A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
— Henry David Thoreau
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses” says Alphonse Karr.
What this is telling us, is that we can choose to see the positive side of something, rather than to focus on the negative.
I thought this Aubrey Beardsley design (which is in the public domain, so can be used for free) was the perfect image to accompany an old Chinese proverb: “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.”
To me, this means never give up hope, because good things will come if your heart is open to life, learning, nature and beauty.
This is also another of the little magnets I’ve made on Zazzle
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
― Mortimer J. Adler
image: Lin Kristensen acquired from Wikimedia Commons
Above all, he learned from it how to listen, to listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions. — Herman Hesse, Siddhartha
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 man, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain 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 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 good-bye you learn…
— You Learn — by Jorge Luis Borges
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