'The Birth of Venus' by Sandro Botticelli
" It is a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it."
--William Somerset Maugham
"The only thing one can do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. "
"Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial. "
--Richard Ben Sapir
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
-- e. e. cummings
"When the writer becomes the center of his attention, he becomes a nudnik. And a nudnik who believes he's profound is even worse than just a plain nudnik."
--Isaac Bashevis Singer
"My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition."
"If you always give, you will always have . . . "
"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness
being busy and lively and unconcerned with self."
" live with a grateful heart, and eventually you will attract great things . . . "
" Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of the genius. "
" Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly,
for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity. . . "
--R. I. Fitzhenry
"We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice--that is, until we stop saying 'It got lost,' and say 'I lost it."
--Sydney J. Harris
"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful thorns have roses. . ."
"We learn the rope of life by untying its knots."
"One isn't necessarily born with courage,
but one is born with potential.
Without courage, we cannot practice
any other virtue with consistency.
We can't be kind, true, merciful,
generous, or honest . . ."
" Life is what we make it,
and the world is what we make it.
The eyes of the cheerful
and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same
but very different
are the aspects
bears to them . . . "
-- Albert Pike
" It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top. "
" I hear and I forget.
I see and I believe.
I do and I understand."
" Knowledge increases in proportion to its use --
that is, the more we teach the more we learn. "
--H. P. Blavatsky
" It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis."
" Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
--Thich Nhat Hanh
"Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk."
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared. "
" People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure. "