12/31/08It is much more valuable to look for the strengths in others-you gain nothing by criticizing people’s imperfections.

– Daisaku Ikeda


Just stay positive. My Dad always says you can’t live a positive life with a negative mind. Always be positive.

– Miley Cyrus


There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.

– Alexander Woolcott12/25/08

Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.

– Helen Steiner Rice


If you give money, spend yourself with it.

– Henry David Thoreau


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot


Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be.

– W. Clement Stone


Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.

– Kenneth Hildebrand


Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.

– W. Clement Stone


Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.

– W. Clement Stone


Bondage is – subjection to external influences and internal negative thoughts and attitudes.

– W. Clement Stone


All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your mind. The first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal or desire is.

– W. Clement Stone


Big doors swing on little hinges.

– W. Clement Stone


Don’t part company with your ideals. They are anchors in a storm.

– Arnold Glasgow


Forgiveness is an inner correction that lightens the heart. It is for our peace of mind first. Being at peace, we will now have peace to give to others, and this is the most permanent and valuable gift we can possibly give.

– Gerald Jampolsky


Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

– Charles F. Kettering


Einstein’s E=mc2 is an extraordinary concept. So radical: matter and energy are two phases of the same sort of general stuff. There’s only one other idea that radical: Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

– Kurt Vonnegut


It is the law of Spirit that we must be that which we would draw to us. If we would draw to us love, we must love, be loving and kind; if we would have peace and harmony in our environment, we must establish it within ourselves.

– Charles Fillmore


Always live in the present, for it is in the here and now that the work needs to be done, and so the future can and will take care of itself.

– Author Unknown


Work hard. Be holy and pure and the fire will come.

– Swami Vivekananda


Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

– Henry David Thoreau


I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.

– Anais Nin (1903 – 1977)


Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation.

– Jack Nicklaus


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

– Cicero 11/26/08


People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.

– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


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.

– Virginia Satir


When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by them.

– Zig Ziglar


The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.

– Heda Bejar


Wonder is from surprise, and surprise stops with experience.

– Robert South


Conditions for creativity are:
to be puzzled;
to concentrate;
to accept conflict and tension;
to be born every day;
to feel a sense of self.

– Erich Fromm


Champions keep playing until they get it right.

– Billie Jean King


Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr


Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

– Helen Keller


The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.

– Marcus Aurelius


As you think, so you are. As you dream, so you become. As you create your wishes, so they create you.

– Wendy Garrett


Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.

-Edith Sitwell

11/10/2008In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.

– Shunryu Suzuki


Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

– St. Francis of Assisi


There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself.

– Ralph Waldo Trine


Anxiety leads to a narrowing of the field of attention, the so-called tunnel vision, and when people are anxious, they are unable to attend to the total situation as is necessary to enable them to act rationally, but impulsively do the first thing that comes into their heads which is usually determined by what others are doing at the same time.

– J. A. C. Brown


Live deep instead of fast.

– Henry Seidel Canby


Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities–always see them, for they’re always there.

– Norman Vincent Peale


The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

– Mark Twain


Ultimately magic finds you, if you let it.

-Tony Wheeler


A leader is a dealer in hope.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


The baby rises to its feet, takes a step, is overcome with triumph and joy–and falls flat on its face. It is a pattern for all that is to come! But learn from the bewildered baby. Lurch to your feet again. You’ll make the sofa in the end.
– Pam Brown


He says, “You’re always late.”
She says, “You’re always rushing me.”
One point for him.
One point for her.
Total score: zero.–Michael P. Nichols (The Lost Art of Listening)


I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.

– Walter Cronkite


The richness of the human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome.

– Helen Keller


The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.

– Dave Weinbaum


The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.

– Orison Sweet Marden


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

– Mary C. Crowley


If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.

– William James


Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.

– Richard Bach


The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

– Edmund Burke


Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

– C. W. Leadbeater


Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.

– Karen Ravn


Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

– Bill Bradley


I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time.

– Josh Billings


If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.

– William Arthur Ward


The only way to entertain most people is to listen to them.

