Favorite Phrases, Quotes, Sayings,
and Words of Wisdom

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"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."
--Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly."
--Simeon Strunsky

"I hate quotations."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"People will accept your ideas much more readily
if you tell them that Benjamin Franklin said it first."


This page is dedicated to my parents, my grandparents, my pastor, and my scoutmaster,
all of whom have inspired and impacted me deeply in my life.

Following are some of my favorite phrases, quotes, slogans, sayings, proverbs, and words of wisdom that I have picked up from people in various times and places in my journey through life. Many of these quotes and phrases have given me inspiration, helped me through difficult times, or helped me reach my goals and thromes in life, and many of them come to mind in my day-to-day life.   (*denotes my personal favorites!)

I especially appreciate phrases that deal with success, music, the arts, laughter, languages, sailing, or traveling on our journeys through life. Some of my favorite people to quote are Thoreau, Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Winston Churchill, and my mom and dad.

If you have a favorite phrase, saying or quote that you think I might like, please e-mail it to me, and if I like it, I'll add it to this page! (If you know it, please be sure to include the name of the person who originally made the quote or any quotes that I have listed as "Unknown").

I hope these quotes may have as much meaning for your life as they have for mine...

Imagination, Dreams, Goals, Vision, Destiny
Travel, Journeys, Home, Roots
Communication, Speech, Language | Character
Education, Teaching, Learning, Knowledge, Advice, Experience
Striving, Achieving, Attaining - Good, Better, Best
Success, Preparation, Opportunities, Adversity, Obstacles
Courage, Adventure, Exploration, Discovery, Ships, Sailing
Arts - Laughter, Fools, Clowns, Circus, Comedy, Music, Art
Tongue Twisters | Toasts | Insults | Advice | Food, Cooking | Animals, Pets
Emotions, Feelings, Love, Friendship, Virtues
Pride, Anger, Hate, Criticism, Maturity, Forgiveness
Leadership | History | Time, Aging, Life, Death

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Imagination, Dreams, Goals, Vision, Destiny

"Imagination is the eye of the soul." --Joubert "Imagination is more important than knowledge." --Albert Einstein "A strong imagination begetteth opportunity." --Michel de Montaigne "Without repeating life in imagination, you can never be fully alive." --Karen Blixen, Letters From Africa 1914-1931 "You can't depend on your eyes, when your imagination is out of focus" --Mark Twain "Nothing happens unless there is first a dream." --Carl Sandburg "Have a goal. A goal is just a dream with a deadline." --Marjorie Blanchard "A man's dreams are an index of his greatness." --Zadok Rabinowitz "You can often measure a person by the size of his dream." --Dr. Robert Schuller "All men who have achieved great things have been dreamers." --Orison Swett Marden "When you cease to dream, you cease to live." --Malcomb S. Forbes "Where there is no vision, the people perish" --Jewish Proverb 29:18 "People with a vision THRIVE!" --Dan Meyer "The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision." --Helen Keller "Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements." --Napoleon Hill "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." --Anatole France "See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you've reached your goal." --E. Nightingale "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow." --James Dean * "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." --Henry David Thoreau "The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." --Ben Stein "Make no little plans; They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence." --Daniel Hudson Burnham "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." --Nelson Mandela "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." --Edgar Allan Poe "All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. " --T. E. Lawrence "In the long run, we only hit what we aim at." --Henry David Thoreau "The time you want the map is BEFORE you enter the woods." --Unknown "I've lowered my expectations to the point where they've already been met." --Unknown "Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals." --Swami Vivekananda "God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them." --Unknown "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted." --Unknown "Shoot for the moon - Even if you miss, you're among the stars." --Sue Trythall * "Reach for the stars - You might not always get a star, but at least you won't end up with a handful of dirt." --Leo Burnette "Reach high - for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep - for every dream precedes the goal." --Ralph Vaull Starr "Everyone is a star and deserves a chance to shine." --Marilyn Monroe "The heavens are as deep as our aspirations are high." --Henry David Thoreau "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." --Ralph Waldo Emerson "Without darkness, there are no dreams." --Karla Kuban "We all see the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizons." --Plaque in Pat Collins' office "The horizon ceases to be the horizon when you get there." --C.S. Lewis "Ansiktet mot stjärnorna, fötterna på jorden." ("Face towards the stars, feet on the ground") --Swedish saying "The world stands out on either side No wider than the heart is wide; Above the world is stretched the sky - No higher than the soul is high." --Edna St. Vincent Millay "He who would leap high must take a long run." --Danish Proverb "I may lose in the long run, but until then, I'll set a pretty mean pace." --Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Go To Top

Travel, Journeys, Home, Roots

"The world is a book. He who does not travel only reads one page." --St. Augustine "Before he sets out, the traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel." --George Santayana "The greater thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are going." --Oliver Wendell Holmes "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers "The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going." --Napoleon Hill "Our nature lies on movement; Complete calm is death." --Pascal, Pensees "Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it." --American Indian proverb "We don't always know where we're going, but we're making good time." --Unknown "I have been a stranger in a strange land." --Exodus 2:22 "When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable." --Clifton Fadiman "He who would travel happily must travel light." --Antoine de Saint-Exupery "Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag." --Alexander Solzhenitsyn "Travel is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance." --Benjamin Franklin * "I travel - not to go, but to travel..." --Robert Louis Stevenson "Life is a journey, not a destination." --Unknown "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." --Ursula K. LeGuin "To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive." --Robert Louis Stevenson "Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination." --Roy M. Goodman "Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but rather a manner of traveling." --M.L. Runbeck "A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour." --Unknown "Wherever you go, there you are." --Douglas Adams "Slow down. The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for." --Louis L'Amour, "Ride the Dark Trail" "People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering." --Saint Augustine (354-430) "The best climber in the world is the one who's having the most fun." --Alex Lowe, professional mountaineer "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." --Soren Kierkegaard "God sees all of time as a person would see an entire train from an airplane overhead - from engine to caboose." --Bob George "Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you're going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way." --Nancye Sims "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to that which lies within us." --Ralph Waldo Emerson "All seasons are beautiful for him who carries happiness within." --Horace Friess "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 "Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and softly sits on your shoulder." --Richard Lessor "Find those things in life that bring you happiness. Never let them go. Learn what it is that steals your joy. Find a way to remove it from your life." --Unknown "Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: They try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse: You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want." --Margaret Young "I would rather have a crust and a tent with you than be queen of all the world." --Isabel Burton to her husband Richard Burton, the 19th century explorer "Love people. Use things. Not vice-versa." --Kelly Ann Rothaus "If you don’t have all the things you want, be grateful for all the things you don’t have that you didn’t want." --Gil Atkinson "Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened." --Melanie Swift "The future is not some place we are going, but one we create. The paths are not found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination." --John Schaar "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths." --Proverbs 3:6 "We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing towards it. The process is not yet finished, but it is going on. This is not the end, but it is the road." --Martin Luther "We are not living in a world where all roads are radii of a circle and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer and finally meet at the centre; Rather in a world where every road, after a few miles, forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork you must make a decision. I do not think that all who chose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road." --C.S. Lewis "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 Browne "How many roads must a man walk down Before he admits he is lost?" --Unknown "Not all who wander are lost." --J.R.R. Tolkein "Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." --Miriam Beard "Travel teaches toleration." --Disraeli "Solvitur ambulando." ("It is solved by walking.") --Latin saying "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness... Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." --Mark Twain, "Innocents Abroad" "He who does not travel does not know the value of men." --Moorish proverb "And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him two." --Matthew 5:41 "Inch by inch, Life's a cinch, Yard by yard, Life is hard" --Jenny Mullen "Ett steg i taget" ("One step at a time") "Ett steg i taket!" ("One step on the roof!") --Swedish sayings "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." --Chinese Proverb "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance." --American Proverb "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire." --American Proverb "Wie buiten is heeft al een flink deel van de reis achter hem." "He who is outside the door already has a good part of his journey behind him." --Dutch proverb "Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time." --Steven Wright "The feet go to that place that the heart goes." --Afghan saying * "Be flexible - Go with the flow..." --Greg Ormson, Tamil Nadu, India, 1978 "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." --Yogi Berra "When you don't know where you're going, every road will take you there." --Yiddish Proverb "The road to success is always under construction.... Meet the challenge." --Unknown "The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces." --Unknown "We must walk toward goals instead of running away from our problems." --Mildred Norman, "Peace Pilgrim" "The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time." --Colette, Paris From My Window (1944) "If you don't climb the mountain, you can't see the view. " --Unknown "The best climber in the world is the one who's having the most fun." --Alex Lowe, professional mountaineer "Half the fun is getting there..." --Unknown "It is a fine thing to be out on the hills alone. A man can hardly be a beast or a fool alone on a great mountain." --Rev. Francis Kilvert * "Long walk, part of gift..." --African Proverb
"Sá einn veit
er víða ratar
og hefir fjöld um farið,

Hverju geði
stýrir gumna hver
sá er vitandi er vits"

"Den ensam vet,
som vandrar vida
och har farit flitigt

Vilken förmåga
som följer den man
som vet att bruka sitt vett"

    --Visdomsord från Havamál
"He is truly wise
who has traveled far
and knows the ways of the world.

He who has traveled
can tell what spirit
governs the men he meets."

    --Old Viking Hávamál proverb
"Man må tude med de ulve man er iblandt." "You must howl with the wolves you are with." --Old Danish saying * "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." --Unknown "Someday we'll look back on this moment and plow into a parked car." --Evan Davis "It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere." --Written in the dust on the back of a bus in Wickenburg, AZ "Without music, life is a journey through a desert." --Pat Conroy "We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend." --Robert Louis Stevenson "One should keep old roads and old friends" --Dutch saying "Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter." --Izaak Walton "Goed gezelschap, korte afstanden." "Good company makes short miles." --Dutch proverb * "Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land" --Jewish Proverb 25:25 "Borta bra, men hemma bäst." "Away is good, but home is best." --Swedish saying --Carl Jonas Love Almqvist "Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were." --Unknown "There's no place like http://www.home.com" "[ALT]+[HOME] is where the heart is" "Strong legs are needed to carry good days." --Icelandic saying "Det gamle stend på sterke røter." "That which is old stands on strong roots." --Old Norwegain proverb "Prosperity will have its season Even when it's here, it's going by And when it's gone we pretend we know the reason And all the roots grow deeper when it's dry..." --David Wilcox - "Big Horizon" (1993) "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be." --Douglas Adams Go To Top

Communication, Speech, Language

"Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God." --Noah Webster "Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain." --Lily Tomlin "The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for." --Ludwig Wittgenstein "Never use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice." --Unknown "Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams." --Mary Ellen Kelly Go To Top

Prayer, Praying, Communicating

"Some people pray just to pray and some people pray to know God." --Andrew Murray "There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying." --John G. Lake "You may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day." --Fredrik Wisloff "If I begin the day with God before light, I can know that by nightfall I followed the proper course." --Martin Luther "I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it." --John Wesley "I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go." --Abraham Lincoln "Always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with a text. I would make an absolute law of this – always obey such an impulse." --Martyn Lloyd-Jones "Wishing will never be a substitute for prayer." --Ed Cole "One can believe intellectually in the efficacy of prayer and never do any praying." --Catherine Marshall "Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" --Corrie Ten Boom "Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan" --John Bunyan "Of all the duties enjoined by Christianity, none is more essential and yet more neglected than prayer." --François Fénelon "We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another." --William Law "The third petition of the Lord's Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone's will be done but their own." --Aldous Huxley "Is the Son of God praying in me, or am I dictating to Him? Prayer is not simply getting things from God, that is a most initial form of prayer; Prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If the Son of God is formed in us by regeneration, He will press forward in front of our common sense and change our attitude to the things about which we pray." --Oswald Chambers "Those who know God the best are the richest and most powerful in prayer. Little acquaintance with God, and strangeness and coldness to Him, make prayer a rare and feeble thing." --E. M. Bounds "How often have we prayed something like, "O Lord, be with cousin Billy now in a special way"? Have we stopped to consider what it is we're requesting? Imagine that you are a parent who is preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, "O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way"? No way. You would say, "Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9 pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there's any problem. Any questions before we go?" We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer. --David Jeremiah "There is a general kind of praying which fails for lack of precision. It is as if a regiment of soldiers should all fire off their guns anywhere. Possibly somebody would be killed, but the majority of the enemy would be missed." --Charles Haddon Spurgeon "When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy." --Corrie Ten Boom "When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't pray, they don't." --William Temple "Faith in a prayer-hearing God will make a prayer-loving Christian." --Andrew Murray "Do you know what prayer is? It is not begging God for this and that. The first thing we have to do is to get you beggars to quit begging until a little faith moves in your souls." --John G. Lake "Those who do not believe do not pray. This is a good functional definition of faith. Faith prays, unbelief does not." --John A. Hardon "Pray, and let God worry." --Martin Luther "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your task. --Phillips Brooks "This is our Lord's will... that our prayer and our trust be, alike, large." --Julian of Norwich "If you can't pray a door open, don't pry it open." --Lyell Rader "God's answers are wiser than our prayers." --Unknown "There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers." --Teresa of Avila "God does not delay to hear our prayers because He has no mind to give; but that, by enlarging our desires, He may give us the more largely." --Anselm of Canterbury "We waste most of our time trying to get God to do something He has already done, or praying for God to do something He told us to do." --Jacquelyn K. Heasley "If God will do whatever He wishes, regardless of whether we pray or not, then we do not need to pray at all, and the Lord's instructions on praying for the Kingdom and the Will are superfluous. But the truth is that God waits for a Remnant to rise up and to pray in agreement with His Purpose before He does anything. He will do nothing apart from the Church. Apart from HIM, we CAN do nothing; Apart from US, He WILL do nothing." --Chip Brogden "We lean to our own understanding, or we bank on service and do away with prayer, and consequently by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing prayer." --Oswald Chambers "The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men…Men of prayer." --E. M. Bounds "The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer." --John R. Mott "I must secure more time for private devotions. I have been living far too public for me. The shortening of devotions starves the soul, it grows lean and faint. I have been keeping too late hours." --William Wilberforce "We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God within him, which is nourished not by food but by prayer... Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished." --Oswald Chambers "Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It's important because it's the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you "my beloved daughter," "my beloved son," "my beloved child." To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being. --Henri Nouwen "The lover of silence draws close to God. He talks to Him in secret and God enlightens him." --John Climacus "Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one's heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell God your troubles, that God may comfort you; tell God your joys, that God may sober them; Tell God your longings, that God may purify them; tell God your dislikes, that God may help you conquer them; Talk to God of your temptations, that God may shield you from them; Show God the wounds of your heart, that God may heal them. If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. Talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration say just what you think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God." --François Fénelon "Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means for getting something for ourselves; The Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself." --Oswald Chambers "If you are sick, fast and pray; If the language is hard to learn, fast and pray; If the people will not hear you, fast and pray, If you have nothing to eat, fast and pray." --Frederick Franson "Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons; But they are helpless against our prayers." --J. Sidlow Baxter "Notice that we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great deterrent." --Leonard Ravenhill "God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede." --Oswald Chambers "There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him." --William Law "Rich is the person who has a praying friend." --Janice Hughes "A servant of the Lord stands bodily before men, but mentally he is knocking at the gates of heaven with prayer." --John Climacus "It is necessary to rouse the heart to pray, otherwise it will become quite dry. The attributes of prayer must be: love of God, sincerity, and simplicity." --John of Kronstadt "Whether we think of or speak to God; Whether we act or suffer for him; All is prayer when we have no other object than his love, and the desire of pleasing him." --John Wesley "Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupation -- Speak, act, work in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be." --François Fénelon "The true spirit of prayer is no other than God's own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with him by prayer." --Jonathan Edwards "God does not stand afar off as I struggle to speak. He cares enough to listen with more than casual attention. He translates my scrubby words and hears what is truly inside. He hears my sighs and uncertain gropings as fine prose." --Timothy Jones "Prayer is not a discourse. It is a form of life, the life with God. That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement." --Jacques Ellul "In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart." --John Bunyan "When a man has found the Lord, he no longer has to use words when he is praying, for the Spirit Himself will intercede for him with groans that cannot be uttered." --John Climacus "Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude— an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God." --Arthur W. Pink "Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work." --Oswald Chambers "A nation will not be moved by timid methods." --Luis Palau "We, like Jesus, must use the ever-changing methods of communication to disseminate the unchanging message of God's love and forgiveness." --Billy Graham Go To Top


"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." --Unknown "The cleaning of rooms has a great deal to do with forming one's character." --Booker T. Washington * "Character is produced in solitude; personality in the stream of life." --From a poster I grew up looking at daily "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." --Helen Keller "Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries." --James Michener "Character, the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life, is the source from which self-respect springs." --Joan Didion "The real test of character is whether you will do the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay." --Michael Josephson "If you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself." --Unknown "Increscunt animi, virescit volnere virtus." ("The spirits increase, vigor grows through a wound.") --2nd Century Roman author, Aulus Gellius "Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker." ("What does not kill me, makes me stronger.") --Friedrich Nietzsche, "Die Götzen-Dämmerung" (1889) "What doesn't kill ya, will make you stronger." --Gina Drummonds "Do not pray for easy lives; Pray to be strong men." --John F. Kennedy "If life is a grind, use it to sharpen your character." --Unknown "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." --Abraham Lincoln "I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts." --John Locke "A fool thinks he's full of wisdom when he's safe and sound. When alone he is at a loss for courage and cunning." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "One man with courage makes a majority." --Thomas Jefferson "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." --Winston Churchill "Being cool is a coverup for cowards, Building character calls for courage." --Stephen Mansfield "People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." --Eleanor Roosevelt "A man's character is his destiny." --Heraclitus "Character is like a fence - It cannot be strengthened by whitewash." --Unknown * "Character is produced in solitude; personality in the stream of life." --From a poster I grew up looking at daily "Quiet water splits a stone." --Bengali saying "Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." -- Hans Margolius "Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked." --Unknown "Efficiency is intelligent laziness." --David Dunham "A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive." --Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress "The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves." --Herbert N. Casson, English poet "If you speak to the fool in a man, the fool will stand up. If you speak to the champion in a man, the champion will rise up." --Unknown "Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly." --Dr. Stephen Covey "Ability is what you are capable of doing, Motivation determines what you do, and attitude determines how well you do it." --Jason Oelrich "Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings." --C. Archie Danielson, Spanish painter and printmaker "Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss." --Ralph Waldo Emerson "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." --Walt Disney Go To Top

Education, Teaching, Learning, Books, Knowledge, Experience

"All generalizations are dangerous, even this one." --Alexandre Dumas "Intuition is the uncanny sixth sense which tells people that they are right, whether they are or not." --Georges Lessard "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." --Galileo Galilei "I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught." --Sir Winston Churchill "Leermeesters sterven, maar boeken blijven leven." "Teachers die, but books live on." --Dutch proverb "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." --Mark Twain "Een kamer met boeken is redelijk gezelschap." "A room full of books makes good company." --Dutch proverb "We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true." --Robert Wilensky, University of California "Plagiarism is copying from one source; Research is copying from two or more." --Unknown "Learning never exhausts the mind." --Leonardo da Vinci "Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them." --Lord Chesterfield "Read much, but not too many books." --Benjamin Franklin "I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers." --Khalil Gilbran "Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave." --Baron Henry Peter Brougham "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper." --Robert Frost "A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered." --Proverbs 17:27 "Do not always jump to offer advice, when just lending an ear will often suffice." --Matt Thompson "Listen with your heart. Learn from your experiences, and always be open to new ones." --Cherokee Proverb "Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say." --Unknown "I went outside to find a friend, but could not find one there. I went outside to be a friend, and friends were everywhere." --Payne "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." --Mahatma Gandhi "The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself." --Napoleon Hill "Excellence always sells." --E. Nightingale "Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be." --Og Mandino "You can't learn anything with your mouth open." --Earl Nightingale "A man is master only of that which he does not say, and slave to all he says." --Unknown "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." --Stephen Covey, Habit 5 "The cautious guest who comes to the table speaks sparingly; Listens with ears, learns with eyes. Such is the seeker or knowledge." --Ancient Viking Hávamál proverb "Insight demands opening up your senses, talking less and listening more. I believe you can learn almost everything you need to know - and more than other people would like you to know - simply by watching, listening, and keeping your eyes peeled, your ears open, and your mouth closed." --McCormack "What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School" (1984) "God gave us two ears but only one mouth." --Unknown "We must train ourselves not to see the world only through our own eyes." --Michael Levine "A log's flame leaps to another Fire kindles fire. A man listens thus he learns The shy stays shallow." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "Let us sit bent, but talk straight." --Turkish saying "What I am about to say represents one four-billionth of the world's opinion." --Jack Williams in Phoenix Gazette "Most of us would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." --Norman Vincent Peale "If we only spoke the truth based on cold hard fact instead of assumptions, suspicion, opinion, or envy, we would speak a lot less." --Unknown "If you're going to let words come into play, Say what you mean, and mean what you say." --John Mallon, Llama trainer "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." --William A. Ward "Tell me, and I may forget. Show me, and I might remember. Involve me, and I will understand." --Chinese proverb "The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards." --Anatole France "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." --Leonardo da Vinci "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." --Albert Einstein "You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother." --Unknown "Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand." --Mark Twain "Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought." --Basho "For I do not seek to understand so that I may believe; but I believe so that I may understand." --St. Anselm (1033-1109) "If you understand what you're doing, you're not learning anything." --Abraham Lincoln "Den som inte förstår allvar, han förstår inte svenska." --Gustaf af Geijerstam vid en föreläsning i Köpenhamn 1906 "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day; Teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime." --Native American saying "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day; Teach a man to fish, and he'll be in a boat drinking all day..." --Tennessee saying "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day; Teach a man to use the Internet, and he won't bother you for weeks!." --Unknown "Never trouble the water you intend to fish." --Unknown "It's not a fish until it's on the bank." --Irish saying "He who teaches his son to swim at the top of a waterfall will not long be a father." --Rowan Atkinson "Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement." --Jim Horning "Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again." --F. P. Jones "You can use an eraser on the drafting table, or a sledge hammer on the construction site.." --Frank Lloyd Wright "The first time's the worst time" --John Mallon, Llama trainer "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other." --Benjamin Franklin "Ervaring is de beste leermeester." "Experience is the best teacher." --Dutch proverb "Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing." --Oscar Wilde "Listen with your heart. Learn from your experiences, and always be open to new ones." --Cherokee Proverb "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." --George Bernard Shaw "Mistakes are proof that you are trying." --Unknown "Mistakes are the price we pay for a full life." --Sophia Loren "Practice doesn't make perfect, nor is it supposed to. Practice is about increasing your repertoire of ways to recover from your mistakes." --John Gutin "Anyone can make mistakes. Fools insist on repeating them." --Robertine Maynard "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." --Martin Vanbee "Nunca es tarde para aprender" "Det är aldrig för sent att lära sig" "Es ist niemal zu Spät zu lehrnen" "It is never too late to learn" --Unknown "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten" - B.F. Skinner "Hvad du i barndommen nemmer, du sent i alderdommen glemmer." "(What you in childhood learn well, you in adulthood remember well.)" --Old Danish saying "Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it." --Unknown "Amnesia used to be my favorite word, but then I forgot it." --Unknown Go To Top

