Favorite Quotes from Stephanie Bennett...




"What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." -Goethe

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." -Coco Chanel


"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing." -Helen Keller

stephanie flying in a forest of harps


"goodness is the only investment that never fails" - Henry David Thoreau

"Be the change you would like to see in the world." -Gandhi


Stephanie in Maui

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein

"One thing we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth... Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." - Chief Seattle

Stephanie in Maui

"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts." - Henry David Thoreau

"People are as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Henry David Thoreau

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."- Albert Einstein

"Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike." -naturalist John Muir 

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Nelson Mandela 1994 Inaugural Address, quoting Marianne Williamson stephanie flying in a forest of harps

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself rather than a second-rate version of somebody else." -Judy Garland

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -George Bernard Shaw

I love my kitty

"Nothing would benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." - Albert Einstein

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Human beings see oppression vividly when they're the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought."  
-Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991)

"Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them wherever they require it." - St. Francis of Assisi, 1181-1226

tiger & cat

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain;
Or help one fainting robin
Into his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." -Abraham Lincoln

  ...and I am my brother's keeper
and I will fight his fight
and speak the word
for beast and bird
till the world shall make things right.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919

Below my window goes the cattle train,
And stands for hours along the river park,
Fear, Cold, Exhaustion, Hunger, Thirst and Pain;
Dumb brutes we call them - Hark!
The bleat of frightened mother - calling young,
Deep-throated agony, shrill frantic cries,
Hoarse murmur of the thirst-distended tongue
Up to my window rise.
Bleak lies the shore to northern wind and sleet,
In open-slatted cars they stand and freeze
Beside the broad blue river in the heat
All waterless go these.
Hot, fevered, frightened, trampled, bruised and torn;
Frozen to death before the ax descends;
We kill these weary creatures; sore and worn,
And eat them -  with our friends.
 - Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
cattle train
mouse It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best of people have always done." - Harriet Beecher Stowe
"Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called research." - George Bernard Shaw monkey in lab

"You must in your music be wavering like the wind;
sometimes wanton, sometimes drooping,
sometimes grave and staid, otherwhile effeminate;
and the more variety you show, the better shall you please."
- Thomas Morley (1557-1602)


 "Make art. Make art." - Glen Hansard,  accepting Oscar for best song, 2/24/08

"To be a musician is a great privilege but it is also a very great responsibility. One must think that to be a musician is a gift - a gift from Nature. There is no great merit in us except in loving this gift with respect and devotion and doing everything possible to honor that gift by work and more work. We must work with conviction and humility, searching for beauty, simplicity, and the Truth. And it is for us musicians to do all in our power for a better world. Music must carry the message of beauty, of love and of peace." - Pablo Casals

"I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy in life out of music." - Albert Einstein

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer; since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment....
Go some distance away, because the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen."
-Leonardo da Vinci
the Castle of Dromore

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