I’ve been a word lover since I was just three or four so, naturally, I’m fascinated with memorable word groupings.

For years I’ve collected quotes.  I love puns, too, by the way!  And, when I hear or read something that resonates with special meaning or humor, I want to keep it close at hand, revisit as a close friend, ponder its meaning, and share it with someone.


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The quotes on this page are recent finds that stem from some of my favorite sources, including the Word among us, a daily meditational guide filled with words of wisdom: gospel readings, anecdotes, and so much more.

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“Acts of love are what will bring peace to your life and to the world” (Dr. Lee Jampolsky).

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

“Advice from an owl: stay focused, be whoo you are, trust in a wise friend, live off the land, glide through the dark times, be observant, because life’s a hoot!” (Ilan Shamir).

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly; but the bumble bee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway” (Mary Kay Ash).

Aim for success, not perfection.  Never give up your right to be wrong [or] you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life (Dr. David M. Burns). 

All for God and for his glory.  In whatever you do, think of the glory of God as your main goal (St. John Bosco).

“All great changes are preceded by chaos” (Dr. Deepak Chopra).

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

“All my life I have been haunted by God” (Fyodor Dostoevsky).

All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith.  While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated (Maya Angelou).

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone” (Blaise Pascal).

“All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile” (Chris Hart).

“All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily” (St. Ignatius of Loyola in The First Principle and Foundation).

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust” (James M. Barri).

“All who seek truth seek God” (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross / Edith Stein).

Although time seems to fly by, it never travels faster than one day at a time.  Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest (Steve Maraboli).

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder” (E. B. White).

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

Always do right.  This will surprise some people and astonish the rest (Mark Twain).

“Always forward, never back” (Blessed Junipero Serra).

Always keep in mind where you’re going, right?  Because it’s not where you are that matters, but where you want to be (Jorge Campos).

“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine” (Elvis Presley). 

“Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose” (Frank Tyger).

Ambition is the path to success.  Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in (Bill Bradley).

America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance— it is not.  It is suffering from tolerance.  Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos.  Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broad-minded (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen).

“And, above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places” (Roald Dahl).

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” (John Muir).

And now let us begin this journey… a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust.  Let us always pray for one another.  Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood (Pope Francis).

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” (Anaïs Nin).

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well (Voltaire).

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere” (G. K. Chesterton, 1925).

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whomever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it” (St. Pope John Paul II).

As Christians, every part of our life is oriented toward our place as citizens in the kingdom of God.  We are called to love.  We are called to serve.  We are called to recognize the face of Christ in everyone around us, even our enemies, for the greater good of all (Heidi Hess Saxton in Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta, 2016).

“As two pieces of wax fused together make one, so he who receives Holy Communion is so united with Christ that Christ is in him and he is in Christ” (St. Cyril of Alexandria).

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them” (John F. Kennedy).

“Ash Wednesday follows Volcanic Tuesday” (Joseph Leff, 2015).

At 211 degrees, water is hot.  At 212 degrees, it boils.  And, with boiling water, comes steam.  And, with steam, you can power a train (S. L. Parker). 

At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished….  It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better.  It’s about what you’ve given back (Denzel Washington).

“At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, which is absolutely individual and unique and yet which connects us to everything else” (George Leonard).

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities” (Jean Houston).

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lit the flame within us (Albert Schweitzer).

At times 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).

“Authenticity requires a certain measure of vulnerability, transparency, and integrity” (Janet Louise Stephenson).

Bad company is like a nail driven into a post which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but, being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out [and] can only be done by the destruction of the wood (St. Augustine).

Be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits.  When we all help one another, everybody wins (Jim Stovall).

Be brave.  Take risks.  Nothing can substitute experience (Paulo Coelho).

Be true to yourself.  Believe that, even if your vision is not totally clear, it will emerge from the process of engaging in your practice (Erika Larsen).

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary” (Cecil Beaton).

“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody” (Kid Prez Robby Novak).

“Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind” (Dodinsky).

“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend” (Henry David Thoreau).

Be willing to be uncomfortable.  Be comfortable being uncomfortable.  It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream (Peter McWilliams).

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself” (Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel). 

“Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself” (Audrey Hepburn).

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart” (Khalil Gibran).

“Beauty is the illumination of your soul” (John O’Donohue).

Become a possibilitarian.  No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities— always see them, for they’re always there (Norman Vincent Peale).

Before attempting to help any client, ask yourself these three questions:
(1) Why do people buy my products or services?  (2) What is the result if I do not help them?  (3) How could I improve their experience with my company? (Linda Byars Swindling).

“Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available” (Jim Beggs).

“Begin to live as though your prayers already are answered” (Tony Robbins).

“Being inclusive is having a human connection without placing judgments before it” (Sarah Greichen).

Believe in your infinite potential.  Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself (Roy T. Bennett). 

“The best way out is always through” (Robert Frost).

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up” (Mark Twain).

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them” (Ernest Hemingway).

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

The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.  Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.  If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope (President Barack Obama).

Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom (Viktor Frankl).

Big ideas rarely happen overnight.  They usually evolve from curious minds willing to take risks (Mac Anderson).

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother” (Oprah Winfrey). 

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting” (Elizabeth Bibesco).

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.  Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof (Richard David Bach).

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination” (Alan Bennet).

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand” (Neil Gaiman).

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness” (Albert Einstein).

The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves.  The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own (Eric Hoffer).

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart” (Ancient Indian proverb).

“Change allows us to exit the comfortable and enter the improved” (David Cottrell).

Change begins with individuals, radiates to others, and in turn gives them the courage to change.  Harmony, loyalty, love, and peace in the Church and in the family must grow together (Mother Angelica’s Quick Guide to the Sacraments).

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones” (Phillip Brooks).

“Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night” (Terri Guillemets).

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think” (Margaret Mead).

Choose love and peace will follow.  Choose peace and love will follow (Mary Helen Doyle).

“Christ is always with us, always asking for room in our hearts”  (Dorothy Day).

Christ is found not in loud and pompous declarations, but in humble and fraternal dialogue.  He is found less in a truth that is imposed than in a truth that is shared (Thomas Merton in Emblems of a season of fury, 1963, p. 81).

Christian charity is not a blind disregard of facts, a refusal to see things as they are, a condoning of the sins of others.  It is the love of the sinner springing from the love of God, which necessitates the hatred of sin (Fr. Basil W. Maturin in Christian Self-Mastery).

The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses.  Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on course (St. Boniface).

“The circumstances of our lives have as much power as we choose to give them” (David McNally).

“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the right stuff to turn our dream into reality” (James Womack).

“Comparison is the thief of joy” (Theodore Roosevelt).

“Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity” (Pema Chödrön).

“Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism” (Hubert Humphrey).

“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things” (Thomas Merton).

Concentrate all of your thoughts on the task at hand.  The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus (Alexander Graham Bell).

The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring.  Who, being loved, is poor? (Oscar Wilde).

“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there” (Virginia Burden).

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen” (Sir Winston Churchill).

Courage teaches us what should be feared and what ought not to be feared.  Only by taking action do we gain that knowledge.  And from that knowledge comes an inner strength that inspires us to persevere in the face of great adversity— and inspires others to follow.  In the most difficult of times, courage is what makes someone a leader (John C. Maxwell).

