Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Beware the fury of a patient man.
Happiness is the feeling you're feeling when you want to keep feeling it.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Get rid of anything less than excellent in your life, and your integrity will increase.
In doing your work in the great world, it is a safe plan to follow a rule I once heard on the football field: Don't flinch, don't fall; hit the line hard.
Be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work
and to play and to look up at the stars
~Henry Van Dyke
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Never let yesterday's disappointments overshadow tomorrow's dreams.
~ Author Unknown
Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
~ Eddie Rickenbacker
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
~ Helen Keller
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. Happiness lives for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
First things first.
~ Stephen R. Covey
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Many of us have unconsciously erected barriers to protect ourselves from failing or succeeding. We may think we're protecting ourselves by denying our creative impulses, but all we're doing is burying our authentic selves alive.
~Sarah Ban Breathnach
From Hold That Thought, by Sarah Ban Breathnach (Warner Books)
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
It takes strength to be firm,
It takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.
It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to feel a friend's pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to hide your own pains,
It takes courage to show them.
It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on another.
It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.
~ Kahlil Gibran
Anyone can have a good day.
The question is what do you do on a bad day. That's when you're being tested. In a very tangible sense, a bad day shows your innermost essence more than a good day.
~Arthur Golden, author.
~ Hex. 39 The Oracle of Changes
--Janet Erskine Stuart
-- American Proverb
-- Mark Twain
The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is
Russian-born American Author
"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus
day, so I never have to live without you."
- Winnie the Pooh
"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom
known it be lost."
- Charles Caleb Colton
"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world
"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind
me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend."
- Albert Camus.
"Strangers are just friends waiting to happen."
"Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life."
"Friendship is one mind in two bodies."
"If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend."
- Stone Temple Pilots
"I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay."
- Dave Matthews Band
"If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with
them, I'd be at the bottom to catch them"
"Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say.
Best friends listen to what you don't say."
"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go,
we take a little of each other everywhere"
- Tim McGraw
"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got
five real friends, then you've had a great life."
"Hold a true friend with both your hands."
"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing
it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
Every exit is an entrance somewhere else.
The product of a vast uncontrolled urge to reproduce which suddenly overtook an otherwise reserved and well-behaved group of people belonging to a preceding generation.
People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Life is about not knowing, having to change,
taking the moment and making the best of it,
without knowing what's going to happen next.
The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Our real blessings often appear to us
in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments;
but let us have patience,
and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours.
And life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.
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Obstacles are necessary for success because victory comes only after
many struggles and countless defeats. Each struggle, each defeat,
sharpens your skills and your strengths, your courage and your
endurance, your ability and your confidence--and thus each obstacle is
a comrade-in-arms, forcing you to become better.
Info on Og Mandino, "Mr. Success"
And when the night is cloudy,
There is still a light that shines on me,
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.
~John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Out of clutter, find Simplicity.
From discord, find Harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.
It's just a job.
Grass grows, birds fly,
waves pound the sand.....
I just beat people up
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rains fall soft upon your fields, and,
until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
You can complain because roses have thorns,
or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.
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this insightful philosopher
A CREED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do great things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things...
I got nothing I asked for -- but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among men, most richly blessed!
To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
No moving parts, no batteries,
No monthly payments and no fees;
In fact it's quite relaxable;
It can't be stolen, won't pollute,
One size fits all, do not dilute.
It uses little energy,
But yields results enormously.
Relieves your tension and your stress,
Invigorates your happiness;
Combats depression, makes you beam,
And elevates your self-esteem!
Your circulation it corrects,
Without unpleasant side effects.
It is, I think, the perfect drug;
May I prescribe, my friends,… the hug!
(And of course, fully returnable!)
~Henry Matthew Ward
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either
for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be
filled with glory.
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