Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Success is finding satisfaction in giving a little more than you take.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
-George Washington Carver
We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful.
The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.
Wisdom is avoiding all thoughts that weaken you.
-Dr. Wayne Dyer
We can’t escape pain; we can’t escape the essential nature of our lives. But we do have a choice. We can give in and relent, or we can fight, persevere, and create a life worth living, a noble life. Pain is a fact; our evaluation of it is a choice.
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
Here is a story as told by Dr. Wayne Dyer
“If I were to squeeze an orange as hard as I could, what would come out?” I asked.
He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, “Juice, of course.”
“Do you think apple juice could come out of it?”
“No!” he laughed.
“What about grapefruit juice?”
“What would come out of it?”
“Orange juice, of course.”
“Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?”
“Well, it’s an orange and that’s what’s inside.”
I nodded. “Let’s assume that this orange isn’t an orange, but it’s you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why? The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that’s what’s inside.”
It’s one of the great lessons of life. What comes out when life squeezes you? When someone hurts or offends you? If anger, pain and fear come out of you, it’s because that’s what’s inside. It doesn’t matter who does the squeezing—your mother, your brother, your children, your boss, the government. If someone says something about you that you don’t like, what comes out of you is what’s inside.
And what’s inside is up to you, it’s your choice.
When someone puts the pressure on you and out of you comes anything other than your best response, it’s because that’s what you’ve allowed to be inside.
Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
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.
Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.
Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn’t be affected by an incident unless you let it.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.
Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.
Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.
-From the movie Frozen, 2013
We are shaped and fashioned by those we love.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
-Martin Luther King
Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Eskimo has 52 names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.
-Margaret Atwood, Surfacing
We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.
In every living thing there is the desire for love.
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
-W Somerset Maugham
Love, built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
Find what you love and let it kill you.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.
-WB Yeats, A Drinking Song
Action is the foundational key to all success.
Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.
-Arnold H. Glasow
I don’t want fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.
There is no permanent form. Whatever appears is a state and has to disappear. Anything that is sensorially seen and interpreted by the mind is an appearance in consciousness, and is not true. What you see is not what is. Appearances will dissolve on investigation and the underlying reality will come to the surface. All appearance and disappearance presupposes a change against some changeless background.
Fascinated by names and forms, which are by their very nature distinct and diverse, you distinguish what is natural and separate what is one. From the bodily standpoint, all forms appear as separate entities. But at the consciousness level, they are consciousness-manifest and not separate.
You have no innate form. You have no form, no design. The names and forms you see are your consciousness only. The forms are only instruments for the functioning of consciousness. You are not the form but the consciousness which gives sentience to the form.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
-James Russell Lowell
To be nothing, to have nothing, to keep nothing for oneself is the greatest gift, the highest generosity.