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Destiny

Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Little House books are stories of long ago. The way we live and your schools are much different now, so many changes have made living and learning easier. But the real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Remember, it is not the things you have that make you happy. It is the love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

James Rollins

Books are keys that open many doors.

John Hardon

Dishonest people are not happy; unchaste people are not happy; angry people, impatient people, lazy people or proud people are not happy.

Benjamin Franklin

It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness; and I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.

Albert Einstein

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with the important matters.

Cornelius Tactius

Forethought and prudence are the proper qualities of a leader.

John Hardon

To make a decision: Reflect, Consult, Pray, Decide. Now the matter is closed.

John Hardon

A simple formula for unhappiness: trust in creatures.

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity; a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quicksand to virtue.

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

He that is overcautious will accomplish little.

Marcus Porcius Cato

The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new.

Propertius

Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent.

Benjamin Franklin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Mother Teresa

C. S. Lewis

Vince Lombardi

Father Faber

Marguerite de Angeli

Charles Dickens

J. Prelutsky

J. R. R. Tolkien

Anne Frank

Joseph Norris

Chinese Proverb

George Washington

Black Hawk

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thomas Paine

Blaise Pascal

John F. Kennedy

Chinese Proverb

Benjamin Carson

If people could make me angry, they could control me. Why should I give someone else such power over my life?

Ann Whitford Paul

You can’t change the world by complaining or withdrawing, but you can write another story.

Lee A. Iacocca

When kids ask me for advice on how to do well in school, I always tell them: Stop watching so much TV and start reading at night.

Abigail Adams

The odds are very good that worrying is a waste of time. And besides, worrying won’t change what happens anyway, will it?

Carlo Collodi

Don’t listen to the advice of bad companions; if you do, you will repeat it!

Victor Hugo

Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.

St. Basil

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

Epictetus

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react that matters.

Louisa May Alcott

Mind grammar, spelling, and punctuation, use short words, and express as briefly as you can your meaning.

Louise Fitzhugh

It won’t do you a bit of good to know everything, if you don’t do anything about it.

Vince Lombardi

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.

Lloyd Jones

Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.

Don Marquis

Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The successful people don’t always like doing these things themselves; they just get on and do them.

Victor Hugo

Laughter is sunshine; it chases winter from the human face.

Seneca

Wherever there is a human being there is opportunity for a kindness.

Latin Proverb

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

Henry James

Three things are in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.

Matthew Kelly

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul. We become the books we read.

Hal Elrod

The benefits of morning exercise are too many to ignore. From waking you up and enhancing your mental activity, to helping you sustain higher levels of energy throughout the day, exercising soon after rising can improve your life in many ways.

Seneca

Precepts or maximums are of great weight; and a few useful ones at hand do more toward a happy life than whole volumes that we know not where to find.

T. S. Eliot

In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

Henry Adams

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

Marianne Williamson

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just some of us; it’s in everyone.

Robin Sharma

An extraordinary life is all about daily, continuous improvements in the areas that matter most.

Joseph Pearce

One who has humility will have a sense of gratitude for his own existence and for the existence of all that he sees. This gratitude enables him to see with the eyes of wonder.

Joseph Pearce

Prideful souls, lacking both gratitude and wonder, waste their time with mindless distraction after mindless distraction, filling the vacuum that their mindlessness has created with whatever trash and trivia that their fingers or thumbs can deliver on the gadgets to which they are chained…which command their attention and rule and ruin their lives.

Joseph Pearce

We need to take more time with trees and less time with trash and trivia. A tree, or a flower, or a sunset are priceless gifts for which a lack of gratitude is a sin of omission. We cannot ever be wasting time when we’re taking it in wonder-filled contemplation.

Washington Irving

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.

Hal Elrod

Research has shown that we virtually become like the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Who you spend your time with may be the single most determining factor in the person you become and in your quality of life.

Hal Elrod

The link between success and accountability is irrefutable. Virtually all highly successful people–from CEOs to professional athletes to the President of the United State–embrace a high degree of accountability.

Lindsey Joy Holland

We are either building up or tearing down in everything we do. Are you on the construction gang, or on the wrecking crew?

Hal Elrod

…when you are committed to a life purpose that is bigger than your problems, your problems become relatively insignificant and you will overcome them with ease.

Hal Elrod

It’s the greatest challenge of human history-to rise above our excuses, do what’s right, give our best and create the Level 10 life we truly want…

Stephen Covey

Setbacks are inevitable; misery is a choice.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

Thomas à Kempis

Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long suffering, manly and never seeking his own, for wheresoever a man seeketh his own, he falleth from love.

Favorite Father’s Day Books

Favorite Father's Day Books

This Father’s Day lets give fathers, dads, grandpas and grandfathers the respect they deserve! These are our favorite books for the occasion. One of the criteria for a book to be promoted on www.discoversuccess.info is the dad and every person in authority must receive respect from all children. Reality is our fathers and grandfathers have sacrificed a great deal for us, guided and protected us. Let’s remember to thank, love and respect our dads and grandpas on Father’s Day and everyday!

Dads: If you are in doubt of the importance of your role in your family and children’s lives please watch the Father Effect.

Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Frank Serafini

There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.

Secrets to Success

Secrets to Success

Do you know what you’d like to do someday? Would you like to have fun at work and do work that fits with who you are? Good news: what you like to do and your hobbies can influence your career, job and work. Also, if you have hobbies that fit with your future job, you will be prepared for high school, college and job applications that ask for hobbies.

1. Start now. Begin today. Don’t wait to begin living your dreams.
2. Take the Interests Assessment, start exploring the hobbies and careers that suit your tastes.
3. Develop a step-by-step plan including goals and deadlines.

The Interests Assesment is used with permission from the MU Career Center. For more information and advice, please also visit https://career.missouri.edu.

Thomas Jefferson

All that is necessary for a student is access to a library.

Thomas à Kempis

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.

Epictetus

No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or figs.

Aristotle

Well begun is half done.

Aristotle

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

Aesop

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

Aesop

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.

Sam Walton

Sam Walton

To succeed in this world, you have to change all the time.

Jacques Philippe

The only way to be satisfied and happy is to love freely, without expecting recompense, to forgive the evil that has been done to us and not demand anything for the good we do to others. This is really the path of freedom of heart.

Sam Walton

Great ideas come from everywhere if you just listen and look for them. You never know who’s going to have a great idea.

Sam Walton

Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.

Sam Walton

There’s absolutely no limit to what plain, ordinary, working people can accomplish if they’re given the opportunity and encouragement to do their best.

John Maxwell

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The success is found in your daily routine.

Sam Walton

You can’t just keep doing what works one time, everything around you is changing. To succeed, stay out in front of change.

