What this power is I cannot say. All I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
Alexander Graham Bell
When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
When one door closes another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
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No matter how big government gets, and no matter how many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.
Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
Karl A. Menninger
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
There is no instinct like that of the heart.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
Have you checked the children lately ?
Curt Duncan, When A Stranger Calls (1979)
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of god is confined to this or that book ? How dare men call god infinite, and yet try to compress him within the covers of a little book !
Before we can forgive one another, we must understand one another
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for ?
There is not a breathing of the common wind that will forget thee.
Leadership is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it's only kept a secret from the person who fails.
Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.
Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.
Bobby Dupea, Waitress (1970)
I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Who indeed can harm you if you are committed deeply to doing what is right ?
Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding.
Life does not happen to us, it happens from us.
A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
Charles M. Schwab
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass!
Paul J. Meyer
The best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
He who lends to the poor gets his interest from God.
If you're not sure where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else.
May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.
The mark of a true doctor is usually illegible.
Well, I proved once and for all that the limb is mightier than the thumb.
Ellie Andrews, It Happened One Night (1934)
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.
Henry David Thoreau
You can not escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.
Lydia Maria Child
Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
A boy's best friend is his mother.
Norman Bates, Psycho (1960)
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
It's the investor who is risky, not the investment.
Robert T. Kiyosaki
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
Love is a symbol of eternity that wipes away all sense of time, removing all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.
One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory or defeat.
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x ; y is play ; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.
Be grateful to the Man you help, think of him as god. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship god by helping our fellow men ?
One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. I can take it in small doses, but as a lifestyle I find it too confining.
One lie ruins a thousand truths.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
All you need is love.
There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Success is predictable.
One does evil enough when one does nothing good.
There are two primary choices in life, to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.
Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off. But if you don't have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague
Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it is all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you are willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you are willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you have got the essential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.
It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them and a lifetime to forget them.
Joy is not in things, it is in us.
Whenever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of the effectiveness, happiness, and trust-based relationships.
When god closes a door, he opens a window.
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.
We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions.
There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.
William B. Given, Jr.
The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.
Leave the gun. Take the cannolis.
Pete Clemenza, The Godfather (1972)
We didn't land on plymouth rock. Plymouth rock landed on us !
Malcolm X, Malcolm X (1992)
I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment.
The gem can not be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.
To understand your parents love you must raise children yourself.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!
If I'm ever on a life-support system I choose to be unplugged, but not until Im down to a size eight!
Think and grow rich.
Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly, all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you -- suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, "Well, I'll have a go, too''.
Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.
Princess Leia, Star Wars (1977)
I know people that got diagnosed with Parkinson's, and they just gave up. Sat in a wheelchair and refused to get up. I'll never give up. Some day this will probably take me, but I'm not going to walk away from life.
Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean , if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.
Michel de Montaigne
Talent is formed in solitude, character in the bustle of the world.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Came but for friendship, and took away love.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say, We did it ourselves.
All work is empty save when there is love.
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
John Kenneth Galbraith
When you reach for the stars, you may not get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud, either.