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The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day. –M. Grundler

I hope my child will be a good Catholic like me. — Madonna, Pastor’s Weekly Briefing, 3 May, 1996, p. 2

You don’t raise kids. You raise carrots. You sponsor kids. — Jess Lair

The only reason I always try to meet and know the parents better is because it helps me forgive their children. — Louis Johannot

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. — Harry S. Truman

If you wish to leave much wealth to your children, leave them in God’s care. Do not leave them riches, but virtue and skill. For if they learn to expect riches, they will not mind anything besides, and their abundant riches shall give them the means of screening the wickedness of their ways. — John Chrysostom

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. — Mark Twain

Children can withstand a lot of pressure and trial from the outside if the home inside is held steady by parents whose character is steady. — Stuart Briscoe

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived lives of the parents. — Carl Jung

My own generation of Americans (baby boomers) suffers from a particularly virile form of narcissism. In our quest for personal fulfillment, we have failed to both teach and know our children well. Truly, our deprioritization of our own offspring is one of the great tragedies of late twentieth century America. The effects are staggering, and I’m not just talking about broken homes. It goes much deeper than that. The cessation of intergenerational narrative is at the core. The exchange of story has been one of the most important roles of family life. But getting involved in that exchange means sacrificing time, listening, and value that our children are actually worth the effort.”  — Quote on One Small Barking Dog in an interview with theologian/worshipleader/author Sally Morgenthaller


Most of us would be willing to pay as we go if we could just finish paying for where we’ve been. — Ann Landers


Our office is a ministry of grace and salvation.
It subjects us to great burdens and labors, dangers and temptations,
with little reward or gratitude from the world.
But Christ himself will be our reward if we labor faithfully. — Martin Luther

Qualities the world looks for in a preacher:
He must have a fine accent.
He must be learned.
He must be eloquent.
He must be a handsome person.
He must take no money, but have money to give.
He must tell people what they want to hear.
Qualities and virtues of a good preacher:
Able to teach in a right and orderly way.
A good head.
A good voice.
A good memory.
Know when to stop.
Be sure of his material and be diligent.
Stake body and life, goods and honor on it.
Suffer himself to be vexed and flayed by everyone.
— Martin Luther

The pastor should always be pure in thought, inasmuch as no impurity ought to pollute him who has undertaken the office of wiping away the stains of pollution in the hearts of others… for the hand that would cleanse from dirt must be clean, lest, being itself sordid with clinging mire, it soil whatever it touches all the more. — Gregory the Great

A dead ministry will always make a dead people, whereas if ministers are warmed with the love of God themselves, they cannot but be instruments of diffusing that love among others. This, this is the best preparation for the work whereunto you are to be called. Learning without piety will only make you more capable of promoting the kingdom of Satan. Henceforward, therefore, I hope you will enter into your studies not to get a parish, nor to be polite preachers, but to be great saints. — George Whitefield


I am an optimistic fatalist. This world and all its beginnings will pass on into something better. — George MacDonald

A great good is coming — is coming — is coming to thee, Anados. — George MacDonald, from the novel Phantastes ends with the leaves of trees whispering.

Instead of crushing the power of evil by divine force; instead of compelling justice and destroying the wicked; instead of making peace on the earth by the rule of a perfect prince; instead of gathering the children of Jerusalem under His wings whether they would or not, and saving them from the horrors that anguished His prophetic soul — He let evil work its will while it lived; He contented himself with the slow un-encouraging ways of help essential; making men good; casting out, not merely controlling Satan… Throughout His life on earth, He resisted every impulse to work more rapidly for a lower good — strong, perhaps, when He saw old age and innocence and righteousness trodden under foot. — George MacDonald

Two vices are opposed to the virtue of patience: insensibility and impatience. Insensibility leaves a person unmoved by human suffering, and impatience is an adamant refusal to endure sorrow. — Patrice J. Tuohy


Anxious nothing, prayerful anything, thankful everything, peace. — 1st Century summary Philippians

Let him who desires peace prepare for war. – Vegetius,375

One sword keeps another in the sheath. – George Herbert, 1651

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided. – Theodore Roosevelt, 1913

We do not admire a man of timid peace. – Theodore Roosevelt, 1899

If you could once make up your mind in the fear of God never to undertake more work of any sort than you can carry on calmly, quietly, without hurry or hurry, and the instant you feel yourself growing nervous, like one out of breath would stop and take breath, you would find this simple common sense rule doing for you what no prayers or tears could ever accomplish. — Elizabeth Prentiss

