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The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

 
Acrostics

“EAGLE (E)nvision yourself (A)spiring to a (G)reater (L)evel of (E)xistence” Robert Overstreet more Acrostics

Quotes

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” Unknown Author

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Accomplishment

 “Don`t allow ignorance to further enslave your destiny.” Jaachynma N.E. AguThe Prince and the Pauper

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” Horace Mann

“It is important that when we make a resolution, or establish a goal, that we take the ACTION necessary to accomplish that goal.” Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

“Write down 10 things you would do in your life if you had absolutely no fear. Then pick one of them and do it.” Steve ChandlerReinventing Yourself: How to Become the Person You’ve Always Wanted to Be

“Your value lies not in status or title, but in the roots of your character and depth of your compassion.” Mollie Marti

Action

“Life is like butter – when things cool down it can be reshaped” Alan SheinwaldBuilding a Perfect Home

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them.” Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” Napoleon Hill

“Look around you. Everything changes. Everything on this earth is in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing…changing. You were not put on this earth to remain stagnant.” Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

African Proverbs

“God conceals himself from the mind of man, but reveals himself to his heart.” African Proverbs

“”He who is carried on another’s back does not appreciate how far off the town is.” African Proverbs

“Knowledge is like a garden; if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.” African Proverbs

“Not to know is bad. Not to wish to know is worse.” African Proverbs 

Anger

“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.” Steve Maraboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” Maya Angelou

“Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless … it’s absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers … and anger doesn’t provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever.” [Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]” Toni Morrison

“Don’t hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.” Leo Buscaglia

Anthony Robbins

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” Anthony Robbins

“Every problem is a gift – without problems we would not grow.” Anthony Robbins

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” Anthony Robbins

“The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the quality of your relationships.” Anthony Robbins

“It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute … that gives meaning to our lives.” Anthony Robbins

Appreciation

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

“Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.” Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!” Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

“Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

“A very small percentage of the people in this world will actually experience and live today. So many people will be stuck on another day, another time that traumatized them and caused them to spiritually stutter so they miss out on this day.” Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Attitude 

“Our attitude in the face of life’s challenges determines our suffering or our freedom.” Tara Brach

“I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.” Maya Angelou

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.” Walt Whitman

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” Mahatma Gandhi

Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. William James

“Give goodness to the day and before you know it, the day will be giving goodness to you.” Terri Guillemets

“Optimist: someone who isn’t sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy but is tickled silly just to be in the play.” Robert Brault

“You’re not going to make me have a bad day.  If there’s oxygen on earth and I’m breathing, it’s going to be a good day. ” Cotton Fitzsimmons

“Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?” Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Arguments

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” Thomas Paine

“To repeat what others have said, requires education, to challenge it, requires brains.” Mary Pettibone Poole “You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.”  Ben Goldacre, Bad Science

Science“ Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance.” Robert Quillen

“One of the first things a relationship therapist learns is that couples argue to burn up energy that could be used for something else. In fact, arguments often serve the purpose of using up energy, so that the couple do not have to take the courageous, creative leap into an unknown they fear. Arguing serves the function of being a zone of familiarity into which you can retreat when you are afraid of making a creative breakthrough.” Gay Hendricks

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Babies

“A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.” Author Unknown

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.” Don Herrold

“When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they’re seeing angels.” Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

“One of the most obvious results of having a baby around the house is to turn two good people into complete idiots who probably wouldn’t have been much worse than mere imbeciles without it.” Georges Courteline, La Philosophie de Georges Courteline

“Don’t ever tell the mother of a newborn that her baby’s smile is just gas.” Jill Woodhull

Bad Day

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” Dalai Lama XIV
 
“I asked the Zebra, are you black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes? And the zebra asked me, Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits? Are you noisy with quiet times? Or are you quiet with noisy times? Are you happy with some sad days? Or are you sad with some happy days? Are you neat with some sloppy ways? Or are you sloppy with some neat ways? And on and on and on and on and on and on he went. I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes…again.” — Shel Silverstein
 
