Favorite Quotes...

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.”

“I have a loyalty that runs in my bloodstream, when I lock into someone or something, you can’t get me away from it because I commit that thoroughly. That’s in friendship, that’s a deal, that’s a commitment. Don’t give me paper – I can get the same lawyer who drew it up to break it. But if you shake my hand, that’s for life...”

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

“We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”

“I don’t like to give up on people when they need someone not to give up on them...”

“A friend is someone who walks into a room when everyone else is walking out...”

"Do not question your purpose even when your biggest thrill turns to be your greatest disapointment and utmost lesson..."

“Don’t confuse my personality with my attitude... My personality is who I am... My attitude depends on who you are...“

"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore..."

"I fall, I stand still... I trudge on. I gain a little... I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory."

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

“...There is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.“

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard may be; for without victory there is no survival.”

“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."

"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity... It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

“If you walk into a room and you are unnoticed, you are definitely in the wrong room... Always surround yourself with people smarter than you and who would disagree with you...”

“To be a success, you will have people walk out on you, walk over you, and walk away from you. If these things didn't happen, you wouldn't have such great people who walk with you, walk beside you, and walk into your life. Cherish the subtractions and you will be blessed with additions.“

“You will never grow to your fullest potential unless you plant seeds of joy, love, fulfillment, hope, and success. Nature can only return to you what you plant.”

“The true measure of friendship isn’t how you feel about someone else; it’s how someone else makes you feel about yourself.”

“Don’t worry what others think of you... Let them worry what you think of them...”

“Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.”

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

"If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full..."

“The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away.”

“Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.”

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

“Dignity and pride are not only two different feelings, but, in some ways, opposites. You can step on your pride to preserve your dignity. You can destroy your dignity because of your pride...”

“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”

“The art of fulfillment is the ability to experience not only the thrill of the chase but also the magic of the moment the unbridled joy of feeling truly alive.“

“A person in power should be a catalyst... Not an inhibitor...”

“Keep in mind that you’ll have true happiness, true fulfillment, not living to get but living to give.“

“Sometimes walking away has nothing to do with weakness and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value, but because we finally realize our own.”

“Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.”

“If you devote yourself entirely to a noble pursuit, there is no way you cannot find beauty and fulfillment“

"Don't ever let anyone break your soul. You have to stand on your own two feet and fight. There are those who would give anything to see you fall, never give them the satisfaction, hold your head up high, put a smile on your face, and stand your ground."

“As long as you have life and breath, believe. Believe for those who cannot. Believe even if you have stopped believing. Believe for the sake of the dead, for love, to keep your heart beating, believe. Never give up, never despair, let no mystery confound you into the conclusion that mystery cannot be yours.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“

“To think that you don’t have a choice is actually a choice that’s an attempt to relieve you of the guilt of not making a choice.“

“Selflessness. Humility. Truthfulness. Integrity. Loyalty. These are the marks of an honorable person.“

“Karma has a surprising way of taking care of situations. All you have to do is to sit back and watch...”

“It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.”

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

“At the end it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”

“The only person that deserves a special place in your life is someone that never made you feel like you were an option in theirs...”

“True love is not how you forgive, but how you forget, not what you see but what you feel, not how you listen but how you understand, and not how you let go but how you hold on.”

“Our brightest dreams and our greatest fears are just over the horizon.“

"Strong people stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others."

“Innovation needs preparation, collaboration and the light of the soul. Every challenge provides that light - a greater depth of understanding about life and truth.”

“The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is the pretense of intelligent ignorance. The former is teachable; the latter is not.”

“A person of principle faithfully follows their principles rather than abandoning them when convenient...”

“Your actions are a reflection of your character, principles, values, and what you stand for...”

“Atrocities are easier to commit if respect for the victim can be neutralized. For this reason, humiliation handed out by those with power can be ominous. The link between humiliation and atrocity is often found.”

“...Because there is nothing more noble than taking a beating and making somebody else look good for the greater good...”

“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.”

“A person, who compromises on their dignity to achieve a purpose- any purpose, would compromise on anything and is not worth of your trust...“

“No matter what you have gone through, who has wronged you and what appears to be a loss, you get no recognition for your challenges unless you conquer them...”

“There is always a room at the bottom...”

“You know you reached the bottom when thugs preach about honesty and values...”

“Sometimes the truth is so deep that it takes someone with the same depth to see it, while others can't see past the level they have never moved from.“

"Honoring a friend's death is truly about honoring their life. Despair over what may have been, but revel and reflect in what was..."

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”

“People will continue to commit atrocities as long as they believe in absurdities.”

“It became my mission to work with young people to help show them the way, not save them! But help them understand that there are choices that can be made that will make the difference for the rest of their lives...”

“Privilege is not just the presence of an advantage. It’s the absence of an impediment.”

“If you are a giver, remember to know your limits... Because the takers don’t have any...”

“Stepping over others to reach a goal- no matter how noble it is- serves the person’s self-interests and defeats the noble cause- if there was any anyway- and is only pursued to self-promote for personal interests and agenda.“

“If seeds saw dirt as their enemy, they would lose out on the opportunity to grow...”

“When someone wants to help you, love you, does not let you, waiting; it does not seek excuses and does not hide and seek, but comes to you with a clear-cut and obvious decision. If that is not, you should consider that person as a useless, worthless, untruthful and an opportunist.”

“Some things break your heart but fix your vision.”

”When you err... When you look for excuses for your actions... When you convince yourself you were right... You have a serious problem and it will crash right in your face...”

“Do not blame people if they let you down... Blame yourself because you had high expectations of the wrong people...”

