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"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and
something to hope for."
-- Joseph Addison


It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a
man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he
sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of
energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of
oppression and resistance.

Author: Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-68), US Attorney General


In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my
hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.

Author: Anne Frank


T. S. Eliot
For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.


"Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why
birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."
-- Dale Carnegie


"Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the
secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four
C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence.
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable."
-- Walt Disney

Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French general, Napoleon I of France


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

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish-born British playwright, founder of "Fabian


In between goals is a thing called life, which has to be lived and enjoyed."
-- Sid Caesar


"Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with
where I have been that should be of interest."
-- Georgia O'Keeffe


"Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy
building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be
built on a weak character."
-- R. C. Samsel


Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom

- Gen. George Patton


Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please
Bill Cosby
US comedian & television actor (1937 - )

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to

Scott Adams, 'The Dilbert Principle'
US cartoonist (1957 - )

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman


"Ah, great it is to believe the dream as we stand in youth by the starry stream; but a greater thing is
to fight life through and say at the end, the dream is true!"
-- Edwin Markham


"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward."

-- Soren Kierkegaard


''What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.''"



While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making
mistakes and becoming superior.
Henry C. Link

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it
shows me the stars.
Og Mandino
(1923 - 1996)


My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do
the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group;
there was much less competition.
Indira Gandhi
Indian politician (1917 - 1984)


The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Martina Navratilova
US (Czechoslovakian-born) tennis player (1956 - )

There is one thing alone

that stands the brunt of life throughout its course:
a quiet conscience.
Euripides, Hippolytus, 428 B.C.
Greek tragic dramatist (484 BC - 406 BC)

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised

as insoluble problems.
John W. Gardner
US administrator (1912 - 2002)


To live for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain
life, not the top.

This is how humans are: we question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really
believe, and those we never think to question. ~Orson Scott Card


Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.

Eugene Ionesco
French (Romanian-born) Absurdist dramatist (1909 - 1994)

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun


It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are
ready to change and others are not.
James Gordon, M.D.

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
Frank A. Clark

I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite

good…Maybe you're not the best, so you should work a little harder.
Jay Leno, O Magazine, February 2003
US comedian & television host (1950 - )

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
Abraham Maslow
(1908 - 1970)

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it

Francois de La Rochefoucauld
French author & moralist (1613 - 1680)

We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than
by those given to us by others.
Blaise Pascal
French mathematician, physicist (1623 - 1662)

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Driftwood; Table Talk, 1857
US poet (1807 - 1882)

No star is ever lost we once have seen,

We always may be what we might have been.--Adelaide A. Proctor


It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand
up to your friends.
J. K. Rowling
British fantasy author

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no
leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders
seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S Truman
33rd president of US (1884 – 1972)


It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our
abilities.--J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether
what you are doing is work or play.--Warren Beatty


Real strength is not just a condition of one's muscle, but a tenderness in one's
McCallister Dodds


The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right
scale of values.
Norman Thomas
US socialist politician (1884 - 1968)

"When you follow fun, misery follows you. When you follow knowledge, fun follows you"



The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and
convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
US black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 - 1968)

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but
among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
W. H. Auden
US (English-born) critic & poet (1907 - 1973)

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only
this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. Let us
use it before it is too late.
Marie Beyon Ray

Our lives improve only when we take chances -- and the first and most difficult
risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Walter Anderson

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the
rain.--Dolly Parton


War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always
an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing
each other's children.
Jimmy Carter
US diplomat & Democratic politician (1924 - )

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
US science fiction author (1928 - 1982)

Everyone has his burden; what counts is how you carry it.
Joe Brown and David Brown

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for
what we could become.
Charles DuBois

If our early lessons of acceptance were as successful as our early lessons of anger,
how much happier we would all be.
Peter McWilliams, Life 101


Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act III
Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854 - 1900)

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for
existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of
eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries
merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy
Albert Einstein
US (German-born) physicist (1879 – 1955)

You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know
how seldom they do.
Olin Miller


True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves
to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.
Pliny The Elder
Roman scholar & scientist (23 AD - 79 AD)

We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence
the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.
Eric Hoffer
(1902 - 1983)

Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
Swedish Proverb