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Once again, I am attempting to rebuild HappyOtter to match the dream of how I wish it would look. I wonder how far I will get this time before I am distracted by an adventure or volunteer project?


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Quotes (click to search)

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
If you live for love you spread kindness and compassion everywhere you go. When you stop believing in your heart you are but a sterile vessel wandering in the wilderness.
Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it.
I do the very best I know how - the very best I can: and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessfulmen with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persisten
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who love it.
Life is not made up of great sacrifices and duties but of little things: in which smiles and kindness given habitually are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.
Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a Sun-dial in the Shade?
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, brings you an inner peace and tranquillity -- insteadof anger and resentment.
Yes, in the poor man's garden grow far more than herbs and flowers -- kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind, and joy for weary hours.
What is now proved was once only imagin'd.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is th beginning ofwisdom.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.
My personal trials have taught me the value of unmerited suffering. As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways that I could respond to my situation: either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative

Poems/Prose (click to search)

If a task is once begun Never leave it till it's done. Be the labor great or small, Do it well or not at all.
What egregious fools are we! He hath passed his life in idleness, say we: "Alas, I have done nothing this day." What? have you not lived? It is not only the fundamental but the noblest of your occupation. "Had I been placed or thought fit for the managing of great affairs, I would have showed what I could have performed." Have you known how to meditate and manage your life? you have accomplished the greatest work of all.... Have you known how to compose your manners? you have done more than he who hath composed books. Have you known how to take rest? you have done more than he who hath taken Empires and Cities. The glorious masterpiece of man is to live to the purpose. All other things, as to reign, to govern, to hoard up treasure, to thrive and to build, are for the most part but appendixes and supports thereunto.
The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
If you cannot on the ocean, Sail among the swiftest fleet, Rocking on the highest billows, Laughing at the storms you meet, You can stand among the sailors, Anchored yet within the bay; You can lend a hand to help them, As they launch their boats away If you are too week to journey Up the mountain, steep and high, You can stand within the valley, While the multitude go by. You can chant in happy measure, As they slowly pass along; Though they may forget the singer, They will not forget the song. If you have not gold and silver Ever ready to command, If you cannot toward the needy Reach an ever-open hand, You can visit the afflicted, O'er the erring you can weep; You can be a true disciple, Sitting at the Savior's feet. If you cannot in a conflict Prove yourself a soldier true, If where the fire and smoke are thickest There's no work for you to do, When the battle field is silent, You can go with careful tread; You can bear away the wounded, You can cover up the dead. Do not stand then idly waiting For some greater work to do; Fortune is a lazy goddess, She will never come to you. Go and toil in any vineyard Do not fear to do or dare; If you want a field of labor, You can find it anywhere.
According to the theory of aerodynamics and as may be readily demonstrated through wind tunnel experiments, the bumblebee is unable to fly. This is because the weight, size and shape of his body in relation to the total wingspread makes flying impossible.
Is life worth living? Yes, so long As there is wrong to right, Wail of the weak against the strong, Or tyranny to fight; Long as there lingers gloom to chase, Or streaming tear to dry, One kindred woe, one sorrowing face That smiles as we draw nigh; Long as a tale of anguish swells The heart, and lids grow wet, And at the sound of Christmas bells We pardon and forget; So long as Faith with Freedom reigns, And loyal Hope survives, And gracious Charity remains To leaven lowly lives; While there is one untrodden tract For Intellect or Will, And men are free to think and act Life is worth living still.
If you sit down at set of sun And count the acts that you have done, And, counting, find One self-denying deed, one word That eased the heart of him who heard, One glance most kind That fell like sunshine where it went -- Then you may count that day well spent. But if, through all the livelong day, You've cheered no heart, by yea or nay -- If, through it all You've nothing done that you can trace That brought the sunshine to one face -- No act most small That helped some soul and nothing cost -- Then count that day as worse than lost.
God, give us Men! A time like this demands Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hand; Men whom the lust of office does not kill; Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; Men who possess opinions and a will; Men who have honor; men who will not lie; Men who can stand before a demagogue And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking! Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog In public duty and in private thinking; For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds, Their large professions and their little deeds, Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps, Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.
It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song, But the man worth while is one who will smile, When everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, And it always comes with the years, And the smile that is worth the praises of earth Is the smile that shines through tears. It is easy enough to be prudent, When nothing tempts you to stray, When without or within no voice of sin Is luring your soul away; But it's only a negative virtue Until it is tried by fire, And the life that is worth the honor on earth Is the one that resists desire. By the cynic, the sad, the fallen, Who had no strength for the strife, The world's highway is cumbered today; They make up the sum of life. But the virtue that conquers passion, And the sorrow that hides in a smile, It is these that are worth the homage on earth For we find them but once in a while.
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably in themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing intensity. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon be beauty.
There is a destiny that makes us brothers; None goes his way alone: All that we send into the lives of others Comes back into our own. I care not what his temples or his creeds, One thing holds firm and fast -- That into his fateful heap of days and deeds The soul of man is cast.
I find the greatest thing in this world not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it, but we sail, and not drift, nor live at anchor.
1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
I hold no dream of fortune vast, Nor seek undying fame. I do not ask when life is past That many know my name. I may not own the skill to rise To glory's topmost height, Nor win a place among the wise, But I can keep the right. And I can live my life on earth Contented to the end, If but a few shall know my worth And proudly call me friend.
If you your lips would keep from slips, Five things observe with care: Of whom you speak, to whom you speak, And how and when and where. If you your ears would save from jeers, These things keep mildly hid: Myself and I, and mine and my, And how I do and did.