This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!


“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Perseverance Quotes

1. Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. - Marilyn Vos Savant

2. The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. – Aesop

3. The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence, but by oft falling. – Lucretius

4. It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. - Albert Einstein

5. In the struggle between the stone and the water, in time, the water wins. - Chinese proverb

6. Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. - Stonsifer

7. It matters not if you try and fail, and try and fail again. It matters if you try and fail, and fail to try again. – Unknown

8. I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of the people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by the heroism of those who are willing to struggle to make one small difference after another. - Ellen Goodman

9. You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it. - German proverb

10. Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! - Joseph Smith, D&C 128:22

11. When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

12. In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength, but through perseverance. – H. Jackson Brown

13. In the end the great truth will have been learned, that the quest is greater than what is sought, the effort finer than the prize, or rather that the effort is the prize, the victory cheap and hollow were it not for the rigor of the game. - Benjamin Cardozo

14. Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. - Samuel Johnson

15. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. - Babe Ruth

16. The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time. - W. J. Davison

17. Don't you quit, You keep walking...You keep trying... There is help and happiness ahead! Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don't come until Heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be alright in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come. - Jeffrey R. Holland

18. The best way out of a problem is through it. - Unknown

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

20. Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never. Never, in anything great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. – Sir Winston Churchill

21. I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you. - Harrison Ford

22. Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. - Napoleon Hill

23. You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. - Margaret Thatcher

24. Perseverance is not a long race: it is many short races one after another. - Walter Elliot

25. Success in life depends upon staying power. The reason for failure in most cases is lack of perseverance. Men get tired and give up. - J.R. Miller

26. You've got to say, "I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it." It's called perseverance. - Lee J. Iacocca

27. He conquers who endures. - Unknown

28. Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. - Newt Gingrich

29. The wayside of business is full of brilliant men who started out with a spurt, and lacked the stamina to finish. Their places were taken by patient and unshowy plodders who never knew when to quit. - J.R. Todd

30. Triumph
If you can sing,
When there is no song in your heart;
If you can keep on being loving, lovable, and lovely,
When those who should be loving you are blind;
If you can hold a lifted brow,
Despite the weights your shoulders cannot beat–
There is benediction there
For you to share.

If you can carry on dry-eyed
While your heart is drowning
In a deluge of tears;
If you can keep on going,
When the pain in you is just too great,
And your soul is shaken with hopeless anguish,
And your suffering, ache-filled body wants to slump;
If you can keep on going–
And keep on going…

When nerves and blood and muscle scream and sob
With the injustice and unholy ways
Of those who should be warm and just, but can’t be,
Because the abysmal holds for them more lure
Than the celestial–
Why, God?

But, if you can tilt your cheeks, sunward,
Keeping your eyes filled with spiritual light and message,
And coax a skip of childlike rhythm
Into your lagging walk–
And lift your best foot forward,
As though you had no care–
There is benediction there
For you to share.

- Virginia Stillman

31. Always a River to Cross
There is always a river to cross;
Always an effort to make
If there’s anything good to win,
Any rich prize to take.
Yonder’s the fruit we crave,
Yonder the charming scene;
But deep and wide, with a troubled tide,
Is the river that lies between.

For the treasures of precious worth
We must patiently dig and dive;
For the places we long to fill
We must push and struggle and strive.
And always and everywhere
We’ll find, on our onward course,
Thorns for the feet and trials to meet
And a difficult river to cross.

For the rougher the way that we take,
The stouter the heart and the nerve;
The stones in our path we break,
Nor e’er from our impulse swerve.
For the glory we hope to win
Our labors we count no loss;
Tis folly to pause and murmur because
Of the river we have to cross.

So, ready to do and to dare,
Should we in our places stand,
Fulfilling the Master’s will,
Fulfilling the soul’s demand;
For though as the mountain high
The billows may war and toss,
They’ll not overwhelm if the Lord’s at the helm
When the difficult river we cross.

- unknown

32. However confused the scene of our life appears, however torn we may be who now do face that scene, it can be faced, and we can go on to be whole. - Muriel Rukeyser

33. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. - Dale Carnegie

34. Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth. - Julie Andrews

35. A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements. - Marden

36. You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. - Andrew Jackson

37. The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. - HW Beecher

38. Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard. - Joseph E. Cossman

39. Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. - Benjamin Disraeli

40. With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. - Sir Thomas Foxwell Buxton

41. Yard by yard it's very hard. But inch by inch, it's a cinch. - Unknown

42. The best way out is always through. - Robert Frost

43. The distance doesn't matter, only the first step is difficult. - Madame Marquise du Deffand

44. The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. - Chinese proverb

45. There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, and all things in succession. That which grows slowly endures. - J.G. Holland

46. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. - Confucius

47. Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. - Napoleon Hill

48. Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure. - Edward Eggleston

49. Practice, practice, practice until you eventually get numb on rejections. - Brian Klemmer

50. Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. - Helen Keller

51. Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. - Napoleon Hill

See also Endurance Quotes

Perception Quotes

1. As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope. - Ursula K. LeGuin

2. Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly we just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception. - Alan Moore

3. Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things. - Unknown

4. If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is – infinite. - William Blake

5. Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. - Camille Pissarro

6. What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are. - C.S. Lewis

7. The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. - Robertson Davies

8. All that glitters is not gold, and all that is sticky is not tar. - Lithuanian Proverb

9. Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. - Hans Margolius

10. To perceive means to immobilize… we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself. - Henri Bergson

11. One has not only an ability to perceive the world but an ability to alter one’s perception of it; more simply, one can change things by the manner in which one looks at them. - Tom Robbins

12. All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions. - Leonardo Da Vinci

13. What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly. -Lao-tzu

14. Every exit is an entry somewhere. - Tom Stoppard

15. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. (On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur, l'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux) - Antoine de Saint Exupéry

16. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau

Patience Quotes

1. Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience. - W.B. Prescott

3. Our patience will achieve more than our force. - Edmund Burke

4. Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains. - William Penn

5. Patience is bitter, but its fruit sweet. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

6. Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. - Benjamin Disraeli

7. Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. - Plautus

8. If you want the hen to lay, you have to endure the cackle. – Unknown

9. Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health. - Michel de Montaigne

10. Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew. - St. Francis de Sales

11. Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. - Thomas Kempis

12. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows slowly endures. - J. G. Hubbard

13. Patience and fortitude conquer all things. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. Patience - in time the grass becomes milk. – Unknown

15. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius. - Georges de Buffon

16. Patience is the companion of wisdom. - Augustine

17. Patience is so like fortitude that she seems either her sister or her daughter. -Aristotle

18. Patience is the art of hoping. - Marquis de Vauvenargues

19. Patience is the companion of wisdom. - St. Augustine

20. Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult thing easily. - Johann Freidrich von Schiller

21. No road is too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; and no honors are too distant for the man who prepares himself for them with patience. - Jean de la Bruyere

22. Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. - Sadi

23. It is not necessary for all men to be great in action. The greatest and sublimest power is often simple patience. - Horace Bushnell

24. There’s no music in rest, but there’s the making of music in it. And people are always missing that part of the life melody, always talking of perseverance and courage and fortitude; but patience is the finest and worthiest part of fortitude, and the rarest, too. - John Ruskin

25. On the whole, it is patience which makes the final difference between those who succeed or fail in all things. All the greatest people have it in an infinite degree, and among the less, the patient weak ones always conquer the impatient strong. - John Ruskin

26. A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. - Dutch Proverb

27. Patience and time do more than strength or passion. - Jean de la Fontaine

28. Patience makes lighter what sorrow may not heal. - Horace

29. If you have patience, then you’ll also have love. Patience leads to love. If you forcefully open the petals of a bud, you won’t be able to enjoy its beauty and fragrance. Only when it blossoms by following its natural course, will the beauty and fragrance of a flower unfold. - Unknown

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

31. Patience and perseverance have a magical effect, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. - John Quincy Adams

32. The strongest of all warriors are these two - Time and Patience. - Leo Tolstoy

33. All things will come round to him who will but wait. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

34. Your three best doctors are faith, time and patience. - Unknown

35. The secret of patience: to do something else in the meantime. - Unknown

36. Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; Hold fast; Hold out. Patience is genius. - Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon

Opportunity Quotes

1. 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

2. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

3. The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves. - Garth Henrichs

4. Winners don’t wait for chances, they take them. – Unknown

5. Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. – Demosthenes

6. A wise man makes more opportunity than he finds. - Francis Bacon

7. To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is in our reach, is the great art of life. - Samuel Johnson

8. When opportunity knocks, you'd better have your bags packed. - Ancient proverb

9. Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them. - Colton

10. Opportunity, sooner or later, comes to all who work and wish. - Lord Stanley

11. When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. - John F. Kennedy

12. A man must make his opportunity as oft as he finds it. - Francis Bacon

13. The secret of success in life: Prepare for opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

14. The door of opportunity is always knocking, open it. - Unknown

15. The Land of Opportunity is an attitude. - BJ Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt

16. An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity. - Winston Churchill

17. The door of opportunity won't open unless you do some pushing. - Unknown

18. The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

19. Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein

20. When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. - Alexander Graham Bell

21. There is no security on this earth. Only opportunity. - Douglas MacArthur

22. Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor. - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

23. Opportunities multiply as they are seized. - Sun Tzu

24. Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity’s door if you ardently wish to enter. - B. C. Forbes

25. Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. - Napoleon Hill

26. Do each daily task the best we can; act as though the eye of opportunity were always upon us. - William Feather

27. Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. - Frank Tyger

28. If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it! - Jonathan Winters

29. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. - Unknown

30. You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can't sit back and wait. - Ellen Metcalf

31. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle

32. We do not need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity. What we need is to use what we have. - Basil S. Walsh

33. Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. - Napoleon Hill

Open Mind Quotes

1. The mind is like a parachute; it works better when it is open. - Unknown

2. A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood. - Chinese proverb

3. Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

Obedience Quotes

Only as we learn truth and obey it do we find freedom and progress.

Obedience to the laws of health frees us from distress and disease and gives us vigor and comfort of body.

Obedience to the laws of physics frees us from cold, darkenss and inability and gives us heat, light and power.

Obedience to the laws of learning frees us from ignorance and superstition and gives us knowledge and wisdom.

