“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
“I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.”
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
“to shut [aging and the upward years] out, to try to be young, say, at 80, to pretend there’s no old age, then you miss something. You miss a quality that if you don’t have it, you haven’t lived a complete life” (Sarton 1991d, 195).
Taken from “Of Creative Crones and Poetry:Developing Age Studies Through Literature” by SYLVIA B. HENNEBERG
“Language remains a human act which makes other actions and choices possible: ‘Only where there is language is there world,’ ‘We are our words’ (‘The Demon Lover”); ‘Our words are jammed in an electric jungle;/sometimes, though, they rise and wheel croaking above the treetops’ (‘Ghazals’); ‘I am thinking how we can use what we have/to invent what we need’ (‘Leaflets’); ‘I wanted to choose words that even you / would have to be changed by’ (‘Implosions’). So, even in ‘The Burning of Paper,’ ‘this is the oppressor’s language / yet I need it to talk to you.’ The conclusion is not to stop speaking and writing but to make words penetrate to the will as well as the mind and heart: ‘the fracture of order / the repair of speech / to overcome this suffering’ (‘The burning of Paper’).”
Albert Gelpi in Adrienne Rich The Poetics of Change 294 from Adrienne Rich’s Poetry and Prose
“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; on him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
“God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds by using time and pressure. He is working on you too.”
– Rick Warren