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Quotes (click to search)

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Always direct your thoughts to those truths that will give you confidence, hope, joy, love, thanksgiving, and turn away your mind from those that inspire you with fear, sadness, depression.
You may be whatever you resolve to be. Determine to be something in the world, and you will be something. 'I cannot' never accomplished anything; 'I will try' has wrought wonders.
These, then, are my last words to you: be not afraid of life. Believe that life worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and delicatest ways, improve yourself.
'tis always morning somewhere in the world.
Nobody can hurt you but yourself. Every experience you have makes you all the more fit for life.
If thou follow thy star, thou canst hot fail of glorious haven.
I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Do not despise your situation; in it you must act, suffer and conquer. From every point on earth we are equally near to heaven and to the infinite.
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes
Wisdom begins with sacrifice of immediate pleasures for long-range purposes.
Carpe Diem (Seize the day)
Our lives are fed by kind words and gracious behavior. We are nourished by expressions like 'excuse me,' and other such simple courtesies... Rudeness, the absence of the sacrament of consideratio, is but another mark that our time-is-money society is lack
So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.
Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Nothing resists a human will that stakes its very existence upon the achievement of its purpose.
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
To look up and not down, to look forward and not back, to look out and not in -- to lend a hand!
Our deeds travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessfulmen with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persisten

Poems/Prose (click to search)

