Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it, but sail we must , and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Cattle die, friends and kinsmen die, and I shall die. But one thing never dies; the fame of a dead man’s deeds.” -- Norse proverb
“In matters of fashion, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
–Thomas Jefferson
“You have many years to live. Do things you will be proud to remember when you are old.”
–Shinka proverb
“To dream alone is fantasy if it doesn’t move the heart to act.” - Dan Allender
“We may at times be unemployed, but no one ever becomes uncalled.” Os Guiness in “The Call”
"Living in the South is the next best thing to being alive."- Southern Living Magazine
"May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you." -Edward Abbey
"The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and faith to believe it is possible."-Richard Devos
"To get something you never had, you got to do something you never did"~Unknown
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable." - Socrate
"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good. That's just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you'd be suprised at how much fun you can have."
-Woody Hayes
"I like a man that grins when he fights." -Winston Churchill
"Do not consider painful what is good for you." —Euripides
"We do not rise to the level of our expectations - we fall to the level of our training"
-Archilocus, Greek soldier
"I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends would respect me.
The others can do  whatever the Hell they please!"--John Wayne 
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." — Winston Churchill
"The defiant spirit lives inside the toughest, most independent, most autonomous, most successful achievers" - Dan Kennedy
"Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee." --Immanuel Kant
“Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.” - Denis Waitley
"Talent without work is useless, thank God" --  Mark Twain
"A ship is always safest in the harbor. But that's not what ships are for."
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” -- Viktor Frankl
To live an extraordinary life, you must resist an ordinary approach. - Frank McKinney
I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate. - George Burns
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate. -Henry David Thoreau
"Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity." --Stephen Covey
“Never inhibit or limit yourself by the seemingly impossible. Place no limits upon yourself and you will have none. Think that you’re strong…and you are.”- Joseph Greenstein, The Mighty Atom
"Any action is better than no action at all." - Norman Vincent Peale
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."--John Quincy Adams
"There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between."- Pat Riley
"Perfectionism is for suckers." --Dean Hunt
"The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself." - George Bernard Shaw
“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears that we never use!”-- Charlie Brown
"The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings." -- David Weinbaum
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.—Ralph Waldo Emerson
'The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.' - Walt Disney
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. - Mahatma Gandhi
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. -Albert Einstein
“If you had to have a diploma or a GED to collect unemployment, you'd see a lot more kids staying in school.”-- Wayne Knight
"To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."—Elbert Hubbard
“Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.” ~Orson Scott Card
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
"Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." — Albert Einstein
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.-- H. Jackson Brown
“When I see everyone rushing in one direction, I know it's time to move the other way.”
Armand Hammer
"Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on?" -- Peter McWilliams
"All wealthy top achievers have coaches."- James Malinchak
“Success is never an accident. It typically starts as imagination, becomes a dream, stimulates a goal, grows into a plan of action – which then inevitably meets with opportunity. Don’t get stuck along the way.”--Dan Miller
"We don't rise to the level of our expectations - we fall to the level of our training" - Archilochus "The limits you are living with right now, in every aspect of your existence, have been created by your mind. They are perceptions and they are holding you back. You are capable of far more than you think you are." -- Author Unknown
“Tell me, I will forget. Show me, I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.”
Chinese Proverb
“It doesn’t take talent to be on time, and it doesn’t take talent to hustle.” - Pete Reiser
Never eat more than you can lift. –Miss Piggy
"Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft." - Theodore Roosevelt
"If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg."  Abe Lincoln
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t mind.” - Dr. Seuss
"If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready."-- Will Smith
"The greatest failure in life is to be good at something you were never supposed to do"
Dr. Myles Munroe
" Next time you're tempted to say you 'can't,' remember that what you're really saying is, ' I don't want to.' "--Craig Weller
" If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting, but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything. " — Allyson Jones
"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." —Katherine Mansfield
One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.--Sir Winston Churchill
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined"--Henry David Thoreau
“Stagnancy is often confused with stability.”--Unknown
"None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Scar tissue is stronger then other tissue. Realize the strength, move on!--Henry Rollins
'To be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing it's best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting."-Unknown (to me anyway...?)
