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Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it.
  - Irving Berlin, 1888-1989, Russian Composer

The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.
-George Bernard Shaw

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no
common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can:
All of them make me laugh.

-WH Auden

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

You did what you knew how to do, and when you knew better, you did better.

- Maya Angelou

The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents,
every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching.

- Assyrian Tablet, c2800 BC

All I know to do is to light the candle that has been given to me.
~ Fred Rogers a.k.a. "Mister Rogers"

Stop the war within yourself and you will do the world and humanity the
greatest service.
-- Ajahn Sumanobhikku in "Questions from the City, Answers from the Forest"

chrisleighlowe:  if God gave you a bad voice, give it back!

There's always room for improvement, you know--it's the biggest room in
the house.
~ Louise Heath Leber

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least
once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
   --Rene Descartes
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"You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once."
--Oprah Winfrey

". . . trust yourself when all men doubt you / But make allowance for their doubting too."
--Rudyard Kipling

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.

-Helen Keller

Daily Hindu Reading

The Lord is the operator; we are
But his innumerable instruments.
May we, in our consciousness, realize
The bliss he alone can give us.

-Shvetashvatara Upanishad

Excerpted from The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with

Samuel Johnson
(1709-1784, British Author)

It is good to be merry and wise,
It is good to be honest and true,
It is best to off with the old love,
Brfore you are on with the new.

 Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on
you with a miniature machine gun.
--Matt Groening

Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand.

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daily Buddhist Wisdom

Turn away from mischief.
Again and again, turn away,
Before sorrow befalls you.

Set your heart on doing good.
Do it over and over again,
And you will be filled with joy.

-Dhammapada 117-118

Only a dead fish swins with the current
- Indian Proverb

A person of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeks.

But an accurate definition of the self is impossible.  You are more than
you realize, more than you can define.  And the more time you spend
trying to nail down the definition, the less time you spend living right
now. ... Your past is not your identity... You, living now, is your
~ George Lawrence-Ell (The Invisible Clock)

Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you
   --- Zig Ziglar

Beliefnet -- We All Believe in Something

Daily Hindu Reading

He runs without feet and holds without hands.
He sees without eyes and hears without ears.
He knows everyone, but no one knows him.
He is called the First, the Great, the Supreme.

-Shvetashvatara Upanishad 3:19

The best of the people are the first to greet others.

-The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Abu Umamah

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in
our life, or in the life of another.

-- Helen Keller

You only go around once in life, so grab all the gusto you
   --- Joseph Schlitz

Insist upon yourself. Never imitate.
   --- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-respect is the root of discipline.  The sense of dignity grows
with the ability to say no to one's self.
~ Anonymous

Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great
temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the
real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being
decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you
shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made
except by a steady, long continued process.

-- Phillips Brooks

Dare to be right! Dare to be True!
You have a work that no other can do;
Do it so bravely, so kindly, so well,
Angels will hasten the story to tell.  -Anonymous

"It is easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by like a song.
But the man worthwhile is one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1850-1919, Poet

Talk to anyone about himself positively and he’ll listen without

– Dale Carnegie

"If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure."
J. Danforth Quayle

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."
J. Danforth Quayle

"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."
J. Danforth Quayle

"The future will be better tomorrow."
J. Danforth Quayle

We are here to add what we can to life,
not to get what we can from it.

William Osler

2001 Reflection for the Day, Boston Globe, 12/27/02, B10

"Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.
We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves."
- Chief Seattle

"Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation."
- Unknown

What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become
by achieving your goals.--Zig Zigler

Great people talk about great ideas; average people talk about average ideas;
small people talk about other poeple.--Anonymous

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas.
If your ideas are any good you'll have to ram them down people's throats.--Howard Aiken

I've never learned anything while I was talking.--Larry King

Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before,
but in saying what you think yourself. ~ James Stephens

Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods,
Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts.

-Ovid  seed in Vol 1, issue 50 of Jobfind

a friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can
sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
   --- Anon (

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Indeed, unless the billboards fall
I'll never see a tree at all.--Ogden Nash

Someday is not a day of the week.

Source Unknown

"There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music."

John Keats

It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1819-1892, American Poet

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.

-e.e. cummings

They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.
-Hindu proverb

"The lesson which life constantly repeats is to 'look under your feet.'
 You are always nearer to the divine
 and the true sources of your power than you think.
 The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.
 The great opportunity is where you are.
 Do not despise your own place and hour.
 Every place is under the stars.
 Every place is the center of the world."

 John Burroughs, 1837-1921
 American Author and Naturalist

"Let us pray to the One who holds us
   in the hollow of His hands,
 To the One who holds us in the curve of Her arms,
   To the One whose flesh is the flesh of hills and
    hummingbirds and angleworms,
 Whose skin is the color of an old Black woman
   and a young white man; and the color of the leopard
    and the grizzly bear and the green grass snake,
 Whose hair is like the aurora borealis, rainbows,
   nebulae, waterfalls, and a spider's web,
 Whose eyes sometime shine like the Evening Star,
   and then like fireflies, and then again like an open wound,
 Whose touch is both the touch of life and the touch of death,
 And whose name is everyone's, but mostly mine.
 And what shall we pray?
 Let us say, 'thank you.'"

