Garden: (plants...tree...plant... )

As a young nun Mother Teresa wanted to work with the homeless and hopeless but her superiors felt that she was too frail, young, and inexperienced. She pleaded her case, but they refused and assigned her to teach at a convent in India... The years passed and Mother Teresa's mission burned deep in her heart. She grew in experience and determination. She never gave up her dream. Finally, at age thirty-nine, she was granted permission to embark on her calling. With nothing more than the clothes on her back and the fire of her mission burning deep in her heart, she left the school and walked in the streets of Calcutta to begin..." ('Making A Difference') --- Sheila M. Bethel

Friendship is a sheltering tree. --- Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772

If only I could stand on a street corner with my hat in my hand, and get people to throw their wasted time into it! --- Bernard Berenson 1865

If you aspire to anything better than politics, expect no cooperation from men. They will not further anything good. You must prevail of your own force, as a plant springs and grows by its own vitality. --- Henry David Thoreau 1817

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. --- Chinese Proverb xxxx

Make books your companions; let your bookshelves be your gardens; bask in their beauty, gather their fruit, pluck their roses, take their spices and myrrh. --- Samuel Ben Judah Ibn Tibbon 1150

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world any more. There is always something to make you wonder, in the shape of a leaf, the trembling of a tree. --- Albert Schweitzer 1875

One is nearer God's Heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth. --- Dorothy Frances Gurney 1858

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is, in the eye of others, only a green thing which stands in the way. As a man is, so he see. --- William Blake 1757

There is something wrong when I have to step over people in the streets. In this society, we have so much and we have to give back... A nation should not be judged by its wealth, but by how it treats its poor. ( Cuban-born doctor in Miami who treats the poor) --- Pedro 'Joe' Greer

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. --- Emerson

Under this tree, where light and shade speckle the grass like a Thrush's breast, here in this green and quiet place I give myself to peace and rest. The peace of my contented mind, that is to me a wealth untold when the Moon has no more silver left, and the Sun's at the end of his gold. --- W H Davies 1870

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered. --- Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803

What is success? To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded. --- Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803

Yes, in the poor man's garden grow far more than herbs and flowers kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind, and joy for weary hours. --- Mary Howitt 1799

You die one way or the other. Either you speak out and take the risk or you die in the cesspool... If you get even one [drug dealer] off the street, it's better than none. It's important to make a difference. (Mother in one of The toughest inner city housing projects) --- Barbara Washington

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