Henry David Thoreau

Sunday Quotes – Daydreaming

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To lose one’s self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.

Antoine Rivarol

Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in reverie.

Henry David Thoreau

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.

Steven Wright

Don’t quit your daydream.

Author Unknown

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Sunday Quotes: Friendship

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A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.

Douglas Pagels

Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.

Author Unknown

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

Henry David Thoreau

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

Donna Roberts

You can always tell a real friend:  when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.

Laurence J. Peter

Sunday Quotes – Purpose

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What will they think of me?” must be put aside for bliss.

Joseph Campbell

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

Henry David Thoreau

Never forget that the purpose for which a man lives is the improvement of the man himself, so that he may go out of this world having, in his great sphere or his small one, done some little good for his fellow creatures and labored a little to diminish the sin and sorrow that are in the world.

William E. Gladstone

NHBPM – Sunday Quotes – Be Present

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If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.
Winston Churchill

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Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
Audrey Hepburn

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In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
Lao Tzu

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NHBPM – Sunday Quotes – Books

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Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
Mark Twain

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
Oscar Wilde

O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot open a book without learning something.
Confucius

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
Henry David Thoreau

Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
Helen Keller

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Sunday Quotes – Helping Our Friends – September 11th 10 Year Anniversary

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In honour of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, I’m starting today’s post with links to two Canadian news organizations highlighting the kindness, comfort and friendship that was shown as airplanes were diverted to various Canadian cities.

Global News has an article about Gander, a town of approximately 10,000 people in Newfoundland, who opened their hearts and homes to over 6,500 passengers and crew members until the last diverted plane resumed its flight.

On September 8th, 2011, in Washington, D.C., Gander received an international resiliency award at a gala hosted by the Center for National Policy and the Voices of September 11th in recognition of the kindness and generosity the citizens of Gander showed to all who were grounded.

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CBC News has a special report about what happened when over 30,000 people were Stranded in Canada. The report has a variety of articles about some of the experiences of those who were stranded and the Canadians who helped them during those scary and uncertain times.

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Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.

William James

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

Mother Teresa

What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.

Cleveland Amory

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

Seneca

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

Tracy Chapman

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.

Adam Lindsay Gordon