Quote of the Week

September 12th, 2016:

Take one step toward G-d and discover that G-d has taken a thousand steps toward you.”

- Julia Cameron (Walking in this World)


September 12th, 20016:

“Help me become what I am,” we pray – and we do.”

- Julia Cameron (Walking in this World)


May 2nd 2016:

“Children need to be free from the pressure of evaluative praise so that others do not become their source of approval.”

- Dr Haim G. Ginott


February 3rd 2016:

“I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.”

- Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee


October 15th 2015:

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher, author


July 8th 2015:

“The point is not to be a nothing.

G‑d created you to be a something.

But not a something because you are something.

A something because your purpose is everything.”

-  Chabad.org quoting Bachodesh Hashlishi 5729
flower 5

June 10th 2015:

“There is no way to happiness,
happiness is the way…”

- Thich Nhat Hanh


May 27th, 2015

“This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”

- Rumi


“May 21st, 2015

“And even if you never leap, one day, you’ll die anyway.”

- Martha Beck ‘Take a Flying Leap’

cat in flight

November 26th, 2014

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

- Vivian Greene

Boy writing in window fog

February 20th 2014:

“…Lewis and Clark headed west. Isak Dinesen took off for Africa. We all have our Africas, those dark and romantic notions that call to our deepest selves.”

                                            – Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way)

old yacht

February 7th 2014:

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”

                                                       - Stephen Covey


February 3rd 2014:

“Good is the enemy of great.”

-Jim Collins


January 27th 2014:

“Creativity is G-d’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to G-d.”

- Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way)

heart 2

November 17th 2013:

“What we are teaches the child far more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become.” 

― Joseph Chilton Pearce

baby miror

Photo by: Rotorhead (not real name)

November 17th 2013:

“What if instead of first place being winning for this race, what if showing up and getting wet is victory for you…”
- Brene Brown (from CD The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting)


October 6th 2013:

“All the world’s problems stem from light being withheld.

Our job then, is to correct this. Wherever we find light, we must rip away its casings. exposing it to all, letting it shine forth to the darkest ends of the earth.

Especially the light you yourself hold.”

- Rabbi M. M. Schneerson (from Bringing Heaven down to Earth Book 1 by Tzvi Freeman)

wall of flowers

August 8th 2013:

“I believe that the recipe for success always involves adding Love…”
- Sandy Gingras from her book I believe in you

green leaf heart

April 8th 2013:

“…Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to ‘die before you die’ – and find that there is no death.”
- Eckhart Tolle


November 3rd 2012:

“If you believe that it’s possible to cause damage – believe that it’s possible to repair”
- Likutei Moharan Tanina, 112 (Rebbe Nachman of Breslov)

June 12th 2012:

“That likewise with respect to everything in life there is no need to insist about anything that it be exactly as you wish it.”
- The Life of the Rebbe 433 (Rebbe Nachman of Breslov)

April 15th, 2012:

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” – Rumi

March 3rd, 2012:

“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”

- C.G. Jung

February 27th, 2012:

“I live my life more than I love it.”

- Itzik Ozarko, owner of Marzipan Bakery, Jerusalem

Photo courtesy of Zsuzsanna Kilian

February 12th 2012:

“There’s nothing so much alive, and yet so quiet as a woodland” – Robert Louis Stevenson

January 25th 2012:

“When you stop trying to control things that are spinning out of control, and when you surrender worries and fears, that’s when you give room for God to enter so you can hear your guidance more cleary. Now is the time to stop trying to control things, and allow yourself to be guided and loved. Everything really is in divine and perfect order. Let the old fall away, so that the fresh and new can enter” – Doreen Virtue

December 21st 2011:

“…I am reclaiming myself.  Trusting my goodness and my divine mission…”

- Matisyahu

December 14th 2011:

“If you’re gonna live, then live it up. If you’re gonna give, then give it up.

If you’re gonna walk the earth, then walk it proud. If you’re gonna say the word, you got to say it loud.”

