Thoughts to Destiny

“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”
--Tryon Edwards

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Inspired Life

“Life is not about who we impress, it is about who we inspire.”
--Jaylene Edwards

How We Say It

“Prepare your mind and heart before you prepare your speech. What we say may be less important than how we say it.”
--Stephen Covey

Love is Magic

“As children we were fascinated by magic. As adults we fear love. At what point did we forget they are the same thing?”
--J.R. Rogue

Trouble By Fear

“We are only troubled by the fears which we, and not nature, give ourselves.”
--Blaise Pascal

You Are Soul

“You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
--George MacDonald

Beliefs Have Consequences

“Beliefs inform actions and actions have consequences.”
--Matt Dillahunty

Action's Remedy

“Action will remove the doubt that theory cannot solve.”
--Tehyi Hsieh

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Mystery Science

“Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.”
--Robert Sapolsky

Get to Work

“Inspiration is for amateurs -- the rest of us just show up and get to work.”
--Chuck Close

Depth of Life

“The length of your life is less important than its depth.”
--Marilyn vos Savant

Cannot Cope

“Failure cannot cope with persistence.”
--Napoleon Hill

Bad Measures

“A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.”
--Daniel Webster

Respected, Not Liked

“I do not want to be liked, I want to be respected.”
--Jack Ma

Manners Matter

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Make No Mistake

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”
--James Joyce

Type of Mind

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”
--René Descartes

Hard Work

“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”
--Booker T. Washington

Happiness Byproduct

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a byproduct. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively.”
--Eleanor Roosevelt

No Looking Back

“You know you're on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back.”

The Key Ingredient

“Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”
--Hannah Arendt

Own Your Misfortunes

“Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.”
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Believe You Are Lucky

“Luck is believing you're lucky.”
--Tennessee Williams

Condiment of Success

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
--Truman Capote

Supposed To Be Hard

“The path to truly new, never-been-done-before things always has failure along the way. It's supposed to be hard.”
--Regina Dugan

Love Freedom

“None can love freedom heartily, but good men: the rest love not freedom, but license.”
--John Milton

Ordinary Life

“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments.”
--Anais Nin

Share The Credit

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”
--Andrew Carnegie

Succeed at Nothing

“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.”
--Robert H. Schuller

Unseen Success

“Success is like an iceberg. Nobody sees the work that comprises it.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Contant Originality

“Originality is a thing we constantly clamor for and constantly quarrel with.”
--Thomas Carlyle

Unbeatable Combo

“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination.”
--Maya Angelou

Future Faith

“We can have faith in the future only if we have faith in ourselves.”
--John F. Kennedy

Lessons Learned

“A hungry stomach, an empty wallet and a broken heart teach you the most valuable lessons in life.”

Those Things Invisible

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”
--Jonathan Swift

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Less Opinionated

“The greater the man, the less is he opinionated.”
--Napoleon Bonaparte

Peace and Conflict

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”
--Ronald Reagan

Freedom of Expression

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
--Salman Rushdie

Show Who You Are

“Difficulties are things that show what men are.”

What We Do

“The human race has found out the hard way that we are what we do, not just what we think. This is true for kids and adults -- for schoolrooms and nations.”
--Robert Fulghum


“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.”
--Robert Quillen

Make A Life

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
--Winston Churchill

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Feeling Small

“I don't mind feeling small myself, but I dread finding the world is.”
--Elizabeth Bowen

Pine for the Past

“They who pine for the past, fear the future.”
--Edward Irving Wortis

Dwell on Mistakes

“Don’t dwell on your mistakes, everyone else is already doing that for you.”
--Gary Vaynerchuk

Persuasion Tool

“The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.”
--Zig Ziglar

Take Less

"The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more.”
--Kin Hubbard

Present Joy

“You will never experience joy in the present if you let yourself be misled by your past.”

Dark Tragedy

"There can be no darker nor more devastating tragedy that the death of a man’s faith in himself and in his power to direct his future.”
--Saul Alinsky

The End

“It is the end that crowns us, not the fight.”
--Robert Herrick

Blame Yourself

“Blame everything on yourself, and you’ll be stunned how happy you become.”
--Gary Vaynerchuk

Mockery of Plans

“This dramatic and turbulent world makes a mockery of our plans and predictions.”
--Margaret Wheatley

Life Without Love

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”
--Khalil Gibran

Unashamed Misfit

“Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit.”
--J.K. Rowling

Personal Responsibility

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment and learn again to exercise his will -- his personal responsibility.”
--Albert Schweitzer

