"Outside the leaves on the trees constricted slightly; they were the deep done green of the beginning of autumn. It was a Sunday in September. There would only be four. The clouds were high and the swallows would be here for another month or so before they left for the south before they returned next summer."
- Ali Smith (1962 - ), Scottish author, playwright, academic
From The Whole Story and Other Stories 
"Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch, nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894), American physician, poet
QUOTES FOR AUGUST 2018
"Let go of certainty. The opposite isn't uncertainty. It's openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow."
- Tony Schwartz (1952- ), American author, founder of The Energy Project
From The Way We're Working Isn't Working: Fueling the Four Needs that Energize Great Performance  - also published under the title Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live
August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame,
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark, barely recalled,
Shadows caught in a blink,
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.
- Elizabeth Maua Taylor, American writer, poet
QUOTES FOR JULY 2018
"I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere I needed to be"
Douglas Adams (1952-2001), English writer
From The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul 
"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jewelled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all is right with the world."
- Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013).
American architecture critic and writer
From Architecture Anyone? 
"Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down."
- Ray Bradbury (1920-2012),
American science fiction and fantasy writer
From Brown Daily Record 
"I would rather dance as a ballerina, faultily, than as a flawless clown."
- Margaret Atwood (1939- ), Canadian writer and poet
From Lady Oracle 
QUOTES FOR MAY 2018
"I thought that spring would last for evermore,
For I was young and loved, and it was May."
- Vera Brittain (1893-1970), English writer, nurse
From the poem "May Morning" in Testament of Youth 
"The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."
- Jill Churchill (1943- ), American author
From O Magazine, May, 2003
QUOTES FOR APRIL 2018
"April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain."
- T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), American-born British poet
From "The Waste Land" 
"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're too months back in the middle of March."
- Robert Frost (1874-1963, American poet
From "Two Tramps in Mud Time"
QUOTES FOR MARCH 2018
"It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what."
- John Galsworthy (1867-1933), English novelist and playwright
From The Forsyte Saga
"An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper."
- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-American writer and artist
From Sand and Foam 
QUOTES FOR FEBRUARY 2018
"Love does not dominate, it cultivates. And that is more."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German writer, poet, philosopher and scientist
From Das Märchen , as translated by Hermann J. Weigand in Wisdom and Experience 
"The worst families are those in which the members never really speak their minds to one another; they maintain an atmosphere of unreality, and everyone always lives in an atmosphere of suppressed ill-feeling."
- Walter Bagehot, British journalist, essayist, businessman
From The English Constitution (ed. 2, 1872), introduction
QUOTES FOR JANUARY 2018
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. One cannot help but be in awe when contemplating the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one merely comprehends a little of the mystery every day. The important thing is not to stop questioning: never lose a holy curiosity."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist
From statement to William Miller, as quoted in Life magazine,
(May 2, 1955)
"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."
- Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British writer
From A Room of One's Own (essay first published in 1929)
QUOTES FOR DECEMBER 2017
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- H. Jackson Brown Jr. (1940 - ), American author
From P.S. I Love You, Rutledge Press, 1990
"Happy, happy Christmas that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the traveller back to his own fireside and quiet home!"
Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English writer and social critic
From The Pickwick Paper 
QUOTES FOR NOVEMBER 2017
“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”
- Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), American poet and novelist
From The Underground Journals of Sylvia Plath
"Finish every day and be done with it. For manners and for wise living it is a vice to remember. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. To-morrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense."
- Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882),
American essayist, lecturer and poet
According to James Elliot Cabot's Memoir of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1888), Emerson wrote those words "To one of his daughters who was away from home, at school."
QUOTES FOR OCTOBER 2017
"It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all."
- J.K. Rowling (1965 - ), British author
From her Harvard University address, 2008
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. "
- Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), American author and poet
From Eleonora, a short story, first published in 1842 in Philadelphia in the literary annual The Gift.
QUOTES FOR SEPTEMBER 2017
"The falling leaves drift by the window
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold
Since you went away the days grow long
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall"
- From the song "Autumn Leaves"
"Autmn Leaves" is the English version of a popular French song called "Les Feuilles mortes" ("The Dead Leaves"). The song was composed by Joseph Kosma and the French lyrics were written by French poet Jacques Prévert (1900-1977).
"C'est une chanson, qui nous ressemble
Toi tu m'aimais et je t'aimais
Nous vivions tous les deux ensemble
Toi que m'aimais moi qui t'aimais
Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s'aiment
Tout doucement sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable les pas des amants désunis"
QUOTES FOR AUGUST 2017
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
- T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), American-born British poet
From "Four Quartets"
"Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."