Favorite Quotes


Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
-Will Rogers

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
-Ruth E. Renkel

The world is a great book; he who never stirs from home, reads only a page.
-Saint Augustine

Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
-Jean Cocteau

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty. It merely moves from their faces to their hearts.
-Martin Buxbaum

Hearing is one of the body's five senses. But listening is an art.
-Frank Tyger

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.
-Patricia Neal

I'm looking forward to looking back on all this.
-Sandra Knell

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.
-Winston Churchill

It's never crowded along the extra mile.
-Wayne Dyer

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.
-Pete Seeger

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
-Mother Teresa

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

"Mile by mile it's a trial; yard by yard it's hard; but inch by inch it's a cinch."

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
-Erin Majors

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.
-Doug Larson

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
-Kahlil Gibran

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.
-Annie Lennox

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
-George Washington

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
-Edmund Burke

If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten.

If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
-Steve Bartkowski

No pressure, no diamonds.
-Mary Case

You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
-Thomas Jefferson

Choices are the hinges of destiny.
-Edwin Markham

If God brings you to it, God will bring you through it.

-Robert Schuller

Nothing makes you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.
-Zora Neale Hurston

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
-Hadia Bejar

Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.
-Will Rogers

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
-Christopher Robin to Pooh

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
-Maori proverb

Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.
-Robert Orben

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.
-Babe Ruth

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.
-Frank Tyger

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.
-Benjamin Franklin

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"There is no end to the good we can do, to the influence we can have
with others. Let us not dwell on the critical or the negative. Let us pray
for strength; let us pray for capacity and desire to assist others. Let us
radiate the light of the gospel at all times and all places, that the
Spirit of the Redeemer may radiate from us."
(Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Need for Greater Kindness," Ensign, May 2006, 61)

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
-Earl Wilson

Envy someone and it pulls you down. Admire them and it builds you up. Which makes more sense?
-Elvis Presley

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you'll help them to become what they are capable of becoming.

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.
-Sandra Carey

Everything works out in the end. If it hasn't worked out, it's not the end.

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
-Mother Teresa

 "I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."  And he replied:  "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.  That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.  So I went forth, and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night.  And He led me toward the hills, and the breaking of the day."

The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
-Benjamin Franklin

Anger or hatred is like a fisherman's hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.
-Dalai Lama

The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
-Booker T. Washington

The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.

-William Wordsworth

Pray for a good harvest, but keep on plowing.
-Nancy Otto

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
-Dorothy Nevill

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails
-Pioneer Girls Leaders' Handbook

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us...Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
-Mother Teresa

"I am only one:  but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  I will not refuse to do the something I can do."  Helen Keller
Worrying is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.

Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.
-John Lubbock

The more you have, the more you're occupied; the less you have, the more free you are.
-Mother Teresa

When solving problem, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.
-Anthony J. D'Angelo

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
-Vince Lombardi

Saints are sinners who kept going.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Failure is a stepping-stone to greatness.
-Oprah Winfrey

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
-Winston Churchill

One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears--by listening to them.
-Dean Rusk

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do.
-Elvis Presley

You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others.

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing."
-Albert Einstein

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
-Indian Proverb

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
-Beverly Sills

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

-William Arthur Ward

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
-Mother Teresa

Following the course of least resistance makes for crooked rivers and crooked men.
Lanny Henninger

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters--one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
-John F. Kennedy

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
-French Proverb

My mind is a garden. My thoughts are the seeds. My harvest will be either flower or weeds.
-Mel Weldon

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
-Hugh Downs

Money is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.
-P.T. Barnum

If you are going through hell...keep going.
-Winston Churchill

Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet.

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
-Oliver Goldsmith
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
-David Viscott

Learn to write your hurts in sand.
Learn to carve your blessings in stone!

Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

God answers knee mail.

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
-Henry Van Dyke

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
Henry David Thoreau

No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.
-Charles Kettering

Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neither.
-C.S. Lewis

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
-Betty Smith


Never "for the sake of peace and quiet" deny your own experience or convictions.
-Dag Hammarskjold


A sorrow shared is half a sorrow, a joy shared is twice a joy.

-  Unknown


There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

-  Aldous Huxley


Choices are the hinges of destiny.

-  Edwin Markham


Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

-  Thich Nhat Hanh


Don't worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you.

-  Robert Fulghum


He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he who loses his courage loses all.

-  Miguel de Cervantes


If you don't have the time to do something right, where are you going to find the time to fix it?

-  Stephen King


Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.

-  Elvis Presley


Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.

-  Benjamin Franklin


What you do may seem insignificant, but it's important that you do it.

-  Mahatma Gandhi


Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.

-  Soren Kierkegaard


How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

-  William Shakespeare


You miss 100 percent of all the shots you never take.

-  Wayne Gretz


I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.

-  John Stuart Mill


Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.

-  Vesta M. Kelly


Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.

-  Horace Greeley


A woman is like a tea bag: you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.

-  Nancy Reagan


Anger or hatred is like a fisherman's hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.

-  Dalai Lama


True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
-  Charles Caleb Colton 


Don't wait for your ship to come in. Row out to meet it.

-  Anonymous


When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive.

-  Ralph Waldo Emerson


There ain't no cloud so thick that the sun ain't shinin' on t'other side.

-  Rattlesnake,
an 1870s mountain man


Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God, no matter what the danger.

-  Anonymous


The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

-  Abraham Lincoln


Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

-  Ovid


Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.

-  Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant


Even if youíre on the right track, youíll get run over if you just sit there.

-  Will Rogers


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

-  Franklin D. Roosevelt


Sometimes you have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down.

-  Kobi Yamada


Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

-  Vernon Law


Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.

-  Ken Blanchard


It's never crowded along the extra mile.

-  Wayne Dyer


To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.

-  Unknown


Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

-  Robert Louis Stevenson


Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

-  Victor Borge


Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

-  William A. Ward


Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.

-  Josh Billings


Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

-  Anonymous


Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.

-  Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

-  Carl Jung


The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.

-  Maya Angelou



I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.

-  George Burns



For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.

-  Anonymous


Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

-  George Bernard Shaw


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

-  Martin Luther King, Jr.


Your daily life is your temple and your religion.

-  Kahlil Gibran


Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.

-  Henry J. Kaiser


I thank You God for this most amazing day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.

-  e.e. cummings


Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.

-  Maori proverb


When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

-  Tao saying


Following the course of least resistance makes for crooked rivers and crooked men.

-  Lanny Henninger


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


Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.

-  Ralph Charell


Do or do not. There is no try.

-  Yoda, 'The Empire Strikes Back'


Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?

-  Martin Luther King, Jr.


Don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.

-  General George S. Patton


The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.

-  Unknown


You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others.

-  Unknown


In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

-  Deepak Chopra


Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth... Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.

-  Noela Evans


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

-  Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

-  Paul Boese


The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

-  Carl Jung


When the solution is simple, God is answering.

-  Albert Einstein


All I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother.

-  Abraham Lincoln


If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

-  Chinese Epigram


Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you?d have preferred to talk.

-  Doug Larson


People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

-  Abigail Van Buren


The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.


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