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Archives - December 2014

December 1, 2014

Once you choose hope, anything's possible.

– Christopher Reeve

December 2, 2014

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.

– Charles de Gaulle

December 3, 2014

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.

– Tuli Kupferberg

December 4, 2014

Think what a better world it would be if we all --- the whole world --- had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

– Barbara Jordan

December 5, 2014

If you think you can do a thing --- or think you can't do a thing --- you're right.

– Henry Ford

December 6, 2014

The New Age? It's just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds.

– James Randi

December 7, 2014

Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember --- the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.

– Zig Ziglar

December 8, 2014

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.

– John Muir

December 9, 2014

The sensation of writing a book is the sensation of spinning, blinded by love and daring. It is the sensation of a stunt pilot's turning barrel rolls, or an inchworm's blind rearing from a stem in search of a route. At its worst, it feels like alligator wrestling, at the level of the sentence.

– Annie Dillard

December 10, 2014

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

– John F. Kennedy

December 11, 2014

There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud.

– Carol Shields

December 12, 2014

There's a space at the bottom of an exhale, a little hitch between letting out that's a perfect zero you can go into. There's a rest between the heart muscle's close and open --- an instant of keenest living where you're momentarily dead. You can rest there.

– Mary Karr, LIT

December 13, 2014

Empathy requires knowing that you know nothing.

– Leslie Jamison, THE EMPATHY EXAMS

December 14, 2014

You can't be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.


December 15, 2014

Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice.

– Margaret Atwood

December 16, 2014

To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle.

– Walt Whitman

December 17, 2014

I like to be anchored by routine, not shackled by it.

– Gabrielle Hamilton, BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER

December 18, 2014

When we are young, the words are scattered all around us. As they are assembled by experience, so also are we, sentence by sentence, until the story takes shape.

– Louise Erdrich, THE PLAGUE OF DOVES

December 19, 2014

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.

– William Styron

December 20, 2014

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.

– Julia Child

December 21, 2014

In seed-time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

– William Blake

December 22, 2014

Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.

– Groucho Marx

December 23, 2014

Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.

– Henri Frédéric Amiel

December 24, 2014

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance --- each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.

– Deborah Whipp

December 25, 2014

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.

– Gladys Taber

December 26, 2014

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.

– Charles Caleb Colton

December 27, 2014

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

– Erica Jong

December 28, 2014

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade.

– Rabindranath Tagore

December 29, 2014

Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken.

– Jonathan Swift

December 30, 2014

A satirist is a man who discovers unpleasant things about himself and then says them about other people.

– Peter McArthur

December 31, 2014

Of all sound of all bells...most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.

– Charles Lamb