Obedience to the laws of society would free us from strife and contention and give us Peace and harmonious living.

Obedience to the laws of the gospel would free us from the grasp of the evil one and give us salvation and exaltation.

Obedience to the laws of God would free us from all opposing powers and give us joy inexpressible and eternal. - E.L.M.

New Years Quotes


1. An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. - Bill Vaughan

2. We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. -Edith Lovejoy Pierce

3. Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to. - Bill Vaughn

4. New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. - James Agate

5. Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past. - Henry Ward Beecher

6. The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - G.K. Chesterton

7. The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. - Michael Altshuler

8. People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. - Unknown

9. One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. - John Burroughs

10. Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. - Brooks Atkinson

11. Maybe this year…walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but potential. - Ellen Goodman

12. Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. - Benjamin Franklin

13. For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. - T.S. Eliot

14. May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions. - Joey Adams

15. The greatest goal you can set this upcoming year is to make peace with your life, no matter your circumstances. - Unknown

16. Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Nature Quotes

1. In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

2. Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayward sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and that God for it as a cup of blessing. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein

4. Nature is the living, visible garment of God. - Goethe

5. A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. - Walt Whitman

6. I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God. - Alan Hovhaness

7. And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. - Kahlil Gibran

8. I'll tell you how the sun rose one ribbon at a time. - Emily Dickinson

9. Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leave you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you." – Max Lucado

10. The more I study nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator - Louis Pasteur

11. Nature is the art of God. - Dante Alighieri

12. God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on the trees and flowers and clouds and stars. - Martin Luther

13. The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Mothers Quotes

1. A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. - Tenneva Jordan

2. Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. - Mildred B. Vermont

3. A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. - Peter De Vries

4. The phrase “working mother” is redundant. - Jane Sellman

5. The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. - Rajneesh

6. If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. - Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

7. I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. - Abraham Lincoln

8. Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. - Pearl S. Buck

9. When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. You are connected to your child and to all those who touch your lives.- Sophia Loren

10. A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. - Helen Rice

11. There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one. -Jill Churchill

12. Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young. - Unknown

13. A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary. -Dorothy Canfield Fisher

14. A mother understands what a child does not say. - Unknown

15. Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. - Unknown

16. Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother’s Day, with it's offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill. - John Erskine

17. No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life. - Unknown

18. And remember that behind every successful woman……is a basket of dirty laundry. -Unknown

19. Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease. -Lisa Alther

20. There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. - Chinese Proverb

21. To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons. - Marilyn French

22. By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

23. She is their earth… She is their food and their bed and the extra blanket when it grows cold in the night; she is their warmth and their health and their shelter… - Katherine Butler Hathaway

24. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. – Sophia Loren

25. It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have… One pair that sees through closed doors. Another in the back of her head… and, of course, the ones in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and reflect “I understand and I love you” without so much as uttering a word. – Erma Bombeck

26. A mother’s children are like ideas; none are as wonderful as her own. – Chinese Fortune

27. My point is that no matter what the ordinary person says…no matter who it is that speaks, or what superlatives are employed, no baby is admired sufficiently to please the mother. – E.V. Lucas

28. A mother doesn’t give a damn about your looks. She thinks you are beautiful, anyway. – Marion C. Garretty

29. The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. - Honore de Balzac

30. The sweetest sounds to mortals given are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven. - William Goldsmith Brown

31. Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. -Marion C. Garretty

32. The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones. - Mignon McLaughlin

33. One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. - George Herbert

34. Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. - Erich Fromm

35. A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.” - Keith L. Brooks

36. Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

37. No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones. - Harry Truman

38. Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. - Oprah Winfrey

39. A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. - Irish Proverb

40. A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all the stands in its path. - Agatha Christie

41. Children and mothers never truly part – Bound in the beating of each other’s heart. - Charlotte Gray

42. Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom with the dishes. -P.J. O’Rourke

43. I’d rather be a mother than anyone on earth bringing up a child or two of unpretentious birth, I’d rather tuck a little child all safe and sound in bed than twine a chain of diamonds about my head. I’d rather wash a smudgy face with round, bright, baby eyes, than paint the pageantry of fame or walk among the wise. -Meredith Gray

44. Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. - T. DeWitt Talmage

45. Motherhood is not for the faint-hearted. Frogs, skinned knees, and the insults of teenage girls are not meant for the wimpy. - Danielle Steel

46. Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother. -Beverly Jones

47. Two Temples
A builder builded a temple,
He wrought it with grace and skill;
Pillars and groins and arches
All fashioned to work his will.
Men said, as they saw its beauty,
“It shall never know decay;
Great is thy skill, O builder!
Thy fame shall endure for aye.”

A mother builded a temple
With loving and infinite care,
Planning each arch with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
None praised her unceasing efforts,
None knew of her wondrous plan,
For the temple the mother builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man.

Gone is the builder’s temple,
Crumpled into the dust;
Low lies each stately pillar,
Food for consuming rust.
But the temple the mother builded
Will last while the ages roll,
For that beautiful unseen temple
Was a child’s immortal soul.

