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“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”

TENZIN GYATSO
THE 14TH DALAI LAMA (B. 1935)
HELPING OTHERS

“Make no judgments where you have no compassion.”

ANNE MCCAFFREY
NOVELIST
COMPASSION

“I will follow thee To the last gasp with truth and loyalty.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DRAMATIST, POET
LOYALTY

“Success is dependent on effort.”

SOPHOCLES
GREEK TRAGEDIAN
HARD WORK

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.”

VOLTAIRE
PHILOSOPHER, ESSAYIST
RESPECT

“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon — if I can. I seek opportunity — not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.”

DEAN ALFANGE
PROFESSOR
LIVE LIFE

“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

ETIENNE DE GRELLET
QUAKER MISSIONARY
COURTESY

“If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off... Regardless of what they say.”

BARBARA MCCLINTOCK
GENETIC BOTANIST, NOBEL WINNER
CONFIDENCE

“Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DRAMATIST, POET
MOTIVATION

“If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all.”

MICHELANGELO
SCULPTOR, PAINTER, ARCHITECT
HARD WORK

“We owe each other truth and courtesy - though truth is sometimes a real constraint and courtesy inconvenient.”

MAX DE PREE
AUTHOR, FORMER CEO OF HERMAN MILLER, INC.
COURTESY

“Opportunity is a bird that never perches.”

CLAUDE MCDONALD
UNITY

“Be great in act, as you have been in thought.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DRAMATIST, POET
MOTIVATION

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

ARISTOTLE
PHILOSOPHER
HARD WORK

“Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man's cruelty and baseness.”

BRYANT H. MCGILL
AUTHOR, POET, BROADCASTER
COURTESY

“How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DRAMATIST, POET
OPTIMISM

“Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.”

HORACE
ROMAN LYRIC POET
HARD WORK

“You can gain more friends by being yourself than you can by putting up a front. You can gain more friends by building people up than you can by tearing them down. And you can gain more friends by taking a few minutes from each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. What a difference one person can make!”

SASHA AZEVEDO
ENTERTAINER
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

“In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”

JAMES ALLEN
WRITER
HARD WORK

“Making money doesn't oblige people to forfeit their honor or their conscience.”

BARON GUY DE ROTHSCHILD
FRENCH BANKER, BUSINESSMAN
INTEGRITY

“The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DRAMATIST, POET
OPTIMISM

“As surely as the acorn becomes the oak tree, the images in your mind become your reality.”

UNKNOWN
HARD WORK

“The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams.”

ELIZABETH GILBERT
AUTHOR
TRUST

“Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.”

HUGH ALLEN
UNITY

“In giving you are throwing a bridge across the chasm of your solitude.”

ANTOINE DE SAINTE-EXUPERY
(1900-1944); AVIATOR, WRITER
GIVING BACK

“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”

MARK VICTOR HANSEN
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, AUTHOR
LIVE YOUR DREAMS

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

DR. BENJAMIN MCLANE SPOCK
PEDIATRICIAN, EDUCATOR, WRITER
CONFIDENCE

“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DRAMATIST, POET
PATIENCE

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.”

GEORGE MACDONALD
AUTHOR, POET, MINISTER
TRUST

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

HERMAN MELVILLE
NOVELIST, POET
CONNECTING

“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.”

JAMES ALLEN
WRITER
CLASS AND GRACE