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Alexandra Stoddard

"Life is not a dress rehearsal. Instead of rushing through our lives to get somewhere -- instead of saving up real living for after -- I think it's important to remember that each single day is all we have. Single days experienced fully add up to a lifetime lived deeply and well."

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"We learn about others when we are with them; when we are alone and silent we discover things about ourselves."

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"Creating daily rituals -- making daily tasks into times of enrichment through planning and special personal details -- is a way to live a richer, more satisfying life. ... I've become convinced that only by paying careful attention to the simple details of daily tasks and to our immediate surroundings can we live vitally and beautifully all the days of our lives."

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"A diary helps build up the muscles of your personality."

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"Puttering is really a time to be alone, to dream and to get in touch with yourself. ... To putter is to discover."

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"The bed is our ultimate security blanket."

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"Sharing is a habit; it improves with practice."

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"Memories are fifty percent of life!"

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"Creating meaningful personal rituals throughout the day eliminates the dullness of routine, enriches and elevates the events of our lives and at the same time comforts us."

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"Rituals create moments where living becomes art."

Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life (1986)

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"There are no beginnings or endings, only movement."

Alexandra Stoddard, Daring to Be Yourself (1990)

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"All creativity is based on trial and error. Take chances. Extend yourself. Dare."

Alexandra Stoddard, Daring to Be Yourself (1990)

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"Style is the outward expresion of your inner self."

Alexandra Stoddard, Daring to Be Yourself (1990)

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"When you are genuine, you are never wrong."

Alexandra Stoddard, Daring to Be Yourself (1990)

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"Unlike a scheduled visit or a letter you can read at your leisure, a telephone call is always an interruption."

Alexandra Stoddard, Daring to Be Yourself (1990)

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"Look at a problem as an opportunity, not a disaster."

Alexandra Stoddard, Daring to Be Yourself (1990)

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"Leisure is to life what water is to fish."

Alexandra Stoddard, Daring to Be Yourself (1990)

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"An inspired letter can be as riveting as a stare. It can move us to tears, spur us to action, provoke us, uplift us, touch us. Transform us. When written from the heart, letters are dreams on paper, wishes fulfilled, desires satisfied. Letters can be powerful."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gift of a Letter (1990)

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"Unlike the phone, a letter is never an interruption. A letter doesn't require immediate attention; it can be saved for the appropriate time and place and savored."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gift of a Letter (1990)

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"What a treat to receive a letter from a friend! Eighteenth century revived! When I do find one, I hold my treasure lightly and wait until I have a quiet moment alone before I open it. I hate to dilute the anticipation and appreciation of someone's thoughts and feelings by facing them when I'm distracted. Someone has taken time to focus on me, even if only for a moment. I feel touched and want to savor the all-too-rare experience."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gift of a Letter (1990)

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"Letter writing allows us to be alone yet connected."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gift of a Letter (1990)

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"Once you know the difference between all right and exceptional, all right no longer seems good enough."

Alexandra Stoddard, Grace Notes (1993)

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"Nature teaches us that beauty doesn't have straight lines and everything bends and moves in graceful ways. When we act naturally we are never awkward nor do we make fools of ourselves."

Alexandra Stoddard, Grace Notes (1993)

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"We all have neighbors. Greet them on the sidewalk or in the elevator, but try not to peer through their windows. Windows are to look out from, not into."

Alexandra Stoddard, Grace Notes (1993)

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"You will have energy to burn once you pursue your enthusiasms with passion."

Alexandra Stoddard, Grace Notes (1993)

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"We gain energy by expending energy. We have to use our lifetime as we go along. Each day offers a wealth of opportunity for more vitality, more heart."

Alexandra Stoddard, Grace Notes (1993)

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"We gain energy from being free to do those things we chose to do. We never tire when we are working on our projects. Energy is emotional to a large degree."

Alexandra Stoddard, Grace Notes (1993)

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"... to make real choices is never painless. Whether to have fish or chicken for dinner is not a choice. ... choices are not preferences. Choices are serious and often have significant repercussions."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"Procrastination results in apathy, discouragement, and depression."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"There is no magic tomorrow; we can think things through rationally today."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"Realism, never perfection, is the key to wise choice-making."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"We will never lose if we define and redefine ourselves after each failure."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"Both as a technique and an art, 'no' lies at the heart of an effective personality."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"Once you have decided what you wish to do, what you believe is the right thing under the circumstances, 'no' allows you to weed out what is redundant, excessive, inappropriate, or conflicting."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"It is what I don't do that gives me the freedom to do what I wish."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"... it's much easier to get yourself into something than to get out of it ..."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"We don't choose our parents, but once we've become adults we have the choice of how we are going to react to them."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"Anger toward a mother or a father, no matter how excusable, ultimately becomes an expression of self-loathing."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"There is never a perfect choice but there are wise and wonderful and sensible choices."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"Our choices tell our story."