“But I believe good things happen everyday. I believe good things happen even when bad things happen. And I believe on a happy day like today, we can still feel a little sad. And that’s life, isn’t it?”  Gabrielle Zevin (Elsewhere)
 

Beatitudes

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” Camille Pissarro

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.” Elizabeth Bibesco

“Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself for he shall never cease to be entertained.” John Boswell

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” Albert Camus

“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.” George EliotImpressions of Theophrastus Such

“Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.” Groucho Marx

Beauty

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.” Melchert, Harold V “The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. Oh, the passion for research and the joy of discovery!” Wanda Landowska “Let the beauty we love become the good we do.” Rumi

Belief

“What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it.” Ezra Pound “An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it.” Robert Brault “This is how humans are: we question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really believe, and those we never think to question.” Orson Scott Card “Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones “Man tends to treat all his opinions as principles.” Herbert Agar “Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.” Bertrand Russell

Beginnings

“Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.” Lao Tzu “Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.” Thich Nhat Hanh “The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie “Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.“ George Bernard Shaw

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.“ Henry Ward Beecher

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.“ Mark Victor Hansen

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.” Oprah Winfrey

“Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had, and what you’ve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.” Unknown

Birthdays

“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” George Harrison “Last week the candle factory burned down. Everyone just stood around and sang Happy Birthday.” Stephen Wright “Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of ‘you’ to the world.” Unknown “Hope your Birthday gently breezes into your life all the choicest of things and all that your heart holds dear Have A Fun- Filled Day.” Unknown

Breastfeeding

“Mother’s milk, time-tested for millions of years, is the best nutrient for babies because it is nature’s perfect food.” Robert S. Mendelsohn

“My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard.” David Allen

“A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.” Grantly Dick-Read

“Breast milk is better than any udder milk! Author Unknown

“Mother’s milk, time-tested for millions of years, is the best nutrient for babies because it is nature’s perfect food.” Robert S. Mendelsohn

Brené Brown

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” Brené Brown

“Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart.” Brené Brown

“Nostalgia is also a dangerous form of comparison. Think about how often we compare our lives to a memory that nostalgia has so completely edited that it never really existed.” Brené Brown

“Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.” Brené Brown

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brené Brown

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Children

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” Anne Frank

“In their innocence, very young children know themselves to be light and love. If we will allow them, they can teach us to see ourselves the same way. ” Michael Jackson

“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.” Lisa Wingate

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. ” Fred Rogers

“If you are still breathing maybe it is not such a bad day after all…” Darren E. Laws “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” Carl Sandburg “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” Anna Quindlen “Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” Robert A. Heinlein “I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. ” Fred Rogers

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Dalai Lama XIV

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” Dalai Lama XIV

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” Dalai Lama XIV

If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.” Dalai Lama XIV

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” Dalai Lama XIV

Deepak Chopra

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” Deepak Chopra

“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.” Deepak Chopra

“Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined. ” Deepak Chopra

“If you’re really spiritual, then you should be totally independent of the good and the bad opinions of the world…you should have faith in yourself.” Deepak Chopra

​“People are doing the best that they can from their own level of consciousness.” Deepak Chopra

“To acquire true self power you have to feel beneath no one, be immune to criticism and be fearless.” Deepak Chopra

Divide

“There is no past or future. Using tenses to divide time is like making chalk marks on water.” Janet Frame

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

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Audre Lorde (Our Dead Behind Us: Poems)

“People who truly love us can be divided into two categories: those who understand us, and those who forgive us our worst sins. Rarely do you find someone capable of both.” Jonathan Carroll

“The size of your body is just right. The only question is whether you’re big enough inside.” Patrick Carman (The Dark Hills Divide (The Land of Elyon, #1))

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Education

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Aristotle “When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.” Anthony J. D’Angelo “Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” Ralph Marston “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” David Frost “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” Walter Cronkite “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Robert Frost “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey

Enthusiasm

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” Ferdinand Foch “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” Alan Wilson Watts “Many of us are afraid to follow our passions, to pursue what we want most because it means taking risks and even facing failure. But to pursue your passion with all your heart and soul is success in itself. The greatest failure is to have never really tried.” Robyn Allen “Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity and fear of others. Never decide to do nothing just because you can only do little. Do what you can. You would be surprised at what “little” acts have done for our world.” Steve Maraboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free) “Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”  Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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Family

“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family. ” Jim Butcher

“My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.” Rick Riordan

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” George Bernard ShawImmaturity

“No one’s family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior.” Claire LaZebnikEpic Fail

“The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.” Jay McInerneyThe Last of the Savages

“All families are psychotic. Everybody has basically the same family – it’s just reconfigured slightly different from one to the next.” Douglas CouplandAll Families are Psychotic

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” Oscar WildeA Woman of No Importance

Faith

“Have faith: Don’t worry about “what if”. Live your life for “what is” and have faith you will be able to handle the “what comes”. Robert Overstreet

Fellowship

“And as ridiculous as it may sound, sometimes all any of us needs in life is for someone to hold our hand and walk next to us.” James Frey

“We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another, and gain instruction that we may all sit down in heaven together.” Lucy Mack Smith

“Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren’t rubbed in but rubbed out. Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice.” Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?

“Remember and help America remember that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race and class and gender in a democratic society” Marian Wright Edelman

“The aim of God in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons, with Himself included in that community as its prime sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.” Dallas Willard

Fitting-in

“Never laugh at the man that asks ‘stupid’ questions. Just remember, when all of society thought the world was flat, a man once questioned, “What if the world was round?” Jeremy Smith

“So you’re a little weird? Work it! A little different? OWN it! Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!” Mandy Hale

“The worst thing to call somebody is crazy, it’s dismissive. ‘But I don’t understand this person’, so they’re crazy. That’s bullshit cause people are not crazy, they strong people, maybe their environment is a little sick.” Dave Chapelle

“Human tragedies: We all want to be extraordinary and we all just want to fit in. Unfortunately, extraordinary people rarely fit in.” Sebastyne Young

“I think fitting in is highly overrated. I’d rather just fit out… Fitting out means being who you are, even when people insist that you have to change. Fitting out means taking up space, not apologizing for yourself, and not agreeing with those who seek to label you with stereotypes.” Golda Poretsky

Forgiveness

“The more we know, the better we forgive. Those who feel deeply feel for all living beings.” Madame de Stael

“When we put down ideas of what life should be like, we are free to wholeheartedly say yes to our life as it is.” Tara Brach

“Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns.” Tara Brach

“Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.” Madame de Stael

Friendship

“If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend that would be giving as the angels give.” George MacDonald

“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Muhammad Ali

“You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” Laurence J. Peter

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, & it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Anais Nin

“When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.” W. Somerset Maugham

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Gay Acceptance

Homosexuality is god’s way of insuring that the truly gifted aren’t burdened with children.  ~Sam Austin You could move.  ~Abigail Van Buren, “Dear Abby,” in response to a reader who complained that a gay couple was moving in across the street and wanted to know what he could do to improve the quality of the neighborhood The next time someone asks you, “Hey, howdja get to be a homosexual anyway?” tell them, “Homosexuals are chosen first on talent, then interview… then the swimsuit and evening gown competition pretty much gets rid of the rest of them.”  ~Karen Williams If horse racing is the sport of kings, then drag racing must be the sport of queens.  ~Bert R. Sugar Never apologize for showing feeling.  When you do so, you apologize for the truth.  ~Benjamin Disraeli “The pressures on gay teens can be overwhelming–to keep secrets, tell lies, deny who you are, and try to be who you’re not. Remember: you are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise.”  Alex Sanchez