Enjoy the Ride

“There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”
--George Santayana

Laughter is Life

“Without laughter, life on our planet would be intolerable.”
--Steve Allen

Great Difficulties

“Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.”
--Abigail Adams

Do Some Good

“I long to do some good in the world before I leave it.”
--Anne Bronte

Judge Less

“The more a man judges, the less he loves.”
--Honoré de Balzac

Pour Your Heart Out

“It never ceases to amaze me how the universe will conspire to help people succeed when they pour their hearts into an endeavor.”
--Clayton Christopher

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Money Like Fire

“Money is, in some respects, like fire. It is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.”
--P.T. Barnum

Gift of Tests

“Tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.”
--Lois McMaster Bujold

A Man's Worth

“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”
--Andrew Jackson

Individual Conduct

“Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.”
--Alexander the Great

Next Home Run

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
--Babe Ruth

Dare To Fail

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
--Robert F. Kennedy

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Wealth Experience

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
--Henry David Thoreau

Slave of Bankers

“If you want to continue the slave of bankers and pay the cost of our own slavery, let them continue to create money and to control credit.”
--Josiah Stamp

Suffer Own Opinions

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
--Leonardo da Vinci

Good in your Life

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
--Eckhart Tolle

Moral Courage

“To shirk your duty when you see it before you shows want of moral courage.”

Easy to Criticize

“It is so much easier to be critical than it is to be correct.”
--Benjamin Disrael

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Remember the Past

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
--George Santayana

Reputation of the Reputation

“How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!”
--Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Our Priorities

“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.”
--James W. Frick

Earth Mission

“Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.”
--Richard Bach

Know Love

“The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving.”
--Fred Rogers

Irrevocable Time

“Time is the most precious gift in our possession, for it is the most irrevocable.”
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Live Today

“Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.”
--American Indian Proverb


“Love of bustle is not industry.”
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Day Dreamers

“The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.”
--Thomas Edward Lawrence

Information and Knowledge

“Information and knowledge are two different things and not nearly the same.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Few Wants

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

True Spiritual Joys

“Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys, it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.”
--Thomas Aquinas

Fashions Change

“Fashions change, being themselves begotten of the desire for change.”
--Marcel Proust

Greatly Created

“No great thing is created suddenly.”

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Worth Living

“Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
--William James

Lash of Wit

“He who has provoked the lash of wit cannot complain that he smarts from it.”
--James Boswell

A Thousand Ideas

“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”
--Alfred Nobel

Win the Fight

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
--Muhammad Ali

Act Ill

“It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.”
--John Stuart Mill


“Be silent, if you choose; but when necessary, speak -- and speak in such a way that people will remember it.”
--Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Back Against The Wall

“When your back is against the wall, you will find it is a good place to push off.”
--Jeffrey Fry

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Be Old Enough

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
--C.S. Lewis

Just Perfect

“Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.”
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Not Grow Old

“If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.”
--James A. Garfield

Wasted Money

“I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted.”
--George Best

Law of Life

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”
--John F. Kennedy

Love Improvable

“In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable.”
--Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein

A Mule's 2nd Kick

“There is no education in the second kick of a mule.”
--American Proverb

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Plant Roses

“I never wanted someone to buy me roses; I wanted someone who'd plant them, knowing that I'd be around when the flowers blossomed.”
--Rachel Wolchin

Reasoned Heart

“The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know.”
--Blaise Pascal

What to Seek

“Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.”
--Mahatma Gandhi

Get 'er Done

“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.”
--Dale Carnegie

Glorious Destiny

“It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, though it is a race dedicated to many absurdities and one which makes many terrible mistakes.”
--Thomas Merton

Bent and Broken

“I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”
--Charles Dickens

Goals Become You

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
--Zig Ziglar

Givers Get

“I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out.”
--Nancy Reagan

Chaste Intellect

“Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon.”
--George Santayana


“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”
--John Maeda

Life Dependencies

“Our life depends on one another. And as you begin to realize that, you can't help but be grateful.”
--Blanche Hartman

Brave Fortune

“Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.”
--P.T. Barnum

Motion v. Progress

“Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.”
--Alfred A. Montapert

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Real Strength

“Real strength is being able to carry on when times are hard.”
--Miep Gies

In Reserve

“Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself -- that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.”
--James A. Garfield

People's Progress

“Progress is man's indifference to the lessons of history.”
--Len Deighton

Right Attitude

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
--Thomas Jefferson

No Special Talent

“I possess no special talent, except my ability to love you.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Down On Your Luck

“If you feel you are down on your luck, check the level of your effort.”
--Robert Brault

