The Sages: Great Literary Quotations


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If you remember me, then I don't
care if everyone else forgets.
~Haruki Murakami
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Once upon a time there was a boy who
loved a girl, and her laughter was a question
he wanted to spend his whole life answering.
~Nicole Krauss
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There are darknesses in life and there
are lights, and you are one of the lights,
the light of all lights.
~Bram Stroker
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She wasn't doing a thing that I could see,
except standing there leaning on the balcony
railing, holding the universe together.
~J. D. Salinger
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"Dear God", she prayed, "let me be something
every minute of every hour of my life."
~Betty Smith
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It frightened him to think what must
have gone to the making of her eyes.
~Edith Wharton
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If equal affection cannot be,
let the more loving one be me.
~W. H. Auden
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Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are
princesses who are only waiting to see us
act, just once, with beauty and courage.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
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If I had a flower for every time
I thought of you...I could walk
through my garden forever.
~Alfred Tennyson
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Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars,
and see yourself running with them.
~Marcus Aurelius
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The flower that blooms in adversity is
the rarest and most beautiful of all.
~Walt Disney
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Listen to the mustn'ts, child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
then listen close to me...
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.
~Shel Silverstein
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Live your life while you have it.
Life is a splendid gift—there
is nothing small about it.
~Florence Nightingale
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And life is what we make it,
always has been, always will be.
~Grandma Moses
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I beg you take courage; the brave
soul can mend even disaster.
~Catherine of Russia
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The woods are lovely dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.
~Robert Frost
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Still round the corner there may wait,
A new road or a secret gate.
~J.R.R. Tolkien
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Come, come, my conservative friend,
wipe the dew off your spectacles,
and see that the world is moving.
~Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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Sometimes I go about with pity for
myself and all the while Great Winds
are carrying me across the sky.
~Ojibway Saying
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Love, not fear, must be our guide.
~Rosa Parks
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Be still my heart, thou hast
known worse than this.
~Homer
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If I keep a green bough in my heart,
the singing bird will come.
~Chinese Proverb
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A wildflower on the mountain top would
not change places with a rose in the garden.
~Armenian Proverb
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Let us go singing as far as we go:
the road will be less tedious.
~Virgil
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Never in my life have I experienced
utter despair—Something in me has
always been convinced that I am a
child of great destiny, that I have a
star; that I am led on by it toward
great fulfillment.
~Jean Toomer
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We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, 
but rarely admit the changes it has gone
through to achieve that beauty.
~Maya Angelou
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A warrior must only take care
that his spirit is never broken.
~Shissai
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The joy that you give to others
is the joy that comes back to you.
~John Greenleaf Whittier
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I have love in me the likes of which
you can scarcely imagine and rage
the likes of which you would not
believe. If I cannot satisfy the one,
I will indulge the other.
~Mary Shelley
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Begin doing what you want to do now.
We have only this moment, sparkling
like a star and melting like a snowflake.
~Francis Bacon
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Will you not open your heart to know,
What rainbows teach and sunsets show?
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Now and then it's good to pause in our
pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
~Guillaume Apollinaire
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I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry.
~W.H. Auden
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A single sunbeam is enough
to drive away any shadows.
~St. Francis of Assisi
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How beautiful a day can be
when kindness touches it!
~George Elliston
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Those who have courage and faith
shall never perish in misery.
~Anne Frank
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I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry.
~W.H. Auden
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A joyful heart is the inevitable result
of a heart burning with love.
~Mother Teresa
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Only love can be divided endlessly
and still not diminish.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all...
~Emily Dickinson
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Got no checkbooks, got no banks.
Still I'd like to express my thanks*
I've got the sun in the mornin'
and the moon at night.
~Irving Berlin
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Sit not down in despair;
hope on, hope ever.
~Charles Spurgeon
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Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
~Robert Herrick
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Those who bring sunshine
to the lives of others cannot
keep it from themselves.
~J.M. Barrie
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And when love speaks,
the voice of all the gods makes
heaven drowsy with the harmony.
~William Shakespeare
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Piglet noticed that even though he had
a Very Small Heart, it could hold a
rather large amount of Gratitude.
~A.A. Milne
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Hold thy lighted lamp on high,
Be a star in someone's sky.
~Richard Burton
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Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
~Maya Angelou
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When a butterfly has emerged, it
can never turn back into a caterpillar.
~Colin Wilson
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May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.
~Irish Blessing
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I don't think of all the misery,
but of the beauty that still remains.
~Anne Frank
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More things are wrought by prayer
than this world dreams of.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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Remember, no effort that we
make to attain something
beautiful is ever lost.
~Helen Keller
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Happiness, not in another place
but this place. . .not for another
hour, but this hour.
~Walt Whitman
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Then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.
~William Wordsworth
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Happiness: We rarely feel it.
I would buy it, beg it, steal it,
Pay in coins of dripping blood
For this one transcendent good.
~Amy Lowell
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Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life...
~Psalm 23:6
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Some of life's greatest battles
will be fought within the silent
chambers of your own soul.
~Ezra Taft Benson
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All that we love deeply
becomes a part of us.
~Helen Keller
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Blessed are those who dream
dreams and are willing to pay the
price to make them come true.
~Henry Viscardi Jr.
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Sometimes your joy is the source
of your smile, but sometimes your
smile can be the source of your joy.
~Thich Naht Hanh
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In the darkest spot on earth,
some love is found.
~Bryan Proctor
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I will speak ill of no man; and speak
all the good I know of everybody.
~Ben Franklin
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Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.
~Adam Lindsay Gordon
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All the windows of my heart
I open to the day.
~Emily Dickenson
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One word frees us of all the weight
and pain of life: That word is Love.
~Sophocles
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Love, like the sun, never sees
the dark side of anything.
~O.S. Marden
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The best and most beautiful things
in this world cannot be seen or even
heard, but must be felt with the heart.
~Helen Keller
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In a full heart there is room for
everything, and in an empty
heart there is room for nothing.
~Antonio Porchia
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Alas for those that never sing, but
die with all their music in them.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Sooner or later, we all discover that
kindness is the only strength there is.
~Gregory Boyle
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All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
~J.R.R. Tolkien
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Only from the heart
can you touch the sky.
~Rumi
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Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within the reach of every hand.
~Mother Teresa
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There is a calmness to a life
lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
~Ralph H. Blum
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Love, like death,
changes everything.
~Kahlil Gibran
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May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
~Old Irish Blessing
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When we lose one blessing,
another is often most unexpectedly
given in its place.
~C.S. Lewis
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An act of goodness surpasses
a thousand prayers.
~Sa'di
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Though we travel the world over to
find the beautiful, we must carry it
with us, or we find it not.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Give us Lord, a bit o' sun,
A bit o' work and a bit o' fun;
Give us all in the struggle and sputter
Our daily bread and a bit o' butter.
~From an inn in Lancaster, England
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