Tag: Life

Quotes September 18, 2021

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness, it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.
Brene Brown – Professor-Lecturer-Author
Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Angela Lee Duckworth – Psychologist-American Academic-Science Author
We envy people who are extremely old because we wish to live that long, not because we want to be that old.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.
James Baldwin
Happy weekend! Take a deep breath to look back at the ground you covered this week and reassure yourself—it is enough.
AmyAnn Cadwell
Shine brightly. See beauty. Speak kindly. Love truly. Give freely. Create joyfully. Live thankfully.
Mary Davis – Chief Executive Officer of the Special Olympics
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Annie Dillard
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.
Frederick Buechner,
writer, poet, preacher, theologian
The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.
Carlos Santana,
guitarist, musician
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Quotes September 14, 2021

And above all, remember that the meaning of life is to build a life as if it were a work of art.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,
Jewish theologian, philosopher
Now is the time to do what you know you must and have feared to begin.
Marge Piercy,
writer, activist
We are free to change the world and start something new in it.
Hannah Arendt,
political theorist, writer
If I see an ending, I can work backward.
Arthur Miller,
playwright, essayist
Exchange the words ‘have to’ with ‘get to.’ Exchange the word ‘can’t’ with ‘unwilling.’
The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.
Jamie Lee Curtis,
actor, writer
One must think with the body and the soul or not think at all.
Hannah Arendt,
political theorist, writer
There is no absolute scale of size in nature, and the small may be as important, or more so than the great.
Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion?
Oliver Heaviside,
mathematician, physicist
“The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift.”
Laurie Colwin
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor Frankl – 1905-1997 – Psychiatrist and Author
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
Alexander Graham Bell – 1847-1922 – Inventor-Scientist-Teacher
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
Mark Twain
One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can.
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.
Frederick Buechner,
writer, poet, preacher, theologian

Quotes August 30, 2021

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
The stars are the landmarks of the universe.
John Herschel,
mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor
“Pioneering spirit should continue, not to conquer the planet or space, but rather to improve the quality of life.”
Bertrand Piccard
You can’t talk your way out of a prob­lem you be­haved your­self into.
Stephen Covey
“It’s your life. Be sure you’re playing to your strengths instead of simply to other people’s weaknesses.”
Kelly Rudolph

One day or day one. You decide.

Quotes August 20, 2021

“For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
Elie Wiesel

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller
U.S. troops sometimes refer to their escalation of force options as the five S’s, as Adam Tiffen wrote in 2015: “shout, show, shove, shoot to warn, and then finally, shoot to kill.”
Dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible… The writer is the natural enemy of dictatorship.
Ismail Kadare
When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.
Will Durant
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
George Orwell
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
“It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn


Life is about the choices you make. I’m not going to say there are wrong ones and rights one but there are consequences and benefits
Andy Stumpf
There is always more to learn.
What an incredible gift knowledge is.
Angry Staff Officer

Quotes July 25, 2021

She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.
Atticus – Character-Poet
“Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
Edith Schaeffer
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
Albert Schweitzer
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”
Amelia Earhart
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
Lao Tzu
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
Helen Keller
“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”
Lionel Hampton
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust
“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
Edith Schaeffer
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

Quotes June 12, 2021

If a person advances confidently in the direction of their dream and endeavors to live the life they have imagined, they will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Thoreau, 1817-1862 – American Naturalist
Be disciplined about what you respond and react to. Not everyone or everything deserves your time, energy, and attention. Stay in your light.
Lalah Delia – Writer
All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.
The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.
Sally Ride,
astronaut, physicist, first American woman in space
I try all things, I achieve what I can.
Herman Melville,
writer, poet
Life is a winking light in the darkness.
Hayao Miyazaki,
director, animator, screenwriter, artist
Fire is fed by fire. The same small flame destroys Two stalks of wheat at once.
Federico Garcia Lorca,
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw
The medicine of writing–and the medicine of robins and fungal filaments and stars and acorns–is the understanding that we’re all made of the same material.
Sarah Sentilles
In the tapestry of life, we’re all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us helping each other be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together.
Sandra Day O’Connor

