The Collection — Quotes for Thinking & Inspiration
W.O.W. — WORDS OF WISDOM
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
Make your decisions successful.
More powerful than armies is an idea whose time has come.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
When you’ve found another soul that sees into your own… take good care of each other.
Always chose having time over money.
Sometimes, the best way out is through.
Attitude is far more important than education, intelligence and ability.
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory.
Sometimes disagreement is the greatest act of loyalty.
Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
One of the most important things to know about God is that you ain’t him.
Fr. Dave Cillo
Consider that you do not support the root; the root supports you.
Men are not against you, they are merely for themselves.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Before investigating find no fault; examine first, then criticize. Before hearing, answer not.
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living with the questions.
Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man.
Reality is made up of circles but we see in straight lines.
And he will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand.
On Eagle’s Wings
They that hope in the lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagle’s wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.
The will to win is nothing, unless you have the will to prepare.
Do not equate money with success. There are many successful moneymakers who are miserable failures as human beings. What counts most about success is how a person achieves it.
The key to success is to know when risk is only perceived, and when it is real.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.
George Bernard Shaw
Imagination is stronger than knowledge, myth is more potent than history, dreams are more powerful than facts, hope always triumphs over experience, laughter is the only cure for grief, love is stronger than death.
People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.
You have absolute control over but one thing, and that is your thoughts.
The field cannot be seen from within the field.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage isn’t the absence of fear. It is action in the presence of fear.
Every day is a bonus.
You have to work until you believe, but you have to believe until it works.
See opportunity/challenge in difficulty; see the value in people; be humble always; be strong in adversity; laugh, especially at yourself; learn continuously; develop a strong work ethic; and put service before self.
I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.
As iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens his fellow man.
For in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the crucible of humiliation.
There is a limit at which forebearance ceases to be a virtue.
The glare of the championship takes the dew quickly off the turf!
“The law of the farm” applies to anything worthwhile…. You must prepare the ground, plant the seed, water, weed, then gradually nurture growth.
The greatest sin was inattention.
For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.
Henry David Thoreau
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
People see the world not as it is, but as they are.
The most important work you will ever do will occur inside the walls of your own house.
Salt Lake Temple
Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.
No one can hurt you without your consent.
One of the major challenges in life is balancing consideration and courage.
We’re all alone together, on this road that seems forever, to be taking you from yours and me from mine.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Trust is the highest form of human motivation.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Luck is where hard work meets opportunity.
Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.
Learning from their children is the best opportunity most people have to assure themselves of a meaningful old age.
M. Scott Peck
There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children — one is roots, the other is wings.
An essential part of discipline is the development of an awareness of our responsibility and power of choice.
M. Scott Peck
Sometimes the effort is more important than the outcome.
Being good is important; being trusted is essential.
Your children are not your children. They come through you, not from you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and he bends you with his might that the arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so he loves the bow that is stable.
Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t judge a person too soon. Even God waits until the end.
Extending your family is a good way to extend your life.
It is important to have perspective — the capacity to know what is really important in any given situation.
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe something inside them was superior to circumstance.
The inability to forget is infinitely more devastating than the inability to remember.
Trouble, like the hill ahead, straightens out when you advance upon it.
If you can’t enjoy the times in between the golf shots, then you’re going to have a pretty difficult life, because most of your life is the time spent in between.
Sometimes the window to an athlete’s character is opened wider in defeat.
It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
It’s hard to think of a greater accomplishment than affecting the life of a child.
Some men are successful because of what they know, some because of what they do, others because of who they are.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; The wise grows it under his feet.
Henry Ward Beecher
Life is a united effort of many.
Faith is not just waiting, hoping, and wanting things to happen. Rather it is working hard to make things happen and realizing that there are no failures, just disappointments, when you have done your best.
It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.
Remember that everything has God’s fingerprints on it.
Most successful people, at some point in their lives, stopped trying to prove themselves and began to express themselves.
A master in the art of living knows no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both.
George Bernard Shaw
I’ve read dozens of books about heroes and crooks and I learned much from both of their styles.
I’m just a cheeseburger in paridise.
Seek to understand, not to be understood; Seek to serve, not to be served; Seek to believe, not to be believed.
When you know you have a real friend somewhere, suddenly all of the others are so much easier to bear.
Drink deeply from good books.
Obviously there have been many times when I have failed. But there have never been any times when I thought I would fail.
Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
Keep a fire burning in your eye; pay attention to the open sky.
In communities where men build ships for their own sons to fish or to fight from, quality is never a problem.
You control your thoughts, choices and responses…. the keys to your life.
Treat your family as your friends and your friends as your family.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
There are 3 things you should do every day… Laugh; Think, spend some time in thought; and have your emotions moved to tears. Think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day.
Fulfillment comes from stretching yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.
If you knew who walked beside you at all times on this path that you have chosen, you could never experience fear again.
Wayne W. Dyer
The best investments: kids, relationships, gardens.
Regarding his World War II bomber crew experience… “I was wondering if God would get tired of putting his hand on my shoulder.”
William C. Findle Sr.
Pat’s Prayer: Please bless me, enhance my faith, teach me wisdom, provide me with opportunities to serve, grant me the ability to have an impact and walk beside me on the path that I have chosen.
Remember happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; It depends solely upon what you think.
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
May all of your weeds be wildflowers.
Measure a man not by how much he has, but by how little he needs.
I am making a pathway in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
To succeed spiritually…. there’s nothing to do, only something to see.
We are not human beings having spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings having human experiences.
Pierre De Chardin
On the other side of resistance is flow.
Adversity introduces us to ourselves.
George W. Bush
Isn’t it astonshing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so that we could discover them!
What happens isn’t important, it’s your response.
Expect the unexpected, or you won’t find it.
You can’t step into the same river twice.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A thing rests by changing.
Dogs bark at what they don’t understand.
When addressing a current problem, think…. How can I make this an opportunity, a beginning?
Roger von Oech
The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth which you have given away.
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity.
A life spent worthily should be measured by deeds, not years.
No good idea is responsible for the people who believe in it.
Those who will not reason perish in the act; those who will not act perish for
The next frontier is not only in front of you, it is inside of you.
Winners are those who are superior not to others but to their former selves.
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
Be ready at the end of your life to answer the question…. What did you do with what I gave you?
Life is a tempory assignment.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time.
I’ve got secrets that God only knows and God knows I feel, just like you.
God’s purpose for you revolves around serving Him and others.
Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
A speech should be a text in which, ultimately, the speaker and audience are thinking together.
Serve, impact, inpire.
What with all my expectations long abandoned, And a life that just gets more and more demanding, There’s no doubt that you’re the reason I’m still standing, My stunning mystery companion.
Have faith that a just God will grant you mercy on this beachhead and the next.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Secret to longevity: “Eat a little, drink a little, and pray a lot.”
Dan, a 91 year-old golfer
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
The more inwardly defined I became, the less I needed to succeed and the less stress I felt. The less I needed success, the easier it came.
Dr. Dean Ornish
Why am I brought this challenge?… To learn; grow stronger; be an example; help others.
We become what we think about.
Man has no greater treasure than family.
General Tommy Franks
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
We live together in separate worlds.
Success is found at the confluence of need, talent and passion.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi
Few of us can do great things, but all of us can do small things great.
“I never knew my father; my father never knew his father; but my son knows his father.” This represents one of the finest successes in life, but more importantly, a role as a transition person will profoundly impact generation after generation in immeasurably positive ways.
More of You, less of me.
May the mercy of God loom greater than my weakness and unworthiness.
Pope John Paul II
Life pivots on what you think about and how you spend your time.
It’s between You and me, it’s not about me or them.
Love’s two main duties are to listen and serve.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Measure your wealth by the things you have for which you would not take money.
A man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
Cease striving and know that I am God.
If you want to hear God laugh, tell him about your plans.
You plant the seed, I’ll make the tree.
Eighty percent of success is showing up.
Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.
Don’t let this world be the limit of your horizon.
It is much easier to raise the sail than row.
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
What we can learn from dogs: Always be happy to see someone, bring a toy, give an endless supply of unconditional love and the main purpose of life is to have fun.
After a long drought, the green quickly returns; things spring back to life with just one day of rain. Likewise, a stretch of tough times can be wiped clean by one day, one moment of blessing.
Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.
Remember when everyone asked you, “What you want to be when you grow up?” When you are older this question transforms into, “What do you do?” In a world that values doing something, let’s remember the importance of being something.
The greatest gift you can give your children is not your riches, but revealing to them their own.
Thomas Edison made 10,000 unsuccessful attempts to invent the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 10,000 times?” He replied, “I didn’t fail 10,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 10,000 steps.”
Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you. So carve your name on hearts and not on marble.
Learn to pause, or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust in me.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will shall direct your paths.
Do not pray for easy lives! Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle.
Your provisions are abundant for our needs. Your light is adequate for our path. Your grace is sufficient for our sins.
What you do today determines your future.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
525,600 minutes — How do you measure a year?
Dig where the gold is, unless you just need the exercise.
“The flying machine which will really fly might be evolved by the combined and continuous efforts of mathematicians and mechanicians in from one million to ten million years.” The New York Times, October 9, 1903
“We started assembly today.” Orville Wright’s Diary, October 9, 1903
Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.
When you move without the ball, good things happen.
The goal is not to win. It’s to play together and play hard. Then, winning takes care of itself.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.
Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.
People succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t want to be remembered for what I did. I want to be remembered for who I am.
For God has already accepted your works.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
Look each other in the eyes… Put each other in your hearts forever, because forever’s about to happen here in just a few minutes.
Coach Gaines (Friday Night Lights)
Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.
Life is short, go long.
We are better than we think, not quite what we want to be.
A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.
100,000 heart beats; How do you measure a day?
He loads us with his love and mercy.
If you want to travel fast, go alone. If you want to travel far, go together.
Wrap me in your warm grace.
The world doesn’t know me, but You know me.
Eternal instants remind us that love is still the greatest possession and the future is nothing to fear.
Don’t let your life be dictated by what happens inside of other people’s heads.
God didn’t call us to be successful, just faithful.
I’m bigger than my body gives me credit for.
By asking for the impossible, obtain the best possible.
Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
The only difference between where you are now, and where you’ll be next year, are the books you read and the people you meet.
Think of how insignificant your worries would become if you knew you would win the lottery or die tomorrow. (Note: You have already won the lottery and you will die, some tomorrow.)
May you find God in and with each other.
What will you leave behind?
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
Games lubricate the body and the mind.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, What!? You too? I thought I was the only one!
We will prevail.
Where the touch of a lover and sole of a friend begins, there’s a need to be separate and a need to be one and a struggle that neither wins.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.
Difficulty sharpens our ability to learn and enables us to help others.
Do what you love so well that someone pays you for it.
Each person is given something to do that shows who God is.
1 Corinthians 12:7
Stand at the intersection of your affections and successes and find your uniqueness.
Don’t give God instructions — just report for duty!
Maybe all of life isn’t for us to figure out.
Hard is easy, when you discover easy is hard.
Be careful about where you get your emotional high.
The most important thing is the dash; not the race; the dash between the year you were born and the year you die that represents your time on earth.
Isn’t it funny that everything we loved together never cost much money?
We always teach best what we most need to learn.
If we could live life over again, I’d spend far less energy wanting things I didn’t have and far more energy enjoying what I already did have.
Our hearts will be restless, until we rest in Him.
Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want something.
Praying is listening to the Lord. Don’t pray about what you want. Pray/listen (read the Bible) to understand what He wants.
Fr. Larry Richards
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Don’t worry about the horse being blind, just keep loading the wagon.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
From a headstone in Ireland
The human spirit is the strongest force there is. As long as our spirit remains unbroken, there is no defeat.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
There is no fear like a parent worrying about their children.
Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
Freeman Teague, Jr.
Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
Character isn’t made in crisis, it is revealed.
All that my father had, he gave to his children — he gave to me — until there was nothing left. And, now that he’s gone, his memory is worth more to me than the largest mansion or trust fund. I will do well if I pass on what I have received.
You know you are over the target when the flak gets the heaviest.
He is no fool who would give what he cannot keep to gain what he can never lose.
It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of day saying… “I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
Meeting someone in the middle will cut the time and distance in half to reach your destination, and you just might have made a friend when you get there.
Overcome the need to be in control and you will be set free.
You can learn more in an hour of silence than you can in a year from books.
Action is the loudest voice.
God always gives more than he asks from us.
“Carefree timelessness” builds the foundation of relationships.
Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do or what you have. God wants you to become the-best-version-of-yourself.
Destruction always comes from within. It is true for a nation, and it is true for people.
Our lives change when we stop merely replying to questions and begin to ask them.
Prayer is the great friend who introduces us to ourselves; it is a journey and a destination; it is the great classroom of silence.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Francis of Assisi
The foundation of relationship is acceptance. It is a great wisdom to accept people where they are on the journey.
