Inspirational Quotes

•    Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.  Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.  ~ William Faulkner
  • If you do not speak up when it matters, when would it matter that you speak?
    The opposite of courage is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. ~ Jim Hightower
•    You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. ~ R. Tagore

•    I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. ~ Edward Everett Hale

•    I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ~Henry David Thoreau

•    No one knows what he can do till he tries. ~ Publilius Syrus

•    There is only one thing more powerful than all the armies of the world, that is an idea whose time has come. - Victor Hugo

•    Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic. ~ Dave Barry

•    Change starts when someone sees the next step. ~William Drayton

•    One must not always think so much about what one should do, but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works. ~ Meister Eckhart

•    I would not waste my time on friction, when it could be turned into momentum. ~ Frances Willar

•    Hate is too great a burden to bear.  It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. ~ Coretta Scott King

•    The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you. They are unique manifestations of the human spirit. ~ Wade Davis

•    The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in ones life. - Dalai Lama

•    Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity. - Albert Einstein

•    If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive. ~ Bhagavad Gita

•    We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. ~ Helen Keller

•    Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. ~ Einstein

•    We can only be what we give ourselves the power to be. ~ A Cherokee Feast of Days

•    Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it. ~ Gandhi

•    Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. ~Henry David Thoreau

•    While we are postponing, life speeds by. ~ Seneca

•    What you can do, or dream, you can begin it;  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.     ~ Goethe

•    You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. ~ Evan Esar

•    Don’t be too squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

•    Use what talent you posses; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~ Henry van Dyke

•    If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful.
Roosevelt, Letter to his son Kermit, quoted in Theodore Roosevelt by Joseph Bucklin Bishop, 1915

•    There are two things that I want you to make up your minds to: first, that you are going to have a good time as long as you live - I have no use for the sour-faced man - and next, that you are going to do something worthwhile, that you are going to work hard and do the things you set out to do. Theodore Roosevelt Talk to schoolchildren in Oyster Bay, Christmastime 1898

•    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

•    How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good dead in a naughty world. ~William Shakespeare

•    Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Auguste Rodin

•    To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your  sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.  ~ Jean Anouilh

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

•    Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not; a sense of humor was given to us to console us for what we are. ~ Mark McGinnis

•    The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - We must step up the stairs.  ~ Vance Havner

•    All big things in this world are done by people who are naive and have an idea that is obviously impossible. ~ Dr. Frank Richards

•    When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. ~ John Ruskin

•    Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. ~ Howard Aiken

•    Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

•    When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of  truth and  love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of  it,   ALWAYS. -- Mohandas Gandhi

•    Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society.  The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute. ~ Gil Stern

•    An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it. ~ William Bernbach

•    Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it. ~ Doug Larson

•    While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple. ~ Gerald W. Grumet, MD

•    As someone in Wonderland said to Alice, it's best to try to believe at least three impossible things before breakfast.

•    You know you’ve reached middle age when a doctor, not a policeman, tells you to slow down, all you exercise are your prerogatives and it takes you longer to rest than to get tired. ~ Royal Perth Hospital, Australia

•    One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. ~ Jack Penn

•    You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

•    In life, pain and suffering are inevitable; however, being miserable is optional. Anon.

•    Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. ~ Chinese Proverb

•    A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. ~ Jackie Robinson

•    Speak your mind - even if your voice shakes. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants. ~ Maggie Kuhn, Gray Panthers

•    I am hurt, but I am not slain; I'll lay me down and bleed awhile,  And then I'll rise and fight again. ~ Sir Andrew Barton Ballad

•    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. ~ Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

•    The best portions of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts, of kindness and love. ~  William Wordsworth

•    Happiness is a how, not a what.  A talent, not an object. ~ Hermannn Hesse

•    To have joy one must share it.  Happiness was born a twin. ~ Lord Byron

•    Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be. ~ Abraham Lincoln

•    Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. - Sydney J. Harris, 1917, American Journalist

•    As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. ~ Jesus

•    There is nothing good or bad in itself, but thinking makes it so.

