Thought of the Day


“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.”—Thomas Merton

January 2020

“If you make it plain you like people, it’s hard for them to resist liking you back.”—Lois McMaster Bujold

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”—Arthur Ashe

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”—Lyndon B. Johnson

“It seems rather incongruous that in a society of super sophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.”—Erma Bombeck

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”—Leo Tolstoy

“The reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.”—Napoleon Bonaparte

“One day man's wisdom will come not out of books but from the presence of the living God, and our Earth will glow brighter than the sun, and there will be no more sadness.”—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”—Franklin Roosevelt

“Men have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less.”—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“There are at least a billion people in this world who’ll consider their prayers answered if they could switch places with you.”—Sam Harris

“When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.”—attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”—Albert Einstein

“Slow but steady wins the race.”—Aesop

“A good marriage is one in which each spouse secretly thinks he or she got the better deal, and this is true also of our friendships.”—Anne Lamott

“The true test of intelligence is not how much you know how to do, it’s how you behave when you don’t know what to do.”—John Holt

“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”—Peter Marshall

“He conquers who endures.”—Persius

“Faith is the courage to accept acceptance, to accept that God loves me as I am and not as I should be, because I’m never going to be as I should be.”—Paul Tillich

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.”—Helen Keller

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

“If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?”—David Livingstone

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.”—Mother Teresa

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”—Denis Waitley

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”—Norman Macewen

December 2019

“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

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”—Amelia Earhart

“One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.”—Amy Carmichael

“You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.”—Adoniram Judson

“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

“Anywhere, provided it be forward.”—David Livingstone

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

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

“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 as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”—Janice Maeditere

“Peace on earth will come to stay,

When we live Christmas every day.”

—Helen Steiner Rice

“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”—Charles Dickens

“Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.”—Dale Evans Rogers

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

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”—C. S. Lewis

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“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.”—Gen. Douglas MacArthur

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 progress? Saying, “Be thou cast into the sea,” we will march on. Soldiers of Jesus! Never surrender!—C. T. Studd

God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on Him.—Hudson Taylor

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

“Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and living process.”—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”—Mandy Hale

“If you’ve made a habit of communing with God when the sun is shining, you’ll find it much easier to sing in the rain.”—Bill Pannell

“Someday is not a day of the week.”—Unknown

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

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

“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

“Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”—General George Patton

“The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.”—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot.”—Ray Kroc

November 2019

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”—Nido Qubein

“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

“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

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”—Pele

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

If I knew you and you knew me,

If both of us could clearly see,

And with an inner sight divine

The meaning of your heart and mine,

I’m sure that we would differ less,

And clasp our hands in friendliness;

Our thoughts would pleasantly agree

If I knew you and you knew me.

—Nixon Waterman

“If you hug to yourself any resentment against anybody else, you destroy the bridge by which God would come to you.”—Peter Marshall

“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

O, blessed is that man of whom some soul can say,

“He was an inspiration along life’s toilsome way,

A well of sparkling water, a fountain flowing free,

Forever like his Master, in tenderest sympathy.”


“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

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”—C. S. Lewis

“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

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”―J. K. Rowling

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”—W. T. Purkiser

“That which we are, we are all the while teaching, not voluntarily, but involuntarily.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” —C. S. Lewis

Stand upright, speak thy thought, declare

The truth thou hast that all may share;

Be bold, proclaim it everywhere;

They only live who dare.

—Lewis Morris

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.”—C. S. Lewis

“Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.”—David Thomas

“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

“A man of courage flees forward in the midst of new things.”—Jacques Maritain

Grow old along with me!

The best is yet to be,

The last of life, for which the first was made;

Our times are in His hand

Who saith, “A whole I planned,

Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”

—Robert Browning

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

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grow flowers, not thunder.”—Rumi

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

“There is someone that I love even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is … me.”—C. S. Lewis

“Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?”—Marcus Aurelius

“Every Christian has his own particular bit of Christ’s radiance and Christ’s fragrance which God would pass through him to others. God has given you a particular kind of personality. He has also created a particular circle of individuals who can be reached and touched by that personality as by none other in the world. And then He shapes and orders your life so as to bring you into contact with that very circle.”—James H. McConkey

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

“It is not enough to know, we must also apply; it is not enough to will, we must also do.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

October 2019

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”—Maya Angelou

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”—Albert Einstein

Lord, give me eyes that I may see, lest I as people will,

Should pass someone’s Calvary and think it just a hill.


