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Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach is a great book for women of all ages. There are inspirational quotes and stories that help women reflect to create a more productive and balanced life. We often share some of these quotes on twitter. (We have not included every quote.)

Each month there is a theme that drives the quotes and essays. We hope to share these quotes with you in the upcoming months. We hope you enjoy. If you like them please share with others and visit back for more inspirational quotes for women.



“September the harvest month…Summer is over and Autumn has arrived.” Cynthia Wickman

  1. “Autumn to winter, winter to spring, spring into summer, summer into fall – So rolls the changing year, and so we change; Motion so swift, we know not that we move.” Dinah Mulock Craik
  2. “Somewhere there is an ancient enmity between our daily life and the great work. Help me in saying it to understand it.” Rainer Maria Rilke
  3. “At work, you think of the children you left at home. At home, you think of the work you’ve left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent.” Golda Meir
  4. “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” Buddha
  5. “The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is Real.” Marge Piercy
  6. “Work is love made visible.” Kahlil Gibran
  7. “Oh, the secret life of man and woman – dreaming how much better we would be than we are if we were somebody else or even ourselves, and feeling that our estate has been exploited to its fullest.” Zelda Fitzgerald
  8. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” Hellen Keller
  9. “You gain strength , courage and confidence by every experience in which you  really stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. “One sad thing about this world is that the acts that take the most out of you are usually the ones that other people will never know about.” Anne Tyler
  11. “Let us, then be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and wait.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  12. “Our aspirations are our possibilities.” Samuel Johnson
  13. “A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the reason for which we sought it has passed.” Ellen Glasgow
  14. “It was the first operatic mountain I climbed, and the view from it was astounding, exhilarating, stupefying.” Leontyne Price
  15. “We all must pay with the current coin of life for the honey we taste.” Rachel Blumstein
  16. “The conflict between what one is and who one is expected to be touches all of us. And sometimes, rather than reach for what one could be, we choose the comfort of the failed role, preferring to be the victim of circumstance, the person who did not have a chance.” Merle Shain
  17. “Life itself is the proper binge.” Julia Child
  18. “Flops are part of life’s menu and I’m never a girl to miss out on a course.” Rosalind Russell
  19. “Oh it’s delightful to have ambitions…And there never seems to be any end to them – that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”  Anne Shirley
  20. “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Pogo (Walt Kelly)
  21. “My joy, my grief, my hope, my love, did all within the circle move.” Edmund Waller
  22. “I would like to learn or remember, how to live.” Annie Dillard
  23. “When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.” Oprah Winfrey
  24. “Do what you love, and the money will follow.” Marsha Sinetar
  25. “I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.” Gloria Vanderbilt
  26. “Nothing in the world can take place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge
  27. “Only the heart know how to find what is precious.” Fydor Dostoyevsky
  28. “There is a time for everything, And a season for every activity under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
  29. “When we truly care for ourselves, it becomes possible to care far more profoundly about other people. The more alert and sensitive we are to our own needs, the more loving and generous we can be towards others.” Eda LeShan
  30. “Is there anything as horrible as starting on a trip? Once you’re off that’s all right, but the last moments are earthquake and convulsion, and the feeling that you are a snail being pulled off your rock.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“The fields are harvested and bare,

And Winter whistles through the square.

