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Some Useful Quotes
Below you will find quotes that I like, and for some, these could be used as a tool for recovery - I personally don't use them in recovery, but do think that they are sweet nonetheless!
Please note, that the most recent ones that I've added can be found at the end of the page.  I intend at some point to categorise them, but for now - this is the way it is...

~Don't let your past dictate who you are, but let your past dictate who you become~ (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
~You don't need to be in a relationship until you don't need to be in a relationship~ (Kathryn Clarke)
~Beauty is in the eye of the beholder~ (Margaret Wolve Hungerford)
~Life is a living experience~ (Me)
~My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success.  She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you.  Success is being praised by others.  And that's nice too, but not as important or satisfying.  Always aim for achievement, and forget about success~ (Helen Hayes)
~I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves~ (Chief Wilma Mankiller)
~Sometimes I get frustrated because I have so many ideas fighting to come out.  Every painting has so many possibilities~ (Amy Brown)
~Life is for living~ (Me)
~You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you~ (Mary Tyler Moore)
~When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us~ (Helen Keller)
~I have always been drawn to nature, and am constantly aware of weather, wildness and the glorious freedom to explore.  I become hypnotised by its immensity~ (Hazel Brown)
~My favourite images are always the ones I can look back on and say 'I wouldn't change a thing'.  Ironically, they are the images best received by the public.  Quite the reverse: if I hate it, everyone else thinks it's great~ (Amy Brown)
~Sometimes you have to go through the storm before you see the sunlight~ (Me)
~Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.  They're what make the instrument stretch - what make you go beyond the norm~ (Cicely Tyson)
~The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it.  Whether he's got an abscess on his knee or in his soul~ (Rona  Barrett)
~I want to leave behind a body of work that will live on forever.  I want to touch as many people as I can with the imagery I create and bring out the child in all who view my paintings~ (James Browne)
~Speak the truth from your heart, not what you think others want to hear~ (Me)
~Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect~ (Margaret Mitchell)
~Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage~ (Anais Nin)
~Speak from the heart and the truth is sure to unveil itself~ (Me)
~After all, one can't complain.  I have my friends.  Somebody spoke to me only yesterday.  And was it last week or the week before that Rabbit bumped into me and said "Bother"!  The Social Round.  Always something going on~ (Eeyore, Winne the Pooh)
~Out of each experience enough light is generated to illuminate another little stretch.  Who knows where it will lead?  And who can tell where it started?~ (Cesar Chavez)
~Looking back, may I be filled with gratitude; looking forward, may I be filled with hope; looking upward, may I be aware of strength; looking inward, may I find peace~ (Author Unknown)
~Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?  Supposing it didn't, said Pooh, after careful thought~ (Piglet, Winnie the Pooh)
~Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it~ (Talmud)
~To hope and dream is not to ignore the practical.  It is to dress it in colours and rainbows~ (Anne Wilson Schaef)
~Eeyore took his tail out of the water, and swished it from side to side.  As I expected, he said.  Lost all feeling.  Numbed it.  That's what it's done.  Well, as long as nobody minds, I suppose it's all right~ (Winnie the Pooh)
~We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon~ (Franklin D Roosevelt)
~Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn~ (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
~The fact is, said Rabbit, you're stuck.  It all comes, said Pooh crossly, of not having front doors big enough.  It all comes, said Rabbit sternly, of eating too much~ (Winnie the Pooh)
~Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country~ (Anais Nin)
~When nothing is sure, everything is possible~ (Margaret Drabble)
~Suppose I got stuck in his front door again, coming out, as I did once when his front door wasn't big enough?  Because I know I'm not getting fatter, but his front door may be getting thinner~ (Winnie the Pooh)
~Success can make you go one of two ways.  It can make you a prima donna, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out~ (Barbara Walters)