Sam Walton

If you try something and it doesn’t work, learn from that failure and try something else. But above all else, always try something.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr. Charles Mayo

Victor Hugo

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

May I be magnanimous with good opinions instead of being characterized by a critical spirit. Everyone I meet is fighting some kind of a battle. Help me to be gentle with the people placed in my path – in my actions, words, and attitudes.

Trisha Davis

Forgiveness prevents forfeiting your future by living in your past. Forgiveness prepares you to move from ordinary to extraordinary.

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Each time we encounter our own failings or those of someone else, we can learn something. When we choose to refrain from judging someone, that doesn’t mean we turn around and offer blind trust. We need to read situations, and make wise decisions. Refraining from judging and offering forgiveness doesn’t mean we deny reality and put ourselves in unsafe or unhealthy situations…It does mean that we watch what we say about it to others, we monitor our thoughts about the person involved, and we nip resentment in the bud by remembering our own need for mercy.

C. S. Lewis

In our own case we accept excuses too easily, in other people’s we do not accept them easily enough.

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Simply put, forgiving someone means that you will not try this person in the courtroom of your own heart. You cancel his or her spiritual debt to you, for having wounded you. True forgiveness means releasing this person to stand before the just Judge…

April Fools Day

April Fools Day Books
After reading our five year old son a few April Fools Day books, he came up with a splendid idea. “Can I have an April Fools Party?”

He loves making people laugh and spreading joy. Before he turned three he could sing “Accentuate the Positive” independently and clearly knew the meaning. Every time we were having a bad day he would belt out “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative” from the back seat. How could anyone not smile?

So, our little positive motivator decided on the day before April Fools Day that he wanted to have an April Fools party. He asked Daddy. Daddy said if you help Mom clean the house. As 3:00 p.m. approached and he had not only picked up his toys but also cleaned the bathrooms, windows, in short helped with the whole house, Mom thought we better invite some people because he had clearly done his part. Mom was a bit concerned. How many people would come with not even a whole day’s notice? He of course wanted to invite the whole world to make everyone happy. He started making calls with Mom’s help and asked each person to bring their favorite joke.

The next morning, he waited by the front door with great anticipation. For thirty minutes, Mom’s heart broke as no one arrived. (I try not to be fashionably late after this experience.) He started praying for a miracle and a few at a time people started to show up. In the end, he had over 30 friends show up for his last minute party.

His two jokes were:
“What do you call a sleeping bull? A bulldozer” and his original, “What do you call an excavator on the ceiling?” No answer but if you heard his laughter you would have thought someone had just told the best joke in the world.

We learn so much from our children. Wouldn’t the world be so much better if we each did our part to make our corner a little happier?

Books make the world better. One April Fools Book started a 5 year old on a mission to bring joy to others. A few good April Fools books available at the library are:
April Foolishness by Teresa Bateman (Albert Whitman & Co. 2004)
Max and Zoe: Too Many Tricks (Picture Window Books 2013) [helps avoid hurt feelings]
April Fools! (HarperFestival 2002)

For more book recommendations, go to Book Search where you can search by holiday, habit, child’s name and more.

Leo Buscaglia

Each day I promise myself not to try to solve all of my life’s problems at once, nor shall I expect you to do so. We’re gonna’ take it one tick at a time.

Leo Buscaglia

Starting each day I shall remind myself that I am human and not demand perfection from you until I myself am perfect – so you’re safe.

Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitudes we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our Attitudes.

Tom Ziglar

Take stock of your bad habits: The fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good habits. Every week, pick a small bad habit and replace it with a good habit. Do this for 52 weeks and you’ll have the best year you’ve ever had.

Henry Van Dyke

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.

Henry Van Dyke

Never believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary – and remember that God is listening while you tell it.

Henry Van Dyke

Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.

Henry Van Dyke

The woods would be quiet if no bird sang but the one that sang best.

Amish Proverb

Very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts.

Amish Proverb

Greet dawn with enthusiasm and you may expect satisfaction at sunset.

Amish Proverb

Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.

Richard Branson

Spend more time smiling than frowning and more time praising than criticizing.

Brant Hansen

Being offended is a tiring business. Letting things go gives you energy.

Brant Hansen

When we recognize our unsurprising fallenness and keep our eyes joyfully open for the glorious exceptions, we’re much less offendable. Why? Because that’s the thing about gratitude and anger: they can’t coexist. It’s one or the other. One drains the very life from you. The other fills your life with wonder. Choose wisely.

Brant Hansen

God knows others’ private motives. We don’t. God knows our private motives. We don’t. We think we can judge others’ motives. We’re wrong.

Brant Hansen

Anger is extraordinarily easy. It’s our default setting. Love is very difficult. Love is a miracle.

Walt Disney

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Earl Nightingale

Preparation for life is so important. Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. Opportunity is all around us. Are you prepared?

Top 10 Favorite Books for Valentine’s Day

These Valentine’s Day books explore the delights of Valentines, sharing, cooperation and love. Valentine’s Day brings many opportunities to spread joy in the lives of the lonely and forgotten. Aldi has cheap roses and the Dollar Tree has cheap Valentine balloons for healthy inexpensive options. Let’s all make our world better on Valentine’s Day and everyday.

1) Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

by Eileen Spinelli
Book shows how a little bit of love can make a big difference even if it by accident. Kids think of clever ways to brighten someone’s day after reading this book. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

2) Snowy Valentine

by David Petersen
Endearing Valentine’s Day story has a little surprise, little suspense and lots of love. Harper Collins

3) 1 2 3 Valentine’s Day

by Jeanne Modesitt
Adorable counting book in rhyme features Mister Mouse brightening everyone’s day with two knocks on the door and a greeting of “Happy Valentine’s!” The book also has simple, step-by-step instructions for making a Valentine’s Day heart. Boyds Mills Press

4) The Valentine Bears

by Eve Bunting
Mr. and Mrs. Bear have never celebrated St. Valentine’s Day but come out of hibernation to show love this Valentine’s Day. HMH Books for Young Readers

5) The Best Thing About Valentines

by Eleanor Hudson
Sweet rhyming Valentine story spreads the spirit of giving. Turtleback Scholastic

6) The Biggest Valentine Ever

by Steven Kroll
Kids learn that cooperation, love and kindness are better than competition. Cartwheel

7) Danny’s Mystery Valentine

by Edith Kunhardt
Kids learn the joy giving Valentine’s can bring. Greenwillow

8) Big Heart!: A Valentine’s Day Tale

by Joan Holub
Valentine story of cooperation and compromise for the emerging reader to read independently. Simon Spotlight

9) Little Bear’s Valentine

by Else Holmelund Minarik
Valentine’s Day story about joy of giving, secrets and surprise. HarperFestival

10) Cool Holiday Treats: Easy Recipes for Kids to Bake

by Pamela S Price
Kids learn to bake their own Valentine treats. Abdo Publishing

Earl Nightingale

To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal.

