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Noble Soul

The loss is not just ours to call

As a Noble soul has left us all

His heart bore no grudge or grief

But wished only love and health

His empathy needs no words

But leaves a value for us to lead

His passion his hobbies met us all

But his work made no call

It is with grief that we say good bye

But his memories in our heart they lie.

Sympathy Thoughts, Sympathy Quotes, Sympathy Sayings


Friday 25 March, 2016.

Sympathy thoughts need to contain the words that express your feelings. Sometimes finding the right words to express your condolences can be difficult, especially when emotions are raw.

Sympathy quotes can be used in a flower message card, sympathy card or condolence letter to the family of the deceased.

Here are sympathy quotes which may contain the words you wish to express. We hope you find them inspirational for yourself and to share with others.

Sympathy Thoughts

“May the blessings of love be upon you, May its peace abide with you, May its essence illuminate your heart, Now and forever more.”
Sufi Blessing

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity .”
William Penn.

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”
Albert Einstein

“Although no words can really help
To ease the loss you bear
Just know that you are very close
In every thought and prayer.”
Anon Sympathy Thoughts

“And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.”
John Henry Newman

“He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”
Leo Buscaglia

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
Kahlil Gibran

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”
Emily Dickinson

“Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”
Author Unknown

“There is no death. Only a change of worlds.”
Chief Seattle

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.”
William Penn

“If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane, I’d walk right up to Heaven And bring you home again.”
Author Unknown

“If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time.”
Beth Mende Conny

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”
Robert Ingersoll

“Maybe [deaths] are not exits after all. Maybe they are holes through which something pours in, a love so far beyond our ken that we can only stand there, mute, riven, blessed.”
Brian Doyle

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”
Author Unknown

“You don’t get over it, you just get through it. You don’t get by it, because you can’t get around it. It doesn’t ‘get better’; it just gets different. Everyday… Grief puts on a new face.”
Wendy Feireisen

“Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains.”
Kahlil Gibran

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
From a headstone in Ireland

“Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”
Rossiter Worthington Raymond

“Death is the most blessed dream.”
Georg Büchner

“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.”
John Taylor

“It is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life; ’tis rather an embryo state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals?”
Benjamin Franklin

More sympathy thoughts…

“However long the night, the dawn will break.”
African Proverb

And one of our favourite sympathy thoughts…

“I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.””Gone where?”Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!” And that is dying.”
Henry van Dyke (1852 – 1933) American author, educator, and clergyman

It is also helpful to write a personal note sharing a memory of the deceased together with sympathy thoughts. Receiving cards with personal memories helps those who are grieving in their healing journey.

Along with sympathy thoughts, you may find the following useful…

The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey

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Mindfulness Quotes | Daily Mindfulness Quotes


Friday 25 March, 2016.

Mindfulness quotes, daily mindfulness quotes, mindful quotes, quotes on mindfulness for inspiration and encouragement. Sayings from mindfulness teachers for you to use and enjoy.

Mindfulness is about being fully conscious of a simple sensation like the breeze on your skin…

Daily Mindfulness Sayings prompt you to be fully aware of your thoughts and feelings without attachment – just let it all come and go!


mindfulness quotes


We have chosen some of our favourite Quotes about Mindfulness to share with you. We hope they inspire and remind you to live in the richness of the moment instead of going through your life with half of your attention on the past or future.


Mindfulness Quotes


Mindfulness quotes from the East…

“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

“The stages of the Noble Path are: Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Behavior, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.”
~ Buddha ~


“Two thoughts cannot coexist at the same time: if the clear light of mindfulness is present, there is no room for mental twilight.”
~ Nyanaponika There ~

“Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free, even of birth and death. You’ll transform everything… And you’ll be at peace wherever you are.”
~ Bodhidharma ~


“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.”
~ Osho ~

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

“Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?”
~ Lao Tzu ~

Mindfulness quotes from the West…

“The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.”
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
~ Mary Oliver ~

