Pearls of Wisdom

The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.  George Bernard Shaw

Justice without strength is helpless; strength without justice is tyrannical.  Blaise Pascal

Four things never come back-the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past live, and the neglected opportunity.  Arabian Proverb

You will never get ahead trying to get even.

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.  Thomas Huxley

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.  Henry David Thoreau

The first time you quit, it's hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don't even have to think about it.  Paul "Bear" Bryant

When you win, there's glory enough for everybody. When you lose, there's glory for none.  Paul "Bear" Bryant

Winners do things the hard way, and losers do things the easy way.  Paul "Bear" Bryant

When you make a mistake, admit it; learn from it and don't repeat it.  Paul "Bear" Bryant

What not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.  Paul "Bear" Bryant

Do YOURSELF Proud.  Paul "Bear" Bryant

The scoreboard is not the correct measure of one's performance; If you gave everything you had - then you won; on the other hand, if you didn't give it your all, and the scoreboard says you won - you didn't, cause all you did was outscore your opponent and wasted your God given talent.  Paul "Bear" Bryant

The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it.  Jean Moliere

Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds.  Francois de la Rochefoucauld

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding, and that which is lost by not trying.  Francis Bacon

You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late.

He who prizes little things is worthy of great ones.  German Proverb

It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.  Jean Moliere

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.  Cardinal Newman

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.  Mark Twain

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.  Chinese Proverb

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.  Aldous Huxley

This above all; to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day.  Thou canst not then be false to any man.  William Shakespeare

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.  Oliver Goldsmith

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.  Aldous Huxley

Always do right; this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.  Mark Twain

Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.  Pray for powers equal to your tasks.  Phillips Brooks

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.  Confucius

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.  Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man shows his character by what he laughs at.

The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles mine.

Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant of metals.  Voltaire

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.  Eddie Rickenbacker

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.  Mark Twain

A fool aways find a greater fool to admire him.  Nicolas Bolleau-Despraux

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to do the thing we fear. Elisabeth Elliott

The most important thing to remember when you are going through hell, Is to keep going.

Through adverse situations we do not have the power to change the wind, but we do have the power to adjust the sails.

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ...I'll try again tomorrow

We will either find a way, or make one.  Hannibal

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.  Oliver Goldsmith

Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom.  George Patton

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.  Lou Holtz

What we do is less than a drop in the ocean.  But if that drop were missing, the ocean would lack something.  Mother Teresa

There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.  C.S.Lewis

The really great person is the one who makes everyone feel great.  G.K.Chesterton

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.   Albert Einstein

Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."  Saint Francis of Assisi

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.  Abraham Lincoln

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.  Helen Keller

Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's watching.

Your attitude is the control center of your life.

Good luck is being prepared to accept opportunity when it knocks.

Even if you're are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.  Will Rogers

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's no thrill like doing something you didn't know you could.

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

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.  Theodore Roosevelt

We weren't promised an easy life. We were promised help to live it.

There are many reasons for doing a thing, but one of the most effective is the lack of an alternative.

To succeed - do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.  Theodore Roosevelt

Every problem contains the seeds to its own solution.  Norman Vincent Peale

If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much, and winning is not very important.  NFL Coach Dick Vermeil

What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rae is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.   Doris Lessing

If you think you can do something, you are probably right.  Henry Ford

I do the best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing it to the end.  Abraham Lincoln

Never, Never, Never Quit.  Winston Churchill

Practice makes perfect, except when it comes to getting up in the morning.

Enjoy the little things. One day you may look back and realize that they were the big things.

There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen. Those who watch things happen. And those who wonder what happened.

You can't control the length of your life, but you can control its width and depth.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

A pessimist is someone who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.

Success comes in cans, not in cannots.

If you ask of life, "What have you to offer me?", the answer will be, "What have you to give?"

Too often we seek a change in our condition, when what we need is a change in our attitude.

Worry is like a rocking chair - it will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.

If we appreciate what we have, it always becomes more. If we belittle what we have, it always becomes less.

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.  Helen Keller

I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.  Helen Keller

The mark of a motivated man is his ability to distinguish a setback from a defeat.

Many of life's failures are those who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Tears may be dried up, but the heart - never.

More important than how we live, is how we spend each day.

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

The reason a dog has so many friends is because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Even a woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.

If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters.  Abigail Van Buren

Look at what you have left, not at what you have lost.

Tomorrow is not promised us, so take today and make the most of it.

Life is a team sport, sometimes you give, and sometimes you get.

Today gives us another chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the sky.

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.  Sir James M. Barrie

We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.  Jack Herbert

Happy is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.  NFL Coach Vince Lombardi

The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.  Bobby Knight

Some dream of worthy accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.