Forward Progress

“I may walk slow, but I do not walk backwards.”
--Abraham Lincoln

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Live Today

“Live today the way you want to be remembered tomorrow.”
--Dillon Burroughs

Friends Choirs

“A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn from Yesterday

“Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”
--John Wayne

Growth Limits

“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.”
--Ronald Reagan

One Good Thing

“There is only one good thing in life, and that is love.”
--Guy de Maupassant

Won't Be Happy

“You won't be happy, whatever you do, unless you're comfortable with your own conscience.”
--Lucille Ball

Know Thyself

“I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself.”
--Michel de Montaigne

See Ahead

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”
--Alan Turing

Drain the Swamp

“When you go out to drain the swamp and you find yourself up to your ass in alligators, you tend to forget why you went out in the first place.”
--Bum Phillips

All You Got

“Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.”
--William James

Finest Eloquence

“The finest eloquence is that which gets things done ... the worst is that which delays them.”
--David Lloyd George

Highest Aspirations

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I cannot reach them: but I can look up, and see their beauty; believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
--Louisa May Alcott

Wonderful People

“Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.”
--Tori Amos

Star Struck

“Every fool knows you can't touch the stars, but it doesn't stop a wise man from trying.”
--Harry Anderson

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Out of Nothing

“You can start with nothing. And out of nothing, and out of no way, a way will be made.”
--Michael Beckwith

Tolerate Evil

“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”
--Thomas Mann

Smallest Acts

“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”
--Swami Sivananda

Blessed Work

“The blessed work of helping the world forward, happily does not wait to be done by perfect men.”
--George Eliot

Work Ethic

“You can't have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.”
--Stephen C. Hogan

Rising Opposition

“Don’t be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind.”
--Hamilton Wright Mabie

Call it Fate

“We make our own fortunes and we call them fate.”
--Benjamin Disraeli

Journey's Start

“He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.”
--Dutch Proverb

Never Give Up

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”
--Jack Ma

Magnified Blessings

“If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”
--John Wooden

Negative People

“Negative people need drama like oxygen. Stay positive, it’ll take their breath away.”
--Tony Gaskins

Work of Love

“The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.”
--Charles M. Schwab

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Must Dream

“Everyone must dream. We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming -- well, that's like saying you can never change your fate.”
--Amy Tan

Second Chances

“That is what life is about. We do not get redos, but we do get second chances.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Impressively Arrogant

“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don't like something, it is empirically not good.”
--Tina Fey

Actions Separate

“Our actions are all that separate our daydreams from our goals.”
--Roy H. Williams

Surmount Prejudice

“It is pleasant to observe by what regular gradations we surmount the force of local prejudice as we enlarge our acquaintance with the world.”
--Thomas Paine

Do Little

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little.”
--Sydney Smith

Quality Faults

“It is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated, but for our qualities.”
--Bernard Berenson

Do Not Lose

“The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.”
--Warren Buffett

Want Most

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
--William Penn

Fortune's Accomplice

“A lot of people approach risk as if it's the enemy when it's really fortune's accomplice.”
--Gordon Sumner

Planning and Work

“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”
--King Solomon

Live to Regret

“Fools live to regret their words, wise men to regret their silence.“
--William Henry

Mental Atrophy

“There cannot be mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes, and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things.”
--Alexander Graham Bell

Perseverance Pays

“The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that precedes the victory.”
--Karen Bliss Livingston

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Fall on Top

“The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.”
--Vince Lombardi


“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
--Oscar Wilde

In A Hole

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
--Will Rogers

In Small Amounts

“Fear is good in small amounts, but when it is a constant, pounding companion, it cuts away at who you are and makes it hard to do what you know is right.”
--Christopher Paolini

Curiosity Conquers

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
--James Stephens

Living Dangerously

“When a man knows how to live dangerously, he is not afraid to die. When he is not afraid to die, he is, strangely, free to live.”
--William O. Douglas

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Choose Right

“Choose what is right, not what is easy.”
--Jedi Proverb

Risking Everything

“Sometimes life is risking everything for a dream no one can see, but you.”

