Thought of the Day

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Thought of the Day

“If I can do no more, let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth’s sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.”—Louisa May Alcott


December 2017
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”—Seneca

“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”—Marshall McLuhan

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”—Noël Coward

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”—George Orwell 

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”—Voltaire

“People will always try to stop you doing the right thing if it is unconventional.”—Warren Buffett

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”—Henri Bergson

“Your time is your life. Period. How you spend it ends up being what your life is.”—Henry Cloud

“Holding anger is a poison ... It eats you from inside... We think that by hating someone we hurt them... But hatred is a curved blade ... and the harm we do to others ... we also do to ourselves.”—Mitch Albom

“You will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles, a delight in climbing rugged paths, which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometime slip backward.”—Helen Keller

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
—William Wordsworth

“You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.”—Josh Shipp

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”—Mother Teresa

“Labels are for the things men make, not for men. The most primitive man is too complex to be labeled.”—Rex Stout

November 2017
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”—C. S. Lewis

Love much. There is no waste in freely giving;
More blessed is it, even, than to receive.
He who loves much, alone finds life worth living;
Love on, through doubt and darkness; and believe
There is nothing which Love may not achieve.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”—e e cummings

“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand”—Hayley Williams

“Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”—George Orwell

“Be great in act, as you have been in thought.”—William Shakespeare

“The road to success is always under construction.”—Lily Tomlin

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”—Aristotle

“Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.”—C. S. Lewis

“Determine to live life with flair and laughter.”—Maya Angelou

“If you want to make everybody happy, don’t be a leader—sell ice cream”—Steve Jobs

“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that; then I realized I was somebody.”—Lily Tomlin

“Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”—Benjamin Franklin

“Being considerate of others will take you further in life than any college or professional degree.”—Marian Wright Edelman 

“Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals—that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.”—Honore De Balzac

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”—Stephen Covey

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”—Henry Ford

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”—Booker T. Washington

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”—Langston Hughes

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“No ray of sunlight is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith.”—Albert Schweitzer

“One day I just woke up and realized that I can’t touch yesterday. So why the heck was I letting it touch me?”—Steve Maraboli

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe.”—Muhammad Ali

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”—Oprah Winfrey

“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education he may steal the whole railroad.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell, leap.”—Cynthia Heimel

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.”—John Wooden

October 2017
Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.—Braveheart

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.—James Oppenheim

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.—Diane Sawyer

“The older I get, the more I’m conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn’t it?”—Sandra Cisneros

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.—George Bernard Shaw

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”—Mother Teresa

“To educate a man in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”—Plato

“The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.”—Richard Bach

“You will never win if you never begin.”—Helen Rowland

“A positive attitude from you tends to produce a positive attitude toward you.”—Deborah Day

“Astrophysicists assure us the universe has no center; therefore, you cannot be it.”—David McCullough Jr.

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood. ... Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”—Daniel Burnham

“Many people seem to think it foolish, even superstitious, to believe that the world could still change for the better. And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, ‘What do I care if there is a summer; its warmth is no help to me now.’ Yes, evil often seems to surpass good. But then, in spite of us, and without our permission, there comes at last an end to the bitter frosts. One morning the wind turns, and there is a thaw. And so I must still have hope.”—Vincent Van Gogh

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”—Elon Musk

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”—Thomas A. Edison

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.”—Simon Sinek

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”—Helen Keller

“Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort.”—Peter McWilliams

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Don’t say, ‘If I could, I would.’ Say, ‘If I can, I will.’”—Jim Rohn

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So . . . get on your way.”—Dr. Seuss

“Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The things that hurt, instruct.”—Benjamin Franklin

“The universe was placed here for us to explore and appreciate.”—Ray Bradbury

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”—Mark Twain

“If a man isn’t willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he’s no good.”—Ezra Pound

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.”—Giuseppe Garibaldi

“When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.”—Gandhi

“I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite good. … Maybe you're not the best, so you should work a little harder.”—Jay Leno

September 2017
“A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.”—Sydney J. Harris

“Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.”—Henri Frederic Amiel

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”—Dale Carnegie

“Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”—Dean Karnazes

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world ... would do this, it would change the earth.”—William Faulkner

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“Think excitement, talk excitement, act out excitement, and you are bound to become an excited person. Life will take on a new zest, deeper interest and greater meaning. You can think, talk and act yourself into dullness or into monotony or into unhappiness. By the same process you can build up inspiration, excitement and surging depth of joy.”—Norman Vincent Peale

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”—Charles Dickens

“The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.”—Havelock Ellis

“There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open.”—Emmet Fox

“Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort.”—Bert Murray

Life is real! life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal.
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That’s why we want to be considerate of every man--who knows what’s in him, why he was born and what he can do?”—Maxim Gorky

“You shouldn’t be too cool to care, for Christ’s sake. You should be full of vim and vigor, and trying to do everything you can to make a change.”—Matt Damon

“It is better to be faithful than famous.”—Teddy Roosevelt

“Many times, when I was having a hard time with one of my children, God would always remind me that He was having a harder time with me than I was with them.”—Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”—Malcolm X

“The time is always right to do what is right.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you’re still hanging onto a dead dream of yesterday, laying flowers on its grave by the hour, you cannot be planting the seeds for a new dream to grow today.”—Joyce Chapman

“A life that doesn’t include hard-won accomplishment and triumph over obstacles may not be a satisfying one. There is something deeply fulfilling—even thrilling—in doing almost anything difficult extremely well. There is a joy and pride that come from pushing yourself to another level or across a new frontier. A life devoted only to the present—to feeling good in the now—is unlikely to deliver real fulfillment. The present moment by itself it too small, too hollow. We all need a future. Something beyond and greater than our own present gratification, at which to aim or feel we’ve contributed.”—The Triple Package

“To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good, but that most people can’t eat it.”—Leo Tolstoy

“If we work in marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.”—Daniel Webster

“Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.”—Thomas a Kempis

“Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.”—Stephen Leacock

“Well done is better than well said.”—Benjamin Franklin

“Truth and love are two of the most powerful things in the world; and when they both go together they cannot easily be withstood.”—Ralph Cudworth

“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”—Robert Heinlein

“Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.”—Evan Esar

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”—Mother Teresa

August 2017
“No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.”—Baruch Spinoza

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”—John Locke

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”—G. K. Chesterton

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”—Abraham Maslow

“We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”—G.W.F. Hegel

“Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are?”—Laurence J. Peter

“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the one who will win.”—Roger Bannister (British athlete, first person in the world to run a mile under 4 minutes)

“It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.”—Henry Ward Beecher

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don’t respond with encores.”—Author unknown

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”—William Arthur Ward

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”—Jimi Hendrix

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”—Benjamin Franklin

“O, what a tangled web we weave, / When first we practise to deceive!”—Walter Scott

“There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.”—G.K. Chesterton

“Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one bothered to ask.”—Billy Graham

“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”—Pete Seeger

“Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.”—Richard Byrd

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”—Christopher Reeve

“Joy is the flag you fly when the Prince of Peace is in residence within your heart.”—Wilferd Peterson

“The future is given shape by our faith, or condemned to drift and disaster by our indifference.”—Page Smith

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.”—Yogi Berra

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.”—Henry Ward Beecher

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know Plato and Aristotle—Einstein’s theory—the second law of thermodynamics—you only need a heart full of grace; a soul generated by love.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“Don’t make excuses—make good.”—Elbert Hubbard

“May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down.”—Sara June Parker

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”—Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”—Albert Camus

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”—Helen Keller

July 2017
“It’s not the will to win that matters... Everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”—Bear Bryant

“Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.”—Jim Carrey

“Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one’s talents and gifts to the benefits of others--these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away.”—Gerald Ford

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”—Art Linkletter

“It is a hard rule of life, and I believe a healthy one, that no great plan is ever carried out without meeting and overcoming endless obstacles that come up to try the skill of man’s hand, the quality of his courage, and the endurance of his faith.”—Donald Douglas

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”—Woodrow Wilson

“We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last twenty-four hours; we are not the best informed as to the events of the last sixty centuries.”—Will Durant

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”—Robert F. Kennedy

“A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.”—Tex Guinan

“A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.”—Leo Tolstoy

“One day or day one. You decide.”—Unknown

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”—George Orwell

“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.”—Billy Cox

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”—Jonathan Safran Foer

“Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming.”—Haim Ginott

“The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly.”—Charles Reznikoff

“I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday—or some previous day.”—Harvey Spencer Lewis

“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”—Thomas Fowell Buxton

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears.”—Laird Hamilton

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”—John Neal

“We always may be what we might have been.”—Adelaide Anne Procter

“There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.”—James Thurber

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”—Mahatma Gandhi

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most people have to get to a point where they don’t have a choice before they’ll change something.”—Alex Marwood

“Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others.”—Kahlil Gibran

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”—John Wooden

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.”—George Washington 

“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”—Tony Robbins

“Do not be concerned that no one recognizes your merits; be concerned that you may not recognize others’.”—Confucius

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”—Corrie ten Boom

June 2017
“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.”—Winston Churchill

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”—George Orwell

“This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”—George Bernard Shaw

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.”—Mark Twain

“It is not by muscle, speed or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment. In these qualities old age is usually not poorer, but is even richer.”—Cicero

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”—Jesus, Mark 8:36

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”—Nelson Mandela

“Whatever can be done another day can be done today.”—Michel de Montaigne

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”—George Washington

“The world may think you are only one person. But to one person, you may be their world.”—Author Unknown

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”—Albert Camus

“Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer.”—Alice Duer Miller

“Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The words a father speaks to his children in the privacy of the home are not overheard at the time, but, as in whispering galleries, they will be clearly heard at the end and by posterity.”—Jean Paul Richter

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”—Margaret Mitchell

“When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”—Mark Twain

Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?” ...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, “We hate to tell you this, but life is a thousand word essay.”—Charles M. Schulz

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”—J.K. Rowling

“How would your life be different if ... you stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day ... you look for the good in everyone you meet.”—Steve Maraboli

“To belittle, you have to be little.”—Kahlil Gibran

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”—William Blake

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”—Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle... Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into four chapters, heading the 1st, Truths. 2d, Probabilities. 3d, Possibilities. 4th, Lies. The first chapter would be very short.”—Thomas Jefferson, 1807

“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering—because you can’t take it in all at once.”—Audrey Hepburn

“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”—Henry David Thoreau

“Sweeter than the perfume of roses is a reputation for a kind, charitable, unselfish nature; a ready disposition to do to others any good turn in your power.”—Orison Swett Marden

“History is a vast early warning system.”—Norman Cousins

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”—Walter Elliott

“Because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”—Edward Everett Hale

May 2017
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Faith is not logical. But it isn’t illogical either. Faith is theological. It does not ignore reality; it just adds God into the equation.”—Mark Batterson

“The true test of a civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops—no, but the kind of man the country turns out.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Restlessness is discontent—and discontent is the first necessity of progress.”—Thomas Edison

“Most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than planning their lives.”—Unknown

“There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being—to help someone succeed.”—Alan Loy McGinnis

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”—Ambrose Bierce

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”—William Penn

“The word impossible is not in my dictionary.”—Napoleon Bonaparte

“The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare.”—Thane Yost

“When you want to quit, remember why you started.”—Emmanuel Okeke

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”—Annie Dillard

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”—Arthur Schopenhauer

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.”—Charlie Brower

“There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don’t expect you to save the world, I do think it’s not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary, and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair, and disrespect.”—Nikki Giovanni

“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a loaf of bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em.”—Shel Silverstein

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”―Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.”—Bono

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“First, you decide what you want specifically; and second, you decide if you’re willing to pay the price to make it happen, and then pay that price.”—Nelson Bunker Hunt

