Category: Quotes

Quotes & Memes

Quotes September 17, 2021

“The consolidation of power at the federal level in the guise of public safety is a national trend and should be guarded against at all costs. This erosion of rights, however incremental, is the slow death of freedom. We have reached a point where the power of the federal government is such that they can essentially target anyone of their choosing. Recent allegations that government agencies may have targeted political opponents should alarm all Americans, regardless of party affiliation. Revisionist views of the Constitution by opportunistic politicians and unelected judges with agendas that reinterpret the Bill of Rights to take power away from the people and consolidate it at the federal level threaten the core principles of the Republic. As a free people, keeping federal power in check is something that should be of concern to us all. The fundamental value of freedom is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. We are citizens, not subjects, and we must stay ever vigilant that we remain so.”
Jack Carr, The Terminal List

Quotes September 16, 2021

What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.
Maya Angelou – 1928-2014 – Poet-Singer-Memoirist-Civil Rights Activist
 
 
 
 
We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something.
Marie Curie – 1867-1934 – French-Polish Physicist
 
 
 
 
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”
Bill Gates
 
 
 
 
“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
William Jennings Bryan
 
 
 
 
Action is the antidote to despair.
Joan Baez,
singer-songwriter, musician
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
 
 
 
 
It is necessary to be tolerant, in order to be tolerated.
The first principle of solid wisdom is discretion, without it all the erudition of life is merely bagatelle.
Norm Macdonald,
comedian, writer, actor
1959-2021

Quotes September 15, 2021

Courtesy of Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog

 
 

“The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one’s life.”
Peace Pilgrim
 
 
 
 
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
Wayne Dyer
 
 
 
 
“You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.”
George Michael
 
 
 
 
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.”
Norman Vincent Peale
 
 
 
 
“When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.”
Roy T. Bennett
 
 
 
 
“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
Marcus Aurelius
 
 
 
 
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha
 
 
 
 
“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.”
Eckhart Tolle
 
 
 
 
“Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
 
 
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you. The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you. You have to give it to you.”
Linda Evans
 
 
 
 
“My heart forgives and releases. Inner peace is my goal.”
Louise Hay
 
 
 
 
“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.”
Brian Tracy
 
 
 
 
“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.”
Jill Bolte Taylor
 
 
 
 
“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.”
Robert J. Sawyer
 
 
 
 
“Ego says – Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel inner peace. Spirit says – Find your inner peace and then everything will fall into place.”
Marianne Williamson
 
 
 
 
“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.”
Gerald Jampolsky
 
 
 
 
“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.”
Roger Caras
 
 
 
 
“For me, success is inner peace.”
Denzel Washington
 
 
 
 
“Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.”
John Chrysostom
 
 
 
 
“How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish.”
Catherine Pulsifer
 
 
 
 
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“Nothing can disturb your peace of mind unless you allow it to.”
Roy T. Bennett
 
 
 
 
“Outward peace is useless without inner peace.”
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
 
 
“Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive… to live now… to have the courage to confront each day.”
Bernie Siegel
 
 
 
 
“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”
Marvin Gaye
 
 
 
 
“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”
St. Francis de Sales
 
 
 
 
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
Chinese proverb
 
 
 
 
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
 
 
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
Oprah
 
 
 
 
“A compassionate state of mind brings inner peace, and therefore a healthier body.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“Learn to calm down the winds of your mind, and you will enjoy great inner peace.”
Romez Sasson
 
 
 
 
“Your inner peace is the greatest and most valuable treasure that you can discover.”
Akin Olokun
 
 
 
 
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
Leo F. Buscaglia
 
 
 
 
“Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquility – instead of anger and resentment.”
Unknown

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.”
Aristotle
 
 
 
 
“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 September 13, 2021

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

“We first make our habits and then our habits make us.”
John Dryden
 
 
 
 
Fall is upon us. It’s a great time to finally let go of that thing,person, place, job, or trauma you’ve been hanging so tightly to. Why are you holding on so tightly to something you’ve grown past? Let go. You don’t need it anymore.
 
 
 
 
Look deeply into the beauty of the world.

Breathe.

Be kind.

That’s all you have to do.
 
 
 
 
It seems like a good idea when you started. Now, you’re hanging off a rock in Iran a breath away from falling into the Persian Gulf. Hang on. Gather your strength. You’ve got this.
 
 
 
 
In the next six months, you’re going to hear things about yourself from other people. It’s just what happens when the structure of the world shifts. Hold an image of yourself inside when you’re happy and safe. It will remind you of who you are — even when their voices are loud.
 
 
 
 
Everything big and everything small is changing around you.

