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Let them keep their heaven. When I die, I want to be buried in Middle Earth. (George R.R. Martin)


Things done are won; joy's soul is in the doing.  (William Shakespeare)


You see things and say, “Why?”   But I dream things that never were;  and I say, "Why not?”

(George Bernard Shaw)


The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.  (John Milton)


Love is ever the beginning of knowledge as fire is of light.  (Thomas Carlyle)


Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.  (Johnathon Swift)


All that have meant good work with their whole hearts have done good work. 

(Robert Louis Stevenson)


I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination.  (John Keats)


It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you are.  (e.e. cummings)


The world is charged with the grandeur of God.  (Gerald Manley Hopkins)


Do the thing and you will have the Power.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. (Henry David Thoreau)


What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us, are tiny matters to what lives within us.   (Henry David Thoreau)


If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, and endeavor to live the life you have imagined, you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.  You will pass an invisible boundary: new, universal and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within you and you will live with the license of a higher order of beings.  If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them.  (Henry David Thoreau)


To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle. 

(Walt Whitman)


Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.  (James Thurber)


The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.  (Mark Twain)


There are more things wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.  (Alfred Lord Tennyson)


Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp - or what's a heaven for?  (Robert Browning)


If ever two were one, then surely we.  (Anne Bradstreet)



That best portion of a good man’s life:  his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.   (William Wordsworth)


The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.  (Muriel Ruckeyser)


Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.  (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)


I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on the earth.  I hold myself supremely blest -  blest beyond what language can express.  (Charlotte Bronte)


We shall not cease from exploration; and the end of our exploring will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time.  (T.S. Eliot)


Our five continents are caught in a whirlwind.  But it is during such trials that the highest gifts of the human spirit are manifested.  If we perish and lose this world, the fault will be ours alone.  (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)


A person is a person no matter how small. (Dr. Seuss)


Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.  (Arnold H. Glasgow)


Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals;  cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will  grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.  (James Allen)


I would rather be ashes than dust!  I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow,

than a sleepy and permanent planet.  (Jack London)


Political language ... is designed to makes lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.  (George Orwell)


One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.  (André Gide)


Passionate people embrace what they love and never give up.  (Danielle Kennedy)


God is so omnipresent...God is an angel in an angel, and a stone in a stone, and a straw in a straw. (John Donne)


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)


We are here on Earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I do not know.
(W. H. Auden)


Life is too important to be taken seriously. (Oscar Wilde)


A sure way for one to lift himself up is by helping to lift someone else up (Booker T. Washington)


If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is -- infinite.  (William Blake)


Fill Your Life With Love.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want a life filled with love.  In order for this to happen, the effort must start within us.  Rather than waiting for other people to  provide the love we desire, we must be a vision and source of love.  We must tap into our own loving-kindness in order to set an example for others to follow suit.              It has been said that ‘the shortest distance between two points is an intention.’  This is certainly true with regard to a life filled with love.  The starting point or foundation of a life filled with  love is the desire and commitment to be a source of love.  Our attitude, choices, acts of kindness, and willingness to be the first to reach out will take us toward this goal.  The next time you find yourself frustrated at the lack of love in your own life or at the lack of love in the world, try an experiment.  Forget about the world and other people for a few minutes.  Instead, look into your own heart.  Can you become a source of greater love?  Can you think loving thoughts for yourself and others?  Can you extend these loving thoughts outward toward the rest of the world—even to people whom you feel don’t deserve it?  By opening your heart to the possibility of greater love, and by making yourself a source of love as a top priority, you will be taking an important step in getting the love you desire.  You’ll also discover something truly remarkable.  The more love you give, the more you will receive.  As you put more emphasis on being a loving person, which is something you can control—and less emphasis on receiving love, which is something you can’t control—you’ll find that you have plenty of love in your life.  Soon you’ll discover one of the greatest secrets in the world:  Love is its own reward.  (Richard Carlson)


