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Quotes May 10, 2021

You must remember never to cease to act because you fear you may fail.
Queen Lili’uokalani,
first sovereign queen and last monarch of the Hawaiian islands
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
The way to lose any earthly kingdom is to be inflexible, intolerant and prejudicial.
Queen Lili’uokalani,
first sovereign queen and last monarch of the Hawaiian islands
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
 
 
 
 
Walk boldly through your life with an open, broken heart.
Joanna Macy
 
 
 
 
Every leaf that grows will tell you: what you sow will bear fruit, so if you have any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but Love.
Rumi
 
 
 
 
The bonsai is not you working on the tree; you have to have the tree work on you.
John Naka
 
 
 
 
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
Aeschylus – 525-455 BC – Ancient Greek Author
 
 
 
 
A wise man said: Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time, you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience.
Biggs Burke – Entrepreneur-Record Executive-Film Producer
 
 
 
 
Sometimes bravery is simply choosing to take the next step without fully knowing the path.
Glennon Doyle – American Author
 
 
 
 
We each have a star, all we have to do is find it. Once you do, everyone who sees it will be blinded.
Earl Simmons – 1970-2021 – Rapper-Songwriter-Actor
 
 
 
 
The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
Stephen King

 
 
 
 
One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.
Brene Brown – American Researcher

 
 
 
 
After making a true decision, especially the tough ones, we usually feel a tremendous burden has been lifted from our shoulders.
Unknown

Quotes May 09, 2021

“My mother is a walking miracle.”
Leonardo DiCaprio
 
 
 
 
“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had.”
Linda Wooten
 
 
 
 
“Mothers possess a power beyond that of a king on his throne.”
Mabel Hale
 
 
 
 
“There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother.”
Sara Josepha Hale
 
 
 
 
“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”
Cardinal Mermillod
 
 
 
 
“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”
Honore de Balzac
 
 
 
 
“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs since the payment is pure love.”
Mildred B. Vermont
 
 
 
 
“When you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”
Mitch Albom
 
 
 
 
“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.”
Jill Churchill
 
 
 
 
“A mother’s love is everything. It is what brings a child into this world. It is what molds their entire being. When a mother sees her child in danger, she is literally capable of anything. Mothers have lifted cars off of their children and destroyed entire dynasties. A mother’s love is the strongest energy known to man.”
Jamie McGuire
 
 
 
 
“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.”
Lisa Alther
 
 
 
 
“A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”
Tenneva Jordan
 
 
 
 
“An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.”
Spanish Proverb
 
 
 
 
“A mom forgives us all our faults, not to mention one or two we don’t even have.”
Robert Brault
 
 
 
 
“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”
Laura Stavoe Harm
 
 
 
 
“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it.”
The Golden Girls
 
 
 
 
“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”
Erma Bombeck
 
 
 
 
“The phrase ’working mother’ is redundant.”
Jane Sellman
 
 
 
 
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then, I want to move in with them.”
Phyllis Diller
 
 
 
 
“If evolution really works, how come mothers have only two hands?”
Milton Berle
 
 
 
 
“Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.”
Lady Gaga
 
 
 
 
“I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.”
Lance Conrad
 
 
 
 
“My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.”
Michael Jordan
 
 
 
 
“There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.”
Elder M. Russell Ballard
 
 
 
 
“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
 
 
 
 
“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.”
Gilda Radner
 
 
 
 
“Mom, I love you, even though I’ll never accept your friend request.”
Unknown
 
 
 
 
“Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person’s everything.”
Unknown
 
 
 
 
“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.”
Unknown
 
 
 
 
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”
Unknown
 
 
 
 
“A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.”
Unknown

Quotes May 08, 2021

When I was a young guy, I knew everything. Now I know very little. I know less and less as the time goes on.
Anthony Hopkins,
actor, director, producer
 
 
 
 
With aging, you earn the right to be loyal to yourself.
Frances McDormand,
actor, producer
 