October dresses in flame and gold

Like a woman afraid of growing old.” Anne Mary Lawler

  1. “My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night.” Edna St. Vincent Millay
  2. “It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.” Pablo Picasso
  3. “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped & insane your whole life.” Anne Lamott
  4. “There are some things you learn best in the calm, and some in the storm.” Will Cather
  5. “Most important for us is a good spiritual relationship between employees and management.” Tatsuhiko Andoh
  6. “Things do not change; we change.” Henry David Thoreau
  7. “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out.” Robert Frost
  8. “Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger.” W. Somerset Maugham
  9. “In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes… from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.” Salman Rushdie
  10. “No quality is more attractive than poise – that deep sense of being at ease with yourself and the world.” Good Housekeeping, Sept 1947
  11. “It’s always something.” Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner)
  12. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens
  13. “I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, and what can be the use of [her] is more than I can see.” Robert Louis Stevenson
  14. “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.” Samuel Johnson
  15. “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” Henry David Thoreau
  16. “How, but in custom and ceremony, are innocence and beauty born?” W.B. Yeats
  17. “So many worlds, so much to do. So little done, such things to be.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  18. “Loss as muse. Loss as character. Loss as life.” Ann Quindlen
  19. “Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments.” Oscar Wilde
  20. “If you have not slept, or if you have slept, or if you have a headache, or sciatica, or leprosy, or thunder-stroke, I beseech you, by all angles, to hold your peace, and not pollute the morning.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  21. “Let me remember that each life must follow its own course, and that what happens to other people has absolutely nothing to do with what happens to me.” Marjorie Holmes
  22. “Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity.” Phyllis McGinley
  23. “The problem of money dogs our steps throughout the whole of our lives, exerting a pressure that, in its way, is as powerful and insistent as any other problem of human existence. And it haunts the spiritual search as well.” Jacob Needleman
  24. “Concern should drive us into action and not into depression.” Karen Horney
  25. “Here are the bills again, I always dread them a little. They are familiar presences: first in the mail box, then in the bill drawer, now on the desk. Services Rendered. “My life is dependent on services rendered.” Gunilla Norris
  26. “I don’t know much about being a millionaire, but I’ll bet I’d be darling at it.” Dorothy Parker
  27. “There must be more to life than having everything.” Maurice Sendak
  28. “A little bit added to what you’ve already got gives you a little bit more.” P.G. Wodehouse
  29. “Whoever thinks that [she] is helping to keep God’s work going on the earth cannot help but believe that God will help [her].” Charles Fillmore
  30. “A lean purse is easier to cure than endure.” George S. Clason
  31. “To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form; to soar beyond sight; to explore the uncharted dream realm of hidden reality.” Starhawk


“All freezes again –

among the pines, winds,

whispering a prayer.”

Riei, 18th Century Japanese Poet

  1. “The season when to come, and when to go, to sing, or cease to sing, we never know.” Alexander Pope
  2. “Let us imagine care of the soul, then, as an application of poetics to every day life.” Thomas Moore
  3. “Once you are real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.” Margery Williams
  4. “And write about it, Goddess, and about it!” Alexander Pope
  5. “Bring your intelligence, your energy and your passion. To join with your Good Work. Burn always in my Soul. You are welcome here. I remember you.” Homeric Hymn
  6. “To be really great in little things, t be truly noble and heroic in the intrepid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
  7. “She had been forced into prudence in her youth. Sher learned romance as she grew older – the natural sequence of an unnatural beginning.” Jane Austen
  8. “More things are wrought by prayer than this world reams of.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  9. “There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and this is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.” Madeleine L’Engle
  10. “Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?” Jane Austen
  11. “Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void.” Simone Weil
  12. “These are only hints an guesses, Hints followed by guesses, and the rest is prayer, observance, discipline, thought, and action.” T. S. Elliot
  13. “God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, A gauntlet with a gift in “it.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  14. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  Einstein
  15. “We all have angels guiding us…They look after us. They heal us, touch us, comfort us with invisible warm hands.” Sophy Burnham
  16. “Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. “ J.S. Mill
  17. “It’s terribly amusing how many different climates of feeling one can go through in a day.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  18. “Each friend represents a world in us.” Anais Nin
  19. “Whoever you are – I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Blanche Dubois (Tennessee Williams)
  20. “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” Jane Howard
  21. “It’s so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn’t it.” Anne Shirely
  22. “An open home, an open heart, here grows a bountiful harvest.” Judy Hand
  23. “The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  24. “Illness is a doctor to whom we pay most heed: to kindness, to knowledge, we make promises only; pain we obey.” Marcel Proust
  25. “There is hope for all of us. Well, anyway, if you don’t die you live through it, day in, day out.” Mary Beckett
  26. “Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” Marsha Norman
  27. “We are most deeply asleep at the switch when we fancy control any switches at all.” Annie Dillard


