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As I writer, words are very powerful to me.  Here are a collection of some of my favorite quotes...(if you have any you think I might like, please email to me. And, if you know the author of some I just cannot locate, please have them email me OR you email me and set me straight!  Thanks to all of you who write beautiful words and share them with others...)

...the answers will come, just be open enough to receive them...    seek for what is within --jacquie--  come, and share my journey with words...

The Guest House
by Rumi
Poet of the Heart

"This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness
comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because
each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

"Never stop dreaming, for out of such fragile things come miracles." -Unknown

All our lives, we search for someone to love, someone who makes us complete.
We dance to a song of heartbreak and hope.
All the time, we wonder whether there is someone somewhere perfect who might be searching for us.
All the while, we forget to look within ourselves to rediscover the forgotten spirit and the divine who is the embodiment of all love nature can ever provide us. -unk, but quoted to me by a dear friend...

Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.-Rumi

The virtue of angels is that they cannot deteriorate; their flaw is that they cannot improve. Humanity's flaw is that we can deteriorate; but our virtue is that we can improve.- Hasidic saying

Ascension

And if I go,
while you're still here...
Know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
--behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
so you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
--both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name in your heart,
...I will be there.

"Ascension" copyright ©1987, Colleen Corah Hitchcock

"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere."
author- Tim McGraw 

We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through the fabric of illusion.....Ansel Adams

Vigilance...
There is such a fine line between complete and spent...
Finished and Abandoned...
Yet, until that vacant threshold is crossed with consciousness, we won't
know...
still though...we enter...
(i viewed this quote in a captivating piece of artwork by a local artist in New Iberia, Louisiana...i've lost her name but would love to know... if you know, please pass it on to me so I can credit her for her lovely words...)

my immortal / evanescence (a painfully beautiful lyric)

i'm so tired of being here
suppressed by all of my childish fears
and if you have to leave
i wish that you would just leave
because your presence still lingers here
and it won't leave me alone

these wounds won't seem to heal
this pain is just too real
there's just too much that time cannot erase

when you cried i'd wipe away all of your tears
when you'd scream i'd fight away all of your fears
and i've held your hand through all of these years
but you still have all of me

you used to captivate me
by your resonating light
but now i'm bound by the life you left behind
your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams
your voice it chased away all the sanity in me

these wounds won't seem to heal
this pain is just too real
there's just too much that time cannot erase

when you cried i'd wipe away all of your tears
when you'd scream i'd fight away all of your fears
and i've held your hand through all of these years
but you still have all of me

i've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone
and though you're still with me
i've been alone all along

© 2003 Wind-Up Records
Evanescence won two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance...  visit Evanescence at www.evanescence.com.  I highly recommend their album, Fallen...deeply moving music and lyrics...

May our joys be deep and our wounds be sacred. Post angels to protect us, Lord, from the demons that would divide our hearts. Now and forever. Amen. - Marianne Williamson,“Illuminated Prayers

If questioning would make us wise, no eyes would ever gaze in eyes; if all our tale were told in speech, no mouths would wonder each to each. Were spirits free from mortal flesh and love not bound in hearts of flesh, no aching breasts would yearn to meet and find their ecstasy complete. For who is there that lives and knows the secret powers by which he grows? Were knowledge all, what were our need to thrill and faint and sweetly bleed? Then seek not, sweet, the "if" and "why" I love you now until I die, For I must love because I live and life in me is what you give...  --words written by Christopher Brennan (1870-1932)  (entitled, Because She Would Ask Me Why I Loved Her)

Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the
place where no one else has ever been. You have to
leave the city of your comfort and go into the
wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by
bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite
knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be
wonderful: yourself.
--Alan Alda

As we walked, hand-in-hand through the journey of Life,  our Fate intertwined Harmoniously amidst the songs of melodic Uncertainty.  As we kissed, Honored by the passionate embraces of Love,  our shadows overlapped Inseparably as if two souls were kissing.  As we laid, Separated by a thin layer of restrained moral veil, Our thoughts interwoven sinuously with the Flaming threads of Desire...So we slept, wearied from the concerns of this world, our dreams merged boundlessly like the blue ocean and its horizon...

If questioning would make us wise, no eyes would ever gaze in eyes; if all our tale were told in speech, no mouths would wonder each to each.  Were spirits free from mortal flesh and love not bound in hearts of flesh, no aching breasts would yearn to meet and find their ecstasy complete.  For who is there that lives and knows the secret powers by which he grows?  Were knowledge all, what were our need to thrill and faint and sweetly bleed?  Then seek not, sweet, the "if" and "why" I love you now until I die, For I must love because I live and life in me is what you give... 

Poem by:  John William Waterhouse

Arashi-Shibori (pronounced ah-rah-she she-boar-ee) is named for the beautiful yet natural occurrence that we witness in the sky when, particularly after a storm, the wind and rain dance together and create intersecting linear patterns of color..

Apache Wedding Blessing: Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness for you, for each of you will be a companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness. And may your days be good and long upon this earth.


The Heda Bejar saying is true "The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose"


When you were born, You cried and the World rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die,
the World cries, and You rejoice.    --- Cherokee Proverb

People always come into your life for a reason, a season and a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually. They may seem like a godsend to you, and they are. They are there for a reason, you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die, Sometimes they just walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season. And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends.

LIFETIME, relationships teach you a lifetime of lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people [anyway], and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas in your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being part of my life.....
    -- beautiful words written and shared by Brian A. "Drew" Chalker via his wife, Lori.

