Inspiration, wisdom, humor...
We find them all around us, often where we least expect them.


Snippets of verse from a song...
A stanza from a poem...
Quotes from the famous, the infamous, the anonymous...
A slogan on a t-shirt or a button...
The fortune cookie you get with Chinese takeout...


Here are some tidbits that resonate with me.


Life moves by pretty quickly. You gotta stop and look around every once in a while. You could miss it. 
~~Ferris Bueller
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains. And we never even know we have the key. 
~~Eagles, "Already Gone"
 
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Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. 
~~Confucius
If you dig it, do it. 
If you dig it a lot, do it twice. 
~~Jim Croce
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No matter where you go, there you are. 
~~Confucius
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
~~Leo Tolstoy
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Keeping an open mind is a virtue -- but not so open that your brains fall out. 
~~James Oberg
The thing always happens that you believe in, and belief makes it happen.
~~Frank Lloyd Wright
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Be prepared.
~~Boy Scout Motto
Just do it.
~~Nike advertising slogan
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Smile; it's the second best thing you can do with your lips!
~~Unknown
If you don't know where you are going, any road will do.
~~The Q'uran
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If you are going to make a mistake, 
make it LOUD!
~~Barry G. Wood
Call on God, but row away from the rocks. 
~~Hunter S. Thompson
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If you love someone, tell them...
for hearts are often broken by words left unspoken.
~~Unknown
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
~~Samuel Johnson
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Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
~~Dr. Seuss
Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere.
~~Unknown
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Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.
~~Master Yoda, "The Empire Strikes Back"
Well-behaved women rarely make history.
~~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
~~Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
~~Alexander Graham Bell
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There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
~~Socrates
Always keep an open mind and a flexible spine.
~~Marlene McPeck
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Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
~~Han Solo, "Star Wars"
Duct tape is like The Force. It has a dark side, a light side and it holds the universe together.
~~Carl Zwanzig
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 Could be worse. Could be raining.
~~Igor (Marty Feldman), "Young Frankenstein"
Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.
~~Master Yoda, "The Empire Strikes Back"
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Always have a Plan B.
~~Unknown
Life is uncertain --- eat dessert first!
~~Ernestine Ulmer
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Fashion abides in every age without people realizing tyrants rule them.
~~Albert Einstein
A ship in the harbor is safe. But that is not what ships are built for!
~~Unknown
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Be a chooser, not a beggar.
~~Unknown
Make it so.
~~Captain Jean-Luc Picard, "Star Trek: TNG"
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Medicine in the hands of a fool is poison, just as poison becomes medicine in the hands of the wise.
~~Giacomo Casanova
It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble. 
It's the things we know that just
ain't so. 
~~Artemus Ward
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Always behave like a duck --- keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath!
~~Jacob M Braude
A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
~~Eleanor Roosevelt
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You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.

~~Richard Bach, "Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah"
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put foundations under them.
~~Henry David Thoreau
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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

~~Goethe
How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?
~~Oscar Wilde
 
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True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
~~David Tyson Gentry
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
~~Malcolm S. Forbes
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Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
~~Dr. Seuss
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
~~Benjamin Franklin
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Pangzi bushi yikou chide.
~~Traditional Chinese cheng yu
Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
~~David Ogilvy
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Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
~~Richard Bach, "Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah"
Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
~~Benjamin Franklin
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
~~Aristotle
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
~~Albert Einstein
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If you and your partner always agree, one of you is unnecessary. 
~~Unknown
A bronze man still can tell stories his own way.
~~Chicago, "Saturday in the Park"
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He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
~~Unkown
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
~~Richard Bach, "Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah"
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When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person don't be suprised if they learn their lesson.
~~Will Rogers
America believes in education. The average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
~~Evan Esar
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Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
~~Gail Godwin
We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.
~~Agnes Repplier, "Americans and Others"
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After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.
~~Fred Thompson
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
~~Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
~~Douglas Adams, "Last Chance to See"
There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working
for you.

~~Will Rogers
 
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
~~Martin Luther King, "Strength To Love"

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

~~Lao-Tzu, "The Way of Lao-Tzu"

 

O stream of life run you slow or fast, all streams reach the sea at last.
~~Inscription on the fountain, Seely Wintersmith Mudd Hall of Philosophy, University of Southern California


Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
~~Pablo Picasso



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