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“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”  Ansel Adams

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."  John Quincy Adams

"Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express." Joseph Addison

"Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health, and is as friendly to the mind as to the body." Joseph Addison

"I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable." Joseph Addison

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."  Joseph Addison

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."  Joseph Addison

"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable."  Joseph Addison

“A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.”  Aesop

"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 must be the aim of education to teach the citizen that he must first of all rule himself." Winthrop A. Aldrich

“Understand that most problems are a good sign. Problems indicate that progress is being made, wheels are turning, you are moving toward your goals. Beware when you have no problems. Then you've really got a problem... Problems are like landmarks of progress.” Scott Alexander

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”  Muhammad Ali

"A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life."  James Allen

‎"In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of effort is the measure of the results."  James Allen

"Seventy percent of success in life is showing up."    Woody Allen

"A human life is a story told by God."  Hans Christian Andersen

"All great achievements require time."  Maya Angelou

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou

"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible."  Maya Angelou

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  Maya Angelou

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome.”  Maya Angelou

"Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle."  Robert Anthony

"Education is the best provision for the journey to old age."  Aristotle

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."  Aristotle

"Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise."  Mary Kay Ash

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."  St. Francis of Assisi

‎"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."  St. Augustine

"Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles."  Maltbie D. Babcock

"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life." Richard Bach

“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”  James Matthew Barrie

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” James Matthew Barrie

"Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity."  L. Frank Baum

 “If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” Milton Berle

"Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day."  Bible

“Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”  Bible

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."  Bible

‎"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."  Bible

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” Josh Billings

‎"Believe in yourself and you can achieve greatness in your life."  Judy Blume

"The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." Tom Bodett

"Victory belongs to the most persevering."  Napoleon Bonaparte

"Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." Bill Bradley

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family." Anthony Brandt

"You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world."    Tom Brokaw

''Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise."  Phillips Brooks

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach."  Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is.”  Phillips Brooks

"Our aspirations are our possibilities."  Robert Browning

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."  William Jennings Bryan

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."  Buddha

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."  Buddha

"Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others." Buddha

"I’m a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it’s bad or good." Sandra Bullock

“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice.”  John Burroughs

"A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself - to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart."  Leo F. Buscaglia

“Love yourself — accept yourself — forgive yourself — and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.”  Leo F. Buscaglia

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”  Leo F. Buscaglia

‎"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, we are happy when we are growing."  William Butler Yeats

"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts."  Martin Buxbaum

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."  Robert Byrne

"Poetry is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake."  Lord Byron

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."  Albert Camus

"I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day."  Albert Camus

"Life is the sum of all your choices."  Albert Camus

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." Joseph Campbell

"Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be."  Thomas Carlyle

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these."  George Washington Carver

"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible." George Chakiris

"We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds."   Anton Chekhov

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude."   Gilbert K. Chesterton

"An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her."  Agatha Christie

‎"All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."  Sir Winston Churchill

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." Winston Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  Sir Winston Churchill

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." Sir Winston Churchill

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." Cicero

"Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself."  Cicero

"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."  Cicero

"Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?"  Cicero

“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.” Harold Coffin

"Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude"  Confucius

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."  Confucius

“Don't be concerned about others not appreciating you. Be concerned about your not appreciating others.” Confucius

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop."  Confucius

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."  Confucius

"The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large."  Confucius

"To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness."  Confucius

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

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.” Confucius

‎"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."  Confucius

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”  Bill Copeland

“People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.”  Bill Cosby

"You have to decide if you're going to wilt like a daisy or if you're just going to go forward and live the life that you've been granted."  Kevin Costner

"The person who needs the other person the least in a relationship is the stronger member."  Doug Coupland

"Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences."  Norman Cousins

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."  E. E. Cummings

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”  Leonardo da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci

“There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other.”   Leonardo da Vinci

“The most important things in life aren't things.”  Anthony J. D'Angelo

"Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors."   Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence."  Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere."  Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength."  Francois de Sales

"Circumstances beyond my individual control." Charles Dickens

"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts."  Charles Dickens

"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts." Charles Dickens

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”  Charles Dickens

"It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself."  Charles Dickens

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some."  Charles Dickens

‎"The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs." Joan Didion

"All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."  Walt Disney

"The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique." Walt Disney

"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."  Maureen Dowd

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

"Don't wait for miracles, your whole life is a miracle."  Albert Einstein

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” Albert Einstein

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." Albert Einstein

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."   Albert Einstein

"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding."  Albert Einstein

"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it."  Albert Einstein

"Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed."  Albert Einstein

"You can't blame gravity for falling in love." Albert Einstein

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." Walter Elliott

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”  Albert Ellis

"Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Make yourself necessary to somebody."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