•    Please subdue the anguish of your soul. Nobody is destined only to happiness or to pain. The wheel of life takes one up and down by turn. ~ Kalidasa, dramatist (c. 4th century)

•    Shoot for the moon,,,,,even if you miss it you will land among the stars!!!!!! Anon

•    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~Oscar Wilde

•    Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that.  Because what the world needs are people who have come alive. ~ Howard Thurman

•    When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. ~ Helen Keller

•    It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

•    No (one) is useless who has a friend, and if we are loved we are indispensable. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)

•    The challenge is to be yourself in a world that's trying to make you like everyone else. ~ Anon

•    And the time came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anais Nin

•    It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. ~ Edmond Hillary

•    What you choose not to look at in your life rules your life. ~ Lynn Andrews

•    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ~ John Wooden

•    Above all don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him or around him, and so he loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love, he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov

•    Genius is not the possession of knowledge. Genius is the ability to acquire knowledge. ~  Albert Einstein

•    The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. A life spent making mistakes is more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw

•    When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly ~ Edward Teller

•    A passionately lived life is not always comfortable. Going for it involves being open to all of life - the joys, the sorrows, the mundane as well and the magic, the splendid victories, the most abject defeats.  ~ Nicholas Lore

•    If knowing answers to life's questions is absolutely necessary to you, then forget the journey. You will never make it, for this is a journey of unknowables--of unanswered questions, enigmas, incomprehensibles, and most of all, things unfair." ~ Madame Jeanne Guyon

•    I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy. ~ Unknown

•    Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. ~ Cyril Connolly, critic and editor (1903-1974)

•    Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who have found it. ~ Andre Gide

•    Wherever you go, there you are.  ~ Kermit the Frog

•    Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

•    Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace within the storm.

•    A woman is like a teabag.  You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.

•    By far the best proof is experience. ~ Francis Bacon

•    Separate reeds are weak and easily broken but bound together they are strong and hard to tear apart. ~ The Midrah

•    Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. ~ Soren Kieregaard

•    Do not look where you fell but where you slipped. ~ Liberian proverb

•    La unica lucha que se pierde es la que se abandona...
(The only battle you lose is the one you give up)

•    The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. ~ Maureen Dowd

•    Our Deepest FEAR . . .
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful   beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It isn't just some of us, it is everyone
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
 ~ Nelson Mandela

•    One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and, above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain. ~ George Sand

•    It’s not about what God throws at you.  It’s about what you do with it. ~ Anon

•    Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.  Swedish Proverb

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

•    Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.~ Anon

•    Live simply so that others may simply live. ~Anon

•    No matter what our attempts to inform, it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides. ~Jan Phillips, Syracuse Cultural Workers

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

•    Learn from the mistakes of others.....
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.....~Anon

•    There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.  ~ Martha Graham

•    The mind, once expanded to the dimension of a larger idea, never returns to its original size.  ~ Oliver W. Holmes

•    Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the action stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. –Anais Nin, writer (1903-1977)

•    The most human thing we have to do in life is to learn to speak our honest convictions and feelings and live with the consequences.  This is the first requirement of love, and it makes us vulnerable to other people who may ridicule us.  But our vulnerability is the only thing we can give to other people. ~ Father William DuBay

•    If I were to choose between pain and nothing, I would choose pain. ~  William Faulkner in Wild Palms

•    Change is the end result of all true learning.  Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self – a felt void or need; second, a decision to change – to fill the void of need, and; third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change – the willful act of making the change, doing something. ~ Leo Bascagla, Love

•    The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.  ~ John Ruskin

•    Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.   Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.  ~ William Faulkner

•    Success is not to be measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed. ~ Booker T. Washington

•    You can look at a scar and see hurt, or you can look at a scar and see healing. ~ Sheri Reynol, A Gracious Plenty

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