- Best of all are the decorations the grandchildren have made ~ fat little stars and rather crooked Santas, shaped out of dough and baked in the oven.
- April is hope. (The Book of Stillmeadow)
- Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday. (Still Cove Journal)
- Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moonrise. (Stillmeadow Daybook)
- Even honor and virtue make enemies, condemning, as they do, their opposites by too close a contrast. (Annals)
- We are living in a world of beauty, but few of us open our eyes to see it.
- Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand; with a grip that kills it.
- Death belongs to life as birth does. The walk is in the raising of the foot as in the laying of it down.
- Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
- I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
- If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out. (Stray Birds)
- Joy is everywhere; it is in the earth’s green covering of grass; in the blue serenity of the sky; in the reckless exuberance of spring; in the severe abstinence of grey winter; in the living flesh that animates our bodily frame; in the perfect poise of the human figure, noble and upright; in living; in the exercise of all our powers; in the acquisition of knowledge; in fighting evils; in dying for gains we never can share. Joy is there everywhere. (Sadhana: The Realisation of Life)
- Let me light my lamp, says the tiny star; and never debate whether it will dispel the darkness.
- Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not look for allies in life's battlefield but to my own strength.
Let me not creave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone;
But let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.
- Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
- Those who in this world have the courage to try and solve in their own lives new problems of life, are the ones who raise society to greatness.
- We gain freedom when we have paid the full price...
- You can't cross the sea merely by staring at the water.
- Don't get lost. Give it a try. Go find the place that you're wishing for.
- Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.
- He gives little who gives with a frown; he gives much who gives little with a smile.
- Let the honor of thy fellow be as dear to thee as thine own.
- When a man has compassion for others, God has compassion for him.
- Who is a hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend.
- Who is a wise man? He who learns of all men.
- Faith is the gift God gives us. Trust is the gift we give God.
- Chance is the first step you take, luck is what comes afterward.
- Life and death are of grave importance —
Impermanent and swift.
Wake up, all of you.
Do not waste your life. (Zen Chants)
- Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. (You Just Don't Understand)
- The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn't need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas.
Tao Te Ching
- Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
- Don't judge me by my past. I don't live there anymore.
- Art affirms all that is best in man—hope, faith, love, beauty, prayer…What he dreams of and what he hopes for. What is art? Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life—love and sacrifice.
- Don't go for happiness, go for truth!
Tate, H. Clay
- The person who has not learned to be happy and content while completely alone for an hour a day, or a week has missed life's greatest serenity. (Building a Better Home Town)
Taylor, Barbara Brown
- I thought that being faithful was about becoming someone other than who I was, in other words, and it was not until this project failed that I began to wonder if my human wholeness might be more useful to God than my exhausting goodness. (Leaving Church)
- Those who would attain to any marked degree of excellence in a chosen pursuit must work, and work hard for it, prince or peasant.
- The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.
Taylor, Henry (Sir)
- Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinion of others.
- He who gives what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.
Taylor, Ida Scott
- If you never learned the lesson of thankfulness, begin now. Sum up your mercies; see what provision God has made for your happiness, what opportunities for your usefulness, and what advantages for your success.
- One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.
- By friendship you mean the greatest love, the greatest usefulness, the most open communication, the noblest sufferings, the severest truth, the heartiest counsel, and the greatest union of minds of which brave men and women are capable.
- Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands, and there is no knowledge that is not power.
- Mercy is like the rainbow, which God hath set in the clouds; it never shines after it is night. If we refuse mercy here, we shall have justice in eternity.
- The private and personal blessings we enjoy ... deserve the thanksgiving of a whole life.
- We spend our lifetimes being nourished and enlivened by the rain, sun, soil and wind. Our experience is blessed by other living beings, from plants to insects to birds and humans. We receive so much; giving back just naturally feels good. When we live our lives with intention of leaving this temporary home a better place for generations to come, we are perhaps leaving behind the best gift of all. (Leaving the Earth a Better Place)
Taylor, Mildred D.
- We have no choice of what color we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here.
- Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation.
Taylor, Susan L.
- Acceptance is what we wish for ourselves and often deny others.
