Saturday, October 25, 2014

Too Sweet to Lose

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose. ~ Willa Cather

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.  ~Abraham Maslow

For art is order, but it is born out of the chaos of life.  ~May Sarton

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.  ~M. C. Richards

Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.  ~John O'Donohue

Quotes about life and art

Friday, October 24, 2014

Continuous Growth

What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.  ~George Eliot

'Tis the motive exalts the action; 'Tis the doing, and not the deed.  ~Margaret Preston

The Light of Lights
Looks always on the motive, not the deed,
The Shadow of Shadows on the deed alone.  ~William Butler Yeats

The soul that has no established aim loses itself.  ~Michel de Montaigne

A feeling of continuous growth is a wonderful source of motivation and self-confidence.  ~Brian Tracey

Quotes about motivation

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Running Stream

Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.  ~Margaret Lee Runbeck

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.  ~Allan K. Chalmers

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.  ~Pearl S. Buck

Happiness consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.  ~John Mason Good

Quotes about happiness

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Wick in the Candle

Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.  ~Linus Pauling

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.  ~William Arthur Ward

One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.  ~William Lyon Phelps

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.  ~Marie Curie

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.   ~Albert Einstein

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.  ~e. e. cummings

Quotes about curiosity

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Best Therapist

The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.  ~Confucius

A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go though the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.  ~Mildred White Struven

With any trial and circumstance, a person's true color either shines or darkens.  ~Shannon Walker

Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.  ~William Arthur Ward

To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.  ~Gail Sheehy

Quotes about testing

Monday, October 20, 2014

Create Light

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams -the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.  ~Robert Southey

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.  ~Kahlil Gibran

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.  ~George Gordon Byron

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience.  ~Ingrid Bengis

Words do two major things: they provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.  ~Jim Rohn

Quotes about words

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Guided by its Light

Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence.  ~Deborah Tannen

Increase your personal power through positive and powerful communication. Recognize and eliminate negative self talk.  ~Caterina Rando

Life is worth being lived, but not being discussed all the time.  ~Isabelle Adjani

Too much agreement kills a chat.  ~Eldridge Cleaver

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.  ~Joseph Pulitzer

Quotes about communication