Quotes For You
1. If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up some place else.
2. When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
3. There is time for everything.
Thomas A. Edison
4. I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward.
5. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
6. The worst thing you can try to do is cling to something that is gone, or to recreate it.
7. You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.
8. Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
9. The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.
Bernard M. Baruch
10. Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.
11. The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.
12. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
13. We don't live in a world of reality,
we live in a world of perceptions.
Gerald J. Simmons
14. Value friendship for what there is in it,
not for what can be gotten out of it.
H. Clay Trumbull
15. A friend is, as it were, a second self.
16. Friendship needs no words--it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
17. We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends behave to us.
18. You will make more friends in a week by getting yourself interested in other people than you can in a year by trying to get people interested in you.
19. Wishing to be friends is quick work,
but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
20. Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant,
and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
21. A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
22. Go often to the house of thy friend,
for weeds choke the unused path.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
23. Take heed: you do not find what you do not seek.
24. The future depends on what we do in the present.
25. Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
26. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
27. Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
28. To find what you seek in the road of life,
the best proverb of all is that which says:
"Leave no stone unturned."
Edward Bulwer Lytton
29. Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.
30. Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Leon J. Suenes
31. Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth
32. Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff life is made of.
33. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
34. Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
35. Govern thy life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other.
36. Life is like a library owned by the author.
In it are a few books which he wrote himself,
but most of them were written for him.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
37. Life is a pure flame,
and we live by an invisible sun within us.
Sir Thomas Brown
38. 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 been opened for us.
39. The better part of happiness is to wish to be what you are.
40. Impossible things are simply those which so far have never been done.
41. A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
42. The whole secret of a succesful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it.
43. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
44. We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, and not as they are said to be.
George Bernard Shaw
45. The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
46. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
47. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Wiliam Butler Yeats
48. If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
49. Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
50. If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
51. Only strong characters can resist the temptation of superficial analysis.
52. That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.
53. Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
54. The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second is to know that which is true.
55. In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.
56. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
57. So little trouble do men take in search for the truth; so readily do they accept whatever comes first to hand.
58. Man's most judicious trait, is a good sense of what not to believe.
59. How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment upon that which seems.
60. What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
61. Some will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.
62. I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion.
63. Maturity of mind is capacity to endure uncertainty.
64. He that never changes his opinion, never corrects his mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow that he is today.
65. The smart ones ask when they don't know. And, sometimes when they do.
66. They that will not be counseled cannot be helped.
67. It's more fun to arrive at a conclusion that to justify it.
68. We think too small. Like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.
69. The man who questions opinion is wise; the man who quarrels with facts is a fool.
Frank A. Garbutt
70. Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
71. Arguing with a fool proves there are two.
Doris M. Smith
72. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
73. To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
74. Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser
75. When you get to the end of your rope, tie a know and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
76. Trust your hopes, not your fears.
77. Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
Frank L. Gaines
78. When you cease to dream you cease to live.
79. Perseverance is failing 9 times and succeeding the 10th.
80. Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.
George F. Tilton
81. We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
82. No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
83. Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
84. The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person.
85. Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.
86. Perhaps love is the process of my gently leading you back to yourself.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
87. We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
88. To love and be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
89. To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.
90. Adversity is the diamond dust that heaven polishes its jewels with.
91. The storm also beats on the house that is built on the rock.
92. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
93. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
94. In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down.
95. Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do in our own?
96. Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.
97. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
98. The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.
99. Minds are like parachutes, they function only when open.
100. Some minds are like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set.
101. Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking.
102. He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool forever.
Tom J. Connelly
103. Hardening of the heart ages people faster than hardening of the arteries.
104. When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
105. Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.
St. Francis De Sales
106. Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up.
107. The wind of anger blows out the lamp of intelligence.
108. Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
109. Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
110. When you feel "dog tired" at night, it may be because you growled all day.
111. Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.
112. Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
113. If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
114. Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody's power, that is not easy.
115. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
116. A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
Opening scene of "Faust"
117. You can't expect people to look eye to eye with you if you are looking down on them.
118. You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
119. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
120. To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
121. Whether you think you can or think you can't you are right.
122. Only those who do nothing at all make no mistakes... but that would be a mistake.
123. There are no guarantees. From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough. From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary.
124. He who dares nothing need hope for nothing.
125. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.
126. A life lived in fear is half lived.
127. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
128. Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.
129. Seldom does an individual exceed his own expectations.
130. You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
131. Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
132. We are like tea bags we don't know our own strength until we're in hot water.
133. A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home.
134. There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.
Anwar el Sadat
135. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
136. You lift me, and I'll lift you, and we'll ascend together.
137. Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.
138. The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.
139. Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.
140. If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
Abigail Van Buren
141. Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.
142. A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
143. We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King
144. Trials give you strength, sorrows give understanding and wisdom.
Chuck T. Falcon
145. Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
146. The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Allan K. Chalmers
147. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
148. A big shot is a little shot that kept shooting.
149. No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.
150. To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
151. Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.
152. Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy.
153. The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it.
Blood of the Martyr
154. Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.
155. What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
156. If the going is real easy, beware, you may be headed down hill.
157. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
158. When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
159. Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
160. Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser
161. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
162. The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
163. People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.
164. It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work.
165. There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control a firm resolve of a determined soul.
166. Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
167. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
168. You're on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour.
169. We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face.
170. How a man plays a game shows something of his character, how he loses shows all of it.
171. It's easier to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent.
172. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John F. Kennedy
173. I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so his place will be proud of him.
174. The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
175. True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right.
176. Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?
177. I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
178. Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
179. The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.
180. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
181. When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
182. Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all the apathy of human beings.
183. The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
184. The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
185. Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
186. An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
187. And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
188. The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.
Madame De Maintenon
189. Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
190. Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
191. Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
192. The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
193. A man is not old until regrets start taking place of dreams.
194. We get to make a living; we give to make a life.
195. When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing.
196. A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.
197. Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
198. Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.
199. The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
200. When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of selfgiving is a personal powerreleasing factor.
Norman Vincent Peale
201. Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
202. The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.
203. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
204. Luck is when opportunity knocks, and you answer.
205. The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
206. Either you run the day or the day runs you.
207. Destiny is not a matter of chance but of choice. Not something to wish for but to attain.
William Jennings Bryan
208. There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen.
209. The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
210. Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
211. The more often a man feels without acting, the less he'll be able to act. And in the long run, the less he'll be able to feel.
212. If I am not for myself, who will be? And if I am for myself alone, then what am I? And if not now, when?
213. For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.
John Greenleaf Whittier
214. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
215. Each time someone 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
216. Every time we open our mouths, men look into our minds.
217. Everyone's life is an object lesson to others.
Karl G. Maeser
218. The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King Jr.
219. The moment we begin to fear the opinons of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
220. Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.
221. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward
222. I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather have one walk beside me than merely point the way.
David O. McKay
223. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
224. We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.
225. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King
226. It is essential that justice be done, and it is equally vital that justice not be confused with revenge, for the two are wholly different.
227. There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
228. Justice does not come from the outside. It comes from inner peace.
229. 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.
230. Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love...Kindness is good will. Kindness says, "I want you to be happy.
231. Kindness is a language which the dumb can speak, the deaf can understand.
232. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
233. People are unreasonable, illogical and selfcentered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be
shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.
What you spend years building may
be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have
and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
234. If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
235. The best things in life aren't things.
236. It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.
Robert A. Cook
237. The best way to predict your future is to create it.
238. Be strong, get beyond all superstitions, and be free.
239. Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
240. Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke
241. Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.
242. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.
David M. Burns
243. The way to succeed is to double your error rate.
Thomas J. Watson
244. Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.
W. Somerset Maugham
245. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be overcome first.
246. Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans.
247. In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
248. You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a lot of empty yesterdays.
Professor Harrold Hill
249. Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have, if we didn't spend half of our time wishing.
250. The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.