Goodness

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa “We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.” Pema Chödrön (When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times) “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Teresa “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” Nelson Mandela “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” Kent M. Keith

Gratitude

“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You…Be Free…Share.” Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

 “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya AngelouCelebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

 “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart TolleA New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” Kahlil GibranThe Prophet “

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart TolleA New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

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Health

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” Irish Proverb

“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.” Tomorrow is disease.” Terri Guillemets

“In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.” Cicero

“Stretching oneself too thin is the disease of modern life — letting oneself get too thick, the other.” Terri Guillemets

“Healing comes when the individual remembers his or her identity—the purpose chosen in the world of ancestral wisdom—and reconnects with that world of Spirit.” Malidoma Patrice Somé

Help

“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, ‘aw sh*t, he’s up!” Steve Maraboli “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” Steve Maraboli “Every single time you help somebody stand up you are helping humanity rise.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free “Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.” Richelle E. Goodrich

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Inner Beauty

“Focus on your inner beauty. Outer beauty will draw people to you, inner beauty will keep them in your presence.” Robert Overstreet “Peace is the number one beautiful ornament you can wear, I really believe that. They say you should always wear a smile, but I don’t believe that you should “always” wear a smile, seriously, you’re going to look stupid! But peace, you should always carry peace within you, its the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. You want to have perfect physical posture when you stand, sit, and walk, and peace is the perfect posture of the soul, really. Try perfect posture outside as well as inside. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.” C. JoyBell C. “Nothing external to you has any power over you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.” …live in the question.” Rainer Maria Rilke “Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.”Criss Jami “Having inner peace means committing to letting go of self-criticism and self-doubt.” Sanaya Roman

Inspiration

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  Maya Angelou

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” Gautama Buddha

Always tell the truth, use kind words, keep your promises, giggle and laugh, stay happy and be positive, love one another, always be grateful, forgiveness is mandatory, give thanks for everything, try new things, say please and thank you, smile.” SearchQuotes

All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.” Chuck Palahniuk, Diary “Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.” Rumi “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullsh*t story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” Jordan Belfort “The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” C. JoyBell C.

Irish Proverbs

“Praise youth and it will prosper.” Irish Proverbs

“If you dig a grave for others, you might fall into it yourself.” Irish Proverbs

“A light heart lives long.” Irish Proverbs

“A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth.” Irish Proverbs

“A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied.” Irish Proverbs

Italian Proverbs

“A wise man cares not for that which he cannot have.” Italian Proverbs

“After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.” Italian Proverbs

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” Italian Proverbs

To a quick question, give a slow answer.” Italian Proverbs

He that jokes confesses.” Italian Proverbs

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Jewish Proverbs

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.” Jewish Proverbs

“As he thinks in his heart, so he is.” Jewish Proverbs

“Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds.” Jewish Proverbs

“Don’t look for more honor than your learning merits.” Jewish Proverbs

“A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.” Jewish Proverbs

Joy

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” Marianne Williamson

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. (21)” Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated. (11)” Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

Judgment

“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Don’t judge a man by his opinions, but what his opinions have made of him.” Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Kisses

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”  Albert Einstein

“Ancient lovers believed a kiss would literally unite their souls, because the spirit was said to be carried in one’s breath.” Eve Glicksman

“Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“A kiss without a hug is like a flower without the fragrance.”  Proverb

“[K]iss…. A trick of nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” Author unknown, quoted by Evan Esar in Esar’s Comic Dictionary, 1943

“Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.” Author Unknown

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Life and Thoughts

“By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself”. Menander

“Govern thy life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other”. Thomas Fuller

“Dream of what you most enjoy. Go where you want to go. Be whom you want to be. You have but one life to achieve what you want to Achieve….. ” Author Unknown

“Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.” Martina Navratilova

“Life is a song. Love is the music.” Anonymous

“Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; it’s your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savor all the good ones.” C. JoyBell C.

