Every man is his own ancestor and

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 marble

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

It is not impossibilities which fill us

It is not impossibilities which fill us with the deepest despair, but possibilities which we have failed to realize.  ~Robert Mallett, Apostilles, 1972PMB

Reputation is in itself only a farthing

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

The inward light is forever striving to

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

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 one

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

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

My life has been one great big

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.
~Maya Angelou

Not a blade of grass but has

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

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

The divine does not like to be

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 do

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 an

My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

I lack the peace of simple things

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

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

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

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

The only man we have any respect

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

The whole theory of the universe is

The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual – namely to You. ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1892lcd

There are at least two kinds of

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

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

I loathe the expression 34what makes him

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

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

Misfortunes one can endure they come

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

The promises of this world are for

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

I was right not to be afraid

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

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

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 ones hair make toilet and

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

A bud can be beautiful a work

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