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"My name is Christina Katrakis, I am an internationally acclaimed American artist, art historian, philanthropist and a devoted reader and traveler. Throughout my travels, as I meet new interesting people, read one book after another, view human stories unfold in front of my eyes - I pin point quotes, statements, words, which touch me deeply with their poignant beauty. These words of wisdom, love, care or even humor I share in this "Favorite Quotes Blog". As the winer of the “Freedom to Create” (UN based Global Prize) – I, now, also track the world with a specific mission to make it, as much as I can, - a better place for all. Each one of us can do his or her small effort towards this global goal - and the Words have the magic power to change the world! Through this interactive Quotes Blog I would like to share my personal journeys and the every-day little verbal treasures which I discover on my way, with those who follow my causes in internet and media. Thus “Favorite Quotes Blog” is my own social network in which ideas can be exchanged, words shared and human stories herd."


"The eyes of a woman who never cried can not be beautiful."
Sophie Loren
"There is a beauty of the soul that works up through bitterness like a vein
of marble through earth."
Phaedo of Melos

"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"
Frida Kahlo
"You killed God. If you don't take this opportunity to bring Him back to life, this journey will have been a waste of time. I know a lot of people who help others simply as a way of avoiding their own problems. Is it possible to deviate from the path God has made? Yes, but it's always a mistake. Is it possible to avoid pain? Yes, but you'll never learn anything. Is it possible to know something without ever having experienced it? Yes, but it will never truly be part of you."
Shaman, lake Baikal

"I hope for nothing. I am Afraid of nothing. I am free."
Nikos Kazantazkis

"We human beings have enormous difficulty in focusing on the present; we always thinking about what we did, about how we could have done it better.... or else we think about the future, about what we're going to do.... But at this precise moment, you also realize that you can change your future by bringing the past into the present. Past and future only exist in our mind. The present moment, though, is outside of time, it's Eternity.... It isn't what you did in the past the will affect the present. It's what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future."
Paulo Coelho
"I would feel my soul climb love as mountain, which at the foot has wide slopes with rocks and streams and woods, and fields of every kind, but at the top one peak, to which if you go upward all paths lead; and beyound it, the blue ether where the world swims like a fish in its ocean, and the winged soul flies free."
Alexias of Athens
"Creation is man's immortality and brings him nearest to the gods."
Sokrates

"You can be endlessly right, but what's the point in it, if your woman is crying."
Hank Moody
"I come to Sokrates not in the hope of understanding the gods, but that he may lend me, perhaps, his belief that they are good."
Phaedo of Melos
"Our minds, like the splendid Armenian-made chest, boast two compartments, four shelves, and twelve drawers in which we store times,places, numbers, papers, and all the odds and ends we now describe as existence, necessity, and cause-and-effect."
Haci Veliyyuddin Efendi

"I'm always doing things I cannot do. That is how I get to do them."
Pablo Picasso
"Idle man, chases after fairy tales..."
Rumi

"The greatest profound pain is cased by, and is the result of our own illusions, fantasies and dreams."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
"I am crazy about mysterious things."
F. Dostoyevsky
"When He made His appearance on the Day of Judgment, He would have at His side the fearsome creature some call Deccal and others know as Satan - what Christians call the Antichrist - but before the day was through He would slay him"
Shii text, Ibn Khaldun

"I would like to see every single soldier on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle your kit, lay down your rifle, and set down at the side of some shady lane, and say, Nope, I ain't a gonna kill nobody. Plenty of rich folks want to fight. Give them the guns."
Woody Guthrie
"Though he claimed to know nothing of "love",... this writer did end up marrying an extraordinarily beautiful woman. The only change was the link he sensed between the dreams his beautiful and silent wife was dreaming, as he came to bed at dawn, and the daydreams he conjured up while listening to the call to prayer. He could feel their reveries spilling into each other, rising and falling, as he lay there next to her. The writer was happy with his new life; after so many years alone, he did not find it difficult to sleep at someone else's side; he loved to daydream as he listened to his wife's breathing, loved believing that her dreams flowed into his, and his into hers."
Orhan Pamuk

"There are all kinds of love in the world but never the same love twice."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
"I do not fear God, he understands and forgive ,i fear people they do not understand and they do not forgive"
Nikos Kazanzakis
"There's a better way for everything. Find it!"
Edison

