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200 May Quotes to Cherish the Last Month of Spring

Fill your heart with the warmth of spring with these inspirational May quotes.

May is the last season of spring and the transition period to the summer days. This month is the peak of the colorful flowers and greens of grasses everyone loves and enjoys. The month of May marks the beginning of summer. It comes with longer days, more sunlight, and more time to enjoy the outdoors. If the rain keeps you inside in April, May is the month to get active but not sweaty.

According to the Gregorian calendar, the month of May is named after Maia―the goddess of springtime and growth. Historically, the gentle warmth of the month caused flowers to blossom, crops to sprout, and people to dance. Children made garlands from greenery and participated in joyful celebrations on May 1.

So, make this month a lively and bright period for outdoor activities under the sun’s warmth! Another way to enjoy this month is to read these May quotes with your loved ones. So, if you are looking for a great selection about May for inspiration or to say welcome to May, you will find what you are looking for here.

Holidays, special occasions of May

  • May 2: National Truffle Day
  • May 3: National Teacher Appreciation Day
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo
  • May 6: National Nurses Day
  • Second Sunday of May: Mother’s Day
  • May 11: National Eat What You Want Day
  • May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day
  • Last Monday in May: National Memorial Day

200 May Quotes

Top 10 May Quotes

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale

“Yes, it is May! Though not that the young leaf pushes its velvet out of the sheath, that the stubbornest sprays are beginning to bourgeon, larks responding aloft to the mellow flute of the bluebird, nor that song and sunshine and odors of life immingled even as wines in a cup.” – Bayard Taylor

“With the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything.” – Reese Witherspoon

“This sweet and merry month of May, while nature wantons in her prime, and birds do sing, and beasts do play for the pleasure of the joyful time.” – William Byrd

“Therefore all ye that be lovers call unto your remembrance the month of May.” – Le Morte d’Arthur

“Sweet May hath come to love us, flowers, trees, their blossoms don. And through the blue heavens above us, the very clouds move on.” – Heinrich Heine

“What is so sweet and dear as a prosperous morn in May, the confident prime of the day.” – William Watson

“We roamed the fields and riversides when we were young and gay. We chased the bees and plucked the flowers in the merry, merry month of May.” – Stephen Foster

“Rose of May, the sun that you are waiting for spring has come!” – Irene Doura-Kavadia

“Queer things happen in the garden in May. Little faces forgotten to appear, and plants thought to be dead suddenly wave a green hand to confound you.” – William Earl Johns

The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May. EDWIN WAY TEALE

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“May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself.” – Marty Rubin

“May, queen of blossoms, And fulfilling flowers, With what pretty music Shall we charm the hours?” – Edward Thurlow

“May, on the contrary, belongs to the Easter season, which lasts 50 days, and in that season, the whole of May commonly falls, and the first half always.” – John Henry Newman

“May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive.” – Fennel Hudson

“May, it’s full of all the things that make spring and the brighter part of the year so special. Flowers bud, the sun shines, and new seeds are sewn into the fabric of our lives. May is awesome.” – Jenna Danchuk

“May! Queen of blossoms, and fulfilling flowers, with what pretty music shall we charm the hours?” – Baron Thurlow

“May then is the month, if not of fulfilment, at least of promise.” – John Henry Newman

“May means long walks in the evenings, eating outside in the garden whenever possible, and lots of healthy, fresh salads to use up all the lovely summer veg that’s available.” – Sophie Morris

“May is the most beautiful month of the year, a month alive with warm color. The flowers and trees are in full bloom, and even the sun joins this rhapsody be emitting warmer rays.” – Lillian Berliner

“May is green and pink and red.” – Richard L. Ratliff

“May has decked the world, that we may bring the brave on land or sea earth’s glory on Memorial Day, the lovely meadow gifts of May.” – Annette Wynne

“May has come in, young May the beautiful, weaving the sweetest chaplet of the year. Along the eastern corridors, she walks. What time the clover rocks the earliest bee. Her feet a flush with sunrise, and her veil floating in breezy odors o’er her hair.” – Thomas Buchanan Read

“May had now set in, but up here among the hills, she was May by curtesy only, or if she was May, she would never be might.” – George MacDonald

“May day is a great time to plan or put on a Spring Festival for parents. Students can sing their favorite songs, recite poems, and perform the Maypole dance.” – Elizabeth Cole Midgley

“May can be a month of sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny noses.” – Ellen Jackson

“May and June, soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year. Cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights. The discussion of philosophy is over. It’s time for work to begin.” – H. Peter Loewer

“May . . . it’s full of all the things that make spring and the brighter part of the year so special. Flowers bud, the sun shines, and new seeds are sown into the fabric of our lives. May is awesome.” – Jenna Danchuk

May will be filled with positivity, love, opportunities. blessings, peace & happiness.

