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Quotes for
the Journey:


There are defeats more
triumphant than victories.

Michel de Montaigne


A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place.  A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of home.        -Carl Burns


One is never as fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.          -Francois la Rochefoucauld


Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitude and expectations.  If we feel that our environment could stand some improvement, we can bring about that change for the better by improving our attitude.  The world plays no favorites.  It's impersonal.  It doesn't care who succeeds and who fails.  Nor does it care if we change.  Our attitude toward life doesn't affect the world and the people in it nearly as much as it affects us.         -Earl Nightingale


Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest creative thinkers of all time, strongly recommended the habit of meditation in the dark.  He wrote:  "For I have found in my own experience that it is of no small benefit, when you lie in bed in the dark, to recall in imagination, one after another, the outlines of the form you have been studying."  He often awoke to find his problems solved.  Da Vinci would often stand silent and motionless before a painting for hours, without using his brush, as though waiting for spiritual guidance.        -Wilferd A. Peterson

It is the mind which creates the world around us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.
-George Gissing

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are who already possess it.
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld
The wealth of the soul is the only true wealth.      -Lucian
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.       -Henry Miller
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune.

William Wordsworth
Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato, and Milton is, that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men but what they thought.  People should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across their minds from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.  Yet they dismiss without notice their thought, because it is theirs.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The unhappiness we experience is not so much a result of the difficulties encountered along our journey as it is of our misperception of how life instructs us.  We may see a failed relationship as an indictment of our self-worth when it is really a lesson in using better judgment, in valuing ourselves more, in expressing greater appreciation for our partner--lessons to prepare us for a more loving and fulfilling union.  If we are passed over for a much-anticipated promotion, it may be just the push we need to get more training or to venture out on our own as an entrepreneur.  As we rise to meet the challenges that are a natural part of living, we awaken to our many undiscovered gifts, to our inner power and our purpose.        -Susan L. Taylor

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When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing.       -Tom Robbins
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.       -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The brighter you are the more you have to learn.       -Don Herold

It amazes me, and I know the wind will surely someday blow it all away
It amazes me, and I'm so very grateful that You made the world this way

John Denver

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower:
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

William Blake
Nothing ever is, everything is becoming.       -Plato

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We are all so bent and determined to get what we want, we miss the lessons that could be learned from life's experiences.  Many of my AIDS patients discovered that the last year of their lives was by far their best.  Many have said they wouldn't have traded the rich quality of that last year of life for a healthier body. Sadly, it is only when tragedy strikes that most of us begin attending to the deeper aspects of life.  It is only then that we attempt to go beyond surface concerns--what we look like, how much money we make, and so forth--to discover what's really important.       -Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross
I have told you of those who always put on their spectacles when about to eat cherries, in order that the fruit might look larger and more tempting.  In like manner I always make the most of any enjoyments, and, though I do not cast my eyes away from troubles, I pack them into as small a compass as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.       -Robert Southey
Here is the secret of inspiration.  Tell yourself that thousands and tens of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.       -William Feather
Through the eyes of our minds you and I look out at reality (ourselves, other people, life, the world, and God).  However, we see these things differently.  Your vision of reality is not mine and, conversely, mine is not yours.  Both of our visions are limited and inadequate, but not to the same extent.  We have both misinterpreted and distorted reality, but in different ways.  We have each seen something of the available truth and beauty to which the other has been blind.  The main point is that it is the dimensions and clarity of this vision that determine the dimensions of our worlds and the quality of our lives.  To the extent that we are blind or have distorted reality, our lives and our happiness have been diminished.  Consequently, if we are to change--to grow--there must first be a change in this basic vision, or perception of reality.       -John Powell
In the family it is said Gabe "doesn't notice much--his head is in the clouds."  He accepts this criticism as complimentary:  "In the clouds?  Oh, thank you.  I try."        -Laura Cunningham
The surest way to corrupt young people is to teach them to esteem more highly those who think alike than those who think differently.       -Friedrich Nietzsche


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