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The following is a list of all the previous quotes used on the site (in chronological order, latest first):

 

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

(Audrey Hepburn)

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

(Martin Luther King, Jnr)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Daylight saving time: Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.

(Unknown)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.

(Goerge W. Bush)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.

(Donald Trump; US President !)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The definition of wit is a joke that doesn't make you laugh.

(A.A. Gill, 28/6/1954 - 10/12/2016)

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
(Abraham Lincoln)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The point is, you can never be too greedy

(Donald Trump)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for Halloween every day.

(Gwen Stefani)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

(Vince Lombardi; 1913-1970)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
(Samuel Johnson; 1709-1784)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

(Francis of Assisi)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

People often say, with pride, 'I'm not interested in politics.' They might as well say, 'I'm not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future or any future.' ... If we mean to keep any control over our world and lives, we must be interested in politics.

(Martha Gellhorn: Novelist/Journalist 1908-1998)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century, and it was called Wiff-waff! And there, I think, you have the difference between us and the rest of the world. Other nations, the French, looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to have dinner; we looked at it an saw an opportunity to play Wiff-waff.

(Boris Johnson)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.

(Donald Trump)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.
(Eleanor Roosevelt)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The EU is not perfect: it’s large, confounding, and relentless bureaucratic. Think of it like Gerard Depardieu: it’s an unwieldy European body that’s a source of great bewilderment. But Britain leaving it would be a huge destabilizing decision, so we would expect the Brexit camp to have some pretty solid arguments. Unfortunately, many of them are bullshit.

(John Oliver)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

(Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.

(Muhammad Ali)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

(Pablo Picasso;1881-1973)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

(Alan Watts: English philosopher;1915-1973)

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

 

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

(Oscar Wilde)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The lifetime of a human being is measured by decades, the lifetime of the Sun is a hundred million times longer. Compared to a star, we are like mayflies, fleeting ephemeral creatures who live out their lives in the course of a single day.

(Carl Sagan; 1934-1996)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.

(Charles Bukowski; 1920-1994)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

In gambling the many must lose in order
that the few may win.

(George Bernard Shaw)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall.

(Denis Healey; UK Polititian; 1917-2015 )

 

Submitted by Anonymous.



Of Pearse and Connolly I admire the latter the most. Connolly was a realist, Pearse the direct opposite. I would have followed Connolly to hell had such action been necessary. But I honestly doubt I would have followed Pearse…

(Michael Collins; 1890-1922)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy,

which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.

(William Butler Yeats)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,
And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger;
At whose approach ghosts, wandering here and there,
Troop home to churchyards.

(William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.

(Carl Jung)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

(Plato)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

(Sir Terry Wogan)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

(Carl Jung)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I've got left?

(David Bowie)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

(James Joyce)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'...

(Alfred Lord Tennyson)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.

(Unknown, although often attributed to Pericles)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

High Romanticism shows you nature in all its harsh and lovely metamorphoses. Flood, fire and quake fling us back to the primal struggle for survival and reveal our gross dependency on mammoth, still mysterious forces.

(Camille Paglia)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

(Charlie Chaplin)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

(Aldous Huxley)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

If we destroy human rights and rule of law in the response to terrorism, they have won.

(Joichi Ito)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Since the dawn of time, there has been one truth about men: if they can toss it, pass it, dribble it, or throw it — they will.

(The Middle, "The Sinkhole")

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

(Sir Rannulf Fiennes)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

I'm terrified about the day that I enter the gates of heaven and God says to me, just a minute.

(Maureen O'Hara)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

(Plato)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

In our complex world, there cannot be fruitful initiative without government, but unfortunately, there can be government without initiative.

(Bertrand Russell)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.

(Confucius)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.

(Oliver Goldsmith)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests. 

(Albert J Nock; 1870-1945)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

(Aristotle)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

(Voltaire)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth,

and have it found out by accident.

(Charles Lamb; English writer 1775-1834)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Whatever you can do, or dream you can…begin it;

boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

 

Submitted by Anonymous.


 

Teach self-denial and make its practice pleasure, and you can create for the world a destiny more sublime that ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer.

(Sir Walter Scott)

Submitted by Anonymous.



Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability

(George Bernard Shaw)

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland



The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves and wiser people are full of doubts.
(George Bernard Shaw)

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland



Life can be a tough game.

Some days you may wake up feeling like you've lost. Keep in mind as long as you wake up, you're still in the game!

 

Submitted by Ms Elizabeth Duffy, Ireland


 

"Homo homini lupus est." (man is wolf to man)

(Plautus).

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


"I can choose to let it define me,
Confine me, refine me, outshine me,
Or I can choose to move on and leave it behind me."

(Unknown).

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things"
(Marcus Tullius Cicero - Roman philosopher 106 -43BC).

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"Things done well and with a care,

exempt themselves from fear"

(William Shakespeare).

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

(Confucius).

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

(Rudyard Kipling).

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

“Life is too short to argue and fight with the past.

Count your blessings, value your love ones

and move on with your head held high.”

(Unknown).

 

Submitted by Kevin Hanlon, Wexford, Ireland


 

“If I could do it yesterday, I can do it today!”

(Motto of an Irish 104 year old lady, who wishes to remain anonymous).

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

 

 

Submitted by Kathleen Irwin, Kentucky, USA.


 

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm”

(Winston Churchill, 1874-1965)

 

Submitted by Elizabeth Duffy, Ireland.


 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word,

a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,

all of which have the potential to turn a life around”

(Leo Buscaglia, 1924-1998)

 

Submitted by Julia Quinn, aged 11, Booterstown, Co. Dublin.


 

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day”

(Lao Tzu)

 

Submitted by Liz and Jody Cosgrove, Spain


 

“Be kind. Most people you meet are having a hard time.”

(Unknown)

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

“Live today, get over yesterday”

(Unknown)

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"We Irish are suspicious of success, knowing that there is a lot more of the infinite in its opposite."

(Johnny Duhan, musician & songwriter)

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"Man was made for joy and woe,

And when this we truly know,

Safely through the world we go”

(William Blake, 1758-1827)

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"Accept surprises that upset your plans, shatter your dreams,

give a completely different turn to your day and ... who knows ... to your life?

Leave the Father free himself to weave the pattern of your days."

(Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara , Brazilian Archbishop 1909-1999)

 

Submitted by P. Duffy, Wexford, Ireland


 

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

(Marthe Troly-Curtin, author 1884-19??)

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power 
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.

 

To lose one's wealth is sad indeed. 
Too lose one's health is more. 
To lose one's soul is such a loss 
That no man can restore."

 

Today only is our own.
So live, love and toil with a will.
Place no faith in tomorrow,
For the clock may soon be still.

(Many attribute the poem to Robert H. Smith, but there seems some doubt over this. The poem was made famous when

a version of it was found in the pocket of Edward J. O’Hare, a lawyer for gangster Al Capone. O'Hare eventually became an

 IRS informant, helping send Capone to Alcatraz. On November 8, 1939 O’Hare was gunned down in Chicago by Capone’s henchmen,

the poem in his pocket.)

 

Submitted by Sean O’Cuinn, Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland


 

GOD

Happy moments, praise God.

Difficult moments, seek God.

Quiet moments, worship God.

Painful moments, trust God.

Every moment, thank God.

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland.


 

Thoughts on the Crucifixion of Jesus

 

I found the nail in the morning ashes;

Not an ordinary wire nail.

This one was very old.

It was forged on a smithy’s anvil,

Heavy as iron, and six inches long.

Maybe the kind used in crucifixions?

Oh my God! Suffering Jesus.

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland.


 

St. Patrick's day wish from Ireland

"May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten"

(Unknown)

Submitted by Chris Furlong, Wexford, Ireland.


 

"Anois teacht an Earraigh beidh an lá 'dúl 'un shíneadh,
'S tar éis na féil Bríde ardóigh mé mo sheol.
Ó chuir mé i mo cheann é ní chónóidh mé choíche
Go seasfaidh mé síos i lár Chontae Mhaigh Eo."

