I wanted to give you a glimpse into some of the thoughts and ideas that I find to be inspiring, enriching, humorous, or just plain fascinating. These are some of my favorites:
“Success is just around the corner for the person who refuses to quit.” Unknown
Endurance - One of the most difficult disciplines, but to the person who endures comes the final victory. - Unknown
"Whatever you do, do it with all your might." Aesop (620 BC - 520 BC)
"I have not failed; I’ve only found 10,000 ways that do not work.” Thomas A. Edison
“Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people who were not smart enough to know they were impossible.” –Doug Larson
“A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” -John Stuart Mill
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.” Freya Stark
“To succeed, we must first believe that we can.” Michael Korda
“What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Emerson
“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Abraham Lincoln
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” Anita Roddick
“My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I can, whenever I can,
for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.” President Jimmy Carter
“Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.” Mother Theresa
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson
“We must overcome the notion that we must be ordinary. It robs us of the chance to be extraordinary and leads us to the mediocre” Unknown
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” Alexander Hamilton
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Success is not a destination, success is a journey.” Unknown
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Stephen Prefontaine
“Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.” William Wallace
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time that we fall.” Nelson Mandella
“Leadership is the potent combination of character and strategy. If you must be without one, be without strategy. General Norman Schwartzkopf
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
“It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” Ursula K. LeGuin
“All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke
“You are who you choose to believe.” Unknown
“Pray as if all depends on God, work as if all depends on you.” St. Augustine
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
“The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, most money or the most awards.
They are the ones who care.” Unknown
“If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing.” Unknown
“Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.” Unknown
“We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Unknown
“Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy
“The past is history, the future is mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called the present; enjoy it.” Allen Johnson
“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” Vince Lombardi
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
“The rocks in a river are what make it sing.” Unknown
“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” Jack Kinder
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Joe Sabah
“If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it only comes one day at a time.” Beth Mend Conny
“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If t fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
“Success is only what you make of it.” Unknown
“The problem is not a lack of ability, but a lack of ambition.” Unknown
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” John F. Kennedy
“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.” Unknown
“You only live life once, but if you live it right, once is enough.” Unknown
“A ship in a harbor is safer, but that is not what ships are made for.” William Shedd
“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years.” Muhammed Ali
“You must have the desire to want it, the strength to endure it, the attitude to become it, and the commitment to achieve it.” Unknown
“Shoot for the moon, even if you should miss, you will land among the stars.” Les Brown
“The harder I practice, the luckier I get.” Gary Player
“Live today to the fullest. There might not be a tomorrow.” Unknown
“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” Herm Albright
“Always do right, this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain
“Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone.” Unknown
“Life has no limitations except the ones you make.” Les Brown
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.” Benjamin Disraeli
“If you try you may fail. If you don’t try, you are guaranteed to fail.” Jesse Jackson
“Excellence is the result of: caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe;
dreaming more than others think is practical; and expecting more than others think is possible.” Unknown
“I believe in grace because I’ve seen it and peace because I’ve felt it and forgiveness because I’ve needed it.” George W. Bush
“The future doesn’t lie ahead of you waiting to happen . . . it lies deep inside of you, waiting to be discovered.” Unknown
“Sometimes there is no next time, no timeouts, no second chances, sometimes it’s now or never.” Unknown
“One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.” Chinese proverb
“Tomorrow is for those who are willing to prepare for it today.” Unknown
“Why do those people who know the least know it the loudest?” Jack Handey
“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” Emily Dickinson
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” Albert Einstein
“God has made me fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure.” Erick Liddell (Olympic Gold Medalist)
“Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.” Archimedes
“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?” Jean Cocteau
“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
“Whether you believe you can or not, you are right.” Henry Ford
“Worrying is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” Van Wilder
“Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?” George Bernard Shaw
“Show me a guy who is afraid to look back, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” Lou Brock
“To succeed, you must believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.” Unknown
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” William Faulkner
“It is not in our stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” William Shakespeare
“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.” William Jennings Bryan.
“Be not simply good, be good for something.” Henry David Thoreau
"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cowardice askes the question - is it safe?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
Expediency asks the question - is it political?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, nor political; but because it is right.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a healthy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”
-Ronald Reagan quoted in the New York Times magazine.
“Underlying most arguments against a free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”
"By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.”
“What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player.”
“Nothing will work unless you do.”
“For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.”
-Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.