This is an era of violent peace. – Adm. James D. Watkins, Dec. 7, 1986


A person’s a person, no matter how small. — Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who

If a man loses reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all life. — Albert Schweitzer


In my end is my beginning. — Geo. Eliot

Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts. — Winston Churchill

We think too small. Like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view. — Mau Tse-Tung


In the mighty power of God go on! — Geo. Fox

It is the last step that counts. It is the last stroke on the nail that counts. Many a prize has been lost just when it was ready to be plucked. — Unknown

Slump? I ain’t in no slump&ldots; I just ain’t hittin’. — Yogi Berra

My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and will never, never surrender to what is right. — Dan Quayle

Persistence is the hard work that you do after you are tired of doing the hard work you already did. — Newt Gingrich 

Perfection — Human

However much we may wish it, divine perfection does not set in at conversion. But divine infection does.” — Gordon Fee, Christianity Today, June 17, 1996, p. 22

Spend each moment perfecting the next, not correcting the last. –Scott Michael Durski


Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. –Woody Allen 

We must all go and work in the garden. — Voltaire

“veni, vedi, velcro” — “I came, I saw, I stuck around.”

There is in this world no such force as the force of a man determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained. — W.E.B. DuBois

Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do. — John Wooden

Victory is the ability to fight five minutes longer than any other army in the world. — General Wellington

“Only he who sees the invisible can do the impossible.”

“I know of nothing more important than perseverance. Genius, — that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perseverance in disguise.” — Henry Austin

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrecorded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race. — Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge,

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. — Thomas Edison


The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.” — George Santayana

One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak. — G. K. Chesterton Source: Little Zen Companion, Schiller.

Success is not forever, and failure isn’t fatal.” — Don Shula

Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never.” — Winston Churchill

(After a political defeat, his wife commented) “Winston, it may well be a blessing in disguise” “At the moment, it seems quite efficiently disguised.” — Winston Churchill

When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute, and it’s longer than an hour. That’s relativity.” — Albert Einstein

Rule #1: Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Rule #2: It’s all small stuff. — Dr. Michael Mantell

Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger — Nietzsche

If your house is on fire, warm yourself by it. — Spanish Proverb

A few years ago I met an old professor at the University of Notre Dame. Looking back on his long life of teaching, he said with a funny twinkle in his eyes: ‘I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted, until I slowly discovered that my interruptions were my work.’

This is the great conversion in life: to recognize and believe that the many unexpected events are not just disturbing interruptions of our projects, but the way in which God molds our hearts and prepares us for his return. — Henri J. Nouwen, Out of Solitude, 1974


Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there. — Sydney J. Harris

What do they call a comedian who doesn’t get any laughs? A philosopher. — Phil Proctor


Long-range planning goes not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions. — Peter Drucker

The best plan is only a plan… unless it degerates into work. — Peter Drucker

The present time of believers is no longer determined by the past. It takes its definition from the future. — Jurgen Moltmann, theologian


Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. – G. K. Chesterton

Political Correctness

My daughter loves playing cowpersons and Indians.– Novelist Anne Roiphe


Politics: The only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. — Robert Lewis Stevenson

It’s tough being a politician. Half your reputation is ruined by lies. The other half if ruined by the truth. — Joe Hickman

The reason Congressmen try so hard to get reelected is that they would hate to have to make a living under the laws they’ve passed. — Unknown

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. — G. Bernard Shaw

Regarding a recently deceased politician: “I did not attend his funeral, but I wrote a letter saying approved of it.” — Mark Twain

The church&ldots;is not the master or servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.  -Ronald Reagan

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. -Ronald Reagan

[Because power corrupts] “Society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.” — John Adams, 18th century American Founding Father, second U.S. president

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Unknown

“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.” — Walter Lippmann, 20th-century American journalist, author and public philosopher

“If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that avarice, anger, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes.” — Sir Thomas More in the movie “A Man For All Seasons” (1966, screenplay by Robert Bolt)

“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” — George Washington, 18th-century American Founding Father and war hero, first U.S. president

“The people have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge – I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.” — John Adams, 18t-century American Founding Father, second U.S. president

“Character is the only secure foundation of the state.” — Calvin Coolidge, 20th-century American president

“A man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.” — Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine Renaissance writer and political adviser

