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I'm afraid you will not find all the typical stuff on my homepage, such as DOB, hobbies,...Cos' I find it boring, and most of you have known the essential bits and pieces for a long time anyway (don't tell me you STILL don't know my birthday?!).

Instead, I'd rather share with you a few quotations from books that convey my own believes, as well as some of my favourite philosophies or general attitudes, expressed beautifully and concisely by different wise people over the course of centuries. I have collected all those quotations ever since I was around 14 years old, and over time they have become more than just words scribbled down in various notebooks - they have become a way of life for me, MY way of life, or at least one essential part of the big overall picture. May some of them encourage you, make you think or just nod your head in total agreement as they have done for me for a long time.


To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.  (Soren Kierkegaard)

When life puts a mountain in your pathway, don’t sit at the foot of it.
Set out to climb it. (Author unknown)

My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny. (Elaine Maxwell)

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. (Helen Keller)

Far away in the sunshine there are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. (Louisa May Alcott)

Humour is the great thing, the saving thing, after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away,
and a sunny spirit takes their place. (Mark Twain)

To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk disappointment.
But risks must be taken because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, sees nothing, has nothing and is nothing.
He cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love and live. (Author unknown)

Two men looked out of the prison bars; the one saw mud, the other saw stars.
(Frederick Langbridge)

Courage means flying in the face of criticism, relying on yourself, being willing to accept and learn from the consequences of all your choices. It means believing enough in yourself and in living your life as you choose so that you cut the strings whose ends other people hold and use to pull you in contrary directions. (Wayne Dyon) 

Life and the waves have one thing in common: they bring something with them and take something else away. For when the tide comes in the waves will destroy the sand castles, yet maybe they will bring along a piece of wood which will serve to fix a broken roof. (Author unknown)

One should always hope for the best, be prepared for the worst and accept whatever comes along. (Author unknown)

Artistic activity is the only means of running away without leaving home.
(Twyla Thorp)
Love does not mean staring at each other but looking together in the same direction. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) 

I cried because I had no shoes. Until I met someone who had no feet. (Leopardi)

It’s more worthwhile sowing new seeds than crying about the ones that were destroyed. (Alejandro Casona) 

A ship tied up in the harbour is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for. (English proverb)

Truly rich is who has more dreams in his soul than reality can destroy.
(Author unknown)

Among the books I have read that have greatly impressed me, I would always name three first: A children's book called 'Kiki', about a strong-minded chicken planning to walk to the end of the world, 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' by Richard Bach, and 'Women who run with the wolves' by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Here are a few quotations or extracts from the latter two that give expression to ideas and believes of mine which I have held dear for a long time:           

"Jonathan Seagull spent the rest of his days alone, but he flew way out beyond the Far Cliffs. His one sorrow was not solitude, it was that other gulls refused to believe the glory of flight that awaited them; they refused to open their eyes and see". (Jonathan L. Seagull)         

"Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly". (Jonathan L. Seagull)

"To sing means to use the soul-voice. It means to say on the breath the truth of one's power and one's need, to breathe soul over the thing that is ailing or in need of restoration. This is done by descending into the deepest mood of great love and feeling, till one's desire with relationship with the wildish Self overflows, then to speak one's soul from that frame of mind". (WWRWTW)

"Whatever can happen to a garden can happen to a soul and psyche-too much water too little water, infestations, heat, storm, flood, invasion, miracles, dying back, coming back, boon, healing, blossoming, bounty, beauty. In the garden we practice letting thoughts, ideas, preferences, desires, even loves, both live and die. We plant, we pull, we bury. We dry seed, sow it, moisten it, support it, harvest". (WWRWTW)

On innocence and sleep: "This state of wise innocence is entered by shedding cynism and protectionism, and by reentering the state of wonder one sees in most humans who are very young and many who are very old. It is a practice of looking through the eyes of a knowing and loving spirit, instead of through those of the whipped dog, the hounded creature, the mouth atop a stomach, the angry wounded human. Innocence is a state that is renewed as one sleeps. Unfortunately, many throw it aside with the coverlet as they arise each day. It would be better to take an alert innocence with us and draw it close for warmth". (WWRWTW)

"See to it now that you spend less time on what they didn't give you and more time on finding the people you belong to. You may not belong to your original family at all. You may match your family genetically, but temperamentally you may belong to another group of people. Or you may belong to your family perfunctorily while your soul leaps out, runs down the road, and is gluttonously happy munching spiritual cookies somewhere else". (WWRWTW) See also Hans Christian Andersen's short story 'The ugly duckling', one of my favourites!!