Orison Swett Marden

The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act.

Alexander Graham Bell

Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to focus.

Og Mandino

The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you no matter what your task may be.

William Mathews

The first law of success is concentration – to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left.

Napoleon Hill

There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to achieve it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Just begin and the mind grows heated; continue, and the task will be completed!

Dennis Waitley

Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.

Heather Hanbury

There’s no point in failing and then dealing with it by pretending it didn’t happen, or blaming someone else. That would be a wasted opportunity to learn more about yourself and perhaps to identify gaps in your skills, experiences or qualifications. Once you’ve identified the learning you can then take action to make a difference.

Henry David Thoreau

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Malcolm S. Forbes

Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.

Tim Fargo

You can’t make time; so those who waste the least, achieve the most.

Lottie Pratt Brown

You don’t have to tell how you live each day;
You don’t have to say if you work or you play;
A tried, true barometer serves in the place–
However you live, it will show in your face.

The false, the deceit that you bear in your heart,
Will not stay inside where it first got a start;
For sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace–
What you wear in your heart, you wear in your face.

If your life is selfless, if for others you live,
For not what you get, but how much you can give;
If you live close to God in his infinite grace–
You don’t have to tell it, it shows in your face.

F. Sweet

If you have a tender message,
Or a loving word to say,
Do not wait till you forget it,
But whisper it today;
The tender word unspoken,
The letter never sent,
The long forgotten messages,
The wealth of love unspent–
For these some hearts are breaking,
For these some loved ones wait;
So show them that you care for them
Before it is too late.

Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

J. Urteaga

Your life will be a full one if you do what you ought yo do, and be where you ought to be. Begin again every day, begin anew – without being discouraged, without being afraid constantly.

William Shakespeare

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

Stonewall Jackson

…my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me…that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.

Plato

Writing is the geometry of the soul.

Charles de Gaulle

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

C.S. Lewis

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

Ernest Hemingway

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Aristotle

To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

Hal Elrod

…there is an undeniable relationship between rising early with a positive routine and success.

Socrates

For so many are in such a hurry to pry into other people’s business that they never turn aside to examine themselves.

Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Giuseppe Roncalli John XXIII

We have only a single, very brief life in which to suffer in loving and to love in suffering: let us not lose a minute of it.

Boethius

…adverse fortune frequently draws men back to their true good like a shepherdess with her crook.

Charles Beard

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Maximilian Kolbe

Tomorrow is uncertain, yesterday is no longer yours. Only the present belongs to you.

John Wooden

If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.

Sarah Ban Breathnack

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

Mark Twain

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Cicero

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

C.S. Lewis

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.

Rudyard Kipling

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Celestial Surgeon
If I have faltered more or less
In my great task of happiness;
If I have moved among my race
And shown no glorious morning face;
If beams from happy human eyes
Have moved me not; if morning skies,
Books, and my food, and summer rain
Knocked on my sullen heart in vain:-
Lord, thy most pointed pleasure take
And stab my spirit broad awake;
Or, Lord, if too obdurate I,
Choose thou, before that spirit die,
A piercing pain, a killing sin,
And to my dead heart run them in!

Dale Carnegie

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

T.S. Eliot

The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.

Elizabeth Goudge

There’s nothing like protecting someone more frightened than one is oneself…to make one feel as brave as a lion…

Zig Ziglar

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

Helen Keller

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.

Frederick W. Faber

It is the power of making the world happy, or at least of so greatly diminishing the amount of unhappiness in it as to make it quite a different world from what it is at present. This power is called kindness. The worst kinds of unhappiness, as well as the greatest amount of it, come from our conduct to each other. If our conduct therefore were under the control of kindness, it would be nearly the opposite of what it is, and so the state of the world would almost be reversed.

Beowulf

Conscience which is the sentinel of the soul, falls asleep. Surrounded as he is with worldly cares, that sleep is too profound; for a killer is at hand who shoots wickedly from his bow. Then the man is off his guard and is pierced right to the heart by a bitter arrow against which he does not know how to defend himself: the sinister promptings of the devil.

Henry Lee

Self command…is the pivot upon which the character, fame and independence of us mortals hang.

Francis Bacon

Reading makes a full man, talking makes a ready man, and writing makes an exact man.

Author Unknown

Mr. Meant-To has a comrade,
And his name is Didn’t-Do;
Have you ever chanced to meet them?
Did they ever call on you?
These two fellows live together
In the house of Never-Win,
And I’m told that it is haunted
By the ghost of Might-Have-Been.”

John Chrysostom

When your enemy falls into your hands, do not consider how you can pay him back and let him feel the sharp edge of your tongue before sending him packing; consider rather how you can heal him and restore him to a better frame of mind. Continue to make every effort both by word and deed until your gentleness has overcome his aggressiveness. Nothing has more power than gentleness. As someone has said, “A soft word will break bones.”…There is another saying “A soft answer turns away wrath.” It is obvious, therefore, that whether your enemy continues to rage or whether he is reconciled depends much more on you than on him. For it rests with us, not with those who are angry, either to destroy their anger or enflame it.

Francis of Asissi

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Henry Knox

Perseverance accomplished what at first seemed impossible.

Lou Holtz

I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.

Bessie Stanley

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much…who has left the world better than he found it…who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory is a benediction.

Theodore Roosevelt

Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Arnold Zach

No one on his deathbed ever said, “I wish I had spent more time on my business.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives…

Robert Heinlein

Never attribute to malice what can be explained by ignorance.

Sparky Anderson

Success isn’t something that just happens – success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared.

G. K. Chesterton

…the man who finds most pleasure for himself is often the man who least hunts for it.

Leonardo da Vinci

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.

Ida Scott Taylor

One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.

John Chrysostom

Humility leaves us free to obey happily.  So long as we yield humbly to another we overcome ourselves in our hearts, we overcome our own selfishness and break its enslaving bonds.

Aristotle

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

Aristotle

The aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought.

William Shakespeare

Love is not love which alters when it alterations finds.

Edgar Albert Guest

The joy of life is living it, or so it seems to me;
In finding shackles on your wrists, then struggling till you’re free;
In seeing wrongs and righting them, in dreaming splendid dreams,
Then toiling till the vision is as real as moving streams.
The happiest mortal on the earth is he who ends his day
By leaving better than he found to bloom along the way.
Were all things perfect here there would be naught for man to do;
If what is old were good enough we’d never need the new.
The only happy time of rest is that which follows strife
And sees some contribution made unto the joy of life.
And he who has oppression felt and conquered it is he
Who really knows the happiness and peace of being free.
The miseries of earth are here and with them all must cope.
Who seeks for joy, through hedges thick of care and pain must grope.
Through disappointment man must go to value pleasure’s thrill;
To really know the joy of health a man must first be ill.
The wrongs are here for man to right, and happiness is had
By striving to supplant with good the evil and the bad.
The joy of life is living it and doing things of worth,
In making bright and fruitful all the barren spots of earth.
In facing odds and mastering them and rising from defeat,
And making true what once was false, and what was bitter, sweet.
For only he knows perfect joy whose little bit of soil
Is richer ground than what it was when he began to toil.

