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!
Monday, August 31, 2009
1. Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
2. Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find ''tomorrow'' on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, ''If I had my life to live over again. ''Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!
3. Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
4. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
5. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal / to do the best you can, enjoy this day, and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.
6. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
7. Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success.
8. Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
9. Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
10. Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
11. Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider yourself defeated again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
12. The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
13. Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.”
14. Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow.
15. Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no mater how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.
16. Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
17. Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them.
18. The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish good results while the strongest, by dispersing his effort over many chores, may fail to accomplish anything. Drops of water, by continually falling, hone their passage through the hardest of rocks but the hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar and leaves no trace behind.
19. The great difference between those who succeed and those who fail does not consist in the amount of work done by each but in the amount of intelligent work.
20. Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.
21. Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
Posted by The Youngs at 2:47 PM
Friday, August 14, 2009
1. Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize.
2. People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
3. Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.
4. Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.
5. Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
6. The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.
7. You can have peace of mind, improved health and an ever-increasing flow of energy. Life can be full of joy and satisfaction.
8. It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.
9. Change your thoughts and you change your world.
10. The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.
11. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
12. Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.
13. Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.
14. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.
15. Imagination is the true magic carpet.
16. Be humble, be big in mind and soul, be kindly; you will like yourself that way and so will other people.
17. It's always too early to quit.
18. If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.
19. If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
20. There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
21. The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. -Norman Vincent Peale
Posted by The Youngs at 11:15 AM
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
1. A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
2. 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.
3. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
4. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
5. If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
6. If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot.
7. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
8. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
9. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
10. Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
11. The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
12. The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
13. The object of the superior man is truth.
14. The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
15. The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
16. The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
17. The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
18. There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
19. They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
20. To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
21. Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
22. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
23. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
24. Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
Posted by The Youngs at 2:44 PM