 
 
 
I love to doubt as well as know.
Dante Alighieri,
poet
 
 
 
 
I think of a sun like Beethoven, a wind like Debussy, and birdcalls like Stravinsky. But the tempo is all mine.
Patricia Highsmith,
writer
 
 
 
 
I love to doubt as well as know.
Dante Alighieri,
poet
 
 
 
 
Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.
Amy Tan,
writer
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
Don’t fear failure. Cancel all the noise and keep going.
Now is the time to be constructive, not destructive, and we’re just getting started.
Tina Craig,
business executive, entrepreneur, fashion influencer
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
I’ve always had the mind-set: ‘No one can challenge me better than myself.’
Troy Polamalu,
professional American football player, philanthropist
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
 
 
 
There are a few people who truly, truly walk the talk.
Olympia Dukakis,
actor, director, producer
1931-2021
 
 
 
 
There is but one Earth, tiny and fragile, and one must get 100,000 miles away to appreciate fully one’s good fortune in living on it.
Michael Collins,
NASA astronaut, command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon
1930-2021

Quotes May 07, 2021

One who makes drill bloodless combat and combat bloody drill…
One who disciplines the offense and not the offenders…
One whose heart is with the Legion and whose loyalty is to the Republic…
One who seeks the companionship of the long march and not the privilege of position…
One whose commission is assigned from above and confirmed from below…
One who knows the self and, therefore, is true to all…
One who seeks to serve and not to be served…

This is the one who leads best of all.”
LTC Jeffrey Spara in Military Leadership: In Pursuit of Excellence.
 
 
 
 
“War makes extremely heavy demands on the soldier’s strength and nerves. For this reason, make heavy demands on your men in peacetime exercises.”
German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
 
 
 
 
“It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”
Julius Caesar
 
 
 
 
“If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do… the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”
“There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.”
General George S. Patton Jr.
 
 
 
 
“I may not have been the best combat commander, but I always strove to be. My men depended on me to carefully analyze every tactical situation, to maximize the resources that I had at my disposal, to think under pressure, and then to lead them by personal example.”
Dick Winters (1/506 Airborne Infantry Regiment, WWII)
 
 
 
 
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
John Stuart Mills
 
 
 
 
“Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking.”
Ferdinand Foch at the Battle of the Marne
 
 
 
 
“Without a word this uniform also whispers of freezing troops, injured bodies, and Americans left forever in foreign fields. It documents every serviceman’s courage, who by accepting this uniform, promises the one gift he truly has to give: his life. I wear my uniform for the heritage of sacrifice it represents and more. I wear my uniform with pride, for it represents the greatest nation of free people in the world.”
Captain Karen Dorman Kimmel
 
 
 
 
“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten; then he who continues the attack wins.”
General Ulysses S. Grant
 
 
 
 
“It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it.”
General Robert E. Lee

Quotes May 06, 2021

This, then, may be the world’s only hope for peace: that all of us, friends and enemies, allies and foes, brothers and sisters and strangers alike, understand we meet as guests together in ‘God’s own tent.’
Sister Marilyn Lacey
 
 
 
 
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.
William Faulkner
 
 
 
 
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
Nelson Mandela
 
 
 
 
Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity.
Deepak Chopra
 
 
 
 
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
 
 
Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. And our world could stand to be a little kinder and braver.
Brené Brown
 
 
 
 
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
Since before we were anatomically modern, humans have been making journeys into darkness to make and find meaning.
Robert Macfarlane
 
 
 
 
To labor is to pray.
Benedictine motto
 
 
 
 
The Earth is what we all have in common.
Wendell Berry
 
 
 
 
This is the first and principal benefit caused by this arid and dark night of contemplation: the knowledge of oneself and of one’s misery.
San Juan de la Cruz
 
 
 
 
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
W.B. Yeats

 
 
 
 
A life without festivity is a long road without an inn.
Democritus

Quotes May 05, 2021

Quotes courtesy of Henrik Edberg/Positivity Blog


 
 
 
 
“Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.”