Short May Quotes

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“You are enough just as you are.” – Meghan Markle

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

“June is the gateway to summer.” – Jean Hersey

“I curled closer to May, comforted by her warmth.” – Kiera Cass

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn

“April splinters like an ice palace.” – Ruth Stone

“June had drawn out every leaf on the trees.” – Virginia Woolf

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir

“The comeback is always stronger than the setback.” – Dr. Jill Murray

“Spread love everywhere you go.” – Mother Teresa

“Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day!” – W. H. Gibson

“June suns, you cannot store them.” – A.E. Housman

“All things seem possible in May.” – Edwin Way Teale

“And after winter folweth grene May.” – Geoffrey Chaucer

“April’s rare capricious loveliness.” – Julia Dorr

“I shine in tears like the sun in April.” – Cyril Tourneur

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” – Rosa Parks

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” – William Shakespeare

“What potent blood hath modest May.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The most wasted of days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings

“The last days of May are among the longest of the year.” – Alice Munro

May the flowers remind us that life always finds a way to bloom and that change is always round the corner but takes its own time to burst forth.

Funny May Quotes

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

“Yet though it be the chilliest May with least of sun and most of showers, its wind and dew, its night and day, bring up the flowers.” – Christina Georgina Rossetti

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bill Keane

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

“A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” – Serena Williams

“‘Tis a month before the month of May, and the spring comes slowly up this way.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“June is the time for being in the world in new ways, for throwing off the cold and dark spots of life.” – Joan D. Chittister

“Along with the greening of May came the rain. Then the clouds disappeared, and a soft pale lightness fell over the city as if Kyoto had broken free of its tethers and lifted up toward the sun.” – Victoria Abbott Riccardi

“Another May, new buds and flowers shall bring. Ah! Why has happiness no second spring?” – Charlotte Smith

“And the May month flaps its glad green leaves like wings, delicate-filmed as new-spun silk.” – Thomas Hardy

“Ah, in those earliest days of love, how naturally the kisses spring into life! So closely, in their profusion, do they crowd together that lovers would find it as hard to count the kisses exchanged in an hour as to count the flowers in a meadow in May.” – Marcel Proust

“It’s the small habits. How you spend your mornings. How you talk to yourself. What you read and what you watch. Who you share your energy with. Who has access to you. That will change your life.” – Michael Tonge

“There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.” – William Cullen Bryant

“When purple finches sing and soar with vernal gladness running o’er. When joys like these salute the sense, then waiting long hath recompense, and all the world is glad with May.” – John Burroughs

“While from the purpling east departs. The star that led the dawn, blithe flora from her couch upstarts, for May is on the lawn.” – William Wordsworth

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

“And a bird overhead sang Follow, and a bird to the right sang Here; and the arch of the leaves was hollow, and the meaning of May was clear.” – Algernon Charles Swinburne

“Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed.” – James Thomson

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

“O, the month of May, the merry month of May, So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! O, and then did I unto my true love say, . . . thou shalt be my Summer’s Queen.” – Thomas Dekker

“Now is the month of maying, when merry lads are playing . . . Each with his bonny lass Upon the greeny grass. Fa la la la la la la la la.” – Thomas Morley

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” – Maya Angelou

“Prose and drama are well enough for winter, but when nature swells the darling buds of May, my spirit craves three things: poetry, painting, and love.” – Joan Smith

“April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

“By May, most of the harshness of winter has passed. The sky is bright, and warm sunshine filters through the new leaves on the trees.” – Ellen Jackson

“I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers. Of April, May, or June, and July flowers.” – Robert Herrick

“Horticulturally, the month of May is opening night, homecoming, and graduation day all rolled into one.” – Tam Mossman

“Golden haze, another morning feels like yesterday. End of May and now you’re gone, and there’s still bills to pay.” – Timothy Paul Seely

“First night of May and the soft-silvered moon frightens her semicircle in the blue.” – David Gray

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

“A great difference between ‘May’ and ‘Day’ is the ‘M’ and ‘D!’ Be a good managing director of your life each day in May.” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“And since all this loveliness cannot be Heaven, I know in my heart it is June.” – Abba Woolson

“In the month of May, fell many great showers of rain.” – Robin Robbins

“Let all thy joys be as the month of May, and all thy days be as a marriage day.” – Francis Quarles

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly.” – Quentin Blake

“As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in midsummer.” – William Shakespeare

“I thought that spring must last forevermore; for I was young and loved, and it was May.” – Vera Brittain

“He wrote her name in the sand Never even let go of her hand Somehow they stayed that way For those five days in May.” – James Cuddy and Greg Keelor

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

“April, April, laugh thy girlish laughter, and the moment after, Weep thy girlish tears, April.” – Angus Wilson

