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“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

NAPOLEON HILL
MOTIVATIONAL AUTHOR
LIVE YOUR DREAMS

“If we hadn't had such a magnificent optimism to carry us through all these things, we wouldn't be here. We have survived it on our optimism.”

EDWARD STEICHEN
PHOTOGRAPHER
OPTIMISM

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.”

SOPHOCLES
GREEK TRAGEDIAN
LOVE

“Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.”

DAVID AUGSBURGER
WRITER, ANABAPTIST AUTHOR
FORGIVENESS

“Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.”

BENJAMIN DISRAELI
PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
PERSEVERANCE

“Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.”

ERIC HOFFER
PHILOSOPHER
COMPASSION

“To keep from getting too far ahead of myself, I can apply to life what I've learned from running in the woods: The step in front of you is the most important one.”

ANNIE MORRIS
MOM, RUNNER, WRITER
VISION

“Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise - then you will discover the fullness of your life.”

DAVID STEINDL-RAST
CATHOLIC THEOLOGIAN
LOVE

“Love never says: I have done enough!”

SAINT MARIE-EUGENIE DE JESUS 
CATHOLIC SISTER
LOVE

“In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”

BERTRAND RUSSELL
PHILOSOPHER, MATHEMATICIAN
GRATITUDE

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”

MARCUS AURELIUS
ROMAN EMPEROR, STOIC PHILOSOPHER
LOVE

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.”

BENJAMIN DISRAELI
PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
SOUL

“The greatest weariness comes from work not done.”

ERIC HOFFER
PHILOSOPHER
HARD WORK

“The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one.”

TONI MORRISON
AUTHOR, EDITOR, PROFESSOR, NOBEL PRIZE WINNER, PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
PEACE

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

PERICLES
ANCIENT GREEK POLITICIAN
LOVE

“Friendship is the finest balm for the pangs of despised love.”

JANE AUSTEN
NOVELIST
FRIENDSHIP

“Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.”

BENJAMIN DISRAELI
PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
SOUL

“It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.”

ERIC HOFFER
PHILOSOPHER
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE

“This was a splendid life. Splendid in its obscurity and humility, splendid in its strength and charity, splendid in its achievements.”

ROBERT C. MORTIMER
ANGLICAN BISHOP OF EXETER
LIVE LIFE

“...all true fame...is to be acquired only by noble deeds and high achievements and the establishment of a character founded upon the principles of truth, uprightness, and inflexible integrity.”

ALEXANDER H. STEPHENS
CONFEDERATE VICE PRESIDENT DURING THE U.S. CIVIL WAR
CHARACTER

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

BIBLE
VARIOUS EDITIONS
LOVE

“Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”

JANE AUSTEN
NOVELIST
HUMILITY

“Much unhappiness comes from walking alone. When there are several, it's somewhat different. I must get into the habit of listening to others, for what the others say concerns me, too.”

ALFRED DÖBLIN
GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST NOVELIST
LISTENING

“The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.”

ERIC HOFFER
PHILOSOPHER
UNITY

“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”

GRANDMA [ANNA MARY ROBERTSON] MOSES
ARTIST
LIVE LIFE

“Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.”

G.B. [GLADYS BERTHA] STERN
NOVELIST, CRITIC
GRATITUDE

“If it is to be, it is up to me.”

UNKNOWN
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

“When we serve we experience, when we experience we teach, when we teach we learn, when we learn our lives are permanently changed, and as our lives are changed we are enriched beyond our wildest dreams.”

JAREN L. DAVIS
MOTIVATION

“Respect for right conduct is felt by everybody.”

JANE AUSTEN
NOVELIST
RESPECT

“The artist must be an egotist because, like the spider, he draws all his building material from his own breast. But just the same the artist alone among men knows what true humility means. His reach forever exceeds his grasp. He can never be satisfied with his work. He knows when he has done well, but he knows he has never attained his dream. He knows he never can.”

RHETA CHILDE DORR
AMERICAN JOURNALIST
HUMILITY

“The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.”

L. THOMAS HOLDCROFT
FORGIVENESS

“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.”

EDWARD R. MURROW
AMERICAN JOURNALIST
INTEGRITY