ScrapSayings, Words of Wisdom

  • Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself. - Harvey Fierstein

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

  • All the gold in the world has no significance. That which is lasting are the thoughtful acts which we do for our fellow man. - Adolfo Prieto (1867-1945)

  • All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now. Cars and planes were thought of as impossible before their time. Persistence is the key to all inventive dreams. - Pearl S. Buck

  • All this will not be finished in the first hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin. - John F. Kennedy

  • All we are saying, is give peace a chance. - John Lennon

  • Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one's talents and gifts to the benefits of others - these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away. - Gerald R. Ford

  • Always remember, you have within you the strength the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman

  • Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. - William Eardley IV

  • And will you succeed? You will indeed (98 and 3/4's percent guaranteed!) - Dr. Seuss

  • Anger is only one letter short of danger.

  • Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. - Mark Twain

  • Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction. - Albert Einstein

  • Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. He can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him. - Epictetus

  • Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there; make it happen. - Lee Iacocca

  • As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do. - Andrew Carnegie

  • As soon as our abundance becomes more important than living a fulfilling life; we no longer own our possessions. They own us! - Peter Walsh, professional organizer on TV show Clean Sweep and Oprah

  • As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed. - Vincent van Gogh

  • As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. - Henry David Thoreau

  • At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent. - Barbara Bush

  • Be changed and the world around you begins to change.
    - Gerald Epstein, Doctor and pioneer in healing through mental imagery.

  • Be nice to people on your way up because you may meet them on your way down. - Jimmy Durante, comedian, vaudeville and movies, "The Nose"

  • Be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

  • Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

  • Be yourself…it's a job no one else can do.

  • Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art to be treasured.

  • Beauty is only skin deep. I think what's really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit. - Jennifer Lopez, International Pop Singer and actress

  • Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. - Margaret Thatcher

  • The best of us must sometimes eat our words. - J. K. Rowling, British fantasy author, Harry Potter

  • The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up! - Mark Twain

  • Big changes in our lives are more or less a second chance. - Harrison Ford

  • By working together, pooling our resources and building on our strengths, we can accomplish great things. - Ronald Reagan

  • A candle loses none of its light by lighting another candle.

  • Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - John F. Kennedy

  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. - Helen Keller

  • Charity is the spice of riches. - Jewish Proverb

  • Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others. - John Mason Brown

  • Cherish yesterday, dream of tomorrow, live for today

  • Choose the way of life. Choose the way of love. Choose the way of caring. Choose the way of goodness. It's up to you. It's your choice. - Leo Buscaglia

  • Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; and working together is success. - Henry Ford

  • Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward with the life that God intended for you. - Og Mandino

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

  • Dance in the body you have. - Agnes DeMille

  • Dance like nobody's watching.

  • Dance to the music of your dreams; the steps will bring you joy.

  • Diplomacy: the art of letting someone do it your way.

  • Disappointments are inevitable; Misery is optional.

  • Diversity: Every child instinctively knows what many adults have long since forgotten; our differences are not something to be tolerated, they are something to be celebrated.

  • Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can. - John Wesley

  • The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. - Albert Einstein

  • Don't be just another member of society, be a living example of your dreams and goals.

  • Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.

  • Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. - Robert F. Kennedy

  • Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. - Benjamin Franklin

  • Education, in the broadest and truest sense, will make an individual seek to help all people, regardless of race, regardless of color, regardless of condition. - George Washington Carver

  • Enjoy Life - This is not a rehearsal

  • Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. - Robert Brault

  • Every cause needs people more than money, for when the people are with you and you are giving your cause their attention, interest, confidence, advocacy and service, financial support should just about take care of itself; whereas, without them in the right quality and quantity in the right places and the right states of mind and spirit, you might as well go and get lost. - Harold J. Seymour

  • Every ending leads to a new beginning.

  • Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. - Babe Ruth

  • Every winner has scars and woeful stories of their failures and triumphant stories of their victories. The true winner learns from both.

  • Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. - Martin Luther King

  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy

  • Exuberance is beauty. - William Blake

  • The few things that work fantastically well should be identified, cultivated, nurtured, and multiplied. - Richard Koch, Author and management consultant

  • Find your place in the rhythm of life.

  • Flatter me and I might not believe you.
    Criticize and I might not like you
    Ignore me and I might not forgive you
    Encourage me and I will not forget you.
    - William Arthur Ward

  • For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his [or her] happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness. - Andy Rooney

  • For whatever reason, God has blessed me with this ability and put me in a position to make these leaps and bounds. I'm fulfilling my part of the bargain, which is to give back and be a positive influence on others. That's all you can do; take what you've been given and spread it around. - Denzel Washington

  • Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. - Paul Boese

  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt

  • The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. - Malcolm X

  • Give every man thy ear but few thy voice. - William Shakespeare

  • Good thoughts are no better than good dreams if you don't follow through.

