Eclectic quotations accumulating in Hell's Kitchen, NY, USA.


"The fifties are everything you were meant to be."
-- Maya Angelou, as quoted by Oprah.


"One of the keys to having a healthy mind is to live as much as you can
in the moment; that is, thinking about what you're doing right now, not
worrying about the mistakes you made yesterday or the headaches that
await you tomorrow."
-- Roizen & Oz, YOU Staying Young


"Nature doesn’t reinvent itself every spring. It does what it does. God invents you. As you get older, the spiritual opportunity is to drop that which is false and to reclaim your true self. T.S. Eliot in "Four Quartets" says, “You’re always going home. You’re going back home.” So, it’s not so much that you’re going forward, you’re coming full circle. You are dropping this artificial self that accumulated--the burdens, the disappointments, the fears, the falsehoods". -- Marianne Williamson, Beliefnet.


"Friends are kisses blown to us by angels"
-- Author Unknown


"The only thing you really have to focus on in your twenties is not
getting a bad tattoo. You don't want to be 40 and going, "No, dude, it was different back then - everyone loved SpongeBob."
-- Tom Papa, Comedian


"... Being able to say no, to only make the work that you really love
and have a good time doing it, is another way to be successful."
-- Daniel Myrick, Film-maker


"If you're beaten, conceal it!/
There's no pity for you./
For the world cannot feel it."

-- Lorenz Hart, This Funny World


"We know that the best predictor of human happiness is human relationships and the amount of time that people spend with family and friends... We know that it’s significantly more important than money and somewhat more important than health. That’s what the data shows. The interesting thing is that people will sacrifice social relationships to get other things that won’t make them as happy — money. That’s what I mean when I say people should do “wise shopping” for happiness... Another thing we know from studies is that people tend to take more pleasure in experiences than in things. So if you have “x” amount of dollars to spend on a vacation or a good meal or movies, it will get you more happiness than a durable good or an object. One reason for this is that experiences tend to be shared with other people and objects usually aren’t".
-- Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling Onto Happiness, in The New York Times.


"Rather than wanting to hold to the past longer, and slow things down,
and stop the aging process -- just revel in the power of now! You can't
stop time, and you won't stop the recycling process that is taking place
upon this planet, nor would you want to -- but you do not have to suffer
the moving through time. Every moment can be more wonderful than the
moment before..."
-- Abraham-Hicks


"Stop worrying about being perfect. Just be sincere, honest and authentic...
Stop worrying about what might or might not happen at some future time. Put your energy and attention into connecting with the richness of right now... Take a deep, refreshing breath and feel the freedom as you let go of every worry you've been holding. Experience the full power of your thoughts and actions when they are constantly pointed in a positive direction....Allow your thoughts to support and encourage you rather than hinder you. Free yourself to deal effectively and successfully with what is real and what is now... Get in the habit of choosing and following your best possibilities instead of worrying about the worst ones. Bring your highest intentions to life and leave the worries far behind... Worry brings you nothing worth having, so choose right now to free yourself from its grip. Focus on what you can do and why, and experience the true goodness that life can offer".

-- Ralph Marston


“I don’t think I will ever go that fast again, but that is based on my behavior moment to moment, whether I’m able to maintain this nice groove I’m on or whether it will all go away in a second for something that I could justify or rationalize that was none of my own doing. But that isn’t real. This, [he said, gesturing around the nice house with the nice family supported by an increasingly nice career] is real.”
-- Robert Downey, Jr. in the New York Times


"Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination."
-- Vincent van Gogh


"He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away".
-- Raymond Hull, as quoted by Scott.


"When you're not headed in any particular direction, that's where you'll end up arriving -- nowhere. When you have no specific goal in mind, that's what you'll end up accomplishing -- not much... Sometimes it can be truly helpful and enlightening to wander without a clear destination and to explore new territory. Yet if that's all you ever do, all that enlightenment will never be put to use... When you give yourself a clear, specific goal, your actions take on the power of purpose. That can help to make you more creative, resourceful, persistent and effective... Set a couple of goals for today, and you become far more likely to get those things done. Powerful forces, some of which you may not even realize or understand, are set in motion by your intentions... Before you start to move forward, decide for yourself exactly what it means to move forward. Before you begin to take action, be sure you know the reason for that action... You'll accomplish much more when you clearly know what you intend to accomplish. Get a goal, and you'll make it happen".
-- Ralph Marston


"When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of
like to try it."

-- Margaret Chase Smith, first female U.S. Senator


"It usually takes about 30 days to change a habit. Not because you need 30 days. You could do it in 68 seconds if you could, once you did it,
hold your vibration there. But you have to consciously make that
-- Abraham-Hicks


"On this day of your life, dear friend, God wants you to know...

. ..that life is meant to happy.

I know this is sometimes hard to believe, and I
know that on many days it simply is not your
experience, but it is true. You have all the tools
right now to make this day, this moment, happy.

The best of these tools is love. Just love everything
that Life has to offer today. And of course, love
every person. Then watch the whole experience

You already know the reason
that this particular reminder
came to you today..."

-- Neale Donald Walsch


"It can turn a dreary day into a day that's bright and exciting. It can transform a mundane task from a burden into a joy... It can make wonderful, valuable possibilities suddenly appear all around you. It can draw positive people and positive experiences toward you in any situation... It can open the door to a world filled with abundance. It can enable you to learn, to achieve, to grow and to prosper... It can change problems into opportunities. It can pick you up and get you moving forward after even the most difficult setbacks...What is it and what makes it so powerful? It's your attitude, and when it is positively focused it can truly change your world...For the world in which you live is shaped by the way you choose to see it. Carry a positive, thankful, forward-looking attitude with you, and wherever you go, you'll be able to do great and wonderful things ".

-- Ralph Marston


"Oh, no - Not another learning experience!"
-- As quoted by Pam, on Sobriety is Exhausting.


"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt


"Love life as it is... Not as you want it."
-- As quoted by Pam, Sobriety is Exhausting


"The time is always right to do what is right."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.


"If you've been looking for an opportunity, this is it. If you've been
waiting for the right time to move forward, that time has arrived... On
this day, you have the power to take action. In this moment, you have
the ability to make a difference... Hopes, dreams and wishes can be
powerful and compelling, yet if they remain imprisoned within you,
you'll never know their true beauty and value. Now is when you can take
the very best of what's in you, and give it room to grow... Reality is
where you are right here and now. And the great thing is, you're able to
shape that reality as it arrives... So take the opportunity to shape the
reality of this day to mirror the best that is within you. This is when
your values, your visions, and your unique essence can be given
expression and fulfillment... The time is upon you to create and to
experience life's richness in your own special way. Fill it with meaning
and purpose, and fill it with all you are".
-- Ralph Marston


"Learn to be calm and you will always be happy."
-- Paramahansa Yogananda


"Oh don't the day seem lank and long
When all goes right and nothing goes wrong?
And isn't your life extremely flat
When you've nothing whatever to grumble at?"

-- W.S. Gilbert


"Sell your cleverness, and purchase bewilderment."
-- Dr. Wayne Dyer


"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do."
-- Epictetus


"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt


"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of."
-- Burt Bacharach


"Appreciation and self-love are the most important tools that you could
ever nurture. Appreciation of others, and the appreciation of yourself
is the closest vibrational match to your Source Energy of anything that
we've ever witnessed anywhere in the Universe".

-- Abraham-Hicks