Max Coots
American Minister

Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly
    selfish act. It sets you free from the past. -- Brian Tracy

from Mental Vitamins

Aish HaTorah's
Way #20:
(part four)

by Rabbi Noah Weinberg

* * *


Sometimes we get bored with living. So we make a phone call and chatter to pass the time.

Don't use conversation as an escape from reality. It's a waste of energy and words. And when the conversation is over, we feel empty.

Make every word count. Consider your words as precious jewels, to be used sparingly. Speak to the point, with clarity and purpose. Think before you speak. Make sure to say what you intended to say, in the best way you could say it. Frame your words. Connect your words with your mind, rather than letting your mouth run away and then having to catch up with your mouth.

Unnecessary talk dulls your mind. Efficient use of words puts you in control of your mind.

There's an old saying: "Small people speak about people. Medium people speak about places and things. Big people speak about ideas." The words you choose determine the type of person you'll be.

Don't talk without a purpose. In any conversation, ask yourself: "Is there a point to this conversation? Am I learning anything about life? Am I growing? Are we making contact?" If you can't identify the point, there probably is none.

There is an ancient Jewish tradition called ta'anit dibur -- a "speech fast." When people find themselves talking too much, they refrain from all conversation except for Torah study. Likewise, in the House of Prayer, there should be no outside conversations -- just God and yourself.

Try experimenting for one hour without talking. It's a healthy exercise in self-control, and can help you focus on your inner self. Don't worry, people will just assume you've got laryngitis.

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Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn't be done.

-Sam Ewing

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior
teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.  - William A. Ward

The stars are the street lights of eternity.

- Rosicrucian

You create your opportunities by asking for them.

Patty Hansen
(American Author)

It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and
thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts. -Robert H.
Schuller, 1926-, American Minister (Crystal Cathedral), Author, Social

"Oh thou Great Chief,
 Light a candle in my heart,
 That I may see what is therein,
 And sweep the rubbish from thy dwelling place."

 Prayer of An African Schoolgirl

You don't always get what you ask for, but you never get what you
don't ask for... unless it's contagious!

Franklyn Broude

"It's good to shut up sometimes." – Marcel Marceau

It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world.

-William Cobbett

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered
heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they
refused to become discouraged by their defeats. -Bertie C. Forbes,
1880-1954, American Publisher

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Daily Lift #146   Help Each Other's Differences

Imagine two people who are very different from each other. This needn't be a source of conflict. Rather, if each one focuses on how to help the other, then the differences between them will actually make their personalities complementary.

Not only will they like each other despite their differences, but rather, because of them. They will even become closer, because their differences provide more opportunities to be of service to each other.

Contrast this to those who focus on what he can take from the other. They will quarrel frequently and eventually end up hating one another.
(see Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler - Michtav MaiEliyahu, vol.3,
pp.33-4; Rabbi Pliskin's "Consulting the Wise")

To be nobody but yourself - in a world which is doing its best,
night and day, to make you like everybody else -- means to fight the
hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.

e.e. cummings
(1894-1962, American Poet)

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

-Henry Ford

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.


Now there's a man with an open mind ... you can feel the
breeze from here!
   --- Groucho Marx

With Knowledge comes Opportunity,
With Opportunity comes Success.
   --- Anon

Life is like a bowl of Cheerio's. You may get pushed under,
but you always pop back up.
   --- Anon


Daily Lift #137   Make A Positive Identification

Some people identify themselves with their faults, weaknesses, and limitations. This weakens and limits them. Others identify themselves with their virtues, skills, and positive qualities. This strengthens them and brings out their best.

Identify yourself with your strengths and virtues. This will enable you to help others do the same.

(From Rabbi Pliskin's book Kindness)

Let us be poised, wise and our own today. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

God has made the cat to give to man the pleasure of caressing the tiger. -- Victor Hugo

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds
discuss people.
 — Admiral Hyman G. Rickover.

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
— Russell.

I'll be the in to your sane.
— Numan.

When a finger points at the moon, the imbecile examines the finger.
— Buddha.
564(?)-483 BC

Don't argue with idiots. They drag you down to their level and beat you
with experience.
 — Phil.

Genius is eternal patience.
— Michelangelo Buonarotti.

Only dead fish follow the stream.
   --- Anon

Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day.

-William James

A wise old owl sat on an oak,
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?
(Edward H. Richards)

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I will not forget you.
(William Arthur Ward)

We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have
much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in
doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing
nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are
few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.

(BC 3-65 AD, Roman Philosopher, Dramatist, Statesman)

 Do not let what you cannot do
 interfere with what you can do.

      - John Wooden

All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a
 second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line.  Many
 a man has taken the first step.  With every additional step you
 enhance immensely the value of your first.
  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Success is that old ABC – ability, breaks and courage."
– Charles Luckman

There's a lot of people in this world who spend so much time
watching their health that they haven't time to enjoy it.

-Josh Billings

Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.

-John Lubbock

Enthusiasm is the daily food for
successful people.
   --- Marie Svistunovs

If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.

