Nov 30, 2011

The Perfect Person To Love

Love isn't finding a perfect person.  It's seeing an imperfect person perfectly.

This is a quote by Victor Hugo who is best known for writing "Les Miserables" and "Notre Dame de Paris" (The Hunchback of Notre Dame).  Although noted for his literary fiction works, he was also a prolific artist and produced over 4000 drawings, mostly in dark brown or black pen and ink wash. 

Nov 28, 2011

Your Dreams

No person has the right to rain on your dreams.

Marian Wright Edelman was born on June 6, 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina.  She was the first African American woman admitted in the Mississippi Bar.  She first practiced law out of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. in Mississippi and became active in the fight for racial justice and for poor, minority, and disabled children.  She founded the Children's Defense Fund, keeping it independent by private financing.

To learn more about Marian Wright Edelman, check out any of the books listed here.

Nov 26, 2011

The beauty of dreams

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. 

Eleanor Roosevelt was perhaps one of the most outspoken First Ladies of the U.S. She gave press conferences and wrote a newspaper column.   She was also a humanitarian and an activist, speaking out for women's rights and children's causes.  There is an interesting biography with narrated video on BIO

Nov 24, 2011

I am not afraid of tomorrow...

I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
William Allen White was born on February 10, 1868 and died on January 29, 1944.  He was a renowned American newspaper editor and an author.  He also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for an editorial he wrote (To an Anxious Friend) which was published July 27, 1922.  As an editor, he spoke out strongly against political and social conditions that he felt were negatively impacting society.  He held strong to small-town values and common sense.   

Nov 22, 2011

Hold fast to dreams

Hold fast to dreams; for if dreams die, 
life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly.

Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902 and published his first poem in 1921, when he was just 19 years old.  His life and work were enormously influential during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.  Many of his works portrayed the lives of working class blacks in America and spoke of racial pride and diversity. 

Nov 20, 2011


Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese American writer, artist, and poet who lived from January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931. According to an article in The New Yorker, Khalil Gibran is the third best selling poet of all time (Shakespeare is the first and Lao-Tzu is the second).

Nov 17, 2011

The Power of Imagination

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

John Muir was an engineer, naturalist, writer, botanist, and geologist who lived from 21 April 1838 – 24 December 1914.  He founded the Sierra Club which is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. 

To learn more from John Muir, check out his published works:
John Muir : Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth; My First Summer in the Sierra; The Mountains of California; Stickeen; Essays (Library of America)

The Mountains of California

Journeys in the Wilderness

Travels in Alaska

The Wilderness World of John Muir

Nov 15, 2011


Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.

This quote was by Dorothy Thompson, an American journalist and broadcaster.  TIME magazine recognized her in 1939 as the second most influential woman in America next to Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Nov 13, 2011

The best and most beautiful things

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched...they must be felt within the heart.

Helen Keller lived from June 27, 1880 to June 1, 1968.  She was an American educator and activist who became well-known because of the fact that she was deaf and blind.  After much struggle to learn how to communicate, she learned not to let these physical limitations become life limitations.  She became the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor's degree and later taught others to overcome physical challenges. 

You can read more about Helen Keller in her biography, The World I Live In and Optimism: A Collection of Essays (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) or view the well-acclaimed biographical movie, The Miracle Worker starring Anne Bancroft.

Nov 11, 2011

Love and kindness are never wasted

Love and kindness are never wasted.  They always make a difference.  They bless the ones who receive them, and they bless you, the giver.

Barbara De Angelis is a well-known relationship consultant who has written many books, provided lectures, appeared on TV, and served as a personal growth adviser for millions of people. She has written fourteen best selling books. Among them:



Are You the One for Me?: Knowing Who's Right and Avoiding Who's Wrong

How Did I Get Here?: Finding Your Way to Renewed Hope and Happiness When Life and Love Take Unexpected Turns

Nov 10, 2011

The Love We Give

The love we give away is the only love we keep.

Elbert Hubbard (1856 -1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, businessman, anarchist, and libertarian socialist philosopher.  He founded the Roycroft Enterprises, which was influential in the arts and crafts industry.  Many of his works have been published.  Among them:
A Message to Garcia (1899)
The Credo (1901)
The Better Part (1901)
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great (1916)
He and his wife Alice Moore Hubbard died in 1915 in the sinking of the British ocean liner, RMS Lusitania.

Nov 6, 2011


"You are what you are and not what people think you are" -O. W. Polen
O.W. Polen was a Christian minister from the state of Ohio.  Since his pre-teen years, he had been very active in the faith community, eventually rising to the leadership ranks in the various ministries he was involved in. He may be best known in America when he became Editor-in-Chief of Church of God publications. He also published several books, including Editorially speaking: A selection of twelve choice editorials on subjects of special interest. He earned numerous awards and recognitions for his works and achievements. After retirement from editorial work, he continued to be active in the Church of God and served as part-time Coordinator of Special Projects for the Executive Committee from 1988-97.