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Qubein, Nido
  • A decision is made with the brain. A commitment is made with the heart. Therefore, a commitment is much deeper and more binding than a decision.

  • Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.

  • Those who base their lives on the belief that a loving God is acting in their behalf tend to see problems as opportunities for growth.

  • To acquire balance means to achieve that happy medium between the minimum and the maximum that represents your optimum. The minimum is the least you can get by with. The maximum is the most you're capable of. The optimum is the amount or degree of anything that is most favorable toward the ends you desire.

  • Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, whatever misfortune you may have suffered, the music of your life has not gone. It's inside you--if you listen to it, you can play it.

  • Your present circumstances donít determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.


Queneau, Raymond

  • Learning to learn is to know how to navigate in a forest of facts, ideas, and theories, a proliferation of constantly changing items of knowledge. Learning to learn is to know what to ignore but at the same time not rejecting innovation and research.


Quillen, Robert

  • Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, arguments an exchange of ignorance.


Quindlen, Anna

  • But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul. (A Short Guide to a Happy Life)

  • Donít ever confuse the two, your life and your work. Thatís what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first. (A Short Guide to a Happy Life)

  • A finished person is a boring person. (in Writer's Digest)

  • Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond and a stand of pines. Get a life in which you pay attention to the baby as she scowls with concentration when she tried to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger. (A Short Guide to a Happy Life)

  • I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.

  • I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ("Bookshelves" Thinking out Loud)

  • It is so easy to waste our lives: our days, our hours, our minutes. It is so easy to take for granted the pale new growth on an evergreen, the sheen of the limestone on Fifth Avenue, the color of our kidsí eyes, the way the melody in a symphony rises and falls and disappears and rises again. It is so easy to exist instead of live. Unless you know there is a clock ticking. (A Short Guide to a Happy Life)

  • Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that wonít happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.... This is not a dress rehearsal, and ... today is the only guarantee you get. (A Short Guide to a Happy Life)

  • Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted. (A Short Guide to a Happy Life)

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

  • You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are. So I suppose the best piece of advice I could give anyone is pretty simple: get a life. (A Short Guide to a Happy Life)


Quinn, Colin

  • Nowadays, the common wisdom is to celebrate diversity--as long as you don't point out that people are different.


Quinn, Greg Henry

  • Everyone should intend to do the right thing, but commitments should be made only when unconditional, single-minded dedication can be employed. Much disappointment is caused by the confusion of these two words. (365 Meditations for Teachers)


Quintana, Mario

  • Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.


Quintillian, Marcus Fabius

  • We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.


Quinton, John

  • Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, they go out and buy more tunnel.


Quivers, Robin

  • There's no operation where you can have your anger cut out. But if you work on yourself, as you get better, you'll be more capable of seeing others as flawed human beings. That makes it easier to forgive.

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