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  • 1. Motivations & Inspirations
  • 2. ACCEPTANCE God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr
  • 3. FORGIVENESS Forgiveness means letting go of the past. Gerald Jampolsky
  • 4. FRIENDSHIP True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. Dave Tyson Gentry
  • 5. OUR HIGHER POWER, OR GOD When we lose God, it is not God who is lost. Anon
  • 6. FAITH AND BELIEF Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up. Guideposts
  • 7. PRAYER Prayer moves the hand that moves the world. John Aikman Wallace
  • 8. SELF-ACCEPTANCE You can succeed if nobody else believes it, but you will never succeed if you don’t believe in yourself. William J.H. Boetcker
  • 9. SELF-CONTROL Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive. George Bernard Shaw
  • 10. SELF-CONFIDENCE Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it. Stan Smith
  • 11. YESTERDAY: THE PAST Enjoy yourself. These are the “good old days” you’re going to miss in the years ahead. Anon
  • 12. TOMORROW: THE FUTURE Tomorrow is the mysterious, unknown guest. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • 13. POSITIVE THINKING, AND SELF-FULFILLING PROPHESIES AND ACTIONS Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you. Madeline Bridges
  • 14. HOPE Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. Anon
  • 15. VISUALIZATION We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon. Konrad Adenauer
  • 16. CHANGE Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw
  • 17. DECISIONS Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter Drucker
  • 18. INSTINCTS ystems die; instincts remain. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • 19. MOTIVATION To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. Baruch Spinoza
  • 20. REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do. Lin Yutang
  • 21. GOALS The one thing worth living for is to keep one’s soul pure. Marcus Aurelius
  • 22. FEAR Every day I wake up a little afraid. Only a fool is never afraid. Ron Meyer
  • 23. WORRY Every morning I spend fifteen minutes filling my mind full of God, and so there’s no room left for worry thoughts. Howard Chandler Christy
  • 24. DOUBTS AND UNCERTAINTIES Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning. George Eliot
  • 25. SECURITY There is no security on this earth. Only opportunity. General Douglas MacArthur
  • 26. RISKS No one reaches a high position without daring. Publilius Syrus
  • 27. COURAGE To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. Confucius
  • 28. An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates
  • 29. Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen
  • 30. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Napoleon Hill
  • 31. Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso
  • 32. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus
  • 33. COMMITMENT If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Michael Evans
  • 34. GETTING GOING Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. Brendan Francis
  • 35. SUCCESS The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it. Sir William Osler
  • 36. LUCK The one who is intent on making the most of his opportunities is too busy to bother about luck. B.C. Forbes
  • 37. OPPORTUNITY The successful person is one who had the chance and took it. Roger Babson
  • 38. COMMITMENT Nothing of worthy or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a faint heart, and with a lame endeavor. Isaac Barrow
  • 39. CONCENTRATION Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it. Colonel Michael Friedsman
  • 40. WORK Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor. Ulysses S. Grant
  • 41. PERFECTION The person with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. Johann von Goethe
  • 42. JUST DO THE FOOTWORK, THEN LET IT GO God tests His real friends more severely than the lukewarm ones. Katheryn Hulme
  • 43. TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves. Lord Chesterfield
  • 44. PERSEVERANCE They who are the most persistent, and work in the true spirit, will invariably be the most successful. Samuel Smiles
  • 45. FAILURES AND MISTAKES Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. Bertolt Brecht
  • 46. THE ADVANTAGES OF ADVERSITY Strong people are made by opposition, like kites that go up against the wind. Frank Harris
  • 47. PEACE OF MIND Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst. Lin Yutang
  • 48. SELF-PITY Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world. Helen Keller
  • 49. HAPPINESS Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. Hosea Ballou
  • 50. ACCEPTANCE We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 51. FORGIVENESS The angry people are those people who are most afraid. Dr. Robert Anthony
  • 52. COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. Karl Barth
  • 53. THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well. Foe Ancis
  • 54. HELPING OTHER PEOPLE Generosity gives assistance, rather than advice. Vauvenargues
  • 55. FRIENDSHIP The two most important things in friends and a strong bull Bob Lemon life are good pen.