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whosoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed." - Albert Einstein 

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When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
And you take the first step into the darkness of the unknown;  You must believe that one of two things will happen.  There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly
- Patrick Overton

"To the world, you may be just one person. But, to one person, you may just be the world!" --unk

Our strength is often composed of the weaknesses that we're damned if we are going to show.     ---- Mignon McLaughlin 

"Seek out those in who's mind the golden fire burns and forsake those with but a silver tongue"

"Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside us"
    ---original quote unk but shared with me by Lori Rosen, artist

Warning
by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And sent a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

"Lives based on having are less free than lives based on doing or being"
                                                                    - E.Y. Harburg  (shared by Lori Rosen)

"Neither the flesh nor the blood of your sacrifices reaches God, but it is the righteous motive underlying them that reaches Him." -The Holy Quran-

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
      

"All things in this creation exist within you, and all things in you exist in creation; there is no distance between you and the closest things, and there is no distance between you and the farthest things, and all things, from the lowest to the loftiest, from the smallest to the greatest, are within you as equal things. In one atom are found all the elements of the earth; in one motion of the mind are found the motions of all the laws of existence; in one drop of water are found the secrets of the endless oceans; in one aspect of you are found all aspects of existence." — Kahlil Gibran

That which does not kill us, makes us stronger...    
--Miyamoto Musashi (from "A Book of Five Rings")

What can be counted does not always count, and what counts can not always be counted...
---Albert Einstein

Most of us spend our lives as if we have another one in the bank.
-Ben Irwin

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Life is the art of drawing without an eraser...
--John Gardner

 

a very dear person gave this quote to me saying it was written for me...

if nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. 
and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things from that...
--author unknown

 

The truth slips & turns, but the facts remain the same...
--Chris (John Corbett) from Northern Exposure

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." (Neil Peart)

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing:  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”   –Voltaire

Leap, and the net will appear. -Julie Cameron

JUMP! You'll grow your wings on the way down! -Ross Campesi, Sr.

Those who thank God much are the truly wealthy. -Albert Schweitzer

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
-Langston Hughes

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
--Mark Twain

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
-Og Mandino

Every artist dips her brush into her own soul, and paints her own spirit with excellence…  --unk

Work like you don't need money;
dance like no one is watching;
sing like no one is listening;
love like you've never been hurt; and 
live every day as if it were your last.
--author unknown

 angels always take a form that is most acceptable to whomever they are appearing.  --unk

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May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
The rain falls soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the Palm of His hand.

-An Irish blessing for journey  

"There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment."
--Norman Vincent Peale

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"Follow your heart and you'll never get lost."  -  anonymous


"There will be a time when you believe that everything is finished. 
That will be just the beginning."  - Louis L'Amour

 

"To understand truth one must have a very sharp, precise, clear mind;

not a cunning mind, but a mind that is capable of looking without

any distortion, a mind innocent and vulnerable.

Only such a mind can see what truth is.

Nor can a mind that is filled with knowledge perceive what truth is;

only a mind that is completely capable of learning can do that.

Learning is not the accumulation of knowledge.

Learning is movement from movement to movement."

- J. Krishnamurti


One leaf left on a branch and not a sound of sadness or despair.
One leaf left on a branch and no unhappiness.
One leaf left all by itself in the air and it does not speak of loneliness or death.
One leaf and it spends itself in swaying mildly in the breeze.
- David Ingot

"The soul should always stand ajar,  ready to welcome the ecstatic experience."  
- Emily Dickinson


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"Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts,

the depths where neither sin nor desire can reach,

the person that each one is in God's eyes.

If only they could see themselves as they really are.

If only we could see each other that way,

there would be no reason for war, for hatred, for cruelty ...

I suppose the big problem would be that

we would fall down and worship each other."

- Thomas Merton

 

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

-Oprah Winfrey

 


We probably wouldn't worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.

-Olin Miller

 

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within us while we live.

-Norman Cousins


The world is too much with us; late and soon
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers…

 Wordsworth

"Ask courageous questions.  Do not be satisfied with superficial answers.  Be open to wonder and at the same time subject all claims to knowledge, without exception, to intense skeptical scrutiny.  Be aware of human fallibility.  Cherish your species and your planet."
         - Carl Sagan (1934-1996) 

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The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

-Gen. Norman Schwarzkoff

When people show you who they are, believe them.
--Maya Angelou

You hate most in others what you see in yourself...
--unk

You need a good bag, good jewels and a good date.
--Camryn Manheim

Intolerance of any kind has never been responsible for the furtherance of mankind...
--from the movie 'X-men'

Picasso said he spent the first half of his life becoming an adult and the last half of learning to be a child...

Successful people live well, laugh often, and love much.  They've filled a niche and accomplished tasks so as to leave the world a better place than they found it, while looking for the best in others and giving the best they have.   --Emerson

"The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better, it seems to me,  in our vulnerability, is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides."
         - Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
             "Billions and Billions" p. 215

Woman must come of age by herself
She must find her center alone.
--Anne Morrow Lindberg in Gift from the Sea

Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart,
and try to love the questions themselves.
Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now.  Perhaps, you will then gradually,
without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answers.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letter to A Young Poet

The ultimate test of a man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.

-Gaylord Nelson


Jesus replied, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 
This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
--Jesus from Matthew 22:37-39

If anyone wants to make himself invisible, there is no surer way than to become poor."
--Anon.

...And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make...
--The Beatles

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
--Nelson Mandela, 1994 Inaugural Speech, a quote from Marianne Williamson

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