– Elbert Hubbard


Do the thing you fear, then the death of fear is certain.

– Brian Tracey


We are all visitors to this time, this place.
We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love, & then we return home.

– Australian Aboriginal Saying…


Our minds work like a garden. It is fertile ground that accepts any and everything we plant. Good or evil, constructive or destructive, our lives will bear the fruit of the seeds we plant in our minds.

– Ivanla Vanzant


One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

– Helen Keller


So always look for the silver lining
And try to find the sunny side of life.

– P. G. Wodehouse


With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.

– Keshavan Nair


People shouldn’t hesitate to exert their all, in a way true to themselves. How can you possibly ever know how far or fast you can go if you’ve never run all-out? To give up even before you’ve tried is actually arrogance—an affront to the wondrous power of life within you and disrespectful to yourself. It is cowardly.

– Daisaku Ikeda


Courage is reclaiming your life after a devastating event robs you of your confidence and self-esteem. It is facing tomorrow with a firm resolve to reach deep within yourself to find another strength, another talent… It is taking yourself to another level of your own existence where you are once again whole, productive, special…

– Catherine Britton


A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.

– William Arthur Ward


Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.

– Sarah Ban Breathnach


Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of the immortals.

– David Ogilvy


Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering. There’s a hole in everything, That’s how the light comes thru.

– Leonard Cohen


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

– Antonio Porchi


When a decision has to be made, make it. There is no totally right time for anything.

– General George Patton


True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.

– Arthur Ashe


It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.

– Vincent van Gogh


Commit yourself to a dream… Nobody who tries to do something great but fails is a total failure. Why? Because he can always rest assured that he succeeded in life’s most important battle–he defeated the fear of trying.

– Robert H. Schuller


Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.

– Pearl S. Buck


Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way.

– Kate Seredy

09/05/2008Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.

– Zig Ziglar


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.

– Ida Scott Taylor


A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.

– Anne Morrow Lindberg


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

– Muriel Strode

09/01/2008When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.

– Nancy Coey


You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

– George Horace Lorimer


Joy is the echo of God’s life within us.

– Joseph Marmion


I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door–or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.

– Joan Rivers


What is success in life? Who are the truly successful? There are famous and powerful people who become pitiful figures in their old age. There are people who die alone, feeling empty and desolate inside. Just what is success? The English thinker Walter Pater (1839–94) wrote: “To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.” The person who lives life fully, glowing with life’s energy, is the person who lives a successful life.

– Daisaku Ikeda


The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.

– Abraham Lincoln


Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant–the digitalis of failure.- Elbert Hubbard


To rid ourselves of our shadows–who we are–we must step into either total light or total darkness.

– Jeremy Preston Johnson


To listen is to continually give up all expectation and to give our attention, completely and freshly, to what is before us, not really knowing what we will hear or what that will mean. In the practice of our days, to listen is to lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.

– Mark Nepo


“Come to the edge,” He said. They said, “We are afraid.” “Come to the edge,” He said. They came. He pushed them…and they flew.

– Guillaume Apollinaire


What kinds of causes am I making right now? What actions am I taking? The answers to these questions are what will determine our future.

– Daisaku Ikeda


Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

– Thich Nhat Hanh


A weary seeker was told by a wise man, ‘Replace unconscious fighting with conscious listening.’

– Vernon Howard


The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re alive.

– O. A. Battista


The only thing that will bring immediate effect is infinite patience.

– A Course in Miracles


I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.

– Pearl S. Buck


We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: We have the power to imagine better.
– J.K. Rowling


The reason things always work out for the best is because this is actually the highest of all spiritual laws. Any apparent exceptions are simply evidence that work is still in progress, whether or not it can be seen. Always.

– The Universe (www.tut.com)


Everyone who treats himself harshly wrongly attributes the harshness to someone or something outside himself.

– Vernon Howard


Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Buddhism holds that everything is in a constant state of flux. Thus the question is whether we accept change passively and are swept away by it or whether we take the lead and create positive changes on our own initiative.

