Deep Thoughts


I use a Random Quote plugin to generate the Smart Thoughts you see in the sidebar on this blog. Below is the entire list of those:?

Each place has its own advantages – heaven for the climate, and hell for the society.

— Mark Twain

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

— Anonymous

You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choose the way of life. Choose the way of love. Choose the way of caring…Choose the way of goodness. It’s up to you. It’s your choice.

— Leo Buscaglia

Each time you are honest and conduct yourself with honesty, a success force will drive you toward greater success. Each time you lie, even with a little white lie, there are strong forces pushing you toward failure.

— Joseph Sugarman

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.

— George Bernard Shaw

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.

— John Burroughs

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of other; it is in yourself alone.

— Orison Swett Marden

The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word ‘love’. It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.

— Lydia Maria Child

Life in abundance comes only through great love.

— Elbert Hubbard

IMAGINATION – Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.

— Albert Einstein

Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.

— George Orwell, 1984

We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there….We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.

— Edward Abbey

Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves. Its eternal goal is life.

— Smiley Blanton

The price of success is perseverance. The price of failure comes cheaper.

— Anonymous

We realize that what we are accomplishing is a drop in the ocean. But if this drop were not in the ocean, it would be missed.

— Mother Teresa

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most.

— Pablo Casals

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.

— E.B. White

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

— Arthur C. Clarke

I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving; To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it–but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

One must never be in haste to end a day. There are too few of them in a lifetime.

— Dale Coleman

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

— Ursula K. LeGuin

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.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

— Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

— Albert Einstein

After the verb ‘to love’, the verb ‘to help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world.

— Bertha von Suttner

When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

A person who seeks help for a friend, while needy himself, will be answered first.

— The Talmud

Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.

— Hugh Prather

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.

— Bern Williams

None of us is a smart as all of us.

— Phil Condit

The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes of it.

— John Ruskin

Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break.

— H.G. Wells

He lives long that lives well; and time misspent is not lived, but lost.

— Thomas Fuller

The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.

— Kemp

Shared joy is joy doubled. Shared sorrow is sorrow halved.

— Anonymous

Life is too short to be little.

— Disraeli

Being a true friend is an art…having one, a gift.

— Anonymous

Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it foregoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury.

— Edwin Hubbell Chapin

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Dignity does not consist of possessing honors but, in deserving them.

— Aristotle

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, tolerant of the weak and strong. Because sometime in your life you will have been all of these.

— George Washington Carver

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to him, his own.

— Benjamin Desraeli

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.

— Ethel Barrymore

Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands – a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.

— Sidney Lovett

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.

— Rachael Carson

Everything has its wonders, even the darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

— Helen Keller

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the mpossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.

— Pearl S. Buck

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.

— Henry Emerson Fosdick

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.

— Theodore Isaac Rubin

Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.

— Japanese Proverb

If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears however measured and far away.

— Henry David Thoreau

During my youth, Love will be my teacher – in middle age, my help – and in old age, my delight.

— Kahlil Gibran

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.

— Martha Washington

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

— Albert Einstein

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the son of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life – he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

— Chief Seattle

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.

— John Barrymore

Past the seeker as he prayed, came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them…he cried, Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?…God said, I did do something. I made you.

— Sufi teaching story

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

— Helen Keller

The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.

— Tielhard de Chardin

What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.

— Carl Rogers

Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.

— Joseph Campbell

Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.

— Richard Bach

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.

— Jim Backus

Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.

— James M. Barry

If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.

— Unknown

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

— Marcus Aurelius

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of his freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

— Viktor E. Frankl

Love cures people — both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

— Dr. Karl Menninger

You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you cannot do.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, not touched . . . but are felt in the heart.

— Helen Keller

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.

— Charles Darwin

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

— Abraham Lincoln

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

— Hugh Downs

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

— Pablo Picasso

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy-five and yet not ever truly to have lived.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

— Sam Kenn

don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

— Bill Cosby

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

— Winston Churchill

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.

— Helen Keller

Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

— James Thurber

Life is like riding a bicycle. You don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling.

— Claude Pepper

God created man because he loves stories.

— Elie Wiesel

A disciple once complained, ‘You tell us stories, but you never reveal their meaning to us.’ The master replied, ‘How would you like it if someone offered you fruit and chewed it up for you before giving it to you?’

— Anonymous

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.

— Richard Bach

Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

— Richard Bach, Illusions: Confessions of a Reluctant Messiah

We really don’t learn anything from our experience. We only learn from reflecting on our experience.

— Robert Sinclair

In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.

— Richard Bach

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

— Maya Angelou

You must give time to your fellow men — even if it’s a little thing, do something for others — something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.

— Albert Schweitzer

Teachers are those who use themselves as bridges, over which they invite their students to cross – then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.

— Nikos Kazantzakis

What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?

— George Eliot

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.

— Joseph Addison

I have lived to thank God that all my prayers have not been answered.

— Jean Ingelow

Fear less, hope more – Whine less, breathe more – Talk less, say more – Hate less, love more – And all good things are yours.

— Anonymous

Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve.

— Leonardo da Vinci

Cherish your visions and you dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

— Napolean Hill

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

— Andrew Carnegie

When you learn, teach. When you get, give.

— Maya Angelou

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

— Vernon Saunders Law

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.

— Mother Theresa

If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favorable to him.

— Seneca

You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.

— Unknown

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.

— Sir James Barrie

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

— Naguib Mahfouz

The love we give away is the only love we keep.

— Elbert Hubbard

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, But great actions speak to all mankind.

— Emily P. Bissell

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live.

— Joan Baez

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

— Anais Nin

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

— Samuel Ullman

We are not rich by what we possess but rather by what we can do without.

— Immanuel Kant

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

— Helen Keller

Life does not accommodate, it shatters you. It is meant to, and couldn’t do it better. Every seed destroys its container or else there would be no fruition.

— Florida Scott-Maxwell

t a good person do good deeds with the same zeal that an evil person does bad ones.

— Shalom Rokeach

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere.

— Agnes Repplier

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.

— Rose Kennedy

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.

— Zelda Fitzgerald

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.

— Unknown

Opportunities are usually disguised by hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.

— Ann Landers

Follow your bliss, and doors will open where there were no doors before.

— Joseph Campbell

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

— Jeanne Moreau

We can not do great things — only small things with great love.

— Mother Teresa

How simple it is to see that all the worry in the world cannot control the future. How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now. And that there will never be a time when it is not now.

— Gerald Jampolsky

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.

— Richard Bach, Illusions: Confessions of a Reluctance Messiah

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

— Benjamin Franklin

The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

— Benjamin Franklin

Character is doing what is right when no one is looking.

— J.C. Watts

We are what we repeatly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

— Aristotle

In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.

— Albert Clarke

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is no end to what you can accomplish if (or when) you don’t care who gets the credit.

— Florence Luscomb

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

— Benjamin Franklin

It is better to believe than to disbelieve. In so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.

— Albert Einstein

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

— Thomas Jefferson

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

— C. W. Leadbeater

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

— Eden Phillpotts

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.

— Carl Schurz

No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing it is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.

— Alan Watts

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

— Albert Einstein

The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the others willing to let them.

— Robert Frost

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

— Baltasar Gracian

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

— Corrie Ten Boom

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

— Albert Camus

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.

— Rose Lane

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy.

— Catherine Rippenger Fenwick

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

— Max DuPree

To find in ourselves what makes life worth living is risky business, for it means that once we know we must seek it. It also means that without it, life will be valueless.

— Marsha Sinetar

There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.

— Harold Stephens

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

— Unknown

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

— Kahlil Gibran

The things taught in school are not an education but a means to an education.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.

— Danny Kaye

So long as we love we serve; So long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensible; And no man is useless while he has a friend.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

There is no distance too far between friends, for friendship gives wings to the heart.

— Kathy Kay Benudiz

Think where man’s glory most begins and ends. And say my glory was I had such friends.

— William Butler Yeats

To unparted waters, undreamed shores.

— William Shakespeare

Go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you will see farther.

— Anonymous

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.

— Plato, The Republic

A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.

— Jebodiah Springfield

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

— Albert Schweitzer

Draw in the breath of life, and as you breathe, smile.

— Anonymous

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone; you are the one who gets burned.

— Buddha

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

— Marcus Aurelius

The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts. Think, act and talk negatively and your world will be negative. Think and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive results.

— Michael LeBeuf

The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.

— Napoleon

You give but a little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of your heart that you truly give.