~The good life is a process, not a state of being.  The journey is the direction, not the destination~ (Carl Rogers)
~Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past...~ (James Joyce)
~Everything is possibility.  Everyone we meet is an opportunity.  Every morning is full of chances to become, to change, to grow~ (Michael Meegan)
~I'm not really sure why I wake up in the morning and want to paint.  It's all I've ever known.  I might as well be asked why I eat or breathe or sleep~ (Maxine Gadd)
~Every person born into this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique.  It is the duty of every person to know... that there has never been anyone like him in the world, for if there had been someone like him there would have been no need for him in the world.  Every single man is a new thing in the world and is called upon to fulfill his particularity in this world ~ (Martin Buber)
~I try to capture the essence of the fairy as it would be if you came across it somewhere, going about its business, and it stopped long enough for you both to look at each other's world~ (Kim Turner)
~And yet, when I look up to the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more~ (Anne Frank)
~Learning involves listening and risking, discovering new paths, being creative and unlearning assumptions ~ (Michael Meegan)
~When there is no hope there is life, where there is life there is possibility and where there is possibility change can occur~ (Jesse Jackson)
~Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth~ (John F Kennedy)
~Freedom starts with tearing down the wall of the reality we have constructed around us in our heads.  Life is full of surprises - some of them fabulous, others hurtful but we are not powerless pawns in a meaningless existence.  We are on an epic journey~ (Michael Meegan)
~Hope is the pillar of the world~ (African Proverb)
~All things are possible to one who believes~ (St Bernard of Clairvaux)
~Sometimes the bloodiness of humanity can even leave us bored, indifferent, untouched~ (Michael Meegan)
~May you see what you see through different eyes, may you hear with different ears, may you taste what you have never tasted and go further than yourself~ (Maasai saying)
~When a wave of inspiration hits, I'm surprised to find dancing forms of shadow and light moving in the corner of my eye, only to lose those forms when I turn to try to catch them~ (Paulina Stuckey)
~There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope~ (Bern Williams)
~We need to have a purpose in our lives, no matter how unprocessed or unspoken this feeling is.  We need to belong, to be fulfilled~ (Michael Meegan)
~Miracles happen to those who believe in them~ (Bernard Berenson)
~When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free~ (Charles Evans Hughes)
~Our expectations can distort how we see and talk to people.  Our pre-judgements and pre-conceived ideas can also limit our ability to be ourselves.  Opening our minds can be painful as we start to recognise the limitations in the way we think~ (Michael Meegan)
~In the right light, and the right time everything is extraordinary~ (Aaron Rose)
~My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy.  I can't figure it out.  What am I doing right?~ (Charles M Schulz)
~Often there are days when I really don't want to paint - I just have to paint.  The urge to create is almost a wild, living entity trapped inside me, clawing to escape and leave its mark on the world~ (Amy Brown)
~We can only be our true selves when we accept ourselves, completely just as we are~ (Michael Meegan)
~I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward~ (Charlotte Bronte)
~I'm not overweight, I'm just nine inches too short~ (Shelly Winters)
~In order to preserve our view of the world around us, we need to filter out those things that do not fit into our reality~ (Michael Meegan)
~I'd hear the soughing in the trees and almost always catch the hidden words being sung within it.  I'd see faces in trees and flowers and clouds.  I've just always been very aware of other life around me~ (Jacqueline Collen-Tarrolly)
~There are some things you learn best in calm, and others in storm~ (Willa Cather)
~I cling to my imperfections as the essence of my being~ (Anatole France)
~Real love enlarges the self; it fills the self rather than depleting it~ (Michael Meegan)
~From that day on, people were going to start separating me from that brace, start thinking about me differently, start saying Wilma is a healthy kid, just like the rest of them~ (Wilma Rudolph)
~If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint", then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced~ (Vincent Van Gogh)
~If you are possessed by an idea, you find it everywhere, you even smell it~ (Thomas Mann)
~Within a value system that measures us by what we own, and what we earn, the seeds of emptiness are sown~ (Michael Meegan)
