The young man who has not wept is a savage,
and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
~ George Santayana ~
To get the full value of joy,
you must have someone to divide it with.
~ Mark Twain ~
There is no power on earth that can neutralize
the influence of a high, pure, simple and useful life.
~ Booker T. Washington ~
The natural flights of the human mind
are not from pleasure to pleasure,
but from hope to hope.
~ Samuel Johnson ~
With the fearful strain that is on me day and night,
if I did not laugh, I should die.
~ Abraham Lincoln ~
The grass is not, in fact,
always greener on the other side of the fence.
Fences have nothing to do with it.
The grass is greener where it is watered.
~ Robert Fulghum ~
…Everything can be taken away
from a man but one thing:
the last of the human freedoms —
to choose one’s attitude
in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one’s own way.
~ Viktor Frankl ~
Helping others, that’s the main thing.
The only way for us to help ourselves
is to help others and to listen
to each other’s stories.
~ Eli Wiesel ~
Happiness comes of the capacity
to feel deeply, to enjoy simply,
to think freely, to risk life,
to be needed.
~ Storm Jameson ~
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
~ Henry David Thoreau ~
We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.
~ Winston Churchill ~
Beannacht – A New Year Blessing
~ John O’Donohue ~
On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.
And when your eyes
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.