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"Wise men learn from experience but wiser men learn before experience." RTK
"What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other." George Elliott
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
"The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next century." Henry Ward Beecher
"Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die." Tom Delany
"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast view beyond comprehension of the weak." John Adams
"Kites fly highest against the wind." Winston Churchill
"Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life." John Kennedy
"Whenever anyone offends me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it." Rene Descartes
"Mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice." Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President (1809-1865)
"The road ambition travels is too narrow for friendship, too crooked for love, too rugged for honesty, too dark for science, and too hilly for happiness." T. L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy
"Say not in grief that you will be no more, but live in thankfulness that your were." Hebrew proverb
"Boldly contend for that which is right and firmly reject that which is wrong." William Wilkinson, founder of Granite Company
"The first step toward greatness is to be honest, says the proverb; but the proverb fails to state the case strong enough. Honesty is not only the first step toward greatness - it is greatness itself." T. L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy
"If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference." The Inner Life of Abraham Lincoln:, University of Nebraska Press, 1995), pp. 258-259
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Albert Einstein
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Robert F. Kennedy
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Ghandi
"If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains." Cicero
"My piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that everyone else has a share, and that no one starves while I eat." Leo Tolstoy
"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been bitten by a mosquito." Unknown
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." Thoreau, Walden, 1854
"This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." George Bernard Shaw
"All you need to be successful is ignorance and confidence." Mark Twain
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
"Of all disagreeable people, the obstinate are the worst. Society is often dragged down to low standards by two or three who propose, in every case, to fight everything and every idea of which they are not the instigators." – L. Haines & L. Yaggy, The Royal Path of Life
“Our chief want in life is somebody who will take the time and risk to make us do what we can and is right.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It’s time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, and the one who recognizes a challenge and does something about it.” – Vince Lombardi
"As citizens, we have a duty and a moral obligation to challenge our government whenever we feel it is wrong." - R
The real measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge & controversy.” – Martin Luther King
“My life is my message.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“In the intercourse of social life, affection is won and preserved by little acts of watchful kindness, gestures, looks, tone of voice, and kindness.”– Yaggy and Haines
“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do, and what is the right thing to do.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart
“You cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal,' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.” – Anonymous
“Anyone can be good. With a little more effort, you can be great.” – Anonymous
“If you haven't profoundly changed the life of one person for the better, you have wasted a reason for living.” – Anonymous
“It's not death that I mind; it's the interfering with my life that I mind.” – Robert T. Koveleskie
“To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Heather Cortez
“I believe high school football ranks among the most honest endeavor in life.” – Anonymous
“As I get older, I believe anyone who remains in politics for more than one term is corruptible.” – Anonymous
“Whether I was in a slump, feeling badly, or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to keep swinging.” – Hank Aaron
“Whatever your dream, begin it today! ” – Anonymous
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L'Amour
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson
“We must never allow our public officials to go unchallenged, if we believe their actions or inactions would compromise the safety or lives of children. Nor should we spare ourselves from the exhaustive process of enlightening those in government who cannot recognize obvious conditions that would put the safety or life of children at risk.” – Anonymous
“A distinguished man should be as particular about his last words as he is about his last breath. He should write them out on a slip of paper and take the judgment of his friends on them. He should never leave such a thing to the last hour of his life, and trust to an intellectual spurt at the last moment to enable him to say something smart with his latest gasp and launch into eternity with grandeur.” – The Last Words of Great Men, 1869
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Anonymous
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have.” – Gerald Ford
“Try to live your life so that you wouldn't be afraid to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.” – Will Rogers
“The battle plan only works until the first shot is fired!” – Anonymous
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer– – if you can tell them apart.” – Anonymous
“The real measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge & controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“Behind the ostensible government, sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt businesses and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“If you are pained by an external event, it is not this, which disturbs you, but rather your judgment of it. It is within your power to alter your judgment and be at peace.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Power is only important as an instrument for service to the powerless.” – Lech Walesa
“If you love someone, set them free, and if they come back to you they will be yours forever.” – Anonymous
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self– evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, Philosopher, 1788– 1860
“It ain't easy being a turkey so close to Thanksgiving Day.” – Anonymous
“Secrecy breeds mischief, often with dire consequences.” – Anonymous
“In solemn truth I tell you, anyone believing in me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask Him for anything, using my name, and I will do it, for this will bring praise to the Father because of what I the Son will do for you. Yes, ask anything, using my name, and I will do it!” – John 14:12– 13
Boy Scout Pledge: “On my honor I will do my best; to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” – Lord Baden Powell
“We are very largely shaped by others, who, in an almost frightening way, hold our destiny in their hands. We are, each of us, the product of those who have loved us or refused to love us.” – John Powell
“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” – Bill Watterson
“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of the thought in clear form.” – Albert Einstein
“The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” – Justice Louis Brandeis
“If you want to trace your family tree, run for public office.” – Patricia H. Vance
“There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” – Logan Pearsall Smith
“Whenever I date a guy, I ask myself, is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?” – Rita Rudner
“If you want to see the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton
“Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.” – Maria Mitchell
“I touch the future. I teach.” – Christa McAuliffe
“The ideals, which I care to use as beacons that shall show the way for me to serve my mankind towards higher objectives of humanness, are goodness, beauty, and truth. Goodness in being kind and gentle to all. Beauty, in perpetual improvement in all that I touch. Truth, in all that I do.” – Albert Einstein
“Our rights depend on our willingness to defend them.” – ACLU
“Stand up for justice; stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.” – Martin Luther King
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.” – Margaret Thatcher
“There is a fine line between admirable tenacity and delusional denial.” – George A. Wills
“To really be successful in life, don’t cut corners or do just enough to get by. You want to look back and say, ‘I was the best I could be. I worked hard and followed my dreams. I made a difference in people's lives.’ If you can do that, then you will have peace of mind no matter what you achieve in life.” – Dan Marino, NFL Quarterback
“An education is what you get when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.” – Pete Seeger
“In solemn truth I tell you, anyone believing in me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask Him for anything, using my name, and I will do it, for this will bring praise to the Father because of what I the Son, will do for you. Yes, ask anything, using my name, and I will do it!” – John 14:12-13
“A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.” – Wilson Mizner
“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – – and most fools do.” – Dale Carnegie
“An expert is someone who is one page ahead of you in the manual.” – David Knight
“Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.” – Chesterfield
“Preach often – and sometimes use words.” – Saint Francis of Assisi
“A person who has asked you for your 'honest opinion' usually wants to hear anything but your honest opinion.” – Farlander
“Cases are not always won on their merits, and Truth does not always transpire through the candlepower of her virtues.” – Reid Buckley
“The second mouse gets the cheese.” – Darcy
“I am always fascinated with the power of engaged people with good ideas and big hearts.” – Dr. Steve Ender President, Westmoreland County Community College
“No good deed goes unpunished.” – Clare Bothe Luce
“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena
“He who lives by the sword will die by the sword.” – Matthew 26:52
“I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I'm not.” – Kurt Cobain
“What we do is more important than what is done to us.” – Nikki Giouanni
“When your heart speaks, take good notes.” – Judith Campbell
“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” – Woodrow Wilson
“Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.” – Chinese proverb
“The important thing is never to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
“Environmental factors in childhood also play an important role in determining whether or not a person grows up to be a chronic liar. Those who come from chaotic and dysfunctional families have a greater tendency to lie than those who grew up in a caring household.” – Busak
“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” – Andrew Carnegie
“Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” – Dr. Seuss
“You have to have a sense of who you are and what you believe, and that provides the context for your day– to– day actions.” – Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, President, University of Cincinnati
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale
“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” – Reggie Leach
“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” – Jonathan Kozol
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” – Teddy Roosevelt
“Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo daVinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown
“This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.” – Winston Churchill
“No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him.” – W. A. Nance
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.” – Mark Twain
“The only fool bigger than the person who thinks he knows it all is the person who argues with him.” – Stanislaw Jerszy Lec
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore, all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” – Voltaire
“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” – Voltaire
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” – William Shakespeare
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and are immortal.” – Albert Pike
“Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain
“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” – William Penn
“A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.” – Knights of Pythagoras
“Pass no judgment, and you will not be judged. For as you judge others, so you will yourselves be judged, and whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you. Always treat others as you would like them to treat you. That is the Law and the prophets.” – Jesus
“The greatest gift a man can give to his children is to love their mother.” – Theodore Hesburgh
“Better to be strong and scorned than to be weak and lauded.” – Charlie Tarasovic
“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.” – St. Francis De Sales
“Children need love, especially when they don't deserve it.” – Harold Hulbert
“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” – Marcus Aurelius
“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but also for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“I'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything special except to dare to think and to dare to go with the truth and to dare to really love completely.” – R. Buckminster Fuller
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” – Mother Teresa
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.” – James Allen
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured and far away.” – Henry David Thoreau
“To share often and much; to leave the world a little better; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
“Only a life lived for others is worth living.” – Albert Einstein
“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?” – Shakespeare (Hamlet)
“It is extremely difficult to make predictions, especially when they involve the future.” – Niels Bohr (1885– 1962)
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” – H.L. Mencken
“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” – H. L. Mencken
“The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine
“One only sees clearly through the heart.” – Antoine de Saint – Exupery, French novelist
“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that, I learn from him.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.” – Sun Tzu
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L'Amour
“The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” – William Wordsworth
“If you think things are under control, you’re not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti
“Peace is the first casualty of untruthfulness.” – Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury
“The first casualty of war is truth.” – Hiram Warren Johnson
“We look them in the eye and tell them what we know.” – Katherine Graham, Washington Post publisher
“There are two lasting bequeaths we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” – Hodding Carter, Jr.
“Preach often and sometimes use words.” – Saint Francis
“Work like you don't need money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's watching.” – Crystal Boyd
“Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.” – Sir Winston Churchill
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
“Endeavors to succeed fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.” – Colin Powell
“May I continue to live my faith to the fullest, proud of who I am and what I believe, always striving to be the best possible person I can be.” – Fr. George Alderson, Greensburg Central Catholic High School
“Don't get in a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” – Mark Twain
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok, Harvard University President
“All politicians should do two terms, the first in office, and the second in jail.” – Sen. Alan Simpson
“Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
“Perseverance is no guarantee you'll succeed, but without it, it's almost guaranteed that you won't.” – Bill Gates
“Never under estimate the value of a fact, because someday it could flower into a truth.” – Thoreau
“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” – Winston Churchill
“A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision with a task is the hope of the world.” – Bill Gates
“If we don't change the direction we're going, we're going to end up where we're headed.” – Chinese Proverb
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln
“To be happy and successful you must be independent of the opinions of others.” – Wayne Dyer
“To escape criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
“Any jackass can kick down a barn; I'm here to build one.” – President Lyndon Johnson
“Extremism in the defense of liberty is not vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” – Barry Goldwater
“The ideals, which I care to use as beacons that shall show the way for me to serve my mankind towards higher objectives of humanness, are goodness, beauty, and truth. Goodness in being kind and gentle to all. Beauty, in perpetual improvement in all that I touch. Truth, in all that I do.” – Albert Einstein
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” – Ken Olson, Digital Equipment founder (1977)
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
“If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the paths of worn businesses.” – John D. Rockefeller
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasoning for existing, never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Work like you don't need the money; Love like you've never been hurt; Dance like nobody's watching.” – Anonymous
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all up hill, when the funds are low, and the debts are high and you want to smile but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest if you must – but don’t you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, as everyone of us sometimes learns, and many a failure turns about when he might have stuck it out and won the fight, don’t give up though the pace seems slow – you may succeed with another blow. Success is failure turned inside out – the silver tint on the clouds of doubt. You can never tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems so far; so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.” – Anonymous
“The test of progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937
“Get out there and fail a few times, then come back and we'll talk about getting you financed.” – Robert Koveleskie
“How can I ever thank you? Gushed a woman to Clarence Darrow, after he had solved her legal troubles. My dear woman, Darrow replied, ever since the Phoenicians invented money, there has only been one answer to that question.” – Anonymous
“The only true profit we have in this world is the kindness we have shown to others and what we have left behind for the gentrification of mankind.” – Robert T. Koveleskie
“For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as One who serves.” – Luke 22:27
The measure of greatness in the kingdom of God differs vastly from that of the world. Our society idolizes the rich, the powerful, the beautiful, and the athletic. We even make celebrities out of those who brazenly flaunt their immorality. The world claims it is demeaning to serve others.
However, God's kingdom completely rejects the world's measure for esteem, giving the greatest honor to the one who serves most. The person who serves selflessly, lovingly, without complaint, and without seeking recognition is highly regarded in the kingdom of God.
When Jesus and His disciples entered the upper room, the disciples looked for a prominent place to sit; Jesus looked for a place to serve. As they awkwardly waited to be served, Jesus took a towel and basin and washed their feet (John 13:1-15). We Christians like to refer to ourselves as servants, but we are seldom content to be treated as servants! We are tempted to adopt the world's evaluation of importance. But when we look to Jesus as our model, we see that it takes a far more noble character to serve than to be served.
The world will estimate your importance by the number of people serving you. God is more concerned with the number of people you are serving. If you struggle to be a servant, your heart may have shifted away from the heart of God. Ask Jesus to teach you selflessness and to give you the strength to follow His example. Watch for Jesus’ invitation to join Him in serving others. It will come.
by Countee Cullen
“Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.
Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, Nigger.
I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember. ”
“I promise, if you want to live a good and happy life, each day begin by internalizing the Prayer of Saint Francis and end the prayer asking God to bring you a troubled person who needs your help.” – Robert T. Koveleskie
Prayer of St. Francis
“Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there's doubt, true faith in you.
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, only light.
And where there's sadness, ever joy.
Oh, Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand.
To be loved as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we're born to eternal life.”
Advice from a Wise & Wealthy Man
At a meeting of international entrepreneurs, the key speaker, considered to be one of the wealthiest and wisest businessmen in the world was asked what he would do differently if he had his life to live over.
“I would have sent flowers to my wife. I was always too busy chasing after wealth and didn't realize that I had more than all the wealth in the world at home. I’m ashamed to tell you that with all the millions I’ve made; I have never once sent my wife a bouquet of flowers. I would give all my wealth to relive that opportunity. If you were to take with you any advice which I have given you today, this advice would be the greatest: When you leave this meeting, go to the nearest telephone and send your wife a bouquet of flowers with a note telling how much you love her.”
An old Cherokee is telling his grandson about a fight that is going on inside us. He said, “It is between 2 wolves. One is evil: anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one we feed.”
The Final Analysis
“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered. Forgive
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish and ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you may win some false friends and some enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight. Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good that you do today, people may forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best that you have and it may never be enough. Give the world the best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it was always between you and God. It was never between you and them, anyway.”
– Rudyard Kipling
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master,
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth, you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn– out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch– and– toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will, which says to them: Hold on!
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!”
There is Still Hope
“If you can look at the sunset and smile, then you still have hope.
If you can find beauty in the colors of a small flower, then you still have hope.
If you can find pleasure in the movement of a butterfly, then you still have hope.
If the smile of a child can still warm your heart, then you still have hope.
If you can see the good in other people, then you still have hope.
If the rain breaking on a rooftop can still lull you to sleep, then you still have hope.
If the sight of a rainbow still makes you stop and stare in wonder, then you still have hope
If the soft fur of a favored pet still feels pleasant under your fingertips, then you still have hope.
If you meet new people with a trace of excitement and optimism, then you still have hope.
If you give people the benefit of a doubt, then you still have hope.
If you still offer your hand in friendship to others that have touched your life, then you still have hope.
If receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise, then you still have hope.
If the suffering of others still fills you with pain and frustration, then you still have hope.
If you refuse to let a friendship die, or accept that it must end, then you still have hope.
If you look forward to a time or place of quiet and reflection, then you still have hope.
If you still buy the ornaments, put up the Christmas tree, or cook the turkey, then you still have hope.
If you still watch love stories or want the endings to be happy, then you still have hope.
If you can look to the past and smile, then you still have hope.
If, when faced with the bad, when told everything is futile,
You can still look up and end the conversation with the phrase…
Yeah… BUT… then you still have hope.
Hope is such a marvelous thing. It bends, it twists,
it sometimes hides, but rarely does it break. It sustains us when nothing else can.
It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we'd rather give in.
Hope puts a smile on our face when the heart cannot manage.
Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes cannot see it.
Hope moves us to act when our souls are confused of the direction.
Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and
nurtured, and something that will refresh us in return. And it can be found in each of us, and it can bring light into the darkest of places.
Never lose hope.”
– Max Ehrmann
“Go placidly amid the noise and haste. Remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons. They are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble. It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is. Many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.”
A Lesson in Life
“There was an Indian Chief who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.
If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, and fulfillment of your fall.
The moral to this story is: don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
So You Want to be Rich and Famous
Certainly, we must admit that here were gathered a group of the world's most successful people. At very least, they were who had found the secret of making money and were masters of the art of business. Now, let's take a look at the final page of their lives:
I will now leave you to your own thoughts. Aside from this, J.P. Getty, one of the wealthiest men in the world said, after being married eight times, he would give up all his wealth for the love of his first wife.
