Music In My Life

Recently, I have been listening to A LOT of music on the internet. If I am on my laptop, I have
headphones on.

Music has always been a huge part of my life. When I was little, I learned to sing
with my family. We would sing gospel hymns. I had a couple of great aunts on my Dad’s
side of the family, who would come over to my grandparents house and all of my grandfather’s brothers
and sisters played instruments and sang. So, some of my earliest memories are of singing with at
least my grandpa and usually my first cousin.

Sometimes, when I visited my maternal grandparents we would sing too. And my parents had an
extensive collection of gospel and country music albums. Dad had them on cassette tapes
that we listened to in the car, and usually sang along.

I grew up in the 70’s and listened to Donny Osmond, The Partridge Family, and The Jackson
Five when I was little. But I had older friends who listened to more advanced forms of Rock.
I was listening to Aerosmith by the time I was seven or so.

By the time I was in Junior High, I had advanced almost exclusively to Rock and preferably
Hard Rock. But I also had a Disco phase. We had a local disco that had a night every week
that was for under 18. That didn’t last long after they had a serial rapist grabbing girls
in the parking lot.

When my children were born, I spent a great deal of time singing to them. Both my son and daughter
seemed to have inherited my love for music and I never attempted to censor what they listened to.
We did have a great many discussions about the particular views and attitudes that artists gave
voice to in their songs.

When my grandson was born, I sang to him too. I was as apt to sing along to Audioslave or Godsmack
when I was rocking him as I was to sing You Are My Sunshine to him.

Now, I am sliding down the backside of 40, well on my way to 50 and I still prefer Hard Rock
and Alternative Music. Most of my kids friends find that remarkable, but it seems pretty
normal to me. I am not too old to like Nine Inch Nails, and Alice in Chains.

I have playlists with names like, Pissed Off, and Sad Stuff. Because it depends on what kind of mood
I am in, what I listen to. I listen to angry music when I am angry, because rather than making
me more angry, it seems to help me get it out of my system.

I thought I would post some of my favorite quotes about music. I hope you find some of them
inspiring.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”–Friedrich Nietzsche

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”–Bob Marley

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”–Victor Hugo

“After silence, that which comes the nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”–Aldous Huxley

This one is why I don’t like country music, and why I never encouraged my kids to listen to it. Well that, and because I didn’t want them to think men were supposed to get drunk and then go down to the barn and have sex with their best friend’s wife.

“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands – literally thousands – of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC”
― Kurt Vonnegut

“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”
― Aaron Copland

“Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.”
― Robert Browning, The complete poetical works of Browning

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”
― Leopold Stokowski

“He who sings scares away his woes.” ~Cervantes

There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
~Lord Byron

This one reminds me of singing with my family, as a child.

“There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” ~William P. Merrill

I have heard so many times in my life that this or that music was from the devlil
and would make you corrupt and go to hell because you listened to it. Evidentally Thoreau
did not believe that people learned all that much from music.

“Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“[An intellectual] is someone who can listen to the “William Tell Overture” without thinking of the Lone Ranger.” ~John Chesson

“Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel.” ~Buffy Sainte-Marie

“Music is what life sounds like.” ~Eric Olson

“Some guy said to me: Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock n’ roll?

I said: You’d better check with Mick Jagger.”
― Cher

“The lions of hard rock, guys like Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Brian Johnson, Rob Halford, these monsters feel completely timeless, iconic, eternal. They simply shall not, will not, do not die. It’s almost impossible to imagine a musical world without Robert Plant. No metal fan of any stripe can imagine a day when, say, Iron Maiden shuts it all down because Bruce Dickinson turned 85 and suddenly can’t remember the lyrics to “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” Metal revels in the raw energy and unchecked phantasmagorical ridiculousness of youth. It is all fire and testosterone and rebellious fantasy. It doesn’t go well with reality.

