Tuesday, March 21, 2006

It is better to be a lion for a day then a sheep all your life. ~ Elizabeth Kenny
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

~Leo Buscaglia
"Regrets are a waste of time. They're the past crippling you in the present." -Katherine
"Do you know the most surprising thing about divorce? It doesn't actually kill you. Like a bullet to the heart or a head-on car wreck. It should. When someone you've promised to cherish till death do you part says "I never loved you," it should kill you instantly. You shouldn't have to wake up day after day after that, trying to understand how in the world you didn't know. The light just never went on, you know. I must have known, of course, but I was too scared to see the truth. Then fear just makes you so stupid." -Frances
While everyone else
Is so busy striving,
The lone traveler
Is at ease by himself.
He’s been living outside of convention
For a long time now;
In his pouch there is nothing at all.
When he walks,
He takes a cane for a companion;
When he talks,
He has the rocks for an audience.
If you ask him what his religion is,
When hungry it’s a bowl of rice.
--Wen-siang (1210-1280)
Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay a price to make them come true. ~ Anon.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~Confucius
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made avictim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein
Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another. ~Homer
Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to displayqualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which hecannot keep. ~Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, 1750
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~Judy Garland
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another. ~James Matthew Barrie
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. ~William Shakespeare
"The best day of your life is the one
on which you decide your life is your own.
No apologies or excuses...
No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.
The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey -
and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.
This is the day your life really begins."

~Bob Moawad
"happiness: something to do, something to love, something to look forward to."
laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.
i myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
~kurt vonnegut~
I am a big believer in the "mirror test". All that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell the person you see there, that you've done your best.

John McKay
NFL Coach
Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harms we do, we do to ourselves.

- Mitch Albom, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven"
"Love conquers all things – except poverty and toothache."
--Mae West
Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?

Said by the character Odysseus in the first lines of Troy (2004).
Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that.
-Michael Leunig
When love is not madness, it is not love.
-Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are actually rearranging their prejudices."
"So many of us are running around, trying to find a way that we can make a difference and matter. It sounds like he had it figured out that the best way to do that was simply to live life. I mean, you have a diabetic inhaling sugar. That says to me that this is a man who basically just said, “you only live once and I don't know how long I have,” and then went out and did it. If we can't take something away from that, well, that's a shame. There aren't enough people who don't take life for granted, and we're all guilty of it. The people who make the biggest differences and have the most profound effects on the people around them are the ones who have really grasped how precious life really is."
"Life isn’t about living and then dying; it's about how many lives you can change while you're living, and then how many change after you're gone."
It's amazing when you can stand in front of tremendous crowds, without nervousness or fear of error, and say the perfect words, act the perfect way. And the face and sound of one special someone, can leave you at a lost for words...that is love...
-Jeff Lewis