Thought of the Day


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

December 2018

“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

January 2018

“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question, “Is it right?”... The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge, moments of great crisis and controversy.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

“There is nothing like a newborn baby to renew your spirit—and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place.”—Virginia Kelley

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”—Rob Siltanen

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

“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

“People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.”—A. J. Liebling

“Little strokes fell great oaks.”—Ben Franklin

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”—Groucho Marx

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”—Sir Winston Churchill

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

“I believe that if you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it.”—Lady Gaga

“Continuous effort, not strength nor intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.”—Winston Churchill

“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.”—William Osler

“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

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

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”—Dr. Thomas Fuller

“You can gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is nothing permanent except change.”—Heraclitus

“The man who lives for himself is a failure; the man who lives for others has achieved true success.”—Norman Vincent Peale

“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 Toynbee

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

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”—Elizabeth Bibesco

“Youth is the first victim of war—the first fruit of peace. It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him.”—Boudewijn I, King of Belgium (1934–1993)

“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

“Most of the world’s work is done by people who don’t feel very well.”—Winston Churchill

“If my life is fruitless, it doesn’t matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn’t matter who criticizes me.”—John Bunyan

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”—Mother Teresa

“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”—Edmund Burke

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

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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