“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”—Socrates

“It’ll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers.”—Author unknown

“People will always follow a good example; be the one to set a good example.”—Anne Frank

“Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.”—St. Augustine

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different.”—C. S. Lewis

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”—Alfred Adler

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”—Lao Tzu

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”—Samuel Beckett

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”—Mohammad Ali

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life--happiness, freedom, and peace of mind--are always attained by giving them to someone else.”—Peyton Conway March

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules, you learn by doing and by falling over.”—Richard Branson

April 2017
“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”—Albert Schweitzer

“Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved. Those who think they can love only the people they prefer do not love at all. Love discovers truths about individuals that others cannot see.”—Søren Kierkegaard

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”—Helen Keller

It isn’t raining rain for me,
      It’s raining daffodils;
In every dimpling drop I see
      Wild flowers upon the hills.
A cloud of gray engulfs the day,
      And overwhelms the town;
It isn’t raining rain for me;
      It’s raining roses down.
—Robert Loveman

“Security is mostly a superstition. ... Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”—Helen Keller

“One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.”—Agatha Christie

“A happy life is not built up of tours abroad and pleasant holidays, but of little clumps of violets noticed by the roadside, hidden away almost so that only those can see them who have God’s peace and love in their hearts; in one long continuous chain of little joys, little whispers from the spiritual world, little gleams of sunshine on our daily walk.”—Edward Wilson

“Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”—Orson Scott Card

“Money doesn’t change men. It merely unmasks them.”—Henry Ford

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”—Joan of Arc

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys and dividing our grief.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”—William James

“Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.”—Mark Twain

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”—Blaise Pascal

“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”—W. Clement Stone

“Success isn’t owned. It’s leased, and rent is due every day.”—J. J. Watt

“If you would escape moral and physical assassination, do nothing, say nothing, be nothingcourt obscurity, for only in oblivion does safety lie.”—Elbert Hubbard

“He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.”—Walter Lippmann

"There is nothing like knowing you have a real opportunity to affect the future in a positive way.”—Tisha Johnson

“There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”—Peter Drucker

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to younot because they are nice, but because you are.”—Source Unknown

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”—William Wordsworth

“‘Normal’ is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for--in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”—Ellen DeGeneres

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.”—H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“People pay for what they do, and, still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply: by the lives they lead.”—James Baldwin

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”—Marcel Proust

“Life is short. Be swift to love! Make haste to be kind!”—Henri Frederic Amiel

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”—Mary Oliver

March 2017
“Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone.”—John Quincy Adams

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”—Mahatma Gandhi

“Leadership is communicating others’ worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.”—Stephen R. Covey

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”—Norman Schwarzkopf

“I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: Turn back.”—Erica Jong

“Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”—Unknown

“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.”—Jim Watkins

“Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.”—E.M. Forster

“You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.”—Albert Camus

“Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.”—Edmund Burke

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”—Kurt Vonnegut

“Do not wait for the iron to get hot; but make it hot by striking.”—William Butler Yeats

Love much. There is no waste in freely giving;
More blessed is it, even, than to receive.
He who loves much, alone finds life worth living;
Love on, through doubt and darkness; and believe
There is nothing which love may not achieve.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.”—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Life is too short to nurse one’s misery. Hurry across the lowlands, that you may spend more time on the mountaintops.”—Phillips Brooks

“Anytime you stop striving to get better, you’re bound to get worse.”—Pat Riley

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”—Charles Wadsworth

“The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get but what you give.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.”—Martin Luther

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”—Mother Teresa

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”—Babe Ruth

“Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”—Douglas Hofstadter

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.”—Arthur Schopenhauer

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”—Kahlil Gibran

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”—Flannery O’Connor

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”—Audrey Hepburn

“He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.”—Michel de Montaigne

“You’ve got to think about ‘big things’ while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”—Alvin Toffler

February 2017
“Worry not that your child listens to you; worry most that they watch you.”—Ronald A. Heifetz

“The only way out is through.”—Robert Frost

“You may think your actions are meaningless and that they won’t help, but that is no excuse, you must still act.”—Mohandas K. Gandhi

“The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet live very little.”—Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

“I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through--then follow through.”—Eddie Rickenbacker

“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”—Augustine of Hippo

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.”—Mother Teresa

“Learn from the past, prepare for the future, and perform in the moment.”—Mike Van Hoozer

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”—John Maxwell

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”—John Ruskin

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”—Denis Waitley

“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished … it’s about who you’ve make better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”—Denzel Washington

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”—Marcus Aurelius

“A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world’s torrent.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single world: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.”—Winston Churchill

“The virtue of man ought to be measured, not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his everyday conduct.”—Blaise Pascal

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”—Confucius

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy--indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self-satisfaction.”—William Osler

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”—William Shakespeare

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”—General Douglas MacArthur

“In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“Never esteem anything as an advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.”—Marcus Aurelius

“I place no value on anything I possess, except in relation to the Kingdom of God.”—David Livingstone

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”—Karl Barth

“Very rarely something may emerge complete and perfect in a flash, but far oftener greatness is the result of long labour and constant attention to detail.”—William Barclay

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”—C.S. Lewis

January 2017
“If you don’t like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less.”—Eric Shinseki

“Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry” (Exodus 22:21 KJV).

“Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By fearing to attempt.”
—William Shakespeare

“The mark of the educated man is not in his boast that he has built his mountain of facts and stood on the top of it, but in his admission that there may be other peaks in the same range with men on the top of them, and that, though their views of the landscape may be different from his, they are nonetheless legitimate.”—E.J. Pratt

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”—Winston Churchill

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.”—George Eliot

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”—Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Till your good is better and your better is best.”—Tim Duncan

“Never mistake motion for action.”—Ernest Hemingway

“The time is always right to do what is right.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.”—Herbert Sebastien Agar

“The most important person is the one you are with in this moment.”—Leo Tolstoy

“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”—Baruch Spinoza

“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“If any man despises me, that is his problem. My only concern is not doing or saying anything deserving of contempt.”—Marcus Aurelius

“Nothing will work unless you do.”—Maya Angelou

“Decide ... whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.”—Amelia Earhart

“Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side.”—Goethe

“If your job is to eat a frog, eat it first thing in the morning, and if your job is to eat two frogs, eat the big one first.”—Mark Twain

“O God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed, / The courage to change what can be changed, / and the wisdom to know the one from the other.”—Reinhold Niebuhr

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”—Carrie Fisher

“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.”—Haruki Murakami

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”—Zig Ziglar

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou

When the carols have been stilled,
When the star-topped tree is taken down,
When family and friends are gone home,
When we are back to our schedules
The work of Christmas begins:
To welcome the refugee,
To heal a broken planet,
To feed the hungry,
To build bridges of trust,
Not walls of fear,
To share our gifts,
To seek justice and peace for all people.
—Michael Dougherty

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”—Les Brown

“Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.”—Elsa Maxwell

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.”—Leo Tolstoy

“A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying ... that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.”—Alexander Pope

December 2016
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“As the year comes to a close, it is a time for reflection--a time to release old thoughts and beliefs and forgive old hurts. Whatever has happened in the past year, the New Year brings fresh beginnings. Exciting new experiences and relationships await. Let us be thankful for the blessings of the past and the promise of the future.”—Peggy Toney Horton

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”—Pope John XXIII

“One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.”—Ruth Reichl

“Let’s be realists, let’s dream the impossible.”—Che Guevara 

“It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.”—John Wooden

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”—Charles Dickens

“I am wishing for you this day a happy Christmas. I would send you those gifts which are beyond price, outlast time and bridge all space. I wish you all laughter and pure joy, a merry heart and a clear conscience, and love which thinks no evil, is not easily provoked, and seeks not its own; the fragrance of flowers, the sweet associations of holly and mistletoe and fir, the memory of deep woods, of peaceful hills, and of the mantling snow, which guards the sleep of all God’s creatures. I wish that the spirit of Christmas­tide may draw you into companionship with Him who giveth all. Come, let us adore Him.”—Bishop Remington

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”—Agnes M. Pahro

“May the humility of the shepherds, the perseverance of the wise men, the joy of the angels, and the peace of the Christ Child be God’s gifts to you and yours this Christmastime and always.”—Traditional Moravian blessing

“Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us—a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.”—David Cameron

“It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the windblown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing. What is most beautiful is least acknowledged. What is worth dying for is barely noticed.”—Laura McBride

“Why do we spend our lives striving to be something that we would never want to be, if only we knew what we wanted? Why do we waste our time doing things which, if we only stopped to think about them, are just the opposite of what we were made for?”—Thomas Merton

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world—not even our troubles.”—Charlie Chaplin

“One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.”—John Stuart Mill

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”—Norman Schwarzkopf

“You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.”—John Wooden

“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”—Thomas Merton

“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.”—Emily Kimbrough

“Life is about making an impact, not making an income.”—Kevin Kruse

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”—Henry David Thoreau

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.”—Marie von Ebner-Eschenbac

“Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels that there is nothing ‘we’ can do—but who is that ‘we’?—and nothing ‘they’ can do either—and who are ‘they’—then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.”—Susan Sontag

“The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be.”—Louis de Bernieres

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”—Calvin Coolidge

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.”—Christina Rossetti

“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”—Seneca

“One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.”—Will Durant

“Mistakes should be examined, learned from, and discarded; not dwelled upon and stored.”—Tim Fargo

“Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.”—Samuel Butler

November 2016
“There are risks and costs to action, but they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”—John F. Kennedy

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”—Alan Alda

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”—Helen Keller

“The only person you’re destined to become is the person you decide to be.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”—Abraham Maslow

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”—Ralph Blum

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”—Will Rogers

“What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero

“An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”—G.K. Chesterton

“Opportunity is not always at an opportune time.”—Diane Hendricks

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.”—Albert Schweitzer

“In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.”—Paul Harvey

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.”—Maryanne Radanbacher

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”—Lao Tzu

“And even though it all went wrong, I’ll stand before the Lord of Song, with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah…”—Leonard Cohen

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So, get on your way!”—Dr. Seuss

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”—John Wooden

“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”—Henry Kissinger

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”—Albert Camus

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.”—Booker T. Washington

“Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.”—Albert Einstein

“I have a scheme for stopping war. It’s this—no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.”—Will Rogers

“The poor object to being governed badly; the rich to being governed at all.”—G.K. Chesterton

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”—Zig Ziglar

“You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago.”—Alan Watts

“Who, being loved, is poor?”—Oscar Wilde

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”—Anne Frank

“If you ever injected truth in politics, you’d have no politics.”—Will Rogers

“Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth’s sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.”—Louisa May Alcott

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”—Cynthia Ozick

October 2016
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”—Benjamin Franklin

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”—Florence Nightingale

“Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”—Benjamin Franklin

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”—Martin Luther King, Jr

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”—Albert Camus

“What you become directly influences what you get.”—Jim Rohn

“Love truth, and pardon error.”—Voltaire

“Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.”—Alice Childress

“Never let yesterday use up too much of today.”—Will Rogers

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened.”—Charles Spurgeon

“Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past—let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”—John F. Kennedy

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”—Harriet Tubman

“Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.”—Esther Lederer, a.k.a. Ann Landers

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”—Jim Rohn

“A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”—John Steinbeck

“Life is made up not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.”—William Davy

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”—Edmund Burke

“It has always seemed strange to me... The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”—John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others”—Lewis Carroll

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”—Pablo Picasso

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”—Sophia Loren

“In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”—Max DePree

“Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are?”—Laurence J. Peter

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”—John Wooden

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.”—Niels Bohr, physicist, Nobel laureate

“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”—George H. Lorimer

“Worse than apathy is defeatism. The defeatist recognizes the problem that the apathetic person doesn’t see, yet has convinced himself that there is nothing he can do and therefore washes his hands of all responsibility.”—Laurence Overmire

“Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.”—Thomas Carlyle

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”—Oscar Wilde

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable.”—Madeleine L’Engle

“People forget years and remember moments.”—Ann Beattie

September 2016
“Nothing endures but change.”—Heraclitus

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”—John Wesley

“Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success.”—John Hays Hammond

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive--to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”—Marcus Aurelius

“Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.”—George Washington

“Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.”—Millicent Fenwick

“You are never too old to be what you might have been.”—George Eliot

“A great secret of success is to go through life as a person who never gets used up.”—Albert Schweitzer

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”—James Bovard

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”—Plato

“My temptations have been my masters in divinity.”—Martin Luther

“There is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.”—Paulo Coelho

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.”—Mary Kay Ash

“There are no big things, only a logical accumulation of little things done at a very high standard of performance.”—John Wooden

“To step toward your destiny, you have to step away from your security.”—Craig Groeschel

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”—Martha Washington

“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal: My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”—Louis Pasteur

“Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing.”—B.C. Forbes

“I will not change just to court popularity.”—Margaret Thatcher

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”—Anatole France

“Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.”—Henry Ford

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”—Mother Teresa

“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”—Charlotte Bronte

“No man ever listened his way out of a job.”—Calvin Coolidge

“Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as chaos.”—Joyce Grenfell

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”—Christopher Reeve

“After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.”—Alfred Perlman

“The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender.”—William Booth

August 2016
“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.”—Joyce Meyer

“If today were the last day of your life, would you want to be doing what you’re doing?”—Steve Jobs

“Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”—Margaret Thatcher

“Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one’s belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one’s right to believe, and obey, his own conscience.”—Viktor Frankl

“For the saddest words of tongue or pen these are: It might have been.”—John Greenleaf Whittier

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”—John Neal

“This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”—George Bernard Shaw

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”—Louisa May Alcott

“Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.”—Steve Kloves

“Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless.”—Mary Kay Ash

“I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose.”—Woodrow Wilson

“Who does not grow, declines.”—Rabbi Hillel

“Act like what you do makes a difference. It does.”—Henry James

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”—Benjamin Franklin

“It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”—J.K. Rowling

“All progress begins with a brave decision.”—Marie Forleo

“Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.”—Henry A. Kissinger

"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."—John Bunyan

“People will always try to stop you doing the right thing if it is unconventional.”—Warren Buffett

“What is the difference between ‘I like you’ and ‘I love you’? When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily. One who understand this understands life.”—Buddha

“Give what you have; to someone it may be better than you dare to think.”—Longfellow

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine—it is lethal.”—Paulo Coelho

“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”—Peter Marshall

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”—Buddha

“Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade in public. Never clothe them in vulgar and shoddy attire.”—George W. Crane

“Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”—Booker T. Washington

“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.”—Haruki Murakami

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.”—Norman Cousins

“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one candle.”—Robert Alden

“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until we ultimately become enslaved by it.”—Robert Heinlein

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”—Winston Churchill

July 2016
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.”—Charles Dickens

“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tide’ll turn.”—Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The world breaks us all. Afterward, some are stronger at the broken places.”—Ernest Hemingway

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”—Stephen Covey

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”—John F. Kennedy

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”—Mark Twain

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”—Sir Winston Churchill

“Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.”—William Shakespeare

“Everyone has a plan, till they get punched in the mouth.”—Mike Tyson

“The majority of men are bundles of beginnings.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.”—John Foster Dulles

“Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.”—W. Edwards Deming

"There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures."—Josiah Gilbert Holland

“The intellect of the wise is like glass: It admits the light of heaven and reflects it.”—Augustus Hare

“It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: Am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth what I paid?”—Richard Bach

“Decision decides destiny. What God wants you to become is the positive person you decide to become when led by God’s spirit.”—Israelmore Ayivor

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive... You will be dead soon enough.”—Ernest Hemingway

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.”—H.L. Mencken

“Difficulty is the very atmosphere of miracle--it is a miracle in its first stage. If it is to be a miracle, the condition is not difficulty but impossibility.”—Mrs. Charles Cowman

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”—Albert Einstein

“People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.”—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?”—Henry David Thoreau

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you--not because they are nice, but because you are.”—Author Unknown

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”—Anne Frank

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”—Nelson Mandela

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”—Paulo Coelho

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”—Mark Twain

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.”—Attributed to Edward Everett Hale

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”—Carl Jung

June 2016
“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.”—Robert Fulghum

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”—Harriet Tubman

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”—Charles Swindoll

“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was: go slow to go fast. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”—Viggo Mortensen

“A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”—St Basil

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”—Krishnamurti

“Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless.”—Mary Kay Ash

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”—Robert Frost

“Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”—St. Augustine

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”—Napoleon Hill

“Behold the turtle: He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.”—James Bryant Conant

“Economic disaster begins with a philosophy of doing less and wanting more.”—Jim Rohn

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.”—Charles Wadsworth

“Being considerate of others will take you further in life than any college or professional degree.”—Marian Wright Edelman

“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”—George Washington, 1788 letter to Francis Van der Kamp

“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks.”—Jack Penn

“Valor withers without adversity.”—Seneca

“I feel fairly certain that my hatred harms me more than the people whom I hate.”—Max Frisch

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”—Louisa May Alcott

“You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it; this is going to be my day.”—Brendon Burchard

“The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny.”—Michael Parenti

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”—Louisa May Alcott

“We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”—Abigail Adams

“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work but the love with which it is performed.”—Brother Lawrence

“What does not kill me, makes me stronger.”—Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”—Jim Rohn

“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.”—Thomas Jefferson

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.”—Rosalynn Carter

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”—Vern Law

“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.”—John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

May 2016
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”—Joseph Campbell

“Life is not a support system for your work; your work is a support system for your life.”—Jeff Goins

“Reliance on what worked in the past is no longer sufficient.”—Felicity Menzies

“Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.”—Albert Einstein

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”—David Bly

“If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do.”—Anonymous

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”—David Allen

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”—Abraham Lincoln

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”—John D. Rockefeller

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“And yet, now that years have passed, I recall it and wonder that it could distress me so much. It will be the same thing, too, with this trouble. Time will go by and I shall not mind about this either.”—Leo Tolstoy

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune.”—Miguel de Cervantes

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”—Cecil Beaton

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss in life is what dies inside us while we live.”—Norman Cousins

“He is the freeman whom the truth makes free, And all are slaves besides.”—William Cowper

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”—C. S. Lewis

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”—E.B. White

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”—Margaret Thatcher

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”—Robert Collier

“Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.”—Liz Smith

“When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.”—Abraham Joshua Heschel 

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”—James Matthew Barrie

“Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is about making an impact, not making an income.”—Kevin Kruse

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”—Chinese Proverb

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”—Author Unknown

“Isn’t it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?”—Charles Lindbergh

“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.”—Maimonides

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts the same way you select your clothes very day. This is a power you can cultivate.”—Elizabeth Gilbert

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”—John Wooden

“Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds--all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.”—Edward Everett Hale

April 2016
“To praise is an investment in happiness.”—George Adams

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”—Jim Rohn

“It’s easy to have faith in people who have already proved themselves. It’s much tougher to believe in people before they have proved themselves. But that is the key to motivating people to reach their potential.”—John Maxwell

“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.”—Agnes DeMille

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”—Beverly Sills

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.”—Gordon B. Hinckley

“I will either find a way or make one.”—Hannibal

“If you don’t leave your past in the past, it will destroy your future. Live for what today has to offer, not for what yesterday has taken away.”—Unknown

“As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.”—Josh Billings

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”—Hannah More

“Take action. Success is not guaranteed, but inaction will guarantee failure.”—Ken Poirot

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”—Samuel Beckett

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”—Jimmy Johnson

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“A great man is always willing to be little.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”—Jane Goodall

“Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”—Vince Lombardi

“If you want to be happy, be.”—Leo Tolstoy

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”—Babe Ruth

“Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself.”—Charles Bukowski

“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”—Winston Churchill

“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.”—Dave Ramsey

“Stress make you believe that everything has to happen right now. Faith reassures you that everything will happen in God’s timing.”—Unknown

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”—Robert Frost

“Don’t give up. Normally it is the last key on the ring which opens the door.”—Paul Coelho 

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”—Ralph Marston

“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”—Stevie Wonder

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”—Booker T. Washington

March 2016
“I thank You God for most this amazing day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.”—e.e. cummings

“Things work out the best for those who make the best of how things work out.”—John Wooden

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”—Colin Powell

“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.”—Martina Navratilova

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back, everything is different?”—C. S. Lewis

“Rather than sitting and worrying, do something, anything. Worrying is a waste of time.”—Catherine Pulsifer

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”—C. S. Lewis 

“The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”—Pablo Casals 

“Being different and thinking differently make a person unforgettable. History does not remember the forgettable. It honors the unique minority the majority cannot forget.”—Suzy Kassem

“Too many people are quick to dream big, but slow to act on it.”—Edmond Mbiaka

“Never mistake motion for action.”—Ernest Hemingway

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”—Abraham Joshua Heschel

“The most difficult thing I have ever had to do is follow the guidance I prayed for.”—Albert Schweitzer

“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself, or treat what has happened as gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”—Wayne Dyer

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”—William Arthur Ward

“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”—William Carey

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”—Aldous Huxley

“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within—strength, courage, dignity.”—Ruby Dee

“After the verb ‘to Love,’ ‘to Help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world.”—Bertha von Suttner

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”—Leo Buscaglia

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”—Steve Jobs

“I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am--and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.”—Henry Kaiser

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”—Eric Hoffer

“The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you hear what is sounding outside.”—Dag Hammarskjold

“I do not understand the mystery of grace—only that it meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.”—Anne Lamott

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”—Amelia Earhart

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”—Harriet Tubman

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”—D. L. Moody

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”—Edmund Burke

February 2016
“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”—Bill Watterson

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved—loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”—Victor Hugo

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”—John F. Kennedy

“It is not sacrifice if you love what you’re doing.”—Mia Hamm

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”—William Feather

“Anything God has ever done, he can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, he can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, he can do for you.”—A. W. Tozer

“If we wait until we are ready, we’ll be waiting the rest of our lives.”—Lemony Snicket 

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”—Pablo Picasso

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”—Robert Collier

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty. It merely moves from their faces to their hearts.”—Martin Buxbaum

“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they do their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.”—Jim Rohn

“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.”—Robert F. Kennedy

“Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base.”—Frederick Wilcox 

“If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”—William Penn

“We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.”—Jimmy Carter

“A fool learns only from his own mistakes. A wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”—Otto von Bismarck

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.”—Epicurus

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”—Henry Ward Beecher

Did I offer peace today? 
Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? 
Did I say words of healing? 
Did I let go of my anger and resentment? 
Did I forgive? 
These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. 
—Henri Nouwen

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”—Soren Kierkegaard

“We don’t think ourselves into a new way of acting, we act ourselves into a new way of thinking.”—Larry Bossidy

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
—Arthur Schopenhauer

“What you dislike in another, take care to correct in yourself.”—Thomas Sprat

“Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.”—Marian Wright Edelman

“If there is not joy in religion, you have got a leak in your religion.”—Billy Sunday

“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”—Andrew Murphy 

“As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead trying to kill me. They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are only doing their duty, as the saying goes. Most of them, I have no doubt, are kind-hearted law-abiding men who would never dream of committing murder in private life. On the other hand, if one of them succeeds in blowing me to pieces with a well-placed bomb, he will never sleep any worse for it. He is serving his country, which has the power to absolve him from evil.”—George Orwell, London 1941