-Albert Einstein

Don't tell me how rocky the sea is, just bring in the ship.
   --- Vince Lombardi

Yesterday I dared to struggle, today I dare to win.
   --- Bernadette Devlin

Give a girl the correct footware and she can conquer the
   --- Bette Midler

To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see.

-Helen Keller

I'm so glad I never feel important. It does complicate life.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Only put off until tomorrow
 what you are willing to die
 having left undone.

      - Pablo Picasso

If a man empties his purse into his
head, no one can take it away from
him.  An investment in knowledge
always pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin

"In my hands I hold a candle
whose flame is small to see
And if I give but one light to you
my life is filled for me.
In your hands you hold a torch
for many eyes to see
So hold it high that they may light
their candlewicks from thee."

© Faye
From "The Prophet's Candle"

I cannot hold with those who want to put down the insignificant chatter of the world
--Anthony Trollope

Doubt limits you from what is already yours, but faith unlocks the door allowing you to walk in and
receive it.-Jeannette Tyson Gregory (submitted by motherpen)

 People with goals succeed because they know where they are going...
 It's as simple as that.
  - Earl Nightingale

If you limit your choices
to what seems possible or reasonable,
you disconnect yourself
from what you truly want,
and all that is left is a compromise.

     - Robert Fritz

He who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints.
   --- Joan L. Brannon

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are
about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the
beginning, there will be no failure.

(BC 600-?, Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of the Tao Te Ching)

When you start thinking about growing your brand, be sure not to
ignore the Spandex rule:  Just because you can, doesn't mean you
 - Scott Dedbury, CEO of Brandstream

"It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only
place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the

– Thomas Wolfe

"There ain't no rules around here! We're trying to accomplish something!" - Thomas A. Edison

Don't solve your problems, dissolve your problems - so that they should not recur again.

-Yogi Bhajan

Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes.
Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or we grow weak,
and at last some crisis shows us what we have become.

-Bishop Westcott

My life's work has been accomplished. I did all that I could.

Mikhail Gorbachev
(1931-, Soviet Statesman and President of USSR (1988-91)

If you had to identify, in one word,
the reason why the human race has
not achieved, and never will achieve,
its full potential,
that word would be: 'meetings.'

     - Dave Barry

Recognize that you have the courage within you to fulfill the purpose of your birth.
Summon forth the power of your inner courage and live the life of your dreams.

-Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

"I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance...

                I hope you dance..."

From the song "I Hope You Dance"
As performed by Lee Ann Womack

"Know, oh beloved, that we were not created in jest or at random, but
marvelously made and for some great end."

Al-Ghazzali, 1058–1111

A man needs only two tools in his workshop: WD-40 and duct
tape.  If it doesn't move and it should, use the WD-40.  It
it does move and it shouldn't, use the duct tape.
   --- Anon

I don't need your attitude.  I have one of my own.
   --- Anon

Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate!  Mr. Gorbachev, tear down
this wall! (Speech near the Berlin Wall, 1987)
   --- Ronald Reagan

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds
rise above them.

Washington Irving
(1783-1859, American Author)

If you won't be better tomorrow than you were today, then what do you need tomorrow for?

-Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

It doesn't take time to change one's destiny.

- Kashmiri

My songs will pass and be forgotten.  What counts, however, is that
 I sang them.

  - Andrew Greeley in Letters to a Loving God.

"One man with courage makes a majority." – Andrew Jackson

Nothing is harder to do gracefully, than getting off your
high horse.
   --- Anon

No one asked me to volunteer.
   --- Homer Simpson

Adopt the pace of nature: Her
secret is patience.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson


By three methods
we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection
which is noblest;
second by imitation.
which is easiest;
and third by experience,
which is bitterest.

     - Confucius

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have
perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe
that we are gifted for something, and that this something, at whatever
cost, must be attained." -Marie Curie

One should never forget that by actually perfecting one piece one
gains and learns more than by starting or half-finishing a dozen.

-- Johannes Brahms

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

-Johannes A. Gaertner

"One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."

--Sigmund Freud

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing,
great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of
honor and good sense." – Winston Churchill

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them
become what they are capable of being.


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

-Henry Ford

By working faithfully eight hours a day,
you may eventually get to be a boss and work 12 hours a day.

--Robert Frost

Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet you can't win.
-- Robert Heinlein

"Make voyages! Attempt them. . . there's nothing else."

Tennessee Williams

"I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the
sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful."

--Pete Hamill

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be
taken seriously. — Hubert Humphrey

I’ll defend to the death your right to say that, but I never said
I’d listen to it! — Tom Galloway

History repeats itself because no one listens the first time. —

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

Babe Ruth
(1895-1948, American Baseball Player)

"A really great person is the person who makes every person feel great."

Gilbert K Chesterton

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

-Abraham Lincoln

A teacher asked a student to sum up Socrates' life in four lines. She said:

1. Socrates lived a long time ago.
2. He was very smart.
3. Socrates gave long speeches.
4. His friends poisoned him.

Moral: Shorten your talk!

Every dogma has its day

-Israel Zangwill

Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.

-- Will Rogers

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your ignorance.

-Thomas Sowell

Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.