“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 Paul XXIII

“We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.”—George Washington

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.”—Ernest Hemingway

“The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen, but are to be lived.”—S. Kierkegaard

“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.”—Dean Acheson

“Difficulties increase the nearer we come to our aim.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“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

“Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.”—Tim O’Reilly

“One need only grow old to become gentler in one’s judgments. I see no fault committed which I could not have committed myself.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“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

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

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”—Pope John Paul II

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

“It is a great error to take oneself for more than one is, or for less than one is worth.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“One cannot help being old, but one can resist being aged.”—Lord Samuel

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

“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

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

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.”—Gerard Way

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”—Jon Stewart

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is like saying ‘I don’t want to.'”—Lao Tzu

“Happy the man who improves other people not only when he is in their presence but even when he is in their thoughts.”—Seneca

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”—Benjamin Franklin

“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

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”—Margaret Shepherd

“No one ever said on their deathbed, ‘Gee, I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer.’”—Danielle Berry

“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

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.”—Arthur Christopher Benson

September 2019

“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.”—Zig Ziglar

“An education is not so much about making a living as making a person.”—Tara Westover

“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.

“So many people spend so much of their life energy “sweating the small stuff” that they completely lose touch with the magic and beauty of life.”—Richard Carlson

“Christianity is realistic because it says that if there is no truth, there is also no hope.”—Francis A. Schaeffer

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”—Mark Twain

“Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful, and magical humans on earth. For what they believe is what they will become.”—Brooke Hampton

“Do not say you don’t have time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa.”—Jackson Brown

“Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.”—Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”—Niels Bohr

“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 pain passes, but the beauty remains.”—Pierre Auguste Renoir

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”—Former Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki

“Efficiency comes from making progress on your to-do list. Growth comes from moving forward on your to-be list.”—Adam Grant

“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

“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.”—Ted Williams

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

“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

“Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“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

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great!”—O. S. Marden

“If you love someone, everything is negotiable. If you don’t, everything is a door.”—Carrie Fisher

“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!”—Eubie Blake

“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”—Malcolm X

“Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.”—C. S. Lewis

“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

“If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that it may be said to possess him.”—Francis Bacon

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”—Martin Luther

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”—Henry Ford

“The best way out is always through.”—Robert Frost

August 2019

“We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.”—Amos Bronson Alcott

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

“Govern thy life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other.”—Thomas Fuller

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.”—Socrates

“Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God.”—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

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.”—David Star Jordan

“[T]he taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us by allowing an abatement.”—Benjamin Franklin

“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”—Marcus Aurelius

“Live as though you’re living a second time and as though the first time you lived, you did it wrong, and now you’re trying to do things right.”—Viktor Frankl

“Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”—George Herbert

“Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.”—Thomas Carlyle

“Not facing a fire doesn’t put it out.”—Tennessee Williams

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”—Sydney Harris

“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 first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But ... the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.”—Christian Gellert

“The greatness of a man can nearly always be measured by his willingness to be kind.”—G. Young

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”— George S. Patton

“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

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

“You are not the work you do; you are the person you are.”—Toni Morrison

“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”—Mignon McLaughlin

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”—Lena Horne

“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

“You can do anything, but not everything.”—David Allen

“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

“Anywhere, provided it be forward.”—David Livingstone

“Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”—Mark Twain

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”—Jonathan Swift

July 2019

“It is never too late to give up your prejudices.”—Henry David Thoreau

“When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.”—Thomas Szasz

“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

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

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”—Zig Ziglar

Before God’s footstool to confess

A poor soul knelt and bowed his head.

“I failed,” he wailed.

The Master said, “Thou did’st thy best—that is success.”

—Henry Coyle

“A belief is something you will argue about. A conviction is something you will die for.”—Howard Hendricks

“Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.”—Will Rogers

“To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.”—Walt Whitman

“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

“Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.”—Arthur Helps

“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.”—David Bowie

“The difference between where you are and where God wants you to be may be the painful decision you refuse to make.”—Craig Groeschel

“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

“Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”—Orison Swett Marden

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”—Jane Goodall

“Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life.”—Jackie Robinson

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.”—John C. Maxwell

“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”—Catherine M. Wallace

“The sanest people, I think, are those happily unafflicted with ambition—whether for power, wealth, fame or achievement—who want only to work at some useful job, to love someone and to live in a nice place with some wind chimes on the porch.”—Tim Kreider

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”—Michael Jordan

“The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it.”―Henry David Thoreau

“Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.”—François de La Rochefoucauld

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

“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 it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”—Og Mandino

“The future is not some place we are going to but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made.”—John Schaar

There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.—Ulysses S. Grant

“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

“We may not be able to give much but we can always give the joy that springs in a heart that is in love with God.”—Mother Teresa

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”—Tom Landry

June 2019

“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

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”—Albert Pine

“Laughter is to life what shock absorbers are to automobiles: It won’t take the potholes out of the road, but it sure makes the ride smoother.”—Barbara Johnson

“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

“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

“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

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

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

“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

“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

“Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.”—Henry Ward Beecher

“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

He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool forever.—Tom Connelly

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.—Henry Ford

Life is divided into three terms—that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.—William Wordsworth

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.—Amelia Earhart

The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.—John Steinbeck

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only interests.—John Stuart Mill

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.—Robert Schuller

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.—Charles Buxton

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

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

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

Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.—Diana Rankin

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

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

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”—Anaïs Nin

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.—Charles Lamb

“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”—Queen Elizabeth II

May 2019

When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity.—Albert Einstein

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.—Thomas Jefferson

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”—Helen Keller

The most damaging phrase in the language is: “It’s always been done that way.”—Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.—John Adams

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.—Arthur James Balfour

When others kid me about being bald, I simply tell them that the way I figure it, the good Lord only gave men so many hormones, and if others want to waste theirs on growing hair, that’s up to them.—John Glenn

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”—Walt Whitman

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”—Dr. Seuss

“If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.”—Aaron Sorkin

If it was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called labor.—Anonymous

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”—Dwight Eisenhower

“To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.”—Paul Ehrlich

"What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others."—Anonymous

“Nowadays, people can be divided into three classes—the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-Not-Paid-for-What-They-Haves.”—Earl Wilson

“The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.”—Aristotle

Dear is my friend, but my foe too

Is friendly to my good;

My friend the thing shows I can do,

My foe the thing I should.

—Johann C. F. von Schiller

“We are not retreating; we are advancing in another direction.”—General Douglas MacArthur

“The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”—John Ruskin

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”—Rabindranath Tagore

“Why wait? Life is not a dress rehearsal. Quit practicing what you're going to do, and just do it. In one bold stroke you can transform today.”—Marilyn Grey

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

“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded."—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world—and might even be more difficult to save.”—C. S. Lewis

“Freedom is the right to do what you ought to do.”—Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.”—Elbert Hubbard

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”—C. S. Lewis

“Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”—John F. Kennedy

April 2019

"It is an undoubted truth, that the less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in."—Lord Chesterfield

“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

“It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”—Moliere

“The baby rises to its feet, takes a step, is overcome with triumph and joy—and falls flat on its face. It is a pattern for all that is to come! But learn from the bewildered baby. Lurch to your feet again. You'll make the sofa in the end.”—Pam Brown

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”—Stephen King

“Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.”—Dale Carnegie

We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, "Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to someone's plea. You have a part to play. Have faith." We can decide to risk that He is indeed there, watching, caring, cherishing us as we love and accept love. The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance.—Joan Wester Anderson

“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”—George Washington Carver

“Be open to learning new lessons, even if they contradict the lessons you learned yesterday.”—Ellen DeGeneres

Bear up, bear on, the end shall tell

The dear Lord ordereth all things well.

—John Greenleaf Whittier

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”—Maya Angelou

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

“To do anything of value, we have to take risks. And with risk comes fear. If we accept it as the price of progress, then we can take appropriate risks that yield great reward.”—John C. Maxwell

“It is easier to produce ten volumes of philosophical writings than to put one principle into practice.”—Leo Tolstoy

“If the Father deigns to touch with divine power the cold pulseless heart of the buried acorn and to make it burst forth from its prison walls, will He leave neglected in the earth the soul of man made in the image of the Creator? If He stoops to give the rosebush, whose withered blossoms float upon the summer breezes, the sweet assurance of another springtime, will He refuse the words of hope to the sons of men when the frosts of winter come? If matter, mute and inanimate, though changed by the forces of nature into the multitude of forms, can never die, will the spirit of man suffer annihilation when it has paid a brief visit like a royal guest to this tenement of clay? No! I am sure that there is another life as that I live today.”—William Jennings Bryan

“A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver.”—Eleanor Hamilton

At this stage in life there’s no doubt

I’ve far less future and far more past

But at least I’ve figured out

Make each day count and make it last.

—Russ Towne

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”—Charlotte Brontë

“The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?”—Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.”—Eric Thomas

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”—Bertrand Russell

“We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.”—Blaise Pascal|

We cannot make bargains for blisses,

Nor catch them like fishes in nets;

And sometimes the thing our life misses

Helps more than the thing which it gets.

For good lieth not in pursuing,

Nor gaining of great nor of small,

But just in the doing, and doing

As we would be done by is all.

—Alice Cary

More things are wrought by prayer

Than this world dreams of.

—Alfred Tennyson

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”—Jim Rohn

There was a man, though some did count him mad,

The more he cast away, the more he had.

—From The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more; all good things will be yours.—Swedish Proverb

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

“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.”—Dale Carnegie

March 2019

I held it truth, with him who sings

To one clear harp in diverse tones

That men may rise on stepping stones

Of their dead selves to higher things.

