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In my opinion, the teaching, rearing, and training of children
requires more intelligence, intuitive understanding, humility,
strength, wisdom, spirituality, perseverance, and hard work
than any other challenge we might have in life.
This is especially so when moral foundations of honor and decency
are eroding around us.
For us to have successful homes, values must be taught,
and there must be rules, there must be standards,
there must be absolutes.

James E. Faust

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau

The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself
and carry you away.
It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion.
It is the current which he puts forth,
which sweeps you along in his passion.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cherish your visions, your ideals, the music that stirs in your heart.
If you remain true to them, your world will at last be built

James Allen

Maci Usher

There are many things in life that will catch your eye,
but only a few will catch your heart ...
pursue those.


If you sing like an angel
but do it without love,
you'll never rise above the crowd.

If you chase after your goals
but forget your heart,
you'll always be answering to someone else.

If you follow the same path
without trying another,
you'll always be left wondering.

If you strive for perfection
but do it without heart,
your work will have no soul.

If you live your life
but do it without passion and purpose,
you'll always wonder
"What could have been?"

Jace Carlton

Don't ask yourself what the world needs,
ask yourself what makes you come alive,
and then go and do that.
What the world needs
is people who have come alive.

Harold Whitman

You must believe in what you're doing
otherwise you're just wasting your time.

Find a personal calling that you can be passionate about
and follow your heart.

In the end,
you'll be grateful you followed your heart,
rather than what someone else said you should do.

Jace Carlton

Find the truth in your life
and then live it

Find out where your heart belongs
and go there

Take the time to discover who you are
and give yourself to the world

Jace Carlton

The rules are simple.
Take your work, but never yourself, seriously.
Pour in the love and whatever skill you have,
and it will come out.

Chuck Jones

To live content with small means -
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion,
to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich -
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly,
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with an open heart -
to bear all cheerfully - do all bravely, await occasions - never hurry;
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.

William Ellery Channing

Life is like a piano.
Anyone can play a song through meaningless repetition,
but it takes passion to play a masterpiece.


Everyone should carefully observe
Which way his heart draws him
And then choose that way with all his strength.

Hasidic saying

When mindless, unchallenging, routine existence and safety
are blindly accepted and become unthinking goals,
there can be no authenticity,
because you and everyone else has a mission,
a purpose in life that cannot be denied if you are to live fully.
If you have no purpose, you have no passion.
If you have no passion, you have sold yourself out.
I know that, because I know that within each of us there are passions that,
if acknowledged and released,
will energize and excite the experience of life.

"Self Matters"
Dr. Phillip C. McGraw

A strong passion for any object will ensure success,
for the desire of the end will point out the means.

Ben Stein

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The strait and narrow path, though clearly marked,
is a path, not a freeway nor an escalator.
Indeed, there are times when the only way
the strait and narrow path can be followed
is on one's knees!

Neal A. Maxwell

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Patience is the ability to let your light shine
after your fuse has blown.
Bob Levey

Vicki Sample

No matter how slow the film,
Spirit always stands still long enough
for the photographer It has chosen.

Minor White
American Photographer

Rome wasn't built in a day.
Be patient with yourself.


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Peace comes gradually ... one heart at a time.

Jace Carlton

We must come to see that peace
is not merely a distant goal to seek,
but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal.
We must pursue peaceful ends
through peaceful means.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

If it is peace you want,
seek to change yourself,
not other people.
It is easier to protect your feet with slippers
than to carpet the whole of the earth.

Anthony de Mello

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa

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Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that you, too,
can become great.

Mark Twain
American Writer and Humorist
1835 - 1910

There are two types of people who will tell you
that you cannot make a difference in this world:
those who are afraid to try themselves,
and those who are afraid that you will succeed.

Ray Goforth

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When love and skill work together,
expect a masterpiece.

John Ruskin
Art Critic, Sage Writer, Social Critic, Author, Poet and Artist
1819 - 1900

There is no such thing as
extemporaneous acquisition.
Perfection is not gained any more than heaven
at a single bound.
We build the ladder by which we rise.

Daniel Webster

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The will to persevere is often the difference
between failure and success.

