follows are miscellaneous quotes and poems that we have collected over the
years for one reason or another. A lot of these I have written down in my
DayTimer as I have come across them and they are meaningful (or funny) to
me. Hope you like them. I'll add to the list from time to time.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
let your throat tighten
with fear. Take sips of breath
all day and night, before death
closes your mouth.
My worst habit is I get so tired of winter
I become a torture to those I'm with.
If you're not here, nothing grows.
I lack clarity. My words
tangle and knot up.
How to cure bad water? Send it back to the river.
How to cure bad habits? Send me back to you.
When water gets caught in habitual whirlpools,
dig a way out through the bottom
to the ocean. There is a secret medicine
given only to those who hurt so hard
they can't hope.
The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.
Look as long as you can at the friend you love,
no matter whether that friend is moving away from you
or coming back toward you.
not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die.
Mary E. Frye
move in the same mental spaces. In some of our dreams we wander the
same streets, trying tom get back to the same house. One form of
loneliness is to have a memory and no one to share it with.
that is the way we are made: we don't reason, where we feel; we just
From A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark
long as I kept moving, my grief streamed out behind me like a
swimmer's long hair in water. I knew the weight was there but it
didn't touch me. Only when I stopped did the slick, dark stuff of it
come floating around my face, catching my arms and throat till I
began to drown. So I just didn't stop. The substance of grief is not
imaginary. It's as real as rope or the absence of air, and like both
those things, it can kill. My body understood there was no safe
place for me to be.
From The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
like light, should always be simple and unbending; while love, like
warmth, should beam forth on every side, and bend to every necessity
of our brother.
is not about having the right answers. Faith is a feeling; faith is
a hunch. It's a hunch that there is something bigger connecting it
all, connecting us all together. And that feeling - that hunch - is
From the movie Keeping the Faith
opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them than upon
what they make us see in ourselves.
you go first and I remain
One thing I'd have you do;
Walk slowly down that long, lone path,
For soon I'll follow you.
I'll want to know each step you take
That I may walk the same
For someday down that lonely road,
You'll hear me call your name.
those who step into the same rivers flow other and yet other waters.
friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.'
Well, who was your best friend, if not God, and what did you really
need to say to Him or He to you when you both already knew the most
and only important thing, which was that you would always be there
for each other.
From Hideaway by Dean Koontz
repeat, you have to look for the joy. Look for the light of God that
is hitting your life, and you will find sparkles you didn't know
me it is one of God's greatest miracles that we can still go on
existing and find the wherewithal to support ourselves!
those who love us love us; and those who don't love us, may God turn
their hearts. And if He cannot turn their hearts, may he turn their
ankles so that we may know them by their limping.
From the movie Keeping the Faith
is no such thing as a dangerous or deadly weapon. There are only
From Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and
sharing a life, and you learn that love doesn't mean possession and
company doesn't mean security and loneliness is universal.
And you learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't
promises, and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and
your eyes open with the grace of a woman not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build your hope on today as the future has a way of
falling apart in midflight because tomorrow's ground can be too
uncertain for plans, yet each step taken in a new direction creates
a path toward the promise of a brighter dawn.
And you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much, so you
plant your own garden and nourish your own soul, instead of waiting
for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that love, true love, always has joys and sorrows,
seems ever present, yet is never quite the same becoming more than
love and less than love, so difficult to define.
And you learn that through it all you really can endure, that you
really are strong, that you do have value, and you learn and grow
with every goodbye... you learn.
day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the
head is totally wrong.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
is vast with levels upon levels. The big love that lasts forever,
the love that we sing of in ballads, is possible to find... But
sometimes there are small loves that glow and vanish like fireflies,
and though they offer none of the long term joy of big love, they
are far from meaningless. Listen to your heart, seize the day and
those moments will repay your daring with a comfort all their own.
Of course, there's danger and great risk in such rashness and it's
not for everyone. Sometimes, in losing our heads, we may lose more
than we bargained for. But sometimes just saying no is too gloomy an
option... This was about luck and longing and the instinct to take
what fate offered.
From McCall's by Owen Edwards
dear children...you must know that there is nothing higher and
stronger and more wholesome and useful for life in after years than
some good memory, especially a memory connected with childhood, with
home. People talk to you a great deal about your education, but some
fine, sacred memory, preserved from childhood, is perhaps the best
education. If a man carries many such memories with him into life,
he is safe to the end of his days, and if we have only one good
memory left in our hearts, even that may sometime be the means of
From The Brothers Karamazov