—Alfred Tennyson

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”—Mignon McLaughlin

“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”—Zig Ziglar

“Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming.”—Anthony Robbins

“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”—Christopher Parker

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

“It is a mistake to suppose that any technological innovation has a one-sided effect. Every technology is both a burden and a blessing; not either-or, but both-and. Nothing could be more obvious, especially to those who have given more than two minutes of thought to the matter. Nonetheless, we are currently surrounded by throngs of one-eyed prophets who see only what new technologies can do and are incapable of imagining what they will undo. They gaze on technology as a lover does on his beloved, seeing it as without blemish and entertaining no apprehension for the future.”—Neil Postman

Dark waters blossom white in breaking,

High souls are made in the unmaking.

—Charles Fox

“Keep your face always towards sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.”—Walt Whitman

“If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world.”—Emmet Fox

“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”—Henry David Thoreau

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”―John C. Maxwell

Sow thou sorrow and thou shalt reap it;

Sow thou joy and thou shalt keep it.

—Richard Watson Gilder

“Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.”—Annie Besant

“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”—T. S. Eliot

“What ails the truth is that it is mainly uncomfortable, and often dull. The human mind seeks something more amusing, and more caressing.”—H. L. Mencken

“Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few more upon it.”—Albert Schweitzer

Still raise for good the supplicating voice,

But leave to Heaven the measure and the choice.

—Dr. Samuel Johnson

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”—Seneca

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”—James M. Barrie

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood ... who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and ... if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”―John C. Maxwell

“You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.”—Alexander Den Heijer

“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”—Henry J. Kaiser

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”—Elbert Hubbard

“Perhaps the biggest mistake I made in the past was that I believed love was about finding the right person. In reality, love is about becoming the right person. Don’t look for the person you want to spend your life with. Become the person you want to spend your life with.”—Neil Strauss

“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.”—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”—Bessie Stanley

“A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”—Brian Tracy

“Take the attitude of a student. Never be too big to ask questions. Never know too much to learn something new.”—Og Mandino

February 2019

“Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.”—Henry David Thoreau

Some of your hurts you have cured,

And the sharpest you still have survived,

But what torments of grief you endured

From the evils which never arrived.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.”—Edmund Burke

“By the work one knows the workmen.”—Jean De La Fontaine

“In the spiritual life, the battlefield is the mind. A mind filled and saturated with the Word of God is a mighty weapon in the hand of the God of that Word.”—Adrian Rogers

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”—Henry Van Dyke

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”—Sydney J. Harris

“Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.”—Margaret Fuller

“I’ve never met a person, I don’t care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don’t care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life at any time he is ready and prepared to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it.”—Preston Bradley

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”—St. Augustine

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.”—Jodie Foster

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

“It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.”—Samuel Smiles

“Keep your eyes on the prize.”—Alex Wine

“The whole world is a series of miracles, but we are so used to them we call them ordinary things.”—Hans Christian Andersen

We shall do so much in the years to come,

But what have we done today?

We shall give our gold in a princely sum,

But what did we give today?

We shall lift the heart and shall dry the tear,

We shall plant a hope in the place of fear,

We shall speak the words of love and cheer;

But what did we speak today?

We shall be so kind in the afterwhile,

But what have we done today?

We shall bring to each lonely life a smile,

But what have we brought today?

We shall give the truth a far grander birth,

And to steadfast faith a much deeper worth,

We shall feed the hung’ring souls of earth;

But whom have we fed today?

We shall reap such joys in the by and by,

But what have we sown today?

We shall build us mansions up in the sky,

But what have we built today?

Oh, how sweet it is in fond dreams to bask,

But right here and now we must do our task.

Yes, this is the thing our souls must ask,

“Just what have we done today?”


“It takes a long time to grow an old friend.”—John Leonard

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”—Bertrand Russell

“For myself I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”—Winston Churchill

“What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence.”—Samuel Johnson

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

“Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.”—James Russell Lowell

“Success ... seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”—Conrad Hilton

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”—Benjamin Franklin

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”—Goethe

What matter will it be, O mortal man, when thou art dying,

Whether upon a throne or on the bare earth thou art lying?

—From the Persian

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”—William Shakespeare

“A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.”—Caskie Stinnett

January 2019

“I want the world to be better because I was here. I want my life, my work, my family to mean something. If you are not making someone else’s life better you are wasting your time. Your life will only become better by helping make other lives better.”—Will Smith

“Forever is composed of nows.”—Emily Dickinson

“Little by little, one travels far.”—J. R. R. Tolkien

“Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.”—Erich Fromm

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”—Albert Schweitzer

The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.—Bertrand Russell

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”—Sir James M. Barrie

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”—Marcel Proust

“Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice.”—Will Durant

“When Christians understand heaven is an exciting physical place on a redeemed world with redeemed people in redeemed relationships without sin and death, where there is music, art, science, sports, literature, and culture, it’s a great source of encouragement and motivation.”—Randy Alcorn

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

“It’s true that charisma can make a person stand out for a moment, but character sets a person apart for a lifetime.”—John C. Maxwell