— Kahlil Gibran

It is magnificent to grow old, if one keeps young.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

To have striven, to have made an effort, to have been true to certain ideals–this alone is worth the struggle. We are here to add what we can to, not to get what we can from, life.

— William Osler

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear great joys.

— Christian Bovee

Dreams are renewable. No mater what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.

— Dr. Dale Turner

It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.

— Robert Strauss

We have not inherited the earth from our ancestors, we have borrowed it from our children.

— Ancient Proverb

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also beleives to be true.

— Demosthenes

Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.

— Unknown

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.

— Buddha

Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, With all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.

— John Wesley

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

— Coco Chanel

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “…holy shit…what a ride!

— Unknown

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

— Brendan Gill

Of the delights of this world, man cares most for sexual intercouse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.

— Mark Twain

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

— Oscar Wilde

A conclusion is simply the place where someone got tired of thinking.

— Arthur Block

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

— David Friedman

All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.

— Jane Wagner

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …’

— Isaac Asimov

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.

— Richard Bach, Illusions: Confessions of a Reluctant Messiah

Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not; a sense of humor was given to us to console us for what we are.

— Mark McGinnis

It is error only, and not the truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

— Thomas Paine

A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.

— Charles Spurgeon

You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just that the first step.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

True love doesn’t have a happy ending; true love has no ending.

— Ed McKenzie

The possibility 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

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

— Aristotle

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

— Anonymous

Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?

— Sai Baba

Laced throughout every day of your life are hidden highways of opportunity, invisible crossroads of time, and avenues for great personal transformation that, if only traveled upon would reveal the extraordinary, the sublime, and the unexpected. Yet most slip by undetected, until there is first a childlike wonder at the ordinary, the routine, and the expected.

— The Universe

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

— Maimonides

Just as you may now think, with some amusement, about prior civilizations who thought your earth was flat, there will be others, in the not too distant future, who will reel in disbelief that there was ever a time when abundance wasn’t seen as spiritual, where a dream’s manifestation wasn’t considered inevitable, and that there were multitudes who knew so little of their importance, their power, and of how deeply they were loved.

— The Universe

The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.

— Robert M. Pirsig

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

— Samuel Johnson

Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

— C.S. Lewis

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

— Henry Van Dyke

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

— Andre Gide

Isn’t it nice to know… That you haven’t yet laughed all that you’ll laugh? That you haven’t yet met some of your very best friends? And that you haven’t yet even dreamed of all that you’ll manifest?

— The Universe

The Athenians, alarmed at the internal decay of their republic asked Demosthenes what to do. His reply: “Do not do what you are doing now.

— Unknown

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

— Albert Einstein

People who matter are most aware that everyone else does, too.

— Malcolm Forbes

Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.

— Mother Teresa

Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

— Richard Bach

The most difficult thing I have ever had to do is follow the guidance I prayed for.

— Albert Schweitzer

Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close. Then, let every one of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others, some goodly strength, or knowledge gained for yourself.

— Lysle Wood Parker

The Government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.

— George Bernard Shaw

True religion is the life we live, not the creed we profess.

— J.F. Wright

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

— William James

Sometimes I think we’re alone. Sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the thought is staggering.

— R. Buckminster Fuller

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labor of other [humans], living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving.

— Albert Einstein

To be nobody but yourself, in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle that any human being can fight – and never stop fighting.

— E.E. Cummings

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.

— Unknown

As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.

— Paul Shane Spear

A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

— Richard M. Nixon

There are no finish lines in life… yet perpetually seeking them, in terms of the quick fix, the big win, or a home run, serves only to remind you of what’s missing, reinforcing the imagined lack. However, when one stops looking for results, and embraces the journey as it is, the days will soon be innumerable when, looking back, you marvel at the distance covered.

— The Universe

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

— Unknown

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life – it goes on.

— Robert Frost

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

Happiness isn’t a crop that you harvest when your dreams come true… it’s more like the fertilizer that only makes them come true faster.

— The Universe

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Prejudice begins with ignorance and ends with understanding.

— Unknown

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.

— Sandra Carey

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.

— Joseph Addison

You only live once – but if you work it right, once is enough.

— Joe E. Lewis

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

— Will Rogers

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.

— Unknown

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

— Mahatma Gandhi

There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.

— Anne Sophie Swetchine

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

— Johannes A. Gaertner

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.

— Agnes DeMille

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

— Albert Einstein

The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.

— Bertrand Russell

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

— Galileo Galilei

Security is mostly a superstition. It 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 outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.

— Helen Keller

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.

— John Wesley

No one grows old by living, only by losing interest in living.

— Marie Beynon Ray

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

— Jonathan Kozol

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

— Paul Boese

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

— Aristotle

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.

— Maya Angelou

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.

— Bern Williams

Perhaps the world little notes nor long remembers individual acts of kindness – but people do.

— Herm Albright

Friendship is a promise of future loyalty, loyalty no matter what comes. Promises are the bricks of life and trust is the mortar.

— Stephen Carter, The Emperor of Ocean Park

The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.

— William Wordsworth

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.

— Doug Larson

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

— Epictetus

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.

— Lois McMaster Bujold

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.

— Booker T. Washington

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

— Arthur Koestler

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

— Mother Teresa

Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work.

— Anna Quindlen

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.

— Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.

— Ralph W. Sockman

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.

— Akhenaton

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.

— Anonymous

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

— Betty Smith

Look and you will find it – what is unsought will go undetected.

— Sophocles

The most difficult thing I have ever had to do is follow the guidance I prayed for.

— Albert Schweitzer

The world is a great book; he who never stirs from home, reads only a page.

— Saint Augustine

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

— Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

To know true peace, we need to be willing to challenge our certainties and ask ourselves if our values are beneficial, biased, or perhaps evil. And we must be able to let go of that which is unworthy of belief and embrace that which reflects growth and maturity. For while the drive for belief is deep and consequential, individual items of belief are indeed quite capable of change.

— Timothy Kincaid

There are two kinds of people: those who do the work, and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

— Indira Gandhi

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.

— W. Beran Wolfe

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, “I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.”

— Ann Landers

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

— Goethe

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

— Lou Holtz

Compassion is the basis of all morality.

— Arthur Shopenhauer

Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his mouth is regarded a man of understanding.

— Proverbs 17:28, The Bible

You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a fine spirit of hope of achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

— Woodrow Wilson

What I am doing today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.

— Unknown

When you are reluctant to change, think of the beauty of autumn.

— Anonymous

KINDNESS – Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

— Lao-tzu

Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.

— Socrates

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.

— Leonardo da Vinci

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

We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.

— Blaise Pascal

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

— Cowboy Wisdom

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be a saint.

— Albert Schweitzer

One must care about a world one will never see.

— Bertrand Russell

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

— Pericles

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

— Cicero

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

— H.G. Wells

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.

— Oscar Wilde

Aim for the moon…even if you miss you’ll land amoungst the stars.

— Unknown

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between political parties either–but right through every human heart.

— Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn

We can never be the better for our religion if our neighbor is the worse for it.

— Anonymous

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

— Mother Teresa

It’s never the end of the world. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.

— Charles M. Schultz

Wrong turns are as important as right turns. More important sometimes.

— Richard Bach

LEADERSHIP – This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves; not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

He who wants to expand the field of happiness, let him lay the foundation of it on the bottom of his heart.

— Tao Saying

I know God promises not to give me more than I can handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.

— Mother Teresa

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice

— Martin Luther King

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

— Samuel Johnson

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

— Jose Addison

Believe those who seek the truth; doubt those who find it.

— Andre Gide

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

— Kahlil Gibran

Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter.

— Edward Abbey

We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

— Marianne Williamson

If you knew as I did, the power of giving, you would not let a single day pass without sharing.

— The Buddha

Friendship is a promise of future loyalty, loyalty no matter what comes. Promises are the bricks of life and trust is the mortar.

— Stephen Carter, The Emperor of Ocean Park

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

— Rabindranath Tagore

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

— Charles Kingsley

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

— Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.

— Ruth E. Renkel

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.

— E.E. Cummings

We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance,the right not to tolerate the intolerant.

— Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

— Abraham Lincoln

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

— Mignon Mclaughlin

Part of being sane is being a little bit crazy

— Janet Long

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

— Maimonides

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not; a sense of humor was given to us to console us for what we are.

— Mark McGinnis

A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.” The grandson asked him, “Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?” The grandfather answered “The one I feed.”