Alexandra Stoddard, Making Choices (1994)

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"Tea. Say the word and begin to breathe deeply."

Alexandra Stoddard, Tea Celebrations (1994)

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"Tea provides us with one gate to the infinite."

Alexandra Stoddard, Tea Celebrations (1994)

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"Tea is a way to live more deliberately."

Alexandra Stoddard, Tea Celebrations (1994)

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"Tea helps a soul to ripen."

Alexandra Stoddard, Tea Celebrations (1994)

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"Tea is a blessing in disguise."

Alexandra Stoddard, Tea Celebrations (1994)

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"Technology, while providing us many advantages, encourages us to race through our days so that we no longer know what we'd do if we were to slow down. Labor-saving devices seem not only to have failed to enhance the quality of our lives and free up more time, but get between us and the immediate, sensory pleasure of life and increase the pressures on us to do more. Many of us feel cut off from life's blessings, from our neighbors, from the wonders of nature, and from a sense of our own significance in the scheme of things. Modern life leaves us feeling spiritually starved."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"... there is a generosity of spirit in a village often missing when the human scale is lost."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Village life is rich in meaning because everything that happens with it is of consequence. A loss to one is a loss to all."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Village life has an intimate scale. Here people feel connected, knowing that they matter to each other."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Today, we have less and less of a sense that people count; we have greater respect for technology than for the people who create it."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"... there is no problem that doesn't have within it the seeds for its solution."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Thanks to technology and labor-saving devices, the easier things are to do, the more compelled we are to cram in more."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"... though we can populate our kitchens with more gadgets than ever before, fewer and fewer people today are sitting down to a home-cooked meal."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"When an object is made by skilled hands, it has a soul that is felt."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Home is our little corner of eternity."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Art is about human growth. Keeping this growth process alive in ourselves both by making art and by looking at art is a wonderful way to keep us alive to life and to deepen its meaning."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Real life has a tendency to interfere with our drive to be efficient."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"In solitude, we're liberated to be the persons we truly are ..."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Family is the source of life's most profound blessings."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Rituals are a wonderful way to build a sense of continuity."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Respect for each other is at the heart of maintaining balance in a family. If we cannot accept each other's ways we risk losing each other entirely."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"I used to think if I love someone, they feel it. Now, I've come to discover, no one feels loved enough. By telling someone you love them, over and over, this has an accumulative power."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Celebrations enlarge my capacity for joy."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Traveling is a feast for the senses."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Color is spirit made visible."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"How we use time defines us."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"Of all the qualities of a gracious life, appreciation is the most essential. When we're conscious of all the good and beautiful things and people in our lives, not judging, but living in continuous gratitude, we're free to connect with the great, timeless truth. When we show appreciation, we're recognizing the divinity within us, our true identity."

Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World (1996)

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"We never outgrow our love for presents."

Alexandra Stoddard

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"Home can and should be the place where we get in touch with our individuality, our true nature. Home can and should be a place where we regularly experience our most sublime emotions."

Alexandra Stoddard, Feeling at Home: Defining Who You Are and How You Want to Live (1999)

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"Our home is an autobiography, a journal, a scrapbook of our past, our present, and future dreams."

Alexandra Stoddard, Feeling at Home: Defining Who You Are and How You Want to Live (1999)

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"If we love our objects and they bring us emotional comfort, they are no longer inanimate."

Alexandra Stoddard, Feeling at Home: Defining Who You Are and How You Want to Live (1999)

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"Art gives our daily lives significance."

Alexandra Stoddard, Feeling at Home: Defining Who You Are and How You Want to Live (1999)

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"Although I believe all ways of knowledge are important, I favor intuition because it is pure, direct, and true."

Alexandra Stoddard, Feeling at Home: Defining Who You Are and How You Want to Live (1999)

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"The only perfection on earth is the perfection of the present moment."

Alexandra Stoddard, Feeling at Home: Defining Who You Are and How You Want to Live (1999)

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Alexandra Stoddard, U.S. writer, interior designer, lifestyle philosopher
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Full name: Alexandra Johns Stoddard.