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”—Ann Landers

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”—Peter Drucker

January 2016
“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”—Lou Holtz

“A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.”—Jessamyn West

“At the end of the day it’s NOT about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished … it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”—Denzel Washington

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”—William Shakespeare

“It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.”—Andrew J. Holmes

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“Kindness is the one commodity of which you should spend more than you earn.”—T.N. Tiemeyer

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.”—Helen Keller

“To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.”—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves.”—Maltbie Babcock

“What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.”—Ted Kennedy

“Don’t look back; you’re not going that way.”—Unknown

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”—Vincent van Gogh

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”—C.S. Lewis

“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.”—Maimonides

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood. The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific, and religious freedom have always been nonconformists. In any cause that concerns the progress of mankind, put your faith in the nonconformist!”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up … the most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”—Thomas Edison

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”—Steve Bartkowski

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”—Karen Lamb

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”—Winston Churchill

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.”—Lee lacocca

“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.”—Fred Astaire

      Love much. There is no waste in freely giving;
      More blessed is it, even, than to receive.
      He who loves much, alone finds life worth living;
      Love on, through doubt and darkness; and believe
      There is nothing which Love may not achieve.
      —Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.”—John Wanamaker

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”—Cynthia Ozick

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.”—Thomas H. Huxley

“Sitting still and wishing makes no man great. The good Lord sends the fishing, but you have to dig the bait.”—Author unknown

“Don’t stumble over something behind you.”—Seneca

“We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.”—Orison Swett Marden

“Do you wish the world were happy? / Then remember day by day, / Just to scatter seeds of kindness / As you pass along the way.”—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”—E. M. Forster

December 2015
“Love has the innate ability to look past the human and see the godly.”—Colette Burnham

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.”—Comte de Buffon

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”—Les Brown

“If we work in marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.”—Daniel Webster

Somehow not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give others
Is the joy that comes back to you.—John Greenleaf Whittier

Peace on earth will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every day.—Helen Steiner Rice

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”—Norman Vincent Peale

“Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.”—Author unknown 

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.”—Ruth Carter Stapleton

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”—Bob Hope

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”—Agnes M. Pahro

“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”—Leo Buscaglia

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.—Oren Arnold

“Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten; it is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives. To believe that the spirit of Christmas does change lives and to labor for the realization of its coming to all men is the essence of our faith in Christ.”—William Parks

“The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world.”—Author unknown

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”—W. T. Ellis

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.”—Peyton Conway March

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”—Jim Rohn

“Fame is a bee. / It has a song / It has a sting / Ah, too, it has a wing.”—Emily Dickinson

“All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.”—Lord Byron

“Each day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”—Charles Swindoll

“By seeking and blundering we learn.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”—Mother Teresa

“You don’t have to close the book to start a new chapter … just turn the page.”—Billy Cox 

“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind, that determines which way we will go.”—Jim Rohn

“It takes two flints to make a fire.”—Louisa May Alcott

“Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities; seize common occasions and make them great.”—Orison Swett Marden

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”—Ambrose Redmoon

“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”—Theodore Roosevelt

November 2015
“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”—G. K. Chesterton

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey

“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”—John Burroughs 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”—Jimi Hendrix

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”—G. K. Chesterton

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”—William Arthur Ward

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The tyrant dies and his rule ends, the martyr dies and his rule begins.”—Soren Kierkegaard

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”—C. S. Lewis

“Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.”—St Augustine

“Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”—Helen Keller

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”—Omar N. Bradley

“Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.”—Robert Orben

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”—John F. Kennedy

“The greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”—Martha Washington

“Mistakes should be examined, learned from, and discarded; not dwelled upon and stored.”—Tim Fargo

“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.”—Richelle E. Goodrich

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire; you can’t go anywhere until you change it.”—Unknown

“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”—George S. Patton

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”—Oliver Goldsmith

“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”—Margaret Cousins

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”—William Shakespeare

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could do. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”—Albert Einstein

“Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.”—E. F. Schumacher

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”—Will Rogers

“Everything that is worthwhile in life is scary. Choosing a school, choosing a career, getting married, having kids--all those things are scary. If it is not fearful, it is not worthwhile.”—Paul Tornier

“If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.”—W. H. Auden 

"There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”—Will Rogers

“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.”—Henry Miller

October 2015
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

There will be obstacles.
There will be doubters.
There will be mistakes.
But with hard work, there will be no limits.
—Michael Phelps

“Study the past if you would define the future.”—Confucius

“Patience is also a form of action.”—Auguste Rodin

“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.”—Charles Dickens

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”—Pearl S. Buck

“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club.”—Jack London

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”—Theodore Roethke 

“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.”—Albert Camus

“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of the earth.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“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 today.”—Dale Carnegie

“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”—St. Catherine of Sienna

"Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.”—Mother Teresa

“Who, being loved, is poor?”—Oscar Wilde

“Each minute we spend worrying about the future and regretting the past is a minute we miss in our appointment with life.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

“Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”—Benjamin Franklin

“The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”—Amelia Earhart

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”—Anatole France

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”—Ferdinand Foch

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”—Seneca

“Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.”—Christopher Morley

“If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer.”—Dag Hammarskjold

“We must learn to honor excellence in every socially accepted human activity, however humble the activity, and to scorn shoddiness, however exalted the activity. An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.”—John W. Gardner

“Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.”—William Arthur Ward

“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”—George H. Lorimer

“Sometimes you have to step outside of the person you’ve been, and remember the person you were meant to be, the person you wanted to be, the person you are.”—H.G. Wells

“Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say.”—Mitch Albom

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”—Malcolm Forbes

“The most essential factor is persistence—the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.”—James Whitcomb Riley

“Life has many different chapters; one bad chapter doesn’t mean it’s the end of the book.”—Unknown

September 2015
“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”—Peter F. Drucker

“Attitude is a reflection of character and character is a reflection of habit.”—Tom Ziglar

“Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone.”—John Quincy Adams

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”—Oscar Wilde

“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”—C. S. Lewis

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”—Michael Jordan

“Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket, and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show you have one. If you are asked what o’clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.”—Lord Chesterfield

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”—Lewis Carroll

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.”—Jean de La Bruyère

“People who fail to regard the truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in matters that are great.”—Albert Einstein

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”—Warren Buffett

“Your beliefs don’t make you a better person; your behavior does.”—Unknown

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life--happiness, freedom, and peace of mind--are always attained by giving them to someone else.”—Peyton Conway March

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”—Pearl S. Buck

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”—Vincent van Gogh 

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”—Bruce Lee

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”—Henry David Thoreau

“I am who I am today because of the choice I made yesterday.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine--it is lethal.”—Paulo Coelho

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.”—Victor Hugo

“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.”—Bill Meyer

“Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.”—Anonymous

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”—Roger Staubach

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”—C. S. Lewis

“This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.”—Sir Francis Bacon

“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.”—Kevin Kruse

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.”—John Wooden

August 2015

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”—Dale Carnegie

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation--either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course."—Martin Luther King Jr.

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Amen.
—A Franciscan benediction


“The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.”—John Walter Wayland

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”—Helen Keller

“I’m looking forward to looking back on all this.”—Sandra Knell

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”—Alexander Graham Bell

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."—Mark Twain

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."—William James

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”—Vince Lombardi

“Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.”—Gary Vaynerchuck

"You don't become indispensable merely because you are different. But the only way to become indispensable is to be different. That's because if you're the same, so are plenty of other people."—Seth Godin

“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary.”—Mother Teresa

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.”—G.K. Chesterton

“It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.”—Garrison Keillor

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”—Robin Williams

“I gave my life to be the person I am. Was it worth it?”—Richard Bach

“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us...Bring love into your home, for this is where our love for each other must start.”—Mother Teresa

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”—Arnold Bennett

“If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”—Chinese Proverb

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.”—William Inge

“Nothing makes you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.”—Zora Neale Hurston

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.”—Charlotte Bronte

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”—John Wooden

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”—Albert Pike

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”—Maya Angelou

“Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.”—G. M. Trevelyan

“A humble person never stops learning.”—Todd Blackledge

July 2015
“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”—William A. Ward

“Do your best when no one is looking.”—Bob Cousy

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”—William Feather

“The mystery of human existence lies not just in staying alive but in finding something to live for.”—Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”―W. B. Yeats

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.”—Sir James M. Barrie

“There is no passion to be found playing smallin settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”—Nelson Mandela

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”—Thomas Watson

“You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.”-—John Holcomb

“Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”—Unknown

“If you can’t do great things, Mother Teresa used to say, do little things with great love. If you can’t do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can’t do them with a little love, do them anyway.”—John Ortberg

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”—Edmund Hillary

“Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand?”—Charles Lindbergh

“The most difficult thing I have ever had to do is follow the guidance I prayed for.”—Albert Schweitzer

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”—John Steinbeck

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”—Leo Tolstoy

“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.”—Napoleon Hill

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”—Jim Rohn

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”—Amelia Earhart 

“Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.”—Otto von Bismarck

“Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.”—Arthur Helps

“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.”—Mary Kay Ash

“Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.”—Steve Kloves

“That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”—Simone de Beauvoir

“You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”—Brian Tracy

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?”—Henry David Thoreau

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.”—General George S. Patton

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”—William Arthur Ward

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”—Og Mandino

“Ultimately, it is through serving others that we become fully human.”—Marsha Sinetar

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”—Francis of Assisi

June 2015
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”—Earl Nightingale

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”—Vernon Law

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.”—John C. Maxwell

“There are two primary choices in life; accept conditions as they exist or accept the responsibility for change them.”—Denis Waitley

“Do right and risk the consequences.”—Sam Houston 

“It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: Am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth what I paid?”—Richard Bach

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”—T.S. Eliot

“The problem with getting rich quick is you have to do it so often.”—Jason Zweig

“A missionary does not necessarily go outside of his country, his state or even his own community. A true missionary needs only to go outside himself.”—Author unknown

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”—Corrie ten Boom

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”—Robert Frost

“Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.”—Maltbie Davenport Babcock

“Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.”—Marian Wright Edelman

“The main lesson about prayer is just this: Do it! Do it! Do it! You want to be taught to pray. My answer is pray and never faint, and then you shall never fail.”—John Laidlaw

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I’m possible!”—Audrey Hepburn

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”—Anne Frank

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”—Doug Larson

“Sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right. We do not need an intelligent mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.”—Unknown

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.”—Jean de La Bruyere

“Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.”—Paul J. Meyer

“Everyone is a fool for at least 5 minutes a day. Wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.”—Elbert Hubbard

“Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.”—Jose Ortega y Gasset

“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.”—Jonathan Swift

“Learn to write your hurts in sand. Learn to carve your blessings in stone!”—Unknown

“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.”—Lao Tzu

“I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”—Jonathan Winters

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”—Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

May 2015
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”—Confucius

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."—Lou Holtz

“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.”—Alice Mackenzie Swaim

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”—Stephen Covey

“Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them.”—John Gardener

“True spirituality consists in living moment to moment by the grace of Jesus Christ.”—Francis Schaeffer

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”—John F. Kennedy

“It takes a great man to be a good listener."—Calvin Coolidge

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”—Gladys Brown Stern

“Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”—Henry van Dyke

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”—Jim Rohn

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”—Marissa Mayer

“Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.”—Maimonides

“Youth is not a period of time. It is a state of mind, a result of the will, a quality of the imagination, a victory of courage over timidity, of the taste for adventure over the love of comfort. A man doesn’t grow old because he has lived a certain number of years. A man grows old when he deserts his ideal. The years may wrinkle his skin, but deserting his ideal wrinkles his soul. Preoccupations, fears, doubts, and despair are the enemies which slowly bow us toward earth and turn us into dust before death. You will remain young as long as you are open to what is beautiful, good, and great; receptive to the messages of other men and women, of nature, and of God. If one day you should become bitter, pessimistic, and gnawed by despair, may God have mercy on your old man’s soul.”—Douglas MacArthur

