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“Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”

ORISON SWETT MARDEN
AUTHOR, PUBLISHER
INTEGRITY

“Parents, teach your children to express themselves. Teach them to be in touch with their emotions, to speak honestly to people, and to maintain integrity and stick by their principles in all they do. This is perhaps the highest morality you can instill.”

JEFFERY BRYANT
LEADERSHIP

“Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.”

GEORGE SANTAYANA
PHILOSOPHER, POET, ESSAYIST, NOVELIST
STRENGTH

“A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.”

WASHINGTON IRVING
AUTHOR
GREAT MUSIC

“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.”

LES BROWN
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
SHARING

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself. ”

HENRY WARD BEECHER
CLERGYMAN, SOCIAL REFORMER
CONFIDENCE

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

LAOZI
CHINESE PHILOSOPHER, CENTRAL FIGURE IN TAOISM
OPPORTUNITY

“Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.”

ALAN ALDA
ACTOR, DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER
GIVING BACK

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

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

“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.”

RALPH MARSTON
HARD WORK

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”

ROY DISNEY
FORMER DISNEY EXECUTIVE, NEPHEW OF WALT DISNEY
PERSEVERANCE

“Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.”

BILL BRADLEY
AMERICAN HALL OF FAME BASKETBALL PLAYER, RHODES SCHOLAR
LOYALTY

“Respect is love in plain clothes.”

FRANK BYRNES
FORMER IRISH RADIO HOST
COMPLIMENTS

“Dream your dream. Follow your heart. Imagine. Listen to the wind. Drink sunsets. Be free. Let the wonder never cease. Believe. Wish on EVERY star. Create adventure. Be Kind.”

DEBBIE COULTER
LOVE

“Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able and yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.”

WILLIAM PENN
FOUNDER OF PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES
GREAT MUSIC

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”

LAOZI
CHINESE PHILOSOPHER, CENTRAL FIGURE IN TAOISM
SHARING

“Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.”

JOHN J. MCCLOY
LAWYER, BANKER
VISION

“You are here for a purpose. There is no duplicate of you in the whole wide world. There never has been, there never will be. You were brought here now to fill a certain need. Take time to think that over.”

LOU AUSTIN
AUTHOR
GIVING BACK

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”

ZIG ZIGLAR
MOTIVATIONAL AUTHOR, SPEAKER
HONOR

“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.”

NANCY COEY
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
PASSION

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”

G. K. CHESTERTON
WRITER, POET, ESSAYIST, NOVELIST
CHARITY

“Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself, and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.”

DR. LEO BUSCAGLIA
PROFESSOR, AUTHOR
VISION

“Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.”

DR. THOMAS DOOLEY
US NAVY PHYSICIAN
SOUL

“No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.”

HARRY EMERSON FOSDICK
CLERGYMAN
OPPORTUNITY

“Life means to have something definite to do—a mission to fulfilled—and in the measure in which we avoid setting our life to something, we make it empty. Human life, by its very nature, has to be dedicated to something.”

JOSE ORTEGA Y GASSET
PHILOSOPHER
FORGIVENESS

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms: it means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”

G. K. CHESTERTON
WRITER, POET, ESSAYIST, NOVELIST
SOUL

“Character is the total of thousands of small daily strivings to live up to the best that is in us.”

A. G. TRUDEAU
FORMER US ARMY GENERAL
REACHING OUT

“There is something more - the spirit, or the soul. I think that that quality encourages our courtesy and care and our minds. And mercy, and identity.”

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

“By sharing something, I realized that I'm not alone, that there are a lot of people that share with me the same preoccupations, the same ideas, the same ideals, and the same quest for a meaning for this life. ”

PAULO COELHO
POET, WRITER
EDUCATION

“As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor?”

LYNDON B. JOHNSON
36TH U.S. PRESIDENT
COMPASSION

“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.”

UNKNOWN
HONESTY

“The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world.”

DEMOCRITUS
GREEK PHILOSOPHER
COMPLIMENTS

“Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.”

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