-May Sarton

"Man does not live by a turkey in every oven or a color TV set in every
home. Man lives by faith and hope and love, by the star on the horizon,
by the trumpet that will not call retreat."

-E. Merrill Root

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.

- John Barrymore

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than to be crowded
on a velvet cushion.

-Henry David Thoreau

Always aim for achievement, and forget about success.

-Helen Hayes

They used to say that knowledge is power. I used to think so, but I know
now they mean money.

-- Lord Byron

What was is no more, what if is just if.

- Maltese

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than
knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to
results, because there follows immediate peace.

Bhagavad Gita
(c. BC 400, Sanskrit Poem Incorporated Into the Mahabharata)

Wait for the wisest of all counselors, Time.


A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw

"My candle burns at both ends;
 It will not last the night;
 But ah, my foes and oh, my friends --
 It gives a lovely light!"

 Edna St. Vincent Millay

 chrisleighlowe:  so, put one end out.

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

- Abraham Lincoln

"Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone."

Robert Allen

Success is that old ABC --
 ability, breaks, and courage.

      - Charles Luckman

chrisleighlowe:  It's always work and never beach.  It's a simple rule to remember

Lord, fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff
And nudge me when I've said enough.


chrisleighlowe:  "I'm not going to get into the middle of this", he said sagely.

Return those shoes
  to the shoemaker
Return this hand to my father
This pillow to the pillowmaker
Those slippers to the shop.
That wainscot to the carpenter,
But my mind
  my tranquil and eternal Mind
Return it to whom?

- Jack Kerouac

There is only one religion though there are a hundred versions of it.

- George Bernard Shaw

Yes, one gets over things. But there are certain memories one can't bit on.

- Edith Wharton

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

e.e. cummings

Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.

-Will Rogers

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

-James Dent

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they are going to be
dead by midnight.  Extend to them all the care, kindness, and
understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.
 Your life will never be the same again.

 - Og Mandino, Author

Skills to do comes of doing.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior
to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves
against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in
being better than someone else."

-Nathaniel Branden

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
-Winston Churchill

Status quo
Latin for the mess we're in
-Jere Moorman

There's no point in keeping a dog if you're going to do your own barking.
--Irish Saying

The purpose of life is a life of purpose
--Robert Byrne

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.

- John Quincy Adams

You will never find time for anything. you must make it.

Charles Buxton
(1823-1871, British Author)

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
 - Anais Nin

Son, when you grow up you will know who I really am. I am just a child like you
who has been forced to act responsibly.

- Rod Byrnes

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.

- William James

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

  - Joseph Campbell

Nobody ever forgets where he buried a hatchet.

-Kin Hubbard

Access to power must be confined to those who are not in love with it.


I think and think for months and years.  Ninety-nine times the
conclusion is false.  The hundredth time I am right.
 - Albert Einstein

"Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to
gather strength." – Jim Rohn

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is
because we do not dare that they are difficult."


"Set too many goals and keep adding more goals. Goals have a tendency to
be realized all at once." – Mark Victor Hansen

"People do not learn skills by love alone."

The One Minute Manager in "Leadership and the One Minute Manager", page 66


Daily Lift #67   Appreciate Being Alive

Cultivate a deep feeling of appreciation for the fact that you are
alive. The Jewish practice of saying the "Modeh Ani" prayer the
first moment we are awake, strengthens our awareness of the
great gift of life.

Try saying the "Modeh Ani" prayer: "I express my gratitude to
You, the King who is alive and always exists, for returning my
soul to me, with compassion. Great is Your trustworthiness."
(See Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Self Knowledge, pp.120-1; and
Siddur with morning prayers)

Weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society--things can
look dark,l and then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed.

-E.B. White

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others
and the world remains and is immortal.

-Albert Pike

Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.


Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right,
is there not some reason to fear that I may be wrong?

Jane Austen

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.

Oscar Wilde
(1856-1900, British Author, Wit)

"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way."

Dr. Seuss

A flock of blessings light upon thy back

--William Shakespeare

An obstacle is something you see when you take your eyes off the goal

Few great men could pass personnel

--Paul Goodman

When you soar like an eagle, you attract the hunters

A small group of thoughtful people can change the world.
Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room.

Lorraine Teel

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind.

Helen Keller

Sometimes it is worse to win a fight than lose.

Billie Holiday

No trumpets sound when the important decisions in our life are made.
Destiny is made known silently.

Agnes DeMille

I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.

Gilda Radnor

We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.

Helen Keller
(1880-1968, American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, Amorist)

"The success of the actions of great men depends more upon the purity of
their hearts than upon the means of their actions."

– Vedas

"You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked.
Try approving of yourself and see what happens."

Louise L. Hay

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly
 making exciting discoveries.
  - A. A. Milne

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share
your riches, but to reveal to him his own.

Benjamin Disraeli
(1804-1881, British Statesman, Prime Minister)

Work and play are words used to describe the ame thing under differing conditions.

-Mark Twain

"God may not always come
exactly when you call Him...
but He is always on time.”

Brooklyn Street Poet

"You cannot push anyone up the ladder
unless he is willing to climb himself."

      ~ Andrew Carnegie

...that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes
as naturally as sleep.