“It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.”—Thomas Huxley

“May we live here like strangers and make the world not a house, but an inn, in which we sup and lodge, expecting to be on our journey tomorrow.”—Charles Spurgeon

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.”—Henry J. Kaiser

“All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.”—James Russell Lowell

“Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.”—Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”—T. Alan Armstrong

“Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.”—Mother Teresa

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”—George Sand

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burdens behind us.”—Samuel Smiles

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.”—Confucius

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”—Albert Einstein

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”—Booker T. Washington

“He who knows best knows how little he knows.”—Thomas Jefferson

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”—Martin Luther

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”—William C. Durant

“Man has never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”—Bernard Williams

April 2015
“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”—Julia Child

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."—Samuel Beckett

“No pressure, no diamonds.”—Mary Case

“Take time to accept responsibility. Your life is exactly that--it’s your life. It is created by you. You are constantly making choices, constantly creating new experiences. And although we can be affected by circumstances which can seem to be completely out of our control, essentially, we decide the direction in which we walk.”—Nicholas Watkins

"Don't find fault, find a remedy."—Henry Ford

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”—Stephen Covey

“To teach is to learn twice.”—Joseph Joubert

“In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time--literally--substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.”—Peter Drucker

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.”—George Washington

“One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears, by listening to them.”—Dean Rusk

“Nothing is more important than to learn how to maintain a life of purpose in the midst of painful adversity.”—Tim Keller

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.”—Oscar Ameringer

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”—Charles Swindoll

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation ... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”—Leonardo da Vinci

“One of God's arrangements is that after winter there should come beautiful spring days. It happens every year and it happens in every life.”—Father Joseph

“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.”—Kevin Kruse

“Learn to pause ... or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.”—Doug King

“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”—Winston Churchill

“Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.”—A. W. Tozer

“Ill habits gather by unseen degrees, as brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.”—Ovid

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”—J.K. Rowling

“In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.”—Stephen Covey

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life but you can do something about its width and depth.”—H. L. Mencken

“Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds--all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.”—Edward Everett Hale

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”—Robin Williams

“To praise is an investment in happiness.”—George Adams

“You are surrounded by hundreds of people more timid than you are.”—Fred Barton

March 2015
“One should count each day a separate life.”—Seneca

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”—C. S. Lewis

“By changing nothing, nothing changes.”—Tony Robbins

“It’s easy to have faith in people who have already proved themselves. It’s much tougher to believe in people before they have proved themselves. But that is the key to motivating people to reach their potential.”—John Maxwell

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”—Henry Ford

“I would rather have it said ‘He lived usefully’ than ‘He died rich.’”—Ben Franklin

“I will either find a way or make one.”—Hannibal

“What we need is a cup of understanding, a barrel of love, and an ocean of patience.”—St. Francis de Sales

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”—Lucy Larcom

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”—Calvin Coolidge

“Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?”—Sai Baba

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”—Fred Rogers

“All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific."—Jane Wagner

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”—Michelangelo 

“A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body--the wishbone.”—Robert Frost

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”—Mother Teresa

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.”—Helen Keller

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”—Arthur Ashe

“Every noble work is at first impossible.”—Thomas Carlyle

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”—Mark Twain

“If you are all wrapped up in yourself, you are overdressed.”—Kate Halverson

“You can’t say civilization don’t advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.”—Will Rogers

“I would rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.”—Robert H. Schuller

“Good manners will often take people where neither money nor education will take them.”—Fanny Jackson Coppin

“Attitude is a reflection of character and character is a reflection of habit.”—Tom Ziglar

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”—Margaret Lee Runbeck

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”—John D. Rockefeller

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within us while we live.”—Norman Cousins

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”—John Wooden

February 2015

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”—Winston Churchill

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”—Steven Hawking

“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy--indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.”—William Osler 

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”—Anne Frank 

“Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.”—Robert Leighton

“Change is the essence of life."—Reinhold Niebuhr

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”—Woodrow Wilson

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”—Nido Qubein

"Beware of the man who won't be bothered with details."—William Feather

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”—Camille Pissarro

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money without spending it, and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.”—Ann Landers

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”—Laozi 

“I don’t think success is what we’ve made of ourselves; I think it’s what we’ve made of others.”—Bob Goff

“If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.”—Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face, I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all."—Laurell K. Hamilton, A Lick of Frost

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”—Joseph Campbell

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”—Mother Teresa

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”—Winston Churchill

“There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day.”—Alexander Woollcott

"There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted."—Washington Irving

"Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act."—Leonard Cohen

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, "It might have been."—John Greenleaf Whittier

“Kindness makes a fellow feel good, whether it’s being done to him or by him.”—Frank A. Clark

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”—Winston Churchill

“Never mistake motion for action."—Ernest Hemingway

January 2015
“Every artist was first an amateur.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”—Lou Holtz

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”—Robert F. Kennedy

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”—Maya Angelou

"He who stops being better stops being good."—Oliver Cromwell

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”—Albert Schweitzer

“Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.”—Thomas Browne

“If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t you will find an excuse.”—Jim Rohn

“If you’ve ever been homesick, or felt exiled from all the things and people that once defined you, you’ll know how important welcoming words and friendly smiles can be.”—Stephen King

“When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.”—Edward Teller

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.”—Hadia Bejar

“Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.”—Marian Wright Edelman

“Experience is a jewel, and it had need be so, for it is often purchased at an infinite rate.”—William Shakespeare

“Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities. Always see them, for they are always there.”—Norman Vincent Peale

“It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”—Moliere

“Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not; a sense of humor was given to us to console us for what we are.”—Mark McGinnis

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”—Vince Lombardi

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”—Martin Luther

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”—Jim Rohn

“Your big opportunity may be where you are right now.”—Napoleon Hill

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”—Robert Collier

“If God brings you to it, God will bring you through it.”—Robert Schuller

"A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants and how much more unhappy he might be than he really is."—Joseph Addison

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”—T. Alan Armstrong

“It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”—Al Batt

“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”—Jacob Riis

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”—Hal Borland

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”—Benjamin Franklin

December 2014
Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
    —William Arthur Ward

The New Year like a book lies before me;
On its cover two words, “My Life,” I see.
I open the covers and look between—
Each page is empty, no words can be seen,
For I am a writer, I hold the pen
That’ll fill these pages to be read by men.
Just what kind of book will my book be,
My life written there for others to see,
Each day a page written, one by one—
Will it be worthwhile when finished and done?
Lord, help me keep these pages clean and fair
By living the life I’d have written there.
      —Gertrude Laura Gast

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”—William Wordsworth

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”—Babe Ruth

“Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.”—Kahlil Gibran

“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.”—Will Rogers

“The miracle is thisthe more we share, the more we have.”—Leonard Nimoy

I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.”—Charles Dickens

“Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.”—Erich Fromm

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”—Helen Keller

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”—J.K. Rowling

“It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong race.”—Robert Service

“I dwell in Possibility.”—Emily Dickinson

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”—Jean-Paul Sartre

“Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.”—Evan Esar

“Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you … to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old … Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world … stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death… Then you can keep Christmas! But you can never keep it alone.”—Henry van Dyke

“The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”—Amelia Earhart

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”—Sam Ewing

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”—Duke Ellington

“It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honourably.”—Immanuel Kant

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each other’s burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.”—W. C. Jones

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”—Calvin Coolidge

“Do it now. It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world.”—Thomas Guthrie

“If you hesitate to map out your future, to make a big plan or to set a goal, you’ve just gone ahead and mapped your future anyway.”—Seth Godin

“Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”—M. Scott Peck

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”—Aristotle 

“The one thing all famous authors, world-class athletes, business tycoons, singers, actors, and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they all began their journeys when they were none of these things.”—Mike Dooley

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”—Michael Jordan

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”—Audrey Hepburn

“If people looked at the stars each night, they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.”—Bill Watterson, American cartoonist 

November 2014

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.”—C.S. Lewis 

“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”—G.K. Chesterton

“A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.”—Jessamyn West

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”—Aesop

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”—William Faulkner

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”—John F. Kennedy

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”—Buddha

“I think I learned to appreciate and treasure each day, because you don’t know how many you’re going to be given.”—Sandra Day O’Connor

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.”—Charles Dickens

“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”—Margaret Cousins


“Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.”—Author Unknown

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”—Woody Allen

“Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.”—H. Emilie Cady

“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.”—Maya Angelou

“Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort.”—Bert Murray

“Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.”—Arnold H. Glasow

“You’re never too old to be in love with what you do.”—Ray Bradbury

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”—John Wooden

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”—C.S. Lewis

“I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”—Booker T. Washington

“Courage is grace under pressure.”—Ernest Hemingway

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”—William James

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”—Dale Carnegie

“Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Do your best when no one is looking.”—Bob Cousy

“If you are hurt, whether in mind or body, don’t nurse your bruises. Get up and light-heartedly, courageously, good temperedly get ready for the next encounter. This is the only way to take life—this is also ‘playing’ the game!”—Emily Post

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”—Lyndon Johnson

“When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are.”—Richard Hooker

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”—Leonardo da Vinci

“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.”—C.S. Lewis

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”—Ferdinand Foch

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”—Denis Waitley

“Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.”—Mary Bethune

"These are the times that try men's souls. … Yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly."—Thomas Paine

“Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.”—J.M. Barrie

October 2014
“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”—Vince Lombardi

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”—Ernest Hemingway

“History has noted that the most notable winners usually encounter heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.—B.C. Forbes

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”—John Greenleaf Whittier

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!”—Henry Ford

Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”—Babe Ruth

“As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.”—Audrey Hepburn

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”—Steve Jobs

“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”—Werner Heisenberg, winner of Nobel Prize in Physics (1932)

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”—Will Rogers

“We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.”—Edwin Markham

“Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action.”—Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”—Thomas Edison

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”—Charlie Chaplin

“One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.”—Will Durant

“After all is said and done, more is said than done.”—Aesop

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”—Henry Ford

“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!”—Sir Walter Scott

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”—H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”—Seth Godin

“Patience is also a form of action.”—Auguste Rodin

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty in every age of life really never grows old.”—Franz Kafka

“A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.”—Charles Evans Hughes

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”—Napoleon Hill

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”—Steve Jobs

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”—Carlos Castaneda

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”—Thomas J. Watson

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.”—Charlotte Bronte

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”—John Wayne

September 2014
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”—Abraham Lincoln

“Over every mountain is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”—Theodore Roethke

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”—William Feather

“How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.”—Marcus Aurelius

“Continual experimentation is the new normal.”—Business psychologist Karissa Thacker

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”—Bill Copeland

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us--that's where it's at.”—Jesse Owens, four-time Olympic gold medalist

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.”—Sir Francis Bacon

“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.”—Ernest Hemingway

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”—Leo Tolstoy

“When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.”—Mohandas Gandhi

“There are no gains without pains.”—Adlai Stevenson

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”—Aldous Huxley

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”—Arthur Ashe

“Chief among the spoils of victory is the privilege of writing the history.”—Mark Alexander

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.”—John Wooden

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”—George Bernard Shaw

“The heart, like the grape, is prone to delivering its harvest in the same moment it appears to be crushed.”—Roger Houseden

"I  am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”—Louisa May Alcott

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“Some lack the fickleness to live as they wish and just live as they have begun.”—Seneca

