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                        Inspirational Quotes for the Day.

                       
                                                     
Today: Beauty Everywhere
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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus Quote:
People who look down on others live on a bluff.

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On today's site:
  • A poem by Walt Whitman
  • Fire and music under your feet (Thomas Merton)
  • The power of a teacup (Lissi Kaplan)
  • David Hume and Albert Einstein
  • Albert Camus and Reuven Hammer
And The Last Word is a Bengali hymn
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Photo by Chuck Bowman
I believe a leaf of grass is no less
than the journey-work of the
   stars,
And the pismire is equally perfect,
and a grain of sand, and the egg
   of the wren,
And the tree-toad is a chef-d'oeuvre
for the highest,
And the running blackberry would
adorn the parlors of heaven,
And the narrowest hinge in my
hand puts to scorn all
   machinery,
And the cow crunching with
depress'd head surpasses any
   statue,
And a mouse is miracle enough to
stagger sextillions of infidels.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
American poet, essayist, humanist
“By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around
me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees
a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire
and music under my feet.”

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
American Trappist Monk and author
Lissi Kaplan's teacups
I've been given the honor of painting heirlooms for family
and friends, and for people I'm meeting for the first time.
They will be passed on like a legacy from mother to
daughter, sister to sister, aunt to niece, wife to husband,
sister to brother, grandparent to grandchild, friend to
friend, and on and on like a colorful tapestry woven
together celebrating and bonding us for generations to
come. They are like perfect little pearls, each with its own
rare beauty, forming a rich and elegant necklace. There is
power is a teacup, for it contains endless memories and
cherished moments. If you look carefully at each brush
stroke, you will see an intimate portrait of a life lived in all  
its many colors and textures.

Excerpted from "The Power of a Teacup"
By Lissi Kaplan, porcelain artist
ReganBooks, 2003
Beauty is no quality in things themselves.
It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.

David Hume (1711-1776)
Scottish philosopher, economist, historian
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing
is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Photo by Stephen Bowman
There is not a single true work of art
that has not in the end added to the
inner freedom of each person who has
known and loved it.

Albert Camus (1913-1960)
French-Algerian author and philosopher
Winner of Nobel Peace Prize for Literature
It is prayer that restores to us the ability to feel, to see, and to appreciate.

Reuven Hammer
Rabbi, teacher living in Jerusalem
Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the ocean of God's beauty! If you
descend to the uttermost depths, there you will find the gem of love.

Bengali hymn
Photo by Chuck Bowman
Photo by Chuck Bowman