“With all the power that a president has, the most important thing to bear in mind is this: You must not give power to a man unless, above everything else, he has character. Character is the most important qualification the president of the United States can have.” — Richard Nixon (from TV ad for Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964)

“All leaders must face some crisis where their own strength of character is the enemy.” — Richard Reeves, 20th-century American journalist and essayist

“In a president, character is everything. A president doesn’t have to be brilliant… He doesn’t have to be clever; you can hire clever… You can hire pragmatic, and you can buy and bring in policy wonks. But you can’t buy courage and decency, you can’t rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him. He needs to have, in that much maligned word, but a good one nonetheless, a “vision” of the future he wishes to create.. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn’t have the character – the courage and heart – to see it through.” — Peggy Noonan, 20th century American author, speech writer for U.S. President Ronald Reagan

“Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back upon himself.” — Charles DeGaulle, 20th century French general and president, founder of the Fifth Republic

“Politics ruins the character.” — Otto von Bismarck, 19th century German chancellor, founder of the German nation state

“Character is power.” — Booker T. Washington, late 19th century American educator

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” — Abraham Lincoln, 19th-century American president

“It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.” — Benjamin Franklin, 18th century American Founding Father, inventor and statesman

“Every person in America has done or said something that would keep him or her from being president. Maybe a nation that consumes as much booze and dope as we do and has our kind of divorce statistics should pipe down about ‘character issues.’ ” — P.J. O’Rouke, 20th-century American humorist and essayist

“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.” — Dr. Robert Jarvik, 20th-century American heart surgeon

“Political interest [can] never be separated in the long run from moral right.” — Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th century U.S. president (letter to James Monroe, 1806)

“I don’t like people who are in politics for themselves and not for others. You want that, you can go into show business.”  — Elvis Presley, 20th-century American celebrity singer

“There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.” — William Hazlitt, early 18th-century English essayist and literary critic

“You can only govern men by serving them.” — Victor Cousin

“A politician would do well to remember that he has to live with his conscience longer than he does with his constituents.” — Melvin R. Laird, 20th-century American secretary of defense

“Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” — Henry Adams, 19th-century American historian, memoirist and diplomat

“An election is a moral horror, as bad as battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned.” — George Bernard Shaw, 19th/20th century Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit

“Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.” — Ambrose Bierce, early 20th-century American journalist and writer (from the Devil’s Dictionary)

“Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.” — Charles de Gaulle, 20th-century French general and president, founder of the Fifth Republic

“Washington is a place where men praise courage and act on elaborate personal cost-benefit calculations.” — John Kenneth Galbraith, 20th-century North American economist, author and diplomat

“Never create by law what can be accomplished by morality.” —  Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu, 17th/18th century French jurist and political philosopher

“Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.” — Adlai Stevenson, 20th-century American politician, presidential candidate

“Har far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?” — Harry S Truman, 20th-century American president

“Politics is the art of controlling the environment.” — Hunter S. Thomson, 20th-century American journalist and writer

“Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors.” — Ralph Waldo  Emerson, 19th-century American essayist, public philosopher and poet


A decent provision for the poor is the true test of a civilization. — Samuel Johnson

Cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door. — William Blake

What we give to the poor… is what we carry with us when we die. — Peter Marin

Feasting on the bounty of the earth is not our sin. The pitfall comes as we eat in isolation from the needs of the poor. — Ken Sehested

From the very beginning, I thought that whatever God calls me to do, I need to be in a place where I can serve the poor. — Roger Foster

The essential difference between the unhappy, neurotic type person and him of great joy is the difference between get and give. — Erich Fromm

I’d like to live the life of a poor man — but with lots of money. — Pablo Picasso

We must see Christ in the disturbing disguise of the poor. — Mother Teresa

We realize that what we are accomplishing is a drop in the ocean. But if this drop were not in the ocean, it would be missed. — Mother Teresa

How can we embrace poverty as a way to God when everyone around us wants to become rich? Poverty has many forms. We have to ask ourselves, “What is my poverty?” Is it lack of money, lack of emotional security, lack of a loving partner, lack of security, lack of safety, lack of self-confidence? Each human being has a place of pverty. That’s the place where God wants to dwell! “How blessed are the poor,” Jesus says (Matthew 5:3). This means that our blessing is hidden in our poverty.
We are so inclined to cover up our poverty and ignore it that we often miss the opportunity to discover God, who dwells in it. Let’s dare to see our poverty as the land in which our treasure is hidden.  – Henri Nouwen.