I gClár Chlainne Mhuiris a bheas mé an chéad oíche, 

Is I mballa taobh thíos de thosós mé ag ól

Go Coillte Mách rachad go ndéanfad cuairt mhíosa ann

I bhfogas dhá mhíle do Bhéal an Átha Mhóir

 

(Antoine Ó Raifteirí 1784-1835; a blind wandering poet who lived his life in the West of Ireland)

 

Translates as:

Now with Spring coming, the days will be getting longer,

So after St. Bridget's Day, I'll raise my sail;

Since I got the notion, I'll never stop,

Till I'm standing there in mid-Mayo.

In Claremorris, I'll be the first night,

And in Balla, below it, I'll start drinking,

To Kiltamagh I'll go for a month's visit,

Only two miles to Ballinamore.

Submitted by Sean O Cuinn, Coraig Dubh, Dublin.


 

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,

Whispering “it will be happier”

(Alfred Tennyson)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland.


 

"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality"

(Ayn Rand 1905-1982)

Submitted by J.V. Bonner, Myrtle Beach, S.C.


 

"Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of

principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage."

(Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary)

 

Submitted by Chris Furlong, Wexford.


 

"Your sole contribution to the sum of things is yourself"

(Frank Crane)

Submitted by Liz Cosgrove, Jerez.


 

"A careless word may kindle strife,

A cruel word may wreck a life,

A gracious word may soothe the way,

A joyous word may light the day.

A timely word may lessen stress,

A loving word may heal and bless"

(Unknown)

Submitted by Diana Duffy, Ireland


 

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses

He who will not economise will have to agonise”

(Confucius)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland.


 

A MAXIM

As I struggle to make sense
Of this crazy world we live in
Of why it’s so pear-shaped
And what we could be doin’

I’ve dipped into religion
Economics and philosophy
For a simple truth or a maxim
That may somehow set us free

Love thy neighbour and so on
Is fine if all sign up
Yet bigger minds are wondering
If we’re being sold a pup!

Demand and supply should meet
Just where the price is right
But Keynes proposed his theory
Without a credit card in sight!


To be or not to be
Is a valid question true
But the problem is we’re here
And we know not what to do!

In this humble opinion
I wish they’d teach in schools
If you ain’t got principals
Then you gotta have rules

 

(From MEDLEY of POETRY by Denis O’Connor.)

Submitted by PC Hernon, Ireland.


 

"Learn to do thy part and leave the rest to heaven"

(inscription on headstone of Fr. Dan Breen (1928 – 2011)).

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

The Nail

 

Long and black, a tapered point,

Found in the cold morning ashes.

Ancient and heavy, forged from iron.

It was Good Friday!

Was it the kind used to crucify Jesus?

O God, how Jesus suffered.

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

A Spring Morning

 

The Spring comes in with all her hues and smells,

In freshness breathing over hills and dells;

O’er woods where May her gorgeous drapery flings, 

And meads washed fragrant by their laughing springs.

Fresh are new opened flowers, untouched and free

From the bold rifling of the amorous bee.

The happy time of singing birds is come,

And Love’s lone pilgrimage now finds a home;

Among the mossy oaks now coos the dove,

And the hoarse crow finds softer notes for love.

The foxes play around their dens, and bark

In joy’s excess, ’mid woodland shadows dark.

The flowers join lips below; the leaves above;

And every sound that meets the ear is Love.

 

(John Clare 'The Peasant Poet ', 1793-1864)

 

Submitted by John Quinn


 

“Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best”

(Frank Zappa, 1940 – 1993)

Submitted by Boo Radley


 

"There is nothing politically right that is morally wrong”

(Daniel O’Connell, 1776 – 1847)

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge"

(Thomas Carlyle)

 

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


Law of the Garbage Truck

"One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so ... Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a garbage-free day!”

Submitted by Sean O’Cuinn, Dublin


 

"Sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly”

(Edward Albee)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man,

by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn"

(Dr Samuel Johnson)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

(Confucius)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea"

(John Osborne, Playwright 1929-1994)

Submitted by Jack Bonner, Myrtle Beach, USA


 

"If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work"

(William Shakespeare, from Hamlet)

Submitted by Elizabeth Duffy, Ireland


 

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."

(Colin Luther Powell, 65th US Sec. of State)

Submitted by Diana Duffy, Ireland


 

"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...

just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.

