Monday, December 12, 2011

Some Great Quotations

Thanks to all who shared their favorite quotes in the comment section of the Gathering of Gifts post and giveaway. Some serious, some humorous—lots of food for thought. Here they are:

"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly - what is essential is invisible to the eye." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The woods are lovely, dark and deep
Robert Frost

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

Mark Twain

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.

Phyllis Diller

"she is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain."
in some sources it reads "addled her brain."
Louisa May Alcott

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos
Don Kardong

She could not have gazed at him with a more rapturous intensity if she had been a small child and he a saucer of ice cream

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
Katherine Hepburn

"Enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate. That's my philosophy." 

Thorton Wilder

To be or not to be, that is the question...
Shakespeare (macbeth)

"The essential thing is to be moved; to love, to hope, to tremble, to live."

Author unknown; I found this on an 1800's sampler made by a young girl. Have stitched it up myself several times. 
- Rosann

“What is REAL?" asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day... "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" 

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When [someone] loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. 

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" 

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. 

"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand... once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.” 

Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library."
Jorge Luis Borges

A'ohe hana nui ka alu'ia. 

Translation: No task is too big when done together. 

Explanation: United we stand, divided we fall.
from the Hawaiian Librarian

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.

"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
Stephen King

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."
Jalal ad-Din Rumi

"It should be clear by now that I'm more inclined to complicate matters than to get to the bottom of things."
Michael Adams, in "Slang: The People's Poetry"

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”

Anne Lamott

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

"We need time to dream, time to remember, time to reach for the infinite. Time to be."
Gladys Taber

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”
Edward de Bono.

The true Light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him.
He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.
But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
{John 1:9-12}

"Everything yields to diligence."
Calvin Coolidge

1 comment:

Valerie said...

Love them all! But "To be or not to be" would get buzzed on Jeopardy for too much information - it's Shakespeare, but Hamlet, not Macbeth.
Sorry, the inner geek will out.

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