  1. “There is entirely too much charm around, and something must be done t stop it.” Dorothy Parker
  2. “A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point.” Mistinguett #moms
  3. “The whole of science is nothing more than a reinforcement of everyday thinking.” Albert Einstein
  4. “Most of the sighs we hear have been edited.” Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
  5. “We are not human beings trying to be spiritual. We are spiritual beings trying to be human.” Jacquelyn Small
  6. “Gloom we have with us, a rank and sturdy weed, but joy requires tending.” Barabara Holland #moms
  7. “This is my letter to the world.” Emily Dickinson
  8. “Christmas won’t be Christmas with any presents.” Jo March (Louisa May Alcott)
  9. “Giving presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well.” Pamela Glenconner
  10. “There is only one real deprivation… and that is not to be able to give one’s gifts to those one loves most.” May Sarton
  11. “Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.” Francis P. Church
  12. “All families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy #family
  13. “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” Louisa May Alcott
  14. “For years I wanted to be older, and now I am.” Margaret Atwood
  15. “The birthday of my life is come, my love is come to me.” Christina George Rossetti
  16. “Be Glad. Be Good. Be Brave.” Eleanor Hodgman
  17. “Live in each season as it passes; breathe air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” Henry David Thoreau
  18. “There are 2 ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton
  19. “Every thought and every act were to keep this home in tact.” Edgar A. Guest
  20. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell
  21. “First we have to believe, and then we believe.” G.C. Lichtenberg
  22. “You can have anything you want if you want it desparately enough.” Sheila Graham
  23. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams… he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau.
  24. “The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.” Ivy Baker Priest


“And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have never been.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

  1. “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” Zora Neale Hurston
  2. “You only live once – but if you work it right, once is enough.” Joe E. Lewis
  3. simple, adj. 1: without embellishment; 2. clarity of form and thought; fundamental abundance, n. 1: an ample quantity, profusion; 2: wealth; 3. plentifulness simple abundance, 1: an inner journey; 2. a spiritual and practical course in creative living; 3: a tapestry of contentment
  4. “When you perform… you are yourself – larger and more potent, more beautiful. you are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is glory on earth. And it is yours, nightly.” Agnes de Mille
  5. “Many women today feel a sadness we cannot name. Though we accomplish much of what we set out to do, we sense that something is missing in our lives and -fruitlessly – search “out there” for the answers. What is often wrong is that we are disconnected from an authentic sense of self.” Emily Hancock
  6. “The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of [woman].” Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  7. “Perhaps if one really knew when one was happy one would know the things that were necessary in one’s life.” Joanna Field
  8. “There is a no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. Be being happy we sow anonymous benefits on the world.” Robert Louis Stevenson
  9. “In my life’s chain of events nothing was accidental. Everything happened according to an inner need.” Hannah Senesh
  10. “Begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  11. “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” Hellen Keller
  12. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
  13. “The eyes of my eyes are opened.” e.e. cummings
  14. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” Melody Beattie
  15. “‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘Tis a gift to be free, Tis a gift to come down Where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in a place that’s right, ‘twill be in the valley of love and delight.” 19th Century Shaker Hymn
  16. “Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.” Pearl Buck
  17. “The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.” Artur Schnabel
  18. “You agree – I’m sure you agree, that beauty is the only thing worth living for.” Agatha Christie
  19. “Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.” Russell Conwell
  20. “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” Agatha Christie
  21. “Woman must be the pioneer in this turning inward for strength. In a sense she has always been the pioneer.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  22. “Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.” Katherine Mansfield
  23. “Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will Curse you.” Emmet Fox
  24. “Take the gentle path.” George Herbert
  25. “I will write myself into well-being.” Nancy Mair
  26. “Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you; you don’t have to read nor analyze nor study.” Jessamyn West
  27. “If you love a thing enough, knowledge of it seeps into you, with particulars more real than any chart can furnish.” Jessamyn West
  28. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
  29. “Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror.” Antonio Porchia
  30. “Each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.” Woman’s Home Companion December 1915


