In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a  better time on the trip.

                                -  Daniel L. Reardon

Everyone is trying to accomplish something big,  not realizing that life is made up of little things.

                                  -  Frank A. Clark

One of the secrets of life is  to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks.

                                    -  Jack Penn

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

                                  -  Ken Blanchard

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

                                   -  Vernon Law

It's never crowded along the extra mile.

                                   -  Wayne Dyer

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

                              -  Robert Louis Stevenson

A candle loses nothing by  lighting another candle.

                                   -  Erin Majors

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem  to have.

                                -  Thomas Jefferson

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of  our life are made. Destiny is  made known silently.

                                  -  Agnes DeMille

You cannot shake hands  with a clenched fist.

                                  -  Indira Gandhi

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

                                 -  Robert M. Pirsig

'Character' is doing the right  thing when nobody's looking.

                             -  J.C. Watts

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

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

                             -  Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant

Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.

                              -  Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.

                              -  Lois McMaster Bujold

There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.

                                   -  Elie Wiesel

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

                                  -  Kobi Yamada
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

                                -  Lady Bird Johnson

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a
  new heaven to the human spirit.

                                  -  Helen Keller

Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.

                                -  Thomas Jefferson

In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.

                                -  Daniel L. Reardon

When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'

                                -  Sydney J. Harris

Worrying is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.

                                   -  Unknown

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.

                                 -  Winston Churchill

Everyone is trying to  accomplish something big,  not realizing that life is  made up of little things.

                                 -  Frank A. Clark

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'

                                 -  Maya Angelou

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks.

                                   -  Jack Penn

Life isn't a matter of  milestones, but moments.

                            -  Rose Kennedy

It's not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate
importance. It's what resides inside.

                          -  Fred (Mr.) Rogers

Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.

                           -  Corita Kent

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

                            -  Horace Greeley

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

                                 -  John Stuart Mill 

There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.

                                -  Zora Neale Hurston

Everyone has three characters: that which one shows, that which one has, and that 
which one thinks he has.

                                   -  Alphonse Karr

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

                               -  William Shakespeare

All receive advice. Only the  wise profit from it.

                                     -  Syrus

Not knowing when the dawn  will come, I open every door.

                                 -  Emily Dickinson

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

                                  -  Aldous Huxley

That they may have a little peace, even the best dogs are compelled to snarl occasionally.

                                 -  William Feather

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

                                -  Mohandas Gandhi

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

                              -  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dreams are but thoughts until their effects be tried.

                              -  William Shakespeare

He who wants to expand the field of happiness, let him lay the foundation of it
 on the bottom of his heart.

                                  -  Tao saying

No one grows old by living, only by losing interest in living.

                         -  Marie Beynon Ray

You are younger today than you ever will be again. Make use of it for the sake of

                                   -  Anonymous

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the
 joy of companionship; it's the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he
 discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his

                               -  Ralph Waldo Emerson

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.

                                -  Carlos Castaneda

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

                                  -  William James

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

                              -  Unknown

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get
      through, but how many can get through to you.

                                -  Mortimer J. Adler

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like
      expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.

                                  -  Dennis Wholey

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

                                  -  Aldous Huxley

Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not; a sense of humor
                             was given to us to console us for what we are.

                                  -  Mark McGinnis

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. 

                                    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on;  hold fast; hold out. 
Patience is genius.

                                    ~  Comte de Buffon

We grow old as soon as we  cease to love and trust.

                                 ~ Madame de Choiseul

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

                               ~ Benjamin Disraeli 

A lie has speed, but truth has  endurance.

                                 ~ Edgar J. Mohn

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds  are singing, and the lawn  mower is broken.

                      ~ James Dent

Here are the two best prayers I know:

'Help me,  help me, help me' and
'Thank  you, thank you, thank you.'
                                   ~ Anne Lamott

Making the decision to have a child--it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  (So true!)

                                  ~ Elizabeth Stone

Why can't life's problems hit  us when we're seventeen and know everything?

                                   ~  A.C. Jolly

Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it  didn't work for the rabbit.

                                  ~ R.E. Shay

The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

                                ~ Muhammad Ali

Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?

                               ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.

                              ~ Yiddish proverb 

The Three Grand Essentials to happiness in this life are 

  • something to do
  • something to love 
  • and something to hope for
                             ~ Jose Addison

You wake up in the morning and your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life.  It is yours.  It is the most precious of possessions.  No one can take it from you. And no one receives either more or less than you receive. 

                           ~Dr. Thomas Arnold Bennett 

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something  but to be someone.

                          ~Coco Chanel 

"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving soul over another". 

                                    ~George Eliot 

Daring ideas are like chess men moved forward.  They may be beaten, but they  may start a winning game.


I don't think of all of the misery but of the beauty that still remains.

                       ~Anne Frank

I am great believer in luck.  The harder I work the more of it I seem to have. 

                       ~Coleman Cox

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

                       ~Hannah More

The evening of a well spent life brings its lamps with it.

                       ~Joseph Joubert

Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning,  and you can't wait to finish your breakfast, you can't wait do your excercises.  You can't wait to put on your clothes. You can't wait to get out- and you can't wait to come home,  because the soup is hot.

                       ~George Burns

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

                       ~Linus Pauling

One day in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

                       ~Sigmund Freud

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out- it's the grain of sand in your shoe.

                              ~ Robert Service

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. 

                       ~Matrin Luther KIng Jr.

If you want  something you've never had before, you've got to do something you've never done before.

                           ~ Drina Reed

If a friend is in trouble, don't  annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do.  Think of something appropriate and do it.

                      ~ Edgar Watson Howe

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

                         ~Abraham Lincoln

Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world.  It beats money and power and influence.

                          ~Henry Chester

It takes courage to show your dreams to someone else.

                       ~ Erma Bombeck

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect.   It means you've decided to see beyond the  imperfections. 


Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful. 

                       ~Annette Funicello

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it  will annoy enough people to make it  worth the effort...

                       ~Herm Albright

Write the bad things that happen to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on  a piece of marble. 

                       ~Coleman Cox

The truth of the matter is that you always know the
            right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

                       ~Gen. Norman Schwarzkoff

"If you want happiness for  an hour- take a nap.
       If you  want happiness for a  day- go fishing. 
       If you want  happiness for a month- get  married. 
       If you want happiness for a year-inherit a fortune.
       If you want happiness for a lifetime- help others."

                ~Chinese Proverb
"Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have  the possibility of
being  great.

"Beginning today, treat  everyone you meet as if  they were going to be dead
 by midnight. Extend to  them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought of any reward.  Your life will never be the  same again."

                      ~  Og Mandino

"Everyone who got where he is had to begin with where he was.

                           ~Richard L. Evans

"Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you."

                        ~ H. Jackson Browne Jr.

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

                       ~Sally Berger

"Pray for a good harvest, but keep on plowing."

                       ~Nancy Otto

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

                       ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Just because some one doesn't love you the way you want them to,
        doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have. "

                     ~ Unknown

"Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened. "

                    ~ Unknown

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long -and so regretfully- upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. 

                               ~ Alexander Graham Bell

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues. 

                                ~Elizabeth Taylor

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell, where his influence stops. 

                                 ~ Henry B. Adams

The above quotations were taken from the newsletter Beliefnet
"When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality."

"Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it."

                            ~ Dr. Martin Luther King

"We people of the world need to find ways to get to know one another - for then we will recognize that our likenesses are so much greater than our differences, however great our differences may seem. Every cell, every human being, is of equal importance and has work to do in this world." 

Many common problems are caused by wrong attitudes. People see themselves as the center of the universe and judge everything as it relates to them. Naturally you won't be happy that way. You can only be happy when you see things in proper perspective: all human beings are of equal importance in God's sight, and have a job to do in the divine plan." 

"The spiritual life is the real life; all else is illusion and deception. Only those who are attached to God alone are truly free. Only those who live up to the highest light live in harmony. All who act upon their highest motivations become a power for good. It is not important that others be noticeably affected: results should never be sought or desired. Know that every right thing you do - every good word you say - every positive thought you think - has good effect."

                            ~ Peace Pilgram

"On Marriage: One of the things I have realized -- and people who have been married a long time realize -- is that marriage is not a love affair. A love affair has to do with immediate personal satisfaction. But marriage is an ordeal; it means yielding, time and again. That's why it's a sacrament: you give up your personal simplicity to participate in a relationship. And when you're giving, you're not giving to the other person: you're giving to the relationship just as the other person is, then it becomes life building, a life fostering and enriching experience, not an impoverishment because you're giving to somebody else."

                            ~ Joseph Cambell

Instructions for Life
Take into account that great love and great 
achievements involve great risk. 

When you lose, don't lose the lesson. 

Follow the three "R"s: 

Respect for self 
Respect for others 
Responsibility for all your actions. 

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a 
wonderful stroke of luck. 

 Learn the rules so you know how to break them 

 Don't let a little dispute injure a great 

 When you realize you've made a mistake, take 
immediate steps to correct it. 

 Spend some time alone every day. 

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of 
your values. 

 Remember that silence is sometimes the best 

 Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, 
you'll be able to enjoy it a second time. 

 A loving atmosphere in your home is the 
foundation for your life. 

 In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. 
Don't bring up the past. 

 Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve 

 Be gentle with the earth. 

 Once a year, go someplace you've never been before. 

 Remember that the best relationship is one in
which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. 

 Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. 

 Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. 

~ Life's Little Instruction Book 
H. Jackson Brown. 


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