Words to Live By

Three Insightful Quotes to Hold Dear to our Hearts:

"In dwelling, live close to the ground
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, do not try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present."
Tao te Ching


by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To laugh often and much; to win the
respect of intelligent people and the
the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and
endure the betrayal of false friends; to
appreciate beauty, to find the best in
others; to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden
patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived. This is
to have succeeded."

"This is what you shall do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
despise riches, give alms to every one that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others,
hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people,
take off your hat to nothing known or unknown
or to any man or number of men,
go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families,
read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life,
re-examine all you have been told
at school or church or in any book,
dismiss whatever insults your own soul,
and your very flesh shall be a great poem
and have the richest fluency
not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body . . . ."
Walt Whitman


KidsOrganics HomePage
Recommended Reading