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The Act of Will.   By Robert Assagioli.   Viking Press, 1983.  ISBN: 0140038663.

Affirmations for Personal Growth and Self Improvement
.   By Thomas Yarnell.  

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory.  By Alasdair MacIntyre.  Indiana, University of Notre Dame Press, 1981, 3rd Edition, 2007.  Index, bibliography, notes, 312 pages.  ISBN: 978-0268035044.  VSCL. 

Aristotle (384-322 BCE).  Nicomachean Ethics  Translated by Terence Irwin, with an introduction and notes.  Hackett Pub. Co., 2nd Edition, 1999.  480 pages.  ISBN: 978-0872204645.  VSCL. 

Attitude is Everything:  Change Your Attitude and You Change Your Life.  By Jeff Keller.  International Network Training Instituted, 1999. 

Beauty, Grace, Loveliness, Grace, Elegance - Quotations

Bibliography - Virtues 

The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood  By William J. Bennett.  Simon and Schuster, 2011, 576 pages. 

The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett.  Simon and Schuster, 1996, 832 pages.  

The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics  Edited by Daniel C. Russell.  The Cambridge Companions to Philosophy.  Cambridge University Press, 2013.  380 pages.  ISBN: 978-0521171748.  VSCL (Kindle). 

Cheerfulness, Graditude, Good Humor - Quotations 

Classic Texts in Ethics

Cloud Hands Blog by Mike Garofalo

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom
.  By William Glasser.  Perennial, 1999.  368 pages.

"Desire and Destiny: Getting What We Want."   By Eknath Easwaran (1909-1999).   Yoga International, May 2004, pp.59-67.   

Discipline: Training the Mind to Manage Your Life.  By Harris Kern and Karen Willi.  Authorhouse, 2003.   200 pages. 

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.  By Brian Tracy.  Berrett-Koehler Pub., 2002.  144 pages. 

Effort - Quotations

Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting.  By Daniel C. Dennett.  Bradford Books, 1984.  248 pages.

Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It.  By David Gershon and Gail Straub.  High Point Press, 1989.  234 pages. 

Ethics for the New Millennium By the Dali Lama.  Riverhead, 2001, 237 pages. 



A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life   By André Comte-Sponville

The Book of Virtues   By William J. Bennett

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory   By Alasdair MacIntyre

The Practice of Virtue: Classic And Contemporary Readings in Virtue Ethics  Edited by Jennifer Welchman 

The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics   Edited by Daniel C. Russell 





Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life  By Ronald A. Howard, Harvard Business School, 2008, 208 pages. 

Exercise Your Willpower for Fitness Seekers   A variety of articles.  

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.   By Susan Jeffers.   Ballantine Books, 1988.  240 pages. 

Fitness and Well Being 

The Five Senses

Friendship, Pals, Comrades - Quotations 

Generosity, Sharing, Hospitality - Quotations

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
.  By David Allen.  Penguin Books, 2003.  288 pages. 

The Good Life  By Charles Colson.  Tyndale, 2005, 416 pages. 

Green Way Research

A Guide to Rational Living.  By Albert Ellis.  Wilshire Book Company, 3rd Ed., Revised, 1975.  283 pages.  VSCL. 

Heart of Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism by Karuna Erickson and Andrew Harvey, 2010. 

How to Be Organized in Spite of Yourself: Time and Space Management.  By Sunny Schlenger.  Signet Book, 1999.  256 pages. 

How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life.   By Alan Lakein.  Signet Book, Reissue edition, 1996.   160 pages. 

How to Live a Good Life: Advice from Wise Persons

Inspirational Quotations Index   

Intelligent Virtue  By Julia Annas.  Oxford University Press, 2011.  200 pages.  ISBN: 9780199228775.  Virtue is a practical skill that needs development. 

I Will Not Die and Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion.  By Dawna Markova.  Conari Press, 2000.  150 pages. 

Introduction to Virtue Ethics: Insights of the Ancient Greeks.  By Raymond Devettere.  Georgetown University Press, 2002.  208 pages.  ISBN: 978-0878403721. 

Labor - Quotations 

Lifestyle Advice from Wise Persons

Laziness - Quotations

Love and Will.   By Rollo May.   Originally published in 1969.  Delta, 1989.  352 pages. 

Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg, 2003.  

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment.  By George Leonard.  New York, Plume, Penguin Books, 1992.  176 pages.  VSCL. 

Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills that Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed.  By Brian Tracy.  Simon and Schuster, Fireside Edition, 1995.  352 pages. 

Meditation Techniques

The Mysteries of Willpower.   By Torkom Saraydarian.   Tsg Foundation, 1995.  288 pages. 

The Myth of Willpower.   By Charles Henderson.  

Nicomachean Ethics  By Aristotle (384-322 BCE).  Translated by Terence Irwin, with an introduction and notes.  Hackett Pub. Co., 2nd Edition, 1999.  480 pages.  ISBN: 978-0872204645.  VSCL. 



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Nichomachean Ethics by Aristotle.  HTML Version.

Notebooks of the Librarian of Gushen Grove: One Old Druid's Final Journey 

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play.  By Neil Fiore.  Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1989.  224 pages. 

One Old Druid's Final Journey  Notebooks of the Librarian of Gushen Grove 

Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self.   By Rosalene Glickman.  Wiley, 2002.  256 pages. 

Patience - Quotations

Perseverance - Quotations

Positive Addiction.   By William Glasser.   Perennial Currents.  1st Harper Edition, 1976.  176 pages. 