So it is for hard rock and a guy like Dio, an elfin titan with an undying love for lasers and sorcery, dragons and kings. The man wrote some terribly corny metal songs, but he sang every one with a ferocity and love and total honesty. He also wrote some of the finest hard rock melodies of all time, sang them with a precision and love unmatched by any hard rock singer since. It’s a rare thing to give metal some heartfelt props. It is time. Raise your devil horns and salute.”
― Mark Morford

“Girls have got balls. They’re just a little higher up, that’s all.”
― Joan Jett

“My my, hey hey, Rock and Roll is here to stay.”–Neil Young

“They’d say “if ya play the record backwards, you can hear evil tings like grrrr!” and I would think, “Jeez, I didn’t know the devil sounded like that. I thought he was coherent, like the rest of us.”–Brian Johnson of ACDC – 2001

“Just because I cut the heads off dolls doesn’t mean I hate babies, I just hate dolls.”–Alice Cooper – 2003

“Some girl asked me for an autograph and I asked her why, she said because she admires me. I said she should see a shrink. Then she started crying and I started laughing.”–Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue’s – 2007

“We’ve all got out self-destructive bad habits, the trick is to find four or five you personally like the best and just do those all the time.”–David Lee Roth of Van Halen – 1980

“I love you all; I love you more than life itself, but you’re all fucking mad.”–Ozzy Osbourne to his family – 2002

“Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way.” –Axl Rose of Guns ‘N’ Roses – 1998

Life and Death

I miss my Dad today. Yesterday my grandson, Morgan did something that was very obviously an inherited mannerism of Dad’s. I don’t think of him every day, but when I do, it is like a punch to the gut.  So, I looked up some quotes on life after death, life and death, the meaning of life, etc.

Unfortunately, it still did not make me feel any better. Obviously, I do not believe in reincarnation because the Bible says that man only dies once.  But the thing that makes me feel the worst is that I do not believe that I will ever see and know my Dad again.  Some people point to the fact that people recognized Jesus after he rose from the dead as evidence that we will know each other. But the fact is, he had not been to heaven yet, because he told people not to touch him because he had not yet risen.  Nobody saw him after he did.  And would heaven be enjoyable if we were aware that some of our loved ones were missing?  If we will know each other, won’t we be aware that some people aren’t there? I just don’t see it. I can’t imagine myself in heaven running around looking for someone who has not yet been accounted for like someone who has survived a natural disaster trying to gather all of their family together.

However, I will not entirely discount the possibility of reincarnation. The Jews of Christ’s time were aware of the concept.

“And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” John 9:2

The implication is that the disciples thought it was possible that the man had sinned before birth. Christ did not address that issue and instead just told them neither had sinned to cause the blindness and that it was caused to serve some purpose of God’s.

Josephus was a Jewish historian who wrote the history of the Jews for his Roman employer.
“All pure and holy spirits live on in heavenly places, and in course of time they are again sent down to inhabit righteous bodies.” Josephus.

But one could argue that if the Jews had not been unduly influenced by the different societies that they had lived amongst during their captivity, then Christ would have had no need to come at all.

Most of this stuff is kinda heavy, so I thought I would start off on a lighter note.
This quote proves to me that you can simultaneously be profound and stupid. WLT

Question: “If you could live forever, would you and why?”
Answer: “I would not live forever, because we should not live forever,
because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever,
but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.”
Miss Alabama, 1994 Miss Universe contestant

“’You’ll get over it…’ It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it’ is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not erased by anyone but death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no one else can fit. Why would I want them to?”

ANONYMOUS

I don’t agree that the pain stops. It is just like any other cronic pain, you just learn to live with it. WLT

“I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums. All my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me. Oh, incalculable times again shall I be born.”
Jack London, The Star Rover

“I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna.”
Mark Twain.

When he was asked if he believed in an afterlife; After a moment’s hesitation he said no, that he thought there was only “some kind of velvety cool blackness,” adding then: “Of course, I admit I may be wrong. It is conceivable that I might well be reborn as a Chinese coolie. In such case I should lodge a protest.”
Sir Winston Churchill

“As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The Celts were fearless warriors because “they wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another…”
Julius Caesar

“I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums. All my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me. Oh, incalculable times again shall I be born.”
Jack London, The Star Rover

“Live so that thou mayest desire to live again – that is thy duty – for in any case thou wilt live again!”
Freidrich Nietzsche

“The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others – existences which the spirit alone remembers, for Matter has no memory for spiritual things.”
Honore Balzac

“The soul comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary abode, and it goes out of it anew it passes into other habitations, for the soul is immortal.” “It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again. Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals… and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some strange new disguise.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I look upon death to be as necessary to the constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.”
Benjamin Franklin

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.

– George Bernard Shaw

Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.

– Tom Head

You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.

– Henri-Frederic Amiel

We spend most of our lives conjugating three verbs: to want, to have, and to do.

– Evelyn Underhill
I try not to live that way and to concentrate on “To Be.” WLT

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

– Norman Cousins

Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.

– Norman Cousins

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

– Mark Twain

Life has got to be lived — that’s all there is to it.