(F. Scott Fitzgerald from page1 of The Great Gatsby)

Submitted by Elizabeth Duffy, Ireland


 

The world is not conclusion:

A species stands beyond,

Invisible, as music,

but positive, as sound.

(Emily Dickinson)

Submitted by J. V. Bonner, Myrtle Beach


 

Reflections (on the passing of a close friend)

 

When I come to the end of the road

and the Sun has set for me

I want no tears in a gloom filled room,

Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little but not for long

and not with your head bowed low

Remember the love we once shared

Miss me - but let me go.

 

For this a journey we all must take

And each must go alone,

Its all a part of the Master's plan

A step on the road to home

When you are lonely and sick of heart

go to the friends we know

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds

Miss me -but let me go

(Anonymous

as read by Most Reverend Jim Moriarity)

Submitted by J. V. Bonner, Myrtle Beach


 

"The Irish are a fair people; they never speak well of one another."

(Samuel Johnson 1709-1784)

Submitted by Sheila Grassick, Ireland


 

 

"We should measure life not by the number of breaths we take,

but by the number of moments that take our breath away"

(Unknown)

Submitted by Eamonn Hanlon, Saudi Arabia


 

"Uncertainty and Expectation are the joys of life"

(William Congreve. English playwright & poet 1670-1729)

Submitted by Diana Duffy, Ireland


 

"Time Discloses All"
(Unknown)

Submitted by Diana Duffy, Ireland


 

"No condition is permanent"
(Unknown)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth,

faithfulness the best relationship."

(Buddha)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed."

(Corita Kent, American artist, 1918 - 1986)

Submitted by Diana Duffy, Ireland


 

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."

(Niels Bohr, Danish physicist 1885 - 1962)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"There are people who have money and people who are rich".

(Coco Chanel)

Submitted by Elizabeth Duffy, Ireland


 

"Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail".

(John Donne)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"In the quiet of the evening,

when all that grows becomes as lace

against the setting sun....

I am thankful for another beautiful day."

 

Submitted by Diana Duffy, Ireland


A RECTOR'S MEMORY

(1st Verse)

The, Gods that are wiser than Learning
But kinder than Life have made sure
No mortal may boast in the morning
That even will find him secure.
With naught for fresh faith or new trial,
With little unsoiled or unsold,
Can the shadow go back on the dial,
Or a new world be given for the old?
But he knows not that time shall awaken,
As he knows not what tide shall lay bare,
The heart of a man to be taken --
Taken and changed unaware.

(Rudyard Kipling)

Submitted by Vincent Caffrey, Ireland


 

Gardens are not made by singing "Oh, how beautiful" and sitting in the shade.

(Rudyard Kipling)

Submitted by Diana Duffy, Ireland


 

Alice came to a fork in the road,

"Which road do I take", she asked.

"Where do you want to go? responded the cat.

"I don't know", Alice answered.

"Then" said the cat "it doesn't matter"

"Begin at the beginning, and then go on till you come to the end; then stop."

(from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

"He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible"

(James Joyce)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

'Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own'
(The Holy Bible )

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


 

'In crisis, there exists opportunity'
(Ancient Chinese Proverb )

Submitted by Jack Bonner Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


 

"A friend in need is a friend indeed"
(Old Proverb)

Submitted by Editor, Ireland


 

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown.

The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.

 

(F. Schiller)

Submitted by Editor, Ireland


 

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes

most of which never happened.


(Michel de Montaigne: France 1533 - 1592)

Submitted by Robert Duffy, Ireland


The glory

Is not in never failing,

But in rising every time

You fall.

(Chinese proverb)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


THE NAIL

 

It lay in the cold ashes,

Long and black, a tapered point

Hammered and shaped on a smithy anvil.

Heavy as iron.

Ancient.

Maybe the kind used to crucify Jesus?

Suffering Jesus!

 

Submitted by Editor, Ireland.



