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"Let every man and woman count himself immortal.  Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection.  Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise."   ~  Phillips Brooks

"You can't direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails."  --  German Proverb

"All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it -- walk."  --  Ayn Rand

"Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being."  --  Mohandas K. Gandhi

"It is those who have this imperative demand for the best in their natures and who will accept nothing short of it, that hold the banners of progress, that set the standards, the ideals, for others."  --  Orsen Swett Marden

"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."  --   Mark Twain

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

"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before."  --  Steve Young

"We must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence, to find that enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song. But in that dance, and in that song, the most ancient rites of our conscience fulfill themselves in the awareness of being human."  -- Pablo Neruda

"You have to "be" before you can "do," and do before you can "have."  --  Zig Ziglar

"The hood of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue... Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime; for one swallow does not make spring, nor does one fine day; and similarly one day or a brief period of happiness does not make a man supremely blessed and happy."  --  Aristotle

"Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle, and a victory."  --  Mahatma Gandhi

"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."  --  Thomas Jefferson

"Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character."  --  Henry Clay

"Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore...prove ultimately futile."  --  Pope John Paul II

"War is a defeat for humanity."  --  Pope John Paul II

"Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men. "  --  Pope John Paul II

"Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backward."  --  Soren Kierkegaard

"If only every man would make proper use of his strength and do his utmost, he need never regret his limited ability."  --  Marcus T. Cicero

"Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified."  --  Samuel Johnson

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."  --  Mahatma Gandhi

"God gave us the gift of life, it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."  --  Voltaire

"You can change all things for the better when you change yourself for the better."  --  Jim Rohn

"We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers."  --  Seneca

"Practice being at home with yourself, as you step out to be with others."  --  Marcia Wieder

"The kind of stupid poverty where kids are dying for the lack of an immunization that costs 20 cents, or for lack of food in a world of plenty. Don't we want to be the generation that says no to that?"  --  Bono

"Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. And when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way." --  George W. Bush

"Without self-respect there can be no genuine success. Success won at the cost of self-respect is not success – for what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own self-respect."  --  B.C. Forbes

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."  --  John Homer Miller

"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."  --  Helen Keller

"Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live."  --  Socrates

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy."  --  Dale Carnegie

"Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody."  --  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"If you don't stand up for something, you may fall for anything."  --  Les Brown

"What you do not wish others should do unto you, do not do unto them."  --  Confucius

"We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope."  --  Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Long lay the world,

in sin and error pining,

till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.

The thrill of hope,

the weary world rejoices,

for yonder breaks,

a new and glorious morn."  --  Adolphe Charles Adam

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"  --  Charles Dickens

"Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again."  --  Grace Noll Crowell

"Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes. "  --  Joan Winmill Brown

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. "  --  Agnes M. Pharo

"Working hard overcomes a whole lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, and you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people."  --  Marsha Evans

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."  --  Soren Kierkegaard

"As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given."  --  Mary Lou Retton

"What is possible would never have been achieved if, in this world, people had not repeatedly reached for the impossible."  --  Max Weber

"To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."  --  Bertrand Russell

"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction."  --  John F. Kennedy

"The only way to excellence is to consistently improve yourself every single day."  --  Thomas J. Vilord

"Live your imagination, not your history."  --  Stephen Covey

"If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted."  --  Francis Bacon

"How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative—or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people."  --  Sir John Templeton

"Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence."  --  Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

"When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad that they have to get better."  --  Malcolm S. Forbes

"Friendship renders prosperity more brilliant, while it lightens adversity by sharing it and making its burden common."  --  Cicero

"Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment."  --  Lao Tzu

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

"God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest."  --  Swedish Proverb

"Peace of mind is attained not by ignoring problems, but by solving them."  --  Raymond Hull

"Basically, this is what the focus of humanity is all about -- bringing a smile to everybody's face. There's so many ways to express our spirituality in a positive way."  --  Chaim Cunin

"Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves -- to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today."  --  Stewart B. Johnson

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."  --  Christopher Reeve

"Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared."  --  Eddie Rickenbacker

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."  --  Bishop Desmond Tutu

"Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."  --  Alfred Lord Tennyson

