Quotations

Sons

 
To a mother, a son is never a fully grown man; and a
son is never a fully grown man until he understands
and accepts this about his mother.
Unknown

A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter
is a daughter all of her life.
 

Clever father, clever daughter;
clever mother, clever son.
Russian Proverb
 

Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn’t matter if only
we could prevent girls from being girls.
Anne Frank
 

Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
Napoleon Bonaparte
 

Your children are not your children. They are the sons
and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
Kahlil Gibran

 
Boys are beyond the range of anyone’s sure understanding,
at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and
90 years.
James Thurber

 

Kindness

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions,
and the roots spring up and make new trees.
Amelia Earhart

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation
of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might
do the same for you.
Princess Diana

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a
difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they
bless you, the giver.
Barbara de Angelis

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to
you — not because they are nice, but because you are.
Author Unknown
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition
of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Isaac Rubin

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
Henry James

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst
kind of heart trouble.
Bob Hope

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If
you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.
Jesse Jackson

What this world needs is a new kind of army — the army of
the kind.
Cleveland Amory

Always be a little kinder than necessary.
James M. Barrie
 

Peace

 

Mother Teresa believed that ‘peace begins with a smile’
and that showing love to our fellow man could make a
massive difference.
Scarlett Johnson, 40 Inspirational Life Lessons And Timeless Wisdom
From The Life Of Mother Teresa
 
Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein

 
Peace, to have meaning for many who have only known
suffering in both peace and war, must be translated
into bread or rice, shelter, health and education,
as well as freedom and human dignity.
Ralph Johnson Bunche
 

Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little
value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold.
It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on
a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those
who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by
senseless deforestation in a neighboring country.
Peace can only last where human rights are respected,
where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
The XIVth Dalai Lama

 
When the power of love overcomes the love of power
the world will know peace.
Jimi Hendrix

 
Peace is a fulltime job. It’s protecting civilians,
overseeing elections, and disarming ex-combatants.
Peace, like war, must be waged.
George Clooney

 
Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the
most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.
Daisaku Ikeda

 

Nature

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds,
look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able
to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is
simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not
going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are
not going to become rich and they will never have any bank
balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply
unbelievable how happy flowers are.
Osho

You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a
squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
Hal Borland

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad
with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
Iris Murdoch

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and
dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if
it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Galileo Galilei

Each season has its joys to treasure, to lift one’s spirits
and bring us pleasure.
Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment
within.
Chinese Proverb

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my
senses put in order.
John Burroughs

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.
Khalil Gibran
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure
is the most perfect refreshment.
Jane Austen

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and
the stars; you have a right to be here.
Desiderata

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a
blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move
you, if the simple things of nature have a message that
you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
Eleonora Duse

Spring

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness,
the human soul is apt to revive also.
Harriet Ann Jacobs

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when
you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do
want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
Mark Twain

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
Rainer Maria Rilke

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will
always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the
feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in
nature’s rebirth?”
Edward Giobbi

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the
water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an
evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be
elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these
are some of the rewards of the simple life.
John Burroughs

 

But each spring a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in
the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another
little bit of ground.
Lewis Gantt

 

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier
in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
Nadine Stair
The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven—
All’s right with the world!
Robert Browning

 

Mother’s Day

I really learned it all from mothers.
Dr. Benjamin Spock
Anyone who doesn’t miss the past never had a mother.
Gregory Nunn
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Honore’ de Balzac

 

I love old mothers – mothers with white hair and kindly eyes, and lips grown softly sweet with murmured blessings over sleeping babes.
Charles S. Ross

 

A mother is never cocky or proud, because she knows the school principal may call at any minute to report that her child has just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium.
Mary Kay Blakeley
Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
Chinese Proverb
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Tenneva Jordan
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Mark Twain

Love

No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast,
as love can do with a single thread.
Robert Burton

 

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is
chosen by others.
Andre Maurois

 

Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the
strong, and stretching the weak; making fools of the wise,
and wise men of fools; favouring the passions, destroying reason,
and in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy.
Marguerite De Valois

 

To love is to fear life, and those who fear life are
already three parts dead.
Bertrand Russell

 