- Hattie Vose Hall

Memories Quotes

1. God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December. – James Barrie

2. We must always have old memories and young hopes. - Arsene Houssaye

Music Quotes

1. Music is a revelation; a revelation loftier than all wisdom and all philosophy. - Ludwig von Beethoven

2. Who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once. - Robert Browning

3. Music is to the mind as air is to the body. - Plato

4. Where words fail, music speaks. - Hans Christian Andersen

5. After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. - Aldous Huxley

6. Music is a part of us and either ennobles or degrades our behavior. – Boethus

7. When I think of God, my heart is so full of joy that the notes leap and dance as they leave my pen; and since God has given me a cheerful heart, I serve Him with a cheerful spirit. - Franz Joseph Haydn

8. Hell is full of musical amateurs. - George Bernard Shaw

9. As long as we live there is never enough singing. - Martin Luther

10. Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. - Anais Nin

Mercy Quotes

1. In case of doubt it is best to lean to the side of mercy. - Legal Maxim

Marriage Quotes

1. Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming: 1) Whenever you're wrong, admit it, 2) Whenever you're right, shut up. - Patrick Murra

2. Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invaribly they are both disappointed. - Albert Einstein

3. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. - Mignon McLaughlin

4. The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes. - Amy Grant

5. A sound marriage is not based on complete frankness; it is based on a sensible reticence. - Morris L. Ernst

6. We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. - Raquel Welch

7. Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. - Barnett R. Brickner

8. Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three-meals-a-day and remembering to take out the trash. - Dr. Joyce Brothers

9. You don't marry someone you can live with; you marry the person who you cannot live without. - Unknown

Luck Quotes

1. Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. - Oprah Winfrey

3. Here is a rule to remember in future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not, ‘This is a misfortune,’ but, ‘To bear this worthily is good fortune.’ - Marcus Aurelius

4. Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish. - Ovid

5. Chance favors those in motion. - James H. Austin

6. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. – Dalai Lama

7. A wise man turns chance into good fortune. - Thomas Fuller

8. The champion makes his own luck. - Red Blaik

9. Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 per cent. - Langston Coleman

10. Luck is believing you're lucky. - Tennessee Williams

11. Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. - Ray Kroc

Love Quotes

1. The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. - Hubert Humphrey

2. Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

3. To love someone means to see him as God intended him. – Dostoevsky

4. When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. - John Ruskin

5. If you would be loved, love and be loveable. - Benjamin Franklin

6. A loving heart is the truest wisdom. - Charles Dickens

7. To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun? - Katherine Graham

8. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
- Unknown

9. All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. - Charles M. Schulz

10. There is no such thing as conditional love. Love is either unconditional or it's no love. You might like someone conditional on their personality or behavior or circumstances. But love accepts no boundaries. So never say 'I love you because', for love has no cause, love comes from God. - Unknown

11. True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be. - Unknown

12. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

13. It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters. - Mother Teresa

14. The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. - Thomas Merto

15. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. - Thomas S. Monson

16. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. – Dalai Lama

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. – Dalai Lama

18. The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of. - Charles H. Perkhurst

20. To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground. - Stephen Covey

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

22. Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. - Diane Arbus

23. Love will conquer all. - Virgil

24. Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. - Leo Buscaglia

25. Fear is man's greatest enemy. It is behind failure, sickness, and bad human relations. Love casts out fear. Love is an emotional attachment to the good things of life. Fall in love with honesty, integrity, justice, good will, and success. - John Fogg

26. The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love. - Henry Miller

27. Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile. -Elizabeth Browning

28. The secret of love is seeking variety in your life together, and never letting routine chords dull the melody of your romance. - Unknown

29. The art of love...is largely the art of persistence. - Albert Ellis

30. A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself – to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart. - Leo Buscaglia

31. If you have patience, then you’ll also have love. Patience leads to love. If you forcefully open the petals of a bud, you won’t be able to enjoy its beauty and fragrance. Only when it blossoms by following its natural course, will the beauty and fragrance of a flower unfold. - Unknown

32. I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close. - Pablo Neruda

33. Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love. - Zig Ziglar

34. Such simple and steady acts of kindness are the essence of love, the substance of life. All of us need love; all of us want love. Everything else is a consolation prize. What matters is love. - Lloyd D. Newell

35. To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. - David Viscott

36. You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. - Sam Keen

37. People are not going to love you unless you love them. - Pat Carroll

38. This is real compassion, this is real love; sharing your enlightenment, sharing your dance of the beyond. - Osho

39. You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back. - Barbara DeAngelis

40. Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them. - Norman Vincent Peale

41. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. - Maya Angelou

42. Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him. - C.S. Lewis

43. Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. - Carl Jung

44. Love is a better teacher than duty. - Albert Einstein

45. Love is the absence of judgement. - Dalai Lama XIV

46. A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. - Gandhi

47. Love blinds the eyes to faults, and hatred blinds the eyes to virtues. - Jewish proverb

48. Absence - that common cure of love. - Lord Byron

49. Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for. - Immanuel Kant

50. Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you. - Erich Fromm

51. Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. - Erich Fromm

52. I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; ’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

53. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. - Buddha

54. Love looks not with the eye but with the mind." -William Shakespeare, "A MidSummer Night's Dream"

55. Do everything in love. - 1 Corinthians 16:14

56. To love another person is to see the face of God. - from the musical "Les Miserables"

57.  There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.  - Mother Teresa

58. There are two kinds of people in this world: those that you love, and those that you don't know. - Unknown

59. Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is not found only at the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arched across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, and neighbors! Love, like faith, is a gift of God. It is also the most enduring and most powerful virtue. - Gordon B. Hinkley

