You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
~Attributed to both Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi
Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
We shall never be able to effect physical disarmament until we have succeeded in effecting moral disarmament.
~J. Ramsay MacDonald
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum
“Some people will never know the treasure of beauty because their heart is wrought with ugliness!”
~ Joni Zipp
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
~Henry David Thoreau
Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers - a living prismatic gem.... it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.
~W.H. Hudson, Green Mansions
Use the talents you possess - for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.
~Henry Van Dyke
My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.
Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.
~ Lewis Grizzard
Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven -
All's right with the world!