– Daisaku Ikeda


I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.

– Dalai Lama


The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

– Carlos Castaneda


If one is estranged from oneself, then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Stuff your eyes with wonder … live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

– Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)


God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. The present is the only time there is.

– Marianne Williamson


A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

– Charles Dickens


In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.

– Margaret Anderson


Only that day dawns to which we are awake.

– Henry David Thoreau


You gotta have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?

– Oscar Hammerstein II


Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you – to make you realize that your are a part of Spirit and that just behind the sparks of your life is the Flame of Infinity.

– Paramahansa Yogananda


A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition: with it we are great, generous, and true; without it, we are little, false, and mean.

– L. E. Landon (Ethel Churchill)


Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.

– David Ogilvy

07/15/2008But an accurate definition of the self is impossible.
You are more than you realize,
more than you can define.
And the more time you spend
trying to nail down the definition,
the less time you spend living right now. …
Your past is not your identity…
You, living now, is your identity.

– George Lawrence-Ell (The Invisible Clock)

07/14/2008The people who say you are not facing reality actually mean that you are not facing their idea of reality. Reality is above all else a variable. With a firm enough commitment, you can sometimes create a reality which did not exist before.

– Margaret Halsey (No Laughing Matter)

07/11/2008Curiosity may have killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.

– Harry Lorayne (Secrets of Mind Power)


Before speaking, consider the interpretation of your words as well as their intent.

– Andrew Alden


If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

– Thomas J. Watson, Jr.


Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.

– Sue Patton Thoele


You must train your intuition — you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.

– Ingrid Bergman


Truly every new idea is a violation of some older idea; as the awakening of tomorrow is a violation of today’s slumber. As long as man continues to evolve, in other words, to separate himself from chaos, and to express himself in a higher form, he must always shatter something. In shattering, he disobeys: in breaking, he creates.

– Jeanne de Vietinghoff


A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people.

– Bessie Head


Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past.

– Gary Ryan Blair


Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

– Brian Tracy

06/30/2008I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.

– Dalai Lama


We run after values that, at death, become zero.

– Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross


There is no joy without hardship. If not for death, would we appreciate life? If not for hate, would we know the ultimate goal is love?…At these moments you can either hold on to negativity and look for blame, or you can choose to heal and keep on loving.

– Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross


Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow.

– Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross


I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.

– Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross


Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.

-Vladimir Nobokov


It doesn’t matter what road you take, hill you climb, or path you’re on, you will always end up in the same place, learning.

– Ralph Stevenson


We do not remember days, we remember moments.

–  Cesare Pavese 

06/18/2008Improve your spare moments and they will become the brightest gems in your life.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.

– Leo Buscaglia


The best things in life are nearest. Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

– Robert Louis Stevenson


Let the world slip we shall ne’er be younger.

– William Shakespeare


Laughter is an instant vacation.

–  Milton Berle 


Pure and simple, any person who is enjoying life is a success?

– William Feather


People worry about careers but rarely spend half that energy managing their lives. I want to make my life the best it can be.

– Reese Witherspoon


The world is your playground. Why aren’t you playing?

–  Ellie Katz


 Slow down and the thing you are chasing will come around and catch you.

– Zen saying


Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.

– Hermann Hesse


Take the gentle path.

– George Herbert


The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.

– Frederick Buechner


Smiles help me remember that the sky is only dark between the stars.

– Nathaniel Kent Leatham


Sometimes you earn more by doing things that pay nothing.

– Todd Ruthman


We are here to add what we can to, not to get what we can from, life.

– Sir William Osler


There are people who take the heart out of you, and there are people who put it back.

– Elizabeth David


Praise the bridge that carried you over.

– George Colman


We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to the big differences that we often don’t foresee.

– Marian Wright Edelman


When you care, people notice.

– Susane Berger


It takes courage for people to listen to their own goodness and act on it.

– Pablo Casals


You have a gift that only you can give the world – that’s the whole reason you’re on the planet. use your precious energy to build a magnificent life that really is attainable. The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day.

