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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas Edison

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you're going to do now - and do it.
William Durant

The difference between can and cannot are only three letters. Three letters that determine your life's direction.

Positive thinking is expecting, talking and visualizing with certainty what you want to achieve, as an accomplished fact.

Riches, mediocrity and poverty begin in the mind.

Fill your mind with light, happiness, hope, feelings of security and strength, and soon your life will reflect these qualities.


The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves."
Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for."
Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)


One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.
John Wanamaker

One must learn by doing the thing. For though you think you know it, you have no certainly until you try.

One of the beauties of teaching is that there is no limit to one's growth as a teacher, just as there is no knowing beforehand how much your students can learn.
Herbert Kohl

Do you want to improve, want to get better? You might need to make some changes.
For example:
1. What can you start doing? . . . (Write a list)
2. What can you stop doing? . . . (Write a list)
3. What can you change? . . . (Write a list)
You'll be amazed how minor adjustments can generate major results for you. Don't back into 2007, light the torch within you and leap into the New Year. Stop thinking and start doing. Action always overpowers procrastination! Why be good, when you can be great! Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

Lord Chesterfield


  Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.

We listened to what our customers wanted and acted on what they said. Good things happen when you pay attention.
John F. Smith:

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.
Dale Carnegie

Who speaks, sows; who listens, reaps.

"Only if we can restrain ourselves is good conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline."
John Erskine


  Again the important point to remember is that you should keep asking yourself questions. Do not make statements. Ask questions to yourself. The mind hates that.
Robert Adams

The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.
Dag Hammarskjold  



  "This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well."
Sir Francis Bacon

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them.
Charles Caleb Colton

If we miraculously became the people we hate, how lovable we would find ourselves.


  Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Albert Schweitzer

"For good or ill, your conversation is your advertisement. Every time you open your mouth you let men look into your mind. Do they see it well clothed, neat, business wise?"
Bruce Barton

Success depends on the support of other people. The only hurdle between you and what you want to be is the support of others.
David Joseph Schwartz


  When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.

When we hurt each other we should write it down in the sand, so the winds of forgiveness can make it go away for good. When we help each other we should chisel it in stone, lest we never forget the love of a friend.
Christian H. Godefroy

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
W. Somerset Maugham

Where there are friends, there is wealth.
Titus Muccius Plautus

Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Dale Carnegie


  To have read the greatest works of any great poet, to have beheld or heard the greatest works of any great painter or musician, is a possession added to the best things in life.
Algernon Charles Swinburne

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
James McNeill Whistler

Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.
Jean Arp

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.
Ayn Rand

Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.
Lindsay Anderson

"Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry."
Charles Baudelaire, French poet (1821-1867)


  Playing a sport can build health, character and friendships and better family ties.

Sports not only build character they reveal it too.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.


  If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
Bertrand Russell

A holiday gives one a chance to look backward and forward, to reset oneself by an inner compass.


  Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Peter Drucker

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
Alan Lakein



Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
George Bernard Shaw

Unlike other resources, time cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or stolen, stocked up or saved, manufactured, reproduced, or modified. All we can do is make use of it. And whether we used it or not, it nevertheless slips away.
Jean Louis Servan Schreiber

We all have 60 seconds a minute, 60 minutes an hour 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Successfully use time and do not fritter it away. Do not allow time thieves to take it away. Some of these thieves are television, visitors, telephone calls, magazines, newspapers, visiting relatives, friends, family etc. Do not allow others to control your time and prevent you from using it as you desire. Track all time use for a week and see what you discover.


  Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself - it is the occurring which is difficult.
Stephen Leacock

  He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat.
Robert Estabrook

In business, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.
Chester L. Karrass

My father said: "You must never try to make all the money that's in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won't have many deals.
J. Paul Getty

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people half way.
Henry Boyle


  Everything can be improved.
C. W. Barron

If standard of living is your major objective, quality of life almost never improves, but if quality of life is your number one objective, your standard of living almost always improves.
Zig Ziglar

Quality begins on the inside... and then works its way out.
Bob Moawad

Quality is everyone's responsibility.
W. Edwards Deming

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
William A. Foster

  One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams

This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man - if man is not enslaved by it.
Jonas Salk


  As we go forward, I hope we're going to continue to use technology to make really big differences in how people live and work.
Sergey Brin

Paper is no longer a big part of my day. I get 90% of my news online, and when I go to a meeting and want to jot things down, I bring my Tablet PC. It's fully synchronized with my office machine so I have all the files I need.
Bill Gates

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.  
Albert Einstein

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. 
Aldous Huxley


  To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.
George Kneller

We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.
Benjamin Disraeli

We know where most of the creativity, the innovation, the stuff that drives productivity lies - in the minds of those closest to the work.
Jack Welch

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein


  Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free - and worth a fortune.
Sam Walton  

  Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
Andrew Carnegie

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
Vincent Lombardi

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


  Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
Clarence Thomas

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
Josh Billings

To have respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have a deference for others governs our manners.
Lawrence Sterne

Don't reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can't have two sets of manners, two social codes - one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people.
Lillian Eichler Watson

Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened.
Stanley Walker

Manners make the man.
William of Wykeham (1324 - 1404), Motto of Winchester College and New College, Oxford


  Habit is second nature, or rather ten times nature.
William James

Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.

Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels.
Orison Swett Marden

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

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.
Stephen Covey

Sow a thought, and you reap an act;/ Sow an act, and you reap a habit;/ Sow a habit, and you reap a character;/ Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
Charles Reader


  “Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”

“Life is best enjoyed when time periods are evenly divided between labor, sleep, and recreation...all people should spend one-third of their time in recreation which is rebuilding, voluntary activity, never idleness.”

“…for when men labor they keep out of mischief. You remember the old proverb--An idle mind is the Devils workshop...”

“To work is to pray.”
26. FOOD

  “Food is the most primitive form of comfort.”
Sheilah Graham (1904-1988)

"Enchant, stay beautiful and graceful, but do this, eat well. Bring the same consideration to the preparation of your food as you devote to your appearance. Let your dinner be a poem, like your dress."
Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888)

"Make [food] simple and let things taste of what they are."
Curnonsky (Maurice Edmond Sailland), French writer (1872-1956)

"All I ask of food is that it doesn't harm me."
Michael Palin (Monty Python's Flying Circus)

"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food."

"Food is an important part of a balanced diet."
Fran Lebowitz, 'Food for Thought and Vice Versa'



A good cook is the peculiar gift of the gods. He must be a perfect creature from the brain to the palate, from the palate to the finger's end.
Walter Savage Landor

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
Harriet Van Horne

Savory seasonings stimulate the appetite.
Latin Proverb

Fish, to taste right, must swim three times -- in water, in butter and in wine.
Polish Proverb

A good meal makes a man feel more charitable toward the world than any sermon.
Arthur Pendenys

Fervet olla, vivit amicitia: While the pot boils, friendship endures. (Meaning the man who gives good dinners has plenty of friends).
Latin Proverb

Cookery has become a noble art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen.
Robert Burton

The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.
Madam Benoit


  I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man.
Henry David Thoreau

Filthy water cannot be washed.
African Proverb      

  If you drink, don't drive.
Dave Barry

Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony.
Oscar Wilde


  If we see you smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.
Douglas Adams

If you must smoke, take your butt outside.
Author Unknown


  Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
English Proverb

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.

A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.


  “He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured”

“The purpose of medicine is to prevent significant disease, to decrease pain and to postpone death... Technology has to support these goals-if not, it may even be counterproductive.”

Your lifestyle - how you live, eat, emote, and think - determines your health. To prevent disease, you may have to change how you live.”

  “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

  In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men.

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.

Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible. Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies.
C. Jeff Miller

In the sick room, ten cents' worth of human understanding equals ten dollars' worth of medical science.
Martin H. Fischer


  The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Bert Leston Taylor

Someone's boring me. I think it's me.
Dorothy Parker

A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
George Saunders

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


  If taking vitamins doesn't keep you healthy enough, try more laughter: The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
Nicolas-Sebastien Chamfort]

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
Arnold Glasow

Laughter is part of the human survival kit.
David Nathan

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
--Jean Houston

Laughter is the most healthful exertion.
Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland


  For rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose, and loosen a joint that is too rigid.
-Hippocrates, The "Father of Modern Medicine"

The object of massage is to disperse the effete matters found in the muscles and not expelled by exercise.

  No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap.
Carrie Snow

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
Irish Proverb


  Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
Soren Kierkegaard

The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.
James Russell Lowell


"Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier."
Dorothea Brande


  When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.
Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika

A healthy mind has an easy breath.

Smile, breathe and go slowly.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Breath is Spirit. The act of breathing is Living.

For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.
Sanskrit Proverb


  Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.

To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Benjamin Franklin

Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
Bernard M. Baruch

To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart - and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love.


  Plant the seed of meditation and reap the fruit of peace of mind.

Meditation and concentration are the way to a life of serenity.

Meditation is the gateway, through which you arrive to the world of freedom.

When calm your mind and your senses, you become conscious of your always-present inner Self.

All techniques and methods of inner development have a common goal. They all aim towards freedom and enlightenment.


  One man all by himself is nothing. Two people who belong together make a world.
Hans Margolius

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.

Relish love in your old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating!
Leo Buscaglia  

  An anniversary says, "Think of the dreams you have weathered together. They are intimate accomplishments."
Charles R. Swindoll

Many marriages would be better if the husband and wife clearly understood that they're on the same side.
Zig Ziglar

Marriage is a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
Beverly Nichols


  Music is the universal language.
John Wilson

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life .
Jean Paul

Music is love in search of a word.
Sidney Lanie

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley

  Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other - it doesn't matter who it is - and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.
Mother Teresa

If you smile while you talk, you make people happy.

  Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
From a headstone in Ireland

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Kahlil Gibran

To live in hearts we leave behind. Is not to die.
Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground"

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
Kenji Miyazawa

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.
John Taylor

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
Author Unknown

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
William Penn



Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.
Leo Buscaglia

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) German-American poet and novelist

A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.
William John Bennett

Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.
Helen Keller


  You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
Lewis B. Smedes

One forgives to the degree that one loves.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld.

The best way to have the last word is to apologize.


  To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower... hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour...
William Blake

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

Happiness comes from within.

Your attitude decides whether you are happy or not. You can change your attitude.

Look at the happy side of life, and you will develop the happiness habit.

Choose happiness, concentrate on happiness and you will find it everywhere.

Pleasure comes from the outside, happiness from the inside.Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore… Dream …Discover.
Mark Twain

Never for the sake of getting a living forget to live.
Margaret Fuller

Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for.Happiness is something you design.
Jim Rohn


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

One person caring about another represents life's greatest value.
Jim Rohn

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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