I hope that the following quotes will bring to you the comfort and inner peace that they have brought to me. Many of them are favourites of mine and of people who are special to me and mine.
If only one of these quotes can be to you as an oasis in the desert in which you presently find yourself, this page will have done what it set out to do.
~ Arnold Start ~
This page is dedicated to the memory of Arnold Start
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there,
I do not sleep;
When you waken in the morning's hush
Do not stand at my grave.
For everything beautiful that you see
Thou shalt regard the word "Cancer" as exactly that: a word. Nothing more, nothing less. For it's original meaning has changed mightily over the years, as have such words as Smallpox, TB, and Polio, all once dreaded ailments, now non-existent as maladies. And thus, too, shalt go thy Cancer. The answer shall come to those who shall be present to hear it. Be present to hear it when it comes.
Thou shalt love thy chemotherapy, thy radiation, and thy other treatments even as thyself, for they are thy friends and champions. Although they may exact a toll for their endeavours, they are oft most generous in the favours they bestow.
Thou shalt participate fully in thy recovery. Thou shalt learn all the details of thy ailment, it's diagnosis, it's prognosis, it's treatments, conventional and alternative. Thou shalt discuss them openly and candidly with thy oncologist and shalt question all that thou do not comprehend. Then, thou shalt cooperate intelligently and knowledgeably with thy doctor.
Thou shalt regard thy ailment as a temporary detour in thy life and shalt plan thy future as though this detour had not occurred. Thou shalt never, at no time, nohow, regard thy temporary ailment as permanent. Thou shalt set long-term goals for thyself. For thou will verily recover and your believing so will contribute mightily to thy recovery.
Thou shalt express thy feelings candidly and openly to thy loved ones for they, too, are stricken. Thou shalt comfort and reassure them for they, too, needest comforting and reassurance, even as thou doest.
Thou shalt be a comfort to thy fellow-cancerites, providing knowledge, encouragement, understanding and love. You shalt give them hope where there may be none, for only in hope lies their salvation. And by doing so, thou providest comfort for thyself, as well.
Thou shalt never relinquish hope, no matter how thou mayest feelest at that moment, for thou knowest, in the deep recesses of thy heart, that your discouragement is but fleeting and that a better day awaits thee, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps the day after tomorrow.
Thou shalt not regard thy ailment as the sum total of thy life but as merely a part of it. Fill your life with other diversions, be they mundane, daring, altruistic, or merely amusing. To fill your life with your ailment is to surrender to it.
Thou shalt maintain, at all times and in all circumstances, thy sense of humour, for laughter lightens thy heart and hastens thy recovery. This is not an easy task, sometimes seemingly impossible, but it is a goal well worth the endeavour.
Thou shalt have enduring and unassailable faith, whether thy faith be in a Supreme Being, in Medical Science, in Thy Future, in Thyself, or in Whatever. Steadfastly sustain thy faith for it shall sustain thee.
Paul H Klein
Death is nothing at all.
I am waiting for you,
All is well.
Henry Scott Holland 1847-1918
The shadow of my finger castDivides the future from the past:
Henry Van Dyke (1904)
My life is but a weaving Between my Lord and me;
by Sister Joan Metzner, mm
I believe there is Someone waiting for me, Waiting to say :
" Welcome Home ! "Someone I have never seen, but whom I will recognize in the depths of my heart because He has lived there since the beginning of time.
Someone who has never doubted my return,
I believe there is Someone who knows me so intimately,
Tears will be wiped away;
He has never left me alone.
For He is Self of my self,
For yesterday is but a dream,
Look well, therefore, to this day.
is giving with no thought of getting. It is tenderness enfolding with strength to protect. It is forgiveness without further thought of the thing forgiven. It is understanding of human weakness, with knowledge of the true man shining through. It is quiet in the midst of turmoil. It is trust in God with no thought of self. It is the one altogether lovely, the light in the mother's eyes, the glory in the sacrifice, the quiet assurance of protection.
It is in the expectation of our Father's promise coming true. It is the refusal to see anything but good in our fellow man. It is the glory that comes with selflessness and the power that comes with assurance of the Father's love for His Children. It is the voice that says "no" to our brother, though "yes" might be more easily said. It is resistance to the world's lust and greed, thus becoming a positive law of annihilation to error.
Love ... the one thing no one can take from us ... the one thing we can give constantly and become increasingly rich in the giving. Love can take no offence, for it cannot know that which it does not of itself conceive. It cannot hurt or be hurt, for it is the purest reflection of GOD, Good. It is the one eternal, indestructible force for Good. It is the will of GOD, preparing, planning, proposing always what is best for all His universe.
Hours fly, Flowers die:
New days, New ways, Pass by !
Time is Too slow for those who Wait, Too swift for those who Fear,
Too long for those who Grieve, Too short for those who Rejoice,
But for those who Love,
Time is not.