G. K. Chesterton

The really burning enthusiast never interrupts; he listens to the enemy’s arguments as eagerly as a spy would listen to the enemy’s arrangements.

Norman Vincent Peale

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

Frances de Sales

The highest degree of meekness consists in seeing, serving, honoring, and treating amiably, on occasion, those who are not to our taste, and who show themselves unfriendly, ungrateful, and troublesome to us.

C. S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point.

Dave Anderson

No team ever failed because of too much communication.

Michelangelo

Let’s not go backward. Forward is hard enough.

Martin Buxbaum

We can curse the fate that made us…or love each living hour…if we
do the job God gave us…be we humble weed or flower.
For each of us is needed…and each of us has worth…or He never
would have bothered…to honor us with birth.
There is fragrance in the roses…and shade beneath the pine…and
softness in the clover…and food upon the vine.
And each one serves a different need…just as you and I…be we
creeping in the valley…or climbing to the sky.

Author Unknown

If you know of a skeleton hidden away
In a closet, and guarded and kept from the day
In the dark; whose showing, whose sudden display
Would cause grief and sorrow and lifelong dismay,
It’s a pretty good plan to forget it.

If you know of a spot in the life of a friend
(We all have spots concealed, world without end)
Whose touching his heartstrings would sadden or rend,
Till the shame of its showing no grieving could mend,
It’s a pretty good plan to forget it.

Bonaventure di Fidanza

Beware of becoming vexed or impatient at the faults of others; for it would be folly when you see a man falling into a ditch, to throw yourself into another to no purpose.

Herman Melville

Ignorance is the parent of fear.

Carol S. Dweck

Don’t tell your kids that they are smart. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life.

G. K. Chesterton

Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

Elizabeth Goudge

The sources of our comfort are legion, and cannot be counted, but if we attempted the impossible and tried to make a list most of us would place books very high indeed, perhaps second only to faith, for reading is not only a pleasure in itself, with its concomitants of stillness, quietness and forgetfulness of self, but in what we read many of our other comforts are present with us like a reflection in a mirror.

Mother Teresa

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

H.W. Longfellow

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

Aristotle

Quality is not an act, it’s a habit.

Henry Ford

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

Zig Ziglar

Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.

Leonardo Da Vinci

To lie is so vile that even if it were speaking well of goodly things it would take something from God’s grace; and truth is so excellent that if it praises but small things they become noble.

Author Unknown

Mass deceit can quickly be dispelled if those who are for God show as much daring for truth as others do for evil.

Cicero

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue always as a child.

Aristotle

That nation which will not learn from the past is doomed to repeat it.

George MacDonald

…but that is the way fear serves us: It always sides with the thing we are afraid of.

Beowulf

For unless he is already doomed, fortune is apt to favour the man who keeps his nerve.

Frederic Bastiat

When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.

Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Attitudes are contagious…Is yours worth catching?

Blaise Pascal

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.

George MacDonald

Whoever is diligent will soon be cheerful…

Vincent de Paul

Let us beware of complaints, resentments and evil-speaking against those who are ill-disposed to us, discontented with us, or hostile to our plans and arrangements, or who even persecute us with injuries, insults, and calumnies. Rather let us go on treating them as cordially as at first or more so, as far as possible showing them esteem, always speaking well of them, doing good, serving them on occasions, even to the point of taking shame and disgrace upon ourselves, if necessary to save their honor.  All this ought to be done, first, to overcome evil with good…

George MacDonald

We are all anxious to be understood, and it is very hard not to be. But there is one thing much more necessary…to understand other people.

Benjamin Franklin

A good example is the best sermon.

G. K. Chesterton

…I cannot do my duty as a true modern, by cursing everybody who made me whatever I am. I am not clear about what that is; but I am pretty sure that most of it is my own fault.

Leonardo da Vinci

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.

G. K. Chesterton

What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but absence of self-criticism.

Stefan Wyszynski

The spirit of calm, as the fruit of love and justice, brings with it order and concord, and drives out disputes, discord, quarrelsomeness, and division.

Tim Fargo

Opportunity doesn’t make appointments. You have to be ready when it arrives.

Thomas Jefferson

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

Author Unknown

Mathematics is not only for solving numbers. It’s also for dividing sorrow, subtracting sadness, adding happiness and multiplying love and forgiveness.

Francis of Assisi

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

Zig Ziglar

You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.

Henry Ford

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Plato

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.

Jacques Maritain

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.

Martin Harrison

One good practical task is worth a host of indefinite intentions to improve. We cannot become good suddenly; it is a slow and laborious process, step by step to better ways of life.

Philip Neri

Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life.

St. Augustine

What can we say better in our heart, utter with our mouth, write with our pen, than the words ‘thank God’? Nothing can be said with greater brevity, nor heard with greater gladness, nor felt with greater uplift of the spirit, nor done with greater benefit.

Jane Francis de Chantal

I have considered all methods of governing and I have finally seen that the best is that which is amiable, sincere, humble, and patient.

Matthew Kelly

Life is about saying yes to the things that help you become the-best-version-of-yourself and no to the things that don’t.

Matthew Kelly

Character is built little by little, over days, weeks, months, and years, with thousands of small and seemingly insignificant acts of discipline.

Matthew Kelly

We become the books we read.

Norton Juster

So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.

Mark Twain

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.

J. Patrick Lewis

Never fear failure. Embrace it. It’s the only sure path to success.

G. K. Chesterton

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

E. B. White

Remember the heart of your sentence beats in strong verbs, concrete nouns, and vivid descriptions!

Andrew Clements

I don’t know a single writer who wasn’t a reader first.

Brian Jacques

Mice are my heroes because, like children, mice are little and have to learn to be courageous and use their wits.

Champ Payne

The story of our lives is written by the actions of our days. What will your story be about?

Louis Pasteur

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

John Maxwell

For most people, if they perceive that you are positive and trustworthy and have admirable qualities, then they will seek you as an influencer in their lives.

John Maxwell

There is no achievement without failure. To even imply that it might be possible gives people the wrong impression… If your perception of and response to failure were changed, what would you attempt to achieve?

Dwight Eisenhower

You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.

Latin Proverb

It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.

Dwight Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Aristotle

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

Napoleon Bonaparte

A leader is a dealer in hope.

John Maxwell

Success is….knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.

