Giving

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell

To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
Muhammad Ali

Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.
2 Corinthians 8:2-3

When people ask me how I’d like to be remembered, I usually say, “As a giver and not a taker.”
Robert Dedman

I hope that what you give me comes not from your surplus but it is the fruit of a sacrifice made for the love of God. You must give what costs you, go without something you like, then you will truly be brothers to the poor who are deprived of even the things they need.
Mother Teresa

Character Test

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.

Watch a man in times of adversity to discover what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off.
Lucretius

If you have not been tested by fire, you do not know who you are.
Laurie Beth Jones

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus

The great moments, when the world cheers, are not the moments that count. The ones that count are when it’s just you, and people have stopped believing in you. Those are the moments that define you.
Bob Greene

The Power of Self-Discipline

Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
Joseph Addison

I define discipline as the ability to make and keep promises and to honor commitments.
Stephen Covey

Don’t put things off. Get in the habit every day of doing the more unpleasant things first. This not only eliminates the stress but leaves the rest of the day for more pleasant things.
Rick Pitino

Developing self-control often requires painful learning experiences, but the result is well worth the effort.
Zig Ziglar

Being disciplined about your schedule is one of the simplest ways to get a jump on your goals and make room for the truly important things in life – your family, friends, hobbies and faith – that are so vital to your happiness and well-being.
Mary Lou Retton

The Importance of Leisure

If you would be free from nervous tension and live a healthier life, widen your interests, broaden yourself. There is a rich world around you in books, paintings, music, sports and most important, people.
Norman Vincent Peale

I would not exchange my leisure hours for all the wealth in the world.
Comte de Mirabeau

The superficiality of the American is the result of his hustling. It needs leisure to think things out; it needs leisure to mature. People in a hurry cannot think, cannot grow.
Eric Hoffer

Games lubricate the body and the mind.
Benjamin Franklin

Bowmen bend their bows when they wish to shoot; unbrace them when the shooting is over. Were they kept always strung they would break and fail the archer in time of need. So it is with men. If they give themselves constantly to serious work, and never indulge awhile in pastime or sport, they lose their senses and become mad.
Herodotus

A Balanced Life

It is the human condition that we need to continually prune our lives in many respects to keep our balance. For any new activity we take on, it is necessary that we discard some other.
M. Scott Peck

It isn’t success if it costs you the companionship and chumminess and love of your children. Very often, busy, wealthy men and women of momentous affairs discover too late that they have sacrificed the finest thing in life, the affection of their family.
B.C. Forbes

One thing I learned from my father is to have balance between work and family. I watched my father work 18 hours a day all throughout my childhood. He and my mother divorced in the late ‘60s and I’m sure it was because he spent too much time in the business.
Jim Perdue

I used to put so much emphasis on tennis. But now I’ve learned that the great things in life are the simple, basic things.
Chris Evert

Don’t wait to get sick to set your priorities straight. Value your health and your family and friends, because they aren’t replaceable. There will always be another deal, client, market or promotion around the corner. This approach is not only healthier, it will probably help you perform better on the job.
Joe Torre

Getting Advice

Refuse to heed anyone’s advice – unless that person is willing to give you satisfactory evidence of the soundness of his or her counsel.
Napoleon Hill

My advice on big life decisions is to get advice if you can.
Yogi Berra

Every man, however intelligent, needs the advice of some wise friend in the affairs of life.
Plautus

I get my advice from old men and my motivation from young men.
Lyndon B. Johnson

If you find someone who gives you good advice, you should use that person’s knowledge like it’s a free credit card. You should treat that person like you can’t get enough of him. That’s how you’ll improve, so you should immerse yourself in the information.
Derek Jeter

Overcome Temptation

The Bible teaches us in times of temptation there is one command. Flee! Get away from it, for every struggle against lust using only one’s own strength is doomed to failure.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What makes resisting temptation difficult, for many people, is that they don’t want to discourage it completely.
Franklin Jones

He who would not eat forbidden fruit must stay away from the forbidden tree.
Anonymous

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:7

In the greatest temptations, a single look to Christ, and the bare pronouncing of His name, suffices to overcome the wicked one, so it be done with confidence and calmness of spirit.
John Wesley