Henry Van Dyke
If then, GOD grants us the morrow, let us accept it with a happy heart.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others - even the dull and ignorant. They too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons for they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career however humble. It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is. Many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself, especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the Universe no less than the trees and stars. You have a right to be here, and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life - keep peace with your soul.
With all its shame, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy. anno domini, 1692
A person who is dying calls for a special kind of feeling. Our attitude to him is at once softened and lifted onto a higher plane. We can then feel compassion for people whom we do not love.
But every man is dying, I too am dying and must never forget about death."
Not only for what you are,but for what I am when I'm with you,
I Love You
but a song . . . . .
What boots it to Repeat how time is Slipping under our feet :
May the road rise up to meet you.
Better never trouble trouble
There is an Eye that never sleeps,
There is an Ear that never shuts,
Finish every day and be done with it.
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
Life is queer with it's twists and turns,
Often the goal is nearer than
Often the struggler has given up,
Success is failure turned inside out.
Everything that happens
Also in the book of life every page has two sides:
If I should ever leave you
(I'd come - I'd come, could I but find a way!
And when you hear a song or see a bird
You were so good to me!
We cannot see beyond . But this I know:
Isla Paschal Richardson
Its loveliness increases;
Hamilton Wright Mabie
My lengthening days begin.
Christina G Rossetti
As my life today
Ralph Waldo Trine
"YOU!", cried the Maniac, have ruled long enough!
"Oh, arrogant Maniac, what goal might there be
"Alas, your Sagenesss, let's speak of the soul;
"Decisions were made with only the wisdom of mind,
Suddenly, the restraint, the lock on the door
The Maniac rebelled, began rocking Pooh's boat,
With Maniac in chains, and Sage the keeper of the door,
It is wisdom which carries the soul to life's ledge;
Only in opening to sadness and grief, nature's underrated score,
The gift of the Sage is wisdom indeed,
But Life's potential , with passion, joy, hope, and more
Once the Maniac appears, and one's heart lets him in,
So, says this Pooh, my faith I'll enhance;
Poof! Suddenly a shock, from out of nowhere it came!
"Oh, no, "replied the Voice, that's not it at all!
"You've tried all your life as have I, I must say,
While praying for love, hope, and faith in your life;
The glitch in our path, though unknown to you,
Your tool box, like mine, kept you safe
"But why are you here, if you too are unclear?
"Not at all, dearest Pooh, 'tis not I in your way!
"In taking your hand, answers I offer none,
Our flight is of Soulmates, mirrored angels in pairs;
You are part of my confusion, my journey, my bliss;
The Song - Patricia Manson
"Strong(for Pat)" has universal appeal - expressing the agony of cancer,
In June 1998, Murray Tevlin wrote this song in memory of Pat. The song was
More information rgarding the CD can be reached at the following link:
Thank You From Tom Manson, Her Loving Husband.
The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down on us. (Richter)
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind. (Swift)
To believe is to be strong. Doubt cramps energy. Belief is power.
(F W Robertson)
The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition. (Goldsmith)
Kindness in words creates confidence,
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness,
Kindness in giving creates love. (Lao-Tse)
Memory is a capricious and arbitrary creature. You never can tell what pebble she will pick up from the shore of life to keep among her treasures, or what inconspicuous flower of the field she will preserve as the symbol of "thoughts that do often lie to deep for tears...". And yet I do not doubt that the most important things are always the best remembered. (Van Dyke)
If one cannot arrange that an income of twenty four hours a day shall exactly cover all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle one's whole life indefinitely.
We shall never have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is. (Bennett)
What is it that troubles you? Death?
Who lives forever.
Or because your foot has stumbled on the earth?
There is no man who has never stumbled. (Schemuel Ha-Nagid)
Lord, on you I call for help against my blind and senseless torment,
Since you alone can renew inwardly and outwardly my mind, my will, and my strength,
Which are weak. (Michelangelo)
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness,
Kindness in giving creates love. (Lao-Tse)
Mind is the master-power that moulds and makes,
And man is Mind, and evermore he takes,
The tool of thought, and shaping it what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass;
Environment is but his looking glass. (James Allen)
A friend, the sight of whom to the eyes is a balm - who is the heart's delight - who shares our joys and our sorrows - is a treasure rare.
But other friendly persons who are ready to share in our prosperity, abound.
Friendship's true touchstone is adversity. (Hitopadesa)
Do valiantly, and hope confidently, and wait patiently. (Carlyle)
The Spirit of Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above it's strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility, for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible. (Thomas A Kempis)
When thou countest almost all to be lost, then oftentimes the greatest reward is close at hand. (Thomas A Kempis)
If we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the Angels give. (George Macdonald)
Death, of which we so much fear, and from which we shrink, is but an intermission of life, and not it's destruction. (Seneca)