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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Inspirations - Mon., Dec. 31, 2012

In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.

-- John Ruskin (1819-1900) English Art Critic

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Inspirations - Fri., Dec. 28, 2012

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 (1835-1893) American Bishop
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Inspirations - Thur., Dec. 27, 2012

Every man has an obscure respect for courage in others, especially if it is moral courage, the rarest and most difficult sort of bravery...It makes the very brute understand that this man is more than a man.
 
-- Passage from Life of Christ

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Inspirations - Mon., Dec. 24, 2012

Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.

-- James Buckham

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Inspirations - Fri., Dec 21, 2012

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you finish the work.

-- Pat Clifford

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Inspirations - Thur., Dec. 20, 2012

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with them.

-- Unknown

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Inspirations - Wed., Dec. 19, 2012

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.

-- Diane Ackerman

Monday, December 17, 2012

Inspirations - Tue., Dec. 18, 2012

The greatest gift you will ever receive is the gift of loving and believing in yourself. Guard this gift with your life. It is the only thing that will ever truly be yours.

-- Tiffany Loren Rowe

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Inspirations - Mon., Dec. 17, 2012

I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

-- Tracy Chapman

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Inspirations - Fri., Dec. 14, 2012

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

-- Leo Buscaglia

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Inspirations - Thur., Dec. 13, 2012

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame someone else.

-- John Burroughs

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Inspirations - Tue., Dec. 11, 2012

Money is a “way of keeping score in life,” says T. Boone Pickens. But  that is just for those who like playing the game. The real goal is to live with grace and dignity. You can do that with a small amount of money...or not do it with a fortune. 

-- Bill Bonner, financial journalist

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Inspirations - Mon., Dec. 10, 2012

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
-- Carrie Fisher

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Inspirations - Fri., Dec. 7, 2012

There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
-- Booker T. Washington

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Inspirations - Thur., Dec. 6, 2012

When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally get the picture: that we are only given one dazzling moment of life here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our brief but intrinsic participation with it. (From her biography of naturalist Eustace Conway.)

-- Elizabeth Gilbert

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Inspirations - Wed., Dec. 5, 2012

Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect.

-- Alain De Botton

Monday, December 3, 2012

Inspirations - Tue., Dec. 4, 2012

Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice.

-- Stanley Horowitz

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Inspirations - Mon., Dec. 2, 2012

Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
-- Marilyn vos Savant
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