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."--Frank Sinatra
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -- Theodore Roosevelt
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. ~Edward Stanley
"Creating is being in partnership with God.” -- Bernard B. Goldman, PhD
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.—Ralph Waldo Emerson
If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.--Joey Adams
"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”
John Maynard Keynes
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~Plato
"Fewer things are sadder than looking back on your life and saying, ‘I wish I had.’ ”
The Courage Connection
Fitness - if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body. ~Cher
"The Lord will not give us challenges beyond our ability. I just wish he didn’t love me so much.”  Mother Theresa
There is a necessity for a regulating discipline of exercise that, whilst evoking the human energies, will not suffer them to be wasted. ~Thomas de Quincey
"Most of my ideas belonged to other people who didn’t bother to develop them.” -- Thomas Edison
The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck! ~Author Unknown
"The greatest secret of success in life is for a person to be ready when their opportunity comes.”
Benjamin Disraeli
Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states. ~Carol Welch
Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.—Carrie Fisher
“Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.“ ~Nolan Bushnell
Hunger is not the worst feature of unemployment; idleness is. -- William E. Barrett
I have never had so many good ideas, day after day, as when I worked in the garden.--John Erskine
“Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching, I've learned from making mistakes.” -- Rick Patino
If your life is free of failures, you're not taking enough risks. -- Unknown
“You always pass failure on the way to success." - Mickey Rooney
"Without the rocks, the stream would lose its song."
"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning."
- Louis L'Amour
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.” - Seneca
"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
—Sir Winston Churchill
"Nothing happens unless first a dream." -- Carl Sandburg
"There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction." --John F. Kennedy
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow....What a ride!-Eddie Shugart
If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to your mountain, "MOVE!" and it WILL move... and NOTHING will be impossible for YOU! - Matthew 17:20
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will."--Vince Lombardi
When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.
-Alice Paul
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” - Henry C. Link
"Because we so profoundly, personalize success, we miss opportunities to lift others onto the top rung. We make rules that frustrate achievement. We prematurely write off people as failures. We are too much in awe of those that succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail."
--Malcolm Gladwell
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t as all. You can be discouraged by failure — or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you will find success.”– Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
My young son asked me what happens after we die. I told him we get buried under a bunch of dirt and worms eat our bodies. I guess I should have told him the truth - that most of us go to Hell and burn eternally-but I didn't want to upset him.-Jack Handy
“He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” - Samuel Smiles
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they have been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact; It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration; It is a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."-Richard Bullock
Live forever or die in the attempt.—Joseph Heller
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.—Seneca
"None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." ~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
You are not what you eat; you are what you do with what you eat. Eat fat with carbs you get fat, but eat fat with low-carbs and you get lean — and insulin is the switch that controls the fate of fat. --  Dr. Jeff Volek
Ignorance is dangerous. The iron is not.- Ross E.
When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.—Pierre Corneille
"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost." Billy Graham
"I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot . . . and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why . . . I succeed." Michael Jordan
“A person is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” -- John Barrymore
“The simple act of writing down a goal and making a written plan for its accomplishment moves you to the top 3%.” -- Brian Tracy
  "There are a lot of ways to become a failure, but never taking a chance is the most successful." -- Anonymous
"If you want to know your past--look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future--look into your present actions." -- Buddhist Saying
"A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline." -- Harvey Mackay
"It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. Desiring is helpful, but work and desire are invincible." -- Thomas Robert Gaines
“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” -- Robert Fulghum
"We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance." -- Dr. Kathleen Hall
“Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.” -- Ross Perot
“No book has yet been written in praise of a woman who let her husband and children starve or suffer while she invented even the most useful things, or wrote books, or expressed herself in art, or evolved philosophic systems.” -- ANNA GARLIN SPENCER
“The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.” -- Henry David Thoreau
“Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.”  Marian Wright Edelman
“Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them.” -- Stephen Covey
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.—William Faulkner
"Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.” -- Robert H. Schuller
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The lesson is simple: Don't let your fears run your life. Because they sure as you know what will if you let them."-Jim Labadie
"Perseverance has no peers, it’s more important than talent, more powerful than intelligence, and more resilient than the best strategy."- Gary Ryan Bla
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of effort is the measure of the results."-James Allen
Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.—Thomas H. Huxley
"Don't waste your 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 or ages that follow it.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.—Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
"There are no winners or losers in life, only choosers." — Matthias Schmelz
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
Know this: You will train always for a hundred terrific reasons. Quit, and it will be for no good reason at all. -  Dave Draper
The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.-- FREDERICK BUECHNER
The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.—Henrik Ibsen
How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.--GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
“My parents always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinated so much. I told ‘em, ‘Just you wait.’ ” --Comedian Judy Tenuta
However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
" Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." -- Sir John Lubbock
If you don’t set goals for yourself, you are doomed to work to achieve the goals of someone else. Brian Tracy
There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good.
—Stephen Colbert
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but fighting the habits he has acquired during the first half.--Fyodor Dostoevsky
Most people spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to realize, when they get to the top, the ladder has been leaning against the wrong wall.-Stephen Covey
Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.—Jim Hightower
If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.—Ralph Waldo Emerson
We grow through our dreams. All great men and women are dreamers. Some, however, allow their dreams to die. You should nurse your dreams and protect them through bad times and tough times to the sunshine and light which always come. -Woodrow Wilson
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. - Bill Cosby
The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. -- Henry Louis Mencken
Fear is the highest fence. -- Dudley Nichols
You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. -- Mary Manin Morrissey
Fear is faith that it won't work out. -- Sister Mary Tricky
If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality and makes him a landlord to a ghost. -- Lloyd Douglas
He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses courage loses all. -- Cervantes
Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. -- Louis E. Boone
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be. -- Lactantius
The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortune, but its fears. -- A. C. Benson
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchhill
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” -Og Mandino
"Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle."--Abraham Lincoln
“If you keep at it, one day something which at first appeared impossible will become merely something very difficult indeed.”-Danny Paradise
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.—Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."-- Aristotle
"The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do."-- Orison Swett Marden
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” -- Plato
"The future is not some place we are going, but one we create. The paths are not found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination. —John Schaar
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the 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 cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -- THEODORE ROOSEVELT
“Action conquers fear.”-- Peter N. Zarlenga
“If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.”-- Ecclesiastes 11:4
“Self-confidence is the result of a successfully survived risk.”--Jack Gibb
Change does not always bring progress, but progress always requires change.--Unknown
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”-- Napoleon Hill
“The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.” --Harry Kemp
"When you cease to dream you cease to live." -- Malcolm S. Forbes
"A person with big dreams is more powerful than a person with all the facts." -- Dayle Maloney
"All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose." -- Brian Tracy
"He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become..." -- James Allen
As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.—Adelle Davis
"Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else." (Gal. 6:3-4).
"You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
--Henry David Thoreau  
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy ."-Martin Luther King Jr.
"The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.-Michael Jordan
Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.—Henry Miller
The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.—Alfred North Whitehead
What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.—Martina Horner
The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.—John F. Kennedy
"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." -T.S. Eliot
"As you wander through life, wherever you go, keep your eye on the donut and not on the hole." -- Paul Osteen (brother of Joel Osteen)
Good habits result from resisting temptation.—Ancient Proverb
Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.
—King Whitney Jr.
To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.—Confucius
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.—Reggie Leach
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.--Abraham Lincoln
To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.—Jack Handey
"We must ever bear in mind --that apart from the will there is nothing good or bad, and that we must not try to anticipate or to direct events, but merely to accept them with intelligence."-- Epictetus
There’s always free cheese in a mousetrap -- Old Proverb
You have made your way from the worm to man. And much within you is still worm.—Nietzsche
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”- Sir Winston Churchill
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.—Agatha Christie
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.--Dale Carnegie
It's not the will to win that matters...everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters.—Paul "Bear" Bryant
You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?—Robert Louis Stevenson
"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome."- Arthur Ashe
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye." -unkown
The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.—Whitney Young
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
"If you push your limits, you will find them. It will hurt." - Roland Fisher
"Storms make trees take deeper roots." — Dolly Parton
“A pessimist only sees 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 L. Levinson
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." - Charles Dickens
"On the whole, though I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavor, a better and happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it.”-- Ben Franklin
We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win.
