Quotes worth starting a new year with

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

I collect quotes as if I am a Bartlett of Familiar Quotations fame. I stash them in diaries and on scraps of paper in pockets and purses, wishing I had written them myself. Here are a few to start you off on a good and interesting year.

I am heartened by the words of the president of Sierra Club: “We will see our society powered by 100 percent clean renewable energy. We will see a more diverse and equitable United States. The nations of the world will work together to address climate change.” (March 2017)

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “There is a powerful moral argument that we should love our neighbor, whether at home or the other side of the world.”

Author Terry Tempest Williams said, “Liberty is our right to question everything.”
‘if you don’t know you’re lost, are you really lost?” The Water Goes North by Dennis Weidemann

“We have been through much darker times than these, and somehow each generation of Americans carried us through to the other side.” former President Barack Obama, Sept. 2018

“Is the moon brighter than it used to be because the earth has so many more lights on it now?” grade schooler at a science fair

“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed…the responsibility to live thoughtfully…to question, never to assume….” Mary Oliver, from Upstream

“The hope is that we learn from our meanest moments.” E.N. Yonker

“She settles in to studying the crows, how the crows know her and study her as she studies them.” The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

Recipe for carpirinha, the national drink of Brazil
Diced and smashed limes with sugar in coffee cups filled with ice & cachaça
From Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

A stanza from the poem “Trust” by Thomas R Smith
“The theft that could have happened doesn’t
“Wind finally gets where it was going thru the snow trees
“And the river, even when frozen, arrives at the right place”

Happy 2019!

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