Striving, Achieving, Attaining - Good, Better, Best

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." --Mark Twain "...und tue, was du schuldig bist zu tun in deinen Berufe." --Martin Luther "Whatever you are, be a good one." --Abraham Lincoln "What you seem to be, be really." --Benjamin Franklin "Esse quam videri" "To be, rather than to appear." "Be all that you can be..." --U.S. Army "Always do your best; What you plant now, you will harvest later" --Og Mandino "I want to be the best me possible" --Celine Dion "Wherever you are, be ALL there." --Jim Eliot, martyred missionary to Ecuador "Freedom to be your best means nothing unless you're willing to do your best." --Colin Powell "We should know our weaknesses as well as out strengths if we would attain to be the best in our civilization." --Booker T. Washington "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning." --Catherine Aird "Doe je best, God doet de rest." "Do your best, God does the rest." --Dutch proverb Grandma's advice: "Do your best, and leave the rest." --Unknown "I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; And I mean to keep on doing it until the end." --Abraham Lincoln "There is always a best way of doing everything, even if it be to boil an egg." --Ralph Waldo Emerson "I can find a new way to do it better!" --little Danny Meyer in childhood "Good, better, best Never let it rest Get your good better and your better best." --George Burns “Let no on ever come to you without leaving better.” --Mother Teresa Go To Top

Success, Preparation, Planning, Opportunities, Adversity, Obstacles

Education's secret to business: "Find a need, and serve it" --ISU/Belmont University Business classes Thomas Edison's secret to success: "The secret to success is focus of purpose." --Thomas Edison Van Gogh's secret to success: "The key to success is to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear." --Vincent Van Gogh Mark Twain's secret to success: "Find out where the people are going and get there first." --Mark Twain Politicians' secret to success: "There are two rules for ultimate success in life: 1). Never divulge everything you know..." Millionaires' secret to success: "Take opportunity when it knocks." --Millionaires I interviewed in Bahamas My secret to success: "Look at every obstacle as an opportunity - Make opportunities; Knock!" --Dan Meyer "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." --Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." --Hugh Allen "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." --Francis Bacon "Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards." --William Arthur Ward "Opportunities are like sunrises; If you wait too long, you miss them." --Unknown "Jumping at several small opportunities may get you there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along". --Hugh Allen "I have never been bored an hour in my life. I get up every morning wondering what new strange glamorous thing is going to happen and it happens at fairly regular intervals." --William Allen White "The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare." --Dale Carnegie "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; It is because we do not dare that they are difficult." --Seneca Proverb "All things are difficult before they are easy." --Thomas Fuller "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." --Booker T. Washington "I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." --Michael Jordan "Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement." --C.S. Lewis "Success comes in cans; Failure comes in can'ts." --Unknown "Success is not final, failure is not fatal; It is the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill "Success is a journey, not a destination." --Ben Sweetland "Success is a great deodorant; It takes away all your past smells." -Elizabeth Taylor "Humility comes from understanding that the obstacles in front of you are not going to go away." --Sarah Ferguson "Great heights are only reached by overcoming great obstacles." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement." --Henry Ford "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." --George Bernard Shaw "The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come." --C.S. Lewis "There is no security on this earth, only opportunity." --Douglas MacArthur "Be wise in the way you act toward others; make the most of every opportunity." --Colossians 4:5 "Learn to listen carefully; Opportunity often knocks softly." --Unknown "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." --Thomas Edison "Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities; Seize common occasions and make them great!" --Orison Swett Marden "A window of opportunity will not open itself." --Michael Crichton "Opportunities multiply as they are seized." --Sun Tzu "Success is simply a matter of luck: Ask any failure." --Earl Wilson "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." --Thomas Jefferson "Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it..." --Unknown "The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; It is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; It is in yourself alone." --Orison Swett Marden "Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity." --Arabian saying "Opportunities always look bigger going than coming." --Unknown "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." --Vince Lombardi "Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; It is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable." --Sydney Harris "Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have." --Louis E. Boone "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been!' " --John Greenleaf Whittier "Nothing ventured, Nothing gained." --William Shakespeare "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." --Louis L'Amour * "Lord, Grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish." --Michelangelo "When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't." --Thomas Edison "We all have possibilities we don't know about. We can do things we don't even dream we can do." --Dale Carnegie "Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." --St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) "When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself." --Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." --Helen Keller "Every big accomplishment begins with one small decision to try. Think big. Dream bigger." --Dan Meyer "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." --Tommy Lasorda "Things are only impossible until they're not." --Jean-Luc Picard "Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done." --Amelia Earhart "If you believe in yourself, anything is possible." --Miley Cyrus "If you believe in God, ALL things are possible." --Matthew 19:26 "Jesus said, 'What is impossible with men is possible with God.' " --Luke 18:27 "My job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible." --Unknown "Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties." --Unknown "Success always occurs in private and failure in full public view." --Unknown "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." --Winston Churchill "All sunshine all the time sometimes results in a desert." --Unknown "Every cloud has its silver lining, but lightning kills hundreds of people each year who are trying to find it!" --Unknown * "Success is failure turned inside out The silver tint of the clouds of doubt So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, It's when things seem worst, that you mustn't quit." --Uncle Luther Meyer (quoting Piggott) * "A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins." --My Dad "You haven't truly lost until you quit trying." --Bill Stevens "Triumph is directly proportional to the amount of "umph" that goes behind the "try". --Rewording of a thought by Penny Pennington "The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it." --Andrew Carnegie "Be like a postage stamp; Stick to one thing until you get there." --Josh Billings "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again..." --My Dad "If at first you don't succeed, don't take up skydiving." --Jerry Seinfeld(?) "If at first you don't succeed, don't take up sword swallowing." --Dan Meyer "If at first you don't succeed, see if the loser gets anything." --Unknown "When your dreams turn to dust, it's time to vacuum." --Unknown "People stumble, not on mountains, but on small stones." --Unknown "Failure is not when you fall down; It's when you don't get up." --Unknown "Success consists of getting up just one more time than you've fallen down." --Unknown "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." --General George Patton "A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top." --Unknown "When you find yourself in a hole, The first thing to do is stop digging!" --John Mallon, Llama trainer "If life deals you lemons, make lemonade; If it deals you tomatoes, make Bloody Marys." --Unknown "If you're going through hell, keep going." --Rob Estes "The best way out of difficulty is through it..." --Unknown "All things are difficult before they are easy." --Thomas Fuller "If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you had tried to do nothing and succeeded." --Unknown "A person can make many mistakes, but he isn't a failure until he starts blaming someone else." --Unknown "If you really aspire to do something, you will find a way to make it so. If you don't, you will find an excuse." --Amy Wirdzek "He who is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else." --Unknown "You can make either one of two things in this life: You can make excuses, or make money!" --Unknown "The will to succeed is important, but the will to prepare is even more important." --Bobby Knight * "Be prepared - Always keep a dime in your shoe for emergencies." --My Scoutmaster Lloyd Miller "Instead of telling God how big your problems are, tell your problem how BIG your God is." --Joel Osteen "A problem defined is half solved" --Written on a whiteboard at work "(...unless the definition is wrong!)" --scrawled beneath it "Well begun is half done." --Aristotle "Goed begonnen, half gewonnen." "Well begun is half won." --Dutch proverb "Well done is better than well said." --Benjamin Franklin "Wat mut, dat mut." "What must be done, must be done." --Norbert Bialek, Köln, Germany "Measure twice, cut once" --My Dad "People don't plan to fail; They just fail to plan..." --Zig Zigler "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." --Benjamin Franklin "It is better to sleep on things beforehand, than lie awake about them afterward." --Baltasar Gracian "I have always gone on the plan of finding the right of a thing to be done, then working in that direction until I have accomplished it." --Booker T. Washington "Plan your work, Then work your plan." --Zig Zigler "Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans WILL succeed." --Jewish Proverbs 16:3 "The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives advice. He lacks nothing that is in the power of men to give Him. Oh, what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible day and night, moment by moment, everyone should express their most devoted gratitude to Him." --Christopher Columbus "If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." (Duh!) --Vice President Al Gore "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." --Bill Cosby "If you can't win, make the one ahead of you break the record." --Jan McKeithen "The more I help others to succeed, the more I succeed." --Ray Kroc, McDonalds "The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own." --Michael Konda "Success is to get what you want; Happiness is to want what you get..." --Unknown "Success is not the key to happiness; Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." --Albert Schweitzer "Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have." --Hyman Schachtel "A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business." --Henry Ford "Money can't bring you happiness, but it enables you to look for it in more places." --Unknown "Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a boat big enough to sail right up next to it." --David Lee Roth "Money doesn't always bring happiness; People with ten million dollars are no happier than those with nine million." --Unknown "Being rich is having a lot of money. Being wealthy is having a lot of money AND a lot of time." --GSB Professor "No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or 'get rich' in business by being a conformist." --J. Paul Getty "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat" --Theodore Roosevelt "Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you respond to it." --Chuck Swindoll "It's not the load that breaks you down; It's the way you carry it." --Lena Horne * My two rules for a happy life: 1). Don't sweat the small stuff 2). Everything is small stuff! --Dan Meyer "Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things." --George Carlin "Life is too important to take too seriously." --Corky Siegel "If life is just a game, then I must have missed the kickoff." --Unknown * "Don't cry over spilled milk." "Gråt inte över spilld mjölk." --My Mom "Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you." --I Peter 5:7 "I know God won't give me more than I can handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much." --Unknown "Let go, and let God..." --Unknown "If all the gold in the world could not buy a dying man one more breath, what would that make tomorrow worth?" --Unknown "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" --Matthew 6:27 "The unwise man is awake all night worries over and again. When morning rises he is restless still, his burden as before." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "Worry doesn't improve the future; It only ruins the present." --Unknown "...So what big-time crisis were you worried about this time last year?" --Sign on a church bulletin board "Worry is the darkroom in which 'negatives' are developed." --Unknown "If you worry, you die. If you don't worry, you also die. So why worry?" --Mike Horn "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." --Matthew 6:34 "Wir werden das Kind schon schaukeln..." "Det ordnar sig alltid..." "Everything will work itself out..." --Unknown "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God." --Philippians 4:6 "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." --Jewish Proverbs 37:4 "Sök och du skall finna." "Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek, and you will find; Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives; He who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." --Jesus Christ, Matthew 7:7-8 "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." --Isaiah 40:31 "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space." --Lou Whitaker "If you're living on the edge, make sure you're wearing your seat belt." --Unknown "Snooze, ya lose..." --Issac Air Freight "Nunc aut nunquam" "Now or never" --Phineas T. Barnum "This chance may never come again..." * "Seize the moment" "Carpe diem; Quam minimum credula postero" "Seize the day; Trust as little as possible in tomorrow" --Q. Horatius Flaccus "Carpe diem, seize the day Seize the moment, make a way Take the chance while you may Carpe diem, seize the day" --Dan Meyer "When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change, then we change." --Unknown "There is great audacity in the willingness to change, and more than a little optimism." --Robert Crais "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude, and don't complain." --Maya Angelou "Let us become the change we seek in the world." --Mahatma Gandhi "Be the change that makes the difference That makes us realize we're all the same Be the one that sees no color That only paints the world in shades of gray" --Margaret Harris/Renee Martin (1999) "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it." --Barack Obama "Change your thoughts and you change your world." --Norman Vincent Peale "I may not be what I want to be, but I'm sure not what I used to be." --Carolyn Burns Bass "To improve is to change; To be perfect is to change often." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "The only things that remains the same in this world is change." --Unknown "Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine." --Unknown "A cow never stays milked." --Glendon Johnson "The only one who likes change is a wet baby." --Yiddish proverb "Mere change is not growth; Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity, and where there is no continuity there is no growth." --C. S. Lewis "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do..." --Walter Bagehot "It is never too late to be what you might have been..." --George Eliot "The best way to predict the future is to create it." --Alan Kay "If you don't like the news, go out and make some." --Unknown "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude, and don't complain." --Maya Angelou "As a man thinks in his heart, so he is..." --Jewish Proverbs 23:7 "Follow your heart, and listen when it speaks to you." --Susanna Tamaro "Follow Your Heart" * "Where there's a will, there's a way." --My Dad "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." --My Dad to me during High School swim team "You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to become great." --Les Brown "I do today what others will not so tomorrow I can live like others cannot." --Unknown "We set ourselves limits, but we all have the capacity in us to aim higher and achieve higher goals never before thought reachable." --Dan Meyer "We set ourselves limits, but we are all strong enough to aim higher, to achieve our goals. All we have to do is find such strength within ourselves. Know how to develop it." --Alain Robert, the Real Spiderman Go To Top

