Quotes for my sons to remember


We make a living by what we get,   but we make a life by what we give. 
 ~~Norman MacEwan

“You’ve got to stand for something or you will fall for anything” 

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. 

Most look up and admire the stars. A champion climbs a mountain and grabs one.  ~~Unknown

 Risk more than others think is safe. 
 Care more than others think is wise. 
 Dream more than others think is practical. 
 Expect more than others think is possible. 
 ~Cadet Maxim, USMA, West Point, NY 

 ”If a man hasn’t found anything he will die for he isn’t fit to live”

 Choice not chance determines ones destiny.

 “I never thought i always knew i’d look back on my tears and laugh, but i never knew i’d look back on my laughter and cry” 

 Time.. alas.. there is no way to recover lost time, but you learn to make use of what is left once you realize what you have lost…
 ~Yvonne Hugli 

 The best way to predict the future is to create it

 A wise women once said: ” No one can help everybody, 
 but everybody can help somebody.”

 To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path and don’t worry about the darkness for that is when stars shine the brightest.

 What’s the difference between a hero and a coward? Nothing. They’re both afraid of getting hurt or dying, but it’s what the hero does that makes him a hero, and what the coward doesn’t do that makes him a coward.

 When fate closes a door go in through a window. 

 Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important
 –Unknown — 

 “Silent and listen are spelled with the same letters!” — 
 –Unknown — 

 “If your chair is broken … FIX IT”   -Victoria Froeer – 

 “People say “it will take a life time” to do a certain task .. but don’t we have life time!”     — Erin Skeen — 

 “There are winds that blow against us no matter where we go. but the baseball players look at that and says “maybe it will help the ball over the fence in the left field.” ” –Ben Sumner — 

 “While pursuing our endeavors for tomorrow, we dare not forget the prospects of today.”  –Unknown 

 “Do Not Go Quietly Into The Night, Rage, Rage, Rage, Against The Dying Of The Light”   – Dylan Thomas 

 Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself. 
 –John Dewey 

 “There are always two choices, two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it is easy.”  –Unknown 

 Work like you don’t need the money,
 Dance like no one is watching,
 And love like you’ve never been hurt.

 “The way to do is to be”
 — Lao Tzu 

Having a dream that you don’t pursue,  Is like buying an ice cream cone and watching it melt all over your hand!

  “Its better to be silent and be called a fool than to speak and remove all doubt!” 
 — Anonymous

 “Faith isn’t faith until it is all you have.”

 Succeess is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming” 
 –John Wooden 

 It’s hard to lose your footing when your on your knees

 Don’t walk in front of me,
 I may not follow
 Don’t walk behind me,
 I may not lead
 Just walk beside me
 and be my friend.

 It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
 –Eugene Ionesco 

 To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed that can make life a garden.

 The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
 –Charles de Gaulle 

 Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and  know that everything in this  life has a purpose, there are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings  given to us to learn from.
 –Elizabeth Kubler-Ross 

 Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
 –George Eliot 

 Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  Henry Ward Beecher 

 “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” 
 — Derek Bok Ex-president of Harvard 

 I don’t know whether the world is run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.

 If it’s IN you to climb you must–there are those who MUST lift their eyes to the hills–they can’t breathe properly in the valleys.
 — L. M. Montgomery, _Emily of New Moon_ 

 The music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
 –Walter Lippmann 

 “My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”
 — Elaine Maxwell 

 “What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right.”

 We are a product of the choices we make, not the circumstances that we face. 
–Roger Crawford 

 Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional
 –Roger Crawford 

 “Your thoughts become your words.
 your words become  your actions.
 your actions become  your habits.
 your habits become your character.
 your character becomes your destiny.”

 “No one can make you inferior without your consent.”

 “If you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain.”

 “The past is history,
 The future is a mystery
 and now is a gift.
 That’s why we call it the present.”

 “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.” –Marcus Garvey 

 “Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.”
 –Robert M. Pirsig 

 “Life is like a grindstone – whether it grinds you down or polishes
 you up depends on what you’re made of.”

 “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. “Indeed, it’s the only thing that has.”
 –Margaret Meade 

 “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to death your right to say it ”

 “People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told
 that sorrow knows how to swim.”
 –Ann Landers 

 “Gray hair is God’s graffiti.”
 –Bill Cosby 

 “We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. ”
 — Titus Livius 

 “From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared or feared rather than loved. One might perhaps answer that we should wish to be both, but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved. ”
 — Machiavelli 

 “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. ” — Robert Louis Stevenson 

 “Even the boldest zebra fears the hungry lion. ”

 “We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. -”
 — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Letter to Viscount Halifax, June 19, 1941 

 “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. ”
 –Anthony Robbins 

 “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”
 –Anthony Robbins 

 “The past does not equal the future. ”
 –Anthony Robbins 

 “All people have fears, but the brave put down their fears and go forward, sometimes to death, but always to victory.”
 –motto of the King’s Guard in ancient Greece 

 “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
 –Carl W. Buechner– 

 “When we think of failure; Failure will be ours. If we remain undecided; Nothing will ever change. All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it. Never think of failure For what we think, will come about.”
 –Maharishi Mahesh Yogi– 

 “Where the determination is, the way can be found.”
 — George S. Clason 

 That which doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger”
 –Fredrich Nietzchen 

“Old age and treachery always wins over youth and skill!” 
 — Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings (lyrics to a song) 

 “A friend is someone who knows you as you are, understands where you’ve been, and still invites you to grow  –Unknown 

 Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. 
 –Mario Andretti, Italian professional race car driver 

Patience…patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.  Benjamin Disraeli

Opportunity…Some go through a forest and see no firewood.  English proverb

Experience…Experience is not what happens to you;  it is what you do
with what happens to you.  Aldus Huxley

Empowerment…Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can
change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  Margaret Mead

Adaptability…Today, loving change, tumult, even chaos is a prerequisite
for survival, let alone success. Thomas J. Peters

Inovation…Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old;
seek what they sought.  Basho from ‘Little Zen Companion”

Renewal…Out of every crisis comes a chance to be reborn.  Nena O’Neil

Imagination…When the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no
art.  Leonardo Da Vinci

Spirit…If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be
written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.  James A. Garfield