Some day we will find what we are looking for. Or maybe we won’t. Maybe we will find something much greater than that.
One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.
Today is another chance to make yourself proud.
Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday — or some previous day.
Harvey Spencer Lewis,
You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances are you’ll end up boring, stupid, and monotonous.
Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and right now.
You have to be odd to be number one.
You have to be odd to be number one.
“I once saw a simple fish pond in a Japanese village which was perhaps eternal. A farmer made it for his farm. The pond was a simple rectangle, about 6 feet wide, and 8 feet long; opening off a little irrigation stream. At one end, a bush of flowers hung over the water. At the other end, under the water, was a circle of wood, its top perhaps 12 inches below the surface of the water. In the pond there were eight great ancient carp, each maybe 18 inches long, orange, gold, purple, and black: the oldest one had been there eighty years. The eight fish swam, slowly, slowly, in circles—often within the wooden circle. The whole world was in that pond. Every day the farmer sat by it for a few minutes. I was there only one day and I sat by it all afternoon. Even now, I cannot think about it without tears.”
Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building
“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.”
“Don’t cross the bridge ’til you come to it.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”
“There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.”
Jean de la Bruyere
“Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.”
George-Louis de Buffon
“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.”
“There are two types of seeds in the mind: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transforming the first group.”
“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”
“Knowledge does not mean mastering a great quantity of different information, but understanding the nature of mind. This knowledge can penetrate each one of our thoughts and illuminate each one of our perceptions.”
“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”
“You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.”
“Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.”
“To diminish the suffering of pain, we need to make a crucial distinction between the pain of pain, and the pain we create by our thoughts about the pain. Fear, anger, guilt, loneliness and helplessness are all mental and emotional responses that can intensify pain.”
“Envy and jealousy stem from the fundamental inability to rejoice at someone else’s happiness or success.”
“I don’t need anyone else to distract me from myself anymore, like I always thought I would.”
“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”
Rabbi Harold Kushner
I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.
Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque.
Respect people who find time for you in their busy schedule, but love people who never look at their schedule when you need them.
The greatest gift you can give someone is your tie. Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of our life that you will never get back.
A true leader is one who is humble enough to admit their mistakes.
If you can love the wrong person that much, imagine how much you can love the right person.
Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone. Appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next.
Drive cautiously on this road of life because people will turn on you with no signal.
We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.’
I hate it when they say, ‘He gave his life for his country.’ Nobody gives their life for anything. We steal the lives of these kids. We take it away from them. They don’t die for the honor and glory of their country. We kill them.
Admiral Gene LaRocque
The military might of a country represents its national strength. Only when it builds up its military might in every way can it develop into a thriving country.
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.
After I was discharged from the military, it was difficult trying to become a civilian.
The number of medals on an officer’s breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duty from the front line.
A Purple Heart just proves that were you smart enough to think of a plan, stupid enough to try it, and lucky enough to survive.
Miracles can happen when we can keep our consciousness away from analyzing and classifying one another.
There is a language beyond human language, an elemental language, one that arises from the land itself.
Linda Hogan, Chickasaw Writer
Never let fear decide your future.
We always may be what we might have been.
Adelaide Anne Procter,
By leadership, we mean the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower,
34th US president
You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
“The more room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings, the more room there is for your wisdom to emerge.”
Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.
Step into my shoes and walk the life I’m living and if you get as far as I am, just maybe you will see how strong I really am.
“Some people come into your life for a reason, some a season, and some a lifetime. However long it was, be thankful for the gifts you received from them.”
Most people have to get to a point where they don’t have a choice before they’ll change something.
If you want to be a writer, write a little bit every day. Pay attention to the world around you. Stories are hiding, waiting everywhere. You just have to open your eyes and your heart.
The consummate truth in life is that we alter our destiny by altering our thoughts. The mind is our most crucial resource, our crowning asset, our ultimate arena of battle.
Dennis R. Deaton
“The only way to be truly happy is to get your mind off yourself and help somebody else.”
“To be driven by our appetites alone is slavery, while to obey a law that we have imposed on ourselves is freedom.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
“It is in changing that things find repose.”
“Passions weaken, but habits strengthen, with age, and it is the great task of youth to set the current of habit and to form the tastes which are most productive of happiness in life.”
William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life
“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”
You’re not the same individual you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago. You’re always growing. Experiences don’t stop. That’s life.
Life is short. There is no time to leave important words unsaid.
Life is like a book. Some chapters sad, some happy, and some exciting.
But if you never tun the page…you will never know what the next chapter holds.
Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like.
It’s not how big the house is…it’s how happy the home is.
Do not be concerned that no one recognizes your merits; be concerned that you may not recognize others’.
philosopher and teacher
Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance and facing your fears.
Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
The beauty of love is that in giving it away, you are left with more than you had before.
Acts of kindness, even in the simplest ways, are what make our lives meaningful, bringing happiness to ourselves and others.
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As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.
Andrew Jackson, seventh US president