Possessions

Surround yourself with living things: people, pets and plants. They’re the best anecdote for a material-driven culture.
Paula Jhung

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
Corrie ten Boom

Possessions are very nice to have, to enjoy, to share. But if you find even one that you can’t live without – hasten to give it away. Your very freedom depends on it.
Conrad Hilton

Do not try to live up to your neighbors. They are only interested in their possessions, not yours.
Barbara Bush

If you focus on things, and the acquisition of things, your drive to acquire them will often be in spite of the good things you should be acquiring on the inside. People who concentrate on the acquisition of material things take shortcuts to acquire them and skip the steps necessary to build long-term attitude in exchange for short-term self-gratification.
Jeffrey Gitomer

The Best Book

When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your duty.
Woodrow Wilson

You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me . . . therefore I lovingly embrace everything you say.
Psalm 119:114, 119 (The Message)

It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.
George Washington

The studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers and better husbands.
Thomas Jefferson

I have always read the Bible. I did so as a youth. In college, I started virtually every day with a Bible reading. Nellie and I read the Scriptures together most evenings of our married lives. We read with our children when they were younger.
John Wooden

It’s the Little Things

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Henry Ford

Little bitty things make the big difference.
Dan Reeves

In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are.
Nicholas Chamfort

We cannot do great deeds unless we are willing to do the small things that make up the sum of greatness.
Theodore Roosevelt

I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.
Ellen Goodman

The Power of Purpose

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
William James

Many people flounder about in life because they have no purpose. Before it is possible to achieve anything, an objective must be set.
George Halas

People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel they are doing something for the greater good.
Mike Krzyzewski

Find a purpose in life so big that it will challenge every capacity to be at its best.
David McKay

I believe that everything in life has a purpose. And our lives themselves have a purpose. Organizing the details of our lives brings that purpose into sharper focus. The sharper it is, the less likely we will lose sight of it after a severe setback.
George Allen

Teaching

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation.
Cicero

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.
Josef Albers

To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student.
Søren Kierkegard

Stories transport us into another world. They hold our attention. They become remarkable vehicles for the communication of truth and meaningful lessons that cannot be easily forgotten. If a picture is better than a thousand words, a story is better than a million.
Charles Swindoll

Build Courage

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
Raymond Lindquist

God rarely makes our fear disappear. Instead, He asks us to be strong and take courage. What is courage? It is not the absence of fear; rather, it’s choosing to act in spite of the fear.
Bruce Wilkinson

Never ask for victory, ask only for courage. For if you endure the struggle, you bring honor to yourself. But more important, you bring honor to us all.
Bill Mallon

Lying

I have seldom known anyone who deserted truth in trifles that could be trusted in matters of importance.
William Paley

Never is there a single instance when a lie can be justified.
Leo Tolstoy

Parents shouldn’t lie to their children – not even when they think it’s for their own good. Even a little lie is dangerous.
Pablo Casals

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words; a lie may be told by silence, by the accent on a syllable, by a glance of the eyes attaching a peculiar significance to a sentence; and all these kinds of lies are worse and baser by many degrees than a lie plainly worded.
John Ruskin