Aug. 31 Reflections


(Hyla Brook, Robert Frost Farm, Derry, N.H., Sept.1991)

“Everything good and wonderful comes down to deciding. But someone can’t decide for you.”
–Richard Davies

“Two destructive words are “indecision” and “fear”. Two constructive words are “plan” and “focus”. From the latter comes hope and positive forward movement.”
–Richard Davies

“The necessity for choosing a path with the heart. I feel one must deliberate and then act, must scan every life choice with rational thinking but then base the decision on whether one’s heart will be in it. No other person can tell you if your heart is involved, and logic cannot provide an answer.”
–Jean Shinoda Bolen

“It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
–Ursula K. Guin (to which I would add it’s the quality of the personal lived story or poem that matters)

“To love what you do and feel that it matters–how could anything be more fun?”
–Katharine Graham

“Save something for yourself.”
–Joan Barfoot

“Nothing really matters but living–accomplishments are ornaments of life, they come second.”
–Willa Cather

“‘There’s nothing half so real in life as the things you’ve done,’ she whispered, ‘inexorably, unalterably done.'”
–Margaret Ayer Barnes

“If you want to be happy, be.”
–Leo Tolstoy

“That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”
–Willa Cather

“There is only one happiness in life–to love and be loved.”
–George Sand

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