“A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitter disappointment.”

“Not everyone that helped you actually meant well for you, some of these people are an opportunist that hides the truth and keeps the options for the achievement of the purpose.”

“Being insensitive to a cause destroys any achievements and reflects the real image of a person.”

“When people in power are infected by the dark side of power and leadership, there are no more noble values in any mission.”

“If you can willingly accept the pain associated with giving up the road not taken, you can embrace the decision you did make and move forward with clarity.”

“An accidental person in power whose arrogance and ignorance blind them to abuse power is the definition of a thug. History will take care of them.”

“Life will knock us down, but we can choose whether or not to stand back up.”

“If you enter the dark side of life, and come through it, you emerge with more strength and passion.”

“I am guilty of always expecting the best of people and that often leads to great disappointments and failures.”

“Lying is an art. Some people have it in their blood. They master it so well that they literaly lie to themselves and they would believe their own lies...”

“Opportunists are manipulators who take the advantage of an opportunity and use it to reach their goals with no regard to ethics and morals.”

“Do not be sad about your spontaneity and the compassion of your heart... Perhaps the purity within you did not match with the pollution in the minds of some...”

“You are never wrong to do the right thing.”

“Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.”

”You can’t control someone’s loyalty. No matter how good you are to them, doesn’t mean that they will treat you the same; doesn’t mean that they’ll value you the same. Sometimes the people you love the most, turn out to be the people you can trust the least.”

“Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world.”

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.“

“We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.”

“You can't teach a person loyalty and gratitude. These are intrinsic characteristics in the person's nature.”

“Our words reveal how we want to be seen... Our actions reveal what motivates us... Our sacrifices reveal what matters most to us...”

“If you are not actively seeking and creating opportunities, which always contain an element of risk, you are actually exposing yourself to more serious risks in the long term...”

”An honest enemy is better than a false friend. When in doubt, pay more attention to what people do and less to what they say. Actions not only speak louder than words, they are more difficult to fake...”

“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live...”

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.“

“Always remember true love never fades away even if it is not reciprocated. It remains in the heart to purify and soften the soul.”

“A person who steps on their dignity to achieve a purpose would sacrifice anything to be/stay in power...”

“People who believe that they are strong-willed and the masters of their destiny can only continue to believe this by becoming specialists in self-deception."

“Expectations manifest when we impose our standards on the people around us. We often do this with good intentions—we genuinely believe that the person should adopt what we believe because it's a better standard compared to theirs..."

“The human heart has hidden treasures, in secret kept, in silence sealed; the thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, whose charms were broken if revealed.”

“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles that direct them...”

“The most treasured and sacred moments of our lives are those filled with the spirit of love. The greater the measure of our love, the greater is our joy. In the end, the development of such love is the true measure of success in life…”

“When you feel that you are a burden, a number, a decor, a margin or a weight in someone's life, leave them and look for someone who really wants you in their life and who would really appreciate your value...”

“Betraying one’s trust bruises the heart and carves an everlasting deep wound...”

“True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding...”

“Do not deny the pain of today, but also do not deny the hope of tomorrow…”

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending...”

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.”

“Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.”

“The sacred formula of positivism: love as a principle, the order as a foundation, and progress as a goal.”

"A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better..."

“There is strength in every struggle. Struggles create opportunities for you to become stronger, wiser and better. The moment you shift your thinking from "I cannot" to "I must," you will begin to see 'Beyond the Pain' and draw strength from within. Learn to see each obstacle as a stepping stone and watch your life change significantly...”

“Investing in people is the most noble, impactful, & transformative endeavor… Expectations must be high... Failures and disappointments are inevitable… One day, one person will make all the difference...“

"Patience is a virtue..."

"Great minds think differently..."

"If you lose, don't get depressed...
If you win, don't get arrogant..."

"No good deed goes unpunished..."

"Wonder is the desire for knowledge..."

"Injustice is the source of revolution..."

"Look at what was said, not at who said it..."

"A person with no principles is worth a penny..."

"Read between the lines... Start with this page..."

"Carve your names on hearts and not on marble..."

"A good carpenter measures twice and cuts once..."

"Tell me who's your friend, I tell you who you are..."

"Your biggest strengths are your biggest weaknesses..."

"Those who study do well... But those who learn excell..."

"Your life has no meaning when you stop being ambitious..."

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest..."

"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book..."

"Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts..."

"Open your arms to change… But don't let go of your values..."

"To reach a great height, a person needs to have a great depth..."

"Be not afraid of growing slowly... Be afraid only of standing still..."

"A friend who betrayed you once, can never be your friend again..."

"Determination is often the first chapter in the book of excellence..."

"I cannot change the whole world, but I can change a small part of it..."

"Logic will take you from A to B... Imagination takes you anywhere..."

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing..."

"Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams..."

"It's better to be medium-good in a great field than great in a medium field..."

"Happiness consists in activity... It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool..."

"Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping-stones of genius..."

"Between tomorrow's dream and yesterday's regret is today's opportunity..."

"Blowing out the other person's candle will not make yours shine brighter..."

"Never laugh at anyone's dream... People who don't have dreams don't have much..."

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

"A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more that an hour of praise after success..."

"A calm sea does not make a successful sailor... Since in storms and hurricanes, the power of man appears..."

"Caution your enemy once and your friend a thousand… If the latter switches, he will be much more hurtful…"

"A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image..."

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards..."

"The mediocre teacher tells...
The good teacher explains...
The superior teacher demonstrates...
The great teacher inspires..."

Last updated July 15, 2021