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe”  (Oprah Winfrey).

“Creative people do not see things for what they are; they see them for what they can be” (Julie Israel).

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way” (Edward de Bono).

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep (Scott Adams).

Creativity is just connecting things.  When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it; they just saw something and connected the dots.  It seemed obvious to them after a while (Steve Jobs).

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and [giving] thanks continuously” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

“A culture of accountability makes a good organization great and a great organization unstoppable” (Henry J. Evans).

“Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality” (President John F. Kennedy).

Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person….  You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty their heart (Thich Nhat Hanh).

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf).

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.  It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved (William Jennings Bryan).

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination” (Tommy Lasorda).

“The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer” (Fridtjof Nansen).

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.  The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict (William Ellery Channing).

“Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought” (Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi).

“The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord” (Abdu’l- Bahá).

“Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible” (Charles Dickens).

Don’t just aspire to make a living.  Aspire to make a difference (Denzel Washington).

Don’t let others tell you what you can’t do.  Don’t let the limitations of others limit your vision.  If you can remove your self-doubt and believe in yourself, you can achieve what you never thought possible (Roy T. Bennett).

Don’t shirk your duty.  Carry it out conscientiously, even though others neglect theirs (St. Josemaría Escrivá).

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live” (Flora Whittemore).

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work” (Colin Powell).

“Dream it, believe it, make it happen” (Deli Lanoux, Ed.D.).

“Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination” (William Longgood).

Each person has an ideal, a hope, a dream which represents the soul.  We must give to it the warmth of love, the light of understanding, and the essence of encouragement (Colby Dorr Dam).

“Each time we face our fear we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing” (Theodore Roosevelt).

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” (Aristotle).

“Education breeds confidence” (Confucius).

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” (William Butler Yeats).

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela).

Embrace uncertainty.  Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later (Bob Goff).

“En la vida lo dificil se consigue y lo imposible se intenta” (Anónimo).

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things” (Robert Brault).

Entering a library in a thoughtful and reverent mood, we can stretch forth our hands and bid this, that, and the other of the most excellent of mankind to speak to us.  In great books, we find a revelation of human character in its excellence and nobility that our personal experiences could never offer us (Fr. Edward F. Garesché in The Catholic Book of Character and Success).

Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced more true than truth itself (St. Irenaeus).

“The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys” (Jonathan Lockwood Huie).

“The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety” (Felix Mendelssohn).

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail” (Edwin Lan).

Ever since I have been given the grace to understand also the love of Jesus, it has expelled all fear.  The remembrance of my faults humbles me, draws me never to depend on myself, but speaks to me of mercy and love even more (St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Mornings with Saint Thérèse).

“Every experience is a stitch in the fabric of your character” (Gary Clausing). 

“Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought” (St. John Paul II).

Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world (Harriet Tubman).

“Every once in a while a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation” (Dean Kamen).

“Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before” (James Buckham). 

“Everyone smiles in the same language” (Unknown).

“Everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” (Viktor E. Frankl).

“Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal” (Charles Buxton).

“The face is the mirror of the mind and eyes, without speaking, confess the secrets of the heart” (St. Jerome).

“Family and friends are hidden treasures; seek them and enjoy their riches” (Wanda Hope Carter).

“Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness” (John Maxwell).

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces” (George Santayana).

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities” (Theodor Seuss Geisel).

SJC102508-139Fear is the foundation of safety” (Tertullian).

“Few things leave a deeper mark on the reader than the first book that finds its way to her heart” (Carlos Ruiz Zafón).

Fight all error but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love.  Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause (St. John of Kanty).

Find someone in your life who demonstrates passion in their field of endeavor.  Interview them; learn from them; find out why they are so excited about what they are doing.  Studying the passion in others will likely spark more passion in YOU! (Scott V. Black).

“Find the good— and praise it” (Alex Haley).

“The first duty of love is to listen” (Paul Tillich).

The first thing is to be honest with yourself.  You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself…  Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, and humility (Nelson Mandela).

“The first thing that a person finds in life and the last to which he holds out his hand, and the most precious that he possess, even if he does not realize it, is family life” (Blessed Adolph Kolping).

For every person in every organization, there comes a moment when he or she must have the courage to step forward and meet the needs of the time.  Regardless of whether your moment is now or sometime in the future, you must be ready (David Cottrell).

Forget yesterday— it has already forgotten you.  Don’t sweat tomorrow— you haven’t even met.  Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift— today (Steve Maraboli).

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future” (Paul Boese).

“Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave” (Indira Gandhi).

“Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu).

Fr. John Powell wrote a book entitled Will the Real Me Please Stand Up, in which he told the story of a young man killed in an accident.  His father wrote a note and put it under his son’s body in the casket.  “I never told you how much I love you or what a large part of my heart you occupied.  But now you are dead…  Great is my sorrow that I never told you of my love for you.”  Who is one person to whom you should write such a note now if you knew he or she were to die tomorrow? (Fr. Robert, OP, Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude).

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still gently allows you to grow” (William Shakespeare).

Friends and family won’t always support your goals, but you must pursue them anyway.  Follow your intuition.  Following your intuition means doing what feels right, even if it doesn’t look or sound right to others.  Only time will tell, but our human instincts are rarely ever wrong.  So don’t worry about what everyone else thinks; keep living and speaking your truth.  The only people that will get mad at you for doing so are those who want you to live a lie (Marc Chernoff in The Art of Non-Conformity…).

“Friends are medicine for a wounded heart and vitamins for a hopeful soul” (Steve Maraboli).

“From the inside, from a person’s heart, come the evil ideas which lead him to do all sorts of evil things: deceit, indecency, jealousy, slander, pride” (Mark:7:21-22).  It has been said that, like the moon, human pride has a bright side and a dark side.  The bright side consists in an honorable, honest recognition of one’s self-worth.  The dark side consists in an egotistical exaltation of one’s exaggerated and magnified sense of self-worth.  Much research in the field of psychology tells us that our thinking is key to our emotions, fantasies, and behavior.  Obsessions, fears and other thought issues can lead to “all sorts of evil things” as related by the insights of Jesus.  “Create a clean heart within me, O Lord,” the psalmist cries out (Fr. Robert, OP, Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude).

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

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” (Thomas Edison).

“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles” (William Hazlitt).

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let go at some point in order to move forward (C.S. Lewis).

“Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love” (Mother Teresa).

“God gives us people to love and things to use, not things to love and people to use” (Max Lucado).

“God has given free will to everyone and, therefore, never forces anyone— but only indicates, calls, and persuades…” (St. Angela Merici).

“God is an artist, and the universe is his work of art” (St. Thomas Aquinas).

God is most difficult to know.  While there is an intimate and enduring quality to his relationship with us, he is also unfathomable and mysterious.  The Jewish scriptures often describe him as infinitely great and glorious, almighty, holy and all-knowing.  Our love for him is a blend of love, awe and respect.  He is intimate and still distant.  “No one has ever seen God, but we will see him face to face.”  As we pray with a sense of his closeness to us, yet we must keep in mind the depth of his wisdom and knowledge.  Consequently in our relationship with God, we must never be presumptuous or manipulative, especially in our petitions and prayers.  It is clear: God is in control (Fr. Robert, OP, Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude).