  • Goodness is the only investment which never fails. - Henry David Thoreau

  • Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all. - Benjamin Franklin

  • Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself. - Alexander Graham Bell

  • A great many people think they are changing when they are only rearranging their prejudices. - William James

  • Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

  • Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. - Vincent van Gogh

  • The Greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become. - Ben Herbster

  • Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom. - Benjamin Franklin

  • Happiness is not a station you arrive at but a manner of traveling. - Margret Lee Runbeck

  • He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat. - Robert Estabrook (Washington Post editor, correspondent)

  • He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all.

  • The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.

  • Hold on to your dreams for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. - Langston Hughes (1902-1967, American Poet, Short-story Writer, Playwright)

  • Hope for your wishes but follow your dreams.

  • How do we create a harmonious society out of so many kinds of people? The key is tolerance -- the one value that is indispensable in creating community. One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves. - Barbara Jordan Sesame Street Parents "All together Now"

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

  • How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself. - Anais Nin

  • A human being is happiest and most successful when dedicated to a cause outside his own individual, selfish satisfaction. - Dr. Benjamin Spock

  • I always wish for love to surround you, good fortune to walk beside you and happiness to fill your heart.

  • I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. - Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • I believe that if you think about disaster you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience. - Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

  • I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do. That is character! - Theodore Roosevelt

  • I don't care how much power, brilliance, or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there, you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants. - Zig Ziglar

  • I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. - Bill Cosby

  • I expect to pass through this life but once. Therefore, if there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do for another human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again. - William Penn

  • I glory in this world of men and women, torn with troubles, yet living on to love and laugh through it all. - Carl Sandburg

  • I know unless I'm true to myself I couldn't be happy. Too much emphasis is placed today on externals and too little on character. - Betty White

  • I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain

  • I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison

  • I lie the loudest when I lie to myself.

  • I like thinking of possibilities. At any time, an entirely new possibility is liable to come along and spin you off in an entirely new direction. The trick, I've learned, is to be awake to the moment.
    - Doug Hall, Professional inventor and idea guru.

  • 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

  • I may not like what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. - Voltaire

  • I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work. - Harry Truman

  • I will smile at friend and foe alike and make every effort to find, in him or her, a quality to praise. I now realize that the deepest yearning of human nature is the craving to be appreciated. - Og Mandino

  • I will tell you that there have been no failures in my life. I don't want to sound like some metaphysical queen, but there have been no failures. There have been some tremendous lessons. - Oprah Winfrey

  • I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results. - Michael Jordan

  • I've always thought that people need to feel good about themselves, and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way. - Diana Spencer Windsor

  • Ideas won't work unless 'I do'.

  • If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island, cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. - Francis Bacon

  • If common sense is so common, why is there so little of it? - Mark Twain

  • If every word you ever uttered came back and hit you in the face, you would pick and choose your words more carefully. If you have children watch out. Those words sting when they're thrown in your direction.

  • If God took time to create beauty how can we be too busy to appreciate it? - Randall B. Corbin

  • If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants. - Isaac Newton

  • If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another. - Winston Churchill

  • If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying. Would you sell both your eyes for a million dollars. or your legs. or your hands. or your hearing? Add up what you do have, and you'll find that you won't sell them for all the gold in the world. The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself. - Dale Carnegie

  • If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle

  • If we laugh a lot now, when we grow older our wrinkles will be in all the right places.

  • If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. - Michael Jordan

  • If you are lucky enough to be doing what you love then you are lucky enough!!!

  • If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. - Chinese Proverb

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

  • If you don't get out of the box you were raised in, you won't understand how much bigger the world is. - Angelina Jolie

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

  • If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it.

  • If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance; if you have but little, distribute even some of that. But do not hesitate to give alms. - Apocrypha

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

  • If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. - Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

  • If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. - Bob Hope

  • If you planted hope today in any hopeless heart, If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part, If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away, If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray, Then your day was well spent.

  • If you only look at what is, you might never attain what could be.

  • If you think you CAN or think you CAN'T - you're probably RIGHT! - Henry Ford

  • If you want to find out about the road ahead, then ask about it from those coming back. - Chinese Proverb

  • If you want to make enemies, try to change something. - Woodrow Wilson

  • Imagination is the highest kite one can fly. - Lauren Becall

  • In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves … self-discipline with all of them came first. - Harry Truman

  • In union there is strength - Aesop

  • The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter. - Norman Cousins

  • Inspiration: That which motivates actions, thoughts, and creativity.

  • Inspiration is everywhere! Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. Think Deeply * Speak Gently * Love Much * Laugh Often * Work Smart* Give Freely * Be Kind * Send God Your Praise Daily * Think abundantly. Energy follows intention. Today we gather out of hope, not fear.
    - Barack Obama 2009 inaugural

  • It doesn't matter where you are going in life -- It's who is beside you along the way that makes your life work.

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

  • It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. - Mahatma Gandhi

  • It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
    - Theodore Roosevelt speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris, April 23, 1910

  • It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin

  • It is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

  • It is not what we read, but what we remember that makes us learned. It is not what we intend but what we do that makes us useful. And, it is not a few faint wishes but a lifelong struggle that makes us valiant. - Henry Ward Beecher

  • It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can. - Sydney Smith

  • It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has. - Henry Ward Beecher

  • It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through. - Zig Ziglar

  • It's better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. - Abraham Lincoln

  • It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. - Tom Brokaw, Nightly News anchor

  • It's never too soon or too late to build for your future. - Raulph Waldo Emerson

  • It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required. - Winston Churchill

  • It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result. - Mahatma Gandhi

  • It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future. - Yogi Berra

  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great. - Mark Twain

  • Keep your face in the sunshine and you will not see the shadows. - Helen Keller

  • Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success. - David O. McKay

  • Let us take more responsibility not only for ourselves and our families but for our communities and our country. - William Jefferson Clinton

  • Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. - Cathy Allen

  • Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward. - Søren Kierkegaard

  • Life gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars. - Henry Van Dyke

  • Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. - Danny Kaye

  • Life is a journey beginning each day. Make each new day the best it can be.

  • Life is first a Gift, Love is the second, and Understanding the third. - Marge Piercy

  • Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein

  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

  • Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. - Alexis Pennington

  • Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right… Forget about the one's who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it!

  • Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. - John Lennon

  • Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass…It's about learning to dance in the rain.

  • Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm. - Norman Vincent Peale

  • A lifestyle is what you pay for; a life is what pays you.
    - Thomas Leonard, CEO of

  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever - Mahatma Gandhi

  • Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. - Albert Einstein

  • Look for the small miracles and you'll find they're everywhere.

  • A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes of himself. - Alexander Graham Bell

  • The man who radiates good cheer, who makes life happier wherever he meets it, is always a man of vision and faith. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

  • Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. - Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Maturity begins when we're content to be right about something without finding it necessary to prove that someone else is wrong. - Barbara Johnson

  • May there always be work for your hands to do;
    May your purse always hold a coin or two;
    May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
    May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
    May the hand of a friend always be near you;
    May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

  • Miracles don't happen over night … sometimes it takes all weekend.

  • The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present. - Barbara De Angelis

  • The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees, in every object, only the traits which favor that theory. - Thomas Jefferson

  • My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. Nothing is easier than fault finding. All it will do is discolor my personality so that none will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more. - Og Mandino

  • My mind is like a parachute…it functions only when it is wide open.

  • My motto was to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to keep swinging. - Hank Aaron

  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

  • Never be afraid to try something different. Remember, amateurs built the arc. Professionals built the Titanic!

  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

  • No matter how plain a woman may be if truth and loyalty are stamped upon her face all will be attracted to her. - Eleanor Roosevelt

  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt from her autobiography

  • Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.

  • Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

  • Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. - Albert Einstein

  • Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something. - Henry David Thoreau

  • Nothing ever succeeds which exuberant spirits have not helped to produce. - Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. - Auguste Rodin (1840-1917, French sculptor)

  • Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes -- goodwill among men and peace on earth. - Albert Einstein

  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. - Henry Ford

  • One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings. - Franklin Thomas

  • One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself. - Nelson Mandela

  • One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. - Dale Carnegie

  • The one thing I can give and always keep is my word.

  • The one thing I can not recycle is wasted time.

  • The only source of knowledge is experience. - Albert Einstein

  • The only way you can fully embrace today is being at peace with yesterday.

  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

  • Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. - Helen Keller

  • An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill

  • Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. - Albert Einstein

  • Out of difficulties grow miracles. - Jean De La Bruyere

  • The past should be a springboard, not a hammock. - Ivern Ball

  • 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 be powerless to vex your mind. - Leonardo Da Vinci

  • The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill

  • People who are the happiest, in their life, don't have the best of everything. They make the best of everything they have.

  • Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. - Jonathan Kozol

  • PRIORITIES: A hundred years from now it will not matter how big my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drive… But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

  • Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. - Albert Einstein

  • The purpose of life is to live it, to taste and experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for that newer, nicer experience. - Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. - Anne Herbert

  • The quality of life depends upon the quality of thought.

  • The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.


    1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

    2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to.

    3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement: "My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for______________"

    4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

    5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds and walnuts.

    6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

    7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

    8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

    9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

    10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

    11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

    12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

    13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

    14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

    15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. No one can take it away; don't let them!

    16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

    17. Forgive everyone for everything.

    18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

    19. GOD heals everything - but you have to ask Him.

    20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

    21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!

    22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

    23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: "I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________."

    24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

    25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You'll be smiling before you know it.

  • Remember that you can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

  • A representative of the people owes the people not only his industry, but his judgment. And he betrays them if he sacrifices it to their opinion. - Edmond Burke

  • The Serenity Prayer
    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

  • Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eyes.

  • The Space Age is shrinking distances between us on the planet and in the universe with irreversible momentum, bringing us ever closer to each other. We will eventually live in the intimacy of a village. A village lives by the harmonious cooperation of its people - to share in the digging of a well or the reaping of a harvest or the education of its children. So I believe the Peace of the Millennium is inevitable - and I celebrate it! - Burgess Meredith (1907-1997, American Actor, Director)

  • Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. - Peter Marshall (1902-1949, American Presbyterian Clergyman)

  • Spend each moment perfecting the next, not correcting the last. - Scott Michael Durski

  • Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

    - Mother Teresa

  • Statistically 100% of the shots you don't take don't go in. - Wayne Gretsky (Stanley Cup winning hockey player)

  • A stitch in time saves nine. - Benjamin Franklin

  • Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1. - Arthur Ashe

  • Success is not permanent. The same is also true for failure.

  • Take pride in how far you have come And have faith in how far you can go.

  • Take time to Love the little things.

  • Tape this to your bathroom mirror, where you can read it every day.

    1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.
    2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
    3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
    4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone.
    5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
    6. You mean the world to someone.
    7. You are special and unique.
    8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
    9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
    10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.
    11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

  • Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. - Oliver Wendel Homes

  • There are no conditions to which a man cannot become accustomed. (violence, sex, torture, abuse) - Leo Tolstoy

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

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

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

  • There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist. - Mark Twain

  • There is nothing like a dream to create the future. - Victor Hugo

  • There never was a good war or a bad peace! - Benjamin Franklin

  • There wouldn't be enough stars if everyone had the same wish/dream.

  • They seem like little things to talk about--our children, but little things often make up the sum of human life … little things often produce great things. - Mark Twain

  • This book is like a comforter, A quilt with many parts.
    A keeper of our memories, A place to warm our hearts.
    The fabrics of our life's events, Those things we want to keep.
    The programs, cards and photographs, Placed here not in a heap!
    The scraps are stitched together, Held fast with love and care,
    They create a family legacy, A gift for all to share.

  • This is a story about a guy, who like most of us, sometimes questions his existence, measuring himself to others, not believing enough in his abilities or his own worth. Then one day, his passion outgrew his fears as he stepped onto a stage, (Britain's Got Talent ) a stage that took him to a place beyond his self-imposed prison. When he walked out on the stage in his $75 suit and open dress shirt you could almost see what the judges were thinking. They pre-judged him based on his looks and the fact that he's a cell phone salesman. He started to sing and he blew their socks off!!! Maybe he just stopped believing in what people told him for so many years and ultimately started listening to his passion. (One of the judges was Simon Cowell `This was a complete breath of fresh air. I thought you were absolutely fantastic!')

  • This phrase `rejoice ever more' shall never be out of my heart, memory or mouth again as long as I live, if I can help it. - John Adams

  • Those who bring sunshine to others can not keep it from themselves. - Sir James M. Barrie

  • Those who give up liberty for the sake of security deserve neither liberty nor security. - Benjamin Franklin

  • Time and health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted. - Denis Waitley

  • Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving. - Henry Ford

  • Times like this remind us of all that matters most in life … And we realize the things that matter most aren't really "things" at all.

  • To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have. - Ken Keyes Jr.(1921-1995, American Author)

  • To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others. - Buddha

  • To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

  • To the world you may be one person … but to one person you are the world.

  • Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. It comes to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday. - John Wayne, award winning actor, "America's Cowboy"

  • 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

  • The trouble with self-made men is that they tend to worship their creator.