Quotes March 01, 2020

I don’t have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I’m as good as anybody, but no better.
Katherine Johnson,
mathematician, NASA scientist, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
An empty canvas is a living wonder — far lovelier than certain pictures.
Wassily Kandinsky,
painter, art theorist, pioneer of abstract art
Life is very short. What we have to do must be done in the now.
Audre Lord,
writer, civil rights activist
We know nothing of tomorrow, our business is to be good and happy today.
Sydney Smith

Quotes February 22, 2020

There’s a lot that is good in your life, don’t take it for granted. Don’t get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today.
Joel Osteen
My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it.
Etta James,
February is Black History Month
Life doesn’t give you all the practice races you need.
Jesse Owens,
track and field athlete, Olympic gold medalist
February is Black History Month
We cannot solve life’s problems, except by solving them.
One extends one’s limits only by exceeding them.
M. Scott Peck,
psychiatrist, writer
Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.
Ruth Reichl,
chef, food writer, editor
Be careful who you make memories with. Those things can last a lifetime.
Ugo Eze
Life doesn’t always require a detailed plan. Just take a deep breath, let it all go, and have faith that it will all work out. Let life evolve.
Heidi Dellaire
“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.”
Dean Jackson

Quotes March 05, 2019

“When you’re gone would you rather have your gravestone say, ‘He never missed a meeting?” Or one that said, ‘He was a great father.’”
Steve Blank, @sgblank, author of The Startup Owner’s Manual
“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.”
Heather Schuck, the Working Mom Manifesto
Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.
Betsy Jacobson
“Take care of yourself: When you don’t sleep, eat crap, don’t exercise, and are living off adrenaline for too long, your performance suffers. Your decisions suffer. Your company suffers. Love those close to you: Failure of your company is not failure in life. Failure in your relationship is.”
Ev Williams, co-founder of Medium and Twitter
Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.
Thomas Kinkade
I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.
Oprah Winfrey
“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.”
Hillary Clinton
“You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful. It’s natural to look back and mythologize the long nights and manic moments of genius, but success isn’t about working hard, it’s about working smart.” Andrew Wilkinson, founder of MetaLab
I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.
Zig Ziglar
Reconsider your definitions. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Burnout is about resentment. [Preventing it is] about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.”
Marissa Mayer, @marissamayer, CEO at Yahoo
“You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being… not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money… but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.”
Wayne Dyer
Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
Dolly Parton
It is better to rise from life as from a banquet – neither thirsty nor drunken.
Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
Stephen R Covey
Balance activity with serenity, wealth and simplicity, persistence with innovation, community with solitude, familiarity with adventure, constancy with change, leading with following.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“I don’t think a lot of founders really want to hear this, but you set the tone from day one, so who you are is going to be reflected in the culture of the early team. So for us, that was a culture of being scrappy, but honest. Working hard, but also having that sense of balance and sort of respecting one’s life outside the office. Making it happen no matter what.”
Julia Hartz, @juliahartz, co-founder of Eventbrite
“Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls – family, health, friends, and integrity – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”
Gary Keller
“The most important career decision you’ll make is who your life partner is.”
Sheryl Sandberg, @sherylsandberg, COO of Facebook
No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be.

Quotes January 24, 2019

“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.
Eliza Tabor
“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”
Henry David Thoreau
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.”
Jim Rohn
“The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.”
Thomas S. Monson
“There’s always failure. And there’s always disappointment. And there’s always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.”
Michael J. Fox
“Disenchantment, whether it is a minor disappointment or a major shock, is the signal that things are moving into transition in our lives.”
William Throsby Bridges
“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.”
Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You
“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
“Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment help us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments — but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.”
Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
“It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn’t have something in the first place. I guess that’s what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.”
Deb Caletti, The Nature of Jade
“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy – the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.”
Eric Hoffer
“There’s an epigram tacked to my office bulletin board, pinched from a magazine — “Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.”
Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead
“You really didn’t see the sadness or the longing unless you already knew it was there. But that was the trick, wasn’t it? Everyone had their disappointment and their baggage; only, some people carried it in their inside pockets and not on their backs.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
“The strength of a love is always misjudged if we evaluate it by its immediate cause and not the stress that went before it, the dark and hollow space full of disappointment and loneliness that precedes all the great events in the heart’s history.”
Stefan Zweig, The Burning Secret and other stories