“The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.”
~ Earon Davis ~

Mindfulness quotes from writers…


“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.”
~ Robert M. Pirsig ~

“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”
~ Louis L’Amour ~

“In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, nonintrusively, the way we are present with things in nature.We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only an appreciation that becomes participation: ‘I love looking at this birch’ becomes ‘I am this birch’ and then ‘I and this birch are opening to a mystery that transcends and holds us both.”
~ David Richo ~
When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships


“When we are in the midst of chaos, let go of the need to control it. Be awash in it, experience it in that moment, try not to control the outcome but deal with the flow as it comes.”
~ Leo Babauta ~

One of my best mindfulness quotes…

“Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging, and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice. You might experiment with using the cultivation of generosity as a vehicle for deep self-observation and inquiry as well as an exercise in giving. A good place to start is with yourself. See if you can give yourself gifts that may be true blessings, such as self-acceptance, or some time each day with no purpose. Practice feeling deserving enough to accept these gifts without obligation-to simply receive from yourself, and from the universe.”
~ John Kabat-Zinn ~

“When I heard the sound of the bell ringing, there was no bell, and there was no I- there was only the ringing.”
~ Author Unknown ~

“The foundation of greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment, instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.”
~ Eckhart Tolle ~


More mindfulness quotes for you…

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing there own soul.”
~ Carl Gustav Jung ~

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”
~ James Baraz ~

Make this one of your daily mindfulness quotes…

“As soon as mindfulness, samma sati, occurs, we find that the mind acts no more; it stops like a witness to watch the inner state. When this watching becomes a constant habit, second nature, the cycle of reacting mindlessly to the environment is broken. In this moment of breakthrough, “seeing” or “awareness” occurs: crystal-clear perception of things as they are, of people, situations and things properly in perspective, free of discriminations, likes and dislikes. From new insight there follows right thinking, right speech and right action, relative and appropriate to each specific circumstance and instance. Then the question of what is absolutely right or absolutely wrong no longer arises.”
~ Thynn Thynn ~

“Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.”
~ Remez Sasson ~

“I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.”
~ Einstein ~

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
~ William Blake ~

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.”
~ R.D. Laing ~


Mindfulness quotes to make you think…

“There is no promise of love and light or visions of any kind — no angels, no devils. Nothing happens: it is absolutely boring. Sometimes you feel silly. One often asks the question, “Who is kidding whom? Am I on to something or not?” You are not on to something. Traveling the path means you get off everything, there is no place to perch. Sit and feel your breath, be with it.”
~ Chogyam Trungpa ~

“Every moment there is a possibility to be total. Whatsoever you are doing, be absorbed in it so utterly that the mind thinks nothing, is just there, is just a presence. And more and more totality will be coming. And the taste of totality will make you more and more capable of being total. And try to see when you are not total. Those are the moments which have to be dropped slowly, slowly. When you are not total, whenever you are in the head–thinking, brooding, calculating, cunning, clever–you are not total. Slowly, slowly slip out of those moments. It is just an old habit. Habits die hard. But they die certainly–if one persists, they die.”
~ Osho ~

“The habit of ignoring our present moments in favor of others yet to come leads directly to a pervasive lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are embedded. This includes a lack of awareness and understanding of our own mind and how it influences our perceptions and our actions. It severely limits our perspective on what it means to be a person and how we are connected to each other and the world around us. Religion has traditionally been the domain of such fundamental inquiries within a spiritual framework, but mindfulness has little to do with religion, except in the most fundamental meaning of the word, as an attempt to appreciate the deep mystery of being alive and to acknowledge being vitally connected to all that exists.”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn ~

“Sometimes we behave as though there was something more important than life. But what?”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ~

“Let the beauty we love be what we do; there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
~ Rumi ~

“Each place is the right place – the place where I now am can be a sacred space.”
~ Ravi Ravindra ~
The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra

“As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. whever happens does not really matter.”
~ Jack Kornfield ~

And a final quote about mindfulness to inspire you to live simply and carefully…

“You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the inbreath or outbreath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity.”
~ Stephen Levine ~
A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

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Life Quotes And Sayings


Friday 25 March, 2016.

