Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Power of Work

All the genius I have is the fruit of labor.
Alexander Hamilton

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Vince Lombardi

Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.
Eric Hoffer

I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline.
Vince Lombardi

Successful people are willing to engage in drudgery in the cause of something marvelous. The greater part of genius is the years of effort invested to solve a problem or find the perfect expression of an idea. With hard work you acquire knowledge about yourself that idleness never reveals.
Tom Butler-Bowdon

Triumph of Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm and persistence can make an average person superior; indifference and lethargy can make a superior person average.
William Ward

Duty without enthusiasm becomes laborious; duty with enthusiasm becomes glorious.
Artemus Ward

There is nothing more contagious than exuberance and enthusiasm, and it is sure to get an audience.
Harry Houdini

No one keeps his enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspiration, new efforts, new vision.

Every memorable act in the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.
Og Mandino

The Power of Laughter

Laughter dulls the sharpest pain and flattens out the greatest stress. To share it is to give a gift of health.
Barbara Johnson

Once you get people laughing, they’re listening and you can tell them almost anything.
Herbert Gardner

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
Bob Newhart

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Victor Hugo

A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected and smile through the unbearable.
Moshe Waldoks

Love Being a Father

No honor, wealth, lofty title or position at work will ever mean so much to me as “dad.”
Stephen Covey

No man can possibly know what life means, what the world means, what anything means, until he has a child and loves it.
Lafcadio Hearn

There is nothing more rewarding – or humbling – than fatherhood, and that is a lesson I have learned seven times over. I have discovered more of life and love from my children than I ever dreamed I could know.
William Simon

By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact, but I am prouder to be a father.
General Douglas MacArthur

Becoming a father has changed my life every day since it happened. Some sorrow, some grief and some expense – but such joy, such love and such excitement my three wonderful children have brought me. And it’s not over yet. Each age we pass through brings new joys and experiences, of which the vast majority are extremely loving and rewarding.
Gerald McConnell

How to Set Goals

The size of our past goals has determined our present life style. The size of our future goals will determine our future life style.
Danny Cox

If you don’t fail now and again, it’s a sign you’re playing it safe.
Woody Allen

People don’t exert themselves for little, unimportant goals. They work hard, take great risks and let nothing stop them only for big, important goals. That’s why leaders who try to play down the difficulty of a task make a big mistake.
Major William Cohen

Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.
Anita DeFrantz

Every goal must have a completion date attached. If a date is not attached, the desired outcome turns into an intention rather than a goal, postponed by the eternal promise of “someday,” crippled by the not-now syndrome. Dates commit intentions to calendar realities. They target the time frame for the goal and prevent it from withering away into infinity.
Cherie Carter-Scott

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

Christmas Gifts

Give yourself at Christmas; there really is no more wonderful gift.
Dorothy Wilson

As a kid, sometimes my Christmas present was an orange. We were poor and fruit was a once-a-year thing. To this day, that’s why I still love the smell of oranges.
Dolly Parton

When we exchange gifts, we always stay within our means. You see we once had the good fortune of being poor.
Danny Thomas

The most precious Christmas gift parents can give their children is time.
Fred Rogers

The family traditions I love the most are the holiday celebrations. I look forward to the planning, shopping and cooking almost as much as the holiday itself. You know, you don’t need a lot of money to make it special. Why, when we were children, the best Christmas gifts we got would seem cheap today – an orange in each child’s stocking. When I think of Christmas, I can still smell those oranges.
Sarah Delany