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Re: amazing quotes

29 Nov 2012 00:16 in response to sofia

A ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

Re: amazing quotes

29 Nov 2012 10:55 in response to greeneyes

Hi everyone,

Here is my addition to this thread.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. 

Maya Angelou.

This quotation has made me stop and think of moments in my own life where things have happened that have taken my breath away.

Like when this wonderful woman I'm married to agreed to be my wife, the day my son was born, the first steps he took, when he first spoke and called me dad, dad, dad. Beautiful sunsets, looking at the colour of the leaves in late autum, seeing a babys smile, so many more, too many to list on here in fact.

These are momories that nothing can ever take away from me and that I will always treasure. It has also made me realize how lucky I am.

I hope that this quote will also remind others reading this, of treasured moments in their own lives that have taken their breath away too.

Best wishes to you all, kind regards Brian

Re: amazing quotes

29 Nov 2012 11:30 in response to woodworm

Hi all,

I read this today and decided I really liked it,

"It's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."


Re: amazing quotes

29 Nov 2012 11:44 in response to woodworm

Hi Brain,

One more amazing quote!!!It makes so much sense and I really love your own explanation

I'm doing the same exercise, thinking the moments that take me breath!


Re: amazing quotes

29 Nov 2012 11:50 in response to GARF

Hi Garf,

I really love that one too, tks for sharing

You remind me the day when I actually danced in the rain and was quite tasty! Is really a great metaphor because even in its literal  meaning it makes sense!

Re: amazing quotes

29 Nov 2012 16:20 in response to sofia

Hi Sofia,

This ones just for you as I know you like this guys quotes.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Its by Walt Disney.

Sofia, I had never associated Walt Disney with quote's until you started this thread off. But I have since read several of his quotes and I can see why you like them

Hope you are keeping well and have made a start on that story of yours. It should be very good, like everything you do.

I have been writing stories for my three grandchildren for several years now and enjoy writing them. Some years ago I transferred one onto a CD and gave it to my granddaughter who is the oldest. A few nights later, late at night about 2.30, my son walked past her room and thought, I can hear the old man talking. (Cheeky devil, unlike you Sofia, he has no respect for his elders at all)   He went into her room and thought she had gone to sleep listening to me reading the story via the CD, so he went to switch it off and a little voice said, "You can leave that alone, I've another ten minutes left to go yet". She had already played it several times.

One last thing I would like to mention, on Amazon Kindle there is a free book you can download that tells you how to upload your own stories to Kindle and It looks like you get 35% of any sales that are generated. You tell them what price you want for your story. Hope this is helpful for the future.

Please take care for you are one special lady, Kind regards Brian

Re: amazing quotes

30 Nov 2012 11:24 in response to sofia

Hi everyone,

The sun is shining brightly here in Sussex this morning although it is very cold with a sharp frost. But at least it's not raining and that makes a real change.

My quote for the day is by someone named Robert Brault.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

When we lose someone we love, we realize all the little things that our loved ones used to do for us. Its often not until then, that we realize how many little things they did for us, that we took so much for granted at the time. I know from my own experience with losing my mother and my grandmother over the years, just how much I miss The Little Things they did for me.

Whenever I needed advice they were always there for me. If I felt down they always cheered me up. If I did wrong, they showed me where I was wrong and why. This quote has now made me realize that what I thought at the time were little things, I now realize now were big things, for they have helped shape my life and who I am. I may never amount to much, but I am a better person because of the Little Big Things they did for me.

I hope you all have a great day and weekend, kind regards Brian

Re: amazing quotes

2 Dec 2012 09:22 in response to sofia

Hi everyone,

I came accross this quote and thought how true this is.

Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.

It's by Voltaire.

I look at this quote this way. When we or someone we love get cancer, it feels like we have been ship wrecked and it dramatically alters our lives.  But if we give in totally, we will drown in our own sorrow. But if on the other hand, we adopt the attitude there is always hope and fight the cancer and try and remain hopeful, we are much more likely to be rescued. That how I look at it anyway.

Best wishes to you all, Kind regards Brian

Re: amazing quotes

2 Dec 2012 13:27 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian,

Tks so much for that quote and for your advice Yes, maybe helps in the future...

And I'm glad that you are enjoying the quotes. is one more little thing to like in your life

oh, and you are not a old man, I don't see you like that. I see you like a sensitive man, a kind man who knows many things from life. And my father as almost your age (he has 65) and I  also don't see him like a old man

I loved that you have written stories for your grandsons!!! Such a great grandfather you are!!!

