Quotes I admire that can help set your character!

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him ~ Audrey Hepburn

Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near ~ Sophocles

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you ~ Thomas Jefferson

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud ~ Sophocles

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart ~ Helen Keller

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal ~ E. Joseph Cossman

Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out ~ Iris Murdoch

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat ~ Ann Landers

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny ~ C S Lewis

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip ~ John Locke

When ambition ends, happiness begins ~ Thomas Merton

Observed duties maintain our credit; but secret duties maintain our life ~ John Flavel

I never think of the future–it comes soon enough ~ Albert Einstein

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance ~ Will Durant

Look: invest in what you understand, what’s foreseeably going to offer real value and returns, not necessarily what’s trendy ~ Donald Trump, Jr.

Without courage we will simply accumulate a collection of good ideas and regrets ~ Andy Stanley

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies ~ Groucho Marx

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream ~ C. S. Lewis

Did you ever notice that we only accept and deal with change when we are faced with catastrophe in our lives? Now that you know this, ask yourself what you want out of life and make the effort to change it now before disaster strikes you! ~ Coach Brian Zahn

Nuclear physics is much easier than tax law. It’s rational and always works the same way ~ Jerold Rochwald

Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic ~ Jean Sibelius

If you owe ten pounds to the Bank of England, you get thrown in jail, but if you owe a million pounds, they invite you to sit on the Board ~ Philippe Ries

Listening is the highest form of hospitality… not to change people but offering them space where change can take place ~ Henri Nouwen

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire ~ William Butler Yeats

Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy ~ Paracelsus

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful ~ Albert Schweizer

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream ~ C.S. Lewis

Dance like nobody is watching. Text and email like it will be read in court someday ~ Unknown
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong ~ Abraham Lincoln

You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves ~ Abraham Lincoln

Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest ~ unknown


The purpose of communicating is to convey ideas and meaning. The art of communicating is to convey the heart behind the ideas and meaning. But, it is not enough to just convey ideas, meaning and the heart behind them because it must be a heart worth emulating ~ Craig Stellpflug

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way ~ Richard Harding Davis

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved ~ Helen Keller

Any intelligent fool can make things more complex and violent; it takes a true genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction ~ Albert Einstein

Rational free spirits are the light brigade who go on ahead and reconnoiter the ground which the heavy brigade of the orthodox will eventually occupy ~ G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny ~ unknown

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain ~ unknown

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present ~ B. Olatunji

An idea that is clear and precise even though false will always have greater power in the world than an idea that is true but complex ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Injustice Anywhere Affects Justice Everywhere ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do ~ unknown

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert , in five years there would be a shortage of sand ~ Milton Friedman

Liberty is to the collective body what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society ~ Thomas Jefferson

Reputation: What people who don’t know you personally think about you. Character: What people who do know you personally think about you ~ unknown

Understanding who you are requires years of consideration, experience and reflection. Accepting who you are takes courage, humility and time. Sharing that with someone else takes faith, trust, and love. Figuring out how to get all that right is why we are given a lifetime ~ Yuri Nielsen

Liberty is to the collective body what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society ~ Thomas Jefferson

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings ~ William Hodding Carter, Jr.

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson ~ Tom Bodett

If it is untrue, disregard it; if it is unfair don’t react to it; if it is ignorant, smile; and if it is justified, be smart enough to learn from it ~ Yuri Nielsen

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things ~ unknown

If the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it? ~ Philip Rubinov-Jacobson

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind ~ John Neal

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change ~ Dr Wayne Dyer

A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words ~ Phillips Brooks

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing ~ Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power ~ Abraham Lincoln

Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street ~ Elbert Hubbard

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved ~ Helen Keller

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest ~ Hermann Hesse

The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character ~ Isabelle Eberhardt

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one ~ James A. Froude

Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs ~ Joan Didion

I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There’s a vanity to candor that isn’t really worth it. Be kind ~ Richard Greenberg,

If you don’t have solid beliefs you cannot build a stable life. Beliefs are like the foundation of a building, and they are the foundation to build your life upon ~ Alfred A. Montapert

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing ~ Enrique Jardiel Poncela

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road ~ John Henry Jowett

Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries ~ José Ortega y Gasset

The best way to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence ~ Charles Austin Beard

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated ~ William James

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones ~ Bertrand Russell

Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money without spending it, and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even ~ Ann Landers

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them ~ Francis Bacon

Tough times don’t last… Tough people do ~ unknown

Blessed are those who can give without remembering
And take without forgetting ~ unknown

And to say that society ought to be governed by the opinion of the wisest and best, though true, is useless. Whose opinion is to decide who are the wisest and best? ~ Thomas Babington Macaulay

You’ll never be lonely if you learn to befriend yourself ~ unknown

This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him ~ William Lyon Phelps

If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience ~ Edward Rickenbacker

The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny — it is the light that guides your way ~ Heraclitus

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects ~ Robert A. Heinlein

The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, ‘I was wrong.’ ~ Sydney J. Harris

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wisdom

All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.
Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.
To be pleased with one’s limits is a wretched state.