Shannon L. Alder
 
 
 
 
“Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.”

William Arthur Ward
 
 
 
 
“Your Life Is Happening Right Now: Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Be brave and take risks. Your life is happening right now.”

Roy T. Bennett
 
 
 
 
“Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.”

Byron Pulsifer
 
 
 
 
“The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.”

Norman Vincent Peale
 
 
 
 
“Someday is not a day of the week.”

Janet Dailey
 
 
 
 
“There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.”

David Lloyd George
 
 
 
 
“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”

Pearl S. Buck
 
 
 
 
“Time wasted is existence; used is life.”

Edward Young
 
 
 
 
“During a very busy life I have often been asked, “How did you manage to do it all?” The answer is very simple. It is because I did everything promptly.”

Richard Tangye
 
 
 
 
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

Don Marquis
 
 
 
 
“If you believe you can accomplish everything by “cramming” at the eleventh hour, by all means, don’t lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining.”

Max Brooks
 
 
 
 
“Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off until tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.”
Ida Scott Taylor
 
 
 
 
“If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least resistance.”

Susan Del Gatto
 
 
 
 
“Procrastination is not Laziness”, I tell him. “It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.”

Julia Cameron
 
 
 
 
“A primary reason people don’t do new things is because they want to do them perfectly – first time. It’s completely irrational, impractical, not workable – and yet, it’s how most people run their lives. It’s called The Perfection Syndrome.”

Peter McWilliams and John Roger
 
 
 
 
“Lack of confidence, sometimes alternating with unrealistic dreams of heroic success, often leads to procrastination, and many studies suggest that procrastinators are self-handicappers: rather than risk failure, they prefer to create conditions that make success impossible, a reflex that of course creates a vicious cycle.”

James Surowiecki
 
 
 
 
“We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going day in and day out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs.”

Arnold Bennett
 
 
 
 
“Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”

Israelmore Ayivor
 
 
 
 
“Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.”

Harry A. Hopf
 
 
 
 
“Who says you need to wait until you ‘feel like’ doing something in order to start doing it? The problem, from this perspective, isn’t that you don’t feel motivated; it’s that you imagine you need to feel motivated.
If you can regard your thoughts and emotions about whatever you’re procrastinating on as passing weather, you’ll realise that your reluctance about working isn’t something that needs to be eradicated or transformed into positivity. You can coexist with it. You can note the procrastinatory feelings and act anyway.”

Oliver Burkeman
 
 
 
 
“Often just by taking action, by doing something about the situation can relieve the stress and help correct the situation.”
Catherine Pulsifer
“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge
 
 
 
 
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

Napoleon Hill

Quotes May 04, 2021

To use the world well, to be able to stop wasting it and our time in it, we need to relearn our being in it.
Ursula Le Guin
 
 
 
 
It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.
Clive Barker
 
 
 
 
We release self — a prime engine of suffering– when we give from the heart.
Rick Hanson
 
 
 
 
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
Joseph Campbell
 
 
 
 
The sinking ship is our entire planet…We need a path of radical transformation.
Mushim Patricia Ikeda
 
 
 
 
We live in a world that is full of problems, and we are the solutions to those problems.
Julia Butterfly Hill
 
 
 
 
There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar-net of our senses.
Diane Ackerman
 
 
 
 
Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.
Mary Oliver
 
 
 
 
You have something to offer the universe in your experience and your creativity that no one else has.
Daniel Schmachtenberger
 
 
 
 
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
Barry Lopez
 
 
 
 
Sometimes when we say a “broken heart”, we are talking about a real broken heart.
Sandeep Jauhar
 
 
 
 
A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
Bertrand Russell
 
 
 
 
A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset.
John Geiger – Designer-Entrepreneur
 
 
 
