James A. Baldwin Quotes

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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.

American-born James A. Baldwin (1924-1987) wrote a variety of works in novels, essays, short stories, and plays. He was also an active participant in the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

Rod McKuen Quotes

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Cats have it all–admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.

Unless you call attention to your presence, who will know you’re there.

American Rod McKuen (1933-2015) was a distinguished poet, songwriter, and actor.  During the late 1960s, his poetry was some of the most sought after.  

Coming Ashore

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Sailing stormy seas

Harbor welcomes home


Each victory won

Drifting back ashore


Future never waits

Grasping dreams today


Breathing youthful pride

Joy running ashore


Dropping life’s anchor

Haven’s quiet place


Yesterday’s wishes

Bringing each ashore


Recalling each step

Gifts for tomorrow


Fading memories

Past stepping ashore


Love shining brightly

Embracing new life


Fulfilling journey

Life coming ashore


Maturing spirit

Quest’s uplifting star


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Robert Greene Quotes

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You must always be prepared to place a bet on yourself, on your future, by heading in a direction that others seem to fear.

Understand:  you are one of a kind.  Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history.

Robert Greene (born 1959) is an American author.  He has written six international bestsellers based around the topics of strategy and power.

Matshona Dhliwayo Quotes

Trees we plant today are forests we enjoy tomorrow.

Mothers are out world.  Sisters are our sky.  Daughters are out stars.  Women are our universe.

Matshona Dhliwayo is a Canadian-based author and philosopher.  Born in Zimbabwe, he shares his unique look at life throughout much of his writing.

Monday Memories: Where is Hope?

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The location of Hope County can’t be found on any maps

Perhaps hope resides in our caring hearts, ready to tap


Last year’s drought

Brings misery and dried-up hope

Optimistic farmers seed spring crops with unwavering hope


A nearby processing plant

Will close soon with vanishing hope

Hurting families look to God for new hope


A nation’s inner fiber

Torn and ripped apart with faltering hope

Martin Luther King proclaims a message of rebuilding hope


A man sits despaired and forlorn

Being laid off with a future that offers spiritless hope

Receiving a new job brings praise to a God of immense hope


A crime-ridden neighborhood

Breathes each day with an absence of hope

Community spirit and love return with true hope


A charred Apollo spacecraft

Dashes an American moon journey with little hope

Neil Armstrong walks on the moon with restored hope


A scorned and forgotten child

Feels left out at school with fading hope

A passionate teacher smiles and brings refreshing hope


A middle-aged woman

Receives news that her body is filled with cancer and no hope

Prayers intercede filled with cancer-free and grace-filled hope


A sin-filled world

Awaits a Savior with never-ending hope

God sends His Son to deliver eternally-filled hope


Our world contains many places

Where hearts are filled with everlasting spirit and hope

Let’s never turn-off for a second our amazing hope


The Bible speaks a great deal about hope.  Search for numerous examples such as from Romans 15:13:  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Future’s Hope

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Stirring in early morn

Feeling approaching tide

Future’s hope now airborne

Flying without clear guide


Standing still at crossing

Waiting for next green light

Future now crisscrossing

Hiding in hopeless night


Looking for place to rest

Stumbling along dark road

Future stalls at hill’s crest

Spilling hope’s heavy load


Waking to darkest gloom

Hoping for one sure thing

Future trying to bloom

Hanging on threadbare string


Seeing fresh hope renewed

Shifting life’s paradigm

Future no longer skewed

Finding success to climb

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Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was a former first lady of the United States during her husband’s tenure as President (1933-1945).  Her life was filled with many accomplishments and pursuits outside of her political involvement with her husband:  diplomat (United Nations) and activist (human rights).

Ralph Ellison Quotes

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The world is a possibility if only you’ll discover it.

The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.

Ralph Ellison (1914-1994) was an American author who is best known for INVISIBLE MAN, which earned a National Book Award in 1953.

Hope’s Flame

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Hearing hope-filled words

Again and again


Different story

Always same message


Better tomorrow’s

Waiting in the wings


Whatever issue

Life’s hollow words sting


Today’s hope searching

Empty souls stare out


Yesterday shattered

Future dreams snuffed out


Confidence shaken

Sunrise uncertain


Starving for action

Grieving voices weep


Life struggles onward

Energy waning


From smallest ember

Hope’s flame still glowing


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