I have been collecting quotes for quite awhile. They have always spoken volumes to me and I love to incorporate them into my art. When my son Decklin first set up my email account in 1994, I asked him to help me with a signature line so that I could include a quote at the end of all of my emails. Not too long after that, I turned my passion for meaningful quotes into a small rubber stamp company selling un-mounted stamps only, called LennaLines. All of the stamps were favorite quotes of mine. I ran this business for 3 years, from 2000- 2003. It was very satisfying, but after some time I gave it up to concentrate on my art and my teaching instead.
I still use quotes in my artwork and correspondence most every day, so I thought a page of my favorite quotes would be a great addition to this website. These quotes are ones that speak to me. I have found them in many places and saved them in a text file over the years, but this is the first time these quotes have all been published together in one place. My top, all-time favorite quotes are listed in the column on your right. I have a lot of favorite quotes!
quotes on love:
You will find as you look back upon your life that
the moments when you
have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. -- unknown
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And thus is winged Cupid painted blind. -- William Shakespeare, from Midsummer Night's Dream
The love we give away is the only love we keep.
-- Elbert Hubbard
Accept the gift you have given to so many. Let people love you back. -- Jeanette Osias
Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
-- Pablo Picasso
No matter how much love I give away I always have
-- Sherri Kaminski
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. -- unknown
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
The giving of Love is an education in itself.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
Love is not an emotion, it is your very nature.
-- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
In order to create, there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love? -- Igor Stravinsky
Love yourself first and everything falls into line.
-- Lucille Ball
Love is the only force capable of transforming an
enemy into a friend.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get -- only with what you are expecting to give, which is everything. -- Katharine Hepburn
Real love begins where nothing is expected in
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. -- Mignon McLaughlin
What we loved as a child remains in our hearts
Unknown -- from a 1930's greeting card
Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. -- O.Mandino
It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never finding the courage to let the person know how you feel. -- Unknown
There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving -- by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done. -- Aldous Huxley
And ever has it been that love knows not its own
depth until the hour of separation.
-- Kahlil Gibran
Passion doesn't have to dwindle; it can deepen.
To give and not to feel that one has given is the
very best of all ways of giving.
-- Max Beerbohm
Good art is not what it looks like, but what it
does to us.
-- Roy Adzak
To be creative, you must be brave and allow your self to take risks. You also must be a little crazy to take these risks. -- danny gregory
Do not fear mistakes - there are none.
-- Miles Davis
Creativity exists in the present moment. You can't
find it anywhere else.
-- Natalie Goldberg
The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use, finds his greatest happiness in using it. -- Goethe
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in
-- Mikhail Baryshnikov
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge
in the creative artist.
-- Albert Einstein
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. -- Charles Mingus
If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens. -- Grandma Moses
I create because I feel the need to do so and it's
Not to mention all the wonderful, creative people I've met - many of whom have become friends, now matter how far away they are. -- Sondra K. Long
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. -- Ella Fitzgerald
The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that
come from all over the
place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a
passing shape, from a spider's web. -- Pablo Picasso
We are what we create, and we create Art to bring
a piece of ourselves to others.
-- Chris Peden
Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up
and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are
great because of their passion.
-- Martha Graham
Art is about opening the windows and doors not
-- Randy Keenan
The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense.
-- Pablo Picasso
The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. -- Ernest Newman
Art is the guarantee of sanity. -- Louise Bourgeois, Artist, at age 90
What would it be like if you lived each day, each
breath, as a work of art
in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding, every second of
every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. -- Thomas Crum
If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse. -- Walt Disney
Art is neither a profession nor a hobby. Art is a
way of being.
-- Frederick Franck
Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain
an artist when one grows up.
-- Pablo Picasso
Being with real people who warm us, who endorse us
and exhault our creativity
is essential to the flow of the creative life...otherwise we freeze. When women are out in the cold, they tend to live on fantasies instead of action.
-- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The important thing is to create. Nothing else
matters; creation is all.
-- Pablo Picasso
Never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed. -- Sydney Smith
Art is a co-operative effort that tries to pull
some kind of sense out of life. In this way, religion, science, and
spoken/written communication are all arts.
-- Decklin Foster
A hunch is creativity trying to TELL you something. -- Frank Zappa
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. -- Henry Ward Beecher
The most valuable of the arts is the art of living. -- Cicero
Everyone has talent. -- Heather Crossley, adaptation of a Degas quote
If you know exactly what you are going to do, then
what is the point of doing it?
-- Pablo Picasso
It is only when doing my work that I feel truly
-- Federico Fellini
Art is too much fun to be restricted to those who
are good at it.
