Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.
He that fights and runs away will live to fight another day.
Old English Rhyme
From a little spark may burst a flame.
The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before.
Johann von Goethe
In spring's own country, where the gardens blow,
You faded, tender rose! For hours now past,
Like butterflies departing, on you're cast
The worms of memories to work you woe.
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi
Doing good to others is not a duty, it is a joy, for it increases our own health and happiness.
Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.
The Iliad Homer
Age steals away all things, even the mind.
Whatever it is, I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts.
What is your fortune, my pretty maid? My face is my fortune, Sir, she said.
A very dangerous state of mind: thinking one understands.
I love you the more that I believe you have liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.
A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard-- by stealing what he has a taste for and can carry off.
It's better that it should make you sick than that you don't eat it at all.
What is the use of running when we are on the wrong.
His spiritual insights were in three major areas: First, he has inspired mankind to see the world anew as the ultimate reality. Second, he perceived and described the physical universe itself as immanently divine. And finally, he challenged us to accept the ultimate demands of modern science which assign humanity no real or ultimate importance in the universe while also aspiring us to lives of spiritual celebration attuned to the awe, beauty and wonder about us.
The Lord is my light, and my salvation whom shall I fear
Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage.
"Spring and All" from Spring and All (1923)
William Carlos Williams
There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.
Learn what you are and be such.
If you should put even a little on a little and should do this often, soon this would become big.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Who dares To say that he alone has found the truth?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win. Channel your energy. Focus.
I think it is all a matter of love the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
"I have come to you against my wish," she said in a firm voice: "but I have been ordered to grant your request. Three, seven, ace, will win for you if played in succession, but only on these conditions: that you do not play more than one card in twenty-four hours, and that you never play again during the rest of your life. I forgive you my death, on condition that you marry my companion, Lizaveta Ivanovna."
Aleksandr (Alexander Pushkin) Pushkin
No light, but rather darkness visible.
He who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself.
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
Believe me, there exists no such dilemma as that in which a gentleman is placed when he is forced to reply to a blackguard.
Edgar Allan Poe
My only hope lies in my despair.
He who has health has hope and he who has hope, has everything.
For he who sees a need but waits to be asked is already set on cruel refusal.
The Divine Comedy Dante
While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman.
Love's pure silver flame gives each innermost spirit invisible warmth.
A Haiku Verse
O, my Russia! O, wife! The long road is clear to us to the point of pain. Our road – like a Tatar arrow of ancient will has pierced our breast.
For one man is my world of all the men this wide world holds; O love, my world is you.
The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The world is growing old;
Who would not be at rest and free
Where love is never cold?
Frederick Willaim Faber
Wales is the land of my fathers. And my fathers can have it.
Why should I be my aunt,
or me, or anyone?
boots, hands, the family voice
I felt in my throat, or even
the National Geographic
and those awful hanging breasts
held us all together
or made us all just one?
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend, before we too into the dust descend.
There is measure in all things.
Who gossips to you will gossip about you.
Treat others as thou wouldn't be treated. What thou likest not for thyself, dispense not to others.
He was as fresh as is the month of May.
Necessity has no law.
Love is a fire that burns unseen,
A wound that aches yet isn't felt,
An always discontent contentment,
A pain that rages without hurting,
A longing for nothing but to long,
A loneliness in the midst of people,
A never feeling pleased when pleased,
A passion that gains when lost in thought.
Luís de Camões
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
For a' that and a' that,
It's coming yet, for a' that,
That man to man the world o'er
Shall brothers be for a' that.
After the Storm (The Schooner 'Flight' (1980))
In the book of life every page has two sides: we human beings fill the upper side with our plans, hopes and wishes, but providence writes on the other side, and what it ordains is seldom our goal.
Mens sana in corpore sano.
Who will guard the guards themselves? (quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
Since 'tis Nature's law to change, Constancy alone is strange.
Every man loves what he is good at.
Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
To have courage for whatever comes in life -- everything lies in that.
St Teresa of Avila
What if this present were the world's last night?
Religion, you know, enters very deep; in reality it is the deepest impression I have in speaking to people, that they are or that they are not of my religion.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
To be able to say how much love, is love but little.
A favorite has no friend!
And he that strives to touch the stars, Oft stumbles at a straw.
Not at his picture, but his book.
Vainly the fowler's eye
Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong,
As, darkly painted on the crimson sky,
Thy figure floats along.
William Cullen Bryant
An executive is a person who always decides sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides.
Percy H Johnson
Be curious, not judgmental.
When possible make the decisions now, even if action is in the future. A reviewed decision usually is better than one reached at the last moment.
William B Given
A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
To add insult to injury.
His background is not simply the Abbey School of Dunfermline (where he is reputed to have been a schoolmaster), but the surrounding Scottish countryside and community to which he belonged. His wisdom – and his poems are very wise about life – evidently came from his having lived long and profoundly as a member of that whole Scottish community.
One returns to the place one came from.
Jean De La Fontaine
Success. The one unpardonable sin against one's fellows.
Life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed by the desire of changing his bed. One would prefer to suffer near the fire, and another is certain he would get well if he were by the window.
One evening I sat Beauty on my knees --And I found her bitter --And I reviled her.
Le monde est fait pour aboutir à un beau livre.
Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones
Affectations can be dangerous.
You hear it said that fathers want their sons to be what they feel they cannot themselves be, but I tell you it also works the other way.
I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... or lay down on a couch, and think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries. Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences, in sections of two, three or four lines each.
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upwards on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
The right man comes at the right time.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
And do not forgive indeed it is beyond your power
to forgive in the name of those betrayed at dawn
For I am the size of what I see / not my height's size.
Asylums are nothing more than gardens of human cabbages, of miserable, grotesque, repugnant human beings watered with the fertilizer of injections.
António Lobo Antunes
You may live a long while with some people and be on friendly terms with them and never speak openly with them from your soul.
The North American system only wants to consider the positive aspects of reality. Men and women are subjected from childhood to an inexorable process of adaptation; certain principles, contained in brief formulas are endlessly repeated by the Press, the radio, the churches, and the schools, and by those kindly, sinister beings, the North American mothers and wives. A person imprisoned by these schemes is like a plant in a flowerpot too small for it: he cannot grow or mature.