- In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature's way of forcing change--breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place.
- Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.
- We don't have an eternity to realize our dreams, only the time we are here.
ten Boom, Corrie
- Does being born into a Christian family make one a Christian? No! God has no grandchildren. (Each New Day)
- Faith is like radar that sees through the fog--the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see. (Tramp for the Lord)
- Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.
Teale, Edwin Way
- Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is is change. (Circle of the Seasons)
- For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. (Autumn Across America)
- The measure of enthusiasm must be taken between interesting events. It is between bites that the lukewarm angler loses heart.
- Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. ("February 4" Circle of the Seasons)
- I make the most of all that comes,
And the least of all that goes.
- Life is a frail moth flying
Caught in the web of the years that pass.
- Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the dost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all that you have been, or could be. ("Barter")
- Stars over snow,
And in the west a planet
Swinging below a star--
Look for a lovely thing and you will find it,
It is not far--
It never will be far. ("Night")
Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre
- It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.
- The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one’s self to others.
- We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
- As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.
Tengini, Madame de
- One great mistake made by intelligent people is to refuse to believe that the world is as stupid as it is.
Tennyson, Alfred Lord
- All things have rest: why should we toil alone,/ We only toil, who are the first of things. ("Chiroc Song" The Lotos-Eaters)
- Because right is right, to follow right were wisdom, in the scorn of consequence.
- I can but trust that good shall fall
At last--far off--at last, to all,
And every winter change to spring. (In Memoriam A. H. H.)
- So many worlds, so much to do,
So little done, such things to be.
- Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.--Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Ulysses)
- Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
Teresa, Mother, see Mother Teresa
- Where our joy is, there should our work be.
- You cannot parcel out freedom in pieces because freedom is all or nothing.
- Committing yourself is a way of finding out who you are. A man finds his identity by identifying.
- Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
Thackeray, William Makepeace
- To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; to forego even ambition when the end is gained--who can say this is not greatness?
- A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
- It seems to me one cannot sit down in that place [the Round Reading room of the British Museum] without a heart full of grateful reverence. I own to have said my grace at the table, and to have thanked Heaven for my English birthright, freely to partake of these beautiful books, and speak the truth I find there. ("The Round Room Comes to an End" New York Times Book Review)
- The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion.
- To take a journey of a thousand miles, you have to begin with the first step from the place where you stand; the romantic description of the journey and the things the body sees on the way and the description of the scenery are of no use unless you lift your foot and take the first step.
Thaler, Linda Kaplan and Robin Koval
- Once you get past the idea that for every winner there must be a loser, amazing things can happen. (The Power of Nice)
- Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.
- I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. (The Observer, 1989)
- I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.
- In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
- Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
- You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
- Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.
Thich Nhat Hahn see, Nhat Hanh, Thich
Thieme, Michelle L.
- Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush - bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn. ("August's Crown")
Thoele, Sue Patton
- Abundance is, in large part, an attitude.
- Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.
- Only in the oasis of silence can we drink deeply from the inner cup of wisdom.
- What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.
Thomas a Kempis
- Do not try to find a place free from temptations and troubles. Rather, seek a peace that endures even when you are beset by various temptations and tried by much adversity. (The Imitation of Christ)
- Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame.
- If you can win complete mastery over self, you will easily master all else. To triumph over self is the perfect victory. (The Imitation of Christ)
- If you cannot mould yourself entirely as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?
- Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.
- Now is the time to be doing, now is the time to be stirring, now is the time to amend myself.
- Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.
- Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
- All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.
Thomas, Edith M.
- The spirit of the year, like bacchant crowned,
With lighted torch goes careless on his way;
And soon bursts into flame the maple's spray,
And vines are running fire along the ground. ("Autumn" Lyrics and Sonnets)
- Sometimes the best helping hand you can give is a good, firm push.
- We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth's creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.
- Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.
- There are for starters, grandeur and silence, pure water and clean air. There is also the gift of distance ... the chance to stand away from relationships and daily ritual ... and the gift of energy. Wilderness infuses us with its own special brand of energy.