— An Anonymous Voice, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Grief is like the wake behind a boat. It starts out as a huge wave that follows close behind you and is big enough to swamp and drown you if you suddenly stop moving forward. But if you do keep moving, the big wave will eventually dissipate. And after a long enough time, the waters of your life get calm again, and that is when the memories of those who have left begin to shine as bright and as enduring as the stars above.

— Jimmy Buffett, A Salty Piece of Land

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, is having fun.

— H.L. Mencken

During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution.

— James Madison

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.

— Ivy Baker Priest

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.

— Jerome Fleishman

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

— M. Kathleen Casey

A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.

— Author Unknown

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.

— Garrison Keillor

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.

— Arthur Golden

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.

— Barbara Bloom

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.

— Max Lerner

Never give in… never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force… never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

— Winston Churchill

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.

— August Wilson

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.

— Elie Weisel

Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

— Francis Bacon

The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.

— Nelson Mandela

Fall seven times. Get up eight.

— Japanese Proverb

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Try not to become a man of Success but a man of Value.

— Albert Einstein

We are called to be architects of the future, not it’s victims

— Buckminster Fuller

The CFO asks the CEO, “What happens if we invest in our people and then they leave us?” CEO: “What happens if we don’t and they stay?”

— Unknown

You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.

— Albert Einstein

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

— Marianne Williamson

Preach the metaphorically understood Gospel continuously – only if necessary, use words.

— Saint Francis of Assisi

But all-in-all it seems to me that those who are religious, cling, whereas those who are spiritual, seek.

— Anonymous

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

— Lao Tzu

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Libertas inaestimabilis res est – Liberty is a thing beyond all price.

— Corpus Iuris Civilis

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, American Journalist

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

— Anonymous

A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some.

— U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

— Anne Lamott

In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.

— John Wesley

In the absence of peace and love, we teach war and hate as an escape from the problems we are too lazy to solve.

— Justin Barber, 16 years old

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it’s whether we provide enough for those who have little.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

I can’t for the life of me imagine that God will say, ‘I will punish you because you are black, you should have been white; I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man; I will punish you because you are homosexual, you should have been heterosexual.’ I can’t for the life of me believe that is how God sees things.

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.

— Garrison Keillor

Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.

— Wendell Phillips

If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you’ll be amazed at the results.

— Gen. George S. Patton

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

— Harvey Fierstein

Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.

— Frederick Buechner

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

— Dalai Lama

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

— Henry David Thoreau

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

— Marcus Aurelius

A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.

— Winston Churchill

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

— Mark Twain

I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.

— Ernest Hemingway

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

— Harvey Feirstein

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.

— Garrison Keillor

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.

— Lucille Ball

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

— Thomas Jefferson

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

— Lao Tzu

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.

— Carl Sagan

I regret that my poor choice of words caused some people to understand what I was saying.

— Any Republican on any given day

He that would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him. So it is in traveling, a man must carry knowledge with him if he would bring home knowledge.

— James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson

If a man looks upon any other man and estimates that man as less than himself, then he is stealing from the other. He is stealing the other’s birthright – that of equality.

— Neville Goddard

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

— Mother Teresa

If a man looks upon any other man and estimates that man as less than himself, then he is stealing from the other. He is stealing the other’s birthright – that of equality.

— Neville Goddard

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

— William James

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

— Henri Nouwen

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.

— Viktor E. Frankl

I am certainly not an advocate for for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

— Thomas Jefferson, A letter written to Samuel Kercheval in 1816

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

— Abraham Lincoln

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

— Benjamin Franklin

It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.

— Dalai Lama

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.

— Mahatma Gandhi

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

— Nelson Mandela

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

— Lao Tzu

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

— Albert Einstein

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

— Henri Nouwen

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

— Winston Churchill

One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

— Winston Churchill

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

— Democritus

Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.

— Eric Hoffer

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

— Henry Adams

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.

— Norman Vincent Peale

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

— Plato

The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without princples.

— Mahatma Gandi

A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

— Walter Lippmann

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.

— Leo Buscaglia

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

— Thomas A. Edison

Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.

— Jennifer M. Granholm

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

— Marcel Proust

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.

— John F. Kennedy

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

— Denis Waitley

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

— Albert Einstein

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

— Howard Thurman

There was a great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, who travelled extensively throughout the world for more than fifty years to spread his message. During one of his talks, at the end of his life, he asked the audience the question: ‘Do you want to know my secret?’ Everyone became very excited and in eager anticipation waited for what the master had to say. And he replied: ‘This is my secret – I don’t mind what happens.’