Light

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”  Plato “In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”  Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging ​ “It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.”  Arthur Conan Doyle “You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.”  Oprah Winfrey

Limitations

 “There’s something wrong in not appreciating one’s own special abilities, my girl. Find your own limitations, yes, but don’t limit yourself with false modesty.” Anne McCaffreyDragonsinger

“In the game of life, we all receive a set of variables and limitations in the field of play. We can either focus on the lack thereof or empower ourselves to create better realities with the pieces we play the game with.” T.F. HodgeFrom Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more.” Gail Hamilton

“I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” Frances E. Willard

“Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world — making the most of one’s best.” Harry Emerson Fosdick

Listen

“They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” Jerome K. Jerome “The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’.” Alfred Brendel “Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. (attr to J. Isham)” Sura Hart Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation “When you listen, it’s amazing what you can learn. When you act on what you’ve learned, it’s amazing what you can change.” Audrey McLaughlin “A friend asks, “Tell me one word which is significant in any kinds of relationship.” Another friend says, “LISTEN!” Santosh Kalwar,Adventus “Let your wisdom guide you On your own personal journey By listening to your heart Your soul will be alight And let you be All that you are intended to be” Karen Hackel, The Whisper of Your Soul

Love

“Love affairs are for emotional sprinters; the pleasures of love are for the emotional marathoners.” Robertson Davies

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu

“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.” Marilyn Monroe

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness, errors, and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” Anaïs Nin

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-ExupéryAirman’s Odyssey

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Marianne Williamson

“And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.” Marianne Williamson

“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” Marianne Williamson

“Spiritual growth involves giving up the stories of your past so the universe can write a new one.” Marianne WilliamsonThe Law of Divine Compensation: Mastering the Metaphysics of Abundance

Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.” Marianne Williamson

 “We can’t look to the world to restore our worth; we’re here to restore our worth to the world. The world outside us can reflect our glory, but it cannot create it. It cannot crown us. Only God can crown us, and he already has.” Marianne Williamson

“You have tremendous gifts to give; God sent them with you when you came to this earth. And while you might forget them, or doubt they exist, God does not forget and He will show them to you. As soon as your gifts are dedicated to His work, they will blossom. Chains that might have held you back for years will dissolve. And you will feel free. You will learn that your spirit is bigger than your circumstances, as soon as you put your spirit first.” Marianne WilliamsonEveryday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness And Making Miracles

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” Marianne Williamson

Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for sick neighbor’s children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.” Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“Think about your particular assignment at this time in your life. It may be to get an education, it may be to rear children, it may be to be a grandparent, it may be to care for an relieve the suffering of someone you love, it may be to do a job in the most excellent way possible, it may be to support someone who has a difficult assignment of their own. Our assignments are varied and they change from time to time. Don’t take them lightly. Give them your full heart and energy. Do them with enthusiasm. Do whatever you have to do this week with your whole heart and soul. To do less than this will leave you with an empty feeling.” Marjorie Pay HinckleySmall and Simple Things

“As you create a home, don’t get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don’t dwell on your failures, but think of your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey.” Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Marriage

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“When you find somebody you love, all the way through, and she loves you—even with your weaknesses, your flaws, everything starts to click into place. And if you can talk to her, and she listens, if she makes you laugh, and makes you think, makes you want, makes you see who you really are, and who you are is better, just better with her, you’d be crazy not to want to spend the rest of your life with her. (Carter Maguire)” Nora Roberts (Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, #4))

“People always fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other’s personalities. Who wouldn’t? Anybody can love the most wonderful parts of another person. But that’s not the clever trick. The really clever trick is this: Can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partner’s faults honestly and say, ‘I can work around that. I can make something out of it.’? Because the good stuff is always going to be there, and it’s always going to pretty and sparkly, but the crap underneath can ruin you.” Elizabeth Gilbert (Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage)

“Here’s something else to think about: calling when you say you’re going to is the very first brick in the house you are building of love and trust. If he can’t lay this one stupid brick down, you ain’t never gonna have a house baby, and it’s cold outside.” Greg Behrendt (He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys)