  • 56. ACCEPTANCE Acceptance is the truest kinship with humanity. G.K. Chesterton
  • 57. OUR HIGHER POWER, OR GOD Some people talk about finding God, as if He could get lost. Anon
  • 58. FAITH AND BELIEF Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others. Erich Fromm
  • 59. PRAYER Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. Soren Kierkegaard
  • 60. SELF-ACCEPTANCE I’m not OK, you’re not OK - and that’s OK. William Sloane Coffin
  • 61. SELF-CONTROL When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something. Robert Browning
  • 62. SELF-RELIANCE Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. Frank Tyger
  • 63. SIMPLICITY What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius
  • 64. ONE DAY Nothing is worth more than this day. Johann von Goethe
  • 65. YESTERDAY: THE PAST Some folks never exaggerate - they just remember big. Audrey Snead
  • 66. TODAY: THE PRESENT It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future and impossible to live in the past. Jim Bishop
  • 67. THIS MOMENT The only courage you from that matters one moment is the kind that gets to the next. Mignon McLaughlin
  • 68. MORNINGS With each sunrise, we start anew. Anon
  • 69. EVENINGS Fools look to tomorrow; wise men use tonight. Scottish proverb
  • 70. TOMORROW: THE FUTURE God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. Isak Dinesen
  • 71. POSITIVE THINKING The mirror; frowns it world is like a frown at it, and it at you. Smile and smiles, too. Herbert Samuels
  • 72. DIFFICULT DAYS Pain is never permanent. Saint Teresa of Avila
  • 73. ENTHUSIASM You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. Colette
  • 74. HOPE Hope is one of those things in life you cannot do without. LeRoy Douglas
  • 75. VISUALIZATION A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see - and hits it. Anon
  • 76. ROLE MODELS People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves. Tyron Edwards
  • 77. CHANGE Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another. Arthur Christopher Benson
  • 78. DECISIONS Full maturity … is achieved by realizing that you have choices to make. Angela Barron McBride
  • 79. DOING WHAT’S RIGHT FOR US You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Joan Baez
  • 80. DOING WHAT’S RIGHT FOR US There is just one life for each of us: our own. Euripides
  • 81. MOTIVATION Don’t let other people tell you what you want. Pat Riley
  • 82. REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved. Mignon McLaughlin
  • 83. GOALS If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there? Basil S. Walsh
  • 84. FEAR We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. Marcus Annaeus Seneca
  • 85. WORRY If your eyes are blinded with your worries, you cannot see the beauty of the sunset. Krishnamurti
  • 86. DOUBTS AND UNCERTAINTIES To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything, or nothing, about it. Olin Miller
  • 87. SECURITY To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself. Marcus Annaeus Seneca
  • 88. RISKS It takes courage to lead a life. Any life. Erica Jong
  • 89. COURAGE It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid. James A. Michener
  • 90. “ IGNORANCE” Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Degas
  • 91. GETTING GOING We will not know unless we begin. Howard Zinn
  • 92. SUCCESS Always aim for achievement, and forget about success. Helen Hayes
  • 93. LUCK You don’t just luck into things … You build step by step, whether it’s friendships or opportunities. Barbara Bush
  • 94. OPPORTUNITY Opportunity knocks but once. Anon
  • 95. COMMITMENT He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides. George P. Schultz
  • 96. PERFECTION If the best man’s faults were written on his forehead, it would make him pull his hat over his eyes. Gaelic proverb
  • 97. TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME The distance doesn’t matter; only the first step is difficult. Madame Marquise du Deffand
  • 98. PERSEVERANCE It isn’t hard to be good from time to time … What’s tough is being good every day. Willie Mays
  • 99. PROBLEMS Every path has its puddle. English proverb
  • 100. FAILURES AND MISTAKES Our mistakes won’t irreparably damage our lives unless we let them. James E. Sweaney
  • 101. THE ADVANTAGES OF ADVERSITY Never complain about your troubles; they are responsible for more than half of your income. Robert R. Updegraff
  • 102. REACTING TO EVENTS When things go wrong, don’t go with them. Anon
  • 103. THE ADVANTAGES OF ADVERSITY A problem is a chance for you to do your best. Duke Ellington
  • 104. SELF-PITY The opposite of having faith is having self-pity. Og Guinness
  • 105. PEACE OF MIND If you do not find peace in yourself, you will never find it anywhere else. Paula A. Bendry
  • 106. HAPPINESS It is in his pleasure that a man really lives. Agnes Repplier
  • 107. ACCEPTANCE Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • 108. FORGIVENESS The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Ghandi
  • 109. COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. Ruth Ann Schabacker
  • 110. HELPING OTHER PEOPLE What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other? George Eliot
  • 111. FRIENDSHIP There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • 112. OUR HIGHER POWER, OR GOD Let God love you through others and let God love others through you. D.M. Street
  • 113. CHANGE A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. Sir Winston Churchill
  • 114. SELF-KNOWLEDGE When a man begins to understand himself, he begins to live. Norvin G. McGranahan
  • 115. SELF-ACCEPTANCE Do not wish to be anything but what you are. Saint Francis de Sales
  • 116. SELF-CONFIDENCE As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Johann von Goethe
  • 117. SELF-RELIANCE The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. Swedish proverb
  • 118. SIMPLICITY There is only one meaning of life, the act of living itself. Erich Fromm
  • 119. ONE DAY We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well. George MacDonald
  • 120. YESTERDAY: THE PAST Your past is always going to be the way it was. Stop trying to change it. Anon
  • 121. TODAY: THE PRESENT Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow. Horace
  • 122. MORNINGS If God adds another day to our life, let us receive it gladly. Marcus Annaeus Seneca
  • 123. TOMORROW: THE FUTURE I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. Albert Einstein
  • 124. DIFFICULT DAYS God grant us patience! William Shakespeare
  • 125. POSITIVE THINKING Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
  • 126. ENTHUSIASM The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool. William McFee
  • 127. CHANGE Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem. Eric Hoffer
  • 128. VISUALIZATION We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon. Konrad Adenauer
  • 129. ROLE MODELS A good example is the best sermon. Anon
  • 130. CHANGE Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. Bertolt Brecht
  • 131. FORGIVENESS One forgives to the degree that one loves. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • 132. INSTINCTS The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones. Soren Kierkegaard
  • 133. MOTIVATION We talk on principle, but we act on interest. Walter Savage Landor
  • 134. REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness. Jean Vanier
  • 135. GOALS You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning. Billy Wilder
  • 136. FEAR Do not think of all your anxieties, you will only make yourself ill. Shih King
  • 137. WORRY Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Swedish proverb
  • 138. DOUBTS AND UNCERTAINTIES The only certainty is that nothing is certain. Pliny, the Elder
  • 139. SECURITY No one can build her security upon the nobleness of another person. Willa Cather
  • 140. RISKS Unless you enter the tiger’s den, you cannot take the cubs. Japanese proverb
  • 141. COURAGE Confidence … is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life. John Dewey
  • 142. Sorrow is a fruit. God does not allow it to grow on a branch that is too weak to bear it. Victor Hugo
  • 143. “ IGNORANCE” No one knows what he can do until he tries. Publilius Syrus
  • 144. GETTING GOING If we really want to live, we’d better start at once to try. W.H. Auden
  • 145. SUCCESS Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success. Henry Ford
  • 146. OPPORTUNITY I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. Mark Twain
  • 147. COMMITMENT If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Michael Evans
  • 148. WORK Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. David Bly
  • 149. PERFECTION Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams. Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs
  • 150. JUST DO THE FOOTWORK, THEN LET IT GO God doesn’t make orange juice, God makes oranges. Jesse Jackson
  • 151. TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME The distance doesn’t matter; only the first step is difficult. Madame Marquise du Deffand
  • 152. PERSEVERANCE It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. Confucius
  • 153. PERSEVERANCE It isn’t hard to be good from time to time … What’s tough is being good every day. Willie Mays
  • 154. FAILURES AND MISTAKES The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 155. REACTING TO EVENTS Were it not for my little jokes, I could not bear the burdens of this office. Abraham Lincoln
  • 156. SELF-PITY Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue. André Gide
  • 157. PEACE OF MIND Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God no matter what the conflict. Anon
  • 158. HAPPINESS Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle
  • 159. ACCEPTANCE One cannot get through life without pain … What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us. Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.
  • 160. COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS The mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson
  • 161. HELPING OTHER PEOPLE Charity begins at home, and usually stays there. Elbert Hubbard
  • 162. HAPPINESS Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain
  • 163. FRIENDSHIP When good cheer is lacking, our friends will be packing. Anon
  • 164. HAPPINESS Do you prefer that you be right, or that you be happy? A Course In Miracles
  • 165. Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. Lin Yutang
  • 166. PRAYER The whole meaning of prayer is that we may know God. Oswald Chambers
  • 167. PERSEVERANCE The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • 168. SELF-ACCEPTANCE Do not wish to be anything but what you are. Saint Francis de Sales
  • 169. HAPPINESS Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. John Barrymore
  • 170. If you expect nothing, you’re apt to be surprised. You’ll get it. Malcolm Forbes
  • 171. HAPPINESS Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable. Anon
  • 172. We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well. George MacDonald
  • 173. ACCEPTANCE Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. Margaret Mitchell
  • 174. FORGIVENESS Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself. Harriet Uts Nelson
  • 175. Better a little fire to warm us than a great one to burn us. Thomas Fuller
  • 176. HELPING OTHER PEOPLE We are cold to others only when we are dull in ourselves. William Hazlitt
  • 177. TOMORROW: THE FUTURE I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. Albert Einstein
  • 178. FRIENDSHIP We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them. Thucydides
  • 179. You can promote your healing by your thinking. James E. Sweeney
  • 180. PRAYER When the knees are not often bent, the feet soon slide. Anon
  • 181. HOPE All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope. Alexandre Dumas
  • 182. ACCEPTANCE Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change! J.C.F. von Schiller
  • 183. CHANGE There is nobody who totally lacks the courage to change. Rollo May
  • 184. DECISIONS Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision. Harry A. Hopf
  • 185. FORGIVENESS They may not deserve forgiveness, but I do. Anon
  • 186. DOING WHAT’S RIGHT FOR US I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate. George Burns
  • 187. COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS For everything you have missed, you have gained something else. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 188. REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness. Jean Vanier
  • 189. GOALS Never try to catch two frogs with one hand. Chinese proverb
  • 190. FEAR Fear is the absence of faith. Paul Tillich
  • 191. WORRY Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Swedish proverb
  • 192. ACCEPTANCE If you have a job without aggravations, you don’t have a job. Malcolm Forbes
  • 193. FORGIVENESS It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend. Madame Dorothee Deluzy
  • 194. RISKS Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. General George S. Patton
  • 195. COURAGE Confidence … is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life. John Dewey
  • 196. COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have. Ken Keyes, Jr.
  • 197. TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME From a little spark may burst a mighty flame. Dante Alighieri
  • 198. ACCEPTANCE Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. Anon
  • 199. SUCCESS A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means. William Hazlitt
  • 200. OPPORTUNITY I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. Mark Twain
  • 201. FORGIVENESS When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him. Norman Vincent Peale
  • 202. COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. English proverb
  • 203. HELPING OTHER PEOPLE The greatest happiness in the world is to make others happy. Luther Burbank
  • 204. TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Chinese proverb
  • 205. FRIENDSHIP It is easier to visit friends than to live with them. Chinese proverb
  • 206. PEACE OF MIND There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better. L. Thomas Holdcroft
  • 207. HAPPINESS Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln
  • 208. ACCEPTANCE The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. George Bernard Shaw
  • 209. FORGIVENESS Any man can seek revenge; it takes a king or prince to grant a pardon. Arthur J. Rehrat
  • 210. COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t make. Bill Veeck
  • 211. The only incurable troubles of the rich are the troubles that money can’t cure. Ogden Nash
  • 212. HELPING OTHER PEOPLE If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa
  • 213. FRIENDSHIP One thing everybody in the world wants and needs is friendliness. William E. Holler
  • 214. OUR HIGHER POWER, OR GOD Talking about God is not at all the same thing as experiencing God, or acting out God through our lives. Phillip Hewett
  • 215. PRAYER When you cannot pray as you would, pray as you can. Edward M. Goulburn
  • 216. SELF-ACCEPTANCE No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 217. SELF-CONFIDENCE Perhaps I am stronger than I think. Thomas Merton
  • 218. SELF-RELIANCE The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves. Sophocles
  • 219. SIMPLICITY To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. Mother Teresa
  • 220. ONE DAY The most important thing in our lives is what we are doing now. Anon
  • 221. YESTERDAY: THE PAST Never let yesterday use up today. Richard H. Nelson
  • 222. PRAYER Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. Satchel Paige
  • 223. MORNINGS When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature. Sydney Smith
  • 224. Most of the time we think we’re sick it’s all in the mind. Thomas Wolfe
  • 225. ENTHUSIASM Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 226. DOING WHAT’S RIGHT FOR US I’d rather be a lamppost in Chicago than a millionaire in any other city. William A. Hulbert
  • 227. VISUALIZATION Who is the wise man? He who sees what’s going to be born. Solomon