  1. “I celebrate myself, and sing myself, I loafe and invite my soul…” Walt Whitman
  2. “Perhaps loving something is the only starting place there is for making your life your own.” Alice Koller
  3. “To love onself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” Oscar Wilde
  4. “My business is not to remake myself, but make the absolute best of what God made.” Robert Browning
  5. “What I mean by living to one’s self is living in the world, as in it, not of it.” William Hazlitt
  6. “I have made my world and it is a much better world than I ever saw outside.” Louise Nevelson
  7. “Living is a form of not being sure, not know what next or how… The artists never entirely knows.” Agnes De Mille
  8. “Inside of you there’s an artist you don’t know about.”  Jalai Ud-Din Rumi
  9. “It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” Somerset Maugham
  10. “Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness.” Paul Johannes Tillich
  11. “Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  12. “A sobering thought; what if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my potential?” Jane Wagner
  13. “Where there is great love there are always miracles.” Willa Cather
  14. “There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.” Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. “The heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.” Fiona MacLeod
  16. “Sometimes a person has to go back, – to have a sense, an understanding or that’s gone to make them – before they can go forward.” Paule Marshall
  17. “Maybe being oneself is always and acquired taste.” Patricia Hampl
  18. “God is in the details.” Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
  19. “Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey… It is the journey to find yourself.” Katherine Sharp
  20. “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  21. “Let knowledge grow from more to more.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  22. “I don’t believe; I know.” Carl Jung
  23. “If you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen.” Joseph Campbell


“It is the 1st mild day of March. Each minute sweeter than before… there is a blessing in the air.” William Wordsworth

  1. “God grant us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed; courage to change the things that should be changed.” R Niebuhr
  2. “Meditation is simply about being yourself and know about who that is.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
  3. “Anybody can observe the Sabbath but making it holy sure takes the rest of the week.” Alice Walker
  4. “The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.” Mary Webb
  5. ”Hope” is the thing with feathers – that perches the soul.” Emily Dickinson
  6. “I pray you… your play needs no excuse. Never excuse.” William #Shakespeare
  7. “A little of what you fancy does you good.” Marie Lloyd
  8. “Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” Doris Mortman
  9. “So many women just don’t know how great they really are. The come to us all vogue outside and vague inside.” Mary Kay Ash
  10. “The tragedy of our time is that we are so eye centered, so appearance besotted.” Jessamyn West
  11. “If you resolve to work each day for self-realization, your whole world.” Pond’s Cold Cream Advertisement 1947
  12. How women look and how their looks change in the course of their lives, is not a frivolous question … “How do I look?” she asks as her eyes meet the eyes in the mirror. She listens carefully for an answer because it might prove quite illuminating.” Kennedy Fraser
  13. “Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.” Mary Lou Cook
  14. “I did not lose myself all at once.” Amy Tan
  15. “Any little bit of experimenting in self-nurturance is very frightening for most of us.” Julia Cameron
  16. “If you want to find the answers to the Big Questions about your soul, you’d best begin with the Little Answers about your body.” G Sheehan
  17. “If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?” Dame Edith Sitwell
  18. “We are the hero of our own story.” Mary McCarthy
  19. “Repose is a quality too many undervalue.” Good House Keeping 1947
  20. “Don’t you love it when some incredibly beautiful woman like Linda Evans or Cindy Crawford tells us that the real beauty secret is finding your inner light? No shit. But I’ve done the same things these women have done to find my inner light and while it’s true I’m happier, I still don’t look like them.” Marianne Williamson
  21. “My after forty face felt far more comfortable than anything I lived with previously.” Nancy Collins
  22. “I was thought to be “stuck up.” I wasn’t. i was just sure of myself.” Better Davis
  23. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland
  24. “Listening to your heart is not simple. Finding out who you are is not simple.” Sue Bender
  25. “It takes a lot of hard work and courage to get to know who you are and what you want.” Sue Bender
  26. “To choose clothes, either in a store or at home, is to define and describe ourselves.”
  27. “It is never to late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
  28. “It’s never to late – in fiction or in life – to revise.” Nancy Thayer
  29. “I base my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.” Gilda Radner
  30. “Style moves by fits and starts and is ocassionally glorious.” Kennedy Fraser
  31. “Fashion fades. Only style remains.” Coco Chanel


