Quotes and Inspirational Words


 

Love

I want to die while you love me,
  While yet you hold me fair,
  While laughter lies upon my lips,
  And lights are in my hair.
  Georgia Douglas Johnson

When you loved me, I gave you the whole sun and stars to play with ... and the volume of all the seas in one impulse of the soul.
  George Bernard Shaw

I have loved many, the more and the few–
  I have loved many that I might love you.
  Grace Fallow Norton

I love you more than yesterday, less than tomorrow.
  Edmund Rostand

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. 
Kahlil Gibran

When I am in heaven, may God give me no angel’s wings to soothe the hurt in my heart;
Spread instead across the sky the hair of the children I loved, and let their hair sweep forever in the wind across my face.
Gabriela Mistral
I long to talk with some old lovers’ ghosts,
Who died before the god of love was born.
John Donne

Heavy, heavy is love to carry
and light, as one rose petal.
Carl Sandburg

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
Alexander Smith

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honour its coming with all my heart.
Alice Walker

If you were the queen of pleasure,
  And I were the king of pain,
  We’d hunt down love together,
  Pluck out his flying feather,
  And teach his feet a measure,
  And find his mouth a rein.
  Algernon Charles Swinburne

There was never any yet that wholly could escape love, and never shall there be any, never so long as beauty shall be, never so long as eyes can see.
  Longus

All love is sweet, given or returned.
  Common as light is love,
  And its familiar voice wearies not ever.
  Percy Shelley

Love, indeed, lends a precious seeing to the eye, and hearing to the ear:
  All sights and sounds are glorified by the light of its presence.
  Frederick Saunders

Love is space and time measured by the heart.
  Marcel Proust

 

Life

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
   Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
   Gandhi

The Road goes ever on and on
  Down from the door where it began.
  Now far ahead the Road has gone,
  And I must follow, if I can,
  Pursuing it with eager feet,
  Until it joins some larger way
  Where many paths and errands meet.
  And whither then? I cannot say.
  J. R. R. Tolkien

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Circumstances and situations do color life, but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be.
  John Homer Miller

Would that life were like the shadow cast by a wall or a tree, but it is like the shadow of a bird in flight.
Haggadah

The day is done, and the darkness
  Falls from the wings of night,
  As a feather is wafted downward
  From an eagle in his flight.
  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There are only two ways to live your life -
One is as if everything is a miracle,
The other is as though nothing is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

Death plucks my ear, and says,
'Live-I am coming.' 
  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.
  Marian Wright Edelman
Should you really open your eyes and see, you would behold your image in all images.
And should you open your ears and listen, you would hear your own voice in all voices. 
  Kahlil Gibran
I cannot bear a mother’s tears.
  Virgil (Roman poet)

Life, like a dome of many-colored glass,
  Stains the white radiance of eternity.
  Percy Bysshe Shelley
Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
To every man, his own life is a mystery. 
  Latin proverb
Life was meant to be a mystery.
 To be lived spontaneously from a present time, unpredictable place.
 Judy Wardell
This life of ours would not cause you sorrow
  If you thought of it as like
  The mountain cherry blossoms
  Which bloom and fade in a day.
  Murasaki Shikibu
 
The Rose
Lost inside the labyrinth of the rose,
  I look for meaning, find only beauty;
  To bloom and fade is the rose’s duty,
But why?-it neither asks nor knows.
  Edward Saavedra
There must be a place a room and a sanctuary set apart for silence, for shadows, and roses...
Carl Sandburg

I believe flowers have souls.
  I have known roses that I expect to meet in heaven.
  Lucy Maud Montgomery

All of us wince when a rose – falling apart in a tepid room – lets go of one of its shell-like petals, and sends it adrift into its own reflection on a smooth, marble surface. The sound of its fall–very soft, distinct–is like a syllable of silence, and enough to move a poet.
  Collette

My lady’s presence makes the roses red,
Because to see her lips they blush with shame. 
Henry Constable

Heavy, heavy is love to carry
and light, as one rose petal.
  Carl Sandburg
You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will,
But the scent of the roses will hang round it still.
  Thomas Moore

Leafing through a book I found,
  a pressed and faded rose,
  and no longer knew whose hand
  had picked it for me once.
  Nikolaus Lenau

I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath;
  I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
  I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
  I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.
 