Sorry for not have replied before but on Thursday I went to Lisbon (which is far from my city) to shave my head and put my wig so I spent all afternoon to do this, and on Friday I returned to Lisbon to put my central catheter and was recovering me from that so I just return to this chat today!

It was one week of many changes!!!!

By the way,I'm loving my wigs!

Love, Sofia

Re: amazing quotes

2 Dec 2012 15:20 in response to woodworm

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment"


Re: amazing quotes

2 Dec 2012 16:16 in response to sofia

Ho Sofia,

Thank you yet again for your kind words. I am enjoying the quotes you write on here and searching out new ones that I think appropriate for this site, ones that I can add footnotes to as well.

You have no need to apologise Sofia for being absent for a couple of days. I feel so sorry that you have had to shave you head as you had such lovely long hair. Therefore I was so pleased to hear that you love your wigs. All the same it must have been very hard for you to lose your lovely hair. You have had so much dramatic change in your life in a short space of time and yet you always bounce back and that shows true strength of character and is a mark of the wonderful person you are. Thank you once again for the kind words and for starting off this thread of Amazing Quotes by an amazing young person.

Please take care, best wishes, Brian

Re: amazing quotes

3 Dec 2012 08:40 in response to sofia

Good morning everyone,

Here is my quote for the day.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters are tiny matters to what lies within us".    

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

My own interpretation of this quote is simply this.  We know what has happened in our past but we don't know what lies in store for us in the future. But in another sense, until we or someone we love gets cancer, we don't truly know ourselves or as the quote says, what lies within us. Since joining this site I have met some realy remarkable people who if you passed them on the street, you would probably only just give them a cursory glance. But these same people while either dealing with cancer themselves or looking after someone they love who has cancer, still find time to come on here and offer help, comfort,support and advice to others.

Take care everyone, kind regards Brian.

Re: amazing quotes

4 Dec 2012 11:13 in response to sofia

Good morning all,

Here is today's addition to this thread and its by Dennis P. Kimbro.

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it".

I find a lot of these quotes on here thought provoking and I often try and think what the person meant by them. Then I add my own interpretation of them. This is my own take on the above quote.

Sometimes things happen in life that deeply upset or annoy us and it is so easy to lose focus as a result. But often it can act as a catalyst that ends up making us more determined not to let what has happened change who we are. At other times it can also sometimes have the opposite affect and make us a better person. I think life is always setting us trials that test who we really are. At time we may fail these test but often we surprise ourselves and end up learning things about ourselves we didn't know ourselves capable of.

Its might seem a small thing I know but until Sofia started this thread, I hadn't appreciated the amount of amazing quotes out there and the meaning behind them. So I say a big thank you to Sofia and all the other people who have contributed to this thread, and I hope other people reading them have enjoyed them as much as I have.

Have a great day, kind regards Brian

Re: amazing quotes

5 Dec 2012 11:15 in response to sofia

Hi everyone,

Today's quote is by Mae West.

"You only live life once, but if you do it right, once is enough".

Whilst I agree with the main gist of what she said, this quote has me thinking, (which is always a dangerous thing I know), with all the modern technology we have in our every day lives, wouldn't it be nice if we had a replay button we could press to go back and re-do certain things in our past. We could correct mistakes we have made, or undo hurt that we may have caused however inadvertently. For instance in my own life, when my grandparents were alive, I never told them I loved them and that is something I deeply regret and that is something I can never correct. There are also one or two other things I would change if I had the chance, nothing major, just little things really that given the chance, I would have done differently or even not done at all.

Since having had prostate cancer, these days before I do things, I tend to think things out more, whereas in the past I used to do things and not worry about the consequences of my actions.

Please take care everyone, kind regards Brian

Re: amazing quotes

5 Dec 2012 12:56 in response to woodworm

Hi Brian,

Even though my Dad and I never said the words "I love you!" to eachother I am not too worried about it as I just somehow know that he loved me and was proud of me and I know he knew the same of me.  If I used a REPLAY BUTTON for that I think all it would do would make things awkward for a minute.  What I would love to do is go back and tell him that the set of oil paints and artist brushes he bought me for my 14th birthday was the best present he has ever given me.  I got so much more enjoyment out of those paints than I ever did from the bikes or radio controlled cars I got for Chritmas.  Unfortunately when he gave me that present I was initially dissapointed when I unwrapped it in front of him and I am sure it showed on my face.  I know children can be selfish and I was no different on occasion but the thought that Dad may have been dissapointed in me at that moment really hurts.

My quote for today?


Best to all,