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.—William Feather

“It is a good thing to be without a trouble; but it is a better thing to have a trouble, and know how to get grace enough to bear it.”—Charles Spurgeon

“Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”—Elbert Hubbard

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”—Leonardo da Vinci

“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?”—D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Life is an escalator: You can move forward or backward; you cannot remain still.”—Patricia Russell-McCloud

“It makes a difference if you walk in the door saying, ‘I’m going to love it here,’ or you walk in the door saying, ‘This place is going to suck.’”—Anthony Bourdain

“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”—Carl Sandburg

“When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it.”—Paul “Bear” Bryant

“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent—no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.”—Seneca

“The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.”—Aldous Huxley

“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”—Epictetus

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

When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead with it and make trial after trial until it comes.—Thomas A. Edison

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”—Booker T. Washington

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”—Tom Robbins

“Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.”—Jack Lemmon

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 2018

“Movements are like this. They are grassroots, often underground, and they start with crazy people who are willing to believe in the impossible. Movements never start in corporate offices with executives drawing up a master plan … if we truly want to see the world changed, we must begin as a band of madmen, welcoming other crazy people who want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.”—Neil Cole

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”—Dr. Seuss

Search thine own heart. What paineth thee

In others in thyself may be;

All dust is frail, all flesh is weak;

Be thou the true man thou dost seek.

—John Greenleaf Whittier

When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry,

To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations,

To bring peace among people,

To make music in the heart.

—Howard Thurman

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”—William Pollard

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

“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”—Helen Keller

“There is no need to plead that the love of God shall fill our heart as though he were unwilling to fill us. He is willing as light is willing to flood a room that is opened to its brightness; willing as water is willing to flow into an emptied channel. Love is pressing round us on all sides like air. Cease to resist, and instantly love takes possession.”—Amy Carmichael

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”—Abraham Lincoln

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.”—Daniel Burnham

“History teaches, but it has no pupils.”—Antonio Gramsci

It is easy to die for Christ.

It is hard to live for Him.

Dying takes only an hour or two,

But to live for Christ

Means to die daily.

Only during the few years of this life

Are we given the privilege of serving

Each other and Christ…

We shall have heaven forever,

But only a short time for service here,

And therefore we must not waste the opportunity.

—Sadhu Sundar Singh

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

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”—Edmund Hillary

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.”—Bertrand Russell

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.”—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

“For myself I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”—Sir Winston Churchill

What secret trouble stirs thy heart?

Why all this fret and flurry?

Dost thou not know that what is best

In this too restless world is rest

From overwork and hurry?

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible.”—Shiv Khera

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”—Theodore Isaac Rubin

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

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”—Ronald Reagan

“None think the great unhappy but the great.”—Edward Young

“One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.”—Josh Billings

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”—Peter Ustinov

“Most people spend time trying to be someone important, instead of doing something important.”—Darren Hardy

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”—Rabindranath Tagore

November 2018

“A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one at all would find fault with what he has done.”—Cardinal Newman

“I look forward to a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.”—John F. Kennedy

“The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.”—Rita Mae Brown

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”—Mark Twain

May every soul that touches mine—

Be it the slightest contact—get therefrom some good,

Some little grace, one kindly thought,

One inspiration yet unfelt, one bit of courage

For the darkening sky, one gleam of faith

To brave the thickening ills of life,

One glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists,

To make this life worthwhile,

And heaven a surer heritage.

—George Eliot

“Have the humility to learn from those around you.”—John C. Maxwell

“To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity.”--Steven Brust

“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. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”—Melody Beattie

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.”—Groucho Marx

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use, [and] nothing is less important than which fork you use.”—Emily Post

“If you would be loved, love, and be lovable.”—Ben Franklin

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”—John C. Maxwell

“The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest and then becomes a host, and then a master.”—Khalil Gibran

“Treat everyone you meet as though they’re the most important person you’ll meet that day.”—Roger Dawson

“Selfless service has always been one of the most powerful methods of influence.”—Stephen Covey

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself!”—George Bernard Shaw

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”—William Ellery Channing

“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.”—Lillian Hellman

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

“Experts agree that the best type of computer for your individual needs is one that comes on the market about two days after you actually purchase some other computer.”—Dave Barry

“The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.”—Cicero

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”—Henry Ward Beecher

Another day God gives me, pure and white.

How can I make it holy in his sight?

Small means have I and but a narrow sphere,

Yet work is round me, for he placed me here.

How can I serve thee, Lord? Open mine eyes;

Show me the duty that around me lies.

“The house is small, but human hearts are there,

And for this day at least beneath thy care.

Someone is sad—then speak a word of cheer;

Someone is lonely—make him welcome here;

Someone has failed—protect him from despair;

Someone is poor—there’s something you can spare!

“Thine own heart’s sorrow mention but in prayer,

And carry sunshine with thee everywhere.

