Monthly Archives: September 2012

Popularity

I will not change just to court popularity.
Margaret Thatcher

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.
Herbert Swope

I never have and never will (I hope) do anything for the sake of popularity. He that steers by any other compass than his own sense of duty may be a popular, but cannot be an honest, and I think not a useful public servant.
John Croker

A leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target.
Angie Papadakis

When I was a young man I courted popularity. I found her but a coy mistress, and I soon deserted her. Our ancestors, the Puritans, were a most unpopular set of men; yet the world owes all the liberty it possesses to them.
John Adams

Life Is an Adventure

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

We pay for security with boredom, for adventure with bother.
Anonymous

Safety, security and survival are not meaningful goals for our lives. If we’re going to get anywhere, we’re going to have to risk venturing into the unknown. Life is about adventure, not maintenance.
John Maxwell

The only life worth living is the adventurous life. Of such a life, the dominant characteristic is that it is unafraid. It is unafraid of what other people think. It does not adapt either its pace or its objectives to the pace and objectives of its neighbors. It thinks its own thoughts, it reads its own books, it develops its own hobbies and it is governed by its own conscience.
Raymond Fosdick

Life is an adventure. Don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path because very few have already trod there. You can go down a side way and if you’ve made a mistake, what does it really matter? As long as you are learning from the mistake, success will ultimately rub off on you.
William Shatner

Help Others

Turn enemies into friends by doing something nice for them.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You can’t help a man uphill without getting closer to the top yourself.
Anonymous

Helping a blind person get a seeing-eye-dog or helping an abused woman find a home has meant so much to me. I understand now why giving is more important than receiving.
Ken Venturi

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 3:27

No man is a true Christian who does not think constantly of how he can lift his brother, how he can assist his friend, how he can enlighten mankind, how he can make virtue the rule of conduct in the circle in which he lives.
Woodrow Wilson

Eternal Life

Every natural longing has its natural satisfaction. If we thirst, God has created liquids to gratify thirst. If we thirst for life and love eternal, it is likely that there are an eternal life and an eternal love to satisfy that craving.
Frederick Robertson

Hold everything earthly with a loose hand; but grasp eternal things with a death-like grip.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Live near to God, and all things will appear little to you in comparison with eternal realities.
Robert McCheyne

A man’s greatest care should be for that place where he dwelleth longest; therefore eternity should be his scope.
Thomas Manton

In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life – longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity. We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be. Earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better.
Rick Warren

Priorities

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
Stephen Covey

To keep from being overwhelmed by adversity, I work hard to keep my priorities in order. The priorities in my life, ranked in descending order, are: God, family, others, football.
Bobby Bowden

Without ever knowing it, we are assaulted by a high note of urgency all the time. We end up pacing ourselves to the city rhythm whether or not it’s our own. In time we grow hard of hearing to the rest of the world. Like a violinist stuck next to the timpani, we may lose the ability to hear our own instrument.
Ellen Goodman

Start every day with the most important thing you have to do. Save the less important tasks for later.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Figure out what your top two or three priorities are, spend your time and energy on them, and let the rest go. Simply accept that it’s not possible to do it all, and that it’s all right if you don’t – in fact, it’s immeasurably better if you don’t. You can have a happy and fulfilling life while doing only part of it. People have done that successfully for years.
Elaine St. James

The Power of Laughter

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything – even poverty – you can survive it.
Bill Cosby

When you make someone laugh, you’re giving him medicine.
Danny Kaye

Life’s too short to walk around with your teeth gritted all the time. I like to joke. I like to laugh.
Bill Parcells

A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
William Thackeray

There is healing power in laughter. It makes us forget, makes us relax and makes us feel like life is worth living again.
Art Berg

Overcome Failure

Train yourself to accept the fact that as a human being you are prone to mistakes. Take pride in being emotionally resilient and mentally tough.
Dr. Bob Rotella

Having harvested all the knowledge and wisdom we can from our mistakes and failures, we should put them behind us and go ahead.
Edith Johnson

All good men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil.
Sophocles

My own success was attended by quite a few failures along the way. But I refused to make the biggest mistake of all: worrying too much about making mistakes.
Kemmons Wilson