David Sarnoff
American Businessman and Pioneer of Radio and Television
1891 - 1971

Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?
We must have perseverance
and above all confidence in ourselves.
We must believe that we are gifted in something,
and that this thing, at whatever cost,
must be attained.

Madame Marie Curie

At the end of every challenge
is the beginning of something new.


Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
Great works are performed,
not by strength,
but perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

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You've got to have the persistence and hard work
to overcome all the early obstacles.
People don't generally notice whether you're talented
until after you've made it.
Neil Diamond

So long as there is breath in me,
that long I will persist.
For now I know one of the greatest principles on success;
if I persist long enough I will win.

Og Mandino
American Best-Selling Inspirational Author and Speaker, Magazine Editor

1923 - 1996


Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.

Dale Carnegie
American Writer and Lecturer
1888 - 1955

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When written in Chinese,
the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters -
one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States - 1961-1963
1917 - 1963


Obstacles viewed from a higher point of view
are invariably stepping stones to success

Dr. Raymond Holliwell
American Author

Loving people live in a loving world.
Hostile people live in a hostile world.
Same world.

Dr. Wayne Dyer
American Author and Lecturer

Ron Atchison
  Creator of

Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Mark Twain

Mondays are here
so we can appreciate Fridays.

Bill Marin

What you see and hear
depends a good deal on where you are standing;
it also depends on what sort of person you are.

C. S. Lewis

Everything you are against weakens you.
Everything you are for empowers you.

Dr. Wayne Dyer

It's not what you are that holds you back,
it's what you think you are not.

Denis Waitley

Trials, temptations, disappointments -
all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly.
They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it.
Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy.
Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit
makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.

 James Buckham

Every disappointment
has the seed of a new, and perhaps different, opportunity buried inside
just waiting to be discovered.

Jace Carlton

When we feel stuck, going nowhere,
even starting to slip backward,
we may actually be backing up
to get a running start!

Dan Millman

Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns;
I am thankful that thorns have roses.

Alphonse Karr

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When everything around you
seems to make you feel like all that's left is ashes,
remember the Phoenix.
It rose from the ashes in a glorious new beginning,
to a life that was better and brighter
than anything it had known before.

You can, too!

Jace Carlton

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Become a possibilitarian.
No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are,
raise your sights and see possibilities -
always see them for they're always there.

Norman Vincent Peale


It's the possibility of having a dream come true
that makes life interesting.

Paulo Coelho
"The Alchemist"

Always look at what you have left.
Never look at what you have lost.

Robert H. Schuller
American Televangelist, Pastor and Author

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture,
or to carve a statue,
and so make a few objects beautiful;
but it is far more glorious to carve and paint
the very atmosphere and medium through which we look.
To affect the quality of the day ...
that is the highest of arts.

Henry David Thoreau

Each of us is great
insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities
which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.

James Harvey Robinson

Some look at things that are, and ask why.
I dream of things that never were,
and ask why not?

George Bernard Shaw

Resolve to succeed.
The greatest discovery one can make
is that nothing is impossible.


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There is no heavier burden
than a great potential.

of the "Peanuts" cartoon

Love not what thou art,
only what thou may become.

Don Quixote de la Mancha
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547 - 1616)
Spanish Novelist, Poet and Playwright

A rose only becomes beautiful and blesses others
when it opens up and blooms.
Its greatest tragedy is to stay in a tightly closed bud,
never fulfilling its potential.


If you only look at what is,
you might never attain what could be.


There comes that mysterious meeting in life
when someone acknowledges who we are
and what we can be,
igniting the circuits of our highest potential.

Rusty Berkus

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius

Know thy ideal and live to that.
For each soul must give account for its own self.

Edgar Cayce

Marilyn Karr

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You don’t have the power to make rainbows or waterfalls, sunsets or roses,
but you do have the power to bless people by your words and smiles.
You carry within you the power to make the world better.

Sharon G. Larsen

Kathi Carlton

Your greatest power is the power to be.
To be more loving.  To be more courageous.
To be more joyous.  To be more friendly.
To be more sensitive.  To be more aware.
To be more forgiving.  To be more tolerant.
To be more humble.  To be more patient.
To be more helpful.
To be a greater human being.

