Monthly Archives: August 2010

Dignity and Independence

The only way you can take control of your spending and determine your lifestyle priorities is with a budget.
T.D. Jakes

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important as living within your means.
Calvin Coolidge

If you live within your income, you’ll be without many things, the most important of which is worry.
William Ayer

One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.
Sidney Howard

Use a budget not to inhibit and restrain yourself but to liberate and unleash your passion for something greater than the purchase that is tempting you in that moment.
T.D. Jakes

The Power of Character

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many of the things we pursue, such as popularity, money and public approval, are very transitory. In the final analysis, the only enduring factor that we have to show for our stay on earth is the quality of our character.
Tom Osborne

Knowledge will give you power, but character gives you respect.
Bruce Lee

Character, rather than education, is man’s greatest need and man’s greatest safeguard, because character is higher than the intellect.
Vince Lombardi

Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs.
Joan Didion

The Best Things in Life

To have read the greatest works of any great poet, to have beheld or heard the greatest works of any great painter or musician, is a possession added to the best things of life.
Algernon Swinburne

To be taught in the arts, softens the manners and makes us gentle.

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
Johann von Goethe

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.
Charles Darwin

Building Confidence

Dad gave me the confidence to believe in myself. It was the kind of confidence that allowed us to tackle much larger problems, and I think it was a very important factor in my becoming what I am today.
Dr. Joyce Brothers

My two main goals as a parent are to help my children gain self-esteem and self-discipline.
Spencer Johnson

One of the easiest, fastest and surest ways of building a healthy self-image in your child is to help him develop pride in being an important part of something worthy and noble that is bigger than any one individual. The family is the logical place to start. The church, school and community can be real sources of pride.
Zig Ziglar

If I could say just one thing to parents, it would be simply that a child needs someone who believes in him no matter what he does.
Alice Keliher

The next time you pick up your little baby or grandbaby, look into the face of that child and say, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” And it wouldn’t hurt to repeat that statement throughout her childhood. Children need to know how valuable they are in God’s sight – and ours. Nothing gives them greater security than a strong sense of self-esteem.
Charles Swindoll

The Adversity Advantage

With adversity came maturity. No situation scares me now.
Jeff Blake

It is because I have lived a most difficult life that I could do this.
Oksana Baiul

God uses enlarged trials to produce enlarged saints so He can put them into enlarged places.
Henry and Tom Blackaby

Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
Reginna Britt

The sermon of your life in tough times ministers to people more powerfully than the most eloquent speaker.
Bill Bright


You can tell the size of a man by the size of the things that make him mad.
Adlai Stevenson

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
Proverbs 29:11

We may think people make us angry, but most of the time they simply reveal our own selfishness. What usually makes us angry is our lack of control over people and circumstances.
Gary and Norma Smalley

A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
Proverbs 19:19

Power of Goals

Goals are the fuel of progress.
Greg Norman

If I don’t set goals, I just dilly-dally around and I don’t have anything to work for.
Amber Amstutz

Goals are different than dreams. Goals have a time limit and an action plan; dreams don’t. You can dream forever and never get anywhere, but goals you can reach.
Yogi Berra

If set high, but not impossibly so, goals make us work harder and learn how to cope with adversity.
Robert Brown

As you accomplish your daily and weekly goals, your confidence grows with each new achievement.
Patrick Cohn