2. Life will not be easy, you will be hurt, you will lose loved ones, your finances, relationships, jobs, living arrangements, and physical appearance will all change. No matter what may occur in your life, good or bad, know that it is a part of the greater good in why you are here. Unknown
3. If you have a dream, pursue it, for a dream is just a dream if it’s not pursued. You are worthy of greatness but it can only be achieved by taking action to reach it. Never let anyone tell you that “you can’t do it.” Unknown
4. Do you think you are: Too quiet, not intelligent enough, lacking social skills, unlucky? Such discouragement happens when you compare yourself to others. Don’t do that. Get quiet, meditate, play tapes, post a variety of famous motivational thoughts on your mirror or dashboard. Having confidence in yourself is a remarkable gift. Don’t you find confident people attractive? Even when they don’t have the most beautiful faces or the most fabulous physiques, confident people are fun to look at, interesting to be with, and challenging! Unknown
5. “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” Henry Boye more
6. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Unknown
7. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison
8. ” The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.” Mal Pancoast
9. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela
10. “One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” Benjamin Disraeli
11. Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe. Norman Vincent Peale
12. Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking. Bernard M. Baruch
13. Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. Erma Bombeck
14. The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. Mark Twain 1
15. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
16. Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
17. Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it. Mark Twain 1
8. A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. Mark Twain 19.
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. Mark Twain
20. To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. Mark Twain
21. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain
22. Drag your thoughts away from your troubles – by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. Mark Twain
23. Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. Mark Twain
24. The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. Mark Twain
25. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Mark Twain
26. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain
27. Necessity is the mother of taking chances. Mark Twain
28. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. Barbara Bush 29. Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. Betty Smith
30. To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.” Mahummad Ali
31. 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
32. People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. Dalai Lama
33. I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing. Thomas Edison
34. 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 someday in your life you will have been all of these. George Washington Carver
35. Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is. Blaise Pascal
36. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson
37. The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan K. Chalmers
38. Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; it is better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington
39. Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended. Benjamin Franklin
40. Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. Faith Baldwin
41. Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well. Gandhi
42. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. Martin Luther King
43. If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it – write it in the sand near the water’s edge. Napoleon Hill 44. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. Nelson Mandela 45. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek. Barak Obama
46. The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Albert Einstein
47. Many of us waste time on petty worries or frivolities, but those who know the value of how limited time is seem to cherish every moment they have as a gift. Shadonna Richards, R.N.
48. There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas Edison 49. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison 50. Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Thomas Edison 51. Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. Thomas Edison
52. If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value. Thomas Edison
53. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas Edison
54. We don’t know a millionth of one percent about
anything. Thomas Edison
55. I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun. Thomas Edison
56. Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. Thomas Edison 57. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas Edison
58. Two words that pay a multitude of dividends are uncommon to some; the most simple of expressions serves to make each recipient valued as a person; the two words are thank you which when extended and expressed often say more about the giver than any other two words in the English language.” Byron Pulsife
59. Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” G.B. Stern
60. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton 61. It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” Unknown
62. Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.” Unknown
63. The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Oscar Wilde
64. It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” Naomi Williams
65. If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. Meister Eckhardt
66. Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. Ralph Marston
67. At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer
68. 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
69. You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you. Sarah Ban Breathnach
70. To express thanks is much more than just manners; it is the true belief that you are blessed by those extending help or kindness. Byron Pulsifer
71. A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. Douglas Adams
72. There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you’re busy interrupting. Mark Twain
73. There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating; people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde
74. There is only one pretty child in the world… and every mother has it. Chinese Proverb.
75. A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them. Leonard Louis Levinson 76. In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip. Daniel L. Reardon
77. Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole! Oscar Wilde
78. One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. Lucille Ball 79. I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out. Nancy Reagan
80. If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you. Mohammed Ali
81. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. Helen Keller
82. “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Hellen Keller
83. “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.” – Josh Billings
84. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” – Will Rogers 85. “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Mahatma Gandhi 86. “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Christopher Columbus
87. “To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his left and right hand. He uses both.” St Catherine of Siena 88. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we took so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened up for us” Helen Keller 89. “We don’t see the things the way they are. We see things the way WE are.” Talmund
90. “Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.” Norman Vincent Peale 91. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Dr Wayne Dyer
92. “Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting” Elizabeth Bibesco
93. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” B. Olatunji 94. “When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Franklin D Roosevelt
95. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.” Zig Ziglar
96. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill
97. “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” Muhammad Ali
98. “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.” Dale Carnegie
99. “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Christopher Reeve 1
00. “Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves. Some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” Sam Ewing 101. “There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there’s virtually no competition.” Steven J Ros
s 102. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucious 103. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus when the limo breaks down.” Oprah Winfrey
104. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi 105. “The future has several names. For the weak, it is the impossible. For the fainthearted, it is the unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant, it is the ideal.” Victor Hugo 106. “Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” Henry van Dyke
107. “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” Bertrand Russell
108. “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” Winston Churchill p>
109. “Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.” Harold B Melchart 110. “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” Benjamin Mays
111. “More often in life, we end up regretting the chances in life that we had, but didn’t take them, than those chances that we took and wished we hadn’t.” Unknown 112. “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.” Pope John Paul
I 113. “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” Earl Shoaf
114. “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” Norman Vincent Peale
115. “We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” Virginia Satir
116. “The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
117. “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” Jack Penn
118. “To find fault is easy: To do better may be difficult.” Plutarch
119. “One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.” Merle Shain
120. “Obstacles are things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” E. Joseph Cossman
121. “Life is a terminal condition. So do the best you can with the time you have left.” Gerry Leeds
122. “Life has a practice of living you, if you don’t live it.” Philip Larkin
123. “You don’t have to have a reason to feel good – you can feel good for no reason at all.” Unknown
124. “The future depends on what we do in the present.” Mahatma Gandhi
125. “Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.” David Grayson
126. “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” Helen Keller
127. “People are just about as happy as they make up their mind to be.” Abraham Lincoln
128. “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” Goethe
129. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller
130. ”Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” Mother Theresa 131. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 132. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
133. “There are two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” Indira Gandhi
134. “Every time you wake up and ask yourself, “What good things am I going to do today?,” remember that when the sun goes down at sunset, it takes a part of your life with it.” Indian proverb
135. Don’t follow your dreams; chase them. Richard Dumb
136. The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde 137. If you keep sincerely asking for what’s best, God will give you a very good chance to achieve it – even if you don’t believe in God! Bill Blackman 138. God will always open another door for you. If you fear God, you won’t fear humans. Albanian Proverb
139. When you believe in things that you don’t understand then you suffer. Stevie Wonder 140. At the end of every hard day, people find some reason to believe. Bruce Springsteen
141. Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. Unshakable faith is faith that has been shaken. Unknown 142. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
143. In the attitude of silence, the soul finds the path in a clearer light and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Ghandi
144.I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
145. “Keep away from 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.” Mark Twain
146. “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.” Mark Twain
147″The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure.” Unknown
148. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” -~ Albert Einstein
149. “Love and you shall be loved.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 1
50. “Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” Robert F. Kennedy
151. `”Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” Eleanor Roosevelt
152. “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Courage is what counts.” Sir Winston Churchill
153. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Carl Bard
154. “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” Unknown
155. Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there. Josh Billings
156. “Health is not valued till sickness comes.” Dr. Thomas Fuller
157. “A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” Hippocrates
158. “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Galileo Galilei
159. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie
160. “Hope has two beautiful daughters – their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” St. Augustine
161. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered. G. K. Chesterton
162. To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. G. K. Chesterton
163. “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.” James A. Michener
164.”Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” John Petit-Senn 165. “Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.” Napoleon Hill
166. “If you were granted one wish, and only one, what would it be? Of all things…wealth, power, wisdom, love, liberty…what would you choose? This may seem fanciful; not so, IT IS REALITY. What you choose to think about, to concentrate on with all your mental power, will, indeed, become a reality. So choose carefully.’ Thomas D. Willhite
167. “The difference between a Flower and a Weed is a Judgment.” Unknown
168. “You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.” Chinese Proverb 169. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill 170. “All of the great achievers of the past have been vi
sionary figures; they were men and women who projected into the future. They thought of what could be, rather than what already was, and then they moved themselves into action, to bring these things into fruition.” Bob Proctor
171. “If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.” Eddie Rickenbacker
172. “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” Vista M. Kelly
173. “Organizations exist only for one purpose: to help people reach ends together that they couldn’t achieve individually.” Robert H. Waterman
173. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead 174. “You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.” Harriet Woods
175. “Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Fernando Bonaventura
176. “People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.” Plato
177. “We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” Sonia Johnson
178. “When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word “succeed,” you find that it simply means to follow through.” F. W. Nichol
179. “When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” Estee Lauder
180. “The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment.” Unknown
181. “Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” Walt Disney
182. “The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.” Roger Williams
183. “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” Jim Rohn
184. “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” R. Buckminster Fuller
185. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. If you don’t step forward, you’ll always be in the same place.” Nora Roberts
186. “Every decision you make – every decision – is not a decision about what to do. It’s a decision about Who You Are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do.” Neale Donald Walsch
187.”I believe the best leaders are the ones that are focused on bringing out the best in their people – transforming lives.” Susan Bagyura
188. “When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity. When your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion.” Stephen Levine
189. “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” Bruce Lee
190. “Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.” John Andrew Holmes
191. “The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.” Orison Swett Marden
192. “Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Karen Ravn
193. “Some people see things as they are and say “Why.” I dream things that never were and say “Why not.” George Bernard Shaw
194. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot
195. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein
96. “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
197. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
198. “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” William E. Channing
199. “Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” Orison Swett Marden
200. “Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren’t. But you can’t tell the difference when you have no real information. Fear can create even more imaginary obstacles than ignorance can. That’s why the smallest step away from speculation and into reality can be an amazing relief…The Reality Solution means: Do it before you’re ready.” Barbara Sher
201. “It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
202. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” Mahatma Gandhi
203. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher
204. “People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives.” Stedman Graham
205. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France
206. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” Malcolm Forbes
207. “It is a lesson which all history teaches the wise, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances” Ralph Waldo Emerson
208. “The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.” Barbara Pletcher
209. “Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
210. “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” Napoleon Hill
211. “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we ha
ve a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.” Charles Swindoll~
212. “Maturity is accepting the responsibility and totally understanding what responsibility means. So when we say, accept the responsibility for your attitude, we mean (1) become aware of how you think and how you feel; and (2) if there is any negativity, or if it is simply not as you want to feel then change it to make it right.” Thomas D. Willhite~
213. “You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.” Lydia M. Child
214. “Defeat is a state of mind. No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality. To me, defeat in anything is merely temporary, and its punishment is but an urge for me to greater effort to achieve my goal. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth.” Bruce Lee
215. “I Certainly don’t regret my experiences because without them, I couldn’t imagine who or where I would be today. Life is an amazing gift to those who have overcome great obstacles, and attitude is everything!” Sasha Azevedo
216. “I found every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point. The turning point was when they made a clear, specific unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore; they were going to achieve success. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50.” Brian Tracy