A mighty pain to love it is, and ’tis a pain that pain to miss;
but of all the pains, the greatest pain is to love,
but love in vain.
Unknown

 

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes.
There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.
Henry Kissinger

 

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.”
Ogden Nash

 

Give me a kiss, add to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more:
A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million.
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let’s kiss afresh, as when we first begun.
Robert Herrick

 

The sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What are all these kissings worth
If thou kiss not me?
Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

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

 

Who, being loved, is poor?
Oscar Wilde

 

I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
William Yeats

 

If you live to be one hundred years old, I want to live to be
one hundred minus a day, so I never have to live one day without
you.
Pooh

 

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

 

Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor
after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.
Hoosier Farmer

 

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

 

You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep
because reality is finally better than your dreams.
Dr. Seuss

 

You really shouldn’t say “I love you” unless you mean it.
But if you mean it, you should say it a lot.  People forget.
Author unknown, attributed to an 8-year-old named Jessica

 

Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!
Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.
Laurence Marks, M*A*S*H, “Love Story,” original air date
7 January 1973, spoken by the character Hawkeye

 

Doubt that the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move,
doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.
William Shakespeare

 

If I had a flower for every time I think of you,
I could walk forever in my garden.
Claudia Ghandi

 

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
Pablo Picasso

 

Love me and the world is mine.
David Reed

 

Where love is, no room is too small.
Talmud

 

Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever
it meets an obstacle.
Crystal Middlemas

 

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life,
love gives us a fairy tale.
Anonymous

 

We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t
just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get
on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look
after it and nurture it.
John Lennon

 

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours.
And if they don’t, they never were.
Kahlil Gibran

 

I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives
as much as if we had never married at all.
Lord Byron

 

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften
and purify the heart.
Washington Irving

 

You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.
Henny Youngman

 

Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
Robert Browning

 

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
Benjamin Disraeli

 

Love does not consist in gazing at each-other
but in looking together in the same direction.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

Marriage is like the army. Everybody complains,
but you’d be surprised at how many re-enlist.
Unknown

 

Christmas

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:
the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
Burton Hillis

 

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of
unconditional love and acceptance.
Brian Tracy

 

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a
truly merry Christmas.
Peg Bracken

 

Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.
Ruth Ann Schabacker

 

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions
of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth,
and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home
Charles Dickens

 

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of
kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having,
in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

Christmas is not an eternal event at all, but a piece
of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.
Freya Stark

 

It is Christmas in the cottage, Mother’s filling little socks.
It is Christmas on the highway, In the thronging, busy mart;
But the dearest, truest Christmas Is the Christmas in the heart.
Christian Quote

 

Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too.
Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare,
it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.
Lenora Mattingly Weber

 

Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind;
Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.
Helen Steiner Rice.

 

Christmas – that magic blanket that wraps itself about us,
that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance.
It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day
of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of
remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we
have ever loved.
Augusta E. Rundel

 

Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving,
sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and
lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good
you do for others is good you do yourself…
Christmas Quotes by Norman Wesley Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas,” 1976

 

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

 

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking
for a job the next day.
Phyllis Diller

 

Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving
the light of love to those who need it most.
Ruth Carter Stapleton
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for
the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every
cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every
path may lead to peace.
Agnes M. Pharo

 

Christmas–that magic blanket that wraps itself about us,
that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance.
It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a
day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day
of remembrance–a day in which we think of everything
we have ever loved.
Augusta E. Rundel

 

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a
conspiracy of love.
Hamilton Wright Mabi
Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients
of a truly merry Christmas.
Peg Bracken

 

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.
Charles Schulz

 

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of
kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having,
in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a
conspiracy of love.
Hamilton Wright Mabi

 

Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No
matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas
lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given – when
Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling
we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts
and our homes.
Joan Winmill Brown

 

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of
a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
Burton Hillis (Better Homes and Gardens)

 

Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.
Joan Mills
As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.
Eric Sevareid

 

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the
living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.
Andy Rooney

 

 Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.
Christina Rossetti

 

Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it – you feel it,
you know it, you believe it.
Kevin Alan Milne

 

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes
of children, they are all thirty feet tall.
Larry Wilde

 

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our
childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth;
that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away,
back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!
Charles Dickens

 

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
Hamilton Wright Mabie

 

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the
bad girls live.
George Carlin