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Cerulean’s Favorite Quotations

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These are some of my favorite quotations. Let me know what you think or leave some of your own.

“So ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

. . . . . . Leonard Cohen

If you’re going through hell, keep on going.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Winston Churchill

There’s a devil wrestling with every anorexic. There’s a devil wrestling with every bulemic. There’s a devil wrestling with every person with an eating disorder. He whispers to them; you’re not good enough. You don’t deserve this food. You need to be perfect. You’re not perfect enough to be loved. You’re not perfect enough to be presentable. You will achieve a unique purity if you follow these directions. Then you will be better than anyone else. Then you will be loved. He says, don’t listen to the ones around you, they are fools. Don’t listen to your body, it is to be overcome. He despises womanly curves. He despises natural female bodies. There’s nothing that the forces of darkness like more than to make a woman hate herself. There’s nothing that disempowers them more than when she stops . . . . . .Cerulean

They have released against her, our lady Ishtar, the
sixty miseries: miseries of the eyes, of the heart, of
the head, of the sides, miseries against her feet,
miseries against every part of her, miseries against
the entire body of our goddess.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Babylonian Songs

For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but
against the principalities, against the powers,
against the world rulers of this present darkness.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ephesians 6:12

For God shall bring every work into judgement,
with every secret thing,
whether it be good,
or whether it be evil.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ecclesiastes 12:14

The only thing I know that truly heals people is
unconditional love.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elisabeth Kubler-Ross M.D.


Good Living

Good living is an act of intelligence, by which we
choose things which have an agreeable taste rather
than those which do not.

“The Physiology of Taste” 1826


For one human being to love another, that is perhaps
the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the
last test and proof, the work for which all other work
is but preparation.

Ranier Maria Rilke

“you musn’t force sex to do the work of love or love
to do the work of sex.”

Mary McCarthy


All things of the sea belong to Venus; pearls and
shells and alchemists’ gold and kelp and the riggish
smell of neap tides, the inshore green, and purple
further out and the joy of distances and the roar of
falling masonry, all these are hers, but she doesn’t
come out of the sea for all of us.

John Cheever

I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond
the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and
I burn in the sun, moon and stars. . . . I awaken
everything to life.

Hildegard of Bingen

The Lady’s Psalm

The Lady’s my shepherd, I have all I need.
She makes me to lie down in green meadows,
Beside the still waters She will lead.
She restores my soul. She rights my wrongs.
She leads me in a path of good things
and fills my heart with songs.
Even though I walk through a dark and dreary land,
There is nothing that can shake me.
She has said She won’t forsake me,
I’m in Her hand.
She sets a table before me in the presence of my foes.

She anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows.
Surely. . . surely, goodness and kindness
will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will live in Her house forever, forever and
Glory be to our Mother and Daughter,
and to the holy of holys.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be
world without end. So Mote It Be.

author unknown

Medicine & Science

Only 15 percent of the decisions a doctor makes
everyday are based on evidence.

Robert Califf M.D.
Director of Duke University’s Clinical Research
(Time magazine October 12, 1998)

Cultural assumptions are often the hidden rationale
underlying many scientific premises.

Fatimah Jackson
Professor of Biological Anthropology
University of Maryland

The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth, and
he that is wise will not abhor them.

“The Physiology of Taste” 1826

Temporal Forces

Behind every great fortune is a great crime.



Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the
taking is empowerment itself.

Gloria Steinem

The history of every century begins in the heart of a
man or woman.

Willa Cather
O Pioneers! 1913


Be suspicious of a man who doesn’t want women to take up space. He probably feels bigger if we get smaller


If women stop obsessing on how they can take up less space in this man’s world, we could join forces and take over


Sixty runners will not overtake him who breakfasts

Talmud: Baba kamma

Preach not to them what they should eat, but eat as
becomes you, and be silent.


Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

Fran Leibowitz

Finding Your Path

One finds one’s way by only by taking it.

A.D. Sertillanges

Adventure is not in the guidebook, beauty is not on
the map. Seek and ye shall find.

Terry Russell
On The Loose

Only by going alone is silence, without baggage, can
one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All
other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and

(author? let me know if you know)

It is the climbing of the mountain that makes the view
from the top so breathtaking.

Richard C. Miller

The great thing in the world is to know how to belong
to oneself.



I saw cats, tomcats, Mary Ann cats, long-tailed cats,
bob-tail cats, blind cats, one-eyed cats, wall-eyed
cats, cross-eyed cats, gray cats, black cats, white
cats, yellow cats, striped cats, spotted cats, tame
cats, wild cats, singed cats, individual cats, groups
of cats, platoons of cats, companies of cats,
multitudes of cats, millions of cats, and all of them
sleek, fat, lazy and sound asleep.

Mark Twain writing about the cat population in
Honolulu in 1866, where he reckoned there were “just
about cats enough for three apiece all around.”


To lead the people, walk behind them.


A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his

Franklin Roosevelt 1949


Perfectionism doesn’t create perfection


The head and the gut should work together, but the gut should lead.


Love truth, and pardon error.


What is a holy person? The one who is aware of others’


The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.


Your vigor for life appalls me.

R. Crumb, Cartoonist

copyright Cerulean. You can reproduce this with attribution on a not for profit basis until further notice. All other rights reserved. Revised 2/5/05

Along these lines, I would recommend the book, Bag of Jewels, by Susan Hayward, which is available at Amazon.com. It contains many inspiring quotes that I enjoyed. Physically, the book itself is special; very attractively produced. You could use the link below to get to Amazon.

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