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

Monday, January 5, 2009

Miscellaneous Quotes

These are miscellaneous quotes that have yet to be categorized and posted under specific topics:

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. You find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They are always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means—the only complete realist. - C. S. Lewis

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

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

Good - Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company. - George Washington

Greatness is not in where you stand, but in what direction you are moving. - Unknown

Growth is the only evidence of life. - John Henry Cardinal Newman

Home ought to be our clearinghouse, from which we go forth lessoned and disciplined, and ready for life. - Kathleen Norris

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future. - Charles F. Kettering

Nature - Accuse not Nature, she hath done her part; Do thou but thine. - John Milton

Peace - Nobody can bring you peace but yourself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Perfect - The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. - Goethe

Perserv - Whatever course you have chosen for yourself, it will not be a chore but an adventure if you bring to it a sense of the glory of striving.... - David Sarnoff
Persevere - The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. - The Olympic Creed

Pray devoutly, but hammer stoutly. - Sir William G. Benham

Preparation - Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine. - William Feather
Prep - To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. - Mother Teresa
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. - Abraham Lincoln

Progress always involves risk. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first. - Frederick B. Wilcox

Purpose - Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.
- Walter Savage Landor

Risk - Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. - A.G. Buckham
Risk - If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient and thin. - Katherine B. Hatahway

Self-Confid - A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. - Benjamin Franklin
Confidence and certainty will get you further than anything will. - Brian Koslow

Self Mastery - Self-reverence, self-knowledge and self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power. - Lord Tennyson
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. - Michael Jordan

Serve - We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. - Herman Melville

Strength - We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. - Carlos Castenada
We strengthen our spirits in moments of both abject joy and numbing disappointment. - John Bingham
Strength - To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. - Mother Teresa
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. - Albert Schweitzer
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Success - If at first you don't succeed you're running about average. - M. H. Alderson

Teach - A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. - Henry Brooks Adam

thoughts - Your morning thoughts may determine your conduct for the day. Optimistic thought will make your day bright and productive, wile pessimistic thinking will make it dull and wasteful. - William M. Peck

Time - A day is a span of time no one is wealthy enough to waste. - Unknown
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. - Henry David Thoreau

Today - Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly. - James Russell Lowell
One today is worth two tomorrows. - Benjamin Franklin
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. - Marie Beyon Ray

Travel - To travel hopefully is better than to arrive. - Sir James Jeans

Vision - Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. - Stevie Wonder

Work - Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. - Mark Twain

Worry is a word that I don't allow myself to use. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble. - Elbert Hubbard








wealth The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money. - Unknown


The only disability in life is a bad attitude. - Scott Hamilton

It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. - Annie Gottlier

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. - Les Brown

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. - Lao Tzu

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

I believe there's an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts. - Sylvester Stallone

If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done. - John Lubbock

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing. - Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. – Epictitus

With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. - Chinese proverb

I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes. - Sara Teasdale

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. - Angus Grossart

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. - Jimmy Johnson

All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them. - William F. Halsey

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. - African Proverb

Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it. - Sudie Back

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why. - Bernard Baruch

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind. - Samuel Johnson

It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. - Roy Disney

The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle. – Unknown

When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. - Billy Graham

Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. - Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.

No one is perfect... that's why pencils have erasers. – Unknown

If you learn from a defeat, you haven’t really lost. - Zig Ziglar

Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. - Henry David Thoreau

Go the extra mile. It's never crowded. – Unknown

The valleys of discouragement make more beautiful the peaks of achievement. – Gordon B. Hinckley

God gave us two ends - one to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use. Head you win, tail you lose. - Author Unknown

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. - Robert F. Kennedy

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. - John Ruskin
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. - James Dean

There is no other solution to man’s progress but the day’s honest work, the day’s honest decisions, the day’s generous utterances and the day’s good deed. - Clare Booth Luce

When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud, either. - Leo Burnett

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

Retreat, hell! We're just advancing in another direction. - Oliver Prince Smith

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. - Unknown

If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself. - Benjamin Franklin

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

Self improv Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. - William Faulkner

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

positive He who forecasts all perils will never sail the sea. - Unknown

Energy and persistence conquer all things. - Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing greater than enthusiasm. - Henry Moore

My enthusiasms... constitute my reserves, my unexploited resources, perhaps my future. - E. M. Cioran

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. - Saint Francis de Sales

Dream the impossible dream, but know the difference between nobility and futility. – Wes Curtis

Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base. - Frederick Wilcox

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. – Guillaume Apollinaire

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
– Theodore M. Hesburgh

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs. - Vance Havner

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well. - Joe Ancis

persist It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. - Confucius

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. - Henry James

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. - Sam Keen

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