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Quotes January 26, 2020

I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.
Albert Einstein
Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.
Dalai Lama
Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.
Rachel Marie Martin
“While I sleep, I dream of you, and when I wake, I long to hold you in my arms. If anything, our time apart has only made me more certain that I want to spend my nights by your side, and my days with your heart.”
Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe
“If love cannot stand the test of time, then it has failed the test of love.”
Bernard Byer
“Absence is to love as wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small and kindles the great.”
Roger de Bussy-Rabutin
“When we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
“Always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
Winnie the Pooh
Be kind because you will never know how much the person beside you is suffering.
Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are.
The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have.

Quotes January 25, 2020

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., Draft of “Love in Action”
“I am a great believer in the seasons. Even here in my own world, I have no relish for sweet corn in January or strawberries in November.”
Pearl S. Buck, My Several Worlds
“Alexandra drew her shawl closer about her and stood leaning against the frame of the mill, looking at the stars which glittered so keenly through the frosty autumn air. She always loved to watch them, to think of their vastness and distance, and of their ordered march. It fortified her to reflect upon the great operations of nature, and when she thought of the law that lay behind them, she felt a sense of personal security.”
Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”
Abraham Lincoln, “Notes for a Law Lecture”

“The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
Carl Jung, “Schiller’s Ideas on the Type Problem,” in Collected Work of C. G Jung

“He who can achieve great things is not necessarily capable of small.”
Marcel Proust

Quotes January 24, 2020

“Not everyone that serves this nation raises their right hand to take an oath; military spouses begin military service when they extend their left hand to take a vow.”
Mrs. Cindy Wilsbach
“Life is tough my darling, but so are you.”
Stephanie Bennet Henry
“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.”
Vivian Komori
“You can buy a fancy dress, shave your legs three times and choose the perfect shade of lipstick, but what really matters is showing up and being there each and every step of the way.”
Lauren Tamm
“Be strong. It may be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.”
“Distance is just a test to see how far love can travel.”
“A lot of things may come and go, but not our love”
“Love doesn’t die easily, it thrives in all of life’s hazard’s. Except one; neglect.”
“The distance is so long, but our love is so strong.”
They knew it. Time, distance, nothing could separate them. Because they knew. It was always right. It was always worth the wait.”
Couples that are meant to be are the ones who go through everything that is meant to tear them apart and come out even stronger than they were before.”
“You never really know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
“Life takes you unexpected places. Love brings you home.”
“Distance means so little when someone means so much.”
“True love doesn’t mean being inseparable; it means being separated and nothing changes.”
Anything worth having is worth waiting for.”

Quotes January 23, 2020

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
poet, philosopher
You know there are moments such as these when time stands still and all you do is hold your breath and hope it will wait for you.
Dorothea Lange,
documentary photographer, photojournalist
Tradition is the albatross around the neck of progress.
Bill Veeck,
professional baseball club executive, owner, promoter
At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.
Frida Kahlo,
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain
Life is too short to hide your feelings. Say what you feel.
People don’t always say “I love you.” Sometimes it sounds more like: Be safe. Did you eat? I made you this.
Some things need a little time and space to evolve into what they are going to be for you. Don’t force it. Let it flow.
How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.

Quotes January 22, 2020

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

The road ahead may seem cold and dark. Follow the light. Be kind. We will move through this together
Wasps are the jerks of the insect world. They can sting over and over again. They take hostage insects, make them zombies, and raise their young inside them. AND, they are voracious pollinators all flowering plants. They are jerks that have a necessary role in nature. Be kind to jerks too. They need it more than anyone else.
There is an end to the tunnel. Kindness given and received will show you the way.
This is your life. Your life is your life. Stop hating it. Want to start loving it? Be kind — to yourself, to everyone and everything around you.
Kindness is a bridge between yesterday and tomorrow. Be kind.
Listen, even though this moment might suck. This is a wonderful world filled with dogs and cats and great food and wonderful people and great songs and beautiful moments. It’s truly a wonderful world. Be kind to you — go find the wonder.
You weren’t put here to fix everything. You were put here to love. All you have to do is love them. Remember: Kindness is love in action.
Whatever road you are on, being kind will create great horizons in your life.
A beautiful garden is filled with all types of flowers. A beautiful life is filled with all types of people. Be kind to all kinds. Watch your life bloom.
We use words to speak to our God. We use words to speak to our loved ones. We use words to speak to ourselves. Words have powerful consequences. Make sure that yours are kind.
Be kind to everything big and small.
Hey, the world’s dark corners are in full view right now. Find a reason to laugh. You’ll feel better. Be kind to you.
You may not realize it, but right this moment someone is thinking of you. Someone is loving you.
Never forget — you are loved.

Quotes January 21, 2020

“The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.”
Henry Ward Beecher
“Every morning brings new potential, but if you dwell on the misfortunes of the day before, you tend to overlook tremendous opportunities.”
Harvey Mackay
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
Wayne Dyer
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
George Lorimer
“Think of many things; do one.”
Portuguese proverb
“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
“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
Zig Ziglar
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
Brian Tracy
“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
Napoleon Bonaparte
“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
Peter Drucker
“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”
Flavia Weedn
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
J.K. Rowling
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan
“A man may fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
John Burroughs
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
Frederick Keonig
“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”
Andy Rooney
“A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.”
Andrew Matthews
“Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.”
Dan Coppersmith
“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.”
Anna Taylor
“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
Charles F. Kettering
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
Soren Kierkegaard
“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Wayne Gretzky
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
Bruce Lee
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Dale Carnegie
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
John Newton
“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.”
David Allen
“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.”
“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”
Drew Barrymore
“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
Ann Landers
“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
Louise L. Hay
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
Groucho Marx
“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”
John Wooden
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
Napoleon Hill
“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
Fred Rogers
“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
“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