- So what are we here for? To become fully human. What does it mean to be fully human? To love and to be loved. (10 Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You)
Thompson, Charles (Chic)
- At home, parents utter eighteen negative statements for every positive one--usually to an inquisitive child who wants to know how something works. (What a Great Idea!)
- Be an explorer...read, surf the internet, visit customers, enjoy arts, watch children play...do anything to prevent yourself from becoming a prisoner of your knowledge, experience, and current view of the world. (What a Great Idea)
- All great art ... creates in the beholder not self-satisfaction but wonder and awe. Its great liberation is to lift us out of ourselves. ("The Twelve-foot Ceiling" The Courage to be Happy)
- Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light.
- Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live...
- Spring is come home with her world-wandering feet,
And all things are made young with your desires. ("From the Night of Forebeing")
- Christmas is the happiness that lights our children's eyes.
Christmas is a song of bells ringing through the skies.
Christmas is a time of peace, of contentment deep within,
A time of love and silent hope that years will never dim. ("Christmas Is...")
- See. Winter comes to rule the varied year,
Sullen and sad. ("Winter" The Seasons)
Thoreau, Henry David
- As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
- Associate reverently, and as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts.
- Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Be yourself - not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.
- But men labor under a mistake. The better part of the man is soon ploughed into the soil for compost. By a seeming fate, commonly called necessity, they are employed, as it says in the old book, laying up treasures which moths and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal. It is a fool's life, as they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before. (Walden and Civil Disobedience)
- Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
- Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
- Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid.
- Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
- The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
- The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
- How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! (Walden)
- However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are the richest.
- I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
- I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision.
- I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than to be crowded on a velvet cushion.
- If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?
- If you give money, spend yourself with it.
- If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them!
- In a world of peace and love, music would be the universal language. (The Service)
- In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- If ... the machine of government ... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
- If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
- It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
- It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
- It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. (Civil Disobedience)
- Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
- A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
- Men talk about Bible miracles because there is no miracle in their lives. Cease to gnaw that crust. There is ripe fruit over your head.
- Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
- Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.
- Nature is slow, but sure; she works no faster than need be; she is the tortoise that wins the race by her perseverance. (Journal January 14, 1861)
- None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
- Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
- October is the month for painted leaves.... As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight. ("Autumnal Tints")
- Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify, simplify! ... Simplicity of life and elevation of purpose. ("Where I Lived and What I Lived For" Walden)
- Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand... We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.
- Sometimes, on a summer morning, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumacs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sang around or flitted noiseless through the house... (Walden)
- Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
- There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. (Walden)
- There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
- Things do not change; we change.
- A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- We begin to praise when we begin to see a thing needs our assistance.
- We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander. (Walden)
- We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
- We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
- What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter's day?
- What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and deeds for new.
- Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck, and woe be to the coward. Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play and admits not foolish distinction. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.
- What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
- Why should we be in such desperate hast to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
- Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.
- There is no such thing as balance. How I long for that sense of repose after a good day's work. Does anyone have it? (in Working It Out by Ruddick & Daniels)
- The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
- Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them.
- The secret of freedom, courage.
- It is better to know some of the questions rather than to know all the answers.
- Let us not look not back in anger, or forward with fear, but around in awareness.
- Precision of communication is important, more important than ever in our era of hair-trigger balances, when a false, or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act. ("Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ear Muffs" Lanterns and Lances)
- You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.
- Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies.
- The hard thing when you get old is to keep your horizons open. The first part of your life everything is in front of you, all your potential and promise. But over the years, you make decisions; you carve yourself into a given shape. Then the challenge is to keep discovering the green growing edge.
- It is better to know some of the questions rather than to know all the answers.
- During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.
- There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.
- Twilight: A time of pause when nature changes her guard. All living things would fade and die from too much light or too much dark, if twilight were not.
- When the song of the angel is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost--To heal the broken--To feed the hungry--
To release the prisoner--To rebuild the nations--
To bring peace among brothers and sisters--
To make music in the heart.
Thurow, L. C.
- A competitive world offers two possibilities. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.
