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~where creativity blossoms!
Welcome to
quotable quotes,
~ & shiny thoughts...

~......gathered for you one at a time -  like little shiny beads -
all to inspire your creativity.


"I was going to conquer the world, but got distracted by something sparkly..."


"My mommy is pretty like a butterfly..."

~young child (unknown)

"It's supposed to snow tomorrow.  So I need to stock up on the necessaties - BEADS, bread and milk - with beads being the most important thing...."

Suzie Tyler

"If nature is the teacher - there will always be a new lesson..."


Recent conversation at a Buttercup Beads Soiree:


"I can do this!  I know I can do this!"   

"You can do anything Suzie."

"Oh yes, I know!  This is a magical place!..." she says smiling...


(Ah, Suzie - we love you!)

~Suzie Tyler


“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

~Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)

....And just as one builds a company’s mission statement based on values and principles, I have done the same thing for myself. Certain principles have become my compass points.  I reference them whenever I make important choices and decisions, professionally or personally. They are things to which I strive and am pleased to share some of them with you.


Be compassionate and never forget how to love.
Think inclusively.
Reclaim noble values such as truth, honesty, honour, courage.
Respect one's elders and look to what they have to teach you.
Be empathetic.
Look after the less fortunate in society.
Promote and protect diversity.
Respect the gifts of the natural world.
Set your goals high and take pride in what you do.
Cherish and look after your body, and, as the ancient Greeks believed, your mind will serve you better.
Put back into the community as there have been those before you have done the same and you are reaping what they sowed.
Participate in and protect democracy. It does not thrive as a spectator sport.
Undertake due diligence in everything.
Seek balance and space, and solitude.
Don't be afraid to feel passionate about something.
Learn to be an advocate and an ambassador for good.
Be mindful of your limitations.
Indulge and nurture your curiosity as it will keep you vital.
Take charge of your life and don't fall into the pit of entitlement.
Assume nothing and take nothing for granted.
Things are not necessarily what they seem.

~Loreena McKinnett

"...by the prickling of my thumb, something sparkly this way comes...."


~Dr. Chris Johnson

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.

~alan alda

Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

~arthur koestler

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

~buckminster fuller

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

~erich fromm

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas

~linus pauling

The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.

~linus pauling

The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity.

~margaret j. wheatley

Life is "trying things to see if they work."

~ray bradbury

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.

~virginia woolf

It is worth mentioning, for future reference, that the creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.

~virginia woolf

Art is the only thing you cannot punch a button for. You must do it the old-fashioned way.
Stay up and really burn the midnight oil. There are no compromises

~leontyne price

Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence. It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine.

~magdalena abakanowicz

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

~howard aiken

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.

~edward de bono

There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.

~f. scott fitzgerald

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love."


~jalaluddin rumi

If you hold onto the handle she said its easy to maintain the illusion of control, but its more fun if you just let the wind carry you.   
~The Story People


~Brian Andreas

"Remember to eschew sesquipedalian obfuscation and proclivity at all costs."


~Aunt Babby


"We are what we think.

All that we are, arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts - we make the world. "





What I envision...

I manifest.



~Life is short,
                    be sparkly!



Margot Potter

"Good Chi only gets you so far

...hard work will get you further."




"Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung.”


--William Morris, designer, 1834-1896

A peculiar mind at work,
If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the famously
erudite scientist and comic who once said:  "I woke up one morning and all
of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates."

His mind sees things differently than most of us do, to our amazement
and amusement. Here are some of his gems:

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- They don't expect it back.
3 - Half the people you know are below average.
4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
6 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
8 - If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
9 - All those who believe in psycho-kinesis, raise my hand.
10 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
11 - I almost had a psychic girlfriend.....but she left me before we met.
12 - OK, so what's the speed of dark?
13 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
14 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked
15 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16 - When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
17 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
18 - Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.
19 - I intend to live forever......so far, so good.
20 - If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
22 - What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
23 - My mechanic told me, 'I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your
horn louder.'
24 - Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
25 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27 - Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
28 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the
29 - To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is
30 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
31 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
32 -The colder the Xray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
33 - Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.
34 - If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your
headlights work?


~steven wright

Enthusiasm is contagious.
Start an epidemic.



While we have the gift of life,
it seems to me the only tragedy
is to allow part of us to die --
whether it is our spirit,
our creativity,
or our glorious uniqueness.


~Gilda Radnor

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


~Leo Buscaglia

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.



You can't depend on your eyes
when your imagination is out of focus.


~ Mark Twain

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.


~Eleanor Roosevelt

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
L  a  u  g  h.
Choose with no regret.
Continue to Learn.
Appreciate your friends.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.


~Mary Anne M.B.L. Radmacher

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.


~Eleanor Roosevelt

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 harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.


~ Mark Twain, attributed

Sometimes our light goes out
but is blown into flame by another human being.
Each of us owes deepest thanks to those
who have rekindled this light.


~Albert Schweitzer

There comes that mysterious meeting in life
when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be,
igniting the circuits of our highest potential.


~Rusty Berkus

Our life is frittered away by detail...
Simplify, SIMPLIFY.



Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.
That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.


~Emily Kimbrough

Plant impossible gardens.
Look forward to dreams. Cry during movies.
Swing as high as you can on a swingset, by moonlight.
Cultivate moods.
Do it for love. Take lots of naps.
Take moonbaths.
Giggle with children.
Listen to old people.
Drive away fear. Play with everything.
Entertain your inner child.
Build a fort with blankets.
Get wet. Hug trees. Write love letters.



Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things,
but just look what they can do when they stick together.


~Vista M. Kelly

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.


~Gladys Browyn Stern

What we do today, right now,
Will have an accumulated effect
on all our tomorrows.


~Alexandra Stoddard

Never give up on anybody.


~Hubert H. Humphrey

Behold the turtle.
He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.


~James Bryant Conant


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far as possible, be on good terms with all persons.  Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; for they too have their story.

Avoid loud and agressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.  If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.  Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.  Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. 

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.  But let that not blind you to what real virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.  Be yourself...

Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.  Take kindly the counsel of years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.  Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.  But do not distress yourself with imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.  Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.  Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be; and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.  With all it's slum, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.  Be careful. Strive to be happy.


~ Max Ehrmann

Ask Calvin's Dad

Calvin's dad answering questions, quoted from various Calvin and Hobbes books by Bill Watterson.

Q. Why does the sun set?
A. It's because hot air rises. The sun's hot in the middle of the day, so it rises high in the sky. In the evening then, it cools down and sets.
Q. Why does it go from east to west?
A. Solar wind.

Q. Why does the sky turn red as the sun sets?
A. That's all the oxygen in the atmosphere catching fire.
Q. Where does the sun go when it sets?
A. The sun sets in the west. In Arizona actually, near Flagstaff. That's why the rocks there are so red.
Q. Don't the people get burned up?
A. No, the sun goes out as it sets. That's why it's dark at night.
Q. Doesn't the sun crush the whole state as it lands?
A. Ha ha, of course not. Hold a quarter up. See, the sun's just about the same size.
Q. I thought I read that the sun was really big.
A. You can't believe everything you read, I'm afraid.
Q. How come old photographs are always black and white? Didn't they have color film back then?
A. Sure they did. In fact, those old photographs are in color. It's just that the world was black and white then. The world didn't turn color until sometime in the 1930s, and it was pretty grainy color for a while, too.
Q. But then why are old paintings in color?! If the world was black and white, wouldn't artists have painted it that way?
A. Not necessarily. A lot of great artists were insane.
Q. But... But how could they have painted in color anyway? Wouldn't their paints have been shades of gray back then?
A. Of course, but they turned colors like everything else did in the '30s.
Q. So why didn't old black and white photos turn color too?
A. Because they were color pictures of black and white, remember?

Q. Dad, will you explain the theory of relativity to me? I don't understand why time goes slower at great speed.
A. It's because you keep changing time zones. See, if you fly to California, you gain three hours on a five-hour flight, right? So if you go at the speed of light, you gain more time, because it doesn't take as long to get there. Of course, the theory of relativity only works if you're going west.

Q. Why do my eyes shut when I sneeze?
A. If your lids weren't closed, the force of the explosion would blow your eyeballs out and stretch the optic nerve, so your eyes would flop around and you'd have to point them with your hands to see anything.

Q. How do bank machines work?
A. Well, let's say you want 25 dollars. You punch in the amount and behind the machine there's a guy with a printing press who makes the money and sticks it out this slot.
Q. Sort of like the guy who lives up in our garage and opens the door?
A. Exactly.

Q. What causes the wind?
A. Trees sneezing.

Q. Why does ice float?
A. Because it's cold. Ice wants to get warm, so it goes to the top of liquids to be nearer to the sun.
Q. Is that true?
A. Look it up and find out.
Q. I should just look up stuff in the first place.

Q. How come you know so much?
A. It's all in the book you get when you become a father.


~Bill Watterson

I learned that you should feel when writing,
not like Lord Byron on a mountain top,
 but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten 
- happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.


~Brenda Ueland

Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; 
and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, 
which paint the world their own hue, 
and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.


~Ralph Waldo Emerson

[Fry]: "Brothers and sisters, get your love beads! Can't journey to the centre of your mind without love beads!"
[Hippy girl]: "Wow, look at the colours! This'll go great with my soul"
[Zoidberg]: "Glad you like them! I've been making fine jewelry for years, apparently."


~From Futurama (Episode: "Bendin' in the Wind")

“On the motionless branches of some trees, 
autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, 
as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels . . .”


~Charles Dickens

"Please don't disturb my artistic harmony..."




"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found."


~James Russell Lowell


“Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity.”


~Erik Christopher Zeeman

"Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exists."




~Thomas Disch

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns
in order to look at things in a different way.




~Edward de Bono


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. 
Art is knowing which ones to keep.


~Scott Adams

Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. 
You either have not goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts 
in a striving toward an important goal.


~Maxwell Maltz



Everything you can imagine is real.


~Pablo Picasso



Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; 
it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.


~Franklin Roosevelt



Ideas are like rabbits.
You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.


~John Steinbeck


To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower... 
hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour...


~William Blake


Think left and think right and think low and think high. 
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!


~Dr. Seuss

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.


~Anna Freud


The only limits are, as always, those of vision.


~James Broughton


Making the simple complicated is commonplace; 
making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, 
that’s creative.


~Charles Mingus


Never tell people how to do things. 
Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.


~General George Smith Patton, Jr.



Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.


~Noam Chomsky


"Art is like beginning a sentence before you know its ending."



~ART AND FEAR, David Bayless & Ted Orland



"Your job is to develop “An imagination of the Possible.”


~ART AND FEAR, David Bayless & Ted Orland


"What you need to know about the next piece is contained in the last piece..."


~ART AND FEAR, David Bayless & Ted Orland



"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else."


~Pablo Picasso



"Keeping house is like stringing beads with no knot on the end of the thread."




One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.


~a. a. milne

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