Good Advice

“If I could give you any advice, it would be to speak words of caring not only to those closest to you , but to all the hungry ears you encounter on your journey through a cold world.  Stop on the mountain climb to bring all those less lucky, less agile, or well endowed.  It will make the view even more beautiful when you get to the top.”

~ Dr. Estelle Ramsey (physiology & biophysics), in Letters to Our Grandchildren

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?…  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you…  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~ Marianne Williamson (spiritual & peace activist), in A Return to Love

“You have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind about history and everything else but you can’t make up an empty mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it.”

~ Frank McCourt (teacher & writer) quoting his teacher Mr. O’Halloran in Angela’s Ashes

“I beg you… to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.  Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

~ Ranier Maria Rilke (poet), Letters to a Young Poet

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