A Rose Within
“A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom and also the thorns. And he thought, how can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?
Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.
So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God– like qualities planted in us at birth grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.
Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the characteristic of love, to look at a person, and knowing his faults, recognize the nobility in his soul, and help him realize that he can overcome his faults. If we show him the rose, he will conquer the thorns. Then will he blossom, blooming forth thirty, sixty, a hundred– fold as it is given to him. Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses and not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for each other; only then can we bloom in our own garden.”
The New Colossus
by Emma Lazarus
“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea– washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon– hand
Glows worldwide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air– bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp! cries she
With silent lips. Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest– tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
There are several versions of the well– known statement attributed to the German anti– Nazi activist, Pastor Martin Niemöller (his family name can also be written without the umlaut as Niemoeller). The following is said, by someone who heard him speak at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur GA in 1959 (or 1960), to be what he actually said. However, a reader said this: The Nazi party did not come for the Jews until last. Correctly, the order is Communist, Socialist, Trade Unionist, then Jews, then Pastor Niemoller.
In Germany, they first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me—and by that time, no one was left to speak up.”
The Royal Path of Life – Aims and Aids to Success and Happiness 1882
by T.L. Haines & L.W. Yaggy
“More hearts pine away in secret anguish, for the want of kindness from those who should be their comforters, than for any other calamity in life. A word of kindness is a seed which, when dropped by chance, springs up a flower. A kind word and pleasant voice are gifts easy to give; be liberal with them; they are worth more than money. If a word or two will render a man happy, said a Frenchman, he must be a wretch indeed, who will not give it. It is like lighting another man's candle with your own, which loses none of its brilliancy by what the other gains. If all men acted upon that principle the world would be much happier than it is. Kindness is like a calm and peaceful stream that reflects every object in its just proportion. The violent spirit, like troubled waters, renders back the images of things distorted and broken, and communicates to them that disordered motion, which arises from its own agitation. Kindness makes sunshine wherever it goes; it finds its way into hidden chambers of the heart and brings forth golden treasures; harshness, on the contrary, seals them up forever. Kindness makes the mother's lullaby sweeter than the song of the lark, the care– laden brow of the father and man of business less severe in their expression. Kindness is the real law of life, the link that connects earth with heaven, the true philosopher's stone, for all it touches it turns to virgin gold; the true gold wherewith we purchase contentment, peace, and love. Write your name by kindness, love, and mercy on the hearts of the people you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten.
In the intercourse of social life it is by little acts of watchful kindness recurring daily and hourly – and opportunities of doing kindness, if sought for, are forever starting up – it is by words, by tones, by gestures, by looks, that affection is won and preserved.
How sweet are the affections of kindness! How balmy the influence of that regard which dwells around the fireside, where virtue lives for its own sake, and fidelity regulates and restrains the thirst for admiration, often a more potent foe to virtue than the fiercest lust; where distrust and doubt dim not the luster of purity, and where solicitude, except for the preservation of an unshaken confidence, has no place, and the gleam of suspicion or jealousy never disturbs the harmony and tranquility of the scene, where paternal kindness and devoted filial affection blossom in all the freshness of eternal spring! It matters not if the world is cold, if we can turn to our own dear circle for the enjoyment for which the heart yearns. Lord Bacon beautifully says: If a man be gracious unto strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world, and his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins them.
There is nothing like kindness in the world. It is the very principle of love; an emanation of the heart which softens and gladdens, and should be inculcated and encouraged in all our intercourse with our fellow beings. It is impossible to resist continued kindness.
We may, in a moment of petulance or passion, manifest coldness to the exhibition of good will on the part of a new acquaintance; but let him persist, let him continue to prove himself really benevolent of heart, generously and kindly disposed, and we will find our stubborn nature giving way, even unconsciously to ourselves. If this be the result of kindness among comparative strangers, how much more certain and delightful will be the exercise of the feelings at home, within the charmed circle of friends and relatives? Home enjoyments, home affections, home courtesies, cannot be too carefully or steadily cultivated. They form the sunshine of the heart. They bless and sanctify our private circle. They become a source of calm delight to the man of business after a day of toil, they teach the merchant, the trader, the working man, that there is something purer, more precious even, than the gains of industry. They twine themselves around the heart, call forth its best and purest emotions and resources, enable us to be more virtuous, more upright, more Christian, in all our relations of life. We see in the little beings around us the elements of gentleness, of truth, and the beauty of fidelity and religion. A day of toil is robbed of many of its cares by the thought that in the evening we may return home and mingle with the family household. There, at least, our experience teaches us we may find confiding and loving bosoms, those who look up to and lean upon us, and those also to whom we may look for counsel and encouragement.