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”—Albert Schweitzer

“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.”—Mary Kay Ash

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.”—Horace

“When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”—Helen Keller

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”—Teddy Roosevelt

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”—Chinese Proverb

August 2014
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”—Peter Drucker

“Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.”—Dan Reeves

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”—William Arthur Ward

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”—John D. Rockefeller

“If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it.”—Earl Wilson

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”—Albert Einstein

“Sure, you can choose the safety and predictability of the cage, forfeiting the adventure God has destined for you. But you won’t be the only one missing out or losing out. When you lack the courage to chase the Wild Goose, the opportunity costs are staggering. Who might not hear about the love of God if you don’t seize the opportunity to tell them? Who might be stuck in poverty, stuck in ignorance, stuck in pain if you’re not there to help free them? Where might the advance of God’s kingdom in the world stall out because you weren’t there on the front lines?”—Mark Batterson

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”—Anonymous

“We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.”—Olin Miller

“Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don’t be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying.”—Merry Browne

“Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal.”—Maude Royden

“God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.”—Humorist Bill Watterson

“We can reach our world, if we will. The greatest lack today is not people or funds. The greatest need is prayer.”—Wesley Duewel

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.”—Charles Dickens

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”—George Woodberry

“Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.”—Carl Sandburg

“What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.”—J. Sidlow Baxter

“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.”—Sandra Day O’Connor

“I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.”—James Cash Penney

“Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die.”—Brian Vaszily 

“With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.”—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”—Fyodor Dostoevsky

“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.”—George H. Lorimer

“Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.”—Thomas Carlyle

“When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel.”—Rabbi Harold Kushner

“What we read with inclination makes a much stronger impression. If we read without inclination, half the mind is employed in fixing the attention; so there is but one half to be employed on what we read.”—Samuel Johnson

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”—Helen Keller

“What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don’t believe in taking foolish chances, but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all.”—Charles A. Lindbergh

“A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.”—Tex Guinan 

“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.”—Tom Blandi

July 2014
“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.”—Margaret Wheatley

“To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.”—Ogden Nash

“There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.”—Alexander Woollcott

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year’s time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.”—Andre Maurois

“Kindly words, sympathizing attentions, watchfulness against wounding men’s sensitiveness--these cost very little, but they are priceless in their value.”—F.W. Robertson

“The young do not know enough to be prudent and therefore they attempt the impossible--and achieve it, generation after generation.”—Pearl S. Buck

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”—Karen Lamb

“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best way out is always through.”—Robert Frost

“The Word of God represents all the possibilities of God as at the disposal of true prayer.”—A. T. Pierson

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”—Stephen Covey

“There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness; and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much.”—Mother Teresa

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”—Calvin Coolidge

“The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor, and style.”—Maya Angelou

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.”—Horace Bushnell

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”—Booker T. Washington

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”—Will Rogers

“When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.”—Charles Schwab

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”—Henry Ford

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”—Mother Teresa

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”—John Wooden

"We must dare and dare again, and go on daring."—Georges Jacques Danton

“I have benefited by my praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them, I have gotten something for myself.”—Samuel Rutherford

“You should not suffer the past. You should be able to wear it like a loose garment, take it off and let it drop.”—Eva Jessye

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”—William B. Sprague

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”—Arthur Ashe

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”—Aristotle

“Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.”—E. M. Bounds

June 2014
“You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you’re doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.”—George Lucas

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”—H.L. Mencken

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”—Robert F. Kennedy

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”—Sophia Loren

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you”?”—William A. Ward

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them—every day begin the task anew.”—Saint Francis de Sales

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.”—Cesar Chavez

“We must be willing to relinquish the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”—Joseph Campbell

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”—Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal.”—Maude Royden

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If the world is cold make it your business to build fires.”—Horace Traubel

“You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.”—Lydia M. Child

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”—Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.”—Leo Buscaglia

“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.”—Isaac Asimov

“The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!’”—J. Hudson Taylor

“You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it; This is going to be my day.”—Brendon Burchard

"If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary."—Jim Rohn

"The great people of the earth today are the people who pray! I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor those who explain prayer; but I mean those who actually take the time to pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. That something else is important, very important and pressing, but still, less important and pressing than prayer."—S.D. Gordon

“Clear your mind of can’t.”—Samuel Johnson

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”—Theodore Roosevelt

"Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk--and to act."—Andre Malraux

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”—Henry Ward Beecher

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.”—Alphonse de Lamartine

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.”—Thomas H. Huxley

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”—John Bunyan

“The words a father speaks to his children in the privacy of the home are not overheard at the time, but, as in whispering galleries, they will be clearly heard at the end and by posterity.”—Jean Paul Richter

“You can do anything, but not everything.”—David Allen

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

May 2014
“To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which could be his finest hour.”—Sir Winston Churchill

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."—Theodore Roosevelt

“If you’re not daring to believe God for the impossible, you’re sleeping through some of the best parts of the Christian life.”—Steven Futrick

“The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”—Alvin Toffler

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”—Joseph Campbell

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."—Peter Ustinov

“You can tell you’re on the road to success; it’s uphill all the way.”—Paul Harvey

“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.”—John Wooden

“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”—Zig Ziglar

“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”—John Wayne

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”—Frederick Douglass

“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.”—Kevin Ngo

“Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts, and no one to thank.”—Christina Rossetti

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.”—Lou Holtz

“I want to say to those who are trying to learn to speak and those who are teaching them: Be of good cheer. Do not think of to-day’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles—a delight in climbing rugged paths, which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometime slip backward—if the road was always smooth and pleasant. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. Sometime, somewhere, somehow we shall find that which we seek. We shall speak, yes, and sing, too, as God intended we should speak and sing.”—Helen Keller

“When you forgive, you in no way change the past--but you sure do change the future.”—Bernard Meltzer

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.”—Woody Allen

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”—George Bernard Shaw

“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.”—John Wesley

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”—William James

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”—John Wooden

“A champion doesn’t become a champion in the ring, he’s merely recognized in the ring. His “becoming” happens during his daily routine.”—Joe Louis

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself--and be lenient to everybody else.”—Henry Ward Beecher

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”—Peter F. Drucker

“The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.”—Alexandra Penney

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”—Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

“You are never a loser until you quit trying.”—Mike Ditka

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”—Jim Elliot

April 2014
"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."—Helen Keller

“He who thinks most of heaven will do most for earth.”—Author unknown

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”—Aristotle

“The future depends on what you do today.”—Mahatma Gandhi

“Strong people don’t put others down … they lift them up.”—Michael P. Watson

“What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero

“My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.”—Bjorn Borg

"Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible, by faith in the omnipotence, fidelity and wisdom of the Almighty Savior who gave the command. Is there a wall in our path? By our God we will leap over it! Are there lions and scorpions in our way? We will trample them under our feet! Does a mountain bar our way? Saying, 'Be thou removed and cast into the sea,' we will march on! Soldiers of Jesus, never surrender!"—C. T. Studd

“Men’s best successes come after their disappointments”—Henry Ward Beecher

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”—Earl Nightingale

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”—Robert Collier

“If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen--nothing else matters.”—Jaroslav Pelikan

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”—Zig Ziglar

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt

“You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it; this is going to be my day.”—Brendon Burchard

“It is much easier to be a hero than a gentleman.”—Luigi Pirandello

"Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God's voice in response to mine is its most essential part."—Andrew Murray

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”—Pablo Picasso

“A good example is far better than a good precept.”—Dwight L. Moody

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”—Isaac Asimov

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”—Albert Einstein

The Christian life is best lived dangerously. Playing it safe won't yield much fruit. People who risk friendships or jobs or, even worse, their own lives for the sake of the Gospel will get the most results. Living the faith well--"fighting the good fight"--requires strict discipline, self-denial, and a willingness to expose oneself to danger. This is where trust comes in. God may not deliver you from suffering right away, but he will sustain you and ultimately reward you. And the knowledge that you have risked all for his sake will exhilarate you.—Brad Locke

“Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.”—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”—Sam Keen

“It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“As is the business of tailors to make clothes and cobblers to make shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.”—Martin Luther

“It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.”—Helen Walton

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”—Benjamin Disraeli

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”—Og Mandino

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”—Charles Spurgeon

“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.’”—Andrew Murray

March 2014
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”—Joshua Marine

"Don't pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees."—Corrie ten Boom

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"—Frank Scully

“Each day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”—Charles Swindoll

“The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”—Vince Lombardi

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”—Muhammad Ali

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”—Lucy Larcom

“Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep.”—Samuel Johnson

He only earns his freedom and his life
Who takes them every day by storm.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”—J.R.R. Tolkien

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.”—Sandra Carey

“Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.”—Comte de Buffon

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”—Mother Teresa

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”—Lao Tzu

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”—J.C. Watts

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”—Albert Schweitzer

“He who stops being better stops being good.”—Oliver Cromwell

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”—Maria Robinson

“We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”—Benjamin Franklin

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”—Maya Angelou

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded.”--Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.”—William Temple

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that airplanes take off against the wind, not with it.”—Henry Ford

Faith is vision plus valor.—Author unknown

“The brain is good at learning from bad experiences, but bad at learning from good ones…if the mind is like a garden, the ‘soil’ of your brain is more fertile for weeds than for flowers. So it’s really important to plant the seeds of inner strengths by repeatedly taking in the good.”—Rick Hanson

“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.”—Sydney J. Harris

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”—Winston Churchill

“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?”—Stephen Levine

“Everybody comes to a point in their life when they want to quit. But it’s what you do at that moment that determines who you are.”—David Goggins

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”—Robert A. Heinlein

February 2014
“Just remember, when you’re over the hill, you pick up speed.”—Charles M. Schultz

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To be loved, be lovable.”—Ovid

“There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.”—Alexander Woollcott

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”—Dale Carnegie

“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.”—Cynthia Heimel

“In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.”—Albert Schweitzer

“Our lives are defined by opportunities. Even the ones we miss.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald

“To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.”—Doug Larson

“Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.”—Amos Bronson Alcott

“Saints are sinners who kept on going.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.”—Tom Wilson

“No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”—George Washington Carver

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”—Bill Keane

“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy--indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self-satisfaction”—William Osler 

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”—Cavett Robert

“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”—Peter Drucker

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.”—Thomas Carlyle

“Love isn’t blind; it just only sees what matters.”—William Curry

“When the situation is hopeless, there is nothing to worry about.”—Edward Abbey

“Too often reason deceives us ... but conscience never deceives.”—Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Success is what you attract by the person you become.”—Jim Rohn

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like “struggle.” To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now—and to go on caring even through times that may bring us pain.”—Fred Rogers

"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it."—Alistair Cooke

“In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.”—John Churton Collins

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”—Benjamin Mays

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”—Karen Lamb

“Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.”—Benjamin Disraeli

“We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.”—Walter E. Cole

January 2014
“It is the loose ends with which men hang themselves.”—Zelda Fitzgerald

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”—Jean de la Fontaine

“It is not physical beauty nor temporal glory nor the brightness of light dear to earthly eyes, nor the sweet melodies of all kinds of songs, nor the gentle odor of flowers, and ointments and perfumes, nor manna or honey, nor limbs welcoming the embraces of the flesh; it is not these I love when I love my God. Yet there is a light I love, and a food, and a kind of embrace when I love my God--a light, voice, odor, food, embrace of my innerness, where my soul is floodlit by light which space cannot contain, where there is sound that time cannot seize, where there is a perfume which no breeze disperses, where there is a taste for food no amount of eating can lessen, and where there is a bond of union that no satiety can part. That is what I love when I love my God.”—Augustine

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”—Dr. Seuss

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”—Helen Keller

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”—Oscar Wilde

“Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.”—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“One cannot help being old, but one can resist being aged.”—Lord Samuel

“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.”—Roger Babson

“The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”—C. S. Lewis

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Quotes are just sayings of our own souls that formed through other mouths: part of a collective whole that makes a beautiful novel.”—Paul Kelly