217. “Even the most daring and accomplished people have undergone tremendous difficulty. In fact, the more successful they became, the more they attributed their success to the lessons learned during their most difficult times. Adversity is our teacher. When we view adversity as a guide towards greater inner growth, we will then learn to accept the wisdom our soul came into this life to learn.” Barbara Rose
218. “Enthusiasm is just a state of mind…an emotion…which you control. By control, I mean you can create it. If you want to be enthusiastic right now, this very second, you can create it. To start, just think about the work or service you like to do best. Can you feel a change, maybe a smile on your face?” Thomas D. Willhite
219. “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who make excuses and those who get results. An excuse person will find any excuse for why a job was not done, and a results person will find any reason why it can be done. Be a creator, not a reactor.” Alan Cohen
220. “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
221. “We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.” Eric Hoffer
222. “Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.” James Allen
223. “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” William James
224. “In our deepest moments of struggle, frustration, fear, and confusion, we are being called upon to reach in and touch our hearts. Then, we will know what to do, what to say, how to be. What is right is always in our deepest heart of hearts. It is from the deepest part of our hearts that we are capable of reaching out and touching another human being. It is, after all, one heart touching another heart.” Roberta Sage Hamilton
225. “How do you say “thank you” for sunshine or health…for clear days or gentle rains…for happiness, joy or love? You say it by sharing what you have. You say it by making the world a better place in which to live.” Thomas D. Willhite
226. “Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.” William A. Ward
227. “Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.” Leo Buscaglia
228. “Keep my word positive. Words become my behaviors. Keep my behaviors positive. Behaviors become my habits. Keep my habits positive. Habits become my values. Keep my values positive. Values become my destiny.” Mahatma Gandhi
229. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way,ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” Deepak Chopra
230. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer
231. “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
232. “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers
233. “Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.” Og Mandino
234. “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin…..But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” Alfred Souza
235. “One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” Ida Scott Taylor
236. “The word “crisis” is from the Greek, meaning “a moment to decide.” The recurrent moments of crisis and decision when understood, are growth junctures, points of initiation which mark a release from one state of being and a growth into the next.” Jill Purce
237. “Liberty is a state of mind, which will be reflected in the material world in terms of health, wealth and power. There is nothing said about freedom from troubles. In fact, you will have more and bigger ones than you do now. For the stature of a man is gauged by the size of the problem he can handle.” Thomas D. Willhite
238. “Let a person rejoice when he is confronted with obstacles, for it means that he has reached the end of some particular line of indifference or folly, and is now called upon to summon up all his energy and intelligence in order to extricate himself, and to find a better way; that the powers within him are crying out for greater freedom, for enlarged exercise and scope.” James Allen
239. “I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it’s an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I’ve learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them.” Sasha Azevedo
240. “If we do not rise to the challenge of our unique capacity to shape our lives, to seek the kinds of growth that we find individually fulfilling, then we can have no security: we will live in a world of sham, in which our selves
are determined by the will of others, in which we will be constantly buffeted and increasingly isolated by the changes round us.” Nena O’Neil
1. Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
2. Hope put off makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true there is life and joy.
3. A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
4. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.
5. Lord, Let me leave the infinite things to you. Let not my love of the tree of knowledge keep me from the tree of life.
6. Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
7. “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
8. “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
God, speaking through Isaiah
9. “For I am mindful of the plans I have for you, plans for your good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You call upon me and come and pray to me, and I heed you. You seek Me and find Me: Now you seek Me with all your heart and I am at hand for you.”
God, speaking through Jeremiah & Matthew
10. “I will cause you to walk in the straight way…I will open to you the gates of righteousness..For whoever finds Me, finds life.”
God, speaking through David & Solomon
11. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
12. “This rather is the practice that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke, setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke, sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless, clothing the naked when you see them and not turning your back on your own flesh. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn;”
God, speaking through Isaiah
13. Where there is no vision, the people perish.
14. The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
The Lord rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble. The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.
He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds
He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out one after another, calling each by its name. And he counts them to see that none are lost or have strayed away …How can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case?
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
I am holding you by your right hand–I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I am here to help you.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
. . .I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!
…I will give you abundant water to quench your thirst and to moisten your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.
