Sampler Sayings

This is the page where I will list sayings that I come across that I would consider putting on a sampler.  Feel free to use them, too!  Check every now and again to see if I’ve added a new quote.

“Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure” — Stephen King.

A child can teach an adult three things…
To be happy for no reason.
To always be busy with something.
And to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.                                                                    ~ Paulo Coelho


May I be well
May I be happy
May I feel at ease
Bodhipaksa at

“Fear not, dear friend, but freely live your days.”  from Dreamer of the Days by Mary Doria Russell, pg. 221


We are star stuff.  We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.—Carl Sagan

Well done is better than well said……Benjamin Franklin

I  am about to seek a great Perhaps—François Rabelais’ dying words

Health is the most precious gain
and contentment the greatest wealth.
A trustworthy person is the best kinsman,
Nibbana the highest bliss.
(Dhammapada,  verse 204)

“When we give in the world what we want the most, we heal the broken part in each of us.” (Eve Ensler)

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do– or do without.” (old sampler saying)

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke

“What binds us is ancient and deep; what divides us is recent and trivial.”— Douglas Preston in  “Talking to the Ground”

A dream is a dream; A Goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline—Anonymous

Start where you are; Use what you have; Do what you can—(Don’t know the source, tell me if you do, please)

Wisdom says I am nothing; Love say I am everything; Between the two, my life moves—Nisargadatta Maharaj

Mighty Be Our PowersTitle of book by Leymah Gbowee RE:  the Peace Mothers of LIberia

Envision Peace

Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath doneChorus from classic hymn “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed…”

It is a happy talent to know how to play.   ◊◊◊   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our lives are woven by the weavers of time in a pattern we cannot see.—Flavia

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.—Galileo

There is a destiny that makes us all brothers and none goes his way alone.  (unknown)

Use words to please, to instruct, to soothe; then stop speaking.—Kate Horsley

All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.  (unknown)

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.—John F. Kennedy

Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.—Reinhold Niebehr

I have never seen a person grow from or change in a constructive direction when motivated by guilt, shame, and-or hate.—William Goldberg

Strong hope is a much greater stimulant of life than any single realized joy could be.—Friedrich Nietzsche

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.—William Blake


Whereof we cannot speak we must be silent.—Wittgenstein

To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the wedding cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up. ~ Ogden Nash ~

In Beauty we are united, through Beauty we pray, with Beauty we conquer. —Nicholas Roerich

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy

The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
- William James

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus

Through love, through friendship, a heart lives more than one life.—Anaïs Nin

Proverbs from The Dictionary of Proverbs

Page updated: 1.21.17

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