If I knew you and you knew me-- If both of us could clearly see, And with an inner sight divine The meaning of your heart and mine-- I'm sure that we would differ less And clasp our hands in friendliness; Our thoughts would pleasantly agree If I know you, and you knew me. If I knew you and you knew me, As each one knows his own self, we Could look each other in the face And see therein a truer grace Life has so many hidden woes, So many thorns for every rose; The "why" of things our hearts would see, If I knew you and you knew me.
It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song, But the man worth while is one who will smile, When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, And it always comes with the years, And the smile that is worth the praises of earth Is the smile that shines through tears. It is easy enough to be prudent, When nothing tempts you to stray, When without or within no voice of sin Is luring your soul away; But it's only a negative virtue Until it is tried by fire, And the life that is worth the honor on earth Is the one that resists desire. By the cynic, the sad, the fallen, Who had no strength for the strife, The world's highway is cumbered today; They make up the sum of life. But the virtue that conquers passion, And the sorrow that hides in a smile, It is these that are worth the homage on earth For we find them but once in a while.
Open your eyes that you may see The beauty that around you lies, The misty loveliness of the dawn, The glowing colors of the skies; The child's bright eager eyes of blue, The gnarled and wrinkled face of age, The bird with crimson on his wing Whose spirit never knew a cage; The roadsides' blooming goldenrod So brave through summer's wind and heat, The brook that rushes to the sea With courage that naught may defeat. Open your eyes that you may see The wonder that around you lies; It will enrich your every day And make you glad and kind and wise.
According to the theory of aerodynamics and as may be readily demonstrated through wind tunnel experiments, the bumblebee is unable to fly. This is because the weight, size and shape of his body in relation to the total wingspread makes flying impossible.
The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept Were toiling upward in the night.
Happiness is like a crystal, Fair and exquisite and clear, Broken in a million pieces, Shattered, scattered far and near. Now and then along life's pathway, Lo! some shining fragments fall; But there are so many pieces No one ever finds them all. You may find a bit of beauty, Or an honest share of wealth, While another just beside you Fathers honor, love or health. Vain to choose or grasp unduly, Broke is the perfect ball, And there are so many pieces, No one ever finds them all. Yet the wise as on they journey Treasure every fragment clear, Fit them as they may together, Imagining the shattered sphere, Learning ever to be thankful, Though their share of it is small; For it has so many pieces No one ever finds them all.
Success is speaking words of praise, In cheering other people's ways, In doing just the best you can, With every task and every plan, It's silence when your speech would hurt, Politeness when your neighbor's curt, It's deafness when the scandal flows, And sympathy with others' woes, It's loyalty when duty calls, It's courage when disaster falls, It's patience when the hours are long, It's found in laughter and in song, It's in the silent time of prayer, In happiness and in despair, In all of life and nothing less, We find the thing we call success..
We have faith in old proverbs full surely, For Wisdom has traced what they tell, And Truth may be drawn up as purely From them, as it may from "a well." Let us question the thinkers and doers, And hear what they honestly say; And you'll find they believe, like bold wooers, In "Where there's a will there's a way." The hills have been high for man's mounting, The woods have been dense for his axe, The stars have been thick for his counting, The sands have been wide for his tracks, The sea has been deep for his diving, The poles have been broad for his sway, But bravely he's proved in his striving, That "Where there's a will there's a way." Have ye vices that ask a destroyer? Or passions that need your control? Let Reason become your employer, And your body be ruled by your soul. Fight on, though ye bleed in the trial, Resist with all strength that ye may; Ye may conquer Sin's host by denial; For "Where there's a will there's a way." Have ye Poverty's pinching to cope with? Does Suffering weigh down your might? Only call up a spirit to hope with, And dawn may come out of the night. Oh! much may be done by defying The ghosts of Despair and Dismay; And much may be gained by relying On "Where there's a will there's a way." Should ye see, afar off, that worth winning, Set out on the journey with trust; And ne'er heed if your path at beginning Should be among brambles and dust. Though it is but by footsteps ye do it, And hardships may hinder and stay; Walk with faith, and be sure you'll get through it For "Where there's a will there's a way." -Eliza Cook
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
If you cannot on the ocean, Sail among the swiftest fleet, Rocking on the highest billows, Laughing at the storms you meet, You can stand among the sailors, Anchored yet within the bay; You can lend a hand to help them, As they launch their boats away If you are too week to journey Up the mountain, steep and high, You can stand within the valley, While the multitude go by. You can chant in happy measure, As they slowly pass along; Though they may forget the singer, They will not forget the song. If you have not gold and silver Ever ready to command, If you cannot toward the needy Reach an ever-open hand, You can visit the afflicted, O'er the erring you can weep; You can be a true disciple, Sitting at the Savior's feet. If you cannot in a conflict Prove yourself a soldier true, If where the fire and smoke are thickest There's no work for you to do, When the battle field is silent, You can go with careful tread; You can bear away the wounded, You can cover up the dead. Do not stand then idly waiting For some greater work to do; Fortune is a lazy goddess, She will never come to you. Go and toil in any vineyard Do not fear to do or dare; If you want a field of labor, You can find it anywhere.
Did you ever hear of a man who had striven all his life faithfully and singly toward an object and in no measure obtained it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated? Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them, -- that it was a vain endeavor?
Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea. And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be. Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget, But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave hove grown; You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone. Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on. The keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go, And there is no way to stop them, once you've started them to flow. Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget; But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you've stirred, And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word. Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave. Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget; But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy a circling yet, And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.
To live with small means -- to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich -- to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart -- to bear all cheerfully -- do all bravely, await occasions, -- hurry never -- in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.
To touch the cup with eager lips and taste, not drain it; To woo and tempt and court a bliss -- and not attain it; To fondle and caress a joy, yet hold it lightly, Lest it become necessity and cling too tightly; To watch the sun set in the west without regretting; To hail its advent in the east -- the night forgetting; To smother care in happiness and grief in laughter; To hold the present close -- not questioning hereafter; To have enough to share -- to know the joy of giving; To thrill with all the sweets of life -- is living.
And if a lowly singer dries one tear, Or soothes one humble human heart n pain, Be sure his homely verse to God is dear, And not one stanza has been sung in vain...

Happy Otter Thoughts

Share Your Light

Be the Spark. Be the match. Be the candle.
Go to the dark places and share your light.
Create hope! Prove that somebody cares.
Step outside the safe castle walls to fight dragons.

The odds may be worse than a billion to ‘One’.
Be the ‘One’ who answers the call of those who are trapped.
Do your best when others make excuses and refuse.
What if it was you trapped? Would you want someone to try?

We all return to the Earth when life is gone.
This is your one moment in infinite time to show courage and love.
They will predict failure and tell you there is no chance in Hell.
Build Heaven in reply with broken tools, now, where you stand.

--HappyOtter 2014-10


Destiny Calls

Back against the wall.
No chance in Hell.
They say it is not possible.
How do you reply?

Carpe Diem with love and knowledge!
Fight the dragons of hate and ignorance.
Live with courage creating hope.
Build a piece of Heaven on Earth today.

--HappyOtter 2014-10


I Dare You

I dare you to care and try and speak truth.
I double dare you to spread love and kindness.

It will require courage and strength.
You might fail and get hurt and cry.

But, still I double dare you!
Many true friends are waiting for you to accept.

--HappyOtter 2014-10