What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
Jan 28, 2012
You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
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.
Jan 26, 2012
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Dr. Benjamin Spock was a well-known pediatrician who published one of the best-selling books on child care - Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care (Seventh Edition). He lived from May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998.
Jan 24, 2012
Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
Robert Heinlein lived from July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988. He was an American science fiction writer, often called the "dean of science fiction writers." Heinlein, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.
Jan 22, 2012
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
This quote is traced back to Rumi, a 13th century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His major work is considered to be the Maṭnawīye Ma'nawī, which has been referred to as a Persian version of the Quran.
You can find more of Rumi's works in the published books of other authors/historians:
Jan 20, 2012
It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.
Andre Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947. As described in Wikipedia, Gide's work can be seen as an investigation of freedom and empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritanical constraints, and gravitates around his continuous effort to achieve intellectual honesty.
Jan 18, 2012
True love stories never have endings.
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
I am playing with myself, I am playing with the world's soul.
I am the dialogue between myself and el espiritu del mundo.
I change myself, I change the world.
Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua was considered to be a leading scholar in Chicano cultural theory. She wrote and published Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Third Edition as well as Interviews/Entrevistas. She lived from September 26, 1942 – May 15, 2004.
Jan 14, 2012
I like not only to be loved but also to be told I am loved.
The name George Eliot might sound at first like it may be a male's name but it is actually the pen name of Mary Anne (Mary Ann, Marian) Evans who was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works would be taken seriously, even though there were already female authors during her time.
Jan 12, 2012
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson lived from May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882. He was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. A lot of his writing developed on the concepts of individuality, self-reliance, freedom, positive thinking, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world.
Jan 10, 2012
Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
Victor Hugo, who is best known for writing "Les Miserables" and "Notre Dame de Paris" (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) gave us this romantic quote about life. 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.
Jan 8, 2012
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle lived from 4 December 1795 to 5 February 1881. He was the son of a stonemason. He became a Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian, and teacher during the Victorian era. He wrote several articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia and for the Edinburgh Review. His books and essays became a source of inspiration of many later great writers such as Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, and John Burns.
Jan 6, 2012
May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.
Thich Nhat Hahn is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in France. He was born on October 11, 1926, joined a Zen monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. In the early 1960s, he founded the School of Youth for Social Services (SYSS) in Saigon.
Jan 4, 2012
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
This came from Pamela Vaull Starr who was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1909. There isn't much about her online other than that she was a poet, artist, and writer. According to her obituary, she went to the University of California, Riverside, California State University, San Bernardino and Riverside Community College. She was actively involved in a number of organizations including the Girl Scouts, the American Red Cross, and she founded the Idyllwild branch of "Pen Women." She died on 4 January 1993.
Jan 2, 2012
Love all, trust a few.
This short quotation has been credited back to famous English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. His works have been studied by historians, theater, and literature students for centuries. His plays have also been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. One interesting website devoted to the works of Shakespeare is simply called William Shakespeare The Complete Works. Another interesting site which also analyzes his works is called Shakespeare Online.