– Eleanor Roosevelt
The utter simplicity of that one struck me. Put one foot in front of the other. WLT

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

– Albert Einstein

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

– Agatha Christie

I believe in cultivating opposite, but complementary views of life, and I believe in meeting life’s challenges with contradictory strategies. I believe in reckoning with the ultimate meaninglessness of our existence, even as we fall in love with the miracle of being alive. I believe in working passionately to make our lives count while never losing sight of our insignificance. I believe in caring deeply and being beyond caring. It is by encompassing these opposites, by being involved and vulnerable, but simultaneously transcendent and detached, that our lives are graced by resilience and joy.

– Fritz Williams

Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do. Some people don’t want to believe that. But if you’re over age twenty-one, your life is what you’re making of it. To change your life, you need to change your priorities.

– John C. Maxwell

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.

– Oscar Wilde

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.

– George Washington Carver

Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.

– Erik H. Erikson

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.

– David Steindl-Rast

Nothing else matters much — not wealth, nor learning, nor even health — without this gift: the spiritual capacity to keep zest in living. This is the creed of creeds, the final deposit and distillation of all important faiths: that you should be able to believe in life.

– Harry Emerson Fosdick

Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life and that to destroy, harm, or to hinder life is evil. Affirmation of the world — that is affirmation of the will to live, which appears in phenomenal forms all around me — is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life.

– Albert Schweitzer

Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward [people], but they are complete and natural only when we feel this Reverence for Life and the desire to have compassion for and to help all creatures insofar as it is in our power. I think that this ethic will become more and more recognized because of its great naturalness and because it is the foundation of a true humanism toward which we must strive if our culture is to become truly ethical.

– Albert Schweitzer

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?

– George Eliot

What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.

– Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.

– Frederick Buechner

“Unitarians may disagree about life after death and life before birth.
But we all know there is life after birth. That’s what we’ve got to focus on.”
– Rev. Webster “Kit” Howell, Unitarian minister

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
— Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet

Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, “Did you bring joy?” The second was, “Did you find joy?” –Leo Buscaglia

This one is one I try to live by. WLT
Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. –Unknown

If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do. –Angelina Jolie

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. –Albert Pike

This is only true if you believe you do not benefit from what you do for others. WLT

Be of good cheer about death and know this as a truth–that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. –Socrates

“God conceals from men the happiness of death that they may endure life.” – anonymous
I cannot agree with this, given that I have seen people in severe pain at the moment of death. I can only hope that they forget the pain, in the way a woman begins to forget the pain of childbirth as soon as it is over. WLT


Of course I had to add some quotes from Science Fiction and Fantasy writers, because they write in search of meaning, what could be, and what if.

“I don’t believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel.”
– Gloria Naylor

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
– Isaac Asimov

“If you’re not ready to die, then how can you live?”
– Charles de Lint, Svaha

“Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.”
– A. Sachs

“It gets under your skin, life. … It’s a habit that’s hard to give up. One puff of breath is never enough. You’ll find you want to take another.”
– Terry Pratchet, Hogfather

“Firstly, there no such person as Death.
Second, Death’s this tall guy with a bone face, like a skeletal monk, with a scythe and an hourglass and a big white horse and a penchant for playing chess with Scandinavians.
Third, he doesn’t exist either.”
– Neil Gaiman, The High Cost of Living

“Dying is a part of living — a natural progression. Should I ignore the natural order of my life, twist it to MY liking and thereby become something I was not meant to be?”
– Charles de Lint, The Little Country

“Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished:
If you’re alive, it isn’t.”
– Richard Bach, Illusions

“Death is a tragedy … but only for the living. We who have died go on to other things.”
– Charles de Lint, Into the Green

These are more about survival. WLT

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
– J.R.R. Tolkein

“Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home.”
– Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Good Omens

One final subject, which may be a little weird for some, but if you have ever been there, you will understand. Near Death Experiences. WLT

“If I lived a billion years more, in my body or yours, there’s not a single experience on Earth that could ever be as good as being dead. Nothing.” – Dr. Dianne Morrissey, a near-death experiencer

“I knew with total certainty that everything was evolving exactly the way it should and that the ultimate destiny for every living being is to return to the Source, The Light, Pure Love..” – Juliett Nightengale, near-death experiencer

“[The light] showed me that God is love. By spreading love, you make God stronger. By making God stronger, He can, in return, help you. He told me your love has to be unconditional. That is the only rule he really has.” – anonymous

“From the light we have come and to the light we all shall return.” – Josiane Antonette, near-death experiencer

