All of us are watchers — of television, time clocks, traffic on the freeway — but few are observers.
Everyone is looking, not many are seeing.
- Peter M. Leschak
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
- William Hazlitt
If our early lessons of acceptance were as successful as our early lessons of anger, how much happier we would all be.
- Peter McWilliams
Take away the miseries and you take away some folks’ reason for living.
- Toni Cade Bambara
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein
Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
- Christian Nevell Bovee
A prudent man will think more important what fate has conceded to him, than what it has denied.
- Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)
Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.
- Shirley MacLaine
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.
- Johnny Carson
If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.
- Maria Edgeworth
To demand ‘sense’ is the hallmark of nonsense. Nature does not make sense. Nothing makes sense.
- Ayn Rand, 1905 – 1982
What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.
- Pearl Bailey
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
- Albert Schweitzer
Not a day passes over this earth but men and women of note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.
- Charles Reed
“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”
- Tryon Edwards (1809-94)
If I have lost every friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that shall be down inside of me.
- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Nature does not bestow virtue; to be good is an art.
- Seneca (4 BC-65 AD)
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.
- Tom Landry
“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.”
- Aristotle (384-322 BC)
“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.”
- Alan Alda
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.
- Ralph Charell
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at all of life’s realities.
- Theodore Seuss Geisel, 1904 – 1991
Slight not what is near though aiming at what is far.
- Euripides (480-406 BC)
I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Few people have the imagination for reality.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
To grow as a person it is important to challenge yourself with things that aren’t always easy or familiar.
- Jack Gorman
You can pretend to be serious; you can’t pretend to be witty.
- Sacha Guitry
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
- Immanuel Kant
To make your unknown known – that is the important thing.
- Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887 – 1986
The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
- William F. Scolavino
Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
- Michel de Montaigne
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
- Henry Ford
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
“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 know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau
If you hear a different drummer – dreamer, take a chance. The road you choose to travel means the difference in the dance.
- D. Morgan
“There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.”
- Francis Bacon (1561-1626)