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“Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“If you turn it over to the universe you will be surprised and dazzled by what is delivered to you. This is where magic and miracles happen.” – Dr. Joe Vitale

“Time asks no questions. It goes on with or without you. To live with the perception of invincibility and endless mortality is to live a fool’s errand. Be conscious, tomorrow comes sooner for some.” – Angela Hiroshima

“Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate accomplishments.” – Napoleon Hill

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.” – Rudyard Kipling

“People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.” – Harvey Mackay

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford

“Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.” – Plutarch

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jack Canfield

“No man can become rich without himself enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie

“You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury

“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” – Deepak Chopra

“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

“To acquire balance means to achieve that happy medium between the minimum and the maximum that represents your optimum. The minimum is the least you can get by with. The maximum is the most you’re capable of. The optimum is the amount or degree of anything that is most favorable toward the ends you desire.” – Nido Qubein

“There are many trails up the mountain, but in time they all reach the top.” – Anya Seton

“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.” – Benjamin Franklin

“In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.” – David Ben Gurion

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Anonymous

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential.” – John Amatt

“Without action, without decision, you remain in possibility, which is safe and beautiful but eventually enervating and boring.” – Jennifer Louden

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“Unfortunately it takes a real storm in the average person’s life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.” – Unknown

“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” – Jonathan Swift

“The most important conversations, briefings, meeting, and lectures you will ever have will be those you hold with yourself in the privacy of your own mind.” – Denis Waitley

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra

“There is all the difference in the world between having something to say and having to say something.” – John Dewey

“The value of anything can be determined by how much of your time and life you are willing to trade for it.” – Brian Tracy

“Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?” – Sai Baba

“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” – Doug Ivester

“The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.” – Solomon Ibn Gabriol

“Remove all blame from your vocabulary. Catch yourself when you find yourself using your past history as a reason for your failure to act today, and instead say, ‘I am free now to detach myself from what used to be.'” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” – John Ruskin

“Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same.” – Lois McMaster Bujold

“Many can argue that reality is as it is, but my experience is that the opposite is exactly true, reality is ours for the making.” – Asara Lovejoy

“I learn by going where I have to go.” – Theodore Roethke

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” – Vincent Lombardi

“Map out your future, but do it in pencil.” – Jon Bon Jovi

“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” – Voltaire

“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” – Aleksei Peshkov

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.” – Anais Nin

“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” – Author Unknown

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” – Henry Ford

“A lifetime is not what is between
the moments of birth and death.
A lifetime is one moment
Between my two little breaths.
The present, the here, the now,
That’s all the life I get.
I live each moment in full,
In kindness, in peace, without regret.”
– Chade Meng, Taoist poet

“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.” – Henri Frédéric Amiel

“Don’t concentrate on making a lot of money, but rather on becoming the type of person people want to do business with.” – Patricia Fripp

“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

“Every time you face a challenge, you are being tested as to how strong your beliefs and intentions are. People who go through great hardships to achieve greatness have a kind of aura about them that says: ‘Don’t mess with me, I know what I’m about. I have been thoroughly tested in battle.’ Confront your challenges with a brave face. The greater the challenge, the greater the gift of power.” – A. C. Ping

“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

“Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.” – Jean Kerr

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

“One reason people have so little is they let perfect get in the way of possible.” – Keith J. Cunningham

“Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.” – Andrew Jackson

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.” – Sidney Greenberg

“Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” – Aldous Huxley

“The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me.’” – Jim Rohn

“Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ‘coaches’ ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.” – Herbert Kaufman

“Whatever the intellectual quality of the education given our children, it is vital that it include elements of love and compassion, for nothing guarantees that knowledge alone will be truly useful to human beings. Among the major troublemakers society has known, many were well-educated and had great knowledge, but they lacked a moral education in qualities such as compassion, wisdom and clarity of vision” – Dalai Lama

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“Trials, 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 was before.” – James Buckham

“The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.” – Frank Hamilton

“Challenge everything you do. Expand your thinking. Refocus your efforts. Rededicate yourself to your future.” – Patricia Fripp

“Humility leads to strength and not weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.” – John J. McCloy

“Choices are the hinges of destiny.” – Pythagoras

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” – Gandhi

“You have not lived a perfect day, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – Ruth Smeltzer

“We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.” – David Bailey

“Attitude determines altitude.” – Unknown

“In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.” – Albert Schweitzer

“You become what you affirm; positively affirm your greatness, genius and fullest potential.” – Mark Victor Hansen