Listening Quotes

1. A closed mouth gathers no feet. - Unknown

2. We have two ears, but only one mouth, so that we may listen more and talk less. - Zeno

3. Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. - Frank Tyger

4. Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. - Frank Tyger

Life Quotes

1. Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. - Corita Kent

2. My sun sets to rise again. - Robert Browning

3. To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. - Emily Dickinson

4. The best things in life aren’t things. - Art Buchwald

5. A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. - John Le Carre

6. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard

7. To find fulfillment...don’t coexist with life - embrace it. - Jim Beggs

8. Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. - Marie Curie

9. The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do. - American Proverb

10. A river flows smoothly only after a lifetime of passion and purpose. – Unknown

11. Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. - Thomas Carlyle

12. Live your life, every day of it, with great expectations and great things will happen in your life, daily. - Art Fettig

13. Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it. - Samuel Smiles

14. Live every day of your life as though you expected to live forever. - Douglas MacArthur

15. 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, at whatever cost, must be attained.- Marie Curie

16. Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. - Marcus Aurelius

17. The best lessons in life are learned from negative experiences that are turned into positive ones. - Art Linkletter

18. Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars. - Henry Van Dyke

19. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

20. Does thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. - Benjamin Franklin

21. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. - William James

22. Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it. - Samuel Smiles

23. Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours. - Unknown

24. Breaks balance out. The sun don't shine on the same old dog's rear end every day. - Darrell Royal

25. There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest people achieve the second. - Logan Pearsall Smith

26. You can't do much about the length of your life, but you can do a lot about its depth and width. - Unknown

27. Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have so spend it wisely. - Kay Lyons

28. With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. - Unknown

29. No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it. - Ellen Glasgow

30. Wake up with a smile and go after life... Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it. - Joe Knapp

31. I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. - Diane Ackerman

32. Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you're in it, but the longer you stay, the more wrinkled you get. – Garfield

33. Just living is not enough, said the Butterfly. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. - Hans Christian Anderson

34. Are you too busy driving the car to stop and get gas? - Stephen Covey

35. The great end of life is not knowledge but action. - Henry David Thoreau

36. It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis. - Margaret Bonnano

37. The value of life lies, not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet live very little. Satisfaction in life depends not on the number of your years, but on your will. - Michel de Montaigne

38. Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third. - Marge Piercy

39. Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. - Douglas Jerrold

40. No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. - Harry Emerson Fosdick

41. I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. - Mark Twain

42. Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't. - Richard Bach

43. Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain. - Unknown

44. Dancing in the rain isn't something that most of us are born knowing how to do. We learn it. We learn it from others; we learn it from Life. The more we dance, the better we get at it. - BJ Gallagher

45. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

46. Our life is a gift from God. What we do with that life is our gift to God. - Unknown

47. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future...but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. - Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

48. 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

49. Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. - Unknown

50. It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice. - Jose Rizal

51. Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think. - Horace

52. Too many times we stand aside and let the waters slip away, till what we put off till tomorrow has now become today. So don't sit upon the shoreline and say you're satisfied. Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide. - The River

53. It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. - Helen Walton

54. Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us. - Thomas L. Holdcroft

55. If you are going to ask 'Why is this happening to me?' when things are going bad, then you should also ask the same question when things are going good. - Unknown

56. To know that every moment ~ regardless of how it comes wrapped ~ is a gift greater than you can give yourself, is to be well on your way to a life without fear. - Guy Finley

57. The precise nature of the test of mortality, then, can be summarized in the following questions: Will my body rule over my spirit, or will my spirit rule over my body? Will I yield to the enticings of the natural man or to the eternal man? That, brothers and sisters, is the test. - David A. Bednar

58. The future belongs to those who live intensely in the present. - Unknown

59. We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. – Sir Winston Churchill

60. The way we live outweighs any words we may profess to follow. - Delbert L. Stapley

61. Every moment that I am centered in the future, I suffer a temporary loss of this life. - Hugh Prather

62. Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness. - May Sarton

63. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. - Lin Yutang

64. Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. - Unknown

65. If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused. - Walter Mondale

66. You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. - Ruth E. Renkl

67. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. - Helen Keller

68. And life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be. - Grandma Moses

69. Our life is what our thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius Antonius

70. In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on. - Robert Frost

72. There is more to life than increasing its speed. - Gandhi

73. Don't go through life, GROW through life. - Eric Butterworth

74. He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. - Bessie Anderson Stanley

75. A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

76. When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” - Sydney J. Harris

77. What is important in life is life, and not the result of life. - Johann Wolfgang

78. What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

79. Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. - Rose Kennedy

80. Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, SIMPLIFY. - Henry David Thoreau

81. Life is too short to be little. - Benjamin Disraeli

82. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Sir Winston Churchill

83. Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. - Antoine de Saint Exupéry

84. Life doesn't always look or smell like a rose. There are times when fallen petals need to be picked up and crushed before the fragrance is set free once more. - Unknown