“In the marvelous month of May, when all the buds were bursting, then in my heart did love arise. In the marvelous month of May, when all the birds were singing, then did I reveal to her my yearning and longing.” – Heinrich Heine

“Oh, it was a merry, gladsome day when the April Fool met the Queen of May. She had roguish eyes and golden hair, and they were a mischief-making pair.” – Carolyn Wells

“Bright May afternoons, mango trees in the garden echoed with cuckoo calls.” – Meeta Ahluwalia

“Beneath the apple blossoms, I go a wintry way, for love that smiled in April is false to me in May.” – Sara Teasdale

“It’s beautiful the Summer month of June . . . and the sun shines most of the day brightly.” – Francis Duggan

“Cloud-piercing peak, and trackless heath, instinctive homage pay. Nor wants the dim-lit cave a wreath to honor thee, sweet May!” – William Wordsworth

“Cinco de Mayo, May fifth, is a time of song, dance, partying, and in general, a time to be proud to be of Hispanic descent.” – Holiday Insights

“Cheers to a new month and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey

“It’s May, the lusty month of May, that darling month when everyone throws self-control away.” – Alan Jay Lerner

“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” – Demi Lovato

MAY, MORE THAN ANY OTHER MONTH OF THE YEAR, WANTS US TO FEEL MOST ALIVE.

Happy May Quotes

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“You do not find the happy life. You make it.” – Camilla Eyring Kimball

“That I may reach that happy time the kindly gods I pray, for are not ducks and pease in prime upon the last of May?” – William Makepeace Thackeray

“Yes, May is come, and its sweet breath shall well-nigh make you weep today, and pensive with swift-coming death, shall ye be satiate of the May.” – William Morris

“When the sun is out, and the wind is still, you’re one month on in the middle of May.” – Robert Frost

“Step aside to a brand new day. In the month of May, I feel I can start again. Life is feeling new. This is hope. This is love. This is where we all won. If you call, I will hear. I will listen for you.” – Mychal Simka

“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

“Winds of May that dance on the sea, dancing a ring-around in glee. From furrow to furrow, while overhead, the foam flies up to be garlanded.” – James Joyce

“Month of May, everybody’s in love, and the city was sent from above, and just when I knew what I wanted to say, the violent wind blew the wires away.” – Win Butler

“Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course, nor June.” – Karen Joy Fowler

“Lines of baled hay / Yellowing in the sunshine / Dry May day.” – Mike Garofalo

“It was the month of May, the month when the foliage of herbs and trees is most freshly green when buds ripened, and blossoms appear in their fragrance and loveliness.” – Thomas Malory

“Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day . . . married when bees o’er May blossoms flit, strangers around your board will sit.” – New Zealand Proverb

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae Jemison

“New month, new intentions, new goals, new love, new light, and new beginnings.” – April Mae Monterrosa

“It was outdoor detail, and May is one fine month to be working outdoors.” – Stephen King

“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“When purple finches sing and soar . . . with vernal gladness running o’er— when joys like these salute the sense . . . then waiting long hath recompense, and all the world is glad with May.” – John Burroughs

“Motivation comes from working on things we care about.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“The flowry May, who from her green lap, throws the yellow cowslip and the pale primrose. Hail bounteous May that dost inspire mirth and youth and warm desire. Woods and groves are of thy dressing. Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.” – John Milton

“In the deepening spring of May, I had no choice but to recognize the trembling of my heart. It usually happened as the sun was going down.” – Haruki Murakami

“I’m only wishing to go a-fishing; For this the month of May was made.” – Henry Van Dyke

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.” – Oprah Winfrey

“As it fell upon a dayIn the merry month of May, sitting in a pleasant shade which a grove of myrtles made.” – Richard Barnfield

“I cannot tell you how it was, but this I know, it came to pass upon a bright and sunny day when May was young. Ah, pleasant May!” – Christina Georgina Rossetti

“It is the month, the jolly month. It is the jolly month of May.” – Francis Thompson

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” – L. M. Montgomery

“Far up in the deep blue sky, Great white clouds are floating by; All the world is dressed in green; Many happy birds are seen, Roses bright and sunshine clear Show that lovely June is here.” – F. G. Sanders

“It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses, when pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.” – Nathaniel Parker Willis

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

“April weather, rain and sunshine both together.” – English Country Saying

“Ah! My heart is weary waiting, waiting for the May, waiting for the pleasant rambles where the fragrant hawthorn brambles. Where the woodbine alternating, scent the dewy way. Ah! My heart is weary, waiting, waiting for the May.” – Denis Florence MacCarthy

“On the second Sunday of May, we honor those women who are our mothers. Whether we shower her with gifts, take her to a fancy dinner or make her a homemade card, what moms want most is to be surrounded by the love of their family.” – American National Day Calendar