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Who you are, what your values are, what you stand for…they are your anchor, your north star. You won’t find them in a book. You’ll find them in your soul.” – Anne M. Mulcahy

“And Joy is Everywhere; It is in the Earth’s green covering of grass; In the blue serenity of the Sky; In the reckless exuberance of Spring; In the severe abstinence of gray Winter; In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame; In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright; In Living; In the exercise of all our powers; In the acquisition of Knowledge; in fighting evils…Joy is there Everywhere” – Rabindranath Tagore

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.” – Denis Waitley

“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” – Winston Churchill

“If I had my life to live over…I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.” – Nadine Stair

“It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” – Sally Field

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in your heart.” – Chandogya Upanishad

“None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.” – Andrew Jackson

“Success lies not in achieving what you aim at but in aiming at what you ought to achieve.” – Author unknown

“I have no desire to move mountains, construct monuments, or leave behind in my wake material evidence of my existence. But in the final recollection, if the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared upon your face or a touch of joy within your heart…then in living–I have made my mark.” – Thomas L. Odem, Jr.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

“An unwritten want is a wish, a dream, a never-happen. The day you put your goal in writing is the day it becomes a commitment that will change your life. Are you ready?” – Tom Hopkins

“We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.” – Roderick Thorp

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” – William Arthur Ward

“This above all: To thine own self be true.” – William Shakespeare

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx

“When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: there will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” – Barbara J. Winter

“Fear is the opportunity for courage, not proof of cowardice.” – John McCain

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – The Dalai Lama

“Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope – a slight change, and all the patterns alter.” – Sharon Salzberg

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen Covey

“Integrity has no need of rules.” – Albert Camus

“Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life.” – Adele Brookman

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Dance like no one is watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it’s heaven on earth.” – William Purkey

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” – William James

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” – Johannes A. Gaertner

“Personal leadership is not a singular experience. It is, rather, the ongoing process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with those most important things.” – Stephen Covey

“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?” – Rabbi Hillel

“Many people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” – Source Unknown

“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.” – Audrey Hepburn

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius

“We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.” – George Matthew Adams

“The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.” – David Starr Jordan

“Success is the ability to close the door on your past, regardless of your failures, and move forward. In other words, if you’re not on the way, you’re in the way, so it’s best that you get out of the way.” – Bill White

“Life… it tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.” – Richard M. DeVos

“The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.” – Chuck Palahniuk

“Fear of failure and fear of the unknown are always defeated by faith. Having faith in yourself, in the process of change, and in the new direction that change sets will reveal your own inner core of steel.” – Georgette Mosbacher

“Don’t ‘take care’, take a risk!” – Denis Waitley

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this — you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” – Hadia Bejar

“The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar

“We were given: Two hands to hold. Two legs to walk. Two eyes to see. Two ears to listen. But why only one heart? Because the other was given to someone else. For us to find.” – Source Unknown

“He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.” – Anwar al-Sadat

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” – Malcolm Forbes

“Keep a green tree alive in your heart and a songbird may come to sing there.” – Chinese Proverb

“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” – Gary Zukav

“Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.” – Brendan Francis

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” – Marianne Williamson

“Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. – Guillaume Apollinaire

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” – Pyotr Tchaikovsky

“To play it safe is not to play.” – Robert Altman

“Our destiny changes with our thoughts; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thoughts correspond with our desires.” – Orison Swett Marden

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The amount you laugh in your relationships with others is the true measure of the health of your personality.” – Brian Tracy

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“That man is a success, who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“I have always believed that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” – Hermann Hesse

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao-Tzu

“It’s never the changes we want that change everything.” – Junot Diaz

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino

“A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda Saraswati

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” – Cicero

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“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 for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William C. Durant

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” – Gail Sheehy

“It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.” – John Steinbeck

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard

“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” – Edward B. Butler

“If you want to achieve widespread impact and lasting value, be bold.” – Howard Schultz

“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” – Winston Churchill

“False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross lies your calling.” – Aristotle

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” – Mark Twain

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.” – Robert Brault

“Some people think that the gold is at the end of the rainbow, but you and I both know that the gold is the whole rainbow.” – Emma Fairclough

“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it!” – Alan Saporta

“Today, do something that’s entirely selfless and make it memorable for someone else.” – Robert Finkelstein

“And think not you can
Direct the course of love,
For love,
If it finds you worthy,
Directs your course.”
– Khalil Gibran

