“People have been using the noun quote as a truncation of quotation for over 100 years, and its use in less formal contexts is widespread today. Language critics have objected to this usage, however, as unduly journalistic or breezy. As such, it is best avoided in more formal situations.

~ The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.


“There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.” ~Salvador Dali


“I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.” ~Wendell Berry


“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


“No individual can ultimately fail. The Divinity which descends into humanity is bound to re-gain its original state.” ~N. Sri Ram


“Our dreams disturb us because they refuse to pander to our fondest notions of ourselves.  The closer one looks, the more they seem to insist upon a challenging proposition: You must live truthfully.  Right now.  And always.  Few forces in life present, with an equal sense of inevitability, the bare-knuckle facts of who we are, and the demands of what we might become.”  ~Marc Ian Barasch


“I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees.  The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.  It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day.  It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.  Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.”  ~Hamlin Garland, McClure’s, February 1899


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir


“The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals.  That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love heterosexuals.  It’s just that they need more supervision.”  ~Lynn Lavner


“Man cannot survive without air, water and sleep. Next in importance comes food. And close on its heels, solitude.” ~Thomas Szasz


“I’m so optimistic, I’d go after Moby Dick in a rowboat and take the tartar sauce with me.” ~Zig Zigler


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” ~Denis Waitley


“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not infact, just surrounded by assholes.” ~ William Gibson


“Anything may be betrayed, anyone may be forgiven, but not those who lack the courage of their own greatness.” ~Ayn Rand


“To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.” ~Helen Rowland


“Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.” ~William Blake


“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other..” ~Jane Austin


“I have gathered a posie of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.” ~John Bartlett


“There is a difference between knowing the path… and walking the path” ~ Morpheus, The Matrix


“You need a little chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star” ~Nietzsche


“You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it, better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world” ~George Bernard Shaw


“I am comforted by life’s stability, by earth’s unchangeableness. What has seemed new and frightening assumes its place in the unfolding of knowledge. It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us.” ~ Pearl S. Buck


“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” ~John Muir


“Drumming connects you with your bones, your heartbeat, and your natural rythms. You connect with the drum by holding it close to your heart and letting your feelings, transfer into the drum. When we breathe, we all beat upon a common drum” ~Steven Ash in Sacred Drumming


“Misery is almost always the result of thinking.” ~Joseph Joubert


“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it.” ~George Bernard Shaw


“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” ~August Wilson


“You can have peace, or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.” ~Robert A Heinlein


“I have great faith in fools – my friends call it self-confidence” ~Edgar Allan Poe


“Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul, gives being to our hopes, bids the cowards flight, drives dull care away, and teaches new means for the accomplishment of our wishes.” ~Horace


“I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes. What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?” ~W C Fields


“If I know I have everything prepared for when I get killed by a stalker, then I can go to sleep.” ~Cristina Ricci


“Twenty-five is the proper age for a woman; if she is not proper by that age, she never will be.” – Oscar Wilde


“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” ~Joan of Arc

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