—Edward Gibbon
Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.—Sir Richard Francis Burton
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."- Abraham Lincoln
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.—Seneca
We don't know who we are until we see what we can do. -- Martha Grimes
"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it." --Somerset Maugham
"One's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs."--Ashley Berberich
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." -Winston Churchill
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." --Arnold Schwarzenegger
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.—Saint Francis de Sales
“Discipline weighs ounces. Regret weighs tons.” --Jim Rohn
When you're through changing, you're through.—Bruce Barton
"A person is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." -- John Barrymore
He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.—Sir William Drummond
"I will no longer act on the outside in a way that contradicts the truth that I hold deeply inside. I will no longer act as if I were less than the whole person I know myself inwardly to be." --Rosa Parks
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.—Joseph Conrad
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.—Dale Carnegie
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard" -Dan Mohoney
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude!"
Any man's finest hour is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.-Vince Lombardi
You secrete your essence through time; you could have been this, you could have been that -but in the end you are nothing but your actions. --Jean Paul Sartre
I'm as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I'm as good as the best. -- Walt Whitman
Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.—Kin Hubbard
“To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour.” -- Winston Churchill
"Life is a one act play, there are no encores." - Dan Martin
"Low aim, not failure, is the crime."- Bruce Lee
"Our bodies are our gardens - Our wills are our gardeners."William Shakespeare
You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain, therefore, awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.—Plato
"Many resist change--perhaps even fear it--but the best ones know
change brings opportunities, and they seize them."- Unknown
It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.—Chuck Palahniuk
Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.—Og Mandino
The Victor
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win but think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will.
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are.
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of your-self before
You can ever win the prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
C W Longenecker
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.—Christopher Morley
"Whoever’s approval you seek, imprisons you. Choose your jailer with care and deliberation."--Jamal Rahim
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. - Andrew Carnegie
  • Don’t forget your base. Always come back to it.
  • Your objective is to escape any unsafe situation.
  • A movement has to be right for you. If it isn’t, figure out how to make it so. Or don’t do it.
  • If you find it blocked, try something else.
  • If you have to make a risky move, make sure you’re punching as you go. -- BJ Penn
Worry is a misuse of imagination.—Dan Zadra
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.—Eleanor Roosevelt
“You have to put in the clutch to shift gears. You have to let go to re-engage at another, more highly leveraged ratio. And when you least feel like slowing down may be the most critical time to do it.”  David Allen
When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph. -Pierre Corneille
It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.—Philip Adams
“Creativity, when not used, turns to depression.” -- Joey Reiman
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.--
Elbert Hubbard
"To believe a thing is impossible is to make it so.” -- French Proverb
You are not what you eat; you are what you do with what you eat. Eat fat with carbs you get fat, but eat fat with low-carbs and you get lean — and insulin is the switch that controls the fate of fat. - Dr. Jeff Volek
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.—Mark Twain
“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” -- Gail Sheehy
“Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity." -- Brian Tracy
"If you work hard at your job, you can make a living; but if you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune." –Anonymous
The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.—Herbert Agar
“If you want to know your past--look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future--look into your present actions.” -- Buddhist Proverb
What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.—Martina Horner
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently — they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. — Steve Jobs
The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. -- Mark Twain
“Take time to accept responsibility. Your life is exactly that - It's your life. It is created by you. You are constantly making choices, constantly creating new experiences. And although we can be affected by circumstances which seem to be completely out of our control, essentially, we decide the direction in which we walk.” -- Nicolas Watkins
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them." -- George Bernard Shaw
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. -- Edgar Allan Poe
If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see. -- Henry David Thoreau
Many Americans take zero responsibility for themselves and their actions and expect everything to be handed to them. No one is entitled to anything; we need to work every day to achieve our goals and reach a level of success.  -Dr. Christopher Mohr
Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy. -- Voltaire
We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. -- Adelle Davis
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. -- Sidney J. Harris
"He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become..." - James Allen
Do not condemn the judgement of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. -- Dandemis
I've always followed my father's advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble. -- John Wayne
How much can you possibly know about yourself if you've never been in a fight? -- Tyler Durden
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? -- Dr. Robert Schuller
The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going. -- David Starr Jordan
The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse. -- Jules Renard
  “The greatest of miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today, but we can improve if we make use of the potentials implanted in us by God.” – Rabbi Samuel M. Silver
  "Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life?" -- Eric Allenbaugh
Genius = Preparation "Nothing wins more often than superior preparation."- Dave Kekitch
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. -- Marilyn vos Savant
He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave. -- Sir William Drummond
"Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that has the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses." -- Dale Carnegie
The eagle goes where no other bird goes. It embraces storms as leverage to go higher – not as an excuse to cower in fear. Fear of failure paralyzes action. Confidence is learned by taking specific action. To think confidently, act confidently. Plan to win – prepare to win – expect to win. - Dan Miller
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. -- Joseph Campbell
Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice. -- Minna Thomas Antrim
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right". Henry Ford
I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. -Benjamin Franklin
If you want something you have never had, be prepared to do something you have never done. Author Unknown
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. -- Henry David Thoreau
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall." Confucius
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. -- Carl Sandburg
If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it. -- Brendan Francis
“Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb. You may never reach the summit; for that you will be forgiven. But if you don’t make at least one serious attempt to get above the snow-line, years later you will find yourself lying on your deathbed, and all you will feel is emptiness.” -- Huch Macleod
"If you don’t set goals for yourself, you are doomed to work to achieve the goals of someone else." ~ Brian Tracy
"Those who do not create the future they want must endure the future they get."Draper Kaufman,Jr.