But I look up high to see only the light,
  And never look down to see my shadow.
  This is the wisdom which man must learn.
  The Song of The Flower by Kahlil Gibran

Beauty never slumbers
  All is in her name:
  But the rose remembers 
  The dust from which it came.
  Edna St. Vincent Millay

For I have seen, stiff and sharp,
  The thornbush stand all winter long,
  Then finally bear a rose upon its top.
  Dante

Won’t you come into the garden?
   I would like my roses to see you.
   Rose Henniker Heaton

I am listening to Istanbul with my eyes closed;
  Something is falling from your hand
  To the ground,
  It must be a rose.
  Orhan Veli Kanik

What one approves, another scorns,
  And thus his nature each discloses;
  You find the rosebush full of thorns,
  I find the thornbush full of roses.
  Arthur Guiterman

If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?
  Gilbert Keith Chesterton

   

   The Rose Grows Beyond The Wall

   Near a shady wall, a rose once grew,
   Budded and blossomed in God's free light,
   Watered and fed by morning dew,
   Shedding its sweetness, day and night.

   As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
   Slowly rising to loftier height,
   It came to a crevice in the wall,
  Through which there shone a beam of light.

  Onward it crept with added strength,
  With never a thought of fear and pride,
  It followed the light through the crevice's length
  And unfolded itself on the other side.

  The light, the dew, the broadening view
  Were found the same as they were before;
  And it lost itself in beauties new,
  Breathing its fragrance more and more.

  Shall claim of death cause us to grieve,
  And make our courage faint or fail?
  Nay! Let us faith and ope receive:
  The rose still grows beyond the wall.

  Scattering fragrance far and wide,
  Just as it did in days of yore,
  Just as it did on the other side,
  Just as it will forevermore.
     A. L. Frink

Time

Butterflies count not months but moments, and yet have time enough.
excerpt from The Good Life Almanac 

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time, like a dew on the tip of a leaf.
Rabindranath Tagore

Before the beginning of years
  There came to the making of man
  Time, with a gift of tears:
  Grief, with a glass that ran:
  Pleasure, with pain for leaven:
  Summer, with flowers that fell:
  Remembrance, fallen from heaven,
  and madness risen from hell;
  Strength without hands to smite:
  Love that endures for a breath;
  Night, the shadow of light,
  and Life, the shadow of death.
  Algernon Charles Swinburne

Life is short and we never have enough time for the hearts of  those who travel the way with us.
O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.
  Henri-Frederick Amie

Too many times we stand aside
  and let the waters slip away,
  'Till what we put off 'till tomorrow
  has now become today.
  So don't you sit upon the shoreline
  and say you're satisfied.
  Choose to chance the rapids,
  and dare to dance the tide.
  excerpt from The River by Garth Brooks

The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy, the building of a house, the writing of a novel, the demolition of a bridge, and, eminently, the finish of a voyage.
John Galsworthy

Love is space and time measured by the heart.
  Marcel Proust

This life of ours would not cause you sorrow
  If you thought of it as like
  The mountain cherry blossoms
  Which bloom and fade in a day.
  Murasaki Shikibu

Life, like a dome of many-colored glass,
  Stains the white radiance of eternity.
  Percy Shelley

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
  Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
   I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
   I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
  The old snows melt from every mountainside;
  And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;
  But last year’s bitter loving must remain
  Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.
  There are a hundred places where I fear
  To go.–So with his memory they brim.
  And entering with relief some quiet place
  Where never fell his boot or shone his face
   I say, “There is no memory of him here!”
  And so stand stricken, so remembering him.
 Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

Happiness

Each day comes bearing its own gifts – be sure to untie the ribbons.
  Author Unknown

Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.
John Barrymore

The air is like a butterfly
  With frail blue wings.
  The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings.
  Joyce Kilmer
 

Pain and Sorrow
Only the human heart
  Holds close its dearest things,
  And bears the wounds, the scars,
  Their going brings.
  Ida Norton Munson
But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still!
  Tennyson
Night is the blotting paper for many sorrows.
  Litauisch
'Tis not love's going – hurts my days,
But that it went in little ways.
  Edna St. Vincent Millay
I walked a mile with Pleasure,
  She chatted all the way,
  But left me none the wiser
  For all she had to say.
 
I walked a mile with Sorrow,
  And ne’er a word said she;
  But, oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me!
  Robert Browning Hamilton
I give her sadness and the gift of pain,
  A new moon, madness and the love of rain.
  Dorothy Parker
A robin red breast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.
  William Blake
Take hand and part with laughter;
  Touch lips and part with tears;
  Once more and no more after,
Whatever comes with years.
  Algernon Charles Swinburne
No one knows the weight of another’s burden.
  George Herbert

If you were the queen of pleasure,
  And I were the king of pain,
  We’d hunt down love together,
  Pluck out his flying feather,
  And teach his feet a measure,
  And find his mouth a rein.
  Algernon Charles Swinburne
Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain.
  John Selden
 