Courage, Adventure, Exploration, Discovery, Ships, Sailing

"There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship." --Unknown "A woman is like a ship; Her rigging costs more than her hull." --Proverb "De eerste in de boot mag de riemen kiezen." "The first in the boat has the choice of oars." --Dutch proverb "Beter het anker verliezen dan het hele schip." "Better to lose the anchor than the whole ship." --Dutch proverb "Optimism is waiting for your ship to come in, when you haven't sent one out yet." --Unknown "Don't wait for your ship to come in; swim out to it." --Unknown "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!" --Unknown "We cannot change the direction of the wind... but we can adjust our sails." --Unknown "Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind." --Chinese proverb * "Passion is the wind that moves your sails; Reason is the rudder that guides your course." --Arthur Doak/Dan Meyer "The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators." --Edward Gibbon "No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit." --Helen Keller "One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." --Andre Gilde "As the island of our knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." --John Wheeler "They are ill discoverers who think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea." --Francis Bacon "A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind." --Leon Tec, M.D. "The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven." --Martin Luther "We set the sail; God makes the wind." --Unknown "God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage." --Unknown "There are times in the midst of a storm that maintaining is progress, waiting is courage, and hold on is God's plan for the moment." --Unknown "A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships were made for." --Unknown "It takes more than sailing on calm waters to make one a good sailor." --Dan Meyer "To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie an anchor - sail, not drift." --Franklin Roosevelt Ships sail east and ships sail west While the self same breezes blow: It's the set of the sails and not the gales That determines the way they go. Like the winds of the sea is the way of fate As we journey along through life. It's the set of the soul that determines the goal And not the calm or the strife. --Unknown "Sometimes the Lord calms the storm; Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child..." --Unknown "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor" --Unknown "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship." --Louisa May Alcott "Et er et skib at styre, et andet et søkort at forstå" "It is one thing to steer a ship, another to understand a map" --Old Danish saying "The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore... Unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over those things that seem impossible... It is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors... to meet the shadowy figure without fear and conquer the unknown." --Ferdinand Magellan, Explorer (1520) "Adventure: The land between entertainment and panic." --Unknown "A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying..." --Bertrand Russel, Social Cohesion and Human Nature, Authority and the Individual, 1949 * "A man proves his valour by doing what he likes." --Sir Richard Francis Burton "He begins to die that quits his desires." --George Herbert "Your dreams can be realities. They are the stuff that leads us through life toward great happiness." --Deborah Norville "Define your dreams, then pursue them passionately; Always evaluate your circumstances - Be flexible enough to redefine your goals, yet strong enough to keep sight of your true vision and hold fast to it; Be true to yourself, Live up to your highest standards, Live life boldly and passionately, and you will succeed in fulfilling your dreams." --Dan Meyer "Passion without purity is wildness Purity without passion is prudishness." --Unknown "Passion is the genesis of genius." --Tony Robbins "Significant success automatically happens when your passion also becomes your profession." --Dr. Dan Cheatham "You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing." --Dale Carnegie "A man who is paid to do what he enjoys never works a day in his life." --Chinese Proverb "Pursue your passion until your passion becomes your profession!" --Dan Meyer, Sword Swallower "If you're not fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm." --Vince Lombardi "Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; Never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed." --Sydney Smith "He who buries his talents Is making a grave mistake." --Unknown "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and I could say, 'I used everything you gave me'." --Erma Bombeck "Genius is the gold in the mine, talent is the miner who works and brings it out" --Marguerite Gardiner "Potential is Gods gift to us, what we do with it is our gift to Him." --Unknown "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams; Live the life you have imagined." --Henry David Thoreau "Success is not the key to happiness; Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." --Albert Schweitzer "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." --Aristotle "Let God make your Calling your Career." --Dr. Dan Cheatham "The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." --Frederick Buechner "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." --Marianne Williamson "Remember that you are needed. There is at least one important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it." --Charles Allen "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Virtue is doing it." --David Starr Jordan, American Naturalist "I hate to see things done by halves. If it be right, do it boldly; If it be wrong, leave it undone." --Gilpin "Do or do not; There is no try." --Yoda "Just DO it!" --Nike "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." --Jim Rohn "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." --Muhammad Ali "The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives." --Albert Schweitzer "You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be..." --Unknown "Life is too short for traffic." --Dan Bellack "Est unusquisque faber ipsae suae fortunae" "Cada quien es el arquitecto de su propio destino" "Every man is the architect of his own fortune/destiny" --Appius Claudius Caecus "A Christian cannot help being free, because in the pursuit and attainment of his object, no one can either hinder or retard him." --Leo Tolstoy "Donde una puerta se cierra, otra se abre" "När en dörr stängs öppnas en annan" "When one door shuts, another one opens" --Unknown "When one door closes, another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones that are open for us." --Alexander Graham Bell "There is always one unexpected little moment in life when a door opens to let the future in." --Graham Greene "Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open." --Unknown * "...Don't go back through that door - you've already been there and done that; Find a new door and go through it - create new windows of opportunity" --Bob Shultz, Blakes, Michigan City, IN, 1978 "A window of opportunity will not open itself." --Michael Crichton "Sometimes the roof must fall for us to see the sky again." --Unknown "Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." --Unknown "God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them." --Unknown "If you think you can, or you think you cannot, you are right." --Henry Ford "If you settle for what you've got, you deserve what you get." --Kathy Lee Gifford If you always live Like you've always lived, If you always think Like you've always thought, If you always do What you've always done, You will always get What you always got! --Dan Meyer "Optimism is that faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." --Helen Keller "God's call to me, His child, is not to safeness, but always to something more - always upward, higher, further along. To bypass the call is to settle for mediocrity, complacency and dormancy. And should I choose not to risk, I will more than likely wake up some morning with the haunting question on my mind, 'Could God have had something more for me, if only I had dared to trust?' " --Ruth Senter, "Beyond Safe Places" "When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing that two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught to fly." --Edward Teller "I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun, not just because I see it, but because by it I can see everything else." --C.S. Lewis "Without God,
there would be no atheists." --G. K. Chesterton "Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see." --Unknown "Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation." --Unknown "Faith is the refusal to panic." --Unknown "Faith is not believing that God can It's knowing He will." --Unknown "I do not pray for success; I ask for faithfulness." --Mother Teresa "A coincidence is when God performs a miracle, and decides to remain anonymous." --Unknown "No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; Work transforms talent into genius." --Anna Pavlova, Russian Ballerina "Boldness has genius in it; If you can dream it, do it." --Goethe "Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration." --Thomas Edison "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." --Unknown "There's a fine line between a genius and an idiot: An idiot has wild ideas; A genius does something with them." --Randall Owen "People with small minds talk about people. People with average minds talk about events. People with great minds talk about ideas." --Eleanor Roosevelt "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." --Albert Einstein "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." --Mark Twain "The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are." --C.S. Lewis "He who walks with wise men will be wise." --Proverbs 13:20 "When you are among the swans, you become a swan." --Siamese saying "He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!" -Unknown "Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders. Gott hilf mir." ("Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.") -Martin Luther (1521) "Courage is clearly a readiness to risk self-humiliation." --Nigel Dennis "Being cool is a coverup for cowardice; Building character calls for courage." --Rewording of a thought by Stephen Mansfield "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." --Anaïs Nin "Be brave - Even if you are not, pretend to be; No one can tell the difference." --Unknown "Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment." --Baltasar Gracian "Ability is what you are capable of doing, Motivation determines what you do, and attitude determines how well you do it." --Jason Oelrich "Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities." --Napoleon Bonaparte "Engång skall du vara en av dem som levat för längesen." ("Some day you shall be among those who lived long ago.") --Pär Lagerkvist, Aftonland "You never know when you're making a memory." --Rickie Lee Jones "To dream of the person you would like to be is a waste of the person that you are..." --Unknown "He who buries his talents Is making a grave mistake." --Unknown "Your destiny is fulfilled as you invest in the destinies of others." --Stephen Mansfield "Scouting rounds a guy out" --Boy Scouts of America * "Don't just live the length of your life; Live the width of it as well." --Diane Ackerman "I come that you might have life, and have it more ABUNDANTLY." --Jesus Christ, John 10:10 "You can do anything you set your mind to, as long as it is in God's will." --Dan Meyer "Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world." --I John 4:4 * "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me..." --Philippians 4:13 "Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece..." --Filipenses 4:13 "Allt förmår jag i honom som giver mig kraft..." "Jag kan göra allt som Gud ber mig om, tack vare Kristus, som ger mig styrka och kraft..." --Filipperbrevet 4:13 "No problem, man" --Local natives in India and the Bahamas "Oú sont les neiges d'autant?" --Unknown Go To Top


"A people without a heritage are easily persuaded." --Karl Marx "The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of history." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know." --Harry Truman "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know what it is today nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about. Ours is a rich legacy. Rich but lost." --Woodrow Wilson "To comprehend the history of a thing is to unlock the mysteries of its present, and more, to disclose the profundities of its future." --Hilaire Belloc "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: "My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." --Isaiah 46:10 "Some people live in the present, oblivious of the past and blind to the future. Some dwell in the past. A very few have the knack of applying the past to the present in ways that show them the future. Great leaders have this knack." --Richard M. Nixon "The future is always built out of the materials of the past." --Booker T. Washington "Great leaders apply the past to the present so as to shape the future." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "History is philosophy learned from examples." --Thucydides "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." --George Santayana "We cannot say the past is past without surrendering the future." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "Don’t worry about people from your past; There’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future." --Unknown Go To Top