“Faith is not logical. But it isn’t illogical either. Faith is theological. It does not ignore reality; it just adds God into the equation.”—Mark Batterson

“Endurance is the crowning quality, and patience all the passion of great hearts.”—James Russell Lowell

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”—Steve Jobs

“The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the cornerstone of a solid and honorable success.”—Hamilton Wright Mabie

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”—Mahatma Gandhi

"I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention "—Diane Sawyer

"Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in."—Isaac Asimov

"Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all."—Peter Drucker

"When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our days and nights into a hellish turmoil."—Dale Carnegie

"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things."—George Carlin

"War does not determine who is right, only who is left."—Bertrand Russell

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."—Stephen Covey

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less."—C.S. Lewis

"It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them."—Adlai Stevenson II

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."—George Eliot

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."—Melody Beattie

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."—H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Another fresh new year is here …
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest …
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
      —William Arthur Ward

December 2013

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”—Lao Tzu

"Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God's saints have been held."—E. M. Bounds

"If you want to lift yourself, lift someone else."—Booker T. Washington

"Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great."—Orison Swett Marden

"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year."—Charles Dickens

"Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."—Dale Evans Rogers

"Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts."—Janice Maeditere

"It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself."—Charles Dickens

"Peace on earth will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every day."
—Helen Steiner Rice

There was a gift to each of us left under the tree of life 2000 years ago by Him whose birthday we celebrate today. The gift was withheld from no man. Some have left the packages unclaimed. Some have accepted the gift and carried it around, but have failed to remove the wrapping and look inside to discover the hidden splendor. The packages are all alike: in each is a scroll on which is written, "All that the Father hath is thine!" Take and live!—Frank S. Mead

"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?"—Bob Hope

Christmas is not the tinsel and lights and outward show…
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It's lighting a fire inside the heart…
Good will and joy a vital part.
It's higher thought and a greater plan.
It's a glorious dream in the soul of man.
Christmas begins deep down inside…
Then engulfs the world like a mighty tide!
—Wilfred A. Peterson

"I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world."Norman Vincent Peale

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."—W. T. Ellis

"A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities."—William Arthur Ward

"Today is the first day of your life because it has never been before, and today is the last day of your life because it will never be again."—Frederick Buechner

"The difference between where you are and where God wants you to be may be the painful decision you refuse to make."—Craig Groeschel

"I will not be a common man because it is my right to be an uncommon man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony."—Peter O'Toole

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”—John Bunyan

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."—C. S. Lewis

"Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away."—Arthur Helps

"Angels may not dress the part,
With robes and wings that soar,
Often angels come as friends
Knocking at your door."
—Author unknown

Toward the end of her ministry, Mother Teresa was often asked by her admirers how they could make a difference with their lives the way she had with hers. Mother Teresa's oft-repeated response was four words long: "Find your own Calcutta."—Mark Batterson

"A negative mind will never give you a positive life."—Author unknown

“I wonder what would happen if we all agreed to read one of the Gospels until we came to a place that told us to do something, then went out to do it, and only after we had done it, began reading again? There are aspects of the Gospel that are puzzling and difficult to understand. But our problems are not centered around the things we don’t understand, but rather in the things we do understand, the things we could not possibly misunderstand. Our problem is not so much that we don’t know what we should do. We know perfectly well, but we don’t want to do it.”—Peter Marshall

“The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.”—Whitney Young

“After all is said and done, more is said than done.”—Aesop

Let me be a little sweeter—
Make my life a bit completer,
By doing what I should do
Every minute of the day.
Let me toil without complaining,
Not a humble task disdaining.
      —Edgar Guest

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."—C. Northcote Parkinson

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."—Leonard Cohen

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."—William A. Ward

"Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need."—Will Rogers

November 2013
"God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through."—Francis Chan

Love much. There is no waste in freely giving;
More blessed is it, even, than to receive.
He who loves much, alone finds life worth living;
Love on, through doubt and darkness; and believe
There is nothing which Love may not achieve.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more. 
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,
confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
—Melody Beattie

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."—Woodrow Wilson

"Life is too short to nurse one's misery. Hurry across the lowlands, that you may spend more time on the mountaintops."—Phillips Brooks

"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?"—Jack Sparrow

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."Mother Teresa

"It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."J.K Rowling

"Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."—Danny Thomas

"If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this."—C. S. Lewis

"Enthusiasm is a kind of faith that has been set on fire."—George Matthew Adams

"If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise."—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for."—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."—H. Jackson Brown

"Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't."—Richard Bach

"I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him."—Booker T. Washington

"Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts."—Henri Frederic Amiel

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."—Dale Carnegie

"Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty."—Brene Brown

"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him."—Thomas Szasz

Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and
Spirit with Spirit shall meet—
Closer is He than breathing, and
Nearer than hands and feet.
Tennyson

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."—Harriet Tubman

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty in every age of life really never grows old."—Franz Kafka

"Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up."—James Belasco and Ralph Stayer

"Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary."—J.M. Barrie

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."—Jose Addison

"Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience."—Miguel de Cervantes

"You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you."—Sarah Ban Breathnack

"Harmony makes small things grow; lack of it makes great things decay."—Sallust, Roman historian and politician

"Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."
—Lao-Tze

October 2013

“It is never too late to give up your prejudices.”—Henry David Thoreau

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."—Jonathan Swift

"Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'"—Brian Tracy

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity--much less dissent."—Gore Vidal

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for—in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it."—Ellen Goodman

"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."—Sam Ewing

"Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference."—Mark Twain

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."—Annie Dillard

"Anywhere, provided it be forward."—David Livingstone

"We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."—Dale Carnegie

"Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends."—Henry Ward Beecher

“We become what we think about.”—Earl Nightingale

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”—Mohandas K. Gandhi

“You can do anything, but not everything.”—David Allen

"Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man."—Francis Cardinal Spellman

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”—Wayne Gretzky

“It is often easier to fight for a principle than to live up to it.”—Adlai Stevenson

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”—Henry Ford

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”—George Washington Carver

“It’s always been my philosophy: Turn the page. If something falls through, turn the page. It’s over with, get used to it, get on with it. Very simple. It’s always worked for me.”—Merv Griffin

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”—George Bernard Shaw

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”—Og Mandino

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”—Joe Paterno

“Age is all imagination. Ignore years and they’ll ignore you.”—Ella Wheeler-Wilcox

“It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”—Douglas MacArthur

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”—Jack London

“The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the next is transmission.”—George MacDonald

“A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.”—Jimmy Carter

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”—Aldous Huxley

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.”—Henry Ward Beecher

September 2013

“When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.”—George C. Marshall

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”—Benjamin Franklin

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.”—George Washington Carver

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be.”—Amy Poehler

“Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one’s abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.”—Horace

“What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.”—Ovid

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.”—Elizabeth Gilbert

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”—Thomas Jefferson

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”—Lena Horne

“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”—Mignon McLaughlin

“To strengthen the muscles of your heart, the best exercise is lifting someone else’s spirit whenever you can.”—Dodinsky

“When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”—Unknown

“Faith is daring to put your dream to the test. It is better to try to do something and fail than to try to do nothing and succeed.”—Robert H. Schuller

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”—Abraham Lincoln

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”—G. K. Chesterton

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”—Mark Twain

“There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear.”—Frank Tyger

“Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”—Sean O’Casey

“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”—C. JoyBell C

“What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count.”—Albert Einstein

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.”—Paul Dudley White

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”—Marie Curie

“Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.”—Doug Larson

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”—C.S. Lewis

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.”—Charles Dickens

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never scoring.”—Bill Copeland

Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.—Christian Gellert, (1715-1769) German poet

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.”—Vernon Howard

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway.”—Harper Lee

August 2013

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The greatness of a man can nearly always be measured by his willingness to be kind.”—G. Young

“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”—Leo Buscaglia

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”—Colin Powell

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.”—John MacDonald

“There are no office hours for champions.”—Paul Dietzel

“A hard beginning maketh a good ending.”—John Heywood

“Nothing makes you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.”—Zora Neale Hurston

“It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”—George Elliot

My dad always used to say, “If you’re falling off a cliff, you may as well try to fly. You have nothing to lose.”—Captain John Sheridan, Babylon 5

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.”—George Bernard Shaw

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”—Sydney Harris

“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”—Malachy McCourt

“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.”—Charles Dickens

“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”—Charlotte Brontë

“Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.”—Thomas Carlyle

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”—Henry David Thoreau

“In this world, you must be a bit too kind to be kind enough.”—Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”—John Bunyan

“When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.”—John Ruskin

“While I think quantum leaps are possible, real success--sustainable success--happens based on day-to-day, simple behaviors and habits.”—Jack Canfield, author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”—Bruce Lee

“Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back.”—W. K. Hope

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“Not facing a fire doesn’t put it out.”—Tennessee Williams 

“Hard work is painful when life is devoid of purpose. But when you live for something greater than yourself and the gratification of your own ego, then hard work becomes a labor of love.”—Steve Pavlina

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”—Søren Kierkegaard

“I always wanted to be somebody. I should have been more specific.”—Lily Tomlin

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”—Author unknown

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.”—David Star Jordan

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.”—Josh Billings

“A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad ... and a bad one will turn the bonniest into something worse than ugly.”—Emily Bronte

“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”—G.K. Chesterton 

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.”—Socrates

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”—Helen Keller

“Kindly words, sympathizing attentions, watchfulness against wounding men’s sensitiveness--these cost very little, but they are priceless in their value.”—F.W. Robertson

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”—Gail Devers

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”—George Washington Carver

“The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.”—Jane Addams

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”—William Butler Yeats 

“Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The best way out is always through.”—Robert Frost 

“Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.”—Sir Arthur Helps 

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”—Napoleon

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”—Dr. Seuss

I am only one, but I am one;
I cannot do everything,
But I can do something.
What I can do I ought to do,
And what I ought to do
By God's grace I will do.
—Edward Everett Hale

“Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.”—Christopher Morley

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.”—Thomas Paine

“There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.”—Jean de la Bruyere

“If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.”—Francis Bacon

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?”—Brian Tracy

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”—Isaac Asimov

“Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.”—Mother Teresa 

“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is ‘timing’; it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”—Fulton J. Sheen

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Govern thy life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other.”—Thomas Fuller

“We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.”—Amos Bronson Alcott

“Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.”—Thomas A. Edison

June 2013

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”—Winston Churchill 

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.—Nelson Mandela

“Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.”—Leo Buscaglia

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”—Thomas Alva Edison

“Character is what you think in the dark.”—Dwight L. Moody

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”—Henry Ford

“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.”—George Allen, American football coach

“If you’re coasting, you’re either losing momentum or else you’re headed downhill.”—Joan Welsh

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”—Dwight D. Eisenhower

“There are things that only you can do, and you are alive to do them. In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song, and you owe it to God to play them both sublimely.”—Max Lucado

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”—Henry Ford

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”—Attributed to George Eliot

“Never mistake motion for action.”—Ernest Hemingway

“Every calamity is a spur and a valuable hint.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.”—Epictetus

“We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”—L.M. Montgomery

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”—Martin Luther

“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”—Abraham Lincoln

“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”—Napoleon Hill

“There is no security on earth; there is only opportunity.”—Douglas MacArthur

“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!”—Eubie Blake

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”—Jerry Rice

“Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up.”—Author unknown

“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”—Charles Dickens

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”—Louisa May Alcott

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great!”—Orison Swett Marden

“There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.”—Cyrus H. Curtis

May 2013

“Make every day your masterpiece.”—John Wooden

“The only difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is extraordinary determination.”—Mary Kay Ash

“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.”—Suzanne Somers

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.”—Charles Buxton

“He is the freeman whom the truth makes free, And all are slaves besides.”—William Cowper 

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”—Groucho Marx

“Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.”—Albert Einstein

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”—Mother Teresa 

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”—Dale Carnegie 

“Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“ Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.”—Nathaniel Emmons

“Wishes cost nothing unless you want them to come true.”—Frank Tyger

“Fear is the worst kind of grave, because it buries one alive.”—Beth Fantaskey

“I’ve studied carefully and prayerfully some who are remarkably faithful and effective witnesses of the Savior and His Church. There is no single pattern in what they do. There is no common technique. Each has prayed to know what to do. They each seem to get a different answer, suited especially to them and to the people they meet. Pray for the chance to encounter people who sense there could be something better in their lives. Pray to know what you should do to help them. Your prayers will be answered.”—Henry B. Eyring

“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”—Horace Mann

“There are no closed doors to the Gospel—provided that, once you get inside, you don’t care if you ever come out.”—Brother Andrew

“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.”—John Wesley

“I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.”—Ovid

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple, and useful life.”—Booker T. Washington

“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.”—Ted Williams

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”—Erma Bombeck

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”—Former Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki

“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep rereading the last one.”—Author unknown

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”—Douglas Adams

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles have strengthened me…You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”—Walt Disney

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”—Pierre Auguste Renoir

“All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them.”—Hudson Taylor

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”—Vince Lombardi

“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”—Albert Einstein

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”—Alfred Adler

April 2013

“Just go out there and do what you’ve got to do.”—Martina Navratilova

The time is always right to do what is right.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”—Martin Luther

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”—Henry Ford

“What you do today can change the course of your life far into the future. Today is critical. Today really counts.”—Ralph S. Marston, Jr.