“April, the Angel of the Months.” Vuta Sackville-West

“Start moving, a step at a time, step after step. The positive momentum will take you from there.” Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance

  1. “Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart & to turn on your creativity. There’s a light inside you.” Judith Jamison
  2. “The should should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” Emily Dickinson
  3. “Inside myself is a place where I live alone & that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.” Pearl Buck
  4. “ For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.” Christian LaCroix
  5. “Undoubtedly we become what we envision.” Claude M. Bristol
  6. “Adornment is never anything but a reflection of the self.”
  7. “With color, for the price of a pot of paint, people can express their own style and individuality. But, as with style, a gift for color has to be developed by experiment. If you don’t dare, you are doomed to dullness.”  Shirley Conran
  8. “Good taste shouldn’t have to cost anything extra.” Micky Drexler
  9. “Luxury need not have a price – comfort itself it luxury.” Geoffrey Beene
  10. “Beauty is altogehter in the eyes of the beholder.” Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  11. “Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.” Edna Ferber
  12. “The body is a sacred garment. It’s your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor.” Martha Graham
  13. “Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run.” Jenny Craig
  14. “The body must be nourished, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We’re spiritually starved in this culture – not underfed but undernourished.” Carol Hornig
  15. “Teh body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time trusted.” Martha Graham
  16. “I will tell you what I learned myself. For me a long, 5-mile walk helps. And one must go alone and every day.” Brenda Ueland
  17. “Genius is of small use to a woman who does not know how to do her hair.” Edith Wharton
  18. “The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” Yves Saint Lauren
  19. “Let your mind be quiet, realizing the beauty of the world, and the immense boundless treasures that it holds.” Edward Carpenter
  20. “There might be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” – Sylvia Plath
  21. “Smells are surer than sounds and sights to make the heartstrings crack.” – Rudyard Kipling
  22. “Nothing can cure the soul but the sense, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” Oscar Wilde
  23. “The sense of smell. almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it’s a pity that we use it so little.” Rachel Carson
  24. “I wish you all manner of prosperity, with a little more taste.” Alain-Rene Le Sage
  25. “The greatest thing a human does in this world is to see something…to see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one.” J. Ruskin
  26. “With stammering lips and insufficient sounds,  I strive and struggle to deliver right the music of my nature.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  27. “Oh invisible, we view thee, O world intangible, we touch thee, o world unknowable, we know thee.’ Francis Thompson
  28. “Intuition is a spiritual faculty, and does not explain, but simply points the way.” Florence Scovel Shinn
  29. “Taking joy in life is a woman’s best cosmetic.” Rosalind Russell
  30. “The most radiant woman in the room is one full of life and experience.” Sharon Stone


“Let all the joys be as the month of May.” Francis Quarled

  1. “Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish.” Anne De Lenclos
  2. “Drink very good tea out of a thin Wocester cup of colour between apricot and pink….” Rumer Godden
  3. “Every spirit builds itself a house, and beyond its house a world, and beyonds its world a heaven. Know then that world exists for you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. “A house is who you are, not who you ought to be.” Jill Robinson
  5. “Your house is your home only when you feel you have jurisdiction over the space.” Joan Kron
  6. “When friends enter a home, they sense its personality and character, the family’s style of living – these elements make a house come alive with a sense of identity, a sense of energy, enthusiasm, and warmth , declaring, ”This is how we are; this is how we live.” Ralph Lauren
  7. “Home is the definition of God.” Emily Dickinson
  8. “The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are the most important to the should than their simplicity might suggest.” Thomas Moore
  9. “My life will always have dirty dishes. If this sink can become a place of contemplation, let me learn constancy here.” Gunilla Norris
  10. “If a home doesn’t make sense, nothing else does.” Henrietta Ripperger
  11. “Time to dust again. Time to caress my house, to stroke all its surfaces. I want to think of it as a kind of lovemaking… the chance to appreciate by touch what I live with and cherish.” Gunnilla Norris
  12. “I am when the Chinese, who know everything, build a house, they consult the precepts of an ancient science, Feng Shui, which tells them exactly how, when, and where the work must be done, and so brings good fortune to the home forever.” Jan Morris
  13. “Mothering myself has become a way of listening go my deepest needs, and of responding to them while I respond to my inner child.” Melinda Burns
  14. “We do love certain houses, and why do the seem to love us? It is the warmth of our individual hearts reflected in our  surroundings.” T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
  15. “Perfection is self-abuse of the highest order.” Anne Wilson Schaef
  16. “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe beautiful.” William Morris
  17. “In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it And they must have a sense of success in it.” John Ruskin
  18. “Out of clutter, find simplicity.” Albert Einstein
  19. “What a gift of grace to be able to take the chaos from within and from it create some semblance of order.” Katherine Paterson
  20. “Puttering is really a time to be alone, to dream and to get in touch with yourself… to putter is to discover.” Alexandra Stoddard
  21. “Ah there is nothing like staying home for real comfort.” Jane Austen
  22. “If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters daydreaming.” Gaston Bachelard
  23. “An interior is the natural protection of the soul.” Coco Chanel
  24. “Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.” Nikos Kazantzakis
  25. “What is passion? It is surely the becoming of a person.” John Boorman
  26. “Passion is what you need to be good, an unforgiving passion.” David Easton
  27. “We shape  our dwellings, and afterwards our dwelling shape us.” Winston Chruchill
  28. “Your passions express your personality. Few things, including clothes, are more personal than you cherished ornaments. The pioneer women, who crossed a wild continent clutching their treasures to them, knew a clock, a picture, a pair of candlesticks, meant home, even in the wilderness.” Good House Keeping 1952
  29. “Each item in a collection has its own story, its own memory – the search, the day you bought it, who you were with, the vacation…” Tricia Guild & Elizabeth Wilhide
  30. “The whole thrill of junking is that you just know the next table will have what you have been looking for all your life.” Mary Randolph Carter
  31. “Oh the fun of arriving at a house and feeling the spark that tells you that you are going to have a good time.” Mark Hampton


