My Heart Is My Hand

My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.
( Jimmy Carter )

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
( Marian Wright Edelman )

One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm.
One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.
( Hannah Senesh )

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience.. This is the ideal life.
( Mark Twain )

He whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
( Thomas Paine )

Work for something because it is good..
Not just because it stands a chance to succeed.

( Vaclav Havel )

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
( Rumi )

In the end.. It is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.
( Thomas Merton )

Our face and our body will change and look older..
But a good person will always be a good person.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
( Peter F. Drucker )

What is a weed ? .. A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
( Ralph Waldo Emerson )

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
( Henry David Thoreau )

Listen to your heart.. Not to the crowd.
( Ma Zu )

A good friend is there when you have nothing.. Or when you feel like nothing.
( Dion Felsrow )

When you relinquish the desire to control your future you obtain happiness.
( Nicole Kidman )

For many in the world.. Yesterday is gone.. Today is almost over.
And they will never see tomorrow.
( Rose Winfold )

It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
( Dizzy Gillespie )

Memories bring me comfort..
But they remind me how without you life has never been the same.
( Florence Emily Hookins, 1896-1962 )

If you care about somebody, you should want them to be happy.
Even if you wind up being left out.
( Stephen Chbosky )

A single lie is enough to create doubt in every other word spoken.

Those who speak the truth are always respected.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

Friends are the support bras of life.
( Lisa Kleypas )

When an ignorant man neglects valuable advice.
He becomes the cause of his own misery.
( Alfred Hookins, 1892-1956 )

I was tired of pretending that I was someone else just to get along with people, just for the sake of having friendships.
( Kurt Cobain )

Worrying gives small problems big shadows.

When greed takes hold, all believe in the same religion, ‘money’..
More important than the lives of men, women and children.
( Rose Winfold )

There is no teaching better than the true practice of the awakening to one’s own nature.
( Len Firswood )

I pull away, you pull me back, you grab my hand and wrap me around.
What you did not know is.. My heart is my hand.
( Coco J. Ginger )

Summon the power of your inner courage and live the life you are completely comfortable with.
( Alfred Hookins, 1892-1956 )

Don’t underestimate the power of friendship.
Those bonds are tight stitches that close up the holes you might otherwise fall through.
( Richelle E. Goodrich )

Sleep doesn’t help if your soul is tired.

Sometimes we have to stop caring..
And turn off all our emotions and feelings..
Just to protect ourself from getting hurt.
( Rose Winfold )

Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden.

We are fascinated by the words..
But where we meet is in the silence behind them.
( Ram Dass )

If someone’s life is not enriched by their time with you, then you’re not doing something right.
( Osayi Osar-Emokpae )

There is no death.. Only a change of worlds.
( Chief Seattle )

The worst part about being strong is that no one ever asks you if you are okay.

Sometimes it’s best to say nothing.
Some people are not worth your breath, let alone your words.
( Robert William Hutchison, 1922-2006 )

We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place, or not to bother.
( Jane Goodall )

Life is full of ladders to climb, with snakes on every level.

Above all, don’t lie to yourself.. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others.. And having no respect he ceases to love.
( Fyodor Dostoyevsky )

You should be honest to your friends, yourself and your passions and beliefs.
If you are consistently honest and fair then you will, inevitably, annoy some people.
But you will have the respect of others and yourself.

This is where it all begins.. Everything starts here, today.
( David Nicholls )

With every mistake, we must surely be learning.
( George Harrison )

A friend is..
The one who loves you
The one who shares
The one who listens
The one who cares.

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
( Victor Hugo )

Keep your best wishes close to your heart and watch what happens.
( Tony DeLiso )

Life is the first gift
Love is the second
And understanding the third.

When you have lost hope, you have lost everything.
And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.
( Pittacus Lore )

Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
( Stephen King )

I want to believe that I’m not wrong.
I want to believe that life isn’t full of darkness.
Even if storms come to pass, the sun will shine again.
No matter how painful and hard the rain may beat down on me.
( Natsuki Takaya )

Sometimes people accuse you of being a bad person just so they don’t feel guilty about the bad things they did to you.

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
( Henry David Thoreau )

Hope is not about proving anything.. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing, that love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.
( Anne Lamott )

Three things in human life are important.
The first is to be kind
The second is to be kind
And the third is to be kind.

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
( Og Mandino )

Keep your face always toward the sunshine..
And the shadows will fall behind you.