“Life is a question and your choices are your answer.”—Gary Keller

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.”—Arthur Christopher Benson

“The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little.”—Zig Ziglar

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”—Sally Koch 

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.”—Dale Carnegie

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”—Soren Kierkegaard

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”—Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“Vision is the spectacular that inspires us to carry out the mundane.”—Chris Widener

“One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.”—Jim Rohn

“To be loved, be lovable.”—Ovid

“Be the person you want your child to be.”—Betsy Brown

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”—Author unknown

“No one ever said on their deathbed, ‘Gee, I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer.’”—Danielle Berry

“Never confuse movement with action.”—Ernest Hemingway

“He conquers who endures.”—Persius, Roman poet

“The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.”—Allard Lowenstein

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”—Corrie ten Boom

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”—C. S. Lewis

“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.”—Napoleon Hill

“A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.”—Alistair Cooke

“Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future.”—Marilyn Ferguson

“Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.”—Georges-Louis Leclerc

“Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.”—William Safire

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”—Og Mandino 

March 2013

“If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen—nothing else matters.”—Jaroslav Pelikan (1923-2006)

“Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which many men throw away.”—Charles Caleb Colton

“To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.”—Aldous Huxley

“Each day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”—Charles Swindoll 

“The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”—Vince Lombardi 

“We can’t cross a bridge until we come to it, but I always like to lay down a pontoon ahead of time.”—Bernard M. Baruch

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”—Melody Beattie

“It only takes one lie to taint your entire testimony in a court of law. Honesty is a vital part of having a good reputation.”—Jim Rohn

“What makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.”—Barack Obama

“To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all--but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.”—Abraham Lincoln 

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”—Margaret Thatcher

“Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.”—Comte de Buffon

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.”—Sandra Carey

“Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.”—Merry Browne

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. The rain falls soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”—Irish blessing

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.”—Gerard Way

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”—Margaret Shepherd 

“I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.”—J. C. Penney

“Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.”—Maltbie Davenport Babcock

“One cannot help being old, but one can resist being aged.”—Lord Samuel

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”—Thomas Jefferson

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”—J.K. Rowling

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”—Beverly Sills

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”—Orison Swett Marden

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”—Pope John Paul II

“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.”—Sydney J. Harris 

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”—Sophia Loren

“Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.”—Gloria Steinem

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most people, once they graduate from the School of Hard Knocks, automatically enroll in the University of Adversity.”—Peter McWilliams 

February 2013

“Just remember, when you’re over the hill, you pick up speed.”—Charles M. Schultz

“Prayer is not asking for what you think you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can’t imagine.”—Kathleen Norris

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.”—William Thackeray
 
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”—John W. Gardner
 
“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”—Coco Chanel

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”—Maya Angelou

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.”—Eartha Kitt

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”—Karen Lamb

“Victory awaits him who has everything in order--luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.”—Roald Amundsen, polar explorer

“Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or we grow weak, and at last some crisis shows us what we have become.”—Bishop Westcott

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”—Oscar Wilde

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”—Lao Tzu

“It’s always too soon to quit.”—Norman Vincent Peale

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”—Edward Abbey

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand.”—Mother Teresa

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.”—Abraham Lincoln 

“You are your own scriptwriter and the play is never finished, no matter what your age or position in life.”—Denis Waitley

“The greatest possession we have costs nothing, it’s known as love.”—Brian Jett 

“A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.”—Harold Macmillan

“After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.”—Alfred E. Perlman

“To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.”—Jean Anouilh

“For many people, change is more threatening than challenging. They see it as the destroyer of what is familiar and comfortable rather than the creator of what is new and exciting.”—Nido Qubein

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”—Maya Angelou

“Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.”—Tim O’Reilly

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”—C. S. Lewis

“When I was a young man, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure, so I did 10 times more work.”—George Bernard Shaw

“Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.”—Rita Mae Brown

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”—George Bernard Shaw

January 2013

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”—Florence Nightingale

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”—Nelson Mandela

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”—Jerry Rice

“The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.”—Henri Frederic Amiel 

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”—J.K. Rowling

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”—Winston Churchill

“You can do little about the length of your life, but you can do much about its width and depth.”—H.L. Mencken

“The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.”—John Gardner

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”—Jack London

“You’ll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do.”—David Foster Wallace

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”—Michael Altshuler

“Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.”—John Randolph

“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”—Eva Young

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”—John Kenneth Galbraith

“People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.”—Bill Cosby

“Few people take objectives really seriously. They put average effort into too many things, rather than superior thought and effort into a few important things. People who achieve the most are selective as well as determined.”—Richard Koch 

“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”—C. S. Lewis

“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”—Dr. Seuss

“To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all--but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.”—Abraham Lincoln 

“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.”—Dean Acheson

“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.”—Henry David Thoreau

“It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.”—Peter Marshall

“When someone tells you that you can’t do something, perhaps you should consider that they are only telling you what they can’t do.”—Sheldon Cahoon

“Well done is better than well said.”—Benjamin Franklin

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”—Vince Lombardi

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”—Groucho Marx

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”—Dale Carnegie

“Values were meant to be costly. If it doesn’t cost much, we probably wouldn’t appreciate the value.”—Jim Rohn

“The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen, but are to be lived.”—Soren Kierkegaard

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”—Benjamin Franklin

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
      —William Arthur Ward

The New Year like a book lies before me;
On its cover two words, “My Life,” I see.
I open the covers and look between--
Each page is empty, no words can be seen,
For I am a writer, I hold the pen
That’ll fill these pages to be read by men.
Just what kind of book will my book be,
My life written there for others to see,
Each day a page written, one by one--
Will it be worthwhile when finished and done?
Lord, help me keep these pages clean and fair
By living the life I’d have written there.
      —Gertrude Laura Gast

December 2012
“A hundred years from now, it won’t matter what your bank account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car you drove, but the world may be different because you were important in the life of a child.”—Author unknown

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”—Author unknown

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”—Mary Ann Evans 

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”—Pablo Picasso

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to you glad.
      —John Greenleaf Whittier

There was a gift for each of us left under the tree of life 2,000 years ago by Him Whose birthday we celebrate today. The gift was withheld from no man. Some have left the packages unclaimed. Some have accepted the gift and carried it around, but have failed to remove the wrappings and look inside to discover the hidden splendor. The packages are all alike; in each is a scroll on which is written, “All that the Father hath is thine.” Take and live!—Author unknown

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.—Charles Dickens

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”—W. T. Ellis

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”—Helen Keller

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”—George Bernard Shaw

“Christ did not come to do away with suffering; He did not come to explain it; He came to fill it with His presence.”—Paul Claudel

“Be like the turtle. If he didn’t stick his neck out, he wouldn’t get anywhere at all.”—Harvey Mackay

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”—David Foster Wallace

“A man of courage flees forward in the midst of new things.”—Jacques Maritain

“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.”—William Osler

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”—Booker T. Washington

“Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind.”—Jonathan Edwards, 1703–1758

“Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.”—David Thomas

“Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound.”—Unknown

“The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”—Henry Ward Beecher

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”—C.S. Lewis

“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”—Lee Iacocca

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”—George Bernard Shaw

“You could just as easily change your life today as any other day. You don’t need to wait for January first.”—Dan Kennedy

“Don’t look where you fell but where you slipped.”—Liberian proverb

“Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.”—Goethe

“The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”—Sir Winston Churchill

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”—Cynthia Ozick

“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”—Voltaire

November 2012
“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.”—Tom Landry

“I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”—Helen Keller 

“That which we are, we are all the while teaching, not voluntarily, but involuntarily.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”—Thomas Paine

“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.”—Vicki Robin

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.”—Groucho Marx

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”—W.T. Purkiser

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”—John Ruskin

“Go to the effort. Invest the time. Write the letter. Make the apology. Take the trip. Purchase the gift. Do it. The seized opportunity renders joy. The neglected brings regret.”—Max Lucado

“The basic goal-reaching principle is to understand that you go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always be able to see farther.”—Zig Ziglar

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”—Douglas Adams

“Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.”—George Orwell

“One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: The only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.”—William Carlos Williams

“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy—indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self-satisfaction.”—William Osler

“Let him who would move the world, first move himself.”—Socrates

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”—Winston Churchill

“If you hug to yourself any resentment against anybody else, you destroy the bridge by which God would come to you.”—Peter Marshall

“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.”—Thomas Goodwin

Faith—is the Pierless Bridge
Supporting what We see
Unto the Scene that We do not—
Too slender for the eye
    —Emily Dickinson

“In South Africa, they dig for diamonds. Tons of earth are moved to find a little pebble not as large as a little fingernail. The miners are looking for the diamonds, not the dirt. They are willing to lift all the dirt in order to find the jewels. In daily life, people forget this principle and become pessimists because there is more dirt than diamonds. When trouble comes, don’t be frightened by the negatives. Look for the positives and dig them out. They are so valuable it doesn’t matter if you have to handle tons of dirt.”—David Seabury

“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”—Unknown

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … we must do that which we think we cannot.”—Eleanor Roosevelt 

"You don't have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing."--John Piper 

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”—Leo J. Suenens

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”—attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.”—William Wordsworth

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”—Nido Qubein

“It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.”—Andrew J. Holmes


October 2012

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”—J.K. Rowling

“Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.”—John Wanamaker

“Life is all about choices. How many people are trapped in their everyday habits: part numb, part frightened, part indifferent? To have a better life we must keep choosing how we’re living.”—Albert Einstein

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”—George Sand

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”—Winston Churchill

“As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot.”—Ray Kroc

“To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.”—Winston Churchill

“It’s never crowded along the extra mile.”—Wayne Dyer

“What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.”—Theodore Roethke, American poet

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”—Shannon L. Alder

“You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”—Mahatma Gandhi

“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.”—Winston Churchill

“The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.”—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.”—Winston Churchill

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”—Winston Churchill

“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that, then I realized I was somebody.”—Lily Tomlin

“Can anything be sadder than work unfinished? Yes, work never begun.”—Christina Rossetti

“The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.”—Zig Ziglar

“The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person.”—Norman Vincent Peale

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”—John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“You have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”—Winston Churchill


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