Quotes for
the Journey:

Perspective 2

Every person takes the limits
of his or her own field of vision
for the limits of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer


Sometimes during the day, I consciously focus on some ordinary object and allow myself a momentary "paying-attention."  This paying-attention gives meaning to my life.  I don't know who it was, but someone said that careful attention paid to anything is a window into the universe.  Pausing to think this way, even for a brief moment, is very important.  It gives quality to my day.
-Robert Fulghum

Here I am, fifty-eight, and I still don't know what I'm going to be when I grow up.       -Peter Drucker
As you take a few minutes each day to quiet your mind, you will discover a nice benefit: your everyday, "ordinary" life will begin to seem far more extraordinary.  Little things that previously went unnoticed will begin to please you.  You'll be more easily satisfied, and happier all around.  Rather than focusing on what's wrong with your life, you'll find yourself thinking about and more fully enjoying what's right with your life.  The world won't change, but your perception of it will.  You'll start to notice the little acts of kindness and caring from other people rather than the negativity and anger.       -Jack Canfield
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end, may also be only the beginning.       -Ivy Baker Priest
We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well.  It thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well.  If it surfaced, it would have an entirely different view.       -Mao Tse-Tung

Whether it's a pebble in a riverbed or a soaring mountain peak, I see everything in the world as the handiwork of the Lord.  When I paint, I try to represent the beauty of God's creation in my art.  Many modern painters see the world as a jumble of random lines and shapes with no divine beauty or order, and their works reflect their viewpoint.  Because I see God's peacefulness, serenity, and contentment, I work to capture those feelings on the canvas.  My vision of God defines my vision of the world.      -Thomas Kinkade
What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others.      -unattributed
We are all at different stages of growth, so we each need different things to trigger that connection to the soul.  What works for me on any given day might not work for someone else, or for me on another day.  Often, it is the basic things.  I live ten feet from the ocean, in a small cottage.  I need to be by the water; I've spent a lot of my journey getting closer and closer to this water.  I need to remember, to get up in the morning and watch the sunrise and take a moment at night to see and feel the sunset.  I need to see the colors of the sky; I need to feel the colors. I need to surround myself with music, because my soul resonates to music.  I've decorated my home with the colors of the universe--bright colors.  Color is light.  Colors help me feel alive, help me feel passionate, help me remember that I'm here to be an alive, passionate human being.       -Melody Beattie
Clay is fashioned into vessels; it is on their empty hollowness that their use depends.  Doors and windows are cut out to make a dwelling, and on the empty space within, its use depends.  Thus, while the existence of things may be good, it is the non-existence in them that makes them serviceable.       -Lao Tzu
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way.  To the eyes of people of imagination Nature is Imagination itself.  As we are, so we see.       -William  Blake
There are two worlds:  the world that we can measure with line and rule, and the world that we can feel with our hearts and imagination.       -Leigh Hunt
All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections that have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy.       -John Ruskin

They are wise people who do not grieve for the things which they have not, but rejoice for those which they have.       -Epictetus
When people look only at the surface and that satisfies them and they think from that surface they see, that is to be truly blind.       -Beah Richards
There are long periods when life seems a small, dull round, a petty business with no point, and then suddenly we are caught up in some great event which gives us a glimpse of the solid and durable foundations of our existence.
-Elizabeth II
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.       -John Kenneth Galbraith


It is the close observation of little things which is the secret of success in business, in art, in science, and in every pursuit of life.       -Samuel Smiles
You see things; and say "Why?"   But I dream things that never were; and say, "Why not?"       -George Bernard Shaw
It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.       -Epicurus
I am entirely on the side of mystery.   I mean, any attempt to explain away the mystery is ridiculous.  I believe in the profound and unfathomable mystery of life which has a sort of divine quality about it.       -Aldous Huxley
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.       -Albert Einstein
Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake.  We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources.       -William James

A friend's son was in the first grade of school, and his teacher asked the class, "What is the color of apples?  Most of the children answered red.  A few said green.  Kevin, my friend's son, raised his hand and said white.  The teacher tried to explain that apples could be red, green, or sometimes golden, but never white.  Kevin was quite insistent, and finally said, "Look inside."  Perception without mindfulness keeps us on the surface of things, and we often miss other levels of reality.     -Joseph Goldstein, Insight Meditation
A flower unblown; a book unread;
A tree with fruit unharvested;
A path untrod; a house whose rooms
Lack yet the heart's divine perfumes;
A landscape whose wide border lies
In silent shade beneath the skies;
A wondrous fountain yet unsealed;
A casket with its gifts concealed--
This is the Year that for you waits
Beyond tomorrow's mystic gates.

Horatio Nelson Powers
An excellent way to practice love is to set your attention on seeing beyond someone's behavior or personality.  Try to realize that beneath the surface insecurity, negative thinking, and poor behavior, everyone is connected to God.  Just as you wouldn't get angry at someone simply because he or she is in a wheelchair, you need not be angry because a person hasn't yet opened his heart to the nourishment of his Soul.  When people act in unloving ways, it only means that they are out of touch with their Souls and aren't feeling spiritually nourished.  When that happens, there is no need to panic.  The best we can do for ourselves is nourish our own Soul by looking beyond the behavior we don't care for, thus practicing the art of love.       -Richard Carlson
We believe we can change things according to our wishes because that's the only happy solution we can see. We don't think of what usually happens and what is also a happy solution; things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.       -Marcel Proust

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