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand."  --  Woodrow Wilson

"You never change something by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. -- Buckminster Fuller"

"No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction."  --  Charles Kendall Adams

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."  --  Norman Vincent Peale

"One can go to war alone, but you can't build peace alone."  --  Jacques Chirac

"Those who seek to bestow legitimacy must themselves embody it, and those who invoke international law must themselves submit to it."  --  Kofi Annan

"There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." -- John F. Kennedy

"Accept the pain, cherish the joys, resolve the regrets; then can come the best of benedictions - "If I had my life to live over, I'd do it all the same."  --  Joan McIntosh

"To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing, is perfection of character."  --  Marcus Aurelius

"In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it." -- Marianne Williamson

"I dream, therefore I become."  --  Cheryl Grossman

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."  --  William James

"Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes. "  --  Benjamin Disraeli

"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day.  I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it.  We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did."  --  Benjamin Harrison

"These heroes are dead.  They died for liberty - they died for us.  They are at rest.  They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines.  They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest.  Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace.  In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.  I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead:  cheers for the living; tears for the dead."  --  Robert G. Ingersoll

  “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”  --  Thucydides

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."  --  Albert Einstein

"And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me, and I'll proudly stand up next to you to defend her still today, 'cuz there ain't no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA." -- Lee Greenwood

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -- John F. Kennedy

"Be true to your work, your word, and your friend."  --  Henry David Thoreau

"Hate no one, hate their vices, not themselves."  --  J.G.C. Brainard

"To use fear as the friend it is, we must retrain and reprogram ourselves...We must persistently and convincingly tell ourselves that the fear is here--with its gift of energy and heightened awareness--so we can do our best and learn the most in the new situation. "  --  Peter McWilliams

"It is very strange that the years teach us patience - that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting."  --  Elizabeth Taylor

"A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences."  --  Dave Meurer

"The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."  --  Helen Keller

"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be."  --  Robert Fulgum

"Words may show a man's wit, but actions, his meaning."  --  Benjamin Franklin

"Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act."  --  Truman Capote

"When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first."  -- Josiah Quincy

"Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love."  --  Thomas Fuller

"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."  --  Napoleon Hill

"The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance."  --  Laurence J. Peter

"Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."  --  Victoria Holt

"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move."  --  Benjamin Franklin

"Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it."  --  Horace

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

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

"In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they're not."  -- Yogi Berra

"Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit."  --  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within."  --  Earl Nightingale

"You must learn to face the fact, always, that you choose to do what you do, and that everything you do affects not only you but others."  --  Holly Lisle

"The wisest men follow their own direction."  --  Euripedes

"To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."  --  Bertrand Russell

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."  --  Ovid

"Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that has the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."  --  Dale Carnegie

"Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it."  --  Les Brown

"Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."  --  Thomas Jefferson

"Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation."  --  Thomas H. Huxley

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."  --  Dale Carnegie

"If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were."  --  Kahlil Gibran

"Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. No involvement, no commitment."  --  Stephen Covey

"Happy people see shades of grey, they prioritize problems and turn them into possibilities. They don't lose sight of the big picture."  --  Dan Baker

"No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step toward solution. Do something."  --  George Nordenholt

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end."  --   Scott Adams

"Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering."  --  Buckminster Fuller

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. "  --  Henry David Thoreau

"An act that positively influences the life of both the giver and the receiver is a kindness. It doesn't have to cost money or be difficult to perform. It can be spontaneous or premeditated. It can be as simple as a smile or a thank you, or as complicated as starting a non-profit organization to benefit those in need. Actively seeking out opportunities to assist others will naturally bring a certain amount of warmth and feeling of self-worth to each of us. It feels good to help others and others feel good knowing someone wants to help them."  -- Chuck Wall

"When the trees sing, It doesn't really matter If you know the song, Or if you know the words, Or even if you know the tune.  What really matters is knowing That the trees are singing at all."  --  Mattie Stepanek

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity."  --  Richard M. Nixon

"If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down."  --  Mary Pickford

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor."  --  Henry David Thoreau

"Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly."  --  Plutarch

"It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life."  --  Queen Christina of Sweden

"If you're remarkable, it's likely that some people won't like you. That's part of the definition of remarkable. Nobody gets unanimous praise -- ever. The best the timid can hope for is to be unnoticed. Criticism comes to those who stand out."   -- Seth Godin

"Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself...True happiness is born of self-reliance."  --  The laws of Manu

"Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can."  --  Danny Kaye

"Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."  --  Mark Twain

"First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others."  --  Thomas a Kempis

"Be careful with the present you are creating -- it should look like the future you dream of. -- Mujeres Creando

"Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none."  --  Benjamin Franklin

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him."  --  Galileo Galilei

"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."  --  Hubert H. Humphrey

"Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye."  --  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

"A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack."  --  Lois McMaster Bujold

"If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it."  -- Mother Teresa

"The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."  --  Charles Du Bos

"Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle."  --  Ken Hakuta

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

"Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young."  --  J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."  --  Vince Lombardi

"It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen."  --  Aristotle

"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."  --  Reggie Leach

"There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause."  --  George M. Adams

"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labor of others, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving." -- Albert Einstein

"I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar."  --  Robert Brault

"Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions."  -- Benjamin Disraeli

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."  --  Guillaume Apollinaire

"In the long run, the pessimist may be proved to be right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip."  --  Daniel L. Reardon

In the 1800s, Paganini was an emerging violinist and composer. And his dream was to play to a packed opera house in which the audience to would jump to its feet with an ovation. And then that evening came. It was time for his solo. But as the musician began to draw his bow, he felt this terror and sickness in his stomach because he realized that he had grabbed the wrong violin, a far inferior one. And then deep inside himself he heard, "Play with what you've got." And so he drew back his bow and he began to play. And he asked that even in this instrument, something might happen that would make a difference for the gift of music.   As Paganini maximized what he had, the audience rose to ovation after ovation after ovation. He said: "Before tonight, I always thought the music came from my violin. Tonight I realized the music comes from me." Often we have thought our miracle comes from the world, when the truth is, the only miracle that's real must come through us, from that place in us where the spirit of God truly resides. The music is within you.

-- Mary Manin Morrissey

"Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do."  -- Voltaire

"A person who trusts no one can't be trusted."  -- Jerome Blattner
"A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities."  --  William Arthur Ward
"Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong. Sometimes, it's letting go!"  --  Sylvia Robinson
"It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward."  --  Baltasar Gracian
"What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence."  --  Samuel Johnson
"You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can't sit back and wait."  --  Ellen Metcalf
"There is no remedy for love but to love more."  --  Henry David Thoreau
"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it." -- William James
"Somewhere over the rainbow way up high, In the land that I heard of once in a lullaby; Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, And the dreams that you dare to dream, Really do come true."  -- Eva Cassidy
"Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."  --  Elizabeth Stone
"One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness."  --  Josh Billings
"Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy."  --  Voltaire
"It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny."  --  Jean Nidetch
"It is a great blessing to meet struggle and opposition with whatever fire there is in us that is kindled by these. Life does not mean merely following the softest road, the path of least resistance; it is doing something vital. Hardships and difficulties bring out the best in us and make us strong."  --  Swami Paramananda
"If you cannot lift the load off another's back, do not walk away. Try to lighten it."  --  Frank Tyger
"Many hands and hearts and minds generally contribute to anyone's notable achievements."  ---  Walt Disney

"Life is like an onion; you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep."  --  Carl Sandburg

"It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help."  --  Judith Martin

"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

"Peace is not a passive but an active condition, not a negation but an affirmation.  It is a gesture as strong as war."  --  Mary Roberts Rinehart

"Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders."  --  Bob Moawad

"Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed."  --  Baltasar Gracian

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight."  --  Benjamin Franklin

"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."  --  Pearl S. Buck

"Work keeps us from three great evils --  boredom, vice and need."  --  Voltaire

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires."  --  William Arthur Ward

"How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to."  --  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others."  --  Robert Louis Stevenson

"Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it."  --  Joseph Conrad

"I was brought up to believe that how I saw myself was more important than how others saw me."  --  Anwar Sadat

"A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one."  --  Lord Jeffery

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. "  --  Matthew 28: 6-10 KJV

