Food for the soul...

Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.
 You know you've reached middle age when a doctor,
not a policeman, tells you to slow down.
~Author Unknown
There was no respect for youth when I was young,
and now that I am old, there is no respect for age
- I missed it coming and going.
~J.B. Priestly
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
~Victor Hugo
At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment.
~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac
You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
~George Burns

Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.
~Robert Browning

I believe humans get a lot done,
not because we're smart,
but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.
~Flash Rosenberg

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.
~Jean Anouilh

A flower is an educated weed.
~Luther Burbank

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly,

but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.
~Mary Kay Ash

The world laughs in flowers.
Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.
 ~Lao Tzu
I will age ungracefully,
until I become an old woman in a small garden,
doing whatever the hell I want.
~Robin Chotzinoff

Under the full moon life is all adventure.
~Sigurd Olson

Flowers are happy things.
~P.G. Wodehouse
A wise old owl sat on an oak;

The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive;
but it is lightning that does the work.
~Mark Twain

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
 Nine bean rows will I have there,
a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
~William Buter Yeats

Seeds, like hearts must open to grow.

~ Carol Horos

A morning relaxing on the porch with a good cup of coffee is time well spent.

~Bonnie (that is me)

When you have only two pennies left in the world,

buy a loaf of bread with one,
and a lily with the other.
~Chinese Proverb

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose
I would always greet it in a garden.
~Ruth Stout

Action is eloquence.
~William Shakespeare

Speak softly and carry a big stick;
you will go far.
~West African Proverb
Life is not a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out,
and loudly proclaiming, WOW! What a ride!

Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.
~Jean Anouilh

Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer,
when they complained about the heat.
~Author Unknown

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

I think we're going to the moon
because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges.
It's by the nature of his deep inner soul...
we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.
~Neil Armstrong

In meditation, we can watch the itch.
Instead of scratching it.
 - Baba Ram Dass

Why not learn to enjoy the little things
- there are so many of them.

First a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus -  Crocus.
  ~Lilja Rogers

When the bold branches bid farewell to rainbow leaves
- Welcome wool sweaters.
~ B. Cybrill

There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.
~ Janet Kilburn Phillips

Gardening requires lots of water
- most of it in the form of perspiration.
 ~Lou Erickson

Fear is your best friend or your worst enemy.
It's like fire.
If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house.
If you can't control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you.
If you can control your fear, it makes you more alert,
like a deer coming across the lawn.
~Mike Tyson

Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly,
and do every day what should be done,
and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.
~Elbert Hubbard

Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire:
it is the time for home.
~Edith Sitwell

Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway,
and today, I saw one. 
It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th,
where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat
that will turn out to be a mistake
 - as almost all hats are.
~Nikolaus Laszlo, Nora Ephron, and Delia Ephron

The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.
~George Carlin

How is it that one match can start a forest fire,
but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?
 ~Christy Whitehead

The red rose whispers of passion, and the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon, and the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud with a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest has a kiss of desire on the lips.
~John Boyle O'Reilly

If you ever catch on fire,
try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror,
because I bet that's what really throws you into a panic.
~Jack Handley

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.
To not dare is to lose oneself.
~Soren Kierkegaard

If I could be with you
and you would be with me,
I'd choose a house for all seasons
in a mountain greenery.

The bee,
from her industry in the summer,
eats honey all the winter.

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
  ~Rabindranath Tagore

I love to study the many things that grow below the corn stalks
and bring them back to the studio to study the color.
If one could only catch that true color of nature
- the very thought of it drives me mad.
 ~Andrew Wyeth

The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence.
Fences have nothing to do with it.
The grass is greenest where it is watered.
When crossing over fences,
carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.
~Robert Fulghum

So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow
glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.
~William Carlos Williams

With daffodils mad footnotes for the spring,
And asters purple asterisks for autumn.
 ~Conrad Aiken

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses,
for you only get to play one round.
~Ben Hogan

The Rose has but a Summer reign, The daisy never dies.
~James Montgomery

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns;
I am thankful that thorns have roses.
 ~Alphonse Kar

Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there.
~Francis Thompson

Long, glinting dragonflies shot across the path,
or hung tremulous with gauzy wings and gleaming bodies.
~Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

To a toad, what is beauty?
A female with two pop-eyes, a wide mouth, yellow belly and spotted back.

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
 ~R. Buckminster Fuller

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
~Lao Tzu