Practical Intelligence and the Virtues  By Daniel C. Russell.  Oxford University Press, Reprint Edition, 2012.  458 pages.  ISBN: 9780199698448.  This book develops an Aristotelian account of the virtue of practical intelligence or "phronesis"─ an excellence of deliberating and making choices. 

The Practice of Virtue: Classic And Contemporary Readings in Virtue Ethics  Edited by Jennifer Welchman.  Hackett Pub., 2006.  224 pages.  ISBN: 978-0872208094. 

Procrastination: How to Stop Procrastinating  

Procrastination Research Group

The Procrastination Workbook.   By William Knaus.  New Harbinger Pub., 2002.  170 pages.    

Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now.  By Rita Emmett.  Walker and Co., 2000.   224 pages. 




Buddha Is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living, by  By Lama Surya Das, 2007.  

Living Kindness: The Buddha's Ten Guiding Principles for a Blessed Life, by Donald Altman, 2009.   

The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective, by Robert Aitken, 1997. 

The Ten Paramitas: Transformational Practices for Realizing an Enlightened Heart-Mind

The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character, by Dale S. Wright, 2009.  

The Six Perfections, by Geshe Sonam Rinchen, 1998. 

The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva, 8th Century CE.





Pulling Onions.   By Michael P. Garofalo.   Over 840 quips and observations of a old philosopher and gardener.   

Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It.  By Jane Burka and Lenora Yuen.  Addison Wesley Pub. Col, 1990. 

Psychosynthesis: A Collection of Basic Writings.   By Roberto Assagioli.  Synthesis Center, 2000.  287 pages. VSCL. 

Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus  By John M. Cooper.  Princeton University Press, 2012.  Index, bibliography, end notes, further reading list, 442 pages.  ISBN: 978-0691159706.  Stoicisim discussed in Chapter 4, Stoicism as a Way of Life, pp. 144-225.  VSCL. 



The Roman Virtues  The 15 personal virtues include:  "Firmitas: "Tenacity" Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one's purpose.  Industria: "Industriousness" Hard work.  Prudentia: "Prudence" Foresight, wisdom, and personal discretion.  Severitas: "Sternness" Gravity, self-control."

Self-Control Has Limits  

Self-Discipline in 10 Days:  How to Go From Thinking to Doing.  By Theodore Bryant.  HUB Pub., 1999.  160 pages. 

Self-Help Motivation 

Simplicity, Frugality, The Simple Life - Quotations 

A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life  By André Comte-Sponville.  Translated from the French by Catherine Temerson.  New York, Henry Holt and Co., Metropolitan/Owl Book. 1996. 2001.  Index, notes, 352 pages.  ISBN: 0805045562.  VSCL.  The virtues discussed in these essays are:  Politeness, Fidelity, Prudence, Temperance, Courage, Justice, Generosity, Compassion, Mercy, Gratitude, Humility, Simplicity, Tolerance, Purity, Gentleness, Good Faith, Humor, and Love.   

Spirituality in the Garden 





Stoicism:  Quotations, Sayings, Bibliography, Notes.  Compiled by Mike Garofalo.  Includes notes about my home library on Stocism. 

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness.  By Donald Robertson.  New York, McGraw Hill, 2013, 2015.  Index, bibliography, notes, 245 pages.  Series: Teach Yourself: Philosophy and Religion.  ISBN: 139781444187106.  VSCL. 

Stoicism Today: Selected Writings.  By Patrick Ussher.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.  202 pages.  Volume 1.  ISBN: 978-1502401922.  VSCL. 






Months and Seasons
Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Verses, Lore, Myths, Holidays
Celebrations, Folklore, Reading, Links, Quotations
Information, Weather, Gardening Chores
Complied by Mike Garofalo
Winter Spring Summer Fall
January April July October
February May August November
March June September December 




Taijiquan (T'ai Chi Ch'uan)  

Take Your Time: Finding Balance in a Hurried World.  By Eknath Easwaran (1909-1999).  Hyperion Press, 1998.   240 pages.     

Ultimate Guide to Mental Toughness: How to Raise Your Motivation, Focus and Confidence Like Pushing a Button.   By Daniel Teitelbaum.  Mental Toughness, 1998.  277 pages. 

Unleash the Warrior Within: Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence and Courage You Need to Achieve Unlimited Goals.  By Richard J. Machowicz.  Marlowe and Co., 2002.  240 pages. 




Vision, Seeing, Foresight - Quotations

The Virtues Project:  Honesty, Gratitude,
Perseverance, Generosity, Discipline, Compassion, Humility, Patience, Courage and Respect.

VSCL =  Valley Spirit Center Library, Red Bluff, California

What We May Be
: Techniques for Psychological and Spiritual Growth Through Psychosynthesis.  By Piero Ferrucci.  New York, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Putnam Book, 1982.  Bibliography, appendices, index, 255 pages.  VSCL.    

Willpower!   By Gillian Riley.   Vermilion, 2003.  224 pages.  

Willpower and Self-Discipline.   By Remez Sasson.  

Willpower and Success.   By David V. Bush.  Originally published in 1916.  Kessinger Pubs., 2003.  276 pages.

Willpower: How to Gain It and Maintain It.   By Sandy Anderson and Robert Anderson.  California Dream Publications, 1987.   100 pages. 

Willpower Killers: Self-doubt, Discomfort-dodging, and Resentment.  By Will Ross.  

Willpower, Resolve, Determination - Quotations

Willpower Versus Making Resolutions    By Remez Sasson.     

Willpower - Why it Wanes    





Tao Te Ching
 Chapter Number Index

Standard Traditional Chapter Arrangement of the Daodejing
Chapter Order in Wang Bi's Daodejing Commentary in 246 CE
Chart by Mike Garofalo
Subject Index

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80








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