Time, Aging, Life, Death

"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven - A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing; A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to give away; A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace." --Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." --Louis L'Amour "Time is the most valuable thing one can spend." --Unknown "One will never find time unless he makes it." --Unknown "If someone says they are too busy for you, that's a level of priority, not a fact." --Unknown "Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option" --Nina Potts-Jeffries "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." --Michael Altshuler "Tempus fugit." "Time flies." --Unknown "Time flies when you're having fun." --Unknown "Time flies when you're having lunch." --Dan Meyer "Time flies whether you're having fun or not!" --Bill Stevens "Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like bananas." --Perry Brown "Time's fun when you're having flies." --Kermit T. Frog "It is better to add life to your years, than to add years to your life." --Unknown "Counting time is not as important as making time count." --Chinese Fortune Cookie "Time is the most valuable thing one can spend" --Unknown "Does thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of." --Benjamin Franklin "Time is too slow for those who wait; too swift for those who fear; too long for those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice. But for those who love, time is eternity." --Lady Jane Fellowes "Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time." --Steven Wright "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given you." -Gandalf the Grey from Lord of the Rings "God sees all of time as a person would see an entire train from an airplane overhead - from engine to caboose." --Bob George "Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working." --Unknown "The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life." --George Carlin "Time may be a great healer, but it's also a lousy beautician." --Unknown "Time is the best teacher; Unfortunately it kills all its students." --Unknown "Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away." --Ben Hecht "The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." --Unknown "You may delay, but time will not." --Benjamin Franklin "Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether." --Unknown "Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in." --Evan Davis "I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them." --E.V. Lucas "To many a place I made my way late, and far too soon to some. The ale was drunk or yet unserved the unwelcome guest is untimely." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "I'm always late; My ancestors arrived on the June Flower." --Unknown "I always wanted to be a procrastinator, but never got around to it." --Unknown "Procrastination means you know what you need to do and you don't do it. If you don't know what to do, you aren't procrastinating. You are thinking." --Lynn Lively "If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done." --Unknown * "Whatever thou doest, do quickly..." --My Dad "Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows." --Michael Landon "Festina lente..." "Make haste slowly..." --Imperator C. Iulius Caesar Octavianus Augustus "Forever doesn't happen in a moment." --Dan Meyer "The future is much like the present, only longer." --Don Quisenberry "Youth is a gift of nature; Age is a work of art." --Unknown "If age is a state of mind, and I've lost my mind, am I ageless?" --Barb Urbassik "Age doesn't always bring wisdom; Sometimes age comes alone." --Unknown "Old age is always fifteen years older than I am." --Bernard Baruch "Age is a very high price to pay for maturity." --Unknown "The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left." --Unknown "There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes." --Dr. Who "Growing up is an option; Growing older is not." --Steve Mitchell "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakens into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted for the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." --Albert Schweitzer "Más vale tarde que nunca..." "Bättre sent än aldrig..." "Betra seint en aldrei..." "Besser Spät als niemal..." "Better late than never..." --Unknown "Ein god dag kjem aldri for seint" "En bra dag kommer aldrig för sent" "A good day never comes too late" --Old Norwegian proverb "When it comes time to die, make sure all you gotta do is die." --Unknown * "Today is a good day to die" --Lakota Sioux saying It's a good day to die if you know where you're going It's a good day to die every day of your life It's a good day to die if your living is showing that you know that today is a good day to die. --Dan Meyer "Porque para mí el vivir es Cristo, y el morir es ganancia." --Filipenses 1:21 "For me to live is Christ; to die is to gain." --Philippians 1:21 "Sapos mi stap laip, no sapos mi dai, Orait mi stap wantaim Kraist. Na sapos mi dai, bai mi kisim gutpela samting moa." --Filipai 1:21 Tok Pisin Nupela Testamen Bilong Bikpela Jisas Kraist "Cowards may die many times before their deaths, The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I have yet heard, It seems most strange that humans fear, Seeing death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come" --Julius Caesar "Fear not death; for the sooner we die, the longer shall we be immortal." --Benjamin Franklin "Men who believe in eternal life seldom fear death in this life." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "Work as if you were to live a hundred years, Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." --Benjamin Franklin "Live your life in the manner that you would like your kids to live theirs." --Michael Levine "Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip." --Will Rogers "Don't force your beliefs on someone else. Force them to know what you stand for by the way you live your life..." --Unknown "Live innocently; God is watching." --Unknown "Live each day as if it were the last day of your life, because so far, it is." --Unknown "Live each day as if it were the last day of your life; One day, it will be." --Unknown "Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." --Charles Schulz "Everyday I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive days I've stayed alive." --Unknown "Time is limited, so I better wake up every morning fresh and know that I have just one chance to live this particular day right, and to string my days together into a life of action, and purpose." --Lance Armstrong "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether or not my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace." --Jerry Bridges "When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're smiling and everyone around you is crying." --Old Indian saying "When we die, we leave behind everything we have and carry with us everything we are." --Unknown "Once the game is over, the king and pawn go in the same box." --Italian Proverb "He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead" --Unknown Go To Top

Arts - Laughter, Fools, Clowns, Circus, Comedy, Music, Art

"Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot." --Unknown "You don't stop laughing because you grow old; You grow old because you stop laughing." --Unknown "A joyful heart is good medicine." --Jewish Proverbs 17:22 "A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book." --Irish Proverb "You cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing." --Sir Winston Churchill "The only reason I'm what you call witty is 'cause I believe laughter is better than tears. People tend to take life too seriously sometimes, and if you can laugh at yourself, all life's little problems seem trivial. When the humor is gone, it's time for curtain call." --Mephisto, Fire-manipulator "Personer som saknar humor förstår sällan allvar." ("People who lack humor seldom understand being serious") --Carl Zetterström "Some people think it's difficult to be a Christian and to laugh, but I think it's the other way around. God writes a lot of comedy; It's just that He has so many bad actors." --Garrison Keillor "Imitation is the greatest form of flattery." --Unknown "There's never been an imitator that ever got to be a big star - that I know of..." --Jimmy Durante, on imitating other comics "Life is a free circus; All you have to do is pay attention!" --Unknown "Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away." --Ben Hecht "Too many freaks, not enough circuses!" --Unknown "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." --Dr. Hunter S. Thompson "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." --Richard Bach "The essence of good performance is that it doesn't matter what you're doing, it's how you're doing it. What becomes passé is someone doing it the same as everyone else, with no flair for the theatrical and no care for what the audience thinks." --James Taylor, Shocked and Amazed "Everyone is a star and deserves a chance to shine." --Marilyn Monroe "It is still an open question, however, as to what extent exposure really injures a performer." --Harry Houdini "Gravity always gets me down." --Juggler's saying "I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous." --Juggler's saying "Fire has always been and, seemingly, will always remain, the most terrible of the elements." --Harry Houdini "No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth." --Harry Houdini "In all feats of fire-eating it should be noted that the head is thrown well back, so that the flame may pass out of the open mouth instead of up into the roof, as it would if the head were held naturally." --Harry Houdini "...Stop and smell the kerosene" --Mephisto, Fire-manipulator "The great day of the Fire-eater - or, should I say, the day of the great Fire-eater - has passed." --Harry Houdini "Old fire eaters never die. They just go up in smoke" --Mephisto, Fire-manipulator "Life is like a double-edged sword; It can be hard to swallow, but you just have to stick with it, push past the bumps, and try not to gag along the way!" --Sword Swallower's saying "Swallowing the sword is the easy part; the hard part is digesting it!" --Sword Swallower's saying "Mroowk maw, mngo hangmphf!" --Me while swallowing a sword for my mom "Don't run with swords in your mouth!" --My mom "It's all fun and games until someone punctures an esophagus!" --My mom "It's not the Sais that count..." --Sword Swallower's saying "If at first you don't succeed, Don't take up sword swallowing!" --Belteshazzar the Sword Swallower "That which does not kill you, may require a brief hospital stay..." --Sword Swallower's saying "One must not hiccup while sword-swallowing" --Richard Cohen, By The Sword, The History of Fencing "Stanback's problem is that a quarterback on a team trying to improve on a 1-10 record has less margin for error than a sword swallower with hiccups." --Unknown reporter "If the eyes are the doorway to the soul, Then the mouth is the garage door to the throat!" --Unknown "Cold steel was not meant to be an after-dinner dessert!" --Sword Swallower's saying "If the sword fits, swallow it!" --Sword Swallower Dan Meyer "May your sword not be sharper than your tongue, and your blade not run deeper than your belly." --Sword Swallower's toast "Another day, another dagger!" --István Betyár "He who lives by the sword dies by the sword." --Jesus Christ, Matthew 26:52 "He who lives by the sword dies by the gun!" --Southern saying "Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't." --Unknown "Don't you go swaller no rusty swords!" --Southern Sword Swallower's saying "Sword Swallowers do it to the Hilt!" --Sword Swallower's saying Sword Swallowers Assoc Int'l "The sword wounds the body, sharp words the mind." --Greek writer Menander (c. 200 BC) "The tongue is mightier than the blade." --Greek poet Euripides (died 406 AD) "The tongue is more to be feared than the sword." --Japanese proverb "Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets." --Napoleon Bonaparte "The pen is mightier than the sword." --Robert Bulwer-Lytton "Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons." --General MacArthur "Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs." --Pearl Strachan Hurd "There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run, the sword will always be conquered by the spirit." --Napoleon Bonaparte "The tongue, like a sharp knife, kills without drawing blood." --Chinese proverb "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." --Proverbs 12:18 "Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding, and ennobles the man who wields it. It is the sword that heals." --Martin Luther King "Even the 'safest' job, a secretary, will get a papercut; It's not IF it happens.. but WHEN it happens!" --Harley Newman "Clowns work as good as aspirin, only faster!" --Groucho Marx "Clowns and art are almost synonymous; Good clowns, like good art, touch all the senses and emotions." --Johnny Meah "I am a clown for Christ in the circus of life." --Charis T. Clown "We are fools for Christ's sake." --Apostle Paul, I Corinthians 4:10 National Atheist's Day - April 1 --Unknown "To the fool, the world is not quite right To the world, the fool's no better sight. So a fool I be, and a fool I stay, Til the world amends its foolish way!" --Medieval Jester's Poem "Fools rush in where fools have been before." --Unknown "If you speak to the fool in a man, the fool will stand up. If you speak to the champion in a man, the champion will stand up." --Unknown "Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot." --Unknown "Happy is he who can laugh at himself, for he will never run short of entertainment." --Unknown "Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused." --Unknown "Light travels faster than sound; That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak." --Unknown "A closed mouth gathers no feet." --Unknown "Silence is not only golden; it is seldom misquoted." --Bob Monkhouse "Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." --John Wayne "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." --Mark Twain "Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a folly." --Benjamin Franklin Wisdom has two parts: 1). Having a lot to say 2). Not saying it --Unknown "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever." --Chinese proverb "Real friends are those who, when you feel you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel you've done a permanent job." --Unknown "A fool and his money are a girl's best friend." --Unknown "Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side." --Michael W. Smith "The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well." --Joe Ancis "Doctor's say I have a multiple personality, but we don't agree with that." --Unknown "Those who hear not the music, think the dancers mad." --Unknown "If you have to face the music, pick a good dance partner." --Rebecca West "Those who wish to sing always find a song." --Swedish saying "Without music, life is a journey through a desert." --Pat Conroy "Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside of us." --Unknown "He who buries his talents Is making a grave mistake." --Unknown "Music isn't just learning notes and playing them; You learn notes to play to the music of your soul." --Katie Greenwood "The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen." --August Rush "When words fail, I let the music speak." --Amanda Wong "I care not who writes a nation's laws, but let me write her songs, and she will be turned back to God." --Martin Luther "A note is simply one structured package of meaning." --Roger Hamilton "It's not always the notes you play; Sometimes it's the rests, the silence that lets the notes get heard the loudest." --Dan Meyer "The pause is as important as the note." --Truman Fisher "You can not have harmony without noise." --Albanian saying "You don't get harmony when everyone sings the same note." --Doug Floyd "A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges." --Benny Green "There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that's important." --Jim Rohn "If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of twenty-two, it would have changed the history of music, ...and of aviation." --Tom Stoppard "Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." -Ludwig van Beethoven "I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge." --Igor Stravinsky "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. There is also a negative side." --Hunter S. Thompson "The man who invented bagpipes and called it music is the same man who invented golf and called it fun!" --Scottish saying "It's hard to fly by the seat of your pants when you're wearing a kilt." --Unknown "Three men there are of some regard: a king, a harper, and a bard." --Welsh triad "Even those who can't tell one tune from another will crowd to hear the harp if a man plays it with his toes." --C.S. Lewis "A person who is always up in the air and harping on something is not necessarily an angel." --Unknown "Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity." --Edwin Hubble Chapin "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; We are spiritual beings having a human experience." --Unknown "Life beats down and crushes the soul; Art reminds you that you have one" --Stella Adler "I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." --Albert Einstein "Les femmes vraiment belles sont faites pour les amants qui manquent d'imagination." --Unknown "Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal but which the reader recognizes as his own." --Salvatore Quasimodo "An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of 'The Lone Ranger'." --Dan Rather "Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered." --Al Capp "There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." --Pablo Picasso "I choose a block of marble, and chop off whatever I don't need." -- Francois-Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." --Pablo Picasso "Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." --Frank Zappa "A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it uses up a thousand times more memory." --Unknown "There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting" --David Letterman "Critics, what good are they? They can't make music by rubbing their hind legs together. They're very noisy at night. You can't sleep because of them." --Mel Brooks "Amateurs built the ark; Professionals built the Titanic." --Unknown Go To Top

