Quotes September 28, 2017

It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man’s oration — nay, it is a very easy matter — but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
biographer and essayist


Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
Eckhart Tolle
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.
John Lubbock

We are forged by the fires of our experience, the darkness of our time, and our unwavering commitment to kindness.
Claudia Hall Christian

Don’t be fooled by your emptiness. There’s so much more room for happiness

What worries you masters you.
There’s only one rule that I know of, babies —God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.
Kurt Vonnegut

There’s only one thing I know about the American people, it’s this: When it has mattered most, they have never let this nation down.
Joe Biden

We live in the condensation of our imagination.
Terrence McKend

Quotes September 27, 2017

Advice From a Tree:
Stand Tall and Proud,
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth, Be content with your natural beauty, drink plenty of water, and remember your roots.
Ilan Shamir
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
Shunryu Suziki
We don’t respect the inwardness of the things we study, and we therefore do not respect the inward learnings that those things have for us.
Parker Palmer
Love the giver more than the gift.
Brigham Young
Our role is not only to help patients heal physically, but spiritually and emotionally.
Critical Care Unit nurse from Searcy, AR
You’re not happier because you turn your brain off. You’re happier because you encourage yourself to think more deeply about what actually matters.
Charles Duhigg

Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.
P. Yogananda
“We need haters out there. They’re our walking affirmations that we’re doing something right.”
Pharrell Williams

Quotes September 26, 2017

“You came empty on earth, why overloaded now, were all your choices absolutely correct, it is never too late to reconsider them?”
William Ngwako Maphoto
“There are a lot of things going on with my life right now that don’t just have to do with career. So I have a hard time making decisions about work. That’s really a luxury problem.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman
“The hardest decisions in life are not between good and bad or right and wrong, but between two goods or two rights.”
Joe Andrew
“When we find inspiration, we need to take action for ourselves and for our communities. Even if it means making a hard choice, or cutting out something and leaving it in your past.”
Aron Ralston
“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.”
Anthony Robbins
“In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices.”
Dr. Kathleen Hall

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
Amelia Earhart

“Life presents many choices, the choices we make determine our future.”
“And we have complete control over our own attitude. We are the ones who decide how we feel, how we look at things, how we react.”
Catherine Pulsifer

“Each person has a choice; the choice to do as one may wish and as one wants remains with the individual. If a person sees no benefit to change, they will not change.”
Byron Pulsifer

“This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.”
Omar Bradley
“We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.”
Stephen Covey


“Did you know that to worry about a situation you are making a conscious choice to do so?”
Mike C. Adams


“We all need to decide whether to “play it safe” in life and worry about the downside, or instead take a chance, by being who we really are and living the life our heart desires. Which choice are you making?”
Charlie Badenhop

“By knowing that you can fail and making the choice to take the risk you will be setting yourself up for success and not failure.”
Jennifer N. Smith
“In my experience working with a variety of people over several decades, far too many individuals choose to be anonymous members of the pack, therefore suffering from the inner remorse that makes them feel like failures, filled with conflict and resentment and wondering what the meaning of life is.”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.”
W. Clement Stone
“We are partners by fate. We become friends by choice.”
Jacquie McTaggart

“If you don’t have the information you need to make wise choices, find someone who does.”
Lori Hill
“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.”
Nelson Mandela

Quotes September 25, 2017

“Approval is a lover who will always break your heart.”
“In terms of approval, the Internet is a seductive place. Part of this is because the Internet makes approval feel more tangible. No one in real life can like or star or retweet something you say. The best they can do is laugh a little harder, smile a little bigger.

Not so with the Internet. The approval you feel is instantly measured by how much a post is shared, liked, “favorited,” or reposted. The danger of posting something online for me lies in the way I track its reception like a new iPhone about to be delivered to my doorstep: obsessively and compulsively. I want to feel the rush of approval.”
SAMMY RHODES, This Is Awkward
“A motto of the human race: Let me do as I like, and give me approval as well.”
IDRIES SHAH, Reflections
“I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.”
JOHANNES KEPLER, attributed, The Radical Humanist, 1969
“The named it Ovation from the Latin ovis, a sheep.”
PLUTARCH, attributed, The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
“Do not trust to the cheering, for those very persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.”
OLIVER CROMWELL, attributed, The New Speaker’s Treasury of Wit and Wisdom
“The conformist is filled with the need for approval. He can never get enough. He runs from one person to another seeking compliments and endorsements for his behavior and actions. As a child, he turned to parents and teachers; when he started to work, to his boss and fellow workers; in marriage, he turned to his mate. He must always have someone around to pat him on the head and tell him he is doing a good job. This bolsters up his poor self-esteem.”
ROBERT ANTHONY, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence

“We’re high on the adrenaline of feeling, even though we know it’s fleeting and evanescence. And we’re getting worse — checking texts and emails and Facebook every five minutes, always searching for that next hit of feeling, that next morsel of approval.”

