Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them."

- Seneca

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


"Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain."

- Winston Churchill

Monday, November 1, 2010


"If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind."

- Seneca

Sunday, October 31, 2010


"Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk."

- Seneca

Sunday, August 1, 2010


"I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill."

Mohandas Gandhi

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


"Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it."

Mohandas Gandhi

Saturday, July 10, 2010


"But whatever may be our situation, whether firmly united under one national government, or split into a number of confederacies, certain it is, that foreign nations will know and view it exactly as it is; and they will act toward us accordingly. If they see that our national government is efficient and well administered, our trade prudently regulated, our militia properly organized and disciplined, our resources and finances discreetly managed, our credit re-established, our people free, contented, and united, they will be much more disposed to cultivate our friendship than provoke our resentment. If, on the other hand, they find us either destitute of an effectual government (each State doing right or wrong, as to its rulers may seem convenient), or split into three or four independent and probably discordant republics or confederacies, one inclining to Britain, another to France, and a third to Spain, and perhaps played off against each other by the three, what a poor, pitiful figure will America make in their eyes! How liable would she become not only to their contempt but to their outrage, and how soon would dear-bought experience proclaim that when a people or family so divide, it never fails to be against themselves" 

- John Jay, Federalist Paper #4

Friday, July 9, 2010


"A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking. Let us examine the points in which it varies from pure democracy, and we shall comprehend both the nature of the cure and the efficacy which it must derive from the Union."

- James Madison, Federalist Paper #10

Thursday, July 8, 2010


"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

- Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

- Thomas Jefferson 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." 

- Thomas Paine, The Crisis, No. 1, 1776

Monday, July 5, 2010


"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference."

- Thomas Jefferson 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

U.S. Declaration of Independence


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Saturday, July 3, 2010


"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

Mohandas Gandhi

Friday, July 2, 2010


"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

- George Washington 

Thursday, July 1, 2010


"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Personal Take:
This is exactly why King's quote from yesterday is so significant.  Not only must our freedom be demanded by the oppressed but it must also be enforced by those to whom it is given.  The moment we take our freedom for granted, it is snatched from us-- slowly or by lightening force.  The fight for freedom is never-ending and must always be fought for and guarded with all of our might.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Personal Take:
I find this quote to resonate today, at a time in which our governments have been taking the rights of the people in order to "protect" the people from themselves and capitalism.  While this quote was most certainly significant during the war for civil rights, it is also shockingly accurate for the fight to retain and regain the rights given to us in the constitution.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."

- Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Personal Take:
I find this quote to resonate particularly since it seems as though throughout my entire adult life (I was 18 in 1995) our presidents have governed as populists rather than leaders.  Yet we proclaim that they are the leaders of the Free World.  Until we find someone who governs by the law of the land and acts on their principles rather than public opinion, our leaders are, in fact, followers.  This quote alone explains why Martin Luther King, Jr. was and will always be a respected leader, whereas our so-called present day leaders will be remembered as anything but. 

Monday, June 28, 2010


"Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment."

- Fred Brooks

Personal Take:

Sunday, June 27, 2010


"Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into."

Mohandas Gandhi

Personal Take:
To me, faith is one of the strongest bonds one can have and is one that a person must ponder and actively think about before accepting it.  Faith is synonymous with trust.  Neither is to be given blindly or taken lightly. 

Saturday, June 26, 2010


"He that speaks much, is much mistaken."

- Benjamin Franklin

Personal Take:
In other words, listen more than you talk...  or don't trust those who speak all the time.  I have often found that when I have actively listened that I have learned innumerable amounts of information from others.  I just wish that action was easily replicable for me! 

Friday, June 25, 2010


"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it."

- Benjamin Franklin

Personal Take:
It is always easiest to take the short cut or break the rules... until you get caught.  If we kept this lesson in our head, imagine how different the world would be.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


"When in doubt, don't."

- Benjamin Franklin 

Personal Take:
I cannot tell you how many times I have gone against my gut feeling, only to find it to have been right all along.  It is these experiences from which I find myself needing to trust my instinct, which are also, non-coincidentally, some of my biggest regrets or mistakes.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


"To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions."