Tongue Twisters and Funny Nonsense

"Rubber baby buggy bumpers" --English Tongue-Twister "Tres triste tigres comen trigo en un trigal." --Spanish Tongue-Twister "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" --English Tongue-Twister "Fischers Fritz fischt frische Fische; Frische Fische fischt Fischers Fritz." --German Tongue-Twister "Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut und Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid." --German Tongue-Twister "Zwischen zwei Zwetschgenzweigen sitzen zwei zwitschernde Schwalben." --German Tongue-Twister "Im dichten Fichtendichicht richen diche Fichten füchtig." --German Tongue-Twister "Leentje leerde Lotje lopen langs de lange Lindenlaan." --Dutch Tongue-Twister "De kat krabt de krullen van de trap." --Dutch Tongue-Twister "Achtentachtig allemachtig prachtige grachten geschilderd door van Gogh." --Dutch Tongue-Twister "Sex laxar i en laxask." --Swedish Tongue-Twister "Sju sjösjuka sjömän sköttes av sjuttiosju sköna sjuksköterskor på det sjunkade skeppet Shanghai." --Swedish Tongue-Twister "Knut satt vid en knut och knöt en knut. När Knut knutit knuten var knuten knuten." --Swedish Tongue-Twister "Här är där där man är; Där är där man inte är." --Swedish saying "Alltid stavas alltid med två "l" Aldrig stavas aldrig med två "l" --Swedish saying "Släng dig i väggen!" "Throw yourself against the wall!" (meaning: "Get out of here!") --Swedish saying "Ropa inte hej förräns du är över bäcken!" "Don't yell 'hi' until you're over the stream!" (meaning: "Don't claim success until you've actually reached your goal!") --Swedish saying "Det är ingen ko på isen, så länge bakbenen står på land." "There is no cow on the ice as long as the back legs are on land." (meaning: "Det är ingen ko på isen, så länge bakbenen står på land." ) --Swedish saying "Jag anar ugglor i mossen." "I sense owls in the moss." (meaning: "Something feels wrong.") --Swedish saying "Här ligger en hund begraven!" "There's a dog buried here!" (meaning: "There's something fishy going on!") --Swedish saying "Den som sig i leken ger han får leken tåla." "If you are going to play the game, be sure you're not allergic to it." (meaning: "You'd better understand what you're getting into.") --Swedish saying "Han har satt sin sista potatis." "He has planted his last potato." (meaning: "He's had it.") --Swedish saying "Han har inte rent mjöl i påsen." "He doesn't have clean flour in the bag." (meaning: "He's up to something.") --Swedish saying "Trolla med knäna." "Make magic with your knees." (meaning: "Do the impossible.") --Swedish saying "Hur man än vänder sig är alltid ändan bak." "No matter how you twist and turn, your butt is always in the back." (meaning: "There are some things you just can't change.") --Swedish saying "Ett ord till och skjortan är tom!" "One more word and the shirt is empty!" (meaning: "Shut up, or I'll slug you!") --Swedish saying "Så här blir inga barn gjorda." "This way no children will be made." (meaning: "It's time to go do something else.") --Swedish saying "Bergsklättrare tycker det är toppen på toppen." "Mountain climbers think it's great at the top." --Swedish saying "Was ist los? Alles was nicht angebunden ist!" --Onkel Luther Meyer "Duct tape is like the force; It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together...." --Carl Zwanzig "I've told you a million times not to exaggerate." --Dan Meyer "Doctor's say I have a multiple personality, but we don't agree with that." --Unknown "I tried to contain myself, but I'd always escape." --Unknown "I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure." --Unknown "All decisions are final and subject to change without notice" --Eugene Perna (posted on door) "I've lowered my expectations to the point where they've already been met." --Unknown "I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met." --Unknown "All those who believe in psychokinesis, please raise my hand." --Unknown "I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous." --Unknown "Eschew obfuscation" --Unknown "Denial doesn't exist." --Sandra Koski "I don't question YOUR existence." --God "Amnesia used to be my favorite word, but then I forgot it." --Unknown "Nostalgia just isn't what it used to be." --Unknown "I'm an optimist, but I don't think it helps." --Unknown "The optimist says the glass is half full. The pessimist says the glass is half empty. The engineer says the glass is too big." --Unknown "Gravity always gets me down." --Unknown "Give me ambiguity or give me something else." --Unknown "Why is 'abbreviation' such a long word?" --Steven Wright "Illiterate? Write For Free Help!" --Unknown "...On the other hand, you have different fingers." --Unknown Cole’s Law: Thinly Sliced Cabbage --Unknown Confucious say: "Man who stands on toilet is high on pot." --Unknown "I exercise every day - I do sit ups, push ups and run every morning. I sit up in bed, push up the sheets, run to the bathroom, and exercise restraint at yelling at other cars on the way in to work!" --Unknown "I get enough exercise just pushing my luck!" --Unknown Go To Top


"Here's to yesterday - We call it history; Here's to tomorrow - We call it mystery; Here's to today - It's a gift, that's why we call it the present." --Unknown "Megi skegg óvina vaxa ínnávið..." "Må alla ovänners skägg växar inåt..." "May all your enemies' beards grow inwards..." --Old Viking toast Go To Top


"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --Winston Churchill "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." --William Faulkner (about Ernest  Hemingway) "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." --Clarence Darrow "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of  it." --Mark Twain "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." --Groucho Marx "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." --Oscar Wilde "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; Bring a friend... if you have one." --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill "Cannot possibly attend first night, Will attend second, ...if there is one." --Winston Churchill to George Bernard Shaw "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." --Stephen Bishop "He is a self-made man and worships his creator." --John Bright "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." --Irvin S. Cobb "He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others." --Samuel Johnson "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." --Paul Keating "He had delusions of adequacy." --Walter Kerr "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" --Mark Twain "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." --Mae West "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." --Oscar Wilde "Winston, if you  were my husband, I would poison your coffee!" --Lady Astor to Winston Churchill at a dinner party "Madam, if I were your husband, I would drink it!" --Winston Churchill's reply to Lady Astor Go To Top


"Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." --Samuel Taylor Coleridge "Don't accept any wooden nickels!" --John Mullen, Jenny's Dad "Un lugar para cada cosa, y cada cosa en su lugar" "Alles heeft een doel" "Det finns en plats för allting och allting har sin plats" "A place for everything, and everything in its place" --My Dad * "If you get it out, put it away; If you turn it on, turn it off; If you break it, fix it!" --My Dad "Don't run with scissors" --My Mom "Many hands make light the work" --Jenny's Mom, Joy Mullen "Sooner or later, we all quote our mothers." --Bern Williams "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" --Tennessee saying "Never judge a book by its movie." --J. W. Eagan "Morgunstund gefur gull i mund." "Morgonstund gjör guld i mund." "Morningtime makes gold in the hand." (Meaning: 'The early bird catches the worm') --Old Viking saying "Megi skegg óvina vaxa ínnávið..." "Må alla ovänners skägg växar inåt..." "May all your enemies' beards grow inwards..." --Old Viking toast "Always remember to pillage BEFORE you burn." --Old Viking saying "It takes a Viking to raze a village." --Old Viking saying "As you journey through life, take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something." --Hagar the Horrible Today's subliminal thought: Smile! You Found It! Have a Nice Day! :) "There are three kinds of people: Those who can count and those who can't." --Unknown "Five out of four people have trouble with fractions." --Unknown "If Bill Gates had a dime for every time Windows crashed... Oh, wait, He DOES!!" --Unknown "If the shoe fits, get another one just like it." --Unknown "If the shoe fits, buy it in every color." --Unknown "I wear the pants in this family; My wife just tells me which ones to put on." --Sgt. Kevin Hickle "The grass is always greener on the other side, but you still have to mow it." --Dr. James Dobson "Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled." --Unknown Go To Top

Animals, Pets

"What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man." --Chief Seattle (Dewarnish tribe) "You're fortunate in your life to be in a good enough position to help someone else." --Steve Irwin (Crocodile Hunter) "You remain responsible forever For what you have tamed." --Antoine de Saint-Exupery "The affections of a good animal is the highest honor bestowed upon human kind." --J. Siek "Money might buy you a fine dog, but only love will make its tail wag." --Unknown "Buy one dog, get one flea..." --Sign in Chinese Pet Store "Eyes to the side, they hide; Eyes to the front, they hunt." --John Mallon, Llama trainer "Two's company, Three's a pack." --Dr. Keith Frickey, DVM "If you're going to let words come into play, Say what you mean, and mean what you say." --John Mallon, Llama trainer "Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while, I was a suspect." --Steven Wright "Did you ever walk in a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives." --Sue Murphy "You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'My God, you're right! I never would have thought of that!'" --Sean Connery "I had a linguistics professor who said that it's man's ability to use language that makes him the dominant species on the planet. That may be. But I think there's one other thing that separates us from animals: We aren't afraid of vacuum cleaners." --Jeff Stilson "Dogs have owners. Cats have staff." --Unknown "Outside of a dog a book is man's best friend; Inside of a dog its too dark to read." --Unknown "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears." --Arabian Proverb "In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." --Helen Thomson "A canter is the cure for every evil." --Benjamin Disraeli "We have almost forgotten how strange a thing it is that so huge and powerful and intelligent an animal as a horse should allow another and far more feeble animal to ride upon its back." --Peter Gray "A horse is worth more than riches." --Spanish Proverb "Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark." --Saying of the Claddagh Gypsies of Galway "The horse is God's gift to mankind." --Arabian Proverb "There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse." --Robert Smith Surtrees "The rhythm of the ride carried them on and on, and she knew that the horse was as eager as she, as much in love with the speed and air and freedom." --Georgess McHargue "A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks, but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than a loan." --Pam Brown "To be loved by a horse, or by any animal, should fill us with awe, for we have not deserved it." --Marion C. Garretty "An extra pressure, a silent rebuke, an unseen praising, a firm correction; all these passed between us as through telegraph wires." --Christilot Hanson Boylen "The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears." --Arabian Proverb "To train a horse, you have to be smarter than the horse. With Arabians, fewer people qualify." --Horseman's saying GOD, grant me... The Serenity to take in as many horses as possible, The Courage to convince my husband this is a good thing and The Wisdom to know how to accomplish this task. --Horsewoman's saying "He doth nothing but talk of his horses." --William Shakespeare "Show me your horse, and I will tell you who you are." --Old English saying "A hit pig always squeals" --Ben Chunn "Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip." --Will Rogers "She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot." --Mark Twain "When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "Birds of a feather flock together." --Unknown "Eagles fly alone." --English saying "Every crow thinks hers is blackest" --Denton Jordan "Morgunstund gefur gull i mund." "Morgonstund gjör guld i mund." "Morningtime makes gold in the hand." (Meaning: 'The early bird catches the worm') --Old Viking saying "The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." --Unknown "The bird leaves no trace of its flight." --Thai saying "God spijst de vogels, maar ze moeten erom vliegen." "God gives birds their food, but they must fly for it." --Dutch proverb "God gives every bird it's food, but He does not throw it into it's nest." --Unknown "Hold on to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." --Langston Hughes "A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush." --Old Falconer's saying "Falconry is not a hobby or an amusement, it is a rage. You eat it, drink it, sleep it, and think it, even in recollection." --T. H. White, British Author "If you chase two rabbits, both will escape." --Native American Indian saying "Wie twee hazen tegelijk achtervolgt, vangt er niet een." "He who hunts two hares at once, catches neither." --Dutch proverb "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito...." --African Proverb A Prayer for Animals "Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to sleep. We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful." --Albert Schweitzer Go To Top

