Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Mary Anne Radmacher

American Artist, Trainer, Speaker, Teacher, Activist, Change Agent and Author

"Begin each day as if it were on purpose."

"Live as if this is ALL There Is. Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is."

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. "

"Speak quietly to yourself & promise there will be better days. Whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. Console your bruised and tender spirit with reminders of many other successes. Offer comfort in practical and tangible ways - as if you were encouraging your dearest friend. recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. Tomorrow comes more brightly."

"It is (often) the quiet gesture which carries the most significance - the one which suddenly directs the symphony."

"Stand often in the company of dreamers: they tickle your common sense & believe you can achieve things which are impossible."

"What if we just acted like everything was easy? "

"The jump is so frightening between where I am and where I want to be... because of all I may become I will close my eyes and leap!"

"There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world."

"Lean forward into your life...catch the best bits and the finest wind. Just tip your feathers in flight a wee bit and see how dramatically that small lean can change your life."

"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way."

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is."

"Loving is the most unmitigated and courageous act I perform in a day."

"I will not be governed by the tyranny of immediacy."

"Shake structures. School yourself. Look twice at a thing, once upside down. Answer yourself clearly."

"Consider calling it a challenge rather than calling it a crisis."

"Discover the tools to build your own vision."

"Gardening is all about optimism."

"We tell the real truth of our life by the stories we repeatedly tell. Dare to dream of your great success. Become intimate with those things which deeply motivate you and regularly work toward the realization of that mission."

"Life is defined more by its risks than by its samenesses."

"What power there is in our service when our actions line up with our mission, skills and joy."

"The opportunity for greater courage comes in the most ordinary of moments. "

"Consistent physical structures can allow unbounded intuitive clarity."

"Calm in Chaos. In the midst of the flurry - clarity. In the midst of the storm - calm. In the midst of divided interests - certainty. In the many roads - a certain choice."

"Sharpen your pencil as you create the story of your life. Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view - what is the highest and best use of your talents, skills and abilities? When you answer that, seize the opportunity to sharpen those qualities even more sharply by applying your focused effort."

"The most important promises are the ones I make to myself."

"Some days are simply meant for playing."

"Even from a dark night songs of beauty can be born."

"May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility."

"It is not the easy or convenient life for which I search, but life lived to the edge of all that I may be."

"For yesterday I hold no apologies, For tomorrow I hold no answers, Today is a gift and I will honor it by fully living in it."

"Choose with no regret."

"Listen to the compass of your heart. All you need lies within you."

"Dare to dream of your great success."

"Sometimes the things you really want sneak in the back door. Notice."

"Be avid. Create apart from perfection. Risk failure. Cover your words with sweat. Run a little Touch excruciatingly. Laugh until you cry. Dance with your eyes closed. Care. Understand you die a little in every moment. Be Enlivened."

"Capture a shadow, dance with the wind, stand in a rainbow, begin at the end."

"Manage the remarkable balance between acting from your heart and close to your gifts with completing the obligations that your labor and tasks require of you. Leverage opportunity AND seize joy."

"A life, deeply rooted, lives and grows in memory."

"If self-validation were our most significant societal measure – we would give trophies to ourselves."

"Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly. Play as often as you can Work as smart as you are able. Share your heart as deeply as you can reach."

"Living in the present moment requires discretion toward memory. Without memory we’d have amnesia. What good would there be in that? Offer discretion and discernment for our past with a broad spectrum of forgiveness. As for our present moment, delight. And dedication to remain fully present to all the possibility"

"Take time to play! Ask for what you want. Laugh. Live loudly. Be avid. Learn a new thing. Be Yourself!"

"In all things and in all ways, choice impacts virtually every element of our life. It bears repeating that even those things which seem out of reach of our choice are governed by how we choose to perceive them."

"In whose wonder do you get to participate today?"

"Find your balance and stand with it. Find your song and sing it out. Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance. Find the questions that only you know how to ask and The answers that you are content to not know."

"What are the proper grounds for joy? Is it circumstance which will determine the stature of my spirit? Ah, no. It is choice. It is always a choice – in the face of any event – for joy."

"Protect your vision. Prevail over adversity. Persevere in the midst of turmoil. Passionately act upon your convictions. Purposely walk into the day."

"AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE. My key to living an inspired life involves Embracing my history, Understanding the function of expectations and gently learning to have none; Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices. In all circumstances I acknowledge this, IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE. My choice resides in my perspective. While I certainly do not control climate and markets and roadways and others, I do control myself and my response to all those circumstances. I do indeed."

"The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront, and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow... the easier I sleep at night."