No really great man ever thought himself so.
— William Hazlitt
When God wants to do His great works He trains somebody to be quiet enough and little enough, then He uses that person.
— J. Hudson Taylor
If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed, you won’t be discouraged; if anyone calls you a saint, you won’t put yourself on a pedestal.
— Mother Teresa
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
— Proverbs 18:12
Having a low profile helps keep everything in perspective. In January I got my hair cut a couple of days after winning the Phoenix Open by 12 shots. A woman in the salon told me all about the tournament, how her boyfriend had bought her tickets and how she saw Tiger Woods make a hole in one. I said, “Oh really? Who won the tournament?” She said, “Hmmm, I’m not sure.”
— Steve Jones
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
— John Wooden
Nothing will be attempted if all possible obstacles must first be removed.
— Samuel Johnson
To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.
— Ken Keyes, Jr.
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.
— D.L. Moody
Don’t wait for something big to occur. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater.
— Mary Morrissey
Real success is knowing that you helped others change their lives for the better.
— Dan Sosa, Jr.
He that does good to another does also good to himself.
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
— John Holmes
Our own success, to be real, must contribute to the success of others.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
A visitor saw a nurse attending the sores of a leprosy patient. “I would not do that for a million dollars,” she said. The nurse answered, “Neither would I, but I do it for Jesus for nothing.”
— Corrie ten Boom
The most important work you will do in your life will be done within the walls of your home.
— Kim Clark
When everything is darkest, your family will be there for you. Tell them how much you love them.
— Ann Richards
No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
— Lee Iacocca
As the family goes, so goes the nation.
— Margaret Mead
I am at peace. Here I am supposedly at the peak of professional success, but I could, frankly, care less. It’s nothing compared to my relationship with you and the girls and Jesus.
— David Bloom, NBC war correspondent, in a final e-mail to his wife, Melanie, before his death from a pulmonary embolism in Iraq
The tyranny of the urgent will always out-shout the essential nature of the important, if we let it. We have to determine not to let that happen. The secret is establishing personal priorities.
— Charles Swindoll
Taking first things first often reduced the most complex human problems to a manageable proportion.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Priorities become a grid to help us distinguish opportunity from distraction. They are filters through which we can sift daily decisions to make sure we keep on track.
— Patrick Morley
Decide what your priorities are and how much time you’ll spend on them. If you don’t, someone else will.
— Harvey Mackay
It is not until you have a burning yes inside of you about what is truly important, that you can pleasantly, smilingly, cheerfully, say no to all of that which is urgent, but not truly important. The more we are free from non-necessities, the more we are free to do the more meaningful actions of our lives.
— Stephen Covey
The ideal day never comes. Today is ideal for him who makes it so.
— Horatio Dresser
Yesterday is a cashed check; tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is cash in hand so use it – invest it.
— John Haggai
I believe in today. It is all that I possess. The past is of value only as it can make the life of today fuller and freer. There is no assurance of tomorrow. I must make good today.
— Charles Stelzle
We’re not guaranteed tomorrow, so we had better enjoy today.
— Derek Jeter
This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its place I have traded for it. I want it to be a gain, not a loss – good, not evil, success, not failure, in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it.
— Bear Bryant
Somehow not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
— John Greenleaf Whittier
Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all thirty feet tall.
— Larry Wilde
Here’s my advice: Make a big thing of Christmas, even if you’re tired.
— Harry Reasoner
Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart . . . filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.
— Bess Aldrich
The magic message of Christmas is that God gave us so much more than we can possibly give back.
— Norman Vincent Peale