is a choice to focus one's being in a certain way, to bring one's faith, commitment, creativity, and love into coordination with a particular value and purpose.
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Do not wait for leaders, do it alone, person to person.
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
Leaders are people who are able to express themselves fully, they know who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how to fully deploy their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. They also know what they want, why they want it, and how to communicate what they want to others, in order to gain compensation and support. Finally, they know how to achieve their goals. The key to full self-expression is understanding one's self and the world, and the key to understanding is learning -- from one's own life and experience.
The doctor and the pastor ask about your health, but eternity makes you responsible for your condition.
The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.
Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are all capable of greater things than we realize.
Norman Vincent Peale
To succeed... you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
In order to love simply, it is necessary to know how to show love.
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
Abigail Van Buren
There are only two things more beautiful than a good gun, a swiss watch and a woman from anywhere.
Cherry Valance, Red River (1948)
The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.
Norman Vincent Peale
If a man does his best, what else is there ?
General George S. Patton
This is the true measure of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us.
Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe
The rare individual who honestly satisfies this heart-hunger ( praise ) will hold people in the palm of his hand, and even the undertaker will be sorry when he dies.
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
It's nice to be the best, but not when being the best brings out the worst in you.
Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.
Smile ! and the world will smile with you !
The person who says it can not be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
You can never be happy at the expense of the happiness of others.
We can help others in the world more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there.
Do or do not, there is no try.
We're on a mission from God.
Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers (1980)
Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.
Mark Victor Hansen
True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.
Beware what you set your heart upon, for it surely shall be yours.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whenever you find whole world against you just turn around and lead the world.
Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons ! The loons ! They're welcoming us back.
Ethel Thayer, On Golden Pond (1981)
Practice makes perfect.
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
Love is my religion, I could die for it.
Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.
Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain - and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
For one person to love another, that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the last test and proof, the work for which all else is but preparation.
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but
you've got to come back a star!
Julian Marsh, 42nd Street (1933)
Everybody forgets the basic thing, people are not going to love you unless you love them.
We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.
Let he him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince himself.
The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.
In imagination, there's no limitation.
Mark Victor Hansen
Be loyal to people in their absence. Then watch how others begin having more faith and confidence in you, because they know you won't be talking about them behind their backs.
Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to god, and say utterly, 'Thy will be done'. We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.
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.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for, but rather something to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan
Love doesn't make the world go'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
Franklin P. Jones
Praise does wonders for the sense of hearing.
How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives.
What hump ?
Igor, Young Frankenstein (1974)
Most of the exercise I get is from standing and walking around laboratory tables all day. I derive more benefit and entertainment from this than some of my friends and competitors get from playing games like golf.
When I was a young man, I found out that if you hurt somebody, they'll leave you alone. When I tried to leave everybody alone and just do my own thing, everybody just wanted to hurt me. Until one day I just decided, well, I've had enough of this picking. And there were like six young men still figuring they were going to mess with my head. And we went to war. To their surprise, I was no longer taking the beating, I was giving it.
I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.
Alvy Singer, Annie Hall (1977)
Just because we increase the speed of information doesn't mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.
You must motivate yourself every day.
The best portion of a good man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts, of kindness and of love.
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You can not make progress without making decisions.
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_ , a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
To be a champion, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.
Sugar Ray Robinson
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'
Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful, it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things.
You can not shake hands with a clenched fist.
The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart.
Josiah G. Holland
Who, being loved, is poor ?
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
In the eyes of a lover pockmarks are dimples.
The best proof of love is trust.
Love sees roses without thorns.
Knowledge is proud that she knows so much , Wisdom is humble that she knows no more.
Courage is a moral quality , it is not a chance gift of nature like an aptitude for games. It is a cold choice between two alternatives, the fixed resolve not to quit , an act of renunciation which must be made not once but many times by the power of the will. Courage is will power.
The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.
Kindness is always fashionable.
America E. Barr
Not much meat on her, but what's there is choice.
Mike Conovan, Pat And Mike (1952)
Never stop dreaming.
You don't use a hammer to tighten a screw.
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
You haven't failed until you quit trying.
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing
Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people's lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.
Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.
Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.