I wish I’d said that…


This page is for the purpose of capturing the words and phrases of others…quotes that have struck me in a way that made me wish I’d said that…

Check back every so often for the latest additions!


“Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.” ~ Horace Greeley

"My brother, my friend, if only my breaking
heart were enough to heal yours."
~ from Mark Windham's poem: Friday

“Promise me…you’ll always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin to Pooh

“I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.”
~ William Stafford

“When power narrows the areas of a man’s concerns, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.”
—J.F. Kennedy

“The dominant characteristic of an authentic spiritual life is the gratitude that flows from trust—not only for all the gifts that I receive from God, but gratitude for all the suffering. Because in that purifying experience, suffering has often been the shortest path to intimacy with God.”
~ Brennan Manning

“God gives us poetry that, somehow, gives voice to the silences in our hearts.”
Author ~ E. T. Welch

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”
Jim Valvano, Basketball Coach

Turn the quiet up, turn the noise down
Let this ol’ world just spin around
I wanna feel it swing, wanna feel it sway
And put some feel good in my soul
From the opening lines of Eric Church’s song Smoke A Little Smoke.

“Don’t be afraid to cry…Sometimes it’s through our tears we find another way.”
Spoken by the narrator of the Disney cartoon short The Ballad of Nessie.

Gonna put the world away for a minute
Pretend I don’t live in it
Sunshine gonna wash my blues away
These are the opening lines of the Zac Brown Band song Knee Deep.

“Dear God:  Your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Amen.”
A prayer offered by Billy Richardson, NY Yankees second baseman.


  1. What a great idea for a blog section. There is something wonderfully frustrating about a great quote that is not yours. Of course you wish that it had been yours, but at the same time it is profoundly moving to find that somebody else – a complete stranger – has had the same thoughts as you. That, for me, is the joy of literature. Some nice quotes too!


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