears, wipe away the people who make you cry.

If it’s not right, don’t do it.. If It’s not true, don’t say it.. Simple.

Be kind to yourself, and then let your kindness fill the hearts of others.

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.
( Audre Lorde )

There is nothing that gives us trouble more than our own thoughts.

Life doesn’t always give you what you want.
Not because you don’t deserve it, but because you deserve much more.

Sometimes, in the end, all we learn is how to be strong alone.

I don’t want much.
I just want people who are reading this to be healthy, happy and loved.

I greet this new day with joy, a priceless gift of a new day, another day reprieved from death. I am indeed a fortunate soul and the hours of today are a bonus, and probably undeserved compared to some who left too soon.

There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.
( Audre Lorde )

One of the most valuable gifts we can receive is an honest friend.

Honesty, truth, compassion, respect ..
Without these in our life we have pretty much nothing.

Greed is responsible for almost all the misery and the suffering in the world today. Our leaders, the corporations, and those with power, continue to put their greedy snouts deeper and deeper into the trough, and don’t give a shit about who, or what, they destroy.

I don’t really care what others think of me.
I’m just happy doing my own thing.

If a hateful person makes you hate, they win.
If a bully makes you a bully, they win.
Don’t be hateful, and don’t be a bully, don’t let them win.
This is how our country, and the world, will win.

If you can make one person laugh long enough to forget their problems then your day wasn’t wasted.

If you don’t stand up for others when their rights are being trampled, who will stand up for you when it’s your rights they trample?

Words From Mother Teresa ..

Loneliness and the feeling of being uncared for and unwanted are the greatest poverty.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean…
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.

Duty is a very personal thing.. It is what comes from knowing the need to take action and not just a need to urge others to do something.

I see God in every human being.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.

If you can’t do great things, do little things with great love.
If you can’t do them with great love, do them with a little love.
If you can’t do them with a little love, do them anyway.
Love grows when people serve.

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.. Be the living expression of God’s kindness.. kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

God doesn’t require us to succeed, He only requires that you try.

Live simply so others may simply live.

Prayer is not asking.. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot.. together we can do great things.

A life not lived for others is not a life.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, He will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life ?’ rather He will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?’

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody.. I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.. Do good anyway.

When you don’t have anything, then you have everything.

Yesterday is gone.. Tomorrow has not yet come.. We have only today.. Let us begin.

Mother Teresa

Music Was My Refuge

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
( John Quincy Adams )

We should always do what is right, not what is easy.

You may have made some mistakes, and you may not be where you want to be, but that’s got nothing to do with your future.
( Zig Ziglar )

Before you ask yourself why someone doesn’t like you.
Ask yourself why you even care.

I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy. And to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.
( Gus Speth )

Smile at people who don’t like you. They hate it.

Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.
( Stevie Wonder )

We are none of us alone.
Even as we exhale it is inhaled by others.
The light that shines on us shines on our neighbour as well.
In this way, we are connected to our friend even as we are connected to our enemy.

Music was my refuge..
I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
( Maya Angelou )

Being rich is not what you have in your bank account..
It’s what you have in your heart.

For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.
( Bo Bennett )

When the character of someone is not clear to you, look at their friends.

Religion and superstition has made fools of us all.
( Rose Winfold )

Most people don’t really want the truth.
They just want constant reassurance that what they believe is the truth.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.
( Mother Teresa )

Running away from a problem only increases the distance from the solution.

All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being..
Not just with my hands but with my heart.
( There Mafi )

If you’re not sure what to believe in..
Then start with yourself.. After that, everything falls into place.

The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.
( Mitch Albom )

If you are lucky enough to find someone as crazy as you, never let them go.

Loneliness adds beauty to life.
It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
( Henry Rollins )

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking..
Because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.
Always believe in yourself.

The loneliness you feel with another person, the wrong person, is the loneliest of all.
( Deb Caletti )

The way you end your story may one day be the reason why someone begins theirs.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
( Nelson Mandela )

We must never close our eyes to the evil and the horror that surrounds the good and the beautiful.

Loneliness is the poverty of self.. Solitude is richness of self.
( May Sarton )

I’m perfect in my imperfections, happy in my pain..
Strong in my weaknesses..
And beautiful in my own way because I’m me.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive..
To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
( Marcus Aurelius )

Worry is a total waste of time.. It doesn’t change anything.
All it does is steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing.

