This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.

— Author Unknown

Love the earth and sun and animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others… And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

— Walt Whitman

There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.

— Alexander Woollcott

Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.

— Richard Bach

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.

— St. Augustine, 354 430

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

— Jack London

I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.

— Dawna Markova

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

— Cherokee Expression

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’

— The Talmud

The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.

— Henry Van Dyke

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

— David Carradine

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.

— William Ellery Channing

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

— Howard Thurman

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.

— Mary Jean Iron

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

— Vincent Van Gogh

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

— Ralph Waldo Emerso

Let every man or woman here, if you never hear me again, remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.

— Russel H. Conwell

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession… Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em. But all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em…

— Kevin Welch

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

— The Buddha

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

— Author Unknown

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

— Woodrow Wilson

One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.

— Wayne Gretzky

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.

— Albert Einstein

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

— Kahlil Gibran

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.

— Earl Nightingale

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.

— Charles Reade

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

— Henry Van Dyke

Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.

— Carl Schurz

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

— Martin Luther King Jr.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

— Henry David Thoreau

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.

— Charles Swindoll

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

— Carl Jung

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

— Albert Einstein

It takes as much stress to be a success as it does to be a failure.

— Emilio James Trujillo

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

— Unknown

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

— Mark Twain

One ship drives east and another drives west with the selfsame winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of sails and not the gales which tells us the way to go.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Whether you think you can or think you can’t — you are right.

— Henry Ford

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

— Unknown

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent…

— Calvin Coolidge

Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

— Chinese Proverb

Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow–it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.

— Shakti Gawain

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

— Chinese Proverb

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

— The Book of Proverbs

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

— Margaret Mead

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

— Booker T. Washington

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

— Martin Luther King

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them…he cried, ‘Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?’…God said, ‘I did do something. I made you.’

— Sufi Teaching

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.

— Anwar Sadat

There are only two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

— Edith Wharton

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

— Mahatma Gandhi

We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams..

— Arthur O’Shaughnessy

There will always be dreams grander or humbler than your own, but there will never be a dream exactly like your own… for you are unique and more wondrous than you know!

— Linda Staten

Dream as if you’ll live forever…live as if you’ll die today.

— James Dean

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.

— Dale E. Turner

We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.

— Woodrow Wilson

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

— Jack London

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

— Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.

— Karen Ravn

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

— Goethe

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.

— George Bernard Shaw

All men and women are born, live suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about… We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.

— Joseph Epstein

A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.

— Zadok Rabinwitz

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

— Mark Twain

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

— Helen Keller

Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.

— Bill Copeland

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

— Aristotle Onassis

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

— Martin Luther

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

— Joseph Campbell

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

— Jim Rohn

Hope is a waking dream.

— Aristotle

I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.

— Pope John XXIII

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

— Norman Vincent Peale

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!

— Audrey Hepburn

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

— Muhammad Ali

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.

— Jim Elliot

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.

— Nido Qubein

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

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.

— Thomas Merton

A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.

— Joyce Meyer

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.

— Michael Jordan

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

— Democritus

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.

— Andre Gide

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

— Lao Tzu

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

— Ronald Reagan

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

— Swami Sivananda

God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants, walks in animals, and thinks in man.

— Arthur Young

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.

— Leo Buscaglia

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.

— Benjamin Disraeli

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

— Plutarch

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

— Jimmy Dean

Belief creates the actual fact.

— William James

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.

— Babe Ruth

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

— Victor Hugo

Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?

— Fulton J. Sheen

You change your life by changing your heart.

— Max Lucado

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.

— Vincent McNabb

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.

— Napoleon Hill

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.

— Thomas Fuller

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.

— Anne Frank

You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.

— Alan Watts

And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day that ever my eyes did see.

— Donald Cargill

A place for everything, everything in its place.

— Benjamin Franklin

Give light and people will find the way.

— Ella Baker

On the recollection of so many and great favours and blessings, I now, with a high sense of gratitude, presume to offer up my sincere thanks to the Almighty, the Creator and Preserver.