The good we do is never lost; it never dies. In other people, in other places, in other times — the good we do lives on forever.
We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas.
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
St. Francis of Assisi
You are who God says you are.
Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel.
Live so you don’t have to wonder if you have made a difference.
Respond to people like it is just as important to you.
You should be doing one of three things:
Abiding in the Lord — Get closer to Him; do His will; with Him.
Becoming the best version of your self — Be a good manager of His grace.
Serving others — Help them navigate this life to the next.
Trees have deep roots that anchor them against strong winds and long flexible branches that sway to survive and with the help of many leaves, provide cover. Let’s be more like trees.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
Open the door; Raise the sail.
It’s not the absence of storms, but who you discover in them.
If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
One of the most amazing things parents can do for their children is to help them live their dreams.
There ain’t much difference between winnin’ and losin’, except for how the outside world treats you. But inside you, it’s about all the same.
Coach Gaines (Friday Night Lights)
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.
Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Our knowledge is littered with beautiful theories killed by inconvenient facts. Thomas Henry Huxley
Tomorrow is today.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We’re on a mission from God.
The Blues Brothers
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it.
You win together today, you walk together forever.
I wish the real world would just stop hassling me.
Children require the freedom to meet life on their own terms.
Bill Gates Sr.
I can change only myself, but sometimes that is enough.
I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.
I’m not as good as I once was, but I am good once, as I ever was.
Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well.
Henry David Thoreau
Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Have you noticed that everyone laughs in the same language?
More people believe in, need and love you deeper than you will every fully appreciate.
It is fun to explore distant shores, but there is so much I don’t know about what is within and in front of me.
Do what you love so well that somebody pays you for it; If you can’t do that, try your best to love what you do and make time to do what you love.
I always seem to be running too fast or too slow; cruising is hard to find.
Remember that most everyone is struggling with their own issues and they don’t have time for yours; don’t be like most everyone.
You might be “the last, best hope for humankind” or the next person.
At the end of your time on this earth you should be able to answer the questions: What did you do with what I gave you? Who did you bring with you?
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
No road is long with good company.
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
You can bear your own faults, and why not faults in others?
Well done is better than well said.
Either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
The shorter way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.
Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Home: A snug harbor where family members may drop anchor after the storms of the day.
If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
W. T. Purkiser
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
You may never know how fast that you can go, ‘till someone lifts your feet up off the ground.
Love is a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
True freedom is the caliber or spiritual capacity that enables one to cope with any circumstance.
All great literature, ancient and modern, is a bridge connecting one human being to another, one spirit to another. The quality of our life is determined by how many of those bridges we can cross.
We were not asked to design the hour; we have been asked to respond to it.
Passion is the “fuel” that energizes you to go beyond the limitations of talent.
Instead of focusing on survival or success, focus on realizing a dream.
Momentum is our friend and if it gets strong enough, many problems take care of themselves.
To move the world we must first move ourselves.
If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
You can claim to be surprised once; after that you’re unprepared.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.
Treat others better than they treat you.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Man’s adversity is God’s opportunity.
God’s purpose is greater than your pain, and he has a greater purpose than your problems.
Snowflakes are one of God’s remarkable creations; When they work together they can do amazing things; They can turn into a snowstorm and then into a blizzard, altering landscapes and lives. We should be more like snowflakes!
Giving our best… It requires that we think and feel for ourselves, though not by ourselves.
Richard B. Gunderman
Who can say what will come next?
You face giants by facing God first.
See your struggle as God’s canvas.
In your will is our peace
Greatness lives on the edge of destruction.
The story of the forest is better than the story of the tree.
Maybe God is saying: Write good story, take someone with you, and let me help.
It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.
One person’s story has the power to affect a million others.
The stories we tell ourselves are very different from the stories we tell the world.
Within reach of your prayers is the maker of the oceans.
You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
Be quick, but don’t hurry.
What you give away remains with you.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
He who teaches learns twice.
Perhaps part of our mission in life is not to merely give what we have to people in need, but to draw out from the world and the people around us goodness that would otherwise remain invisible.
Life is about simultaneously balancing “Let go.” and Let’s go.”
Let Go. — Admit you’re not in control.
Accept. — You have been chosen to be part of His plan.
Let’s Go! — Serve with Him.
Tomorrow’s dream becomes today’s courage.
Resistence is nature’s way of telling you something important is going on.
Grow rich in the things that really matter.
