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A Selection of Words

Every once in a while, I let you take a peek into my journal, at the quotes I’ve been collecting.  Here are a few recent entries.

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom.  It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”  —Mohandas K. Gandhi


“If There Be Sorrow”
by Mari Evans

If there be sorrow
Let it be
For things undone…
Undreamed
Unrealized
Unattained
To these add one:
Love withheld…
…Restrained.

“We are usually convinced more easily by reasons we have found ourselves than by those which have occurred to others.”  —Blaise Pascal

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”  —John Kenneth Galbraith

“When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.”  —John Ruskin


“A Voice Through the Door” by Rumi

Sometimes you hear a voice through the door
calling you, as fish out of water
hear the waves, or a hunting falcon
hears the drum’s Come back. Come back.

This turning toward what you deeply love
saves you. Read the book of your life,
which has been given you.

A voice comes to your soul saying,
Lift your foot. Cross over.

Move into emptiness
of question and answer and question.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existing.  One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.  It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.  Never lose a holy curiosity.”  —Albert Einstein

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step.  You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”  —David Lloyd George

“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.”  —Juan Ramon Jimenez

“If there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.  But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.  And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?  —Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”  —Saul Bellow

“When one door of happiness closes, another open; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”  —Helen Keller

“We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.”  —Jack Gilbert

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”  —F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.”  —Mark Twain

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “WOW!  What a ride!”  —Hunter S. Thompson

How about you?  Do you have any good quotes to share?  I’d love to hear.

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2 Comments


  1. Lindsey
    Nov 22, 2011

    So many wonderful ones here … a couple of my most recent ones (and I can’t recall if I found them here!):

    An artist is one who does not avert her gaze. – Aikra Kurosawa

    The job of the poet is to name what is holy. – Diane Ackerman

    To live is so dazzling it leaves little time for anything else. – Emily Dickinson


    • Elissa
      Nov 22, 2011

      What a lovely gift! I love these. I’m adding these to my journal. Thanks, Lindsey! xo

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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