Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Treasure in Books

Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.
Carl Sagan

My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library.
Bill Russell

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
James Lowell

To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.

When I was in my early teens, I started with the first book on the bottom shelf and went through the lot, one by one. I didn’t read a few books. I read the Detroit Public Library.
Thomas Edison

The Importance of Thrift

Frugality is a handsome income.
Desiderius Erasmus

By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest.

Frugality makes a poor man rich.

Without frugality few can become rich, and with it few would become poor.
Samuel Johnson

There’s a fine line between being frugal with your money and being a tightwad. What ultimately separates the two is attitude and motivation. Frugal people save money because they think it can be used better in other areas of their budget. Tightwads save money because they’re reluctant to let it go.
Larry Burkett

How to Give

Millions of people go to bed hungry for a kind word, a pat on the back, or a smile. That’s where you can make a difference.
A.C. Carlson

All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.
Kahlil Bibran

A hammer sometimes misses its mark – a bouquet never.
Monte Crane

The test of generosity is not how much you give, but how much you have left.

No matter how little you have in the way of material things, you always have inner bounty to share. You have encouraging words, creative ideas, a sense of humor and the power of prayer. So, even when you feel your luck is running thin, give something away from your bounty within.
Suzanne Zoglio

It’s the Little Things

It’s in the little things and in the lonely places that we prove ourselves capable of the big things.
Charles Swindoll

Every small, positive change we can make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.
Alice Walker

Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground and later win a little more.
Louis L’Armour

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
Marian Edelman

Praise Others

You can demonstrate confidence and security in your own abilities by drawing attention to the achievements of others. Such reinforcement can establish you as an overall “positive” individual, and this attitude will be reflected back to you.
James Hayes

Never miss an opportunity to say a word of congratulations.
Lyndon B. Johnson

All people like to be important. Criticism from a teacher can kill the pupil’s ambition to improve. Be anxious to praise and slow on fault-finding.
Harvey Penick

The more impressed you are with other people and their accomplishments, the more interested and impressed they will be with you and yours. Everyone has done something that is noteworthy and impressive. When you meet a new person, your job is to find it out.
Brian Tracy

The Power of Change

You must adapt to change, and condition yourself to see it as an opportunity to improve yourself, not as a window to failure.
Rick Pitino

Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

Change means the unknown. It means, too many people cry, insecurity. Nonsense! No one from the beginning of time has had security.
Eleanor Roosevelt

See change as opportunity, not threat.
Jack Welch

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.
King Whitney, Jr.

The Power of Courage

Do what you fear and the death of fear is certain.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

No great thing comes to any man unless he has courage.
Cardinal Gibbons

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the difficult place where it leads.
Erica Jong

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
Anaïs Nin

Leadership means having the courage to make decisions not for easy headlines in ten days, but for a better country in ten years.
Brian Mulroney