Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.
Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.
Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is not found only at the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arched across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, and neighbors! Love, like faith, is a gift of God. It is also the most enduring and most powerful virtue.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.
Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.
We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The right to happiness is fundamental.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.
F. H. Bradley
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
There is happiness in duty, although it may not seem so.
Dad, mom… It’s me. I’m calling from Seattle Grace Hospital where the – the beautiful, talented and incredibly stubborn Dr. Isobel Stevens has, she’s just given me a brand new heart and promised to marry me. I know we’ve had our differences and I’m sorry we’ve been out of touch. Believe it or not I was – I was trying to make everything better. I know you’re angry and I hope you’ll forgive me. It turns out, sometimes you have to do the wrong thing. Sometimes you have to make a big mistake to figure out how to make things right. Mistakes are painful, but they’re the only way to find out who you really are. I know who I am now. I know what I want. I’ve got the love of my life, a new heart and I want you guys to get on the next plane out here and meet my girl. Everything’s gonna be different now, I promise. From here on out, nothings ever going to be the same. I love you, bye.
Cristina; I could promise to hold you, and to cherish you. I could promise to be there in sickness and in health. I could say ’til death do us part, but I won’t. Those vows are for optimistic couples, the ones full of hope. And I do not stand here on my wedding day optimistic or full of hope. I am not optimistic, I am not. I am sure. I am steady. And I know I am a heart man, take them apart, put them back together. I hold them in my hands. I am a heart man. So this, I am sure. You are my partner, my lover, my very best friend. My heart, my heart, beats for you. And on this day, the day of our wedding, I promise you this. I promise you to lay my heart in the palm of your hands. I promise you, me.
In general, people can be categorized in one of two ways. Those who love surprises and those who don’t. I… Don’t. I’ve never met a surgeon who enjoys a surprise because as surgeons we like to be in the know. We have to be in the know because when we aren’t people die and lawsuits happen. Am I rambling? I think I’m rambling. Okay so my point actually, and I do have one, has nothing to do with surprises or death or lawsuits or even surgeons. My point is this… Whoever said what you don’t know cant hurt you was a complete and total moron. Because for most people I know, not knowing is the WORST feeling in the world. Okay fine… Maybe its the second worst. As surgeons there are so many things we have to know. We have to know we have what it takes. We have to know how to take care of our patients and how to take care of each other. Eventually we even have to figure out how to take care of ourselves. As surgeons we have to be in the know, but as human beings sometimes its better to stay in the dark. Because in the dark there may be fear, but there is also hope.
At some point maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it’s better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds, feeling hopeful. And, if we’re lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life the true dream is being able to dream at all.
As surgeons, we live in a world of worse case scenarios. We cut ourselves off from hoping for the best because too many times the best doesn’t happen. But every now and then something extraordinary occurs and suddenly best case scenarios seem possible. And every now and then something amazing happens, and against our better judgment we start to have hope.
Pain. You just have to ride it out, hope it goes away on its on. Hope the wound that caused it heals. There are no solutions, no easy answers. You just breath deep and wait for it subside. Most of the time pain can be managed, but sometimes the pain gets you when you least expect it, hits way below the belt and doesn’t let up. Pain. You just have to fight through, because the truth is you cant outrun it… And life always makes more.