John Maxwell

When you take a large activity (such as your dream) and break it down into smaller, more manageable parts (goals), you set yourself up for success, because you make what you want to accomplish obtainable. And each time you accomplish a small goal, you experience success.

John Maxwell

People’s attitudes determine how they approach life day to day.  Your attitude, more than your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

John Maxwell

The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. Nothing else has the same kind of impact on people’s ability to achieve and to accomplish whatever their minds and hearts desire.

John Maxwell

Goals give you something concrete to focus on, and that has a positive impact on your actions. Goals help you focus your attention on your purpose and make it your dominant aspiration. They help you know where you’re going.

Aesop

If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.

Aesop

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

Albert Einstein

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Aristotle

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

Napoleon Hill

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.

Babe Ruth

Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!

L. Frank Baum

…destroy the imagination of a child and you have taken away its chances of success in life. Imagination transforms the commonplace into the great and creates the new out of the old.

Henry Ford

To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.

Charles Dickens

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Diligence is the mother of good fortune.

Napoleon Hill

A quitter never wins-and-a winner never quits.

Zig Ziglar

Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success.

John D. Rockefeller

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

Helen Keller

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

St. Augustine

“The times are bad! The times are troublesome!” This is what man says. But we are our times. Let us live well and our times will be good. Such as we are, such are our times.

Napoleon Hill

Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.

Henry Ford

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.

Mario Andretti

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

John C. Maxwell

Success is…
knowing your purpose in life,
growing to reach your maximum potential, and
sowing seeds that benefit others.

Albert Einstein

Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.

Vince Lombardi Jr.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.

Albert Einstein

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

George Mallory

How to get the best of it all? One must conquer, achieve, get to the top; one must know the end to be convinced that one can win the end…

Edward Whymper

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.

Vivian Greene

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Anonymous

The greatest ability is availability. If we are not available to God, no matter what other kinds of ability we have, our ability is no good. Ability without availability is a liability.

Availability means that there is a sense of preparedness and readiness.

William Feather

Business and life are like a bank account – you can’t take out more than you put in.

Victor Hugo

A house is built of logs and stone, or tiles and posts and piers; a home is built of loving deeds that stand a thousand years.

Robert Fulghum

Don’t worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.

Kimanzi Constable

5 Daily Habits of Highly Successful People

  1. Successful people plan out their day the night before.
  2. Successful people read books to get inspired.
  3. Successful people make their health a priority.
  4. Successful people don’t get distracted by what other people are doing.
  5. Successful people live each day as if it were the last.

James Dobson

Laughter is the key to surviving the specific stress experienced during the years of bringing up children.

Thomas Jefferson

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

Mary C. Crowley

Every evening, I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway!

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

John Paul II

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of others.

Thomas Jefferson

A mind always employed is always happy.  This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.

Author Unknown

A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

John Wooden

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

Willa Cather

Where there is great love there are always miracles.

Bob Feller, Major League Pitcher

Every day is a new opportunity; you can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is. With a new game every day.

Meg Meeker, M.D.

Having hope gives purpose and meaning…We need to keep hope alive in our hearts and dig deep inside to find it so that we can live with an inner awareness that we matter. Every one of our lives matters. Every one. Hope keeps us aware of this truth.

R. Collier

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Joe Namath, NFL Quarterback

To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he’s going.

Will Rogers

A man only learns in two ways: one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.

Tom Landry, NFL Coach

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. The key is discipline.

Joe Paterno

We need people who influence their peers and who cannot be detoured from their convictions by peers who do not have the courage to have any convictions.

Doak Walker, NFL Running Back

The most important thing in becoming a success is the three P’s – practice, perseverance, and prayer.

Bonnie Blair

To gain success you need to be dedicated, have a sense of balance in your life, and be willing to take a risk.

Charlie Brown

Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening; it just stops you from enjoying the good.

Pablo Picasso

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

G.K. Chesterton

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

Charles Dickens

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Edwin Percy Whipple

Cheerfulness in most people is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.

Ziggy

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

Benjamin Franklin

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.

Dr. Raymond Guarendi

The secret to a good marriage, for the most part, is that there are no secrets, only commonsense, time-tested ideas practiced by countless others who have done it well.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Man is fond of counting his trouble, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

Charlie Brown

This is my “depressed stance.” When you’re depressed it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this.

Ernest Dimnet

The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.

Dr. Seuss

To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.

Francis de Sales

Let us strive to make the present moment beautiful.

St. Augustine

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

Albert Einstein

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.

Richard Carlson

Ask yourself this question: “Will this matter a year from now?”

Casey Valiant

Whenever you say yes to something, you say no to something else.

Louie Giglio

Whenever you say yes to something there is less of you for something else. Make sure your yes is worth the less.

John C. Maxwell

Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.

Author Unknown

Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the ways you can, for as long as you can.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.

Iris Murdoch

Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.

Helen Keller

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.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

‘Tis easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows along like a song; but the man worthwhile is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.

Myra Brooks Welch

‘Twas battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.
“What am I bid, good people”, he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,”
But, No,
From the room far back a gray bearded man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet
As sweet as the angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said “What now am I bid for this old violin?”
As he held it aloft with its’ bow.
“One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?”
“Two thousand, Who makes it three?”
“Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone”, said he.
The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand.”
“What changed its worth?”
Swift came the reply.
“The Touch of the Masters Hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune
All battered with bourbon and gin
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Masters’ Hand.

C.S. Lewis

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

Larry Page

If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.

J.R.R. Tolkein

Short cuts make for long delays.

Thomas Jefferson

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Zig Ziglar

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily.

Christopher Columbus

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Tricia Gardella

Regarding research: Dig for treasure. A good librarian is invaluable. So is the Internet and e-mail. Dig as close to the source – original material – as you can get.

Wendelin Van Draamen

You haven’t failed until you quit. If you don’t quit, you’ll reach success somewhere down the line. Hard work and persistence do pay off.

Dale Carnegie

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely of discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.

John Paul II

How often the shadows of loneliness engulfing a soul can be blown away by the light and warmth of a smile, or of a pleasant word.

Chinese Proverb

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Michael Jordan

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

G.K. Chesterton

Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.

Vince Lombardi

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

Babe Ruth

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

Will Rogers

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Light tomorrow with today.

John Wooden

Make each day your masterpiece.

Helen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

Winston Churchill

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Thomas Edison

Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.

Earl Nightingale

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

Brian Tracy

Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.

Albert Einstein

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

Abraham Lincoln

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

Francis Fernandez

Charity unites, pride separates.

Francis Fernandez

The experience of what pleases or displeases me, or of what helps or hurts me, is a good measure of the things I ought to do or avoid in my relationships with others.