-- Elaine Normandy
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy like art . . . it has no survival value, rather it is one of those things that gives value to survival. -- C.S. Lewis
The applause of many cannot compare to the friendship of one. -- unknown
Friendship is one mind in two bodies. -- Mencius
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a
-- Swedish proverb
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.
Before him, I may think aloud
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. -- Albert Schweitzer
There can be no happiness equal to the joy of finding a heart that understands. -- unknown
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else. -- Eleanor Roosevelt
The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time
may heal the anguish
of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired. -- Robert Southey
True friendship is like sound health, the value is
seldom known until it be lost.
-- Charles Caleb Colton
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of
There is a time for silence. A time to let go .and a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over. -- Gloria Naylor, novelist
The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a
little softer than your head.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that this new world is born. -- Anais Nin
None is so rich as to throw away a friend. -- Turkish proverb
It is our uniqueness that gives freshness and
vitality to a relationship.
-- Dr. James Dobson
It is sometimes hard to believe that anything is worthwhile, unless there is some eye to kindle in common with our own, some brief word uttered now and then to imply that what is infinitely precious to us, is precious alike to another mind. --George Eliot
The best time to make friends is before you need
-- Ethel Barrymore
A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is no better exercise for the heart than
reaching down and lifting people up.
-- John Andrew Holmes
There is no wilderness like a life without friends; friendship multiplies blessings and minimizes misfortunes; it is a unique remedy against adversity, and it soothes the soul. -- Baltasar Gracian
quotes on life:
i always say life is just so much fun. you can sit around and wait for that
big thing to happen or just grab each juicy second and eat it right up.
-- kelly snelling
Some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not
knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without
knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity...
-- Gilda Radner
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, and to work, and to play, and to look up at the stars. -- Henry Van Dyke
The game of life is not so much in holding a good
as playing a poor hand well. -- H. T. Leslie
Life appears to me too short to be spent in
nursing animosity or registering wrong.
-- Charlotte Bronte
We must be willing to relinquish the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. -- Joseph Campbell
You have two choices in your life; you can dissolve into the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be. -- Alan Ashley Pitt
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not
living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand
-- and melting like a snowflake.
-- Marie Beyon Ray
How exciting to expand one's horizons. Isn't that
what life is all about?
-- Don Nelson
The happiness of life is made up of minute
fractions, the little soon forgotten
charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the
countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to
make the best of it, as
it is, is the only way of being happy. -- Jennie Jerome Churchill
Accept the pain, cherish the joys, resolve the regrets; then can come the best of benedictions... "If I had my life to live over, I'd do it all the same." -- Joan McIntosh
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by. -- E. S. Bouton
I have lived on a razors edge. So what if you fall off. I'd rather be doing something I really wanted to do. I'd walk it again. -- Georgia O'Keeffe
This is the only reality there is. If you can get it down on paper, in words, notes, or color, so much the better." -- Henry Miller
Life is a rush into the unknown: You can duck down and hope nothing hits you, or stand up tall as you can, show it your teeth and say, 'Dish it up, baby, and don't be stingy with the jalapenos!' -- Unknown
To live is so startling it leaves little time for
-- Emily Dickinson
All of us tend to put off living. We are all
dreaming of some magical rose
garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming
outside our windows today. -- Dale Carnegie
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. -- Beverly Sills
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. -- Theodore Roosevelt
Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our
highest endeavor ought to be
to set off that spark in one another. -- Kenny Ausubel
Luck is being prepared for opportunity when it comes. -- unknown
Just trust yourself. Then you will know how to live. -- Goethe
What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of
the next thing you need to do.
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to
welcome the ecstatic experience.
-- Emily Dickinson
Life is mostly froth and bubble, but two things
stand like stone,
kindness in another's trouble and courage in your own. -- Diana, Princess of Wales
It's not what you gather, but what you scatter, that tells what kind of life you have lived. -- unknown
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the
night. It is the breath of
a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the
grass and loses itself in the sunset. -- Crowfoot's last words, 1890
Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night. -- Marion Howard
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind,
your talents, the
creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love.
When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age. -- Sophia Loren
Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give
yourself to the moment. Let it happen.
-- Jerry Brown
more quotes i like:
Always do right. This will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest. -- Mark Twain
When you can't solve the problem, manage it.
-- Dr. Robert H. Schuller
The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second is disastrous. -- Margaret Fontey
To achieve a great goal, one must begin with a small
-- Fortune cookie saying
Find something you're passionate about and keep
tremendously interested in it.
-- Julia Child
Most people see what is, and never see what can be. -- Albert Einstein
We are all given ingredients of happiness, but the mixing is left to ourselves. -- Ethel M. Dell
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. -- Peter Marshall
Distance doesn't matter; it's only the first step
that is difficult.