Blessed are those who, if everything they own were taken from them, would be, at most inconvenienced, because their true wealth is elsewhere.
I get up in the morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.
Peter F. Drucker
Our job may not be winning the race, but rather, getting the cargo to the finish line.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
If God had meant for today to be perfect, he wouldn’t have invented tomorrow.
Strive to live in such a way that the words “living” and “praying” are synonymous and interchangeable: a life where you cannot tell when prayers begin or end and your daily actions are but the humble words to a life-long prayer.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
Regret over things done can be erased over time. Regret over things left unsaid and undone is inconsolable.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
Michel de Montaigne
We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
Be patient, God isn’t finished with you yet.
God can’t hand you something new until you let go of what you’re holding.
When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
That’s just the trouble with me, I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.
Alice In Wonderland
Maybe God is saying: “What you have been given is yours to understand, but the rest belongs to me.”
Nothing is stronger than gentleness.
The three things we crave the most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.
Behind every avalanche is a snowflake.
Life is a grindstone; whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of.
Jacob M. Braude
I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
You don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
God always wants our future to be bigger than our past.
The best way to speak about God is to thrive in the life he calls us to live.
How to determine a true friend: Will spending time with this person make me a better person?
Realize that what you do and what you tolerate in your presence demonstrate your standards far more than what you say.
Navy Seal Guidelines
Being a visionary has to do with what you can bring to life. An idea without implementation isn’t creation. It’s imagination. By definition, being creative requires that you create something. Steven Furtick
As the rest of the world is walking out the door, your best friend’s are the ones walking in.
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men to do.
Marquis De Vauvenargues
Nothing can be more useful to a man than the determination not to be hurried.
Henry David Thoreau
It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.
Who can make muddy water clear? Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear of itself.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation.
What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now.
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
Awareness plus gratitude places you squarely in this world and in the life you have; make time for reflection or pondering or for allowing the impressions of the day to sink into your heart.
Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him.
We should endure and embrace the rain because, like plants, it makes us stronger so when the sun shines we can really thrive.
In a lot of ways, where you’re from is who you are.
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.
George Bernard Shaw
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
Care about what other people think, but not about you.
No matter how fast I run, I can never seem to get away from me.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.
General George S. Patton
Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
For though I am free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
1 Corinthians 9:19
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain.
I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.
The moment you wake up each morning your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job of each morning consists in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, letting that other, stronger, larger, quieter life come flowing in. C. S. Lewis
You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity.
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
If you don’t have a friend, be a friend. If you are having a bad day, make someone else’s day. If your feelings are hurt, heal those of another.
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
Wherever we step, the path appears beneath our feet.
Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself, but that you think of yourself less.
When running up a hill, it’s okay to quit — to give up — as many times as you wish, as long as your feet keep moving.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Thank you for accepting me as I am but not leaving me the same.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
The pine stays green in winter… wisdom in hardship.
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
Time and tide wait for no man.
Pat’s Prayer II:
Your grace is sufficient for my sins; May your mercy loom greater than my weakness and unworthiness. Your light is adequate for my path; let’s build a pathway in the wilderness. Your provisions are abundant for my needs; build my trust in your way. Provide me your blessings; let’s be a blessing.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
There is nothing more cleansing than a good cry, except maybe a good laugh.
Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.
Thomas a Kempis
Do not fear, neither let your heart lose courage; our Christ invisibly helps you with a hidden hand; He tests you in order to give you His grace. As much as the earth of the heart is cultivated, and as deep as the farmer pushes the plow, so much more will the field give fruit in its time. Even so does the great Farmer, God, do with our souls. He allows trials, afflictions, suffering and distress to come to us and enter deeply into the heart, and many times we find ourselves at an impass, not knowing how to manage this or that trial, and we suffer and feel great pain. But for those who love God, He works together with them that these things turn out for the good.
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
When all else is lost, the future still remains.
Christian Nestell Bovee
Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.
We are what we believe we are.
C. S. Lewis
In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.
John C. Maxwell
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
He who knows best knows how little he knows.
There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Heroism is endurance for one moment more.
George F. Kennan
My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
What is to give light must endure burning.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All that we call human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Time is the wisest counselor of all.
In loneliness the deepest activities begin.
God gave you another day because he’s not done with you yet or someone needs you.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; 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 cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
Genius is initiative on fire.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.
The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.
The past is never dead. It’s not even past.
It takes a long time to become young.