Gregory the Great

An army chief on the battlefield has more respect for the soldier who, having once given way to flight, returns and attacks the enemy bravely than for the soldier who never turned tail, but neither ever performed any act of valor.

Francis Fernandez

Sadness debilitates us. It is like the heavy clay accumulating on the boots of a walker which, as well as befouling them, makes each step more difficult for him.

Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Ray Bradbury

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Confucius

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

Mother Teresa

The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.

Mother Teresa

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

Gregory & Lisa Popcak

Good discipline begins with good rapport, which means that there should be a minimum 5:1 ratio (and ideally, a 20:1 ratio) of positive-to-negative interactions between parents and children.

Gregory & Lisa Popcak

…unless a couple is at least fives times more complimentary, affectionate, supportive, and encouraging as they are critical, nagging, and confrontational, their rapport will deteriorate until it ceases to exist.

Robert Herjavec

A goal without a timeline is simply a dream.

Robert Herjavec

Tough times never last; tough people always do.

Robert Herjavec

If you don’t have fun and exude joy, it’s going to be really hard to get customers to buy from you.

Harry Truman

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.

Philip Rivers

I can make two guarantees to you today. First, your time on earth will end. Second, you will be remembered for something…how do you want to be remembered?

Philip Rivers

Don’t worry… What good is anxiety about the future? Does it bring you anything but trouble upon trouble? It is foolish and useless to be either grieved or happy about future things which perhaps may never happen.

Philip Rivers

Identify what is valuable to you, then prepare and plan to protect it.

Philip Rivers

You now begin. But this is ongoing. You begin again, and again and again. You never give up. Nunc Coepi.

Mike Matheny

Character is forged not on the mountaintop but in the valley.

J.M. Mason

A zealous soul without meekness is like a ship in a storm, in danger of wrecks. A meek soul without zeal, is like a ship in a calm, that moves not so fast as it ought.

Charles Buxton

In life, as in chess, forethought wins.

Charles Buxton

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal.

Colin Powell

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

Paul of Tarsus

Never let evil talk pass your lips, say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them.

Philip Neri

Obedience is a short cut to perfection.

Thomas à Kempis

No man commands safely unless he has learned well how to obey.

Philip Neri

It is not enough for obedience to do what is commanded. It must be done without debate, and must be looked upon as the best and most perfect thing possible, though it may seem and may even be the contrary.

Noah Webster

The reasonableness of the command to obey parents is clear to children, even when quite young.

Author Unknown (from Teen Creed)

Be humble enough to obey, you may be the one giving orders someday.

Kenyan Proverb

He who refuses to obey cannot command.

Robert E. Lee

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.

Aeschylus

Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.

Catherine Beecher

Obedience must be exact, prompt and cheerful.

Tomie dePaola

Reading is important because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.

B.C. Forbes

Cheerfulness is among the most laudable virtues. It gains you the good will and friendship of others. It blesses those who practice it and those upon whom it is bestowed.

Leonardo da Vinci

I love those who can smile in trouble…

G.K. Chesterton

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

Hippocrates

Walking is man’s best medicine.

Helen Keller

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

George Washington

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

George Washington

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected

John Quincy Adams

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

George Washington

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.

Richard Branson

Listen – it makes you sound smarter.

Jim Stenson

Don’t talk about people behind their backs. If you gossip, people won’t confide in you. Besides, office gossip has a way, mysteriously, of making its way back to the one being gossiped about. Here, as in so many other areas, keep your mouth shut and you’ll stay out of trouble.

Jim Stenson

If your parents are still alive, go back and thank them. Thank them while you still can. You will make them deeply happy, and this expression of gratitude will change the way you deal with your own children.

Harry & Rosemary Wong

Research has revealed who is more likely to be mugged on the street. Muggers were shown videotapes of people walking along the street. Overwhelmingly, muggers picked people who walked slowly, with stooped shoulders, and looked helpless and downtrodden. They rejected people who walked erect, purposefully, and confidently.

Harry & Rosemary Wong

Make no mistake, we judge others by their dress, and they judge us too. It may not be fair. It may not be right. But people tend to treat other people as they are dressed…A salesperson sees two shoppers approaching, one appropriately dressed and the other inappropriately dressed. You know very well who will get immediate and better service.

In an ideal world, viewed through rose-colored glasses, it would be wonderful to be accepted for ourselves alone, not for our appearance. In the real world, however, our all-too-visible selves are under constant scrutiny.

Harry & Rosemary Wong

You do not get a second chance to make a first impression.

Mario Andretti

If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.

John Henry Newman

Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.

John Henry Newman

Calculation never made a hero.

G.K. Chesterton

The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.

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William F. Baker & Michael O’Malley

The first rule of success is to find someone who can help you to succeed.  No one achieves life’s ambitions without the steady, guiding hands of others.

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Maya Angelou

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

John Paul II

Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace…Peace will be the last word of history.

Zig Ziglar

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

Pablo Picasso

Action is the foundational key to all success.

Florence Nightingale

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.

Booker T. Washington

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

Narciso Irala

True happiness hides from us whenever we go after it out of egoism or devotion to our own personal convenience. But it comes running to meet us whenever we put self aside and, embracing what is noble, devote ourselves to duty, virtue, the good of our neighbor, God.

Gary Smalley

Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.

Albert Einstein

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Steve Wood

Every child is a born imitator. Your children do not have to be trained to imitate observed behavior. They will do it automatically. Guaranteed. A wise father will seek to maximize the power of imitation in his children. Fathers have the simple, yet challenging task of modeling in their own lives what they want to see reproduced in the lives of their children.

Marie Bellet

The family dinner is the constant that creates and strengthens family culture. It is a time of sharing, listening, forgiveness and humor. It provides the warmth and perspective to drown out the shallow pop culture.

Joe Hyland

The good news is that the active presence of parents within the family setting on a consistent basis can overcome the troubles they face and those seeking to parent with purpose can choose this day to begin anew and make family time the most important time of every day.

Steve Wood

A prime ingredient in successful fatherhood is proper priorities. Without godly priorities we dissipate our energies and resources on things of only secondary and passing importance.

Francis De Sales

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them—every day begin the task anew.

Bill Wilson

To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.

Clarence Thomas

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.

Mother Teresa

Don’t give in to discouragement…If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about people’s opinions. Be obedient to truth. For with humble obedience, you will never be disturbed.

Epictetus

To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.

Leo Buscaglia

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

Leo Buscaglia

Don’t hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.

Leo Buscaglia

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia

Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

Leo Buscaglia

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time…It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.

Thomas Aquinas

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.

Thomas Aquinas

It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.

Helen Keller

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.

Edmund Burke

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Burke

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.

Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

William Friedman

The greatest and most powerful weapon ever forged…is the weapon of literacy…and the most important invention, the one that made the weapon of literacy practical was the invention of the alphabet.