Wherever you are in this moment, is exactly where you are supposed to be, no matter how things may seem to appear.   And when you know you are doing your very best within the circumstances of your existence, applaud yourself.  And above all, forgive yourself ... and forgive everyone else. There is no prescribed WAY for everyone ... there is just your WAY for NOW — until you choose another.  And there is no one to compare yourself to, and no one to compete with — there never was!   And when you awaken to who and what you are, everyone else awakens to who and what you are ... without a word spoken.  And sometimes it takes a great effort to discover that life was MEANT to be a challenge.  And what we wouldn't give to know that it's OK to not feel OK ...And to know that is OK to feel powerful, magnificent, deserving and one-of-a-kind.  And how would it be to know that when life doesn't seem to be working, it is still working as it should. And when you release what needs to be free, YOU are freed in the process.  When you know that you are not your job or your car, your grades or your children' s grades, your color, your degree or your spouse's degree, your age, your titles or your families titles, your body, your possessions

or your parents' possessions — Congratulations!  And behind everything is your need for love. How much love are you willing to accept from others?  And how much love are you willing to give?  And do you love yourself enough to ask for what you need?  And the only infallible, illimitable, unlimited power that heals without question - is LOVE.  There is a peaceful place inside that welcomes you ... a space so safe, so still, that there is no forward or backward - only the eternal flow of the present moment ...   Enter this place where the truth of your Being resides, and appreciate who you are.   (Rusty Berkus)


“Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom,” Jonathon would say in the evenings on the beach,” and precision flying is a step upward expressing our real nature.  Everything that limits us we have to put aside.  That’s why all this high-speed practice, and low-speed, and aerobatics ... “  (Richard Bach, Jonathon Livingston Seagull)


“To begin with, he said heavily, “you’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great Gull, and your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself.” (Richard Bach, Jonathon Livingston Seagull)


By meditation you will find that your Quest has two faces: personal will and divine will. When you align your personal will to the divine will you are attuned to the spiritual world.

(Rowena Pattee Kryder)


I AM there.  Do you need me?  I am there.  You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by. You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.  You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.  I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.  I am at work, though you do not recognize My works. I am not strange visions.  I am not mysteries.  Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as feeling and a faith. Yet I am there.  Yet I hear.  Yet I answer. When you need Me, I am there. Even if you deny Me, I am there. Even when you feel most alone, I am there. Even in your fears, I am there. Even in your pain, I am there. I am there when you pray and when you do not. I am in you, and you are in Me.  Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me;  only in your mind are the mists of "yours", "mine” Yet only with your mind can you know Me, experience Me.   Empty your heart of empty fears. When you get yourself out of the way, it is easy to see Me, hear Me, feel Me. You can do much of yourself, but so much more with Me.  I can do all.  And I AM in all Though you may not see the good, good is there. because I am there.  I am there because I have to be, because I am.  Only in Me does the world have meaning; only in Me does the world take form, only because of Me does the world go forward.  I am the law on which the movement of the stars is founded, the life from which living cells do grow.   I am the love that is the law's fulfilling. am assurance. I am peace.  I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by.  I am the love that you can cling to. am your assurance.  I am your peace.  I am one with you.  I am.  Although you fail to find Me, I do not fail you. Although your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you. You are loved. I am there. (James Dillet Freeman)


I shall persevere in spite of everything, and find my own way through it all, and swallow my tears.

(Anne Frank)


We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
(Anne Frank)


In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.  (Anne Frank)


Because everything we do and everything we are is in jeopardy, and because the peril is immediate and unremitting, every person is the right person to act and every moment is the right moment to begin.  (Jonathan Schell)


Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him. (Booker T. Washington)


We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mudpies in the slums because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. (C.S. Lewis)


Study the Light; attempt the high; seek out The Soul's bright path. (Phillip James Bailey)


To be strong and true; to be generous in praise and appreciation of others; to impute worthy motives! even to enemies; to give without expectation or return; to practice humility, tolerance and self-restraint; to make the best use of time and opportunity to keep the mind pure and the judgment charitable, to extend intelligent sympathy to those in distress; to cultivate quietness and non resistance; to seek truth and righteousness; to work, love, pray and serve daily, to aspire greatly, labor cheerfully, and take the Creator at His word, this is to travel heavenward.  (Grenville Kleiser)