Tag: Wisdom

Quotes March 25,2019

“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.”
Elizabeth Hardwick, The Paris Review, interview
 
 
 
 
“Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.”
Jonathan Swift
 
 
 
 
“My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure.”
Lord Tennyson
 
 
 
 
“When I’ve heard all I need to make a decision, I don’t take a vote. I make a decision.”
Ronald Reagan
 
 
 
 
“Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
 
 
 
 
“Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage.”
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
 
 
 
 
“Now and then, however, he is horribly thoughtless and seems to take a real delight in giving me pain. Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer’s day.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
 
 
 
 
Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
 
 
 
 
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward
 
 
 
 
“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”
Charles Schwab
 
 
 
 
“Appreciation can make a day—even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
Margaret Cousins
 
 
 
 
“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”
Ralph H. Blum
 
 
 
 
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
G.K. Chesterton
 
 
 
 
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
 
 
 
 
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
Voltaire
 
 
 
 
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”
Brian Tracy
 
 
 
 
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”
Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
 
 
 
 
“Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.”
Spanish Proverb
 
 
 
 
“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.”
Stephen Richards
 
 
 
 
“Every morning, I wake up and think about 10 different things I’m thankful for, and I continue to spread that love throughout the day, always visualizing, meditating, and growing.”
Shameik Moore
 
 
 
 
“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.”
Elie Wiesel
 
 
 
 
“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”
Roy T. Bennett
 
 
 
 
“Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”
Zig Ziglar
 
 
 
 
We all fight our struggles, life isn’t fair and definitely not fair for some, enjoy the smallest things you can while you live and breathe. We all have our battles, some worst than others… if you’re reading this, keep fighting your battle.
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Quotes March 24, 2019

“Decision is the ultimate power.”
Tony Robbins
 
 
 
 
“Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
 
 
 
 
“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.”
Matthieu Ricard
 
 
 
 
“Am I crazy?” she asked. “I feel like I am sometimes.”

“Maybe,” he said, rubbing her forehead. “But don’t worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a bad thing.”
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
 
 
 
 
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”
James Baraz
 
 
 
 
“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.”
Howard Cutler
 
 
 
 
“This isn’t just “another day, another dollar.” It’s more like “another day, another miracle.” (213)”
Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty
 
 
 
 
“Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.”
RajiLukkoor
 
 
 
 
“Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all.”
Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays
 
 
 
 
“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.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn
 
 
 
 
“I am grateful for all those dark years, even though in retrospect they seem like a long, bitter prayer that was answered finally.”
Marilynne Robinson
 
 
 
 
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”
C.G. Jung
 
 
 
 
“The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favorable.”
Matthieu Ricard
 
 
 
 
“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…”
Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living
 
 
 
 
“Do not speak about anyone who is not physically present.”
Allan Lokos, Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living
 
 
 
 
“Our own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much as our own compassionate thoughts.”
Buddha
 
 
 
 
Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.
Louis L’Amour
 
 
 
 

“If you think you are beaten, you are

If you think you dare not, you don’t,

If you like to win, but you think you can’t

It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out of the world we find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are

You’ve got to think high to rise,

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man,

But soon or late the man who wins

Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”

Walter D. Wintle

Quotes March 14, 2019

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
Annie Dillard
 
 
 
 
“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”
Mother Teresa
 
 
 
 
“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”
Elon Musk
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.”
Voltaire
 
 
 
 
“Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
 
 
 
 
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
J.K.Rowling
 
 
 
 
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
“Life is short, and it is here to be lived.”
Kate Winslet
 
 
 
 
“The Way Get Started Is To Quit Talking And Begin Doing.”
Walt Disney
 
 
 
 
“Remember that no matter how cool you think you may be, you’re not cool enough to look down on anyone…ever.”
Paul Walker
 
 
 
 
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
John Wooden
 
 
 
 
“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”
Dale Carnegie
 
 
 
 
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
Bill Gates
 
 
 
 
“The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens.”
Beyonce
 
 
 
 
“The image is one thing and the human being is another. It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.”
Elvis Presley

Quotes March 11, 2019

“Expect obstacles and face them head-on. They are going to come up, so the way you handle them is what makes all the difference.”
Lance Dale, A Shot of Positivity: Overcoming Obstacles
 
 
 
 
“Challenges are an opportunity to test you and rise to the next level.”
Angelica Montrose, 7 Steps To Getting A Promotion
 
 
 
 
“Sometimes, instead of climbing over the barricades, you’ve got to walk around them.”
Bono
 
 
 
