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

Friday, January 31, 2014

Quotes by William Arthur Ward

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994), author of Fountains of Faith, is one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.
More than 100 articles, poems and meditations written by Ward have been published in such magazines as Reader's Digest, This Week, The Upper Room, Together, The Christian Advocate, The Adult Student, The Adult Teacher, The Christian Home, The Phi Delta Kappan, Science of Mind, The Methodist Layman, Sunshine, and Ideals.

His column Pertinent Proverbs has been featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and in numerous service club publications throughout the United States and abroad. He is one of the most frequently quoted writers in the pages of Quote, the international weekly digest for public speakers.


“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” 

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

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

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you. ”

“The adventure of life is to learn. 
The purpose of life is to grow. 
The nature of life is to change. 
The challenge of life is to overcome. 
The essence of life is to care. 
The opportunity of like is to serve. 
The secret of life is to dare. 
The spice of life is to befriend. 
The beauty of life is to give.
The joy of life is to love."

“Every person has the power to make others happy.
Some do it simply by entering a room
others by leaving the room.
Some individuals leave trails of gloom;
others, trails of joy.
Some leave trails of hate and bitterness;
others, trails of love and harmony.
Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism;
others trails of faith and optimism.
Some leave trails of criticism and resignation;
others trails of gratitude and hope.
What kind of trails do you leave?”

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

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”

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

“To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”

“A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.”

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. ”

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

“Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.”

“Before you act, listen.
Before you react, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.”

“We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them.”

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” 

“Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.”

“if you can imagine it, you can achieve it, if you can dream it, you can become it”

“The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.”

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”

“We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.”

“God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?”

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.”

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”

“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.”

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

“We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead.”

“Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority.”

“Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible”

“if you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

“We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys.”

“The greatest hazard in life is to risk NOTHING.”

“If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

“Happiness is an inside job”

“If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring
out the best in ourselves."


"Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work."

The Meaning of Life by William Arthur Ward


The adventure of life is to learn.

The goal of life is to grow.

The nature of life is to change.

The challenge of life is to overcome.

The essence of life is to care.

The opportunity of life is to serve.

The secret of life is to dare.

The spice of life is to befriend.

The beauty of life is to give.

The joy of life is to love.

by William Arthur Ward


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Priorities and Your Attention

No matter what you do, time marches on at its own pace - tick, tick, tick - and there's nothing you can do to change that (unless you can go pretty close to the speed of light). Time is a great equalizer; it runs at the same speed for everybody, rich or poor, jet pilot or snail farmer. You can't manufacture time, you can't reproduce time, you can't slow time down or turn it around and make it run in the other direction. You can't trade bad hours for good ones, either.

What you can manage, however, is your attention. Attention is a resource we all possess. Your attention reflects your conscious decisions about which activities will occupy your time. You are where your attention is ... not necessarily where your body is.

The first step is to precisely understand your priorities. There's a big difference between managing your attention to accomplish priorities and checking off items on your to-do list. Our natural tendency is to do what is fun, convenient, or absolutely necessary at any given time - but your true priorities may not fit into any of those categories. So, here's a question to ask yourself, "If I could accomplish only one thing right now, what would that one thing be?" Your answer will quickly identify your top priority, where you should be directing your attention.

Dwight D. (Ike) Eisenhower, the World War II general who went on to become a popular president of the United States, used what is now called the Eisenhower Method for managing priorities and attention. After identifying the tasks confronting him, he drew a square and divided it into four quadrants as seen below. I have overlaid the 4 D's into each quadrant to further simplify the actions you should take. Each and every task should have one of the 4 D's performed on it - Do it, Dump it, Delegate it or Defer it.


Manage your attention like Ike by distinguishing between "urgent" and "important" activities. Important activities are beneficial and should be accomplished, if not right away, then eventually. Urgent activities are time sensitive, but not necessarily crucial to your bigger goals.

As you identify priorities, be realistic about what you can accomplish. Be honest with yourself about what you truly want to achieve in your life and work. Where do you want to invest your attention? Although important tasks are your top priorities, most of the time these are not the things that appear to be urgent. Don't be fooled into thinking that whatever seems urgent is worth taking your attention from your most important goal. Eisenhower's mantra was "What's important is seldom urgent, and what's urgent is seldom important." Less important priorities should not receive more attention than more important priorities.

by Lee J. Colan


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Friday, January 17, 2014

Your Character Matters

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

A significant problem in today's society is that people's level of success is greater than their character can sustain. We see it every day in professional sports, entertainment, business and politics. People lack the personal character to gracefully handle their success, power, influence, wealth. It's a character chasm.

Cavett Robert, founder of the National Speakers Association, once asked a college professor for the definition of "character." Here's what he said, "It is the will to carry out your resolve long after the mood in which you made it has left you." Most people let their moods manage their behavior. And most people don't realize their full potential. Rise above your moods; don't let emotion drive your choices.

The most important decision in life is to decide what is most important. So, decide what is most important to you, and then go after it even when you don't feel like it.

These words from Frank Outlaw can help us focus on what ultimately matters ... our character.

Watch your thoughts;
they become your words.
Watch your words;
they become your actions.
Watch your actions;
they become your habits.
Watch your habits;
they become your character.
Watch your character;
It becomes your destiny.

by Lee J. Colan

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Top 37 Things Dying People Say They Regret


Learn From It Before It’s Too Late.


Everyone goes through life experiencing enough mistakes and resulting damage that, by the time they are old enough, they have regrets. They say hindsight is 20/20 and when you look back at your life you will know what moments you should have changed. However, we want to help you out. Forget hindsight. We’ve compiled a list of the 37 things you must not do or else you will definitely regret them at the end of your life. Just read through these and trust us. It’ll be worth it.
It’s never too late to change your life, so start by avoiding these things.
You won’t regret it.