Mark Twain Humor

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
All generalizations are false, including this one.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.
Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.
As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Better a broken promise than none at all.

Will Rogers Humor

Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock.
A fool and his money are soon elected.
About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation.
Our Constitution protects aliens, drunks, and U.S. Senators.
Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.
Politics is applesauce.
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it… You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him “father.”
There ought to be one day—just one—when there is open season on senators.
The country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
If I studied all my life, I couldn’t think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of Congress.
There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what’s going to happen to us with both a Senate and a House?
I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.
I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that’s out always looks the best.
The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.
On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.
The man with the best job in the country is the Vice President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, “How’s the President?”
An economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s.
Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing — and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.
If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?

Mark Twain Quotes

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.
A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.

Children Learn What They Live With

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Faith Quotes

Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness ~ Pearl S. Buck

If serving is below you, leadership is beyond you ~ unknown

If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity ~ C.S. Lewis

Transformation is serious business. Most believers are living in the bare margins of what God actually desires to do for them ~ Lance Wallnau

Every church is a congregation of sinners…and if that isn’t bad enough, they all have sinners for pastors ~ Eugene Peterson

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults… ~ F. Douglass

…they hate the truth for the sake of whatever it is that they love in place of the truth. They love truth when she shines on them; and hate her when she rebukes them ~ Augustine of Hippo

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you ~ Walt Whitman

Grace never seems fair until you need a little ~ Bob Goff

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger ~ Saint Basil

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes ~ A. A. Milne

Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts them ~ Paul Harvey

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Your past doesn’t define you; Jesus’ love does ~ Jarrid Wilson

Holiness is not the way to Christ. Christ is the way to holiness ~ Adrian Rogers

The Holy Spirit never draws attention to Himself. He always points to and reveals Jesus ~ John Paul Warre

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way ~ Walter Hagen

Lord, please do us a massive favor. Make sin appear utterly ugly and exceedingly sinful to us ~ Bob Sorge

If being hurt by church causes you to lose faith in God, then your faith was in people not in God ~ Larry Bluford Jr

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house ~ George Carlin

Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don’t work ~ James J. Frey

Love has no errors, for all errors are the want for love ~ William Law

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing ~ Albert Schweitzer

I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch ~ Ella Maillart

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone ~ Audrey Hepburn

Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame, if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago ~ John Wesley

Jesus didn’t say, “Follow Christians.” He said, “Follow me.” ~ unknown

The child of God must be completely obedient to the word of the LORD. The driver on the highway is safe, not when he reads the signs, but when he obeys them ~ A.W. Tozer

Faith must be tested, because it can only become your intimate possession through conflict ~ Oswald Chambers

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs ~ Charlotte Bronte

God isn’t sanctifying us so we will be strong enough to not need Him, He is sanctifying us all the time and forever, because we always need Him! ~ Grace Caylor

We became Christians by faith in Jesus, we stay Christians by faith in Jesus, and we grow as Christians by faith in Jesus ~ J.C. Ryle

This generation has forgotten that the gospel message does not clean up and shine the outside of a person, rather it bores into the very heart and soul of a person and radically changes that person from the inside forever ~ A. W. Tozer

You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep others warm ~ Penny Reid

One way to get high blood pressure is to go mountain climbing over molehills ~ Earl Wilson

Don’t say God has been silent when your Bible has been closed ~ Toby Mac

God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him ~ Hudson Taylor

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not ~ Valerie Bertinelli

There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together ~ Josh Billings

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Stop trying to make everybody happy. You aren’t chocolate ~ Toby Mac

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I consider the success of my day based on the seeds I sow, not the harvest I reap ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

The early church had no building, no money, and no political influence. And they turned the world upside-down ~ J. D. Greear

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important ~ unknown

Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause … pray ~ unknown

I take refuge in the fact that while I don’t know everything, I do know Someone who does! ~ A.W. Tozer

Be selective in your battles; sometimes peace is better than being right ~ unknown

A bar of iron costs $5, made into horseshoes its worth is $12, made into needles its worth is $3500, made into balance springs for watches, its worth is $300, 000. Your own value is determined also by what you are able to make of yourself ~ unknown

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest ~ unknown

A disappointment can sometimes be a divine appointment in disguise ~ Lysa Terkeurst

Every calling is great when greatly pursued ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Wedding vows are not a declaration of present love but a mutually binding promise of future love ~ Tim Keller

Be much in secret prayer. Converse less with man, and more with God ~ George Whitefield

Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is ~ Mahatma Gandhi

If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to ~ unknown

Gentleness is not a lack of strength; gentleness is strength under control ~ Voddie T. Baucham Jr.

