I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou
Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. ~Thomas Campbell
The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.
Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. ~Rachel Carson
That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe. ~John Berger, The Sense of Sight, 1980Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence. ~Alfred Billings Street
May the roof above us never fall in
And may we good companions beneath it never fall out.
There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire
Sex is good, but not as good as fresh, sweet corn. ~Garrison Keillor
Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers
Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage. Lettuce pray. ~Author Unknown
I don’t think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing. Until then we’re stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians. ~Pat McNelis
It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched so that a tree will rot where it falls, a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity, a trumpeter swan may float on uncontaminated water – and moderns may at least see what their ancestors knew in their nerves and blood. ~Bernand De Voto, Fortune, June 1947
Stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don’t drink too much. Then again, don’t drink too little. ~Herman “Jackrabbit” Smith-Johannsen
A hangover is the wrath of grapes. ~Author Unknown
I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk. ~John Marcellus Huston
If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, “Blue-Butterfly Day”
Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine. ~Jeffrey Glassberg
Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes. ~Author Unknown
Sometimes a sunrise
Is just what we need
To make us feel better
When we are worried.
To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. ~Euripides
Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla. ~Jim Bishop
A daughter is a gift of love. ~Author Unknown
Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express. ~Joseph Addison
There are natures that go to the streams of life in great cities as the hart goes to the water brooks. ~Philip G. Hamerton
Divine Nature gave the fields, human art built the cities. ~Marcus Terentius Varro, De Re Rustica
The roaring street is hung for miles
With fierce electric fire.
~William Vaughan Moody, In New York
All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim. ~Christopher Morley, Where the Blue Begins
The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art. ~Kenneth Tynan
Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like – then cultivate it. That’s the only part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping. ~Jean Cocteau
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. ~G.K. Chesterton
It’s a lot like nuts and bolts – if the rider’s nuts, the horse bolts! ~Nicholas Evans
A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence. ~Pam Brown
Even an E-type Jaguar looks merely flash beside a really smart pony and trap. ~Marion C. Garretty
One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. ~Dale Carnegie