"I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile."  --  Goldie Hawn

"Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives."  -- A. Sachs

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any one thing."  --  Abraham Lincoln

"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."  --  Muhammad Ali

"As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big."  --  Donald Trump

"Only he who attempts the ridiculous can achieve the impossible."  --  Will Henry

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."  --  Mother Teresa

"Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given."  --  Deepak Chopra

"To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success."  --  Anna Pavlova

"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present."  --  Marcus Arelius Antoninus

"A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself."  --  Louis L'Amour

"Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices."  --  Benjamin Franklin

"The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses"  --  Edith Sonergran

"You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think."  --  Mortimer Adler

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."  --  Will Rogers

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."  --  Colin Powell

"Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal."  --  Mike Ditka

"Never confuse motion with action."  --  Benjamin Franklin

"Well done is better than well said."  --  Benjamin Franklin

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."  --  Franklin D. Roosevelt

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."  --  Edith Wharton

"Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones."  --  Seneca

"He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign."  --  Victor Hugo

"I'll stop the world and melt with you, You've seen the difference and it's getting better all the time.  There's nothing you and I won't do.  I'll stop the world and melt with you....The future's open wide."  --  Modern English

"I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction."  --  Ayn Rand

"Life is full of obstacle illusions."  --  Grant Frazier

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."  --  Mahatma Gandhi

"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for."  --  Epicurus

"Where there is love there is life."  --  Mohandas Gandhi

"One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests."  --  John Stuart Mill

"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."  --  Abraham Lincoln

"The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self. "  --  Whitney Young

"Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self."  --  Millicent Fenwick

"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."  --  William James

"I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings."  -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."  --  William James

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."  --  Mahatma Gandhi

"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity."  --  Francis Maitland Balfour

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."  --  Henry David Thoreau

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."  --  Eddie Rickenbacker

"Never lose sight of this important truth, that no one can be truly great until he has gained a knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement."  --  Johann Georg von Zimmerman

"Let freedom ring from every hill and mole hill of Mississippi.  From every mountainside, let freedom ring, and when this happens...when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last!  Free at last!  Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"  --  Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  For the complete text of this speech, click here

"Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph."  --  Haile Selassie

"If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light – not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work."  --  Beryl Markham

"When we can begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. '  --  Katherine Mansfield

"The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues."  --  Marcus Aureleus

"Great and good are seldom the same man."  --   Winston Churchill

"I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great."  -- Ray Charles

"There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great."  --  Gilbert K. Chesterton

A New Year's Toast: "May you never lie, cheat, or drink.  But if you must lie, lie in each other's arms.  If you must cheat, cheat death.  And if you must drink, drink with all of us because we love you."

"A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other."  --  Author Unknown

"No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam."  --  Charles Lamb

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

"Now it came to pass in those days that a decree went forth from Caesar Augustus that a census of the whole world should be taken.  This first census took place while Cyrinus was governor of Syria.  And all were going, each to h is own town to register.  And Joseph also went from Galilee out of the town of Nazareth in to Judea to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem - because he was of the house and family of David - to register, together with Mary, his espoused wife, who was with child."  --  Luke, 2:1 - 5

"And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for her to be delivered were fulfilled.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."  --  Luke - 2:6, 7

"And there were shepherds in the same district living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them and the glory of God shone round about them, and they feared exceedingly.  And the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all the people; for today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign to you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.'  And suddently there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of good will."  --  Luke 2:8-14

"I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely."  --  Charles Dickens

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."  --  Mark Twain

"Whatever you are, be a good one."  --  Abraham Lincoln

"The light of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities."  --  Khalil Gibran

"Great people are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world."  --  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent."  --  Sir Isaac Newton

"God, give us the grace to accept with serenity the things which cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.  --  Reinhold Niebuhr"

"I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."  --  Noel Coward

"If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch."  --  Justice Thurgood Marshall

"Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family."  --  Mother Teresa

"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up."  --  Booker T. Washington

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."  --  The Dalai Lama

"It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.  

We know that by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.