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
( Lao Tzu )

Sometimes we need someone to simply be there..
Not to say anything or fix anything..
But just to let us know they are on our side, and that they care.

When you realise how perfect everything is..
You will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
( Buddha )

We are not given a good life or a bad life.. We are given a life.
It’s up to us to make it good or bad.

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
( William Osler, 1849-1919 )

Live your life in such a way that if anyone says a bad thing about you, no one would ever believe it.

Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
( Voltaire )

If you think you are mad, don’t worry..
All the best folk are mad..
You just have to trust your madness.

Be helpful.
When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.
( Zig Ziglar )

The most dangerous thing in the world is an imbecile who thinks he’s a genius.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
( Mark Twain )

Those annoying moments when you are talking with someone..
And you just cannot understand how they actually believe what they are saying.

Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanisation is ceaseless.
( Audre Lorde )

Sometimes I feel like giving up..
Then I remember there are still people I need to prove wrong.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
( Augustine of Hippo )

We were not born to just pay bills and then die.

It’s not differences that divide us. It’s our judgments about each other that do.
( Margaret Wheatley )

As you grow older, you slowly realise what really matters.
You realise that happiness does not come from the material things in the world.
You realise it comes from spending our short time here living and laughing with those we love and with those we care about.. So stay humble, we all end up the same way.

Beware, some people just act like they are trying to help you.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
( Nelson Mandela )

We come from the earth, we return to the earth..
And in between we play in the garden.

The large pharmaceutical companies don’t want people to stop being sick, otherwise they stop making profits.. This is why they want everyone to focus more on the cure, not on the cause.

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
( Walter Cronkite )

As an educator, you must learn wonder.
Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences.
( Audre Lorde )

In the slums of our great cities today, boys and girls who could easily be brought to the full use of their powers are left stunted, inarticulate and angry.

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination..
But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
( Nelson Mandela )

The most violent element in society is ignorance.

When many different creatures are part of the same species, this typically means that they share many similarities over differences and can reproduce among themselves. If humans share more similarities than differences, in desires, needs, and fears, then what is keeping our species apart? If our Creator wanted us to be divided, we would have not been designed to interbreed.
( Suzy Kassem )

Do not let those who are sleepwalking stand in the way of your awakening.

Today, take a few minutes to sit quietly, and just be thankful for all you have.

Our differences need not divide us because even as we are unique and individual, we are also all one.
( Henry Kimsey-House )

Conscious people don’t need to be told what to believe or how to behave.
Their logic and reason allow them the ability to use their own minds.

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
( A.A. Milne )

If you are unwilling to question your beliefs..
You will never know if you are following the truth or lies.

You are the artist of your life.
Don’t give the paintbrush to anyone else.

All men are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them.
( Miyamoto Musashi )

The Righteous Stand Firm For Ever

Words Of Solomon ..

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
But the speech of the upright rescues them.

Wicked men are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous stands firm.

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,
But the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk,
But a righteous man escapes trouble.

A fool shows his annoyance at once,
But a prudent man overlooks an insult.

Truthful lips endure for ever,
But a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil,
But joy for those who promote peace.

The Lord detests lying lips,
But he delights in men who are truthful.

Ill-gotten treasures are of no value,
But righteousness delivers from death.

The man of integrity walks securely,
But he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
But violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs.

Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you..
Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
For she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies.. Nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand.. In her left hand are riches and honour.
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who embrace her.
Those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

The wages of the righteous bring them life,
But the income of the wicked brings them punishment.

He who heeds discipline shows the way to life,
But whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

When words are many, sin is not absent,
But he who holds his tongue is wise.

Preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight.
They will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid.
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
But the heart of the wicked is of little value.

The lips of the righteous nourish many,
But fools die for lack of judgment.

Keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them upon your heart for ever.. Fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you.
When you sleep, they will watch over you.
When you awake, they will speak to you.
For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life.

A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,
But a man of understanding delights in wisdom.

When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
But the righteous stand firm for ever.

In the way of righteousness there is life..
Along that path is immortality.

The light of the righteous shines brightly,
But the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

He who walks with the wise grows wise,
But a companion of fools suffers harm.

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
From men whose words are perverse,
Who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
Who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
Whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.
For the upright will live in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it..
But the wicked will be cut off from the land.

Stay away from a foolish man,
For you will not find knowledge on his lips.

Each heart knows its own bitterness,
And no-one else can share its joy.

