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Quotes of the Day

September 2, 2013

    Quote of the  Day  Directions:


1) Rewrite  or explain the quote in your own words.

2)  What does this quote mean to you? 

3)How can this sentiment be applied to your own life?

4) Who is someone that models this trait? 

5) Other thoughts?) 

6)  After the completion of  5 quotes, turn in for a grade.


Blessed is he who has found his work.

~ Thomas Carlyle



Whether You Think You Can or Can’t, You’re Right.

~ Henry Ford



Life is a garden. Dig it! 

~ David Spade (Joe Dirt)











The best things in life aren’t things.

~ Art Buchwald





You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

~ Robin Williams










Not all who wander are lost. 

~ J.R.R. Tolkien







Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

~Attributed to both T.H. Thompson and John Watson








Whenever possible, skip rather than walk. 

~Author Unknown


I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.



If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got, and you’ll always feel what you always felt.

~Author Unknown


The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

~Author Unknown




Dream like you will live forever, live like you will die today.

~James Dean


It is better to light one small candle than to sit and curse the darkness.

~Chinese Proverb



A good friend is hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.

~Author Unknown








Do or Do not.

There is no try.






“I think there is a world market for about five computers.”


~ Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943



“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country, and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.”

~ Editor of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957



We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

~Thornton Wilder

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”

~ Ken Olsen, president, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977



“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”

~ Western Union internal memo, 1876








Whatever you are, be a good one.

~Abraham Lincoln




“We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.”

~ Decca Recording Company executive rejecting the Beatles, 1962.




“Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.”

~ Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, YaleUniversity, 1929.


We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing.  Action always generates inspiration.  Inspiration seldom generates action.

~ Frank Tibolt


Never mistake motion for action.

~ Ernest Hemingway



Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.  You may have a heart of gold – but so does a

hard-boiled egg. 

~Author Unknown


People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.

~Lewis Cass



The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center.  So does a person.

~Norman Vincent Peale



I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.

~Flash Rosenberg



An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than cabbage, concludes that they will also make better soup.

~Henry L. Mencken





Whenever you fall, pick something up.

~Oswald Avery





I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.

~Wernher von Braun





We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.

~Author Unknown



Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

~Alphonse Karr



I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

~Arthur Rubinstein






There are two types of people – those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am!” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are.”

~Frederick L. Collins









Excellence is not a skill.  It is an attitude.

~Ralph Marston










You can observe a lot just by watching.

~Yogi Berra




“Who wants to hear actors talk?”

~ Harry M. Warner, president of Warner Brothers Pictures, 1927.


You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.

~ Yogi Berra


For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

~Author Unknown



 There are 86,400 seconds in this day.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”

~William A. Ward






The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.

~John E. Southard




“Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value.”

~ Maréchal Ferdinand Foch, 1911.



Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision; the ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

~Andrew Carnegie









If you don’t like how things are, change it!  You’re not a tree.

~Jim Rohn



You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

~Leo Aikman




It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.

~Albert Einstein


Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak.  Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.

~Author Unknown




Promise only what you can deliver.  Then deliver more than you promise.

~Author Unknown






Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.

~Albert Einstein




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

~Abraham Lincoln



There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire.

~John C. Collins










Dig the well before you are thirsty.

~Chinese Proverb




“Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.”

~ Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872


Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because he likes it, and one thing supremely well because he detests it.

~Brigham Young






Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

~Malcolm S. Forbes




Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

~Robert Brault






Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. 

~Samuel Johnson



When I was young, I admired clever people.  Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

~Abraham Joshua Heschel



You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

~John Wooden




By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.

~Winston Churchill






We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.




Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were 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



Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt



A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.

~ David Brinkley







It ain’t what they call you; it’s what you answer to.

~ W.C. Fields



If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

~Vincent Van Gogh






Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.

~Peter T. McIntyre



Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.

~Mary Kay Ash







What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson







The things we hate about ourselves aren’t more real than things we like about ourselves.

~ Ellen Goodman



You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.


~Lou Holtz and John Heisler


It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.

~ Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.

~ Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)


Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

~ Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)



If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?

~ Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)



Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.

~ Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)



There’s a large mustard-mine near here. And the moral of that is – The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours.

~ Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)



“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”

~ Lewis Carroll  (Through the Looking Glass: And What Alice Found There)



“You know,” he added gravely, “it’s one of the most serious things that can possibly happen to one in a battle — to get one’s head cut off.”

~ Lewis Carroll  (Through the Looking Glass: And What Alice Found There)

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”

~ Lord Kelvin, British mathematician, physicist, about 1895.


Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.


~ Henry Ford


Even if you are on the right track, if you sit there long enough, you will get run over.

~ Author Unknown







Generally speaking, the great achieve their greatness by industry rather than by brilliance. 

~ Bruce Barton






It’s always the right time to do what is right.

~ Dr. M. L. King Jr.



Victories that are cheap are cheap.  Those only are worth having which come as a result of hard fighting.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Ninety percent of the work done in this country is done by people who don’t feel well.

~ Theodore Roosevelt



A gem is not polished without friction, nor a person perfected without trials.

~ Chinese proverb









Be not afraid of going slowly.  Be afraid of standing still.

~ Japanese proverb



Being frustrated is disagreeable, but the real disasters in life begin when you get what you want.

~ Irving Kristol

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

~ Vince Lombardi


The trouble with being a good sport is that you have to lose in order to prove it.

~ Author Unknown




The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.


Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed.

~Robert Gallagher







I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

~Mark Twain




Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

~Albert Einstein





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

~Henry Ford




One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.