 
Consistency is harder when no one is clapping for you. You must clap for yourself during those times, you should always be your biggest fan.
Dean Graziosi – American Investor
 
 
 
 
Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want, and you cannot help but get that reality, it can be no other way. This is not philosophy, this is physics.
Albert Einstein – 1879-1955 – Theoretical Physicist

Quotes May 03, 2021

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.
Desmond Tutu
 
 
 
 
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.
Lao Tzu
 
 
 
 
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh
 
 
 
 
You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time
Angela Davis
 
 
 
 
The patchwork quilt is really the symbol of the world which must come: one new design made out of many old designs. We will stitch this world together yet. Don’t give up.
Pete Seeger
 
 
 
 
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Confucius
 
 
 
 
The connections we make in the course of a life–maybe that’s what heaven is.
Fred Rogers
 
 
 
 
An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
Martin Buber
 
 
 
 
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
Rachel Carson
 
 
 
 
Sense of place is the sixth sense, an internal compass and map made by memory and spiritual perception together.
Rebecca Solnit
 
 
 
 
All things are possible through the openness of our mind, the gentleness of our spirit, and the act of understanding and embracing.
Lily Yeh
 
 
 
 

No single narrative serves the needs of everyone everywhere.
Sheena Iyengar

Quotes May 02, 2021

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

 
 
“All battles in life serve to teach us something, even the battles we lose.”
Paulo Coelho
 
 
 
 
Everyone you know is drowning right now. Breathe. Be kind.
 
 
 
 
Kindness is love in action. Be kind. Share your love.
 
 
 
 
Life is so beautiful when you look at it closely. Take a moment to notice the beauty. Be kind to you.
 
 
 
 
Your path is kindness. Kindness is your path.
 
 
 
 
What are you drawn to? Where do you find yourself landing? Be kind. You’ll attract all kinds of attention.
 
 
 
 
Hold a quiet space in your head and your day will feel less crazy.
 
 
 
 
Hey you, get the message! Be kind!
 
 
 
 
Everything is new. Everything is different. We’re all in shock. Be kind to everyone, including yourself.
 
 
 
 
Spring is here. Grow the seeds of the kindness if your life.
 
 
 
 
Cut ties with the nasty chatter in your head. Be kind to you.
 
 
 
 
Whoever you meet, however you meet them, be kind.

Quotes May 01, 2021

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

 
 
“Here is my box of new crayons at your feet.”
Marge Piercy, “Colors Passing Through Us”
 
 
 
 
“Now and then it is a joy to have one’s table red with wine and roses.”
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis
 
 
 
 
“A red flower placed in a window may expand its influence over all the area of your sight.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
 
 
 
 
“Long have you timidly waded holding a plank by the shore,
Now I will you to be a bold swimmer,
To jump off in the midst of the sea, rise again, nod to me, shout, and laughingly dash with your hair. ”
“Not I, not any one else can travel that road for you,
You must travel it for yourself.
It is not far, it is within reach,
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born and did not know,
Perhaps it is everywhere on water and on land.”
Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself, 46”
 
 
 
 
“One does not ‘find oneself’ by pursuing one’s self, but on the contrary by pursuing something else and learning through some discipline or routine (even the routine of making beds) who one is and wants to be.”
May Sarton, The House by the Sea
 
 
 
 
“The surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time.”
W. H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand and Other Essays
 
 
 
 
“It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
 
 
 
 
“Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
 
 
 
 
“Neither does the tree hold back its leaves but lets them flow open or glide away when the time is right.”
Mary Oliver, “Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides,” Long Life
 
 
 
 
“I didn’t know when I was coming back, but I knew I wouldn’t be the same on my return…If there was anyone I needed to get away from, it was me.”
Sandra Cisneros, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
 
 
 
 
“If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all.”
James Baldwin, James Baldwin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
 
 
 
 
“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years go. The second best time is now.”
Proverb
 
 
 
 
“Home is a physical space; it’s also a state of mind.’
Gretchen Rubin