Life quotes and sayings, sayings about life, inspirational quotes and sayings to make you think, give you a chuckle and lift you up.

Sometimes, someone else just has the words we need to hear! We hope our sayings about life will remind you to stay positive, motivated and in control of how you feel…

Life Quotes and Sayings

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”
~ Alexander Graham Bell ~

“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.”
~ Charles Schulz ~

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
~ Dr. Seuss ~

“Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.”
~ Anton Chekhov ~

“Never forget who you are.”
~ The Lion King  ~

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”
~ Robert Frost ~

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I am with you kid. Let’s go.”
~ Maya Angelou ~

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
~ Albert Einstein ~


“Life is a sexually transmitted disease and there is a 100% mortality rate.”
~ R.D. Laing ~

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”
~ Danny Kaye ~

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
~ Mark Twain ~

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
~ Lewis Carroll ~

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~ George Bernard Shaw ~

One of my favourite life quotes and sayings…

“Situated in some nebulous distance I do what I do so that the universal balance of which I am a part may remain a balance.”
~ Antonio Porchia ~

“Where there is love there is life.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”
~ T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock ~

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
~ Mark Twain ~

“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”
~ Albert Camus ~

“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.”
~ Erich Fromm ~

“But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.”
~ Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum ~

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.”
~ Charlie Brown ~

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
~ Dr. Seuss ~

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Funny Christmas Sayings


Friday 25 March, 2016.

Funny Christmas sayings, holiday sayings, funny short sayings, inspirational quotes and sayings about Christmas to add to your festive cheer. Choose your favourite to use on cards or text messages.

Holiday stress is real for all of us! We hope our selection of favourite Christmas sayings helps you see the lighter side of the season…

Have a chuckle, feel inspired and look for the positive!

Funny Christmas Sayings



funny christmas sayings“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”
~ Shirley Temple ~

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!”
~ Dave Barry, “Christmas Shopping: A Survivor’s Guide” ~

“Why does Scrooge love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Because every buck is dear to him ”
~ Author Unknown ~

“Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live.”
~ Dennis Miller ~

More Funny Christmas sayings…

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”
~ Dave Barry ~

Happy Christmas

“In our racist, sexist society, Christmas is the 8 hours when we stop killing each other and gratutious over eating is encouraged so that the starving and other people in the world can die!”
~ Lloyd Kaufman ~

Enjoy my best funny Christmas sayings…

“There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them.”
~ P.J. O’Rourke ~

“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.”
~ Johnny Carson ~

“Our children await Christmas presents like politicians getting in election returns: there’s the Uncle Fred precinct and the Aunt Ruth district still to come in.”
~ Marcelene Cox ~

“What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.”
~ Phyllis Diller ~

One of my favourite Funny Christmas sayings…

“Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space. ”
~ Dave Barry ~

“That’s the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me.”
~ Jerry Seinfeld ~

More funny Christmas sayings…

“Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.”
~ Author Unknown ~

Happy Christmas“The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants.”
~ John Andrew Holmes ~

“I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said ‘Happy Birthday’ on it. I didn’t want to waste it so I just wrote ‘Jesus’ on it.”
~ Demetri Martin ~

Funny Christmas sayings to make you laugh…

“Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?”
~ Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes ~

“I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.”
~ Bernard Manning ~

“I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.”
~ Dick Gregory ~

“Bloody Christmas, here again, let us raise a loving cup, peace on earth, goodwill to men, and make them do the washing up.”
~ Wendy Cope ~

“Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.”
~ Victor Borge ~

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”
~ Shirley Temple ~


“From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.”
~ Katherine Whitehor ~

“Roses are reddish
Violets are bluish
If it weren’t for Christmas
We’d all be Jewish.”
~ Benny Hill ~

“Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included.”
~ Author Unknown ~

