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


"Don't long for the past or put off your life until the future. The time to live is now".
-- Ralph Marston


"You don't have to believe. Aren't you willing to believe that there is a reason for your life, even though you may not know yourself what that reason is, or that you may not sometimes know the right way to behave?"
~ Daily Reflections


"The flow of the universe and its perfect order has room to move in our lives when we get ourselves and our extraneous thoughts out of the way".
~~ Daily Om


"All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!"
~ Lucy Van Pelt (Peanuts)


"The moment you're in is plenty. The place where you are is an ideal place from which to move forward".
~ Ralph Marston


"Free your spirit by facing the unknown".
-- Dr. Wayne Dyer


"Imagination creates your world by simply and naturally directing the enormous creative energy that is your life"
-- Ralph Marston


"It is a skill to give readers what they wish to hear while claiming to present stark, unbiased truth".

-- Quentin Crisp


"Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another".
-- Condorcet


"Over achievers have a little more fear of missing out, of not being there, not contributing enough".
~ Tony Robbins


"What is it that drives a higly motivated over-achiever to look at his own potential destruction as excitement and as a potential release?"
~ John Mayer


"Stop seeking to classify and to judge every moment, and you'll start seeing each moment's unique treasure".
-- Ralph Marston


"There's one little corner of the world where you can make a difference right now. Go ahead and be the person to make that difference".
-- Ralph Marston


"When you learn what your weaknesses have to teach, they will become your strengths".
-- Ralph Marston


"Instead of making the stress worse by fighting it, step calmly and confidently forward to make the best of it".
~ Ralph Marston


"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
- Albert Einstein


"If a person or a situation causes you to feel insecure, you have forgotten who you really are".
~ Fr Leo


"A goal properly set is halfway reached."
- Zig Ziglar


"Work! Work is a terrible thing. I presume somebody has to do it. And once you do it, then you’re stuck with it. I can’t imagine! I think you should avoid work, if you can. But if you can’t, you have to find a job that you can add what you are to what... you do. That is the essence. But if you can avoid it, avoid it".
-- Quentin Crisp


"I'll play it first and tell you what it is later".
-- Miles Davis


"Never underestimate the power of your presence nor your ability to comfort and encourage".
~ Fr Leo


"This world is but a canvas to our imagination."
- Henry David Thoreau


"You may think this is easy, this Be Who You Really Are business, but it is the most challenging thing you'll ever do in your life".  
 - Meditations from "Conversations With God - Book 1"


"Live fully in the moment while remaining responsible to the positive possibilities that the future holds".
-- Ralph Marston


"While we are postponing, life speeds by."
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca


"Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine".
- Fran Lebowitz


"No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other".
-- Jascha Heifetz


“Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.”
~ Oscar Wilde


"one of the best gifts you can give yourself is challenge".
-- ralph marston


"Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity."
-- Og Mandino


"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today."
~ Mark Twain


"Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient."
-- Aristotle


"Over achievers have a little more fear of missing out, of not being there, not contributing enough".
~ Tony Robbins


"What are you saying to yourself every day? Is it positive, encouraging, challenging and enriching?"
-- Ralph Marston


"This moment is an empty canvas and U R an artist of extraordinary ability. What masterpiece will U create this time?"
-- Ralph Marston


"If you continue to break the laws of honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love, you will be broken to some extent yourself".
~~ 24 Hours a Day


"What role, if any, does the fear of failure play in success for you?"
- Ann Hampton Callaway


"I am worthy of attracting unlimited abundance and prosperity into my life, regardless of what life experiences have gone before me. I only reinforce and contemplate images that are in harmony with this vision."
-- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer


"I don't want to be an old man and look back and realize I never found my reason to be alive."
-- Princeton, Avenue Q


"Don't stress, relax, let life roll off your backs... Everything in life
is only for now!
-- Trekkie Monster, Avenue Q


"We don't receive wisdom. We must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us".
~ Proust


"Happiness is never stopping to think if you are."
~ Palmer Sondreal


"Some people think that hanging in there shows great strength when the truth is 'letting go' is the real test of character".
~~ Unknown


"Happiness is a by-product of doing the right thing".
-- Unknown


"My friend, if I could give you one thing, I would give you the ability to see yourself as others see you ... then you would realize what a truly special person you are".
~~ Barbara A. Billings


"You're either at the effect of love or at the effect of fear. Whichever you depend on as the source of your power will have power over you".
-- Marianne Williamson


"We need not push life. Just give our self to the task of the present moment,which is dying now to the now. Freedom is both living and dying now".
~~ Deepak Choprah


"whether you've been up or you've been down, whether life is now good or not so good, this is the time to make it better".
~~ ralph marston


“All that is not given is lost”
~Indian Proverb


"As easily as you can choose to be annoyed, you can choose to be peaceful, patient and understanding".
-- Ralph Marston


