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When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher
There are many things in life that will catch your eye,
but only a few that will catch your heart. Pursue them
Just as plants soak up water, your children need
your loving words, and with them they will thrive
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change
It's not what we leave our kids; it's what we leave within them that counts
Focus more on your desire than on your doubt,
and the dream will take care of itself.
You may be surprised at how easily this happens.
Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so
Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want
Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful
Each day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children
You'll never plough a field turning it over in your mind
People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass.
It's about learning how to dance in the rain
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children:
one is roots, the other is wings
If you want to feel proud of yourself, you've got to do things you can be proud of.
Feelings follow actions
You have not lived a perfect day . . . unless you have done
something for someone who will never be able to repay you
The time is always right to do what is right
Martin Luther King, Jr.
As you awaken, may your dreams greet you by name and may you answer- ‘yes’
Mary Anne Radmacher
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch
Please understand my friend, that where you find yourself tomorrow is
a function of the positive decisions and actions you take today
Akin A. Awolaja
Sometimes in our attempt to give children what we did not have,
we forget to give our children what we did have
Be creative. Use unconventional thinking. And have the guts to carry it out
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself
George Bernard Shaw
Gratitude connects us to others and feeling gratitude allows us to be our best selves.
When we are truly grateful, we can count on living the life we want
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others
Laughter is to life what shock absorbers are to automobiles.
It won't take the potholes out of the road, but it sure makes the ride smoother
To admit you were wrong is to declare you are wiser now than before
We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other.
If you are always there for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you
Living on purpose requires us to find what we love fiercely, give it all we've got
and then pass it on, as if it were a torch, to those who follow
When you give someone a book, you don't give him just paper, ink, and glue.
You give him the possibility of a whole new life
Christopher Morley (1890-1957)
When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really
such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful
motivation - it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams
He that does good to another does good also to himself, not only in the consequence
but in the very act. For the consciousness of well-doing is in itself ample reward
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push - a smile.
A word of optimism and hope, a 'you can do it!' when things are tough
Richard De Vos
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Whatever we are waiting for - peace of mind, contentment, grace,
the inner awareness of simple abundance - it will surely come to us,
but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart
Sarah Ban Breathnach
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be one's own self
The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes,
but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker
Don't read a book and be a follower; read a book and be a student
Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn't all a dream?
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure
It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart
Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton
Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except those that sang best
Henry Van Dyke
Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual;
you have an obligation to be one
You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life
What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant
Robert Louis Stevenson
The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings
I am - the two most powerful words in the world,
for whatever we put after them becomes our reality
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist,
or accept the responsibility for changing them
Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit
There is real magic in enthusiasm.
It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment
Norman Vincent Peale
Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment,
and learn again to exercise his will and his personal responsibility
If you don't take charge of shaping your own destiny,
others will apply their agenda to you
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm
Henry David Thoreau
What you leave in your children, is more important than what you leave to them
The older you get, the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness
Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault.
Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state
and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem
Love and magic have a great deal in common.
They enrich the soul, delight the heart.
And they both take practice
If you know peace, then you thrive; if you know contentment, then you are rich
Anger is one letter short of danger!
The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post
L. Thomas Holdcroft
Scatter seeds of kindness everywhere you go;
Scatter bits of courtesy - watch them grow and grow.
Gather buds of friendship, keep them till full-blown;
You will have more happiness than you have ever known.
Amy R. Raabe
Be humble, be big in mind and soul, be kindly; you will like yourself
that way and so will other people
Norman Vincent Peale
Faith is the hostess that will not entertain doubt
Often we set out to make a difference in the lives of others,
only to discover we have made a difference in our own
Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit
is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.
Norman Vincent Peale
We don't know who we are until we see what we can do
Deeds not stones, are the true monuments of the great
Lack and limitation can only exist when we make room for them in our mind
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?
A thermometer only reflects the temperature of its
environment, adjusting to the situation. But a thermostat initiates
action to change the temperature in its environment
Winning doesn't always mean being first.
Winning means you're doing better than you've ever done before
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.
Learn how to separate the majors and the minors.
A lot of people don't do well simply because they major in minor things
I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today
William Allen White
If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you.
If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you.
Whatever good things we build end up building us
Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island
... and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have,
and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over.
Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center
Kurt Vonnegut Jnr
A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you,
than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you
The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers
You can't have a better tomorrow if you
are thinking about yesterday all the time
Charles F. Kettering
There is no difficulty that enough love will not
conquer, no disease that enough love will not heal,
no door that enough love will not bridge
We can cross the rivers of doubt and discouragement on
the bridge of faith even before we get to them
Sterling W. Sill
When you speak of someone or about someone,
you should speak as though they were in the room with you.
The ears that you speak to today are attached to the
mouth that could relay the message tomorrow
William 'Biddy' Allen
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said
If you travel alone, you can probably go faster. But the journey will never
be as rewarding, and you probably won't be able to go as far
If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches
The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see,
and knows what the mind cannot understand
Surely it's no coincidence that the word listen is an anagram of the word silent!
There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward
Change comes more from managing the journey than from announcing the destination
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have and only you can
determine how it will be spent. Be careful, lest you let others spend it for you
Make sure the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you
A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the view
A hug is like a boomerang, you get it back right away
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going
Be very careful what you say to yourself
because someone very important is listening . . . YOU!
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is,
not according to what he has
Henry Ward Beecher
Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us,
but in what we make out of what they do to us
Harry Emerson Fosdick
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others
than you can by what others say about him
Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself.
Be bold. When you embark for strange places,
don't leave any of yourself safely on shore.
Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory
There isn't a ruler, a yard stick or a measuring tape in the entire world
long enough to compute the strength and capabilities inside you
Paul J Meyer
The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes
I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed,
but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort
Elizabeth T. King
Dedicate yourself to continuous personal improvement
you are your most precious resource
Learning is like rowing upstream, if you stop, you go backwards
The sad part about life is we tend to comment only on those who do it wrong
and neglect to balance it with praise for those who do it right
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
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway
You have to be willing to grow.
Growth is different from something that happens to you:
You produce it. You live it
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice
Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back.
Remember that and be very gentle with yourself
No one limits your growth but you. If you want to earn more, learn more.
That means you'll work harder for a while; that means you'll work longer for a while.
But you'll be paid for your extra effort with enhanced earnings down the road
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened;
vision cleared; ambition inspired, and success achieved