What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it.. Elementary kindness.
( Barbara Kingsolver )

A wise man has something to say..
A fool has to say something.

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
( J.K. Rowling )

Opportunity knocks only once, while temptation leans on the doorbell.

It’s not the hours you put in which count..
But what you put into the hours.

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
( Ralph Waldo Emerson )

We Were Once Just Humans

Statistics.. The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
( Evan Esar )

Oppressors can tyrannise only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.
( James Madison )

Knowledge is often destroyed by censorship.

Some people will do you wrong then turn around and act like you did something to them.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
( John Adams, 04.12.1770 )

They will call you crazy until they find out you are right.

If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.
( Thich Nhat Hanh )

The past is a place of reference.. Not a place of residence.
( Rose Winfold )

When someone is mean, don’t listen.
When someone is rude, walk away.
When someone tries to put you down, stay firm.

May your neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, angels protect you, and heaven accept you.
( Aubrey Drake )

Some days you need the music..
And some days you need the lyrics.

Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.
( Rabindranath Tagore )

May your shoes make happy tracks on many roads..
And may rainbows always touch your shoulders.
( Alfred Hookins, 1892-1956 )

Being human is given, but keeping our humanity is a choice.

Your whole life is on the other side of the glass, and there is nobody watching.
( Alan Bennett )

What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
( Andre Agassi )

It’s very sad that some of the kindest people in life are always the most mistreated.

Recession is when a neighbour loses his job.
Depression is when you lose yours.
( Ronald Reagan )

Being different doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
( Florence Emily Hookins, 1896-1962 )

A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.

The right to free speech and the unrealistic expectation to never be offended can not coexist.
( Philip Sharp )

The present is what slips by us while we are pondering the past and worrying about the future.
( Ziggy )

Be the reason someone smiles today.

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
( Thomas Jefferson )

Unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.
( Noam Chomsky )

If you don’t know the whole story, you should remain silent.

The joy in life is to be used for a purpose.
I want to be used up when I die.
( George Bernard Shaw )

I only know two tunes..
One of them is ‘Yankee Doodle’ and the other isn’t.
( Ulysses S. Grant )

Many politicians are so arrogant, they fail to understand how stupid they are.

I don’t want you to think like me.. I just want you to think.
( Robert William Hutchison, 1922-2006 )

Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
( Voltaire )

No amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education simply develops it.
( Rose Winfold )

A good life is when you smile often, laugh a lot..
And realise how blessed you are for what you have.

There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.
( William F. Halsey )

When anger rises, think of the consequences.
( Confucius )

The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
( Benjamin Franklin )

We were all once just simply humans..
Until some gave themselves labels and separated us..
Atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, etc., etc.
( Rose Winfold )

What is success ?
It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.
( Paulo Coelho )

The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.

There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.
( Alexander Woollcott )

Is there a God ?  I do not know. Is man immortal ?  I do not know.
One thing I do know, and that is, that neither hope, nor fear, belief, nor denial, can change the fact.  It is as it is, and it will be as it must be.
( Robert Ingersoll )

Listen to the wind, it talks.
Listen to the silence, it speaks.
Listen to your heart, it knows.

May the stars carry your sadness away.
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty.
May hope forever wipe away your tears.
And, above all, may silence make you strong.
( Chief Dan George )

We rise by lifting others.
( Robert Ingersoll )

I am who I am.. Your approval is not needed.

Sacrificing the earth for paradise is giving up the substance for the shadow.
( Victor Hugo )

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.
( Alfred A. Montapert )

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
( Thomas Paine )

Stay away from negative people..
They have a problem for every solution.

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
( Alvin Toffler )

If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.
( Carl Sagan )

What a different place this world would be if people listened with their hearts instead of their opinions.

The life of the Nation is secure only while the Nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
( Frederick Douglass )

People that belittle others in order to sound clever do nothing more than prove their idiocy.

Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth.
This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.
( Laozi )

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
( Benjamin Franklin )

The behaviour of some people is shaped by social engineering.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
( Marianne Williamson )

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

Life always offers us a second chance.. It’s called tomorrow.

To hate man and worship God seems to be the sum of all the creeds.
( Robert Ingersoll )

One day we will all be just a memory..
But only to some people.. So do your best to be a good one.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, I bet we would be quick to grab ours back.

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
( George Washington )

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.. It is far better to be free, to leave the forts and barricades of fear, to stand erect and face the future with a smile.
( Robert Ingersoll )

Now That It’s All Over

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
( Leonardo da Vinci )

Who cares about shit people say, that they don’t have the balls to say to your face.
( Tony Soprano )

Society tells us how we should lead our lives, what we can and cannot say, how we are supposed to feel, and they claim this is freedom.

