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Quotes July 12 & 13, 2020

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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.”
Mark Twain
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.”
Joseph Addison
“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”
Dr. Robert Anthony
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
Peter Marshall
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”
Clay P. Bedford
“The fullness of life is only accessible in the present moment.”
Eckhart Tolle
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
Abraham Maslow
If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.
Warren Buffett
How many times had those awful words – “I know what I’m doing” – been uttered throughout history as prelude to disaster?
Christopher Buckley
O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense
The dons, the bashaws, the grandees, the patricians, the sachems, the nabobs, call them by what names you please, sigh and groan and fret, and sometimes stamp and foam and curse, but all in vain. The decree is gone forth, and it cannot be recalled, that a more equal liberty than has prevailed in other parts of the earth must be established in America.
John Adams, letter to Patrick Henry, June 3, 1776
Too many people are trying to find the right person instead of being the right person.
Gloria Steinem
Paradise is always where love dwells.
Jean Paul Richter
Holding on is being brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier.
It’s okay to have flaws. That’s what makes you real.
“Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.”

Quotes July 11, 2020

The 100 Most Iconic Book Quotes

Quotes July 10, 2020

When we deployed, in our heads, the towel we left hanging next to the shower to dry, would still be hanging there when we got back. Well, it won’t be. If it is, some important questions need to be asked.
Adam Fenner
Worry only about what you control. The rest is war.
The world he had left was not ready for his return, or rather, he was not ready to return to the world he had left.
Matthew J. Hefti
And that was my homecoming. It was fine, I guess. Getting back feels like your first breath after nearly drowning. Even if it hurts, it’s good.
Phil Klay
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
I am a human rocket on a mission of deployment / I’ve been cocked and loaded, ready for the culmination / I am a human missile guided by a secret agenda / That commands my every thought and deed and wills me on my way
Mark Allen Mothersbaugh
A military service member can be deployed for a training exercise, peacekeeping mission, or to the middle of a warzone, so each deployment carries a unique set of circumstances that can affect the military member’s children in different ways.
Ron Avi Astor
A deployment involves a cycle of events with distinct features, set of experiences, and effects in each of at least 3 periods: pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment.
Deborah Harrison

Quotes July 09, 2020

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
M. Scott Peck
“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.
If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”
Andy Rooney
“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”
Tom Wilson
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
Diane Ackerman
“After every difficulty, ask yourself two questions: “What did I do right?” and “What would I do differently?”
Brian Tracy
“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.“
Leo F. Buscaglia
“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”
Albert Ellis
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt
Don’t let the mistakes and disappointments of the past control and direct your future.
Zig Ziglar
You can’t be real with others if you’re not real with yourself.
Be strong and move on. It’s time for you to be happy again.
When you really love someone, age, distance, height, and weight are just numbers.
Common sense is not a gift. It’s a punishment. Because you have to deal with everyone who doesn’t have it.

Quotes July 08, 2020

It’s a sign of the time…. it’s like being 16 again…

Gas is cheap and I’m grounded again!
My son asked me if a punch bowl is a place where you keep names of people you want to punch…

I usually keep them in my head but, keeping them in a fancy crystal bowl seems classy.
We cannot allow this year to end!

That would be admitting that 2021!!!
Danny Jackson
If you love something, set it free.

If it comes back, it will always be yours.

If it doesn’t come back, it was never yours to begin with.

But, if it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and doesn’t appear to realize that you had set it free… You either married it or gave birth to it.
Ralph was towing his boat home from a fishing trip in Jamaica Bay when his car broke down. He didn’t have his cell phone with him, but he thought maybe he might be able to raise someone on his marine radio to call for roadside assistance. He climbed into his boat, clicked on the radio and said, “Mayday, mayday.”

A Coast Guard officer came on and said, “State your location.”

“I-95, two miles south of Cranston.”

After a very long pause, the officer asked, “How fast were you going when you reached shore?”
Harry Finkelstein
In the daily briefing for the weather the weather man suggested with 100% certainty that the forecast for the afternoon call for heavy rains.

Assistant: “Are you positive, sir?”

Weatherman: “Yes indeed. I’ve lost my umbrella, I got my car washed on the way in, I’m going golfing, and my wife’s giving a lawn party.”
My diary has had some very interesting entries during Corona-virus. As a sportsman, many of my entries during the suspension of sports have been sport oriented…

For example, here is my entry for April 17, 2020: “Day 37 of no sports. Watching birds fight over worms. Cardinals lead the Blue Jays 3-1.”
Arthur Art Will Williams

Quotes July 07, 2020

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“The dark night of the soul is a journey into light, a journey from your darkness into the strength and hidden resources of your soul.”
Caroline Myss
“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”
Brené Brown
“Wherever you are, be there. Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well.”
Jim Rohn
“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”
Dan Millman
“Disneyland is the star, everything else is the supporting role.”
Walt Disney
“Use only that which works and take it from any place you can find it.”
Bruce Lee
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou

Quotes July 06, 2020

Perhaps the only thing in my favor is that I am very tenacious. I don’t take ‘no’ very well.
Kathryn Bigelow,
Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.
Jean Cocteau,
poet, playwright, writer, filmmaker, artist
May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.
Rev. Peter Marshall,
pastor, US Senate chaplain
Just as cultivating a garden requires turning over the ground, pulling weeds, planting, and watering,
doing the work of love is all about taking action.
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.

Quotes July 05, 2020

Choose the words you say to yourself wisely; they are creating your reality.
Sean Stephenson
It’s in that convergence of spiritual people becoming active and active people becoming spiritual that the hope of humanity now rests.
Gratitude is not a mere word; it is not a mere concept.
It is the living breath of your real existence on earth.
There is no house like the house of belonging.
Deep trust in life is not a feeling but a stance that you deliberately take. It is the attitude we call courage.
Br. David Steindl-Rast
Honor the space between no longer and not yet.
Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.
Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror.
Just keep going, no feeling is final.
For small creatures such as we the vastness is only bearable by love.
What are the sources of human joy? Look no further than the spread of your arms.
When your real, effortless, joyful grateful nature is realized,
it will not be inconsistent with the ordinary activities of life.
May we all know the effortless unity in which giver, receiver and thanking itself
are a single gesture, a rising peace.
Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.
You will never be good enough for everyone. Luckily, all you have to be is good enough for you.

Quotes July 04, 2020

Quotes courtesy of The Shutterfly Community

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
Erma Bombeck

“Independence Day: freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
John Adams

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”
John Dickinson

“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.”
Wendell L. Wilkie
“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.
Robert J. McCracken

“The United States is the only country with a known birthday.”
James G. Blaine
“America is a tune. It must be sung together.”
Gerald Stanley Lee
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
Benjamin Franklin
“My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America.”
Val Saintsburt

“America means opportunity, freedom, power.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry

“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
John F. Kennedy

“We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.”
Lech Walesa

“Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.”
James Bryce
“So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
Elmer Davis
“Freedom lies in being bold.”
Robert Frost
“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
George Washington

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
William Faulkner

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
James Madison

“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.”
George Bernard Shaw

Quotes July 03, 2020

The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.
Pierre de Coubertin

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Heroism is endurance for one moment more.
George F. Kennan


Don’t forget, incoming fire has the right of way.
Clint Smith

In combat, spontaneity rules; rote performance of technique perishes.
Bruce Lee

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
George S. Patton

I wrote a novel about the combat experiences I didn’t have in Vietnam.
Tracy Kidder

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
David Friedman

We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and when got, the repose is insupportable.
Henry Adams

The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.
Tom Clancy

I would not trade you a billion dollars for the kids I led to combat in Vietnam or in fact any of the Marines that I served with for a quarter of a century.
Oliver North

I think I’d be a better president because I was in combat.
George H. W. Bush

Every country that has experimented with women in actual combat has abandoned the idea, and the notion that Israel uses women in combat is a feminist myth.
Phyllis Schlafly

I think women are too valuable to be in combat.
Caspar Weinberger

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning.
David M. Shoup

If you combat an international phenomenon, it is indispensable to share information internationally.
Gijs de Vries

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
George Santayana

I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
Margaret Mead

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The E.U. has moved to combat global terrorism by instituting common European arrest and evidence warrants and creating a joint situation center to pool and analyze intelligence.
John Bruton

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Richard Grenier