My Thought Book of Famous Quotations

By Dorothy Dean Holman

(1895 - 1984)

[Compiled by John M. Holman, Contributing Writer]

Dorothy D. Holman

"In the sweetness of Friendship, let there by laughter, and sharing of pleasures."
--Kahlil Gibran

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
--From the Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for."
--Joseph Addison, 1672-1719

"The heart that loves is always young."
--Greek Proverb, heard on the Christopher program.

"Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered it and there was no one there."
--Christian Science Monitor

"Happy people do not cherish grievances."
--By R. E. Stevenson

"If everyone lit just one little candle, what a bright world this would be.
--The Christophers

"Happy is the house that shelters a friend."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Just stand aside and watch yourself go by; Think of yourself as 'he' instead of 'I'."
--Strickland Gillilan

"The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage."

"The measure of a life is not its duration but its donation. How much will you be missed?"
--Peter Marshall

"All my hurts my garden spade can heal, A woodland walk, A quest of river grapes, A mocking thrush, A wild rose or rock-loving columbine, salve my worst wounds."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No matter how bad things look, a man can't be whipped if he doesn't want to be."
--TV The Danny Thomas Hour

"In this world, you are given as you give,
And you are forgiven as you forgive.
While you go your way through each lovely day,
You create your future as you live."
--Peace Pilgrim

"Growing old is a privilege that is given to very few."
--Vrylena Olney

"Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day of the year."
--Ralh Waldo Emerson

"Forgiveness is the fragrance shed by the violet crushed under the heel."
--Mark Twain

"As Rivers Do.
Where rocks impede when gorges loom ahead,
what does a river do, stand still? Go back?
No, rivers find a way across, around or through
And with a steady, faith=filled heart,
So can I. So can you."
--R. H. Grenville in Weekly Unity

"Every time we make a friend, we grow a little."

" A good intention clothes itself with sudden power."
--Ralh Waldo Emerson

"There is a destiny that makes us brothers;
None goes his way alone;
All that we send into the lives of others
Comes back into our own."

"We look forward to tomorrow."
--Pres. Gerald Ford

"Count your garden by the flowers,
Never by the leaves that fall.
Count your days by golden hours,
Don't remember clouds at all."

"The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the bird for mirth.
You are nearer God's heart in the garden
Than anywhere else on earth."

"You have more people that love you than you know."
--From the book, 'Kingsblood Royal' by Sinclair Lewis

"When you are angry try to put that behind you. Think ahead, beyond the thing that makes you mad."
--Indian advice from a book 'Saskatchewan Women'

"For in the wood these golden days
Some leaf obeys its Maker's call.
And through their hollow aisles it plays
With delicate touch the prelude of the Fall."
--Henry David Thoreau

Road To Understanding
"Good! There comes George," and my love went out in fullness toward this cherished friend. I was grateful for the privilege of enjoying his friendship in return. Then, as the man came nearer, I saw that it wasn't George at all, but a perfect stranger. So I withdrew my love from him, enclosing it again in my heart, because I had been mistaken.
But now a voice from within me seemed to speak, saying: "Why do you withdraw your love from this stranger? It could well be that he has more need of it than George. Remember there is little merit in loving only one's friends, but much merit in learning to love all men."
And so I came to one more sign post along the endless Road to Understanding."
--Kurt Reineman; Sunrise.

"Oft in the stilly night
E'er slumber's chain has found me
Fond memory brings the light
Of other days around me."
--Thomas Moore - 1815

"Every man is the inlet and may become the outlet of all there is in God."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A bell is not a bell until you ring it,
A song is not a song until you sing it.
Love was not put in your heart to stay,
Love is not love till you give it away."
--Oral Roberts' Program

"I know not where the palm trees lift
Their lofty fronds in air.
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care." --?

"There's a new tenderness in the air one day, there's a lingering light that hints of spring. Now begins the old ritual where in all happens in order, to the same music of brooks unchanged and un-stoppered bird song and unrelenting choir of the frogs. Now it has all come back, the old sweeet ache.
"Again the wind, up from the south, brings the reek of turned earth, bears too, the ancient freight of pollen. Through the bare woods and pine woods shines a sudden drift of bloom, and on your lawn you see again the wound up-run-and stop of robins. Now we remember what we had forgotten; now we miss those who were tall when we were small. Now we search for meaning in our lives -- we who are tall for a few more springs.
"This wistfulness that some call spring fever is the beginning of wonder, and wonder is the beginning of worship, as any one feels who has ever stopped to gaze at sunshine in the fragile grail of a crocus.
"Spring is the time to ask questions of Nature, for the answers are affirmative. And out of such smiling replies even the doubting may build a faith.
"Spring marks the smallest sparrows flight. The increasing light draws the birds northward, as northward the growing length of day takes its flight toward the pole.
"These winging hosts, together with the flowers in the woods, bear witness innocently; like our earth their lives are obediently inclined toward the source of light. Spring is a testament to life eternal, and a promise of resurrection."
--Donald Culross Peattie