~People are like stained glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within~ (Elizabeth Kubler Ross)
~The only think I regret about my past is the length of it.  If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner~ (Tallulah Bankhead)
~Sometimes we get so caught up in our own edition of reality that we lose contact with what is actually happening~ (Michael Meegan)
~All which happens through the whole world happens through hope~ (Martin Luther)
~Eyes so transparent that through them one see's the soul~ (Theophile Gautier)
~If we are not in touch with the light, we become lost and afraid.  We can look for things to fill us, but only the light can complete us~ (Michael Meegan)
~There are two ways of spreading light.  To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it~ (Edith Wharton)
~The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes~ (Marcel Proust)
~The strange thing about us is that we so often forget to enjoy ourselves.  We get so caught up in worrying when worry will  not change anything~ (Michael Meegan)
~Somewhere in that space is the time we taste what we truly live, believe, are.  There lies our living creed, the things we live our lives by.  You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.  You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life~ (Camus)
~When I hear tell of the character and the loyalty and devotion of dogs, I remain unmoved.  All of my dogs have been scamps and thieves and troublemakers, and I've adored them all~ (Helen Hayes)
~If we are ready to tear down the walls that confine us, break the cage that imprisons us, we will discover what our wings are for~ (Michael Meegan)
~He was a no good lout; a failure so miserable everyone loathed his success and admired his achievements~ (Mark Twain)
~I take a simple view of living.  It is to keep your eyes open and get on with it~ (Sir Laurence Olivier)
~The problem with people who run around is that they can't wait for things to sort themselves out.  They look at the earth and say, do this.  They look at a problem and run around it but the universe will handle the details because nature unfolds perfectly without us.  If we trust and let go, the magic of what is inside will work ~ (Michael Meegan)
~If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analysing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, or seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you'll get better results if you just watch him laugh.  If he laughs well, he's a good man~ (Dostoevsky)
~There is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely~ (Ugo Betti)
~The core of who we are is born in the daily moments of ordinary living~ (Michael Meegan)
~Boredom, like bliss, is nothing more than a state of mind~ (Amanda Lowe)
~Faeries tell us that small things can hold great truths~ (Brian Froud)
~It's only there if you feel it.  If you don't put it in your mind, it doesn't exist~ (Michael Meegan)
~When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things must happen: there will be something solid for us to stand on, or we will be taught to fly~ (Patrick Overton)
~While there's life, there's hope~ (Theocritus)
~In everything we are, there is the potential to bring joy or sadness - each drawn from the well that is our heart~ (Michael Meegan)
~The innocent and the beautiful have no enemies except time~ (W B Yeats)
~Two souls with but a single thought; two hearts that beat as one~ (Friedrich Halm)
~It is destructive to imagine happiness exists somewhere in the future.  Happiness is born here, this instant, we do not need to wait~ (Michael Meegan)
~I have often thought that people who built lighthouses, and those who kept them, were optimists.  A lighthouse is a beacon to all on the sea - a sure sign that land is near and that someone aloft is keeping a steadfast eye for their safe passage~ (Fletcher Cairns)
~I sometimes look into the face of my dog Stan and see wistful sadness and existential angst when all he is actually doing is slowly scanning the ceiling for flies~ (Merrill Markow)
~Personal joy is a deception if it does not react and become active in the struggle against hatred, intolerance and prejudice~ (Michael Meegan)
~To love one's self is the beginning of a life-long romance~ (Oscar Wilde)
~Dogs act exactly the way we would act if we had no shame~ (Cynthia Heimel)
~Anxiety stems from the fear of not being approved of, not being wanted, of being rejected.  The confidence of inner joy has no fear because there is nothing to lose~ (Michael Meegan)
~Throughout the world of life one must continue to learn to live.  The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day in rhythmic measure.  It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth into numbless waves of flowers~ (Rabindranath Tagore)