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
( George Orwell )

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

The greatest country, the richest country, is not that which has the most capitalists, monopolists, immense grabbings, vast fortunes, with its sad, sad soil of extreme, degrading, damning poverty, but the land in which there are the most homesteads, freeholds, where wealth does not show contrasts high and low, where all men have enough, a modest living, and no man is made possessor beyond the sane and beautiful necessities.
( Walt Whitman )

People do not die from suicide.. They die from sadness.

Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
( George Orwell )

When someone asks me what I do.. I say ‘whatever it takes’.

Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived.
So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have ?
( Jane Goodall )

I like when you don’t have to be careful what you say.
That’s when you know you are with the right people.

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. 
( C.S. Lewis )

The life many humans complain about is only a dream for millions of poor souls.

Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad.. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.
( George Orwell )

Make your goal to create a life in which you don’t need to take a vacation.

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live.. Which of these two is better only God knows.
( Socrates )

I don’t think you should die until you’re ready.
Until you’ve wrung out every last bit of living you can.
( Libba Bray )

The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change.
The leader adjusts the sails.

Never before in the history of politics have the UK electors made such a grave mistake.
( God Almighty )

Happiness is simply peace, dancing.
Peace is simply happiness at rest.

You’ve got a lot of choices.. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.
( Steven D. Woodhull )

Trust is like paper.. Once it’s crumbled, it can’t be perfect again.

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.
( Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros )

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy..
Even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.

Now that it’s all over, what did you really do yesterday that’s worth mentioning ?
( Coleman Cox )

I try to do good in the world, to do the best I can.
Not because I expect a reward or praise.
But because it feels better than being an asshole.

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.
( Charles Dickens )

Try and be one of the reasons why others believe in goodness and kindness.

My favourite times are when I am having intelligent conversations with good people and when I am listening to good music.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

When it rains look for rainbows.
When it’s dark look for stars.

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
( J.K. Rowling )

People know your name, but not your story.
They have heard what you have done, but not what you have been through.
So take their opinions of you with a pinch of salt.
It’s not what others think of you..
It’s what you think about yourself that counts.

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.
But if you listen, you may learn something new.
( Dalai Lama )

Your value doesn’t decrease based on the inability of others to see your worth.

You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.
( Robert Fulghum )

A good human will be honest no matter how painful the truth is.
A coward hides behind lies and deceit.

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.
Failure is delay, not defeat.
It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
( Denis Waitley )

Never underestimate yourself.
You know more than you say, think more than you speak, and notice more than you realise.

Sticks and stones may break our bones, and words may break our hearts.
( Rose Winfold )

I smile and act like nothing is wrong.
It’s called dealing with life and staying strong.

Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things.
We must teach music in schools.
( Martin Luther )

Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air and thinking you are better than everyone else.. It’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone else in the first place.

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
( Leonardo da Vinci )

When someone is nasty or treats you poorly..
Don’t take it personally.
It says nothing about you but everything about them.

Our leaders sleep in peace as young men carry out violence in faraway places on their behalf.
( Rose Winfold )

Be thankful for the body and the mind you have.
No one can look or think the way you do.
You are unique.

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
( Leonardo da Vinci )

Never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger, or insecurity.
Evaluate your words before you let them leave your lips.
Sometimes it’s best to be quiet.

My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.
( Judy Blume )

And sure enough, even waiting will end.. If you can just wait long enough.
( William Faulkner )

There is no small act of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
( Mary Anne Radmacher )

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
( Mark Twain )

He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.
( Dante Alighieri )

If the words you spoke appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful ?

We must take sides.. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silent encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
( Elie Wiesel )

Every step may get harder.. But don’t stop.
The view is beautiful at the top.

Peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you are, something you do, and something you give away.
( Robert Fulghum )

Clothe yourself in strength and dignity..
And smile without being fearful of the future.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

You were born with the ability to change someone’s life.. Don’t ever waste it.

Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.
( Leonardo da Vinci )

If you want to feel rich, just count all the gifts you have that money can’t buy.

Don’t let people pull you into their storm.. Pull them into your peace.
( Kimberly Jones )

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
( Jacques Yves Cousteau )

There are three classes of people..
Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.
( Leonardo da Vinci )

A Life Is Like A Garden

You can say goodbye, reflect on your life and prepare, according to your beliefs, to meet your maker or enjoy eternal oblivion.. It is a romantic view of dying, but achievable with love, morphine and whisky.
( Dr Richard Smith )

Silence is loaded with answers.

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
( Og Mandino )

I see people turn their heads and quickly look away.

Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. 
( Søren Kierkegaard )

At the end of the day before you close your eyes..
Be content with where you’ve been..
And proud of who you are.

A life is like a garden.
Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.
( Leonard Nimoy )

If you ever find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, smallness or insecurities, remember, things could be a lot worse.. You could be them.

Just be you.. I’ve learned the hard way and in the end, some people are just so full of hate that no matter what you say or do, they will always have something to say.
( Megan Fox )

That special feeling in the air when family and friends gather to show they care.

If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin.
( Søren Kierkegaard )

I sometimes have to turn my head until the darkness goes.

Go as far as you can see.
When you get there, you will see further.
( Zig Ziglar )

The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.

The essence of America – that which really unites us – is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea – and what an idea it is.. That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.
( Condoleezza Rice )

Like a new born baby, it happens every day.

Nothing hurts a good soul and the kind heart more than to live amongst people who can’t understand it.
( Ali Ibn Abi Talib )

We get so worried about being pretty.
Let’s be pretty kind.. Pretty funny.
Pretty smart.. Pretty strong.
( Britt Nicole )

I look deep inside myself and see my heart is broken.

Less bullets, more brains.
The strong don’t need guns.
Guns are tools of the weak.. This is true.
If you disagree with me, it’s ok, you are wrong.
( Henry Rollins )

As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.
( Noam Chomsky )

Our precious souls recognise each other by the way we feel, not by the way we look.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

I just feel like fading away so I don’t have to face the facts.

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
( Charles Darwin )

Murder is not about lust and it’s not about violence.
It’s about possession.
( Ted Bundy )

To see that your life is a story while you’re in the middle of living it may be a help to living it well.
( Ursula K. Le Guin )

Man has the power to act as his own destroyer..
And that is the way he has acted through most of history.
( Ayn Rand )

I am not a courageous person by nature.. I have simply discovered that, at certain key moments in this life, you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward and live.
( John Patrick Shanley )

We’re just animals, after all.. And how can an animal get so removed from nature that it loses the instinct to keep itself alive ?
( Amy Reed )

A normal life.. Such a simple idea, but it’s almost impossible for me to picture.
( Pittacus Lore )

Everything that happens before Death is what counts.
( Ray Bradbury )

When we are judging everything, we are learning nothing.
( Steve Maraboli )

If this book has a lesson, it is that we are awfully lucky to be here, and by ‘we’ I mean every living thing.. To attain any kind of life in this universe of ours appears to be quite an achievement.. As humans we are doubly lucky, of course.. We enjoy not only the privilege of existence but also the singular ability to appreciate it and even, in a multitude of ways, to make it better.. It is a talent we have only barely begun to grasp.
( Bill Bryson )

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
( Bob Dylan )

You never think the last time is the last time.
You think there will be more.
You think you have forever, but you don’t.

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
( Bob Dylan )

Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
( Og Mandino )

Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise or trouble or worries.
Peace means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

The people will believe what the media tells them to believe.
( George Orwell )

Those who love peace must learn to organise as effectively as those who love war.
( Martin Luther King, Jr. )

The first step toward happiness is always the hardest because we have to walk away from all we have known to find all we have wanted.

Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.
( Og Mandino )

Maturity comes when you stop making excuses and start making changes.

Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.
( Elizabeth Gilbert )

Your greatest test is when you are able to bless someone else while you are going through your own storm.

Dwell on the beauty of life.
Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
( Marcus Aurelius )

The first to apologise is the bravest.
The first to forgive is the strongest.
The first to forget is the happiest.

Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.
( L.M. Montgomery )

Take care of your thoughts when you are alone..
And take care of your words when you are with others.

The best of us must sometimes eat our words.
( J.K. Rowling )

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
( C.S. Lewis )

Always tell someone how you feel.
Because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye..
And regret can last for a lifetime.

If the Negro in the ghetto must be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.
( Carter G. Woodson )

The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are.
But how happy others can be because of you.

If ever the time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
( Samuel Adams )

How good do you have to be to be considered a ‘good person’ ?

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
( Henry Miller )

Don’t feel bad if others remember you only when they need you.
Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.

Live authentically, and savour each precious moment of your journey.
Because when you arrive at your destination, another journey begins.
( Joe Keane )

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed.. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.
( William Faulkner )

If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.
( Andy Rooney )

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
( Aristotle )

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
( Soren Kierkegaard )

Think Well Of Yourself

Life is a beautiful struggle.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring.
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
( J.R.R. Tolkien )

Never in the history of calming down has anyone ever calmed down by being told to calm down.

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. 
( Mahatma Gandhi )

Think well of yourself and proclaim this fact to all.
Not in loud words but in good deeds and actions.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness.
Nothing is so gentle as real strength.
( Ralph W. Sockman )

To fear the opinions of others is a weakness.
To force your opinions onto others is crass.
Opinions don’t matter.

I hope you live a life you’re proud of.
If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
( Eric Roth )

Two reasons why we don’t trust others..
1. We don’t know them.
2. We know them.

To be comfortable in your own skin is the beginning of strength.
( Charles B. Handy )

You often see a person’s true colours when you are no longer beneficial to their life.

A daily dose of day-dreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.
( Richelle E. Goodrich )

Life is too short to argue with idiots and stupid people.

You can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfilment. 
( Kahlil Gibran )

The real things haven’t changed..
It is still best to be honest and truthful.
Please and thank you are still magic words.

Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection.. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something.. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult.. Being a geek is extremely liberating.
( Simon Pegg )

We should try not to ignore others, because we all know how it feels to be ignored by someone.

Humility does not mean you think less of yourself.
It means you think of yourself less.
( Ken Blanchard )

Work for a cause, not for applause.
Live your life to express, not to impress.
Don’t strive to make your presence noticed..
Just make your absence felt.

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
( Isaac Asimov )

Sometimes we have to accept the fact that certain things will never go back to how they use to be.

Sometimes, certain people come into our life and teach us a very important lesson.
Not to be like them.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926 – 2008 )

When the soul cries, and when the heart breaks, there are not always tears.

Family is not about blood.
It’s about who is willing to hold your hand when you need it the most.

The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world.
First you take people’s money away quietly and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.
( Thomas Sowell )

Help others .. Even if you know they can’t help you back.

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today.
( Isaac Asimov )

Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.
( Thomas Merton )

Successful people never worry about what others are doing.

Life is too short to spend time with those who suck the happiness out of you.

Compassion is the basis of all morality.
( Arthur Schopenhauer )

How should we treat ‘others’ ?
There are no others ..
All living beings are children of the Universe.

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
( Sir Francis Bacon )

Promises mean everything, but after they are broken, sorry means nothing.

Life.. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence.

The aim of life is self-development.
To realise one’s nature perfectly.. That is what each of us is here for.
( Oscar Wilde )

When all of your earnings are exhausted on food and shelter, your labours are no longer viewed as an opportunity for economic advancement, but rather as an act of self-preservation.
In the real world, that is called slavery.

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody notices..
Don’t be sad.. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.
( John Lennon )

Anything war can do, peace can do better.

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
( Jackie Robinson )

Don’t take too much notice of what you hear, just trust what you feel.

There must be something rotten in the very core of a social system which increases its wealth without diminishing its misery.
( Karl Marx )

Some people ask others if they’re okay just to find out any gossip.
They don’t really care.

I believe there is another world waiting for us.
A better world.. And I’ll be waiting for you there.
( David Mitchell )

Breathe.. Let go.
And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
( Oprah Winfrey )

Once you learn how to be happy..
You won’t tolerate being around people who make you feel anything less.

Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
( Andre Malraux )

You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.

Time is like a river.. You cannot touch the same water twice because the flow that has passed will never pass again.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much.. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life.. We’ve added years to life, not life to years.
( George Carlin )

I don’t have everything I wanted, but I do have everything I need.
My life is not perfect.. But it’s my life and I’m happy.

Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world.
( Melinda Gates )

Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.

Every day is a fresh start.. Each day is a new beginning.
Every morning we wake up is the first day of our new life.

We didn’t raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world, we did it with her light shining as a beacon to the world.
( President Barack Obama )

When you base your life on principles, most of your decisions are already made before you encounter them.

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
( Rosa Parks )

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.
Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
( Martin Luther King Jr. )

To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, or perfect.
You just have to care.
( Mandy Hale )

Just because it’s ‘legal’ doesn’t mean it’s fair and doesn’t make it right.

We sometimes reveal our true feelings through jokes.

Remaining silent is always better than unnecessary drama.

We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice, not in love with publicity but in love with humanity.
( Martin Luther King Jr. )