We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away. - William Barclay

The goal is the same: life itself; and the price is the same; life itself. - James Agee

Man must be disappointed with the lesser things of lfie before he can comprehend the full value of the greater. - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Life unexamined, is not worth living. - Democritus

A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life. - Charles Darwin

The truly important things in life -- love, beauty, and one's own uniqueness - are constantly being overlooked - Pablo Casals

Those who fear what they should not, and who do not fear what they should…go the downward path. (from The Path of Perfection) - The DHAMMAPADA

The real issue is not whether to grow, it is how to grow and for what purpose. - Anonymous

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things… I am tempted to think… there are no little things. - Bruce Barton

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion. - Lord Acton

If I tell you that I would be disobeying the god and on that account it is impossible for me to keep quiet, you won't be persuaded by me, taking it that I am ironizing. And if I tell you that it is the greatest good for a human being to have discussions every day about virtue and the other things you hear me talking about, examining myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not livable for a human being, you will be even less persuaded. - Socrates

The proof of a well-trained mind is that it rejoices in which is good and grieves at the opposite. - Cicero

When you are alone you are all your own. - Leonardo da Vinci

The great man presides over all his states of consciousness with obstinate rigor. - Leonardo da Vinci

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. - Calvin Coolidge

Better by far that you should forget and smile, than you should remember and be sad. - Christina Rossetti

Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind. - Mary Baker Eddy

As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can. - Julius Caesar

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change. - Frank Lloyd Wright

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances. - Thomas Jefferson

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. - Anne Frank

No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy. - Ayn Rand

Anybody can do anything that he imagines. - Henry Ford

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. - Winston Churchill

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? - Percy Shelley

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes. - Henry J. Kaiser

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. - Thomas Huxley

Don't be so humble - you are not that great. - Golda Meir to a visiting diplomat

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. - Emile Zola

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. - Henry Ford

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. - H. G. Wells

Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me. - Ambrose Bierce

When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. - Sir Winston Churchill

In the end, everything is a gag. - Charlie Chaplin

You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. - Al Capone

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes. - Henry David Thoreau

I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose. - S.I. Hayakawa

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill

When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself. - Louis Nizer

The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can't ignore it, top it; if you can't top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laugh at it, it's probably deserved. - Russell Lynes

I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them. - Spinoza

Politeness is the art of selecting among one's real thoughts. - Madame de Stael

God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how. - Henry Ward Beecher

That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. - James K. Feibleman

Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that perfectly. - Francis De Sales

What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens. - Lewis L. Dunnington

If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything. - Mrs. Ernest Hemingway

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. - Richard L. Evans

There is no failure except in no longer trying. - Elbert Hubbard

When men are easy in themselves, they let others remain so. - Anthony A. Cooper-Lord Shaftesbury

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face. - Helen Keller

If you count the sunny and the cloudy days of the whole year, you will find that the sunshine predominates. - Ovid

Use soft words in hard arguments. - H.G. Bohn

When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred. - Thomas Jefferson

It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy - but he who has shown the better temper. - Samuel Butler

To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me. - Charles William Stubbs

Sanity is a madness put to good uses. - George Santayana

Criticism is prejudice made plausible. - Henry Louis Mencken

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time. - George Bernard Shaw

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Sir Winston Churchill

Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, and abundantly. - Joseph Murphy

The men who build the future are those who know that greater things are yet to come, and that they themselves will help bring them about. - Melvin J. Evans

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour. - Robert L. Stevenson

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. - James Thurber

We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything. - Blaise Pascal

They say that the best defense is offense, and I intend to start offending right now.  - Captain James

There can be no offense where none is taken. - Japanese proverb

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. - John Milton

A "whim" is a desire experienced by a person who does not know and does not care to discover its cause. - Ayn Rand

Since time immemorial and pre-industrial, 'greed' has been the accusation hurled at the rich by the concrete-bound illiterates who were unable to conceive of the source of wealth or of the motivation of those who produce it. - Ayn Rand

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

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength. - Hasidic saying

What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. - Thomas Crum

We know life is futile. A man who considers that his life is of very wonderful importance is awfully close to a padded cell.  - Clarence Darrow, lecture, University of Chicago, 1

Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it. - Rainer Maria Rilke

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way. - Abraham Lincoln

Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life.  - Seneca

The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain. - John F. Kennedy

When you have seven percent unemployed, you have ninety-three percent working. - John F. Kennedy

Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero! (Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow) - Horace

For what purpose humanity is there should not even concern us: why you are there, that you should ask yourself: and if you have no ready answer, then set for yourself goals, high and noble goals, and perish in pursuit of them! I know of no better life purpose than to perish in attempting the great and the impossible... - Friedrich Nietzsche

Do, or do not. There is no try. - Yoda

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity and consume your own smoke with an extra draught of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints. - Sir William Osler

Gentlemen, - Farewell, and take with you into the struggle the watchword of the good old Roman - Aequanimitas. - Sir William Osler

I was never less alone than when by myself. - Edward Gibbon

In heaven all the interesting people are missing. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks, without knowledge, of things without parallel. - Ambrose Bierce

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. - Phillips Brooks

The highest of distinctions is service to others. - King George VI

God created the world just like a knife and left it up to us to take it by the handle or the blade.  - Langenhoven

We need to be grateful for many things that did not happen. - Langenhoven

To inherit property is not to be born -- it is to be still-born, rather. - Henry David Thoreau

