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Favorite and Useful Quotes

Favorite Quotes


Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.

It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

- Vivian Greene

Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking.

- Antonio Machado

Longer version:

Traveler, the path is your tracks

And nothing more.

Traveler, there is no path

The path is made by walking.

By walking you make a path

And turning, you look back

At a way you will never tread again

Traveler, there is no road

Only wakes in the sea.

- Antonio Machado, Border of a Dream: Selected Poems


Sweet are the uses of adversity;

Which, like a toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

- William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene 1



Balance is —

the place there it takes the least amount of effort to stay there.

- Jim Riddell

Broken crayons still color.

- Source Unknown


Suffering is not inherently redemptive;

Yet, all suffering can be redeemed.

- Jim Riddell


When you're going through hell, keep going!

- Winston Churchill


The task of maturing is replacing unconscious myth with conscious autobiography.

- Sam Keen, Interview with Bill Moyers (edited in the memory of Jim Riddell)


DANCE as though the world dances with you;

SING as though you sing with the stars;

LOVE as though you'll never be hurt again;

LIVE as though heaven is on earth;

    FOR maybe it is.

- Jim Riddell's take on widely repeated thought


It takes a lot of energy to achieve escape velocity.

-Rev. Jerry Overton


The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting;

it has been found difficult, and left untried.

- G. K. Chesterton


I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

- Isaac Newton


What a piece of work is man!

- William Shakespeare, Hamlet


Longer version:

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?

- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2


To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty & leave the rest for others that come after you.

- Isaac Newton


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.

- John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra


Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

- John Muir, Our National Parks


I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

- John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir


A weed is simply a plant growing where you don’t want it; and determined to stay there.

- source unknown


I do not believe in a fate

  that falls on all [people] however they act;

but I do believe in a fate

  that falls on [people] unless they act;

- G. K. Chesterton


Nothing that happens to you was meant to be. The only thing about you that was meant to be is you. Blaze your own trail.

- George Alexiou

Threshing is the process that separates the grain that nourishes

   from the chaff that becomes manure.

I keep getting threshed.

- Jim Riddell

Those who remove mountains

begin by carrying away small stones.

- Chinese proverb


If you have two loves of bread

sell one and buy a lily.

- Chinese proverb


Friends are God's way of making up for our relatives.

- source unknown


Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

- fortune cookie

They tried to bury us,

but they didn't know we were seeds.

- Cuban proverb


All these psychics and these doctors,

They're all right and they're all wrong.

It's like trying to make out every word,

When they should simply hum along.

- Dawes,  A Little Bit of Everything


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