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“I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good, therefore, that I can do
or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature,
let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it
for I shall not pass this way again.”

~ Quaker Proverb

“If you want happiness for an hour
take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day
go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year
inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime
help someone else.”

~ Chinese Proverb


“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain,
all leading to the same place,
so it doesn’t matter which path you take.
only person wasting time
is the one who runs around the 

telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.”

Hindu Proverb

“What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass
and loses itself in the sunset.”

See also  Joseph Campbell Quotes

~ Native American Proverb


“There is no pillow so soft
as a clear conscience.”

See also  Bertrand Russell Quotes

~ French Proverb

Two Wolves – A Cherokee Parable

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
‘A fight is going on inside me,’ he said to the boy.
‘It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,
generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you
and inside every other person, too.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather,
‘Which wolf will win?’
The old chief simply replied,
‘The one you feed.”

~ Author Unknown


Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet
as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring
as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance
as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal
as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep with rain.

An Ute Prayer

Hold On
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday
I’ll be gone away from you.

See also  Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

~ A Pueblo Indian Prayer


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