Live and Learn

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. ~ Michael Jordan

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~Goethe

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~ Gandhi

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


It’s a New Day

With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

A man travels the world in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it. ~ George Moore

Life takes you to unexpected places. Love brings you home. ~ Anonymous

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. ~ Richard Bach

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. ~ Thomas Paine

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. ~ Henry David Thoreau

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. ~ Anonymous

Where they’re is passion and desire, there will always be new horizons. ~ Anonymous

There is no such thing as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder. ~ Ronald Reagan

A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn. ~ Anonymous

One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Experimentation is Experience

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. – Albert Einstein

Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science. – Claude Bernard

I reeverted easily to my wild state, that is experimentation. – Jack Steinberger

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee…gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. – Leonardo da Vinci

The true method of knowledge is experiement. -William Blake

A fool is a man who never tried an experiment in his life. – Erasmus Darwin

I am my own experiement. I am my own work of art – Madonna

No, life has not disaappointed me. On the contrary, i find it truer, more desirable and mysterious every year – ever since the day when the great liberator came to me: the idea that life could be an experiment of the seeker for knowledge – and not a duty, not a calamity, not trickery. – Friedrich Nietsche

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun. – Mary Lou Cook

Every great inspiration is but an experiment – Charles Ives

Strengths and weaknesses

Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points. – Knute Rockne

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. – Lao Tzu
A really self-restrained person grows every day from strength and from peace to more peace. The very first step in self-restraint is the restraint of thoughts. – Gandhi
It never ceases to amaze me; we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinions than our own. – Marcus Aurelius
Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance? – Abdul Kalam
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. – Seneca
Our strength grows out of our weaknesses. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. – Abraham Lincoln
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination… – Maya Angelou
There is nothing so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as strength. – Leo Muir

Neglected, then renewed

I have been negligent in keeping up with posting my ongoing collection of quotes. So in order to start the ball off rolling again I have chosen to share some quotes on negligence and renewal.

Negligence is the rust of the soul, that corrodes through al her best resolves. – Owen Feltham
Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline. – Jane Brody
No profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well. – Publilius Syrus
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To be worn out is to be renewed. – Lao-tzu
Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. One great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected – John Locke (1632-1704)
Four things come not back – the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity. – Arabian Proverb
We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again. – Shana Alexander


I recently became a Tweep – that is someone who uses Twitter. At first I was hesistant, not fully understanding this new world. It’s only been my first week but so far here are a few of my new faves.

Be yourself today. Be wildly yourself. – John Mayer

Bran cereal gets a bad rap for being boring. Since when is promoting good digestive health boring? Answer: never. Not if you’re constipated. – Michael Ian Black
If you’re feeling lonely, reach out and help some one . . . we are all alone, until we chose not to be. When you give, you grow. Reach out. – paul_hewson
Remember life is what you make it!!! So go hard or go home!!! Work hard for your dreams today. And have fun!!! – iam diddy
YouLookGreat says sometimes when you think people don’t like you, in actuality they don’t even know you exist.
17″ Macbook arrived! Santa is real, he just dresses like a UPS guy now. No toddler finger smudges on this screen… for at least a week. -tonyhawk

Trick or Treat! Smell My Feet! We Want Something Good to Eat!

When I was a kid, I remember having a record of Halloween Songs. Yes a vinyl record. One particular song stuck in my head so that even 30+ years latter when it gets to be Halloween these words ring in my head:

H-A-DOUBLE L-O-W-DOUBLE E-N spells Halloween!
H-A-DOUBLE L-O-W-DOUBLE E-N spells Halloween!
Over and over again…thus I never forgot how to spell the word and passed the little diddy onto my own children.

On Hallowe’en the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothingcan frighten you
An’ if somethin’ scares you and you want to run
Jus’ let on like it’s Hallowe’en fun.
-from an Early Nineteenth Century Halloween Postcard

Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night. -Steve Almond

Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title. -From Scooby-Doo

This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him. -Conan O’Brien

Hark! Hark to the wind! ‘Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away-
The dead, forgotten this many a day! – Virna Sheard

Where there is no imagination there is no horror. –Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. -George Carlin

Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn’t even the star of his own Halloween special. -Chris Rock

From ghoulish and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! – Scottish saying

Backward, turn backward,O Time, in your flight make me a child again just for to-night!
-Elizabeth Akers Allen

The Wisdom of Pooh

Quotes by one of my favorite authors: A.A.Milne

If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.
Winnie the Pooh

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.
Winnie the Pooh

If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
Winnie the Pooh


Since high school which was some 25+ years ago, I have been a collector of quotes. For some reason I have always found solice and comfort in reading the wisdom of others. Maybe I was never sure of how to express a feeling or point of view but someone must wiser than me like Benjamin Franklin or Ronald Reagan said something so profound that someone wrote it down and saved it. Some quotes can be reflective, some just plain funny – all of them meaning different things to each reader as well. My bff at the time was the first person to ever share quotes with me and actually is probably the trigger which set me off on my way to collecting my own. It had been during a particularly difficult time in my life. Sophomore year a time of big changes for a 16 year old girl who’s home life was very challenging. My bff, although a terrific writer herself – who actually has now written 3 or 4 published novels and teaches at Williams – looked to the wisedom of others to help me through my rough patch added to her own words “I love you”.

It would be very poetic to be able to christen this blog with those very quotes but as I look through my files while writing this I can’t find them – which is really annoying and all the more reason to start filing these all in cyberspace on my blog. Oh well, that’s my reality of a cluttered life. I dedicate this blog to the man pictured above Mr. Benjamin Franklin, an avid collector of sayings – most of which he coined himself [I think he would have absolutely loved the internet] and to my high school bff for helping me find the words when I couldn’t find them myself.