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Life is a mixed blessing, which we vainly try to unmix.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.  A happiness weapon.  A beauty bomb.  And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one.  It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air.  Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas.  And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight.  Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.  With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.  And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.  ~Robert Fulghum


We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.  ~Japanese Proverb


The words "I am" are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to.  The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.  ~A.L. Kitselman


Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall.  Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day.  Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down.  And this is all life really means.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson


Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.  Seek discipline and find your liberty.  ~Frank Herbert


Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weights you down.  ~Toni Morrison


Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  ~Winston Churchill


Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try.  ~Yoda


The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.  ~Joseph Campbell


Every evening I turn my worries over to God.  He's going to be up all night anyway.  ~Mary C. Crowley


A nod,
a bow,
and a tip of the lid
to the person
who coulda
and shoulda
and did.
~Robert Brault, "A Poem Missing the Word Woulda," www.robertbrault.com


I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.... I play with leaves.  I skip down the street and run against the wind.  ~Leo Buscaglia


I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.  ~Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things"


Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep.  Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there's no escape, there's no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.  ~Ani Difranco


I don't rent space to anyone in my head.  ~Anonymous man on Candid Camera, answering Allen Funt's question about why he had not gotten upset


What a miserable thing life is:  you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough.  ~Bertolt Brecht


If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.  ~Charley Reese


Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Author Unknown


Every one should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it - torn up to irrecoverable tatters.  ~Samuel Butler


There is always some specific moment when we become aware that our youth is gone; but, years after, we know it was much later.  ~Mignon McLaughlin


If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?  ~Sydney J. Harris


Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him.  Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be.  Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate.  Everyone has it within his power to say, "This I am today; that I will be tomorrow."  ~Louis L'Amour


The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.  ~Jules Renard


I would prefer not to.  ~Herman Melville, "Bartleby, the Scrivener"


Rule #1:  Use your good judgment in all situations.  There will be no additional rules.  ~Nordstrom's Employee Handbook


Heaven is on the other side of that feeling you get when you're sitting on the couch and you get up and make a triple-decker sandwich.  It's on the other side of that, when you don't make the sandwich.  It's about sacrifice.... It's about giving up the things that basically keep you from feeling.  That's what I believe, anyway.  I'm always asking, "What am I going to give up next?"  Because I want to feel.  ~Jim Carrey, from a Michael Fleming interview in the March 2004 issue of Playboy magazine


You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room.  You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners.  ~Robert Brault,www.robertbrault.com


If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have created babbling brooks and whispering pines.  ~Robert Brault,www.robertbrault.com


May I never be complete.  May I never be content.  May I never be perfect.  Deliver me, Tyler, from being perfect and complete.  ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 5


No fear.  No distractions.  The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.  ~Fight Club movie, screenplay by Jim Uhls, directed by David Fincher, novel by Chuck Palahniuk