When one door of happiness closes another opens; but often we look so
long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been
opened for us.
-- Helen Keller
I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful. -- Bob Hope
Every day holds the possibility of a miracle. -- Unknown
The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. -- Unknown
Laughter can draw others to you and lighten your load in life. When you begin to laugh at life and at yourself, you gain new perspectives on your struggle. Begin today. -- Emilie Barnes
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. -- Corrie Ten Boom
The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace. And peace begins with a smile. -- Mother Teresa
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up. -- Mark Twain
Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for. -- David Starr Jordan
Happiness is being at peace; being with loved ones; being comfortable...But most of all, it's having those loved ones. -- Johnny Cash
Lay aside life-harming heaviness and entertain a cheerful disposition. -- William Shakespeare
The way to get anywhere is to start from where you are. -- Unknown
Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. -- John Heywood
Memories, important yesterdays, were once todays. Treasure and notice today. -- Gloria Gaither
Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained. -- John Boswell
I am where I am because I believe in life's possibilities. -- Oprah Winfrey
We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way. -- Gloria Gaither
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. -- Helen Keller
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. -- Unknown
You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life. -- Les Brown
An Irishman's Philosophy
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. -- Abraham Lincoln
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
-- Calvin Coolidge
If you want to live a long life, get a chronic disease and learn how to take care of it. -- Sir William Osler
About the only value the story of my life may have is to show that one can, even without any particular gifts, overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable if one is willing to face the fact that they must be overcome. -- Eleanor Roosevelt
The poorest man would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health. -- Charles Caleb Colton, British Sportsman Writer
People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom? -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhish Monk, Teacher
How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most. -- Stephen Covey, American Speaker, Trainer, Author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future. -- Marilyn Ferguson, American Writer
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. -- John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the USA
Everyone has limits. You just have to learn what your own limits are and deal with them accordingly. -- Nolan Ryan, American Baseball Player
What is Life?
If you live in the present, every moment is a new beginning. -- Author Unknown
You've got to get up in the morning with a smile on your face, and show
the world all the love in your heart.
-- Carole King (1941- , American Composer-lyricist)
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. -- Ann Frank (1929-1945, German Jewish Refugee, Diarist)
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each
-- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)
Climb 'Til Your Dream Comes True
You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore
tired of doing nothing. Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something!
Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something. The more you lose yourself in something bigger
than yourself, the more energy you will have.
-- Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian Reformed Pastor, Speaker, Author)
You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the
best you have to give.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, Columnist, Lecturer, Humanitarian)
Stand Up To Crises
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make
the right things happen.
-- Peter Marshall (1902-1949, American Presbyterian Clergyman)
It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of
knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-, Swiss-born American Psychiatrist)
Maya Angelou Inspiration
Memories, important yesterdays, were once todays. Treasure and notice today. -- Gloria Gaither
Take time to laugh, it's the music of the soul. -- Gary Green, Kansas City Community College Biofeedback Program Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments. ~Rose Kennedy~
As the day ends, so begin the hopes and dreams of tomorrow.
Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring. --Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British Author, Wit)
When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cried and you rejoice.--Old Indian Saying
Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one's talents and gifts to the benefits of others - these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away. --Gerald R. Ford (1913-, Thirty-eighth President of the USA)
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.--Benjamin Franklin
That best portion of a good man's life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. --William Wordsworth
I always try to turn my personal struggles into something helpful for others.--Henri Nouwen (Christian Author)
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. ~ Norman Cousins ~ (1915-1990, American Editor, Humanitarian, Author)
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
With God all things are possible. -- Matthew 19:26
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. -- Lamentations 3:25,26 NIV
Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you
and watching everything that concerns you.
-- 1 Peter 5:7 TLB
A friend loveth at all times. -- Proverbs 17:17
The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.
-- Prayer of Protection
May those who love us, love us
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if He doesn't turn their hearts
May He turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.
-- An Old Irish Blessing
The way may at times seem dark, but light will arise, if you trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. -- Elizabeth T. King
Lord, sometimes I feel happy, sometimes I feel sad, hurt, and
disappointed. Thank you for not rejecting me because I feel.
-- Joan Webb
Lord, I put my decisions, my choices, my uncertainty in your hands. May I be encircled by your grace, knowing you will give me as much clarity as I need for this day. -- Debra Klingsporn
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. -- Proverbs 17:27
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. -- Proverbs 19:21
Where there is love there is a smile
To make all things seem more worthwhile...
Oh, blest are they who walk in love...
They also walk with God above. -- Helen Steiner Rice
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. -- Psalm 118:24
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. -- Philippians 4:13
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. -- Psalm 56:3
Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient...and prayerful always. -- Romans 12:12 TLB
Abiding love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. -- Psalm 32:10 TLB
When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: What a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page. -- Eileen Caddy, American Spiritual Writer
There are three things that last: Faith, Hope and Love; and the greatest of these is Love. -- 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -- Isaiah 40:31 NIV
Continue to love each other with true brotherly love. Don't forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! -- Hebrews 13:1
Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away, but never forget to remember the blessings that come each day. -- Irish Blessing
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. The Dalai Lama
The rainbow of God's promises is always above the trials and storms of life. -- Charles Shepson
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. -- Matthew 6:21
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. --Saint Augustine
Life itself cannot give you joy. Unless you really will it. Life just
gives you time and space.
It's up to you to fill it. -- Chinese Proverb
Great thoughts always come from the heart. -- French Proverb
To understand and to be understood makes our happiness on earth. -- German Proverb
He that can't endure the bad will not live to see the good. -- Yiddish Proverb
Pray to God, but keep rowing to shore. -- Russian Proverb
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow. -- Chinese Proverb
Ask advice from everyone, but act with your own mind. -- Yiddish proverb
A good conscience makes a soft pillow. -- German proverb
He, who listens, understands. -- West African proverb
To endure what is unendurable is true endurance. --Japanese Proverb
Act quickly, think slowly. --Greek Proverb
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