“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June. – L.M. Montgomery

  1. “House ordering is my prayer, and when I have finished my prayer is answered. And bending, stooping, scrubbing, purifies my body as prayer doesn’t.” Jessamyn West
  2. “Style is to see beauty in modesty.” Andree Putmam
  3. “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7
  4. “Style has nothing to do with money. Anybody can do it with money. The true art is to do it on a shoestring.” Tom Hogan
  5. “All one really needs is a divinely attractive bed.” Mrs. Winston Guest
  6. “If I were a psychiatrist, I think I would like to inspect my patients’ bathrooms before investigating any other area of their lives.” Mark Hampton
  7. “Some of the living-rooms we see have really no right to the name; they are so unattractive they ought, instead, to be called existing rooms. I like to think of the word “living rooms” being short for the joy-of-living rooms – full of life and happiness and beauty.” Lucy Throop
  8. “When we are authentic, when we keep our spaces simple, simply beautiful living takes place.” Alexandra Stoddard
  9. “A confused mind cannot direct deft hands and what is more confusing than a cluttered, disorderly place to work? What is more uninviting, too? The grateful appearance of order – this is the one important way women judge each other’s house keeping. And every efficient housekeeper knows that in no room does it count more than the kitchen.” Women’s Home Companion Aug 1924
  10. “In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to our details around us.” Virginia Woolf
  11. “Tidied all my papers. Tore up and ruthlessly destroyed much. This is always great satisfaction.” Katherine Mansfield
  12. “And still she slept an azure-lidded sleep / In Blanched linen, smooth, and lavender’d.” John Keats
  13. “The array of pots rather amazed her at first, but John was so fond of jelly, and the nice little jars would look so well on the top shelf.” Louisa May Alcott
  14. “The English rose greets the summer garden with a profusion of colour and perfume and doors and windows are thrown open to allow the season’s intoxicating atmosphere to envelop us and our homes.” Syndney A. Sykes
  15. “The holiest of all holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart, the secret anniversaries of the heart.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  16. “I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred, I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. 6.17 “There never has been a house so bad that it couldn’t be made over into something worthwhile.” Elsie De Wolfe
  18. “And the day came when the risk [it took] to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin
  19. “Gardening is the instrument of grace.” May Sarton
  20. “Within our heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go.” Louise Driscoll
  21. “Bloom where you are planted.”  Mary Engelbreit
  22. “It is difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a home-grown tomato.” Lewis Grizzard
  23. “Now is the high-tide of the year, And whatever of life has ebbed away, Comes flooding back with the ripply cheer, Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it, We are happy now, because God wills it.” James Russell Lowell
  24. “I’d rather have roses on my table, than diamonds on my neck.” Emma Goldman
  25. “Plant it with the green side up.” Mary Ann and Frederick McGourty
  26. “All year round she kept racks full of plants in pots standing on green painted wooden steps. There were rare geraniums, dwarf roses-bushes, spiraeas with misty white and pink plumes.” Colette
  27. Balm brings you sympathy and Marjoram joy, Sage is lone life … Sweet Woodruff augurs well for health – A blessing richer far than wealth. While Lavender means deep devotion, Herb sweet omen, Rosemary conveys Affection and remembrance all your days. May Heaven and Earth and Man combine To keep these blessings ever thine.” Rachel Page Elliott
  28. “Little flower – but if I could understand, What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and [woman] is.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  29. “My soul is a broken field, plowed by pain.” Sara Teasdale
  30. “All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself. All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within, and you will surely find it.” Eileen Caddy
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“Lovely July… with the evocative murmur of honey bees on the wing and the smell of sun tan cream.” Cynthia Wickman

  1. “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” St. Paul
  2. “Redeem the time. Redeem the unread vision of a higher dream…” TS Elliot
  3. “Expect nothing; live frugally on surprise.” Alice Walker
  4. “No one who cooks cooks alone.” Laurie Colwin
  5. “The one fact that I would cry form every housetop is this: the Good Life is waiting for us – here and now.” BF Skinner
  6. “Soul food is just what it implies. It is soulfully cooked food, good for your ever-loving soul.” Sheila Ferguson
  7. “Animal crackers, and cocoa to drink, that is the finest of suppers, I think;” Christopher Morley
  8. ”It is those who have a deep & real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.” Evelyn Underhill
  9. “The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of the human race than the discovery of a star.” Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  10. “Cooking – yes, and living become simpler rites this month.” Nell B. Nichols
  11. “The table is a meeting place, a gathering round, the source of sustenance & nourishment, festivity, safety, & satisfaction.” Laurie Colwin
  12. “We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.” Matthew 14:17
  13. “Hospitality is one form of worship.” The Talmud
  14. “It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.” Rebecca West
  15. “It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” Ursula K. LeGuin
  16. “She endured. And survived. Marginally, perhaps, but it is not required of us that we live well.” Anne Cameron
  17. “She was not accustomed to taste the joys of solitude except in company.” Edith Wharton
  18. “These are voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. “Develop interest in life as you see it; in people things, literature, music – the world is so rich… Forget yourself.” Henry Miller
  20. “What is your hobby? Every woman ought to have some pet interest in life outside of the everyday routine.” Mother’s Magazine Jan 1915
  21. “Only a very gifted mind could cope singly with all the problems which present themselves in the perfecting of a home.” Arnold Bennett
  22. “Lost yesterday, two golden hours, each set with 60 diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.” Horace Mann
  23. “Difficult time have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way.” Isak Dinesen

