Some Valuable Quotes about Gold, Silver and What’s Really Precious

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.

Plato

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Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.

John Updike

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As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.

John Mason

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Death is the Great Equalizer—Or So They Say

Old Graves of a Jewish Cemetery photo by Frettie

 

It has been said that death is the great equalizer. Certainly, it’s the one thing that none of us can avoid, so in that regard, we’re all the same.

In our post about all the skulls and skeletons associated with Day of the Dead, we talked about how this imagery serves as a humorous reminder that life is short. You can fear death, or you can choose to accept and embrace its inevitability. In their celebration of the Day of the Dead, the Mexicans (and many others in Latin America) choose the latter.

La Catrina by Jose Guadalupe Posada

The Mexican printer and political cartoonist, Jose Guadalupe Posada modeled his iconic “Catrina” figure, frequently associated with the Day of the Dead, after a wealthy French woman who lived in Mexico during the reign of Porfirio Diaz. During this time, the poor masses lived a miserable existence, while the aristocrats lorded it over them, living high on the hog and abusing the power and wealth they enjoyed. By drawing Catrina—with her fancy plumed hat—as a skeleton, Posada wanted to communicate the idea that “you may think you’re high and mighty now, but in the end you’ll be dead—just like all the rest of us.”

It’s a popular sentiment—particularly among the downtrodden. There’s no clear consensus as to who first deemed death, “the great equalizer,” but the basic idea has been quoted and rephrased by many since:

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Quotes About Sacred Places

A small, roadside Shinto shrine on a Japanese island

Here’s what some others have had to say about the power of sacred places…

“Let the site tell you its secrets.”
Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language

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“If Earth has a mind, the keepers of the sacred places have a very important part to play in aiding the stability and vitality of humanity’s consciousness, as well as the Earth’s and their own.”

James A. Swan, Sacred Places

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“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, a Seeker’s ABC

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Food for Thought


In our last post, we talked about being “corny.” And that got me to thinking about how frequently we use food as a simile or metaphor—and how often it features in our popular sayings and proverbs. Here are just a few examples…

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Quotes By and About Frida Kahlo

Frida's personal diary provides additional insights into the life of this remarkable woman.

Never one to mince words, Frida Kahlo always said exactly what she thought. Her best known quotes concern her art, her injuries, and her relationship with her husband Diego Rivera. I’ve also included here a few things that well-known people said about her…

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Sunny Dispositions

The sun is forever inexorably linked to life, love, and happiness as these quotes illustrate…

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Buddha

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Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.

John Lennon

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If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast; even so the greater is the goodness, the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.

Lao Tzu

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A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.

Anais Nin

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On Succeeding Against All Odds

David and Goliath by Michelangelo

As we discussed in our post on Cinco De Mayo, it was the fact that—against all odds—the Mexican militia defeated the much larger and better-armed French army that made the Battle of Puebla so remarkable.

Years ago, while having dinner at a Chinese restaurant, I opened my fortune cookie and got this fortune: “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” I immediately put it in a little frame on my desk where it remains today. Because, really, it’s the truth, isn’t it? There’s nothing like the sense of satisfaction that comes from succeeding at something against all odds.

The Mexican who celebrate their victory at the Battle of Puebla know it, I know it, and so do quite a few others…

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From “Gitanjali” by Rabindranath Tagore

I left this off our previous post of quotes about growth and rebirth because I decided it deserved a space of its own. I don’t recall ever reading anything by this author before. Following a little research, I learned that Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwrite. He was also the first non-Westerner to earn the Nobel prize for literature.

Anyway, I thought this passage was a particularly beautiful welcome for springtime. Hope you agree.

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs
through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.  It is the same life
that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of
grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.  It is the
same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb
and in flow.  I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world
of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in
my blood this moment.


Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali

Quotes About Growth and Rebirth

In our post about Ukrainian Easter eggs, we talked about how, through the ages and across cultures, the egg has served as a popular springtime symbol, representing fertility, growth and rebirth. With powerful visual reminders in the form of budding trees and bright flowers, it’s logical that many of us find ourselves focused on personal growth and renewal (in addition to spring cleaning!) during this time as well. Here’s what a few others have had to say on the subject…

Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes

of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.

Author Unknown

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If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.

John Maxwell

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You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Irish saying

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Life is Change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.

Anonymous

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Dr. Seuss-isms

The wit and wisdom of Dr. Seuss. He taught a lot of us that reading could be fun, and shared some pretty good life lessons while he was at it…

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter,

and those who matter, don’t mind.

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Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

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Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

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Today you are You, that is truer than true. There’s no one alive who is Youer than You.

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Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

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Being crazy isn’t enough.

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