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Favorite Quotations

This is a list of quotes I like. Please feel free to let me know what you think about any of them and if you have a favorite quote you’d like to share with me, please do!


“May we also have patience, courage, understanding, and determination to meet and overcome inevitable difficulties, problems and failures in life. May we always rise above them with morality, integrity, forgiveness, compassion, mindfulness and wisdom.” – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana


“Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it — every, every minute?” – Emily Webb from Our Town, Thornton Wilder.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
“Any love which is dependent on something, when the ‘something’ ceases, the love ceases. Any love which is not dependent on anything will never cease. – Pirke Avot, Chapter 5, Mishna 19.
“What was, was. What is, is. And that’s that.” – A guy at the gym named Jake.
“You don’t fix faith… It fixes you.” – Shepherd Book (Firefly; ‘Jaynestown’)
“We are all lonely and all seek a hand to hold in the darkness. It is not the harp, but the hand that plays it.” Uhtred of Bebbanburg (The Last Kingdom, Bernard Cornwell, 2004)
“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” – Isaac Asimov
“What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams.” -Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (18 Feb 1883-1957)
“I would like to pass on one little bit of advice I give to everyone. Relax. Just relax. Be nice to each other. As you go through your life, simply be kind to people. Try to help them rather than hurt them. Try to get along with them rather than fall out with them. With that, I will leave you, and with all my very best wishes.” – Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine LK permalink
    January 17, 2012 5:52 pm

    I love your quotes, Michael. I’m a quotation fiend, too!


  2. February 9, 2012 2:22 pm

    Great quotes. My two favorites are Isaac Asimov, who I’m now thrilled to say I have something in common with, and Jake-at-the-gym, who really knows what’s what. It’s hard to keep my contribution to two, but the first is by Rita Mae Brown, Author: “I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” The second is by Alvin Yoder, an Amish farmer and neighbor who trained my cart pony: “If the horse gets spooked by a car and heads for the ditch, rein him into the ditch and make him think it’s your idea.” I try to apply that advice to lots of situations.


  3. Sonel permalink
    March 8, 2012 11:57 pm

    Oh, I love quotes! You’ve got great ones here Michael. Thanks! 🙂



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