Here are counsellors, gurus, instructors, masters, and sages. Some of the individuals quoted are renowned for having opinions quite contrary to those found in mondusaif teachings, such as the concepts of personal creation of reality and the magnanimous now. If, however, one filters the words through the lens of spherical relativity, when one looks "behind the words", suddenly a shared connection resonates.
In such cases, the inclusion becomes a celebration of unity. For similarities can often be found even with those whom we would readily call an adversary. After all, ultimately, we are all Source.
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If you pay careful attention and look behind the words, sometimes you will find wisdom residing in the most unlikely of places. ~ Jakob Lucerne
George Matthew Adams
George Matthew Adams (1878-1962), newspaper columnist ("Today's Talk").
Enthusiasm is a kind of faith that has been set on fire.
He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day… needs to reorganize his life.
We cannot waste time, we can only waste ourselves.
"Patch" Hunter Adams (b. 1945), physician, social activist, clown, and author.
The most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.
I feel the experience of life as a piece of Heaven. [Jezusfan]
I try to tell them, if thought is put to the world, one will come to the conclusion to love everyone: it makes sense. [Jezusfan]
Scott Raymond Adams (b. 1957), comic strip creator ("Dilbert").
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
H. V. Adolt
H. V. Adolt (b. ?), manufacturer.
We are all manufacturers. Making good, making trouble, or making excuses.
Mandy Aftel (b. ?), author and perfumer.
In a very real sense, we are the authors of our own lives.
Muhammad Ali (b. 1942), boxer.
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
James Lane Allen
James Lane Allen (1849-1925) novelist and short story writer.
Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
Dr. Maya Angelou (b. 1928), poet, educator, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer, and director.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
Aristotle (384-322 BCE), philosopher.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), author and professor of biochemistry.
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121-180), Roman Emperor and stoic philosopher.
Confine yourself to the present.
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
Ingrid Bacci (b. ?), healer, author, and inspirational trainer.
By learning to be with myself, to bring peace to myself, I can be more effective both in creating happiness in my own life and in offering a helping hand to others.
Richard Bach (b. 1936), writer.
Begin by knowing that you have already arrived. [Jonathan Livingston Seagull]
Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. [Illusions]
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.
Arthur James Balfour
Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930), 1st Earl of Balfour and British Prime Minister.
The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.
Lucille Désirée Ball (1911-1989), comedian and actor.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
William Barclay (1907-1978), author, radio and television presenter, minister (Church of Scotland), and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism (University of Glasgow).
We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.
Carl Bard (1907-1978), theologian, religious writer, and broadcaster.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
J. M. Barrie
Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937), novelist and dramatist.
The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
Henry Ward Beecher
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), Congregationalist clergy, social reformer, abolitionist, and orator.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everybody else.
No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, then enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated of it.
The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.
The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), scientist, innovator, and inventor (the telephone).
When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Milton Berle (1908-2002), comedian and actor.
Laughter is an INSTANT Vacation.
Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco (1897-1945), writer.
Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce (1842-1914), editorialist, journalist, short-story writer, and satirist.
Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
The definition of a bore: a person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.
William Blake (1757-1827), poet, painter, and printmaker.
In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are the doors.
Alexander A. Bogomoletz
Prof. Alexander Alexandrovitch Bogomoletz (1881-1946), physician, biochemist, physiologist, pathologist, and author.
One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love and to long life.
The fundamental precept of the fight for longevity is avoidance of safety. One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life. [The Prolongation of Life]
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD (b. ?), Jungian analyst and clinical professor of psychiatry.
Each person has their own seed of what they are supposed to develop into.
To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it.
You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy.
Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821), Napoléon I , French emperor and military leader.
Adversity is the midwife of genius.
Bono (b. 1960), singer and lyricist (U2).
Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter.
Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981), General United States Army.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened. The courageous man is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on.
Claude M. Bristol
Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951), author and soldier (WWI).
Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are.
Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.
We usually get what we anticipate.
Rhonda Britten (b.?), author and television personality (Starting Over).
Complaining advertises your fears.
Dr. Joyce Brothers (b. 1928), psychologist and advice columnist.
Before your dreams can come true, you have to have those dreams.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
Trust your hunches… Hunches are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
When you come right down to it, the secret of having it all is loving it all.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (b. ?), author.
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
Les Brown (b. ?), author and motivational speaker.
Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.
Bobette Bryan (b.?), poet and novelist.
I feared being alone until I learned to like myself.
Carl W. Buechner
Carl W. Buechner (b. 1926), Presbyterian Minister and author.
A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left to him.
Better bend than break.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Fail to plan, plan to fail.
There is never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over.
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway.
Luther Burbank (1849-1926), botanist, horticulturist, and agriculturalist.
The lure of happiness and the fear of pain are fundamental qualities possessed by all living things and are the two forces which have through untold millenniums kept what we usually call life from destruction by the ever encroaching outside forces of destruction
Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D. (1924-1998), professor of special education and author.
Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.
Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lies man's only promise.
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902), writer.
Life is one long process of getting tired.
Rhonda Byrne (b. 1955), television writer and producer ("The Secret").
You are the most powerful magnet in the universe! You contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in this world, and this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts.
George Gordon Byron
George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), Lord Byron, 6th Baron Byron, and poet.
To live is like to love — all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it. [Note-books]
Eileen Caddy (1917-2006), co-founder of the Findhorn Foundation Community.
All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself. All you have to do is be still and take time to seek what is within, and you will surely find it.
When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: What a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.
John Calvin (1509-1564), Protestant theologian.
There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
Julia Margaret Cameron
Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), photographer.
The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.
W. J. Cameron
W. J. Cameron (b. ?), manufacturer (Ford Motor Company).
It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.
Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.
Joseph John Campbell (1904-1987), professor of mythology, writer, and orator.
Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.
Albert Camus (1913-1960), philosopher and author.
If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. [Summer in Algiers]
It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It has now become clear, on the contrary, that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning. [The Myth of Sisyphus]
Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), essayist, satirist, and historian.
The block of granite, which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a stepping stone in the path of the strong.
Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (1888-1955), inspirational writer and lecturer.
All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings.
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Leslie Claire Margaret Caron (b. 1931), actress and dancer.
The most important thing is to remain active and to love what you are doing.
John William "Johnny" Carson (1925-2005), television host (The Tonight Show).
Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
Rachel Louise Carson (1907-1964), marine biologist and nature writer.
One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?
Chérie Carter-Scott, Ph.D (b. ?), corporate trainer and author.
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors, and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much part of the process as the experiments that work.
Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver (1864-1943), botanical researcher and agronomy educator.
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
Miguel de Cervantes
Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616), poet, playwright, and painter.
Make it your business to know yourself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort (1740?-1794), playwright and conversationalist.
Life is a disease from which sleep gives us relief every sixteen hours. Sleep is a palliative, death is a remedy. [Maximes et Pensées]
G. K. Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), writer.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
Lydia M. Child
Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880), activist, novelist, and journalist.
Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs.
Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.
The cure for all ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love.' It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.
Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925), writer.
The waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing, and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well.
Deepak Chopra (b. 1946), physician and writer.
Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.
The reality you experience is a mirror image of your expectations.
You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.
Alice Christensen (b. ?), Yoga teacher and author.
Breath is the link between the inner and outer worlds.
Agatha Christie (1890-1976), Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, crime fiction writer.
I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find — at the age of fifty, say — that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about… It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable… but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one. [Autobiography]
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE) statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and philosopher.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
While there's life, there's hope.
Irene Claremont de Castillejo
Irene Claremont de Castillejo (b. 1896), Jungian analyst.
We are new every day.
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (b. 1946), forty-second President of the United States.
Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.
Alan Cohen (b. ?), writer.