Mark Twain

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.

Benjamin Franklin

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen.

Robert Frost

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

Winston Churchill

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.

Dale Carnegie

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

Swedish Proverb

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

Henry Ford

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.

Albert Einstein

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

e. e. cummings

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.

Angela Merici

You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity.

Elizabeth Ann Seton

If I had to advise parents, I should tell them to take great care about the people with whom their children associate . . . Much harm may result from bad company, and we are inclined by nature to follow what is worse than what is better.

Mother Teresa

Kindness has converted more people than zeal, science, or eloquence.

Leonardo da Vinci

Just as food eaten without appetite is a tedious nourishment, so does study without zeal damage the memory by not assimilating what it absorbs.

Robert Louis Stevenson

I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.

Augustine of Hippo

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

Francis Bacon

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.

C.S. Lewis

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

Jane Austen

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!

Oscar Wilde

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

Steve Jobs

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Orrin Woodward

Pressure squeezes effort out of winners and excuses out of losers.

Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.

Helen Keller

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

Mother Teresa

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

Thomas Aquinas

No one can put up with the gloomy and disagreeable man all day long. Thus a person is bound, by a certain natural debt in decency to get along amicably with others.

Orrin Woodward

Success is on the other side of your comfort zone.

Orrin Woodward

More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.

Andrew Carnegie

Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.

Helen Keller

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

One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.

George Washington

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

John Burroughs

A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.

Napoleon Hill

Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.

B. C. Forbes

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

Lucille Ball

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.

Jane Goodall

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.

W. Clement Stone

There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude.

John F. Kennedy

One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.

Zig Ziglar

F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.

Henry Ford

The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right. Which one are you?

Winston S. Churchill

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Zig Ziglar

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

John Wooden

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

Albert Einstein

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

Eleanor Roosevelt

I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Earl Nightingale

When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.

Ernest Hemingway

“The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one?’ ‘Of course. Who said it?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘He was probably a coward,’ she said. “He knew a great deal about cowards but nothing about the brave. The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he’s intelligent. He simply doesn’t mention them.”

Ferdinand Foch

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

Winston S. Churchill

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston S. Churchill

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Albert Einstein

Nothing truly valuable can be achieved except by the unselfish cooperation of many individuals.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great man is always willing to be little.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Dale Carnegie

The chronic kicker, even the most violent critic, will frequently soften and be subdued in the presence of a patient, sympathetic listener— a listener who will be silent while the irate fault-finder dilates like a king cobra and spews the poison out of his system.

Francis De Sales

The truly patient man neither complains of his hard lot nor desires to be pitied by others. He speaks of his sufferings in a natural, true, and sincere way, without murmuring, complaining, or exaggerating them.

Randy Pausch

If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out… Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.

Macarius of Optina

Watch out for complaining. It only makes situations worse and increases sorrow.

John Paul II

Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate or complain but simply loves.

Benjamin Franklin

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Albert Einstein

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.

Mother Teresa

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.

Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Plato

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

John Bosco

Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself…

Margaret d’Youville

All the wealth in the world cannot be compared with the happiness of living together happily united.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

Napoléon Bonaparte

Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.

John Bosco

Avoid those who in your presence aren’t ashamed to make use of scandalous words and double meanings.

John Bosco

Associating with bad companions can involve one in great dangers.

John Bosco

You must behave so as to edify all who see you; you must try to help others not only by advice but mostly by example.

John Bosco

Be cheerful, but let your cheerfulness be genuine, stemming from a conscience free from sin.

G.K. Chesterton

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.

John Henry Newman

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

Socrates

Let him who would move the world first move himself.

Sophocles

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.

Mother Teresa

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Leo Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Confucius

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

Henri Nouwen

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.

Benedict XVI

The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.

Booker T. Washington

In meeting men, in many places, I have found that the happiest people are those who do the most for others; the most miserable are those who do the least.

Booker T. Washington

In my contact with people I find that, as a rule, it is only the little, narrow people who live for themselves, who never read good books, who do not travel, who never open up their souls in a way to permit them to come into contact with other souls — with the great outside world.

Napoleon Hill

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.

Napoleon Hill

Remember that your dominating thoughts attract, through a definite law of nature, by the shortest and most convenient route, their physical counterpart. Be careful what your thoughts dwell upon.

William Wordsworth

Habit rules the unreflecting herd.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Frances Hodgson Burnett

One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live… surprising things can happen to any one who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place.

Guy de Maupassant

A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more than fever or consumption.

Marcus Aurelius

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

C.S. Lewis

We must learn by experience to avoid either trains of thought or social situations which FOR US (not necessarily for everyone) lead to temptations. Like motoring—don’t wait till the last moment before you put on the brakes but put them on, gently and quietly, while the danger is still a good way off.

Gertrude Stein

If you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.

John Wooden

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

Mother Teresa

Never be so busy as not to think of others.

Thomas Paine

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

G. K. Chesterton

There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people.

Lou Holtz

If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.

Norman Vincent Peale

People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress.

G.K. Chesterton

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.

Helen Keller

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart.

Mother Teresa

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

Saint Augustine

You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.

Paul VI

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.

C.S. Lewis

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

Thérèse of Lisieux

A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.

Mother Teresa

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

C.S. Lewis

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

Mother Teresa

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

Robert Barron

Begin with the beautiful, which leads you to the good, which leads you to the truth.

Hans Urs von Balthasar

The best evangelistic strategy is to capture people with the beautiful, then enchant them with the good, and then lead them to the true.

John Wooden

What is right is more important than who is right.

Fulton Sheen

The truth is the truth even if no one believes it, and a lie is a lie even if everyone believes it.

G. K. Chesterton

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

Matthew Kelly

If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Thomas Aquinas

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.

Tony Dungy

You can’t always control circumstances. However, you can always control your attitude, approach, and response. Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better.

G.K. Chesterton

We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.

Martha Washington

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

Lou Holtz

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Winston S. Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Dale Carnegie

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.

C.S. Lewis

I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.

Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Francis De Sales

Be as gentle always as possible; and remember that you will catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar. Such is the nature of the human mind; it rebels against severity, but gentleness renders it amenable to everything. A soft word appeases anger, as water extinguishes fire. No soul so ungrateful, but kindness can make it bear fruit. To speak truths sweetly is to throw burning coals, or rather roses, into a person’s face. How can anyone be angry with another who fights him with pearls and diamonds?

King Louis of France

In order to avoid contention, never contradict anyone, except in case of sin or some danger to a neighbor; and when necessary to contradict others, and to oppose your opinion to theirs, do it with so much mildness and tact, as not to appear to do violence to their mind, for nothing is ever gained by taking up things with excessive warmth and hastiness.

