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Poems, Quotes
and Sundry Sayings
On March 31,2006 a wonderful thread was started by a man who calls himself "enigma" on the message boards of the support group

The brief quote he posted was followed by an avalanche of words from other posters -
poems and sayings and quips and quotes to inspire, give pause for thought, amuse, and some even to make you cry (just a bit) We all enjoyed this collection so much- it grew longer and longer every day- I did not want to see these words leave us, hidden away in the archives, covered in cyber dust. I've gathered them together on these few pages for easy reference and I'd love to add more if you have them....

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Enjoy the Poems! the Libyan fable it is told
That once an eagle, stricken with a dart,
Said, when he saw the fashion of the shaft,
'With our own feathers, not by others' hands,
Are we now smitten.'"

525 - 456 B.C.

Every day you may make progress.
Every step may be fruitful.
Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening,
ever-ascending, ever-improving path.
You know you will never get to the end of the journey.
But this, so far from discouraging,
only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

Sir Winston Churchill

However mean your life is, meet it and live it;
do not shun it and call it hard names.

Henry David Thoreau

Now you can't beat Yogi Berra with such classics as :
"When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it"

"The future ain't what it used to be."

And those of us who are sick should head this advice:
"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you
 as by the attitude you bring to life;
not so much by what happens to you
as by the way your mind looks at what happens."

Kahil Gibran

Whatever you can do
or dream you can
Begin it
Boldness has power, magic
and genius in it."

~ Goethe

If you find yourself in a hole, quit digging"
(re: copd and quitting smoking)

"Hope" is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune
without the words,
And never all.

Emily Dickinson

The soul can split the sky in two
And let the face of God shine through.
But he whose soul is flat
the sky
Will cave in on him
by and by.

Emily Dickinson

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story."


"I have been down many roads and some of them weren't paved.. "

"If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch..."

"Blessed are the cracked, for it is they that allow in the light"



I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.
At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.

-- Jane Kenyon

"Eighty percent of success is showing up."
Woody Allen

"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make,
 who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?"

Stephen Levine

If people would see thier own faults as they see the faults of others,
truly, evil would come to the end in this world.

Tirukkural 190

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

John Keats

"Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas,
Ease after war, death after life,does greatly please"

Edmund Spenser - The Faerie Queen

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
-- Arthur Schopenhauer

I am too blessed to be stressed and
too anointed to be disappointed

Winners make things happen
Losers let things happen.....

When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind blows softlythrough the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from it's chalice steals-
I know what the caged bird feels!
I know why the caged bird beats it's wing
Till it's blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old-old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting-
I know why he beats his wing!
I know why the caged bird sings,ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,--
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings--
I know why the caged bird sings!

~ Paul Laurence Dunbar~

If all else fails
Read the instructions

To the world you might be one person,
but to one person you may be the world.

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."

We see the world, not as it is,
but as we are.

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts!

You can be upset because rosebushes have thorns
or you can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

Joanne Greenberg
Taken from the COPD Support,Inc Website 

I am I, because my little dog knows me.
Gertrude Stein

Treasure the love you receive above all.
 It will survive long after your good health has vanished.

-Og Mandino

Life Lessons
"There are no mistakes, no coincidences.
All events are blessings given to us to learn from."

Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

We will meet again my friend,
A hundred years from today
Far away from where we lived
And where we used to play.
We will know each other's eyes
And wonder where we met
Your laugh will sound familiar
Your heart, I won't forget.
We will meet, I'm sure of this,
But let's not wait till then...
Let's take a walk beneath the stars
And share 'this' world again.

"Let's Not Wait"
by Ron Atchison