Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.
- Saint Francis de Sales
Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose — not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.
- Anne Sullivan
Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.
- George Eliot
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
- Ivy Baker Priest
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.
Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.
~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.