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Handbook of Wisdom For Those In Transition
  • Outside show is poor substitute for inner worth.
  • The injury that we do and the one we suffer are not weighted in the same scales.
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Publius Terentius Afer
  • There is nothing so easy that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.
  • Draw from others the lesson that may profit yourself.
  • While there's life, there's hope.
Robert Anthony
  • We cannot live other people's lives or bear their burdens, no matter how much we love them.
  • Dependency is slavery by mutual agreement, It is degrading for both the person who is dependent and the person who is being depended upon. Both parties are equally lacking in self-reliance for such a relationship flourishes on mutual exploitation.
  • Once a person believes that something is true, whether or not it is, he then acts as if it were. He will instinctively seek to collect facts to support the belief no matter how false it may be.
Erma Bombeck
  • Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
  • Don't go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
  • If a man watches three football games in a row he should be declared legally dead.
  • The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
  • Have no friends not equal to yourself.
  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance.
Benjamin Disraeli
  • Man is not the creature of circumstances, Circumstances are the creatures of man.
  • Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
  • How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Peter Drucker
  • You can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle. Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable.
  • Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
  • Management by objectives works fine if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven't.
Albert Einstein
  • I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
  • I want to know God's thoughts ... the rest are details.
  • Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.
  • It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
  • The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out.
Quintus Horatius Flaccus
  • He has half the deed done, who has made a beginning.
  • It is at the mountaintop that the lightening strikes.
  • What cannot be removed, becomes lighter through patience.
Mohandas Gandhi
  • A "No" uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
  • Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
  • My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents, and I lay them both at his feet.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.
  • I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
  • Man's mind, streched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
Robert Green Ingersoll
  • In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.
  • The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
  • The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
William James
  • When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice.
  • Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.
  • The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life.
Franz Kafka
  • Only our concept of time makes it possible for us to speak of the Day of Judgement by that name; in reality it is a summary court in perpetual session.
  • There are two cardinal sins from which all the others spring: impatience and laziness.
  • Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise; because of impatience we cannot return.
Abraham Lincoln
  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.
The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Thomas Vincent Lombardi
  • The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
  • The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
  • The harder you work, the harder it is for you to surrender.
Alan Loy McGinnis
  • All of us have weaknesses. The trick is to determine which ones are improvable, then get to work on those and forget about the rest.
  • Those with a high level of confidence may have as many or more weaknesses than those with lower self-esteem. The difference is this: instead of dwelling on their handicaps, they compensate for them by dwelling on their strengths.
  • Usually it is not raw talent but drive that makes people successful.
Joe Namath
  • What I do is prepare myself until I know I can do what I have to do.
  • To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going.
  • When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche
  • The surest way to corrupt a young person is to teach them to esteem more highly those who think alike than those who think differently.
  • Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.
  • He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.
Jesse Owens
  • Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you'll start believing in it.
  • Life doesn't give you all the practice races you need.
  • The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us--that's where it's at.
Norman Vincent Peale
  • You are greater than anything that can happen to you.
  • Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.
  • Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Colin Powell
  • You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.
  • There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
  • Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
  • Criticizing another's garden doesn't keep the weeds out of your own.
  • The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.
  • A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
Will Rogers
  • Live you life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead.
  • In order to succeed, you must know what you are doing, like what you are doing, and believe in what you are doing.
  • Live so well that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  • Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
Theodore Roosevelt
  • It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.
  • The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
  • In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst you can do is nothing.
George Santayana
  • Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
  • Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
  • Repetition is the only form of permanence that nature can achieve.
  • Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
  • False words are not only evil in themselves, but they inflict the soul with evil.
  • He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
Patricia H. Sprinkle
  • What I can do is what I can do, and what I can do is enough.
  • Never sacrifice the important on the alter of the urgent.
  • If you don't decide how to spend your life, somebody else will decide for you.
Publilius Syrus
  • You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.
  • It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
  • It matters not what you are thought to be, but what you are.
Mother Teresa
  • God hasn't called me to be successful. He's called me to be faithful.
  • If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
  • We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
Henry David Thoreau
  • If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where you should be. Now put foundations under them.
  • Be not simply good; be good for something.
  • Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Mark Twain
  • Let us endeavour to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
  • Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.
  • If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
Unknown Author
  • Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.
  • The block of granite which is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
  • Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway.
Abigail Van Buren
  • If you want a place in the sun, you have to put up with a few blisters.
  • A bad habit never goes away by itself. It's always an undo-it-yourself project.
  • True, a little learning is a dangerous thing, but it still beats total ignorance.
  • Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
  • Doubt is not a pleasant mental state but certainty is a ridiculous one.
  • Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.
Denis Waitley
  • Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but from playing a poor hand well.
  • Everyone needs optimism.
  • It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.
Oscar Wilde
  • The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
  • A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
  • Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
John Wooden
  • Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
  • Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • Never let what you cannot do interfer with what you can do.
Zig Ziglar
  • In your hands you hold the seeds of failure - or the potential for greatness.
  • The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won't work - if you won't.
  • You can get everything you want out of life if you help enough other people get what they want.
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