Favorite Quotes archive

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.  Martha Graham (choreographer)

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty of character. If there is beauty of character, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. (Chinese Proverb)

I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big successes. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of human pride.  William James (philosopher and psychologist)

I like to think of myself as an artist, and my life is my greatest work of art. Every moment is a moment of creation, and each moment of creation contains infinite possibilities. I can do things the way I’ve always done them, or I can look at all the different alternatives, and try something new and different and potentially more rewarding. Every moment presents a new opportunity and a new decision.  Shakti Gawain (author, thinker)

If I were to wish for anything I would not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye, which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating as possibility?  Søren Kierkegaard (philosopher, theologian, poet)

There is wonder in the world, largely because there is so much diversity. Enormous diversity. And a lack of diversity results in a blandness, a stagnation, and a shrinking awareness of all things. We can’t really exclude without diminishing ourselves and our sense of the world. We’re either moving toward richer living or poorer dying. It’s really just a choice to be or not to be, and with a much brighter outlook than that of Hamlet. (My own thought )

“I’m gonna fatten myself up real good so no one will hire me and I’ll never have to work.”  Evan Laningham (at 6-years-old, responding to dinner conversation in between comments about one person’s unpleasant workday and another person’s feeling of being stuffed)

I would rather have a scorpion popsicle for lunch than sandwiches again.  Evan Laningham (at 10-years-old, continuing his pattern of memorable mealtime quotes.)

Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.  Plato

Why would it help you to eat a cold turkey? Emma Lou Laningham (as she overheard a conversation about a famous musician in rehab.)

So where’s the rest of your house? Emma Lou Laningham (upon visiting her older brothers apartment for the first time.)

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