Quotations for Daily Use

Role Models, Heros, Mentors

"Be the person you needed when you were younger." Ayesha A. Siddiqi, editor, the New Inquiry

"Enthusiasm is contagious - and so is the lack of it!"
Amish proverbs as researched by Suzanne Woods Fisher

"Great men are like looking glasses in providing models that people look to." William Burkitt (Which William Burkitt?)

"Head up! Eyes Steady! Heart open! You'll find that you're the hero you're looking for." Wylie Burp in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

"I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel." Florence Nightingale, (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.

"I love to believe that no heroic sacrifice is ever lost, that the characters of men are molded and inspired by what their fathers have done." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people." Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, and civil rights activist.

"If there be one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire . . . it is a brave man." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"Live so that when children think of who they'd like to be, they think of you." H. Jackson Brown, Jr., is an American author

"Lord, when I am wrong, make me willing to change; when I am right, make me easy to live with. So strengthen me that the power of my example will far exceed the authority of my rank." Pauline H. Peters (More information is needed about Pauline H. Peters.)

"She was one of the few gentlewomen I have ever known, and has remained throughout my life the measure of what a human being can be." Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928 May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, and civil rights activist.

"Some men were like the buoys upon tide-water. They float up and down as the current sets this way or that. - If you ask at an emergency where they are, we cannot tell you. We must first consult the almanac. We must know the quarter of the moon, the way of the wind, the time of the tide . . . But gentlemen, our guest . . . is a tower amid the waters . . . He stands there now. The winds have swept by him, the waves dashed around him, the snows of winter have lighted upon him, but still he is there. I ask you, therefore, gentlemen, to drink with me in honor of General Marquis de Lafayette." Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 April 2, 1872) was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code, and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.

"The famous people I saw on TV as a kid were athletes and actresses and singers; what did they stand for? Had the time for heroes passed?" Eric Greitens, author, in The Heart and the Fist

"Think before you speak, think before you act, and most of all, think before you react, for there is someone out there using you as an example." Audrey Hepburn, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; (4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian.

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) - Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001). The program was marked by its slow pace and its host's calm manner.

"You never know who's listening, so look before you lip!" Unknown

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