I have always been a “collector” of quotes. There are so many great ones out there – from the very famous to the not so well-known. Whenever I come across one that really makes me think or reflect on anything I copy it down on paper or save it to a growing list on my computer. I have not signed up for one of the many “Quote of the Day” e-mails because I’m afraid that I would want to save them all. So for now I will just keep an eye out for things that stand out and have some personal meaning to me and save them. Today I’d like to share them with you because I know there are a lot of people going through things in their lives and maybe one of these will help you or a friend or family member who needs some words of wisdom!
Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond to it.
A cheerful heart is good medicine. Prov 17:22a
An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less, until eventually he knows everything about nothing”
Success is not something you obtain, it’s something you attract by the person you become.
The major difference between a dog and a man is that if you take in a starving dog, feed him and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.~Mark Twain
Many people approach risk as if it is the enemy when it is really good fortune’s accomplice. ~Sting
Never blame circumstances for your lack of results. Instead, accept responsibility and commit to the necessary actions to produce the intended results.
If you truly expect to realize your dreams, abandon the need to be liked by all. Conforming to everyone else’s expectations sacrifices your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence.
Insanity is doing the same exact thing over and over and expecting different results. ~Albert Einstein
Have Faith, Uphold Your Standards, and Patiently Wait.
The day you can be grateful for every single trifle in your life,
For the moving train, for the water that runs down a tap when you open it, For the light that comes on when you press a switch, for clean sheets on your bed…your heart will be filled with deep contentment and with almost continuous joy. The secret of being always joyful is to be always grateful. ~Anthony De Mello
Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted…
You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. ~Zig Ziglar
As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy to move and the map to move by, we have a hundred alternatives, a thousand paths, and an infinity of dreams. Author Unknown
The greatest talent in the world is not using 2 words to say what can be said in one ~Thomas Jefferson
FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain
I’d rather be hated for who I am then loved for who I’m not
Success is not the key to happiness….Happiness is the key to success.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible. ~George Bernard Shaw.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. What we think we become ~Buddha
Insults should be written in sand, compliments should be carved in stone ~Arabic proverb
The two things that matter the most to me: emotional resonance and rocket launchers. ~Joss Whedon
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. ~Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something. ~Jared Sparks
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~Raymond Lindquist
Differences were meant by God not to divide but to enrich. ~J.H. Oldham
I would sooner live in a cottage and wonder at everything than live in a castle and wonder at nothing. ~Joan Winmill Brown
Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships. ~Jodie Foster
Minds are like parachutes; they only function when open. ~Thomas Dewar
Everywhere is walking distance if you have time. ~Steven Wright
There’s something in a simple hug that always warms the heart; it welcomes us back home and makes it easier to part. ~ Jill Wolf
One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. ~Jack Penn
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. ~David Starr Jordan
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear an answer. ~Ed Cunningham
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. ~George Santayana
If you are going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill
If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. ~ Nora Roberts
Obstacles are things people see when they lose sight of their goals. (Sean Selders)
Choice NOT chance determines your destiny.
If you don’t determine your destiny someone else will.
When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world. ~ Zig Ziglar
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. ~Truman Capote
There is no failure, only delays on the road to success
As Mark Twain once said, Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
There is no patent. Could you patent the sun? ~Jonas Salk
A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. ~Francis Bacon
If you ask anyone on the street if they like music, they’ll tell you, “Oh, I can’t live without music.” But if you look at their record collections…it’s crap. ~Elisabeth Esselink
My grandmother always told me; beauty fades, but dumb is forever! ~Judge Judith Scheindlin
Sir don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining. ~Judge Judith Scheindlin
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results ~Albert Einstein
Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got. ~Janis Joplin
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. ~Buddha
Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business. ~Ann Landers
It’s all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back. ~Mick Jagger
I’ve developed a new philosophy – I only dread one day at a time. ~Charlie Brown
What makes it possible for people who might seem ordinary to achieve great things? The answer is passion. Passion makes the impossible possible!” unknown author
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. (from Lydia Tant)
The irony of life is that, by the time You’re old enough to know your way Around, you’re not going anywhere. (from Lana Brewer)
Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.
History will be kind to me, for i intend to write it ~Winston Churchill
What would you do with your life if you knew you could not fail
If all else fails,stop using all else
Do yourself a favor and make someone feel better about themselves
With everything you’ve been through in your life, You didn’t get to where you’re at because you fell down. But because you got up
Sometimes I lay under the moon and thank God I’m breathing then I pray don’t take me soon cause I’m here for a reason…
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying…”I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher
The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller
Those who do not read good books have no advantage over those who cannot read them. ~Mark Twain
…So have a heart
and save my soul.
Better yet, just let me go.
But if you keep me
take me while I lie sleeping… ~”Gardens of Ice”, Scott Faerchild
The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be ~Marcel Pagnol
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. ~Buddha
A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others. ~Norman Shidle
You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back. ~William D. Tammeus
I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person. ~Audrey Hepburn
There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly becomes any of us
To talk about the rest of us.
We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way. ~Author Unknown
There should be one of those warning stickers in our date books, like the one on the passenger’s side-view mirror: Warning: Dates in calender are closer than they may appear. ~Elizabeth Lesser
I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. ~Marilyn Monroe
I found my “inner child” – but put that brat up for adoption!
Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. ~Peter T. Mcintyre
All our dreams can come true – if you have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
Today is just a good day in disguise. ~Paul Venghaus
Everyone is better looking when they are smiling ~Joe Harsel
Smile when it hurts most. ~unknown
Who, being loved, is poor? ~Oscar Wilde
We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. ~Dolly Parton
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~William James
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford
Every artist was first an amateur. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky
Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. ~Les Brown
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. ~Walter Winchell
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt
I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. ~ Susan B. Anthony
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. ~Gustave Flaubert
Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
The scariest moment is always just before you start. ~Stephen King
Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. – inc magazine
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. ~Benjamin Disraeli
And this is a sign I saw recently on Facebook that really struck a nerve with me. At 42 I’ve found it easy to be judgemental when considering dating people. I’ve become set in my ways and I feel that I’ve “earned” the right to seek out perfection in whomever I finally settle down with (if it is meant to be). That said – I know that I have a lot of things I expect this person to accept from me – the good, the bad, and the very ugly! So I found this inspirational. As I am seeking someone to accept these things from me, I too, should accept them from someone else and offer to help them “unpack.”