 
“A comfort zone is the most dangerous area anyone can stay in. It is a place of no growth and no challenges.”
Brian Cagney, Fear: The 7 Laws Of Fear
 
 
 
 
“Smiling is a wonderful way to get a boost of happiness. The next time life presents you with a challenging situation, take a deep breath and smile.”
Morris Pratt, The Secret of Positive Thinking
 
 
 
 
“You need to have self-esteem to be able to adequately tackle the challenges that life throws at you.”
Minka Ferguson, Depression and Anxiety
 
 
 
 
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”
Molière
 
 
 
 
“The opportunity to develop resilience comes through difficult circumstances that both highlight and challenge existing mindsets.”
Devra Davis, Through Grief and Beyond: What We Don’t Get Told
 
 
 
 
“What we choose to do on a daily basis prepares us for the greater things God has in store; those faith challenges that will take us into our promised land.”
Lisa Cook, 30 Days of Strength for a Woman’s Heart
 
 
 
 
“But that’s the challenge – to change the system more than it changes you.”
Michael Pollan
 
 
 
 
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
T.S. Eliot
 
 
 
 
“Jesus didn’t waste time worrying. He had plenty to worry about if He chose to. It wasn’t a matter of ignoring His challenges. In fact, He spent a great deal of time praying these things through with His father.”
Beth Beutler, Time Management, Jesus’ Way
 
 
 
 
“Likewise, family caregivers can go a long way toward helping parents or other loved ones stay in their own homes, but only if they understand the challenges of caregiving and know how to get help and support.”
Denise Logeland, 10 Things Every Family Should Know
 
 
 
 
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”
Bernice Johnson Reagon
 
 
 
 
“Challenging your thought patterns when you are feeling anxiety can help you to avoid those overwhelming panic sensations.”
Jeff Gunn, Panic and Anxiety Relief
 
 
 
 
Being Challenged In Life Is Inevitable, Being Defeated Is Optional.
Roger Crawford
 
 
 
 
Success Is Due To Our Stretching To The Challenges Of Life. Failure Comes When We Shrink From Them.
John C. Maxwell
 
 
 
 
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Viktor Frankl
 
 
 
 
No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.
Donald Trump
 
 
 
 
One has to move from one’s comfort zone to challenge oneself.
Dulquer Salmaan
 
 
 
 
“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.”
George Burns
 
 
 
 
“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
Seneca
 
 
 
 
“Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them.”
Steve Maraboli
 
 
 
 
There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.
William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
 
 
 
 
A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.
Nelson Mandela
 
 
 
 
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”!
Audrey Hepburn
 
 
 
 
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
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
 
 
 
 
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
Vince Lombardi
 
 
 
 
“A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.”
Ray Davis

Quotes March 09, 2019

I’ve come to appreciate the planet we live on. It’s a small ball in a large universe. It’s a very fragile ball but also very beautiful. You don’t recognize that until you see it from a little farther off.
Guion “Guy” Bluford Jr.,
combat pilot, astronaut and first African-American in space
 
 
 
 
Don’t worry about the overall importance of the problem; work on it if it looks interesting. I think there’s a sufficient correlation between interest and importance.
David Blackwell,
statistician, mathematician and first African-American inducted into the National Academy of Sciences
 
 
 
 
Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.
Quincy Jones,
musician, record producer and composer
 
 
 
 
With tireless energy and eager zeal, colored women have, since their emancipation, been continuously prosecuting the work of educating and elevating their race, as though upon themselves alone devolved the accomplishment of this herculean task.
Mary Church Terrell,
civil rights activist and first president of the National Association of Colored Women
 
 
 
 
[W]hen it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’
Claudette Colvin,
civil rights activist
 
 
 
 
I have made it my mission to talk to anyone who will listen about [colon cancer] screening, prevention and early detection.
Katie Couric,
journalist, whose first husband died of colon cancer
 
 
 
 
It was time for the women to have the fun of parading, too. The men have had control too long.
Aminthe Nungesser,
founder of the all-women Iris and Venus krewes of Mardi Gras
 
 
 
 
If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.
Billie Holiday,
singer
 
 
 
 
Honesty helps. You get a long way in life as far as I’m concerned. You tell the truth, ask for help, instead of saying I know what I’m doing.
Penny Marshall,
actress and director
 
 
 
 
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Gloria Steinem,
journalist, feminist and activist
 
 
 
 
Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
Dinah Shore,
TV personality, singer and 1940s’ top-charting female vocalist

Quotes March 06, 2019

“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.”
Abigail Adams
 
 
 
 
“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.”
Bette Davis
 
 
 
 
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Randy Pausch
 
 
 