“It is vital that people ‘count their blessings’ to appreciate what they possess without having to undergo its actual loss.” – Abraham Maslow

“A visionary is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde

“Ever felt an angel’s breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is an angel’s favorite hiding place.” – Carrie Latet

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland

“It is a funny thing about life: If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – Somerset Maugham

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

“I would rather fail trying than succeed at doing nothing.” – Denis Waitley

“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Theodore Seuss Giesel

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” – Unknown

“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.” – Dag Hammarskjöld

“It is good to act as if. It is even better to grow to the point where it is no longer an act.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“A NO uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a YES merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“In pursuit of happiness, the difficulty lies in knowing when you have caught up.” – R.H. Grenville

“We are, each of us, angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other.” – Luciano Decrescenzo

“We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.” – Albert Einstein

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” – Napoleon Hill

“The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.” – Indian proverb

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Gandhi

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” – Brian Tracy

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching.” – Mark Twain

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buechner

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” – Henry Ford

“Only if you reach the boundary will the boundary recede before you. And if you don’t, if you confine your efforts, the boundary will shrink to accommodate itself to your efforts. And you can only expand your capacities by working to the very limit.” – Hugh Nibley

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Elliot

“Many people like to think that they’ll find balance AFTER they find success. But in reality, achieving balance IS success.” – Brian Koslow

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia Weedn

“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” – Helen Keller

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” – Shira Tehrani

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” – William James

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” – Eric Hoffer

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

“Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise.” – Harvey Mackay

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan

“The patient person accepts a certain amount of failure knowing that it is as important a thread in the fabric of life as is success. Great individuals make great successes out of failure.” – Denis Waitley

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Men never plan to be failures; they simply fail to plan to be successful.” – William A. Ward

“Commitment doesn’t guarantee success, but lack of commitment guarantees you’ll fall far short of your potential.” – Denis Waitley

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” – Helen Keller

“The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.” —William F. Scolavino

“When enthusiasm is inspired by reason; controlled by caution; sound in theory; practical in application; reflects confidence; spreads good cheer; raises morale; inspires associates; arouses loyalty, and laughs at adversity; it is beyond price.” – Coleman Cox

“It is good to act as if. It is even better to grow to the point where it is no longer an act.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“What is powerful is when what you say is just the tip of the iceberg of what you know.” – Jim Rohn

“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.” —Kahlil Gibran

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
– Peter Marshall

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – St. Augustine

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

“The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand.” – Robert Vallett

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“People do not lack strength; they lack will.” – Victor Hugo

“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

“The key to motivation is motive. It’s the why. It’s the deeper “yes!” burning inside that makes it easier to say no to the less important.” – Stephen R. Covey

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

“Set excellent performance as your standard and strive to achieve it each day.” – Brian Tracy

“Shoot for the moon; even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn

“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

“Your persistence is your measure of faith in yourself.” – Unknown

“Man is not the sum of what he has but the totality of what he does not yet have, of what he might have.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but do not quit.
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.”

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus

“It’s always too soon to quit.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“When you cannot make up your mind between two evenly balanced courses of action, choose the bolder.” – William Joseph Slim

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“There is no such thing as can’t; only varying degrees of don’t want to.” – Tony Donohue

“Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.” – Jean De La Fontaine

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson

“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” – Greg Anderson

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out if they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got. You’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” – William James

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once. Once wasted you cannot get it back.” – Author Unknown

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Sometimes the slightest shift in the way you look at things, a seemingly insignificant change in perspective can alter your life forever.” – Author Unknown

“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” – Thomas Henry Huxley

“Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come” – Og Mandino

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley

“What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things, instead of using people and loving things.” – Author Unknown

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein

“We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most, believe in most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly.” – Shakti Gawain

“Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin L. Powell

“Positive self-direction is the action plan that all winners in life use to turn imagination into reality, fantasy into fact, and dreams into actual goals.” – Denis Waitley

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter Drucker

“There is more to success than reaching goals. Even a vast fortune can leave you feeling alone, unfulfilled and spiritually poor. Success must also include a joyful appreciation of living an authentic joy that pulls us toward the next episode of our life’s purpose.” – Steve Brunkhorst

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

“There are four questions of value in life – What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for? What is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.” – Don Juan DeMarco

“It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“I am – the two most powerful words in the world, for whatever we put after them becomes our reality.” – Susan Howson

