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Quotes to inspire from my book, Achievement Alchemist

“A man (or woman) is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”  Bob Dylan

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  Mark Twain

“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life.  The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”  Mark Twain

“When the heart is ignored or suppressed, the result is the same for the organization as it is for the individual:  unrealised potential.”  Richard Chang, ‘The Passion Plan at Work’

“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.”  Anthony Robbins

“With every [one] I love who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth a part of me has been buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world.”  Helen Keller

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?…  Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you…  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.”  Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”  Antoine De Saint-Exupery

”I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”  Henry David Thoreau

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”  Antoine De Saint-Exupery

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”  Christina Baldwin

“I… recommend to every one of my Readers, the keeping a Journal of their Lives for one Week, and setting down punctually their whole Series of Employments during that Space of Time.  This kind of Self-Examination would give them a true State of themselves, and incline them to consider seriously what they are about.  One Day would rectifie the Omissions of another, and make a Man weigh all those indifferent Actions, which, though they are easily forgotten, must certainly be accounted for.”  Joseph Addison, 1712

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.”  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Do you remember how electrical currents and “unseen waves” were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.”  Albert Einstein

“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.”  Julien Green

“I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.”  Socrates

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”  Frank Lloyd Wright

“The simplest questions are the most profound.  Where were you born?  Where is your home?  Where are you going?  What are you doing?  Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change.”  Richard Bach

“To the question of your life you are the answer, and to the problems of your life you are the solution.”   Joe Cordare

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  Harold Whitman

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Nothing average ever stood as a monument to progress. When progress is looking for a partner it doesn’t turn to those who believe they are only average. It turns instead to those who are forever searching and striving to become the best they possibly can. If we seek the average level we cannot hope to achieve a high level of success.”  A. Lou Vickery

“I believe that [everyone] is the keeper of a dream – and by tuning into one another’s secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers.”  Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, June 2003

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Mahatma Ghandi

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”  Dale Carnegie

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”  Leon J. Suenes

“To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as…to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you’re dead.”  Og Mandino

“The future depends on what we do in the present.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.”  Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

“If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe?  The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.”  Author Unknown

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”  Beverly Sills

“If history is any guide, much of what we take for granted simply isn’t true.”  John Hagelin, PhD, “What the Bleep Do We Know”

“Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.”  Ralph Blum

“A man is what he thinks of all day long.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I am always doing that which I cannot in order that I may learn how to do it.”  Pablo Picasso

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”  Doris Lessing

“Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.”  W. Edwards Deming

“Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.”  Eugene S. Wilson

“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.”  Theodore Parker

“There is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing. I do the things I believe ought to be done. And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act.”  Theodore Roosevelt

“By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.”  Latin Proverb

“All my life I’ve wanted to be somebody.  But I see now I should have been more specific.” Jane Wagner

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” Muhammad Ali

“I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.”  Thomas Edison

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”  Henry David Thoreau

“Assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment is exactly the right situation you need to ultimately be successful. This situation has been sent to help you become better, to help you expand and grow.”  Brian Tracy

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”  Walt Disney

“When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us.”  Alexander Graham Bell

“The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.” John F. Kennedy

“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.”  Walt Disney

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”  Seneca

“Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.”  Evan Esar

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

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”  Albert Einstein

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”  Albert Einstein

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”  John F. Kennedy

“We don’t live in a world of reality, we live in a world of perceptions.”  Gerald J. Simmons

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  Albert Einstein

“All glory comes from daring to begin.”  William Shakespeare

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.”  Maya Angelou

“I don’t know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”  Bill Cosby

“Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another.”  Arthur Christopher Benson

“Leaving home in a sense involves a kind of second birth in which we give birth to ourselves”.  Robert Neelly Bellah, Habits of the Heart

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”  Charles Swindoll

“By the way that we think and by the way that we believe in things, in that way our world is created.” Pema Chodron

“An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.”  Winston Churchill

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“Quality begins on the inside… and then works its way out.”  Bob Moawad

“Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.” Jean Sibelius, Finnish Composer

“If in the last few years you haven’t discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse.  You may be dead.”  Gelett Burgess

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  Albert Einstein

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  Lewis Carroll

“It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts”  K.T. Jong

“The first and most important step toward…success is the feeling that we can succeed.”  Nelson Boswell

“No one can take away my freedom to choose how I will react.”  Victor Frankl

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.”  Leo Tolstoy

“Everything can be taken from a man but …the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  Viktor Frankl

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”  Elbert Hubbard

“Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.”  Michael Pritchard

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”  Mark Twain

“Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them.”  Marilyn Ferguson

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”  Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.”  John Henry Cardinal Newman

“The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.”  Thomas Merton

“Over the years your bodies become walking autobiographies, telling friends and strangers alike of the minor and major stresses of your lives.”  Marilyn Ferguson

“Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it’s right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it.”  Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, October 2002

“A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  Marie Curie

“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.”  Natalie Goldberg, O Magazine, October 2002

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”  Joe Namath

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”  Henry Ford

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

“Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.”  Aristotle

“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”  Maureen Dowd, in ‘New York Times’

“Remember that what you believe will depend very much on what you are.”  Noah Porter

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. 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, “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” (1893) act II

”The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.” Richard Grant

“If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.”  James A. Michener

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”  Anna Quindlen

“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”  Samuel Johnson

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”  Norman Vincent Peale

“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”  Elizabeth A. Behnke

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”  Unknown

“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”  John Dewey

“You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”  Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“Because you are in control of your life. Don’t ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made.”  Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”  Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, September 2002

“If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.”  Sidney Madwed

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Theodore Roosevelt

“There needs to be bolder thinking, … on how to measure the quality of life of men and women in the work force. Currently, success is measured by material advancements. We need to readjust the definition of success to account for time outside of work and satisfaction of life, not just the dollars-and-cents bottom line.”  Betty Friedan

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  Thomas A. Edison

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”  Ansel Adams

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru’ chinks of his cavern.”  William Blake

“All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”  James Thurber

“If you have no friends to share or rejoice in your success in life – if you cannot look back to those whom you owe gratitude, or forward to those to whom you ought to afford protection, still it is no less incumbent on you to move steadily in the path of duty; for your active excretions are due not only to society; but in humble gratitude to the Being who made you a member of it.”  Walter Scott

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”  Italian Proverb

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  William Arthur Ward

“It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.”   Philip Adams

“It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.”  Nikolai Gogol

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You don’t blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the President. You realize that you control your own destiny.”  Albert Ellis

“Procrastination is the fear of success.”  Denis Waitley

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”  Abraham Lincoln

“Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.”  Jane E. Brody

“Everybody has difficult years, but a lot of times the difficult years end up being the greatest years of your whole entire life.”  Brittany Murphy

“There is only one optimist. He has been here since man has been on this earth, and that is “man” himself. If we hadn’t had such a magnificent optimism to carry us through all these things, we wouldn’t be here. We have survived it on our optimism.”  Edward Steichen

“I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.” Michel de Montaigne

“Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully.”  Frances Moore Lappe

A group of two hundred executives were asked what makes a person successful.  Eighty per cent listed enthusiasm as the most important quality.”  Author Unknown

“You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.”  Sheila Graham

“Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.”  Shakti Gawain

“…happiness gives us the energy which is the basis of health.”  Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.”  Oprah Winfrey

“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”  Duke Ellington

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.”  Michelangelo

“There is no pay check that can equal the feeling of contentment that comes from being the person you are meant to be.”  Oprah Winfrey

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself.  But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.  ~Thomas Szasz, “Personal Conduct,” The Second Sin, 1973

“You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others — something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.”  Albert Schweitzer

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself.”  Alan Alda

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”   Confucius

“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”  Henry Van Dyke

“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  Harold R. McAlindon

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”  Goethe

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”  Walt Disney

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”  Henry David Thoreau

“I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible because dreams offer too little collateral.”  Walt Disney

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”   George Elliot

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.  Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.  And the point is, to live everything.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.”  Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.”  Alfred Lord Tennyson

“My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.”  Bette Davis

“Driving down the wrong road and knowing it,
The fork years behind, how many have thought
To pull up on the shoulder and leave the car
Empty, strike out across the fields; and how many
Are still mazed among dock and thistle,
Seeking the road they should have taken?”
Damon Knight, The Man in the Tree

“Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.”   Zen Proverb

“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.”  Bob Dylan

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”   George Eliot

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.”  Napoleon Hill

“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”  Maya Angelou

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

“I believe that uncertainty is really my spirit’s way of whispering, ‘I’m in flux. I can’t decide for you. Something is off-balance here.’”  Oprah Winfrey

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”  Theodore Roosevelt

“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”  Robert Heinlein

“We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.”  Maxwell Maltz

“You’re not a failure if you don’t make it. You’re a success because you tried.”  Susan Jeffers

“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”  Denis Watley

“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.”  King Whitney Jr.

“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”  William James

“It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.”  James Gordon

“There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, ‘It all depends on me.’”Andre Gide

“Asking questions is a very good way to find out about something.”  Kermit The Frog

“Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”  Voltaire

“Man is by nature restless.  When left too long in one place he will inevitably grow bored, unmotivated, and unproductive.”  Ricardo Semler, Author of “Maverick”

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.”  Jack Canfield

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”  George Herman “Babe” Ruth

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Every artist was first an amateur.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.”  Wayne Gretzky, Canadian Ice Hockey Player

“You always pass failure on the way to success.”  Mickey Rooney

“The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!’”   John F. Kennedy

“Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.”  Robert J. McKain

“Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.”   Walt Disney

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”  Thomas Jefferson

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”  Aristotle

“We need men who can dream of things that never were.”  John F. Kennedy

“The way our brain is wired up we only see what we believe is possible.” Candice Pert

“Few people know so clearly what they want.  Most people can’t even think what to hope for when they throw a penny in a fountain.”  Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

“That’s the way things come clear.  All of a sudden.  And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along.”  Madeleine L’Engle

“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

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  Helen Keller

”There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anaïs Nin

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.”  William James

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”  Samuel Johnson

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”  William Faulkner

“Someone should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying.  Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day.  Do it, I say!  Whatever you want to do, do it now!  There are only so many tomorrows.”   Michael Landon

“If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.”  Walt Disney