Food, Cooking

"When compelled to cook, I produce a meal that would make a swordswallower gag." --Russell Baker (1925-?) "I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food." --Unknown "Food should be cooked with lots of love and lots of butter." --Plaque in my Mom's kitchen "Warm kitchen, warm friends." --Czech saying "Als het buikje vol is, is het hart blij." "When the stomach is full, the heart is glad." --Dutch proverb "Always rise to an early meal, but eat your fill before a feast. If you're hungry you have no time to talk at the table." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "Better a dry crust with peace and quiet, than a house full of feasting with strife." --Proverbs 17:1 "No sólo de pan vive el hombre..." "Der Mensch nicht lebe vom Brodt allein..." "Mennesket skal ikke leve af Brød alene..." "D'er torv til meir enn berre maten..." "Man lever inte med bara bröd..." "Man shall not live by bread alone..." --Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4 "Y entonces tambien la vida tendrá forma de pan, será simple y profunda innumerable y pura." --Pablo Neruda "A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough." --Apostle Paul - Galatians 5:9, I Corinthians 5:6 * "Don't cry over spilled milk." "Gråt inte över spilld mjölk." --My Mom "Life is like pizza; Even when it's bad, it's good." --Paula Devicq "Never eat more than you can lift." --Miss Piggy "Eat to live, and not live to eat." --Benjamin Franklin * "Take all you please, but please eat all you take." --My favorite sign at a Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet "For your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service." --Sign at an all-you-can-eat buffet "Mange kokke fordærver maden." "Too many cooks spoil the food." --Old Danish saying "Forbidden fruits make bitter jams." --Unknown "Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet." --Unknown "Every cook makes his own sauce." --French saying "Sage advice improves with thyme" --Patric Lundberg "The sweetest grapes hang the highest." --German saying "I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian." --Jerry Seinfeld? "I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight." --Rita Rudner "If we weren't meant to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?" --Steven Wright "Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, THAT'S bad for you!" --Tommy Smothers Go To Top


"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." --Harry S. Truman "A modest man is usually admired ...if people ever hear of him." --Unknown "The best executive is the one who has enough sense to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." --Theodore Roosevelt "That government governs best which governs least." --Thomas Jefferson * "The best leader is a good follower." --Boy Scout Leadership training seminar "Goede leiders maken goede volgelingen." "Good leading makes good following." --Dutch proverb "Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination." --Unknown "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." --Abraham Lincoln "I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts." --John Locke "Great leaders apply the past to the present so as to shape the future." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "Some people live in the present, oblivious of the past and blind to the future. Some dwell in the past. A very few have the knack of applying the past to the present in ways that show them the future. Great leaders have this knack." --Richard M. Nixon "Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and let them surprise you with their results." --George Patton "When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision." --Lord Falkland (1610-1643) "Leadership is not a popularity contest; Criticism is part of the job." --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "Don't confuse being 'soft' with seeing the other guy's point of view." --George Bush "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. In the end, leaders are much like eagles... They don't flock - You find them one at a time." --Unknown "Eagles fly alone." --English saying "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito...." --African Proverb "Small things done consistently, though undramatic, yield more than the large and sporadic." --Stephen Mansfield "Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." --Mahatma Gandhi "Here's my strategy on the Cold War... We win, they lose." --Ronald Reagan "The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help'." --Ronald Reagan "Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong." --Ronald Reagan "I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." --Ronald Reagan "The taxpayer...that's someone who works for the Federal government but doesn't have to take the Civil Service examination." --Ronald Reagan "I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." --Winston Churchill "Government is like a baby... an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." --Ronald Reagan "The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program." --Ronald Reagan "I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting." --Ronald Reagan "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." --Ronald Reagan "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." --Ronald Reagan "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book." --Ronald Reagan "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." --Ronald Reagan "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." --Ronald Reagan Go To Top

Emotions, Feelings, Love, Friendship, Virtues

"Amor vincit omnia" "Love conquers all" "Omnia vincit amor, et nos cedamus amori" "Love conquers all, and let us yield to it" --P. Vergilius Maro (Eclogues, X.69) "They would say," he answered, "that you do not fail in obedience through lack of love... but you have lost love because you never attempted obedience." --C.S. Lewis (Space Trilogy) "To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal. The only place outside heaven where you can be safe from the dangers of love is Hell." --C.S. Lewis "When two people achieve lasting happiness, this is not solely because they are great lovers but because they are also--I must put it crudely--good people; controlled, loyal, fairminded, mutually adaptable people." --C.S. Lewis "Without the solitude of heart, the intimacy of friendship, marriage and community life cannot be creative. Without the solitude of heart, our relationships with others easily become needy and greedy, sticky and clinging, dependent and sentimental, exploitative and parasitic; because without the solitude of heart we cannot experience others as different from ourselves but only as people who can be used for the fulfillment of our own, often hidden, needs." --Henri J.M. Nouwen, "Reaching Out" "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." --Lao-Tzu "You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving." --Unknown "L'amour vient de l'aveuglement; L'amitie de la connaissance." "Love comes from blindness; Friendship from knowledge." --Comte de Bussy-Rabutin "To fall in love is easy, even to remain is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be." --Anna Louise Strong "To love for the sake of being loved is human, But to love for the sake of loving is divine." --Alphonse De Lamartine "The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others, but ourselves as well." --Elizabeth Kubler-Ross "Love your neighbor as yourself." --Jesus Christ "Happiest are those who bring happiness to others." --Unknown "The heart is happiest when it beats for others." --Unknown "To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart." --Unknown "Keep good intentions from dying by executing them." --Unknown "Goodness is the only investment that cannot fail." --Unknown "El amor nunca deja de ser." "Love NEVER fails." --I Corinthians 13:8 "Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so." --David Grayson "Friends are God's way of taking care of us." --Unknown "Friends are like aspirin; No one knows exactly how they make a sick person feel better, but they do." -- Letty Cottin "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands in not quickly broken." --Ecclesiastes 4:9- 10, 12 "When I was young and walked alone, alone I lost my way. I felt rich when I found company. One delights in another." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'" --C.S. Lewis "Friends… They are kind to each other’s hopes; They cherish each other’s dreams." --Henry David Thoreau "Make new friends; cherish the old." --Unknown "A true friend whom you trust well and wish for his good will: Go to him often exchange gifts and keep him company." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "A man who has friends must himself be a friend." --Proverbs 18:24 "Much of the vitality in a friendship lies in the honoring of differences, not simply in the enjoyment of similarities." --James Fredericks "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." --Unknown "In prosperity our friends know us; In adversity we know our friends." --John Churton Collins "A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the view." --Wilma Askinas "A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature." --Ralph Waldo Emerson "A bad friend is far away though his cottage is close. To a true friend lies a trodden road though his farm lies far away." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "A friend is the first person to come in when the last person walks out." --Henry Durbanville "Only your real friends tell you when your face is dirty." --Sicilian Proverb "A friend loves at all times." --Proverbs 17:17 "Friends are seldom found; They are made." --Wentworth "I went outside to find a friend, But could not find one there. I went outside to BE a friend, And friends were everywhere." --Unknown "The only way you can truly control how you're seen is by being honest all the time." --Tom Hanks "Live innocently; God is watching." --Unknown "If you tell the truth, you do not have to remember anything." --Mark Twain "If the truth sets you free, then it is error that binds you." --Bob George "The Ten Commandments aren't prefaced with 'If you're in the mood...' " --Dr. Laura Schlessinger "It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." --Abraham Lincoln "The middle of sIn is a big I!" --Unknown "Sin is an increasing desire for a decreasing satisfaction." --C.S. Lewis "For every thousand people hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one hacking at the root." --Henry David Thoreau "Look not for the beauty or fairness of skin Look for the heart that is loyal within, For beauty may die and skin may grow old; but the heart that is loyal will never grow old." --Unknown "The more important things are those which are hidden; The least important are those which can be seen." --Booker T. Washington "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." --Ralph Waldo Emerson "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend." --Albert Camus Go To Top