“After you die, you wear what you are.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“One of the near-death experience truths is that each person integrates their near-death experience into their own pre-existing belief system.” – Jody Long, near-death researcher

“Death is nothing more than a doorway, something you walk through.” – Dr. George Ritchie

“Although my near-death experience was nearly thirty four years ago, there is virtually not a day that goes by that I am not aware of making decisions based on that experience.” – Geraldine Berkheimer

“As each second passed there was more to learn, answers to questions, meanings and definitions, philosophies and reasons, histories, mysteries and so much more, all pouring into my mind. I remember thinking, ‘I knew that, I know I did, where has it all been?'” – Virginia Rivers describing her near-death experience

“I now feel that my life is totally guided by God … To me it was a case of total surrender and total freedom.” – Janet, near-death experiencer

“When snatched from the jaws of death, tooth marks are to be expected.” – Hal Story, near-death experiencer

“It [suicide] is like killing a plant or flower before it’s full-grown or before it’s served its purpose … The only thing that I can think and comprehend is that to try and understand reincarnation. That somehow, instead of evolving, you would regress.” – a quote from a near-death experiencer in Dr. Ring’s study

“While the person who commits suicide dies only once, the loved ones left behind may die a thousand deaths wondering why.” – anonymous

“I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness.” – George Fox

“I still live. Pretty.” – famous last words of Daniel Webster

“I knew that I was in a state of hell, but this was not the typical “fire and brimstone” hell that I had learned about as a young child. …. Men and women of all ages, but no children, were standing or squatting or wandering about …. Some were mumbling to themselves. …. They were completely self-absorbed, every one of them too caught up in his or her own misery to engage in any mental or emotional exchange.” – Angie Fenimore, a near-death experiencer

This one was pretty well on the mark. If you experience this, you will  return with a renewed sense of purpose, and newly aware of how your actions affect others.WLT
“The “hell” that I experienced was the pain, anguish, hurt and anger that I had caused others, or that I suffered as a result of my actions/words to others. “Hell” was what I had created for myself and my own soul through turning my back on unconditional love, compassion and peace.” – Tina, a near-death experiencer

“Hell is a state of being we create by being away from God until we choose to return to him. It is a state totally devoid of love.” – Sandra Rogers, near-death experiencer

“The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that won’t let go of your life: your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away, but they’re not punishing you, they’re freeing your soul.” – Meister Eckhart

“I had a descent into what you might call Hell …. I did not see Satan or evil. My descent into Hell was a descent into each person’s customized human misery, ignorance, and darkness of not-knowing. It seemed like a miserable eternity. But each of the millions of souls around me had a little star of light always available. But no one seemed to pay attention to it. They were so consumed with their own grief, trauma and misery.” – Mellen-Thomas Benedict, a near-death experiencer

“We are going to link up, hold hands, and walk out of hell together.” – Mellen-Thomas Benedict

Man’s Best Friend

Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit.

Walter Scott, 1771 – 1832

My dogs always know what is up with me and what is down with me. I have had them lay their furry heads right where I hurt, because they always know, and the pain eased up. I have also had my heart rate and respiration lowered by my faithful companions.  I cannot imagine living without at least one dog in my life.

T. E. Lawrence Quotes

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are the dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.

It is difficult to keep quiet when everything is being done wrong, but the less you lose your temper the greater your advantage. Also then you will not go mad yourself.

This is kinda subjective. Sometimes keeping your mouth shut is precisely what causes madness, but I guess true sanity is finding the happy medium WLT
Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals.

The Beduin could not look for God within him: he was too sure that he was within God.

With two thousand years of examples behind us, we have no excuses when fighting for not fighting well.

Is this a nice way of saying kick butt and take names or if it’s worth fighting for, intend to win? I know I certainly do. I never fight if I know I can’t win. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to figure out how to win and strategically pick my time to do so. WLT

I prefer lies to truth, especially when the lies are about me.

