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Robert Fulghum

I know what I really want for Christmas. I want my childhood back. Nobody is going to give me that. I might give at least the memory of it to myself if I try. I know it doesn’t make sense, but since when is Christmas about sense, anyway? It is about a child, of long… Continue reading Robert Fulghum

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Henry van Dyke

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; / to remember the weaknesses and lonliness of people who are growing old; / to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; / to bear in mind the things that… Continue reading Henry van Dyke

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Be ahead of all parting, as though it already werebehind you, like the winter that has just gone by.For among these winters there is one so endlessly winterthat only by wintering through it all will your heart survive. — Rainer Maria Rilke, from “XIII,” The Sonnets to Orpheus. (W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Rabindranath Tagore

Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence?I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds.Open your doors and look abroad. From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished flowers of an hundred years before.In the joy of… Continue reading Rabindranath Tagore

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Mary Oliver

Starlings in Winter Chunky and noisy,but with stars in their black feathers,they spring from the telephone wireand instantly they are acrobatsin the freezing wind.And now, in the theater of air,they swing over buildings, dipping and rising;they float like one stippled starthat opens,becomes for a moment fragmented, then closes again;and you watchand you trybut you simply… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Thomas Moore (1940 -)

It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed ― Thomas Moore (1940 -), Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life. (HarperPerennial; Reprint edition January 26, 1994) Originally published January 26th 1988.

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Rob Brezsny

I demand that the purveyors of despair who pretend to be dispassionate observes of the human condition go ahead and disclose that the 10 most beautiful words in the English languages are chimes, dawn, golden, hush, lullaby, luminous, melody, mist, murmuring, and tranquil; that Java sparrows prefer the music of Bach over that of Schoenberg;… Continue reading Rob Brezsny

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Rainer Maria Rilke

[For the Sake of a Single Poem]     … Ah, poems amount to so little when you write them too early in your life.  You ought to wait and gather sense and sweetness for a whole lifetime, and a lone one if possible, and then, at the very end, you might perhaps be able to… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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