Pride, Anger, Hate, Criticism, Maturity, Forgiveness

"Great Spirit - Grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins." --Lakota Sioux Prayer "Until you walk a mile in another man's moccasins, you can't imagine the smell." --Robert Byrne "Do not condemn the judgement of another because it differs from your own - You may both be wrong." --Dandemis "Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers." --Voltaire "Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do." --Dale Carnegie "A chip on the shoulder never won a jackpot." --Unknown "When an organism begins to become self-centered, taking only in regard to its own needs and ignoring those of its neighbor, we call it cancer." --Ra Bonawitz "Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live." --Oscar Wilde "Nothing is more obnoxious in us who claim to follow Jesus Christ than arrogance, and nothing is more appropriate or attractive than humility." -- John Stott, from "The Contemporary Christian" "Pride means that our interests get served first, That our desires are more important than the desires of others, That our opinions and point of view count more than those of others, That what happens to us is more important than what happens to others, That somehow we are better or more deserving than others." "Pride separates us from each other, Pride says that you cannot say that you have been wrong, That you cannot say that you are sorry Pride keeps you from repentance and confession, Pride keeps you from asking for forgiveness, Pride means that you must always win the argument, - that you must always prove your point - that you always have to be right - that it always has to be done your way - that you always have to be in charge and in control." "Pride means that you can never make a mistake, Pride means avoiding embarrassment and vulnerability at all costs, Pride easily takes offense... even if none was intended. And pride usually doesn't worry about giving offense to others Pride seems to be the affliction common to us all." --Mick Antanaitis, "Clothed With Humility" "Through presumption comes nothing but strife; Pride only breeds quarrels; Wisdom is found in those who take advice." --Proverbs 13:10 "Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor." --Proverbs 18:12 "A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor." --Proverbs 29:23 "A modest man is usually admired ...if people ever hear of him." --Unknown "Pride comes before a fall; but humility comes before honor." --Proverbs 18:12 "Be humble before you stumble." --Frank Shelton "Swallowing swords takes years to master; 29 have died trying. Nobody has choked to death from swallowing his pride, but it's a lot harder to master." --Dan Meyer "Eating words has never given me indigestion." --Winston Churchill "Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful." --John Wooden "There is no better time to exercise humility than when we succeed." --Mary Lyon "God didn't call me to be famous, but faithful." --Mother Teresa "Before God we are all equally wise... and equally foolish." --Albert Einstein "To be proud of virtue is to poison yourself with the antidote." --Benjamin Franklin "God doesn't want someone whose act is together; He wants someone whose act is over!" --Unknown "At the feast of ego, everyone leaves hungry." ---Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea, Tucson, Arizona "One nice thing about egotists: They don't talk about other people." --Unknown "The person who knows everthing has a lot to learn." --Unknown "When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package." --John Ruskin "People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages." --Benjamin Franklin "The middle of sIn is a big I!" --Unknown "It's hard to follow God closely when your eyes are focused on everyone else around you." --Unknown "Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." --Jesus Christ (Luke 14:11, Luke 18:14) "It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top." --Booker T. Washington "I know of your capacity to do great things, but I have yet to discover your capacity to do little things." --Mahatma Gandhi "The expert at anything was once a beginner." --Hayes "You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him." --Unknown "It takes a strong person to give in." --Lois Lewis "It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man." --J. Handey "You can tell a person's level of maturity by the way they handle criticism and reproof." --Chuck Swindoll "I've had thousands and thousands of problems in my life, and most of them never even happened." --Mark Twain "The fool tries to run away from his problems by blaming his failures on others around him. The wise man heeds criticism, accepts his shortcomings, takes responsibility for his actions, and seeks to improve himself." --Jeremiah D. Wildhart "We must walk toward goals instead of running away from our problems." --Mildred Norman, "Peace Pilgrim" "You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures." --Charles C. Noble "Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure." --Napoleon Hill "A person can make many mistakes, but he isn't a failure until he starts blaming someone else." --Unknown "Anger is often merely evidence of insecurity in life." --Chip Ingram "He is unhappy and ill-tempered who meets all with mockery. What he doesn't know, but needs to are his own familiar faults." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge; but he who hates reproof is brutish." --Proverbs 12:1 "He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored." --Proverbs 13:18 "A fool despises his father's instruction; but he who regards correction and reproof is prudent." --Proverbs 15:5 "He who refuses instruction despises his own soul; But he who hears correction and reproof gets understanding." --Proverbs 15:32 "Most of us would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." --Norman Vincent Peale "I listen to critics because often they're a good source of information for what you have to do differently." --John Chambers, President of Cisco Systems "As I get older, I've learned to listen to people rather than accuse them of things." --Po Bronson "A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right, but also to be wrong." --Thomas Szasz "Relationships can take years to build, yet only moments to destroy." --Charles Cantrell "Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship." --Dalai Lama "Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked." --Proverbs 10:6 "A fool's lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating." --Proverbs 18:6-7 "He who guards his lips guards his life, But the one who speaks rashly will come to ruin." --Proverbs 13:3 "If you don't bridle your tongue, your mouth can run loose and trample those in its path." --Unknown "A wise man learns when to bridle his tongue; A fool lets his run loose to trample others." --Chinese proverb "A loose tongue often gets its owner in a tight place." --Unknown "A sharp tongue sometimes cuts its own throat." --Jim Scancarelli "May your sword not be sharper than your tongue, And your blade not run deeper than your belly." --Sword Swallower's toast "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." --Proverbs 12:18 "No grass grows on the battlefield." --Polish saying "People, like pins, are useless when they lose their head." --Unknown "It takes years to build up trust, yet it only takes suspicion, not proof, to destroy it." --Unknown "When you turn green with envy, you are ripe for trouble." --Unknown "Never take action when you are angry." --Unknown "Don't let the sun go down on your anger." --Ephesians 4:26 "Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools." --Ecclesiastes 7:9 "Anger is the wind that blows out the lamp of mind." --Unknown "Anger is only one letter short of danger." --Unknown "An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered man commits many sins." --Proverbs 29:22 "The churning of milk produces butter, and pressing the nose brings forth blood, so the churning of anger produces strife." --Proverbs 30:33 "It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go." --Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) "Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at someone else; You are the one who gets burned." --Buddha "If you harbor bitterness, happiness will find somewhere else to dock." --Unknown "I can be bitter, Or I can be better. The choice is mine, It's one little letter. I, I make the choice..." --Unknown "Flexible people don't get bent out of shape." --Unknown "Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat." --Harry Emerson Fosdick "The reason that people cling to their hate so stubbornly is because they are afraid that if they let go of the hate, they will have to deal with pain." --James Baldwin "Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst." --Walter Weckler "The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you." --John E. Southard "Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm." --Unknown "Depression is frozen anger." --David Seamand "Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions." --Proverbs 10:12 "Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were" --Cherie Carter-Scott "To err is human; To forgive, divine." --Unknown "To err is human; To forgive, divine; To persist, devilish." --Benjamin Franklin "A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression." --Proverbs 19:11 "When we forgive, we free ourselves from the bitter ties that bind us to the one who hurt us." --Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre "Man gets and forgets; God gives and forgives." --On a church bulletin board "Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." --Charles Dickens "You can't shake hands with a clenched fist." -- Indira Gandhi * "When you point a finger of blame at someone else, look at how many fingers are pointing back at you." --St. Paul Lutheran Church bulletin board, Michigan City, IN (1970) "A true friend will put a finger on your faults without rubbing them in." --Unknown "Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales." --Byron J. Langenfeld "Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own." --Chinese proverb "Some people try to find fault like there is a reward for finding it." --Unknown "Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out." --Proverbs 17:14 "Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side." --Francois de La Rochefoucauld "He who loves a quarrel loves sin." --Proverbs 17:19 "Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose." --Benjamin Franklin "It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel." --Proverbs 20:3 "Without wood, a fire goes out; Without gossip, a quarrel dies down." --Proverbs 26:20 "In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past." --Dalai Lama "The more arguments you win, the fewer friends you have." --Unknown "If you don't like being lonely, try not being right all the time." --Unknown "Being kind is more important than being right." --Unknown "I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to." --Unknown "I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me." --Dave Barry "Anger is often merely evidence of insecurity in life." --Chip Ingram "The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong." --Wilson Mizner "A hit pig always squeals" --Ben Chunn "Hurt people hurt people." --Rev. Frazier "Hot tempers cool relationships." --Unknown "Friends lose respect for fools who lost their tempers." --Unknown "A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back." --Proverbs 29:11 "A temper displayed in public is indecent exposure." --Sign on a church bulletin board "He who angers you, controls you!" --Unknown "If you don't control your mind, someone else will." --John Allston "A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered." --Proverbs 17:27 "The fool who lacks judgement derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue." --Proverbs 11:12 "A wise man learns when to bridle his tongue; A fool lets his run loose to trample others." --Chinese proverb "Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet." --Unknown "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." --Proverbs 16:32 "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." --Arthur Golden "Worry is the darkroom in which 'negatives' are developed." --Unknown "Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due." --Unknown "The brave and generous have the best lives. They are seldom sorry. The unwise man is always worried, fears favours to repay." --Old Viking Hávamál Proverb "He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because of fear." --Michel De Montaigne "Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real." --Don Schuller "Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind." --Dale Carnegie "Self-centeredness is at the root of all fear." --Don Schuller "Fear expects the worst in a situation; Faith expects the best." --Unknown "There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out all fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." --1 John 4:18 "While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior." --Henry C. Link "The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others." --Don Shula "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." --Eleanor Roosevelt "Pain is inevitable; misery, a choice." --Unknown "Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy." --Cynthia Nelms "I have learned that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more." --CS Lewis "To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless-- it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable." --CS Lewis "When we forgive, we free ourselves from the bitter ties that bind us to the one who hurt us." --Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." --Childhood saying "Do not take seriously all words which are spoken, lest you hear your servant cursing you. For your heart knows also that you have likewise many times cursed others." --Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 "Refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. For the Lord's bond servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentlesness correcting those who are in opposition." --2 Timothy 2:23-25 "Do not associate with a man given to anger or go with a hot-tempered man, lest you learn his ways and find a snare for yourself." --Proverbs 22:24-25 "To keep your marriage brimming With love in the marriage cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up." --Ogden Nash "Let the wife make the husband glad to come home and sorry to leave." --Martin Luther "If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless." --James 1:26 "Een weinig gal maakt veel honing bitter." "A little bitterness can taint a lot of honey." --Dutch proverb "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." --Proverbs 16:24 "One kind word can warm three winter months." --Japanese proverb "A gift in secret subdues anger." --Proverbs 21:14 "Vriendelijke antwoorden verdrijven de gramschap." "A soft answer turns away wrath." --Dutch proverb "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." --Proverbs 15:1 "If you like peace, don't contradict anyone." --Hungarian saying "A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back." --Proverbs 29:11 "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." --My Dad, and Thumper from Bambi "The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." --Unknown "Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer." --Dalai Lama "The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools." --Ecclesiastes 9:17 "Quiet water splits a stone." --Bengali saying "Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." -- Hans Margolius "It is a strong man who can afford to be gentle..." --Unknown "A truly great person is the one who gives you a chance." --Paul Duffy "The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great..." --Unknown * "I have become all things to all men..." --Apostle Paul “A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” --Unknown "Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." --Lao-Tzu If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence. If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate. If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice. If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith. If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world. --Dorothy Law Nolte "Al César lo que es del César, y a Dios lo que es de Dios" --Mateo 22:21 "Gebet dem Kaiser, was des Kaisers ist, und Gotte, was Gottes ist" --Matthäi 22:21 "Giver Kejseren, hvad Kejserens er, og Gud, hvad Guds er" --Mattæos 22:21 "Ge det till kejsaren vad är kejsarens, och till Gud allt som är Guds" --Matteus 22:21 "Render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's, and unto God what is God's" --Matthew 22:21 "Render unto SESAC what is SESAC's, and unto God what is God's" --Dan Meyer "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." --Mark Twain "Don't measure yourself by what you have already accomplished in life, but rather by what you are able to accomplish in the future, then go out and do it." --Jeremiah D. Wildhart "For if a man think himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another." --Galatians 6:3-4 "Soli Deo Gloria" --Johann Sebastian Bach "If you would not be forgotten As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worthy reading, Or do things worth the writing." --Benjamin Franklin "That proves you are unusual," returned the Scarecrow; "and I am convinced the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed." --L. Frank Baum, "The Land of Oz" "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it." --Ellen Goodman "I've had a fascinating life. I don't think I'm peculiar, but people tell me I am." --Katharine Hepburn "Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story." --Ashleigh Brilliant "I just want to be different Just like everybody else." --Bob Halligan, Ceili Rain "to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you, everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." --e e cummings "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... But the world may be different because I took the time to be important to someone..." --Forest Witcraft "A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives." --Jackie Robinson "It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference." --Tom Brokaw "To the world you might be just one person, but to one person you might just be the world." --Unknown "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." --Mark Twain "I have always gone on the plan of finding the right of a thing to be done, then working in that direction until I have accomplished it." --Booker T. Washington "All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare." --Unknown "Excellence always sells." --E. Nightingale * "Whatever is pure, right, lovely, honorable, of good repute, excellent and worthy of praise - think on THESE things." --Philippians 4:8 "Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character.     Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." --Unknown "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." --Aristotle "Repetition is the mother of skill" --Unknown "We first make our habits and then our habits make us!" --John Dryden "Be careful what rut you choose; You may be in it the rest of your life." --Unknown "The only difference between a "rut" and a "grave" is the depth." --NewWorldCoaching "God writes the Gospel, not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars." --Martin Luther "Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." --St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) When I say, "I am a Christian", I'm not shouting, "I'm clean livin." I'm whispering, "I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven." When I say, "I am a Christian", I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide. When I say, "I am a Christian", I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on. When I say, "I am a Christian", I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess. When I say, "I am a Christian", I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it. When I say, "I am a Christian", I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name. When I say, "I am a Christian", I'm not holier than thou. I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow. --Maya Angelou Live right Be positive Think smart Be strong Eat healthy Live clean Work hard Play hard Spend wisely Live humbly Stand tall Walk proudly Dress appropriately Speak articulately Listen intently Laugh easily Love gently Pray constantly Brush regularly Floss daily Plan ahead Drive safely Arrive early Build relationships Give unconditionally Forgive completely Be flexible and go with the flow, But stand your ground when you are right. Stop to smell the roses Breathe deeply Take opportunity when it comes Seize the moment Don't let it pass you by Always push forward Don't be afraid to go on Never give up Never look back Except to see how far you've come Always do the right thing Be the BEST that you can be! Whatever you do, do it PASSIONATELY, Do it NOW! GO FOR IT! --Dan Meyer "Det är dyrt att leva, men i priset ingår en resa runt solen varje år" "Det er dyrt at leve, men i prisen er også inkluderet en årlig tur rundt om solen." "Det er dyrt å leve, men i prisen inngår en reise rundt solen hvert år" "Það er dýrt að lifa, en í verðinu er árleg ferð umhverfis sólina" "Es ist teuer zu leben, aber der Preis enthält eine Reise um die Sonne jedes Jahr" "Leve-omkostningerne er høje, men så få man også en tur rundt om solen hver år" "El costo de la vida es alto, pero el precio incluye un viaje alrededor del sol cada año" "La vie côute chère, mais le prix compris d'un voyage autour du soleil une fois par année" "The cost of living is high, but the price includes a trip around the sun every year" "Despite the high cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?" --Unknown "The most precious thing we have is life. Yet it has absolutely no trade-in value." --Unknown "When I hear somebody sigh 'Life is hard', I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?' " --Sydney Harris "In wildness is the preservation of the world." --Henry David Thoreau

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