It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

– Charles Spurgeon


It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.

– Robert A. Cook


The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.

– Catherine Ponder


Ultimately, we are responsible for our own destiny. It may seem to us that our fate is predetermined, whether by our genes or by our environment. What really matters, however, is how we can improve ourselves from this moment forward, how we can change the circumstances that we find ourselves in.

– Daisaku Ikeda


What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

– Joseph Addison


Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves.
We must learn to respect them.
We must learn to listen.

– Sarah Ban Breathnach


Life is too short to be little. You must enlarge your imagination and then act on it.

– Benjamin Disraeli


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 of 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 it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

– Martha Graham


Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.

– Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer


Use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend, to express your fundamental beliefs and dreams. Affirm to others the vision of the world you want. You are a free, immensely powerful source of life and goodness. Affirm it. Spread it. Radiate it. Think day and night about it and you will see a miracle happen: the greatness of our own life.

– Robert Muller


Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.

– Henry Van Dyke


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

 – Albert Schweitzer


If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

– Mahatma Gandhi


The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom.. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.

– Saul Steinberg


What we resist persists.

 – Sonia Johnson


When you expect good, it’s available constantly, and it makes itself a reality in your life.

– Alfre Woodard


When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.

– Patrick Overton


You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream; you’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.

– Diana Ross


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

– Elbert Hubbard


By your own soul, learn to live
And if men thwart you take no heed.
If men hate you have no care.
Sing your song, dream your dream,
Hope your hope and pray your prayer.

– Parkenham Beatty


Innovation is usually the result of connections of past experiences–and luck. But if you have the same experiences as everybody else, you’re unlikely to look in a different direction.

– Steve Jobs


Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.

– James Allen


Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life–learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)

– Robert Fulghum


Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.

– Stephen Vincent Benet


A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

– Hugh Downs


Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

– King Whitney Jr.


Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.

– Abraham Lincoln


You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind.

– Darwin P. Kingsley


Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth…Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.

– Noela Evans


He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.

– George Herbert


Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.

– Earl of Chesterfield


All things are difficult, before they are easy.

– Thomas Fuller


Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore; they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone.

– Thomas Jones


Do or do not, there is not try.

– Yoda


This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.

– Susan Polis Schutz


Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.

– Robert Orben


If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

– Erica Jong


The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.

– John Sculley


It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.

– John Steinbeck


Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

– Albert Einstein


It is much more valuable to look for the strengths in others-you gain nothing by criticizing people’s imperfections.

– Daisaku Ikeda


It is much more valuable to look for the strengths in others-you gain nothing by criticizing people’s imperfections.

– Daisaku Ikeda

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