--Willa Cather

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't
recognize them.

- Ann Landers

"Our company has indeed stumbled onto some of its new products. But
never forget that you can only stumble if you're moving."

– Richard Carlton

 chrisleighlowe:  "Never attibute to malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity."

Reward excellent failures.  Punish mediocre successes.
  - Phil Daniels, executive

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

-Vincent Van Gogh

Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.

Alfred North Whitehead

"Believe me, everyone has their secret sorrows, which the world knows
not; and oftentimes we call them cold when they are only sad."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Adapted

Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.

Alfred North Whitehead

 chrisleighlowe:  I said "if you insist on an answer today, it is no"


        Author:  Unknown

"There is no use in trying," she [Alice] said: "one can’t believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven’t had much practice," said the Queen. " When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

 - Lewis Carroll [Alice Through The Looking Glass]


 If you're going to take gambles,
 you must have one thing:

      - Don Shula

There is one thing more powerful than all the armies of the world, and that is an idea
whose time has come.

Victor Hugo

Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.
-Comte de Buffon

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which
difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

John Quincy Adams
(1767-1848, Sixth President of the USA)

"Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress."

Alfred A. Montapert
American Author

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us...Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

-Mother Teresa

"One's best success comes after their greatest disappointments."
— Henry Ward Beecher

Every highly successful person is a maniac on a mission.

Too much agreement kills a chat
-Eldridge Cleaver

All real living is meeting
-Martin Buber

O Lord! that leads me life. Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness

Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind
-Romans 12:2

If you know what you're aiming at, it greatly improves your oddes of hitting your target
-Michael W. Mercer & Mary Ann Troiana, Spontaneous Optimism

 It's necessary to be slightly underemployed
 if you are to do something significant.

      - James D. Watson

Don't let To Be Announced have all the fun. Please get in touch and add your
name to the agenda.

Pisi Liu, Toastmasters@MIT

Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we are going to show.

-Mignon McLaughlin

"Our real problem is not our strength today; it is rather the vital
necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow."

— Calvin Coolidge

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

Benjamin Disraeli
(1804-1881, British Statesman, Prime Minister)

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
-Henry Ford

"Multitudes of people, drifting aimlessly to and fro without a set purpose, deny themselves such fulfillment of their capacities, and the satisfying happiness which attends it. They are not wicked, they are only shallow. They are not mean or vicious; they simply are empty -- shake them and they would rattle like gourds. They lack range, depth, and conviction. Without purpose their lives ultimately wander into the morass of dissatisfaction. As we harness our abilities to a steady purpose and undertake the long pull toward its accomplishment, rich compensations reward us. A sense of purpose simplifies life and therefore concentrates our abilities; and concentration adds power."

Kenneth Hildebrand
American Author
 - Carpe Diem! Mailing List -


(A story with a Moral - in every situation - Work or Home)

A rat looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his
wife  opening a package. What food might it contain? He was aghast to
discover  that it was a rat trap. Retreating to the farmyard the rat
proclaimed   the    warning;
"There is a rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said,
"Excuse  me,  Mr. Rat, I can tell this is a grave concern to you,
but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The rat turned to the pig and told him, "There is a rat trap in the
  house,  a rat trap in the house!" "I am so very sorry Mr. Rat," sympathized
  the   pig, "but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured
  that  you  are in my prayers."

The rat turned to the cow. She said, "Like wow, Mr. Rat. A rat trap.
I  am  in grave danger. Duh?"

So the rat returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face
the   farmer's rat trap alone. That very night a sound was heard
throughout  the   house, like the sound of a rat trap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness,
she  did   not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had

The  snake bit the farmer's wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital. She returned home with a

Now   everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the
farmer    took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.
His   wife's sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with
her   around the clock. To feed them the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well. She died, and so many people
came  for  her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat
for all of them to eat.

And so, the moral is: anytime you hear that someone is facing a
problem,  nay a crisis, and think that it does not concern you, remember that
when  there is a rat trap in the house, the whole farmyard is at risk.

 "Turn your wounds into wisdom."
- Oprah Winfrey

"One midnight deep in starlight still
I dreamed that I received this bill:
..............In account with life:
Five thousand breathless dawns all new;
Five thousand flowers fresh in dew;
Five thousand sunsets wrapped in gold;
One million snowflakes served ice cold,
Five quiet friends; one baby's love;
One white-mad sea with clouds above;
One hundred music-haunted dreams
Of moon drenched roads and hurrying streams,
One June night in a fragrant wood;
One heart that loved and understood.
I wondered when I woke that day
How much this would cost if I had to pay."

Courtland W. Sayers
          - Adapted

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do." -

Dale Carnegie

I plan
a song
I never
the cats I like best
are the cats that take

Your life is like a tapestry
You look at one side &
see all the disconnected
& loose ends, and say,
"What a mess my life is!"
Turn it over & see
the finished piece &
see how beautifu
you have become.

The stars
so we might
how high
can soar
- A. Sanborn

Each path we choose
holds an adventure
and a challenge for
us.  Seek your dreams,
make them come true,
not through someone else
but through your own vision.  Learn
from your mistakes as well as your
triumphs.  But most importantly,
your dream is not
the master, but
you are the master of
your dream.

"Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements. "
- H. S. M. Burns

Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of
balance and order and rhythm and harmony.
 - Thomas Merton

"He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty." —

"The sun, with all its planets moving around it, can ripen the smallest
bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else to do. Why then should I doubt
His power?"


In our journey towards God, we proceed like those small birds whose flight is in loops.
They always seem to be about to drop, but the drop in their flight seems to urge them forward.

-Gerard W. Hughes

Two little words that
can make the
difference: START NOW.
 --Mary C. Crowley

Confidence comes
from hours
and days
and weeks
and years
of constant work
and dedication.

     - Roger Staubach

Great people aren't those who are happy at times of convienience
and content, but of how they are in times of catastrophy and controversy.

Marting Luther King, Jr.

My my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny
In quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
s always repeating itself
from the Song Waterloo at

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”


If your feet smell and your nose runs, you're built upside down.

"The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the
European. Life for him is always becoming, never being." — Albert

"In truth everything and everyone
 Is a shadow of the Beloved,
 And our seeking is His seeking
 And our words are His words...
 We search for Him here and there,
 while looking right at Him.
 Sitting by His side, we ask:
 'O Beloved, where is the Beloved?'

 - Rumi

A life making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more
useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.

George Bernard Shaw
(1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist)

"The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who
can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight
back". — Abigail Van Buren

Possibly we might even improve the world a little, if we got up early
in the morning, and took off our coats to the work.

Charles Dickens

Most persons would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Failure is not an option. It's bundled with your software.
Example isn't the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Albert Schweitzer

Quotes Page

Joe Hopgood, President, Tri-County Talkers Toastmasters,
May 22, 2002

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.

Robert Frost
In the Clearing

Carol Benson Holst, Religious Education Director, UU Church of the Verdugo Hills, Las Crescenta, CA
Thought you might be interested in a song we're learning to help children easily remember the seven principles.

(Sung to the tune of DO-RE-MI)

ONE -- Each person is important

TWO -- Be kind in all you do

THREE -- We're free to learn together

FOUR -- And search for what is true

FIVE -- All people need a vote

SIX -- Build a fair and peaceful world

SEVEN -- We care for Earth's lifeboat

That will bring us back to me and UU... (repeat)

From REACH Fall 1999

Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone.

Gertrude Stein

Notice the difference between
when a mans says to himself,
I have failed three times,
and what happens when he says,
I am a failure.

      - S. I. Hayakawa

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.
-Baruch Spinoza

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly
given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never
persist in trying to set people right.

Hannah Whitall Smith

Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.
-William A. Ward

" Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for."
David Starr Jordan
American Biologist, Educator

Not knowing when the dawn will come,
 I open every door.
- Emily Dickinson

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
-St. Francis de Sales

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"Henceforth I ask not good fortune; I myself am good fortune -
 Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing -
 Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms -
 Strong and content I travel the open road."

 Walt Whitman

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind
me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend forever.
Author Unknown

"When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber."
Sir Winston Churchill

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees
the opportunity in every difficulty." — Sir Winston Churchill

"To get rid of an enemy one must love him."
Leo Tolstoy

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not
believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do
not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your
religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of
your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have
been handed down for many generations. But after observation and
analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is
conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and
live up to it."


"Life is full of obstacle illusions."

Grant Frazier

For all your days prepare,
And meet them ever alike:
When you are the anvil, bear--
When you are the hammer, Strike.
Edwin Markham

There is a destiny that makes us brothers
None goes his way alone.
All that we send into the lives of others
Comes back into our own

Edwin Markham

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than
the long range risks of comfortable inaction.

John F. Kennedy
(1917-1963, Thirty-fifth President of the USA)

It seems to me that people have vast potential.
Most people can do extraordinary things if they
have the confidence or take the risks.  Yet most
 people don't.  They sit in front of the television
and treat life as if it goes on forever.
                                                -- Philip Adams

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap
in the dark to our success." — Henry David Thoreau

"Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot."

D. H. Lawrence

Where there are idle mouths I will listen not; where there are idle hands I will linger not; where there are idle bodies I will visit not.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn,
unlearn and relearn."

Alvin Tofler

"You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket"

John Adams

"Fear defeats more people than poverty, ignorance, superstition, ill
health or lack of mental ability.

Albert Wiggam

To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The
saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might
have, and should have.

Louis E. Boone
(American Author)

"If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed.
But we are more than logical.
We are human beings,
and we have faith,
and we have hope."

Jacques Cousteau, 1910-1997
French Oceanographer

"The average person puts only 25 percent of his energy and ability into
his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50
percent of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far
between souls who devote 100 percent." — Andrew Carnegie

"In men whom men condemn as ill
I find so much of goodness still,
In men whom men pronounce divine
I find so much of sin and blot,
I do not dare to draw a line
Between the two, where God has not."

Joaquin Miller

I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.

-Pablo Picasso

"Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting."