~Noone can make you feel inferior without your consent~ (Eleanor Roosevelt)
~There's no such thing as a stranger, just someone who hasn't become your friend yet~ (Michael Meegan)
~There is in every weak, lost and isolated member of the human race an agony of hatred born of his own helplessness, his own isolation.  Hatred is the sign and expression of loneliness, of unworthiness, of insufficiency.  And insofar as each one of us is lonely, is unworthy, each one hates himself~ (Thomas Merton)
~Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn~ (Gore Vidal)
~It takes more courage that we imagine to be perfectly simple with  other men~ (Michael Meegan)
~You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost~ (Martha Graham)
~He who has "why" to live for can bear any "how"~ (Friedrich Nietzsche)
~A cynic might say it was the drink, but I would hope it was the humanity that occurs when we see beyond the visible into who people are~ (Michael Meegan)
~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow~ (Helen Keller)
~What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog~ (Dwight D Eisenhower)
~When we are content and sorted in ourselves, there is no need for external affirmation or approval~ (Michael Meegan)
~In youth we learn, in age we understand~ (Marie VonEbner-Eschenbach)
~You see things; and you say "why?"  But I dream things that never were and I say "why not?"~ (George Bernard Shaw)
~Sometimes all you can do is be there, be among, be with, listen, smile, hold their hands, sometimes just cry with them, just stay~ (Michael Meegan)
~Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us~ (Samuel Smiles)
~Noone can escape from his individuality~ (Arthur Schopenhauer)
~I think that kindness is not about common sense but about a deeper sense - a more lasting and essential sense, a realisation of the things that are the same in us~ (Michael Meegan)
~The world is not to be put in order, the world is in order.  It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order~ (Henry Miller)
~I am what I am, so take me as I am~ (Johann Von Goethe)
~Unlike optimists who see the good, often closing their eyes to the bad, truly joyful people embrace reality and merrily get on with doing something about it, simply because it's natural~ (Michael Meegan)
~When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes~ (Oprah Winfrey)
~There are three things I was born with in this world, and there are three things I will have until the day I die: hope, determination, and song~ (Miriam Makeba)
~We are wounded only if we allow ourselves to be, belittled or reduced only if we absorb those things that would reduce us.  Remember, no one can make us feel anything without our consent.  We are all vulnerable, easy to wound~ (Michael Meegan)
~The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for~ (Joseph Addison)
~Hope is a waking dream~ (Aristotle)
~Lets always change our hearts and forgive each other.  Forgive ourselves and in time we will learn to see beyond the chains, maybe even into our hearts and there, if you look carefully enough, you will find a joy you never expected.  It's deep inside~ (Michael Meegan)
~He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed~ (Einstein)
~All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope~ (Alexandre Dumas Pere)
~Like all great mysteries, the secrets of inner joy are very simple.  They thrive all around us and are, as with everything that really matters, within our grasp~ (Michael Meegan)
~Angels are like lighthouses for those passing by in storms~ (Karen Goldman)
~We make  our living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give~ (Michael Meegan)
~I resent being told what to do in any way, shape or form~ (Maya Lin)
~There are two things which men can do about the pain of disunion with other men.  They can hate or they can loved.  Hatred recoils from the sacrifice and the sorrow that are the price of this resetting of bones.  It refuses the pain of reunion~ (Merton)
~Everyone has talent, and God gave me the athletic ability and competitiveness to go out there and push myself.  It would be a disservice to myself if I couldn't be the best athlete and best person I could be~ (Mia Hamm)
~You can't have too big a dream~ (Beverly Sills)
~I want to evoke and get to that little part of all our adult minds which is eternally childlike.  The work speaks to that portion, and I think that makes it timeless.  I want the work to be timeless in its own right~ (Julie  Baroh)
~My heart tells me that there is a spark that belongs to us all and that, in some way, we are part of each other yet, like love and wonder, we cannot put into words~ (Michael Meegan)
~Although there may be tragedy in your ife, there's always a possibility to triumph.  It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from.  The ability to triumph begins with you.  Always~ (Oprah Winfrey)