God wishes to test you like gold in the furnace.  The dross is consumed by the fire, but the pure gold remains and its value increases (St. Jerome Emiliani).

Good, better, best.  Never let it rest.  Until your good is better and your better is best (Tim Duncan).

A good deed is never lost.  He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love (Saint Basil).

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house” (William Makepeace Thackeray).

“Good leaders must first become good servants” (Robert K. Greenleaf).

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning” (Brad Henry).

Gratitude is the beginning of civility, of decency and goodness, of a recognition that we cannot afford to be arrogant.  We should walk with the knowledge that we will need help every step of the way (Gordon B. Hinckley).

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more (Melodie Beattie).

“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness” (Napoleon Hill).

“Great deeds may not always come our way; but, at all times, we can do little deeds with perfection, that is, with love” (St. Frances de Sales).

“Great things can be achieved by leading through wisdom, empathy, and integrity— with no other agenda than humanity” (Richard Branson).

“A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to” (Tom Bissell).

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it” (Moliere).

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind” (William James).

The greatest leaders are not necessarily the ones who do the greatest things.  They are the ones that inspire others to do great things (Ronald Reagan).

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

Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige.  It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character (William Arthur Ward).

Grit is not just a simple elbow-grease term for rugged persistence.  It is an often invisible display of endurance that lets you stay in an uncomfortable place, work hard to improve upon a given interest and do it again and again (Sarah Lewis).

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness.  Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness (George Sand).

Guidelines, rules, and principles to live by are just words— unless you actually live by them.  To be the trusted and respected leader whom others will want to follow, you must… practice what you preach (Eric Harvey).

“Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, but only to those who remember to turn on the light” (Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter).

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude (Denis Waitley).

Happiness is not mere pleasure, not the outcome of wealth.  It is the result of active work rather than passive enjoyment of pleasure (Baden-Powell).

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” (Mahatma Ghandi).

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort” (Franklin D. Roosevelt).

“Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but for this hour” (Walt Whitman).

“Happy, contented people make conscious, careful choices about their life focuses that endorse their individual values” (Gail McMeekin).

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all” (Sam Ewing).

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny” (C.S. Lewis). 

Have the courage to say no.  Have the courage to face the truth.  Do the right thing because it is right.  These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity (W. Clement Stone).

Have nothing to do with stupid, senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.  And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to every one, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness (2 Timothy 2:23–25).

Have patience.  All things are difficult before they become easy (Saadi). 

Having… empathy for another means your heart is breaking because you understand the intensity of their experience and, at the same moment, you are absolutely equanimously present.  You are not clinging to anything, just watching the phenomena of the universe change (Ram Dass).

“Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on” (Maria Shriver).

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying” (Friedrich Nietzsche).

“Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need” (Ellen DeGeneres).

“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure” (James Altucher),

“A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body” (Margaret Fuller Ossolli).

“How do you spell love?” (Piglet).  “You don’t spell love.  You feel it” (Winnie-the-Pooh; A. A. Milne).

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong because, someday in your life, you will have been all of these (George Washington Carver).

“How indeed am I to love my neighbor as myself if I negligently allow the wound, of which I am sure he will brutally die, to fester in his heart?” (St. Peter Damian).

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less” (C.S. Lewis).

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

“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty” (John D. Rockefeller, Jr.).

“I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace— a connection to what matters” (Oprah Winfrey).

“I do believe something magical can happen when you read a good book” (J. K. Rowling).

I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there can be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again (William Penn).

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order” (John Burroughs).

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais).

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).

I have become convinced that our world is not easily evangelized by facts, documents, or teachings.  Although these are important, it is love that transforms hearts (Rose Almeter Dominey).

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.  Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Being willing is not enough, we must do (Leonardo da Vinci).

“I have found the paradox that, if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt but only more love” (Mother Teresa).

I have seen what a laugh can do.  It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful (Bob Hope).

“I have yet to find a man or woman, however exalted their station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism” (Charles Schwab).

I haven’t a clue how my story will end, but that’s all right.  When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, that’s when you discover the stars (Nancy Willard). 

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen” (Frank Lloyd Wright).

“I learned that inspiration does not always come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving; but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time” (Brenda Ueland).

I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time.  So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them.  Timing is everything (Dan Millman).

“I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding; and I am still learning” (Muhammad Ali). 

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles” (Christopher Reeve).

“I think the ultimate nightmare is for you to get into a Kafkaesque situation where you know you haven’t done anything wrong… but for some reason you are not listened to and you are not being believed” (Lee Child, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 Oct 2016).

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within.  It is there all the time (Anna Freud).

“I will sprinkle compliments and uplifting words everywhere I go” (Steve Maraboli).

I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.  I would hope to act with compassion without thinking of personal gain (St. Thomas Aquinas).

I’m beginning to recognize that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead, but something small, numerous, and already here.  The smile of someone you love.  A decent breakfast.  The warm sunset.  Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row (Beau Christopher Taplin).

“Identify with excellence, put your name on your work, and both your work and your name will stand the test of time” (Dr. Denis Waitley).

If you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.  You’re doing things you’ve never done before and, more importantly, you’re doing something (Neil Gaiman). 

“If love doesn’t last forever, tell me, what’s forever for?” (Michael Martin Murphy).

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever” (Kofi Annan).

“If the love for the Eucharist dies out in a heart, faith vanishes and indifference holds sway” (St. Peter Julian Eymard).

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough” (Meister Johannes Eckhart).

If the sun is going down, look at the stars; if the earth is dark, keep your eyes on heaven.  With God’s presence and God’s promises, anyone may be cheerful (Fr. Lasance).

“If we knew the secret history of our enemies, we would find there suffering and sorrow enough to disarm all hostility” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet” (Rachel Wolchin).

“If you become a helper of hearts, springs of wisdom will flow from your heart” (Jalal ad-Din Rumi).

“If you can’t excel with talent, triumph with effort” (Stephen G. Weinbaum).

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion for your passion will lead you right into your purpose” (T. D. Jakes).

“If you could achieve any one goal in your life within twenty-four hours, which goal would have the greatest impact on your life?” (Brian Tracy).

“If you do not live what you believe, you will end up believing what you live” (Archbishop Fulton Sheen).

“If you don’t stick to your values when they are being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies” (Jon Stewart).

“If you find many bad apples in a barrel, there has to be something wrong with the barrel” (Kieran Tapsell in the National Catholic Reporter).

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes.  But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person.  It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you.  The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit (William J. Clinton).

“If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence” (Thich Nhat Hanh).

If you truly want to help the soul of your neighbor, you should approach God first with all your heart.  Ask him simply to fill you with charity, the greatest of all virtues; with it you can accomplish what you desire (St. Vincent Ferrer).

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily (Gerald Good).

Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life’s coming attractions (Albert Einstein).

“Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction” (Harry Truman).

“In all your actions see in the first place the kingdom of God and his glory, persevere in brotherly charity, and practice first all that you desire to teach others” (St. Bernardine of Siena).

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves; for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us” (Flora Edwards).

In my America, our lives are all intertwined; our fates depend on one another.  In moments of crisis and peril, we do everything we can to save each other.  We shoulder one another’s pain.  And we acknowledge, respect and work toward solving what’s causing that pain in the first place (Wes Moore).

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first” (Harry S. Truman).

In the Christian way of thought, true love is taking the steps to assure the other person’s good and not one’s own.  This is a beautiful and profound idea (Fr. Robert OP, Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude).

“In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining who we are” (Max DePree).

“In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived, how well we have loved, how well we have learned to let go” (Jack Kornfield).

In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives.  In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices (Elizabeth Gilbert). 

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

“In the same way that we say you should feed your child, brush their teeth, you should be stimulating their brain by talking, singing and reading to them” (Ann O’Leary).

“Individual commitment to a group effort— that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work” (Vince Lombardi).

Infuse your life with action.  Don’t wait for it to happen.  Make it happen.  Make your own future.  Make your own hope (Bradley Whitford).

“Inner peace begins the moment you take a deep breath and choose not to allow another person or event to control your thoughts” (Marc Chernoff).

“The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams” (Dr. W. Arthur Porter).

“Inspiration is contagious; the more we are exposed to it, the more we inevitably pass it on” (Christopher Novak).

“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them” (Brené Brown).

“Integrity is knowing what values are important to you, really what you believe in, and acting consistent with that belief system independent of others” (Patricia Anderson).

Integrity is telling myself the truth.  And honesty is telling the truth to other people (Spencer Johnson). 

“Intelligence plus character— that is the goal of true education” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).

“Intuiting the thoughts and feelings of others may have been an important step toward consciousness, the enhanced awareness of what is happening in our own minds” (David Christian in Origin Story: A Big History of Everything).

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest” (Benjamin Franklin).

“Invite your heart to be grateful and your thank-you’s will be heard even when you don’t use words” (Pavithra Mehta).

“Isn’t true leadership about identifying moments when you listen not to the crowd but to your own intelligence and values?” (Frank Bruni).

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from.  The ability to triumph begins with you.  Always (Oprah Winfrey).

It is a great thing to realize that in order to be saints we have only to be what God made us to do….  If we are successful, then to be successful; if not successful, then not to succeed.  If sickly, then to be sickly and so on (St. Katharine Drexel).

“It is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are” (Max De Pree).

“It is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble” (Helen Keller).

“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do” (Moliere).

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” (Edmund Hillary).

It is of paramount importance— we must repeat this— for contemplation to become prayer.  The worshiper must reach out to the living God, must become aware of His holy presence, must seek out His holy countenance and enter into His heart.  Contemplation should become a real dialogue in which man’s I faces its true Thou, which is God (Romano Guardini in The Art of Praying).

“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).

“It is said that wisdom lies not in seeing things, but seeing through things” (Manly P. Hall).

“It is such folly to pass one’s time fretting, instead of resting quietly on the heart of Jesus” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).

“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.).

“It is the supreme art of inspired teaching that awakens the joy of learning” (Albert Einstein).

It is your right to be happy.  This is what you were made for.  And, if you will not resist, happiness will find a way to pour from your heart and fill your days (Hugh Prather).

It isn’t enough to talk about peace.  One must believe in it.  And it isn’t enough to believe in it.  One must work at it (Eleanor Roosevelt).

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).

“It may take courage to embrace the possibilities of your own potential, but once you’ve flown past the summit of your fears, nothing will seem impossible” (Michael McKee).

“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us” (Jackie Mutcheson).

It’s all a question of story.  We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story.  We are in between stories.  The old story, the account of how we fit into it, is no longer effective.  Yet we have not learned the new story (Thomas Berry).

It’s not enough to have lived.  We should be determined to live for something.  May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely (Dr. Leo Buscaglia).

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer” (Albert Einstein).

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it” (Lena Horne).

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts” (John R. Wooden).

I’ve failed so many times I’ve stopped counting.  Failing doesn’t define you.  If you define yourself by a snapshot in time, you are short-changing yourself (Ret. Col. David Oclander).

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Jesus, the great teacher, pointed out that, if parents desire to give good things to their children, “How much more, then, will your Father in heaven, give good things to those who ask!”  God does answer our prayers, but are you aware or even surprised to discover how many of them were answered in ways totally different from what we expected?  For example, I prayed for someone once who really bothered me.  Nothing changed in that person, but I changed my attitude toward that person.  Are we attuned to the answer God may be sending us? (Fr. Robert, OP, Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude).

“Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open” (Huie).

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God” (Pierre de Chardin).

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and, hence, there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon for each day to have a new and different sun” (Christopher McCandless).

“The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives” (Russell M. Nelson).

“Joys are our wings; sorrows, our spurs” (Jean Paul Richter, 2013).

Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope.  If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future (Elie Wiesel).

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).

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine— and shadows will fall behind you” (Walt Whitman).

The key to everything is patience.  You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it (Arnold H. Glasow).

Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them.  They remember what you are (Jim Henson).

“Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta).

Kindness can become its own motive.  We are made kind by being kind (Eric Hoffer).

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” (Mark Twain).

Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate.  But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond (Robin Wall Kimmerer).

Knowledge comes from learning.  Wisdom comes from living (Anthony Douglas Williams).

“A laugh is a smile that bursts” (Mary H. Waldrip).

“Laughter is the fireworks of the soul” (Josh Billings).

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” (Victor Borge).

“The laws of nature are the laws of God, whose authority can be superseded by no power on earth” (George Mason, father of the United States Bill of Rights, 1776).

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions” (Harold S. Geneen).

“Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence” (Abigail Adams).

“Leave this world a little better than you found it” (Baden-Powell,1941).

“A lesson for all of us is that for every loss, there is victory, for every sadness, there is joy; and when you think you’ve lost everything, there is hope” (Geraldine Solon).

“Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed” (Abraham Lincoln).

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier” (Mother Teresa).

“Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf).

“Let us see what love can do” (William Penn).

“Let your joy be in your journey— not in some distant goal” (Tim Cook).

“The life and death of this one man alone can be a proof and witness of the fact that the love of God can overcome the greatest hatred, the greatest injustice, even death itself” (about St. Maximilian Kolbe, source unknown; Corazon Damo Santiago, Ph.D., Business Mirror).

“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once” (Paulo Coelho).

Life is a classroom.  Only those who are willing to be lifelong learners will move to the head of the class (Zig Ziglar).

“Life is a gift; and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more” (Anthony Robbins).

Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now.  Don’t miss it (Leo Buscaglia).

Life is difficult.  This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.  It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.  Once we truly know that life is difficult— once we truly understand and accept it— then life is no longer difficult.  Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters (M. Scott Peck, MD; 1978).

Life is like a sandwich.  Birth as one slice and death as the other.  What you put in-between the slices is up to you.  Is your sandwich tasty or sour? (Allan Rufus).

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning how to dance in the rain (Vivian Greene).

“Life isn’t over after a great event; it just starts the next one,” (Eddie “Jelly” Watson to Mack Brown).

“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals, and charge after them in an unstoppable manner” (Les Brown).

Like faith, poetry scratches at the door of transcendence.  But, while poetry tries to pick the lock, faith waits patiently for the door to be opened (Paul Lakeland).

Listen to your heart.  It knows all things (Paulo Coelho).

“The loneliness that comes from being hated is one thing, but the loneliness that comes from being misunderstood and dismissed is worse” (Anna O’Neil).

Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told (Habakkuk 1:5).

“Lord, my God, inspire the hearts of your people with your word and your teaching” (St. Cyril).

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down ” (Oprah Winfrey).

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none” (William Shakespeare).

Love and kindness are never wasted.  They always make a difference (Helen James).

“Love criticism, for it will raise you up to true heights” (Rabbi Shalom Dovber of Lubavitch, known as the Rebbe Rashab).

“Love in action is service” (Ken Essien).

The love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay.  Love isn’t love ’til you give it away (Oscar Hammerstein).

“Love is a friendship set to music” (Joseph Campbell).

“Love is friendship that has caught fire” (Ann Landers).

“Love is like the wind; you can’t see it, but you can feel it” (Nicholas Sparks).

“Love is shown more in deeds than in words” (St. Ignatius of Loyola).

“Love is the the most radically subversive activism of all, the only thing that ever changed anyone” (Ann Voskamp).

“The love of worldly possessions is a sort of birdlime [bird droppings] which entangles the soul and prevents it flying to God” (St. Augustine).

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope (Maya Angelou).

“The love that brought Christ from heaven to earth raised Stephen from earth to heaven” (St. Fulgentius of Ruspe).

“The love we give away is the only love we keep” (Elbert Hubbard).

“The love, loyalty, and dedication of Mary and Joseph are an example for all Christian couples who are neither the friends nor masters of their children’s lives, but the guardians of this incomparable gift from God” (Pope Benedict XVI).

“Loyalty is a decision, a resolution of the soul” (Pascal Mercier).

“Loyalty is the strongest glue— which makes a relationship last a lifetime” (Mario Puzo).

“Loyalty was a great thing, but no lieutenants should be forced to choose between their leader and a circus of elephants” (Neil Gaiman).

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you, to express your appreciation sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return” (Ralph Marston).

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement” (Golda Meir).

“A man who governs his passions is a master of the world. We must either command them, or be enslaved by them” (St. Dominic).

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.  The principle is competing against yourself.  It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before (Steve Young).

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things” (Peter F. Drucker).

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

“[Mary’s] task as mother of God and mother of humans has always been to lead her human children to her divine son” (Catherine de Hueck Doherty).

“May Christ be heard in our language, may Christ be seen in our life, may he be perceived in our hearts” (St. Peter Damian).

May you always be blessed with walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, a warm cup of tea by the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all that your heart might desire (Irish proverb).

The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires (William Arthur Ward).

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste” (Arthur Fletcher).

“The mind is just like a muscle— the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand” (Idowu Koyenikan). 

The mind is like a parachute.  It doesn’t work until it’s open (Sam Johnson).

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.). 

“The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day” (Oprah Winfrey).

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see” (C. S. Lewis).

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery” (James Joyce).

The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make up the nebulae, that burn inside the stars themselves.  We are star stuff (Victor Tenbaum).

“The moment you accept responsibility for EVERYTHING in your life is the moment you gain the power to change ANYTHING in your life” (Hal Elrod).

“The more a person aspires to high perfection, the more dependent he is upon the grace of God” (Brother Lawrence).

“The more we share the more we have” (Leonard Nimoy).

“The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself” (Deepak K. Chopra).

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.  When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers (Thich Nhat Hanh).

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said” (Peter F. Drucker).

“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them” (Orison Swett Marden).

“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed” (Dale Carnegie).

The most powerful, efficient energy source in the world is your own mind.  Explore and discover that it can make creative fuel from anything (Bruce Garrabrandt).

Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it (Louis “Lou” Holtz).

“Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes” (Benjamin Franklin).

My God, how great you are, how wonderful in all your works!  Teach me your will that I may begin and end all my actions for your greater glory (St. John Neumann).

“My mission in life is to be kind, compassionate, caring, and loving in order to find and feel the deepest joy of life” (Dr. Debasish Mridha).

“My strength lies solely in my tenacity” (Louis Pasteur).

Nature is God’s artwork, and it reveals the supreme artist.  This is why reflecting on nature’s beauty should lead the mind to realize that someone made it all (John-Mark L. Miravalle in Beauty: What It is and Why it Matters).

Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul.  Only kindness can do that (Henri-Dominique Lacordaire).

Never.  We never lose our loved ones.  They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives.  We are merely in different rooms (Paulo Coelho in Aleph).

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For, indeed, that’s all who ever have (Margaret Mead).

“Never belittle the significance of your thoughts, for not one escapes God’s notice” (St. Mark the Ascetic).

Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives.  There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny (Steven Pressfield).

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up” (Jesse Jackson).

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.  One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life (Eleanor Roosevelt).

“Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch for the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow” (Leon Brown).

“No created mind, no created heart, no human force is capable of knowing how much love the heart of Mary had for our Lord” (St. Jerome).

“No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible” (George Chakiris).

No matter what may happen, I feel at peace.  May Jesus do with me what he wills.  Just having his help is enough (St. Pio of Pietrelcina).

No one can really predict to what heights you might soar.  Even you will not know until you spread your wings (Gil Atkinson). 

“No one heals himself by wounding another” (St. Ambrose).

No one is dispensable for every one exists only once, and God loves man so much that he wants to renew the mystery of the Incarnation in every one of us.  To become a true believer means to receive the risen Christ within us.  To live the life of faith is to make room for him, so that he may express himself and grow within oneself (Romano Guardini, The Rosary of Our Lady).

“No one truly has joy unless he lives in love” (St. Thomas Aquinas).

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow (Mary Jean Irion).

“Not all those who wander are lost” (J.R.R. Tolkien).

“Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets” (Nido Qubein).

Nothing is ever lost by courtesy.  It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much (Erastus Wiman).

Nothing really worth having is easy to get.  The hard-fought battles, the goals won with sacrifice, are the ones that matter (Aisha Tyler).

Now, I don’t have a problem being a “jack of all trades,” but the thought of being described as a mediocre “master of none” makes me sick.  Why?  Because mediocrity fails to accomplish the essence of the Christian life: to love God and love others.  It is through the ministry of excellence and the pursuit of masterful work that we bring glory to God and love our neighbors as ourselves (Jordan Raynor).

Obsessing about any problem exaggerates it.  It doesn’t resolve it.  Resolution generally comes when we put our attention elsewhere on helping others, perhaps, and give our Higher Power time to nudge us in the direction we need to go (Karen Casey).

Obstacles don’t have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it (Michael Jordan).

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words.  Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart (Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Of course you are unworthy.  But when do you hope to be worthy?  All the good works we could ever do would never make us worthy, in this sense, of Holy Communion (St. Catherine of Siena).

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” (e. e. cummings).

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible” (Christopher Reeve).

“One kind word can warm three winter nights” (Japanese proverb).

One of the most important measures of a great photojournalist is the photos they don’t take.  Respect and sensitivity are everything; and a slow, empathetic approach creates bodies of work far deeper and more important than the smash and grab technique (Natalie Keyssar).

“One of the most profound paradoxes of life is the fact that a man becomes more fully himself the less he thinks of himself” (Fr. Romano Guardini).

“One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories” (Rebecca Falls).

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it’s expressed in the choices one makes.  In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends until we die.  And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility (Eleanor Roosevelt).

One should preach not from one’s rational mind but rather from the heart.  Only that which is from the heart can touch another heart (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica).

“One thing I’ve learnt about humans: you can’t judge their strength by the size of their actions, but by the devotion of an act, no matter how small” (Dianna Hardy).

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing” (John Powell).

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family” (Lee Iacocca).

The only thing that matters in life is doing the will of God.  Once you are doing the will of God, then everything else matters (Hubert van Zeller).

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible” (Albert Einstein).

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly” (Robert F. Kennedy).

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” (Steve Jobs).

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement” (Helen Keller).

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds.  The pessimist fears it is true (J. Robert Oppenheimer).

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” (Confucius).

“Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted— folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them” (Michelle Obama).

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other— not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future” (Nelson Mandela).

“Our Lord does not care so much for the importance of our works as for the love with which they are done” (St. Teresa of Avila).

Outer beauty pleases the eye.  Inner beauty captivates the heart (Mandy Hale).

“Passion is the genesis of genius” (Anthony Robbins).

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish” (John Quincy Adams).

“Patience is the companion of wisdom” (Saint Augustine).

“Peace begins with a smile” (Mother Teresa).

Peace is defined as harmony among those who are divided.  When, therefore, we end the civil war within our nature and cultivate peace within ourselves, we become peace (St. Gregory of Nyssa).

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 (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross).

“People can do whatever they want if they just set their heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it” (Bethany Hamilton). 

“People sell their soul in such small quantities— a seemingly trivial compromise here, a rationalization of a minor evil there— that they don’t realize what they’re doing until it is too late” (Mike Klepper).

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and yet they pass by themselves without wondering (St. Augustine).

Persevere….  That’s what I always say to people.  There’s no easy route.  Nobody’s going to step in and dump a lot of money and make it easy.  Unless you have a lot of money, you have to pay your dues and make a personal sacrifice (Lonnie Johnson, inventor, not long after the Super Soaker debuted).

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement” (Matt Biondi).

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.  You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely (Roald Dahl).

Photography is like a muscle.  If you don’t exercise it, it gets weak.  This applies not only to technical skills but to how confidently you walk up to stranger and ask for their photograph.  It all becomes more natural and instinctual with practice (Jennifer Samuel, National Geographic associate photo editor).

Photography is a strange phenomenon….  You trust your eye and cannot help but bare your soul (Inge Morath).

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance.  This is the law of nature (Steve Maraboli).

“Poetry itself— like life, like love, like any spiritual hunger— thrives on longings that can never be fulfilled and dies when the poet thinks they have been” (Christian Wiman).

“Practice the art of adventure by breaking the chain of routine, renewing your life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints” (Wilferd A. Peterson). 

Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart.  You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart.  In fact, on certain occasions you should only speak to him with your heart (St. Pio).

“The price of greatness is responsibility” (Sir Winston Churchill).

Pride is concerned with who is right.  Humility is concerned with what is right (Ezra Taft Benson).

Problems are good, not bad.  Welcome them and become the solution (Mark Victor Hansen).

“Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together” (Robert Redford).

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.  We need people who can dream of things that never were and ask “why not” (John F. Kennedy).

“Promise yourself to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own” (Christian D. Larson).

“The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us” (Marianne Williamson).

“The real beginning of influence comes as others sense you are being influenced by them— when they feel understood by you— that you have listened deeply and sincerely, and that you are open” (Stephen Covey).

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not” (Oprah Winfrey).

“Religious rules exist to bring us closer to God; we do not exist to obey the rules” (Phil Fox Rose in Living Faith; Jan 17, 2017).

Remember [that] there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end (Scott Adams).

“Remember, you will be faulted not because you are ignorant against your will, but because you neglect to seek out what makes you ignorant” (St. Augustine).

“Renouncement: The heroism of mediocrity” (St. Augustine).

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” (Dan Millman).

See the truth.  Speak the truth.  Be the truth.  This is beauty in the world (Fr. Stephen Freeman).

“Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life” (Carrie Chapman Catt).

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth” (Muhammad Ali).

“She did not cease to be mindful of the things of God during her marriage so that she pleased God in her husband and her husband in God” (Community of St. Frances of Rome).

“Silence is not a virtue when charity calls for speech” (St. Poemen).

“Silence of Mary, speak to me, teach me how with you and like you I can learn to keep all things in my heart as you did… to pray always in the silence of my heart as you did” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta).

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history…” (Mohandas K. Gandhi).

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention” (Oscar Wilde).

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight” (Phyllis Diller).

“A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home” (Christian D. Larson).

“A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose” (Tom Wilson). 

“A smile starts on the lips, a grin spreads to the eyes, a chuckle comes from the belly; but a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, overflows, and bubbles all around” (Carolyn Birmingham).

“Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart” (Anthony J. D’Angelo). 

Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.  When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too (Karen McLendon-Laumann).

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings” (J. R. R. Tolkien).

“The sole happiness upon earth consists in hiding oneself and remaining in total ignorance of created things” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).

Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: They’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good.  In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place you go to take (Anthony Robbins).

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, and sometimes your smile is the source of your joy” (Thich Nhat Hanh).

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” (Carl Sagan).

A soul of holiness does not strive for that holiness. It strives to love, to love wholeheartedly; there lies the difference….  The simple soul loves; that is all.  It would love still more (Raoul Plus, SJ in Holy Simplicity).

The soul must choose, and what it chooses it will probably choose again and again until that chosen thought gains the right of entrance and closes the door to all others and becomes the constant companion of the soul.  And in every event great and small, it enters and takes its place, instructing its pupil as to its meaning, interpreting it, explaining it— its hidden purpose, its power for good or evil— or misrepresenting it and making the good seem evil and the evil good and gradually becoming master of its whole life, the molder of its character (Fr. Basil W. Maturin, Christian Self-Mastery).

“Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities” (Gary Smalley).

Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you.  Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you (Zig Ziglar).

Speaking the Language of Inclusion is one way to demonstrate respect for your listeners.  It means choosing language and nonverbal communication that includes everyone and avoids bias, stereotyping, and discounting (Leslie C. Aguilar).

Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier (Mother Teresa). 

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach” (Tom Robbins).

Success in any endeavor does not happen by accident.  Rather, it’s the result of deliberate decisions, conscious effort, and immense persistence— all directed at specific goals (Gary Ryan Blair).

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable”
(Coco Chanel).

Success is not just the crowning moment, the spiking of the ball in the end zone or the raising of the flag on the summit.  It is the whole process of reaching for a goal and, sometimes, it begins with failure (Erik Weihenmayer).

Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance.  It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours (Orison Swett Marden).

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” (Robert J. Collier).

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome” (Booker T. Washington).

Success isn’t always about greatness.  It’s about consistency.  Consistent hard work leads to success.  Greatness will come (Dwayne Johnson).

“Successful leaders embrace the power of teamwork by tapping into the innate strengths each person brings to the table” (Scott Beare).

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose” (G. K. Nielson). 

“Taking photos is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies” (Diane Arbus).

“Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships” (Michael Jordan).

A talkative, over-curious, and restless person is like an oven which is open and exposed on all sides, and which keeps no heat; you will never enjoy the sweetness of a quiet prayer unless you shut your mind to all worldly desires and temporal affairs (St. Norbert).

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” (Henry Brooks Adams).

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best” (Bob Talbert).

Tell a man there are three hundred billion stars in the universe, and he’ll believe you.  Tell him a bench has wet paint on it, and he’ll have to touch it to be sure (Murphy’s Law).

Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn (Benjamin Franklin).

Temptations are overcome by three words: Credo!  Spero!  Amo!  I believe, I hope, I love (Blessed Anthony Grassi).

There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are.  It really matters very little whether they are behind the wheel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family.  They teach the truth by living it (James A. Garfield).

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” (Beverly Sills).

“There are two guarantees of a wise rule of conduct: the thought before action and self-command afterward” (St. Ignatius).

There are two ways to get enough.  One is to continue to accumulate more and more.  The other is to desire less (G.K. Chesterton).

There are 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).

There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born.  That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission— a mission for which he is uniquely qualified.  In that moment, he finds greatness.  It is his finest hour (Winston Churchill).

There is a voice that doesn’t use words.  Listen (Jalal ad-Din Rum).

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul” (Ella Wheeler Wilcox).

There is no magic to achievement.  It’s really about hard work, choices, and persistence (Michelle Obama).

There is no mistaking love.  It is the common fiber of life, the flame that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross).

“There is no passion to be found playing small— in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” (Nelson Mandela).

There is no such thing as bad weather.  All weather is good because it is God’s (St. Teresa of Avila).

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor” (Charles Dickens).

“There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth” (Charles Dickens).

“They may forget what you said… but they will never forget how you made them feel” (Carl W. Buechner).

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for” (Tom Bodett).

GTX5413-1“The thing that is really hard and really amazing is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself” (Anna Quindlen).

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out” (John Wooden).

Think well.  Speak well.  Do well.  These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to heaven (St. Camillus de Lellis).

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others” (Booker T. Washington).

“Those who are simply upright men and women walk in the way of the Lord, but the devout run along it; and when they are very devout, they fly” (St. Francis de Sales, Roses Among Thorns).

“Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit” (St. Lucy).

“Time is not our own, and we must give a strict account of it” (St. Turibio de Mogrovejo).

“To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction is to live twice” (Khalil Gibran).

To dream by night is to escape your life.  To dream by day is to make it happen (Stephen Richards).

To help yourself help others.  Whatever good you do travels a circle and returns to you many times over.  But, remember.  Life isn’t about what you get; it’s about what you become (Dennis Gaskill).

“To live a life fulfilled reflect on the things you have with gratitude” (Jaren L. Davis).

“To persist with a goal you must treasure the dream more than the costs of sacrifice to attain it” (Richelle E. Goodrich). 

To read history is to learn the patterns of human behavior.  To read history is to learn to better read yourself, your spouse, your neighbor, your boss, your political leaders, and the world (Richard Vague on the tenth anniversary of Delancey Place).

“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart” (Phyllis Theroux).

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal” (A. P. J. Abdul Kalam).

To thrive in life you need three bones.  A wishbone.  A backbone.  And a funny bone (Reba McEntire).

“To walk into nature is to witness a thousand miracles” (Mary Davis).

Today give yourself permission to be outrageously kind, irrationally warm, improbably generous.  I promise it will be a blast (Sasha Dichte).

Today [Sunday] is holy to the Lord, your God.  Do not be sad, and do not weep… for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength (Nehemiah 8:9-10).

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word… all of which have the potential to turn a life around” (Leo Buscaglia).

“Tough times never last, but tough people do” (Robert H. Schuller).

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).

Treating friends like investments or commodities is anathema to the whole idea of friendship.  It’s not about what someone can do for you; it’s who and what the two of you become in each other’s presence (Ronald Sharp in “Do your friends actually like you?” by Kate Murphy, 2016.)

A tree is known by its fruit; a person by their deeds.  A good deed is never lost; whoever sows courtesy reaps friendship, and whoever plants kindness gathers love (Saint Basil).

“True beauty does not shine; it attracts” (Dr. Debasish Mridha).

“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others” (Alek Wek).

“True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are” (Brené Brown).

“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character” (David O. McKay).

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost (Arthur Ashe).

“True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice” (St. Francis de Sales).

Trust yourself.  Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.  Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement (Golda Meir).

“Truth is not determined by a majority vote” (Pope Benedict XVI).

Truth sees God, and wisdom contemplates God; and from these two comes a third, a holy and wonderful delight in God who is love” (Julian of Norwich).

“Turn your wounds into wisdom” (Oprah Winfrey).

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

“The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it” (Ray Kroc).

Understanding the cause of failure is important.  Understanding the cause of success is far more powerful! (Ed Oakley).

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change” (Bob Kerrey).

“The union of my soul with God is my wealth in poverty and [my] joy in deepest afflictions” (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton).

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not (Theodor Seuss Geise).

“Until America has a robust conversation about both a national apology and the validity of reparations, we will continue to experience the emotional and political horrors of an unhealed relationship between blacks and whites” (Marianne Williamson).

“The value of life is not based on how long we live, but how much we contribute to others in our society” (Buddha).

“The value of persistent prayer is not that God will hear us, but that we will finally hear God” (William McGill).

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man” (T. S. Eliot).

Watch the light.  Photography is made by light.  If the light is interesting, your images will be as well (Michael “Nick” Nichols).

Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.).

“We all came in on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same” (Anne Frank).

“We all make an impact on the lives around us— which means we all have the ability to change the world” (Nate St. Pierre, founder of Love Drop).

“We always kept in our hearts the most noble, beautiful feeling that sets human beings apart: hope” (Manel Lorelei).

“We are all unique and have our own special place in the puzzle of the universe” (Rod Williams).

We are made to persist.  That’s how we find out who we are (Tobias Wolff).

We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit (Aristotle).

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future” (George Bernard Shaw).

We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves.  The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests (Sheryl Sandberg).

“We can find common ground only by moving to higher ground” (Jim Wallis).

“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike” (Maya Angelou).

We cannot expect others to act on society’s behalf if we will not do so ourselves.  Thus, voting for the lesser evil is not a lesser action.  Morally, it is the right thing to do (Julia Maskivker, PhD).

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone” (Ronald Reagan).

We could learn a lot from crayons.  Some are sharp.  Some are pretty.  Some are dull, while others are bright.  Some have weird names.  But they have all learned to live together in the same box” (Robert Fulghum; edited).

“We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” (Native American proverb). 

“We gotta start teaching our daughters to be somebodies instead of somebody’s” (Kifah Sha).

“We have only one evil to fear and that is sin” (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

We have to show people what is possible.  The way you avoid conflict is you give people love and respect (Kendrich Carmouche).

“We haven’t all had the good fortune to be ladies; we haven’t all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground— for we have all been babies” (Mark Twain).

“We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart” (Blaise Pasca).

We lose ourselves in the things we love.  We find ourselves there, too (Kristin Martz).

We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give (Sir Winston Churchill).

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope” (Martin Luther King, Jr).

We must express joy and thanks to the Lord in our problems.  Joy and thankfulness transform our problems into opportunities for the Lord to work in our lives.  They turn our minds from our problems to him (Bert Ghezzi).

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery” (H. G. Wells).

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count” (Neal Maxwell).

We turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God.  Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs.  Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin (Sub tuum Praesidium, oldest known prayer to Mary).

“The weaknesses we experience are naturally providential guards against one of the very greatest dangers to holiness— pride” (Father Casey Solanus).

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life” (Henry David Thoreau).

What a columnist owes his readers isn’t a bid for their constant agreement.  It’s independent judgment.  Opinion journalism is still journalism, not agitprop.  The elision of that distinction and the rise of malevolent propaganda outfits such as Breitbart News is one of the most baleful trends of modern life.  Serious columnists must resist it (New York Times).

“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet” (Anne Frank).

“What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count” (Albert Einstein).

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.  “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.  “My favorite day” (Winnie-the-Pooh; A. A. Milne).

What does it mean to be a gutsy woman?  It’s about never giving up— and working to pave the way for the next generation (Hillary & Chelsea Clinton).

What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth.  They share it (C.S. Lewis).

“What has taken hold is an alternate reality, a virtual reality, where lies are accepted as truth and where conspiracy theories take root in the fertile soil of falsehoods (Chris Cillizza quoting Martin Barron).

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have” (Oprah Winfrey).

What is creative living?  Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear (Elizabeth Gilbert).

What is the most effective way to create and sustain great relationships with others?  It’s the 100/0 Principle: You take full responsibility (the 100) for the relationship, expecting nothing (the 0) in return (Al Ritter).

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity” (Joseph Addison).

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly” (Richard David Bach).

“What we choose to share defines who we are” (Costas Voyatzi).

“What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows” (Alexandra Stoddard).

What you believe and focus on becomes your reality.  If you go out looking for trouble, you’ll find it.  If you focus on happiness, it will appear.  Once you decide what you’re looking for, your brain will go to work to find it and make it your reality (Michael McMillan).

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic” (Dresden James).

When I am before the Blessed Sacrament I feel such a lively faith that I can’t describe it.  Christ in the Eucharist is almost tangible to me.  When it is time for me to leave, I have to tear myself away from his sacred presence (St. Anthony Claret).

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping” (Fred Rogers).

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk” (Barack Obama).

“When one does one’s own duty, one must not be concerned because God’s help will not be lacking” (St. Gianna Molla).

“When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set” (Lin Yutang).

When someone else comes to us and points out our own faults, we might not be very happy about it.  But, when you think of it, that person often carries the same message Jesus carried to the Samaritan woman: take the living water, freely, and be renewed (Phyllis Zagano in Sacred Silence).

When the heart is beautiful its light shines through the eyes, vocal tones, and actions of its master.  True beauty is not in the body, but in the heart of the beholder (Ruthie Lindsey).

“When the mind is engaged, the soul is most alive” (M. A. Soupios, PhD).

“When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves” (Buddha).

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace” (Jimi Hendrix).

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed” (Maya Angelou).

“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel” (Eloise Ristad).

“When we have peace in our hearts and minds, we draw peace into our lives” (Iyanla Vanzant).

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace” (Dalai Lama #14).

“When we hear people talk of riches, honors, and amusements of the world, let us remember that all things have an end; and let us then say, ‘My God, I wish for you alone and nothing more'” (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

“When you will love your enemies, know that a great divine grace will be living in you” (St. Silouan the Athonite).

“When we share stories about the deepest moments of our lives, we also bear witness to what makes our crazed, myopic, twenty-four nonstop hours more meaningful, transcendent, and most of all, healing” (Joan Halifax Roshi).

“When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: either there will be ground to stand on, or you will be given wings to fly” (O.R. Melling).

When you live for a strong purpose, hard work isn’t an option.  It’s a necessity (Steve Pavlina).

“When you walk a life of honesty, you live a life of truth” (Therese Benedict).

“Where hope grows, miracles blossom” (Elna Rae).

Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you.  Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it.  Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own (Albert Schweitzer).

Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul may keep the path but will not reach the goal.  While he who walks in love may wander far, yet God will bring him where the blessed are (Henry Van Dyke, 1852-1933).

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” (Sydney Harris).

Whomever you are, some evening take a step outside of your house, which you know so well.  Enormous space is near (Rainer Maria Rilke).

The word of God is inflamed with the fire of the Holy Spirit.  It consumes lives and promotes virtue (St. Norbert).

“Words are truly the image of the soul” (St. Basil the Great).

“Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own” (Carol Burnett).

“The world admires only spectacular sacrifice, because it does not realize the value of sacrifice that is hidden and silent” (Thomas à Kempis in The Imitation of Christ).

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But, above all, what the world needs most are dreamers that do (Sarah Ban Breathnach).

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything” (Albert Einstein).

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money” (Jules Renard).

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you’ll ever know” (Winnie the Pooh; A. A. Milne).

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.  You may have to work for it, however (Richard David Bach).

“You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create the legend or not” (Isabel Allende).

“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both” (Brené Brown).

You can never do too much research.  Photos can be made or broken long before you get to a location if you haven’t put in the time, regardless of the subject matter (Drew Rush).

You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you.  All you can do is change how you react to it (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi).

“You express the truth of your character with the choice of your actions” (Steve Maraboli).

“You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you” (Ruth Smeltzer).

You have the duty of transmitting faith to these children.  It is the most beautiful inheritance you can offer them: faith!  Only this.  Today, take this thought home with you. We must be transmitters of faith.  Think of these, think always about how you can transmit faith to your children (Pope Francis).

You know more than you think.  Trust yourself (Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock).

You know, there’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered.  One place.  And that’s the graveyard (Viola Davis).

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it” (Margaret Thatcher).

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.  I hope someday you’ll join us.  And the world will live as one (John Lennon).

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” (Bob Marley).

“You really can change the world if you care enough” (Marian Wright Edelman).

You should change your priorities because you have a responsibility to yourself and to Almighty God.  Give a darn about somebody else (Roger Staubach quote in Great Catholic Moments, 2017).

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude” (Zig Ziglar).

Your circumstance doesn’t make life extraordinary.  Love does (Trina Harmon).

“Your faith should be for you a light which guides you in all things, and a shining light for those whom you instruct, to lead them on the path to heaven” (St. John Baptist de la Salle).

“Your golf addiction is driving a wedge between us” (pun of the day, 2.4.11).

“Your past is important because it brought you to where you are; but as important as your past is, it is not nearly as important as the way you see your future” (Dr. Tony Campolo).

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start” (Nido Qubein).

“Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude” (Michelle Obama).

Outside Calhoon’s Antique City – Cuero, TX


Cattle drive – Bandera, TX




200 East Cotter Avenue – Port Aransas, TX


Off Royal Street – Salado, TX


Our Lady of Consolation annual Thanksgiving picnic – Vattmann, TX

US Hwy 377 – Prague, Oklahoma

Segy’s “hoppy friends” – Whole Foods Market – Maryland USA

Weslaco Museum – Texas Blvd – Weslaco, TX

One of many windmills – Hammond, Wisconsin

Evancheck Cabin – Marinette, Wisconsin

Roswell, New Mexico

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