Wednesday Vignettes: Confidence



“We either make ourselves miserable,

or we make ourselves strong.

The amount of work is the same.”


Carlos Castaneda




“I am only one, but I am one.

I cannot do everything, but I can do something.

And because I cannot do everything,

I will not refuse

to do the something that I can do.”


Edward Everett Hale




“I learned this, at least, by my experiment;

that if one advances confidently

in the direction of his dreams,

and endeavors to live the life

which he has imagined,

he will meet with a success

unexpected in common hours..”


Henry David Thoreau




“Human spirit is the ability to face

the uncertainty of the future

with curiosity and optimism.

It is the belief that problems can be solved,

differences resolved.

It is a type of confidence.

And it is fragile.

It can be blackened by fear, and superstition. ”


Bernard Beckett




Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017


Magnolia liliiflora

Magnolia liliiflora


“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”

Marty Rubin



About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

2 responses to “Wednesday Vignettes: Confidence

  1. Wonderful photos of wonderful plants, Christine! And such timely verse, too. Can’t wait for the Magnolias to open over here… We’re not even close yet.

    • Thank you . We are several weeks early here . .. and the cold air is blowing in ahead of a weekend freeze . But we are certainly enjoying the early beauty . Thank you for your kind words ☺

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