Here are a few poems and quotations which I have been collecting since I was 18 years old.  Some are to make you smile, others are just there to help.  I hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed collecting them.

In Life there are only two things to worry about.
Either you are well, or you are unwell.

If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about.
If you are unwell, then there are two things to worry about.
Either you will live, or you will die.

If you live, then there is nothing to worry about.
If you die, then there are two things to worry about.
Either you will go to Heaven, or you will go to Hell.

If you go to Heaven, then there is nothing to worry about.
If you go to Hell, you'll be so busy shaking hands with
all of your friends, you won't have time to worry.


If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle, when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn't it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like men behave all month long?
Gloria Steinem

Happy the man, and happy he alone
He who cannot call today his own.
He who, secure within himself can say
Tomorrow do thy worst;
For I have lived today
John Dryden

There was a faith-healer of Deal
Who said "Although pain isn't real
If I sit on a pin
and it punches my skin
I dislike what I fancy I feel

Pain has an element of blank. It cannot remember when it began, as if there were a time when it was not.
Emily Dickinson

Those who do not feel pain, seldom think that it is felt.
Samuel Johnson

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller

Know how sublime a thing it is, to suffer and be strong.

In prosperity our friends know us. In adversity, we know our friends.
Churton Collins

Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits.
Believe in yourself.
Consider things from every angle.
Don't give up and don't give in.
Enjoy life today. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow might never come.
Family and friends are treasures hidden. Seek them and enjoy their riches.
Give more than you planned to.
Hang on to your dreams.
Ignore those who try to discourage you.
Just do it.
Keep trying, no matter how hard it seems. It will get easier.
Love yourself, first and most.
Make it happen.
Never lie, cheat or steal. Always strike a fair deal.
Open your eyes and see things as they really are.
Practice makes perfect.
Quitters never win and winners never quit
Read, study and learn about everything important in your life.
Stop procrastinating.
Take control of your destiny.
Understand yourself in order to understand others better.
Visualise it.
Want it more than anything.
Xcellerate your efforts.
You are unique of all God's creations. Nothing can replace you.
Zero in on your target and go for it.

This is the good news; of memory, hearing, all the faculties - the last to leave is sexual desire and the ability to make love. That means, long after we're wearing bi-focals or hearing aids, we'll be making love. But we won't know with whom, or why!

There are only about 20 murders a year in London and not all are serious - some are just husbands killing their wives.

If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs, it is possible that you haven't grasped the gravity of the situation.
Jean Kerr

Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts, nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are. Chaff and grain together. Certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what's worth keeping and then with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
George Eliot

We judge ourselves of what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have done already.

Truly it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
Meister Eckhart

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.
Virginia Satir

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness and the word happiness would lose its meaning if it were not enhanced with sadness.

What doesn't kill me makes me stronger.
Albert Camus

A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day, he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.
Albert Schweitzer

Go with the pain, let it take your palms and your body to the pain. It comes in waves, like a tide, and you must be open as a vessel lying on a beach, letting it fill you up, and then retreating, leaving you empty and clear...with a deep breath - it has to be as deep as the pain - one reaches a kind of inner freedom from pain, as though the pain were not yours but your body's.

When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you until it seems as though your could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.

Said one oyster to a neighbour oyster,"I have a great pain within me. It is heavy and round and I am in distress." And the other oyster replied with a haughty complacence, "Praise be to the heavens and to the sea, I have no pain within me. I am well and whole, both within and without. At that moment a crab was passing by and heard the two oysters, and he said to the one who was well and whole, both within and without, "Yes, you are well and whole, but the pain that your neighbour bears, is a pearl of exceeding beauty."
Khalil Gibran

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare, that they are difficult.

Each player must accept the cards life deals on him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards, in order to win the game.

People love to be nice, but you must give them a chance.
Auguste Renoir

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one has to do.
James Barrie

You never know what health is, until you lose it.
An Indian Sage

Pleasure is oft a visitant, but pain clings cruelly to us.
John Keats