Archive for the ‘Quotations’ Category

Quotations V

The hours between two and dawn are like a gift that only a few unwrapped — a puzzling. luminous gift.
Joy Williams

I ain’t got no worries
‘Cause I’m not in a hurry.
Come and dance with me.
Take me by the hand.
I wanna hear some funky Dixieland.
Take me by the hand.
Doobie Brothers

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Henry David Thoreau

We live in deeds, not years;
in thoughts, not breaths;
in feelings, not figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart throbs.
The person lives most who thinks most;
feels the noblest, acts the best.
Philip James Bailey

You don’t get to choose how you die or when.
You can only decide how you are going to live.
Joan Baez

The smile on your face is the light in the window that tells people you are home.
Anon

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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Quotations IV

To be yourself in a world constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.
Allen Ginsberg

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The average adult laughs 15 times a day; the average child over 400 times a day.Martha Beck

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
Og Mandino

If you hear a voice within you say, “You cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent van Gogh

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
Rumi

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness into the light.
Jean Giraudoud

If you really want to,
you can hear me say
“Only if you want to
will you find a way.”
If you really want to
you can seize the day.
Only if you want to
will you fly away.
“Only If” by Enya

God is the friend of silence. See how nature — trees, flowers, grass — grows in silence. See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Theresa

Happy is the friend who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.
Arnold Glasgow

Write the bad things that are done to you in sand;
Write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.
Arabic proverb

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
James Matthew Barrie

Solitude begets whimsies.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

I have never found a companion so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau

Quotations III

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. Twyla Tharp

A single fantasy can transform a million realities.
Maya Angelou

Christopher Robin spent the morning indoors going to Africa and back.
AA Milne

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Albert Camus

When one door of happiness closes, another opens,
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one that has opened before us.
Helen Keller

I dream about the roots of trees
and where they travel underneath us,
and how they sustain us from above.
I marvel at tree canopies and spectacular branches.
SARK

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:

There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
poem by Patrick Overton from his book, Rebuilding the Front Porch of America, 1997

Quotes for Creativity

Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education, dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen.
Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

Who am I? the artist asks. And he devotes his whole life to finding out. Agnes de Mille, dancer

I never find words right away. Poems for me begin with images and rhythms, shapes, feelings, forms, dances in the back of my mind.
Gary Snyder, poet

A poet needs to keep his wildness inside him. Stanley Kunitz, poet

Quotations 2

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese proverb

I will love the light for it shows the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
Og Mandino

Change is the constant,
the signal for re-birth,
the egg of the phoenix.
Christina Baldwin

Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.
Christina Baldwin

You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury

Hearing voices no one else can hear isn’t a good sign,
even in the wizarding world.
JK Rowling

Children’s Games Cigar Box

Begin by decorating a cigar box, or other such something. Decide on colors of interior — a base color, dried. The a bit of a darker color or a complementary paint. Swish it on rather streaky, wait ’til it’s half dry, and then wipe of about a quarter of the paint, smearing it a bit with a wet baby wipe. Paint darker colors on outside of box — try a layer of red with a couple layers of blue (medium dark and darker.) Then using fine sandpaper, remove paint until bits of red start to show through. For fun, find something to add legs to the box –wooden childrens’s blocks, well sanded and distressed; stacks of dominoes, maybe try 3 or 4, possibly painted in a rainbow of colors or just left alone; upside down Sorry markers; stacked Legos or Lincoln Logs.
Could carry the theme of children’s games both inside and outside of the box. If you can find a set of Lincoln Logs (try thrift store, antique store, flea market or if desperate check on E-Bay). If Lincoln Logs are available, line the outside with logs, leaving room for windows. Put scenes of home interiors in the windows. Did you add children playing? Or another possibility is to line the outside with dominoes — they’re a little easier to find and can use either old or new ones. Decide what pattern to use — all in a row, all numbers together, random. Look in scrap booking stores for heavy paper designed with popular vintage children’s games. (I don’t know about you, but I really dislike my things regarded as ‘vintage.’) Add matching pieces from scrapbook store. If you use these items, scuff with sandpaper, antique and edge all pieces with brown or metallic gold ink. A cat’s eye pad of ink works best for brown and a Krylon metallic marker does well for the gold. Use some sort of alphabet to line a quotation around the bottom, possibly one about the fun of games. I’ll go look in the quote sites and be back.
Use decorated box to hold ‘books’ that are hand done and sized to fit. Tie books (or pamphlets) together with satin of recorated ribbon.
Bo
ps I looked through a dozen quotation sites and the best I could do is this: “Fun is the name of the game.”