Saint Augustine

It is better not to allow anger, however just and reasonable, to enter at all, than to admit it in ever so slight a degree; once admitted, it will not be easily expelled, for, though at first but a small plant, it will immediately grow into a large tree.

Thomas Paine

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

Plato

There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.

Aristotle

Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.

Carl von Clausewitz

If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.

Oscar Wilde

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.

Theodore Roosevelt

The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Abraham Lincoln

I would rather be a little nobody, than to be an evil somebody.

Thomas Moore

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Catherine of Sienna

If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!

Mother Teresa

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

John Paul II

The future starts today, not tomorrow.

Charles Schwab

I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.

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I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.

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We must not be so ready to fancy ourselves intentionally injured. We must not expect a lively young man to be always so guarded and circumspect. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is easy to tell the toiler How best he can carry his pack But no one can rate a burden’s weight Until it has been on his back.

William Shakespeare

Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.

Benjamin Franklin

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

Helen Keller

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

L.M. Montgomery

…the sorrows God sent us brought comfort and strength with them, while the sorrows we brought on ourselves, through folly or wickedness, were by far the hardest to bear.

Patrick Henry

A leader must lead. Where others see obstacles, he must see opportunities. When others see problems, he must see possibilities … Civilization is not built on a negation but on an affirmation- an affirmation of the bright and promising possibilities that the future holds for those who are enterprising enough to pursue them.

Abigail Adams

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.

Helen Keller

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

Henry David Thoreau

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names… The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is.

Napoleon Hill

Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.

Henry Ford

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.

Theodore Roosevelt

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Mark Twain

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.

Thomas Aquinas

How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars – when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.

John Bunyan

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

John Bunyan

What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Alphonsus Liguori

When we have to reply to some one who speaks harshly to us, we must always do it with gentleness. If we are angry, it is better to keep silence.

Mark Twain

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Frances De Sales

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

Catherine of Sienna

There is no sin or wrong that gives a man a foretaste of hell in this life as anger and impatience.

John Chrysostom

Imagine your anger to be a kind of wild beast, because it has ferocious teeth and claws, and if you don’t tame it, it will devastate all things even corrupting the soul.

Mark Twain

It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.

Mark Twain

I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.

Mark Twain

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.

Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

William Arthur Ward

The greatest hazard in life is to risk NOTHING.

William Arthur Ward

A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

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

Jane Austen

Angry people are not always wise.

Paul Gibbons

People who appear to be resisting change may simply be the victim of bad habits. Habit, like gravity, never takes a day off.

Victor Hugo

…Man lives by affirmation even more than he does by bread.

Sam Cooke

You got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mr. In Between.

Brian Tracy

I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances, Be more active, Show up more often.

Brian Tracy

Look for the good in every person and every situation. You’ll almost always find it.

Brian Tracy

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?”

John Wooden

Don’t mistake activity with achievement.

Mother Teresa

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Leonardo da Vinci

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Albert Einstein

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

Dr. Seuss (The Lorax)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Orrin Woodward

Doubts in your mind are a much greater roadblock to success than obstacles on the journey.

Orrin Woodward

A person who cannot handle setbacks will never handle victories either.

Orrin Woodward

Your words have the power of life and death. Choose them wisely.

Orrin Woodward

You won’t find your dream until you lose your excuses.

Orrin Woodward

Until you accept responsibility for your life, someone else runs your life.

Orrin Woodward

If you fill your head with positive thoughts, there won’t be any room left for negative ones.

Orrin Woodward

Find a victory in every defeat to remain hopeful and find a defeat in every victory to remain humble.

Orrin Woodward

Success is on the other side of your comfort zone.

Mark Twain

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

Mark Twain

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

Mark Twain

The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

Mark Twain

Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.

Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.

Mark Twain

Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.

William Arthur Ward

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

Another fresh new year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, To love and laugh and give! This bright new year is given me To live each day with zest . . . To daily grow and try to be My highest and my best! I have the opportunity Once more to right some wrongs, To pray for peace, to plant a tree, And sing more joyful songs!

William Arthur Ward

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

William Arthur Ward

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

Diane Loomans

If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less. I’d do less correcting, and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I would care to know less, and know to care more. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I’d run through more fields, and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging, and less tugging. I would be firm less often, and affirm much more. I’d build self esteem first, and the house later. I’d teach less about the love of power, and more about the power of love.

Brian Andreas

Remember to use positive affirmations. “I am not a dork” is not one of them.

Brian Andreas

Anyone can slay a dragon …but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Aristotle

Happiness is a state of activity.

Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Brian Tracy

Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!

Brian Tracy

The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.

Brian Tracy

The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.

Edmund Burke

When men play god, they behave like demons.

Wayne Gretzky

You miss 100% of the shots you never make.

Henry Ford

Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes off our goal.

Orrin Woodward

More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin

Orrin Woodward

Ingratitude produces pride while gratitude produces humility.

Benjamin Franklin

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

Lech Walesa

It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness, and a mood of helplessness prevail.

Albert Einstein

Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.

Thomas Paine

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

St. Augustine

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

Michelangelo

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

J.R.R. Tolkien

It’s the job that’s never started that takes longest to finish.

Frank Outlaw: Late President of the Bi-Lo Stores

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, for it becomes your destiny.

Irish proverb

True strength lies in gentleness.

Marie Curie

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Making the World Better Comments

Why isn’t the world a better place? According to Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  • Why not start doing something now?
  • Why not start with something small?

He also said, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” We can begin making the world a better place one minute at a time.

What will YOU do tomorrow to make the world a better place?
Please submit ideas to help make the world a better place. If preferred, anonymous comments and pseudonyms are welcome. Thank you!

Building Better Vocabulary Comments

Please submit any ideas, programs, books, websites or games that could benefit others here. If preferred, anonymous comments and pseudonyms are welcome. Thank you!

Creating Habits

How did those ugly, bad, good-for-nothing habits creep into our lives? One sneaky thought at a time, one subtle suggestion squeezing through our busy days, one observation from a perceived to be popular show, and before we know it our actions jump on board! One at a time our actions add up to a habit, and if that rascally habit doesn’t serve us well, then “Ouch!” The time and effort needed to break it resembles an upward climb during an avalanche.

Good News Break: Imagine if we looked into a gym full of all the food we will consume in the remaining days of our lives, and then someone told us to start eating. Just looking at the food might give us indigestion; however, one meal at a time, we enjoy our food and eating is easy. Life happens one minute at a time! It’s easy to be good for only one minute. One minute conquered makes the next minute easier.

Action Steps:

  • Why not examine incoming thoughts that shape our actions?
  • Why not turn off destructive incoming thoughts?
  • Why not replace destructive thoughts daily with constructive incoming thoughts?

Helpful Tools:

What has helped you form a good habit? What strategies have helped you break a bad habit? Please share your good advice so we can all benefit. Thank you!

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