Quotations and Poetry by Women

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Poetry as Inspiration

We long for balance, inspiration and simple joy in our lives. Spirit is the core of our deepest selves, the source of our yearnings, our lifesource. Such joy arrives in different packages...



Art is one means of accessing spirit. Silence is another. Being in Nature is yet another. Poems and quotations inspire us and remind us of truths we hold dear.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver


I Dwell in Possibility...
Emily Dickinson


How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothersí names.

Alice Walker


There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Wharton, Edith


I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.

Golda Meir


If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment.

O'Keefe, Georgia

The problem with winning the rat race is you are still a rat.

Lily Tomlin


Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

There is no agony like bearing
an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou






Text Box: One breath taken completely, one poem fully written, fully read ó in such a moment anything can happen.
Jane Hirschfield

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
Lily Tomlin

Some things donít matter much... But lifting a personís heartónow that matters. The hardest thing with people... is they know what matters, but they donít choose it...The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.
Sue Monk Kidd

The honorary duty of a human being
is to love.
Maya Angelou



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†††††† Embracing the Whole

The pen moves almost without my guidance.

The hand that holds the pen is older now Ė
freckles, wrinkled skin, a scraped knuckle.

I had thought it would look younger.

The pen has known how to write
darkness and loneliness better than
light-heartedness and joy.

I have slowly begun to accept both sides,
the wisdom of starshine along with the
sunlight of day.

Just as there is the seed of night
in every day,
and the seed of light
in the deepest darkness,

I see now these opposites as
seamless halves of the
eternal circle.

It is time to embrace the whole.


†††† †††††††††† †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††† Dana Curtin††


Women's Legacy