The little duties do with all thine heart

And from things sordid keep a mind apart;

Then sleep, my child, and take a well-earned rest,

In blessing others thou thyself art blest!”

—Author unknown

“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”—Leonardo da Vinci

“You would not think any duty small if you yourself were great.”—George MacDonald

“If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”—M. H. Alderson

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”—Anaïs Nin

“I believe that the Christian life is a conversation with God and man. We should live as if the world is listening to what our every action says about the validity of our faith.”—Shaun Groves

“Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.”—Ben Franklin

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

October 2018

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.”—Erich Fromm

“How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?”—Charles Lindbergh

“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

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”—Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

“Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.”—Rita Mae Brown

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have 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

“Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you.”—John C. Maxwell

“Stop seeing the obstacles you face as reasons why you can’t do something. See them as a reason why you can. And celebrate your accomplishments on a daily basis.”—Ali Vincent

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”--C. S. Lewis

“Joy is prayer--Joy is strength--Joy is love--Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”--Mother Teresa

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Slightest actions often meet the sorest needs,

For the world wants daily little kindly deeds;

O, what care and sorrow you may help remove

With your song and courage, sympathy and love.

—Lanta W. Smith

“Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.”—Tom Wilson

“All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.”—Albert Einstein

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”—Doug Larson

“We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.”—Jimmy Carter

“Words are things; and a small drop of ink / Falling like dew upon a thought, produces / That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”—Lord Byron

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”—Sir Winston Churchill

“In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”—Saint Augustine

“How God works in answer to prayer is a mystery that logic cannot penetrate, but that He does work in answer to prayer is gloriously true.”—Oswald Chambers

“The best way out is always through.”—Robert Frost

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.”—Rudyard Kipling

“Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”—Will Durant

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.”—Bernard M. Baruch

“One moment of patience may ward off a great disaster; one moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.”—Chinese Proverb

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.”—Mahatma Gandhi

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”—Emily Dickinson

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

“Today I escaped from the crush of circumstances, or better put, I threw them out, for the crush wasn’t from outside me but in my own assumptions.”—Marcus Aurelius

September 2018

“We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.”—John C. Maxwell

“Status quo is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in.’”—A Texas farmer

“We feel unhappy and confused with our life when we don’t do the focus or calling that God has on our life.”--John C. Maxwell

“Trouble is part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.”—Dinah Shore

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”—Aldous Huxley

“Life is like a great big grinding wheel. Whether it wears you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of.”—Author Unknown

“There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.”—Richard Feynman

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”—Sally Koch

The world is full of beauty,

As other worlds above;

And if we did our duty

It might be full of love.

—Gerald Massey

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.”—Sophocles

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”—George Bernard Shaw

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“I will keep constant watch over myself and—most usefully—will put each day up for review... Let us balance life’s books each day.”—Seneca

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.”—Samuel Johnson

“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

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.”—H. L. Mencken

“The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second is disastrous.”—Margot Fonteyn

“I live by this credo: Have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough.”—Red Skelton

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.”—Kahlil Gibran

“Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.”—Henry Kissinger

“Music is a strange thing. I would almost say it is a miracle. For it stands halfway between thought and phenomenon, between spirit and matter.”—Heinrich Heine

“God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.”—Mother Teresa

“At the center of the universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.”—Fred Rogers

“Persistent love—like the dripping of water on a rock—can wear away a person’s resistance. It’s nearly impossible to stay angry with or emotionally distant from someone who unconditionally loves you.”—Gary Smalley

“The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.”—Fred Rogers

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

“The reason the mainstream is referred to as a stream is because of its shallowness.”—George Carlin

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”—Robin Williams

“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.”—Will Rogers

August 2018

“It is expressly at those times when we feel needy that we will benefit the most from giving.”—Ruth Ross

“The smile is the shortest distance between two people.”—Victor Borge

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

“It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand.”—Madeleine L’engle

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”—William Arthur Ward

“Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.”—Author unknown.

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.”—Unknown

“Kindness is showing someone they matter.”—Unknown

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”—Benjamin Disraeli

“If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.”—Erma Bombeck

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” —Kahlil Gibran

“Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.”—Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is a lot more to life than just struggling to make money.”—Ann Richards

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

“Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it—likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes, whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.”—Viktor E. Frankl

“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

“A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.”—Charles Evans Hughes

“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what’s going to happen to us with both a Senate and a House?”—Will Rogers

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”—Wayne Dyer

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; Some blunders and absurdities 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

“From what we get, we can make a living: what we give, however, makes a life.”—Arthur Ashe

“All the absurd little meetings, decisions, inner skirmishes that go to make up our days. It all adds up to very little, and yet it adds up to very much. Our days are full of nonsense, and yet not, because it is precisely into the nonsense of our days that God speaks to us words of great significance--not words that are written in the stars but words that are written into the raw stuff and nonsense of our days, which are not nonsense just because God speaks into the midst of them. And the words that he says, to each of us differently, are be brave…be merciful…feed my lambs…press on toward the goal.”--Frederick Buechner

