– simple thoughts & writings &c. by Elizabeth Heimbaugh –

Category: Quotations

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.

Abraham Lincoln

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.

G. K. Chesterton

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

How should we be able to forget those ancient myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

Rainer Maria Rilke

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded … sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.

Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?

Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

But kindness, it turns out, is hard — it starts out all rainbows and puppy dogs, and expands to include . . . well,everything.

George Saunders

Dwell in possibility.

Emily Dickinson

A sheltered life

A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.

Eudora Welty

Why do you torment yourself with worry?

Why do you torment yourself with worry–that could destroy your childlikeness.  In every situation in life, learn to give a joyful yes.

Joseph Kentenich

Kindness is lik…

Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.

(Dubiously?) Attributed to Kahlil Gibran

“I have never c…

“I have never caused anyone to weep. I have never spoken with a haughty voice. I have never made anyone afraid. I have never been deaf to words of justice and truth.”

Egyptian Book of the Dead