Often, in the still night, ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Fond memory brings the light of other days around me.
-- Thomas Moore
It is the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important.  
You have to do the right thing.  It may not be in your power,
may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit.  But that
doesn't mean you should stop doing the right thing.  You may
never know what results come from your action.  If you do
nothing, there will be no result.  -- Gandhi
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best,
night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the
hardest battle which any human being can fight.
-- e. e. cummings
~  Other Days ~
It occurs to me that there are too many people
and too few human beings.  -- Robert Zend
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Never apologize for showing feeling.  When you do so,
you apologize for the truth.  -- Benjamin Disraeli
All the knowledge I possess, everyone else can acquire
...but my heart is all my own.  -- Johann von Goethe
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If you cannot be a poet, be a poem.  -- David Carradine
Serenity comes not just by removing the outward causes of
fear, but by the discovery of inner reservoirs of strength to draw
upon.  -- Rufus M. Jones
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Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time;
serenity, that nothing is.  -- Thomas Szasz
Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a
kind of lethargy steals over the finer senses of the soul.  -- Michel
de Montaigne
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One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that
a cat has only nine lives.  -- Mark Twain
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity
devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art
which might be, for every mental worker, a comfortable
armchair...to rest from physical fatigue.  -- Henri Matisse
We cannot all see alike, but we can all do good.
-- P. T. Barnum
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Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to
the child as it is to the caterpillar.  -- Bradley Miller
There is no such thing as a "self-made man."  We are made up
of many others.  Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for
us or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered
into the make-up of our character.  -- George Adams
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his
intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact
that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any
creature that cannot.  -- Mark Twain
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Man is rated the highest animal...at least, among all
animals who returned the questionnaire.  -- Robert Brault
The power of the spoken and written word is real, whether
or not you are conscious of it.  Behind every word flows
either positive or negative energy.  -- Sonia Choquette
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I don't tell the truth anymore to those who can't make use
of it.  I tell it mostly to myself, because it always changes
me.  -- Anais Nin
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their
own hearts.  -- Albert Einstein

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.  -- Confucius
Just a little trivia:  This barn is located in rural Christian
County, Illinois, home of my Matthews-Sharp-Hanon
ancestors, who were early pioneers of that area.
The photos on this page are courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
Stephen DesRoches,  Richard Robles,  myoldpostcards and
CaptPiper.  Quotations are from:  Quote Garden.
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