All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
~ Anatole France
“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
~ Alice Walker
Oh Great Mystery, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world
– hear me –
I come before you, one of your children.
I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my People, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers [and sisters], but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
~ Chief Yellow Hawk (Itazipcola Lakota)
“To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.”
~ Wendell Berry
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
“I would like to pass this on one little bit of advice I give to everyone. Relax. Just relax. Be nice to each other. As you go through your life, simply be kind to people. Try to help them rather than to hurt them. Try to get along with them rather than fall out with them.”
~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
“What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others.”
~ French Proverb
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. you must let it find you.
~ David Wagoner
“The secret wish of poetry is to stop time.”
~ Charles Simic
“What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?”
~ Lin Yutang