There comes a time in every life when the past recedes and the future opens. It’s that moment when you turn to face the unknown. Some will turn back to what they already know. Some will walk straight ahead into uncertainty. I can’t tell you which one is right. But I can tell you which one is more fun.
The only way to truly conquer something is to love it.
How lucky I am to have known someone that makes saying goodbye so hard.
Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
In vain we build the work, unless the builder also grows.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Worry is caused by thinking we are in control.
Serving benefits the server most.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace from God.
You should honor those that paved the way before you and work to leave a legacy for those that are coming behind you.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburgh Address)
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
Let us go forth, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.
John F. Kennedy
Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.
The happiest people I’ve met have not followed their passion — they have brought it with them.
If you live your life so that some day when your gone you’re missed, I think that’s all you can ask for.
If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Real heroes are selfless.
When you have your own little ones you will really know pure joy and love and you will do whatever it takes to keep them safe, loved and happy.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.
You are the first domino.
Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
G. K. Chesterton
We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
There is nothing permanent except change.
The Lord is my strength and my shield.
He who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
To fly we have to have resistance.
You have the perfect set of talents that you need to fulfill the mission that God has called you to.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today. Let us begin.
Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, Grow!”
With God all things are possible.
Realize that you are not on the path, but have become the path for others.
Shannon L. Alder
Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
George Bernard Shaw
The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.
Even the upper end of the river believes in the ocean.
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Scars mean you fought. Wrinkles mean you lived. Heartache means you loved.
God is a consuming fire.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses.
I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.
An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
G. K. Chesterton
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
G. K. Chesterton
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.
Tomorrow is overrated.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
I have given you a wise and understanding heart so that there has not been anyone like you.
1 Kings 3:12
Open the door; Raise the sail; Build a path; Be the path.
Our lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime.
The best time to plant a tree is 25 years ago, or today.
PMF (adaptation of Chinese Proverb)
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.
Your story is what someone needs to hear.
Prende la giornata come viene. (Take the day as it comes.)
The more you know, the more you see.
There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours.
Build an emotional inheritance for those left behind and their kids to spend on each other.
Love is both something that happens to you and something you decide upon.
Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.
A certain amount of opposition is a great help. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
Preach the Gospel at all times, when necessary use words.
St. Francis of Assisi
Maybe strangers are friends waiting to be discoveried.
They shared the weight of memory.
Tim O’Brien (about Vietnam War experience)
Man must have just enough faith in himself to have adventures, and just enough doubt of himself to enjoy them.
I always felt life first as a story; and if there is a story there is a story-teller.
A thing must be loved before it is loveable.
We must love the world in order to change it, and we must also love the other world, the ideal world toward which we are striving.
The laughter of the heavens is too loud for us to hear.
What you believe is what you do.
As much as the earth of the heart is cultivated and as deep as the farmer pushes the plow, so much more will the field give fruit in its time. Even so does the great Farmer, God, do with our souls.
Elder Ephraim (Troy Polomalu selection)
To feel like you’re running for more than yourself means everything.
Everyone leaves behind something. Everyone can pass on what he or she has been given by another. That’s their legacy, and ours too.
Listen to the children, learn about them, learn from them.
It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.
Feelings are mentionable and manageable.
The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care — with no one there to see or cheer. This is the world.
David Foster Wallace
You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.
David Foster Wallace
The really significant education isn’t really about the capacity to think, but rather about the choice of what to think about. Real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us.
David Foster Wallace
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Two most important words: Over, Next.
I know tomorrow is gonna be a better day. And if it’s not, then I can make it a better day.
Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.
It’s difficult to be overwhelmed and grateful at the same time.
86,400 — the number of seconds you have each day, spend them wisely.
Loved people love people.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie Ten Boom
Without going through hardship we will never be prepared for something greater than ourselves.
I hope my love was someone else’s solid ground.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Pilote de Guerre, by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Where did you find God’s fingerprints today?
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
George Bernard Shaw
We weed alone.
All gardening is landscape painting.
Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished.
A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
Remember, it isn’t the dreamers who have good lives — it’s the doers.
Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
I never lose. I either win or learn.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
Every storm runs out of rain, just like every dark night turns into day.
How easily we are seduced by the fantasy that we are in control, that we were ever in control.
Here you are in the sacred present!
We have a choice: to pay attention to what we’ve lost or to pay attention to what we still have.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
The essential things in life are invisible.