Quotes That I Like

“There is really nothing you must be. And there is nothing you must do. There is really nothing you must have. And there is nothing you must know. There is really nothing you must become. However it helps to understand that fire burns, and when it rains the earth gets wet. “Whatever, there are consequences. Nobody is exempt,” said the Master.”
– Robert Fulghum

“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.”
– Anne Lamott

“Forget all rules, forget all restrictions, as to taste, as to what ought to be said, write for the pleasure of it — whether slowly or fast — every form of resistance to a complete release should be abandoned.”
— William Carlos Williams quotes (American Poet, 1883-1963)

“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins … Society is in every state a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
— Thomas Paine, Common Sense; forgotten American whose remains are lost

“Living with life is very hard. Mostly we do our best to stifle life – to be tame or to be wanton, to be tranquillized or raging. Extremes have the same effect; they insulate us from the intensity of life.

And extremes – whether of dullness or fury – successfully prevent feeling. I know our feelings can be so unbearable that we employ ingenious strategies – unconscious strategies – to keep those feelings away. We do a feelings-swap, where we avoid feeling sad or lonely or afraid or inadequate, and feel angry instead. It can work the other way, too – sometimes you do need to feel angry, not inadequate; sometimes you do need to feel love and acceptance, and not the tragic drama of your life.

It takes courage to feel the feeling – and not trade it on the feelings-exchange, or even transfer it altogether to another person.”
– Jeanette Winterson
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
psychology notes

“Thoreau got up each morning and walked to the woods as though he had never been where he was going to, so that whatever was there came to him like liquid into an empty glass. Many people taking such a walk would have their heads so full of other ideas that it would be a long time before they were capable of hearing or seeing. Most people are blinded by themselves.”
–John Cage
Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
–John Muir

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. “–John Muir

“. . . don’t get mad and don’t cuss a body out mentally or in voice. This brings more poisons than may be created by even taking foods that aren’t good.”
–Edgar Cayce, Thought For The Day

“I am in love with this world. I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.”
– John Burroughs

“The next suitable person you’re in light conversation with, you stop suddenly in the middle of the conversation and look at the person closely and say, “What’s wrong?” You say it in a concerned way. He’ll say, “What do you mean?” You say, “Something’s wrong. I can tell. What is it?” And he’ll look stunned and say, “How did you know?” He doesn’t realize something’s always wrong, with everybody. Often more than one thing. He doesn’t know everybody’s always going around all the time with something wrong and believing they’re exerting great willpower and control to keep other people, for whom they think nothing’s ever wrong, from seeing it. This is the way of people. Suddenly ask what’s wrong and whether they open up and spill their guts or deny it and pretend you’re off, they’ll think you’re perceptive and understanding. They’ll either be grateful, or they’ll be frightened and avoid you from then on. Both reactions have their uses, as we’ll get to. You can play it either way. This works over 90 percent of the time. ”

— David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

“The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.”
–Thomas Hardy

“And it is written that his first miracle was turning water into wine to liven up a wedding party. The wisdom of this gesture should inspire us and always be present in our souls; the spiritual quest is compassion, enthusiasm and joy.”
–Paulo Coelho

“Whenever a commitment is made, we’re bound to learn. Whether it’s a marriage, or decision to have children, or an intent to quit a certain behavior…we’re bound to learn so much. Commitments teach us so much because we can’t just abandon them when the going gets rough. We have to look at ourselves squarely. We have to see more clearly who we are (even the ways we don’t necessarily like ).”
–Kathy Drue

“. . . I still feel strongly that bringing magic back into our daily lives
is a way of animating, giving soul, to them. We still focus too much
on our personal psychology and not enough on seeing
the beauty and wonder of the world around us. . . .”
~ Thomas Moore in “Enchanted Lives”

3 Responses to Quotes That I Like

  1. There are so many great quotes here that it is almost mind-numbing to try to read them all at once, but a favorite for the moment is John Muir’s “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe,”perhaps because I’m reading Joan Halifax’s The Fruitful Darkness at the moment.

    • Elisa says:

      I still cannot or have yet not come up with a way to correct this issue. Today, I remembered the pagination article that WordPress did. I added in the code to create pages. Please let me know if you have any suggestion that might be better. It’s hard for me to organize or categorize that is PERFECT. Forcing one quote into one way of thinking smashes up against my method of cross referencing (the ultimate correct one that I do not have–yet) lol!

  2. Great quotes indeed, thoughts to remember, words to read again and write in one’s journal. Thank you Elisa.

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