‎"The first wealth is health."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The only way to have a friend is to be one." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We must be our own before we can be another's.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They're only powerful when you got your back turned."  Eminem

"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." Mary Engelbreit

"God has entrusted me with myself."  Epictetus

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."  Epictetus

"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best."  Epictetus

"There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will." Epictetus

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

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants." Epictetus

"Light be the earth upon you, lightly rest."  Euripides

"Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish." Euripides

"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go." William Feather

"Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss."   F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."  Henry Ford

"If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own." Henry Ford

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

‎"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."  Anne Frank

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin

"Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on the outward of circumstances." Benjamin Franklin

"Most people return small favors, acknowledge middling ones, and repay great ones with ingratitude."  Benjamin Franklin

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” Benjamin Franklin

“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”  Benjamin Franklin

"A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them, for they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world."  Sigmund Freud

"Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts."  Sigmund Freud

"If youth knew; if age could."  Sigmund Freud

"A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone."  Robert Frost

"A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom."  Robert Frost

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."  Robert Frost

"Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love." Thomas Fuller

"Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee." Thomas Fuller

"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself." Galileo

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”  Mahatma Gandhi

"The future depends on what we do in the present."  Mahatma Gandhi

"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."  Bill Gates

"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."  John Gardner

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland

"A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils."  Ever Garrison

"I was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust." Geronimo

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”  Kahlil Gibran

"Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution."  Kahlil Gibran

“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” Kahlil Gibran

‎"Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying."  Nikki Giovanni

“There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world I do think it's not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your live those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.”  Nikki Giovanni

“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Love does not dominate; it cultivates."  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future."  Oliver Goldsmith 

"Put yourself on view. This brings your talents to light."  Baltasar Gracian

"The death of a child is the single most traumatic event in medicine. To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself."  Dr. Burton Grebin 

"Families are about love overcoming emotional torture." Matt Groening

"Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait." George Harrison

"Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride."  Ernest Hemingway

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”  Audrey Hepburn

“Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.”  Katharine Hepburn

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”  Audrey Hepburn

‎"Night is the mother of counsels."  George Herbert

‎"Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night."  George Herbert

"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."  Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Life is good when we think it’s good. Life is bad when we don’t think."  Doug Horton

“An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.”  Elbert Hubbard

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” Elbert Hubbard

"Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves."   Elbert Hubbard

"When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul."  Langston Hughes 

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love."  Washington Irving

"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it."  Jesse Jackson

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."  William James

‎"The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated." William James

"I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have."  Thomas Jefferson

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson

"The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family."  Thomas Jefferson

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."  William Jennings Bryan

"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved." Barbara Johnson

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."  Lyndon B. Johnson

‎"Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance." Samuel Johnson

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

"Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?  A terrible thing:  no one to blame."  Erica Jong

"Kindness is loving people more than they deserve."  Joseph Joubert

‎"All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason."  Immanuel Kant

"Two things fill me with constantly increasing admiration and awe, the longer and more earnestly I reflect on them: the starry heavens without and the moral law within."  Immanuel Kant

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller

"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." Helen Keller

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Helen Keller

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  John F. Kennedy

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.  In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity."  John F. Kennedy

"Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing."  Albert Laighton

‎"We must remember that hatred is like acid. It does more damage to the vessel in which it is stored than to the object on which it is poured."  Ann Landers

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." Jack Layton

"Work is life, you know, and without it, there's nothing but fear and insecurity."  John Lennon  

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world"  C.S. Lewis

"I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him."  C.S. Lewis

"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."  C.S. Lewis

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."  Abraham Lincoln

"All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."  Abraham Lincoln

"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."  Abraham Lincoln

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."  Abraham Lincoln

‎"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."  Abraham Lincoln

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." Abraham Lincoln

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."  Abraham Lincoln

‎"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."  Abraham Lincoln

‎"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." Abraham Lincoln

“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.”  Abraham Lincoln

"God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them." Stanley Lindquist

