Amos Bronson Alcott, 1799-1888, Transcendentalist, father of author, Louisa May Alcott:  (1) “We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.”  (2) “A government for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.” (3) “The true teacher defends his/her pupils against his/her own personal influence.  He/She inspires self-distrust.  He/She guides their eyes from him/herself to the spirit that quickens him/her.  He/She will have no disciple.”

“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”  Anais Nin, US (French-born) author & diarist (1903-1977)

“Wisdom calls us to a fierce attention to reality.”  Douglas Burton-Christie, Weavings, home page,

Heard on Garrison Keillor’s “Writers’ Almanac,” quoting Walker Percy:  “We love those who know the worst of us and don’t turn their faces.”

“Love is a fabric which never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the water of adversity and grief.”  Author unknown

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”  William James, American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

“Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Attuned to how grief can sometimes be softened by focusing on life’s small pleasures….”  Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures, reviewed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 5, 2005, p. E5

“Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.


Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.”

“Dreams,” Langston Hughes

“It is such a secret place, the land of tears.”  The Little Prince

“I grasp the hands of those next to me, and take my place in the ring to suffer and to work, taught by an instinct, that so shall the dumb abyss be vocal with speech.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”  Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832)

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.”  Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832)

“No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”  Lily Tomlin

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.  Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.”  Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855)

“Only talk when it improves the silence.”  Former Senator and Presidential candidate Edmund Muskie, quoted by Chris Matthews on “Hardball”, April 2010.

“It is not power that corrupts but fear.  Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”  Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Far Eastern Economic Review

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