You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis

It’s never too late to be who you might have been. ~ George Eliot

Once we’re thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost, but it’s only here that the new and the good begins. ~ Leo Tolstoy

You can never do a kindness to soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again. ~ Og Mandino 

The beginning is the most important part of the work. ~ Plato

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. ~ Deepak Chopra

‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The universe begins a new cycle whenever we are ready. God is willing to start again when we are. In His eyes, we are like newborn children, and at any given moment we can be reborn. As we atone for our errors, we are released from their effects. See the light, and your life will reflect it. Deny the light, and in your blindness you will create chaos. When you choose to open your eyes again, the chaos shall be no more. ~ Marianne Williamson

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. ~ Mark Twain

Then Peter came up and said to him,  “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  As many as seven times?”   Jesus said to him,  “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
~ Matthew 18:21-22

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else but you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha

When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. ~ Catherine Ponder

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks; then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die. ~ Nelson Mandela

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one who inflicted it. And yet there is no peace without forgiveness. ~ Marianne Williamson

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. ~ Confucius

Forgiveness is the most powerful thing you can do for yourself. If you can’t learn to forgive, you can forget about achieving true success in your life. ~ Wayne Dyer

pocket watchWear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out, and strike it, merely to show that you have one.  ~Lord Chesterfield

Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.  ~William Safire

Blushing is the color of virtue.  ~Diogenes

True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.  ~Edward Frederick Halifax

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.  ~Rabindranath Tagore

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.  ~Benjamin Franklin

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.
~ Chinese Proverb

I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them.
~ James Russell Lowell

Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry with a shade tree. He doesn’t eat much and doesn’t read much, but listens well and is a most gracious host.
~ Terri Guillemets

Climb in the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like Autumn leaves. ~ John Muir

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if we only have the eyes to see them.
~ John Ruskin

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does. ~ George Bernard Shaw

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
~ Willa Cather

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don’t have the top for. ~ Jerry Seinfeld

Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. ~ Maya Angelou

There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. ~ Frank A. Clark

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. ~ Ogden Nash

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.
~ Charles Dickens

cute dog sees baked biscuitsLots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though…. that’s the problem. ~ ‘The Tao of Pooh’

I believe in animal rights, and top among them is the right to the gentle stroke of a human hand. ~ Robert Brault

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ~ Anatole France

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. ~ Gandhi

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
~ Albert Schweitzer

No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses. ~Herman Melville

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.  ~William Shakespeare, Henry V

I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leapt with the sound. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

God forbid that I should go to any heaven where there are no horses. ~R. B. Cunningham-Graham
 (in a 1917 letter to Theodore Roosevelt)

Here lies the body of my good horse, The General. For years he bore me around the circuit of my practice and all that time he never made a blunder. Would that his master could say the same. ~John Tyler’s epitaph for his horse

When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have. ~Winston Churchill

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill