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Ive been gathering these quotes for a long time, and unfortunately I wasn't very careful about keeping up with who said what.  So if you happen to know who wrote the "unknows" please let me know who they were.

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 dreams, 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 ecstacy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or remember the limitations of being human. It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling is true.

I want to know if you can disappoint another and be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty every day, and if you can source your life from God's presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!" It doesn't interest me who you are, 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 does not 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.

Life is like poetry, music, never ending, senseless, existing for no reason other than itself.  Go with the flow.

             Wise Woman
The first man knew her not perfectly, no more shall the last find her out. Nor her thoughts which are more than the sea, and her councils
profounder than the deep.
Those who never retract their opinions, love themselves more than they love truth.
Joseph Joubert
Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverence for life contains all the components of ethics:  love, kindness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness, power to forgive.
I learned a long time ago that while watching life's river flow, it is best to let the past drift away with the water.
How to conduct an Astrology reading
Read it with your heart.
Tell it like you see it.
Let the love shine through.
Trust your intuition.
Put it on a level with the clients mentality.
Get a feeling for the person is for.
If they don't get it, let it go.
Use humor if it feels right.
Be tactful.
Do no harm.
You cannot change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
The spheres have music, but no one has the right to tell me how I must listen.
The dark moment the caterpillar calls the end of the world, is the sun filled moment the butterfly calls the beginning
You get caught up in the glamours of the search, and want fortune and outer things.  Look for the state of divine grace in owning insted of inhabiting the garden.  You are the garden, the work in progress.
The search for the Holy Grail is the search for inner healing.
Soul peace is the treasure beyond worth.
You have to find grace both inwardly and outwardly.
It must be played both ways, some get lost in the search.  This is the polarity between Pisces and Virgo.
To make up the human community, we need all kinds.  I read, I think, so many are so busy with living, that they do not.  Ours is too busy a world, and there is no time for considering.   And at night, one is too tired.   Shaping a community is not all done with the hands, but with the mind as well.
I am.
I am human.
I am being.
I am becoming.
I am growing.
I am that magic combination that will never be again.  There is only one me.
We hear half of what is said,  listen to half of what we hear,  understand half of it, believe half of it,  and remember half of that.
We do not stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing.
              To the wise
What's best for you may be at odds with your sense of values.  You may not appreciate the easy route and instead take the more difficult path.
My karma ran over my dogma, then my dogma ate my homework.
So many miles, so many doors,  some need patience, some need force.  All fall open in their own due course,  to allow us this time.
Neptune is the ocean washing against the shore.  The sea eventually erodes and breaks down the rock,  but in the process it creates sand on the beach.
The important thing is to keep holding out for possibilities, even if no one ever really makes it.  And so much gets lost and left behind, that there's not much that you can do but to keep searching and to keep on going.
It is more important to live the life one wishes to live,  and go down with it if necessary,  quite contentedly,  than to live more profitably but less happily.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlins
Seek those who find your road agreeable, your personality and mind stimulating, your philosophy acceptable, and your experience helpful.  Let those who do not, seek their own kind.
Henri Fabre
I have heard it preached to me all my life, that virtue has it's own rewards,  and I have learned that this is true,  and the rewards are bitter indeed.
When you meet yourself, you come into a permanant endowment and bequest of knowledge, that is like no other experiance on earth.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Monotany is an affliction of the empty mind.
The goal of the Sage is to equiliberate withen himself the opposite polarities, to reach the point of balance from which all conflicts can be symbolically resolved through objectiveising and transending them, and to draw within the creative center of his ultimate selfhood the quintessance of the entire process of change so as to build therewith the spiritual vehicle---i.e., as the spiritual manifestation of one of the archtypal principals within the realm of the Universals.
The sage reads books, hearts, and minds, and also opens the book of nature.  Wisdom is knowing what matters and what is irrelevant, what is beneficial and helpful and what is not, and being fixated on nothing.  It's not what happens to you, but what you make of it that makes all the difference; we can't control the wind, but we can learn to set our sails and to navigate better.  Understanding the world of knowledge; knowing yourself is true wisdom.  Wisdom tells me I am nothing; love tells me everything.

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being.  His heart withers if it does not answer another heart.  His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echos of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
Pearl S. Buck
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think.  This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness.   It is harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.  It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect swetness the indepenence of solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essential.
Lin Yutang
The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come to the truth.

 Pierre Abelard

"To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it."

~ Jean Shinoda Bolen

"When you have compassion and surrender to your own heart, you are surrendering to the hidden power in your heart, God. You are surrendering to love, because God is Love, the cohesive force of the universe that connects us all. Surrender is not just a religious concept; it's a power tool for listening to the voice of your spirit and following its directions. When you surrender your head to your heart, you allow your heart to give you a wider, higher intelligence perspective. Remember the phrase, ‘The real teacher is within you.’ Very simply, that teacher is to be found in the common sense of your own heart."

~ Sara Paddison

"Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything... even when you can not foresee the outcome."