– Oprah Winfrey


Courage is adversity’s lamp.

– Vauvenargues


We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

– Henry David Thoreau


Go and wake up your luck.

– Persian Proverb


There’s a good time coming.

– Sir Walter Scott


We are the hurdles we leap, to be ourselves.

– Michael McClure


Wrong turns are as important as right turns. More important sometimes.

– Richard Bach


Don’t wait for inspiration. Take action! Action generates inspiration.

– Frank Tibolt


Possibilities do not add up, they multiply.

– Paul M. Romer


Everything is always impossible before it works.

– Hunt Greene


Live and work with integrity, and everything else is a piece of cake.

– Pat Salvatore


Be fanatics. When it comes to being, doing and dreaming the best, be maniacs.

– A.M. Rosenthal


Whoever I am or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.

– John Gardner


You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.

– Warren Beatty


What we love and what captures our curiosity draws us forward into some place of great destiny.

– Wayne Muller


Finding the right work is like discovering your soul in the world.

– Thomas Moore


May you always find new roads to travel; new horizons to explore; new dreams to call your own.

– Unknown


We each have only a limited amount of time here. We have to do more with it, pay attention, explore, be open to all of life.

– Viggo Mortensen


From small beginnings come great things.

– Proverb


Person to person, moment to moment, as we love, we change the world.

– Samahria Kaufman


Follow your passion as long as you live.

– Ptah-Hotep


It seems to me that we can never give up longing or wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.

– George Eliot


By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.

– Edwin Elliot


Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low.

– Tom Peters


Today is the day.

– Unknown


Dreams pass into the reality of action.

From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

– Anais Nin


The future is not someplace we are going to, but a place we are creating. The paths to it are not found, they are made.

– Jane Garvey


You can choose to be a person who has resulted simply from what has happened, or from what you have chosen to be and do about what has happened.

– Neale Donald Walsch (Conversations with God)


The little things in life? The little moments? They aren’t little. They often turn out to be the most memorable and meaningful things we encounter.

– Kobi Yamada (from his compilation ‘the little things’)


Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.

– Bruce Barton


Faith is an invisible and invincible magnet and attracts to itself whatever it fervently desires and calmly and persistently expects.

– Ralph W. Trine


We all need something to believe in, something for which we can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. We need to feel that our life has meaning, that we are needed in this world.

– Hannah Senesh


One thing is certain: That is that the power of belief, the power of thought, will move reality in the direction of what we believe and conceive of it. If you really believe you can do something, you can. That is a fact.

– Daisaku Ikeda


Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.

– Alexander Haig


Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.

– Zig Ziglar


Hope is the companion of power, and the mother of success, for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.

– Samuel Smiles


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

– Winston Churchill


The whole of this Universe is stationed in the Omnipresent and the Omnipotent God. We see Him in various forms. He brings to light all these worlds. Him they call the Kala, Infinite, Pervading the infinite space.

– Atharva Veda 19.53.3


The final mastery is oneself.

– Oscar Wilde


I always say to myself, what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment.

– R. Buckminster Fuller


Hear the other side.

– Roman law principle


The only person who behaves sensibly is my tailor. He takes my measure anew every time he sees me. All the rest go on with their old measurements.

– George Bernard Shaw


Only a life in the service of others is worth living.

– Einstein


Be happy. It is a way of being wise.

– Colette


Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.

– Brian Tracey


Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

– Lao-tzu


Death is the opening of a more subtle life. In the flower, it sets free the perfume; in the chrysalis, the butterfly; in man, the soul.

– Juliette Adam


Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.

– Erica Jong


Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities.

– Robert H. Schuller

03/13/2008However wise it may be to glean wisdom from the past, it is folly to regard the past as the exclusive source of truth. Truth is relative and expanding; it lives always in the present, achieving new expression in each generation of men–even in each human life.

– The Urantia Book

03/12/2008Envy not success, nor pity failure, for you know not what is success or failure in the soul’s reckoning.

– Conversations with God- Neale Donald Walsch


Everlasting perspective helps you keep things in their proper light.