"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
Merlin Monroe
"Greeks don't fight like heroes, but heroes fight like Greeks."
Winston Churchill

"You ask me: would I fight for my country? - and I tell you this: I consider myself to be already at war, against a mass mentality and attitude that through its greed, ignorance, selfishness and brutality endangers my life and the life of my brothers and sisters. I consider myself to at war with a "society" that sees the oppression and destruction of others as a solution. I consider myself to be at war with those who would prevent my brothers and sisters deciding what they want to do with their own bodies and sexuality. Prevent my brothers and sisters from choosing their own path in life and living the way they want. And I'm at war with those who rape, plunder and sully this beautiful world of ours. I want my life fucker, and I'll have it. I consider myself at war."
A. Schwarzenegger
"Our dreams are a second life."
Gerard de Nerval

"Why is it every other person you meet says they're an artist? A real artist doesn't need to gas on about it, he doesn't have time. He does his work and sweats it out in silence, and no one can help him at all."
Ernest Hemingway
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
Cicero

"Hurt people hurt people. That's how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is The Weapon of the Future."
Yehuda Berg
"Everybody needs four things in life: Something to Do. Someone to Love. Something to Believe in. Something to Hope for."
Darren Hardy
"I cannot change another person. I let others be who they are, and I simply love who I am."
Louise Hay
"Do you want to know what my secret is? You see, I don't mind what happens."
Krishnamurti

"You must lear a new way to think before you can master a new way to be."
Marianne Williamson
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Frederick Douglass
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill

"In the end, we'll all become stories."
Margaret Atwood
"It is the mark of an educated man to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
Aristotle
"I'm not Athenian, nor Greek, but a citizen of the world."
Socrates
"If you cannot find a good companion to walk with, walk alone, like an elephant roaming the jungle. It is better to be alone than to be with those who will hinder your progress."
Buddha
"The one who is happy, that's the one who is right."
Lev Tolstoy

"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."
Oscar Wilde
"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."
H. G. Wells
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
Bertrand Russell
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
Lao Tzu
"Dream big and dare to fail."
Norman Vaughan

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Gandhi
"Years and years of happiness only make us realize how lucky we are to have friends that have shared and made that happiness a reality."
Robert E. Frederick
"Tough times never last, but tough people do."
Dr. Robert Schuller
"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow."
Helen Keller
"There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way."
Christopher Morley
"The best way out is always through."
Robert Frost
"The power of imagination makes us infinite."
John Muir
"Make each day your masterpiece."
John Wooden

"Once you choose hope, anything’s possible."
Christopher Reeve
"The best dreams happen when you’re awake."
Cherie Gilderbloom
"Every moment is a fresh beginning."
T.S. Eliot
"Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail."
Charles Kettering

"Don’t count the days, make the days count."
Muhammad Ali
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."
Jimmy Johnson
"You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might."
Henry David Thoreau

"Light tomorrow with today."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there."
Will Rogers
"When you come to a roadblock, take a detour."
Mary Kay Ash
"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."
Babe Ruth
"Believe you can and you’re halfway there."
Theodore Roosevelt
"Don’t wait. The time will never be just right."
Napoleon Hill
"Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear."
George Addair

"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile."
Roger Staubach
"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
Karen Lamb
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
George Eliot
"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."
Teddy Roosevelt
"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."
Richard Bach
"Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions."
Albert Einstein
"The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer."
John Madden

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
Frederick Douglass
"What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do."
Tim Ferriss
"Do what you love and the money will follow."
Marsha Sinetar

"The harder I work, the luckier I get."
Gary Player
"You`ve got to bumble forward into the unknown."
Frank Gehry
"Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward."
Victor Kiam
"The purpose of our lives is to be happy."
Dalai Lama
"The dreamers are the saviors of the world."
James Allen

"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love."
Nelson Mandela
"What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Therein lies the key to your earthly pursuits."
Carl Jung
"And God said "Love Your Enemy", and I obeyed him and loved myself."
Khalil Gibran

"You know what Music is? God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars."
Robin Williams
"No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness."
Aristotle
"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
Albert Einstein
"That, which others compress - will widen up and open. That, which others weaken - will strengthen. That, which others destroy - will blossom. Whoever wished to take something from the other, will inevitably loose his own."
Lao Tzu