Well done is better than well said.  Benjamin Franklin

Life is what happens to you while you're making other plans.

You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search.

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.

Giving your best today is the recipe for a better tomorrow.

You can't change the past, but you can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying too much about the future.

A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance.

Luck is where preparation meets with opportunity.

Enthusiasm is the breath of genius.

Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.

It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before ... to test your limits ... to break through barriers.

To dream anything that you want to dream - is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do - is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits - is the courage to succeed. There is always room at the top.  Daniel Webster

Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.  Gen. George S. Patton

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.  UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.

Goals are dreams with deadlines.

Always remember that strength is attained by meeting resistance.

Nothing is so full of victory as patience. He that can have patience can have what he will.  Benjamin Franklin

Believe and act as though it were impossible to fail.  Charles F. Kettering

Knowledge is the foundation on which to build a better world.

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.  St. Francis De Sales

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.  Dr. Jonas Saulk

You never learn anything talking, you only learn when you ask questions.

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.  Malcom S. Forbes

A stumble may prevent a fall.  English Proverb

Ideas bring nothing unless carried out.

A winner is someone who sets his goals, commits himself to those goals, and then pursues his goals with all the ability given him.

A truly great person makes everyone else feel great.

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but dream; and not only plan, but believe.

Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.  Sir John Dewar

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.  Eleanor Roosevelt

We are tomorrow's past.

The mind is not a storehouse to be filled, but an instrument to be used.

Don't count your years, make your years count.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

People who do things that count, never stop to count them.

The man who goes the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.

Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do, more than the ones you did.

...the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.  Martha Washington

Opportunity always involves some risk. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.

If it is to be, it is up to me.

A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

You become successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.  Helen Keller

The race for quality has no finish line.

You will always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.Larry Byrd

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Success is a journey, not a destination.

A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.  Alistair Cooke

The mind is like a TV set - when it goes blank, it's a good idea to turn off the sound.

The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

If you have made mistakes...there is always another chance for may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Success has a simple formula: do your best and people will like it.

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can!

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

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

No matter what happens, there's always somebody who knew it would.

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races, one after another.Walter Elliott

Praise does wonders for the sense of hearing.

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.

Necessity is the mother of taking chances.  Mark Twain

If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.

It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.

I am a true believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have.  Thomas Jefferson

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.  Charles Schwab

Life is like riding a bicycle - you don't fall off unless you stop pedaling.  Claude Pepper

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.  Theodore Roosevelt

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It is not a day when you lounged around doing nothing. It will be a day when you've had everything to do and you've done it.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt

Weekends are a bit like rainbows - they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.

Advice your parents give when you're 18 sometimes doesn't reach you until you're 40.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The bigger a man's head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes.

It's not your aptitude but your attitude that determines your altitude.

A winning attitude is at least 80 percent of your success. Everything else balances out the other 20 percent.

Enthusiasm is a sunshine that keeps everything in us alive and growing.

Instead of pointing a finger, why not hold out a hand.

Life is a ten speed bike: Most of us have gears we never use. Charles Schultz

Our eyes are placed in the front because it is more important to look ahead than to look back.

An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.

He who thinks he can, can; and he who thinks he can't, can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.  Orison Swett Marden

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.  Mark Twain

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

If man has done his best, what else is there?  George S. Patton

Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.  Henry Ford

If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.  Thomas Wolfe

Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought.  Henri Bergson

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust..  Samuel Johnson

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.  Benjamin Disraeli

They also serve who only stand and wait.  John Milton

The way to be nothing is to do nothing.  Nathaniel Howe

There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.  James Russell Lowell

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.  Abraham Lincoln

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.  Thomas Paine

One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.  Sidney Howard

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.  Edward Phelps

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.  Thomas A Edison

The truth is more important than the facts.  Frank Lloyd Wright

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.  Clarence Darrow

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.  James Allen

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.  Abraham Lincoln

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.  Washington Irving

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.  Felicia Hemans

You are only what you are when no one is looking.  Robert C Edwards

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.  Zig Ziglar

Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.   George F. Tiltonood

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.  Conrad Hilton

You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.  Dale Carnegie

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.  Charles Caleb Colton

All things are difficult before they are easy.  Thomas Fuller

Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.  David Allen

Enjoy everything that happens in your life, but never make your happiness or success dependent on an attachment to any person, place, or thing.  Dr. Wayne Dyer

It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.  Claude M. Bristol

The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.  Arnold Bennett

It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Think you can't change the world? Too late, you already have. It was changed for the better the minute you were born. There are more people than you can imagine who will never be the same because they came in contact with you, if only for a fleeting moment.  Gail Pursell Elliott