There is great security in the prisons we create for ourselves. ~Stephen G. Scalese, The Whisper in Your Heartch 2, p37
Having perfected our disguise, we spend our lives searching for someone we don’t fool. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past. ~H.F. Hedge
Alexandros of Antioch took a block of marble and chiseled away from it everything that was not his masterpiece, the Venus de Milo. If you will chisel away one fault from your character every day, you may discover –
a) that you’re actually a statue of Margaret Thatcher.
b) that you’re still just a block of marble.
c) that there are pigeon droppings on your shoes.
d) that you, too, are a hidden masterpiece.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Every day I go into the world to seek my identity, feeling greatly blessed by the things I don’t find it in. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
There is part of us that stands in quiet witness to what we do, taking notes, waiting for a solitary moment to bring up the subject. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
It is not impossibilities which fill us with the deepest despair, but possibilities which we have failed to realize. ~Robert Mallett, Apostilles, 1972PMB
Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us. ~Thomas Browne
Your soul is all that you possess. Take it in hand and make something of it! ~Martin H. FischerFFM
Reputation is in itself only a farthing candle, of a wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit. ~James Russell LowellCUL
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. ~Jane Austen
The inward light is forever striving to gather enough additional light to penetrate the fog of our senses. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street, 1940, originally published anonymouslyQE2
I want to unfold.
Let no place in me hold itself closed,
for where I am closed, I am false…
~Rainer Maria Rilke, Book of Hours (Das Stunden-Buch), translated from German and modified by Anita Barrows and Joanna Marie MacyTPV
“Poets in English continue to line up for the inevitable failure of translating his short lyrics…” -Clive James, about Rilke
The man that shows off, to that one who wants to convince of his value is to himself. ~Doménico Cieri Estradanov08mail
My flag is raised high today. For others to see, sure. But more so to find which way my wind is blowing. Almost time to chart a course. ~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.comApr 29th 2009 twitter.com/JebDickerson/status/1650217575
May those who are impoverished by their thoughts be blessed with the realization of the richness of their spirit. ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com
Many a one cannot loosen his own fetters, but is nevertheless his friend’s emancipator. ~Friedrich NietzscheCUL
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ~Agnes Repplier
My life has been one great big joke,
A dance that’s walked,
A song that’s spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke,
When I think about myself.
Not a blade of grass but has a story to tell, not a heart but has its romance, not a life which does not hide a secret which is either its thorn or its spur. Everywhere grief, hope, comedy, tragedy; even under the petrifaction of old age, as in the twisted forms of fossils, we may discover the agitations and tortures of youth. This thought is the magic wand of poets and of preachers: it strips the scales from our fleshly eyes, and gives us a clear view into human life; it opens to the ear a world of unknown melodies, and makes us understand the thousand languages of nature. Thwarted love makes a man polyglot, and grief transforms him into a diviner and a sorcerer. ~Henri-Fr?d?ric Amiel, 28th March 1855 (journal), translated from French by Mary Augusta WardTPVgb:z0_DrV9dW0oC; Mrs Humphry Ward; Amiel’s Journal: The Journal Intime of Henri-Frederic Amiel; Qe2
A wise man never loses anything if he have himself. ~Michel de Montaigne, translatedtranslation by Charles Cotton, revised by Hazlitt and Wight; Works. Book I, chap.38, Of Solitude; BMC
We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves. ~Jean Guitton
We are known to our friends by a look in our eyes that we never see in a mirror. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh, at yourself. ~Ethel Barrymore
We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is civil war. ~Charles Caleb Colton
The Divine does not like to be shut up in a building. The Divine likes to be out in the open. It is right here in this very body. Each one of us is a miniature universe, a living shrine. ~Morihei Ueshiba
When I look for my existence I do not look for it in myself. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. MerwinTPV
My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
Most often, walking alone with my shadow is how I find my answer, the result of gathering together all agreeable parties. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Every morning I start with a drink from my cup of sunshine, to remind myself of who I am before I step into the world of "this is who we think you are." ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com
People wish to be settled: only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, 1841LCD
Let’s get lost in the dark, forget who we were, and resurface as something new. ~Daniel, @blindedpoettwitter.com/blindedpoet/status/29187621744
Only you can set you free. ~Living Colour, "Cult of Personality"
Just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in that which you are. ~Kabir
Daily I learn – sometimes painfully, other times with glee – that mine is a path never meant to be paved. ~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.comtwitter.com/JebDickerson/status/2020577123
I lack the peace of simple things.
