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A Treasury of New Beginnings

Daring To Begin:

~If I shoot at the sun I may hit a star. (P.T. Barnum)
~He who seizes the right moment is the right man. (J.W. von Goethe)
~You must be the change you wish to see in the world. (Mohandas Ghandi)
~There’s no such word as can’t. (Constance Clayton)
~Determine that the thing can and shall be done. And then we shall find the way. (Abraham Lincoin)
~Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and to sickness, to riches and to poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another. (Richard Bach)
~To be on the cutting edge, you need an edge to cut with. That edge is your belief in yourself sharp and ready to go. (Sara Ryan)
~Thoughts are energy. And you can make your world or break your world by your thinking. (Susan L. Taylor)
~There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.(Howard Thurman)
~Asking the proper question is the central action of transformation….. Questions are the key that cause the secret doors of the psyche to swing open. (Clarissa Pinkola Estes)
~Patience and passage of time do more than strength and fury. (Jean de La Fontaine)
~Never give up. Keep your thoughts and your mind always on the goal. (Tom Bradley)
~The greatest achievements were at first and for sometime dreams. (James Allen)
~There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow. (Victor Hugo)
~If outrageous imagination is the wine of madness, then come fill my cup.(Sheldon Kopp)
~A man will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – The wishbone. (Robert Frost)
~If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. (Henry David Thoreau)
~It is time for us now to rise from sleep. (Saint Benedict)

Striving For Growth:

~We have to grow, we have to move forward, to learn and evolve, add to our dictionary of life. (Janet Leigh)
~Nothing is lost upon a man who is bent upon growth; nothing wasted on one who is always preparing for… life by keeping eyes, mind and heart open to nature, men, books, experience…and what he gathers serves him at unexpected moments in unforeseen ways. (Hamilton Wright Mabie)
~True life is lived when tiny changes occur. (Leo Tolstoy)
~Day after day, we discover our own lives. Because we never know what we will find, every discovery is an unexpected gift we give to ourselves. (Barbara J. Esbensen)
~We make progress by a constant spiraling back and forth between the inner world and the outer one, the personal and the political, the self and the circumstances. Nature doesn’t move in a straight line, and as part of nature, neither do we. (Gloria Steinem)
~Like the proverbial pebble dropped into a still pond, the shifts of consciousness we make in our personal lives send out tiny ripple over the surface of the whole. (Shakti Gawain)
~Everything that we really accept undergoes a change. (Katherine Mansfield)
~It’s not difficult to coast along when things are going well, when a balance has been established. What’s difficult is the new. The new ice. The new light. The new feelings. (Peter Hoag)
~Some steps must be taken defiantly, against the grain. There is no growth without a bursting, without pain; primitive peoples in their wisdom place pain at the center of initiation. (John Updlike)
~If there is no struggle, there is no progress. (Frederick Douglass)
~If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. (Anne Bradstreet)
~Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. (Helen Keller)
~All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. (Anatole France)
~Find expression for sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and it will intensify its ecstasy. (Oscar Wilde)
~To look back is a task. It is like re-entering a trap, or a labyrinth, from which one has only too lately, and too narrowly, escaped.(Louise Bogan)
~But there isn’t any second half of myself waiting to plug in and make me whole. It’s there. I’m already whole. (Sally Field)
~As we slowly awaken we notice the maturing of certain qualities of mind. (Stephen Levine)
~Great results cannot be achieved at once, and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk – step by step.(Samuel Smiles)
~The beginning is always today. (Mary Wollstonecraft)
~Run a moist pen slick through everything and start fresh. (Charles Dickens)
~Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. (John Wayne)
~Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might have been. (Arthur Ransome)
~To live is to think and act is to change. (James Allen)
~Someday change will be accepted as life itself. (Shirley Maclaine)

Discovering life:

~To every man his own life is a mystery. (Latin proverb)
~Life was meant to be a mystery to be lived spontaneously from a present time, unpredictable place. (Judy Wardell)
~Life is easier than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable. (Kathleen Norris)
~You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about – the more you have left when anything happens. (Ethel Barrymore)
~All life is an experiment. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
~No sooner do we think we have assembled a comfortable life than we find a piece of ourselves that has no place to fit in. (Gail Sheehy)
~Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well. (Robert Louis Stevenson)
~It had been repeated experience that when you said to life calmly and firmly (but very firmly!) “I trust you, do what you must,” life had an uncanny way of responding to your need. (Olga Ilyin)
~Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. (Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)
~She had nothing against developing… Development, change, ripening, were life. (Mary A. Arnim)
~All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.(Henry David Thoreau)
~No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. (Agnes De Mille)
~We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people that we used to be, whether we find them attractive or not… We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.(John Didion)
~Life is accepting what is and working from that. (Gloria Naylor)
~This earthly world is our workroom, our laboratory. This is where we figure out how to do it. (Barbara Callahan)
~The great and the glorious masterpiece of man is how to live with purpose. (Michel de Montaigne)
~I wish to live because life has with it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love. (Lorraine Hansberry)
~And another truth that there are no secret passages to strength, no magic words. It is just something you know about yourself. (Judith Guest)
~A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him. (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
~You conquer fate by thought. (Henry David Thoreau)
~Sometimes people will say something you don’t like… You let it go by, even if you really would like to choke them. By smiling, I think I’ve made more friends than if I was the other way. (Ella Fitzgerald)
~Life has its pain and evil… But like a good novel…There is infinite joy in seeing the World, the most interesting of continued stories, unfold, even though one misses the end. (W. E. B. Du Bois)
~Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
~Life is made up of desires that seem big and vital one minute, and little and absurd the next. I guess we get what’s best for us in the end. (Alice Caldwell Rose)
~We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse. (Anne-Sophie Swetchine)
~Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. (Henry James)
~Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, a chance word, a tap on the shoulder,…I am tempted to think….There are no little things. (Bruce Barton)
~- What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.(T. S. Eliot)