Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm.
Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm.
Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm.
In this life, people will love you and people will hate you, and none of that will have anything to do with you.
Ability is what you’re capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
A goal should scare you a little, & excite you a lot.
The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your terms.
The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley
“To create more positive results in your life, replace ‘if only’ with ‘next time’.”
“Suddenly you’re ripped into being alive. And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror, but my god you’re alive and it’s spectacular.”
Every life speaks to the power of what can be done.
If there is no point in the universe that we discover by the methods of science, there is a point that we can give the universe by the way we live, by loving each other, by discovering things about nature, by creating works of art.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss…The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
“Life is a soldier’s sojourn, a night at an inn.”
“Every hour be firmly resolved…to accomplish the work at hand with fitting and unaffected dignity, goodwill, freedom, justice. Banish from your thoughts all other considerations. This is possible if you perform each act as if it were your last, rejecting every frivolous distraction, every denial of the rule of reason, every pretentious gesture, vain show, and whining complaint against the decrees of fate. Do you see what little is required of a man to live a well-tempered and god-fearing life? Obey these precepts, and the gods will ask nothing more (II.5). Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it. (II.4)”
Marcus Aurelius in The Emperor’s Handbook
“The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.”
“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind .”
“Onward we stagger, and if the tanks come, may God help the tanks.”
Col. William O. Darby, US Rangers
“My rule is: If you meet the weakest vessel, attack. If it is a vessel equal to yours, attack. And if it is stronger than yours, also attack.”
Stepan O. Makarov, Russian Admiral
Army food: the spoils of war
“Emotions are not just the fuel that powers the psychological mechanism of a reasoning creature, they are parts, highly complex and messy parts, of this creature’s reasoning itself,”
Martha Nussbaum, philosopher
I avoid grandiose plans. I start with a small piece that I can do. I go to the root of the problem and then work around it. It’s building brick by brick.
Books are humanity in print.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teacher.”
Charles William Eliot
Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
“Life is not fair, get used to it.”
“Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.
They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were.
So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.”
“Quit feeling sorry for yourself, make shit happen.”
“They told me I’d never get this far. They were right, I got further.”
Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.
Amon wild birds and mammals,which are smarter — the groupies or the loners? Consider this: The least intelligent birds fly in flocks. The most intelligent, the hunters and skilled nest builders are solitary. The least intelligent mammals, the cud-chewer, remain in herds. The most intelligent carnivorous tigers and foxes, live alone.
L. M. Boyd
What era followed the “Iron Age”?
Some say “Drip Dry.”
When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
Once you become self-conscious, there is no end to it; once you start to doubt, there is no room for anything else.
journalist and writer
Whatever can be done another day can be done today.
Michel de Montaigne,
“Happiness and misery consist in a progression towards better or worse; it does not matter how high up or low down you are, it depends not on this, but on the direction in which you are tending.”
“Pleasures are more safely postponed than virtues…greater loss is suffered by missing an opportunity of doing good, than an hour of giddy frolic and noisy merriment.”
Samuel Johnson, Selected Writings
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
People’s great creativity and diversity, our desire for contribution and relationships, blossom when the heart of our community is clear and beckoning, and when we refrain from cluttering our paths with proscriptions and demands. The future of community is best taught to us by life.
What you are, the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.
The perfect woman, you see, is a working woman; not an idler; not a fine lady; but one who uses her hands and her head and her heart for the good of others.
“If one were truly aware of the value of human life, to waste it blithely on distractions and the pursuit of vulgar ambitions would be the height of confusion.”
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
“There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have…. But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss.”
Anthony de Mello
“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the small uncaring ways.”
Stephen Vincent Benet
“Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don’t base your self-esteem on their opinions.”
“In a true you-and-I relationship, we are present mindfully, non-intrusively, the way we are present with things in nature.We do not tell a birch tree it should be more like an elm. We face it with no agenda, only an appreciation that becomes participation: ‘I love looking at this birch’ becomes ‘I am this birch’ and then ‘I and this birch are opening to a mystery that transcends and holds us both.”
“Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.”
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.
E. Joseph Cossman
Advice is like snow — the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
“Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.”
My freedom of speech outranks your freedom of speech.
Mort Walker, as Sarge in “Beatle Bailey” cartoon strip, 2001 from “The Freedom Forum First Amendment Calendar”
I’m a supporter of the First Amendment, but I’m a believer in being held accountable.
John Kay, Musician, 2001 from “The Freedom Forum First Amendment Calendar”
No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you’ll see why.
Mignon McLaughlin, former editor, Vogue, 1966 from “The Freedom Forum First Amendment Calendar”
Wooing the press…is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger. You might enjoy the meal, but the tiger always eats last.
Maureen Dowd, journalist, 1994 from “The Freedom Forum First Amendment Calendar”
“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.”
“The greatest of all human delusions is that there is a tangible goal, and not just direction towards an ideal aim. The idea that a goal can be attained perpetually frustrates human beings, who are disappointed at never getting there, never being able to stop.”
Stephen Spender, World Within World
“Arrears of small things to be attended to, if allowed to accumulate, worry and depress like unpaid debts. The main work should always stand aside for these, not these for the main work, as large debts should stand aside for small ones, or truth for common charity and good feeling. If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.”
Samuel Butler, The Notebooks of Samuel Butler
When you learn to accept instead of expect, you’ll have fewer disappointments.”
UnknownWith confidence, you have won even before you have started.
political activist and publisher
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
writer and feminist activist
“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.”
Linda Breen Pierce
The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.”
Doris Janzen Longacre
“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”
Forever is composed of nows.
How strange the change From major to minor, Every time we say goodbye.
We can live any way we want. The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.
There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.
The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola