If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.
Let no one weep for me or celebrate my funeral with mourning, for I still live as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.
If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.
Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Remember sadness is always temporary. This, too, shall pass.
Chuck T. Falcon
He who has hope has everything.
Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there.
What you choose to do with them is up to you.
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.
Say not in grief: "He is no more", but live in thankfulness that he was.
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.
Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
Let the dead have the immortality of fame,
but the living the immortality of love.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.
Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch--what make you go beyond the norm.
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.
It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
I look at life as a gift of God. Now that he wants it back, I have no right to complain.
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
Whoever brought me here, will have to take me home.
The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life.
Death--the last sleep? No, the final awakening.
Good men must die, but death can not kill their names.
It is good to die before one has done anything deserving death.
There is a dignity in dying that doctors should not dare to deny.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.
We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
God's finger touched him, and he slept.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Lord, now lettest thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word.
For death begins with life's first breath, and life begins at the touch of death
As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
Death -- the last voyage, the longest and the best.
Nothing you can lose by dying is half as precious as the readiness to die, which is man's charter of nobility.
There is but one freedom,
To put oneself right with death.
After that everything is possible.
I cannot force you to believe in God.
Believing in God amounts to coming to terms with death.
When you have accepted death, the problem of God will be solved--and not the reverse.
Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.
Knowledge by suffering entereth, and life is perfected by death.
Elizabeth Barret Browning
If God hath made this world so fair,
Where sin and death abound,
How beautiful beyond compare
Will paradise be found!
Death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to heaven conveyed,
And bade it blossom there.
There is no death! What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call Death.
Henry W. Longfellow
In death a hero, as in life a friend!
Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than anything I have ever done;
it is a far, far, better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
I am going to seek the great Perhaps.
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
George S. Patton, Jr.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
E. E. Cummings
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Everyone must row with the oars he has.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
Until you know that life is interesting--and find it so--you haven't found your soul.
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.
Stephen R. Covey
It's the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, 'till we find our place, on the path unwinding.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in overcoming it.
The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet.
What you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs.
Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts think, act and talk negatively and your world will be negative.
Think and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive results.
To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth.
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Those who wish to sing always find a song.
And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart.
If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else.
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends!
Hath he not always treasures, always friends,
The good great man? Three treasures -- love and light,
And calm thoughts, regular as infants' breath;
And three firm friends, more sure than day and night
-- Himself, his Maker, and the angel Death.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Life let us cherish, while yet the taper glows,
And the fresh flow'ret pluck ere it close;
Why are we fond of toil and care?
Why choose the rankling thorn to wear?
J. M. Usteri
That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar.
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory, do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy.
It's often said that life is strange. But compared to what?
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
If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught,
you might be able to help someone else who's now in the phase you may have just completed.
Maybe that's what it's all about after all.
The journey is the reward.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.
Ralph W. Sockman
Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all: This, too, shall pass.
God shall wipe all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Bear patiently, my heart, for you have suffered heavier things.
I think only through suffering all our wonderful human qualities come out in us. Unless and until you suffer, how will you understand other's suffering?
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
I walked a mile with Pleasure.
She chattered all the way.
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne'er a word said she;
But oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me!
They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy.
The Lord God will wipe all tears from all their faces.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Honest listening is one of the best medicines we can offer the dying and the bereaved.
You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.
Henry Ward Beecher
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
There is nothing the body suffers which the soul may not profit by.
Sometimes, when one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated
Allphonse de Lamartine
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.
Alphonse de Lamartine
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
People living deeply have no fear of death.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
Trials give you strength, sorrows give understanding and wisdom.
Chuck T. Falcon
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