Sunday, January 31, 2010

John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases;
it will never pass into nothingness.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate
you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are
unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the
picture away.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Christina Rossetti

Better by far you should forget and smile, that you should remember
and be sad.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Should I blame the moon
For bringing forth this sadness,
As if it pictured grief?
Lifting up my troubled face,
I regard it through my tears.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

English Proverb

Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Thich Nhat Hanh

So if we love some one, we should train in being able to listen.
By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the
suffering of another person.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Steven Covey

Live out your imagination, not your history.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

We know how to organize warfare, but do we know how to act
when confronted with peace.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wendell Berry

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most
urgent question of the time: How much is enough?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Joseph Conrad

The true peace of God begins at any spot a thousand miles
from the nearest land.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kobayasi Issa

No aliens in this world
We all are brothers
Under the cherry blossom trees.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lao Tzu

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world
belongs to you.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mizhuo Ota

A priest all alone
taking a nap at midday -
beyond the eaves
of the abbot's chamber
the deep blueness of the sky.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Marcel Proust

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are
the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Douglas Steere

Work without contemplation is never enough.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Robinson Jeffers

A little too abstract, a little too wise,
It is time for us to kiss the earth again,
It is time to let the leaves rain from the skies,
Let the rich life run to the roots again.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Don Van Vliet

LSD: An awfully overrated aspirin and very similar
to old people's Disneyland.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Vita Sackville West

It isn't that I like sweet disorder,
but it has to be judiciously arranged.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Alexander Pope

Consult the Genius of the Place in all.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Israel Salanter Lipkin

Spirituality is like a bird:
If you hold it too closely, it chokes,
And if you hold it too loosely, it escapes.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Robert Lynd

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the the way
in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

James M. Barrie

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A.S. Kline

Feeling is the phoenix that rises from the ashes of exhausted being.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Hung Tzu-ch'eng

A drop of water has the tastes of the water of the seven seas:
there is no need to experience all the ways of worldly life. The
reflection of the moon on one thousand rivers are from the same
moon: the mind must be full of light.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Henryk Skolimowski

The first act of awe, when man was struck with beauty
or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Stephen Jay Gould

Nature is what she is - amoral and persistant.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Albert Camus

In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay
an invincible summer.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Doug Larson

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill
except for learning how to grow in rows.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Robert Frost

Poetry is what gets lost in the translation.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving some one deeply gives you courage.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Isabel Allende

We live in an era where masses of people come and go
across a hostile planet, desolate and violent. Refugees,
emigrants, exiles, deportees. We are a tragic contingent.