- I like women who stand up and take charge. Women who lasso the lies of our culture and fan the flames of clarity. You women have been fed a pack of lies that now bounce around in your head. Quit hating your body, trying to fit into an airbrushed ideal. Life is too short and you are too beautiful.- ("Rising Up With a Little Kick-Ass Help," Feb. 14, 2014)
- Life isn’t a forced march. Quit trying to do everything all at once. Listen for what is yours to do next, then do it. ("Rising Up With a Little Kick-Ass Help," Feb. 14, 2014)
- One of Albert Schweitzer's last statements was quoted as: "The destiny of man is to be more and more human." He was mistaken. The destiny of man is to become progressively less human and more humane, less compulsive and more creative, less instinctive and more intuitive, less material and more spiritual. Man's destiny is to always become more fully divine.
Tillich, Paul Johannes
- The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity. (Time)
- The first duty of love is to listen.
- He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being
- Language has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone, and the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.
- We cannot love unless we have accepted forgiveness, and the deeper our experience of forgiveness is, the greater is our love.
Tippett, Harry Moyle
- The Pilgrims came to America not to accumulate riches but to worship God, and the greatest wealth they left unborn generations was their heroic example of sacrifice that their souls might be free.
- The only real way to differentiate yourself from the competition is through service.
Tocqueville, Alexis de
- The man who submits to violence is debased by his compliance; but when he submits to that right of authority which he acknowledges in a fellow creature, he rises in some measure above the person who give the command. (Democracy in America)
- We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
- The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Knowledge is the most democratic source of power. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- You've got to think about "big things" while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
Tolkien, J. R. R.
- I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair. (The Fellowship of the Ring)
- In every wood in every spring
there is a different green. (The Fellowship of the Ring)
- It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule. (The Return of the King)
- It is useless to meet revenge with revenge. It will heal nothing. (The Return of the King)
- Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. (Fellowship of the Ring)
- "Where did you go to, if I may ask?" said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along. "To look ahead," said he. "And what brought you back in the nick of time?" "Looking behind," said he. (The Hobbit)
- The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them. (The Return of the King)
- The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater. (The Fellowship of the Ring)
- Guilt, regret, resentment, sadness and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence.
- Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.
- Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
- Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. (Stillness Speaks)
- Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.
- Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
- He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
- The recognition of the sanctity of the life of every man is the first and only basis of all morality. (The Kingdom of God is Within You)
- Remember then: there is only one time that is important--Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. ("Three Questions")
- There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.
- Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
- The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
- War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it.
- The best mind-altering drug is truth.
- For fast-acting relief try slowing down.
- When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific.
- It has been kind of an exhausting week. Too bad it's only Monday. (on Twitter 4/9/12)
- Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to excite your ideas.
- When you get right down to it, one of the most important tasks of a leader is to eliminate his people's excuse for failure.
- Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
- Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self. (The Toynbee-Ikeda Dialogue)
- The penalty of affluence is that it cuts one off from the common lot, common experience, and common fellowship. In a sense it outlaws one automatically from one's birthright of membership in the great human family.
- The value of the goal lies in the goal itself; and therefore the goal cannot be attained unless it is pursued for its own sake. (A Study of History)
- All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
- Almost all unhappiness in life comes from the tendency to blame someone else. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Any great achievement is preceded by many difficulties and many lessons; great achievements are not possible without them. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- An average person with average talent, ambition and education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- The best words for resolving a disagreement are, "I could be wrong; I often am." It's true. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you'll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.
- Committing your goals to paper increases the likelihood of your achieving them by one-thousand percent! (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Deal honestly and objectively with yourself; intellectual honesty and personal courage are the hallmarks of great character. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Define your goals in terms of the activities necessary to achieve them, and concentrate on those activities. (Your Achievement Ezine - Issue No. 138)
- Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
- Develop your willpower so that you can make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. (Your Achievement Ezine - Issue No. 153)
- Do the thing you fear, then the death of fear is certain. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Don't be reluctant to give of yourself generously, it's the mark of caring and compassion and personal greatness. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Dream big dreams! Imagine that you have no limitations and then decide what's right before you decide what's possible. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Every single life only becomes great when the individual sets upon a goal or goals which they really believe in, which they can really commit themselves to, which they can put their whole heart and soul into.