Gift of Talent

“Talent is a gift, but you can only succeed with hard work.”
--Jean Beliveau

An Honest Man

“An honest man always values earning honor over wealth.”
--Rembrandt van Rijn

Love Possible

“Love can make you do things you never thought possible.”
--Phil Collins

Treat Inferiors

“Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.”
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“It is OK to fail, it is not OK to quit.”
--Christopher Gardner

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Basic Insincerity

“The basis of insincerity is the idealized image we hold of ourselves and wish to impose on others.”
--Anais Nin

Measure of Character

“The true measure of your character is what you do when nobody's watching.”
--Charles Caleb Colton

Fortune's Companion

“Risk is the companion of fortune.”
--Jeffrey Fry

A Rough Road

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Cultivate Faith

“If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”
--John Paul Jones

Seems Impossible

“There are many things that seem impossible only so long as one does not attempt them.”
--André Gide

Light My Candle

“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.”
--Thomas Jefferson

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Never Been Poor

“I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation.”
--Mike Todd

Confinence Work

“Confidence is what happens when you have done the hard work that entitles you to succeed.”
--Pat Summitt

Future Dreams

“Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.”
--Alice Walker

Belief is Conviction

“Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.”
--Robert Green Ingersoll

Few Impossible

“Many things are improbable, only a few are impossible.”
--Elon Musk

American Idiot

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.”
--Mark Twain

Live Your Memories

“If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.”
--Bob Dylan

A Friend in the Dark

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
--Helen Keller

Day Count

“Don't count the days. Make the days count.”
--Muhammad Ali

Dreamers who Do

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”
--Sarah Ban Breathnach

Task of Leadership

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”
--John Buchan

No Shot

“One hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in.”
--Wayne Gretzky

Say Too Much

“Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.”
--Robert Greenleaf

Think Beforehand

“The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute -- he simply speaks and does what is right.”

Ambition's Motion

“Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar.”
--Edmund Burke

Free from Bias

“It is doubtless impossible to approach any human problems with a mind free from bias.”
--Simone de Beauvoir

What is a Weed?

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Worth and Choice

“True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.”
--Ben Jonson

Burdens' Attachment

“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
--George Bernard Shaw

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Fool's Brain

“A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry.”
--George Bernard Shaw

Life of Excellence

“The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence.”
--Charles Swindoll

Anything Less

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. “
--Abraham Maslow

Reckless Life

“A reckless life attracts misfortune.”
--Matt Freeman

Joy and Sorrow

“You cannot truly know the sweetness of great joy without the bitterness of great sorrow.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Aim High

“No more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.”
--Napoleon Hill

Character Counts

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
--John Wooden

Sign of Maturity

“One of the sure signs of maturity is the ability to rise to the point of self-criticism.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Miserable Human

“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.”
--William James

Ideas Multiple

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
--John Steinbeck

Fear of Being

“The fear of becoming a "has been" keeps some people from becoming anything.”
--Eric Hoffer

Freedom Anew

“Freedom does not come about of itself. It must be struggled for and then defended anew every day of our lives.”
--Angela Merkel

Hard as Diamonds

“Diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck at it no matter how much heat or pressure they faced.”
--Jeffrey Fry

No Joy in Excess

“The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.”
--Friedrich Nietzsche

Two Types

“There are two types of people: One strives to control his environment, the other strives not to let his environment control him.”
--George Carlin

Better Things Ahead

“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
--C.S. Lewis

Hard Work

“I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who doesn't work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.”
--Theodore Roosevelt

Change & Keep

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”
--Victor Hugo

Fear as Children

“For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror and imagine will come true.”

Empty Hubris

“None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.”
--Andrew Jackson

Small Jobs

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”
--Henry Ford

History Lesson

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”
--Aldous Huxley

Personal Excellence

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

Find Your Dream

“One must find one's dream, then the path becomes easy.”
--Hermann Hesse

Beauty Still

“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”
--Anne Frank

Stupidity & Genius

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”
--Albert Einstein

Nothing to Say

“When you have nothing to say, say nothing; a weak defense strengthens your opponent, and silence is less injurious than a bad reply.”
--Charles Caleb Colton

Stop Hating Yourself

“Stop hating yourself for everything you aren't and start loving yourself for everything you already are.”

Possess Only Money

“There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else.”
--Andrew Carnegie

Execution is Key

“A poor plan well executed may succeed nonetheless. A great plan poorly executed is doomed to failure.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Life's Journey

“On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.”

Violent Execution

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
--George S. Patton

The Long View

“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.”

