Teniesha Kessler-Emanuel


"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Gandhi "Happiness runs in a circular motion Thought is like a little boat upon the sea. Everybody is a part of everything anyway, You can have everything if you let yourself be." -- from "Happiness Runs" by Donovan "And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." -- William Shakespeare "Be obscure clearly." -- E.B. White "The soul would have no rainbows if the eyes had no tears." -- Laurel Burch "Breathe deep, seek peace." -- Bix, a Protoceratops ambassador of Dinotopia "A man with six toes can afford to lose one." -- Daddy "Be who you are, say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -- Dr. Seuss "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." -- Audrey Hepburn "There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more." -- Lord Byron "These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall. This is the wonder of devotion--I see the torch we all must hold. This is the mystery of the quotient: Upon us all a little rain must fall." -- from "The Rain Song" by Led Zeppelin "Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart." --from a fortune cookie "He ate and drank the precious Words - His Spirit grew robust - He knew no more that he was poor, Nor that his frame was Dust - He danced along the dingy Days And this Bequest of Wings Was but a Book - What Liberty A loosened Spirit brings -" -- Emily Dickinson "Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live." -- Marcus Aurelius "You can tell so much about a family by whether their piano is in or out of tune." -- from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, by Sherman Alexie "Face piles of trials with smiles: it riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave, and keep on thinking free!" -- The Moody Blues "I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." -- Frank Lloyd Wright "I don't do fashion. I am fashion." -- Coco Chanel "Cart cart virtue, where in toptails lieth the poppoppicorns?" --Anthony Burgess "Playfully you hid from me. All day I looked. Then I discovered I was you, And the celebration of That began." -- Lalla, a 14th-century Hindu poet-saint "You must know that you can swim through every change of tide." --from a Yogi tea bag "And my soul has been psychedelicized." -- from "Time Has Come Today" by The Chambers Brothers "Have your own little revolution." -- from "Revolution" by Tomorrow "The gardener needs the garden as much as the garden needs the gardener." -- my own oh-so-quotable self "You are one of the forces of nature." -- Jules Michelet "Add life to your days, not days to your life." -- Sangamithra Gangarapu "There is no way to peace; peace is the way." -- A.J. Muste "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air . . ." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson "Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along." -- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -- E. W. Wilkins "A good vegan cupcake has the power to transform everything for the better. It's almost like a political statement with icing." -- Jasmin Singer "A hungry girl is an ineffectual girl. A hungry girl is a girl sapped of energy, strength, life-force. A hungry girl can’t achieve anything, fix anything, come up with a bold, brave solution. Choosing to go hungry is a way of subjugating your own strength, your own power. It is a way of making yourself small and useless. It is asking someone else to take care of you. It is about giving up, giving in." -- Gala Darling "Love people. Cook them tasty food." -- a bumper sticker from Penzeys Spices "Only dead fish swim with the stream." -- Malcolm Muggeridge "The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying." -- Steven Pressfield "Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar." -- Bradley Millar "Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." -- Veronica Shoffstall "Be humble for you are made of Earth, be noble for you are made of stars." -- Serbian proverb "You are doomed to a life with a green thumb and a Midas touch." -- according to an interesting fortune cookie “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” –- Eric Hoffer “We are living art, created to hang on, stand up, forbear, continue, and encourage others.” –- Maya Angelou "My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings." -- Erica Jong “When I remember I am going to die, my dreams and ambitions are not hindered, for I have no time to waste and nothing to lose.” –- Patrick, my soul-brother Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh!" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing" said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you." -- A. A. Milne "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave." -- Dakota tribe proverb "As long as you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself." -- Neale Donald Walsch My ceiling the sky, my carpet the grass, My music the lowing of herds as they pass; My books are the brooks, my sermons the stones, My parson's a wolf on a pulpit of bones. --"The Cowboy Soliloquy" by Alan McCanless "Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be." -– Elizabeth Gilbert "Find someone who will tremble for your touch, someone whose fingers are a poem." -- Janet Fitch "I believed that I wanted to be a poet, but deep down I just wanted to be a poem." -- Jaime Gil De Biedma tea leaves tea loves loves tea lives tea leaves tea? never. --Uniek Swain "When I get sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead." --Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” –- Louise Erdrich

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