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.” Oscar Wilde

Mokokoma ​Mokhonoana

“To flatter a young man, tell him that you thought that he was older than he is. To flatter an old woman, tell her that you thought that she was younger than she is.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Though you can love what you do not master, you cannot master what you do not love.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“A ‘normal person’ is what is left after society has squeezed out all unconventional opinions and aspirations out of a human being.Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Man cannot be homophobic without having concerned himself with another’s sex life.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“We preoccupy ourselves with what we had — or what we want to have — at the expense of what we have.” Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mothers

“If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.” Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

“Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” Ambrose Bierce

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” Lisa Alther

“Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that supposed to mean?  In my heart it don’t mean a thing.” Toni Morrison (Beloved (Toni Morrison Trilogy #1))

“The mother of boys work son-up to son-down.” Author Unknown

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Pain

“Usually, we believe that our pain is a misfortune that needs to be fixed, but in fact, all pain (physical, mental, and emotional) is a necessary step towards becoming conscious.” Eliza Mada Dalian “Let me put it this way: You cannot live in the world without being in pain, spiritual and physical pain. We have developed mechanisms to deal with these pains, to overcome them somehow; Therapy, religion and spirituality, relationships, material success. All this can work, but also become a problem itself.” David Foster Wallace “Pain (any pain–emotional, physical, mental) has a message. The information it has about our life can be remarkably specific, but it usually falls into one of two categories: We would be more alive if we did more of this and Life would be more lovely if we did less of that. Once we get the pain’s message, and follow its advice, the pain goes away.” Peter McWilliams “Has not God chosen those who are pained in this world to inherit his paradise? For it is through suffering we understand our need for his righteous right hand. Indeed, our spiritual needs outweigh our physical ones. Blessed be the name of God.” Rae Carson, The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Parents

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” Elizabeth Stone

“If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent.“ Bette Davis

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” Angela Schwindt

“Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.” Khaled Hosseini

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” Robert A. Heinlein

“No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.” Plato 

Passion

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” Maya Angelou

“Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.” Hermann Hesse

“Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.” Colleen Hoover (Slammed (Slammed, #1))

“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.” Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves)

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” Franz Kafka

Path

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. ”Gautama BuddhaSayings Of Buddha

“In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day – or to celebrate each special day.” Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Let each man take the path according to his capacity, understanding and temperament. His true guru will meet him along that path.” Sivananda Saraswati

“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.” Guy Gavriel KayTigana

“Do not be afraid to walk the path that you must go just because you cannot see the end. The path becomes clearer as you continue to go on.” Tracy Allen

“Put your ego aside, listen to those crossing your path, they may hold the key you been looking for.” Martin Suarez

“There are many roads in this world that will guide you to pleasurable, fun, and exciting destinations that do not end in any form of lasting happiness. So before you step on an enticing path, figure out where it leads.” Richelle E. Goodrich

Personal Responsibility

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” Anne Frank

“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.” J.K. Rowling

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” Barbara De Angelis

“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.” Confucius

“The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.” Steve Maraboli,Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“What people say and feel about you when you’ve left a room is precisely your job while you are in it.” Rasheed Ogunlaru

Power of Now

“You will never live in your future, because your future becomes your now…focus on living your best life in this moment.” Robert Overstreet “Learn from your past, it is there to teach you a lesson. Use your past lessons as stair steps to a more elevated you.” Robert Overstreet “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” Eckhart Tolle “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness.” Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” Eckhart Tolle

Pregnancy

“Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.” Erma Bombeck

“Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.” Rita Rudner

“Feeling fat lasts nine months but the joy of becoming a mom lasts forever.” Attributed to Nikki Dalton

“They say men can never experience the pain of childbirth. They can… if you hit them in the goodies with a cricket bat for fourteen hours.” Jo Brand

“A friend asked her doctor if a woman should have children after thirty-five. I said, “Thirty-five children is enough for any woman.” Gracie Allen

Pumpkin

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” Henry David Thoreau

“Men are like pumpkins. It seems like all the good ones are either taken or they’ve had everything scraped out of their heads with a spoon.” Men.

