Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thanks for the light


I ran another create your own quote contest on Twitter a few days ago, the prompt was "The light..." I am grateful to everyone who submitted, there were lots of great entries. The morning I posted the contest I was actually feeling a bit down which is quite rare for me, but when the entries began rolling in I was immediately uplifted by people's inspiring thoughts. You all definitely brought some light into my heart, thank you! Here are some of my favorites:

"The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there." ~Ellie Rodriguez, @sapphiremoon13 (winner)

"The light of starry dreams can only be seen once we escape the blinding cities of disbelief." ~Shawn Purvis, @shawnpurvis (ShawnPurvis.com)

"The light keeps us on the right path, shows us the present and gives us faith that the future is ahead - shining bright." ~Shara Day, @sharaday

"The light goes out on purpose sometimes so we can get lost and then realize we weren't even on the right path to begin with." ~Michelle Christine, @Shellzs333

"The light might seem unreachable - but there is still a little hope if there's a tiny little light inside your heart." ~Nina Cremer, @NinaCremer

"The light is always shining, to see it we must stop focusing on the shadows it casts." ~Kim Clarkin, @Kimberleyhaa

The contest page is at www.quotegarden.com/contest-20091228.html.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

No excuses


"How strange to use 'You only live once' as an excuse to throw it away." ~Bill Copeland

"I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum." ~Frances Willard

"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." ~Fr. Alfred D'Souza

"Life is a mixed blessing, which we vainly try to unmix." ~Mignon McLaughlin

"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature." ~Joseph Campbell

A nod,
a bow,
and a tip of the lid
to the person
who coulda
and shoulda
and did.
~Robert Brault, "A Poem Missing the Word Woulda"

"Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there's no escape, there's no excuse, so just suck up and be nice." ~Ani DiFranco

"There is always some specific moment when we become aware that our youth is gone; but, years after, we know it was much later." ~Mignon McLaughlin

"I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind." ~Leo Buscaglia

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Give thanks... keep fighting


Finished another Twitter create your own quote contest today. The prompt was "Give thanks" and the winner is Fernanda (@bfersapiens) with her inspiring words "Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow." Thanks, Fernanda, and to everyone who participated in the contest! The results page is at www.quotegarden.com/contest-20091105.html.



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The words


One of the cool things about being obsessed with quotes, and I know of no one more obsessed, is that after a long hard day, when I have little energy for much else, I think over all that I've ever read and know that I don't have to find the words to express how I feel because with few exceptions someone else has already found them before. And then I feel relief at having one less thing to do before retiring for the night, I don't have to search my heart and soul for the words, some other writer - and we are all writers - has done it for me....

"In many areas of understanding, none so much as in our understanding of God, we bump up against a simplicity so profound that we must assign complexities to it to comprehend it at all. It is mindful of how we paste decals to a sliding glass door to keep from bumping our nose against it." ~Robert Brault

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A perfect day



"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate. That's my philosophy." ~Thornton Wilder

Goodbye, GeoCities!


As of October 26, 2009, GeoCities will be no more. And to you I say goodbye GeoCities, and thanks for helping me get my start. In early 1998 you let me sign up for a free webspace with you so I could learn HTML, and you gave me my first address of www.geocities.com/ Athens/Aegean/1994. I created Quotations That Make a Statement and started typing my collection of quotes into your pages. It was nice to get my collection out of WordStar for CP/M and into the world wide web for all to enjoy. You served me well until September 2001 when I was routinely exceeding my allotment of bandwidth and moved to my own domain, www.quotegarden.com. I appreciate the nice system and community you had going back then, and I thank you and bid thee farewell!

"Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the Net, it looks like very soon everyone on Earth will have 15 megabytes of fame." ~M.G. Sriram

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Liz


R.I.P.
Liz Armbruster

"In what you say of another, apply the
test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let
nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority."
~ Liz Armbruster & Robert Brault ~

We'll miss you.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

My heart, my heart


Ran another create your own quote contest on Twitter a few days ago and posted the winner and honorable mentions today. The prompt was "My heart..." and I was pleased with all the nice entries. The winner: "My heart filled with love, flowing over with joy, my own little drum that I like to march by!" composed by Gunda Fijnje-Nolan, @godutch. It made me think of Henry David Thoreau, "If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away." Her heart is her drum, how beautiful. See some of the other great entries here: www.quotegarden.com/contest-20090902.html.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Celebration of love


A few quotes in honor of my parents' 40th wedding anniversary...

"Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work." ~Author Unknown

"Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years." ~Simone Signoret

"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place." ~Zora Neale Hurston

"A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time." ~Anne Taylor Fleming

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." ~Mignon McLaughlin

"Are we not like two volumes of one book?" ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

"The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart." ~Author Unknown

"A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short." ~Andre Mauroi

"True love stories never have endings." ~Richard Bach

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Under every full moon


That was great fun! Decided to have a create your own quote contest on Twitter. For 2 or 3 years now I've had this phrase in my head, "under every full moon" and wanted to write a sentence out of it but for some reason no words would ever come. That's the first time I thought about having some type of contest. But, I decided I didn't have the time or desire to set it up.

Then after I joined Twitter a few months ago I thought maybe now's a good time to do it. But still decided against it.

Then in May, Robert Brault posted a make your own quote entry on his blog. It was like a choose your own adventure multiple choice type quote (see the post here), and it was so fun I finally decided to go ahead with my own.

And so a few days ago on Twitter I issued the challenge to complete the thought "Under every full moon..." in less than 100 characters. I received a few dozen replies, and I had a great time reading through them and choosing a winner. I love people's creativity!

The winner was Lorraine Skylark (@Larked), "Under every full moon, a woolgathering world idles," which was posted on my Daydreaming page. I also published a page of honorable mentions here.

It was fun and definitely worth it, so I plan to do it again every once in a while using some new prompts. Yeah for writing!

"The world is but a canvas to the imagination." ~Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Desires and discipline


Note to self...
greet the morning
nourish yourself with healthy food and happy thoughts
move your body
do the day's work
enjoy the outdoors
love the family
finish chores around the house
cleanse body and mind
heal thyself
breathe
enjoy some tea
then get on the computer

"Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty." ~Frank Herbert

Friday, July 3, 2009

Elimination


Okay, this might be a little gross for some people but it's been on my mind lately. I remember my 7th grade science class did a unit on the major systems of the body. My classmate Lisa and I had to report on the excretory system. We did lots of reading, drew diagrams, and wrote a nice report, and I remember learning how important that system of the body is. Until then I didn't know that people couldn't live without the various forms of elimination.

According to Wikipedia, elimination "may be considered to encompass all of the various mechanisms and processes by which life forms dispose of or throw off waste products, toxic substances, and dead portions of the organism."

I've been thinking about how important elimination is in the emotional and mental realms as well. In modern society we daily come into contact with toxic situations and people, that get under our skin - figuratively and also through stress chemicals, literally as well. We also hold onto certain assumptions, prejudices, old patterns of thought, grudges, guilt, bad memories, etc, that eat away at our physical and mental health.

When our bodies need to sweat, we sweat, and when we need to go to the toilet we do so. If only we could eliminate our waste products, toxic substances, and dead portions of our minds, with as much regularity.

"Every one should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it - torn up to irrecoverable tatters." ~Samuel Butler

"In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else." ~Alison Rose Levy

"Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life." ~Terri Guillemets


Sunday, June 21, 2009

I love you, Papa


Take 1

"Tell me the first time you knew he was going to be a good father," I asked my mom last week about my dad. When we were kids we had a garden in our back yard and also a small sandbox he built himself. Most of the stories she told me I had heard before, but what I didn't know was that he had planned those two things before we were even conceived....

Take 2

I am a good person. I have integrity. I am a hard worker. I am loving and caring. Family is important to me. I worry too much. I eat too much ice cream. I love learning. I love doing things myself. I love the outdoors, and I respect nature. I am patient.

Why am I all these things? Because I am my father's daughter....

Take 3

I remember always asking you if you would teach me to use the radial arm saw and you telling me I couldn't until I was as tall as it was. I remember when I walked into my bedroom, closed the door, and started dancing like crazy to "Venus" by Bananarama that was playing on my radio, then turning around to see you sitting on my bed and me being so embarrassed but you just started laughing in pure joy which made me laugh and then I didn't feel so bad. I remember when you drove me home from my first semester of college, through the raging thunderstorms and I was a little scared. I remember driving to my first semester of college, with you in the passenger seat, and pulling into the big rig parking at the rest stop in that tiny little pickup truck, and you not saying anything until we got out and all the truckers were looking at us as we walked to the restroom and I finally figured out for myself what silly thing I had done. I remember you taking us to Pic 'N' Save every December so we could go secret Christmas shopping for our mommy and each pick out something for her. I remember all of us squirting water through the gaps in our front teeth at each other, and at the dinner table no less and you were the ringleader. I remember sometimes listening to old-time radio shows with you, like The Shadow.

And I always remember every single day what a great dad you've always been and what a great dad you still are to all of us....

Take 4

Love and appreciation are such personal things they're so difficult to put into words. What I'm really trying to say is you're a great dad and a great person, and you've had such a positive influence on so many people it's amazing. You truly are like one of those skipping stones with a ripple effect. Thanks for rippling me!

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." ~Clarence Budington Kelland

"Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad." ~Author Unknown

"I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart." ~Terri Guillemets

"A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart." ~Author Unknown

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Christmas


A bit odd to post a Christmas poem in May? Maybe, maybe not. My quote of the day on the site and quote of the moment on Twitter today were both Memorial Day related so thought perhaps I could get away with another holiday on my blog.

I was thinking about my grandpa this morning, who served in World War II. He didn't die in the war, lived happily until 57 years later, but I was thinking about him nonetheless, as I do many days. There's a poem he wrote when I was a little girl, and I posted an excerpt from it on my site a few years ago with my grandma's blessings. Those four lines have since been copied all over the internet. Today I thought I would post the poem in its entirety, for everyone to enjoy.

Let Every Day Be Christmas
by Norman Wesley Brooks

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.

Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord's plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!

December 17, 1976

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sorry, body


My sweet tooth seems out of control today. Polished off a pint of fudge swirl frozen yogurt before I realized what happened. Now I remember why I like to dish up a serving then put it back. Because eating right out of the carton makes four servings feel like one - makes 92 grams of sugars feel normal.

Okay, stop! Have some protein. A cup of green tea. Hug. Go outside. Soak in some sunlight. Listen to the birds. Watch the bees. Feel the breeze. See how it loves the trees. Breathe in nature, and breathe nature in. Thankful for nature. Reverence and respect to nature. Thankful to my body. Reverence and respect for my body.

Ahhh, starting to feel better now. Being in a natural setting helps me remember that my body is part of nature, that I am nature. Maybe I'll listen to some favorite music and meditate on these quotes until I get out of this self-induced sugar stupor.

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." ~Jim Rohn

"Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners." ~William Shakespeare

"The body too has its rights; and it will have them: they cannot be trampled on without peril. The body ought to be the soul's best friend. Many good men however have neglected to make it such: so it has become a fiend and has plagued them." ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

"Fresh air impoverishes the doctor." ~Danish Proverb

"I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr Sun more." ~Henry Ward Beecher

"When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no 'I'll start tomorrow.' Tomorrow is disease." ~Terri Guillemets

Friday, May 15, 2009

Just living is not enough



Okay, not literally “a little flower,” the photo just happened to work out that way. Took this pic in my parents' front yard. Technically, these are weeds but when they bloom they sure are pretty.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Please quote responsibly


I hate to throw the first proverbial stone as surely I'm guilty myself, but I've got to take a stand. The Web has made it commonplace for ideas and words to multiply like cyber-bunnies. Yes, that is wonderful but also has its downsides. With those countless ideas and words passing through our e-world - like a global version of the sentence relay game - it can become quite difficult to accurately trace origins (difficult albeit sometimes a fun challenge with lots of serendipitous learning along the way).

I've noticed that quotations have soared in popularity the past few years, for many reasons but mostly because online quote collections are a virtual convenience store of wisdom - run in, grab a few quotes you need, and you're on your way! Having been on Twitter a couple months now, I've seen so many quotes tweeted without an attribution or even quotation marks, as if the tweeter had just thought up that aphoristic gem.

Please don't commit a 140ism ("miscommunication in 140 characters or fewer," thanks @brianglanz) by rephrasing a quote, leaving off an attribution, or using it in a misleading way. If it doesn't fit, either don't use it or else link to the proper remainder of it, and if you don't know its origin, then indicate the author is unknown.

This goes for all quoting, not just Twitter and email and websites but every time you use a quotation. It shows gratitude to the author, it shows you have integrity, and it helps the author by making readers want to find out more so they can read more, and that kind of curiosity is a good thing - quoter's curiosity, as I call it, is a disease whose only cure is more reading.