~A woman is like a teabag.  It's only when she's in hot water that you realise how strong she is~ (Nancy Regan)
~From it flows one's desires and fears, one's joys and sorrows, one's discernment of values, one's decisions and deeds~ (Michael Meegan)
~I don't do life crises.  Life's too short.  Get over it.  Move on to the next thing~ (Condoleezza Rice)
~When I despair, I remember that all through history truth and love have always won.  There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.  Think of it...always~ (Gandhi)
~You have to put yourself out there as an example if you want to change anything~ (Alice Sebold)
~We are a part of a real mystery, and even though we can't see what is happening, we can sense that we share in it's unfolding~ (Michael Meegan)
~One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time~ (Barbara Walters)
~I didn't really transform myself.  Working transformed me~ (Katherine Graham)
~When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn~ (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
~All joy comes from selflessness and lasting happiness comes from kindness~ (Michael Meegan)
~You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down~ (Mary Pickford)
~Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all~ (Dale Carnegie)
~Faeries are not a fantasy but a connection to reality~ (Brian Froud)
~We need to find that perennial, indomitable 'yes' to life and the only place it dwells is in our inner child, in our innocence~ (Michael Meegan)
~When I work, I really work.  I rub my eyes, and my makeup comes off, and I stick pencils in my hair~ (Madelaine Albright)
~We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.  They may have been few in number, but they offered sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.  And there were always choices to make.  Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you would become the plaything of circumstance...~ (Victor Frankl)
~Faeries are seen not by the eyes but through the heart~ (Brian Froud)
~The moment you stop giving reasons to see yourself the way you react to situations, you start to gain control over your reactions~ (Amanda Lowe)
~As long as there are thing to blame, outside influences that seem to cause you to feel you act that way, you will be a victim to your emotions and a prisoner to your internal states~ (Michael Meegan)
~Faeries are the inner nature of the land and a reflection of the inner nature of our souls~ (Brian Froud)
~If you live today and have not laughed, it is a day you have laid in your grave~ (Samburu Saying)
~We are what lives in our hearts.  We are what we give.  We are what we celebrate in the moment of our presence in this life.  Our deeds springs from the love within.  The love in us pours from our union within.  Our union within comes from being awake.  Being awake comes from inner stillness.  Inner stillness comes from silence.  And silence is the door to compassion, to serenity.  To a life of love and freedom~ (Michael Meegan)
~Our frontiers are made of mists and dreams and tender waters: thresholds are crossed from time to time~ (Pat O'Shea)
~All things absurd, non linear, non sensical, irrational, and madly poetic reveal the secrets of the unconscious and the secret language of faery~ (Brian Froud)
~Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind~ (Samuel Johnson)
~Perfection is out of the question~ (Anne Archer)
~Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment~ (Oprah Winfrey)
~A woman told us she was forever getting herself into trouble "but I just keep coming back", she said.  "I just keep showing up for my life".  Being blessed with the rebirth that recovery brings~ (Betty Ford)
~Anytime I was challenged and told I couldn't do something, I would absolutely have to prove the opposite.  And I did~ (Heather Mills McCartney)
~Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood~ (Marie Curie)
~You must not blame us scientists for the use which war technicians have put our discoveries~ (Lise Meitner)
~When nothing is sure, everything is possible~ (Margaret Drabble)
~A true faerie is a spirit, a symbol, a metaphor.  It can inhabit a tree, a horse, or a figure.  We are creating a world of infinite possibility and interpreting it with a finite mind.  That's the beauty~ (John Arthur)
~You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it~ (Barbara Streisand)
~Far away, there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead~ (Louisa May Alcott)
~The reward for conformity is everyone will like you but yourself~ (Rita Mae Brown)
~We get treated in life the way we teach people to treat us~ (Amanda Lowe)