“Why are terms of endearment always food? Honey, cookie, sugar, pumpkin. Its not like caring about someone is enough to actually sustain you.” Jodi Picoult

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. Jim Davis

“Pumpkin Spice Lattes are to college girls; what mini-shooters of whiskey are to alcoholics.” Unknown

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” Ralph Waldo EmersonEmerson in His Journals

“It is not the length of life, but the depth.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rita Rudner

“How come when you mix water and flour together you get glue…and then you add eggs and sugar and you get cake? Where does the glue go?” Rita Rudner

“I never panic when I get lost. I just change where it is I want to go.” Rita Rudner

“Some people think having large breasts makes a woman stupid. Actually, it’s quite the opposite: a woman having large breasts makes men stupid.” Rita Rudner

“Some women hold up dresses that are so ugly and they always say the same thing: ‘This looks much better on.’ on what? On fire?” Rita Rudner

“When I met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always” Rita Rudner

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School and Learning

“It’s back to school time. or as home-schoolers call it, stay-where-you-are time.” Stephen Colbert

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.” Edgar W. Howe

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward

“You can have all the schooling you want, it doesn’t make you a bit smarter or wiser. It is experience through the act of doing that is the greatest teacher.” R. G. Risch

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” Vernon Howard

“The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” John Lubbock

Seed

“An ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can’t see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can’t design or ordain.” Sharon Salzberg

“If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“The light of unconditional love awakens the dormant seed potentials of the soul.” John Welwood

“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” Jack Kornfield

“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.” Bill Meyer

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

“Plant the seeds of your dreams and weed all the objections out.” Mary Anne Radmacher

Self Improvement

“Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent” Maxwell Maltz “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”  Aldous Huxley “A man can never hope to be more than he is if he is not first honest about what he isn’t.” Don Williams “There’s always room for improvement, you know-it’s the biggest room in the house.” Louise Heath Leber “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou

Silence

“True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” William Penn “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross “If you can’t get quiet enough to hear yourself, your life is too loud.” Terri Guillemets “Some days, we just need to turn the quiet up.” Dr. SunWolf “Silence allows you to watch your mind and become aware of the thoughts that you may be acting on unconsciously. When you see the thoughts, you can make a conscious choice to act on the thought or change your mind, instead of going along with the noise. I have seen people who don’t want to look at themselves keep going until something happens that makes them stop — a sickness or an accident — but it gives them that reflective, quiet space where they can face what is difficult in their mind. We each have a unique purpose to fulfill in this life and inklings can come in those quiet moments.” Swami Radhananda

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Tae Yun Kim

“To make a change, you must be: willing to commit, willing to change, willing to have an open mind, and willing to take action!” Tae Yun KimThe Silent Master: Awakening The Power Within

“Maintain a forgiving attitude!” Tae Yun KimThe Silent Master: Awakening The Power Within

“Maintain a receptive attitude!” Tae Yun KimThe Silent Master: Awakening The Power Within

“Let go of self-condemnation and guilt!” Tae Yun KimThe Silent Master: Awakening The Power Within

“Maintain an attitude of anticipating success!” Tae Yun KimThe Silent Master: Awakening The Power Within

Tears

“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.” Brian JacquesTaggerung

“Failure to shed tears is a failure to live life fully. And the one thing that life requires of us all is to live it. Never be embarrassed by your ability to be alive.” Amy NeftzgerThe Orphanage of Miracles

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” John Lennon

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” Steve Maraboli

“If we didn’t have strong feelings, how could we love or fight? When our flesh is cut, we bleed. When our heart is broken, we cry. There’s nothing wrong with that. It only becomes a problem when it gets in the way of what you have to do. You can’t crumble when others are counting on you.” Robert LiparuloWatcher in the Woods