  • Try not. Do or do not. There is no try. - Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back

  • Two roads diverged into a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

  • The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well. - Elizabeth Kubler Ross

  • Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. - Albert Schweitzer

  • Vision with action can change the world. - Joel Arthur Barker

  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle

  • We are not here to merely make a living. We are here to enrich the world, and we impoverish ourselves if we forget this errand. - Woodrow Wilson

  • We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. - Dr Loretta Scott

  • We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do. He who never made a mistake never made a discovery. - Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)

  • We live surrounded by a sea of poverty. Nevertheless, this sea can decrease in size. Our work is only a drop in a bucket, but this drop is necessary. - Mother Teresa

  • We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill

  • We should ask ourselves: Is the present war a struggle for a just and secure peace, or a new balance of power. There must be not a balance of power but a community of power. Not organized rivalries but an organized common pease. - Woodrow Wilson

  • We tend to get what we expect. - Norman Vincent Peale

  • We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow.
    Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.
    - Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British Poet, Critic, Translator)

  • We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.
    - C.F. Kettering (1876 - 1958 Vice President of General Motors and GM Research Laboratories.)

  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attitude of the strong. - Mahatma Gandhi

  • We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this. - Woodrow Wilson

  • A well developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life. - William Arthur Ward

  • What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other? - George Eliot

  • What makes you happy, makes you rich. - Russian Proverb

  • What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise. - Barbara Jordan

  • What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. - Albert Pike

  • What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail???

  • What you are will show in what you do. - Thomas Edison

  • What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. - Pericles

  • When life seems just a dreary grind; and things seem fated to annoy; say something nice to someone else and watch the world light up with joy.

  • When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before. At least I'll learn something new. - Mae West

  • When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. - Alexander Graham Bell

  • When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad that they have to get better.
    - Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American Publisher, Businessman)

  • When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
    - Peter Marshall(1902-1949, American Presbyterian Clergyman)

  • When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. - William A. Ward

  • When you are born, you are crying and everyone around you is smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you are smiling and everyone around you is crying.

  • When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. - Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Wherever life's path leads you, may every step along the way be filled with peace and courage.

  • Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. - Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

  • With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. - Wayne Dyer

  • Who are we if we are not useful to others. - Angelina Jolie

  • Who is wise? One who learns from all. - The Talmud

  • Why are you so nice … because nice matters.

  • Why do some people always see beautiful skies and grass and lovely flowers and incredible human beings, while others are hard-pressed to find anything or any place that is beautiful? - Leo Buscaglia

  • A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.

  • Words of Wisdom: Live, Imagine, Giggle, Forgive, Thankfulness, Behave, Create, Pride, Simplify, Produce, Dream, Hope, Inspire, Love, Faith, Blessings, Encourage, Praise, Give, Love (pop these words throughout your pages for inspiration)

  • Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results. - James Allen, Author, As a Man Thinketh.

  • Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt.

  • The world belongs to the energetic. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Wringing your hands only stops you from rolling up your sleeves. - James Rolling

  • Write your sorrows in the sand and your blessings in stone.

  • Yesterday is history - tomorrow is a mystery - today is a gift.

  • You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end. - Sidney A. Friedman

  • You can never tell what type of impact you may make on another's life by your actions or lack of action. Sometimes just with a smile on the street to a passing stranger can make a difference we could never imagine. - Ed Foreman, Congressman, advisor to 5 American presidents.

  • You can't change yesterday, but you can ruin today worrying about tomorrow. Live for Today, Believe and Succeed.

  • You cannot do a kindness too soon; for you never know how soon it will be too late. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • You don't just luck into things. You build them step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities. - Barbara Bush

  • You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning. - Billy Wilder (1906-2002 American Film Director)

  • You know what, I'm very attracted to someone who makes me laugh and is charming. Really, I could be charmed by anyone. - Beyonce Knowles

  • You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.

  • You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature. - Les Brown

  • You need to be the person u want your children to be. - James Taylor

  • You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

  • You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing. Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something. The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. - Norman Vincent Peale

  • You really have to look inside and find your inner strength, and say, "I'm proud of what I am and who I am, and I'm just going to be myself. - Mariah Carey (b1969 American Singer)

  • You should keep your words soft and sweet in case you have to eat them.

  • You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day. - Marian Wright Edelman, Activist for children's rights.

  • You've got to get up in the morning with a smile on your face, and show the world all the love in your heart. - Carole King (b.1941 American Composer-lyricist)