Favorite Quotations ~  Life & Living, 16 Joy in the Morning

"The secret of living is to find a pivot, the pivot of a concept on which you can make your stand." ~ Luigi Pirandello


My life is my statement and I try to be true to myself and thusly to other people. Whatever my failings are, they are human and I try to perfect it each day. ~ William Shatner

You give all your life to doing this one thing. It sounds grim, it sounds frightening -- it isn't -- it has a great gaiety at times and a great wonder. ~ Martha Graham

What life can compare to this? Sitting quietly by the window, I watch the leaves fall and the flowers bloom, as the seasons come and go. ~ Hsueh-tou

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness. ~ Gilda Radner

Life, on the whole, isn't like fiction. It's only in hindsight that you can make these pseudo-patterns; create a narrative in which you are the main protagonist; pretend that it was all destined to happen the way that it happened. ~ Carole Cadwalladr

If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time not tomorrow, nor next year...Our beliefs in a rich future life are of little importance unless we coin them into a rich present life. ~ Thomas Dreier

I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements… if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day of his life--that is, tries to make each day reach as nearly as possible the high-water mark of pure, unselfish, useful living. ~ Booker T. Washington, Autobiography

The whole of life lies in the verb seeing. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of the future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter. ~ Charles A. Lindbergh

We talk about defining moments, but I think nothing can define you. They’re all refining moments. You’re constantly refining yourself and refining your life. ~ Sheryl Crow, Oprah Winfrey Show, 12/06/06

One day your heart ceases to beat. Right now, you are something wonderful. ~ Sister Chân Không, Journeying East: Conversations of Aging and Dying

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