- A feeling of continuous growth is a wonderful source of motivation and self-confidence. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- The foundation of lasting self-confidence and self-esteem is excellence, mastery of our work. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Get around the right people. Associate with positive, goal-oriented people who encourage and inspire you. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Happiness and high performance come to you when you choose to live your life consistent with your highest values and your deepest convictions. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- I found every single successful person I've ever spoken to had a turning point. The turning point was when they made a clear, specific unequivocal decision that they were not going to achieve success. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50, and most people never make it at all. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.
- If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development
- Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.
- I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.
- Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.
- The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Learn something new. Try something different. Convince yourself that you have no limits. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Make a game of finding something positive in every situation. Ninety-five percent of your emotions are determined by how you interpret events to yourself. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.
- The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.
- The most important quality in the development of human character is, and always has been, self discipline.
- Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- The most powerful and predictable people-builders are praise and encouragement. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
- No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.
- Read an hour every day in your chosen field. This works out to about one book per week, 50 books per year, and will guarantee your success. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Respect is the key determinant of high-performance leadership. How much people respect you determines how well they perform. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Self-responsibility is the core quality of the fully mature, fully functioning, self-actualizing individual. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Set peace of mind as your highest goal and organize your entire life around it. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?"
- Think about your future possibilities and the fact that your potential is virtually unlimited. You can do what you want to do and go where you want to go. You can be the person you want to be. You can set large and small goals and make plans and move step-by-step, progressively toward their realization. There are no obstacles to what you can accomplish except the obstacles that you create in your mind.
- Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.
- Whatever you believe with emotion becomes your reality. You always act in a manner consistent with your innermost beliefs and convictions. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
- Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- Your decision to be, have and do something out of ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.
- Your most valuable asset can be your willingness to persist longer than anyone else. (The Treasury of Quotes)
- It's very important in life to know when to shut up. You should not be afraid of silence.
Trevelyan, G. M.
- Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life-blood of real civilization. (English Social History)
- Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
- But what Mom never told me is that along the way, you find sisters, and they find you. Girls are cool that way. (Viola in Reel Life)
Trine, Ralph Waldo
- Faith is an invisible and invincible magnet, and attracts to itself whatever it fervently desires and calmly and persistently expects.
- The great universe is filled with an abundance of all things, filled to overflowing. All there is, is in her, waiting only for the touch of the right forces to cast them forth.
- Have you ever fully realized that life is, after all, merely a series of habits, and that it lies entirely within one's own power to determine just what that series shall be?
- If the windows of your spirit are dirty, and streaked, covered with matter foreign to them, then the world as you look out of them will be dirty and streaked and out of order. … Go wash your windows.
- Opulence is the law of the universe, an abundant supply for every need if nothing is put in the way of its coming.
- There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power I the world? Then be yourself.
- To be at one with God is to be at peace ... peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.
- This habit of reading ... is your pass to the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for his creatures. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live.
- Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.
- Creative power, is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form.
- Character is the final decision to reject whatever is demeaning to oneself or to others and with confidence and honesty choose what is right.
Trueblood, D. Elton
- Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
- A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
- The world is equally shocked at hearing Christianity critized and seeing it practiced.
Truman, Harry S.
- As you get older, you get tired of doing the same things over and over again, so you think Christmas has changed. It hasn't. It's you who has changed.
- I always had my nose stuck in a book, a history book mostly. Of course, the main reason you read a book is to get a better insight into the people you're talking to. There were about three thousand books in the library downtown, and I guess I read them all, including the encyclopedias. I'm embarrassed to say that I remembered what I read, too.
- 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.
- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
- The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world. (message to congress, April 16, 1945)
- We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.
- When the decision is up before you--and on my desk I have a motto which says "The buck stops here"--the decision has to be made. (Speech, National War College, Dec. 19, 1952)
- You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.
- You know what makes leadership? It is the ability to get men to do what they don't want to do and like it. ("Leadership: The Biggest Issue" Time Nov. 8, 1976)
- I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm.
- If you're going to think anyway, you might as well think big. (Time)
- I'm not going to die,
I'm going home
Like a shooting star.