A little bit of truth can offset a great deal of illusion.
How would you be seeing or doing this differently if you were willing to let it be easy?
Frank Moore Colby
Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), educator and writer.
Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance?
Robert Collier (1885-1950), author of self help and metaphysical books.
One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often, whether the statement be true of false. It comes to be dominating thought in one's mind.
Confucius (551-479 BCE), thinker and social philosopher.
Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
E. E. Cummings
Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962), poet, painter, essayist, and playwright.
I thank You God for most this amazing day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), poet ("Divina Commedia").
He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.
Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882), naturalist ("On the Origin of Species").
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
étienne de Grellet
étienne de Grellet du Mabillier (1773-1855), Quaker missionary.
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Jean de La Bruyère
Jean de La Bruyère (1645- 1696), essayist and moralist.
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.
Bodo Deletz (b. ?), author.
Fears and anxieties make sense only if you believe that something outside of yourself is creating your reality. Without this conviction fear does not make any sense.
Anthony de Mello
Fr. Anthony de Mello, S.J. (1931-1987), Jesuit priest and psychotherapist.
A nice definition of an awakened person: a person who no longer marches to the drums of society, a person who dances to the tune of the music that springs up from within.
If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.
It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear!
Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth.
There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.
Max De Pree
Max De Pree (b. ?), writer and business man.
Belief precedes practice.
Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.
We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.
Sir Thomas Robert Dewar (1864-1930), whisky distiller.
Minds are like parachutes… They only function when they are open.
Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870), novelist and social campaigner.
Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), 1st Earl of Beaconsfield and twice Prime Minister of Great Britian (1868 and 1874-1880).
Ignorance never settles a question.
Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881), novelist, journalist, and short-story writer.
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
Prof. Thomas Dreier (b.?), Head of the Institute of Information Law (University of Karlsruhe). [maybe be wrong T.Dreier]
Send the harmony of a Great Desire vibrating through every fiber of your being. Pray for a task that will call forth your faith, your courage, your perseverance, and your spirit of sacrifice. Keep your hands and your soul clean, and the conquering current will flow freely.
The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.
Whenever I hear a man or women express hatred for any race, I wonder just what it is in themselves they hate so much. You can always be sure of this: You cannot express hatred for anything or anybody unless you make use of the supply of hatred within yourself. The only hatred you can express is your own personal possession. To hate is to be enslaved by evil.
Peter F. Drucker
Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909-2005), writer, management consultant, and university professor of social science and management.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (b. 1940), self-help advocate, author, and lecturer.
Instead of being against something, be for something.
Amelia Mary Earhart (1897~1939), aviation pioneer, author, and women's rights advocate.
Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
Meister Eckhart von Hochheim (c.1260-c.1328), theologian, philosopher, and mystic.
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman (b. 1939), activist for the rights of children and the president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund.
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), inventor and businessman.>
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability… We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.
Tyron Edwards (1809-1894), theologian and compiler ("New Dictionary of Thoughts").
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws — a thing which can never be demonstrated.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), theoretical physicist.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
George Eliot (1819-1880), novelist.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
The most solid comfort one can fall back upon is the thought that the business of one's life is to help in some small way to reduce the sum of ignorance, degradation, and misery on the face of this beautiful earth.
T. S. Eliot
Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965), poet, dramatist, and literary critic.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), essayist, poet, and Transcendentalist movement leader.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
Epictetus (c.55~135), stoic philosopher.
Control thy passions lest they take vengeance on thee.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
Mario Fernandez (b. 1946), artist and political dissent.
Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.
Malcolm S. Forbes
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (1919-1990), publisher (Forbes magazine).
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
Presence is more than just being there.
Henry Ford (1863-1947), industrialist (founder Ford Motor Company).
Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.
Anatole France (1844-1924), author.
One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.
St. Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), Roman Catholic friar and founder of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans).
