Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Meandering we go . . .

Today is the birthday of Elisabeth Lillian Wehner (December 15, 1896 - January 17, 1972), author. She is best known by her pen name, Betty Smith and her first novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943).

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”
- Betty Smith

"Let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere-be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost."
-Betty Smith

"I came to a clear conclusion, and it is a universal one: To live, to struggle, to be in love with life--in love with all life holds, joyful or sorrowful--is fulfillment. The fullness of life is open to all of us."
- Betty Smith

“Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing.”
- Betty Smith

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