"Good luck comes to those who create it. Good luck comes to those who take a positive approach to every moment".
-- Ralph Marston


"Do something - anything - creative, and feel how it immediately lifts your spirits".
-- Ralph Marston


"First realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself and then stop finding fault with the reflection."
-- Nisargadatta


"Honest thoughts delight us however bad. True information gives us clarity and power".
-- Yoko Ono, on Twitter


"If you're attached to the thought that someone hurt you, you're bound to experience the hurt. Only in releasing them will you be released".
-- Marianne Williamson


For years I rushed around being busy and I missed me.
~ Fr Leo


"Authentic purpose is not a deep dark secret that you must struggle to discover. Allow it, & purpose will find you where you are".
~ Ralph Marston


If you feel like you're stuck, in many ways that's a positive sign. It means you're eager to get moving.
~ ralph marston


"Often, the effort spent avoiding a difficult challenge is more demanding and burdensome than the challenge itself".
-- Ralph Marston


"Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic."
-- Dale Carnegie


"We have 3 bodies, physical, mental, spiritual. The physical reflects being, the mental knowing, and the spiritual our joyous creativity".
-- Deepak Choprah


"Never worry about the future. The right response to every situation is built into your nature".
-- Deepak Choprah


"My stability came out of trying to give, not out of demanding that I receive".
~ Bill W.


"To see ourself in everybody and everybody in ourself most certainly is love."
-- Deepak Choprah


"Every heart has it's secret sorrows
Which the world knows not,
Often time we call a man cold
When he is only sad".
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul".
- Yiddish proverb


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us".
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude."
-Ralph Marston


"Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it".
~ M. Scott Peck

"(This is also my definition of procrastination.)"
~ Scott Woodard


“There are places in the heart that do not yet exist; suffering has to enter in for them to come to be.”
-- Leon Bloy
"You don't need anyone's permission to feel great. In fact, you don't need anything other than to simply let yourself do it".
-- Ralph Marston


"Absolutely, collectively, everyone in Manhattan wants to rule the world! I think that’s why most of them moved here. They won’t rule the world but they may rule a bit of it, and they may have the feeling at the end of their life that they did rule it".
-- Quentin Crisp


“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it”
-- Old Adage


"It is far more useful to be aware of a single shortcoming in ourselves than it is to be aware of a thousand in somebody else. For when the fault is our own, we are in a position to correct it."
-- The Dalai Lama


"This moment. Right now. Release all else but love".
-- Marianne Williamson


"You were born not to hide but to live, so do it every day".
-- Ralph Marston


"At the end of every storm is calm. At the end of every argument is silence. At the end of one relationship there is another. Although life is composed of many endings, there are just as many new beginnings".
~ Hazelden


"All is well. Out of this situation only good will come, and I am safe."

- Louise L. Hay


"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony".
-- Mahatma Gandhi


"The journey doesn't stop, you may reach certain parts of your destination... If you were to ask me the best thing that ever happened in my life, I don't think it's happened yet..."
-- Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens


"Whatever you desire is already connected in some way to who you are and what you now have. Find that way, follow the connection."
~ Ralph Marston


"Spirit is beyond the void of space. This realm beyond the void, is not an empty nothingness; it is the womb of creation".
-- Deepak Chopra


"To live long and achieve happiness, cultivate the art of radiating happiness."
- Malcolm Forbes


"Decide today that you'll have no complaints. And your thoughts can be focused on creative, productive pursuits."
-- ralph marston


"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light".
~ Albert Schweitzer


"Learn to love the flaws that you see within yourself as they are often the unique characteristics that other people love most about you."
~~ Janelle Johnston


"Free yourself from your burdens by stepping up and doing something positive about them right now".
-- Ralph Marston


"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
-- Muhammad Ali


"It is useful to pay attention to details but it is dangerous be ruled by them."
~ Ralph Marston


"Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement."
-Henry Ford


"How you treat me is your karma, how I react is mine".

-- Unknown


"Point all your actions, large and small, important and seemingly insignificant, in the direction you wish to see your life move. Time will combine all those actions into an increasingly powerful set of results, and now is when you can choose those results".

