At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
— Barbara Bush
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
— Helen Keller
Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives.
— Sara Paddison
Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.
— Ruth Gordon
Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.
— Grace Hansen
Each day is a new canvas to paint upon. Make sure your picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the day you don’t look at it and wish you had painted something different.
— Author Unknown
Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
— Groucho Marx
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
— George Washington Carver
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge — myth is more potent than history — dreams are more powerful than facts — hope always triumphs over experience — laughter is the cure for grief — love is stronger than death.
— Robert Fulghum
I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
— Anaias Nin
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
— Katharine Hepburn
If you want to know the past, to know what has caused you, look at yourself in the PRESENT, for that is the past’s effect. If you want to know your future, then look at yourself in the PRESENT, for that is the cause of the future.
— Majjhima Nikaya
It’s never too late—in fiction or in life—to revise.
— Nancy Thayer
Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.
— Blaise Pascal
Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.
— Ralph Marston
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
— Betty Smith
Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life.
— Sophia Loren
Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.
— Author Unknown
Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
— Ralph Blum
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
— Dale Carnegie
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
— John Quincy Adams
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
— Dalai Lama
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
— Allan K. Chalmers
The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re alive.
— Orlando A. Battista
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
— Lady Dorothy Nevill
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
— Alice Walker
The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers, and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.
— Phyllis Bottome
Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.
— Faith Baldwin
To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun?
— Katherine Graham
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
— Fredrick Koeing
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, never give up then, for that is just the time that the tide will turn.
— Harriet Beecher Stowe
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.
— Thich Nhat Hahn
Whoever I am and whatever I am doing, some kind Excellence is within my reach.
— John W. Gardiner
You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.
— Mary Tyler Moore
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love, but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday.