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“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

GEORGE S. PATTON
AMERICAN GENERAL IN WORLD WAR I AND II
FORESIGHT

“One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.”

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

“There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.”

PAT RILEY
FORMER NBA PLAYER AND COACH
FORGIVENESS

“The soul gives unity to what it looks at with love.”

THOMAS CARLYLE
ESSAYIST, SATIRIST, HISTORIAN
RESPECT

“Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true.”

UNKNOWN
INSPIRATION

“Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another.”

AYN RAND
WRITER, PHILOSOPHER
LITERACY

“There is no teaching to compare with example.”

SIR ROBERT BADEN-POWELL
FOUNDER OF THE BOY SCOUTS
GOOD MANNERS

“Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

MUHAMMAD ALI
BOXER
LOYALTY

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

PEYTON C. MARCH
GENERAL, US ARMY
HELPING OTHERS

“One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

MAYA ANGELOU
POET, DANCER, PRODUCER, PLAYWRIGHT, DIRECTOR, AUTHOR
EXCELLENCE

“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.”

EDWARD "TED" KENNEDY
US SENATOR
VOLUNTEERING

“Set out each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for amazing things.”

JOSH HINDS
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, AUTHOR
OPTIMISM

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening.”

LARRY KING
TELEVISION TALK SHOW HOST
OPPORTUNITY

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

HENRY DAVID THOREAU
NATURALIST, AUTHOR, PHILOSOPHER
COMPLIMENTS

“Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.”

MARGARET J. WHEATLEY
WRITER, CONSULTANT
KINDNESS

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.”

DOUG LARSON
CARTOONIST
EQUALITY

“Each day when I awake I know I have one more day to make a difference in someone's life.”

JAMES MANN
AUTHOR
RIGHT CHOICES

“Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need.”

FREDERICK BUECHNER
EDUCATOR, WRITER, THEOLOGIAN
ACHIEVEMENT

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN
ACTIVIST, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND
APPRECIATION

“Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed, Or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend; Nor would I pass, unseeing, worthy need, Or sin by silence when I should defend... 'The world is better that I lived to-day.'”

ELLA WHEELER WILCOX
POET
RIGHT CHOICES

“One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.”

ARCHIBALD RUTLEDGE
POET
PEACE

“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”

UNKNOWN
LOYALTY

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”

PEACE PILGRIM
PACIFIST, PEACE-ACTIVIST
TRUST

“Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment.”

ARTHUR JERSILD
PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION
PERSEVERANCE

“Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging.”

DEEPAK K. CHOPRA
PHYSICIAN, WRITER
CIVILITY

“Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.”

ARNOLD TOYNBEE
ECONOMIC HISTORIAN, SOCIAL REFORMER
OPTIMISM

“Don't worry so much about your self- esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward.”

DR. LAURA SCHLESSINGER
RADIO HOST, AUTHOR
TEAMWORK

“A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.”

UNKNOWN
RISING ABOVE

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

THOMAS JEFFERSON
3RD U.S. PRESIDENT
HONESTY

“Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie: A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.”

GEORGE HERBERT
POET, ORATOR, PRIEST
LAUGHTER

“Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.”

NATALIE GOLDBERG
AUTHOR, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
EQUALITY

“Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.”

CHERIE CARTER-SCOTT
AUTHOR, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
SHARING

“Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.”

UNKNOWN
SACRIFICE
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