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Quotes February 22, 2019

A compliance with the minutiae of military courtesy is a mark of well-disciplined troops.
We are all members of the same great family … On social occasions the formality of strictly military occasions should be relaxed, and a spirit of friendliness and goodwill should prevail.
MajGen John A. Lejeune
 
 
 
 
We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions. It’s destructive to morale.
LtGen H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, Iwo Jima, 1945
 
 
 
 
Don’t you forget that you’re Marines- First Marines! Not all the communists in hell can overrun you!
Col Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, rallying his 1st Marines near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950
 
 
 
 
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
Here’s a news flash: No soldier gives his life. That’s not the way it works. Most soldiers who make a conscious decision to place themselves in harm’s way do it to protect their buddies. They do it because of the bonds of friendship – and it goes so much deeper than friendship.
Eric Massa
 
 
 
 
But to the fighting soldier that phase of the war is behind. It was left behind after his first battle. His blood is up. He is fighting for his life, and killing now for him is as much a profession as writing is for me.
Ernie Pyle
 
 
 
 
All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can’t do anything about it… Then you understand the horror of war.
Norman Schwarzkopf
 
 
 
 
I come from the slums; I come from a hard background; I come from a poor family; and I was a soldier.

I learned about life before I went into the theater, which is why I’ve been so happy. I was a soldier.
Michael Caine
 
 
 
 
There’s nothing like being a soldier for confidence or learning your limits or enduring utter humiliation.
Guy Davenport
 
 
 
 
When you join the army, you are asked to lay down your life for your country. That is a tremendous oath to take. In return, a good country should offer that soldier every possible means it can to allow that soldier to stay alive and, upon return, healthy – both mentally and physically.
Michael Winter

Quotes February 21, 2019

Every man prays in his own language.
Duke Ellington,
jazz composer
 
 
 
 
7 x 7 + love = An amount Infinitely above: 7 x 7 – love
Langston Hughes,
poet, social activist and leader of the Harlem Renaissance
 
 
 
 
I have had a significant loss of clout. I will have to make up for it with hard work and with extra effort.
John Dingell,
longest-serving congressperson in American history
 
 
 
 
I didn’t break the rules, but I challenged the rules.
Ella Baker,
civil rights and human rights activist
 
 
 
 
When I see myself as an old woman, I just think about being happy. And hopefully, I’ll still be fly.
Rihanna,
singer and songwriter
 
 
 
 
I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
Jean-Michel Basquiat,
artist
 
 
 
 
Play with it. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.
Karl Lagerfeld,
fashion designer
1933-2019
 
 
 
 
True love does have the power to redeem but only if we are ready for redemption.
bell hooks,
professor, feminist and author focusing on the intersection of race, gender and capitalism
 
 
 
 

Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
Benjamin Banneker,
first African-American man of science

Quotes February 20, 2019

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
Oprah Winfrey
 
 
 
 
“I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.”
Elbert Hubbard
 
 
 
 
“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
 
 
 
 
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!”
Mae West
 
 
 
 
“Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.”
Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
 
 
 
 
“Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.”
W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand
 
 
 
 
“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“This place was truly the highest and the lowest of all worlds – the most beautiful senses, the most exquisite emotions…the most malevolent desires, the darkest deeds. Perhaps it was meant to be so. Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.”
Stephenie Meyer, The Host
 
 
 
 
“In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.”(From a speech read on video on August 31, 1995 before the NGO Forum on Women, Beijing, China)”
Aung San Suu Kyi
 
 
 
 
“Ten long trips around the sun since I last saw that smile, but only joy and thankfulness that on a tiny world in the vastness, for a couple of moments in the immensity of time, we were one.”
Ann Druyan
 
 
 
 
“You are evidence of your mother’s strength, especially if you are a rebellious knucklehead and regardless she has always maintained her sanity.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy
 
 
 
 
“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach
 
 
 
 
“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”
Marcel Duchamp
 
 
 
 
“Connecting with those you know you love, like and appreciate you restore the spirit and give you the energy to keep moving forward in this life.”
Deborah Day, BE HAPPY NOW!
 
 
 
 
“For the yesterdays and today’s, and the tomorrows I can hardly wait for – Thank you.”
Cecelia Ahern, The Book of Tomorrow
 
 
 
 
“Not having money to spend doesn’t mean we can’t have well-spent moments every day.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach, Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity
 
 
 
 
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
Denis Waitley
 
 
 
 
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton
 
 
 
 
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
Zig Ziglar
 
 
 
 
“ ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”
Alice Walker
 
 
 
 
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
Henri Frederic Amiel
 
 
 
 
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Robert Brault
 
 
 
 
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Melody Beattie

Quotes February 19, 2019

“That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.”
Meredith Monk
 
 
 
 
“The closer you stay to emotional authenticity and people, character authenticity, the less you can go wrong. That’s how I feel now, no matter what you’re doing.”
David O. Russell
 
 
 
 
“There is a certain kind of respect for authenticity today that there wasn’t back in the days when they did ‘Cleopatra,’ where everything looked like a giant motel. People want to have it be authentic in the look, and authentic in the way people behave.”
John Milius
 
 
 
 
“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.”
Coco Chanel
 
 
 
 
“We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.”
Barbara de Angelis
 
 
 
 
“No one man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne
 
 
 
 
“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”
Shakespeare
 
 
 
 
“Be your authentic self. Your authentic self is who you are when you have no fear of judgment, or before the world starts pushing you around and telling you who you’re supposed to be. Your fictional self is who you are when you have a social mask on to please everyone else. Give yourself permission to be your authentic self.”
Dr. Phil
 
 
 
 
“Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.”
Hildegard Von Bingen
 
 
 
 
“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
Socrates
 
 
 
 
“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”
William James
 
 
 
 
“Be yourself – not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”
Henry David Thoreau
 
 
 
 
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs
 
 
 
 
“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.”
Leo Buscaglia
 
 
 
 
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.”
Judy Garland
 
 
 
 
“I can be a better me than anyone can.”
Diana Ross
 
 
 
 
“How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people. What is true is invisible to the eye. It is only with the heart that one can see clearly.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
 
 
 
 
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
 
 
 
 
“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.”
Oprah Winfrey
 
 
 
 
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
C.G. Jung
 
 
 
 
“Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.”
Lance Secretan
 
 
 
 
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”
Albert Schweitzer
 
 
 
 
“To be nobody but myself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else-means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.”
E.E. Cummings
 
 
 
 
“No matter what your work, let it be your own. No matter what your occupation, let what you are doing be organic. Let it be in your bones. In this way, you will open the door by which the affluence of heaven and earth shall stream into you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth becomes more important than looking good.”
Alan Cohen
 
 
 
 
“The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity, and accountability.”
Simon Mainwaring
 
 
 
 
“If you think dealing with issues like worthiness and authenticity and vulnerability are not worthwhile because there are more pressing issues, like the bottom line or attendance or standardized test scores, you are sadly, sadly mistaken. It underpins everything.”
Brene Brown
 
 
 
 
“If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.”
Horace Mann
 
 
 
 
“A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity….one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
 
 
 
 
“Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.”
Deepak Chopra
 
 
 
 
“When you are real in your music, people know it and they feel your authenticity.”
Wynonna Judd
 
 
 
 
“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.”
W. H. Auden
 
 
 
 
“My work is about the establishment of trust. For someone to share their authenticity with me is a soul-to-soul thing. It’s not a lens-to-soul thing.”
Lisa Kristine
 
 
 
 
“Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.”
Eckhart Tolle
 
 
 
 
“The accusation that we’ve lost our soul resonates with a very modern concern about authenticity.”
Patricia Hewitt
 
 
 
 
“Being in your element is not only about aptitude, it’s about passion: it is about loving what you do … tapping into your natural energy and your most authentic self.”
Sir Ken Robinson
 
 
 
 
“Man’s ideal state is realized when he has fulfilled the purpose for which he is born. And what is it that reason demands of him? Something very easy – that he live in accordance with his own nature.”
Seneca
 
 
 
 

“Just be what you are and speak from your guts and heart – it’s all a man has.”
Hubert Humphrey

Quotes February 18, 2019

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.”
Rabindranath Tagore
 
 
 
 
“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
 
 
 
 
“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer.

On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
Hunter S. Thompson
 
 
 
 
“What I’m not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
 
 
 
 
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” [The Science of Second-Guessing (New York Times Magazine Interview, December 12, 2004)]”
Stephen Hawking
 
 
 
 
“Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
 
 
 
 
“In the age-old contest between popularity and principle, only those willing to lose for their convictions are deserving of posterity’s approval.”
Gerald R. Ford
 
 
 
 
“Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck, and woe be to the coward. Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play and admits no foolish distinction. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.”
Henry David Thoreau

Quotes February 17, 2019

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha


“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you’re not saying ‘no’ to yourself.”
Paulo Coelho
 
 
“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.”
Susan Cain
 
 
25 Things Introverts Wish People Understood About Them
 
I’m never lonely. I love, love, love the time I spend alone (or just with my immediate family). It feeds my soul.
Kim Kay
 
 
I would rather have a deep conversation with one or two people rather than small chit chat with twenty-five. I value quality over quantity.
Lyle Hatch
 
 
I’m not boring or uninteresting; you just never initiate deep conversations with me.
Natashia Lee
 
 
I do not enjoy forced conversation and situations. They only makes me want to retreat back to my own space. Just let me sit back to observe, and I will decide if I should join in.
Michelle Bush West
 
 
I do not think I am better then you.
Kimmie Nielsen
 
 
I mean what I say and only speak when I have to say something.
Roland Laufer
 
 
Not wanting to hang out is not personal. I need way more down time and rest than other people may, and that doesn’t mean I’m lazy.
Dani Hughes
 
 
We’re not all social butterflies; we’re more like social caterpillars. We take a while to open up. When we do, we can either be like a butterfly around you, but if things go south we’ll want to stay in the ‘wrapped up’ phase forever!
Carole Ann Rickerd
 
 
Canceling plans with people less than twenty-four hours beforehand has nothing to do with them and everything to do with my self-care.
Sahej Anand Kaur Khalsa
 
 
Just because I’m not all smiley and enthusiastic doesn’t mean I’m not happy.
Brandon Logan
 
 
When you mention how quiet I am because I don’t talk much in large gatherings or make a big deal when I do speak, it just makes me feel self-conscious and retreat more into myself.
Angela Eaves
 
 
I cannot be “on” when you want me to. There are times when I can join the conversation or party, and times when I simply cannot.
Sabree Johnson
 
 
Just because I’m an introvert doesn’t mean I’m anti-social or stuck up. It just takes me longer to recover from events and big groups of people.
Angela Stewart
 
 
I deeply care and empathize with so many people in my life, even those that I don’t know personally. I can’t ‘turn it off.’ Going home is my way of avoiding overworking my emotions. It’s so I can rest up and be a good friend, colleague, employee, and citizen tomorrow.
Jayme Taylor
 
 
My silence in group conversations isn’t aloofness, indifference, or lack of personality. I’d just rather get to know you one-on-one before I start revealing my thoughts and opinions.
Amanda Perrett
 
 
Just because I’m not loud and don’t share my feelings with everyone in sight, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have them. Quite the opposite. I feel things very deeply.
Liz Szentendrei
 
 
I’m not a flamboyant personality, but I have as much substance as the next person.
Terrie Lynch
 
 
Sometimes I just want to walk in silence, but I am neither sad nor lonely.
Debra Temple
 
 
Just because we keep to ourselves, or we are not talkative, does not mean we do not have an opinion or are less intelligent than others.
Tony Solis
 
 
Just because I’m quiet doesn’t mean I’m upset or mad, so there’s no need to keep asking me “Are you okay?” That gets very tiring.
Linda Burton
 
 
I’m not talking because I don’t have anything worthwhile to say and I’m fine with the silence.
Amber Lockey
 
 
Sometimes I may act extroverted, but it’s kind of a survival skill I’ve adopted in an extroverted-centered world. Still leaves me feeling mentally exhausted and drained. And feels unnatural.
Dalas McCown
 
 
If you ask a question and we don’t respond right away we are thinking through every possible response, how you might react to each response, if it is actually the truth, and then we might get distracted and eventually ponder the meaning of life … even if you just asked how we are doing.
Michelle Cobley
 
 
I don’t hate people. I just save my energy for genuine interactions.
Sharon Stewart
 
