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Al Purdy Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Al Purdy.

I'm not religious in any formal sense,
not in any God sense.
- Al Purdy

At a certain age you're always uncertain how other people will take you.
- Al Purdy

In my own mind, I was sort of a desperate kid.
- Al Purdy

'A collected poems' is either a gravestone or a testimonial to survival.
- Al Purdy

 

I don't think I do have a soul.
- Al Purdy

I started writing when I was about thirteen.
- Al Purdy

I was desperately unhappy trying to adjust to the world.
- Al Purdy

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For me, the vast marvel is to be alive.
For man, or for flowers or beast or bird,
the supreme triumph is to be most vividly and perfectly alive.
- Al Purdy

Things were so bad we ate rabbits that neighbours had
run over and gave to us because they knew we were broke.
- Al Purdy

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

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.
- Marianne Williamson

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

I am not a slave to my thoughts or emotions.
- Richard Carlson

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

Forgiveness does not change the past,
but it does enlarge the future.
- Paul Boese

The key to happiness is not to have what you want
but to want what you have.
- Anonymous

Forgive those who have injured you -
not because they deserve your forgiveness,
but because you can never be happy
until you release your anger and grant forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to be happy,
put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind.
- Anonymous

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow...
but only empties today of its strength.
- C. H. Spurgeon

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

What do we live for, if it is not
to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

If thy brother wrongs thee,
remember not so much his wrong-doing,
but more than ever that he is thy brother.
- Epictetus

Success is a journey, not a destination.
- Ben Sweetland

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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