The Humpback Whale
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Take on an Impossible Task (70-year-old man's letter to the editor from NYT)
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This collection of quotations, and the two articles in the left-hand column, speak to me. They reflect facets of who I know myself to be, how I try to approach my life and how I approach my work with others. I offer them with the possibility that one or many may also speak to you.
When you are reactive, when you are frightened, when you are angry, you are never in your wisdom.
Bring me all of your dreams / You dreamers / Bring me all of your heart melodies / That I may wrap them / In a blue cloud cloth / Away from the too rough fingers / Of the World
- Langston Hughes
How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.
- Annie Dillard
If struggling were the way to get there, we’d all be there by now.
- Victoria Castle
No mud. No Lotus.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
There are two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle. The other as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein
Any time not spent on love is wasted.
A frog in a well cannot be talked to about the sea.
- Chuang Tzu
There is nothing particularly authentic about acting out of habit.
The great Western disease is, "I’ll be happy when..." "When I get the money." "When I get the BMW." "When I get this job." ...Well the reality is, you never get to when. The only way to find happiness is to understand that happiness is not out there. It’s in here. And happiness is not next week. It’s now.
- Marshall Goldsmith
Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.
- Dr. Seuss
Out beyond right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I'll meet you there.
You can be right or you can be in relationship.
- Sunny Shulkin
Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
- Alfred A. Montapert
You're writing the story of your life one moment at a time.
- Doc Childre and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution
There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
- Mother Therese
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin
The world is holding its breath - waiting for you to take your place.
- David Whyte
All real daring begins within.
- Eudora Welty
My heart is set on living.
- Edna St. Vincent Milay
Not all who wander are lost.
When you are expansive no matter what the weather you are in an open, windy field with friends.
People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.
There is more to life than merely increasing its speed.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- The Dalai Lama
Hold fast to dreams / for if dreams die / Life is a broken-winged bird / That cannot fly / Hold fast to dreams, / For when dreams go, / Life is a barren field / All covered with snow.
- Langston Hughes
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