Monday, September 3, 2012


God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone,
but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.
~ Martin Luther ~


You have not lived a perfect day,
even though you have earned your money,
unless you have done something for someone
who will never be able to repay you.

~ Ruth Smeltzer ~

Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.
~ Lao Tzu ~

Look deep into nature,
and then you will understand everything better.
~ Albert Einstein ~


Twenty years from now,
you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do,
than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.

~ Mark Twain ~


I have learned silence from the talkative,
tolerance from the intolerant
and kindness from the unkind.
I should not be ungrateful to those teachers.

~ Kahlil Gibran ~


Fields have eyes and woods have ears.
~ John Heywood, 1565 ~

All beings seek for happiness;
so let your compassion extend itself to all.



If one way be better than another,
that you may be sure is Nature's way.
~ Aristotle -


Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.
~ Kahlil Gibran ~


I do the very best I know how -
the very best I can;
and I mean to keep on doing it until the end.

~ Abraham Lincoln ~


In wilderness I sense the miracle of life,
and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
~ Charles A. Lindbergh,


Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth
are never alone or weary of life.
~ Rachel Carson ~



      We do not remember days; we remember moments                                                                                              -Cesare Pavese

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution.
Until we stop harming ALL other living beings,
we are still savages.
~Thomas A. Edison



Then miles truly separate us from friends?
If you want to be with Rae, aren't you already there?

~ Richard Bach (from "There' No Such Place As Far Away) ~


  When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought
in our life, or in the life of another.

~ Helen Keller ~


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~ Joyce Kilmer
from 'Trees', 1914 ~


If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand,
rejoice, for your soul is alive.
~ Eleonora Duse ~


The animals of the world exist for their own reasons,
they were not created for men anymore than
 black people were created for whites or women for men.
~Alice Walker ~


Nature is the art of God.
~ Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1635 ~

There is a destiny that makes us brothers -
None goes his way alone;
All that which we send into the lives of others,
Comes back onto our own.

~ Edwin Markham


I am not afraid of storms,
for I am learning to sail my ship.

~ Louisa May Alcott ~


We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
~ Thomas Fuller
'Gnomologia' 1732 ~


The purpose of life, after all,
is to live it,
to taste experience to the utmost,
to reach out eagerly and without fear
for newer and richer experience.

~ Eleanor Eoosevelt ~


Bravery is the capacity to perform properly
even when scared half to death.

~ Omar Bradley ~


"I ask for the privilege of not being born ...not to be born until you can assure me
 of a home and a master to protect me, and a right 

to live as long as
 I am physically able to enjoy life...not to be born until
my body is precious and men have ceased to exploit it
because it is cheap and plentiful.

~Author Unknown


                    A happy family is but an earlier Heavn-

George Bernard Shaw


The most importan thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother


Our task must be to free ourselves...
by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and it's beauty.
~Albert Einstein


FAMILY - the ones you live with, laugh with, and love
Family is belonging to and believing in each other.


We're the bridge across forever,
arching above the sea,
adventuring for our pleasure,
living mysteries for the fun of it,
choosing disasters, triumphs, challenges, impossible odds,
testing ourselves over and again,
learning love and love and LOVE!

~ Richard Bach (from "The Bridge Across Forever") ~


We cannot command Nature except by obeying her. 

~ Francis Bacon ~


It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford 
to be stupid with them.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~


To waste, to destroy our natural resources,
to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it 

so as to increase its usefulness,
will result in undermining in the days of our children 

the very prosperity
which we ought by right to hand down to them

 amplified and developed. 

~Theodore Roosevelt,
7th Annual Message, 3 December 1907 ~

The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,
The brooks for the fishers of song;
To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game
The streams and the woods belong.
~ Sam Walter Foss ~

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me 
when I forget the words

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues
but the parent of all the others. ~Cicero

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family.
Most of us would give our own life
for the survival of a family member,
yet we lead our daily life too often
as if we take our family for granted.

~ Paul Pearshall ~

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill
will, in the end, take their revenge;
for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. 

~ Marya Mannes 'More in Anger' 1958 ~

When I find myself fading, I close my eyes and
realize my friends are my energy.

The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.... 
It has come to believe
 that compassion, in which all ethics must take root,
can only attain its full breadth and depth if 

it embraces all living
creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.

~Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize address,
"The Problem of Peace in the World Today"

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 ~


Being a parent is the greatest trust that has been given to human beings.
~David O. McKay

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