This one makes me kinda sad, because most of humankind is just this delusional. Give me the truth, but do it kindly. WLT
T. E. Lawrence, 1888 – 1935

Love Quotes in Honor of Valentines Day

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other,
– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
– Clive Staples Lewis, The Four Loves

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882

A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
– Logan Pearsall Smith, 1865 – 1946

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BC

It is with books as with women, where a certain plainness of manner and of dress is more engaging than that glare of paint and airs and apparel which may dazzle the eye, but reaches not the affections.
– David Hume, 1711 – 1776

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!  ~Thomas Hood

When love is not madness, it is not love.  ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee.  ~English saying used on poesy rings

Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.  ~Albert Einstein

I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.  ~Author Unknown

For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
~Rosemonde Gerard

Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.  ~Author Unknown

Love – a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.  ~Author Unknown

I claim there ain’t
Another Saint
As great as Valentine.
~Ogden Nash

Trip over love, you can get up.  Fall in love and you fall forever.  ~Author Unknown

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.  ~Author Unknown

A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
~Author Unknown

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.  ~Jonathan Carroll, “Outside the Dog Museum”

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.  ~Author Unknown

Must, bid the Morn awake!
Sad Winter now declines,
Each bird doth choose a mate;
This day’s Saint Valentine’s.
For that good bishop’s sake
Get up and let us see
What beauty it shall be
That Fortune us assigns.
~Michael Drayton

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.  ~William Shakespeare

kisses are a better fate
than wisdom.
~e.e. cummings

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?  ~Author Unknown

Who, being loved, is poor?  ~Oscar Wilde

In melody divine,
My heart it beats to rapturous love,
I long to call you mine.
~Author Unknown

Grow old with me!  The best is yet to be.  ~Robert Browning

Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.  ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it.  You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.  Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.  ~George Moore

We loved with a love that was more than love.  ~Edgar Allan Poe

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.  ~Ben Hecht

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.  ~Henry Van Dyke

Are we not like two volumes of one book?  ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”

I’ve fallen in love many times… always with you.  ~Author Unknown

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.  ~Judith Viorst, Redbook, 1975

What I need to live has been given to me by the earth.  Why I need to live has been given to me by you.  ~Author Unknown

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.  ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.  ~Natalie Clifford Barney

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.  ~Robert Browning

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.  ~Zora Neale Hurston

Love is a game that two can play and both win.  ~Eva Gabor

Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house.  ~Author Unknown

We don’t believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.  ~Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach, Aphorism

I love thee – I love thee,
‘Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.
~Thomas Hood

Love, and a cough, cannot be hid.  ~George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, 1651

Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren’t even there before.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved.  ~Christopher Paul Rubero

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.  ~Latin Proverb

Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unravelled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: –
So many times do I love again.
~Thomas Lovell Beddoes

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.  ~Plato

True love stories never have endings.  ~Richard Bach

The eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.  ~Margaret Atwood

Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.  ~Zelda Fitzgerald

Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.  ~Kay Knudsen

Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs.  ~Ovid

Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.  ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,
After the day’s great sun.
~Charles Hanson Towne

Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, water of sincerity and air of passion.  ~Author Unknown

Sometimes we make love with our eyes.  Sometimes we make love with our hands.  Sometimes we make love with our bodies.  Always we make love with our hearts.  ~Author Unknown

The eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.  ~Margaret Atwood

You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well.  ~Author Unknown

Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.  ~Author Unknown

Who would give a law to lovers?  Love is unto itself a higher law.  ~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

Candle light, moon light, star light,
The brightest glow is from love light.
~Grey Livingston

A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.  ~Frank A. Clark

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.  ~Rose Franken

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.  ~Swedish Proverb

I love you like crazy, baby
‘Cuz I’d go crazy without you.
~Pixie Foudre

How did it happen that their lips came together?  How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill?  A kiss, and all was said.  ~Victor Hugo

It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.  ~John Bulwer

Love is not singular except in syllable.  ~Marvin Taylor

They who meet on an April night are forever lost in love, if there’s moonlight all about and there’s no moon above.  ~E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Fred Saidy, dialogue just before the song “Old Devil Moon” in the musical Finian’s Rainbow  (Thanks, Katherine!)

Love me and the world is mine.  ~David Reed

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.  ~Robert Frost

Love is the poetry of the senses.  ~Honoré de Balzac

Come live in my heart and pay no rent.  ~Samuel Lover

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights.  If you hear bells, get your ears checked.  ~Erich Segal

Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.  ~James Thurber, quoted in Life magazine, 1960

Love is being stupid together.  ~Paul Valery

For twas not into my ear you whispered
But into my heart
Twas not my lips you kissed
But my soul
~Judy Garland

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.  ~William Shakespeare

My heart to you is given:
Oh, do give yours to me;
We’ll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
~Frederick Saunders

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.  ~Pablo Picasso

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.  ~Pearl Bailey

Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;
Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,
To make that thousand up a million;
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let’s kisse afresh, as when we first begun.
~Robert Herrick, “To Anthea (III)”