— Unknown

When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.

— Bernard Meltzer

Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.

— Albert Einstein

When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

— Patrick Overton

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

— Maya Angelou

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

— John Lennon

Everyone is gifted. But most people never open their package.

— Unknown

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

— Albert Einstein

Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.

— Thomas Jefferson, 1804 Letter to John Tyler

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

— Albert Einstein

Do not educate your child to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up, they’ll know the value of things, not the price.

— Unknown

If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair with them, it is like expecting a lion not to eat you because you don’t eat lion…

— Unknown

Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; The ones who accept you for what you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile; And who love you no matter what.

— Unknown

Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

— Francis Bacon

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

— Winston Churchhill

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.

— George MacDonald

Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.

— Winston Churchill

For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.

— Bo Bennett

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.

— Viktor E. Frankl

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

— John F. Kennedy

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.

— Henry Ford

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

— Satchel Paige

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

— Hannah More

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.

— Dalai Lama

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

— Mother Teresa

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.

— James Madison

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.

— Abraham Lincoln

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

— Leo Buscaglia

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 D. Eisenhower

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

— Marcel Proust

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

— Lao Tzu

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.

— Walter Anderson

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.

— Robert Brault

Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.

— Elizabeth Green

Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.

— Winston Churchill

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

— Marie Curie

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

— Swami Vivekananda

Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish.

— Barbara Smith

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

— Nelson Mandela

These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.

— Abraham Lincoln

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.

— Dwight L. Moody

I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three.

— Unknown

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

— Buddha

Doubt is a virus that attacks our self-esteem, productivity and confidence. Faith that you and your life are perfectly unfolding is the strongest vaccine.

— Sean Stephenson

If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.

— Swami Sivananda

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

— J. K. Rowling

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.

— Bryant H. McGill

Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.

— Markus Zusak

A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.

— William Penn

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

— Dr. Seuss

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.

— Erma Bombeck

Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and can be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.

— St. Francis of Assisi

Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.

— Jim Rohn

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

— Abraham Lincoln

Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.

— Melanie Joy

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

— Washington Irving

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

— Unknown

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

— President Harry S. Truman

When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.

— Bob Hope

Each of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm. When we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.

— Maya Angelou

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

— Benjamin Franklin

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.

— Charles F. Kettering

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

— Mother Teresa

Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people… but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.

— Steve Maraboli

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Why do we close our eyes when we pray? When we cry? When we dream? Or when we kiss? Because we know that the most beautiful things in life are not seen, but felt by the heart.

— Unknown

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.

— Barbara de Angelis

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

— Washington Irving

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

— Douglas Adams

Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.

— Steven Pressfield

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

— William Arthur Ward

Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.

— Melody Beattie

If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel or self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God’s name, it was bad theology.

— Karen Armstrong

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

— Samuel Ullman

When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

— John F. Kennedy

Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity.

— Roger Ebert

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that dis-empowers them or one that can literally save their lives.

— Tony Robbins

True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.

— Suze Orman

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don’t mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.

— John Ruskin

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

— Unknown

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

— Jonathan Swift

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

— Albert Einstein

Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten. A society is always eager to cover misdeeds with a cloak of forgetfulness, but no society can fully repress an ugly past when the ravages persist into the present. America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness — justice.

— Dr. Martin Luther King

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

— President Lyndon B. Johnson

Help to carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ

— Galatians 6:2

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.

— Gilda Radner

What light is to the eyes – what air is to the lungs – what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.

— Robert Green Ingersoll

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

— Maya Angelou

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.

— Emily Post

The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.

— William Lyon Phelps

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

— Khalil Gibran

I know from personal experience how damaging it can be to live with bitterness and unforgiveness. I like to say it’s like taking poison and hoping your enemy will die. And it really is that harmful to us to live this way.

— Joyce Meyer

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

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

— Abraham Lincoln

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

— George Bernard Shaw

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

When you get to a place where you don’t go for what you can get, but you go for what you can give, you gonna see your life change tremendously.

— Eric Thomas

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.

— Carl Jung

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.

— Leo Buscaglia

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

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.

— William S. Burroughs

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

— Khalil Gibran

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

— William Arthur Ward

The mind is a powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely.