It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts ~ Robert H. Schuller

When they can not do what they want to do by force and deceit, at length they go about to accomplish it by a show of law ~ Hypocrites

God doesn’t hand out medals for performance. He hands out crowns for perseverance ~ Holley Gerth

May your life preach more loudly than your lips ~ William Ellery Channing

Your wounds will either become walls of offense or windows of revelation depending on how you respond ~ unknown

God doesn’t love a future version of you. He loves you ~ Matt Chandler

I hate when people refer to faith in Jesus as a crutch. Nope! A crutch is for a limp. I was dead and needed a resurrection ~ Louie Giglio

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught ~ Honore de Balzac

Blowing out someone else’s candle does not make yours shine any brighter ~ Toby Mac

The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will make you an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you ~ Werner Heisenberg

Religion says: God will love us if we change. The Gospel says: God’s love changes us ~ unknown

Discussions are always better than arguments because an argument is to find out who is right, and a discussion is to find what is right ~ unknown

A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them ~ M. D. Arnold

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit ~ Arnold Glasow

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it ~ Edith Wharton

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm ~ Publilius Syrus

Lions don’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep ~ John G. Stevens

Weep deeply over the life you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Then wash your face. Trust God. And embrace the life you have ~ John Piper

To know God is to know that our obedience is due to Him ~ C. S. Lewis

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable ~ Joseph Addison

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal ~ Steve Maraboli

You’re either a missionary or a mission field ~ Loren Cunningham

Disagreements don’t cause disunity, a lack of forgiveness does ~ Loren Cunningham

The way you discover your gifts is really by serving not by searching ~ Loren Cunningham

If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

God’s primary objective is not to make our lives easy but to make our lives matter ~ unknown

Huge waves that would frighten an ordinary swimmer produce a tremendous thrill for the surfer who has ridden them. The things we try to avoid and fight against— tribulation, suffering, and persecution— are the very things that produce abundant joy in us. A saint doesn’t know the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it ~ Oswald Chambers

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The person who sows seeds of kindness enjoys a perpetual harvest ~ unknown

If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend whom you hate ~ unknown

There are two kinds of love. Our love. God’s love. But God makes both kinds of them ~ unknown

You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget ~ unknown

Bearing one another’s burdens is not easy, but it is also not optional ~ Francis Chan

If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself ~ Saint Augustine

The gospel spreads as a seed, not a potted plant ~ unknown

When one door closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us ~ Helen Keller

God whispers in your soul and speaks to your mind. Sometimes when you don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at you. It’s your choice: Listen to the whisper, or wait for the brick! ~ unknown

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there ~ TobyMac

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things ~ John Burroughs

Biblical Faith: It’s not a leap into the dark; rather it is a step into the light ~ unknown

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness ~ John Steinbeck

God invites us to come as we are, not to stay as we are ~ Tim Keller

Sleep in peace tonight. God is bigger than anything you will face tomorrow ~ Dave Willis

That substance or behavior you’re addicted to is not your friend. It’s your Judas kissing your cheek so it can hand you over to your killing ~ Beth Moore

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured ~ Mark Twain

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything ~ George Bernard Shaw

If you practice thankfulness consistently, negative thought patterns will gradually grow weaker and weaker ~ Sarah Young

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

When a friend trusts you enough to pour out heart, soul, and troubles to you, you are standing on holy ground ~ Sarah Young

He who can give thanks for little will always find he has enough ~ unknown

If a dying Savior could bring us to God’s grace, surely a living Savior can keep us in His grace ~ John MacArthur

Bad Predictions

Who in their right mind would ever need more than 640k of ram!? ~ Bill Gates, 1981

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons ~ Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers ~ Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and

I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year ~ The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

But what … is it good for? ~ Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home ~ Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us ~ Western Union internal memo, 1876.

The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular? ~ David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s

The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible ~ A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? ~ H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper ~ Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone With The Wind”

A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make ~ Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out ~ Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible ~ Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895

Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy ~ Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859

Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau ~ Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University , 1929

Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value ~ Marecha Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre

Everything that can be invented has been invented ~ Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction ~ Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse , 1872

The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon ~ Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873


  1. Faith is the ability to not panic.
  2. If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry.
  3. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.
  4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
  5. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.
  6. Do the math. Count your blessings.
  7. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
  8. Dear God: I have a problem. It’s me!
  9. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
  10. Laugh every day, it’s like inner jogging.
  11. The most important things in your home are the people.
  12. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.
  13. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
  14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.
  15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead.
  16. We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.
  17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise it’s just hearsay.
  18. It’s all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
  19. Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The goal and dreams you’re seeking require courage and risk-taking. Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks out its neck.
  20. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.


To realize the value of a sister ask someone who doesn’t have one
To realize the value of ten years ask a newly divorced couple
To realize the value of four years ask a graduate
To realize the value of one year ask a student who has failed a final exam
To realize the value of nine months ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn
To realize the value of one month ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby
To realize the value of one week ask an editor of a weekly newspaper
To realize the value of one minute ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane
To realize the value of one-second ask a person who has survived an accident.

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