“As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.” -- Horace
The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy. -- Malcolm S. Forbes
What worries you masters you. -- Haddon W. Robinson
“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” -- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! -- Michael Landon
"A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder." -- Thomas Carlyle
“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 
“But don’t forget my ideas are only what’s been written down in history by the great people of the world who’ve gone before. All I’ve done is condense the wisdom of the world into an attitude for athletics. Athletics aren’t just running, it’s a way of life” -- Percy Cerutty
"Don't wait for your ship to come in; swim out to it." -- Unknown
“A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock pile when someone contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.”--Saint Exupery
Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly. -- Solon
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -- Carl Sagan
A little learning is a dangerous thing but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. -- Bob Edwards
"We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore." -- Muriel Chen
The meek shall inherit the earth? Well... I don't think so. If by meek you mean friendly and introverted, okay maybe, but if by meek you mean unwilling to take a chance, then never. If I was a betting man and I had to wager on who I thought would inherit the earth, my money would be on the curious. -- Jim Coudal
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain. -- Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
"Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living degeniuses them." Buckminster Fuller
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage. -- Confucius
One should count each day a separate life. -- Seneca
Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves. -- Joseph P. Thompson
“Success is never an accident. It typically starts as imagination, becomes a dream, stimulates a goal, grows into a plan of action – which then inevitably meets with opportunity. Don’t get stuck along the way.” Dan Miller, author
Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. -- Henri Frederic Amiel
One cannot help being old, but one can resist being aged.--Lord Samuel
"Genius is making complex ideas simple, not making simple ideas complex" --Albert Einstein
"Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves."-- Brendan Behan.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -- Plato
All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. -- James Thurber
Play by the rules, but be ferocious. -- Phil Knight
Monday Prayer for Work
Lord, Help me to always give 100% at work…..
12% on Monday
23% on Tuesday
40% on Wednesday
20% on Thursday
5% on Friday
If you go in for argument, take care of your temper. Your logic, if you have any, will take care of itself. -- Joseph Farrell
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. -- Thomas Sowell
Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort. -- Charles Dickens
"The haves and have-nots can often be traced back to the dids and did-nots." --D.O. Flynn
"Many a man has failed because he had his wishbone where his backbone should have been." --                Ronald Reagan
As the old saying goes, doing the actions no one else will do gives you results no one else could achieve. It's fully in your power to do those things that others won't do to achieve your goals, physical or otherwise.
Most people won't give up crap foods.
Most people won't train with intensity in the gym.
Most people won't use the triage method to identify what's holding them back.
Most people won't apply the mental effort needed to utilize the hierarchy method and build their foundation for success.
Most people won't even write down their goals, much less use the Goal Snowball technique to achieve them.
Most people are fat, weak, and unhealthy...
Whatever you do, whatever your individual goals, don't be "most people."--Chris Shugart
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. -- Lois McMaster Bujold
Winners never quit. Quitters never win.
