Quotations for Daily Use

Relationships, It's Not About Me, Others First, Team-building, Teamwork

"A women’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her." Max Lucado (This is often attributed to Maya Angelou, but it was NOT writen by her.)

"All nature's difference keeps all nature's peace." Alexander Pope, (1688Ė1744), English poet

"And as yet my love is weak and my virtue imperfect and I have great need of your strength and comfort." Thomas à Kempis c. 1380 – 25 July 1471)[1] was a German/Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period

Build bridges, not walls.

"Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family." Barbara Pierce Bush (born June 8, 1925) is the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

"Cultivate a hopeful disposition." Theodore "Thee" Roosevelt, Sr. (September 22, 1831 – February 9, 1878) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was also the father of President Theodore Roosevelt and the paternal grandfather of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

“And I tell you now, in the closing days of this campaign, that I would rather be with you and defeated than against you and victorious." 20th USA President James A. Garfield as written about by Candice Millard in Destiny Republic; during the campaign for president in 1880 even as James Garfield was not doing any of the campaigning . . . and speaking to the members of a singing group from an all-black university in Nashville, Tennessee after they sang to James Garfield in front of his modest farmhouse.

"Each word from you will be a light in this wilderness." USA President James A. Garfield writing to his wife while he was in Chicago at the Republican National Convention

"Either we're pulling together, or we're pulling apart. There's really no in-between." Kobi Yamada

"Even the best dancer on the stage must retire sometime." African Proverb

"Eventually, it's the silences which make the real conversations between friends, not the saying, but the never needing to say." Margaret Lee Runbeck

"Every time a woman leaves your side, she'll feel better about herself." Senior Chief Salazar, a SEAL trainer (This was taught to the men during SEAL training.)

"Everyone is a teacher, we all learn from each other." Elsie Klein

"God determines who walks into our lives. You decide who stays or goes." Unknown (Shared by ODS Bug, Sarah Sandburg Dentel)

"Good friends are like angels. You don't have to see them to know they are there." Unknown

"Having someone to love doubles our joy and divides our sorrow." Hm . . . who said this? It was written in Out to Canaan, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

"He had not let sleeping dogs lie, he had roused them up and they had gone baying." Father Timothy Kavanagh in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"His relationship with Emma Newland personified what he'd heard about childbirth - one forgot the agony 'til the next time around." 3rd person in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"How do you gain someoneís trust if you donít develop a relationship first?" Justin Wren, author of Fight for the Forgotten

"I am quick flame, he is slow-burning ember. . . Our counselor who has a wood stove says any good fire is both." Lace Harper, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

". . . I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself." Shooter, a Teton Sioux

"I join you with hand and heart." William Clark, (1770–1838), US explorer, writing to Meriwether Lewis

"I’ll love you even when I don’t like you." Lace Harper, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

"I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.
I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall ever see.
For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.
I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.
But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door."

Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

"If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional lovk then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow." Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, (1926–2004), US psychiatrist, born in Switzerland. She was a pioneer in the field of palliative care and revolutionized attitudes toward treatment of the terminally ill.

"I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay." Dave Matthews Band

"In the coldest February, as in every other month in every other year, the best thing to hold on to in this world is each other." Linda Ellerbee, (born August 15, 1944) is an American journalist

"It is in the shelter of each other that the people live." Irish proverb

"It's a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test." Elbert Hubbard, (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher

"I’ve spent too much time inside a church for my own needs and I’ve spent far too little time being the church for someone else’s. God doesn’t ask us to confine ourselves to our Christian bubbles or holy huddles, and Jesus didn’t show us how to be a comfy pew-warmer or a bunch of lazy pew-potatoes. God gave us life, which is an adventure to be lived, a time to make a difference, and hopefully becomes a legacy of love to be left for others. Jesus died to show us how we should love God and how we should love others. Jesus showed us how to find life, live life, love life, and also how we could add to, contribute, change, save, or even lay our own lives down for the life of another."Justin Wren, author or Fight for the Forgotten

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain, (1835–1910), US novelist and humorist; pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

"Let's not pretend we never disagree. . . Let's not have people hiding their concerns to protect a false notion of unity. Let's face the disagreement and deal with it in a good way. The mark of community is not the absence of conflict, it's the presence of a reconciling spirit. I can have a rough-and-tumble meeting with someone, but because we're committed to each other we can leave, slapping each other on the back, saying, 'I'm glad we're still on the same team.' " (unknown)

"Life and business are like the carpool lane. The best way to reach your destination quickly is to take some people with you." Pete Ward

"Little things mean a lot, people! It doesn't have to be all sparkle and shine." Anonymous, taken from Somewhere Safe with Someone Good by Jan Karon

"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." Oprah Winfrey, born January 29, 1954, is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.

"Loving God, help me to encourage others with my words, actions, and presence." Daily Bread August 15 (Year?)

"My most difficult moment . . . when I let myself focus on my own pain and fear. Then I became weaker." Eric Greitens in The Heart and the Fist

"Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self." Millicent Vernon Hammond Fenwick, (February 25, 1910 – September 16, 1992) was an American fashion editor, politician and a diplomat. She was a four-term Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey.

"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved." Barbara Johnson, The Joy Journal

"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it." H.E. Luccock

"None of us is as smart as all of us." Phil Condit (born August 2, 1941) is an American businessman who was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Boeing company from 1996 to 2003.

"Oh, the the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts, nor measure words -- but pouring them all right out -- just as they are -- chaff and grain together -- certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them -- keep what is worth keeping -- and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away." Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik (1826-1887) in her novel, A Life for a Life

"Only a life lived for others is worth living." Albert Einstein, (1879–1955), US theoretical physicist; born in Germany; founder of the special and general theories of relativity

". . . peace is more than the absence of war, and that a good life entails more than the absence of suffering. A good peace, a solid peace, a peace in which communities can flourish, can only be built when we ask ourselves and each other to be more than just good, and better than just strong. And a good life, a meaningful life, a life in which we can enjoy the world and live with purpose, can only be built if we do more than live for ourselves." Eric Greitens, author, in The Heart and the Fist

People who make room in their hearts for others will find accommodations everywhere. Unknown (Shared by ODS Zippy, Laurie)

"Permit no man to praise you because you are black, nor wrong you because you are black. Let it be known that you are ready and willing to work out your own material salvation by your own energy, your own worth, your own labor." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together." Robert Redford, (1936–), US movie actor and director

"Remember all men would be tyrants if they could." Daniel Defoe, (1660–1731), English novelist and journalist

"Search for eagles and then teach them to fly in formation." Wayne Calloway, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo from 1986 until the mid-1990s. He died July 8, 1998

"Sequoia trees can grow to around 300 feet tall with diameters that exceed 20 feet. They can live over 3,000 years and are even fire resistant. Perhaps the most amazing fact is that these trees can grow in just 3 feet of soil and withstand high winds. Their strength lies in the fact that their roots intertwine with other sequoias, providing mutual strength and shared resources." (This information was adapted from Our Daily Bread, November 18th, year unknown.)

"She had called her village 'a world of our own, close-packed and insulated like . . . bees in a hive or sheep in a fold or nuns a convent or sailors in a ship, where we know everyone, and are authorized to hope that everyone feels an interest in us.' " Mary Russell Mitford (16 December 1787 – 10 January 1855) was an English author and dramatist. She was born at Alresford in Hampshire. She is best known for Our Village, a series of sketches of village scenes and vividly drawn characters based upon life in Three Mile Cross, a hamlet in the parish of Shinfield, near Reading in Berkshire, where she lived. This quote was found in Out to Canaan, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

"SIN comes about because of its middle letter, I. It’s the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God." Reverend Archibald Simon, a character in Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same." Flavia Weedn

"Snowflakes are some of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together!"  Vista M. Kelly

"Surround yourself with people who respect you and treat you well." Claudia Black, (born 11 October 1972) is an Australian actress and voice actress

"Teamwork thrives when no one points a finger, and everyone lends a hand." Dan Zadra, the Founder and Editorial Director of Compendium, Inc.

"That's what you do in a herd. You look out for each other." Manny in the movie Ice Age

"The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up." Mark Twain, (1835–1910), US novelist and humorist; pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens

"The Circle has healing power, In the Circle, we are all equal. When in the Circle, no one is in front of you. No one is behind you. No one is above you. No one is below you. The Sacred Circle is designed to create unity. The Hoop of Life is also a circle. On this hoop there is a place for every species, every race, every tree and every plant. It is this completeness of Life that must be respected in order to bring about health on this planet." Dave Chief, Oglala Lakota

"The elevation of the negro race from slavery to the full rights of citizenship is the most important political change we have known since the adoption of the Constitution. It has liberated the master as well as the slave from a relation which wronged and enfeebled both." 20th USA Presdient James A. Garfield

"The glory of friendship is not just in the outstretched hand nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him." Ralph Waldo Emerson, (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet

"The great companies and teams are those that celebrate the differences. They seek harmony not uniformity. They hire talent not color. They strive for oneness not sameness."
Gil Atkinson (1827 - 1905) American businessman

The greatest gift I could ever give you would be to see yourself through my eyes. Unknown

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own." Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804–81), British statesman; prime minister 1868 and 1874–80

"The idea is not to see through one another, but to see one another through." C. D. Jackson, (March 16, 1902 – September 18, 1964) was an expert on psychological warfare who served in the Office of Strategic Services in World War II and later as Special Assistant to the President in the Eisenhower administration

"The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway." Henry Boye

"The sisters concentrated, instead, on loving their neighbors." Eric Greitens in The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens. (Eric was doing short-term work in Mother Teresa's home for the destitute and dying in Calcutta and wrote, ". . when we see self-righteousness it is often an expression of self-doubt and self-hatred. In a place where people are able to accept themselves, love themselves, and know that they are loved, there is no need to criticize or compare, cajole or convince.)" Eric Greitens in The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens

"The unity of Mother and Dad's children would have been far more valuable to them than any house or acreage. That is equally true for me. No matter how the situation is eventually resolved, I hope that our care for and loyalty to each other will remain undiminished." George Howe Colt's father as quoted in The Big House written by George Howe Colt

"There are these relationships we find ourselves in that drain us constantly. You know the ones I mean. The people who always have a reason why you should do things their way. The ones who imply youíre a bad person because you have your own opinion. The manipulators. The guilt-makers. Donít waste your life on them. Find people who understand how precious you are, and who arenít afraid to tell you so. Find people who will say hard things to you because they want you to grow and have a better life, not because theyíre trying to control you. Be brave. There are people out there who will love you. You deserve that. Go find them. Donít let them go. Fill your life with them." Matt Mikalatos in Sky Lanterns

There is no "They," only "Us!" Unknown

"There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one." G. K. Chesterton, (1874–1936), English essayist, novelist, and critic; full name Gilbert Keith Chesterton

"There are times when the evil spirit comes upon him and I think of him as a very intractable, a very mischievous little boy, a knee-worthy little boy. Only thinking of him in that way can I go one liking him." H. G. Wells, (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946), was a prolific English writer in many genres.

"There is a place for everyone in the big picture. To turn your back on any one person, for whatever reason, is to run the risk of losing the central piece of your jigsaw puzzle." James St. Lyon

"There is greatness all around you - welcome it! It is easy to be great when you get around great people." Bob Richards, Olympic athelete

"There is no horizontal stratification of society in this country like the rocks in the earth, that hold one class down below forevermore, and let another come to the surface to stay there forever. Our stratification is like the ocean, where every individual drop is free to move, and where from the sternest depths of the mighty deep any drop may come up to glitter on the highest wave that rolls." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own." Abraham Lincoln, (1809–65), 16th president of the US 1861–65.

"To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, a widely influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and Eastern philosophy.

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being." Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, (1749–1832), German poet, playwright, novelist, philosopher, and scientist

"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere." Tim McGraw, (born May 1, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter and actor

"We could learn a lot from crayons, some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and all are different colors . . . but they all have to learn to live in the same box." Robert Fulghum (Shared by ODS PollyWog, Gina, in 2001)

"We're all trying to make a big difference, not realizing the small difference we make for each other every day." Daphne Rose Kingma

"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, (December 29, 1809–April 2, 1891) an attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason

"When looking at others makes you resent the unfairness of life, change your focus." Our Daily Bread, November 2003

"When the moon is not full, the stars shine more brightly." Buganda People of Uganda

" . . . when you go to a parade, do you like every float that passes?" Father Tim, the main character in At Home in Mitford, a book in the Mitford Series by Jan Karon; He was talking to Puny, a character who was hoping to find a future husband and who had just said, "Mama said you don't go huntin', you let 'em kind of go by you in a parade."

"With God's help, I want to be something like grace to him." Father Timothy Kavanagh, a character in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"You are a piece to the puzzle of someone else's life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill the holes in their lives with pieces of you." Bonnie Arbon (Shared by Paris, ODS Counselor)

"You don't throw a whole life away just because he's banged up a little." Tom Smith in the movie Sea Biscuit

"You were not made free merely to be allowed to vote, but in order to enjoy an equality of opportunity in the race of life." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

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