Inspiration

All men die…Few men live. – William Wallace’s character in Braveheart

For where your treasurers are that is where your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19

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

A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding draws it out. - Proverbs 20:5

The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions. - Confucius

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it― every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have. – John D. Rockefeller III

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t. - Richard Bach

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. - St. Augustine

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. - Jack London

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’ - The Talmud

It is always surprising how small a part of life is taken up by meaningful moments. Most of the time they are over before they start, although they cast a light on the future and make the person that originated them unforgettable.from Anna & the King

Be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars. - Henry Van Dyke

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. - Harold Whitman

O, with what freshness, what solemnity and beauty, is each new day born; as if to say to insensate man, ‘Behold! thou hast one more chance! Strive for immortal glory! - Harriet Beecher Stowe

The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle require creative imagination and marks real advances in science. – Albert Einstein

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good. - Unknown

A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be. - Tom Landry

Let us not follow where the path may lead. Let us go instead where there’s no path and leave a trail. - Japanese Proverb

Discovering the meaning of calling is to discover the meaning of the Gospel - Unknown

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it. - Mother Teresa

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. – Frank A. Clark

The way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it. - Rafikki (to Simba) in Disney’s The Lion King speaking of the past

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. - Robert Frost

Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.’ Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime, Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. - Theophrastus

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing right things. - Peter Drucker

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. - Henry Van Dyke

Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment. - Thomas Jefferson

He who has health and hope has everything. - Ababian Proverb

The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. - Winston Churchill

Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like nobody’s watching! - Unknown

Unlearning is as important as learning. - Unknown

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness. - Thomas Jefferson

Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. - Eph 5:15-17

Ask God to show you life as He intended it to be. - Unknown

A luxury twice tasted becomes a need. - Unknown

I want to leave enough money for my kids to do anything they want, but not afford to do nothing. - Warren Buffett

The most successful people are: Focused & Flexible. - Unknown

Being a contrarian is like helping elephants mate. If successful, you won’t know for 2 yrs. If not, you will get trampled to death. - Unknown

Success is not a destination that you ever reach. Success is the quality of your journey. - Jennifer James

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. - Calvin Coolidge

They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor. - Eric Hoffer

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. - Margaret Young

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something. -Jackie Mason

Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other. – Seneca

Our opportunities to do good are our talents. - C. Mather

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings. - Abraham Maslow

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel

If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke. - Brendan Francis

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. - Sydney Smith

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. – The Holy Bible

Intimate relationships cannot substitute for a life plan. But to have any meaning or viability at all, a life plan must include intimate relationships. - Harriet Lerner

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. - Anthony J. D’Angelo

Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy. - Groucho Marx

Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none. - Richard M. DeVos

If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil. - Henry Fielding)

The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money. - Unknown

Many years ago Rudyard Kipling gave an address at McGill University in Montreal. He said one striking thing which deserves to be remembered. Warning the students against an over-concern for money, or position, or glory, he said: “Some day you will meet a man who cares for none of these things. Then you will know how poor you are.” - Halford E. Luccock

Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant. - Phineas Taylor Barnum

The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life. - Henry Ford

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. - Henry Ford

Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is. - Unknown

Money doesn’t always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars. - Hobart Brown

Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there. - Will Smith

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. - Bob Dylan

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart. - Jonathan Swift

If you don’t have a dream you are working for someone else who has one. - Unknown

Integrity simply means that there is always strong agreement between the things you think, say, feel, and do, each and every day. - Unknown

Your Life Story is Written in Risk: Those You Take and Those You Don’t. - Unknown

Material success may result in the accumulation of possessions; but, only spiritual success will enable you to enjoy them. - Nido Qubein

I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. - Helen Keller

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be. - Karen Ravn

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. – H. Jackson Brown

The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. - Jim Rohn

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. - Jim Rohn

Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. - Jim Rohn

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. - Albert Einstein

I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more, however I begged at evening when I counted my scanty store. For Life is a just employer, He gives you what you ask, but once you have set the wages, why, you must bear the task. I worked for a menial’s hire, only to learn, dismayed, that any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid. – Napoleon Hill

Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God. - White Eagle

The significant problems we face will not be solved at the level of thinking we were at when we created them. – Albert Einstein

Stress is the product of one or more: boredom, duplicity, imbalance, or crisis. If you work at the 4 levels you can deal with stress. - Unknown

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I…I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. - Henry David Thoreau

Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day. - Billy Graham

There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase ‘to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy’. The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution. - Stephen R. Covey

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. - Stephen R. Covey

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. - Stephen R. Covey

The way we see the problem is the problem. - Stephen R. Covey

Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system. – Stephen R. Covey

Seek first to understand, then to be understood. - Stephen R. Covey

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles. - Stephen R. Covey

We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind. - Stephen R. Covey

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. - Stephen R. Covey

Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure. -Stephen R. Covey

Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, and comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness. - Stephen R. Covey

How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most. - Stephen R. Covey

Work like you don’t need the money, love like your heart has never been broken, and dance like no one is watching. - Aurora Greenway

The purpose of life is not just to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved. - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. - Cecil Beaton

Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you. - Anthony Robbins

The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life. - James L. Christensen

Success, happiness, peace of mind and fulfillment – the most priceless of human treasures – are available to all among us, without exception, who make things happen – who make “good” things happen – in the world around them. - Joe Klock

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. - Epictetus

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. - Andrew Carnegie

The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application. - Miguel De Cervantes

By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich. – Democritus

Wealth is in applications of mind to nature; and the art of getting rich consists not in industry, much less in saving, but in a better order, in timeliness, in being at the right spot. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Controlled time is our true wealth. - R. Buckminster Fuller

The wealth that cannot be administered is a burden. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Wealth, position, fame, and even elusive happiness will be mine, eventually, if I determine to render more and better service, each day, than I am being paid to render. - Og Mandino

Wealth does not bring excellence, but that wealth comes from excellence. – Plato

The surplus wealth we have gained to some extent belongs to our fellow beings; we are only the temporary custodians of our fortunes, and let us be careful that no just complaint can be made against our stewardship. - Jacob H. Schiff

It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong but love of money for its own sake. The spiritual dimension comes in deciding what one does with the wealth. - Margaret Thatcher

Wealth is not in making money, but in making the man while he is making money. - John Wicker

Without relationships, no matter how much wealth, fame, power, prestige and seeming success by the standards and opinions of the world one has, happiness will constantly eluded him. - Sidney Madwed

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. - Oscar Wilde