“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” – Alexander the Great

“It was the month of May, the month when lovers, subject to the same force which reawakens the plants, feel their hearts open again, recall past trusts and past vows, and moments of tenderness, and yearn for a renewal of the magical awareness which is love.” – Thomas Malory

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.” – Deep Roy

“You have to remember to be thankful. But in May, one simply can’t help being thankful that they are alive, if for nothing else.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

“I cannot tell you what it was, but this I know, it did but pass. It passed away with sunny May, like all sweet things it passed away, and left me old, and cold, and gray.” – Christina Georgina Rossetti

“Was in the merry month of May when flowers were a bloomin’, sweet William on his death bed lay for the love of Barbara Allen.” – Old English Ballad

“Then you have to remember to be thankful; but in May one simply can’t help being thankful that they are alive, if for nothing else.” – L.M. Montgomery

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” – Edwin Way Teale

“Warm, wild, rainy wind, blowing fitfully, stirring dreamy breakers on the slumberous May sea. What shall fail to answer thee? What thing shall withstand the spell of thine enchantment, flowing over sea and land?” – Celia Thaxter

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, and summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” – William Shakespeare

Welcome May Quotes

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“You are as welcome as the flowers in May.” – Charles Macklin

“Welcome! O May! O joyous month and stainless!” – Alfonso X of Castile

“The month of May is a pleasant time. Its face is beautiful. The blackbird sings his full song. The living wood is his holding. The cuckoos are singing and ever singing. There is a welcome before the brightness of the summer.” – Lady Gregory

“Oh! Gladly do we welcome thee, fair pleasant month of May. The month which we’ve eager longed to see through many a wintry day.” – Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

“Fair flowers are springing beneath thy genial ray, and thousand happy birds are singing, all welcome to thee, May!” – Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

“Oh it was sweet to think that May should be ours again, hoping it not, I shrink out of the sight of men.” – Paul Laurence Dunbar

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“When April steps aside for May, like diamonds, all the raindrops glisten, fresh violets open every day to some new bird, each hour we listen.” – Lucy Larcom

“Sometimes growth requires new company, new locations and new mindsets.” – Unknown

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“Life changes very quickly, in a very positive way, if you let it.” – Lindsey Vonn

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” – Malala Yousafzai

“At last came the golden month of the wild folk– honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.” – Samuel Scoville Jr.

“Being negative only makes a journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.” – Joyce Meyer

“I wish you a beautiful new month from the first day of this month to the last day.” – J. K. Rowling

“April is the kindest month. April gets you out of your head and out working in the garden.” – Marty Rubin

“The month of May has come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit.” – Thomas Malory

“It is now May. It is the month wherein nature hath her fill of mirth and the senses are filled with delights. I conclude it is from the Heavens, a grace, and to Earth, a gladness.” – Nicholas Breton

“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks, “Go!” – Christopher Morley

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.” – Smokey Robinson

“Oh, my love’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung in June.” – John Barrowman

“There is but one May in the year, and sometimes May is wet and cold. There is but one May in the year before the year grows old.” – Christina Georgina Rossetti

“The flowers that should bloom in the month of May, every one of them came on an April day! And they looked for April showers in vain, but all through May it did nothing but rain!” – Carolyn Wells

“Where shall we keep the holiday and duly greet the entering May?” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Mornings in May, echoed with the call of cuckoos, sunlight glowed through fresh green canopies of trees.” – Meeta Ahluwalia

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

“Oh! Fragrant is the breath of May in tranquil garden closes, and soft yet regal is her sway among the springtide roses.” – William Hamilton Hayne

“The month of May comes differently in cities. Not for us, white blossom on the hedgerows, bluebells in the woods. Instead, the sun’s rays burnish bricks and mellow pavements. Seeds burst into flowers in the cracks between the stones. Speedwell and bindweed bloom among the rubble.” – Heidi Thomas

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Make hay in May, for you may never know what June is coming with, and you may never know what July will present! When you see May, make hay!” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett

“Life has got all those twists and turns. You’ve got to hold on tight and off you go.” – Nicole Kidman

“The object of a new month is not that we should have a new month…we should have a new soul.” – G. K. Chesterton

“It is now May . . . It is the month wherein Nature hath her fill of mirth, and the senses are filled with delights. I conclude, it is from the Heavens a grace, and to Earth a gladness.” – Nicholas Breton

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

“Hebe’s here, May is here! The air is fresh and sunny, and the miser-bees are busy hoarding golden honey.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

“It is so easy to be so hard on yourself. But the greater challenge is gifting yourself the grace of finding love in all your beautiful mistakes.” – m.s.poetry

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” – William James

“I’m only wishing to go a-fishing. For this, the month of May was made.” – Henry van Dyke

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” – Steve Maraboli

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

April is a promise that May is bound to keep. Hal borland

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