~I see my work maturing and coming into its own.  I'm still very young and am learning new things all the time.  I have no idea what the future will bring.  That's the fun of it all~ (Julie Baroh)
~I paint faeries how I see them, and how I want you to see them too.  I love to tease the imagination so that some viewers see my faeries as sweet and innocent, while others see them as voluptous and sensual~ (Linda Biggs)
~My whole purpose in creating artwork stems from my general dissatisfaction with the world.  Painting my own little worlds, populated with my own people and my own ideas, I can add a little fantasy to my life, and to the lives of others~ (Jasmine Becket-Griffith)
~My fairy world is very real to me.  Images of charm and magical beauty and innocence are waiting to appear from the little people who trust me so much - to bring a glimmer of hope, an innocent smile from a child, or a memory of a parent in a happy childhood past, telling bedtime stories~ (Myrea Pettit)
~Tales in mythology and folklore stem from emotions, needs, desires, hopes and beliefs that have survived for thousands of years across hundreds of cultures.  These things are part of the essence of being alive, and of being human~ (Stephanie Pui-Munlaw)
~I will bring you a whole person and you will bring me a whole person and we will have us twice as much of love and everything~ (Mari Evans)
~Though they can be quite mischevious, I draw for the fairies.  They have a message to convey of inner peace, beauty and kindness~ (Myrea Pettit)
~Ultimately I want each painting to evoke a deep emotion in the viewer - hopefully a longing to become a part of the painting itself~ (Amy Brown)
~Is it imagination that makes me want to paint?  It's not as simple as that.  Imagination is the vehicle by which the ideas are shaped and transferred; what creates them lives deep within and cannot really be named~ (Maria J William)
~When painting, I don't want to be overly focused.  There's a famous anecdote regarding Goethe.  When writing, he kept a box of rotting fruit by his desk.  This distracted him enough to allow interplay between the conscious and the subsconcious~ (David Delamare)
~I live surrounded by very old land, and the stones seem to whisper hints of memories to me~ (Marja Lee Kruyt)
~I am happy as long as I can do the things I love to do.  That is what makes the day worth living, and that is what enriches my life~ (Ann Mari Sjogren)
~I will always try to express some message of hope, or a warning of things that might be if we don't look at our world in a new light~ (Linda Ravenscroft)
~If we're constantly in a state of wonder, it is more likely we will be receptive to those little cues that can be plucked out of the ether~ (David Delamare)
~And of course, I am afraid, because the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revealation, and that always seems fraught with danger.  But my daughter, when I told her of our topic and my difficulty with it, said, "Tell them how you're never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there's always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and maddr and hotter and hotter, and if you don't speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside~ (Audre Lorde)
~I think I was born at the right time for the thing I turned into, this new kind of modern woman who wanted to wear pants, wanted to live like a man~ (Katharine Hepburn)
~Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognise them~ (Ann Landers)
~You can stand tall without standing on someone.  You can be a victor without having victims~ (Harriet Woods)
~Don't let anybody take away your dreams~ (Sherry Lansing)
~Courage allows the successful woman to fail - and to learn from the failure - so that in the end, she didn't fail at all ~ (Maya Angelou)
~The time when you need to do something is when no one else is willing to do it, when people are saying it can't be done~ (Mary Frances Berry)
~Even though I ran away from my ethnicitiy, in the end it's really who I am~ (Nia Vardalos)
~We cannot do great things on this earth.  We can only do small things with great love~ (Mother Teresa)
~Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments~ (Rose Fitgerald Kennedy)
~The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wail till the other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off~ (Henry David Thoreau)
~Do not go where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave trail...~ (Emerson)
~It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving~ (Mother Teresa)
~At the end of your life, what you’re going to want to know is that you made some kind of difference~ (Susan Sarandon)
~I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved~ (Princess Diana)
~Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our minds to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others~ (Barbara Bush)

