The television programs broadcast from planet Earth now occupy a volume of space more than a hundred light-years in diameter. I think this proves there can't be any advanced civilizations in the local neighbourhood - otherwise the cops would already be on the way, sirens screaming across the electro-magnetic spectrum.
Arthur C. Clarke
Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows everyday.
It gives me a deep comforting sense that "things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal."
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.