Maltbie D. Babcock
Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Every one must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.
You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.
(Philosopher and Politician, 1561-1626)
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
You never find yourself until you face the truth.
Philip James Bailey
We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs.
(Philosopher and psychologist, 1818-1903)
Instinct is untaught ability.
(Writer and educator)
To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against.
The trick is to love somebody. If you love one person, you see everybody else differently.
(Major league baseball player)
You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy any place.
Harry F. Banks
Doing little things well is a step toward doing big things better.
Judith M. Bardwick
Real confidence comes from knowing and accepting yourself--your strengths and your limitations--in contrast to depending on affirmation from others.
(Former president of Colgate University)
Almost everything is more complicated than it seems, but almost nothing is hopeless.
Compassion is about stepping outside yourself. It means acknowledging that you're part of something larger by finding a way to be of help, aid, and support for those we share the world with, even animals.
Marilyn C. Barrick
(Psychologist and Writer)
Give yourself a pat on the back each time you hang in there when you're scared.
Sir James M. Barrie
(Author and Playwright, 1860-1937)
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
When life knocks you to your knees . . . well, that's the best position to pray, isn't it?
The best time to make friends is before you need them.
Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.
The older you get, the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness.
Bernard M. Baruch
(Presidential Advisor, 1870-1965)
To me, old age is fifteen years older than I am.
(Motivational speaker and consultant)
The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
O. A. Battista
(Scientist and Writer)
There's nothing like a vacation with the entire family to make you appreciate that taking life easy can be hard work.
The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive.
Nothing is more important to the future of an idea than the first step you take to try it out.
You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
(Writer and Playwright, 1888-1960)
You don't get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what's eating you.
There is no need to go searching for a remedy for the evils of the time. The remedy already exists--it is the gift of one's self to those who have fallen so low that even hope fails them.
Simone De Beauvoir
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
May Lamberton Becker
(Editor and writer, 1873-1958)
We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
John L. Beckley
Authority is a poor substitute for leadership.
Decisiveness is often the art of timely cruelty.
Henry Ward Beecher
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
Strength is a matter of the made-up mind.
Ludwig van Beethoven
We all make mistakes, but everyone makes different mistakes.
Isabella Mary Beeton
A place for everything and everything in its place.
J. C. Bell
When you are looking for obstacles, you can't find opportunities.
You are a fortunate person, indeed, if you can begin each day accepting the fact that during that day there will be ups and downs, good breaks and bad ones, disappointments, surprises, unexpected turns of events.
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds.
Henri Louis Bergson
Time is nature's way of preventing everything from happening at once.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
Laughter is an instant vacation.
If opportunity doesn't knock ... build a door.
It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
(Writer and Lawyer, 1866-1947)
To live happily with other people one should ask of them only what they can give.
(Advertising executive, 1911-1982)
The greatest risk of all is the risk of going unnoticed.
To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in our hands.
The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.
When people don't take time out, they stop being productive.
James G. Bilkey
You will never be the person you can be if pressure, tension, and discipline are taken out of your life.
The whole art of life is knowing the right time to say things.
Claude T. Bissell
Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
Always make yourself essential, that's been my golden rule.
(Poet and Author, 1757-1827)
I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my wrath did grow.
Mary Kay Blakely
(Journalist and writer)
One life stamps and influences another, which in turn stamps and influences another, on and on until the soul of human experience breathes on in generations we'll never even meet.
Kenneth Hartley Blanchard
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
If you are not working on your ideas each day, you're working on someone else's.
I think it's more important to be fit so that you can be healthy and enjoy activities than it is to have a good body.
(Speech pathologist, 1882-1966)
The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.
Marguerite Power Blessington
Friends are the thermometers by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes.
Since the early bird catches the worm, it's a good idea to begin your day as soon as you can - unless, of course, you happen to be a worm.
William J. H. Boetcker
You can employ men and hire hands to work for you, but you will have to win their hearts to have them work with you.
If you want to know how rich you really are, find out what would be left of you tomorrow if you should lose every dollar you own tonight.
What we need is a happiness bridge where two hearts that are strangers can make an exchange of their gifts.
If you can't make it better you can laugh at it.
Edward de Bono
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Daniel Joseph Boorstin
(Historian and Writer, 1914-2004)
Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
(Social Reformer, 1865-1950)
It is not how many years we live, but what we do with them. It is not what we receive, but what we give to others.
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch--what makes you go beyond the norm.
(Conductor and Musician, 1887-1979)
The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.
Work to me is a sacred thing.
Christian Nestell Bovee
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
Experience isn't interesting till it begins to repeat itself--in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
If we would be guided by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold.
Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share, and sought advantage over no one.
(Writer and Poet, 1935-1984)
If you get hung up on everybody else's hang-ups, then the whole world's going to be nothing more than one huge gallows.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
(Founder of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund)
Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.
Stephen A. Brennan
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best--that is inspiration.
Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be--because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose and then where are you?
(Civil rights activist)
Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!
How to be a better reporter: See a thing clearly and describe it simply.
(Life coach and motivational speaker)
Asking for support from the right people at the right time helps you summon the courage to show more of who you are to the world.
There's a powerful transformative effect when you surround yourself with like-minded people. Peer pressure is a great thing when it helps you accomplish your goals instead of distracting you from them.
Dr. Joyce Brothers
In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them.
What's important is how frequently you're happy, not how intensely. Those peaks of happiness - getting swept off your feet, scaling a mountaintop, winning a bundle in Las Vegas - are nice, but happiness comes down to being quietly content most of the time.
Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
(Art historian and novelist)
Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
John Seely Brown
(Research center director)
The job of leadership today is not just to make money. It's to make meaning.
Life is more meaningful when you are always looking to grow and working toward a goal.
Rita Mae Brown
Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
Sir Thomas Browne
(Physician and essayist, 1605-1682)
All the wonders you seek are within yourself.
My sun sets to rise again.
'At the 'Mermaid'"
Our aspirations are our possibilities.
Benjamin â€œDinkâ€ Bruce
You never know who the people are that youâ€™ll meet and how theyâ€™ll influence your life in the future.
I am influenced by every second of my waking hour.
There are never enough "I love you's".
True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.
Good order is the foundation of all things.
(Advertising Executive, 1891-1971)
When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.
Founder of the Eco Challenge)
I will guarantee you that the day you step outside your comfort zone by making success your goal is the day you discover that adversity, risk, and daring will make life sweeter than you ever imagined.
(Naturalist and writer, 1837-1921)
It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.
What a lovely surprise to discover how un-lonely being alone can be.
(Life enrichment specialist)
The person that you are right now is a reflection of what you practice most. When you look in the mirror, what does your reflection say about the habits you practice?
(41st 1st Lady)
Believe in something larger than yourself.
Whether you are talking about education, career, or service, you are talking about life--and life must have joy.
George Herbert Walker Bush
(41st U. S. President)
America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.
Give something to the community in one way or another. It doesn't have to be dramatic, it doesn't have to be in the newspapers. But you need to have the satisfaction of knowing you're helping make somebody else's life a little brighter.
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Sight and all the other senses are only modes of touch.
You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.