Friday, October 31, 2014

Discover the Treasure

One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.  ~May Sarton

We are the hero of our own story.  ~Mary McCarthy

We can all be heroes in our virtues, in our homes, in our lives.  ~James Ellis

Who is a hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend.  ~The Talmud

Without heroes, we're all plain people and don't know how far we can go.  ~Bernard Malamud

Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.  ~Carol Pearson

Quotes about heroes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Where is the Wisdom?

Applicants for wisdom, do what I have done: Inquire within.  ~Heraclitus

I hold those wise who know how to be happy.  ~Ninon de Lenclos

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.  ~Charles Dickens

There is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgment.  ~Malcolm Hein

Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.  ~Robert Gary Lee

Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find someone's hand and squeeze it, while there's still time.  ~Dale Dauten

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes about wisdom

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If We Only Knew

All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.  ~Isak Dinesen

Every life comes with a story ... and a possibility for a great adventure.  ~Kobi Yamada

In the book of life we are chapters in one another's stories.   ~unknown

The stories that you tell about your past shape your future.  ~Eric Ransdell

The best teachers are the best storytellers. ~Frank Smith

Is there anyone we wouldn't love if we only knew their story?  ~Mary Lou Kownacki

Quotes about story telling

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Even if You Lose

The difference in winning and losing is most often, not quitting.  ~Walt Disney

The next best thing to winning is losing! At least you've been in the race.  ~Nellie Hershey Tullis

Remember, nobody wins unless everybody wins.  ~Bruce Springsteen

Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.  ~Louis L'Amour

There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.  ~Elie Wiesel

Quotes about winning

Monday, October 27, 2014

Completes the Circle

He that does good to another does good also to himself.~Seneca

The best portion of a good person's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.  ~William Wordsworth

No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.  ~John Greenleaf Whittier

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.  ~Charles Lamb

In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.  ~Flora Edwards

Quotes about goodness

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Too Sweet to Lose

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose. ~ Willa Cather

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.  ~Abraham Maslow

For art is order, but it is born out of the chaos of life.  ~May Sarton

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.  ~M. C. Richards

Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.  ~John O'Donohue

Quotes about life and art

Friday, October 24, 2014

Continuous Growth

What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.  ~George Eliot

'Tis the motive exalts the action; 'Tis the doing, and not the deed.  ~Margaret Preston

The Light of Lights
Looks always on the motive, not the deed,
The Shadow of Shadows on the deed alone.  ~William Butler Yeats

The soul that has no established aim loses itself.  ~Michel de Montaigne

A feeling of continuous growth is a wonderful source of motivation and self-confidence.  ~Brian Tracey

Quotes about motivation

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Running Stream

Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.  ~Margaret Lee Runbeck

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.  ~Allan K. Chalmers

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.  ~Pearl S. Buck

Happiness consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.  ~John Mason Good

Quotes about happiness

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Wick in the Candle

Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.  ~Linus Pauling

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.  ~William Arthur Ward

One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.  ~William Lyon Phelps

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.  ~Marie Curie

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.   ~Albert Einstein

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.  ~e. e. cummings

Quotes about curiosity

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Best Therapist

The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.  ~Confucius

A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go though the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.  ~Mildred White Struven

With any trial and circumstance, a person's true color either shines or darkens.  ~Shannon Walker

Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.  ~William Arthur Ward

To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.  ~Gail Sheehy

Quotes about testing

Monday, October 20, 2014

Create Light

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams -the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.  ~Robert Southey

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.  ~Kahlil Gibran

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.  ~George Gordon Byron

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience.  ~Ingrid Bengis

Words do two major things: they provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.  ~Jim Rohn

Quotes about words

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Guided by its Light

Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence.  ~Deborah Tannen

Increase your personal power through positive and powerful communication. Recognize and eliminate negative self talk.  ~Caterina Rando

Life is worth being lived, but not being discussed all the time.  ~Isabelle Adjani

Too much agreement kills a chat.  ~Eldridge Cleaver

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.  ~Joseph Pulitzer

Quotes about communication

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Best in Ourselves

Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you'd better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day.  ~Mario Andretti

Our way is not soft grass; it's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun.  ~Ruth Westheimer

I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.  ~Beverly Sills

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment; full effort is full victory.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.  ~William Arthur Ward

Quotes about doing your best

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Abundance Mentality

True abundance isn't based on our net worth, but our self-worth. ~ Gabrielle Bernstein