~ Ralph Marston


"It is not that we don't know the right answers, it is just that we don't ask the right questions."
-- Tony Robbins


"Better to trust and be disappointed once in a while, than it is to distrust & be miserable all the time"
~~ Coach John Wooden


"If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
~~ eubie blake
; on his 100th birthday


"All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs..what belief have you held on to that has out lived its usefulness in your life?"
-- Tony Robbins


"Let go of anger - it is an acid that burns away the delicate layers of your happiness."
~~ Anonymous


"Have the courage to act instead of react."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."
-- Kurt Cobain


"Your destiny is in your hands and don't you forget that."
-- President Barack Obama


"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it."
-- Moliere


"My Intent this week is to be sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of all those I come into contact with".
-- Deepak Choprah


"Go for it now. The future is promised to no one."
-- Wayne Dyer


"True happiness enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future."
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca


"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
-- Winston Churchill


"It's always too early to quit."
-- Norman Vincent Peale


"If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it's moving you away from your goals."
-- Brian Tracy


“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”
-- Aldous Huxley


"Goals help you channel your energy into action."
~~ Les Brown


"I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's were the fun is."
~~ Donald Trump


"Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized."
-- Leo Buscaglia


"Everything you do is infused with the consciousness with which you do it. What you do is not as important as how you do it".
-- Marianne Williamson, (on Twitter 08/10/09)


"Fear is active on the planet, but remember that SO IS LOVE. In every moment, download your assignment for how YOU can further its progress".
-- Marianne Williamson, on Twitter (8/10/2009)


"You cant be mad and eat a cupcake."
-- Alec Mapa, in a FaceBook update


"Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life".
~~ Sanskrit poem


"Hurry and busyness are forms of self-will. Deluded by an exaggerated sense of our own importance, we deem it crucial to perform all tasks and activities according to our personal schedule. Impatient with traffic tie-ups, other people's slowness, or unavoidable delays, we make ourselves tense and miserable by our refusal to accept life as it comes".
~ Food for Thought


"Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes."
-- Buddha


"The smallest positive action can overcome the biggest negative doubt".
~~ Ralph Marston


"All you have to do is look for the best in that person, and then show it to them, right then and there. Describe it. Admire it. Thank them for it".
-- Neale Donald Walsch


"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all".
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder


"... It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference".
-- Tom Brokaw


"A good plan is like a road map: It shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there."
~~ H. Stanley Judd


"Walk lightly through life."
~~ Guy Finley


"It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis."
-- Margaret Bonnano


"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
-- Albert Schweitzer


"Adventure is worthwhile in itself."
~Amelia Earhart


"You become the average of the five people you associate with most."
-- Jim Rohn


"Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."


"Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin."
~~ Grace Hansen


"The power of imagination makes us infinite."
~~ John Muir


"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
Maya Angelou


"You have to do it by yourself, And you can't do it alone."
-- Martin Rutte


"Whoever is happy will make others happy, too."
-- Mark Twain


"Don't follow your dreams; chase them."
-- Richard Dumb


“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”
~~ Robert Schuller


"Things do not change; we change."
-- Henry David Thoreau


"Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes."
~ Napoleon Hill


"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny."
-- Dr. Albert Ellis, psychologist. As quoted by Marci Shimoff, in her book Happy for No Reason.


"If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments."
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh


"The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way."
-- Dale Carnegie


"Life must be lived as play."
~~ Plato


"Three primary ways to overcome old patterns... 1. Focus on the solution, 2. Look for the lesson and the gift 3. Make peace with yourself."
Marci Shimoff, Happy for No Reason


"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
~~ Thomas Edison


"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
-- J.M. Barrie


"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling."
~ Margaret Lee Runbeck


"If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace."
Ajahn Chah as quoted by Marci Shimoff, Happy for No Reason


"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
-- Albert Einstein


"Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed."
~~ Storm Jameson


"There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why."
-- William Barclay


"Leap and the net will appear."
~ Julia Cameron


"To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude... because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions."
-- Deepak Choprah


"We are all of us richer than we think we are."
~~ Michel de Montaigne


"Don't believe everything you think."
-- Marci Shimoff, Happy for No Reason


"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


"What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner."
-- Colette


"We are disturbed not by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens."
- Epictetus


"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become."
- Buddha


"Inspiration and genius-one and the same."
~ Victor Hugo


"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Happiness habits for the heart: 1. Focus on gratitude, 2. Practice
forgiveness, 3. Spread lovingkindness."
-- Marci Shimoff, Happy for No Reason


"When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else."
Joseph Campbell


"Human beings are more alike than we are un-alike... Try to spread your giving of yourself... to people who may not even look like you. You belong to everybody, and everybody belongs to you."
-- Maya Angelou


"In any challenging scenario, the calmer you remain, the clearer you can
think and the faster you can figure your way out of the problem."
-- Ewan McGregor


"This joy I have - the world didn't give it, the world can't take it away."
-- Shirley Caesar, gospel singer


"Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance."
~~ Unknown


"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
~~ Edmund Hillary


"Happiness habits for relationships: 1. Tend to your relationships; 2.
Surround yourself with Support; 3. See the world as your family."
-- Marci Shimoff, Happy for No Reason


"To keep the thousands of negative thoughts we have each day from dragging us down, we don't have to get rid of each one of them. There's a simpler way. The secret is in accepting an astonishing fact: You're thoughts aren't always true."
-- Marci Shimoff, Happy for No Reason
"Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes."
~ Napoleon Hill


"Our business is to be happy."
-- Dalai Lama


"The guiding three: Whatever expands you makes you happier, The universe is out to support you, Whatever you appreciate, appreciates."
-- Marci Shimoff, Happy for No Reason


“There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.”
~~ Friedrich Schiller


"The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
~~ Buddha


"If you can do one thing you thought was utterly impossible, it causes you to rethink your beliefs."
~~Tony Robbins


"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."


