"It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog!"
"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered."
"The person who is not hungry says that the coconut has a hard shell."
-- African Tribal Saying
"The degree of one's emotion varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts - the less you know the hotter you get."
- Bertrand Russell
"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself."
-- Albert Einstein
"Wise people talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."
"You don't have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great."
- Les Brown
"The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to close it again on something solid."
"Patience is not so much about waiting, as it is about how one behaves while waiting."
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
--Thomas Edison during the light bulb invention process.
"Things are only impossible until they're not."
"Go out and preach the gospel and if you must, use words."
-- St. Francis of Assisi
"American men are obsessed with money. American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring."
-- Marya Mannes
"Pain is inevitable. Misery is a choice."
-- Quoted by Christopher Reeves
"The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."
-- Lily Tomlin
"Be kind. Remember everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
-- John Watson
Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
The less men think, the more they talk.
If you treat a man as he is, he will stay as he is, but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be, and could be, he will become that bigger and better man.
I do not love him because he is good, but because he is my child.
Gandhi had a sign reading: When you are in the right you can afford to keep your temper; and when you are in the wrong, you cannot afford to lose it.
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by God's grace, I will do.
The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment.
--T. H. White
If you see good in everybody,
Nearly everybody will see good in you.
Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.
The most humane thing we can do is comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
A friend is one to whom you may pour out all the contents of your heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
A flower, if you bruise it under your feet, rewards you by giving you its perfume.
Forget your experiences, grab the lessons, and keep on swinging!
If you would not be forgotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.
I trust a good deal to common fame, as we all must. If a man has good corn, or woods, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house. though it be through the woods."
--Ralph Walso Emerson's Journal, February 1855.
"All that is needed for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
I will place no value on anything except as it pertains to God.
--Livingston as quoted in writing by W.T. McDougal
Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy.
A torn jacket is soon mended; but harsh words bruise the heart of a child.
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
How do I work? I grope.
A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of life.
The first duty of love is to listen.
The best thing you can do for your fellow, next to rousing his conscience; is--not to give him things
To think about, but to wake things up that are in him; or say, to make him think things for himself.
Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.
--Albert M Wills, Jr.
Those who make the worse use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
--Jean De La Bruyere
A wise man listening to a fool will learn more than a fool listening to a wise man.
We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of break. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of his freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
--Victor S. Frankl
Character is what you are in the dark.
--D. L. Moody
The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God.
--Robert M. McCheyne
Abraham Lincoln once walked down the street with his two sons, both of whom were crying. "What's the matter with you boys?" asked a passerby. "Exactly what is wrong with the whole world," said Lincoln. "I have three walnuts, and each boy wants two."
--(told by George Sweeting)
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.
Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find the bread.
--D. T. Niles
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of one small candle.
You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.
I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.
He who laughs lasts.
Absorption in ease is one of the most reliable signs of present or impending decay.
There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart.
--Blaise Pascal (original idea, Augustine)
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Each of us will eventually give away all our earthly possessions. How we choose to do so, however, is a reflection of our commitment to the kingdom of God.
I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the varieties of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.
A child should have every advantage -- including those taught by disadvantage.
--quoted or originated by Terry Rossio