“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.”
~ Jay Leno ~

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These may not be funny Christmas sayings, but I love these Christmas quotes which make me think…

Hope you find them inspiring…


More Christmas Sayings

The Grinch“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
~ Dr Seuss, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas~

“We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood. ”
~ New York Times, 25 December 1937, quoted in Quotations For Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938 ~

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”
~ Bing Crosby ~

“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ”
~ Charles Dickens ~

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.”
~ Marjorie Holmes ~

“May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!”
~ Author Unknown ~

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
~ Peg Bracken ~

“May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.”
~ Ada V. Hendricks ~

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

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Family Sayings Quotes About Families


Friday 25 March, 2016.

Family sayings, quotes on family, inspirational sayings, sayings about life. Our favourite sayings from famous people to inspire and amuse you.

Families can be a source of great joy and also of great frustration! They might be your “stress” or your “stress relief”… But, we all have family!

Family sayings are inspirational sayings to help you see “family” from a different point of view. Sometimes funny sayings, or quotes about attitude, can just give you the boost you need.

Scroll down and enjoy our favourite quotes and sayings.

Family Sayings

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
~ Desmond Tutu ~

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

“The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint is not intended.”
~ Robert Frost ~

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”
~ Alex Haley ~

“For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.”
~ Oprah Winfrey ~

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”
~ Confucus ~

“A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life.”
~ Irish Sayings ~

“When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them.”
~ George Bernard Shaw ~

“Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently.”
~ Chinese Proverb ~

“We are one big family of people, trying to make our way through the unfolding puzzle of life.”
~ Sara Paddison ~

“Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.”
~ Emma Thompson ~

“Family is just accident…. They don’t mean to get on your nerves. They don’t even mean to be your family, they just are.”
~ Marsha Norman ~

“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.”
~ Author Unknown ~

“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.”
~ Johann Schiller ~

“Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we’ve put it in an impossible situation.”
~ Margaret Mead ~

“Don’t hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them.”
~ Evelyn Waugh ~

“Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance.”
~ Milton R. Saperstein ~

“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”
~ George Eliot ~

“Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there’s always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.”
~ Marcelene Cox ~

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”
~ Harry S Truman ~

“Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.”
~ Paul Pearshall ~

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
~ Anne Frank ~

Funny Family Sayings

“Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.”
~ Evan Esar ~

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”
~ George Bernard Shaw ~

“The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness.”
~ Nancy Mitford ~

“The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.”
~ Robert Brault ~

“The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”
~ Sam Levenson ~

Family Sayings That Make You Think

“The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people – no mere father and mother – as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born”
~ Pearl S. Buck ~

“My wife has been my closest friend, my closest advisor. And … she’s not somebody who looks to the limelight, or even is wild about me being in politics. And that’s a good reality check on me. When I go home, she wants me to be a good father and a good husband. And everything else is secondary to that.”
~ Barack Obama ~

“Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.”
~ Michael Levine ~

And my favourite of family sayings…

“The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”
~ Erma Bombeck ~

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Inspirational Sayings


Inspirational Sayings
Sayings About Life | Quotes And Sayings

Friday 25 March, 2016.

Inspirational sayings, thank you sayings, funny sayings, quotes and sayings, sayings about life and attitude quotes to motivate and inspire you.

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“God Saw You”

God saw you
God saw you

“God Saw You”


“God saw you getting tired,

When a cure was not to be.

So He wrapped his arms around you,

and whispered, “Come to me”.

You didn’t deserve what you went through,

So He gave you rest.

God’s garden must be beautiful,

He only takes the best

And when I saw you sleeping,

So peaceful and free from pain

I could not wish you back

To suffer that again.”



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“While Waiting For Thee”

while waiting for thee
while waiting for thee

“While Waiting For Thee”


Don’t weep at my grave,

For I am not there,

I’ve a date with a butterfly

To dance in the air.

I’ll be singing in the sunshine,

Wild and free,

Playing tag with the wind,

While I’m waiting for thee.