 
“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot.”
Nadia Comaneci
 
 
 
 
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
Chinese proverb
 
 
 
 
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”
Paulo Coelho
 
 
 
 
“There is a tendency at every important but difficult crossroad to pretend that it’s not really there.”
Bill McKibben
 
 
 
 
“Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 
 
 
“You see a mousetrap; I see free cheese and a f’ing challenge!”
Scroobius Pip
 
 
 
 
“Hope and change are hard-fought things.”
Michelle Obama
 
 
 
 
“I’ve learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you. It’s what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you’ve lost it.”
Sandra Bullock
 
 
 
 
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Albert Einstein
 
 
 
 
“I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it’s going to work or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face.”
Johnny Depp
 
 
 
 
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
“To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.”
Gail Sheehy
 
 
 
 
“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“If you are facing a new challenge or being asked to do something that you have never done before don’t be afraid to step out. You have more capability than you think you do but you will never see it unless you place a demand on yourself for more.”
Joyce Meyer
 
 
 
 
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.”
Margaret Thatcher
 
 
 
 
“Understand that it is ok to be scared or uncertain, however right beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams.”
Josh Hinds
 
 
 
 
“Focused will is incredible. If you have a dream and you don’t give up no matter what obstacles come up, then life’s problems will fall away, and you will get what you want. It happens. It works.”
Yanni
 
 
 
 
“Part of the challenge that comes with striving for success is how the entire journey comes with its own fair share of failures and disappointments.”
Rupert Johnson, Build for Success
 
 
 
 
“If you compared your troubles, or challenges, with those of others, you would surely find that there are those whose troubles make yours look like minor inconveniences.”

“I have also worked with leaders who have a positive outlook, and the morale is so different. Even when faced with challenges, the people looked for solutions.”
Byron and Catherine Pulsifer
 
 
 
 
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.”
Amelia Earhart
 
 
 
 
“Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.”
Author Unknown, Be Thankful

Quotes January 30, 2019

There is a beauty in discovery. There is mathematics in music, a kinship of science and poetry in the description of nature, and exquisite form in a molecule. Attempts to place different disciplines in different camps are revealed as artificial in the face of the unity of knowledge.
Glenn Seaborg,
chemist
 
 
 
 
The dilemma of the critic has always been that if he knows enough to speak with authority, he knows too much to speak with detachment.
Raymond Chandler,
writer
 
 
 
 
Try not to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever.
Sri Chinmoy,
spiritual teacher
 
 
 
 
One’s ridiculousness increases in proportion as one denies it.
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos,
novelist, in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
 
 
 
 
And once he storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in.
Haruki Murakami
 
 
 
 
A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.
Christopher Germer
 
 
 
 
Explain your anger, don’t express it and you will immediately open the door to solutions instead of arguments.
Unknown

Quotes January 26, 2019

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
Joyce Brothers,
psychologist
 
 
 
 
Try not to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever.
Sri Chinmoy,
spiritual teacher
 
 
 
 
One’s ridiculousness increases in proportion as one denies it.
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos,
novelist, in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
 
 
 
 
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Tim Notke
 
 
 
 
Forgive yourself for not having the foresight to know what now seems so obvious in hindsight.
Judy Belmont
 
 
 
 
We all have two fates. One is the result of whatever mess you were born into, and one is the result of deciding that’s just not f’king good enough.
Anonymous
 
 
 
 
Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
You have to find something.
Something that anchored you, something that keeps you looking forward.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
The things you do when you have nothing to do decides your fate.
Anonymous
 
 
 
 
Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
The mind replays what the heart can’t delete.
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Quotes December 25, 2018

Life is like a camera…
Focus on what’s important
Capture the good times
Develop from the negatives
And if things don’t work out take another shot
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you’re in right now.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
I don’t have time to hate people who hate me, because I’m too busy loving the people who love me.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Those who spend their time looking for the faults in others, usually spend no time to correct their own.
Anonymous
 
 
 
 
You never look good trying to make someone else look bad.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
And then I realized that to be more alive I had to be less afraid so I did it. I lost my fear and gained my whole life.
Anonymous
 
 
 
 
You can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
The Devil whispered in my ear, “You’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.” Today I whispered in in the Devil’s ear, “I am the storm.”
Anonymous
 
 
 
 
Life is ironic.
It takes sadness to know what happiness is.
Noise to appreciate silence.
And absence to value presence.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.
Anonymous

Quotes December 24, 2018

Let us harness our collective energies to create a culture of peace and a land of prosperity.
Arthur C. Clarke,
writer and inventor