-- Marquise du Delfand
It takes wit, interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish, and spirits must flow. There must be courage. There are no easy ruts to get into which lead to happiness. A man must become interesting to himself and must become actually expressive before he can be happy. -- Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections. -- St. Francis de Sales
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have patience with all things, but, first of all,
-- St. Francis De Sales
On the surface we may fear changes, but in the end
they only benefit us.
-- Dallas Foster, at age 17
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. -- Raymond Lindquist
He who gains a victory over other men is strong, but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful. -- Lao Tzu
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life. -- T.S. Elliot
It doesn't matter if you're a late bloomer as long
as you don't miss the flower show.
-- Jane Fonda
Just do something. Mistakes be damned. -- Eliza B.
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. -- Mingnon McLaughlin
Faith in oneself is the best . . . and safest
Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it is good only for wallowing. -- Katherine Mansfield
Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it. -- Mae West
To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections. -- Sandra Biereg
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
-- Ingrid Bergman
The greatest honor of a lifetime is to be who you are. -- paraphrased from Joseph Campbell
You never know what you can do till you try. -- William Cobbett
Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart donít know how to laugh either. -- Golda Meir
Disappointments are like road bumps, they slow you
down a bit but you enjoy
the smooth road afterwards. Don't stay on the bumps too long. Move on! -- unknown
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. -- Oprah Winfrey
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. -- General Norman Schwarzkoff
You are richer today if you have laughed, given or forgiven. -- unknown
Let your thoughts be positive for they will become
Let your words be positive for they will become your actions.
Let your actions be positive for they will become your values.
Let your values be positive for they will become your destiny. -- Mahatma Gandhi
You have to decide what your highest priorities
are and have the courage -
pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically - to say no to other things.
And the way you do that is by having a bigger yes burning inside. -- Stephen Covey
We could learn a lot from Crayons: Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but we have to learn how to live in the same box. -- Author Unknown
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the
scenery on a detour.
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above little things. -- John Burroughs
The best way out of a problem is through it. -- unknown
Nothing is interesting if you're not interested.
-- Helen MacInness
I recommend that you take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves. -- Lord Chesterfield
Give a girl the right kind of shoes and she may
conquer the world.
-- Bette Middler
Hitch your wagon to a star. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
nature related quotes:
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find
reserves of strength
that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature-the assurance that dawn comes after night,
and spring after winter. -- unknown
The moment one gives close attention to any thing,
even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome,
indescribably magnificent world in itself.
-- Henry Miller
Nature gives you the face you have at twenty, it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty. -- Coco Chanel
I donít know what good it does to hang numbers on the hours. You canít count a river while it moves by you. The best thing to do is take off your clothes and go swimming in it. -- Henry David Thoreau
Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once. -- Woody Allen
To see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour. -- William Blake
Time is the wisest counselor of all.
reading, writing & learning quotes:
He who loveth a book will never want a faithful friend. -- Unknown
To teach is to learn twice. -- Joseph Jou
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. -- Mark Twain
Nothing we learn in this world is ever wasted.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. -- Mark Twain
Letter writing is the only device for combining
solitude with good company.
-- George Gordon Byron
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
-- Albert Einstein
The creations of a great writer are little more
than the moods and passions of his own heart, given names and sent to walk the
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty
or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in
life is to keep your mind young.
-- Henry Ford
If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor. -- Jennifer Jones
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road. -- Henry Ward Beecher
I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.
-- Tammy Faye Baker
Sometimes, when I look at my children, I think I
should have remained a virgin.
-- Lillian Carter
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. -- Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
Old age ain't no place for sissies! -- Bette Davis
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. -- A. A. Milne
Oooh la la, I'd rather be rich than famous. But then, a little fame among friends and dogs is OK, and with friends and dogs I'll always be rich. -- Ann Peterson
It's not the men in my life that count, it's the life in my men. -- Mae West
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination
is out of focus.
-- Mark Twain
Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. -- Woody Allen
If everybody likes you, you are not a very interesting person. -- Bette Davis
Thin people are beautiful, but fat people are
-- Jackie Gleason
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs build the Ark.....professionals built the Titanic! -- unknown
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run
over if you just sit there.
-- Will Roger
You can't prevent the birds of unhappiness from flying overhead, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair. -- unknown
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. -- Harry Truman
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. -- Albert Einstein
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. -- Joseph Wood Krutch
The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too. -- Samuel Butler
Never eat anything at one sitting that you can't lift. -- Miss Piggy
Do you want to speak to the man in charge, or to the woman who knows what is going on? -- Unknown
Every adult deserves a happy childhood. -- Tom Collins
Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.
-- Shirley Conran