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Personal Quotes & Poems


"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." Jack Kerouac

“I have no knowledge of myself as I am, but merely as I appear to myself”- Immanuel Kant

“When I was young I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” Abraham Joshua Heschel

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike (1809-1891, American journalist, lawyer, and soldier)

“Nearly everyone is aware of dramatic changes in the world. Yet we continue to live in the assumption that we can ride out the changes without changing ourselves, coasting, as we have always coasted, on the historic wave of human development. What it will take to wake us up is a wave of equal size traveling in the opposite direction. That wave is already on its way.” ~ Verlyn Klinkenborg, NY Times

“There is a time when we must firmly choose the course we will follow, or the relentless drift of events will make the decision for us.” Herbert Prochnow

“People stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.” Sir Winston Churchill

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russel

“My basic principle is that you don't make decisions because they are easy; you don't make them because they are cheap; you don't make them because they're popular; you make them because they're right.” Theodore Hesburgh (American Educator)

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” Helen Keller

"We will either find a way, or make one." Hannibal (BC 247-182, Carthaginian General, Statesman)

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.

            ~ Woodrow Wilson

"What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it." Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - (1770-1831) German philosopher

“He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.” Andrew Carnegie

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~ Plato

My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are faces that peer over my shoulder. William Golding (1911-1993) Writer and Nobel Prize winner in literature

Oh, Great Spirit Whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world. Hear me. I am a man before you, one of your many children - I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my people - the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy - myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset my spirit may come to you without shame. - Native American Prayer Translated by Chief Yellow Lark in 1887 Native American Missionary and Medicine Man Lakota Tribe

“Bet on the Tide, Don’t try and pick the Boat.” Author Unknown

“Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handedly move the world.” Archimedes (c. 287-12212 BC, Greek Mathematician)

"There is no such thing as spiritual practice except stepping out of self-deception and stopping our struggle to get hold of spiritual states. Just give that up, other than that there is no spirituality." - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, "Myth of Freedom"

“All life is a simply dream-like dance of appearance and disappearance of all phenomena. But unless you know this directly, from your own experience, it can seem like pretty cold comfort -- especially when times are hard! As Buddhist wisdom for hard times, my Zen teacher Kobun Chino Roshi used to say, "Falling apart, falling apart, all together falling apart, it can't be helped". What a relief to know that this isn't a bad dream, it's the nature of everything and everyone -- coming together and falling apart, like the elements of a dream. So -- if life is all a dream, let's make it a good dream” - Trudy Goodman, L. A. Insight Meditation Center

"We won't always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What's important is that you do care and you act" -- Charlotte Lunsford

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand -- and melting like a snowflake. Marie Beynon Ray

“True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.” Author Unknown

“Always hold firmly to the thought that each one of us can do something to bring some portion of misery to an end.” Author Unknown  

“Be kinder than necessary; For everyone you meet is Fighting some kind of battle.” Author Unknown


I Wish You Enough

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough "Hellos" to get you through the final "Good-bye."

{This Poem is for you Richard Zarro, I miss you}

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. “ Author Unknown

“Let the moment come when nothing is left but life, and you will find that you do not hesitate over the fate of material possessions.” Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (1890-1973, American Aviator, World War I Ace)

THE SENILITY PRAYER Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

"If you only had an hour to live and could make just one phone call, who would it be to, what would you say....and why are you waiting?" -- Stephan Levine, Buddhist author, activist and thinker.


Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.


So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.


What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when your gone.

What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.
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