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


"pessimism never works"
-- t-shirt


"My goal for you is to teach you some mindfulness skills... So you feel your emotions in a real way, and you observe them. When we're present in 'just this moment', we can cope with just this moment. And however big my emotion is in this moment, if I can observe it and just stay in this moment with it, I can survive it."
-- Erin Olivo, Director, Columbia Integrative Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital.


"Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquillity -- instead of anger and resentment."
-- Unknown


"There is nothing for you to go back and live over, or fix, or feel regret about now. Every part of your life has unfolded just right. And so --now -- knowing all that you know from where you now stand, now what do you want? The answers are now coming forth to you. Go forth in joy, and get on with it".
-- Abraham - Hicks


"No one can just stop feeling sad when you feel sad. But we can change the way we're thinking about a situation or the way we're behaving in response to a situation. And those two things do actually change how we feel"
-- Erin Olivo, Dir. Columbia Integrative Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital


"And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me".

-- Lee Greenwood


"All I know is that the show's not over until the curtain comes down, the lights go out, and everybody has left the theater."
-- Bob Herbert


"A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat".
-- Katharine Whitehorn


"Lead the least secretive life you can."
-- Susan Shapiro, Lighting Up.


“Sex appeal is 50 percent what you’ve got and 50 percent what people think you’ve got.”
--Sophia Loren


"Genius is self-bestowed; Mediocrity is self-afflicted."
-- Walter Russell


"sometimes i've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
-- lewis carroll


"Some take kindness for weakness and they move in like sharks..."
-- Joe Cintron


"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better."
-- Andre Gide


"The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum."
-- Frances Willard


"Remember to welcome strangers, because some who have done this have welcomed angels without knowing it".
-- Hebrews 13:2


"You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you".
-- Sarah Ban Breathnach


"Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment - or unlearning - of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts".
-- Marianne Williamson


"Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen."
-- Lee Iacocca


"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
-- Jimi Hendrix


"Reduce your workload by 30% and increase your fun load by 30% and you will increase your revenues by 100%. And you will increase your productivity by 10,000%. (If there could be such a percentage.) More fun, less struggle -- more results on all fronts".
-- Abraham-Hicks


"Decide right now to make this day a memorable one. Make use of the precious moments now available to you to do something you'll continue to remember and be thankful for, years and years from now.

"This very day is your opportunity to move life forward in a significant way. Choose to find your enjoyment today in making a real and enduring positive difference.

"Do you realize how fortunate you are to be able to transform the fleeting hours of this day into something that will continue to add value to the world long after this day is over? Can you see how profoundly fulfilling it will be to live this day in such a way that you can always look back upon it with grateful satisfaction?

"Just imagine living every day that way. Then, go beyond merely imagining it and start to continually live with a strong and abiding sense of true purpose.

"The whole universe spreads out in front of you. And anything is possible in this very moment.

"Make this day a beautiful and memorable one. Then repeat the process, again and again, for each new day that comes your way".

-- Ralph Marston


"Life begets life. Energy becomes energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
-- Sarah Bernhardt


"For myself, if I am trying to work on my body because I’m trying to make it what it used to be, I’m filled with angst and stress. But, if I’m working on my body to be a hip and cool and fabulous 55-year-old, it’s a whole different energy and a whole different joy in the process. My chances of even approaching what I used to be are far greater. You’re affirming life, you’re not staving off death. You’re living in the present".
-- Marianne Williamson, Beliefnet.


"Pay attention to your breath. Many cultures identify breath with spirit, seeing the breath cycle as the movement of spirit in the physical body.. Simply minding the breath is a way of expanding consciousness beyond the ego, of experiencing ranscendence.

* Connect with nature. You can do this by walking or sitting in a natural setting; a city park will do just fine. Allow yourself to slow down, drop your usual routines, and just absorb the influence of the place.

* Make a list of people in your life in whose company you feel more alive, happy, and optimistic. Make an effort to spend more time with them. Our spiritual selves resonate with others, and that connection is a healing.

* Bring flowers into your home and enjoy their beauty.

* Listen to music that you find inspirational and uplifting.

* Admire a work of art that raises your spirits: a painting, sculpture, or work of architecture.

* Reach out and try to resume connection with someone from whom you are estranged; practice forgiveness.

* Do some sort of service work. Give some of your time and energy to help others. The possibilities are endless but do not include just writing a check to charity.

"The suggestions above are intended to help you become more aware of your spiritual self. Any activity that makes you feel more alive, more connected to others and to nature, less isolated, more comfortable with change, is beneficial. It will enhance your physical and mental health. It will help you accept the fact of your aging. It will help you to age gracefully".

-- Andrew Weil, from Healthy Aging


"From a consciousness perspective, there’s no mystery why love is not just rushing in. And so, there’s forgiveness of self. There's forgiveness of others. There’s allowing our failures to become our medicine because of what we learned".
-- Marianne Williamson, Beliefnet


"They can because they think they can."
-- Virgil


"The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the
time to do what you want to do."
-- Leontyne Price


"We all fall down. The issue is not who falls down, it’s who gets back up and how. The new midlife is where you realize that even your failures make you more beautiful and are turned spiritually into success if you became a better person because of them. You became a more humble person. You became a more merciful and compassionate person... This internal work is so necessary because, at a certain point, you either do this work and transform the energy, or you’re weighed down. You can look at people in their 50s and you can almost tell which choice they made, consciously or subconsciously".
-- Marianne Williamson
, on Beliefnet


"The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals & achieving them.  Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams."
- Og Mandino


"When the mirror is no longer telling you what you thought you would like to hear and the culture is no longer telling you what you thought you would like to hear, sometimes that’s when you finally have ears for what God wants to say to you. That’s when you hear him say things sweeter than the mirror ever told you and sweeter than the culture ever told you. That’s when you finally realize that you are loved, and you finally realize you are enough... When you have really allowed that in, you emerge into a different place within yourself, and from that place life rocks".
-- Marianne Williamson, Beliefnet