I believe in the power of words, and my 31 Days exploring that power has been challenging and enlightening.
When I began this journey 31 Days ago, I said that I love profound quotes. And in almost every post, I included at least one quote that spoke to the powerful word of the day. In most cases, it was more than one quote. I found that I wrote better when inspired by words of others.
This past weekend, I pulled out that box of pictures I mentioned a few days ago, and started looking. I knew that would be a dangerous proposition—I could have spent days in that box.
But I discovered something I didn’t expect to find—something I didn’t know I had saved. It was a speech I wrote in 1973. And it was full of quotes.
That find reaffirmed my journey through these 31 Days, and I thought it would be apropos to close with quotes I chose decades ago.
“Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius…Education may cost financial sacrifice and mental pain, but in both money and life values it will repay one hundred fold.” – Joseph Addison
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” –Woodrow T. Wilson
“Great people are not affected by each puff of wind that blows ill. Like great ships, they sail serenely on, in a calm sea or a great tempest.” –from “Apples of Gold”
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is nothing I can give you which you have not, but there is much that while I cannot give you, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instance. Take Peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within reach, is joy. Take Joy.” – Fra Giovanni
May your life be filled with powerful words aptly spoken.