“Live every day like it’s your last, ’cause one day you’re gonna be right.”
Ray Charles (1930-2004)

”God, help those who do not help themselves.”
Wilson Mizner

"Those who danced were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” - Angela Monet

“Le coeur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connaît point. On le sent en mille choses. C’est le cœur qui sent Dieu, et non la raison. Voilà ce que c’est que la foi parfaite, Dieu sensible au cœur.”
Blaise Pascal
* Translation: The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This, then, is faith: God felt by the heart, not by the reason.

”Don’t follow your dreams, chase them with all your might.”
- Anonymous

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
- unknown

The Wheel of Life
“I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame of that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other.”
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“We are, each of us angels with only one wing; and we can only fly by embracing one another.”
Luciano de Crescenzo

“Love the heart that hurts you, but never hurt the heart that loves you.”
Vipin Sharma

“True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”
- Jason Jordan

“Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.”
- Author Unknown

“The man who views the world at fifty, the same as he did at twenty, has wasted thirty years of his life.”
- Muhammed Ali

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you.
All they show is limitation.
Look with your understanding,
find out what you already know,
and you’ll see the way to fly.”
- Richard Bach

(from ‘Johnathan Livingstone Seagull’)
‘One new perception,
one fresh thought,
one act of surrender,
one change of heart,
one leap of faith,
can change your life forever.’
- Robert Holden - Author & Psychologist
from the book, ‘Shift Happens!’

“What you love, you empower. And what you fear, you empower. And what you empower, you attract.”
- Author Unknown

“Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.”

“Forget not that the earth likes to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” - Kahlil Gibran

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle”
Thich Nhat Hanh

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money."
Cree Indian Proverb

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
- Native American Proverb

"The earth is what we all have in common."
Wendell Berry

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed."
Mahatma Gandhi

"You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet."
- Hal Borland

"Health and good humor are to the human body like sunshine to vegetation."
- Massillon

"Health and cheerfulness make beauty."
- Cervantes

"Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound."
- Latin Proverb

"For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death."
- Tom McMillan

"Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life."
- Thomas Alva Edison

"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
- Francis Bacon

"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen."
- Henry David Thoreau

"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"Women are like tricks by sleight of hand, Which, to admire, we should not understand."

"It is the plain women who know about love; the beautiful women are too busy being fascinating."
KATHARINE HEPBURN, Evan Esar’s 20,000 Quips & Quotes

"There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity."

"For I cannot think that GOD Almighty ever made them [women] so delicate, so glorious creatures; and furnished them with such charms, so agreeable and so delightful to mankind; with souls capable of the same accomplishments with men: and all, to be only Stewards of our Houses, Cooks, and Slaves."
DANIEL DEFOE, The Education of Women

"No matter what a woman looks like, if she’s confident, she’s sexy."

"I’m supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I’ve flunked more often than not. I’m very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don’t understand them."
FRANK SINATRA, quoted in The Way You Wear Your Hat

"The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analysed, women … merely adored."
OSCAR WILDE, The Ideal Husband

"We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.'
Samuel Smiles

"One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again."
Henry Ford

"Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances."
Benjamin Franklin

"Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it."
J. Petit Senn

"Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny."
George Dana Boardman


The Invitation
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
copyright © 1999 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.


“Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health or sickness, to riches or poverty, to freedom or slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.” - Richard Bach ”If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you. ” - T. Alan Armstrong

“Any little bit of experimenting in self-nurturance is very frightening for most of us.” - Julia Cameron

“I feel like a tiny bird, with a BIG song.” - Jerry Von Amerongen

“Creativity is spirituality made manifest.” - Unknown

“I am smart. I can do this. No one can stop me. Not even myself” - Katherine L. Myers-Kohn, RN

“If you play it safe in life, you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.” - Shirley Hufstedler

“… I would tell them that the future is as infinite as their dreams, and when they don’t quite reach it, they are not failing but rehearsing….” - words of Edwidge Danticat when asked how she would save the world

“Love involves a peculiar, unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.” - Diane Arbus

“The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.” - Comer Cotrell

“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.” - Marcus Aurelius

“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” - Vince Lombardi

“The only journey is the journey within.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

“You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.” ~ J.M. Barrie

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” - Buddha

“My house burned down, so now I have a better view of the moon.” - Zen Koan

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” - Marian Wright Edelman

“If you want to find the answers to the Big Questions about your soul, you’d best begin with the Little Answers about your body.” - George Sheehan

“Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed: to kindness, to knowledge, we make promises only; pain we obey.” - Marcel Proust