85. I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. - Arthur Rubinstein

86. Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that are forever blowing through one's mind. - Mark Twain

87. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. - Agatha Christie

88. The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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

90. Life is about trusting your feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories, learning from the past, and realizing people can change. - Unknown

91. When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. - Greg Anderson

92. We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope we get to death without being badly bruised or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams. - Bob Proctor

93. What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life by him who interests his heart in everything. - Laurence Sterne

94. One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody evrything every night before going to bed. - Bernard Baruch

95. Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Circumstances and situations do colour life but you have been given the mind to choose what colour they shall be. - John Homer Miller

96. Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. - E. Roosevelt

97. The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. - Nelson Henderson

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

99. Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin. - Grace Hansen

100. All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. - Dale Carnegie

101. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Gandhi

102. Living is like licking honey off a thorn. - Unknown

103. Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. - Josh Billings

104. Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. - Antonio Smith

105. It is not length of life, but depth of life. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

106. Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it. - Irving Berlin

107. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. - Grandma Moses

108. You have to count on living every day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life - so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content with yourself. - Jane Seymour

109. Everyman's life lies within the present, for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain. - Marcus Aurelius

110. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

111. To expect life to be tailored to our specifications is to invite frustration. - Unknown

112. To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. - Reba McEntire

113. Enrich your life with the beauty around you. There is such an abundance of it. - Elder Richard G. Scott

114. My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. - Oprah Winfrey

115. Life is a romantic business. It is painting a picture, not doing a sum. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

116. Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey... delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” ― Jenkin Lloyd Jones

117. 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

118. It's not how old you are, but how you are old. - Jules Renard

119. Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. - Samuel Butler

120. If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page. - Mark Houlahan

121. Unless you give yourself to some great cause, you haven't even begun to live. - William P. Merrill

122. The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. - William James

123. It is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life. - Evelyn Underhill

124. When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing — then we truly live life. - Greg Anderson

125. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries. - Jose Ortega y Gasset

126. Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. - Les Brown

127. What makes life dreary is the want of a motive. - George Eliot

128. Life has a higher end, than to be amused. - William Ellery Channing
129.Your life only gets better when you get better. -Brian Tracy

For some great poems on life, see:

http://positivethinkersjournal.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-nine-aspects-of-life-and-poem-of.html

Leadership Quotes

1. Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. High expectations are the key to everything. - Sam Walton

2. If the dogs are barking at your heels, you know you're leading the pack. – Unknown

3. Leadership is action not position. – Unknown

4. The main quality of leadership...is courage! - Walt Disney

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

6. Self-leadership is the ability to get yourself to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, whether you feel like it or not, and still do it well. - Jim Cathcart

7. Just like coaches of successful sports teams, effective leaders must adjust their strategy once the game begins, in response to changes in the environment. – Adam C. Zylman

8. To add value to others, one must first value others. - John Maxwell

9. Quotes by Lee J. Colan:
  • Leadership is about others, not ourselves.
  • Leaders who give the best of themselves get the best from others.
  • If you do not take care of the little things over the long term, you won't take care of the big things.
  • Leaders who underestimate the intelligence of their employees generally overestimate their own.
  • Great leaders appreciate their employees, not just their contributions.
  • Don't worry about leaving your leadership legacy. Just live it.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Laughter Quotes

1. Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. - Arnold Glasow

2. Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing. - Ken Kesey

3. At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. - Jean Houston

4. Laughter is an instant vacation. - Milton Berle

5. The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not laughed. - Sebastian-Roch Nicolas Chamfort

6. Take time to laugh, it’s the music of the soul. - Unknown

7. A day without laughter is a day wasted. - Charlie Chaplin

8. Laughter is to life what shock absorbers are to automobiles. It won't take the potholes out of the road, but it sure makes the ride smoother. - Barbara Johnson

9. What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. - Yiddish Proverb

10. I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. - Woody Allen

11. Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. - Victor Hugo

12. A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash. - Puzant Kevork Thomajan

13. A laugh is a smile that bursts. - Mary H. Waldrip

14. The most wasted of all days is the one without laughter - E.E. Cummings

15. Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it. - Bill Cosby

16. He who laughs, lasts. - Mary Pettibone Poole

17. Laughter is inner jogging. - Norman Cousins

18. Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. - Lord Byron

19. A good laugh is sunshine in a house. - William Makepeace Thackery

20. With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. - Abraham Lincoln

Kindness Quotes

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

2. Forget an injury. Never forget a kindness. - Unknown

3. What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

4. Let us be kind to one another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle. - Ian Maclaren

5. 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

6. ‎No man is really wise until he is kind and courteous. - Charles Haas

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

8. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. - Plato

9. Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. - Theodore Isaac Rubin

10. Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. - Marian Wright Edelman

11. Never underestimate any thing you do. Even the smallest act of kindness can bring God into someone's life. You are God's ambassador, represent Him well. - Elmer Laydon

12. Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. - Albert Schweitzer

13. Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty. - Adair Lara

14. Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. - Charles Dickens

15. Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level. - Max L. Forman

16. I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. - Ettiene De Grellet

17. Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. - Princess Diana

18. You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force. - Publilius Syrus

Intelligence / Knowledge Quotes

1. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. - C. Archie Danielson

2. If you hold a cat by the tail, you learn things that cannot be learned in any other way. – Mark Twain

3. If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old. - Lord Chesterfield

4. Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it. - Chuang-tse

5. He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever. - Chinese proverb

6. If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? - Thomas Huxley

7. Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child. - Cicero

8. To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. - Disraeli

9. Knowledge is comfortable and a necessary retreat and shelter for us in advanced age, but if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old. - Chesterfield

10. The best part of our knowledge is that which teaches us where knowledge leaves off and ignorance begins. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

11. You know nothing for sure...except the fact that you know nothing for sure. - John F. Kennedy

Integrity Quotes

1. Integrity is the commitment to do the right thing regardless of the circumstances - no hidden agendas, no political games. Do the right thing, period. - Ken Carnes

2. The time is always right to do what it right. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. - Proverbs 22:1

4. What lies behind us and what lies within us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies. - Arthur Calwell

6. There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience. - John Wooden

7. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. - Thomas Jefferson

8. There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. - Freya Stark

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

10. The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity. - Zig Ziglar

Inspiration / Vision Quotes

1. For visions come not to polluted eyes. - Mary Howitt

2. We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. - Frank Tibolt

3. Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. - Brendan Francis

4. The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration. - Ernest Newman

Instinct Quotes

1. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Innovation Quotes

1. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Steve Jobs

2. Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity – not a threat. - Unknown

3. If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative. - Woody Allen

4. Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress. -Ted Levitt

5. Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure. - Albert Einstein

6. Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. - Steve Jobs

7. Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time. - Bill Gates

8. An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning. - Max Planck

9. Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity. - Michael Porter

10. Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, is the definition of crazy. - Unknown

11. The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams. - Arthur W. Porter

12. Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things. - Theodore Levitt

13. You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization. - Denis Waitley

14. Innovation is the creation of the new or the re-arranging of the old in a new way. - Michael Vance

15. When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts. - Larry Ellison

Imagination Quotes

1. You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain

2. Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar, by saying ‘Just watch!’ - Unknown

3. Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein

4. What is now proved was once only imagined. - William Blake

5. Imagination is seeing things, not as they are, but as they could be. Think about it: Everything that has ever been invented in the history of the world began as an idea in one person's mind. - Mac Anderson

6. Before there can be wonders, there must be wonder. - Unknown

7. Live out of your imagination, not your history. - Stephen Covey

8. What is now proved was once imagined. - William Blake

9. All great discoveries are made by men whose feelings run ahead of their thinking. - C. H. Parkhurst

10. If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you dream it, you can become it. -William Arthur Ward

11. The possible's slow fuse is lit by the imagination. - Emily Dickinson

12. Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination. - Barbara Grizutti Harrison

13. When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. - Albert Einstein

14. Make-believe colors the past with innocent distortion, and it swirls ahead of us in a thousand ways - in science, in politics, in every bold intention. It is part of our collective lives, entwining our past and our future....a particularly rewarding aspect of life itself. - Shirley Temple Black

15. I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to. - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Humility Quotes

1. If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. - Mother Teresa

Hope Quotes

1. Great hopes make great men. - Thomas Fuller

2. If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. - St. Clement of Alexandria

3. I have watched the flight of a butterfly against the gale and the performance gives me hope. - Norris W. Alfred

4. It is necessary to hope...for hope itself is happiness. - Samuel Johnson

5. Hope is a risk that must be run. - Georges Bernanos

6. What oxygen is to the lungs, hope is to the meaning of life. - Emil Brunner

7. Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

8. Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success, for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles. - Samuel Smiles

9. Our gretest good, and what we least can spare, is hope: the last of all our evils, fear. - John Armstrong

10. We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes. - John F. Kennedy

11. There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. - O.S. Marden

12. Hope is like a road in the country; there never was a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. - Lin Yutang

13. Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. - Charles Caleb Colton

Honor Quotes

1. Be honorable with yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people. - Welsh proverb

Heart Quotes

1. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. - Matthew 6:21

2. You only see well with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes. (French: On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.) - Antoine de Saint Exupery

3. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller

Happiness / Cheerfulness Quotes

1. The foolish person seeks happiness in the distance, the wise person grows it under his feet. - James Oppenheim

2. If you want to cheer yourself up, try cheering someone else up. – Unknown

3. The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. - F. H. Bradley

4. Greater than the gold of kings are the memories of happy things. – Unknown

5. Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other. - Joseph Addison

6. Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. - Sir James Matthew Barrie

7. The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one has to do. - Sir James Matthew Barrie

8. Don’t Worry. Be Happy.- Bobby McFerrin

9. Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abraham Lincoln

10. Happiness is not what you have, but what you are. - Winston K. Pendleton

11. Everything you need for a happy life is within yourself. – Unknown

12. He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his own home. – Goethe

13. It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness. - Thomas Jefferson

14. This is happiness: to be dissolved into something completely great. - Willa Cather

15. That load becomes light which is cheerfully borne. - Ovid

16. So of cheerfulness, or a good temper - the more it is spent, the more it remains. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. - Albert Schweitzer

19. Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. - Margaret Lee Runbeck

20. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. - Unknown

21. The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. - Benjamin Franklin

22. The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. - Martha Washington

23. Happiness is the only thing one should ever be resigned to. - Alfred Capus

24. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Chinese Proverb

25. Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life. - Burton Hillis

26. I have observed the happiest among you refuse to whine. - Robert Wilkes

27. Happiness is like a stampede. Whether you're happy depends not just on your own actions and behaviors and thoughts, but on those of people you don't even know. - Nicholas Chistakis

28. Save a little happiness for tomorrow and don’t forget to use it first thing in the morning. - Unknown

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

30. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well being becomes. – Dalai Lama

31. It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis. - Margaret Bonano

32. The best way to secure future happiness is to be as happy as is rightfully possible today. - Charles W. Eliot

33. I'm not happy. I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them. - Beverly Sills

34. Be happy. It's one way of being wise. - Colette

35. The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so. - David Hume

36. Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind. - Alice Meynell

37. Happy the human mind can bear plenty of reality, but not too much intermittent gloom. - Margaret Drabble

38. Happiness walks on busy feet. - Kitte Turmell

39. Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results. - Dennis Wholey

40. A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. - Bernard de Fontenelle

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

42. What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has. - Arthur Schopenhauer

43. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha

44. Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

45. May we never let the things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have. As we value our happiness let us not forget it, for one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have. - Richard Paul Evans

46. One does not achieve happiness through the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment, but through virtuous endeavours. - Aristole

47. ‎The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness. - Michel de Montaigne

48. Happiness doesn't mean everything in life is perfect. It means you 'Choose' to look beyond life's imperfections! - Unknown

49. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success! - Herman Cain

50. If you want to be happy, put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind. - Unknown

51. It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit. - Denis Waitley

52. 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.

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

54. Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections. - Unknown

55. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up. - Mark Twain

56. The happiest excitement in life is to be convinced that one is fighting for all one is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good. - Ruth Benedict

57. The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved. - Victor Hugo

58. If you count all your assets you always show a profit. - Robert Quillen

59. Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. - Helen Keller

60. Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels. - Bertolt Brecht

61. Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. - Fyodor Dostoevsky

62. It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. - Margaret Bonnano

63. I know well that happiness is in little things. - John Ruskin

64. Wherever you go, whatever the weather, always bring your own sunshine. - Anthony J. D'angelo

65. A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. – St. Francis of Assisi

66. Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. - Jacques Prèvert

67. Every one wants happiness, no one wants pain, but you can't have a rainbow without a little rain. - Unknown

68. The real secret of happiness is simply this: to be willing to live and let live, and to know very clearly in one's own mind that the unpardonable sin is to be an unpleasant person. - Galen Starr Ross

69. Better the cottage where one is merry than the palace where one weeps. - Chinese Proverb

70. The path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there. - William James

71. The clearest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness. - Montaigne

72. Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you. - Hafiz of Persia

73. The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditations on the past. -Andre Maurois

74. For every minute you are angry or in conflict... you lose sixty seconds of happiness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

75. You're going to have to learn to fake cheerfulness. Believe it or not eventually that effort will pay off: you'll actually start feeling happier. - Jean Bach

76. It isn't our position, but our disposition, that makes us happy. - Unknown

77. A pessimist is a man who is never happy unless he is miserable: even then he is not pleased. - Unknown

78. 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

79. A well spent day brings happy sleep. - Leonardo Da Vinci

80. The place to be happy is here, the time to be happy is now. - Robert Ingersoll

81. To be happy, drop the words 'if only,' and substitute instead the words 'next time.' - Dr. Smiley Blanton

82. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. - Benjamin Disraeli

83. The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. - Benjamin Franklin

84. He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. - Johann von Goethe

85. Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don't go through life creaking. - H. W. Byles

86. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -Mohandas K. Gandhi

87. Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. -Hosea Ballou

88. One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others. - Archibald Rutledge

89. No joy is complete unless it is shared. - Unknown

90. True happiness is not made in getting something. True happiness is becoming something. This can be done by being committed to lofty goals. We cannot become something without commitment. - Ashton

91. Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy. - Cynthia Nelms

92. Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. - Swedish proverb

93. Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention. – Greg Anderson

94. Happiness doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel toward what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much. - William Dempster Hoard

95. Some pursue happiness - others create it. - Unknown

96. Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. - John B. Shereen

97. He who leaves his house in search of happiness pursues a shadow. - Unknown

98. Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest. - Sri Chinmoy

99. All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. - Charles Kingsley

100. Do not look back on happiness, or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not be cheated out of it. - Henry Ward Beecher

101. I am happy and content because I think I am. - Alain-Rene Lesage

102. Happiness is a decision. - Marie Osmond

103. Some pursue happiness, others create it. - Unknown

104. It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. - Thomas Paine

105. Remember happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. - Dale Carnegie

106. Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it. - Unknown

107. Happiness is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day. - Benjamin Franklin

108. Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

109. Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true. - L.J. Cardinal Suenens

110. There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. - Freya Stark

111. Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. - Margaret Lee Runbeck

112. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. - William Cowper

113. True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. - Helen Keller

114. No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change. - Barbara De Angelis

115. We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. - Frederick Keonig

116. Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. - Helen Keller