~ Deepak Chopra

 “Why is it that people get married?
Because we need a witness to our lives.
There’s a billion people on the planet.
What does any one life really mean?
But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything…
The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things,
All of it… all the time, every day.
You’re saying “Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it.
Your life will not go unwitnessed - because I will be your witness.”
~ Wife in the movie, "Shall We Dance?" 2004
“Civilized people depend too much on man-made printed pages.  I turn to the Great Spirit’s book which is the whole of his Creation.  You can read a big part of that book if you study nature.  You know, if you take all your books, lay them out under the sun, and let the snow and rain and insects work on them for a while, there will be nothing left.  But the Great Spirit has provided you and me with the opportunity for study in nature’s university, the forests, the rivers, the mountains, and the animals which include us.”
~ Tatanga Mani or Walking Buffalo, Stoney Indian, Canada (1871-1967)
 If the Creator wishes a truth to be known, this truth is made manifest in Nature for people to observe and understand.
 “Make an effort to know of spiritual things from your own observations of nature, because all truth can be found in Nature.  There is a spiritual beauty in the realization that all the world has been deliberately made or created, and is in perfect balance ecologically, and that is not by chance. Lastly, this knowing is based upon spiritual revelation of the truth to the individual. When it happens for you, then you KNOW... and no one else can tell you otherwise.”
~ Father Eli (1913-1983)
Mother Nature can tell us so much if we take the time to chat with Her and are aware enough to watch and listen for Her answers! 
 “What we really need to learn is how to live life. Nature is the greatest university when we want to learn about balance, harmony, the Natural Laws and how to live life.  But we will never learn unless we spend time in the "living university."  Nature is full of examples, lessons, and exercises about life.  Nature will help humans learn.  Nature will help humans heal.  Nature will help with Medicine, knowledge and healing.  The reason our Elders are so wise is because they have attended the right educational system - nature's university.”
~ Don Coyhis, Mohawk
Do you spend time with Mother Nature?  Do you ask questions and then watch for Her answers to be revealed in the mysterious ways of Her choosing? 
"My friends, how desperatly do we need to be loved and to love. Love is something you and I must have. We must have it because without it we become weak and faint. Without love our self-esteem weakens. Without it our courage fails. Without love we can no longer look out confidently at the world. We turn inward and begin to feed upon our own personalities, and little by little we destroy ourselves. With it we are creative. With it we march tirelessly. With it, and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others."
~Chief Dan George
 Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life
and every setting sun be to you as its close.
- John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Some people are so busy trying to do what is right,  that they forget about doing what is good.
To become sweet like a berry, one must weather the elements during their growing season.   Use your strength in times of storms, partake in your sweetness in times of delight. It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
-e.e.   cummings
Nature imitates herself. A grain thrown into good ground
brings forth fruit; a principle thrown into a good mind
brings forth fruit. Everything is created and conducted
by the same Master -- the root, the branch, the fruits,
the principles, the consequences.
- Blaise Pascal
"The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your intention. "
~ Richard Moss
"That spiritual power I wear is much more beautiful and much greater.
We call it wisdom, knowledge, power and gift or love. There are these
four parts to that spiritual power. So I wear those. When you wear
that power it will beautify your mind and spirit. You become
beautiful. Everything that Tunkashila creates is beautiful."
--Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
When I was young, I asked my grandfather, "What should I pray for?" He thought for a long time and then he said, "Pray only for wisdom and
for the knowledge of love." This makes a lot of sense. No matter what
happens I ask the Creator to show me the lessons I should be learning.
I pray for Him to help me learn the lessons. By doing this everyday we
become beautiful human beings.

Great Spirit, grant me Your wisdom.


“Our earth continues to Grow by cycles and seasons:

The cycles of growth - spring, summer, fall, winter.

The cycles of the human being - baby, youth, adult,

elder. It is through these cycles that we will

experience the changes. I will not always necessarily

agree with these changes but I need to trust the

Grandfathers are in charge. Things will come and

things will go. Really, I own nothing, the Creator

owns all. Too often I label things as mine. I say this

belongs to me, but it really belongs to the Creator. He

gives me things to take care of. I need to do the best

I can with what I have, with what I know at the

time. And when the Creator changes things, I need to

let go for His planning is the best.”

~ Don Coyhis, Mohawk


"The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet

if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as

one of the great eternal forms of life and


~ Hermann Hesse


"Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening."

~ Sir Walter Scott


"Dead -- I Say? There is not death. Only a change of


~ Chief Seattle, Dwamish


"Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink

the drink, taste the fruit, and dance with the Earth

in all her glorious colors."

