Part 2

If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back, it will always be yours.
If it doesn't come back, it was never yours to begin with.
But if it sits in your livingroom, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and doesn't appear to realize that you actually set it free in the first place, you either married it or you gave birth to it.

You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.
The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.

The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant & let the air out of their tires.

The beginning is always today.

To the world you might just be one person.
But to one person, you might just be the world.

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.

Normal is just a cycle on the washing machine.

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.
Let us use it before it is too late.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt & a leaky tire.

You don't stop laughing because you grow old.
You grow old because you stop laughing.

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.

A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets. -Titanic

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say,
"I used everything you gave me."

I love being married.
It's so great to find that one special person that you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

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.

I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else's fault.

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open -
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build your roads on today, because tomorrow's ground is too unstable for plans,
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while, you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much,
so you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure...
that you really are strong...
and you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn...
with every goodbye you learn.
--"Comes The Dream" author unknown

Only as high as I reach can I grow.
Only as far as I seek can I go.
Only as deep as I look can I see.
Only as much as I dream can I be.

Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead.
Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow.
Do not walk beside me either...
Just leave me alone!

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.

Let your tears come.
Let them water your soul.

Never kick a fresh cow chip on a hot day.

Remember, you're never too old to hold your father's hand.

Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
-Pamela Vaull Starr

I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of comfort.

I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.
And a foundation leaks & a ball game gets rained out & a car rusts & ...

Raising teenagers is like nailing jello to a tree.

"A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men!"
-- Willy Wonka

There is always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.
For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.

It ain't braggin' if you can do it...

If you can remain calm, you just don't have all the facts.

If you don't like my driving, don't call anyone.
Just take another road.
That's why the highway department made so many of them.

Don't let anyone steal your Dreams.
Follow your heart, no matter what.
---Jack Cainfield Chicken Soup for the Soul

Antelope: How she married my uncle.

All our young lives we search for someone to love.
Someone who makes us complete.
We choose partners and change partners.
We dance to a song of heartbreak and hope...
all the while wondering if somewhere, somehow, there's someone perfect who might be searching for us.
-Adult Kevin [narrator], The Wonder Years

If a train station is where a train stops & a bus station is where a bus stops, what's a work station?

You can love completely without complete understanding.
~A River Runs Through It

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.

PARADOX: Two Physicians.

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars -Charles Beard

When I'm feeling down, I like to whistle.
It makes the neighbor's dog run to the end of his chain and gag himself.

"Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on."
-Albert Smith

Never follow anyones path.
Go your own way & leave a trail.

You're heart is free.
Have the courage to follow it.

Confidence is:
Going after Moby Dick in a rowboat,
and taking the tartar sauce with you.

"You were the one who made things different, you were the one who took me in.
You were the one thing I could count on, above all, you were my friend."
- Tom Petty

An important part of who you are is what you want to be.

Make a rule of life never to regret and never look back.
Regret is an appalling waste of energy;
You can't build on it;
It's only good for wallowing in.
-Katharine Mansfield

If you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

"Where there is love there is life"--Mahatma Gandhi

I would rather have 15 minutes of wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.
-Steel Magnolias

How does Kraft get 5 ounces of milk into every slice of cheese?

"Do everything.
Love as much as you can.
It may hurt but it helps us grow.
Give all you have...
You may be poor but you will be content.
Always forgive....
Your heart can not afford not to.
Teach what you know and learn what you don't.
Stay open to all you can, But most importantly,
Dream your dream and then capture it..."
- Anonymous

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

"For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: 'It might have been!"

As I learn the innermost secrets of the people around me, they reward me in many ways to keep me quiet...

"I want the fairy tale" -"Pretty Woman"

I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

Charlie Brown: ..I think I'm afraid to be happy...
Lucy: How can you be afraid to be happy?
Charlie Brown: Because whenever you get too happy, something bad always happens...

Lots of people want to ride with you in a limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

Happiness is different from pleasure.
Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
-George Sheehan

ELIXIR: What a dog does to his owner when he gets a treat.

People may leave, but memories live on forever. - unknown

Having control over myself is nearly as good as having control over others.

The heart has arguments with which the logic of the mind is not acquainted.
- Blaise Pascal

"Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can break my heart."
-Robert Fulghum

Your mind is like a parachute.
It won't do you any good if it doesn't open.

Don't worry about bitin' off more then you can chew.
Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger then you think.

If you always do what interests you, at least one person will be pleased.

Burglarize: What a crook sees with.

Feelings are everywhere ~ Be gentle.

It's always darkest before dawn.
So if you're gonna steal the neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it!

If nothing ever sticks to teflon, how do they make teflon stick to the pan?

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Men are like small children.
You bring a new one home and the ones already there resent it.

Is there another word for "synonym?"

Heal the past.
Live the present.
Dream the future.

Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "Practice"?

I've learned that true friendship continues to grow
even over the longest distance.
The same goes for true love.

Follow your dream...
(Unless it's the one where you're at work in your underwear during a fire drill...)

Winning isn't everything.
Winning & gloating & rubbing their noses in it...
That's Everything!

My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of good judgement.

Despise: de persons who work for de C.I.A.

If you want to have the rainbow then sometimes you have to deal with the rain.

It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown, and fewer still to ignore someone completely.

Courage is doing what you are afraid to do.
There can be no courage without fear.

After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.
He kept it up till a hunter came along & shot him.
THE MORAL: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut!

Never say you don't have enough time...
You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Hellen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson & Albert Einstein.

Always take time to stop and smell the roses...
And sooner or later, you'll inhale a bee.

I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain.

Love is like a roller coaster:
When it's good you don't want to get off...
And when it isn't... You can't wait to throw up.

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