- In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.
- Nobody on his deathbed ever said, "I wish I had spent more time at the office."
- 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.
- I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was two things I had a right to, liberty and death. If I could not have one, I would have the other, for no man should take me alive.
Tuchman, Barbara W.
- Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.--Barbara W. Tuchman ("The Book", lecture at the Library of Congresss 10/17/1979)
- Friendship of a kind that cannot easily be reversed tomorrow must have its roots in common interests and shared beliefs.
- Honor wears different coats to different eyes.
- Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library. (The New Yorker, 1986)
- To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
Tucker, W. J.
- For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home. (Pulpit Preaching)
- Travel gives a character of experience to our knowledge, and brings the figures on the tablet of memory into strong relief.
Tullis, Nellie Hershey
- The next best thing to winning is losing! At least you've been in the race.
- Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly.
- You may live a long while with some people and be on friendly terms with them and never speak openly with them from your soul.
Turner, Cali Rae
- The best thing about having a sister was that I always had a friend.
Turner, Dale E.
- Oh, heart, let's never grow too old
To smile anew, when Christmas comes,
At tassels red and tinsel thread,
And tarlatan bags f sugarplums. ("Let's Never Grow Too Old")
- If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.
- You can never quit. Winner never quit, and quitters never win.
- There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
- At Christmas play and make good cheer
For Christmas comes but once a year.
Tutu, Desmond (Bishop)
- Do your little bit of good where you care; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
- Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering — remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you dont want to repeat what happened.
- I don't preach a social gospel; I preach the Gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn't say, "Now is that political or social?" He said, "I feed you." Because the good news to a hungry person is bread. (interview, Worldview) Dec. 1984)
- Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. (The Mysterious Stranger)
- Be careful when reading health books; you may die of a misprint.
- A classic is a book which people praise and don't read.
- Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.
- The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter--'tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.--Mark Twain ("The Art of Composition" in Life as I Find It ed. by Neider)
- Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot. (What is Man)
- Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
- Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
- Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs one step at a time. (The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson)
- The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- Humor is mankind's greatest blessing. (Mark Twain, a Biography)
- I don't think there ever was a lazy man in this world. Every man has some sort of gift, and he prizes that gift beyond all others. He may be a professional billiard-player, or a Paderewski, or a poet--I don't care what it is. But whatever it is, he takes a native delight in exploiting that gift, and you will find it is difficult to beguile him away from it. Well, there are thousands of other interests occupying other men, but those interests don't appeal to the special tastes of the billiard champion or Paderewski. They are set down, therefore, as too lazy to do that or do this--to do, in short what they have no taste or inclination to do. In that sense, then I am phenomenally lazy. But when it comes to writing a book--I am not lazy. My family find it difficult to dig me out of my chair.
- If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the difference between dog and man.
- If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
- I'm quite sure that.. I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. Indeed, I know it. I can stand any society. All that I care to know is that a man is a human being - that is enough for me; he can't be any worse.
- In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
- It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
- Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
- Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
- The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can't.
- The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.
- My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
- Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
- Nothing needs reforming so much as other people's habits.
- One learns people through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect. ("What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us" North American Review January 1895)
- A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
- A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them.
- The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. (Mark Twain's Speeches ed. by Paine)
- To get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
- Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it.
- What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.
- When I'm playful I use the meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude for a seine, and drag the Atlantic Ocean for whales. I scratch my head with the lightning and purr myself to sleep with the thunder.
- Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
- Why waste your time looking up your family tree? Just go into politics, and your opponents will do it for you.
- Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.
- Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
- You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
- When I was younger, I thought that the key to success was just hard work. But the real foundation is faith. Faith--the idea that 'I can do it'--is the opposite of fear ('What if I fail?'). And faith creates motivation which in turn leads to commitment, hard work, preparation...and eventually success.
- Be a good listener; Your ears will never get you in trouble.
- Progress is not created by contented people.
- When you like your work every day is a holiday.
- Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.
- January has only one thing to be said for it: it is followed by February. Nothing so well becomes its passing.
Tyson, Neil deGrasse
- The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.
- My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it.