Abundance is, in large part, an attitude. ~ Sue Patton Thoele

An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations. ~Stephen Covey

I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then whenever doubt, anxiety, or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal and soon they'll forget my number.  ~Edith Armstrong

Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them. ~Russell H. Conwell

Quotes about abundance

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Full Life

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.  ~ Zhuangzi

The western mind is linear, the eastern mind is circular.  ~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Open your eyes to the beauty around you;
open your mind to the wonders of life;
open your heart to those who love you;
and always be true to yourself.  ~ Donna Davis

Associate reverently, and as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious.   ~Bill Meyer

Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.  ~ Ernest Hemingway

Quotes about the mind

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Always There

We have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but today is overflowing with potential.  ~Allan Lokos

Potential is a priceless treasure, like gold. All of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out.  ~ Joyce Meyer

Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities.  ~Robert H. Schuller

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities -always see them, for they're always there.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

You can't take the sky from me.  ~ Joss Wehdon

Quotes about possibilities, potential

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pay 'In Kind'

Wise people count their blessings; fools their problems.  ~unknown

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.  ~Estonian Proverb

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  ~Robert C. Linter

Thanksgiving is a sure index of spiritual health.  ~Maurice Dometz

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.  ~Cicero

One can never pay in gratitude; one can pay "in kind" somewhere else in life.  ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Quotes about thankfulness (on this Canadian Thanksgiving)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Little Courage

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.   ~John Ruskin

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.  ~ Maya Angelou

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. ~ Steve Jobs

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life, and the lives of people you love.  ~ Sophia Loren

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.  ~ Sydney Smith

Quotes about talents and skill

Friday, October 10, 2014

Shared Values

Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.  ~Brian Tracey

The only thing of value we can give kids is what we are, not what we have.  ~Leo Buscaglia

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.  ~Albert Einstein

There can be no high civility without a deep morality.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tough times expose shared values.  ~John Haas

Quotes about values

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Makes you a Winner

You can get all A's and flunk life.  ~Walker Percy

Welcome to reality! Our time is limited. We might as well get on with it; so why not choose now to live the life of our dreams?  ~Seth David Chernoff

Reality is something you rise above.  ~Liza Minnelli

The true purpose is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.  ~Shunryu Suzuki

Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.  ~Maurice Setter

Reality is a product of our dreams, decisions and actions, you have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That makes you a winner right there.  ~Venus Williams

Quotes about realism

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Right Results

Let us realize that:
the privilege to work is a gift,
the power to work is a blessing,
the love of work is success!  ~David O. McKay

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.  ~Richard Whately

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.  ~John Ruskin

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.  ~James Allen

Quotes about work

Monday, October 6, 2014

Our Splendid Failure

Every life comes with a story ... and a possibility for a great adventure.  ~Kobi Yamada

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.  ~Gloria Steinem

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.  ~Gloria Anzaldua

The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious.  ~Ted Levitt

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.  ~William Faulkner

Quotes about possibilities

To be Experienced

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.  ~Brendan Francis

Don't find fault, find a remedy.  ~Henry Ford

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.  ~Henry J. Kaiser

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong,  ~H.L. Mencken

If I had sixty minutes to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes defining it, and 5 minutes solving it.  ~ Albert Einstein

Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.  ~Roger Lewin

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.  ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Quotes about problem solving

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Your Playground

To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well.  ~George Santayana

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.  ~H. G. Wells

Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practice which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play.  ~Eric Hoffer

It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.  ~Leo Buscaglia

Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and some pure foolishness.  ~May Sarton

The world is your playground. Why aren't you playing?  ~Ellie Katz

Quotes about play

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fine Mingling

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.  ~Herman Hesse

Forgiveness means letting go of the past.  ~Gerald Jampolsky

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.  ~Havelock Ellis

To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.  ~Jack Kornfield
Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.  ~Dalai Lama

Quotes about letting go

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Becoming More

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.  ~Peter Ustinov

I take care of myself, because I learned early on that I am the only person in life who's responsible for me.  ~Halle Berry

Responsibility is the most important ability that a person can possess.  ~John Maxwell

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.  ~Oprah Winfrey

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.  ~Anthony Robbins

Quotes about responsibility

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nothing else

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.  ~unknown

In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try.  ~David Viscott

Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.  ~Mary Kay Ash

Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else.  ~Tennessee Williams

To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals - this alone is worth the struggle.  ~Sir William Osler

Quotes about trying