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all these.” – George Washington Carver

“To laugh often and love much, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one’s self…this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!” – Andrew Carnegie

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.” – Charles F. Kettering

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins

“Make sure the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you.” – Jim Rohn

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

“Most look up and admire the stars. A champion climbs a mountain and grabs one.” – Author Unknown

“Take the road less traveled. It will provide the journey of a lifetime.” – Robert Finkelstein

“No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things.” – Channing Pollock

“Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn

“To succeed you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The sad part about life is we tend to comment only on those who do it wrong and neglect to balance it with praise for those who do it right.” – Keith Ready

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” – Roger Crawford

“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take, choose the bolder.” – William Joseph Slim

“You can’t always change your situation, but you can always change your attitude.” – Larry Hargraves

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Anthony Robbins

“I can change. I can live out of my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.” – Stephen Covey

“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” – Henry J. Kaiser

“Focus on the solution, not the problem.” – Walter Anderson

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” – William Feather

“What we hope ever to do with ease,
we must learn first to do with diligence.” – Samuel Johnson

“Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” – Brian Tracy

“It takes a wise person to have the last word and not use it.” – Author Unknown

“Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.” – Jean De La Fontaine

“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” – Charles Kendall Adams

Cliff above clouds

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.” – William Allen White

Winter sunset

“The majority of people meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” – Napoleon Hill


The five most important words a leader can speak are – ‘I am proud of you’
The four most important are – ‘What is your opinion?’
The three most important are – ‘If you please’
The two most important are – ‘Thank You’
And the most important single word of all is – ‘You’ – Denis Waitley


“Believe in the best…have a goal for the best,
never be satisfied with less than your best,
try your best, and in the long run things will turn out for the best.”
– Henry Ford

Sunset lake

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer

Grand Canyon 1

“We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.” – Earl Nightingale


“If you don’t take charge of shaping your own destiny, others will apply their agenda to you.” – Eric Allenbaugh


“Never mistake activity for achievement.” – John Wooden

Red sunrise

“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.” – Peter Marshall


“Risk more than others think is safe.
Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible.”
– Claude T. Bissell


“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

Snowing snow

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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63 Responses to “Quotes and Images”

  1. great

  2. Sarah Stewart Says:

    Hey Robert,

    Just wanted to let you know that Terri and I are faithful followers of the “Finkel” blog. Keep up the good work 🙂


  3. What a great compilation of quotes…now I am feeling inspired! The pictures are beautiful as well. Well done and thank you, Robert!

  4. Awesome! Truly magnificent…Thank you for sharing dear Robert Finkelstein…

  5. Gorgeous Robert – I loved these!

    I would love them as a continuous screen saver, can this be done.
    You should do them and sell them.


  6. Love the images, can I see them larger? Who shot them?

  7. zella knight Says:

    These words truly impact my heart…. thank you for allowing the words to inspire and for bringing for a new friend, Robert.

  8. Wow, these inspirational quotes are good. Thanks for sharing on Twitter and keep up the cool work =D More of this to educate people, nowadays kids need a lot of these.

  9. Hi Robert,

    I like your presentation … It’s really emotional… You Rock!

  10. Nice pics, too small on my screen tho. Could you add authors to these quotes? Thanks for the inspirations.

  11. Karelynne Randall Says:

    Hi Robert,
    What a dedicated and brilliant contribution……. pardon my humour…… this is an IV line of life enhancing positivity and motivation!!! 🙂

  12. These are just beautiful, I wish I could post quote and picture together.
    What an awesome site!
    Thank You, Brenda

  13. Hi,

    Thank you for the great quality of your blog, every time I come here, I’m amazed.

  14. Robert,
    I just discovered your site while searching the results for “RAINY DAY” and I must say that your photos are extreamly beautiful, really. I do a little bit of photography here in India and I admit that I’m not a good photographer. 🙂

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  20. Linda Marie Says:

    How wonderful! Thank you for such a wonderful gift.

    Linda Marie

  21. …what can one say
    have a great day and go boldly…here’s a link to my article containing your image, hope it was ok to use if not please advise, 🙂
    lots of love

    • the link!!…your photos awesome could I use another time, have put in another as not sure as to source of yours and whether any copyright?? thanks for your page is beautiful.

      • Thank you, Stephen. Most of the pictures are found on the net, none of which had any copyright marks. I trust that if that is the case with any of them, the photographer can be assured that they are being used with respect and admiration, and not for financial purposes.

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