~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)


We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.
  - Tom Stoppard

Embrace your life
"If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not
so much in despairing of life, as in hoping for another
life, and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this
-- Albert Camus
"Recognize that life is what you get when you’re born
... living is what you do with it."
-- Jim Allen
"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but
what a savage and beautiful country lies in between."
-- Diane Ackerman
"Most of the time, we fall in love but can't remain there. The world then calls the state we were in a delusion or infatuation ... But we merely lacked, or someone else lacked, the emotional skills to hold on to the magic when the morning came. ... In truth, we can go to the moon and retain its magic for a lifetime."
-- Marianne Williamson

Wisdom and love have nothing to do with one another.
Wisdom is staying alive, survival. You're wise if
you don't stick your finger in the light plug.
Love -- you'll stick your finger in anything.
- Robert Altman (02/20/1925-2006)


Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent
protects you from age.
--Jeanne Moreau

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but
they die young.
--Sir Arthur Pinero

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all
the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

If you cannot love yourself, you have no chance to love another
--Matthew Ford

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by
running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by
loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive
--Saint Francis de Sales

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
--Arthur Rubenstein

One makes mistakes: that is life. But it is never quite a mistake
to have loved.
--Romain Rolland

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking
together in the same direction.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love you
want the other person.
--Margaret Anderson

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.
They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
--Barbara De Angelis

The love we give away is the only love we keep.
--Elbert Hubbard

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating
the perfect love.
--Tom Robbins

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
--Mother Teresa

He who has never experienced hurt, cannot experience true love.
--Tristan J. Loo

Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like
bread, remade all the time, made new.
--Ursula K. LeGuin

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how
to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and
betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of
witherings, of tarnishings.
--Anais Nin

Your body needs to be held and to hold, to be touched and to touch.
None of these needs is to be despised, denied, or repressed. But
you have to keep searching for your body's deeper need, the need
for genuine love. Every time you are able to go beyond the body's
superficial desires for love, you are bringing your body home and
moving toward integration and unity.
--Henri Nouwen

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so
vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it
means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up
all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that
nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any
other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...
--Neil Gaiman

I love you. It's not a weight you must carry around. I love you.
It's not a box that holds you in. I love you. It's not a standard
you have to bear. I love you. It's not a sacrifice I make. I love
you. It's not a pedestal you are frozen upon. I love you. It's not
an expectation of perfection. I love you. It's not my life's whole
purpose (or your's). I love you. It's not to make you change. I
love you. It's not even to make you love me. I love you. It's as
pure and simple as that.


      ~ Khalil Gibran

      Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
          Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
      Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup.
          Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf.

      Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be   alone.
          Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the
      same music.
      Give your heart, but not into each other's keeping.
          For only the hand of life can contain your heart.

      And stand together, yet not too near together.
          For the pillars of the temple stand apart.
      And the oak tree and the cypress
          grow not in each other's shadow.


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.~Malcolm Forbes


"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
The crownless again shall be king."
From "The Fellowship of the Ring",

We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.
We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.
Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.
 Run like hell my dear,
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart.
We have a duty to befriend
Those aspects of obedience
That stand outside of our house
And shout to our reason
"O please, O please,
Come out and play."
For we have not come here to take prisoners
Or to confine our wondrous spirits,
But to experience ever and ever more deeply
Our divine courage, freedom and
~ Hafiz ~
We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare.  
And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
-M.  Acklam 

"You know, sometimes it is the artist's task to find

out how much music you can still make with what

you have left."

Itzhak Perlman


Who knows what true loneliness is -- not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad. - Joseph Conrad

The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness. - Norman Cousins

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. — Mother Teresa (1910-1998)

Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
—Sir Francis Bacon

Loneliness is the worst pain in this world. It constantly eats away the person's heart, and can cause the person to hate, to feel enraged--the same rage and hate that can cause one person to kill another. It is like a wound of the heart; the type of wounds that cannot go away with a kiss or a hug. The only thing that can make this great pain go away is love and compassion, another human heart to pull them out of this hell.
—Diana, Princess of Wales

When Christ said: I was hungry and you fed me, he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.
 Mother Teresa

Loneliness breaks the spirit.
  Proverb, Jewish


"Manifestation is an act of trust. It is the soul pouring itself out into its
world, like a fisherman casting a net to gather in the fish he seeks; with each
cast properly made, we will bring what we need to us, but first we must hurl
ourselves into the depths without knowing just what lies beneath us."

-- David Spangler


Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.
  - Don Marquis
Love is friendship that caught fire.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
  - Thomas Sz
Silence is the virtue of fools.
  - Sir Francis Bacon
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Do I contradict myself?/ Very well then I contradict myself,/ (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
  - Walt Whitman
"You cannot really disconnect yourself from the passionate desirous being that you are.  It was with enormous clarity that you came forth into this body, and that's why when you try to hold your desire down, it keeps coming up...your cork will always float unless you are holding it down."
~Abraham Hicks~
I loathe the expression "What makes him tick." It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.
  - James Thurber
To love, for us men, is to clasp one woman with our arms, feeling that she lives and breathes just as we do, suffers as we do, thinks with us, loves with us, and, above all, sins with us".
Baroness Orczy

   "People believe lies for two reasons.  One is because they wish it was true, and two is because they are afraid it might be so."
The wizard in the T.V. series, Legend of the Seeker
When you lose someone you love, you become a stranger,  no one knows who you are anymore and you no longer know yourself.