~I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card~ (Laura Bush)

~It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life~ (Sister Elizabeth Kenny)

~I’m very determined to help this country become its best self~ (Marian Wright Edelman)

~Action is the antidote to despair~ (Joan Baez)

~Each of us finds our own path to survival. No path is ever walked the same way twice, but we need not walk alone~ (Nancy Goodman Brinker)

~Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are our friends~ (Arlene Francis)

~You have to be willing to let go of the old dreams, and redefine them, and then you really are much happier~ (Dana Reeve)

~My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group. There was much less competition~ (Indira Gandhi)

~Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent~ (Eleanor Roosevelt)

~I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions~ (Lillian Hellman)

~It is not power that corrupts, but fear of losing it~ (Daw Aung San Suu Kyi)

~One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few~ (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

~It’s easier not to start [smoking] than it is to stop~ (Christy Turlington)

~I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next~ (Gilda Radner)

~My goal is to raise my three children to have faith, courage, and character like Todd~ (Lisa Beamer)

~Life itself is the proper binge~ (Julia Child)

~It is never too late to be what you might have been~ (George Eliot)

~Non-cooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet~ (Julia Child)

~I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances~ (Martha Washington)

~If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much~ (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis)

~The beautiful woman is the one who really knows herself and makes the most of everything she’s got~ (Eileen Ford)

~Reality is a world as you feel it to be, as you wish it into being~ (Diana Vreeland)

~If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing~ (Margaret Thatcher)

~Movement never lies~ (Martha Graham)

~When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me"~ (Erma Bombeck)

~One of the things that I learned the hard way is that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged~ (Lucille Ball)

~You grow up the day you have the first real laugh at yourself~ (Ethel Barrymore)

~Awful things can happen at any moment, so while they are not happening you may as well be pleased~ (Nigella Lawson)

~There are only two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it~ (Edith Wharton)

~I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality~ (Frida Kahlo)

~There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age~ (Sophia Loren)

~I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint~ (Elsie De Wolfe)

~Adventure is worthwhile in itself~ (Amelia Earhart)

~I won’t be here forever, but my spirit will be and my style. They remain~ (Coco Chanel)

~May your life be like a wild flower...  Growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day~ (Native American Proverb)

~Education is an admirable thing.  But it is well to remember that from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught~ (Oscar Wilde)

~What we live with we learn: what we learn  we practice: what we practice we become~ (Ernie Larsen)

~You must open your own doors. If they are locked, I or anyone, can give you the keys, but you are the one that must unlock them. You are the one that must make the choice to unlock each door, open it, and pass through~ (Robert R McCammon)

~Part of being who you are is about what it is you want out of life.
It's time to think about changing what you want~ (
Something Fishy)

~Without question, taking the inner route [towards recovery] comes with its challenges. It is not for the closed-minded -- people who already have their own agendas. It is not for the fainthearted -- people who give up too easily or are unwilling to explore the unknown. It is not for game-players -- people who will go to any extend to contrive strategies that have a payoff in order to avoid taking responsibility.  However, if you are prepared to learn about your true self and to take responsibility for your life, you will do well [in recovery]. Only you can make the final decision whether or not to take this route@ (Viola Fodor)

~It is only with our hearts that we can see all that is true...
we are often blind to what is essential~ (Unknown)

~Regarding the "dark side" of creativity: I don't like to think of it as that -- I like to think of sunlight and shade... the brightest sunlight produces the darkest shadows~ (Unknown)

~The appropriate use of the words Yes and No make more room for love" (boundaries are not walls, but guidelines, and we can learn 'positive stretching' by listening, negotiating and sharing our feelings about boundaries)~ (Sark)

~Just like a broken mirror, reflecting back at me are the pieces of my life laid out for me to see~ (Something Fishy)

~Some people are determined to make excuses, others are determined to live...~ (Unknown)

~For a long time I used to feel either really bad or really good... there seemed to be no inbetween. Now I realize that most of life occurs much more in those times between really good and really bad and that's ok~ (Something Fishy)

~Healing means to make whole and to accept all parts of myself --
not just the parts I feel as though I like, but all of me~ (Louise L.. Hay)