" The individual who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do, dare and attempt new things. The sure thing boat never gets far from shore." Dale Carnegie
                              Men who never get carried away should be. -- Malcolm Forbes                                        
"Everything can be taken away from man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way."-Victor E Frankl
Act as if it were impossible to fail. -- Dorothea Brande               
"I'm much too old to know everything."-- Oscar Wilde
A rut is a grave with the ends kicked out.--Earl Nightingale
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. -- W. Somerset Maugham
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way. -- Christopher Morley
“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and work than find your passion and follow it–in a way that improves both yourself and the world.” Sir Richard Branson
It's never too late to be who you might have been. -- George Eliot
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. -- Henry David Thoreau
Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. -- Orison Swett Marden
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death. -- Harold Wilson
            "You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this." -- Henry David Thoreau
  First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. -- Epictetus
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." ~Albert Einstein
"A good scientist is someone who works hard enough to make every possible mistake before coming to the right answer." --Richard Feynman-Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. -- Anais Nin
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 is always doing both. -- James Michener
"You can get anything in life you want, if you help enough other people get what they want." 
Zig Ziglar
For want of a nail, the shoe was lost:
For want of the shoe, the horse was lost;
For want of the horse, the rider was lost;
For want of the rider, the battle was lost;
For want of the battle, the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a nail.
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. -- Charles Bukowski
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”--Calvin Coolidge
"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm." -- Vince Lombardi
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour." - Vince Lombardi
He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Albert Einstein
Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. -- John Petit-Senn
Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. -- Charles Dickens
The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured. Cicero
Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. Wayne Dyer
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus
"The thing is to understand myself, to see what God really wants me to do . . . to find the idea for which I can live and die." --Soren Kierkegaard
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.
~John Burroughs
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. ~G.K. Chesterton
His mother had often said, "When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that         action." She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: 'when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.'
-- Lois McMaster Bujold
  We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.  Joseph Campbell
It's never too late to be who you might have been. --George Eliot
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
      I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard. - William Lloyd Garrison
  First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. -- Epictetus
To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."-- Edith Lovejoy Pierce
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”-- Henry Ford
"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, US author
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."- Thomas Edison
"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker."
"Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street."
"A man may fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame someone else."
--Knox Manning
“Some defeats are only installments on the road to victory.”
“Wake-up slowly in the morning and move even slower in the afternoon.” -  Saying in Provence
"Progression is the law of growth. Whoever accedes to that law will succeed."  - George Jowett
"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
"There are no impossible dreams; just our limited perception of what is possible." -- Unknown
"Action is the catalyst that creates accomplishments. It is the path that takes us from uncrafted             hopes to realized dreams."  -- Thomas Huxley
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."                   -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it    and the faith to believe that it is possible." - Richard M. DeVos  
"Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." 
-- Langston Hughes
“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.
As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change –
So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country, but it too seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
And now I realize as I lie on my deathbed, if I had only changed myself first, then by example I might have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country,
And who knows, I might have even changed the world.”
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up."-- Vince Lombardi
"All the technology in the world will never replace a positive attitude." -- Harvey Mackay
"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our                            circumstances." -- Martha Washington
"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can            spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back." -- Harvey Mackay
"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this." -- Henry David Thoreau
“Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits,   which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and   impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of   his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind-elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.” From “As a Man Thinketh”-- by James Allen
“It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.”
“If you have nothing for which to be thankful, you can be assured there is something wrong with you.”
“Be thankful if life is a little harder than you like. A razor can’t be sharpened on a piece of velvet.”
“God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.” Izaak Walton
“The worship most acceptable to God, comes from a thankful and cheerful heart.” Plutarch
“He enjoys much who is thankful for little; a grateful mind is both a great and happy mind.” Secker
Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life. -- Bertolt Brecht
Habits are like cobwebs at first, cables at last--Proverb
"For every moment spent planning, you can save three or four moments of execution time."- Crawford Greenwaldt
“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for            opportunities; great men make them.” Orison Swett Marden
"The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting  for inspiration." Ernest Newman, Writer
"Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms." Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
"You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great." Les Brown
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
Anatole France
"If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to limp." -- Latin Proverb
"The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience.”  -- Leo Tolstoy
"It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear." -- E. H. Harriman
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with  a success unexpected in common hours." --- Henry David Thoreau 1817
"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
“Men who reach decisions promptly usually have the capacity to move with definiteness of purpose in other circumstances.”   Andrew Carnegie
"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Indecision and delays are the parents of failure." -- George Canning
“There is no more miserable human being than the one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.” William James
"We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore." -- Muriel Chen
“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” Orison Swett Marden
Finish each day and be done with it -- you have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.” -- John F Kennedy
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.”
Proverbs 13:12 (Living Bible)