In the chaos and pressure of this time, you catch the merest glimpse of something…

“Is that really me?” you whisper to your reflection. Ask yourself the kindest thing possible — “What brings me joy?”

Keep asking until the answer comes. Be kind to you.
 
 
 
 
Whoa! It’s gale force blow hard right now! Don’t let the bombastic blow you off course. Focus on your why — your purpose — and get back on track.
 
 
 
 
Right now, there’s a quiet, safe place where a clean stream runs, where the trees grow tall, and the air is clear. This place belongs to you and you to it. No matter what you go through, this place will always be here for you.
 
 
 
 
If you start doing kind acts, you will continue to do kind acts. You’ll find yourself choosing kind people to hang out with, kind things to read and watch and listen too. It’s just how it works.

Quotes September 12, 2021

“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
 
 
 
 
“My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”
Bryan Stevenson
 
 
 
 
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
Dr. Seuss – 1904-1991 – Author-Political Cartoonist-Illustrator-Poet-Animator-Filmmaker
 
 
 
 
“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”
Helen Keller
 
 
 
 
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
 
 
No one has ever become poor by giving.
Anne Frank – 1929-1945 – German-Dutch Diarist-Jewish Holocaust Victim
 
 
 
 
Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.
Albert Einstein – 1879-1955 – Theoretical Physicist
 
 
 
 
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.
Oscar Wilde – 1854-1900 – Irish Poet
 
 
 
 
So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person’s genius is confined to a very few hours.
Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1803-1882 – Lecturer-Poet-Essayist
 
 
 
 
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch – Greek Philosopher
 
 
 
 

Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.
If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.
Anonymous

Quotes September 11, 2021

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”
Virgil’s Aeneid, which adorns the 9/11 Memorial Museum
 
 
 
 
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl
 
 
 
 
“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.”
Deepak Chopra
 
 
 
 
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”
Clarence Darrow
 
 
 
 
“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.”
David Levithan
 
 
 
 
“September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.”
Geraldine Brooks
 
 
 
 
“We will win this struggle—not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace… so help us God.”
Tom Harkin
 
 
 
 
“Numerous civilians in all stairwells, numerous burn victims are coming down. We’re trying to send them down first … We’re still heading up.”
Patrick “Paddy” Brown, New York City Fire Department Captain
 
 
 
 
“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”
Jeff Parness, founder of New York Says Thank You
 
 
 
 
“On this day… 19 years (September 10th) ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10:00 am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.”
Unknown

Quotes September 10, 2021

“I fully understand that 9/11 is shifting into history. But this is why the veterans community is so important. Because as these things do shift into history, the veterans are often the last voice there to remind all of us what has happened, what a terrible thing war is and what we lost.”
Barbara Starr, CNN Correspondent
 
 
 
 
There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
Otto von Bismarck
 
 
 
 
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.
Charles Bukowski
 
 
 
 
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.”
 
 
 
 
Paraphrase
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, Ret. Navy SEAL
 
 
 
 
There is always more to learn.
Always.
What an incredible gift knowledge is.
Angry Staff Officer

Quotes September 09, 2021

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”
Pema Chadron
 
 
 
 
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Sydney J. Harris
 
 
 
 
“Lean into the discomfort of the work.”
Brené Brown
 
 
 
 
“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
 
 
 
 
“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.”
Oprah Winfrey
 
 
 
 
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
William Arthur Ward
 
 
 
 
“I used to dislike being sensitive. I thought it made me weak. But take away that single trait, and you take away the very essence of who I am.”
Caitlin Japa
 
 
 
 
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
C.S. Lewis
 
 
 
 
“Thoughts fuel emotions. If you don’t like what you’re feeling, step back and examine what you’re thinking. Pain is inevitable, but you’ll suffer a lot less if you disengage from your thoughts.”
“Practice the pause. Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.”
Lori Deschene
 
 
 
 

“When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.”
“Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be.”
Unknown

Quotes September 08, 2021

Courtesy of Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog

 
 

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius
 
 
 
 
“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Buddha
 
 
 
 
“Simply put, you believe that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.”
Wayne Dyer
 
 
 
 
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci
 
 
 
 
“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”
Charles Richards
 
 
 
 
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
Henry David Thoreau
 
 
 
 
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
 
 
 
 
“People living deeply have no fear of death.”
Anais Nin
 
 
 
 
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
Napoléon Bonaparte
 
 
 
 
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu
 
 
 
 
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.”
John Greenleaf Whittier
 
 
 
 
“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
Bertrand Russell
 
 
 
 
“Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”
Unknown