Q Notes

This is a page of some inspiring quotes from some of the more “in tune” inhabitants of our lovely planet Earth.

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.
~ Aristotle

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
~ Walt Disney

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!”
~ Audrey Hepburn

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.
~ Jesus

Just because you’re not a drummer doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep time.
~ Thelonious Monk

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
~ Ambrose Redmoon

I’m someone who had a deep emotional attachment to ‘Starsky and Hutch.’
~ President Bill Clinton

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Just begin and the mind grows heated; continue, and the task will be completed!
~ J.W. von Goethe (and others…)

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
~ Anais Nin

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
~ Aristotle

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.
~ Dhirubhai Ambani

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
~ George Eliot

Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.
~ Socrates

“The great challenge is to refuse to let the bad things that happen to us do bad things to us. That is the crucial difference between adversity and tragedy.
~ Neal Maxwell

The old monk sat by the side of the road. With his eyes closed, his legs crossed and his hands folded in his lap, he sat. In deep meditation, he sat. Suddenly his zazen was interrupted by the harsh and demanding voice of a samurai warrior. “Old man! Teach me about heaven and hell!” At first, as though he had not heard, there was no perceptible response from the monk. But gradually he began to open his eyes, the faintest hint of a smile playing around the corners of his mouth as the samurai stood there, waiting impatiently, growing more and more agitated with each passing second. “You wish to know the secrets of heaven and hell?” replied the monk at last. “You who are so unkempt. You whose hands and feet are covered with dirt. You whose hair is uncombed, whose breath is foul, whose sword is all rusty and neglected. You who are ugly and whose mother dresses you funny. You would ask me of heaven and hell?” The samurai uttered a vile curse. He drew his sword and raised it high above his head. His face turned to crimson and the veins on his neck stood out in bold relief as he prepared to sever the monk’s head from its shoulders. “That is hell,” said the old monk gently, just as the sword began its descent. In that fraction of a second, the samurai was overcome with amazement, awe, compassion and love for this gentle being who had dared to risk his very life to give him such a teaching. He stopped his sword in mid-flight and his eyes filled with grateful tears. “And that,” said the monk, “is heaven.”
~ Fr. John W. Groff Jr.

Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count.
~ Albert Einstein

The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
~ Ann Landers

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we could see that everything, even tragedy, is a gift in diguise, we would then find the best way to nourish the soul.
~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross

I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.
~ Sylvester Stallone

The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you’re free.
~ Ray Manzarek