We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
We have the ability to decide what thoughts we are going to dwell on.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.
Happiness is a direction, not a place.
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.
Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.
A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.
If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.
There ain’t much fun in medicine, but there’s a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.
Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.
Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.
To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.
The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic — in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea — known to medical science is work.
True religion is the life we live, not the creed we profess, and some day will be recognized by quality and quantity, and not by brand.
Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.
The physical rhythm of life established through sensitivity to qualitative time mirrors the ebb and flow of water. Maintaining rhythm is dependent on our daily decisions concerning vocation, recreation and work. Using the image of water roots Watershed Spirituality in diversity and pluralism. Life in a “variety of forms” implies an emphasis on inter-religious appreciation and the universalist vision.
Poor me. There’s nothing so sweet as wallowing in it is there? Wallowing is sex for depressives.
I was happy but happy is an adult world. You don’t have to ask a child about happy, you see it. They are or they are not. Adults talk about being happy because largely they are not. Talking about it is the same as trying to catch the wind. Much easier to let it blow all over you. This is where I disagree with the philosophers. They talk about passionate things but there is no passion in them. Never talk happiness with a philosopher.
…I thought how easy it is to destroy the past and how difficult to forget it.
Things had changed, what an arsehole comment, I had changed things. Things don’t change, they’re not like the seasons moving on a diurnal round. People change things. There are victims of change, but not victims of things.
Why is the mind incapable of deciding its own subject matter? Why when we desperately want to think of one thing to we invariably think of another?
One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual.
Every time we start thinking we’re the center of the universe, the universe turns around and says with a slightly distracted air, “Sorry. What’d you say your name was again?”
Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.
Don’t wish me happiness — I don’t expect to be happy. It’s gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor — I will need them all.
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
Any idiot can face a crisis; it’s this day-to-day living that wears you out.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.
No man ever said on his deathbed, “I wish I had spent more time in the office.”
If you don’t ask, they can’t say yes.
There is no education like adversity.
Consider yourself unlucky only if you take up coffin making and people stop dying.
A moment is a concentrated eternity… All that ever was is now.
Perfectionism is imprisoning. As long as I demand it of myself or anyone else, I will never be free….
We can not love each other without changing each other. We do not observe the world around us without in some way changing it, and being changed ourselves.
And joy is always a promise.
Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
The richness of the human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
One regret, dear world,
That I am determined not to have
When I am lying on my deathbed
I did not kiss you enough.
What really matters is what you do with what you have.
Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness are, by their own nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral, and subject to chance.