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Artist Space

“The delicate space between the worlds of the tangible and the intangible is the space of the artist.”
--Federico Fellini

High Sounding Words

“We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”
--Abigail Adams

Small Profits

“Small profits do great things.”
--James Lackington


“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”
--Madeleine L'Engle


“We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.”
--William James

Everyday Life

“If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches.”
--Rainer Maria Rilke

Wait For No Hill

“When there's a hill to climb, don't think that waiting will make it smaller.”
--H. Jackson Brown

The Ugly Truth

“The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it.”
--Agatha Christie

Wrongs Forever

“As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.”
-- Clarence Darrow

Keep on Flying

“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”
--Mary Kay Ash

Time Sink

“The idea of the future is our greatest entertainment, amusement and time-killer.”
--Erica Jong

Kindness Creates

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
--Lao Tzu

Having Options

“Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it's about having a lot of options.”
--Chris Rock

When they Doubt

“If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.”
--Michele Ruiz

Settle for Less

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”
--Thomas Merton

Doubt Something

“If you must doubt something, doubt your limits.”
--Price Pritchett


“Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
--Ginni Rometty

How We Judge

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Dare to be Great

“We must dare to be great, and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.”
--Theodore Roosevelt

Failed to Do

“Rarely do you regret what you have done nearly as much as what you have failed to do.”
--Jeffrey Fry

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Invasion of Ideas

“An invasion of armies can be resisted; an invasion of ideas cannot.”
--Victor Hugo

Greater Power

“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world. I am like a snowball -- the further I am rolled, the more I gain.”
--Susan B. Anthony

Look Back

“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you have come.”

Light an Candle

“Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”
--Chinese Proverb

Much Greater Lengths

“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”
--Dan Brown

What Matters

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
--Dr. Seuss

The Best

“Go with the best, or settle for the rest.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Dead Relationship

“My relationship with death remains the same. I'm strongly against it.”
--Woody Allen

Think So

“They can because they think they can.”

Change Begets

“Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast.”
--Charles Dickens

Slow to Believe

“We're slow to believe what it hurts us to believe.”

Want to be Successful

“If you want to be successful, it's just this simple: Know what you're doing. Love what you're doing. And believe in what you're doing.”
--Will Rogers

Escape the Outdated

“The difficulty does not lie in finding new ideas, but in escaping the long outdated belief in old ones.”
--Jeffrey Fry

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“Self-correction begins with self-knowledge.”
--Baltasar Gracian

Leaders Do

“Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.”
--Chinese Proverb

Cowardly Leader

“A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men.”
--Stephen King

Be Focused

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”
--George Lucas

Things work Out

“For the faithful, the patient, the hermetically pure, all the important things in this world -- not life and death, perhaps, which are merely words, but the important things -- work out rather beautifully.”
--J.D. Salinger

Change Thyself

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
--Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

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Wasted Time

“More time and business are lost by the delay in making a decision than in making the wrong decision.”
--George Eastman

No Friend

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.”
--Alice Walker

Not Afriad of Failure

“I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.”
--John Keats

Honest Man

“I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
--George Washington

False Wisdom

“Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it.”
--Stephen Colbert

Speed Bumps

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
--Henry Ford

Be True To You

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”


“There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail.”
--Henry Ford

Spend Yourself

“You only have what you give. It's by spending yourself that you become rich.”
--Isabel Allende

Leadership's Measure

“The measure of leadership is not the quality of the head, but the tone of the body. The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers.”
--Max De Pree

Miracle of Love

“This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.”
--C.S. Lewis

All Failures

“We are all failures, at least all the best of us.”
--James Matthew Barrie

A Life of Trust

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough.”
--Frank Crane

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Before You Act

“Before you act for the greater good, you should know what is great and what is good."
--Jeffrey Fry

Length of Love

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
--A. A. Milne

Other People's Business

“A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.”
--Eric Hoffer


“Don't try to be fearless. Just try to prevent fear from making your decisions for you.”
--Chris Guillebeau

Reflected Beauty

“The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.”
--Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Blunt Silence

“Silence is the bluntest of blunt instruments.”
--Erica Jong

A Thorny Perspective

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
--Abraham Lincoln

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Fear New Ideas

“I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.”
--John Cage

Capable Of

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.“
--Mahatma Gandhi

Build Walls

“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”

Bad Coaching

“Good players can't overcome bad coaching.”
--Bill Belichick

Talent Everywhere

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”
--Erica Jong

Unexpected Happiness

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.”
--John Barrymore

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Being Happy

“I never did anything according to what anyone else wanted. That's why I think I am happy.”
--Sandra Bullock

Success In Action

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.”
--Conrad Hilton

Come For Advice

“Most people when they come to you for advice, come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected.”
--Josh Billings

Win or Lose

“Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost.”
--Martina Navratilova

How You Treat Them

“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”
--Jimmy Johnson

Rob the Mind

“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”
--Edmund Burke

Deeds Done

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.”
--Henrik Ibsen

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Extraordinary Achievement

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
--Matt Biondi

One Day Of

“One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn't do you any good.”
--Abe Lemons


“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In a Tight Place

“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that's just the place and time that the tide'll turn.”
--Harriet Beecher Stowe

True Patriot

“The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from its government.”
--Thomas Paine

Great Bounds

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.”
--Leonard Bernstein

Give the Charge

“I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.”
--Winston Churchill

Good Contract

“A contract is only as good as the people signing it.”
--Jeffrey Fry
“Simplicity is the shortest path to a solution.”
--Ward Cunningham

Our Powers

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Blessed Are

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”
--Elizabeth Bibesco

Insult Me

“For you to insult me, I must first value your opinion.”