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St. Francis de Sales
Saint Franz von Sales (1567-1622), Roman Catholic Bishop of Geneva.
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.
When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), author, political theorist, politician, printer, scientist, inventor, civic activist, diplomat, and a Founding Father of the United States.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it. In this field the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties, and all her beautiful and interesting extravagancies and absurdities.
Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of the wise man is in his heart.
Dean Ivanhoe Fraser (b. 1957), reggae hornsman and bandleader (809 Band).
What you resist will persist.
Whatever is happening right now in your life deserves the respect of your full attention.
Your thoughts author and orchestrate your reality. Your life is a book and each day a brand new page. What story will you tell?
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), neurologist, psychiatrist, and founder of psychoanalysis.
He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.
Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.
Like the physical, the psychical is not necessarily in reality what it appears to us to be.
Thomas Fuller (1608-1661), churchman and historian.
Bad excuses are worse than none.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), aka Mahatma Gandhi, political and spiritual leader of India.
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
John W. Gardner
John William Gardner (1912-2002), author, President of the Carnegie Corporation, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.
We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure — all your life.
David Lloyd George
David Lloyd George (1863-1945), 1st Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor, British Prime Minister (1916-1922).
Don't be afraid to take one large step because you can't cross a chasm in two small leaps.
One generation plants trees, and the next enjoys the shade.
If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
Gibran Khalil Gibran Ben Mikha'il Ben Saâd (1883-1931), artist, poet, and writer.
All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
André Paul Guillaume Gide (1869-1951), author and Nobel laureate (literature 1947).
Seize from every moment its unique novelty and do not prepare your joys.
A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.
It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward.
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all.
Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.
Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
The color of truth is gray.
The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say — because they were too obvious.
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.
Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow (1873-1945), author and Pulitzer laureate.
No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), writer.
An unused life is an early death. [Iphigenie auf Tauris]
There is nothing worth more than this day.
To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
Erving Goffman (1922-1982), sociologist and writer.
The normal and the stigmatized are not persons but perspectives.
Whoopi Goldberg (b. 1955), actress, comedian, radio presenter, host, and author.
I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.
That's the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn't care what economic bracket you're in.
We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.
Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658), Baroque prose writer.
Many owe their greatness to their enemies. Flattery is fiercer than hatred, for hatred corrects the faults flattery had disguised.
R. H. Grenville
R. H. Grenville (b. ?), poet.
In pursuit of happiness, the difficulty lies in knowing when you have caught up.
Tenzin Gyatso (b. 1935), the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (Tibetan Buddhism).
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
We live very close together. So, our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875), writer and dean of the Privy Council.
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
Katharine Houghton Hepburn (1907-2003), actress of film, television, and stage. [Wikipedia]
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get only what you are expecting to give.
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970), author and early producer of personal-success literature.
A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.
All impulses of thought have a tendency to clothe themselves in their physical equivalent.
Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
Success requires no explanations. Failure permits no alibis.
The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.
Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
You are searching for the magic key that will unlock the door to the source of power; and yet you have the key in your own hands, and you may use it the moment you learn to control your thoughts.
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (1919-2008), mountaineer and explorer.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Eric Hoffer (1898-1983), social writer.
A man by himself is in bad company.
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.
It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.
It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.
It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.
No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.
Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.
You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible.
We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.
Barbara A. Hoffman (b. ?), politician and state senator (Maryland, USA).
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!
Ernest Shurtleff Holmes (1887-1960), founder of Religious Science movement, aka "Science of Mind".
But what is fear? Nothing more or less than the negative use of faith… faith misplaced, a belief in two powers instead of one.
Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.
We can no more do without spirituality than we can do without food, shelter, or clothing.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935), jurist Supreme Court of the United States (1902-1932).
In our youths, our hearts were touched with fire.
The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915), writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher.
The love we give away is the only love we keep.
Victor-Marie Hugo (1802-1885), poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, and human rights campaigner.
