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This new page is dedicated to quotations that capture my interest. For the first one, I thank Tyler for his blog, “Mormon Hippocrates, which is now posted on my blogroll…. I be learning how to do stuff!

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. “
~Albert Einstein

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“We but half express oursleves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents, and I lay both of them at His feet.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

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“To know and not to do is not yet to know.”
~Leo Buscaglia

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“When it’s over, I want to say:
all my life I was a bride married to amazement.”
~ Mary Oliver, from NaturalHigh’s blog, “LIVING LIFE FULLY”

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You can search throughout the entire universe for

someone who is more deserving of your love and

affection than you are yourself, and that person is not

to be found anywhere. you yourself, as much as anybody

in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

— Buddha

A man who as a physical being is always turned

toward the outside, thinking that

his happiness lies outside him,

finally turns inward and discovers that the source

is within him.

— Soren Kierkegaard

The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet. –Lao-tzu

To measure you by your smallest deed is

to reckon the ocean by the frailty of its foam,

To judge you by your failures is

to cast blame upon the seasons for their


— Kahlil Gibran

Security is mostly a superstition.

It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of

men as whole experience it.

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than

outright exposure.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

— Helen Keller

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”

— Plutarch

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things

which escape those who dream only by night.

— Edgar Allen Poe

“Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people

have is persistence. They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to perservere in the face of many difficult odds. There’s a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any task and the time they’re willing to spend on it”.

— Joyce Brothers

“Getting ahead in a difficult profession — singing, acting, writing, whatever — requires avid faith in yourself. You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows and unfair reversals. When I think back to those first couple of years in Rome, those endless rejections, without a glimmer of encouragement from anyone, all those failed screen tests, and yet I never let my desire slide away from me, my belief in myself and what I felt I could achieve.”

— Sophia Loren

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be

or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities —

always see them, for they’re always there.”

— Norman Vincent Peale

“Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to

himself, “I have failed three times,” and what happens when he says, “I’m a failure.”

— S. I. Hayakawa

“Success gravitates toward those who are perceived to be successful. Regardless of how you feel within, you must emanate success if you want to attract people to your cause.”

— Jeff Herman

It is better to try to light a candle

than to curse the dark

— Ancient Chinese Proverb

From the state of a man’s heart

proceed the conditions of his life;

his thoughts blossom into deeds,

and his deeds bear the fruitage

of character and destiny

— James Allen, “As The Man Thinketh”

“You can have everything in life you want if you’ll just help

enough other people to get what they want!”

— Zig Ziglar

The people who get on in this 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

The Flower says, “Well, I must endure the presence

of two or three caterpillars

if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“To make the right choices in life,

you have to get in touch with

your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude,

which most people are afraid of, because in the silence

you hear the truth and know the solutions.”

— Deepak Chopra

“Whatever you do, you need courage.

Whatever course you decide upon,

there is always someone

to tell you that you are wrong.

There are always difficulties arising,

which tempt you to believe that your critics

are right. To map out a course of action

and follow it to the end,

requires some of the same courage

which a soldier needs.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Good timber does not grow with ease;

the stronger the wind, the stronger

the trees.”

— J. Willard Marriott

“Looking back on my life,

I wish I’d stepped forward and made a fool

of myself more often when I was younger

— because when you do, you

find out you can do it.”

— William Sessions, former FBI Director

Life is like music;

it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct,

not by rule.

— Samuel Butler

Always dream and shoot higher than you know how to.

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.

Try to be better than yourself.

— William Faulkner

If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it,

it’s your world for the moment.

— Georgia O’Keefe

In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where

dreams may go and sheltered so may thrive and grow.

— Louise Driscoll

The mediocre teacher tells.

The good teacher explains.

The superior teacher demonstrates.

The great teacher inspires.

— William Arthur Ward

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are,

or where you are, or

what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.

It is what you think about.”

— Dale Carnegie

“Every achiever I have ever met says,

“My life turned around

when I began to believe in me.”

— Robert Schuller

“Every adversity, every failure and

every heartache carries

with it the Seed of an equivalent

or a greater Benefit.”

— Napoleon Hill

“What we do today, right now, Will have an accumulated effect

on all our tomorrows.”

— Alexandra Stoddard

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,

you should put a good deal of

thought into the happiness that you

are able to give.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

“Far better is it to dare mighty things,

to win glorious triumphs,

even though checkered by failure…

than to rank with those poor spirits who

neither enjoy much nor suffer much,

because they live in a gray twilight

that knows not victory nor defeat.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

Inspiration is a fragile thing…

Just a breeze, touching the green foliage of a city park.

Just a whisper from the soul of a friend.

Just a line of verse clipped from some book.


Who can say where it is born, and why it leaves us?

Who can tell the reasons for its being or not being?

Only this… I can think inspiration

comes from the Heart of Heaven…

To give the lift of wings, and the breath of divine music

to those of us who are earthbound.

— Margaret Sangster

How far that little candle throws its beams!

So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

— William Shakespeare, “Merchant of Venice”

“There are many people

who reach their conclusions about life

like schoolboys;

they cheat their master by copying the answer out

of a book without having worked out

the sum for themselves.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“Necessity may be the mother of invention,

but curiosity is the mother of discovery.”

— Charles Handy

“We are not just our behavior,

we are the person managing our


— Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D.

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;

you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”

— William Lloyd George

“When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead.”

— John Greenleaf Whittier

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody

-it saves so much trouble. “

— Rudyard Kipling

“We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on

his or her own light.”

— Earl Nightingale

“We get new ideas from God every hour of our day when we put

our trust in Him

— but we have to follow that inspiration up with


— we have to work to prove our faith.

Remember that the bee that hangs around

the hive never gets any honey.”

— Albert E. Cliffe

“Success gravitates toward those who are perceived

to be successful.

Regardless of how you feel within,

you must emanate success if you want to

attract people to your cause.”

— Jeff Herman

Like the elephant, we are unconscious of our own strength.

When it comes to understanding the power

we have to make a difference in our own lives,

we might as well be asleep.

If you want to make your dreams come true, wake up.

Wake up to your own strength.

Wake up to the role you play in your own destiny.

— Keith Ellis, “Bootstraps”

“If you’re not surprised about your self,

your life,

what you perceived about yourself,

what you thought others think about you,

at twenty,

you’ll be surprised at thirty,

if you’re not surprised at thirty,

you’ll be at forty,

if you’re still not surprised at forty,

you will at fifty,

if you’re still not surprised,

you’re gonna commit suicide at sixty.”

— Woody Allen, actor and director

“Success is peace of mind that can be

obtained only from the self-satisfaction of

knowing that you have made the effort to do

the very best of which you are capable.”

— John Wooden

People are like stained-glass windows.

They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,

but when the darkness sets

in, their true beauty is revealed only if

there is a light from within.

— Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

“As far as we can discern,

the sole purpose of human existence

is to kindle a light of meaning

in the darkness of mere being.”

— Carl Gustav Jung

There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of

self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with

respect, kindness, and generosity.

— Nathaniel Branden, author and psychologist

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is

constantly making exciting discoveries.”

— A. A. Milne

We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers.

They see things in the soft haze of a spring day

or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening.

Some of us let these great dreams die,

but others nourish and protect them;

nurse them through bad days till they bring them

to the sunshine and light which comes always

to those who sincerely hope that

their dreams will come true.

— Woodrow Wilson

“Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to

convince a person who wants to live

in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person

your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or

her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead,

surround yourself with optimistic people.”

— Zig Ziglar

The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance

must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but

to become different- to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit

he or she possesses.

— John Fischer

Keep sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow-perhaps it all will.

— Ecclesiastics

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and

the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

— Buddha

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations

of this life that no man can sincerely

try to help another without helping himself.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life isn’t supposed to be an all or nothing

battle between misery and bliss.

Life isn’t supposed to be a battle at all.

And when it comes to happiness, well,

sometimes life is just okay, sometimes it’s

comfortable, sometimes wonderful, sometimes boring,

sometimes unpleasant. When your

day’s not perfect, it’s not a failure or a terrible loss.

It’s just another day.”

— Barbara Sher

“You don’t have to be afraid of change.

You don’t have to worry

about what’s being taken away.

Just look to see what’s been added.”

— Jackie Greer

“It’s only when we truly know and understand

that we have a limited time on earth

–and that we have no way of knowing when

our time is up–that we will begin to live each day

to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.”

— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Graduation Day


you may not know all that

the world has to offer…

but we know that the world

will be a better place

because of what you have

to offer it.


you may not know which path

you should follow…

but we know that you will

listen to your own heart,

for it will never lie.


you may question what you

have already accomplished…

but we know you will

never doubt what you can do.

As all of your tomorrows

open themselves to you,

never forget how proud we are

of you

and how much we love you…

yesterday, today, and always.

— Michael Coffey Tarbert

Sent by fangfang@bdg.centrin.net.id

The crisis of yesterday is the joke of tomorrow.

— H. G. Wells

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe,

it can achieve.”

— Napoleon Hill

“I will persist until I succeed.

Always will I take another step.

If that is of no avail I will take another,

and yet another.

In truth, one step at

a time is not too difficult…

I know that small attempts,

repeated, will

complete any undertaking.”

— Og Mandino

“Courage changes things for the better …

[With courage you can] stay with something

long enough to succeed at it, realizing that it

usually takes two, three or four times

as long to succeed as you

thought or hoped.”

— Earl Nightingale

View a negative experience in your life like

you’d look at a photo negative.

A single negative can create an unlimited number of

positive prints.

–Gerhard Gschwandtner–

“A man would do nothing, if

he waited until he could do it so

well that no one at all would find fault

with what he has done.”

— Cardinal Newman


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