One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.
The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.
Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.
Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.
Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.
There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy.
What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.
Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.
Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.
Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
We think too much and feel too little.
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone.
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.
I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.
Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down.
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.
If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.
Whatever good things we build end up building us.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.
Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.
You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.
We have to be careful in how we use this light shined on us.
I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.
You've got to know your limitations. I don't know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
You just can't beat the person who never gives up.
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
They're on our right, they're on our left, they're in front of us, they're behind us; they can't get away from us this time.
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.
Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.
There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats...
As long as there's pasta and Chinese food in the world, I'm okay.
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.
I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.
The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand.
The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.
The only way that I could figure they could improve upon Coca-Cola, one of life's most delightful elixirs, which studies prove will heal the sick and occasionally raise the dead, is to put bourbon in it.
Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.
There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us
Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.
It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.