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Dale Carnegie


"Take a chance!  All life is a chance.  The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare."






1888 - 1955







Many of us are afraid to take a risk, to try something new.  We keep waiting for the right time.  Unfortunately, there is never going to be a right time.  When we stop risking, we start dying one day at a time.  The more safe we feel the less risk we take.  Security and safety are illusions of the mind.  We are never 100% safe.  Is there a risk that you should be taking but are not?  Take the risk.  
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Henry David Thoreau


"The world is but a canvas to the imagination."






1817 - 1862








What we create in the world and how we live begins with our imagination.  We can create the life we want to live by simply applying our creativity.  So pick up your paint brush and paint the beauty of your life.  Pick up your pen and write the story of your life.  Your mind is fertile soil for your imagination.
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Helen Keller


"Your success and happiness lie in you.  Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invisible host against difficulties."






1880 - 1968





We are responsible for our own happiness and success.  Others are not responsible to make us happy.  Not our spouses.  Not our children.  Not our parents.  Life is full of challenges and difficulties.  Nothing is perfect.  If we blame others, we will never be happy.  We must learn to forgive and move on.  We must take charge of our inner world and resolve to be satisfied and happy.
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Helen Frankenthaler


"If you have a gift, it is your halo and your cross.  There is no choice.  You are what you are, what you have been born.  And what is inherent in that condition is the loneliness that goes with it."






1928 -











We all have gifts.  Some that we know about and some that we don't. We need to accept our gifts and celebrate them.  The ability to create is a gift.  Whether you are a painter, a poet or a novelist, you have a gift.  Some days you will wish you didn't have the gift.  It will feel like a burden you have to bear.  Other days you will feel as if you are blessed because of your gift.  And there will be those who don't understand your gift.  They won't understand why you have to wake up at 4 am to paint, to write and to create.  They will ask why you can't be normal like everyone else.  And there will be days you ask yourself the same question.  "Why can't I be normal?  Why do I have to write?"  The answer is simple: you are blessed with a gift.  Accept it and thank the heavens that you have been blessed.
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Mort Walker


"Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart."






1923-





Sometimes the heart grows stale and tired with the routines of life and needs a good spring cleaning.  Laughter is a powerful cleanser that helps to heal the pain we feel and revive our hopes that have been buried under layers of dust.  A deep belly laugh is like a breath of spring air on a winter's day.  Find those special moments of laughter and enjoy them.
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Adages of Wisdom Quotes by Master Sheng Yen

Try to cultivate this attitude in life: if I can have what I want, that's good; if I can't, that's fine too. This will help us turn our suffering into joy, and live a happier life.

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To uplift our character, begin with cultivating peace in mind, body, family, and activity.

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In dealing with your heart's desire, ask yourself these questions: Do I need it, or do I want it? Can I acquire it? Should I acquire it?

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To get along with others, we must feel grateful for events that help us grow, feel thankful for chances to hone ourselves, reform ourselves through the Dharma, and inspire others through exemplary behavior.

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When faced with any difficulty of life, resolve it by following these four steps: face it, accept it, deal with it, and then let it go.

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To increase our blessings we need to recognize blessings, cherish blessings, nurture blessings, and sow the seeds of blessings.

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Bernie Siegel


"If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn."










Nature has a way of renewing itself quickly and swiftly.  In the 1970's Lake Erie, which is up the road from where I live, was declared dead.  Today it is alive.  If you ever watch how quickly a forest renews itself after a fire, you will understand the meaning of this quote.  In fact, I believe nature uses adversity has a way of cleansing itself from the rot and finding new opportunity.  One simply has to observe the seasons to understand how nature renews itself.  And since we are a part of nature, we also have this gift.  We can renew and reinvent ourselves as needed.  Let go of your old tired habits and plant new habits.
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Henri Matisse


"Look at life with the eyes of a child."






1869 - 1954






A child looks at the world around her with wonderment and joy.  She laughs at new and strange things.  She enjoys the moment without worrying about tomorrow or yesterday.  She smiles at strangers and trusts them.  She shows little fear and puts herself at physical risk.  She sees everything and takes it into herself.  What can you and I learn from a child?  What can the child teach us?  Don't you think it is time we hug life?  That we listen to our hearts?  That we see the world through the eyes of the child we once were?

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Opportunity

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Alice Mackenzie Swaim


"Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow."






1912 - 1996








Strength often comes from unexpected places.  We sometimes misjudge people when we only look at the outside.  Inside is what counts.  As artists, writers and storytellers, we must look deep inside and see the truth beneath the surface.  We must find the courage to tell our story in words and images.

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Charles Dickens


"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else."






1812 - 1870








Even the most challenging of individuals has redeeming value.  No one is useless.  We all have something to offer our fellow human beings.  Maybe it is a piece of bread.  A handshake.  A pat on the back.  We all have something to give.  The winners in this world are those who give more than they get.  Reach out to those around you and share of yourself.  As artists and writers, we touch the lives of the people who view our paintings or read our writings.  And sometimes, often unknown to us, lives are changed.  So appreciate what you are sharing with the world.  You are not worthless if you make someone's life better.
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Ad Reinhardt


"We all name ourselves.  We call ourselves artists.  Nobody asks us.  Nobody says you are or you aren't."






1913 - 1967
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Edith Wharton


"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."






1862 -1937
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William Wordsworth


"Come forth into the light of things.  Let nature be your teacher."






1770 - 1850
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William Blake


"What is now proven was once only imagined."






1757 - 1827
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Henry Miller


“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” 






1891 - 1980
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Zig Ziglar


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






1926 -









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Antoine Cozpel


"Painting must do for the eyes what poetry does for the ears."






1661 - 1722
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Hephzibah Menuhin


"Freedom means choosing your burden."






1920 - 1981
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Henry David Thoreau




“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”





1817 - 1862
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Gustave Courbet


"Art is a wholly physical language whose words are all the visible objects."









— Gustave Courbet

French Painter


1819 - 1877







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Karl Barth


"Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God."






1886 - 1968
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Dean Acheson


"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."






1893 - 1971
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Henry Moore


"To be an artist is to believe in life."






1898 -1986
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Margaret Atwood


"The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for love."





— Margaret Atwood

Canadian Novelist


1939 -
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Nathaniel Hawthorne


"Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."





— Nathaniel Hawthorne

American Novelist


1804 - 1864


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Gerard de Nerval


"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."






1808 – 1855
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Jing Si Aphorism - Inspirational Wisdom Quotes by Dharma Master Cheng Yen

Let our state of mind
always remain positive
no matter what we hear.

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Nothing is impossible
if you believe it is achievable.

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Believe in yourself, but do not be attached
to your own point of view.

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In the face of adversity, be grateful,
For such opportunities do not come by easily.

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The process of spiritual cultivation is to nurture virtue
and rectify conduct and behavior.

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