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Come, come!

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of living, it doesn’t matter Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come even if you have broken your vow a thousand times, Come, yet again, come, come. WikiQuote has a large collection of sourced Rumi poems and quotes, which is available on the web HERE. Project …

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Who Are You?

Excerpted from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, ©1865: She stretched herself up on tiptoe, and peeped over the edge of the mushroom, and her eyes immediately met those of a large blue caterpillar, that was sitting on the top with its arms folded, quietly smoking a long hookah, and taking not the smallest …

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The Devil’s Dictionary

Excerpted from The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, ©1906: PRESENT, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope. PRESIDENT, n. The leading figure in a small group of men of whom– and of whom only– it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want …

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Stumbles

From Galatians 6:1-2: Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: …

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Love

Language has changed a lot since 1611. The King James version of the bible is my favorite because of its poetry and grandeur, but it’s important to know that what was translated as “charity” 410 years ago would be translated as “love” today.  1 Corinthians 13: Though I speak with the tongues of men and …

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Tea

Excerpted from Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust: After waiting a minute, I would go in and kiss her; Françoise would be making her tea; or, if my aunt felt agitated, she would ask instead for her tisane, and it would be my duty to shake out of the chemist’s little package on to a plate …

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Fresh Triviality

“The fault I find with our journalism is that it forces us to take an interest in some fresh triviality or other every day, whereas only three or four books in a lifetime give us anything that is of real importance.” ~Marcel Proust Proust’s books are in the public domain, but often only in the …

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Violent Delights

Excerpted from Romeo and Juliet: These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die; like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume. Romeo and Juliet is in the public domain, as are all of William Shakespeare’s works, and may be downloaded or read online for free at Project Gutenberg, HERE.

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Perspectives

“O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us / To see oursels as ithers see us!” ~Robert Burns -·- “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” ~Henry David Thoreau, in Walden ©1854 Walden is in the public domain and may be downloaded or read …

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Won’t They, Comrade?

Paul Laurence Dunbar had a sense of rhythm very similar to Rudyard Kipling. His works are in the public domain and may be downloaded freely from Project Gutenberg, HERE. There are multiple formats available, including EPUB, Kindle, plain text, and HTML for on-line reading. The Voice of the Banjoby Paul Laurence Dunbar In a small …

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Gallant

For The Man Who Fails by Paul Laurence Dunbar The world is a snob, and the man who wins Is the chap for its money’s worth: And the lust for success causes half of the sins That are cursing this brave old earth. For it ‘s fine to go up, and the world’s applause Is …

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But Is That All?

The Sum Paul Laurence Dunbar A little dreaming by the way, A little toiling day by day; A little pain, a little strife, A little joy,–and that is life. A little short-lived summer’s morn, When joy seems all so newly born, When one day’s sky is blue above, And one bird sings,–and that is love. …

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