~Sidney Howard










Goals are dreams with deadlines.

~Diana Scharf Hunt



Don’t say you don’t have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

~Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.




Sometimes the path you’re on is not as important as the direction you’re heading.

~Kevin Smith





Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.

~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche





Vision without action is a daydream.  Action without vision is a nightmare.

~Japanese Proverb






Putting off an easy thing makes it hard.  Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.

~George Claude Lorimer









Procrastination is the thief of time.

~Edward Young









If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.

~Mark Twain








Who lies for you will lie against you.

~Bosnian Proverb










A half truth is a whole lie.

~Yiddish Proverb








The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.

~Ambrose Bierce




Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

~Winston Churchill



There’s one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him.  If he says, “Yes,” you know he is a crook.

~Groucho Marx



I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle.  Washington could not lie.  I can lie, but I won’t. 

~Mark Twain




The goodness of the true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability.

~Edgar Allan Poe



Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you.  Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch it to be sure.

~Murphy’s Law

How is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?

~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld






How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

~Author Unknown



Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.

~Joseph Addison, The Spectator





Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he’s talking about.

~Sam Ewing



How can I control my life when I can’t control my hair?

~Author Unknown



If in the last few years you haven’t discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse.  You may be dead.

~ Gelett Burgess







Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

~Henry David Thoreau



There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

~Nelson Mandela




Those who are brutally honest are seldom so with themselves.

~Mignon McLaughlin








“Know thyself?”  If I knew myself, I’d run away.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.








Men may scoff, and men may pray, but they pay every pleasure with a pain.

~William Henley




No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.

~Publilius Syrus



The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.

~Henry David Thoreau








Better a thousand times careful than once dead.




We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom.

~Michel de Montaigne



It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.

~A.A. Hodge




Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.

~Doug Larson







Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or they didn’t.

~L.L. Hendren





Amateurs compete against each other, professionals compete against themselves.

~ Lee Travino









Everything that can be invented has been invented.

~ Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.





Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.

~Mac McCleary






Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.

~Jim Davis





As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.

~Joan Gussow



Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

~Harriet Braiker







Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.




They say that nobody is perfect.  Then they tell you practice makes perfect.  I wish they’d make up their minds.

~Wilt Chamberlain





Most people are awaiting virtual reality; I’m awaiting virtuous reality.

~Eli Khamarov, “Lives of the Cognoscenti”




The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

~Lily Tomlin


A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

~Dwight D. Eisenhower


Yes, I am positive that one of the great curatives of our evils, our maladies, social, moral, and intellectual, would be a return to the soil, a rehabilitation of the work of the fields.

~Charles Wagner





The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.

~Wilson Mizner



It’s hard to detect good luck – it looks so much like something you’ve earned.

~Frank A. Clark



Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring those who don’t depend on it.

~Author Unknown



Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which will never happen.

~James Russel Lowell


Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

~Leo Buscaglia


Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.

~Corrie ten Boom



If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.

~Calvin Coolidge





Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff.  Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.

~Robert Eliot







Wherever you go, go with all your heart.






Don’t live down to expectations.  Go out there and do something remarkable.

~Wendy Wasserstein


If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

~Milton Berle






Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted.

~John Lennon



It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

~Edmund Hillary


The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm.

~Fred Dehner






You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

~Michael Jordan

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

~Thomas Alva Edison




Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

~Thomas Edison





Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson




Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.








The years teach much which the days never knew.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of HarvardUniversity.

~William F. Buckley



The AmericanRepublic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

~Alexis de Tocqueville




I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

~Martin Luther King


If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.

~Somerset Maugham


The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

~Ronald Reagan






Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.

~Teddy Roosevelt



Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

~Unknown Author








Avoid popularity if you would have peace.

~Abraham Lincoln



Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

~Abraham Lincoln



Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

~Abraham Lincoln









Everybody likes a compliment.

~Abraham Lincoln








Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

~Abraham Lincoln




How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.

~Abraham Lincoln



I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

~Abraham Lincoln


I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

~Abraham Lincoln


A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

~William Shakespeare



All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

~William Shakespeare




Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

~ William Shakespeare





“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

~ Mahatma Gandhi





“Perseverance can tip the scale from failure to success.”

 ~ Unknown


Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

~William Shakespeare










An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.

~Thomas Jefferson




Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

~Dalai Lama



If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

~Dalai Lama



Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.

~Dalai Lama



The easiest way to keep a secret is without help.

~Author Unknown




Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

~Abigail Adams


You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror; I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

~Eleanor Roosevelt






Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

~Martin Luther King




The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

~Ann Landers




It is the job that is never started that takes the longest to finish.

~J.R.R. Tolkien


All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

~J.R.R. Tolkien

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

~Thomas A. Edison




A great man is always willing to be little.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

~C. S. Lewis




With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.

~C. S. Lewis



You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.

~Irish Proverb





Plow your own fields and rear your own children.

~Chinese Proverb



A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.

~Robert Hughes



Earth, teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.

~William Alexander


If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.

~Nadine Star


I just happen to think that we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.

~Paul Newman


Then plough deep while sluggards sleep and you shall have corn to sell and keep.

~Benjamin Franklin


Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have.

~Thom Jones





An honest answer is the sign of true friendship.

~Proverbs 24:26








Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.
~William Butler Yeats



If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.

~Abigail Van Buren





The road to success is always under construction.

~Lily Tomlin






Your work should be in praise of what you love.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

~Edmund Burke

Let’s stop admiring the problem and move on.

~Anita Voelker



I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

~Edward Everett Hale






This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.

~Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club)