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out." Art Linkletter

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." Vince Lombardi

"Winners never quit and quitters never win."  Vince Lombardi

‎"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books."  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine Kind words and kind deeds."  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Music is the universal language of mankind."  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"I like all the angels around because they protect me and my daughter. I mean, her Dad's an angel."  Courtney Love

‎"The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow."  Bob Marley

"Just can't live that negative way...make way for the positive day."  Bob Marley

"Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for."  Bob Marley

"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude."  Ralph Marston

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”  Groucho Marx

‎"A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it."    H. L. Mencken

"Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven."  Michelangelo

"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."  Michelangelo

"Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow."  Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

"Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.” Alfred A. Montapert

‎"After all, there is but one race: humanity."  George Moore

"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be."  Grandma Moses

"People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges." Joseph F. Newton

"Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal."  Friedrich Nietzsche

"Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us."  Earl Nightingale

"The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment." Earl Nightingale

"You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures." Charles C. Noble

"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us."  Thomas Paine

“Delay is the deadliest form of denial.”  C. Northcote Parkinson

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal; my strength lies solely in my tenacity."  Louis Pasteur

"To mature means to take responsibility for your life, to be on your own.  Psychoanalysis fosters the infantile state by considering that the past is responsible for the illness."  Fritz Perls

‎"Everything you can imagine is real." Pablo Picasso

"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."  Albert Pine

"Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence." Plato

"Old age: A great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold, you may have escaped, not from one master but from many."  Plato

"Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words."  Plautus

“The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." Barbara Pletcher

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” Edgar Allan Poe

"Men are like wine: some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age."  Pope John XXIII

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."  Colin Powell

‎"What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God."  Eleanor Powell

"Enough of blood and tears. Enough!"  Yitzhak Rabin

"Increase your personal power through positive and powerful communication. Recognize and eliminate negative self talk."  Caterina Rando

‎"Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment."  Anthony Robbins

“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”  Jackie Robinson

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."  Maria Robinson

"Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need." Will Rogers

"Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals."  Jim Rohn

"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself."  Jim Rohn

"You always pass failure on your way to success."  Mickey Rooney

"In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."  Eleanor Roosevelt

‎"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."  Eleanor Roosevelt

"Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really live anyone else's life, not even your own child's."  Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

‎"Do not choose to be wrong for the sake of being different."  Lord Samuel

"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."  George Sand

"The family is one of nature’s masterpieces." George Santayana

‎"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible; the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family." Virginia Satir

“Life is not what it's supposed to be. Its what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”  Virginia Satir

"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."  Albert Schweitzer

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."  Dr. Seuss

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."  Dr. Seuss

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go."  Dr. Seuss

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."  William Shakespeare

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."  George Bernard Shaw

“Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.”  George Bernard Shaw

“Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.” George Bernard Shaw

"I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind." George Bernard Shaw

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance."  George Bernard Shaw

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." George Bernard Shaw

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.”  George Bernard Shaw

‎"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future."  George Bernard Shaw

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."  George Bernard Shaw

"Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be."  George Sheehan

"Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us."  Socrates

‎"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love." Sophocles

"Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, 'cause hate in your heart will consume you, too."  Will Smith

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." Will Smith

"To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world." Brandi Snyder

"Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day."  Ringo Starr

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."  Robert Louis Stevenson

‎"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences."  Robert Louis Stevenson

‎"The essence of love is kindness."  Robert Louis Stevenson

"Keep your mind on your objective, and persist until you succeed. Study, think, and plan."  W. Clement Stone

"When we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life. On the other hand, when we are ungrateful, we tend to shut ourselves off from the good we might otherwise experience."  Margaret Stortz

"We live and die; Christ died and lived!"  John Stott

"A human being is only interesting if he's in contact with himself. I learned you have to trust yourself, be what you are, and do what you ought to do the way you should do it. You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it." Barbra Streisand

"She works hard for the money so you better treat her right." Donna Summer

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."  Charles R. Swindoll

"We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude."  Charles R. Swindoll

"If faith is lacking, it is because there is too much selfishness, too much concern for personal gain. For faith to be true, it has to be generous and loving. Love and faith go together, they complete each other."  Mother Teresa

"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

"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones-the ones at home."  Mother Teresa

"Every man is the builder of a temple called his body."  Henry David Thoreau

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." Henry David Thoreau

‎"Truth is powerful and it prevails."  Sojourner Truth

"From birth to age eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five, she needs good looks. From thirty-five to fifty-five, she needs a good personality. From fifty-five on, she needs good cash."  Sophie Tucker

"Because everything we say and do is the length and shadow of our own souls, our influence is determined by the quality of our being."  Dale E. Turner

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain

"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." Mark Twain

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man." Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great."  Mark Twain

‎"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."  Mark Twain

"Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain

"Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, and live like its heaven on earth."  Mark Twain

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."  Mark Twain

"The partitions of the houses were so thin we could hear the women occupants of adjoining rooms changing their minds."  Mark Twain

‎"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  Lao Tzu

‎"Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream."  Lao Tzu

‎"Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner."  Lao Tzu

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."  Lao Tzu

"Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain." Authour Unknown

"Don't fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you." Author Unknown

Every test in our life makes us bitter or better. Every problem comes to make us or break us. Choice is ours, whether we become victim or victorious.  Author Unknown

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

"I cheated on my fears, broke up with my doubts, got engaged to my faith, and now I'm marrying my dreams." Author Unknown

"If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you."  Author Unknown

"If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was."  Author Unknown

"If you spend too long holding on to the one who treats you like an option, you will miss finding someone who treats you like a priority."  Author Unknown

‎"It isn't our position but our disposition which makes us happy." Author Unknown

"Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns."  Author Unknown

"Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted."  Author Unknown

‎"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."  Author Unknown

"Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it."  Author Unknown

"Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain."   Author Unknown

"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching."  Author Unknown

"People will hate you, rate you, shake you, and try to break you. How strong you stand is what makes you."  Author Unknown

"Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear."  Author Unknown

"Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble; it is a “steering wheel” that directs us in the right path throughout life."  Author Unknown

‎"Put your future in good hands, your own."  Author Unknown

"Some people let their beauty show, because they want the world to see it. Others hide their beauty because they want the world to see something more."  Author Unknown

"Some pursue happiness, others create it."  Author Unknown

"Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions."  Author Unknown

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything."   Author Unknown

"The only way to reach your long range goals is through achieving your short range objectives."  Author Unknown

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."  Author Unknown

"Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday."  Author Unknown

"Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of mine."   Author Unknown

"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."  Author Unknown

"When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long." Author Unknown

"When you blame others, you give up your power to change."  Author Unknown

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

"Conscience is a man's compass."  Vincent Van Gogh

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”  Vincent Van Gogh

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." Bill Vaughn

"Tears are the silent language of grief." Voltaire

"Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable." Denis Waitley

"When you look for the good in others, you discover the best in yourself." Martin Walsh

"Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work."  William Arthur Ward

"Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith."  Henry Ward Beecher

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." Henry Ward Beecher

"Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul."  Henry Ward Beecher

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”  William Arthur Ward

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."  Henry Ward Beecher

"The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings."  Henry Ward Beecher

"No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merits or efforts."  Booker T. Washington

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."  George Washington

"It is better to be alone than in bad company."  George Washington

"An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises."  Mae West

"It's not what I do, but the way I do it. It's not what I say, but the way I say it."  Mae West

"The best way to learn to be a lady is to see how other ladies do it."  Mae West

"The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right."  Hannah Whitall Smith

"A man who does not think for himself does not think at all." Oscar Wilde

"In love, it is better to know and be disappointed, than to not know and always wonder."  Oscar Wilde

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”  Oscar Wilde

"The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything: the young know everything." Oscar Wilde

"The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination."  Don Williams, Jr.

"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose." Tennessee Williams

"At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving."  Woodrow Wilson

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." Walter Winchell

"The same thing happened today that happened yesterday, only to different people." Walter Winchell

"Assumptions are the termites of relationships."  Henry Winkler

"Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself."  Oprah Winfrey

"Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."  Oprah Winfrey

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."  Oprah Winfrey

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."  Oprah Winfrey

"Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change our perspective of your day and your life." Oprah Winfrey

"Talent is God given.  Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."  John Wooden

"Faith is a passionate intuition."  William Wordsworth

"The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has."  Hamilton Wright Mabie

"Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?"  Steven Wright

‎"A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears." Woodrow Wyatt

"Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don't hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people." Zig Ziglar

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Ana  Monnar earned a Master of Science Degree in the area of Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Florida International University (FIU).

Ana Monnar a professional at Miami-Dade County Public Schools has been selected for inclusion in the Cambridge Who’s Who network.

Readers Are Leaders USA - About the Author  Ana Monnar was born on March 6, 1954 in Havana, Cuba. She is the oldest of four children. She moved to Miami, Florida at age seven.

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