"Though fairy tales end after 10 pages, our lives do not. We are multi-volume sets. In our lives, even though one episode amounts to a crash and burn, there is always another episode awaiting us and then another. There are always more opportunities to get it right, to fashion our lives in the way we deserve to have them. Don't waste your time hating a failure. Failure is a greater teacher than success. Listen, learn, go on". (WWRWTW)

 "Home is a sustained mood or sense that allows us to experience feelings not necessarily sustained in the mundane world: wonder, vision, peace, freedom from worry, freedom from demands, freedom from constant clacking. All these treasures from home are meant to cached in the psyche for later use in the topside world". (WWRWTW)

"To create one must be able to respond. Creativity is the ability to respond to all that goes on around, to choose from the hundreds of possibilities of thought, feeling, action and reaction that arise within us, and to put these together in a unique response, expression or message that carries moment, passion, and meaning". (WWRWTW)

"It is not the failure that holds us back but the reluctance to begin over again that causes us to stagnate. If you're scared, so what? If you're afraid something's going to leap out and bite you, then for heaven's sake, get it over with already. Let your fear leap out and bite you so you can get it over with and go. You will get over it. The fear will pass. In this case, it is better if you meet it head-on, feel it, and get it over with, than to keep using it to avoid cleaning up the river". (WWRWTW)

"If you've lost focus, just sit down and be still. Take the idea and rock it to and fro. Keep some of it and throw some away, and it will renew itself. You need do no more". (WWRWTW)

"We practice conscious forgetting by refusing to summon up the fiery material, we refuse to recollect. To forget is an active, not a passive endeavor. It means to not haul up certain materials or turn them over and over, to not work oneself up by repetitive thoughts, pictures, or emotions. Conscious forgetting means wilfully dropping the practice of obsessing, intentionally outdistancing and losing sight of it, not looking back, thereby living in a new landscape, creating new life and experiences to think about instead of the old ones. This kind of forgetting does not erase memory, it lays the emotion surrounding the memory to rest". (WWRWTW)

"Although there will be scars and plenty of them, it is good to remember that in tensile strength and ability to absorb pressure, a scar is stronger than skin". (WWRWTW)

"Deep in the wintry parts of our minds, we are hardy stock and know that there is no such thing as a work-free transformation. We know that we will have to burn to the ground in one way or another, and then sit right in the ashes of who we thought we were and go on from there". (WWRWTW)

Now will follow some quotations from the novels of one of my favourite writers, Paulo Coelho. With no other writer it has occurred to me so often that I was reading and suddenly felt like my very own ideas and approaches to life were manifesting themselves in black and white in front of me.

No one is save from failures. But it's better losing some battles in the fight for our dreams than being defeated without even knowing what we were fighting for.

Loving means watching the same mountains from different angles.

A fighter for light knows that the fights he fought in the past taught him something. More than once did he lose his time fighting for a lie and he suffered for people who were not worth his love. The successful ones do not repeat mistakes. Therefore the fighter for light only risks his heart for something that is really worth it.

Flowers reflect truth very well. When someone tries to possess a flower he will see its beauty fade. But the one who watches a wild flower in the field will have it forever.

From the top of a mountain everything appears tiny. Our glories and our troubles stop being important. All we have achieved and lost remains below. From the top of a mountain we can see that the world is huge and the horizons wide.

When each day appears the same it's because we have stopped acknowledging the good things in our lives.

Each person may have one of two attitudes in life: being a constructor or a planter. The constructors possibly need years to accomplish their task but one day they will complete it. Then they stop and remain limited by their own walls. Life loses its sense when the construction is completed.Those who plant suffer from nature's forces, from the seasons and rarely rest. But, unlike a building, the garden never stops growing. And at the same time as needing the gardener's attention, it also allows his life to be a neverending adventure.

Decisions are merely the beginning of something. When someone makes a decision, it turns into a powerful current that takes the person to a place he never would have dreamt of in the moment of making the decision.

There are moments in life when the only possible option is losing control.

Each man has the right to doubt his task and abandon it from time to time. The only thing he must not do is forget it.

A fighter accepts his defeat. He does not treat it indifferently, nor does he try to convert it into victory. He becomes bitter with the pain of loss, suffers from indifference and despairs by loneliness. But after going through all that he takes care of his wounds and starts again. A fighter knows that a war is made up by many fights. And so he carries on.