Diverse Reflections Concerning Theme  “Settle for.”  “Settling in.”  “Settled.” “Unsettled.”


“A person cannot live long in this world if he does not know these three things:  what is too much for him, what is too little for him, and what is just right for him.”  Swahili Proverb

“Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the wrong direction.”  Al Bernstein

“Freedom is the right to choose the habits that bind you.”  Renate Rubenstein

“A person often meets his destiny on a road he took to avoid it.”  Jean de la Fontaine

“You can’t keep changing men, so you settle for changing lipstick.”  Heather Locklear

“The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.”  William Safire

“We live under the same sky, but we don’t have the same horizons.”  Konrad Adenauer

“Perfect doesn’t exist for people like us, Bartholomew. Passable. That’s what I want. Just simply passable. If I could have a passable existence, I think I’d be very grateful.”  Matthew Quick

“I’ve always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.”  Beverly Sills

“Adult life is dealing with an enormous amount of questions that don’t have answers.  So I let the mystery settle into my music.  I don’t deny anything.  I don’t advocate anything.  I just live with it.”  Bruce Springsteen

“You’re never too old to become younger.”  Mae West

“Establishing goals is alright if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.”  Doug Larson

“Discipline is remembering what you want.”  David Campbell

“Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.”  James Baldwin

“Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.”  Gail Sheehy

“What I’m looking for is a blessing that is not in disguise.”  Kitty O’Neill Collins

“When you acknowledge the integrity of your solitude and settle into its mystery, your relationships with others take on a new warmth, adventure and wonder.”  John O’Donohue

“The dream was always running ahead of one.  To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.”  Anais Nin

“The excitement, the true excitement, was always in starting again.  Nothing’s worse than an accomplished task, a realized dream.”  Marilyn Harris

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive.  There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.”  George Eliot

“Adults are obsolete children.”  Dr. Seuss

“Dreams are, by definition, cursed with short life spans.”  Candice Bergen

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”  Havelock Ellis

“We shall become, or we shall overcome.”  Anthony Liccione

“People who drink to drown their sorrows should know that sorrow knows how to swim.”  Ann Landers

“Life begins as a quest of the child for the man and ends as a journey by the man to rediscover the child.”  Laurens Van Der Post

“If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.”  Geena Davis

“It’s not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.”  Ashleigh Brilliant

“Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns;  I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr

“Two dangers constantly threaten the world:  order and disorder.”  Paul Valery

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”  Oprah Winfrey

“What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible.”  Theodore Roethke

“Accomplishing the impossible only means that the boss will add it to your duties.”  Doug Larson

“You can’t expect to make a place for yourself in the sun if you keep taking refuge under the family tree.” Claud McDonald

“None of us suddenly becomes something overnight.  The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.” Gail Godwin

“Love is a fire.  But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell.”  Joan Crawford