To love another person is to see the face of God. [Les Miserables]
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. [Histoire d'un crime, 1852]
Nothing discernable to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidable, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul. [Les Miserables]
Henrik Johan Ibsen (1828-1906), playwright.
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
Really to sin you have to be serious about it. [Peer Gynt]
Richard "Dick" Innes (b. ?), founder and international director of ACTS International.
Only to the degree that I love and accept myself am I free to love and accept others. And I can only be loved to the degree that I am known.
Washington Irving (1783-1859), author.
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity into smiles.
William James (1842-1910), psychologist and philosopher.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Sir James Hopwood Jeans (1877-1946), physicist, astronomer, and mathematician.
The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), aka Dr. Johnson, essayist, biographer, lexicographer, and critic of English Literature.
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
Michael Jeffrey Jordan (b. 1963), professional basketball player.
I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost more than 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), psychiatrist, influential thinker, and founder of analytical psychology.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
[Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1962]
Despite all the difficulties, unity of mankind will assert itself irresistibly.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924), writer.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Alan Curtis Kay (b. 1940), computer scientist, president of the Viewpoints Research Institute, and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science (University of California, Los Angeles).
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Bil Keane (b. 1922), cartoonist (The Family Circus).
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
A home filled with love and laughter is the happiest place in the world.
Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968), author, activist, and lecturer.
Self pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world.
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Thomas à Kempis
Thomas à Kempis (ca.1380-1471), renaissance Roman Catholic monk and author.
First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
Without the Way, there is no going, Without the Truth, there is no knowing, Without the Life, there is no living. [Imitation of Christ]
If thou wilt receive profit, read with humility, simplicity and faith, and seek not at any time the fame of being learned. [Imitation of Christ]
At the Day of Judgment we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done. [Imitation of Christ]
Ken Keyes, Jr.
Ken Keyes, Jr. (1921-1995), author, lecturer, and the creator of the Living Love method.
We always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have — and not worrying about what we don't have.
When I express caring and friendliness, they are reflected back to me in life.
My reality is that I am far too busy and involved in my life activities to have time to concern myself with self-consciousness in the wheelchair department. Today I view my so-called 'handicap' as another gift my life has offered me. [Discovering the Secrets of Happiness]
I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now, unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.
Happiness is experienced when your life gives you what you are willing to accept.
Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.
No one that ever lived has ever had enough power, prestige, or knowledge to overcome the basic condition of all life — you win some and you lose some.
Everything is a gift of the universe — even joy, anger, jealously, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment.
Martin Luther King, Jr
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), leader of the American civil rights movement.
Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), novelist.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
The world goes up and the world goes down, And the sunshine follows the rain; And yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown can never come over again.
There are two freedoms — the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.
Darwin P. Kingsley
Darwin P. Kingsley (1857-1932), businessman (New York Life Insurance Company, Tenure: 1906-1930).
You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind.
Harold S. Kushner (b. ?), rabbi.
Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted — a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
Jean de La Bruyère
Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696), essayist and moralist.
Out of difficulties grow miracles.
It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
Logic is the technique by which we add conviction to truth.
The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth.
They that have lived a single day have lived an age.
R. D. Laing
Ronald David Laing (1927-1989), psychiatrist.
The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (b. 1929), author.
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.
There are no right answers to wrong questions
The greatest religious problem today is how to be both a mystic and a militant; in other words how to combine the search for an expansion of inner awareness with effective.
social action, and how to feel one's true identity in both.
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerant uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
Daniel B. Levin (b. ?), business development manager (Hay House).
Understand that the journey is as important as the destination. Enjoy every moment. And live life fully. This is Zen. [Zen Cards]
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States(1861-1865).
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Rev. Sidney Lovett (1890?-1979), chaplain at Yale University (1932-1958).
Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands, a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.
Martin Luther (1483-1546), monk, theologian, and church reformer.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
Maxwell Maltz (1899-1975), cosmetic surgeon and author who developed Psycho-Cybernetics.
Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs.
Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.
The "self-image" is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.
You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you.
Your most important sale in life is to sell yourself to yourself.
Og Mandino (1923-1996), "sales guru" and the author.
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 it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
Do all things with love.
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is… the highway to success.
Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.
There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.
"Tomorrow" is only found in the calendar of fools.
Dr. Dawna Markova (b. ?), psychotherapist, researcher, and consultant.
I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.
Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness — both the ones you have received and the ones you have given — you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.
Edward Sandford Martin
Edward Sandford Martin (1856-1939), editor, critic, essayist, and poet.
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.
Abraham Harold Maslow (1908-1970), psychologist.
You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.
David O. McKay
David Oman McKay (1873-1970), ninth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1951-1970).
Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.
Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give.
Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the light of love and human compassion enter the souls of men.
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
What you think about when you don't have to think, shows what you really are.
Henry Valentine Miller (1891-1980), writer and painter.
What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
Dan Millman (b. 1946), author of self-help books.
Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness — if you had little time left to live — you would waste precious little of it! Well, I'm telling you, you do have a terminal illness: It's called birth. You don't have more than a few years left. No one does! So be happy now, without reason — or you will never be at all.
Bob Moawad (ca. 1940-2007), chairman and CEO of Edge Learning Institute.
Creativity is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.
The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours — it is an amazing journey — and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. Quality begins on the inside… and then works its way out.
Tom Morris, Ph.D. (b.?), business speaker.
We need to understand that thoughts are tools. Are we using them as productively as we can? Are our thoughts serving us well, or are we their victims? It's up to us.
Doris Mortman (b. ?), author of seven novels.
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.
Joseph Murphy Ph. D, DRS, LL.D. (1898-1981), author and teacher (New Thought).
Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, and abundantly.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900), philosopher and writer.
Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
There are no moral phenomena at all, but only a moral interpretation of phenomena.
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
Earl Nightingale (1921-1989), motivational speaker.
The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts.
Everything begins with an idea.
Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.
John O'Donohue (1956-2008), poet and philosopher.
Humans have an uncanny ability to domesticate everything they touch. Eventually, even the strangest things become absorbed into the routine of the daily mind with its steady geographies of endurance, anxiety and contentment. Only seldom does the haze lift, and we glimpse for a second, the amazing plenitude of being here. [jodonohue.com]
Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BCE - 17 CE), poet.
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
All things may corrupt when minds are prone to evil.By faithful study of the nobler arts, our nature's softened, and more gentle grows.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
The cause is hidden. The effect is visible to all.
Nothing is stronger than habit. [Ars Amatoria]
To be loved, be lovable. [Ars Amatoria]
Exitus acta probat. (The result justifies the deed.) [Heorides, c. 10 BCE]
We can learn even from our enemies. [Metamorphoses]
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher.
Kind words produce their own image in men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used.
M. Scott Peck
Morgan Scott Peck (1936-2005), psychiatrist and best-selling author.
The feeling of being valuable "I am a valuable person" is essential to mental health and is a cornerstone of self-discipline… because when one considers oneself valuable one will take care of oneself in all ways that are necessary. Self-discipline is self-caring.
Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960), novelist, poet, and dramatist.
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Philo (20 BCE - 50 CE), philosopher.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Dr. Richard Alpert (b. 1931), aka Baba Ram Dass, spiritual teacher and author.
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
Otho Rater (b. ?), web group member (Good Thinking Yahoo group).
The importance of something to you is the element that causes it to manifest in your reality. Therefore it would be helpful to reduce the importance of those elements that you don't want in your reality.[Good Thinking]
James Arthur Ray (b. ?), spiritual teacher and entrepreneur.