John Russell

Duct tape is like "the force." It has a light side, a dark side
and holds the universe together.
                - Anonymous

"I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it. "

- Frank A. Clark

"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker." - John Maxwell

"He, who loses money, loses much;
 He, who loses a friend, loses much more;
 He who loses faith, loses all."
  Author Unknown

"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes."
- Peter Drucker

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.
-Victor Hugo

Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with
your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose
them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.

Carl Schurz
(1829-1906, German-born American Senator)

"When I die, I hope it's in a meeting. The transition from life to death will be barely perceptible."

Be different, stand out, and work your butt off.

     - Reba McEntire

And what he greatly thought,
he nobly dared.

     - Homer

The idea flow from the human spirit is absolutely unlimited.  All
you have to do is tap into the well.  I don't like to use the word
efficiency.  It's creativity.  It's a belief that every person counts.
 - Jack Welch, Chairman, General Electric

Actions are the seeds of Fate.
Deeds grow into Destiny.

     - A.L. Linall, Jr.


When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own.


Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its

Samuel Butler
(1612-1680, British Poet, Satirist)

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a
habit." -

"The greatest test of courage is to bear defeat without losing heart."
-Robert G. Ingersoll


Servant Leadership is a long-term, transformational approach to life
and work that has potential for creating change through our society.
It stresses the importance and benefit leaders gain by serving the
welfare of employees, customers, and communities.

A key tool in such leadership is listening.  Such a lead comes in
the listening.  The natural servant automatically responds to any
problem by listening first.  This causes him to be viewed as servant.
This builds strength in other people.  Our view of leadership can be
very verbal, like the boss who gives all the commands.  Actually,
servants listen first, then speak.   Listening helps us to go to the
depth in order to sense the lift that comes as leadership forges the
way.  From listening, we get the insights and creative thoughts to


All great deeds and all great thoughts
have a ridiculous beginning.
Great works are often born on
a street corner or in a restaurant's
revolving door.

     - Albert Camus

Let us not take ourselves too seriously.
None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.

     - Elizabeth II

"You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind.  Your mind
gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing. Get interested in
something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself!
Be somebody! Do something. The more you lose yourself in something
bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have."

Norman Vincent Peale

"The little cares that fretted me,
 I lost them yesterday
 Among the fields above the sea,
 Among the winds at play;
 Among the lowing of the herds,
 The rustling of the trees,
 Among the singing of the birds,
 the humming of the bees,

 The foolish fears of what may pass,
 I cast them all away
 Among the clover-scented grass,
 Among the new mown hay;
 Among the hushing of the corn
 Where drowsy poppies nod,
 Where ill thoughts die and good are born,
 Out in the fields with God."

 Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"The past is over, forget it. The future holds out hope, reach for it."
— Charles R. Swindoll

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it
will be enough.
 - Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 - 1327/8)

Brian Tracy's Quote of the Day is...

"To Know"

They that know not, and know not that they
know not,  they are fools,

They that know not, and know they know not,
they are simple,

They that know, and know not that they know,
they are asleep,

They that know, and know that they know,
they are wise,

“Do what you love, love what you do and deliver more than you promise.”

"Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway."

Emory Austin


Daily Lift #1000   Bring About Miracles In People’s Lives

Be aware of the positive attributes and behaviors of the people with whom you come into contact and help them build upon their strengths. Encouragement is a much more powerful tool for change and growth than blaming and condemning. You can bring about miracles in people’s lives if you believe in their potential.

"Buddha left a road map, Jesus left a road map, Krishna left a road map,
Rand McNally left a road map. But you still have to travel the road

Stephen Levine

All kids are gifted; some just open their packages earlier than others.

-Michael Carr

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.
Then will our world know the blessings of peace.

-William Gladstone (submitted by amberphoenix)
Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.

-Mark Twain

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge
 waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast
 compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet
 they pass by themselves without wondering.
  - Saint Augustine

Most people will look back and realize they did not have a great
 life because it's just so easy to settle for a good life.
  - Jim Collins quoted by Art Kleiner in Strategy + Business

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

-James Openheim

"There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use,
would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could

Orison Swett Marden

"The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death
in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be
found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by
living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.

*Paul Kurtz {Philosophy Professor & Author

There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.
-Anne Sophie Swetchine

"He drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win!
We drew a circle that took him in.”

Edwin Markham, 1852-1940
American Teacher and Poet

         Take time to think
  It is the source of power
         Take time to read
  It is the foundation of wisdom
         Take time to play
  It is the secret of perpetual youth
         Take time to be friendly
  It is the road to happiness
         Take time to laugh
  It is the music of the soul
         Take time to give
 It is a privilege

         Author Unknown (to me anyway)
When your heart speaks,
 take good notes.

      - Judith Campbell

Most people achieved their greatest successes one step beyond what
 looked like their greatest failure.
  - Brian Tracy

Sitting still and wishing
makes no man great.
The good Lord
sends the fishing
but You have to dig the bait.

-Unknown (submitted by Evelyn Gaddy)


Daily Lift #983   Consider Different Plans

Someone who feels discouraged will not be able to think straight and will most likely overlook opportunities that he could benefit from. If something is important to you, don’t think in a negative manner. Rather, try to think of a number of potential plans. One of those plans might work. The more optimistic and confident you are, the greater your chance of success.