Kindness
You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late.
  Proverb
Life always gives you back what you give out.
  Author Unknown
Whoever you are–
  I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
  Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire
 
The Heart
Nobody has ever measured – even poets – how much the heart can hold.
  Zelda Fitzgerald
The human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed.
  Charlotte Bronte
Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go.
  Louise Driscoll
In the deepest heart of all of us there is a corner in which the ultimate mystery of things works sadly.
  William James
Love is space and time measured by the heart.
  Marcel Proust
I have a heart with room for every joy.
   P. J. Bailey
 
Dreams
Forget that I remember,
  And dream that I forget.
  Algernon Charles Swinburne
I was born to catch dragons in their dens
  and pick flowers.
  To tell tales and laugh away the morning,
  to drift and dream like a lazy stream
and walk barefoot across sunshine days.
  James Kavanaugh
Clear and cool, clear and cool,
By laughing shallow, and dreaming pool.
  Charles Kingsley
I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
Chuang Tzu
If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he woke-aye, and what then?
S. T. Coleridge 
Rainbows; and the blue bitter smoke of wood;
  And radiant raindrops couching in cool flowers;
  And flowers themselves, that sway through the sunny hours; 
Dreaming of moths that drink them under the moon.
  Rupert Brooke
 
Summer
Summer afternoon - summer afternoon;
To me, those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
  Henry James
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.
  Edna St. Vincent Millay
 
Nature
And then, the unspeakable purity and freshness of the air! There was just enough heat to enhance the value of the breeze.
  Anne Bronte
The liquid lapse of murmuring streams...
  Milton
Perfumes, colours and sounds echo one another.
  Charles Beaudelaire
The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world.
  Ralph Waldo Emerson
The trees abound, and so does honey.
  This is evidence of a great number of flowers - though of few varieties.
Some would deserve a place in our flower shows, but are born to blush unseen except by the angels.
from Livingstone's African journal
His screaming stallions maned with whistling wind.
  Anne Hempstead Branch
Remember, all Tolstoy ever said to describe Anna Karenina was that she was beautiful and could see in the dark like a cat. Every man has a different idea of what’s beautiful, and it’s best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree.
  William Faulkner
 
Music
The human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out a tune for a dancing bear, when we hope with our music to move the stars.
Gustave Flaubert
An ecstasy is a thing that will not go into words; it feels like music.
  Mark Twain
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon.
  Edward Lear
Music I heard with you was more than music,
  And bread I broke with you was more than bread.
  Now that I am without you, all is so desolate:
  And all that once was so beautiful is dead.
  Conrad Aiken
 
Soulmates 
I believe that if I should die,
  And you were to walk near my grave,
  From the very depths of the earth
  I would hear your footsteps.
  Benito Perez Galdos
If I could take your troubles
  I would toss them into the sea,
  But all these things I’m finding
  Are impossible for me.
  I cannot build a mountain
  Or catch a rainbow, fair,
  But let me be what I know best,
  A friend that is always there.
  Kahlil Gibran
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
Alexander Smith 
God always pairs off like with like.
  Homer
Intimates are predestined.
  Henry Brooks Adams 
Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.
  Maria Lovell
Trusty, dusky, vivid, true.
  With eyes of gold and bramble-dew.
  Steel-true and blade-straight,
  The great artificer made my mate.
  Robert Louis Stevenson
My wife is – in the strictest sense – my sole companion, and I need no other.
  There is no vacancy in my mind any more than in my heart.
  Nathaniel Hawthorne
I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than an eternity without it.
  From the film City of Angels
Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift?
  Author Unknown
If we never met again in our lives I should feel that somehow the whole adventure of existence was justified by my having met you.
  Lewis Mumford
 
Change
People change and don’t tell each other. 
  Lillian Hellman
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
   Richard Bach
 
 
Miscellaneous
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca 
What were all the world’s alarms
  To mighty Paris when he found
  Sleep upon a golden bed
That first dawn in Helen’s arms?
  Yeats
The austerity of Shangri-La.
Its forsaken courts and pale pavilions shimmered in repose from which all the fret of existence had ebbed away, leaving a hush as if moments hardly dared to pass.
  James Hilton
If you can’t be yourself, what’s the point of being anyone else?
  Tennessee Williams
They ate at the big table on the terrace under the linden tree. The sky would harden into an intense blue, the earth would give back the smell of bracken and eucalyptus.
Amanda Vaill 
Those eyes the greenest of things blue,
The bluest of things gray.
  Algernon Charles Swinburne
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
  If you push hard on the world, the world pushes back.
If you touch the world gently, the world will touch you gently in return.
  Paul G. Hewitt
Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.
Marian Wright Edelman


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