The quality of an organization can never exceed the quality of the minds that make it up. –Harold R. McAlindon

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life. — Robert Louis Stevenson, Of Men and Books, 1882

If you treat an individual… as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. — Henry Ford Source: Harper Book of Quotations, Harper 1993

When I was a kid I was told that anybody could become President. I’m beginning to believe it! — Unknown

The message from the moon… is that no problem need any longer be considered unsolvable.” — Norman Cousins

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Alva Edison

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. — William Blake Source: Little Zen Companion, Schiller.

Imagination… it’s limits are only those of the mind itself. — Rod Serling

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! — Ann Frank

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning… — J.B. Priestley

A miracle is nothing more or less than this: Anyone who has come into a knowledge of his true identity, of his oneness with the all-pervading wisdom and power, this makes it possible for laws higher than the ordinary mind knows of to be revealed to him. — Ralph Trine

The theory of the indirect approach operates on the line of least expectation. — Liddel Hart

Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. — Goethe

If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay that way, but if you treat him as if he were what he could be, he will become what he could be. — Goethe

Large streams from the little fountains flow
Tall oaks from little acorns grow. — David Everett

Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.” — Horace Walpole

I would describe myself as a person who was so afraid of remorse and afraid of God, that he had to act in a way that other people called heroic.” — Vaclav Havel, Faith Under Fire.


There were times my pants were so thin, I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails. — Spencer Tracy

It’s no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be. – “Kin” Hubbard, 1915

When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die. – Jean-Paul Sartre, 1951

The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. – H.L. Mencken, 1956

How can we embrace poverty as a way to God when everyone around us wants to become rich? Poverty has many forms. We have to ask ourselves, “What is my poverty?” Is it lack of money, lack of emotional security, lack of a loving partner, lack of security, lack of safety, lack of self-confidence? Each human being has a place of pverty. That’s the place where God wants to dwell! “How blessed are the poor,” Jesus says (Matthew 5:3). This means that our blessing is hidden in our poverty.
We are so inclined to cover up our poverty and ignore it that we often miss the opportunity to discover God, who dwells in it. Let’s dare to see our poverty as the land in which our treasure is hidden.  – Henri Nouwen.


Power has two aspects… It is a social necessity… It is also a social menace. — Bertrand de Jouvenel

This is the bitterest pain among men, to have much knowledge but no power. – Herodotus, 30 B.C.

The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. – H.L. Mencken, 1956

Power is the great aphrodisiac. – Henry Kissinger, Jan. 19, 1971

Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power. – Malcolm X, 1956

Power does not corrupt.  Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power. -John Steinbeck


Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts, we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave. — Aristotle

That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing itself has changed but our power to do it is increased. — Emerson

All the maxims have been written. It only remains to put them into practice. — Blaise Pascal

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci

The key word for our time is practice. We have all the light we need, we just have to put it into practice. — Unknown


Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead. — Chinese Proverb

Those most conscious of another world have made the most effective Christians in this one. – C.S. Lewis

I’d rather know some of the questions than all of the answers. — James Thurber, Humorist

A soul occupied with great ideas best performs small duties. — Harriet Martineau

What really matter is what you do with what you have. — Shirley Lord

I rob banks because that’s where the money is. — Willie Sutton

Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile. — Mother Teresa

Love will always find a way to be practical.” — Joe White

Any kind of personal relationship with Christ which does not involve us with a suffering world for which Christ died is certainly an affront to the very Lord who is in His world suffering with all His people. — Bruce Larson, Dare to Live Now

If God does not enter your kitchen, there is something wrong with your kitchen. If you can’t take God into your recreation, there is something wrong with your play. We all believe in the God of the heroic. What we need most these days is the God of the humdrum, the commonplace, the everyday. — Peter Marshall, Sr.

Pray to God, but row for the shore. — Russian Proverb

Involvement in public life provides the opportunity to shape our manners in accordance with civil justice. — John Calvin


Every man needs one blind eye and one deaf ear so when people applaud, he will hear only half of it, and when people salute, you’ll only see a part of it. — C. H. Spurgeon

Believe only half of the praise and half of the criticism. — C. H. Spurgeon


True, whole prayer is nothing but love. — St. Augustine

Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but for wings! — Phillips Brooks

As we are involved in unceasing thinking, so we are called to unceasing prayer. — Henri J. Nouwen

