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"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
 ~Galileo Galilei

"Out of clutter find simplicity."
 ~Albert Einstein
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything."
 ~William Shakespeare (from As You Like It)
"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."
 ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it."
~Oscar Wilde

“In the midst of our work we can fulfill the duty of prayer, giving thanks to him who has granted strength to our hands for performing our tasks and cleverness to our minds for acquiring knowledge, and for providing the materials.”

~from The Long Rule of St. Basil

"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."

~ Franz Kafka

Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it,
except sitting in a corner by myself...
with a little book.

~Thomas a Kempis

On the battlefield, when surrounded and cheered by pomp, excitement, and admiration of devoted comrades, and inspired by strains of martial music and the hope of future reward, it is comparatively easy to be a hero, to do heroic deeds.

But to uphold honor in ordinary circumstances, to be a hero in common life, that is a genuine achievement meriting our highest admiration.
 ~Booker T. Washington

Describing life in the Benedictine Abbey, Will Derkse tells us that
"the sisters are striving to pay attention...; everything is done in a spirt of attentive attend and get things right - to pay attention that things may be in order.

Order and beauty are contagious.  So are disorder and ugliness."
I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
~ Albert Einstein

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.
~ William Inge

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
~ Sir Walter Scott

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
~ Theodore Roosevelt

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
~ Samuel Johnson

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
~ John Ruskin

It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
~ G.K. Chesterton

The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.
~ Mother Teresa 

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~ St. Francis Assisi

The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.
~ Dawson Trotman

 "Constancy is the foundation of virtues."
~ Francis Bacon

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson 

"Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence."
~ Plato

For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be.  I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“There is no peace that cannot be found in the present moment.”
 ~Tasha Tudor

Trust the past
to God's mercy;
the present
to God's love;
and the future
to God's providence.

          St. Augustine