Quotes - Food for Thought...
|You cannot shake hands with a
clenched fist. - Indira Gandhi
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. - Swedish proverb
There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don’t respond with encores.
The door of opportunity won’t open unless you do some pushing.
True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone
who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. - Oprah Winfrey
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something
we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
We expect more of ourselves than we have any right to. - Oliver Wendell Holmes,
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.
Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity they
think of you.
The real tragedy of life is not being limited to one talent, but failing to use
that one talent.
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town
gossip. - Will Rogers
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up. - Jesse Jackson
Life is a promise; fulfill it. - Mother Teresa
Generosity begins with our recognition of our debt to others.
If all difficulties were known at the onset of a long journey, most of us would
never start out at all. - Dan Rather
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life
that is waiting for us.
We can wait for circumstances to make up their minds, or we can decide to act,
and in acting, live.
To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult
of all. - Johann von Goethe
Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great
If only every man would make proper use of his strength and do his utmost, he
need never regret his limited ability. - Cicero
Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something you do,
something you are, something you give away.
It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.
Try to forget yourself in the service of others. For when we think too much of
ourselves and our own interests, we easily become despondent. But when we work
for others, our efforts return to bless us.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung
Luck is being ready for the chance.
We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our
A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. Mohammed
Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘...holy s#$t....what
Be the grandest version of the greatest vision you ever had about who you are.
I think it’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice.
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately
without growing apart.
I find I’m luckier when I work harder.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything…or
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Some things have to be believed to be seen.
There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by.
One filled with joy preaches without preaching. - Mother Teresa
The best bet is to bet on yourself.
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people
Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself.
It’s what you do for others. - Danny Thomas
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.-
History has repeatedly been changed by people who had the desire and the ability
to transfer their convictions and emotions to their listeners. - Dale Carnegie
If you must compromise, compromise up. -Eleanor Roosevelt
Life happens at the level of events, not words.
It is very difficult to give away kindness. It keeps coming back to you.
The main cause for failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for
what you want at the moment.
Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge
you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.
Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.
I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have
and think me happy.
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your
age. - Lucille Ball
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
Doubt whom you will, but never doubt yourself.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were
the big things.
Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. Niccolo Machiavelli
To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our
I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
- Mahatma Gandhi
The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it. - Stanley Kubrick
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than
a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw
I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.
Never say, "oops." Always say, "Ah, interesting.
If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's
a big mistake.
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making
mistakes and becoming superior.
An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough
to make them all yourself.
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very
narrow field. ~Niels Bohr
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth -- not going all
the way, and not starting. – Buddha
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day,
like those of a baseball player.
When you realize you've made a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier
to eat crow while it's still warm.
Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.
Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them.
We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it's more
important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you
are inclined to learn only errors.
Forget injuries, never forget kindness.- Confucius
We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. -
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in
the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.
- Helen Keller
What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to
Forgiveness is the final form of love. That’s nice.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics
are right. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.
Kindness is like sugar, It makes life taste a little sweeter.
No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could
do only little. - Edmund Burke
When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure it's fun to watch. - Advertisement
for the MGM Grand Hotel
Remembering that each of us will take our turns in darkness and in light, let
us be light for one another when the darkness falls.
I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit
in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort. - Elizabeth T. King
Unhappiness is in not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.
That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature
of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do it is increased. - Ralph
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
All our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. - Blaise Pascal
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only
cash you have – so spend it wisely.
Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage
Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.
God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being
I have come to realize that all my trouble with living has come from fear and
smallness within me.
Remember... A good friend will help you move. A really good friend will help
you move a body - let me know if I ever need to bring a shovel.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with
them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t look back. Something may be gaining on you.
When you die, God and the angels will hold you accountable for all the pleasures
you were allowed in this life that you denied yourself.
Not only is there a right to be happy, there is a duty to be happy. So much sadness
exists in the world that we are all under obligation to contribute as much joy
as lies within our powers.
At first we hope too much, later on, not enough.
Genius is eternal patience. - Michelangelo Very often a change of self is needed
more than a change of scene.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. - Marie Curie
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of
yourself that you truly give.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of shore for
a very long time.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the
world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does!
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but
to reveal to him his own.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. - Thomas Edison
Things to do today...inhale, exhale, inhale. Aaaaah - Buddha
Without love we could not survive. Human beings are social creatures, and a concern
for each other is the very basis of our life together. - Dalai Lama
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by
traffic from both sides. - Margaret Thatcher
He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides. - George P.
The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. If everyone received the
encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and
the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams.
The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of
it. You have to catch up with it yourself. - Benjamin Franklin
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -
Anything can be achieved in small, deliberate steps. But there are times you
need the courage to take a great leap; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put
together that overwhelm the world. - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
Unfold your own myth.
Somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. - Eleanor
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity; they seem more
afraid of life than of death.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today,
you can do it again tomorrow.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary
may speak. - Hans Hofmann
If you want to make enemies, try to change something. - Woodrow Wilson
When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.
The time is always right to do what is right. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
When you cannot make up your mind between two evenly balanced courses of action,
choose the bolder.
If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
- Carl Rogers
Learn from the mistakes of others-you can’t live long enough to make them
all yourself. -Martin Vanbee