"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others."
--1 Peter 4:10, The Bible
"Make your life something beautiful for God."
"I will make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life."
--Elsie de Wolfe
"She watches over the affairs of her household."
--Proverbs 31:27, The Bible
"Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul."
"One can remain alive...if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways."
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."
"We should do our utmost to encourage the beautiful, for the useful encourages itself."
"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, transform."
"Know first who you are. Then adorn yourself accordingly."
"I will give you my strength to help you stand in high places."
--2 Samuel 22: 33-34, The Bible
"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
--Leonardo Da Vinci
"Always plan ahead; it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
--Richard C. Cushing
"The beautiful is as useful as the useful, perhaps more so."
"House ordering is my prayer and when I finish my prayer is answered."
"Flowers are God's poetry."
"Anyone who has a library and a garden wants for nothing."
"Life is short; use the good china."
"Books are beautiful things."
--George Bernard Shaw
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people only exist, that is all."
"The most important things in your home are people."
"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little--if only out of politeness."
"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."
--St. Catherine of Siena
"The important thing is not to stop questioning."
"May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends."
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."
"Style is being yourself, but on purpose."
"As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other you will find what is needful for you in a book."
"Simple living to me is a high-rise condo with a maintenance man; simple living to my friend is a tent and a roasted wienie."
"Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul."
--Douglas MacArthur, General
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today to make a new ending."
"The triumph of anything is a matter of organization."
"When life knocks you to your knees...well, that's the best position in which to pray, isn't it?"
"We make our needs few so that we can live rich."
"And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced in the light of the moon."
"All arts are apprenticeship. The big art is our life."
--Artist M.C. Richards
"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."
"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may speak."
"I believe in hard work. It keeps wrinkles out of the mind and spirit."
"Action is eloquence."
"Self command is the main elegance."
"Love, honor, and negotiate."
--Alan Loy McGinnis
"If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."
"To know when you have enough is to be rich."
"Whenever we nourish our souls with great beauty, we are lifted up on angels' wings."
"I am easily satisfied with the very best."
"I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing."
"It's all about editing one's life, refining, simplifying, constantly editing."
"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."
"A home-cooked meal offers comfort. Add a well-dressed table to your efforts, and the result is a gesture of love."
"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library."
--Jorge Luis Borges
"People who wait for a magic wand fail to see that they are the magic wand."
"And grace will lead us home."
--Amazing Grace hymn
"There is a certain majesty in simplicity."
"Be you because everyone else is already taken."
"When you accept a dinner invitation you have a moral obligation to be amusing."
--Duchess of Windsor
"For it is in giving that we receive."
--St. Francis of Assisi
"To thine own self be true."
"The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind."
"When grace is joined with wrinkles, it's adorable."
"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears."
--Edgar Allen Poe
"But surely God is my helper; the Lord the upholder of my life."
--Psalm 54:4, The Bible
"Beauty is silent eloquence."
"When you're going through a serious rough patch, eat the caviar. You're going to need it for the journey."
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty."
"The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread."
"If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either."
"Just living is not enough...one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
--Hans Christian Andersen
"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste the experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences."
"He who does a good deed is instantly ennobled."
"Plan as if you'll live to age 100; live as if tomorrow will not come."