Falling in love is so hard on the knees.  ~Aerosmith

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.  ~Voltaire

The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.  ~Author Unknown

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.  ~Stephen King

My whole heart for my whole life.  ~French saying used on poesy rings

Like I’ve always said, love wouldn’t be blind if the braille weren’t so damned much fun.  ~Armistead Maupin, Maybe the Moon

Love is metaphysical gravity.  ~R. Buckminster Fuller

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.  ~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

“Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.”-Shakespeare

“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in
the palm of my hand.”-Unknown

“You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without.”-Unknown

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
-Saint-Exupery

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
-Ingrid Bergman

“I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.”
-Henry Ward Beecher

“True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.”
-La Rochefoucauld

“Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.”
-St. Augustine

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
-Les Miserables

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”
-Alexander Smith
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“Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.”
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.”
-Lawrence Durrell

very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.”
-Stendhal

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
-Thoreau

“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”
-Dr. Karl Menninger

“To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.”
-William M. Thackeray

“If you love someone, let them go. If they return to you, it was meant to be. If they don’t, their love was never yours to begin with…”
-Unknown

“True love never dies for it is lust that fades away. Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away.”
-Alicia Barnhart

“Who says love never lives? Maybe we’ve never lived.”
-Unknown

“Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.”
-Unknown

“If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest.”
-Unknown

“The Eskimos have 52 words for snow because it is so special to them; there ought to be as many for love!”
-Margaret Atwood

“Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.”
-Unknown

“Within you, I lose myself. Without you, I find myself waanting to be lost again.”
-Unknown

May love hold you in the palm of its hand



Smile and the World Smiles With You

Thought I would pass on some of my collection of quotes about smiles. There are a lot of them here.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A smile confuses an approaching frown.  ~Author Unknown

People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.  ~Lee Mildon

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.  ~Phyllis Diller

Smile.  Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends?  Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.  ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.  ~Author Unknown

Start every day with a smile and get it over with.  ~W.C. Fields

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.  ~Jim Beggs

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.  ~Charles Gordy

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.  ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.  ~Author Unknown

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.  ~Andy Rooney

If you smile at someone, they might smile back.  ~Author Unknown

Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.  ~Author Unknown

Always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile.  ~Author Unknown

Everyone smiles in the same language.  ~Author Unknown

If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.  ~Author Unknown

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.  ~George Eliot

She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.  ~Raymond Chandler

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
~Author Unknown

A smile appeared upon her face as if she’d taken it directly from her handbag and pinned it there.  ~Loma Chandler

A laugh is a smile that bursts.  ~Mary H. Waldrip

Smile – sunshine is good for your teeth.  ~Author Unknown

The shortest distance between two people is a smile.  ~Author Unknown

If you don’t start out the day with a smile, it’s not too late to start practicing for tomorrow.  ~Author Unknown

Smiling is my favorite exercise.  ~Author Unknown

Wear a smile – one size fits all.  ~Author Unknown

No matter how grouchy you’re feeling,
You’ll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
All around the front teeth –
Thus preserving the face from congealing.
~Anthony Euwer

Every day you spend without a smile, is a lost day.  ~Author Unknown

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.  ~Mother Teresa

A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.  ~Author Unknown

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.  ~Washington Irving

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.  ~Charles Reade

A smile is the universal welcome.  ~Max Eastman

Keep smiling – it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.  ~Author Unknown

You’re never fully dressed without a smile.  ~Martin Charnin

A smile can brighten the darkest day.  ~Author Unknown

It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.  ~Author Unknown

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.  ~Janet Lane

All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.  ~Chris Hart

If you would like to spoil the day for a grouch, give him a smile.  ~Author Unknown

Smile – it increases your face value.  ~Author Unknown

Peace begins with a smile.  ~Mother Teresa

A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it.  ~Author Unknown

Most smiles are started by another smile.  ~Author Unknown

A smile is something you can’t give away; it always comes back to you.  ~Author Unknown

A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.  Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.  ~Author Unknown

It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body… the heart.  ~Author Unknown

~ All people smile in the same language. ~
Proverb

~ Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other? ~
George Eliot

~ Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world. ~
Lawrence G. Lovasik

These last few are some of my favorites, possibly because we have a saying in our family that you never let your enemy know that they have gotten the better of you if you smile at them.

And we have a personality quirk that only those close to us know; if we smile at you when we are angry, you are about to have your head removed. I believe that comes from our Native American ancestry. I have read many accounts of Indians smiling at their enemies while in combat.

~ Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening. ~   Greta Garbo

~ If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. ~
Thich Nhat Hanh

*The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello
~ Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. ~
John Ray