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There are only 3 colours, 10 digits, and 7 notes;
 it’s what you do with them that’s important.

-Jim Rohn-

“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,”said the Queen.
“When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 
Lewis Carroll

“Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~~Howard Thurman~~

Thank goodness I was never sent to school.;
it would have rubbed off some of my originality.
Beatrix Potter
It’s a ‘dog eat dog’ world.
no, it’s a ‘people eat dog’ world.
no, it’s a ‘dog should eat people who make them mad’ world.
ya, that’s better.

from “Dog tired of being a good dog” article:
Poopy monthly magazine, jan 2007

(Okay, Casper my dog, wrote this quote to our
friends who were living in a country where the people ate dogs.)

What if and more: my favourite quotes

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“What if you slept?
And what if, in your sleep, you dreamed?
And what if, in your dream, you went to heaven
and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower?
And what if, when you awoke,
you had the flower in your hand?
Ah, what then?”


Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Author: Rime of the Ancient Mariner


Many people have asked me to share my collection of favourite quotes. I’ve created a page on my website with all…
You’re invited to exlpore:

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – oh, what quotes!

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Great quotes to ponder from the magical movie Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium….

“… as she became a grown up, she wasn’t so sure. I don’t know why grown ups don’t believe what they did when they were kids. I mean, aren’t they supposed to be smarter?  What Mahoney needed was the opportunity to prove to herself that she was something more than she believed.”


“37 seconds”
“Great. Well done. Now, we wait.”
“No. We breath. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls ingest.  37 seconds well used is a lifetime.”

“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”


Eric Applebaum: My hat’s stuck.
Molly Mahoney: Ha… looks like you’re gonna need a ladder.
Eric Applebaum: Naah. I just need to jump higher.
Molly Mahoney: Eric… that’s seven feet, at least.
Eric Applebaum: Seven feet? Really?
Molly Mahoney: At least.
Eric Applebaum: You think I should get a running start?


Molly: Are you dying?
Mr. Magorium: Light bulbs die, my sweet, I will depart.


I’m moving comments into the main post… because I know the reality is most people won’t read the comments, but the quotes and insights are so worthy:

Posted by Nita:

“I actually love the conversation he has with Mahoney about death, and Shakespeare’s King Lear.

When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He’s written “He dies.” That’s all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is “He dies.” It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with “He dies.” And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it’s only natural to be sad, but not because of the words “He dies.” but because of the life we saw prior to the words.

Mr. Magorium: I’ve lived all five of my acts, Mahoney, and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I’m only asking that you turn the page, continue reading… and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest “He died.”

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

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Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.


DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.


Favourite Christmas Quotes.

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Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred,
and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit,
become a child again at Christmas-time.

~Laura Ingalls Wilder
Christmas waves a magic wand
over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful.
–Norman Vincent Peale

Explore. Dream. Discover. Favourite quotes

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“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,”said the Queen.
“When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll

Twenty years from now

You will be more disappointed

by the things you didn’t do

than by the ones you did.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbour.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore.  Dream.  Discover

Mark Twain




Yes, The Explore Dream Discover theme and Coaching Model of my coaching practise came straight from this quote by Mark Twain.  This quote has always kept me moving forward!  I never want to look back on 20 years of my life and say, “oops.  Exactly why didn’t I do those things I wanted to do?””  And Alice?  –  it’s not always easy to believe in the impossible in a very non-believing world… so I remind myself each morning!  Why, sometimes even six times before breakfast!


Magical Quotes from ‘Brida’ by Paulo Coelho

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Although I  left the book ‘Brida’ in the hands of a lovely man in Greece, I had jotted down these two inspring quotes in my travel journal:

“Magic is a bridge,” he said at last, “a bridge that allows you to walk from the visible world over into the invisible, and to learn lessons of both those worlds.”  
The Magus. From Brida, Paulo Coelho.

“The answer to why are we here is: I don’t know.
So live your dreams to honour God*”
From Brida, Paulo Coelho.

I was so affirmed when I read these quotes. I know the bridge. I do what I can to introduce others who are seeking their bridge.

AND, not only that, every time I read the quotes I am taken back to Hania, Crete.. sketching, motorcyle riding with the man who got the book, basking in the wonder of this extraordinary world of ours.

( * For those uncomfortable with the world ‘God’, imagine Spirit, the Universe, your higher self or the belief that works best for you as you contemplate this quote. It would be sad if one word stopped some people from feeling the quote’s power.)

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