“He who does not know where he is heading will take the longest time to get there.”—Chinese Proverb

“What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.”—Henry Van Dyke

“Nothing is so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”—Peter Drucker

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”—Robert Byrne

“There are no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”—Scott Adams

“The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves.”—P. D. James

“I never lie down at night without reflecting that—young as I am—I may not live to see another day.”—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

July 2018

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”—Walt Whitman

“Say what you mean, mean what you say, and do not be mean when you say it.”—Meryl Runion

“The information we consume matters just as much as the food we put in our body. It affects our thinking, our behavior, how we understand our place in the world. And how we understand others.”—Evan Williams

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

“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”—Malachy McCourt

“Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”—Charles M. Schultz

"The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do."—Sir James M. Barrie

“Decisions determine destiny.”—Frederick Speakman

“Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.”—Albert Schweitzer

“Four little words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.”—A. Lou Vickery

“Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats before you and no crowds shout your name.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.”—Samuel Ullman

“You have the capacity to choose what you think about. If you choose to think about past hurts, you will continue to feel bad. While it’s true you can’t change the effect past influences had on you once, you can change the effect they have on you now.”—Gary McKay, Ph.D.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”—Dolly Parton

“Don’t just do something, sit there! Sit there long enough each morning to decide what is really important during the day ahead.”—Richard Eyre

“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so the world will at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.”—Rabbi Harold Kushner

“Deeds, not stones, are the true monuments of the great.”—John L. Motley

“Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.”—Charles Swindoll

“You have said it thousands of times I am sure: you will never know what you can do until you try. However, the sad truth is that most people never try anything until they know they can do it.”—Bob Proctor

“If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can’t buy.”-–Author Unknown

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”—Martin Luther

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”—Frederick Douglass

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

“I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.”—Marie Curie

“Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.”—Charles M. Schwab

“He who would travel happily must travel light.”—Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.”—Edward R. Murrow

“What separates those who achieve from those who do not is in direct proportion to one’s ability to ask others for help.”—Donald Keough

“The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.”—Thurgood Marshall

“The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.”—Joan Borysenko

June 2018

“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”—Mitch Albom

“Life is a place of service. Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”—Leo Tolstoy

“Nowadays people are born to find fault. When they look at Achilles, they see only his heel.”—Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

“Most time is wasted, not in hours, but in minutes. A bucket with a small hole in the bottom gets just as empty as a bucket that is deliberately emptied.”—Paul J. Meyer

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”—John Barrymore

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress.”—Mark Twain

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”—Abraham Lincoln

“Love is a medicine for the sickness of the world; a prescription often given, too rarely taken.”—Karl A. Menninger

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”—Sir Winston Churchill

“I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere that I needed to be.”—Douglas Adams

“Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.”—Lily Tomlin

“Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.”—Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Make one person happy each day and in 40 years you will have made 14,600 human beings happy for a little time at least.”—Charley Willey

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”—Dr. Albert Schweitzer

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”—Bob Hope

“The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.”—George Eliot

“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”—Francis Maitland Balfour

“The course of human history consists of a series of encounters ... in which each man or woman or child ... is challenged by God to make [the] free choice between doing God’s will and refusing to do it. When Man refuses, he is free to make his refusal and to take the consequences.”—Arnold Joseph Toynbee

“Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.”—Alan Kay

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”—Helen Keller

“To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.”—Will Durant

“You can use most any measure when you’re speaking of success. You can measure it in a fancy home, expensive car or dress. But the measure of your real success is one you cannot spend—it’s the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.”—Martin Baxbaum

“God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage.

“Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of community with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to Your honor and glory.”—St. Augustine

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

“Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.”—Author unknown

“Don’t wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’”—George Herbert

"The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.”—Socrates

“Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.”—William Arthur Ward

“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”—John Wooden

May 2018

Success comes in a can... "I can!”—Wally Amos, Founder of Famous Amos Cookies

“We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who hope that their dreams will come true.”—Woodrow Wilson

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”—William Arthur Ward

“Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it—likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes, whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.”—Viktor E. Frankl

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you, you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living”—General Omar Bradley

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”—Mark Twain

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.”—Samuel Johnson

“No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.”—Dorothy Day

“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.”—John C. Maxwell

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”—Abraham Lincoln

“Confidence is positive and empowering, but arrogance is deadly. Be confident, but not at the expense of your respect for others. Don’t burn up all your energy proving how great you are. Invest your time and energy being thoughtful and helpful.”—Ralph Marston

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.”—Henry Ward Beecher

“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

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”—Robert Louis Stevenson

“Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.”—Charles “Tremendous” Jones

