I talk about very serious human affairs but with a lightness of heart.

The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. The grass is greenest where it is watered.

And snow—snow is not my enemy, I tell him. Snow is God's way of telling people to slow down and rest and stay in bed for a day. And besides, snow always solves itself. Mixes with the leaves to form more earth, I tell him. Think compost, says I.

Always trust your fellow man. And always cut the cards. Always trust God. And always build your house on high ground. Always love thy neighbor. And always pick a good neighborhood to live in.

Above all, if what you've done is stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid.

Peace is not something you wish for, it's something you make.

There are far worse things to drop on people than Crayolas.

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.

Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., the summer I turned.

All things live only if something else is cleared out of the path to make way. No death; no life. No exceptions. Things must come and go. People. Years. Ideas. Everything. The wheel turns, and the old is cleared away as fodder for the new.

Pardon me, but my father says that it is a lie that Americans have everything. You have no sheep, no goats, no trees, no oil, no vines, no wine, not even chickens. He asks, 'What kind of life is that?' He says, 'No wonder you don't sing or dance or recite poetry very often.

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.

If it is not worth doing, it is worth not doing it well.

Most of the time, a kid doesn't think about what he's doing or why. This is the privilege of childhood.

Share everything. Don't take things that aren't yours. Put things back where you found them.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.

The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.

Making a living and having a life are not the same thing. Making a living and making a life that's worthwhile are not the same thing. Living the good life and living a good life are not the same thing. A job title doesn't even come close to answering the question. "What do you do?".

Is it always to be a winners-losers world, or can we keep everyone in the game? Do we still have what it takes to find a better way?

Remember, most of us got something for nothing the first time just by showing up here at birth. Now we have to qualify.

My secret agenda is to convey my values to my kids.

Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away. Most of this something cannot be seen or heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted. It's what we leave in the minds of other people and what they leave in ours. Memory. The census doesn't count it. Nothing counts without it.

I get tired of hearing it's a crummy world and that people are no damned good. What kind of talk is that? I know a place in Payette, Idaho, where a cook and a waitress and a manager put everything they've got into laying a chicken-fried steak on you.

Don't Believe Everything You Think!

There is nothing in your budget for joy. No books, no flowers, no music, not even a cold beer. And there is nothing in your budget to give away to someone else. We don't help people who don't have better values than you do.

The grass is not always greener on the other side.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together.

The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.

I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have - I can reflect light into the dark places of this world - into the black places in the hearts of men - and change somethings in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.

Does the giraffe know what he's for? Or care? Or even think about his place in things? A giraffe has a black tongue twenty-seven inches long and no vocal cords. A giraffe has nothing to say. He just goes on giraffing.

Everything looks better at a distance. If you made it up, you have to live it down. Everything is compost. There is no they—only us. It's a mistake to believe everything you think. You can get used to anything. Sometimes things are just as bad as they seem. It helps if you always have somebody to kiss goodnight.

Why is there Something instead of Nothing?

On a very local scale, a refrigerator is the center of the universe. On the inside is food essential to life, and on the outside of the door is a summary of the life events of the household.

And I'm not confused about the lack of, or the need for, imagination in low or high places. We could do better we must do better. There are far worse things to drop on people than crayolas.

No. I was an only child.

So you drive as far as you can, even when you can clearly read the sign. You want to think you are exempt, that it doesn't apply to you. But it does. Life is still a dead end. And we still have a hard time believing it.

Until you have experienced raccoons mating underneath your bedroom at three in the morning, you have missed one of life's sensational moments.

If the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand. Everything is still possible.

Ignorance and power and pride are a deadly mixture, you know.

I fear the boredom that comes with not learning and not taking chances.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.

You feel like an ant contemplating Chicago.

We even make ourselves up, fusing what we are with what we wish into what we must become. I'm not sure why it must be so, but it is.

And good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life. I agree.

Don't sell yourself short. You may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think.

To be human is to keep rattling the bars of the cage of existence, hollering, 'What's it for?'

If you do not join the dancing you will feel foolish. So why not dance? And i will tell you a secret: If you do not join the dance, we will know you are a fool. But if you dance, we will think well of you for trying. if you dance badly to begin and we laugh, what is the sin in that? We will begin there.

I and you-We are infinate, rich, large, contradictory, living, breathing miracles-free human beings, children of God and the everlasting universe. That's what we do.