Wilferd A. Peterson

Never underestimate your power to change yourself;
never overestimate your power to change others.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word,
a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia

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We cannot change the cards we are dealt,
just how we play the hand.

Randy Pausch
Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

I trust so much in the power of the heart and the soul;
I know that the answer to what we need to do next
is in our own hearts.
All we have to do is listen,
then take that one step further and trust what we hear.
We will be taught what we need to learn.

Melody Beattie

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God has three answers for prayer
and none of them is "no".
They are "Yes", "Wait", and "I have another plan".


Sally Fox

Prayer surely is the passport to spiritual power.
You can pray with purpose when you realize who you are
and what Heavenly Father wants you to become.

Thomas S. Monson

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Don't let yesterday
use up too much of today.

Will Rogers

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A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill in the room of 200.
He asked, "Who would like this $20.00?"  Hands started going up.

He said, "I'm going to give this to one of you, but first, let me do this."  He proceeded to crumple the bill up.
He then asked, "Who still wants it?"  Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?"
He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.
He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.  "Now, who still wants it?"  Still hands went into the air.

"My friends, you all have learned a very valuable lesson.  No matter what I did to the money,
you still wanted it, because it did not decrease in value.  It is still worth 20 dollars.

Many times in our lives we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt
by the circumstances that come our way and the decisions we make.  We feel that we are worthless,
but, no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value,
dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you.
The worth of our lives comes not in what we do, or who we know,
but who we are.
You are special, don't ever forget it!"

Dawn Hunt

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Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves.
But deep down below the surface of the average conscience
a still, small voice says to us,
"Something is out of tune."

Carl Jung

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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 full light of day.


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A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ...
but the world may be different
because I was important in the life of a child

Forest E. Witcraft
Scholar, Teacher and Boy Scouts of America Administrator
1894 - 1967

God said, "Your task is to build a better world."

Overwhelmed I replied, "How?  This world is such a large, vast place,
and there's nothing I can do that seems to matter."

But God in all His wisdom said, "Just build a better you."


Dust if you must,
but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture,
or write a letter, bake a cake, or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must,
but there is not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must,
but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow,
a shower of rain, this day will not come round again.

Dust if you must,
but bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
you, yourself, will make more dust!


Marilyn Karr

That we do a lot may not be so important.
That we focus the energy of our minds, our hearts, and our souls
on those things of eternal significance,
that is essential.

Joseph B. Wirthlin

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The significant problems we face
cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at
when we created them.

Albert Einstein

Bill Marin

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No matter what business you're in,
you can't run in place or someone will pass you by.
It doesn't matter how many games you've won.

Jim Valvano

Do not confuse motion with progress.
A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
Alfred A. Montapert

Restlessness and discontent
are the first necessities of progress.

Thomas Alva Edison

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I promise you that at this precise moment next year,
your life will be better or worse than it is right now.
It will not be the same;
the choice to improve it or let it decay is wholly and undeniably yours.

Dr. Phil McGraw
"Self Matters: Creating Your Life From The Inside Out"

Dawn Hunt

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Any child can tell you
that the sole purpose of a middle name
is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

Dennis Fakes

Our purpose is hidden in our joy, our inspiration, our excitement.
As we act on what shows up in our life,
our purpose shows up.

James King

Begin each day
as if it were on purpose.

from the movie

When you are inspired by some great purpose,
some extraordinary project,
all your thoughts break their bonds.
Your mind transcends limitations,
your consciousness expands in every direction,
and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.

Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive
and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far
than you ever dreamed yourself to be.


To desire and strive to be of some service to the world,
to aim at doing something
 which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind -
this is a choice which is possible for all of us;
and surely it is a good haven to sail for.

Henry Van Dyke

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I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible,
to be honorable, to be compassionate.
It is, after all, to matter:
to count, to stand for something,
to have made some difference that you lived at all.

Leo Rosten

Audrey Doyle

The purpose of life is to
live a life of purpose.
Richard Leider

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