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Some of my favorite quotes

I have printed all kinds of quotes and put them up on my various collages around my office through the years, and for some reason lately I have had quite a few more come into my space so I thought I would share some of them here...............

I have this one etched in brass over the entry door of my home;

"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon immagination. Imagination is more important that knowledge. Kowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world"

That is from Albert Einstein. It moved me so much, for the paternal side of my family has been extremely judgemental of me due to the fact that I never went to college, or finished high school. Forget about the fact of what I have done in my life. Just the simple fact that I was not a "student" I am a failure and low life in all of thier eyes. Except my late Grandmother. Funny thing is, it no longer bothers me, for I see now what that is all about. HOLLAaaaa!.........We are all forever students in life!

Okay, so here are some more:

"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." That's from Picasso. I have that pinned underneath a picture of Big Daddy T. Freeman on one of my boards...

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."..Ghandi

"Once there is seeing, there must be acting, otherwise what is the point of seeing?" Can't remember who that was, but he was lecturing on, ahem, yes I listen to NPR...

"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot shoot, courage to shoot the people I can, and the wisdom to know the difference..." Can't remember what that was from, but it is up on one of my boards. Obviously around the time some punks took my car out of my garage in the middle of the night.....

"Don't mix imagination with fear. It is a deadly cocktail........." FOR REAL, YEA?

"Never hate your enemy's, it affects your judgement." Micheal Corleone, Godfather III

Here are a few from one of my favorite writers, Kahlil Gibran:

"We must not forget that there are still cave dwellers; the caves are in our hearts."

"Some seek pleasure in pain, and some cannot cleanse themselves except in filth."

"He brings disaster upon his nation who never sows a seed, or lays a brick, or weaves a garment, but makes poitics his occupation."

"As ones gifts increase, his friends decrease"..................

"Hard is life for him who desires death but lives on for the sake of his beloved ones."

"If you wish to see the valleys, climb to the mountain top, if you desire to see the mountain top, rise into the cloud, but if you seek to understand the cloud, close your eyes and think."

"Would it not be more economical for the governments to build asylums for the sane instead of the demented?"

"There is no convenience in our present-day situation that does not cause discomfort." (Keep in mind, this guy was around from 1883 to 1931)

"Your confidence in the people, and your doubt about them, are closely related to your self -confidence and your self-doubt."

"Most men with delicate feelings hasten to hurt your feelings lest you precede them and hurt theirs."

"How distant I am from the people when I am with them, and how close when they are far away."

"The reality of music is in that vibration that remains in the ear after the singer finishes his song and the player no longer plucks the strings."

"My enemy said to me,"Love your enemy." And I obeyed him and loved myself."

"What shall I say about him who borrows from me the money to buy a sword with which to attack me?"

"Some people do not publicly thank me in order to express their gratitude but to make public their perception of my talent in order to be admired themselves."

"The last steps of the slaughtered bird are painful, involuntary and unknowing, but those who witness that grisly dance know what caused it."

And I will end it with this....."The writer who draws his material from a book is like one who borrows money only to lend it"......................OUCH....

You can pick up any of this guys books and be moved. I wanted to share some of his many quotes that really moved me. I am sharing all of this, for when I am sitting here working in complete solitude, it is nice to look up and read these. I will end this b-l-a-w-g...with this poem I have had for YEARS, always in the room I work in, but for the main reason that I think about it every morning I run with my darling dawgs, Lucy and Lola on some of the most beautiful and clean land mother nature has given us..

Take Time To See:

It seems so hard to understand

As I look out across the land

That all I view belongs to me.

I ought to take more time to see!

The distant hills and mountains high,

The rolling clouds and bright blue sky,

No one can take these views from me

As long as I have eyes to see.

A timid deer with haunting look

Who stands refreshed by younder brook

Knows not that he belongs to me,

Oh, what a thrilling sight to see!

The song of birds so gay and clear

That fill the morning air with cheer,

And fragrant flowers of every hue,

That stand erect bedecked with dew,

All these and more belong to me

If I but use my eyes to see.

When evening shadows gather nigh

And twinkling stars light up the sky

I hear My Master say to me

"I made it all for you to see."

My heart grows warm with faith and pride

To know that He is by my side.

Ray F. Zaner

I hope that some of this put some warmness in your hearts. It is the only reason I wish to share this with you.

Have a great week, and keep training, stay healthy!