Truth Seeker

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.”
--René Descartes

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More Practice

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.”
--Gary Player

Looking Up

“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”
--Charlotte Bronte

Risk Comes

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”
--Warren Buffett

Good Coaching

“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”
--Ara Parseghian

Sanctify Evil

“A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it.”
--William Penn

Kingly Life

“To live like a king you must work like a slave.”
--Alinafe Banda

Show Up

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
--Woody Allen

Adversity Delivers

“Adversity brings knowledge and knowledge wisdom.”
--Welsh Proverb

Face Challenges

“It's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. We're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.”
--Neil Armstrong

Very Differnt

"Losing and giving up are two very different things."
--Tom Brady

Own Faults

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”
--Benjamin Franklin


“Karma has no menu. You get served what you deserve.”

Smiles are Ageless

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”
--Mark Twain

Unconventional Stop

“People will always try to stop you doing the right thing if it is unconventional.”
--Warren Buffett

Biggest Failure

“The biggest failure in life is never trying.”
--Debbi Fields

Focus on Others

“Successful people become great leaders when they learn to shift the focus from themselves to others.”
--Marshall Goldsmith

Blessed Season

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
--Hamilton Wright Mabie

Deserve Someone

“Everyone deserves someone who can make them forget their heart was ever broken.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Go Forward

“I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward.”
--David Livingstone

Love and Being

“You often love someone not for what they are, but for what you are when you are with them.”
--Jeffrey Fry

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What You Seek

“What you seek is seeking you.”
--Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Make People Believe

“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done?”
--Arthur Conan Doyle

Mountain's Height

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”
--Dag Hammarskjold


“Predictions are hard, especially about the future.”
--Danish Proverb

What We Make It

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”
--Grandma Moses

Learn to Obey

“He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.”

Wasted Day

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
--Charlie Chaplin

Strong Women

“Strong women wear their pain like stilettos. No matter how much it hurts, all you see is the beauty of it.”
--Harriet Morgan

Fountain of Youth

“The real fountain of youth is hidden in the imagination you draw upon to face everyday challenges.”
--Sophia Loren

Best In People

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.”
--Rudyard Kipling

Happiness Effort

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort.”
--Elizabeth Gilbert

My Answer

“You are in every choice I make, and no matter my decisions, you are my answer.”
--A.R. Asher

Virtue to Withstand

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
--George Washington

Genius Sweats

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
--Thomas Alva Edison

Pull of Responsibility

“Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.”
--Elbert Hubbard


“Some people are like clouds, when they disappear, it's a brighter day.”

Preventive Cure

“It is better to pay the doctor than the undertaker.”
--English Proverb

Creating Oneself

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”
--Henri Bergson

Good Society

“The definition of the good society is one in which virtue pays.”
--Abraham Maslow

Women are Fairer

“Women are the fairer sex, not the weaker.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Opportunist's Sandwich

“An opportunist can hand out baloney disguised as food for thought.”
--Karl Wagner

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Character is Best

“Bodily vigor is good, and vigor of intellect is even better, but far above both is character.”
--Theodore Roosevelt

Progress' Art

“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.”
--Alfred North Whitehead

What Others See

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
--Edgar Degas

Chaos Reign

“Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos.”
--Andrew Grove

Retreating Tide

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”
--Warren Buffett

Even Fools

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”
--Winston Churchill

See the Impossible

“Only those who can see the invisible, can do the impossible.”
--Jeffrey Fry

More Affectionate

“If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.”
--W. H. Auden


“Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born.”
--Karl Lagerfeld

No Choice

“Most people have to get to a point where they don't have a choice before they'll change something.”
--Alex Marwood

Failure Event

“Failure is an event -- it is not a person.”
--Zig Ziglar

Choices Made

“One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.”
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Kindness Never Wasted

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

What We Remember

“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Bad Relationship

“Being alone may scare you, but being in a bad relationship will damage you.”