Quotes January 20, 2020

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


”This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
Alan Wilson Watts
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”
Stephen R. Covey

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”
Albert Einstein
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Mark Twain
“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”
Joseph Barbara
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
Abraham Lincoln
“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
Peter Drucker
“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
Louis Pasteur
“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Theodore Roosevelt
“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
Bruce Lee
“Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.”
Gertrude B. Elion

Quotes January 19, 2020

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

“Hurry, hurry, open every door! says my heart.”
Mary Oliver, “Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides,” Long Life: Essays and Other Writings
“And there was, in those Ipswich years, for me at least, a raw educational component; though I used to score well in academic tests, I seemed to know very little of how the world worked and was truly grateful for instruction, whether it was how to stroke a backhand, mix a martini, use a wallpaper steamer, or do the Twist. My wife, too, seemed willing to learn. Old as we must have looked to our children, we were still taking lessons, in how to be grown-up.”
John Updike, Self-Consciousness: Memoirs
“Happiness is a place between too much and too little.”
Finnish proverb
“Any pleasure that does no harm to other people is to be valued.”
Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness
“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy, “Three Methods Of Reform,” Pamphlets: Translated from the Russian
“I would like to become tolerant without overlooking anything, persecute no one even when all people persecute me; become better without noticing it; become sadder, but enjoy living; become more serene, be happy in others; belong to no one, grow in everyone; love the best, comfort the worst; not even hate myself anymore.”
Elias Canetti, The Human Province
“Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful.”
Gertrude Stein, Paris France
“Don’t cut what you can untie.”
“It isn’t enough to love; we must prove it.”
St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul
“It is all a question of weeding out what you yourself like best to do, so that you can live most agreeably in a world full of an increasing number of disagreeable surprises.”
M.F.K. Fisher, How to Cook a Wolf
“We finger the world around us with our senses, which deliver it to us in an idiosyncratic formulation. Our bodies serve to introduce the world to us.”
Anne Truitt, Turn: The Journal of an Artist
“The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.”
Jean de La Bruyère, “Of Society and Conversation,” The Characters of Jean de La Bruyère

Quotes January 18, 2020

The Wander-Light
Henry Lawson, 1902

And they heard the tent-poles clatter,
And the fly in twain was torn —
Tis the soiled rag of a tatter
Of the tent where I was born.
And what matters it, I wonder?
Brick or stone or calico —
Or a bush you were born under,
When it happened long ago?

And my beds were camp beds and tramp beds and damp beds,
And my beds were dry beds on drought-stricken ground,
Hard beds and soft beds, and wide beds and narrow —
For my beds were strange beds the wide world round.

And the old hag seemed to ponder
(‘Twas my mother told me so),
And she said that I would wander
Where but few would think to go.
‘He will fly the haunts of tailors,
‘He will cross the ocean wide,
‘For his fathers, they were sailors
‘All on his good father’s side.’

Behind me, before me, Oh! my roads are stormy —
The thunder of skies and the sea’s sullen sound,
The coaster or liner, the English or foreign,
The state-room or steerage the wide world round.

And the old hag she seemed troubled
As she bent above the bed,
‘He will dream things and he’ll see things
‘To come true when he is dead.
‘He will see things all too plainly,
‘And his fellows will deride,
‘For his mothers they were gipsies
‘All on his good mother’s side.’

And my dreams are strange dreams, are day dreams, are grey dreams,
And my dreams are wild dreams, and old dreams and new;
They haunt me and daunt me with fears of the morrow —
My brothers they doubt me — but my dreams come true.

And so I was born of fathers
From where ice-bound harbours are —
Men whose strong limbs never rested
And whose blue eyes saw afar.
Till, for gold, one left the ocean,
Seeking over plain and hill;
And so I was born of mothers
Whose deep minds were never still.

I rest not, ’tis best not, the world is a wide one —
And, caged for an hour, I pace to and fro;
I see things and dree things and plan while I’m sleeping,
I wander for ever and dream as I go.

I have stood by Table Mountain,
On the Lion at Capetown,
And I watched the sunset fading
From the roads that I marked down;
And I looked out with my brothers
From the heights behind Bombay,
Gazing north and west and eastward,
Over roads I’ll tread some day.

For my ways are strange ways and new ways and old ways,
And deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low;
I’m at home and at ease on a track that I know not,
And restless and lost on a road that I know.

Quotes January 17, 2020

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”
Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, and former Captain in the Army Reserves
“All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters either. Every single man in this Army play a vital role. Don’t ever let up. Don’t ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain.”
General George S. Patton, U.S. Army
“To get the best out of your men, they must feel that you are their real leader and must know that they can depend upon you.”
General of the Armies John J. Pershing, U.S. Army
“Because the crew was convinced that I was “on their team” there were never any issues with negative criticism… You as a mentor have to establish that you are sincerely interested in the problems of the person you are mentoring.”
Ret. Capt L. David Marquet, US Navy and author, Turn the Ship Around!
Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.
Rear Admiral Grace Hopper
“The truly great leader overcomes all difficulties, and campaigns and battles are nothing but a long series of difficulties to be overcome. The lack of equipment, the lack of food, the lack of this or that are only excuses; the real leader displays his quality in his triumphs over adversity, however great it may be.”
General of the Army George C Marshall, and former Secretary of State & Secretary of Defense
“Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.”
General Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army
“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”
Major General William T. Sherman, U.S. Army