Collection of Quotes – Fall ’23

“Happiness is choosing to cultivate moments of meaning and enjoyment.”

Barbara Fredrickson

“Ego is about who’s right. Truth is about what’s right.”

Mike Maples Jr. 

“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.”


“We need the tonic of wildness.”

Henry David Thoreau

­­­“One effect of sustained conflict is to narrow our vision of what is possible. Time and again, conflicts are resolved through shifts that were unimaginable at the start.”

Nelson Mandela

“A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.”

W.H. Auden

“Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.”

William Arthur Ward

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.”

H.L. Mencken

“We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and I need to make sure my shoulders are strong and steady for those who come after me.”

Lauren Hoops-Schmieg

“So what does it take to get through the invisible barriers we’ve put up around ourselves, the screens and the filters we protect ourselves with? How do we start to break through the normalization of extreme suffering in our world?”

Dan Gretton

“This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”

Mary Oliver

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”


CRM 10/17/23