Work With

“I would rather work with five people who really believe in what they are doing ... than five hundred who can't see the point.”
--Patrick Dixon

Live In Deeds

“We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial.”
--Philip James Bailey

Believe in Yourself

"If you don't believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to?”
--Tom Brady

My Capacity

“I have nothing special to offer except my capacity to love you.”
--A.R. Asher

Made a Difference

“Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.”
--Ronald Reagan

Strike the Iron

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
--William Butler Yeats

Bitter Cynic

“A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.”
--Sydney J. Harris

Risk Your Opinion

“If a man isn't willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he's no good.”
--Ezra Pound

Better Envied

“It is better to be envied than pitied.”

Cowardly Stupidity

“To a coward, courage always looks like stupidity.”
--Bill Maher

Optimistic Faith

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”
--Helen Keller

Change People

“You cannot change people around you, but you can change the people you are around.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Rare Opportunity

“Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.”
--Bayard Taylor

Money Unmasks

“Money doesn't change men. It merely unmasks them.”
--Henry Ford

Go and Do It

“First, say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.”

One at a Time

“There is time enough for everything in the course of the day if you do but one thing once; but there is not time enough in the year if you will do two things at a time.”
--Lord Chesterfield

Rise to the Top

“In time, the people with desire will always rise to the top.”
--Bobby Unser

What You Like

“Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.”
--George Bernard Shaw

It Is Not Work

“The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.”
--Richard Bach

History in the Making

“The main thing is to make history, not to write it.”
--Otto von Bismarck

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Who Controls What

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
--George Orwell

Life is Short

“Life's too short to drink bad wine, weak coffee or cheap whiskey.”

Never Over Taken

“Since time is not a person we can over take when he is gone, let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while he is passing.”
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Confident Capacity

“As is our confidence, so is our capacity.”
--William Hazlitt

More Important

“Being kind is more important than being right.”
--Andy Rooney

Lead People

“You manage things; you lead people.”
--Grace Hopper

Old v. Wise

“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
--Benjamin Franklin

Overcome Prejudices

“Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason, they cannot be destroyed by logic.”
--Tryon Edwards

Honest Belief

“To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.”
--John Quincy Adams

The Essential

“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”
--Leo Babauta

Capital Thought

“Thought, not money, is the real business capital.”
--Harvey Firestone

Villainy's Masks

“Villainy wears many masks, and none so dangerous as the mask of virtue.”
--Washington Irving

Love Yourself

“Go love yourself first so you can love me.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Watch What You Do

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”
--Andrew Carnegie

Fate Falls

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”

Gossip Kiler

“Gossip dies when it hits a wise person's ears.”

Prosperous Fool

“A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.”

First Seek Virtue

“Seek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted.”
--Francis Bacon

Good Example

“People will always follow a good example; be the one to set a good example.”
--Anne Frank

Teach Us Lessons

“Sometimes it takes the relationships that don't last forever to teach us the lessons that will.”

Fear and Undertanding

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
--Marie Curie

Use Your Imagination

“The great successful men of the world have used their imaginations, instead of despising them. They think ahead and create their mental picture, and then go to work materializing that picture in all its details.”
--Edward Beals

Mindful Words

“My words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one.”

All Apologies

“Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.“
--Tryon Edwards

Liberty and Order

“Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.”
--Theodore Roosevelt

Servant Leader

"He who would be first among you, must be servant of all."
--Jesus Christ

Go it Alone

“There exists in the world a single path along which no one can go except you: whither does it lead? Do not ask, go along it.”
--Friedrich Nietzsche

Confidence's Effect

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”
--Joe Namath

Dead and Stupid

“When you are dead, you don't know that you are dead. It is difficult only for the others. It is the same when you are stupid.”
--Philippe Geluck

Inspire Action

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
--John Quincy Adams

Impossible Things

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.”
--Samuel Johnson

Deep Breaths

“Deep breaths are very useful with shallow people.”
--Jeffrey Fry

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Worthwhile Ride

“Love doesn't make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
--Franklin P. Jones

Look at the Stars

“When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.”

Suffer the Options

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”
--Kathleen Casey Theisen

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Diet Day 2

“The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day, you’re off it.”
--Jackie Gleason

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Which Bridge

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
--David Russell

To Aim At

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
--Bruce Lee

Passion's Place

“Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you.”
--Mike Rowe

My Heart

“There is my heart, and then there is you, and I’m not sure there is a difference.”
--A.R. Asher

Cheer Up

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.“
--Mark Twain

Impossible Fun

“It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”
--Walt Disney

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“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.”
--Francis Bacon

Change Relief

“There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse.”
--Washington Irving

Take Action

“When you are not sure what to do, take action. You will quickly find out.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Deal with Failure