— David Cuschieri

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.

— Fred Rogers

A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.

— James E. Faust

The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don’t let it get the best of you.

— Will Rogers

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

— Ernest Hemingway

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.

— Yehuda Berg

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

— Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr.

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

— Denis Waitly

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

— Leonardo da Vinci

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

— Albert Ellis

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

— John Wooden

I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life.

— Walter Anderson

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

— Henry David Thoreau

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.

— Richard Bach

Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.

— Andrew Jackson

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

— Galileo Galilei

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

— Bob Beauprez

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

— Albert Einstein

There are amazingly wonderful people in all walks of life; some familiar to us and others not. Stretch yourself and really get to know people. People are in many ways one of our greatest treasures.

— Bryant H. McGill

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

— Richard Bach

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

— Aristotle

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

— Susan B. Anthony

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Someday, someone might come into your life and love you the way you’ve always wanted. If your someday was yesterday, learn. If your someday is tomorrow, hope. If your someday is today, cherish.

— Unknown

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

— Woodrow Wilson

Success should always call for showing greater kindness, generosity and justice; only people lost in the darkness treat it as an occasion for greater greed.

— Cyrus the Great

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

— Marcel Proust

Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.

— Andre Maurois

It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

— Wendell Berry

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.

— Douglas Adams

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

— Mark Twain

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.

— Confucius

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

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.

— George S. Patton

How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars – when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.

— Thomas Aquinas

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

— Camille Pissarro

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

— Marcus Aurelius

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.

— Nelson Mandela

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

— Mark Twain

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

— Frederick Douglass

There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.

— Mark Twain

It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.

— Mark Twain

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

— Muhammad Ali

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

— Confucius

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

— Elbert Hubbard

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

— Brian Tracy

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

— Joseph Campbell

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

— John Lubbock

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

— John Quincy Adams

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

— Ralph Marston

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.

— Thomas A. Edison

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

— St. Francis of Assisi

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

— Carl Jung

The man who practices unselfishness, who is genuinely interested in the welfare of others, who feels it a privilege to have the power to do a fellow-creature a kindness – even though polished manners and a gracious presence may be absent – will be an elevating influence wherever he goes.

— Orison Swett Marden

It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.

— Will Rogers

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.

— Bob Moawad

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

— George Sand

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.

— Mark Twain

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

But I am going to be the Samaritan- the misfit, the loud mouth, the reject, the bruised, the broken, the one that no one wants. I am going to stop for the man left alone in the world and I am going to care for him in every possible way. I am going to find those who have been shunned and scared and scarred and I am going to let them know that they are not alone, and I am going to offer them mercy. And if anyone succeeds in building a wall, I am going to raise my children to tear it down.

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

— Winston Churchill

“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.”

— Princess Diana

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.

— Calvin Coolidge

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

— Anne Frank

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.

— William Arthur Ward

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.

— Samuel Johnson

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings – words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.

— Stephen King

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.

— Charles Dickens

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.

— Charles Kingsley

You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.

— Maya Angelou

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

— Mary Tyler Moore

Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.

— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.

— Miyamoto Musashi

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each others life.

— Richard Bach

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.

— Lyndon B. Johnson

So many people get involved with carrying grudges and having these moral battles with people, where they cast themselves as the righteous and the other guy is the dirtbag. They waste tons of energy on it, create all kinds of darkness around themselves and the other person. It gets you nothing.

— Stephen J. Cannell

Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.

— J. Donald Walters

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

— Albert Schweitzer

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.

— Henry Ward Beecher

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.

— William Arthur Ward

Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.

— Lao Tzu

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing

— George Bernard Shaw

Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.

— Douglas MacArthur

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

— Aesop

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.

— Bo Bennett

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.

— Garth Stein

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

— Desmond Tutu

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

— Tecumseh

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.

— Thomas S. Monson

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

— John Holmes

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Voltaire

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.

— Jim Rohn

A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

— John Stuart Mill

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

— Aristotle

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.

— Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Experience

When wealth is passed off as merit, bad luck is seen as bad character. This is how ideologues justify punishing the sick and the poor. But poverty is neither a crime nor a character flaw. Stigmatize those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.

— Sarah Kenzior

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.

— Albert Einstein

“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”

— Henry Ward Beecher

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 Posted by on March 7, 2006

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  1. pride is a virus