Thank You

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”  John E. Southard

 “Well, most people would have said `thank you’ after they’d been given help, and then I would have responded to that with `you’re welcome’. I figured we’d skip straight to my part since social graces aren’t your forte.” Heather JamesFire

“God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?” William Arthur Ward

 “One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.” Malayan Proverb

“A little “thank you” that you will say to someone for a “little favour” shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen “greater favours”. Learn to say “thank you” and why not?” Israelmore Ayivor

Thanksgiving

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” Oscar WildeA Woman of No Importance

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” Erma Bombeck

“It never takes longer than a few minutes, when they get together, for everyone to revert to the state of nature, like a party marooned by a shipwreck. That’s what a family is. Also the storm at sea, the ship, and the unknown shore. And the hats and the whiskey stills that you make out of bamboo and coconuts. And the fire that you light to keep away the beasts.” Michael ChabonThe Yiddish Policemen’s Union

“Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairy tale.” Wale Ayeni

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” Henry David Thoreau

Time

“Time spent with the ones we love are the best memories. Time passes quickly, give your children the gift of happy memories.” Robert Overstreet

True Beauty

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” Ellen DeGeneres

“Above all things physical, it’s more important to be beautiful on the inside – to have a big heart and an open mind and a spectacular spleen.”  Ellen DeGeneres

“We are beautiful because we are sons and daughters of God, not because we look a certain way.” Kate Wicker

“True beauty lies deep within. No matter what you look like on the outside, if you know you are beautiful, nothing can change that.” Amy Davis

“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.” Kahill Gibran

Turkey

“I used to date the lead singer of The Cranberries, but she cheated on me. Turns out she had some turkey on the side.” Jarod KintzIt Occurred to Me

“Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless. Christmas dinner’s dark and blue. When you stop and try to see it From the turkey’s point of view.” Unknown

“Sunday dinner isn’t sunny. Easter feasts are just bad luck. When you see it from the viewpoint of a chicken or a duck. Oh how I once loved tuna salad Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too Till I stopped and looked at dinner From the dinner’s point of view.” Shel Silverstein

“Coexistence… what the farmer does with the turkey- until Thanksgiving.” Mike Connolly

“I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Someone needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself.” Mitch Hedberg

“Don’t assume you’re always going to be understood. I wrote in a column that one should put a cup of liquid in the cavity of a turkey when roasting it. Someone wrote me that ‘the turkey tasted great, but the plastic cup melted.’” Heloise 

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Veterans

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”  Abraham Lincoln “Shame, isn’t it? That we only like our heroes out in the street when they are looking their best and their uniforms are ‘spit and polished,’ and not when they’re showing us the wounds they suffered on our behalf.”  Jacqueline Winspear, Maisie Dobbs “Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country?  Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote.” Richelle E. Goodrich

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Weakness

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.” Marilyn vos Savant

“I would encourage us all, African Americans, Asians, Latinos, Whites, Native Americans to study history. I long for the time when all the human history is taught as one history. I am stronger because you are stronger. I am weaker if you are weak. So we are more alike than we are unlike.” Maya Angelou

“It’s not that you should never love something so much that it can control you.It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled. It’s not a weakness. It’s your best strength.” Patrick Ness, The Ask and the Answer

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” Criss Jami

“A man’s spirit is free, but his pride binds him with chains of suffocation in a prison of his own insecurities” Jeremy Aldana

Worry

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”  Mahatma Gandhi “Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.” Mark Twain “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” E. Joseph Cossman “You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.” Pat Schroeder

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You are Beautiful

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” Arundhati Roy (The Cost of Living)

“It’s not the face, but the expressions on it. It’s not the voice, but what you say. It’s not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.” Stephenie Meyer (The Host (The Host, #1))

“I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.” Jamie McGuire (Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1))

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” pleasefindthis

“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.” C. JoyBell C.

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