"When I was poor and I complained about inequality they said I was bitter, now that I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm starting to think they just don't want to talk about inequality."
Russell Brand
"If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire."
George Monbiot
"Animal rights, gay rights, human rights - it is all the same battle, fought on different fronts. We are all living beings. We possess a desire to live, love whom we choose, and deserve to live free of brutality and oppression."
Holly Wilson
"The world is not divided between East and West. You are American, I am Iranian, we don't know each other, but we talk and we understand each other perfectly. The difference between you and your government is much bigger than the difference between you and me. And the difference between me and my government is much bigger than the difference between you and me. And our governments are very much the same."
Marjane Satrapi
"When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside of you as fate."
Carl Jung
"Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves."
Mason Cooley
"Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water."
Eleonor Roosevelt
"I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots."
Albert Einstein
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Pablo Picasso

"Instead of being ashamed of what you've been through, be proud of what you have overcome!"
Dr. Phil
"Women are like teabags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water."
Eleonor Roosevelt
"Nothing last forever. So live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the drama, take chances and never have regrets because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted."
Marilyn Monroe
"Imagine a world where people line up to help their fellow man like they line up to buy the newest iPhone."
Sheila Burke
"The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds."
Dalai Lama
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."
Stephen Hawking
"They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
Jimi Hendrix
"Someday is not a day of the week."
Denise Brennan-Nelson
"Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated."
Russell Warren
"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."
Henry David Thoreau
"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded., sometimes destroyed."
Ernest Hemingway
"We are taught to admire the second-hander who dispenses gifts he has not produced above the man who made the gifts possible. We praise and act of charity. We shrug at an act of achievement."
Ayn Rand
"Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are; it solely relies on what you think."
Buddha
"God created war so that Americans would learn geography."
Mark Twain
"All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred comes invariably from people who are not fighting"
George Orwell

"Now and then we had the hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain
"Instead of being ashamed of what you've been through, be proud of what you have overcome!"
Dr. Phil
"The world is not divided between East and West. You are American, I am Iranian, we don't know each other, but we talk and we understand each other perfectly. The difference between you and your government is much bigger than the difference between you and me. And the difference between me and my government is much bigger than the difference between you and me. And our governments are very much the same."
Marjane Satrapi
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Pablo Picasso
"I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots."
Albert Einstein
"Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves."
Mason Cooley
"When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside of you as fate."
Carl Jung
"You can give a person knowledge, but you can't make them think. Some people want to remain fools, only because the truth requires change."
Tony A. Gaskins Jr.
"Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings."
Nelson Mandela

"There is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking."
Ayn Rand
"The measure of intelligence is the ability to change."
Albert Einstein
"The men the American people admire the most extravagantly are the greatest liars: the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth."
H.L. Mencken
"A mind wishing to benefit other people and other sentient beings is the very basis of peace and happiness."
Dalai Lama
"People always hate those, who tells them the truth, and thats a mistake... because such people would never hit you with a knife in the back."
Clint Eastwood
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."
Deitrich Bonhoeffer
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
Pablo Picasso
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."
Voltaire
"If your plan is for 1 year, plant rice; If your plan is for 10 years, plant trees; If your plan is for 100 years, educate children."
Confucius
"I don't do drugs. I am drugs."
Salvador Dali

"As I get older, I am becoming more selective of who I consider a friend. I find that I would rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies."
Steve Maraboli
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive."
Dalai Lama
"Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay."
Dalai Lama
"Thats the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don't care, individuals do."
Mark Twain
"An awaken heart is like a sky that pours light."
Hafiz
"Never argue with idiots. You will lover yourself to their level, where they will eventually crash you with their rich experience."
Mark Twain
"The mind is everything. What you think you become."
Buddha
"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. For without inner peace, outer peace is impossible."
Buddha
"To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance. For gratitude turns what we have into Enough."
Buddha
"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again. For remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind."
Buddha

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
Alice Walker
"If you wait for perfect conditions to seize an opportunity, you'll be waiting till the day you die."
Mark Batterson
"If you want to raise good children, spend twice less money on them and twice more time on them instead."
Ester Selsdon






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