Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Monday, August 30, 2010


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

in progress

...when you pray, you are not starting the conversation from scratch, just remembering to plug back into a conversation that's always in progress.

Anne Lamott

Saturday, August 28, 2010


There is no reason to fear the wind if your stack of hay is well tied.

Irish saying

Friday, August 27, 2010


Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

Mary Tyler Moore (1936 - )

Thursday, August 26, 2010


may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living

e. e. cummings

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.

M. C. Escher (1898 - 1972)

Monday, August 23, 2010


But all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time.

Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet In Heaven

Sunday, August 22, 2010


It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.

Garrison Keillor (1942 - ), in Salon.com

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)

Friday, August 20, 2010


The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Thursday, August 19, 2010


It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.

Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), Les Miserables, 1862

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

Monday, August 16, 2010


What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), Lives of the Poets

Sunday, August 15, 2010


When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)