A room without a book is like a body without a soul.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero
I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
-- Ecclesiastes 9:11
Did you get what you wanted from this life, after all?
And what did you want?
To call myself Beloved,
To feel myself Beloved,
It has been said, `time heals all wounds.´
I do not agree. The wounds remain.
In time, the mind (protecting its sanity),
covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens.
But, it is never gone.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Start by doing what's necessary,
then do what's possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Saint Francis of Assisi
I don't think of all the misery,
but of all the beauty that still remains.
It is in this solitude that we discover
that being is more important than having,
and that we are worth more
than the result of our efforts.
Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude
True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things
out of each day as it goes by.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep.
And miles to go before I sleep.
To live happily is an inward power of the soul.
If I keep a green bough in my heart,
the singing bird will come.
Be happy while you're living,
for you're a long time dead.
Grief can take care of itself,
but to get the full value of a joy
you must have somebody to divide it with.
There are many changes that take place
when one loses a spouse.
One of those changes is that
you now have a new title.
For a woman, the word 'wife'
is replaced with 'widow.'
It is a title that is given without choice.