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opinion, the teaching, rearing, and training of children
requires more intelligence, intuitive understanding, humility,
strength, wisdom, spirituality, perseverance, and hard work
than any other challenge we might have in life.
This is especially so when moral foundations of honor and decency
are eroding around us.
For us to have successful homes, values must be taught,
and there must be rules, there must be standards,
there must be absolutes.
James E. Faust
If a man does not keep pace
with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau
The work of art must seize upon you, wrap
you up in itself
and carry you away.
It is the means by which the artist conveys
It is the current which he puts forth,
sweeps you along in his passion.
calling is great when greatly pursued.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Cherish your visions,
your ideals, the music that stirs in your heart.
If you remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
There are many things
in life that will catch your eye,
but only a few will catch your heart ...
If you sing like an
but do it without love,
you'll never rise above the crowd.
If you chase after your goals
but forget your heart,
you'll always be answering to someone else.
If you follow the same path
without trying another,
you'll always be left wondering.
If you strive for perfection
but do it without heart,
your work will have no soul.
If you live your life
but do it without passion and purpose,
you'll always wonder
"What could have been?"
Don't ask yourself what the
ask yourself what makes you come alive,
and then go and do that.
What the world needs
is people who have come alive.
You must believe in what you're doing
otherwise you're just wasting your time.
Find a personal calling that you can be passionate about
and follow your heart.
In the end,
you'll be grateful you followed your heart,
rather than what someone else said you should do.
Find the truth in your life
and then live it
Find out where your heart belongs
and go there
Take the time to discover who you are
and give yourself to the world
rules are simple.
Take your work, but never
Pour in the love and whatever skill you have,
it will come out.
live content with small means -
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than
worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich -
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly,
to stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart -
to bear all cheerfully - do all bravely, await occasions - never
word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through
This is to be my symphony.
William Ellery Channing
Life is like a
Anyone can play a song through meaningless
but it takes passion to play a masterpiece.
Which way his heart draws him
And then choose that way with all his strength.
When mindless, unchallenging, routine
existence and safety
are blindly accepted and become unthinking goals,
there can be no authenticity,
because you and everyone else has a mission,
a purpose in life that cannot be denied if you are to live fully.
If you have no purpose, you have no passion.
If you have no passion, you have sold yourself out.
I know that, because I know that within each of us there are passions
if acknowledged and released,
will energize and excite the experience of life.
Dr. Phillip C. McGraw
A strong passion for any object will
for the desire of the end will point out the means.
The strait and narrow path, though
is a path, not a freeway nor an escalator.
Indeed, there are times when the only way
the strait and narrow path can be followed
is on one's knees!
Neal A. Maxwell
Patience is the ability
to let your light shine
after your fuse has blown.
No matter how
slow the film,
Spirit always stands still long enough
for the photographer It has chosen.
Rome wasn't built in a day.
Be patient with yourself.
gradually ... one heart at a
must come to
see that peace
is not merely a distant goal to seek,
but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal.
We must pursue peaceful ends
through peaceful means.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
If it is
peace you want,
seek to change yourself,
not other people.
It is easier to protect your feet with slippers
than to carpet the whole of the earth.
Anthony de Mello
If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
away from small people
who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that you, too,
can become great.
American Writer and Humorist
1835 - 1910
There are two types of people who will
that you cannot make a difference in this world:
those who are afraid to try themselves,
and those who are afraid that you will succeed.
When love and skill
expect a masterpiece.
Art Critic, Sage Writer, Social Critic, Author, Poet and Artist
1819 - 1900
There is no such thing as
Perfection is not gained any more than heaven
at a single bound.
We build the ladder by which we rise.
The will to
often the difference
between failure and success.
American Businessman and Pioneer of Radio and Television
1891 - 1971
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that?
We must have perseverance
and above all confidence in ourselves.
We must believe that we are gifted in something,
and that this thing, at whatever cost,
must be attained.
Madame Marie Curie
At the end of every challenge
is the beginning of something new.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
Great works are performed,
not by strength,
got to have the persistence and hard
to overcome all the early obstacles.
People don't generally notice whether
until after you've made it.
So long as there is
breath in me,
that long I will persist.
For now I know one of the greatest principles on success;
if I persist long enough I will win.
American Best-Selling Inspirational Author and Speaker, Magazine Editor
1923 - 1996
Most of the important
things in the world
have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
American Writer and Lecturer
1888 - 1955
When written in Chinese,
the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters -
one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States - 1961-1963
1917 - 1963
Obstacles viewed from a
higher point of view
are invariably stepping stones to success.
live in a
Hostile people live in a hostile world.
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Author and Lecturer
is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't
so we can appreciate Fridays.
you see and
depends a good deal on where you are standing;
it also depends on what sort of person you are.
C. S. Lewis
you are against weakens you.
Everything you are for empowers you.
Dr. Wayne Dyer
It's not what you
are that holds you back,
it's what you think you are not.
temptations, disappointments -
all these are helps
instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly.
They not only test the
fibre of a character, but strengthen it.
Every conquered temptation
represents a new fund of moral energy.
Every trial endured and
weathered in the right spirit
makes a soul nobler and stronger than it
has the seed of a new, and perhaps different, opportunity buried inside
just waiting to be discovered.
When we feel stuck,
even starting to slip backward,
we may actually be backing up
to get a running start!
people are always grumbling that roses have thorns;
I am thankful that thorns have roses.
When everything around you
seems to make you feel like all that's left is ashes,
remember the Phoenix.
It rose from the ashes in a glorious new beginning,
to a life that was better and brighter
than anything it had known before.
You can, too!
Become a possibilitarian.
No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are,
raise your sights and see possibilities -
always see them for they're always there.
Norman Vincent Peale
It's the possibility of
having a dream come true
that makes life interesting.
Always look at what you have
Never look at what you have lost.
American Televangelist, Pastor and Author
It is something to
be able to paint a
or to carve a statue,
and so make a few objects beautiful;
but it is far more glorious to carve and paint
the very atmosphere and medium through which we look.
To affect the quality of the day ...
that is the highest of arts.
Henry David Thoreau
Each of us is great
insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities
which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.
James Harvey Robinson
Some look at things that are, and ask
I dream of things that never were,
and ask why not?
George Bernard Shaw
Resolve to succeed.
The greatest discovery one can make
is that nothing is impossible.
exists is in a manner the seed
of that which will be.
There is no heavier burden
than a great potential.
of the "Peanuts" cartoon
only what thou may become.
Quixote de la Mancha
Cervantes Saavedra (1547 - 1616)
Spanish Novelist, Poet
rose only becomes beautiful and blesses others
when it opens up and
Its greatest tragedy is to stay in a tightly closed bud,
fulfilling its potential.
you only look at what is,
you might never attain what could be.
There comes that mysterious meeting in
when someone acknowledges who we are
and what we can be,
igniting the circuits of our highest potential.
Know thy ideal and live to that.
For each soul must give account for its own self.
You don’t have the
waterfalls, sunsets or roses,
but you do have the power to bless people
by your words and smiles.
You carry within you the power to make the
Sharon G. Larsen
Your greatest power is the
power to be.
To be more loving. To be more courageous.
To be more joyous. To be more friendly.
To be more sensitive. To be more aware.
To be more forgiving. To be more tolerant.
To be more humble. To be more patient.
To be more helpful.
To be a greater human being.
Wilferd A. Peterson
Never underestimate your
power to change yourself;
never overestimate your power to change others.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind
a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the
smallest act of caring,
of which have the potential to turn a life around.
POWER OF THE HEART
We cannot change the
cards we are dealt,
just how we play the hand.
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
I trust so much in the power of the heart and the soul;
I know that the answer to what we need to do next
is in our own hearts.
All we have to do is listen,
then take that one step further and trust what we hear.
We will be taught what we need to learn.
God has three answers for prayer
and none of them is "no".
They are "Yes", "Wait", and "I have another plan".
Prayer surely is the passport to spiritual power.
You can pray with purpose when you realize who you are
and what Heavenly Father wants you to become.
Thomas S. Monson
IN THE PRESENT
Don't let yesterday
use up too much of today.
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20
bill in the room of 200.
He asked, "Who would like this $20.00?" Hands started going up.
He said, "I'm going to give this to one of you, but first, let me
do this." He proceeded to crumple the bill up.
He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in
"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?"
He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with
He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants
it?" Still hands went into the air.
"My friends, you all have learned a very valuable lesson. No
matter what I did to the money,
you still wanted it, because it did not decrease in value. It is
still worth 20 dollars.
Many times in our lives we are dropped, crumpled and ground into
by the circumstances that come our way and the decisions we make.
We feel that we are worthless,
but, no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never
lose your value,
dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to
those who love you.
The worth of our lives comes not in what we do, or who we know,
but who we are.
You are special, don't ever forget it!"
BEWARE OF PRIDE
Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.
But deep down below the surface of the average conscience
a still, small voice says to us,
"Something is out of tune."
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.
Think only on those things that are in line with your principles
and can bear the full light of day.
hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,
sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ...
but the world may be different
because I was important in the life of a child.
Scholar, Teacher and Boy Scouts of America Administrator
1894 - 1967
God said, "Your task is to build a better world."
Overwhelmed I replied, "How? This world is such a large,
and there's nothing I can do that seems to matter."
But God in all His wisdom said, "Just build a better you."
Dust if you
wouldn't it be better to paint a picture,
write a letter, bake a cake, or plant a seed.
the difference between want and need.
if you must,
there is not much time,
rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
to hear, and books to read,
to cherish and life to lead.
if you must,
the world's out there with the sun in your eyes,
wind in your hair, a flutter of snow,
shower of rain, this day will not come round again.
if you must,
bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind.
when you go, and go you must,
yourself, will make more dust!
That we do a lot may not be so important.
That we focus the energy of our minds, our hearts, and our souls
on those things of eternal significance,
that is essential.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
The significant problems we face
cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at
when we created them.
No matter what business you're in,
you can't run in place or someone will pass you by.
It doesn't matter how many games you've won.
Do not confuse motion with
A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
Alfred A. Montapert
Restlessness and discontent
are the first necessities of progress.
Thomas Alva Edison
I promise you that at this precise moment next year,
your life will be better or worse than it is right now.
It will not be the same;
the choice to improve it or let it decay is wholly and undeniably yours.
Dr. Phil McGraw
"Self Matters: Creating Your Life From The Inside Out"
that the sole purpose of a middle name
is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
Our purpose is
hidden in our joy, our
inspiration, our excitement.
As we act on what shows up in our life,
our purpose shows up.
Begin each day
as if it were on purpose.
from the movie
When you are inspired by some great purpose,
some extraordinary project,
all your thoughts break their bonds.
Your mind transcends limitations,
your consciousness expands in every direction,
and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive
and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far
than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
To desire and strive to be of some service to the world,
to aim at doing something
which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue
of mankind -
this is a choice which is possible for all of us;
and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
Henry Van Dyke
think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible,
honorable, to be compassionate.
It is, after all, to matter:
to stand for something,
to have made some difference that you lived at
The purpose of life is to
live a life of purpose.
Jace Carlton. All International Rights Reserved.