In regard to this great book, the Bible, I have but to say it is the best gift God has given. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.
— Abraham Lincoln
Whatever I have done in my life has simply been due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read with me a part of the Bible, and made me learn a part of it by heart.
— Wendell Phillips
I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
— Psalm 119:14-16
England has two books: the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare but the Bible made England.
— Victor Hugo
You don’t have to be a particularly religious person nor a person of any specific faith to see the wisdom in the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Like the facets of our life, golf is something we can improve at by being at peace with ourselves. Proverbs can help us find that peace.
— Gary Player
Mom always told us to become whatever we dreamed of. All we dreamed of was becoming her.
Next to God we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living.
— Mary Bethune
God made mothers His earthly partners and charged them with the task of perpetuating creation. As befits God’s partners, mothers have been endowed with all the heavenly virtues: love, devotion, tenderness, purity and the spirit of sacrifice. These are but a few of the divine attributes of motherhood.
— Louis Notkin
No one is poor who had a godly mother.
— Abraham Lincoln
There is no more influential or powerful role on earth than a mother’s. Significant as political, military, education or religious public figures may be, none can compare to the impact made by mothers. Their words are never fully forgotten, their touch leaves an indelible impression and the memory of their presence lasts a lifetime.
— Charles Swindoll
My kids are in their late 40s now. Recently I grabbed my oldest son Billy and told him, “I love you. I think you’re terrific, and I’m so proud you’re mine.” His eyes filled with tears and he said, “Thanks, I really needed that, Dad.”
— Bill Glass
Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute “presents” for “presence.”
— Dr. Anthony Witham
My mom started writing me little notes and cards from the time I was just a little girl. I would keep them in a shoebox under my bed. As the years have gone by, the shoeboxes have become bigger boxes – and I have many of them.
— Jane Clayson
Love – real love – demands that you do what is best for your child, not necessarily what your child wants you to do, or what is easiest for you.
— Zig Ziglar
One of the great legacies my father left us, as well as countless friends and neighbors, was never failing to say “I love you” each day to every member of his family. His example even now touches many others as I’m told by them time and again how watching him with his family motivated them to be more open and tender about expressing love for their families.
— Karl Engemann
Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.
— Paul Hawken
If you find that you are overwhelmed with responsibility to the point of mild insanity, learn to give yourself a “time-out.”
— Joan Lunden
Don’t waste alone time. If for some odd reason, I find myself alone in our house, besides shouting “Whoo-hoo!” in my head, I resist the urge to do something productive. This is not the time to throw in a load of laundry or tidy up the house. Instead, I do something I can’t do when the kids or my husband are home.
— Laura Stack
True silence is the rest of the mind: it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
— William Penn
A warm bath, massage or a little pampering can go a long way toward making the week’s tensions melt away. Listening to good music, eating sumptuous meals and relaxing with friends can also help restore balance amid the frenzy. These feel-good experiences can help sustain us in the long run.
— Dr. Paul Donahue
Happy is the child who happens in upon his parent from time to time to see him on his knees, or going aside regularly, to keep times with the Lord.
— Larry Christenson
God hears and honors – in His perfect timing – our petitions on behalf of our children. If you want the very best for your sons and daughters. I urge you to call on the greatest power in the universe in frequent prayer.
— James and Shirley Dobson
We set aside some time every day to talk to the Lord. We got that habit from Mama. She had a full-time job running the school, plus ten children to raise, but there was never a day in her life that she didn’t reserve one full hour to pray.
— Sarah Delany
A mother’s prayers, silent and gentle, can never miss the road to the throne of all bounty.
— Henry Ward Beecher
My sister remembers pretending to fall asleep one night and hearing our father pray aloud for her. She never forgot the earnest and loving tone of this prayer, which he thought only God had heard. We never doubted that, in everything, our father relied entirely on his Father in Heaven. His faith in God permeated his life and, so also, ours. In the end, this has been the most important thing of all.
— Susan Harper
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire – then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.
— Robert Fulghum
Your reaction to a problem as much as the problem itself will determine the outcome. I have seen people face the most catastrophic problems with a positive mental attitude, turning their problems into creative experience. They turned their scars into stars.
— Robert Schuller
Problems are the price of progress. Don’t bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.
— Charles Kettering
My mother – a small woman with auburn hair and a sense of optimism that ran as deep as the cosmos – told me that everything in life happened for a purpose. She said all things were part of God’s plan, even the most disheartening setbacks, and in the end, everything worked out for the best. My mother, as usual, was right.
— Ronald Reagan
There is perhaps no greater compliment than to have people light up with joy and anticipation when you walk into a room. This happens mainly to people who bring with them an element of happiness and surprise.
— Leo Buscaglia
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
— Marguerite, Countess of Blessington
You think best when you’re happiest.
— Peter Thomson
A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.
— Marlene Dietrich