Favourite quotes

if we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back


Getting something done is an accomplishment, getting something done right is an achievement.


When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.

Helen Keller

There is time for everything.

Thomas A. Edison

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true,
there would be little hope of advance.

Orville Wright

Never say more than is necessary.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
Henry David Thoreau

That which sustains us must also be sustained

Prince Charles


How are you doing? – I’m still doing okay… yep okay

If you can look at all those you admire; be proud of your friends and family, look up to them, what they have and their achievements and still want to be you and no one else, you’re doing okay.

You never know how unexpected the unexpected is till it hits you – the highs and lows of life are there for the taking.

Live every minute of every day, fill every second and rest  contented with good memories that last an eternity.

Chris Gorse 2011

Maya Angelou said this when interviewed by Oprah April 2011

‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’

‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’

‘I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.’

‘I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life.’

‘I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.’

‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back…’

‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’

‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’

‘I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back…’

‘I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.’

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Favourite quotes:

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”


“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon it’s that we wait for it to begin.”


“Perseverance, positive attitude and good social attitude – and more perserverance…”

Chris Gorse 2009

“Expecting life to treat you well because you’re a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.”

Shari R Barr

“I’ve not always rated the things that I’ve learnt but, I’ve never under estimated the importance of learning.”

Chris Gorse 2010

“For a long time it felt like life was just about to begin – – real life. But there was always an obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, some time to be served, a debt to be paid.  At last it dawn on me that these obstacles were may life”.  Alfed D Souza

“It’s not the length of life but the depth of life.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

Abraham Lincoln

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill

“Difficult times have helped me understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes on worrying about of are of no importance whatsoever…”

Isak Dinesen

“The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

“If you are going to go through hell, keep going.”

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter”

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.”

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.”
Churchill: “If I were your husband I would take it.”

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

“Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.”

Winston Churchill

“Meet adversity with friends.”

Chris Gorse 2009


Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son

Rudyard Kipling

Today –

Today is like no other,

It’s just  arrived and about to pass,

its cant be planned for just experienced;

it never turns out quite as expected,

something is different, special, sad, happy unique,

while it can be enjoyed by others, the experience is yours alone.

Friday – 8th April 2011 – like most days, I woke up with my head spinning, a 100 things to do, and like most days the planned things got pushed to one side.  The Sun shone, like a summers day and life was okay.

Chris Gorse

Live each day

My wife told me to live each day…

She said this knowing she was going to die,

Knowing that whatever she said it would stay with me for the rest of my life,

I search for the answer, knowing that real meaning was wrapped up in that sentence,

Was it not to dwell on the past, not to hang on to what I’d lost or just to live the way I’d always done? With fun, laughter, friends and ambition.

I’ll never know she…  didn’t have the answer either…

Just point yourself in the right direction and get what you can out of life.

Cancer at 30 died at 35, lived more than most people do in two life times, but still wanted more.

“live each day x”

Is life too short or too long?

Life is too short…

One day I will look back on my life and know if life was too short or too long, know whether I’ve made the right decisions, right friends and treated those that I happen to meet with the right response and attitude.  Until that day I’ve got a lot to learn, embrace and discover.

I watched my wife worry about dying, the pain she would have to face and the battles that living with cancer would bring.  If she had known what she was about to encounter she would have chosen to end her life, I’m sure.  But, as I watched her battle through her many operations, different chemo therapy treatments and radio therapy, she wanted nothing more than to draw an extra breath and share a smile with those she loved. Ruth died just 35 years of age and lived a fully packed 5 years with cancer. 

My father decided life was too much and chose to end his pain. A brave man, but one whom I know would have loved to share some of the happy times since he left us.

One day I will know if my life has been too long or too short. Until then I’ll fill it and see what happens. 

Live each day like it may end tomorrow.  Learn from the past and look forward to the future.

Chris 2011

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde

I am not young enough to know everything.

Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live

Oscar Wilde

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world

Oscar Wilde

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right…
Elmer Davis

The first and greatest commandment is,
Don’t let them scare you.

Elmer Davis

Anyone who has never made a mistake
has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Useful site for finding poems is poem hunter http://www.poemhunter.com/

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