– Conversations with God – Neale Donald Walsch


If we’re told that an odd piece of our china is worth a hundred pounds, – how rare its beauty!

 – Logan Pearsall Smith 


And we ask not any soul to perform beyond its scope.
 – Koran (Surah XXIII)


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

– Albert Einstein


A man’s rootage is more important than his leafage.

– Woodrow Wilson


We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.

– Tao Te Ching


To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

– Bertrand Russell


How you are going to feel today is a decision you make.

– Robert H. Schuller


The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

– William Jones


See how fleeting and trifling is the condition of humans; yesterday an embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the tiny sliver of time you are given, live rationally, and depart from life cheerfully, the way the ripe olive falls, praising the season that brought it forth and the tree that nurtured it.

– Marcus Aurelius


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.

– Michael Landon


The soul that has no established aim loses itself.

– Michel de Montaigne

02/22/2008If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.

– Lin Yutang


As a rule, I always look for what others ignore.

– Marshall McLuhan


Eternal life is the endless quest for infinite values.

– The Urantia Book

02/19/2008I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.

– George Burns

02/18/2008To lead a life in which we are inspired and can inspire others, our hearts have to be alive; they have to be filled with passion and enthusiasm. To achieve that, we need the courage to live true to ourselves. Rather than borrowing from or imitating others, we need the conviction to be able to think for ourselves and to take action out of our own sense of responsibility.

– Daisaku Ikeda

02/15/2008Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

– Abbie Hoffman


The clearest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness.

– Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


The world is one percent good, one percent bad, ninety-eight percent neutral. It can go one way or the other, depending on which side is pushing. This is why what individuals do is important.

– Hans Habe


Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.

– St. Francis of Sales


Seize from every moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys.

– Andre Gide


He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

– Epictetus


A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.

– Elbert Hubbard


There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first … when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.

– Yogananda


Accept the place that divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Humble men and women do not have a low opinion of themselves; they have no opinion of themselves, because they so rarely think about themselves. The heart of humility lies in undivided attention to God and a de-selfing of our plans, projects, ambitions and soul. Humility is an indifference to our own well-being and a carefree disregard of the image we present. No longer concerned with appearing to be good, we can move freely in the mystery of who we really are, aware of the sovereignty of God and of our absolute insufficiency and yet moved by a spirit of radical self-acceptance without self-concern.

– Brennan Manning

1/31/2008The willingness to trust others even when you know you may be taken advantage of is the cornerstone of becoming civilized.

– O. A. Battista


Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.

– George Bernard Shaw


Some people speak from experience, while others, from experience, don’t speak.

– Anonymous


Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.

– Ursula K. Le Guin


The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


To take a journey of a thousand miles, you have to begin with the first step from the place where you stand; the romantic description of the journey and the things the body sees on the way and the description of the scenery are of no use unless you lift your foot and take the first step.

– Vimala Thakar


It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.

– James Thurber


Learn to pause … or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.

– Doug King


Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.

– Shakti Gawain


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


Just as a spring breeze awakens tender new shoots of green, sincere encouragement can thaw a frozen heart and instill courage. It is the most powerful means to rejuvenate the human spirit.

– Daisaku Ikeda


I am convinced that the universe is under the control of a loving purpose, and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship. Behind the harsh appearance of the world there is a benign power.

– Martin Luther King Jr.


There is a rule in sailing where the more maneuverable ship should give way to the less maneuverable craft. I think this is sometimes a good rule to follow in human relationships as well.

– Joyce Brothers


Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

– Mark Twain


Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us.

– W. N. Rieger


Peace of mind first — and all things will follow on that.

– Emmet Fox


Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
That stuck to their jobs, you see.

– Minnie Richard Smith


The best way to make your spouse and children feel secure is not with big deposits in bank accounts, but with little deposits of thoughtfulness and affection in the “love account.”

– Zig Ziglar


Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity….

– Lao-tzu


Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

– Jonathan Edwards


We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws, but for potential.
– Ellen Goodman


We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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