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“They learn tolerance for others' faults through our tolerance of their own.”

CATHY RIDNER TEMPELSMAN
US JOURNALIST
FORGIVENESS

“I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves...Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now...the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.”

RAINER MARIA RILKE
EXCERPT FROM LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET
PATIENCE

“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”

RAINER MARIA RILKE
EXCERPT FROM LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET
PREPARATION

“To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.”

TOM ROBBINS
NOVELIST, SHORT STORY WRITER, ESSAYIST
ACHIEVEMENT

“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.”

NORA ROBERTS
FICTION AUTHOR
COURAGE

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, SR.
OIL MAGNATE, PHILANTHROPIST
PERSEVERANCE

“If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.”

ANITA RODDICK
FOUNDER OF THE BODY SHOP
MOTIVATION

“Lead your life so you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”

WILL ROGERS
ACTOR, COMIC, COLUMNIST
INTEGRITY

“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.”

WILL ROGERS
ACTOR, COMIC, COLUMNIST
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

“I doubt that we can ever successfully impose values or attitudes or behaviors on our children certainly not by threat, guilt, or punishment. But I do believe they can be induced through relationships where parents and children are growing together. Such relationships are, I believe, build on trust, example, talk, and caring.”

FRED ROGERS
TELEVISION HOST, EDUCATOR, MINISTER, SONGWRITER
TRUST

“Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.”

JIM ROHN
ENTREPRENEUR, AUTHOR, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
COMPASSION

“What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do.”

SANAYA ROMAN
PREPARATION

“You always pass failure on the way to success.”

MICKEY ROONEY
ACTOR
PERSISTENCE

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
U.S. FIRST LADY, DIPLOMAT, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
APPRECIATION

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
U.S. FIRST LADY, DIPLOMAT, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT
26TH U.S. PRESIDENT
CONFIDENCE

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT
26TH U.S. PRESIDENT
COURTESY

“Friendship among nations, as among individuals, calls for constructive efforts to muster the forces of humanity in order that an atmosphere of close understanding and cooperation may be cultivated.”

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
32ND U.S. PRESIDENT
FRIENDSHIP

“Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
U.S. FIRST LADY, DIPLOMAT, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
FRIENDSHIP

“Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT
26TH U.S. PRESIDENT
HARD WORK

“Liberty requires opportunity to make a living — a living decent according to the standard of the time, a living which gives a man not only enough to live by, but something to live for.”

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
32ND U.S. PRESIDENT
HOPE

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT
26TH U.S. PRESIDENT
LIVE LIFE

“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
U.S. FIRST LADY, DIPLOMAT, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
LIVE LIFE

“If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
32ND U.S. PRESIDENT
LIVE YOUR DREAMS

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
U.S. FIRST LADY, DIPLOMAT, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led diffcult lives and led them well.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT
26TH U.S. PRESIDENT
PERSEVERANCE

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT
26TH U.S. PRESIDENT
RIGHT CHOICES

“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.”

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
32ND U.S. PRESIDENT
TEAMWORK

“We must be willing to learn the lesson that cooperation may imply compromise, but if it brings a world advance it is a gain for each individual nation.”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
U.S. FIRST LADY, DIPLOMAT, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
COMPROMISE

“An honest man nearly always thinks justly.”

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
PHILOSOPHER
HONESTY

“Compassion for myself is the most powerful healer of them all.”

THEODORE ISAAC RUBIN
PSYCHIATRIST, AUTHOR
COMPASSION

“I think there is choice possible at any moment to us, as long as we live. But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk about sacrifice.”

MURIEL RUKEYSER
POET
RIGHT CHOICES
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