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“Beautiful Hands”

Beautiful Hands
Beautiful Hands

“Beautiful Hands”
by Emma M. H. Gates


“SUCH beautiful, beautiful hands,

They’re neither white nor small;

And you, I know, would scarcely think

That they were fair at all.

I’ve looked on hands whose form and hue

A sculptor’s dream might be,

Yet are these agéd wrinkled hands

Most beautiful to me.

Such beautiful, beautiful hands!

Though heart were weary and sad

These patient hands kept toiling on

That the children might be glad.

I almost weep when looking back

To childhood’s distant day!

I think how these hands rested not

When mine were at their play.

Such beautiful, beautiful hands!

They’re growing feeble now,

And time and pain have left their mark

On hand, and heart and brow.

Alas! alas! the nearing time–

And the sad, sad day to me,

When ‘neath the daisies, out of sight,

These hands must folded be.

But, oh! beyond the shadowy lands,

Where all is bright and fair,

I know full well these dear old hands

Will palms of victory bear;

When crystal streams, through endless years,

Flow over golden sands,

And where the old are young again,

I’ll clasp my mother’s hands. “



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by Christina Rossetti


REMEMBER me when I am gone away,

Gone far away into the silent land;

When you can no more hold me by the hand,

Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

Remember me when no more day by day

You tell me of our future that you planned:

Only remember me; you understand

It will be late to counsel then or pray.

Yet if you should forget me for a while

And afterwards remember, do not grieve:

For if the darkness and corruption leave

A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,

Better by far you should forget and smile

Than that you should remember and be sad.



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by Christina Rossetti


“WHEN I am dead, my dearest,

Sing no sad songs for me:

Plant thou no roses at my head,

Nor shady cypress tree:

Be the green grass above me

With showers and dewdrops wet;

And if thou wilt, remember,

And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,

I shall not feel the rain;

I shall not hear the nightingale

Sing on, as if in pain;

And dreaming through the twilight

That doth not rise nor set,

Haply I may remember,

And haply may forget.”



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by William Winter


HE knelt beside her pillow, in the dead watch of the night,

And he heard her gentle breathing, but her face was still and white,

And on her poor, wan cheek a tear told how the heart can weep,

And he said, “My love was weary–God bless her! she’s asleep.”

He knelt beside her gravestone in the shuddering autumn night,

And he heard the dry grass rustle, and his face was thin and white,

And through his heart the tremor ran of grief that cannot weep,

And he said, “My love was weary–God bless her! she’s asleep.”

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by Alice Meynell

“FAREWELL to one now silenced quite,

Sent out of hearing, out of sight,–

My friend of friends, whom I shall miss,

He is not banished, though, for this,–

Nor he, nor sadness, nor delight.

Though I shall talk with him no more,

A low voice sounds upon the shore.

He must not watch my resting-place,

But who shall drive a mournful face

From the sad winds about my door?

I shall not hear his voice complain,

But who shall stop the patient rain?

His tears must not disturb my heart,

But who shall change the years and part

The world from any thought of pain?

Although my life is left so dim,

The morning crowns the mountain-rim;

Joy is not gone from summer skies,

Nor innocence from children’s eyes,

And all of these things are part of him.

He is not banished, for the showers

Yet wake this green warm earth of ours.

How can the summer but be sweet?

I shall not have him at my feet,

And yet my feet are on the flowers. “

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Sonnet II

stress and depression
stress and depression

Sonnet II
By Edna St.Vincent Millay


“TIME does not bring relief; you all have lied

Who told me time would ease me of my pain!

I miss him in the weeping of the rain;

I want him at the shrinking of the tide;

The old snows melt from every mountain-side,

And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;

But last year’s bitter loving must remain

Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide!

There are a hundred places where I fear

To go, — so with his memory they brim!

And entering with relief some quiet place

Where never fell his foot or shone his face

I say, “There is no memory of him here!”

And so stand stricken, so remembering him!”



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