I expect to pass through life but once.
If therefore, there be any kindness I can show,
or any good thing I can do to any fellow being,
let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it,
as I shall not pass this way again.
(William Penn)

Submitted by The Editor, Ireland


Greasy Joan

"When icicles hang by the wall
And Dick the shepard blows his nail
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail;

When blood is nipt and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl
Tuwhoo! Tuwit! Tuwhoo! A merry note!
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow,
And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
And Marian's nose looks red and raw;

When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl
Then nightly sings the staring owl
(Shakespeare)
Submitted by the editor, Ireland



"Enjoy when you can
and endure when you must”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Submitted by the editor, Ireland



"Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey.
It reminds us to cherish each moment,
because it will never come again"
(from Startrek - Generations)

"Times moves in one direction only
No Condition is Permanent"
(Original unknown)
Submitted by Elizabeth Duffy, Ireland



"The clock of life is wound but once
And no man has the power
To tell just where the hands will stop,
At late or early hour.

To lose one's wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one's health is more.
To lose one's soul is such a loss
As no man can restore.

The present only is our own.
Live, love, toil with a will.
Place no faith in 'tomorrow'
For the clock may then be still.
(Robert H Smith)
Submitted by Sean O'Cuinn, Ireland



"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies."
(C.S. Lewis)
Submitted by Chris Furlong, Ireland



"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it."
(Margaret Thatcher)
Submitted by Paul Duffy, Ireland



"What's money?
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning
and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do."
(Bob Dylan)
Submitted by Paul Duffy, Ireland



"It’s easy to do anything in victory.
It’s in defeat that a man reveals himself.”
(Floyd Patterson - Afro-American Boxer)
Submitted by Miss E. Duffy, Ireland



"Follow the three R's,
Respect for self
Respect for others
Responsibility for all your actions"
(Dalai Lama)
Submitted by The Editor and Sean O'Cuinn, Ireland



"Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home"
(J. H. Payne 1842-1916)
Submitted by The Editor, Ireland



Optimism
"It's no use to worry or grumble,
However hard times there may be,
I never go out, but I stumble,
On someone far worse off than me."
Submitted by D. Duffy, Ireland



"Be kind.
Most people you meet are having a hard time."
(Bob Dylan)
Submitted by the Editor, Ireland



"The place to be happy is here,
The time to be happy is now."
(Robert Green Ingersoll)
Submitted by Elizabeth Duffy, Ireland



"Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
And all is well."
(Unknown)
Submitted by Robert Duffy, Ireland



"Attitude is more important than the past, than education,
than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say.
It is more important than appearances, giftedness, or skill."
(W.C. Fields)
Submitted by Robert Duffy, Ireland



"Blessed is she who suffers with the very young, and the very lonely, for she has compassion.
Blessed is she who greets the world with joy, laughter, and anticipation, for she has courage.
Blessed is she who speaks gently, lives humbly, and chooses to give freely, for she has dignity.
Blessed is she who listens and hears and extends her hand as a friend, for she has understanding.
Blessed is she who gives simply, loves deeply, and walks joyfully in life for she has sincerity and awareness.
Blessed is she who has compassion and courage, freedom and dignity, understanding, sincerity and awareness, for she is a woman, a gift, a blessing."
(A THOUGHT FOR THE JUBILEE DAY FOR THE DIGNITY OF WOMEN - 25th March, 2000
From Ampleforth Abbey's newsletter. North Yorkshire.)
Submitted by Diana G., London.



"And that inverted bowl we call the sky;
Whereunder creeping cooped we live and die;
Lift not thy hands for help, for it
Rolls impotently on as you or I."
(The Rubaiyat. Omar Khayyyam)
submitted by R. Lister, Co. Wexford



"Mit der Dummheit kampfen Gotter selbst vergebens"
(Against stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in vain)
(Schiller).
submitted by R. Lister, Co. Wexford



"Beauty doesn't boil the pot"
submitted by Elizabeth Duffy, Ireland



"faith is the bird that sings when dawn is still dark"
(Rabindranath Tagore)
submitted by Deirdre McNally, Ireland



"Better to remain silent
and be thought a fool
than to speak out and remove all doubt"


(Some attribute it to Mark Twain, others to Abraham Lincoln and still others to Shelley. It may have even been originally derived from Proverbs 17:28
"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding")
submitted by C. Furlong, Ireland



"Happiness does not come from having much, but from being attached to little".
(Unknown)



"Joy and suffering never leave us. Life is a long march with a heavy burden"
(Japanese proverb)
submitted by the Editor