If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated? - Henry David Thoreau

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high. - Henry David Thoreau

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. - Steven Covey

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

There's only us, there's only this, forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today. - Jonathan Larson

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who'll never find it out. - Frank A. Clark

Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices. - Henry Ward Beecher

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. - Henry Ward Beecher

We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment. The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration. It is to the heart what spring is to the earth, making every root, and bud, and bough desire to be more. - Henry Ward Beecher

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. - Henry Ward Beecher

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you have was once among the things only hoped for. - Epicurus

Naturalness is the easiest thing in the world to acquire, if you will forget yourself - forget about the impression you are trying to make. - Dale Carnegie

Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. - Dale Carnegie

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. - Dale Carnegie

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. - Dale Carnegie

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.  - Pearl S. Buck

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. - Maya Angelou

Men are not worried by things that happen, but by their thoughts about those things. - Epictetus

To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger; but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can. - Sydney Smith

Each of us is great insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us. - James Harvey Robinson

If peace be in the heart the wildest winter storm is full of solemn beauty. - C.F. Richardson

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction. - George Horace Lorimer

He who believes is strong. Strong convictions precede great actions. - J.F. Clarke

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight. - Helen Keller

Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. - The Bible, Ephesians 5:15,16 NIV

Things never go so well that one should have no fear, and never so ill that one should have no hope. - Turkish proverb

Resolved - never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. - Jonathan Edwards

Expect the dawn of a new beginning in the dark nights of life. - Lloyd John Ogilvie

Only those who haven't got the wit to speak for themselves would ever want their clothes to do it for them. - Julie Burchill

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. - Margaret Thatcher

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. - Mary Kay Ash

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.  - Mary Kay Ash

Worry is a think stream of fear which, if encouraged, becomes a wide channel into which all other thoughts flow. Assume an attitude of positive expectancy! - Author Unknown

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. - Calvin Coolidge

Man is what he believes. - Anton Chekhov

People think of the Golden Rule as something mild and innocuous, like a baby lamb. But when they suffer an infringement of it, they think they've been mauled by a panther. - Francis Wren

No individual raindrop considers itself responsible for the flood. - Anonymous

Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much. - Oscar Wilde

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists... this knowledge, this feeling, is the centre of true religiousness. - Albert Einstein

Life is meant to be a celebration! It shouldn't be necessary to set aside special times to remind us of this fact. Wise is the person who finds a reason to make every day a special one.  - Leo Buscaglia

Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. - John Milton

Hitch your wagon to a star. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you’re already walking on thin ice, you might as well dance. - Gill Atkinson

If you think you can do a thing, or think you can't do a thing: you're right.  - Henry Ford

Sometimes the best way to deal with everyday life, is to lay down on your mat and take a nap. - Joyce Bartels

Never frown beacuse you never know who might be falling in love with your smile. - Justine Milton

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.  - Bill Cosby

A lot of guilt comes from the feeling that we have more influence than we really do. - Dan Gottlieb

And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform. What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving it away. It is venturing to give new life and to nurture it to maturity. It is working hard for the pure joy of being tired at the end of the day. It is caring and sharing and giving and loving...  - Marilyn Thomsen

I lose and find myself in the long water. I am gathered together once more.  - Theodore Roethke

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.  - Sam Lefkowitz

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway... And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!  - Anne Frank

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.  - Emily Dickinson

The best work is done in defiance of management. - Bob Woodward

Bad times, hard times - this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.  - St. Augustine

The only thing that you can carry with you on your travels is your heart. So fill your heart with good things and good things will follow you for the rest of your life. - Scott Murray

... You do what you must do, and you do it well. - Bob Dylan

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. - Alexander Graham Bell

If i were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disaoppoints, possibility never. (from EITHER/OR Volume 1, Chapter titled Diapsalmata) - Soren Kierkegaard

I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge. - Og Mandino

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. - C. Archie Danielson

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. - George Bernard Shaw

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.  - Roy L Smith (American Clergyman)

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't. - from 'The Neurotic's Notebook' - Mignon McLaughlin

The heart outstrips the clumsy senses, and sees - perhaps for an instant, perhaps for long periods of bliss - an undistorted and more veritable world. (1875-1941 - English mystic) - Evelyn Underhill

Expectations are the thief of God's blessings. - Constance K. Hardy

When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. - Bernard Bailey

It proves, on close examination, that work is less boring than amusing oneself. - Charles Baudelaire

An egotist is a person who plays too big a part in his own life. - Dan Bennett

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. - Frank Tyger

Bitterness is the poison we drink hoping to kill someone else. - Carol Gemmell

Start by doing what is necessary then do what is possible. And suddenly, you are doing the impossible. - St. Francis of Assisi

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. - Frederick Douglass

Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck - but, most of all, endurance. (quoted by Jordon Elgrably in Paris Review) - James Baldwin

Nobody cares how much you know til they know how much you care. - Author unknown

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. - Walter Dwight

Sometimes hurdles are actually openings you may need to crawl through.  - Maria Charbonneau

If quiters never win and winners never quit, who came up with quit while your ahead? - Douglas King Jr.

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Because it's there. (when asked why he wanted to climb Everest) - George Mallory

Now what kind of an attitude is that, 'these things happen?' They only happen because this whole country is just full of people who, when these things happen, they just say 'these things happen,' and that's why they happen! We gotta have control of what happens to us. - Ethel Merman

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. - Katherine Hepburn

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.  - Albert Einstein