Gratitude has been such a powerful exercise for me. Every morning I get up and say "thank you". Every morning when my feet hit the floor, "Thank You." And then I start running through what I'm grateful for, as I'm brushing my teeth and doing the things I do in the morning. And I'm not just thinking about them and doing some rote routine. I'm putting it out there and I'm feeling the feelings of gratitude.
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (b. 1942), singer, composer, scholar, historian, and social activist.
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
Dr. Karl Reiland (b. ?), liberal Episcopal preacher and member of the Christian Unity League.
In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.
Ruth E. Renkel
Ruth E. Renkel (b. ?), an enigma that apparently exists only as a handful of quotes.
Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), poet.
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.
Anthony "Tony" Robbins (born Anthony J. Mahavorick, 1960 February 29) is an American life coach, writer, and professional speaker.
Be playful! Have fun! Discover the adventure that comes with an ever-expanding sense that who you are is something more each and every day that you're alive.
Could it be possible that what seem like the worst days in our lives are actually the most powerful in terms of the lessons we can choose to learn from them?
Often we don't realize how far we've come because we're so caught up in the process of achieving.
Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, "Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.
Your brain can't tell the difference between something you vividly imagine and something you actually experience.
You've got to realize that you must take conscious control of running your own mind; otherwise, you're going to be at the mercy of whatever happens around you.
Andrew Aitken Rooney (b. 1919), radio, newspaper, and television writer.
Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.
If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.
People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), political leader, First Lady (1933-1945), and civil rights activist.
If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by the new channels of thought and experience and personality that you encounter.
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
Nicholas Lou Saban (b. 1951), college football coach (Alabama Crimson Tide).
What happened yesterday is history. What happens tomorrow is a mystery. What we do today makes a difference — the precious present moment.
John Homer Schaar (b. 1928), scholar, political theorist, and Professor Emeritus (University of California, Santa Cruz).
The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.
Charles Robert Schwab, Jr. (b. 1937), founder and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation.
I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. I believe in giving people incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. I am hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praise.
Albert Schweitzer, MD, OM (1875-1965), theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician.
I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end.
Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely that good consists in maintaining, assisting, and enhancing life, and that to destroy, to harm, or to hinder life is evil.
The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.
You don't live in a world all alone. Your brothers are here too.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.04 BCE - 65 CE), Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and humorist.
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favorable to him.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
It is pleasant at times to play the madman.
Many things have fallen only to rise higher.
No one can wear a mask for very long.
One hand washes the other. (Manus Manum Lavet)
Speech is the mirror of the mind. (Imago Animi Sermo Est)
The mind is slow to unlearn what it learnt early.
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
The best ideas are common property.
William Shakespeare (baptized 1564-died 1616), poet and playwright.
There is nothing either bad or good, but thinking makes it so.
William Greenough Thayer Shedd
William Greenough Thayer Shedd (1820-1894), high Calvinist theologian of the American Presbyterian church.
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
Say what men may, it is doctrine that moves the world. He who takes no position will not sway the human intellect.
Florence Scovel Shinn
Florence Scovell Shinn (1871-1940), artist-turned spiritual teacher, healer, and writer.
The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.
Julian Lincoln Simon (1932-1998), professor of business administration (University of Maryland) and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.
People call me an optimist, but I'm really an appreciator…
Dr. Noel Smith (1900-1974), scholar in many fields and founding editor of the Baptist Bible Tribune.
Gratitude is not a spiritual or moral dessert which we may take or push away according to the whims of the moment, and in either case without material consequences. Gratitude is the very bread and meat of spiritual and moral health, individually and collectively. What was the seed of disintegration that corrupted the heart of the ancient world beyond the point of divine remedy…? What was it but ingratitude?
Alfred D. Souza
Father Alfred D. Souza (?-2004), inspirational writer and philosopher.
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), philosopher.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.
If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil. [The Ethics]
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.
True virtue is life under the direction of reason.
Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.
Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state, but only in a civil state, where it is decreed by common consent what is good or bad.
Self — complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.
God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.
Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow.
Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, commonly C.H. Spurgeon, (1834-1892), Reformed Baptist preacher.
You say, "If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied." You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850-1894), novelist, poet, and travel writer.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying 'Amen' to what the world tells you that you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
If your morals make you dreary, depend on it , they are wrong.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), scientist, philosopher, Christian mystic, and theologian.
Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want, and do.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955), Jesuit priest, paleontologist, and philosopher.
We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience, but we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.
Alvin Toffler (b. 1928), writer and futurist.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can not read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
Brian Tracy (b. 1944), author.
Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.
Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.
If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it's moving you away from your goals.
It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.
Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.
No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.
People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.
The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.
The more source you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.
We will always tend to fulfill our own expectation of ourselves.
Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.
Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.
Whatever you dwell on in the conscious grows in your experience.
You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.
Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), humorist, satirist, lecturer, and writer.
A man can not be comfortable without his own approval.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
David Viscott, MD (1938-1996), psychiatrist, author, businessman, and media personality.
Accepting yourself is everything. If you accept yourself, you can accept the world.
[Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times: A Book of Meditations]
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007), novelist.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must care about what we pretend to be.
Alice Malsenior Walker (born 1944 February 09) is an American author and feminist. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983 for her critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple.
It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that's what I get from these older black women, that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower is to bloom.
Wallace D. Wattles
Wallace Delois Wattles (1860-1911) was an American author and a pioneer success writer; he remains personally somewhat obscure, but his writing has been widely popular in the New Thought and self-help movements. He wrote The Science of Getting Rich in 1910.
A man's way of doing things is the direct result of the way he thinks about things.
The universe is a great Living Presence, always moving inherently toward more life and fuller functioning.
Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
Gordon T. Watts
Elder Gordon T. Watts (born 1935 February 23) serves in the Second Quorum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The depth and the willingness with which we serve is a direct reflection of our gratitude.
H. G. Wells
Herbert George Wells (1866 September 21 - 1946 August 13) was an English writer most famous today for his science fiction novels. [Wikipedia]
We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.
Sarah Wells (born ?) an American author and practicing therapist who considers herself a seasoned victim of the self-help craze. [Random House]
Some hearts, like evening primroses, open more beautifully in the shadows of life.
The tide of life is sometimes very rough, but each storm ridden through makes us a better captain of our souls.
Eudora Alice Welty (1909 April 13 - 2001 July 23) was an award-winning American author and photographer who wrote about the American South.
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
Events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation.
Edith Wharton (1862 January 24 - 1937 August 11) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
There are two ways of spreading light to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
Agnes Whistling Elk
Agnes Whistling Elk (born ?) is a shaman of the Cree Nation.
Woman is the flowering tree, the center of the universe, of creation. The Mother Earth. Everything must be born of Woman.[Native American Print]
Your live is a path. Knowingly or unknowingly you have been on a vision quest. It is good to have a vision, a dream. [I Had the Strangest Dream]
Walter Whitman (1819 May 31 - 1892 March 26), was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was part of the transition between Transcendentalism and Realism, incorporating both views in his works.
To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
Be curious, not judgmental.
Simplicity is the glory of expression.
The future is no more uncertain than the present.
Eliezer Wiesel KBE (born 1928 September 30) is a American-Romanian novelist, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.
When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.
There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
Some stories are true that never happened.
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 October 16 - 1900 November 30) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories.
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
Marianne Williamson (born 1952 July 8) was a spiritual activist, minister (Unity Church), author, lecturer, and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a United States Department of Peace.
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
We're in the habit of thinking fearfully, and it takes spiritual discipline to turn that around in a world where love is more suspect than fear.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are we not to be? You are a child of God.
We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what's wrong in your life, or you can focus on what's right.
When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.
Oprah Gail Winfrey (born 1954 January 29) is an American book critic, an Academy Award-nominated actress, a magazine publisher, and the multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
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