Quotes

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.  When I hear or read something that resonates with special meaning or humor— I love puns, too, by the way— 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).

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

“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).

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 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, March 13, 2013).

“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. 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, 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).

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

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 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).

“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).

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).

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

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

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).

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

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).

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).

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).

“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).

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).

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

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).

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

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).

“Dream it, believe it, make it happen” (Landin, 2003).

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

“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).

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

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, 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 the beautiful is unity in variety” (Felix Mendelssohn).

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, Mornings with Saint Thérèse).

“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).

“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).

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

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

Fear is the foundation of safety” (Tertullian).

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).

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).

SJC102508-139“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).

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).

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...).

“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).

“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).

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

“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).

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

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 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 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).

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).

“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).

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

“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).

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 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, 2014).

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

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

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 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 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 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).

SJC53109-44“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 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).

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).

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

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

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

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

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

“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).

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).

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

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

“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).

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

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

“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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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).

“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).

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

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

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

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

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

“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).

“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 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 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).

“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).

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).

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).

“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, 1885-1968).

“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).

“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).

“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 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).

“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 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).

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

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).

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

“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, 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).

“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).

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings” (J. R. R. Tolkien, 1937).

“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).

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).

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).

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

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

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).

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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).

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).

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

“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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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 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 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).

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).

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, The Imitation of Christ).

“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” (A. A. Milne).

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

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

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 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).

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Outside an antique shop – Cuero, TX

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Cattle drive – Bandera, TX

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200 East Cotter Avenue – Port Aransas, TX

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Off Royal Street – Salado, TX

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Our Lady of Consolation annual Thanksgiving picnic – Vattmann, TX

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