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I have not much interest in anyone's personal ...
by Katherine Anne Porter

I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year,
not even my own.
Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that.
- Katherine Anne Porter

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty,
even one's own even more, one's own,
for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
- Katherine Anne Porter

It is such a relief to be told the truth.
- Katherine Anne Porter

Most people won't realize that writing is a craft.
You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.
- Katherine Anne Porter

 

Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given,
that all fidelities are undermined.
- Katherine Anne Porter

I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself,
who will end by leaving me nothing.
- Katherine Anne Porter

Experience is what really happens to you in the long run;
the truth that finally overtakes you.
- Katherine Anne Porter

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Love must be learned, and learned again;
there is no end to it.
- Katherine Anne Porter

One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it.
- Katherine Anne Porter

It's a man's world, and you men can have it.
- Katherine Anne Porter

I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction.
- Katherine Anne Porter

They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes
gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality
that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not.
- Katherine Anne Porter

Our being is subject to all the chances of life.
There are so many things we are capable of,
that we could be or do.
The potentialities are so great that we never,
any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.
- Katherine Anne Porter

Human life itself may be almost pure chaos,
but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls
of confusion and disparate things,
things that seem to be irreconcilable,
and put them together in a frame to give them some
kind of shape and meaning.
- Katherine Anne Porter

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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