Ability

All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.
~ Pearl S. Buck ~

There is one elementary Truth-- the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that never otherwise would have occurred...

Whatever you can do,
Or dream you can do,
Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.
~ Goethe ~

Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are all capable of greater things than we realize.
~ Norman Vincent Peale ~
(1898-1993, American Christian Reformed Pastor, Speaker, Author)

There is no such thing as can't, only won't. If you're qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can't blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people.
~ Jan Ashford ~

There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do.
~ Orison Swett Marden ~
(1850-1924, American Author, Founder of Success Magazine)

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.
~ Lee Iacocca ~

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
~ William James ~

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.
~ Thomas Fuller ~
(1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)

You always pass failure on the way to success.
~ Mickey Rooney ~

It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better.The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause. Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
~ Theodore Roosevelt ~
(1858-1919, Twenty-sixth President of the USA)

Winning is not a sometime thing; It's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time.
~ Vince Lombardi ~
(1913-1970, American Football Coach)

Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.
~ John Andrew Holmes ~

Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality.
~ Wayne Dyer ~
(1940-, American Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer)

They are able because they think they are able.
~ Virgil ~

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
~ John Ruskin ~

The important thing is to dare to dream big, then take action to make it come true.
~ Joe Girard ~
(American Sales Trainer, Author, Lecturer)


Acceptance

The past is an illusion. You must learn to live in the present and accept yourself for what you are now. What you lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge and constant practice.

~ Bruce Lee ~
(1940-1973, Chinese-American Actor, Director, Author, Martial Artist)

Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets.
~ Clark Moustakas ~

We must accept life for what it actually is -- a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.
~ Ida R. Wylie ~


Change

Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.
~ Norman Cousins ~
(1915-1990, American Editor, Humanitarian, Author)

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
~ Charles Darwin ~
(1809-1882, British Naturalist)

The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That's all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it's something you allow.
~ Will Garcia ~

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
~ Eric Hoffer ~

Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.
~ Caroline Schoeder ~

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
~ Herbert A. Otto ~

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
~ Bruce Lee ~

We must become the change we want to see.
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

When you're finished changing, you're finished.
~ Benjamin Franklin ~

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
~ Confucius ~

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
~ Karen Kaiser Clark ~

If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.
~ Gita Bellin ~


Miscellaneous

You find what you look for in life. If you look for the good, you will find it. If you look for bad, you'll find that too. Choose to see the good!
~ James B.Richards ~
(Author, Pastor and Motivational Speaker)

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
~ Alexander Graham Bell ~
(1847-1922, British-born American Inventor of Telephone)

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.
~ Lady Bird Johnson ~

The successful person is the individual who forms the habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.
~ Donald Riggs ~

Iam not the smartest or most talented person in the world. But I succeeded because I keep going, and going, and going.
~ Sylvester Stallone ~
(1946-, American Actor)

It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within - that you can begin to take control.
~ Oprah Winfrey ~
(1954-, American TV Personality, Actress, Author)

If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.
~ Katharine Hepburn ~
(1907-, American Actress)

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
~ Sheilah Graham ~

You will find, as you look back upon your life, the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.
~ Henry Drummond ~
(1786-1860, British Banker, Politician, Religious Leader)

The ultimate lesson all of us have is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross ~
(1926-, Swiss-born American Psychiatrist)

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
~ Henry Van Dyke ~
(1852--1933, American Protestant Clergyman and Writer)

How a man plays the game shows something of his character, how he loses shows all of it.

Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.
~ William Feather ~
(1888-19?, American Writer, Businessman)

Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.
~ Victoria Holt ~

Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long after they have departed.
~ Jim Rohn ~
(American Businessman, Author, Speaker, Philosopher)

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
~ Anais Nin ~

I love you, not only for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you.
~ Roy Croft ~

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
~ Mary Pickford ~
(1893-1979, Canadian-born American Actress)

I know unless I'm true to myself I couldn't be happy. Too much emphasis is placed today on externals and too little on character.
~ Betty White ~
(1924- American Actress)

I believe that if you think about disaster you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
~ Edward Vernon Rickenbacker ~
(1890-1973, American Aviator, World War I Ace)

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
~ Margaret Lee Runback ~

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent.
~ Barbara Bush ~
(1925-, American First Lady, Wife of President George Bush)

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.
~ Ruth E. Renkl ~

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
~ Beverly Sills ~

You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
~ Sam Levenson ~

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
~ Ann Landers ~

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
~ John Henry Boetker ~

I feel sorry for the person who can't get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile.
~ Walter Chrysler ~
(American Businessman, Founder of Chrysler Motors)

Visionary is a self-fulfilling prophet. Don't predict the future. Create it.
~ Leland Kaiser ~

The interesting thing is that there are so few important decisions. You don't have to go in the "right" direction. You don't have to enter the "right" business. What you have to do is have made a decision as to what you're going to do and then you just have to figure out how to succeed at it.
~ Ken Oshman ~

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
~ Maureen Dowd ~
(American Newspaper Columnist)

Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day.
~ Ching Ning Chu ~
(Chinese-American Businesswoman, Author)

There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
~ George M. Adams ~
(1878-1962, American Author)

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox ~
(1855-1919, American Poet, Journalist)

Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.
~ Albert Schweitzer ~
(1875-1965, German Born Medical Missionary, Theologian, Musician, and Philosopher)

You will know your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
~ Jerry Gillies ~
(American Author, Speaker)

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
~ Milton Berle ~
(1908-, American Actor, Entertainer)

Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
~ Ludwig Van Beethoven ~
(1770-1827, German Composer)

Those who really desire to attain an independence, have only set their minds upon it, and adopt the proper means, as they do in regard to any other object which they wish to accomplish, and the thing is easily done.
~ P.T. Barnum ~
(1810-1891, American Showman, Entertainer, Circus Builder)

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
~ Oscar Wilde ~
(1856-1900, British Author, Wit)

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door shall be opened.
~ Bible ~
(Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

To solve big problems you have to be willing to do unpopular things.
~ Lee Iacocca ~
(1924-, American Businessman, Former CEO of Chrysler)

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
~ Wayne Dyer ~
(1940-, American Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer)

You're never a loser until you quit trying.
~ Mike Ditka~
American Football Coach

The more you know the less you need to say.
~ Jim Rohn ~
(American Businessman, Author, Speaker, Philosopher)

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
~ Don Marquis ~
(1878-1937, American Humorist, Journalist)

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
~ Abraham Lincoln ~
(1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the USA)

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they wantand if they can't find them, make them.
~ George Bernard Shaw ~
(1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist)

Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open our selves to it.
~ Emily H. Sell ~

If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.
~ Mildred Mcafee ~

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
~ Mother Teresa ~
(1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic Missionary)

The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.
~ Malcomb S. Forbes ~
(1919-1990, American Publisher, Businessman)

Until you get dissatisfied, you won't do anything to really move your life to another level. Dissatisfaction is a gem. If you're totally satisfied, you're going to get comfortable. And then your life begins to deteriorate.
~ Anthony Robbins ~
(1960-, American Author, Speaker, Trainer, Peak Performance Expert)

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
~ Janis Joplin ~
(American Folk Singer)

Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.
~ Sidney Madwed ~

I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.
~ Julius Henry (Groucho) Marx (1895-1977) ~

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
~ T. S. Eliot ~

Imagination is more important than wisdom.
~ Albert Einstein ~

I've decided to survive on this shore, You know I don't avert my eyes anymore. Talk to me.
~ Ani DiFranco ~

Lying in the sun is like having intercourse with God.
~ Anne Sexton ~

You must not feel envious of anyone; for while good men deserve what they have, the bad live badly, even if they are prosperous.
~ Apollonius of Tyana ~

Just because we are not immortal doesn't mean we are not eternal.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant ~

Raisins are just humiliated grapes. They used to be plump and juicy and now they're just... twisted.
~ Benny & Joon ~

It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.
~ Calvin & Hobbes ~

I'm just very selective about the reality I accept.
~ Calvin & Hobbes ~

Let there be songs to fill the air!
~ Camille Shotwell ~

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
~ Carl Jung ~

Our greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
~ Confucious ~

I'm always willing to learn when you've got something to teach.
~ Depeche Mode ~

I will meet you someday where wandering souls do soar.
~ Dia Penning ~

Today is gone, today was fun. Tommorrow is another one. Every day, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

Yes, all our souls are written in our eyes.
~ Edmond Rostand ~

Nothing is hopeless, we must hope for everything.
~ Euripedes ~

The truly brave man is not the man who does not feel fear, but the man who overcomes it.
~ Herbert George Wells ~

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...'
~ Isaac Asimov ~

They danced in a circle and sang a song which is heard only by those who know that everything lives and nothing in time is forgotten.

I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.
~ J. West ~

I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.
~ Jessica Rabbit ~

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to those teachers.
~ Kahlil Gibrahn ~

And think not that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
~ Kahlil Gibrahn ~

It's not easy being green.
~ Kermit the Frog ~

I never let my schooling interfere with my education.
~ Mark Twain ~

Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionaries of fools.
~ Napoleon ~

Heaven's just a rumor she'll dispel, as she walks me through the nicest parts of hell.
~ Nine Inch Nails ~

We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.
~ Oscar Wilde ~

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be the sun in somebody else's sky but why, why, why couldn't it be mine?
~ Pearl Jam ~

I guess I've thought about death and I've gotten over it.
~ Perry Farrell ~

The mind is not a vessel to be filled as a fire to be lighted.
~ Plutarch ~

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowlege; that myth is more potent than history; that dreams are more powerful than facts.
~ Robert Fulghum ~

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.
~ Sandra Carey ~

To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
~ Shakespeare ~

This bridge will only take you halfway there. The last few steps you'll have to take alone.
~ Shel Silverstein ~

No one is prevented from becoming in individual unless he prevents himself by becoming one of the masses.
~ Soeren Kiekgaard ~

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essentially invisible to the eye.
~ The Little Prince ~

It's Today!' squeaked Piglet. 'My favorite day,' sighed Pooh.
~ The Tao Of Pooh ~

Nothing's so loud as hearing when we lie; truth is not kind, and you've said neither am I.
~ Toad the Wet Sproket ~

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure.
~ Toad the Wet Sproket ~

Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

When representatives of two completely different realities meet, words like NORMAL become relative.
~ Wade Davis ~

Non-violence should be the first words in everyone's religion.
~ Yim Kwong ~

Do or do not. There is no try.
~ Yoda ~

Sometimes what seems like surrender isn't surrender at all. It's about what's going on in your own hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater.
~ Nicholas Evans ~

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.
~ Edward B. Butler ~

The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.
~ Gustavo Adolfo Becquer ~

Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
~ Erich Fromm ~
(1900-1980, American Psychologist)

If you must begin then go all the way, because if you begin and quit, the unfinished business you have left behind begins to haunt you all the time.
~ Chogyam Trungpa ~

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
~ Sydney J. Harris ~
(1917-, American Journalist)

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