~Getting up and off our duffs and changing the usual routine can be very healing... Too many times we get into a pattern and stick to it like glue because we are afraid to change~ (Rebecca Ruggles Radcliffe)

~The only risk is a risk not taken...~ (Unknown)

~A little bit of something beats a lot of nothing.  Break the largest of difficult tasks into the smallest of steps and it can be done~ (Dan Millman)

~When you admit your weaknesses, you are truly strong. When you admit your weaknesses, you have walked half way to conquering them.~ (Something Fishy)

~The inspired person comes to life with a purpose and passion,
with the daily desire to grow and contribute~ (David McNally)

~If you do not love yourself, it is difficult to believe in yourself.
It is difficult to believe in yourself, not because you are so far away from knowing your true self, but because getting that close is uncomfortable~ (Viola Fodor)

~Your trust of others is connected to your trust of self... self-trust is profoundly important~ (Sark)

~When you do not set healthy boundaries for yourself you are inviting people to ignore your needs~ (Oprah)

~No matter how rough the sea, a lighthouse is always shining in the distance to help you find your way~ (Unknown)

~In your own life, it's time to stop being the passenger.  You can and should start being the driver~ (Joe Kita)

~Loneliness depends on isolation...  Despair thrives on solitude.  Connection and sharing are the avenues to healing~ (Unknown)

~Now as an adult, I build forts with my cat Jupiter. We let the down comforters hang down all around the loft bed and stay in there playing silly games. Sometimes we sing songs and snap rubber bands, and dream of a world filled with forts made of blankets~ (Sark)

~Real heroes understand that life is not optional -- only how we choose to revel in it's beauty and deal with it's obstacles~ (Unknown)

~You can either swim in the shallow end of the pool, or choose to go out into the ocean~ (Christopher Reeve)

~Getting what you want makes you happy.  Getting what you need will help you reach for what you want.  Knowing what you truly need is the hardest part~ Unknown)

~For all the things I see in me, there's just one me that needs to be free~ (Unknown)

~I've noticed three kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened~ (Socrates)

~Trust your feelings... treasure them, nurture them, for they can lead you to your inner strength and power~ (Unknown)

~If you find that you are lost, remember -- there are lessons in all of life's detours -- it is not merely the destination, but how you get there~ (Unknown)

~There's a big difference between anger and bitterness. Anger is something we can express and get out of us. Bitterness is something we carry on our shoulders like a weight. Anger is something we can feel, express and get rid of while bitterness holds us back from moving forward~ (Unknown)

~There is a voice within you that speaks for what you know, inside your soul.  There is a voice within you that can tell you what you may have forgotten, or have been afraid to try.  There is a voice within you that truly knows you~ (Unknown)

~It takes no more time to see the good side of life
than it takes to see the bad~ (Unknown)

~Time may mend all woulds -- but feeling and dealing are the only way to truly heal~ (Unknown)

~Until knowledge, awareness, insights, and understandings are translated into action, they are of no value~ (Dr Phil)

~Repeatedly saying that something is "easier said than done" can often keep us trapped in a difficult and painful life -- a life that should be easier and more enjoyable~ (Unknown)

~On the path between us and our goals stand hurdles and challenges. Every road has its hurdles; each one we clear makes us stronger. Any positive change entails a period of discomfort as we rise from one level to the next... Life's gifts often come carefully wrapped in difficulties and demands. We have only to open the package to reap the wisdom and rewards hidden within~ (Dan Millman)

~It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye~ (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

~When we are feeling alone it is then that it is time to reconnect with those we love, even if we do not know who they are..~ (Unknown)

~It is important to remember not to let your emotions step on your brain...~ (Unknown)

~Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it.  You will find you dance with everything~ (Emerson)

~To look always for an answer, a solution to the ever-puzzling riddles that confront us: that is our responsibility, our curse, and our blessing~ (Stuart M Hess)

~To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour~ (William Blake)