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” William Shakespeare #summer


  1. “But if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.” Carl Jung #psychology
  2. “What a wonderful life I have had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” Colette
  3. “A schedule defends from chaos within. It is a net for catching days.” Annie Dillard #moms
  4. “There are days when any electrical appliance in the house seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the TV.” Harriet Van Horne
  5. “Work is not always required, there is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fully neglected.” George MacDonald
  6. “A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order – willed, faked, and so brought into being.” Annie Dillard
  7. “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Colette
  8. “It is not that I belong to the past, but the past belongs to me.” Mary Antin
  9. ”Explore daily the will of God.” Carl Jung
  10. “Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.” Baruch Spinoza
  11. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, & magic in it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  12. “We can’t take credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.” Madeleine L’Engle
  13. “Become willing to see the hand of God and accept it as a friend’s offer to help you with what you are doing.” Julia Cameron
  14. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, not surprise for the reader. Robert Frost
  15. “Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.” George Eliot
  16. “To believe your own though, to believe what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men – that is genius. To believe your own though, to believe what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men – that is genius.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. “To live fully, outwardly & inwardly, not to ignore external reality for the sake of the inner life, or the reverse – that’s quite a task.” Etty Hillesum
  18. “Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written 11 books, but each time I think “Uh, oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody & there going to find me out.” Maya Angelou
  19. “Stories are medicine… They have such power; they do not require that we do, be act anything – we need only listen. The remedies for repair or reclamation of any lost psychic drive are contained in stories.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph. D.
  20. “Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes & behold the treasure house of the infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, & abundantly.” Joseph Murphy
  21. “We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do & think & feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are & may become.” Ursula K. LeGuin
  22. “Poetry affords us a respite in which we may gather renewed strength for the old struggle to adapt ourselves to reality.” Robert Haven Schauffler
  23. “I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs & ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, what I am filled with music.” George Eliot
  24. “The work of art which I do not make, none other will ever make.” Simone Weil
  25. “I seem to wish to have some importance in the play of time… What is deep, as love is deep, I’ll have Deeply. What is good, as love is good, I’ll have well. Then if time & space have any purpose, I shall belong to it.” Jennet Jourdemayne (Christopher Fry)
  26. “Good movies make you care, make you believe in possibilities again.” Pauline Kael
  27. “Hands to work, hearts to God.” Shaker Axiom
  28. “Home is the heart of life… Home is where we feel at ease, where we belong, where we can create surroundings that reflect our tastes and pleasures… Making a home is a form of creativity open to everyone.” Terence Conran
  29. “Love is the spirit that motivates the artist’s journey. The love may sublime, raw, obsessive, passionate, awful. or thrilling, but whatever its quality, it’s a powerful motive in the artist’s life.” Eric Maisel
  30. “Procrastination is the thief of time.” Edward Young
  31. “One must also accept that one has “uncreative” moments. The more honestly one can accept that, the quicker these moments will pass. One must have the courage to call a halt, to feel empty and discouraged.” Etty Hillesum





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