Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability... . We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.
If one advances confidently in the direction of their goals and endeavors to live the life that they have imagined, they'll meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
Count your blessings.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you're signed up for a season, see it through. You don't have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through.
Rather than focusing on things and time, focus on preserving and enhancing relationships and on accomplishing results.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.
If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds, it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
Every day in every way I am getting better and better.
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot , but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
We must be bright and cheerful, long faces do not make religion.
Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.
It's a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you often get it.
W. Somerset Manghan
Unfortunately, most of the students in martial art are conformers. The student seldom learns to depend upon himself for expression. Instead, he faithfully or blindly follows an instructor, the authority figure, and his instructor's imposed
pattern. That way, the student feels he is no longer alone and finds security in mass imitation. However, what is nurtured is the dependent mind rather than independent inquiry, which is so essential to genuine understanding. So through daily conditioning a student will probably be skilled according to a pattern, however, he will not come to understand himself.
Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.
We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
The several tribes of indians inhabiting the regions of the upper missouri, and of whom I spoke in my last letter, are undoubtedly the finest looking, best equipped, and most beautifully costumed of any on the continent.
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
If you don't quit, and don't cheat, and don't run home when trouble arrives, you can only win.
Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved
I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken, and I'd rather remember it as it was at it's best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived
Results come from constantly applying what you know, not just knowing.
John P. Strelecky
Adversity introduces a man to himself.
You could unwrap a Fudgesicle at the first light and never touch the brake lever till you threw away the stick.
I can levitate birds, but nobody cares.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Success is the child of audacity.
I am someone else when I'm with you, someone more like myself.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Conflict itself is, of course, a sign of relative health as you would know if you ever met really apathetic people, really hopeless people, people who have given up hoping, striving, and coping.
Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.
Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.
Change does not change tradition. It strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat. Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.
Henry Steele Commager
Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
Thomas Henry Huxley
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in ; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day ; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Shane ! Shane ! Come back !
Joey Starrett, Shane (1953)
The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
John C. Maxwell
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
Romance is the fuel that keeps love burning hot.
The secret to happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for ?
An obstacle is often a stepping stone.
You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place. You can make goals for family, relationships, anything.
The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds, they mature slowly.
Peter De Vries
Well, nobody's perfect.
Osgood Fielding III, Some Like It Hot (1959)
We have only one reality, and that is here and now. What we miss by our evasions will never return, but if we squander ourselves, then too we lose being. Each day is precious a moment can be everything.
The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Death is something not only mysterious but a great act of purgation. That which continues in a repetitive pattern is degeneration. The pattern may vary according to country, according to climate, according to circumstance, but it is a pattern. Moving in any pattern brings about a continuity and that continuity is part of the degenerating process of man. When there is an ending of continuity, something new can take place. One can understand it instantly if one has understood the whole movement of thought, of fear, hate, love - then one can grasp the significance, instantly, of what death is.
A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home.
When you drop a pebble into a pool of water, the pebble starts a series of ripples that expand until they encompass the whole pool. This is exactly what will happen when I give my ideas a definite plan of action. Right now I can project my thoughts into the future. I can see ahead of me. I dream, I am not easily discouraged, readily visualize myself as overcoming obstacles, winning out over setbacks, achieving impossible objectives.
Be the best that you can be.
Predetermine the objectives you want to accomplish. Think big, act big and set out to accomplish big results.
Mark Victor Hansen
There are simply too many notes.
Emperor Joseph II, Amadeus (1984)
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
There is not a breathing of the common wind that will forget thee.
I do not believe in styles anymore. I do not believe that there is such a thing as the Chinese way of fighting or the Japanese way of fighting, or any other way of fighting, because unless a human being has three arms and four legs, there can be no different form of fighting.
To me, ultimately, martial art means honestly expressing yourself.
Freedom requires the capacity to accept, bear and live constructively with anxiety. I refer of course to the normal anxiety all of us experience at every step in our psychological growth as well as in this upset contemporary world. To be free means to face and bear anxiety, to run away from anxiety means automatically to surrender one's freedom.
The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.
The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.
Mama, face it. I was the slut of all time.
Gloria Wandrous, Butterfield 8 (1932)
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.
Do what you love and the money will follow
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
When I've heard all I need to make a decision, I don't take a vote. I make a decision.
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.
To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.
Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.
To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself : First, what could I do ? Second, what could I read ? And third, who could I ask ?
The most common cause of fear of old age is associated with the possibility of poverty.
When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.
There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society -- outside of a kennel.
Crystal Allen, The Women (1939)
No disguise can long conceal love where it exists, or long feign it where it is lacking.
Immature love says, I love you because I need you. Mature love says, I need you because I love you.
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.
You make me want to be a better man. As good as it gets.
It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.
I know that many people feel that old age is a time to take it easy, but I compare my life now to being the last runner in a relay race. Would you have me slow down as I near the finish line ?
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 fastest way to pass your own expectation is to add passion to your labor.
Live your dreams.
There are few people who can manage more than their own business.
Gort ! Klaatu barada nikto !
Helen Benson, The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.