- Benjamin Franklin

Personal Take:
I find this quote by Franklin to be interestingly worded.  To me, this quote means to take one's time in drawing a conclusion and then jumping at the opportunity presented.  This is key, I find, as it is very easy to waste precious time on bad opportunities.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."

- Oscar Wilde 

Personal Take:
Very true.  Unfortunately, we all need to find our own experiences; they are not transferable, no matter how much we try to share them with others.

Monday, June 21, 2010


"Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth."

Mohandas Gandhi

Personal Take:
Amen!  Too bad there aren't very many people in the world that, seemingly, still believe in the truth being told.  It would be a much better place if it were.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


"Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody."

Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, June 19, 2010


"Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn."

- Benjamin Franklin

Personal Take:
Each of us is ignorant.  That is just a fact of life.  We cannot know everything.  However, not having a curiosity or a will to learn is the epitome of laziness.  Unfortunately, it seems as though we are facing this issue more and more in today's day in age.  I truly hope that trend changes.  To me, there is hardly anything more thrilling than learning something new and being able to build upon it.  

Friday, June 18, 2010


"Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of."

- Benjamin Franklin

Personal Take:
I took this quote to mean 'don't sweat the small stuff,' which I am seemingly doing all of the time.  In caretaking for my Grandma, I have truly learned just how precious life is and how quickly time passes.  This is especially true the older we become.  We should never take the next day for granted.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


"At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable."

Christopher Reeve

Personal Take:
To put it another way, the path to success, no matter how large the goal, is through taking small steps.  We should all remember this in daily life.  I know mine would be much easier.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


"Once you choose hope, anything's possible."

- Christopher Reeve

Personal Take: 
I have been reminded time again that frame of mind has probably the greatest effect in the outcome of one's life than anything else.  And hope, above all, has the greatest effect of all.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010


"Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances."

Mohandas Gandhi

Sunday, June 13, 2010


"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, June 12, 2010


"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness."

- 14th Dalai Lama

Friday, June 11, 2010


"All men are created equal, it is only men themselves who place themselves above equality."

- David Allan Coe

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


"You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it."

- Bill Cosby

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."

- Epicurus

Personal Take:
I have a tendency to think of the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence and, therefore, often have a propensity to not fully appreciate that which I already have.  This quote is so, so, so true and is one that I hope to keep in my mind the next time I start wishing for that which I do not have.

Monday, June 7, 2010


"Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position."

Mohandas Gandh

Personal Take:
As I walk through the experience that is life, I often find myself changing my viewpoints on many things.  Yet I sometimes question others on why their opinions have changed, especially those in public office.  It is important, in my opinion, to remember that everyone's perspective changes in time.  Those who claim it does not are people that I am most leery of.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day."

- 14th Dalai Lama 

In my early days at university, I prided myself in having many friends and enjoyed knowing as many people as possible.  Shortly thereafter, I realized that having many true friends was not possible and prided myself on having the "cream of the crop" in a handful of friends, friends, whom I thought I would have for the remainder of my life.  Years later, I reached a crossroad that I never thought was possible when that perception also turned out to be an false sense of reality. 

This quote reminds me that nothing is permanent, even the closest of all friendships, and that I should cherish it, like each and every passing day because it is possible that it might not be there tomorrow.  However, this quote also gives me hope that new meaningful relationships are on the horizon, waiting to be discovered.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."

- Henry Ford

I am sometimes overwhelmed by the size of a particular task or goal.  It is in those times that I find myself procrastinating even taking the first step down that path.  This quote reminds me that even the largest of tasks or goals is made simple if I work on it in small steps.

Friday, June 4, 2010


"Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be."

- Jack Welch

Many times it is difficult to look at a situation as it is and not as we wish it was or as it used to be.  It is sometimes difficult to step away from our emotions, but often it is the approach most needed in order to reach the best possible place from which to make the best possible decision for oneself.  It has been my experience that the decisions I reached following my emotions have often been those that most harmed me or are those that I later regret.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."

- Lao Tzu

I think it is important to remind ourselves that we can change whatever we are at any point in time-- all it takes is letting go of our current path and following the one that we choose.  The power of the mind is, in my opinion, the strongest that a human possesses.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

- Abraham Lincoln

As much as I wish this quote was not true, it is one that I find myself repeating time and again.  Without failure, I am constantly reminding myself to put my most difficult tasks above all others, knowing full well that each will be there tomorrow and in the days to follow if I do not.  This quote also works hand-in-hand with that of Gandhi's view on confession from yesterday.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Feature

A few weeks ago I had a guy's weekend with my best mates, one of whom writes a fantastic blog.

During the course of the weekend, the topic turned to  It was suggested by this friend, Nate, that I should add a personal touch to the site by revealing why I have chosen to post particular quotes.  I tended to agree with him at the time but chose to think about it before taking action.  After allowing the idea to percolate, I have decided to include my personal insight as to why each of my chosen quotes resonates with me.

Thanks for the feedback, Nate!  I hope that it adds to the quality of blog for each of you.  Please feel free to send me your feedback, positive or negative, at any time.  It is always appreciated!


"Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession."

Mohandas Gandhi

Regardless of the consequences of my errors, apologizing and clearing my conscience has nearly always the best route to take for all involved parties.  There have only been a handful of occasions in which this was not the case.  However, fear of confession has stopped me many times from doing things that I otherwise might have done and later was thankful that I did not.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010


"Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed."

Mohandas Gandhi

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

- 14th Dalai Lama

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010


"Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts."

Mohandas Gandhi

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."

- 14th Dalai Lama

Monday, May 17, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010


"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."

- Socrates

Friday, May 14, 2010


"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."

Mohandas Gandhi

Thursday, May 13, 2010


"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."

- Winston Churchill

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


"A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."

- Robert Frost

* Editor's note: For those who consider themselves liberal, please allow time for this quote to resonate before reacting to it.  Thank you.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010


"A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain."

- Robert Frost

Saturday, May 8, 2010


"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."

- Tony Robbins

Friday, May 7, 2010


"All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take."

Mohandas Gandhi

Thursday, May 6, 2010


"I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy."

- Tony Robbins

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness... the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives."

14th Dalai Lama

Sunday, May 2, 2010


"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

Saturday, May 1, 2010


"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

Noam Chomsky

Friday, April 30, 2010


"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010


"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."

- Saint Augustine

Sunday, April 25, 2010


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010


"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe."

- Voltaire

Thursday, April 22, 2010


"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."

- Lewis B. Smedes

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


"You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness."

-- Julia Roberts

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."

-- Lou Holtz 

Sunday, April 18, 2010


"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten."

-- B.F. Skinner 

Saturday, April 17, 2010


"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."

-- Havelock Ellis

Friday, April 16, 2010


"I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer"

-- Ben Franklin

Thursday, April 15, 2010


"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first."

-- Mark Twain 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."

-- Mark Twain 

Monday, April 12, 2010


"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Sunday, April 11, 2010


"There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving."

-- Henry Drummond

Saturday, April 10, 2010


"To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever."

-- Henry Drummond

Friday, April 9, 2010


"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

-- Aristotle 

Thursday, April 8, 2010


"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."

-- John Lennon 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

-- Buddha 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."

-- Mother Teresa  

Monday, April 5, 2010


"Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself."

-- John Dewey 

Sunday, April 4, 2010


"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."

-- Charles Darwin

Saturday, April 3, 2010


"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."

-- Elvis Presley 

Friday, April 2, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010


"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."

-- Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010


"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."

-- Maya Angelou

Sunday, March 28, 2010


"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are. "

-- Bernice Johnson Reagon

Saturday, March 27, 2010


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."

-- Mark Twain 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river."

-- Henry Ross Perot

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


"He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened."

-- Lao Tzu

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010


“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."

-- Jim Valvano

Friday, March 19, 2010


"He who learns but does not think, is lost.  He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger."

-- Confucius

Thursday, March 18, 2010


"You just have to do your own thing, no matter what anyone says. It's your life."

-- Ethan Embry

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


"There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth."

-- Maya Angelou

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


"Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often."

-- Mark Twain 

Monday, March 15, 2010


"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

-- Benjamin Franklin 

Sunday, March 14, 2010


"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."

-- Warren Buffett

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010


"The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love."

-- Tom Robbins

Thursday, March 11, 2010


"We must be our own before we can be another's."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."

-- Maya Angelou

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax."

-- Abraham Lincoln

Monday, March 8, 2010


"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness."

-- Robert Muller

Sunday, March 7, 2010


"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, March 6, 2010


"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

Thursday, March 4, 2010


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

-- Mark Twain

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


"What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction."

-- Chuck Palahniuk  

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010


"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in."

-- Morrie Schwartz

Friday, February 26, 2010


"Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security."

-- Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, February 25, 2010


"What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?"

-- T.S. Eliot

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will."

-- Chuck Palahniuk

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."

-- Mother Teresa

Monday, February 22, 2010


"There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking."

-- Alfred Korzybski

Sunday, February 21, 2010


"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, February 20, 2010


"Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope."

-- Romans 5:3-4

Friday, February 19, 2010


"I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.”

-- Albert Einstein

Thursday, February 18, 2010


"It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise."

--  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


"Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny."

-- George Dana Boardman

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


"The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success."

-- Hamilton Wright Mabie

Monday, February 15, 2010


"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."

-- Seneca

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010


"A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer."

-- Seneca

Friday, February 12, 2010


"It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'Always do what you are afraid to do.'"

Thursday, February 11, 2010


"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else."

-- Yogi Berra

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


"The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business--or almost anywhere else for that matter."


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010


"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us."

-- Thomas Paine

Sunday, February 7, 2010


"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.   Live the life you have imagined."

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010


"Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment."

-- Seneca

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

-- Winston Churchill

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."

-- Plato

Monday, February 1, 2010


"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."

-- Friedrich Nietzsche

Sunday, January 31, 2010


"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

-- Mother Teresa

Saturday, January 30, 2010


"The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home."

-- Confucius

Friday, January 29, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010


"He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass."

-- George Herbert, Welsh poet, orator and Anglican priest

Sunday, January 24, 2010


"When anger rises, think of the consequences."

-- Confucius, Chinese thinker and philosopher

Saturday, January 23, 2010


"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."

-- Mother Teresa

Thursday, January 21, 2010


"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

-- Mohandas Gandhi

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."

-- Confucius, Chinese thinker and philosopher

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing."

-- Mother Teresa 

Monday, January 18, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010


"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

-- Mother Teresa

Friday, January 15, 2010


"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."

-- Winston Churchill

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


"What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others."

-- Confucius, Chinese thinker and philosopher

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


"Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death."

-- Unknown

Monday, January 11, 2010


"Dare to be naive."

-- Buckminster Fuller, American architect, author, designer, inventor, and futurist

Sunday, January 10, 2010


“The people with the most security are in prison.  That’s why it’s called ‘maximum security.’  The more security you seek, the less freedom you have.”

-- Rich Dad, "Rich Dad's Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money" by Robert Kiyosaki (p. 164)

Saturday, January 9, 2010


"Sincere forgiveness isn't colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don't worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time—just like it does for you and me."

-- Sara Paddison, author

Friday, January 8, 2010


"Respect yourself and others will respect you."

-- Confucius, Chinese thinker and philosopher

Thursday, January 7, 2010


"Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win."

-- Bernadette Devlin, Northern Irish political activist

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


"Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit."

-- Baltasar Gracian, Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible."

-- Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and civil rights leader

Monday, January 4, 2010

Life and Love

"Life is the flower for which love is the honey."

-- Victor Hugo

Sunday, January 3, 2010


"Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, January 2, 2010


"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, January 1, 2010


"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now."

-- Joan Baez