Do not tremble; do not be afraid. Have I not proclaimed from ages past what my purposes are for you? You are my witnesses–is there any other God? No! There is no other Rock–not one!” I have swept away your sins like the morning mists. I have scattered your offenses like the clouds. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”
I am the LORD; there is no other God. I have prepared you, even though you do not know me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the LORD, and there is no other.
I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the millions of stars are at my command.
For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be liv
ed in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.
It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth. The palm of my right hand spread out the heavens above. I spoke, and they came into being.
Through you I am saying to the prisoners of darkness, ‘Come out! I am giving you your freedom!’ They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures and on hills that were previously bare. They will neither hunger nor thirst. The searing sun and scorching desert winds will not reach them anymore. For the LORD in his mercy will lead them beside cool waters. And I will make my mountains into level paths for them. The highways will be raised above the valleys.
Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their sorrow. The people say, “The LORD has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for a child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on my hand.
Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be dismayed. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will triumph.
Who among you fears the LORD and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God.
The LORD will comfort Israel again and make her deserts blossom. Her barren wilderness will become as beautiful as Eden–the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found there. Lovely songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.
“Listen to me, you who know right from wrong and cherish my law in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people’s scorn or their slanderous talk. “I, even I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?
Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that it is I who speaks to them.” How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!
But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed! All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins–that he was suffering their punishment? But it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him and fill him with grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have a multitude of children, many heirs. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD’s plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of what he has experienced, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
the mountains may depart and the hills disappear, but even then I will remain loyal to you. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the LORD, who has mercy on you.
“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink–even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk–it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen, and I will tell you where to get food that is good for the soul! “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, for the life of your soul is at stake. I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the mercies and unfailing love that I promised to David.
Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great honor to the LORD’s name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.
For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!
The LORD says, “People who never before inquired about me are now asking about me. I am being found by people who were not looking for me. To them I have said, ‘I am here!!’
“Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth–so wonderful that no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and delight in my people. And the sound of weeping and crying will be heard no more. No longer will babies die when only a few days old. No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life. No longer will people be considered old at one hundred! Only sinners will die that young! In those days, people will live in the houses they build and eat the fruit of their own vineyards. It will not be like the past, when invaders took the houses and confiscated the vineyards. For my people will live as long as trees and will have
time to enjoy their hard-won gains. They will not work in vain, and their children will not be doomed to misfortune. For they are people blessed by the LORD, and their children, too, will be blessed. I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! The wolf and lamb will feed together. The lion will eat straw like the ox. Poisonous snakes will strike no more. In those days, no one will be hurt or destroyed on my holy mountain. I, the LORD, have spoken!”
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
God speaking through Jeremiah
Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.
God speaking through Jeremiah
Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead. Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.
God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. 22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked.”Anything is possible if a person believes.”
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full-pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing. You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him. And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ. As the Scriptures express it, “I am placing a stone in Jerusalem, a chosen cornerstone, and anyone who believes in Him will never be disappointed. Yes, he is very precious to you who believe. But for those who reject him, “The stone that was rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone.” And the Scriptures also say, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that will make them fall.” They stumble because they do not listen to God’s word or obey it, and so they meet the fate that has been planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you were not a people; now you are the people of God. Once you received none of God’s mercy; now you have received his mercy.”
You are not slaves; you are free. But your freedom is not an excuse to do evil. You are free to live as God’s slaves
God is pleased with you when, for the sake of your conscience, you patiently endure unfair treatment.
Christ personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by His Wounds! Once you were wandering like lost sheep. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.
If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.
Since Christ lives within you, even though your body will die because of sin, your spirit is alive because you have been made right with God.
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.
For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we
are his children, we will share his treasures–for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?
Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine.
There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to rebuild. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak up. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to enjoy themselves as long as they can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose in this is that people should fear him. Whatever exists today and whatever will exist in the future has already existed in the past. For God calls each event back in its turn.