Purposes4Life – Quotes

To be honest, one must be inconsistent. … H.G. Wells

By a small sample, we may judge the whole piece…Cervantes

Statistics are no substitute for judgment… Henry Clay

Computers are fast, reliable, stupid and rigid… Richard J. Harris

Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch…. Ivern Ball

Unless you start, you will never arrive

Imagination is more important than information….. Albert Einstein

We can do no great things, only small things with great love…. Mother Theresa

No one really knows enough to be a pessimist…… Norman Cousins

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it when my memory fails

God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes but everybody who looks at it sees something different.

The computer can do more work faster than a human because it doesn’t have to answer the phone…. Joey Adams

Question authority, but raise your hand first….. Bob Thaves

Be cautious, opportunity does the knocking for temptation too….. Al Batt

Type III Error: Answering the wrong question precisely.

The only constant is change.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…for it is God who worketh in you….The Bible quoted in Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

If I do anything to be sorry for, I’ll be forgiven

I discovered that our unwanted stress stems from our failure to trust God. Dr. Richard Ecker in “The Stress Myth”

That’s what comes from comparing yourself to someone else. Don’t do it. Success is really measured by how close you come to living up to your potential. Work on that and forget the rest….Rudyard Kipling (see Galations 6:4)

Lord, help me to leave unsigned notes of love wherever I go.

You can’t help hurting and being hurt, but misery is optional.

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response…. Mildred Barthel

One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations….. Steve Allen

Goals determine what you’re going to be….. Julius Erving

We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t….. Frank A. Clark

Books serve to show men that those original thoughts of his aren’t so original after all…..Abraham Lincoln

Don’t worry about the future, God is already there.

We build our own ladder to the sky….. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A man never stands so high as when he stoops to help a child…. Ted Williams – “The Splendid Splinter”

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else….. Yogi Berra

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might….. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Seize the Day!!! – from the movie “Dead Poets Society”

Captivated by the universe we can measure, we often slip into thinking it is the whole universe…. NY Times Editorial 11/16/86

The Ideal Manager’s Role: Good management equals unified differences based on respect….. Ichak Adizes – UCLA Business School

Failure is an attitude, not an outcome

Hope is faith on tiptoe – Seitz sermon Metaphor for life is living in a concentration camp.

Recognize the “Secret of the Spring” … Peter Marshall. Sermon by Craig Seitz (old man who sustained the town spring until fired, then spring became polluted).

Make sure you generate a reasonable number of mistakes….Fletcher Byrom’s 9th Commandment. “be creative”… In Search of Excellence

He lived as if he would die tomorrow, he worked as if he would live forever… epitaph of WV politician and government worker Henry G. Davis

One must learn by doing the thing, for although you know it, you have no certainty until you try….. Sophocles

To impact the culture, simply transform the moment…. Peter Block “Empowered Manager”

Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God…. William Carey, missionary in India

If we don’t hang together, we’ll certainly hang separately….. Benjamin Franklin

The salvation of man is through love and in love… Victor Frankl (thinking of his wife while in concentration camp) Mans Search for Meaning

He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how…. Nietzsche quoted by Frankl

Thinking leads to thanking… five grains of corn in Plymouth times was all there was.

We ought to be careful not to do for a fellow what we intended only to help him do…. Frank A. Clark

The greatest success is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fail….. Vince Lombardi

We are, I think, in the right road of improvement, for we are making experiments….. Benjamin Franklin

Get your mind off yourself….. Norman Vincent Peale re. Jealously

Chance favors the prepared mind…. Louis Pasteur

One today is worth two tomorrows; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today …. Benjamin Franklin

Most of my best ideas belonged to other people who never bothered to develop them…. Thomas Edison

The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it…. Samuel Johnson

A leader knows what’s best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it…. Ken Adelman

Short words are best, and old words when short are best of all…. Winston Churchill as quoted by Al Davies in MWPC sermon

Let us not hurry, we have no time to lose … surgeon prior to surgery as quoted by Al Davies in MWPC sermon based on Ps. 90

Always take an emergency leisurely… Chinese proverb

The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart …. Mencius

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm …. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep cool; it will all be over 100 years hence…. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom…. Anatole France

Never, never, never, never give up…. Winston Churchill

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

Four steps to achievement: plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, pursue persistently…. William A. Ward d. 1959

Act as if it were impossible to fail …. Dorothea Brande d. 1948

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble… Ps 46

Be still, and know that I am God … Ps. 46:10

If God be for us, who can be against us? …. Romans 8:31

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.

Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it…. Homer

There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving… Henry Drummond d. 1897

Do things for others and you’ll find your self-consciousness evaporating like morning dew on a Missouri cornfield in July…. Dale Carnegie

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give…. Kahlil Gibran d. 1931

To go against one’s conscience is neither safe nor right. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise…. Martin Luther d. 1546

A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds…. Anon

The world belongs to the energetic…. Ralph Waldo Emerson d. 1882

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the “as if” technique …. William James d. 1910

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself…. Axel Munthe

Most people don’t plan to fail; they fail to plan…. John L. Beckley

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back…. Arthur Rubenstein

I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after…. Ernest Hemingway d. 1961

Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I am going to complete every pass…. Ron Jaworski

Learning isn’t a means to an end; it is an end in itself…. Robert Heinlein

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one…. Malcolm Forbes d. 1990

One’s best asset is a sympathetic spouse …. Euripides d. 406 B.C.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have loved one to another…. John 13:35

Don’t look back. Something may be gaining on you…. Satchel Paige

When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value…. Thomas Edison d. 1931

The Chinese symbols for the wordcrisis are “danger” and “opportunity”.

Life is like the game of tennis, the player who serves well seldom loses.

Love is a spendthrift, it leaves its arithmetic at home – Paul Sherer

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make our end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” T.S. Elliott

He who lives without descipline dies without honor – Icelandic proverb

“There are two things to aim at in life: first to get what you want and, after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” Logan Pearsall Smith
“It is one of the most beautiful compensatioins of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without hurting himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Vagueness and procrastination are ever a comfort to the frail in spirit.” John Updike

“If you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.” Gertrude Stein

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” B.B. King

“True power is knowing that you can, but you don’t.” Juliet Alicia Jarvis

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Galatians 6:14

To know God, you have to be out of your head — from Conversations with God

A little, gained honestly, is better than great wealth gotten by dishonest means. We should make plans — counting on God to direct us.
Proverbs 16: 8-9

“May we be enabled to say ‘No’ to sin and ‘Yes’ to the sinner” Dietrich Bonhoeffer in “The Cost of Discipleship”

“God is my best friend; easy to talk with, difficult to totally satisfy, but understanding and willing to forgive and move on as long as intentions are good to improve each time.” Steve Long 3/3/98

Psalm 128 – Scott Galloway’s favorite

“Aeschylus wrote: In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our despair again our will comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. …” Portion of quote near Robert F. Kennedy grave at Arlington National Cemetary

Psalm 91 – He is my refuge and my strength … No need to fear

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Matthew 19:26 — when things seem impossible

Saints are sinners who keep on trying

Hebrews 12:1-2 paraphrased … Keep your eyes on Jesus and run with patience the particular race that God has set before you.

Phillipians 2:15 … You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like beacon lights.

“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles M. Schulz (of ‘Peanuts’ fame)

What you do speaks so loudly … I cannot hear what you say — Ralph Waldo Emerson

One can never consent to creep when one has the potential to soar — Helen Keller (from Cliff)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on DEATH: Nothing can make up for the absence of someone we love … we must simply hold out and see it through. That sounds very hard at first, but at the same time, it is a great consoluation, for the gap, as long as it remains unfilled, preserves the bonds between us. It is nonsense to say that God fills the gap; God doesn’t fill it, but on the contrary, He keeps it empty and so helps us to keep alive our former communion with each other, even at the cost of pain.

Mark Twain on FEAR: I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.

He is well paid who is well satisfied — Shakespeare

Do not have your concert first and tune your instrument afterward. Begin the day with God. — J. Hudson Taylor

Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.

Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods — Japanese proverb

O God, animate us to cheerfulness! May we have a joyful sense of our blessing,s learn to look on the bright circumstances of our lot, and maintain a perpetual contentedness. — William Channing

Nobody is in business for fun, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be fun in business — Leo Burnett

The best way to cope with change is to help create it. — Bob Dole

The God whom Jesus proclaimed is not the guarantor of the status quo. God is the power of the future pressing for a radical conversion of the present. — in “The Future of God” by Braaten

We should consider ourselves as spirits having a human experience, rather than humans having an occasional spiritual experience. “Pass It On” from May ’93

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. — Abe Lincoln

Nothing happens unless first, a dream. — Carl Sandberg

For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root. — Thoreau (from “Seven Habits” re. Paradigm shifts)

How can we remember our ignorance, which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time. — Thoreau

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. — Booker T. Washington

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. — Richard Moss, M.D.

He who sings, frightens away his ills. — Cervantes

My father always told me ‘ Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’. – Jim Fox

My dad always showed me “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” — Steve Long

Don’t wait for someone to motivate you. What if he doesn’t show up? — Jim Rohn

How we feel is most often a choice. — David Burns, M.D.

Don’t climb the ladder of success only to find it is leaning against the wrong wall. — Bernie Siegel

Every now and then go away, even briefly, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer; since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power. — Leonardo da Vinci

And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln

Future, n. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness assured. [Taken from Ambrose Bierce’s “Devil’s Dictionary.”]

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