There are many reasons to attribute and to quote with respect, the main being it's just the right thing to do even if it's not always convenient. Please keep this in mind next time you use a quote for anything, even if it's just a baby shower invitation, because with the speedy spread of all things these days you never know the journey that quote will take.

"I am fully conscious of the fact, that aphorisms are like wandering Gypsies. They must always be published without guarantee of the authenticity." ~Erkki Melartin

"What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient." ~Bodie Thoene

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I love you, Mama


“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother.” ~George Washington

My mom, too, is the most beautiful woman I know, in every way.

She has a contagious smile and an optimism and joyful attitude that draws everyone to her like a happy magnet. She is young at heart and has a heart of gold.

She makes the best toast on earth, and even when I try to make it her way it never turns out as good. I know it's because the secret ingredient is love (and a little too much jam).

She's so strong, never calls in sick to work, and never gets sick because she wills herself to be healthy; after all, who has time to be sick?!

She never puts herself first, wanting to help everyone else, but in my heart she is always first. I hope it doesn't sound conceited to say that I am one of the things I love best about my mom, because I am part of her and she did a wonderful job raising my brothers and me. I really like the people we've become, and there is nothing more responsible for that than her and my dad bringing us up to be the best we can be.

She's a friend and a role model and a trusted source of advice. Her laughter seems to embrace everyone in the room, and there's nothing more cute or giddy than when a little snort laughs out with it. She's silly and loving, and open-minded but holds her ground.

I can find many exceptional quotes on oodles of subjects but when I look for quotes on moms there just aren't a lot of great ones. I find that odd because everyone from the dawn of time has had a mother, including so many millions of authors. Maybe because it's so difficult to put the essence of mother into words — yet another tribute to moms everywhere, that it's nearly impossible to condense your love for her into a sentence or two, maybe not even into an entire book.

But, what I have found I can do, is compress my love for her into a hug. I will be hugging my mom today — and you hug yours too, or if you can't hug her physically then hug her in spirit and find someone else's mom and give her a big hug!

"There's nothing like a mama-hug." ~Terri Guillemets

"My mother is a poem I'll never be able to write,
though everything I write is a poem to my mother." ~S. Doubiago


Saturday, May 2, 2009

crayons!


I was on Skipper Kim's twitter page @iSkip and an icon caught my eye of someone she's following. I clicked and ended up at @crayonsman, a guy who tweets only about crayons, it's awesome! He inspired me to pull together all my quotes on crayons and coloring, some of which were still waiting to find a home on the site, and create a page all their own. I still color to this very day and I'm 35 years old! The new page is quotegarden.com/crayons.html. Check it out and rediscover your inner child. “If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.” ~Robert Fulghum

Friday, May 1, 2009

Laugh out loud


And this is why Robert Brault is one of my favorite authors... “Stored away in some brain cell is the image of a long-departed aunt you haven’t thought of in 30 years. Stored away in another cell is the image of a pink pony stitched on your first set of baby pajamas. All it takes to get that aunt mounted on the back of that pony is to eat a hunk of meatloaf immediately before going to bed.” Came home from work today, found that posted on his blog, and had a much needed laugh-out-loud moment! You can find more of Mr Brault’s wit and wisdom at http://rbrault.blogspot.com.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Some things just can't be quoted

One of my favorite songs is “Everything About it is a Love Song” by Paul Simon, but you will not find any quotes from it on my site. Some things just can’t be quoted. An entire lifetime encapsulated into one short sweet song, a range of emotions melodized into less than four minutes. None of it can be extracted, and it can’t be concentrated into anything smaller — it is perfection of completeness, every drop of juice squeezed and every satisfaction exhausted. You’ve got to experience it in its entirety — listen to all the words, and the music and voice and spirit, and soak in everything all together for the full effect. Brimming with life, in the present moment, appreciative of all, fearless of death.

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.” ~Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

“But quotation is useless when all is so excellent...” ~The Welsh Review, 1892

Monday, April 13, 2009

A second for gratitude

The Quote Garden has been online for 11 years, and I've come to realize how fortunate I am to have come in contact with so many wonderful people from all parts of the world. People who are like me, different than me, people who allow me to post their quotes, who make suggestions, whose nice compliments make my day, those who are helpful and those who give me something to think about and those whose joy for life is contagious, whose kindness and generosity inspire me. Thank you all, I know many of you have been regular visitors since the early years. I appreciate everyone's support, long-time and new friends as well!

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” ~William Ward