Growth Quotes

The only hat worth wearing was the one you made for yourself

Sunday, November 6th, 2011
girl wearing many hats

She snatched off the hat with stars on it. It wasn’t a bad hat, for show, although the stars made is look like a toy. But it was never her hat. It couldn’t be…

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If we cling to (techniques) we will become bound by their limitations

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
balancing on a rail in the sun

Art is the expression of the self; the more complicated and restrictive a method is, the less opportunity there is for expression of one’s original sense of freedom. The techniques, although they play an important role in the earlier stage, should not be…

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Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving

Monday, October 17th, 2011
deep blue water ripples

Silence spread around Tiffany, a living silence, while the sheep danced with their lambs and the world turned.

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see…

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No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.

Sunday, August 14th, 2011
fallin man in mid air

The most sublime act is to set another before you.
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
Folly is the cloke of knavery.
Shame is Pride’s cloke…

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Instantly we know whose words are loaded with life, and whose are not

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
biting lip

Whilst the world hangs before the eye as a cloud of beauty, we cannot even see its beauty. Inaction is cowardice, but there can be no scholar without the heroic mind. The preamble of thought, the transition through which it passes from the unconscious to the conscious, is action. Only so much do I know, as I have lived…

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One expected growth, change; without it, the world was less, the well of inspiration dried up, the muses fled

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Their sense of community had come apart long before Kathy’s death, but for him, Kathy’s dying had been the final stage of the story collection they’d started when they all first came together in the early seventies.

Most of them still…

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Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
red poppy

Notice I did not say “kill” the dragon. To kill the dragon implies stumbling through our challenges using any available force. This week of vigils presents a chance to consider both how we negotiate the process, as…

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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less …

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Many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book

Friday, October 9th, 2009
walden pond

There are probably words addressed to our condition exactly, which, if we could really hear and understand, would be more salutary than the morning or the spring to our lives, and possibly put a new aspect on the face of…

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there’s a hell of a good universe next door;let’s go

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
boy and zoo panda

A world made
is not a world of born-pity poor flesh

and trees,poor stars and stones,but never this
fine specimen of hypermagical…

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What small potatoes we all are, compared with what we might be!

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

I have been digging my potatoes, if anybody cares to know it. I planted them in what are called “Early Rose,”—the rows a little less than three feet apart; but the vines came to an early close in the drought. Digging potatoes is a pleasant, soothing occupation, but not poetical. It is good for the…

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The more I learn – the more I realize the less I know.

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Each mile I travel only means
The more I have to go.
What’s wrong with wanting more?
If you can fly – then soar!

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