- Ben Harper

December 1st 2011:

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”

- Dalai Lama

November 3rd 2011:

“Dogs are great. Bad dogs, if we can really call them that, are perhaps the greatest of them all.”

John Grogan, author of “Marley and Me”

September 11th 2011:

“How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected but time is gone forever”

- David Norris

July 29th, 2011:

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – James Dresden

Image “Derek J’” by Phil Watt.

July 1st 2011:

“The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

June 20th 2011:

“You’re either losing your mind – or gaining your soul.”

Julia Cameron, from “The Artist’s Way”

June 9th 2011:

“We Are What We Do.”


June 3rd 2011:

“Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”

Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption

May 20th 2011:

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leo Tolstoy

May 10th 2011:

“Silence is the loudest parting word you never say.”

Ben Harper, Amen Omen lyrics

May 2nd 2011:

“Growth  - bloom where you are planted.”

February 28th 2011:

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
Henry David Thoreau

January 3rd 2011:

“When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”
- Lee Ann Womack

Image courtesy of Karl Mooney – dnadublin.com

December 26th 2010:

“We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.” John Holt, educator

November 27th 2010:

“We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures….Take a risk a day – one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once you have done it.”

-  Susan Jeffers

October 22nd 2010:

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”

October 17th 2010:

“Stop thinking and talking about it and there is nothing you will not be able to know.” Zen Paradigm

Picture courtesy of Rita Juliana, Mebourne, Australia

October 5th 2010:

“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” Eugene Delacroix

September 27th 2010:

“If you can talk you can sing; if you can walk you can dance.”

Zimbabwean Proverb

September 16th, 2010:

“The Rebbes teach that there is nothing as complete as a broken heart.”

- From 60 Days by Rabbi Simon Jacobson

August 3rd, 2010:

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” Mark Twain

July 2, 2010:

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.

…Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

– Helen Keller

June 23rd 2010:

“The powerful person is one who is master over himself”
- Ethics of the Fathers 4:1, Talmud

June 11th 2010:

From “Video” on India Arie’s debut album “Acoustic Soul”

“When I look in the mirror
and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s supposed to be
And I know our Creator didn’t make no mistakes one me
I’m lovin’ what I see…”

May 31st 2010:

On Joy and Sorrow – Kahlil Gibran

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
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.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

May 24th 2010:

“We are all victims of victims.” Louise Hay

May 16th 2010: (Thanks to Gabi Gluck for this one…)

“I love to think that the day you’re born, you’re given the world as your birthday present. It frightens me to think that so few people even bother to open up the ribbon! Rip it open! Tear off the top! It’s just full of love and magic and joy and wonder and pain and tears. All of the things that are your gift for being human.”
- Leo Buscaglia

May 8th 2010:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

April 30th 2010:

You suppose you are the trouble
But you are the cure
You suppose that you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it
It’s too bad that you want to be someone else
You don’t see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.”

- Rumi


April 23rd 2010:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of G-d. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of G-d that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

2 Responses to Quote of the Week

  1. laneia says:

    this quote is beautiful and so appropriate— i went to a class tonight @ simchat shlomo and r’ brodt talked abt the parsha with uzza and azazel. he connected these two characters to those who contested the creation of man when Gd desired to make adam. like amalek, they invite doubt into our minds. in life, they’re the ones that ask us, “who needs you?” and you may internalize this as, “who needs me?” uzza and azazel make you question your purpose and your very existence. it is on yom kippur (this parsha’s connected to yk but i’d imagine the following should be a year- round goal) where we specifically bring this doubt to light, to spot it for what it truly is, and overcome it. it is our responsibility to say to these creeps, “the world needs me, Hashem needs me. i am here to liberate His light through my own vessel and shine like the sun.”
    so thank you for this quote; i can’t wait to share it, and the rest of your blog, with my readership!… if you wouldn’t mind me linking ‘don’t forget 2 breathe’ on my own blog :)

  2. Thanks for this inspirational quote! I fully agree, and find that our colleagues at ulpan are certainly shining, shiny beacons of light (heh).

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