A man is never so proud as when striking an attitude of humility! — C. S. Lewis

Our worst sin is prayerlessnss, because of what it says about who we really think is in charge of the church and the universe. God save us from the people who would renew the church and bring justice in the world without praying. Having he appearance of godliness, but denying its power, they are more dangerous than the wrongs they would set right. They will replace old evils with new evils, themselves. — P. T. Forsyth

Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth, but from falling in love. — Richard Foster

If you have so much business to attend to that you have no time to pray, depend upon it, you have more business than God ever intended you should have. — D. L. Moody

To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world. — Karl Barth

Pray as you can, not as you can’t. — Dom Chapman

Prayer — secret, fervent, believing prayer — lies at the root of all personal godliness. — William Cary

Pray as you can, not as you can’t. — Dom Chapman, quotes in Foster’s “Prayer: The Heart’s True Home

God has instituted prayer so as to confer upon his creatures the dignity of being causes. — Blaise Pascal

You pay God a great compliment by asking great things of Him.” – Teresa of Avila

A recent survey reveals that less than half of Norway’s clergy don’t have time to pray, and only about 75% say that daily prayer is important. – (“The Clergy’s Spiritual Life” by the National Church)

“Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art. Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country.”  Thomas Merton.


Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. — Mark Twain

There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice. – William Hazlitt, 1817

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. – William Hazlitt, 1839

It is never too late to give up our prejudices – Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story, 1937

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them. – Edward R. Morrow, Dec. 31, 1955

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. – Mark Twain, 1894


Preaching is not to inform but to transform. — Dr. Sundo Kim


I do not believe in fate that falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in fate that falls on them unless they act.
--G K Chesterton, _Generally Speaking_


Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. –Unknown

Better to be three hours too soon than one minute too late. — Shakespeare

Spend each moment perfecting the next, not correcting the last. –Scott Michael Durski

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. — John F. Kennedy

The future belongs to those who prepare for it. — Emerson

The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.” — David Lloyd George

When the time to perform arrives, the time to prepare is past. Chance favors only the mind that is prepared. — Louis Pasteur

As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. — Benjamin Disraeli

To prophesy is extremely difficult — especially with respect to the future. — Chinese Proverb

Facts are friendly. — J. Irwin Miller, retired chairman, Cummins Engine Co.


No pressure, no diamonds. –Mary Case

Present — Living in the Present

Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situations you believe to be the will of God. — Jim Elliot


Principle: A short statement based on long experience.


If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done. –Anonymous 

Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it. –Elias Schwartz 

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. — Goethe

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. — Stephen Covey

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. — Lin Yu Tang

Every man has only enough strength to complete those assignments that he is fully convinced are important. — Goethe

Problem Solving

“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one we have.” — Emile Chartier

“The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development.” — Alfred North Whitehead

“Four year olds are perhaps the greatest geniuses in our society; they are at the quintessence of their creativity. Then they enter school…” — Ray Rood

“To question a wise man is the beginning of wisdom.” — German proverb

For us the great men are not those who solved the problems, but those who discovered them. — Albert Schweitzer

Any new venture goes through the following stages: enthusiasm, complication, disillusionment, search for the guilty, punishment of the innocent, and decoration of those who did nothing. — Unknown


“Learn to eat problems for breakfast” — Alfred Armand Montapert

A problem is a chance to do your best. — Duke Ellington

“The basic problem most people have is that they are doing nothing to solved their basic problem.” — Bob Richardson

“The world now has so many problems that if Moses had come down from Mount Sinai today the two tables he’d carry would be aspirin.” — Robert Orben


Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today you can do it again tomorrow. — James A. Michener

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. — Mark Twain

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small parts. — Henry Ford

Procrastination takes a lot of work.


There are three ways to get things done: Do it yourself, hire someone, or absolutely forbid your kids to do it. — e. e. cummings

For new technology to replace old, it has to have at least ten times the benefit. — Peter Drucker

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” — Harry Emerson Fosdick


The person who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Money will come to you when you are doing the right thing. — Michael Philips


“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” — C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia


Help me to fling my life like a flaming firebrand into the gathering darkness of the world. — Albert Schweitzer

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. — Washington Irving

Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. — Albert Einstein

In the morning fix thy good purpose; and at night examine thyself what thou hast done, how thou hast behaved thyself in word, deed, and thought. — Thomas a Kempis

A man can do only what a man can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day. — Albert Schweitzer

The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going — David Starr Jordan

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” — Robert Byrne

Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

Many have the wrong idea about what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. — Helen Keller

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

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