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Sunday Quotes – Comfort

 

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.

Edith Sitwell

Comfort is the only thing our civilization can give us.

Oscar Wilde

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Jane Austen

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.

Katherine Mansfield

Sunday Quotes – The Past

 

I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.

Lewis Carroll

The past is never where you think you left it.

Katherine Anne Porter

We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.

Rick Warren

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

Oscar Wilde

 The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between

‘I had my chance.’ He said it, retiring from a lifetime of wanting. ‘I had my chance, and sometimes in life, there are no second chances. You look at what you have, not what you miss, and you move forward.’

Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Sunday Quotes – Irish Authors On Being Irish

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.

Edna O’Brien

There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful.

Katharine Tynan Hinkson

I think there’s something about the Irish experience — that we had to have a sense of humor or die. That’s what kept us going — a sense of absurdity, rather than humor.

Frank McCourt

When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.

J. P. Donleavy

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

Oscar Wilde

Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there’s the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.

John McGahern

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.

John Millington Synge

Sunday Quotes – Art

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An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Charles Horton Cooley

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A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
Hedy Lamarr

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A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
George Edward Moore

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A picture is a poem without words.
Horace

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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Oscar Wilde

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Sunday Quotes – Poetry

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A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
Robert Frost

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
Jean Cocteau

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Oscar Wilde

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out… Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
A. E. Housman

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
Muriel Rukeyser

Every single soul is a poem.
Michael Franti

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

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We rely upon the poets, the philosophers, and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy and sorrow. They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope; they give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves. Whenever I feel my courage wavering I rush to them. They will give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resilience to push on.

Helen Hayes

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melodie Beattie

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.

Oscar Wilde

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

Robert Frost

You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.

Maya Angelou

Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.

Marc Estrin

What we do matters to us. Work may not be the most important thing in our lives or the only thing. We may work because we must, but we still want to love, to feel pride in, to respect ourselves for what we do and to make a difference.

Sara Ann Friedman

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

Christopher Reeve

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver