Pray or be prey. Prayer gives us hope, faith and strength and without It we the natural man’s and Satan’s prey.
Prayer is also the world’s greatest wireless connection.
The thing that counts the most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right traveling companion. author unknown
I think it was Albert Einstein who said something to the effect of "You don't fail until you quit trying." I also like this from Abraham Lincoln: "I don't like that man. I must get to know him better." And finally, Walt Disney said: "It's kinda fun to do the impossible."
One I picked up years ago: Sheryl Sandberg (CEO of Facebook): "If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on."
The quote I have on my workstation and I see every day is "If you don't sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice" Not sure where I heard it but I try to live by it each day
One of my favourite quotes from Oprah Winfrey: "Go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground." Oprah looks at what most people consider failure to be a chance at seeing things from a new perspective, learning a new lesson, or finding a new route. "Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction."
True every day: "God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom." Spencer W. Kimball, 1974 talk, "Small Acts of Service." I misquoted it for years as I received its paraphrase on a magnet, that is still "on my mirror." Thanks, Lincoln
Actually, one more.
Stein's Law says, "If something can not go on forever, it will stop."
Coined by Ben Stein's father.
And finally, a classic thought from my paternal grandfather, Warren C. Gaines: "There's more than one way to skin a cat!"
It took me forever to figure out that he meant a catfish.
Some good quotes from Henry Ford:
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."
"I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible."
"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!"
"There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do."
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."
"I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?"
"Only the best is good enough." - Ole Kirk Christiansen, founder of the LEGO Group
"The way to get rid of an enemy is to make them your friend." Primary CTR 6 Lesson 28
"Only you can create your own happiness. You decide how you will react." Roland V Wise
"Life you see, is never so good or so bad as people think" Guy de Maupassant
Never ascribe malice when ignorance will suffice
Find the good and Praise it! Alex Hailey
The Past is a Foreign Country-
They do things differently
“I believe I am always divinely guided.
I believe I will always take the right road.
I believe God will always make a way where there is no way.” As quoted by Gordon B. Hinckley in October 1971 General Conference talk.
Thanks for your replies. I very much enjoyed reading some of the words that readers find inspiring.
I hope to see enough more to get us to 25
Lincoln Oliphant, the author
“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training.”
“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” -Augustine
Inhale Gratitude; Exhale Charity
Don't give up what you want most for what you want at the moment.
"Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." H. Jackson Brown Jr. P.S. I Love You
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Ghandi
“The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.”
-- Jean de La Bruyère, “Of Society and Conversation,” The Characters of Jean de La Bruyère
“You can’t run alongside your grown children with sunscreen and ChapStick on their hero’s journey.” -- Anne Lamott, “Twelve Truths I Learned from Writing to Life”
Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other. Man cannot escape for one moment from this radiation of his character, the constant weakening or strengthening of others. ~ David O. McKay
The effect of your words and acts is tremendous in this world. Every man has an atmosphere or a radiation that is affecting every person in the world. You cannot escape it. Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or for evil. It is simply the constant radiation of what a man really is.
David O. McKay
He talked about this on a few occasions. These are two variations.
Here are three thoughts to start you off.
The goal of living is to grow. --e.e. cummings
The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. --James Allen, As A Man Thinketh
Men differ only in the size and shape of the mountains they must climb. --Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881
One of my favorite quotes comes from the 80s TV show "MacGyver". "If you try hard enough to make the best of a situation, the situation will not get the best of you." Many of us have tried to do this during the pandemic. One thing I've done is go on a virtual vacation (aka google a place) every Friday night. I've gone to Fiji, Austria, etc. It's free, safe, and I don't even need a passport!
Many years ago, as a mother of many (8) children and no dishwasher except the human hand, I found this poem, though I have no author to attribute it to:
"Thank God for dirty dishes,
They have a tale to tell.
While others many be hungry
We are eating very well.
With home, and health and
Happiness, i shouldn't want to fuss;
For be this stack of evidence
God's been good to us."
It's framed and stands next to the kitchen sink as a daily reminder of His goodness to us.It may not come from a great author, but it's message is so important, especially in these days.
There is something sacred
about living with dignity.
We need not quarrel or
compete with those who
promote and encourage
controversy. Doing the will
of God on a daily basis
leaves no time for contention
-- Marvin J. Ashton
As a child, when I was upset about something, my mother (Margaret (Bernard) Janes) used to say, "Everything always comes out in the wash." To this day, that reminds me that no problem is permanent, and that everything can be worked out.
My grandfather (James Nichol Bernard) used to say, "Even a jackass never bumps his head more than once." It reminds me to learn from my mistakes and not repeat them.
“If thou of fortune be bereft, and in thy store there be but left two loaves, sell one, and with the dole, buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.” John Greenlead Whittier
I found this over 50 years ago and tried to remember to follow it:
He who looks for a brighter tomorrow,
And finds no beauty today,
Has somehow missed the joy of living,
Somewhere along the way.
From THE LITTLE PRINCE: It is only with the heart one sees rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.
When I was a young girl I was very critical, my mother took me aside one day and said "If you continue soon you will have no friends." I loved my kind and generous mother so much I took her advice to heart. When I became a mother I searched for something to remind me to remain positive. I finally came up with... "Assume the best, look for the good.". I put this up on the fridge and it became my lamp and changed my heart, and influenced my children. I now see it in their homes and in my grandchildren's homes.
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