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Fathers are like a lighthouse when there is fog his children can always depend on seeing the light.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
Possibilitizing is overcoming while you're undergoing.
Robert H. Schuller
There comes a moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear.
We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face.
Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness -- great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.
The strength of the heart comes from the soundness of the faith.
Saudi Arabian Proverb
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
A fellow doesn't last long on what he has done. He has to keep on delivering.
Love never claims, it ever gives.
You sing-a high.
Baravelli, Connie Bailey (1932)
When something is finally obvious that should have been obvious years before, we call it common sense.
For things to change you've got to change. Otherwise, nothing much will change
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.
Edgar J. Mohn
Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.
Lydia Maria Child
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
If you face a delicate situation, don't go into it wearing your spurs or you'll rip it apart. Instead, dress for the occasion. Cloak yourself in diplomacy. Vest yourself with wisdom, and wear a smile.
Anne Mackay Thompson
They call me Mister Tibbs !
Virgil Tibbs, In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
It may be all right to be content with what you have, never with what you are.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
I love him because he's the kind of guy who gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk, and I love the way he blushes right up over his ears. I love him because he doesn't know how to kiss, the jerk !
Sugarpuss O'Shea, Ball Of Fire (1941)
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
We can do no great things. Only small things with great love.
Come to the edge. We can't. We're afraid. We can't. We will fall ! Come to the edge. And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew.
God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, begin it now.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Your level of brilliance will determine the size of your opportunities in life.
Love that is true never grows old.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it, boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.
If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
If I'm ever on a life-support system I choose to be unplugged, but not until Im down to a size eight!
Romance, like a ghost escapes touching, it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
George William Curtis
Along with trustworthiness, consistency is the thing to look for when you surround yourself with people who can help you on your quest.
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.
No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
Things do not change we change.
Henry David Thoreau
The gulf between god and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing god, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.
One mistake will never kill you. The same mistake over and over again will.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
If you want to reach a goal, you must see the reaching in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.
What we hope to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
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
When a man comes to a conscious vital realization of those great spiritual forces within himself and begins to use those forces in science, in business, and in life, his progress in the future will be unparalleled.
Get into a line that you will find to be a deep personal interest, something you really enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education because that would mean we had stopped growing.
Julia H. Gulliver
Where can we go to find god if we cannot see him in our own hearts and in every living being.
How a man plays a game shows something of his character, how he loses shows all of it.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Above all, beware of compromises. Hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others fads through the greed of getting supporters. Your atman is the support of the universe - whose support do you stand in need of ?
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.
It is seldom indeed that one parts on good terms, because if one were on good terms one would not part.
A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
Hard work pays off.
We all love best not those who offend us least, nor those who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
When people are like each other they tend to like each other.
I think there is something, more important than believing : Action ! The world is full of dreamers, there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.
W. Clement Stone
Success is achieved by those who try and keep trying with a positive mental attitude.
W. Clement Stone
One can spend a lifetime assigning blame, find the cause 'out there' for all the troubles that exist. Contrast this with the 'responsible attitude' of confronting the situation, bad or good, and instead of asking, 'What caused the trouble ? Who was to blame ?' asking 'How can I handle this present situation to make the most of it ? What can I salvage here ?'
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going!
Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
Dale E. Turner
Where's the rest of me ?
Drake McHugh, Kings Row (1942)
Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.
You'll find boredom where there is an absence of a good idea.
First, believe in the world - that there is meaning behind everything.
Wisdom is knowledge, rightly applied.
The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living that are desired when dying.
There are two ways of meeting difficulties you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.
This is nothing !
Stanley Motss, Wag The Dog (1997)
Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
Let no one who loves be called unhappy Even love unreturned has its rainbow.
Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you're generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
P. T. Barnum
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.
Robert G. Ingersoll
Love is like a piece of art work, even the smallest bit can be so beautiful.
A kind speech and forgiveness is better than alms followed by injury.
How do you live ?
Helen, James Allen (1932)
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
The point is that you can't be too greedy.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
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)
Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present.
There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain't happy.