"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway"
~~ John Wayne


"There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart"


"You don't regret what you do, you only regret what you don't do.."
-- Dr. Wayne Dyer


“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.”
~~ Dalai Lama


"Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun."
~~ Kahlil Gibran


"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water."
-- Rabindranath Tagore


"There is no security in doing something for a living when you are dying inside while doing it. That is taking care of the body at the expense of the soul. And a

withering soul cannot help but produce a withering body. So do not think you are "taking care of yourself" by killing your spirit to keep your body alive.

"How long will you put off what you are dying to do?"

~~ Neale Donald Walsch


"It's sometimes nice to get everything decided, settled,

and arranged. But you may want to leave room in your

life for spontaneity. Some of the best choices are made

"on the fly." Some of the best outcomes are created

by not needing anything specific to happen.


Who and how and why and when and where to love

often falls into this cagtegory".

~~ Neale Donald Walsch


"Mistakes are the portals of discovery."
~~ James Joyce


"Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
-- William S. Burroughs


"And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
TS Eliot


"Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction."
~~ Al Bernstein


"You only live once. Make sure it's enough."
-- The Most Interesting Man in the World


"If you think you are looking at struggle, struggle is what

you will experience. If you decide that you are looking

at a gift (even if you can't see it clearing in this exact

moment), a gift is what you will get. Just wait. You'll

see. I mean that literally. You will see."

-- Neale Donald Walsch


"Our appointment with life is in the present moment."

~~ Thich Nhat Hanh


"This may be a book that you started, then set aside. Or it may be a text that you have just heard about and that is now calling out to you.

"Whichever it is, listen to the calling. Follow the

impulse. Read the book. Its time is now".

-- Neale Donald Walsch


"The setting side of one's integrity is not required to win

someone's heart, but the setting aside of one's anger

may be. It is possible to make a point without making

an enemy. It is possible to be right without being

righteous. Debating does not have to be debasing.

"If there is someone with whom you are disagreeing this

day, would it not be wonderful of you to disagree

without being disagreeable?"

-- Neale Donald Walsch


"Please do not think that all you are doing here is

living until you die. If that were all that's happening,

God would hardly take time to be involved.

"No, there is something else occurring. It has to do

with the evolution of your soul. Do you want to

know more about that; about how that occurs?

"Why not make it your business today to find out?

~~ Neale Donald Walsch


"Arrange whatever pieces come your way and make it work for you." -- Dr. Wayne Dyer "and make it pretty" -- Alec Mapa


"A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment given to a friend, an attitude of laughter, or a thoughtful gesture can send ripples that spread among your loved ones and associates, out into your community, and finally throughout the world. You have the power to touch the lives of everyone you come into contact with and everyone those people come into contact with. The momentum of your influence will grow as your ripples moves onward and outward. One of those ripples could become a tidal wave of love and kindness".
~~ Daily Om


"We behave according to what we can get away with".
-- Ned Rorem


"Those who don't venture to communicate, believe that they can't because they have no access to the communications media"

-- Yoko Ono, on Twitter 5/23/2009


"You can complain about the same problem three times. Then you'd better be in the solution. If you have to talk to more than three people about the same problem, you don't want help, you want attention".
-- Anonymous


"Look to see how you are spending your day. Are

you accomplishing anything? Is it anything that


"You have only so much time here. Don't waste it.

If you are really putting in a lot of effort, but not

getting much done that matters, take a look at that.

That's all I'm saying. Take a look."

~~ Neale Donald Walsch


"Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer."
~~ Ernest Holmes


"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
~~ Herman Melville


"If you want to reach out for something new, you must first let go of what's in your hand."
-- Sonia Choquette


"I say unto you: One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star".
~~ Nietzsche


“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
~~ John Wesley


"Remain calm and be brave!"

-- Quentin Crisp


"I'm glad I'm me. It takes all the pressure off of being someone else".

-- Dave Upton


"Stand your ground... There is a way of doing that without having to be combative. There is a way of hanging on to your true self, and demonstrating it, without resorting to aggression. But giving up and giving in is not the way... Simply and quietly claiming your right to be You is the way."
-- Neale Donald Walsch


"It is a curious paradox that being gay is not for sissies".

-- Rick Crom