— William Bartram

The best way out is always through.

— Robert Frost

Faith is love taking the form of aspiration.

— William Ellery Channing

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

— Edith Wharton

Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.

— Friedrich Schiller

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.

— Han Suyin

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

— John Muir

For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat.

— Wallis Simpson

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

— Warren Buffett

With self-discipline most anything is possible.

— Theodore Roosevelt

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.

— Henry Rollins

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.

— Marcus Aurelius

Great hopes make great men.

— Thomas Fuller

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.

— Bern Williams

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

— Robert H. Schuller

We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.

— Tony Robbins

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.

— Amelia Barr

Just what future the Designer of the universe has provided for the souls of men I do not know, I cannot prove. But I find that the whole order of Nature confirms my confidence that, if it is not like our noblest hopes and dreams, it will transcend them.

— Henry Norris Russell

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.

— Plato

The essential elements of giving are power and love – activity and affection – and the consciousness of the race testifies that in the high and appropriate exercise of these is a blessedness greater than any other.

— Mark Hopkins

I pray God may preserve your health and life many years.

— Junipero Serra

Enthusiasm moves the world.

— Arthur Balfour

Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.

— Amelia Barr

The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it.

— Emile Zola

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

— John Muir

Let each man exercise the art he knows.

— Aristophanes

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.

— Phillips Brooks

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.

— Blaise Pascal

Plant thy foot firmly in the prints which His foot has made before thee.

— Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.

— Hosea Ballou

The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you’re free.

— Ray Manzarek

You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.

— Richard Bach

Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.

— Albert Camus

As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.

— Charles Morgan

Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.

— Pope Paul VI

It is not ignorance but knowledge which is the mother of wonder.

— Joseph Wood Krutch

The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you’re free.

— Ray Manzarek

As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.

— Charles Morgan

Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

— Benjamin Disraeli

Ideas shape the course of history.

— John Maynard Keynes

Think with your whole body.

— Taisen Deshimaru

The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.

— Richard Bach

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.

— Augustus Hare

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.

— Audre Lorde

We convince by our presence.

— Walt Whitman

Mankind is made great or little by its own will.

— Friedrich Schiller

Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.

— Jean Paul

Our ideals are our better selves.

— Amos Bronson Alco

Let me be a free man. Free to travel. Free to stop. Free to work. Free to choose my own teachers. Free to follow the religion of my fathers. Free to think and talk and act for myself.

— Chief Joseph

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.

— Albert Einstein

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

— Henry David Thoreau

Inspiration and genius–one and the same.

— Victor Hugo

To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: ‘Leave no stone unturned.’

— Edward Bulwer Lytton

If you would create something, you must be something.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every artist was first an amateur.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.

— Horace Bushnell

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.

— W. C. Doane

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.

— Benjamin Disraeli

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.

— Orison Swett Marden

Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?

— George Eliot

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.

— Thomas Carlyle

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.

— Leon J. Suenes

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

— John Muir

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

— Epictetus

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

— Aristotle

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.

— George S. Patton

Storms make oaks take roots.

— Proverb

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 have to sigh; When care is pressing you down a bit- Rest if you must, but do not quit. Success is failure turned inside out; The silver tint of the clouds of doubt; And you can never tell how close you are It may be near when it seems so far; So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit- It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.

— “Don’t Quit,” Author Unknown

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

— T. S. Eliot

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.

— The Bible: Matthew

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while DARING GREATLY so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

— Henry Ford

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.

— Lloyd Jones

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

— Ambrose Redmoon

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

— Dale Carnegie

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 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. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; its 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.

— Marianne Williamson

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. ‘I’ve been thinking,’ he said, ‘I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.’

— Author Unknown, “The Wise Woman’s Stone”

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.

— D. Elton Trueblood

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

— Kahlil Gibran

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.

— Edward Everett Hale

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.

— The Reverend Jesse Jackson

The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.

— Robert M. Pirsig

You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.

— Moliere

So long as we love we serve; So long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; And no one is useless while they have a friend.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

— Hebrews 13:2

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.

— Madame Marie du Deffand

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