One of the lessons of history
 is that nothing
 is often a good thing to do
 and always a clever thing to say.

      -  Will Durant

"If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following
your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient and thin.

*Katharine Butler Hathaway  {American Author}

Unless someone like you cares a whole, awful lot. Things
aren't going to get better, they're NOT!
 -- Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

A man on a mission
 is far different
 from a drone on a deadline.

      - Rheta Grimsley Johnson

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
  - Mahatma Gandhi

The greatest power we have is the power of choice.
  - Victor Parachin in The Toastmaster

Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.

John Petit-Senn
(1792-1870, French Poet)

In the time we have it is surely our duty to do
all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.
- William Barclay, Scottish Religious Author

chrisleighlowe:  sometimes life just works

There are moments when everything goes well, but don't be frightened.

-Jules Renard

"A traveler crossed a frozen stream
in trembling fear one day;
Later another drove across,
and whistled all the way.
Great and little faith alike
were granted safe convoy;
One had pangs of needless fear,
the other all the joy."

Author Unknown
But Greatly Appreciated!

"In other words, when we realize that everything we do matters, that every choice we make has
consequences, we see ourselves rightly as stars linked in a constellation of community.  We discover what
it might mean and what it might take to act with integrity...Be something like a star--whole and radiant and linked to
other stars--within the shimmering and glorious contellation of community."

"Choose Something Like A Star by Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, UU Church of Reading, January 7, 2001

"Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you
from lifting your heart toward heaven."

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Author of "Women Who Run With Wolves"

We are here on Earth to do good for others.
What the others are here for, I do not know.

     - W. H. Auden

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of
being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your
- Abraham Maslow

SMILING is infectious, You catch it like the flu
When someone SMILED at me today, I started SMILING too
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin
When he SMILED, I realized, I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then realized its worth,
A single SMILE just like mine, could travel 'round the earth.
So if you feel a SMILE begin, don't leave it undetected.

"Act as if you were already the person you want most to be."
Brian Tracy

They may forget what you said,
but they will never forget
how you made them feel.

     - Carl W. Buechner

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather the
wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn
for the vast and endless sea.

- Antoine de Saint Exupery

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.


"Sometimes the subconscious mind manifests a wisdom several
steps or even years ahead of the conscious mind, and has its
own way of leading us toward our destiny."

*Nathaniel Branden {American Author}

Don't be afraid to be amazing.
     - Andy Offutt Irwin

"I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people."
- Indira Ghandi

What you do inside of these four walls of the Toastmasters meeting is not as important as what you take with you outside of these four walls
Chris Lowe, DTM/ATM-S
Area B3 Governor

"I would tell people starting in business today that it's hard to be overprepared.  I think that a
good education, diversified personal development, and character are very important to success.  You
can never be successful if you don't somehow drum up enough courage to take a lot of personal risks,
whether that includes moving from one part of the country to another or standing up to a superior. It's
very important to be a risk taker and to be courageous about the kinds of things you must do and the
decisions you must make. It's also important to have a vision of your goals and to be able to communicate
that vision. If you want to be successful as a leader, it's important to understand how to set an example and, hopefully,
inspire people.  A lot of techniques, like effective speaking, can be learned. If you're not a good speaker today,
you can't lead a major corporation.

Frank Cary in "How They Achieved: Stories of Personal Achievement and Business Success" by
Lucinda Watson

"If there is no wind, row."

Latin Proverb

Follow the three R's: respect for self, respect for others, and responsibility for all your actions.

Dalai Lama

The miracle is not that
we do this work, but that
we are happy to do it.

Mother Teresa

Base your success on how many people you make successful.

"When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build
and bind.  When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of
love.  Where evil men would seek to prepetuate an unjust status quo, goo dmen must seek to bring into being
a real order of justice."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't ever take a fence down until
you know why it was put up.

Robert Frost
from the Boston Globe's Reflection for the Day

Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the 'Ready-Aim-Aim-Syndrome'. You must be willing to fire.
Brain Tracey

Indulging in one's desires in the hope of transcending them is like attempting to extinguish a fire by
pouring kerosene on it.

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."

-Coco Chanel

"We shall never cease from exploration
 And the end of all our exploring
 Will be to arrive where we started
 And know the place for the first time."

 T.S. Eliot

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.

Jesse Jackson
(1941-, American Clergyman, Civil Rights Leader)

"Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: Could Have, Might Have and Should Have."

Brian Tracey

A Wish for Leaders

I sincerely wish you will have the experience of thinking up a new idea, planning it, organizing it, and following it to completion, and then have it be magnificently successful.  I also hope you’ll go through the same process and have something “bomb out”.

I wish you could know how it feels “to run” with all your heart and lose…horribly.

I wish that you could achieve some great good for mankind, but have nobody know about it except for you.

I wish you could find something so worthwhile that you deem it worthy of investigating your life within it.

I hope you make a stupid mistake and get caught redhanded and are big enough to say those magic words; “I was wrong.”

I hope you give so much of yourself that some days you wonder if it’s worth all the effort.

I wish for you a magnificent obsession that will give you reason for living and a purpose and direction in life.

I wish for you the worst kind of criticism for everything you do, because