Merle Shain

Merle
Shain
1935
1989

Canadian Journalist and Author

Author Quotes

It is better to light candles
than to curse the darkness.
It is better to plant seeds
than to accuse the earth.
The world needs all of our power
and love and energy,
and each of us has something that we can give.
The trick is to find it and use it,
to find it and give it away.
So there will always be more.
We can be lights for each other,
and through each other's illumination
we will see the way.
Each of us is a seed,
a silent promise,
and it is always spring.

Until you divest yourself of the notion that you are a collection of needs, an empty vessel that someone else must fill up, there will be no safe place to harbor yourself, no safe shore to reach. As long as you think mostly of getting, you will have nothing real to give.

Loving someone means helping them to be more themselves, which can be different from being what you’d like them to be, although often they turn out the same.

The people in your life are like the pillars on your porch.
Sometimes they hold you up, and sometimes they lean on you.
Sometimes it's enough to know they are standing by.

You can employ men and hire hands to work for you, but you must win their hearts to have them work with you.

Friends are like windows through which you see out into the world and back into yourself... If you don't have friends you see much less than you otherwise might.

The act is unjustifiable that either begs for a blessing, or, having succeeded gives no thanksgiving.

If one of the problems of marriage is that safety can lead to complacency, then one of the advantages of being single is that one is never safe enough to grow complacent, and constantly having to prove oneself often leads to growth.

You tend to have far more real, intense friendships when you are single, perhaps because you can be more honest when you do not have the marriage or someone else's feelings to protect.

It's in the fight, in the striving, in the mountains unclimbed that fulfillment lies, so if you have nothing to strive for, you have nothing to make you happy. When it comes to "for better" or "for worse," "for better" is often harder on a marriage.

It is not possible for one person to meet all of another's needs and marriage partners who expect this soon find each other wanting.

Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.

One often learns more from ten days of agony than ten years of contentment.

Author Picture
First Name
Merle
Last Name
Shain
Birth Date
1935
Death Date
1989
Bio

Canadian Journalist and Author