There is a way that seems right to a man,
But in the end it leads to death.

Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
For the Lord detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
But he blesses the home of the righteous.

Even in laughter the heart may ache,
And joy may end in grief.

Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good,
And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

A heart at peace gives life to the body,
But envy rots the bones.

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, do not travel on it..
Turn from it and go on your way.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
Keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

A greedy man brings trouble to his family,
But he who hates bribes will live.

Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed,
Than to share plunder with the proud.

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
Shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness..
They do not know what makes them stumble.

A wise man’s heart guides his mouth,
And his lips promote instruction.

Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
But a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them,
But the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

An anxious heart weighs a man down,
But a kind word cheers him up.

A righteous man is cautious in friendship,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.

He who guards his lips guards his life,
But he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

The righteous hate what is false,
But the wicked bring shame and disgrace.

Pride only breeds quarrels,
But wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Misfortune pursues the sinner,
But prosperity is the reward of the righteous.

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
But whoever is kind to the needy honours God.

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down,
But even in death the righteous have a refuge.

Solomon, son of King David, c.990 BCE – c.931 BCE

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.

If you can convince flies that flowers are better than garbage, then you can convince the corrupt politicians that the welfare of the people is more important than money.

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.

God bless the hearts that care and carry love in their soul.

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 )

Sometimes, what we consider a coincidence is really the work of an Angel.

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.

No matter how much sadness you have in your heart don’t stop giving, and give your smile to everyone.

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
( J.D. Salinger )

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 )

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried..
But actually you’ve been planted.

The greatest mistake we humans have made is believing we have the right to treat the Earth and its inhabitants how we please.

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 waste words on people who deserve only your silence.

Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.

Whenever we take a risk in our life, no matter how it ends up, we are always glad we took it.. Well, glad about most of them.

In obedience there is always fear, and fear darkens the mind.
( Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986 )

Be careful when you follow the masses.. Sometimes the ‘M’ is silent.

How old do you have to be before you know what’s going on ?

A wise man once said nothing.

The thing about life is every time you learn a new lesson, there’s just another one right around the corner.. You never know everything.. I know nothing compared to what I am going to know someday.. And I think the last time I thought I knew everything, I was fifteen.
( Taylor Swift )

Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.

I speak my mind.
If it offends some people, well, there’s not much I can do about that.
But I’m going to be honest.
I’m going to continue to speak my mind, and that’s who I am.
( Jesse Ventura )

If you think you can give young people the benefit of your experience, you haven’t had much experience.

Never interrupt when you are being flattered.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.

You can’t beat experience.. It enables you to come up with yesterday’s answers to today’s problems.

Some people have a one-track mind.. But it’s in the slow lane.

All we need to understand my friends, is that human life was given equally to us all, not partially but in totality.. The sun was given to all.. It does not shine on the few.
So, just has nature is indifferent to our station or situation, we need to know that we are all equal.. We need to focus on the things that are constant and not place our values on things that can be blown away with the next, great, wind.
( Carla Jo Masterson )

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
( Oswald Chambers )

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 )

I hate being suspicious about things, but my gut feelings always seem to be right.

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.
( Mozart )

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

After all is said and done, more is said than done.
( Aesop )

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

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 ?
( Lecrae )

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.
( Dodinsky )

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 )

Feelings won’t die if we keep feeding them with memories.

Just know this.. You can start over, every morning.

Beware that, when fighting monsters, you do not become a monster.
For when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
( Friedrich Nietzsche )

Keep your words sweet, one day you may have to eat them.

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
( Henri J.M. Nouwen )

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends ?
( Abraham Lincoln )

Don’t lose your temper, keep it safely hidden.

People learn by example, not from advice.

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain.
( G.K. Chesterton )

Bewilderment is the true comprehension.
Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge.
( Dietrich Bonhoeffer )

I still think sincere pessimism the unpardonable sin.
( G.K. Chesterton )

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.

Genius is the gift of being the only one able to see what has been there all the time waiting to be seen.

The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.
( Arnold Bennett )

You have to leave room in your life to dream.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
They are but trifles, to be sure, but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

The best creed we can have is charity toward the creeds of others.

It’s important that people know what you stand for.
It’s equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.

Love does not cost anything.. Kind words and deeds do not cost anything.
The real beauty of the world is equal for everyone to see.
It was given by God equally to all, without restrictions.
( Carla Jo Masterson )