"Cry not for me when I shall die
and leave behind this earth I love.
These trees, this sky, the ever-pounding sea.
The yearly hope of spring.
Cry not for me. Rejoice!
My soul has wings, and
In its freedom, sings."
--Joan B. Danziger
(Written 5 days before her death.)

" When you walk through the storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of the storm is a golden sky.
And the sweet silver song of the lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone.
You'll never walk alone." --(From the song)

"Say to yourself --
I am lovely, I am fascinating
Because I have an inner glow."
--Mary Jane in the Lucy Show
(How to be charming)

"Assuming is a sin." --My Sister Glad (Gladys Dean Glegg)

"Unpracticed talent diminishes." --?

"Day is done. Gone the sun.
From the hills. From the lake.
From the sky.
All is well. Safely rest.
God is nigh."

"Difficulties are things that show what men are."
--My husband, Marshall S. Holman
(From a letter written somewhere in France dated January 1918,)

Benjamin Franklin's Daily Prayer: "O powerful goodness! Bountiful Father! Merciful Guide!
Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Straighten my resolution to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continued favors to me."

"If only all the hands that reach could touch." --Loberg {From a Christmas card from Paul & Pam one year.

"A Prayer
"Now I shall make my garden
As true men build a shrine,
A humble thing where yet shall spring
The seeds that are divine.
Since each a prayer
I sow them there
In reverential lin."
--Theodosia Garrison

"There are no strangers, only friends we haven't met."
--Seen on T.V.

"There's as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem."
--Booker T. Washington

"The day will bring some lovely thing."
--From a poem by Grace Noll Crowell

"Dear Lord.
I give myself away.
I've nothing else to give." --Isaac Watts

"When you see some one without a smile, give him one of yours." --Seen on a bookmark


"Do not stand at my grave & weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am he gentle, autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!"
--By Mary Frye (1932) [From Bill (Holman), my oldest son.]

"The world is my country
All mankind are my brothers
To do good is my religion.
--Thomas Paine

An Evening Prayer
"Father, I have much to be grateful for tonight and I thank you. I have much to regret and I ask your forgiveness. But even as I ask your forgiveness, I know that I receive it, and a deep peace fills my heart. Help me to sleep well tonight and to wake early ready for that daily yet greatest of gifts, a fresh start."
--From "Plain Prayers For A Complicated World" by Avery Brooks

A Morning Prayer
"Take my hand, Lord, and lead me through this day, step by step. Remind me that I cannot do everything I wish, nor do any of it perfectly. Only you are perfect, and only with your help can I do my best. Help me to remember to ask for that help. I know that I am unable to do great things for you God, but help me to be neither too lazy nor too proud to take such small steps as I cam able to take. Help me to trust to you those concerns beyond my rach so that I may give my full attention to living each moment as it comes. Oh, Lord, give us the unashamed courage to believe in the highest and the best ideals of our country, and enough passionate patience to make them come true."
--From "Plain Prayers For A Complicated World" by Avery Brooks

Lullaby (Sung to us)
"The sun has gone from the shing sky,
Bye, Baby, Bye;
The dandelions have closed their eyes,
Bye, Baby, Bye;
The babies and squirrels and birdies, all three
Are sound asleep as they ought to be.
Bye, Baby, Bye."


"The country's saved!"

"Not be a jugfull!"

"You're a sight to behold."

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

"Your pride will keep you warm."

"It was a sight to behold!"

I bet she wishes her cake was dough."

"You mark my words. She's get it back in her own dish."

"You've got the wrong pig by the ear."

"She'll have to work out her own salvation."

"Save your tears, you may need them sometime."

"Don't cry before you're hurt."


"A good soldier never looks behind."

"If you aren't caareful, your stomach will be where mine is."
--To a child not eating properly.)

"Not for a month of Sundays!"

"It doesn't amount to a tinker's damn (hurah)."

"Familiarity breeds contempt."