But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father Who dwelleth in the heavens.  --  Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation October 3, 1863

"How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative—or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people."  --  Sir John Templeton
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving."  --  WT Purkiser
"Men are so simple and so ready to obey present necessities, that one who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived."  --  Niccolò Macchiavelli
"A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless ONE of the duties of a good citizen, but it is not THE HIGHEST. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means."  -- Thomas Jefferson
"Fame is vapor...The only thing that endures is character."  --  O.J. Simpson
"I have four things to learn in life: to think clearly without hurry or confusion; to love everybody sincerely; to act in everything with the highest motives; to trust in God unhesitatingly."  --  Albert Schweitzer
"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again."  --  Og Mandino

"Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders."  --  Bob Moawad

"Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny."  --  Carl Schurz

"When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light."  --  John W. Gardner

"If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself."  --  Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."  --  Katherine Mansfield

"There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else."  --  Cyrus H. Curtis

"Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life."  --  Dr. David M. Burns

"Don’t stand around and wait for something to happen. Don’t be afraid to take chances.  Gamble. Be reckless.  Make things happen!"  --  Joe Paterno

"The one law that does not change is that everything changes and the hardship I was bearing today was only a breath away from the pleasures I would have tomorrow, and those pleasures would be all the richer because of the memories of this I was enduring."  --  Louis L'Amour

"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes, the big ones come too infrequently.  If you don't have all of those zillions of tiny successes, the big ones don't mean anything."  --   Norman Lear

"Nothing could be a more serious violation of public trust than to consciously make a war based on false claims."  --  Gen. Wesley Clark

"In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior."  --  Sir Francis Bacon

"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe."  --  Marilyn vos Savant

"It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help."  --  Judith Martin (MIss Manners)

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

"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them."  --  Denis Watley

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."  --  Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."  --  Mahatma Gandhi

"If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all."  --  Anna Quindlen 

"But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown." --  Carl Sagan

"If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger."  Hubert Horatio Humphrey

“As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression.  In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.  And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight --  lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."  --  Justice William O. Douglas 

"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."  --  Thomas Edison

"Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado, or lordliness. It consists in daring to do the right and facing consequences, whether it is in matters social, political, or other. It consists in deeds, not in words."  --  Mahatma Gandhi

"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."  --  Reggie Leach

"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."  --  Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Goodness is the only investment that never fails."  --  Henry David Thoreau

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies."  --  Moshe Dayan

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."  --  Lucille Ball

"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."  --  Sam Ewing

"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."  --  Albert Einstein

"Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation."  --  Bernard Baruch

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

"Always dream and shoot higher than you know how to. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."  --William Faulkner

"In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these."  --  Paul Harvey

"Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong."  --  Dandemis

"I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have - When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do."  --  Harry S. Truman

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."  --  Harry S. Truman

"Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves."  --  Rudyard Kipling

"A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled."  --  Sir Barnett Cocks

"In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends."  --  John Churton Collins

"Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success."  --  Brian Adams

"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."  --  Khalil Gibran

"Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music -- the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself."  --  Henry Miller

"Get into a line that you will find to be a deep personal interest, something you really enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about."  --  Earl Nightingale

"Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession... Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."  --  Buddha

"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children."  --  Khalil Gibran

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."  --  John F. Kennedy, from speech prepared for Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."  --  Earl Nightingale

"Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes, and seeing them gratified."  --  Samuel Johnson

"There is only one thing that remains to us, that cannot be taken away: to act with courage and dignity and to stick to the ideals that have given meaning to life."  --  Jawaharlal Nehru

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."  --  Martin Luther King, Jr.

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do."  --  Eleanor Roosevelt

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."  --  Charles Kingsley

"From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life."  --  Arthur Ashe

"This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us; to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves; to act in such a way that some part of us lives on."  --  Oswald Spengler

"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."  --  Eddie Cantor

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight."  --  Benjamin Franklin

"Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself."  --  Robert Ingersoll

"People who ask our advice almost never take it. Yet we should never refuse to give it, upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly."  --  Brendan Francis

"Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind."  --  Leonardo da Vinci

"Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person."  --  Dr. David M. Burns

"Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns.  I am thankful that thorns have roses."  --  Alphonse Karr

"Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe."  --  Robert Service

"The cruelest lies are often told in silence."  --  Robert Louis Stevenson

"Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so."  --  Lord Chesterfield

"Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none."  --  William Shakespeare

"Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"  --  Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."  --  Rene Descartes

"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'"  --  Maya Angelou

"The man who lives for himself is a failure; the man who lives for others has achieved true success." --  Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."  --  George Patton

"Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability."  --  Cicero

"I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person."  --  Socrates

"Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend."  --  Saadi

"You may not be responsible for being down, but you must be responsible for getting up."  --  Jesse Jackson

"Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it."  --  Henry David Thoreau

"I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances."  --  Martha Washington

"I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. 'Don't complain about growing old - many, many people do not have that privilege.'"  --  Earl Warren

"Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's levels of aspiration and expectation."  --  Jack Nicklaus

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."  --  Plato

"If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory."  --  William Hazlitt

"No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines greatness."  --  Charles Kendall Adams

"He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."  --  Chinese Proverb

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."  --  Mark Twain

"Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens."  --  Epictetus

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."  --  Albert Einstein

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."  --  Indira Gandhi

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."  --  Theodore Roosevelt

"You are so young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as judge of the highest matters."  --  Plato

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."  --  Will Rogers

"That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commenced with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light."  --  Albert Pike

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."  --  Goethe

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

"Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one person can do against the enormous array of the world's ills, misery, ignorance, and violence. Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation."  --  Robert F. Kennedy

"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."  --  James Bryant Conant

"Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there."  --  Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."  --  Scott Adams

"When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is any thing you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it."  --  Edgar Watson Howe

"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 tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle."  --  Phillips Brooks

"It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should MAKE OURSELVES happy."  --  Immanuel Kant

"Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived lives of the parents."  --  Carl Jung

"The passionate ones, the ones who go after what they want, may not get what they want, but they remain vital, in touch with themselves, and when they lie on their deathbeds, they have few regrets."  --  Charlie Kaufman

"Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change. "  --  Frederick Moore Vinson, Speech at Arlington National Cemetery (Memorial Day, 1945)

"Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it"  --  Chinese Proverb

"Enthusiasm is the element of success in everything. It is the light that leads and the strength that lifts people on and up in the great struggles of scientific pursuits and of professional labor."  --  Bishop Doane


"The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle, pleasure without conscience, wealth without work, knowledge without character, business without sacrifice, science without humanity and worship without sacrifice."  --  Mahatma Gandhi

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."  --  Herman Cain

"If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you."  --  Fyodor Dostoevsky

"A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward."  --  Sir Winston Churchill

"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it."  --  George Orwell

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

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."  --  Charles Kingsley

"Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening."  --  Dorothy Sarnoff

"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."  --  Robert H. Goddard

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."  --  William Jefferson Clinton

"You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world."  --  Sheila Graham

"Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth."  --  Charles A. Dana

"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."  --  William James

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."  --  Mother Teresa

"Believe nothing against another but on good authority; and never report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to some other to conceal it."  --  William Penn

"Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions."  --  Aristotle

"Life is full of obstacle illusions."  --  Grant Frazier

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."  --  Henry David Thoreau

"Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them."  --  Oliver Wendell Holmes

"If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying.  It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep."  --  Dale Carnegie

"It is only when the People become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.   Let us, by all wise and constitutional measures, promote intelligence among the People, as the best means of preserving our liberties. "  --  James Monroe

"True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubts often, and changes his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubts not; he knows all things but his own ignorance."  --  Akhenaton

"Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must."  --  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear."  --  Dale Carnegie

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."  --  John Muir

"You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it." Albert Schweitzer

"And He saith unto them, Be not affrightened:  ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified:  He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him.  But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you."  --  Gospel according to Mark, 16:6, 7

"You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth."  --  Evan Esar

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."  --  John Cage

"This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men."  --  Captain J.A. Hadfield

"There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there."  --  Indira Gandhi

"Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."  --  Charles Dickens

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

"Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please."  --  Pythagoras

"Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life."  --  Bertolt Brecht

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned."  --  Buddha

"The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use - of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public."  --  Robert F. Kennedy

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."  --  Sidney J. Harris

"Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense"  --  Arnold Bennett

"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."  --  Martin Luther King, Jr.

"To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart."  --  Phyllis Theroux

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."  --  Abraham Lincoln

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