I am never wholly in place.
I find no peace or grace.
We sell the world to buy fire,
our way lighted by burning men….
~Wendell Berry, "The Want of Peace"
Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. MerwinTPV
The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. Just as a lotus flower springs from the mire to bloom splendidly, the interaction of the cosmic breath causes the flower of the spirit to bloom and bear fruit in this world. ~Morihei Ueshiba
There’s nothing like self-improvement to get your friends to like you for who you were. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
There comes a morning in life when you wake up a new person; that is to say, you wake up the same person but you realize it’s your own fault. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Just let awareness have its way with you completely. ~Scott Morrison
The only man we have any respect for, is he who uses all the endowment he has, and uses it until he bleeds. ~Martin H. FischerFFM
If we cannot be happy and powerful and prey on others, we invent conscience and prey on ourselves. ~Elbert HubbardCUL
Your heart knows your song, but you have to be willing to listen to the words. ~Sue Rockcontest winner Aug 5 2010, http://sue215.blogspot.com
The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge. ~Eckhart
There are plenty of people holding flashlights casting shadows, offering directions. Perhaps it’s best if you light your own way. ~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.comhowtomatter.com/wp-content/gallery/postcards/brilliance.jpg
Anyone can promise the stars. Only you can reach them. ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com
The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual – namely to You. ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1892lcd
Think positively about yourself…., keep your thoughts and your actions clean, ask God who made you to keep on remaking you. ~Norman Vincent PealeGCLE
There are at least two kinds of cowards. One kind always lives with himself, afraid to face the world. The other kind lives with the world, afraid to face himself. ~Roscoe Snowden
My heart filled with love, flowing over with joy, my own little drum that I like to march by! ~Gunda Fijnje-Nolancontest winner Sep 2009 twitter.com/godutch/status/3766135535
One cannot spend forever sitting and solving the mysteries of one’s history. ~Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the Thirteenth: The End, 2006p.322-323
I loathe the expression "What makes him tick." It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm. ~James Thurber
In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be the gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy. ~Robert Louis StevensonCUL
Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again. ~Chinese inscription cited by Thoreau in Walden
No matter what you do in life, a part of you still sits at a curbside, still hearing the drumbeat of a distant parade, still waiting for it to turn the corner. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself.
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1892LCD
You are your own judge. The verdict is up to you. ~Astrid Alauda
Misfortunes one can endure – they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults – ah! there is the sting of life. ~Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1892LCD
Take the time to come home to yourself every day. ~Robin Casarjean
My heart beat, beats me senselessly,
Why’s everything gotta be so intense with me…
~Katy Perry, Glen Ballard, and Matt Thiessen, "Long Shot"
The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course. ~Michelangelo
Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind. ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com
I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing. ~Katherine Anne PorterSD
Who has not sat, afraid, before his own heart’s curtain? ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies, "The Fourth Elegy," translated from German by Albert Ernest Flemming
A criminal becomes a popular figure because he unburdens in no small degree the consciences of his fellow man, for now they know once more where evil is to be found. ~Carl G. JungCUL
To wash one’s hair, make one’s toilet, and put on scented robes; even if not a soul sees one, these preparations still produce an inner pleasure. ~Sei ShonagonOPV
That’s the thing about needs. Sometimes when you get them met, you don’t need them anymore. ~Michael Patrick King, Sex and the City, "The Good Fight"
A bud can be beautiful, a work of art even. But I’m finding it simply can’t compare to the openness of the blossom. Looking for my sun. ~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.coma bud can be beautiful, a work of art even. but i’m finding it simply cant compare 2 the openness of the blossom. looking 4 my sun #trueself May 20th 2009 twitter.com/JebDickerson/status/1861228070