Quotations for Inspirations I

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants.
Lao-Tzu

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Twyla Tharp

A single fantasy can transform a million realities.
Maya Angelou

Christopher Robin spent the morning indoors going to Africa and back.
AA Milne

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Albert Camus

When one door of happiness closes, another opens,
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one that has opened before us.
Helen Keller

I dream about the roots of trees
and where they travel underneath us,
and how they sustain us from above.
I marvel at tree canopies and spectacular branches.
SARK

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:

There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
poem by Patrick Overton from his book, Rebuilding the Front Porch of America, 1997

Do you not see that you and I are as branches of one tree?
With your rejoicing comes my laughter.
With your sadness starts my tears.
Love, could life be otherwise with you and me?
13th Century Chinese Poem

Folks always say “You come into this world alone and you must leave it alone.”
They ought to know better because it isn’t so. It’s not that way at all.
The child comes into life very attached and stays attached
and is mired all of its life in a soup of relations.
This child struggles to be born. It comes out pushing and pulling
with the cord attached and still holding on way up.
The child has to pull and push and make a place for itself
in and among all the people that are already here.
Breena Clark

The only reason some people get lost in thought
is because it’s such unfamiliar territory.
Ashleigh Brilliant

It’s not easy taking my problems one at a time
when they refuse to get in line.
Paul Fix

He began to hear,
out beyond the deep quiet of the clearing,
the soft whirring of invisible wings
as songbirds sewed threads of sound
through the highest branches.
“The Year of the Leopard Song” by Eric Campbell

Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral?
It is because we are not the person involved.
Mark Twain

Any man can surround himself with two thousand books
and thence forward have at least one place
in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
Augustine Birrell

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
Jorge Luis Borge
(But my son would rather it be a football field!)
Barbara Fahrenbach

When daily life is a trial, the occasional genuine catastrophe may, perhaps, have less impact.
George Maguire

The last thing I needed was to fall into the hands of one of those head doctors who were unreservedly enthusiastic about dipping into the psychoactive pharmacopoeia to ladle up a fruit punch of behavior modification drugs which imposing a short term placidity, would ultimately leave with more short-circuited synapses than I had now.
Dean Koontz

In a dark territory of her mind that she’d never traveled before, she found a twisted landscape of superstition.
Dean Koontz

His mood swung so fast and hard that it seemed his head ought to have spun around from the force of the change.
Dean Koontz

Love was a sacred garment, woven of a fabric so thin that it could not be seen, yet so strong that even mighty death could not tear it, a garment that could not be frayed by use, that brought warmth into what would otherwise be an intolerably cold world. But at times, love could also be as heavy as chain mail. Bearing the burden of love on those occasions, when it was a solemn weight, made it more precious when, in better times, it caught the wind in sleeves like wings — and lifted you.
Dean Koontz

A wise man never loses anything if he has himself.
Montaigne

Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived.
Thomas Merton

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton

What if we smashed the mirrors and saw our true faces?
Anon

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.
Sue Atchley Ebaugh

It is very important to make art about what we are really interested in, not what we should be interested in.
Julia Cameron

To create is to move into the unknown — to move into the mystery of yourself, to have feeling, to awaken buried perceptions and to be alive and free without worrying about the results.
Michell Cassou

Creativity is a different quality of spiritual life than humility or asceticism; it is a revelation of the God-like nature of humanity.
Nikolai Berdyaev

There are no guarantees in my world.
Beth Walters, M.D.

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
Franz Kafka

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star.
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar,
Not in entire forgetfulness.
Wm Wordsworth

Quiet desperation or restless agitation?
Sarah Breathnach

A picture is not just worth a thousand words; it’s worth a Jungian personality inventory;
for there, in black and white, are those personality assets or deficits.
Anon

If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches.
Carolyn Kenmore

When you can see each leaf as a separate thing, you can see the tree, you can see the spirit of the tree, you can talk to it, and just maybe you can begin to learn something.
William J Bausch

Nothing we do is inevitable;
but everything we do is irreversible.
Joy Williams

The Navajo Black Design blanket has a center like that of a spider’s web. That’s so the weaver’s thoughts can escape the weaving when it is finished. So his mind won’t get trapped inside.
Joy Williams