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Lifeís still an adventure! -Brendan Blowers
Fear not that your life will come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.
[John Henry Newman]
"I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty"
[David, before he killed Goliath. When you encounter a giant in your life, use this phrase.]
I will not give up my spirit of adventure for the worldís simple, canned answers.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
[Albert Einstein (1879-1955)]
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true."
[James Branch Cabell]
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence."
[Xenocrates (396-314 B.C.)]
Even manís worst cannot obscure the good in Godís creation.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. "
[Edmund Burke (1729-1797)]
Itís cheap and easy to decry the injustice of others, but desparately costly to confront our own.
[Richard B. Hayes]
Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you will get neither.
People will doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
God loves us just the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way.
If you live in the present, every moment is a new beginning.
If you donít take risks in life, you risk not living.
Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever.
Darkness is necessary to bring out the light of a star.
I have always lived close to the edge. It makes me see the activity of God more clearly, because I know that I am not doing things. God is.
God is more interested in your obedience and willingness to follow him than the results you produce.
Learning is actually fun, thatís why it rarely happens at school.
Miracles are usually more spectacular on the inside of the situation, not the outside.
From The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little thingsÖ
I am tempted to thinkÖ
There are no little things.
Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.
There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.
[David Starr Jordan]
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
[Henry David Thoreau]
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
[Oliver Wendell Holmes]
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.
We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.
The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.
[Ezra Taft Benson]
Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.
those things that are obscene, rude, or pornographic can breed an inner darkness that numbs our higher sensibilities and substitutes the social conscience of "Will I be found out?" for the natural or divine conscience of "What is right and wrong?"
"Anything less than conscious commitment to the important is subconscious commitment to the unimportant."
[Stephen R. Covey]
"The Abundance Mentality flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in sharing of prestige, recognition, profits, and decision making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives and creativity."
[Stephen R. Covey]
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The measure of satisfaction and fulfillment results as a by-product from the amount of pain and effort you invested.
The harder you fall,
the higher you bounce.
If you learn from your suffering, and really come to
understand the lesson you were taught,
you might be able to help someone else
who's now in the phase you may have just completed.
Maybe that's what it's all about after all...
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
Every man dies.
Not every man truly lives.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when?
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection.
The meaning of things lies not
in the things themselves,
but in our attitude towards them.
[Antoine de Saint Exupery]
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
[Charles A. Beard]
If you were going to die soon
and had only one phone call you could make,
who would you call and what would you say?
And why are you waiting?
La perfection est atteinte non quand
il ne reste rien à ajouter, mais quand
il ne reste rien à enlever.
You know you've achieved perfection in design,
not when you have nothing more to add,
but when you have nothing more to take away.
[Antoine de Saint Exupery]
It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
[Ursula K. Le Guin]
A man walking across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger chasing after him.
Coming to a cliff, he caught hold of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Terrified, the man looked down to where, far below,
another tiger had come, waiting to eat him.
Two mice, one white, one black, little by little
began to gnaw away at the vine.
The man saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked
the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted!
You can complain because roses have thorns,
or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
If life doesnít offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.
[Anthony J DíAngelo]
They conquer who believe they can. Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson]
The unexamined life is not worth living.
All men by nature desire to know.
What you will be, you are now becoming.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.
Nature gave man two ends Ė one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then manís success or failure has been dependent on the one he used the most.
[George R. Kirkpatrick]
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand, as playing a bad hand well.
Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.
[Henry Van Dyke]
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
[Emile Zola (1840-1902)]
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
[Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)]
Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
[Henry Ford (1863-1947)]
Do, or do not. There is no 'try'.
[Yoda ('The Empire Strikes Back')]
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
[Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)]
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
[Plato (427-347 B.C.)]
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
[Ian L. Fleming (1908-1964)]
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
[Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)]
"Well done is better than well said. "
[Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)]
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. "
[Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)]
I criticize by creation - not by finding fault."
[Cicero (106-43 B.C.)]
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
[Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)]
"Behold, I am coming soon!"
[Revelation 22:7a] (Very good news)
Restore unto me the Joy of my salvation.
"The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour."
How strange that people spend their lives striving for the very enjoyment that God gives freely, as a gift.
The sunsetís free.
Donít let your thinking get in a rut.
That which doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.
You've got to stand for something or you will fall for anything.
Work like you don't need the money.
Dance like no one is watching.
And love like you've never been hurt.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.