“Once we realize that the wish for love and approval is a universal motivator, we can begin to dance with the flow of love by helping others to meet that need through their connections with us. And as we help others to meet those needs by being with us, the positive flow of giving Love comes back to us.”
PERRY WOOD, Secrets of the People Whisperer
“Once you get rid of the idea that you must please other people before you please yourself, and you begin to follow your own instincts — only then can you be successful. You become more satisfied, and when you are, other people tend to be satisfied by what you do.”
RAQUEL WELCH, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing

“Most children were taught from a young age to seek approval from their parents for the things they said or did. Since the need for approval, love and acceptance from our parents is strong, we become conditioned over time to seek approval from others as well. Whenever we don’t receive approval from someone who is not our parent, there is an automatic trigger and desire to win it back.”
LAUREN SUVAL, ‘What Drives Our Need For Approval?’, Psych Central, September 20, 2012
“Letting the need for approval determine your life has hugely stressful ramifications — look at the rate of celebrity-suicide. Did you know that there is a website called Kevo that tracks the approval rating of celebrities? Imagine the stress of perpetually living in fear that the ratings will go down!”
RACHNA SINGH, ‘Love Yourself First’, Deccan Herald, February 21, 2016

“Acceptance is approval, a word with a bad name in some psychologies. Yet it is perfectly normal to seek approval in childhood and throughout life. We require approval from those we respect. The kinship it creates lifts us to their level, a process referred to in self-psychology as transmuting internalization.

Approval is a necessary component of self-esteem. It becomes a problem only when we give up our true self to find it. Then approval-seeking works against us.”
DAVID RICHO, How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving

“Not all approval is good news and not all disapproval is bad news. Imagine that you meet somebody and you think that he likes you. You wonder why. Then it dawns on you that he is a taker and that he probably likes you because he sees that he can take advantage of you. You realize that he approves of you for a rather unflattering reason. When you think through the meaning of this approval, it feels more like a criticism than a compliment.

Well, what if we turn this scenario around: you meet somebody and you think he doesn’t like you. You wonder why. Then it dawns on you: this person is threatened by your intelligence. You realize that his dislike of you is actually an indirect compliment. This disapproval confirms to you something that you do value about yourself.

My point? Evaluating yourself solely on the basis of others’ approval or disapproval can be misleading. The mere fact of others’ approval or disapproval of you is meaningless unless you understand and agree with the reasons behind others’ evaluations of you.”
PAVEL SOMOV, Present Perfect

Quotes September 24, 2017

Courtesy of The Chive:
In the good old days you could look up a recipe without having to read a person’s life story first.

I wish I went to bed with the same level of tiredness I wake up with.
Suspending a kid from school is more of a punishment for the parent, than it is for the kid.
We live in a world where community service is a punishment.
Solar energy is just nuclear energy from a safe distance.

It’s weird people compare life to a roller coaster, because on a roller coaster, the downhill parts are the most fun.
If I accidentally download the same file twice, I’ll open the second download because it’s fresher.
I am responsible with my money so that I can afford to be irresponsible with my money.

The world seemed like a much better place around the time PokémonGo came out, I miss that.
If self-driving cars become a huge industry, ice cream trucks will be mobile vending machines.

Sometimes I think the greatest benefit to freedom of speech is that it gives terrible people an opportunity to expose themselves publicly.

Quotes September 23, 2017

Courtesy of Unknown and Anonymous at the Chive:
Knowing magic isn’t real, makes magic tricks more impressive.
To me, the most unrealistic thing in porn is that the bed doesn’t squeak.
Airlines should provide passengers with a small “survival” kit when they lose your luggage.
As a kid, when I saw a limousine I expected there was some rich or famous person inside. Now, I expect It’s packed with trashy high school kids sharing one bottle of cheap sparkling wine.
As a kid, I really wanted Wolverine’s claws. As an adult, I really want his healing factor.
The Flintstones ran to power their car, unaware that the fuel they needed was actually their pet dinosaur.
My parents told me I’d eventually grow out of cartoons and video games. I think they underestimated how long that would take, though.
Living *with* your parents past a certain age doesn’t make you pathetic, living *off of* your parents past a certain age does.
A zombie apocalypse sounds even worse when you consider all those smoke detectors beeping for battery changes.
No matter what kind of calculator I am using, I am going to hit “clear” multiple times.

Quotes September 22, 2017

Unofficial Military Motto’s – No offense intended.