 
I want to be invited! I may not always go or have the ability to stay long, but it doesn’t mean I want to be entirely left out.
Diana Rouge

Quotes February 16, 2019

Be Smart Enough To Be Different, Be Strong Enough To Stand Alone.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
You are strong enough, you should be the one making your own rules and you don’t have to care about how others think about you.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.
Vernon Howard
 
 
 
 
“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”
Ziad K. Abdelnour, Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics
 
 
 
 
Hold your head high
Look the world straight in the eye.
Helen Keller
 
 
 
 
Your job is not to judge. Your job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Your job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken, and to heal the hurting.
Joel Osteen
 
 
 
 
True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.
Tom Peters
 
 
 
 
“Above all challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.”
Cecile Springer
 
 
 
 
“Sometimes we fight who we are, struggling against ourselves and our natures. But we must learn to accept who we are and appreciate who we become. We must love ourselves for what and who we are, and believe in our talents.”
Harley King
 
 
 
 
“Our strength lies, not alone in our proving grounds and our stockpiles, but in our ideals, our goals, and their universal appeal to all men who are struggling to breathe free.”
Adlai Stevenson
 
 
 
 
“Native vigor of impulses and desires conserved by education and experience, the establishment of inner harmony and cooperation among the powers and capacities of the soul, the formation of a life purpose, and the direction of the individual life in accordance with the eternal principles of right that underlie human progress, these are the elements of both strength and righteousness in human character.”
Edward Sisson
 
 
 
 
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes gain.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
 
 
 
 
“The honey doesn’t taste so good once it is being eaten; the goal doesn’t mean so much once it is reached; the reward is no so rewarding once it has been given. If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won’t have very much.

But if we add up the spaces *between* the rewards, we’ll come up with quite a bit. And if we add up the rewards *and* the spaces, then we’ll have everything – every minute of the time that we spent.” Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
 
 
 
 
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
 
 
 
 
“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 Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being

Quotes February 15, 2019

I am the Flail of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would have not sent a punishment like me upon you.
Genghis Khan
 
 
 
 
If officers desire to have control over their commands, they must remain habitually with them, industriously attend to their instruction and comfort, and in battle lead them well.
Stonewall Jackson
 
 
 
 
Dec. 23, 1944 – “Battle of the Bulge” – An entire U.S. armored division was retreating from the Germans in the Ardennes forest when a sergeant in a tank destroyer spotted an American digging a foxhole. The GI, PFC Martin, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, looked up and asked, “Are you looking for a safe place?” “Yeah” answered the tanker. “Well, buddy,” he drawled, “just pull your vehicle behind me…I’m the 82nd Airborne, and this is as far as the bastards are going.”
 
 
 
 
“If there is a god, he’ll have to beg for my forgiveness”
Written on the walls of a concentration camp by an anonymous victim of the Nazis.

Quotes February 14, 2019

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Carl Gustav Jung
 
 
 
 
Scarcity of self-value cannot be remedied by money, recognition, affection, attention or influence.
Gary Zukav
 
 
 
 
Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
 
 
 
 
You were born an original work of art. Stay original always. Originals cost more than imitations.
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
 
 
 
 
If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.
Barbara De Angelis
 
 
 
 
You have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. Because it’s only when we love ourselves that we feel worthy of someone else’s love.
Alyssa B. Sheinmel, Faceless
 
 
 
 
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.
Abraham Lincoln

Quotes February 13, 2019

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha


 
 
“I imagine that Yes is the only living thing.”
E.E. Cummings
 
 
“Creating means living.”
Dejan Stojanovic
 
 
“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.”
Billy Cox
 
 
“Our relationships are a reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves.”
Iyanla Vanzant
 
 
“How hurtful it can be to deny one’s own true self and live a life of lies just to appease others.”
June Ahern
 
 
“If you argue with reality, you lose, but only 100% of the time.”
Byron Katie
 
 
“Loving yourself starts with liking yourself, which starts with respecting yourself, which starts with thinking of yourself in positive ways.”
Jerry Corsten
 
 
“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”
The Buddha
 
 
“Be proactive not reactive, for an apparently insignificant issue ignored today can spawn tomorrow’s catastrophe.”
Ken Poirot