We say to our friends, one and all, cultivate the home virtues, the household beauties of existence. Endeavor to make the little circle of domestic life a cheerful, an intelligent, a kindly, and a happy one.
Whatever may go wrong in the world of business and trade, however arduous may be the struggle for fortune or fame, let nothing mar the purity of reciprocal love or throw into its harmonious existence the apple of discord.
He who neglects the trifles, yet boasts that, whenever a great sacrifice is called for, he shall be ready to make it, will rarely be loved. The likelihood is he will not make it; and if he does, it will be much rather for his own sake than for his neighbors. Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles, and kindness, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart, and secure comfort.
Give no pain. Breathe not a sentiment, say not a word, give not the expression of the countenance that will offend another, or send a thrill of pain to his bosom. We are surrounded by sensitive hearts, which a word or look even, might fill to the brim with sorrow. If you are careless of the opinions of others, remember that they are differently constituted from yourself, and never, by word or sign, cast a shadow on a happy heart, or throw aside the smiles of joy that linger on a pleasant countenance.
Many lose the opportunity of saying a kind thing by waiting to weigh the matter too long. Our best impulses are too delicate to endure much handling. If we fail to give them expression the moment they rise, they effervesce, evaporate, and are gone. If they do not turn sour, they become flat, losing all life and sparkle by keeping. Speak promptly when you feel kindly.
Deal gently with the stranger. Remember the severed cord of affection, still bleeding, and beware not to wound by a thoughtless act, or a careless word. The stranger! he, perchance, has lived in an atmosphere of love as warm as that we breathe. Alone and friendless now, he treasures the images of loved ones far away, and when gentle words and warm kisses are exchanged, we know not how his heart thrills and the hot tear drops start. Speak gently. The impatient word your friends may utter does not wound, so mailed are you in the impenetrable armor of love. You knew that it was an inadvertent word that both will forget in a moment after, or, if not, you can bear the censure of one, when so many love you; but keenly is an unkind remark felt by the lone and friendless one.
Like a clinging vine torn from its support, the stranger's heart begins to twine its tendrils around the first object, which is presented to it. Is love so cheap a thing in this world, or have we already so much that we can lightly cast off the instinctive affections thus proffered? Oh, do not!
To some souls, an atmosphere of love is as necessary as the vital air to the physical system. A person of such a nature may clothe one in imagination with all the attributes of goodness and make his heart's sacrifices at the shrine. Let us not cruelly destroy the illusion by unkindness!
Let the name of stranger be ever sacred, whether it be that of an honored guest at our fireside, or the poor servant girl in our kitchen; the gray– haired or the young; and when we find ourselves far from friends, and the dear associations of home, and so lonely, may some kind, some angel– hearted being, by sympathizing words and acts, cause our hearts to thrill with unspoken gratitude, and thus we will find again the bread long cast upon the waters.
Our friends we must prize and appreciate while we are with them. It is a shame not to know how much we love our friends, and how good they are, till they die. We must seize with joy all our opportunities; our duties we must perform with pleasure; our sacrifices we must make cheerfully, knowing that he who sacrifices most is noblest; we must forgive with an understanding of the glory of forgiveness, and use the blessings we have, realizing how great are small blessings when properly accepted.
Hard words are like hailstones in summer, beating down and destroying what they would nourish if they were melted into drops.
Kindness is stored away in the heart like roseleaves in a drawer to sweeten every object around them. Little drops of rain brighten the meadows, and little acts of kindness brighten the world. We can conceive of nothing more attractive than the heart when filled with the spirit of kindness. Certainly, nothing so embellishes human nature as the practice of this virtue; a sentiment so genial and so excellent ought to be emblazoned upon every thought and act of our life. The principle underlies the whole theory of Christianity, and in no other person do we find it more happily exemplified than in our Savior, who, while on earth, went about doing good. And how true it is that a little word in kindness spoken, a motion, or a tear, has often heal'd the heart that's broken, and made a friend sincere!”
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