“It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.“
--Charlotte Whitton

True Heros

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
--Arthur Ashe

Wasting Time

“Accomplishment is something you cannot buy. If you have a chance and don't make the most of it, you are wasting your time on this earth.”
--Roberto Clemente

Fair Weather Friend

“A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.”
--Robert Frost

Careful Endings

“People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.”
--Lao Tzu

Time Enough

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
--Rabindranath Tagore

No Surrender

“Do not surrender to fate after a single failure. Failure, at most, precedes success.”
--Sri Chinmoy

Hire for Love

“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”
--Henry David Thoreau

No Shrinking

“There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”
--Marianne Williamson

Wiser Today

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
--Abraham Lincoln

Money Worth

“If we only use money to make our decisions about worth, we're going to get it wrong almost every time.”
--Seth Godin

Achieved Success

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.”
--Bessie Anderson Stanley

Too Insanet to Explain

“I am too insane to explain and you are too normal to understand.”


“Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.”
--Friedrich Nietzsche

Safest Place

“I hold you in the safest place I keep. Somewhere between memories and scars.”
--Nicole Lyons

Calm Seas

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”
--Publilius Syrus

Distaster's Opportunity

“I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity."
--John Davidson Rockefeller, Sr.

Remember Why

“When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.”

Execution is All

“Ideas are cheap, execution is everything.''
--Chris Sacca

Reality Persists

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
--Philip K. Dick

Painful Moments

“The most painful moment in my life also became the moment I showed the most strength and courage.”
--Cecelia Ahern

Dwell on Dreams

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
--J.K. Rowling

Bad Behavior

“If the payoff for those in power doing bad behavior is high, and the odds of getting caught and punished are low, bad behavior happens every time.”
--Scott Adams

Hell And Beyond

“When you are going through hell, keep going.”
--Winston Churchill

Bad Government

“History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.”
--Thomas Jefferson

Complete Yourself

“It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.”
--Betty Friedan

Door Slammed

“Sometimes, you need a door slammed in your face before you can hear opportunity knock.”
--James Geary

Light to the Blind

“It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.”
--T. S. Eliot

Not Perfect

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
--John Steinbeck

Catch Bricks

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.”
--David Brinkley

Drip, Drip, Drip

“To improve oneself you must be as persistent as the drip, drip, drip of water filling a bucket. Do a little bit, every day.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Stand Alone

“Know what you are worth, follow your dreams, even if you have to stand alone.”

Will Not Follow

“I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.”
--Muriel Strode

Superior to Circumstance

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside themselves was superior to circumstance.”
--Bruce Fairchild Barton

Find Happiness

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
--J.K. Rowling

Better Than You Think

“Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”
--Timothy Ferriss

Rule Change

“If you try to apply the same rules to every person or circumstance, creativity will wither and die.”
--Nolan Bushnell

What It Takes

“Everyone want to be successful until they see what it really takes.”

Your Job, Your Passion

“The mere fact of being able to call your job your passion is success in my eyes.”
--Alicia Vikander

Living and Dying

“Each day’s passing brings us closer to death, but without their passing there is no life.“
--Chip Thomson

Given Away

“I am yours. Don’t give myself back to me.”
--Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Invent the Future

“Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
--Alan Kay

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No Stopping Science

“Science cannot be stopped. Man will gather knowledge no matter what the consequences.”
--Linus Pauling

Stirs the Soul

“Whatever it is that stirs your soul, listen to that. Everything else is just noise.”
--Nicole Lyons

Avoiding Danger

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
--Helen Keller

What You Do

“You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid, and monotonous.”
--Bob Black

How to Die

“Die with memories, not dreams.”

Keep Learning

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for learning, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
--Atwood H. Townsend

High Expectations

“High expectations are the key to everything.”
--Sam Walton

Knows Best

“He knows the water best who has waded through it.”
--Danish Proverb

If I Didn't Try

“I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.”
--Nikki Giovanni

In Definition

“Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.”

Now Push You

“Wisdom comes when you realize the pain, people, or problems life used to produce you now push you.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Choice, not Chance

“Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

Honorable Relationship

“An honorable human relationship -- that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word ‘love’ – is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.”
--Adrienne Rich

Make Yourself Useful

“You can render to humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself.”
--Wallace Whattles

Reconized Merits

“Do not be concerned that no one recognizes your merits; be concerned that you may not recognize others'.”

Restless Discontent

“Restlessness is discontent, and discontent is the first necessity of progress.”
--Thomas Edison

Falling Over

“You don't learn to walk by following rules, you learn by doing and by falling over.”
--Richard Branson

Courageous Enough

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
--Muhammad Ali