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Quotes, Poems & Passages III



The rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. 
~ Thomas Henry Huxley


The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. ~ Arnold J. Toynbee


Deciding what gets my time is very simple: I ask, What am I passionate about? ~ Jane Rosenthal


The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a star.
~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin


There is no conversation more boring than the one where everyone agrees. ~ Montaigne


The difference between a comedy and a tragedy is that in a comedy the characters figure out reality in time to do something about it. ~ Bennett W. Goodspeed

If love was a choice, who would ever choose to feel such exquisite pain? ~ Anna and The King


A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. ~ Richard Bach

The point is to unify the opposites, both positive and negative, by discovering a ground which transcends and encompasses both. ~ Ken Wilbur

"I was on top of a clove tree in Zanzibar in my early 30s, thinking 'What am I doing with my life?' I looked down at the cloves and thought about how food and spices connect us all, and I'd already collected spices in my travels. That was it. The business was born." ~ Nirmala Narine, author of In Nirmala's Kitchen

I feel within me a consuming fire of heavenly love which has burned up in my soul everything that was contrary to itself and transformed me inwardly into its own nature. ~ William Law

People have to find the way to the bottom of their soul before they can start to build an honest life. ~ T. Jordan

Every cell in us worships God. ~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

It's much easier to be successful than it is to be relevant. ~ Bono 



Sea Fever
by John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, 
     to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship 
     and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song 
     and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, 
     and a grey dawn breaking. 

I must go down to the seas again, 
     for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call 
     that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day 
     with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, 
     and the sea-gulls crying. 

I must go down to the seas again, 
     to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, 
     where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn 
     from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream 
     when the long trick's over. 


Flowers grow out of the dark moments. ~ Corita Kent


We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. ~ Buddha


One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~ Benjamin Disraeli


Don't try to teach a whole course in one lesson. ~ Kathryn Murray


People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. ~ John C. Maxwell


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ~ Margaret Wolfe Hungerford


You are the product of your own brainstorm. ~ Rosemary Konner Steinbaum


Make the world better. ~ Lucy Stone 

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

~ Sara Teasdale (1884-1933)


Vows made in storms are forgotten in calms. ~ English Proverb

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. ~ Phyllis Therous


Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go. ~ Louise Driscall


A man learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. ~ Will Rogers


We always attract into our life whatever we think about the most, believe the most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly. ~ Shakti Gawain


Love makes the wildest spirit tame, and the tamest spirit wild. ~ Alexis Delp


Success is the sweetest revenge. ~ Vanessa Williams 


Since fear is such a primal reaction, making the choice to move forward despite fear is
an evolved decision that transcends our animal nature. ~ Adrianna Huffington



Sundrops - Original Quotes

Illuminating Thoughts, May 18, 2007
"As we grow older, it becomes more and more
obvious that what we take seriously is not all that
serious. What we will call obvious, younger
people will call wisdom." ~ pg. 11

As a lover of quotes, Patrick J. McBride often shared quotes through a newsletter he wrote to inspire a small group of people. One day he started to also include his own thoughts as quotes and everyone wanted to know the author of these creative and meaningful thoughts.

His weekly newsletter was then replaced by the writing of three "Sundrops" each day. These have been included in this wonderful book that brightens the topics of health, faith, anger, fear, life, time, challenges, love, beauty, destiny, music, kindness, serenity, worry, regret, illness, death, hope, children, the present, happiness, art, goals, change, wisdom and relationships.

"If you were introduced to an exact copy
of you, what advice would you give?" ~ pg. 30

Most of the quotes are profound in wisdom, but a few are actually funny and will give you a moment of rest and laughter. A few of the quotes startle your own inner knowing and provide a moment of awakening. Sundrops on Life contains truth the soul craves and quite a few of the quotes may affect you on the emotional level. Think of the beauty of this quote: "The kite that faces the wind flies the highest." ~ pg. 26 There is a real sense of determination and strength in that quote. Many of the quotes also bring a sense of peace:

"The keys to serenity are to accept where you are,
dream of where you wish to be, and firmly believe that
all that happens is a blessing from heaven." ~pg. 52

Patrick J. McBride's goal is to make sure every soldier in VA Hospitals across the country has a copy of this inspiring book. You may want to buy extra copies and send them to a VA Hospital to help with this wonderful cause.

Time after time, these quotes surprised and enlightened me in a deeper wisdom that the heart knows. If you love quotes then these are some of the best I have ever read and I can highly recommend them for your quote collection. I am sure that soon they will be some of your most loved quotes as they bring a sense of completion to your day. "Sundrops On Life" is a book that brings you back to the present while you contemplate how you will live in the future. Truly Healing!

~The Rebecca Review


A day is a wonderful thing. It is like a great doorway 
flung wide for you
to pass through into all manner 
of adventures.
~ St. Nicholas