“The last to know and the first to be blamed”
Communications Division
Signal Corps

“You can talk about us, but you can’t talk without us!”
“No Comm, no Bomb!”
37th Communications Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base Texas

“Truck it, or f*ck it.”
or : “Nothing moves till we do”
Transport units
While I was stationed in Misawa, Japan, a friend of mine made an unofficial unit patch for fun. In the background was a surface ship, a submarine, a spark and quill (our rate insignia), and in the foreground was a picture of a blue devil with snow and ice hanging from his horns and pitchfork. The motto around the outside of the image was –
“NSGA Misawa – We’ve been to Hell… and it snows there too!”
Naval Security Group Activity, Misawa
(Thanks to Mr. Fite)
“We won’t fight & you can’t make us!”
(US Army Security Agency Special Activities Detachment 3).
In the early 70’s, I was with a small intelligence unit in PyongTaek South Korea.
The Vietnam War was still going on & most of the guys had enlisted in the
Army Security Agency specifically to avoid this SE Asian garden spot.
Although the official motto of the unit was “Vigilus Salutus” (Always Vigilant),
we adopted out own.
We also threatened to have unit patches made that had “I surrender” in several dozen foreign
languages AND braille.
(Thanks to Mr. Robinson)
“Nothing happens until something moves”
US Army Transportation Center

“We deliver to your door”
Written on front of an IDF transport truck
“You can’t fly without supply”
USAF Supply troops

“Drive like Hell”
1067th Transportation Company PA Army National Guard

“Drive it like you stole it”
Transport Units
“You didn’t see me, I wasn’t there, and I’m not here now!”
U.S. Navy Communication Technicians (spooks)

“What are they gonna do? Send us home?”
6th Communication Battalion

“Without POL, pilots are pedestrians.”
“Nobody goes until we pass them the hose.”
“Without us, the world’s just a static display.”
USAF POL (Fuels), Air Force Fuel troops are known as POLCATs.
Nicknames: “Gas Passers” and Painting , Odd jobs and Landscaping (POL)

“Without Weapons, It’s just another airline.”
USAF Weapons, Air Force Weapons troops are known as Load Toads.
“We may not be the ‘Pride of the Air Force,’ but without us; the Pride don’t Ride!”
“No Excuses! No Second Chances! If being a Vehicle Operator was fun, everyone would want to be one!”
“You’re not ‘Miss Daisy;’ so don’t call me ‘driver.'”
“They have taught monkey’s to fly, but they never taught them to drive!”
“Nothing happens until something moves!”
USAF Vehicle Ops, Air Force Vehicle Ops troops are known as Roadwarriors.

“Box Kickers & Label Stickers.”
USAF Supply


“Semper Gumby”
(Always Flexible)
1-137th ASLTHB (OHARNG) unofficial motto

Quotes September 21, 2017

“Big changes don’t have to be hard, but they do have to start with a choice. This is where real change begins; this is where you start taking control of your life and how you choose to live it; this is where it all starts.”
Nathalie Thompson

“Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.”
Victor Hugo
“In this new era, you have two choices: become a temp staffer (not a horrible choice) or become an artist-entrepreneur. Choose to commoditize your labor or choose yourself to be a creator, an innovator, an artist, an investor, a marketer, and an entrepreneur.”
James Altucher
“Expanding our capacity to talk, particularly when we face critical choices, is a life-enhancing skill. I believe that there is no faster way for us to evolve than through the process of interacting with one another.”
Sarah Rozenthuler
“I discovered I always have choices, and sometimes, it’s only a choice of attitude.”
Judith M. Knowlton

“Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits. And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness.”
Charles Duhigg

“Life is a choice – as is how you handle the pitfalls along its bumpy road.”
Julie Donner Andersen

“The choices we make every minute of every day can contribute to making someone’s life a little bit better or worse even without intending to.”
Chikamso Efobi

“The choices that we make in our life, indeed determine the kind of results that we experience and the quality of the life that we live.”
Sumeet Jain
“Addicts cannot change the abuse suffered in childhood. They cannot undo the choices they have made or the hurt they have caused. But they can change the future – through the power they have in the present moment.”
Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman

Quotes September 20, 2017

Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy.”
Bill Blackman
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something,
you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses – only results.”
Kenneth H. Blanchard
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
Vince Lombardi
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.”
Peter F. Drucker
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
Mario Andretti
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
Art Turock
“Any man’s life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.”
Booker T. Washington
“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the right stuff to turn our dream into reality.”
James Womack

When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape.
Andy Andrews

The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
Tony Robbins

Quotes September 19, 2017

“The older you get, the more you realize that seeking approval of others is a total waste of time. Being at peace with God is the key!”
“Fill all the emptiness in your day with God instead of seeking approval of others. Then receiving love from others becomes the overflow.
“Stop bartering away your body, heart, energy and time, seeking approval of others.
“Seeking approval of others…Have you no mind of your own?!”
“Funny how my world improved immediately when I stopped seeking approval of others and began approving of myself.
“Courage requires that you follow your heart, do what is right and not be distracted by seeking approval of others.”
“Seeking approval of others is away to avoid how deeply we disapprove of ourselves.”
“Seeking approval of others is typically a good indication that we’ve been shortchanging our potential for greatness.”
“Why, as women, are we constantly seeking approval of others for everything we say and do?”

“Seeking approval of others and listening to the opinions that don’t resonate with you is detrimental to your happiness.”
“Seeking approval of others is not living.”