Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry because I never undertake more work than I can go through with calmness of spirit.
— John Wesley
The trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing.
— Barbara Bush
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls: work, family, health, friends and spirit. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will never be the same.
— Brian Dyson
I have decided not to let my time be used up by people to whom I make no difference while I neglect those for whom I am irreplaceable.
— Tony Campolo
People often ask me now, “Zinger, is golf still as important to you as it was before you had cancer?” Yes and no. Yes, of course, golf is important to me. I love the game; it is how I make a living. But no, golf is no longer at the top of my priority list. In fact, it runs a slow fourth. My priorities now are God, my family, my friends and golf.
— Paul Azinger
The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.
— Barbara Kingsolver
Make allowances for your friends’ imperfections as readily as you do for your own.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I always write the losers, because I know that when you win you hear from everybody, but when you lose, you hear from your friends.
— Richard Nixon
Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
— Publilius Syrus
What makes the Dead Sea dead? It is all the time receiving, but never giving out anything. Why is it that so many friendships grow cold? Perhaps it is because they too are all the time receiving, never giving.
— D.L. Moody
The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a while . . . their hearts forever.
Since God created man in his own image, every newborn child is a heavenly gift entrusted to a mother’s tender care. The baby finds godliness in his mother’s eyes, life and warmth at her breasts, strength and protection in her tender arms.
— Louis Notkin
Despite my mom’s relentless chiding for eating too quickly and talking too much sports, I do not hesitate to use a phrase that up until now I have reserved for only those of my generation: She’s one of my best friends.
— Winston Lord
They always looked back before turning the corner, for their mother was always at the window to nod and smile, and wave her hand at them. Somehow it seemed as if they couldn’t have got through the day without that, for whatever their mood might be, the last glimpse of that motherly face was sure to affect them like sunshine.
— Louisa May Alcott
Of all the friends we have, our mother is the most loyal, the most steadfast. Her love knows no limits.
— Rhonda Hogan
One mother can achieve more than a hundred teachers.
— Jewish proverb
We can’t nourish our children if we don’t nourish ourselves. Parents who manage to stay married, sane and connected to each other share one basic characteristic: the ability to protect even small amounts of time together no matter what else is going on in their lives.
— Ron Taffel
It seems to me that since I’ve had children, I’ve grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.
— Anne Tyler
If you focus your attention on housework and meal preparation and diapers, raising children does start to look like drudgery pretty quickly. On the other hand, if you see yourself as nothing less than your child’s nurturer, role model, teacher, spiritual guide and mentor, your days take on a very different cast.
— Joyce Maynard
Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special and that you value.
— John Wooden
Relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished but because the innocent are merciful.
— Max Lucado
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years of trying to get other people interested in you.
— Dale Carnegie
No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout. Run right back and make friends.
— Anonymous, if a dog were your teacher
If you don’t have friends who will tell you when you’re making a glaring mistake, then they’re not great friends. If you let your friends do silly things that could damage them without offering your opinion, you’re not helping them, either. A real friend recognizes what needs to be said and also recognizes when advice from someone else needs to be heeded.
— Derek Jeter