Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of achievement
Are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream…And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!
There is a harmony in autumn, and a lustre in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
Autumn is the antidote to stifling summer ~ Terri Guillemets
I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it ~ Lee Maynard
And all at once, summer collapsed into fall ~ Oscar Wilde
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower ~ Albert Camus
To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall ~ Ann Patchett
Here is the ghost of summer that lived for us. Here is a promise of summer to be ~ William E. Henley
Summer’s lease hath all too short a date ~ William Shakespeare
One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter ~ Henry David Thoreau
When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away ~ Sarah Helen Whitman
Summer is a state of mind
The earth laughs in flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable ~ Joseph Addison
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December ~ James M. Barrie
We have got to learn how to not look at creed or color. Look at how beautiful a bouquet of roses looks like – different color roses, all look beautiful. We have to learn how to let our beauty of the color of our roses shine to the world ~ Charles Bradley
Truths and roses have thorns about them ~ Henry David Thoreau
What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine ~ Thomas Moore
Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds ~ Jean Burden
The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world ~ Lynn M. Osband
Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect ~ James Mason
Meow is like aloha – it can mean anything ~ Hank Ketchum
Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well ~ Missy Dizick
As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat ~ Ellen Perry Berkeley
How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven ~ Robert A. Heinlein
Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties ~ W. L. George
As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind ~ Cleveland Amory
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language ~ Henry James
Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world ~ Ada Louise Huxtable
Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds ~ Regina Brett
Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton