This website is about building a backyard observatory, favorite Bible verses, favorite quotes and astronomy videos.
Gateway to the Heavens
(Porta dei Cieli)
Here are some quotes that have special meaning to me.
The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces. - Will Rogers
If you cannot risk, you cannot grow.
If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best.
If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy.
If you cannot be happy, what else matters?
- David Viscott
Out yonder, there is this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking. - Einstein
"Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble" - Frank Tyger
"One ship drives East and another drives West,
With the self-same winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sails, not the gales,
which tell us the way to go." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
If you follow your heart, doors will open for you that don't exist for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell
Talent is equally distributed around the world.
Unfortunately, opportunity is not. - Leila Janah
All choices have impact/consequences.
Sometimes you’ll think a bad choice will go unnoticed or a good choice will be never rewarded.
All that you do comes back to you eventually, just as surely as Spring follows Winter.
Without planting there is no harvest. Bad choices are usually easy, shortsighted, selfish and regretful. Good choices are frequently harder; require self-discipline, but deeply rewarding.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
- Albert Einstein
If you eat for any reason other than nutrition, you're on the wrong track.
Measure wealth not by the things you have,
but by the things you have
for which you would not take money.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
- Buckminster Fuller
Leadership always is clear about the expected results.
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.
A worthy purpose must be a the center of every worthy life
We generate fears when we sit; we overcome them with action.
- Henry C. Link
I have learned that plotting revenge only allows the people who hurt you, to hurt you longer.
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. – Kahlil Gibran
The diminutive chains of habit are generally too small to be felt, til they are too strong to be broken. - Samuel Johnson
Yesterday is but a dream
and tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well-lived
makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope. - Kalidasa
“Strategy without tactics
is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy
is the noise before defeat.” - Sun Tzu
Nature has been for me, as long as I can remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure and delight;
a home, a teacher, a companion. - Loraine Anderson
If you look up, there are no limits. - Japanese proverb
“There are only two ways to live your life … one as though nothing is a miracle, and the other is as though everything is a miracle.
– Albert Einstein
“Anything less than a conscience commitment to the important, is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.” - Stephen Covey
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. - Peter Drucker
“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
Don’t die with your music still inside you.
“Hope is not the naive expectation that all will go smoothly; that desolation will remain a stranger. It is a conviction that God will always be with us no matter what happens.” – Rev. James Thompson
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. - George Carlin
In marriage, always remember the four T's
~ Time Talk Trust Touch ~
Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.
- Michael Landon
I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use. - GALILEO GALILEI
The Uncommon man
Everyday is your Superbowl.
There are no scrimmages or time-outs.
There are no do-overs.
Once the hour is gone, it’s gone forever.
Do it like you mean it.
Dream it now, plan it now, do it now.
Speak up – make a difference – look for the good.
Live with passion, compassion and confidence.
Make your family say “I like me best when I’m with you” - Dennis Waitley
“Take the first step in faith.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” ― Galileo Galilei
"Keep looking up!" - Jack Horkheimer
"Confused about the cosmos,
Can't tell a planet from a star?
Then give us just five minutes,
And we'll show you what they are."
"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein
If it makes you soar,
God is at work in you.
"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet." - Stephen Hawking
"I chucked being a lawyer for astronomy, and I knew that even if I were second-rate or third-rate, it was astronomy that mattered." - Edwin Hubble
"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has - or will ever have - something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression." - Fred Rogers
I don't know what the future holds but I do know who holds the future