“You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine but not health; knowledge but not wisdom; glitter, but not beauty; fun, but not joy; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; leisure, but not peace. You can have the husk of everything for money, but not the kernel.”—Arne Garborg

“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.”—Marcus Aurelius

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”—Thomas Paine

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”—Muhammad Ali

“It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier.”—Thomas Robert Gaines

“This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.”—Betty Reese

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”—Anne Bradstreet

“A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.”—Albert Schweitzer

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”—Mark Twain

“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.”—Galileo Galilei

“Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.”—Franklin Pierce Adams

“When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.”—Dwight David Eisenhower

“The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B.”—James Yorke

April 2018

“Every man is the builder of a temple called his body.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Just as an oak tree grows from a little acorn so does great character grow from a great many decisions that may at the time seem very minor.”—Ben M. Herbster

“Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. If it’s important to you, and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it—and correct your course along the way.”—Tim Ferriss

“There never was night that had no morn.”—Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

“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

“A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!”—Thomas a Kempis

“No man is really wise until he is kind and courteous.”—Charles Haas

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.”—Tom Landry

“Kind thoughts are rarer than either kind words or deeds. They imply a great deal of thinking about others. This in itself is rare. But they also imply a great deal of thinking about others without the thoughts being criticisms. This is rarer still.”—Frederick William Faber

“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”—Thomas A. Edison

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.”—Betty Bender

“My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. Nothing is easier than fault-finding. All it will do is discolor my personality so that none will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more.”—Og Mandino

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Silence, for our spiritual life, is like the space inside the body of a violin: it is what allows the music to resonate.”—Fr. John Bartunek

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.”—Thomas Merton

“Most of us tend to suffer from ‘agenda anxiety,’ the feeling that what we want to say to others is more important than what we think they might want to say to us.”—Nido Qubein

“If only we could realize while we’re yet mortals that day by day we are building for eternity, how different our lives in many ways would be. Every gentle word, every generous thought, every unselfish deed will become a pillar of eternal beauty in the life to come.”—Rebecca Springer

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”—John Lennon

“It seems rather incongruous that in a society of super sophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners."—Erma Bombeck

“I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do—act from love!”—Patch Adams

“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only a part of the first.”—Anna Quindlen

“It does good also to take walks out of doors, that our spirits may be raised and refreshed by the open air and fresh breeze.”—Seneca

“Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”—General George S. Patton

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”—Nelson Mandela

“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

“Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them.”—Bill Kelly

“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, former chaplain of the United States Senate

“You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside your comfort zone.”—Percy Cerutty

“In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime—the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps …the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen—nothing else matters.”—Jaroslav Pelikan

March 2018

“Nothing, I am sure, calls forth the faculties so much as the being obliged to struggle with the world.”—Mary Wollstonecraft

“Kindness is always fashionable.”—Amelia Barr

“A man can do only what a man can do. But if he does that each day, he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.”—Albert Schweitzer

“If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.”—Lois McMaster Bujold

“Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet.”—Author Unknown

“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”—Albert Einstein

“Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.”—Annie Besant

“Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him.”—Erich Fromm

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”—Jean Paul Richter

“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

“If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches.”—Rainer Maria Rilke

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.”—Thomas Jefferson

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”—George Orwell

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”—Max Planck

“Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.”—Erich Fromm

“A man should always consider ... how much more unhappy he might be than he is.”—Joseph Addison

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.”—Bertrand Russell

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”—Tom Robbins

“Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.”—Maya Angelou

“If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”—M. H. Alderson

“He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.”—Victor Hugo

“Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today you can do it again tomorrow.”—James Michener

“Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.”—Unknown

“There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.”—Josh Billings

“Everybody has difficult years, but a lot of times the difficult years end up being the greatest years of your whole entire life, if you survive them.”—Brittany Murphy

“Little by little, one travels far.”—J. R. R. Tolkien

“I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people; to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole.”—Lauren Oliver

“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

“We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.”—Mark Twain

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”—Robert Byrne

February 2018

Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock.—Will Rogers

“Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.”—Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.”—Robert Byrne

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.”—Robert H. Schuller

“It is never too late to be what you might been.”—George Eliot

“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 them 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”—Theodore Roosevelt

There is no such thing as a “self-made” man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.—George Burton Adams

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

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

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”—Shauna Niequist

“My course is set for an uncharted sea.”—Dante Alighieri

“Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn’t have in your home.”—David Frost

“Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through.”—Jarod Kintz

“The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.”—Aesop

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”—Bob Hope

“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

“The more you observe politics, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other.”—Will Rogers

“The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.”—Thomas Paine

“Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.”—Kenneth Hildebrand

“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

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

“The best way out is always through.”—Robert Frost

“When considering the consequences of not doing the little things, you realize there are no little things.”—Brad Stevens

“The only thing I know that truly heals people is unconditional love.”—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver.”—Eleanor Hamilton

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