Daily Affirmations

Monday Affirmations

You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man’s actions are, such must be his spirit.

Demosthenes

Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.

Benjamin Disraeli

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

Mark Twain

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give not over thy soul to sorrow; and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel. Gladness of heart is the life of man and the joyfulness of man is length of days.

Ecclesiastes

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.

John Herschel

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Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.

Albert Einstein

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.

Denis Watley

Any change, any loss, does not make us victims. Others can shake you, surprise you, disappoint you, but they can’t prevent you from acting, from taking the situation you’re presented with and moving on. No matter where you are in life, no matter what your situation, you can always do something. You always have a choice and the choice can be power.

Blaine Lee

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.

Ayn Rand

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

You can’t leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps.

American proverb

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

Anna Freud

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

Rita Mae Brown

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

Confucius

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.

Henry C. Link

If someone in your life talked to you the way you talk to yourself, you would have left them long ago.

Carla Gordon

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

Victor Hugo

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.

Barbara De Angelis

Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.

Erik H. Erikson

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

Ben Stein

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

Robert Byrne

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The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

Carlos Castaneda

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.

Eddie Cantor

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

Alan Cohen

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.

Baruch Spinoza

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

John Powell

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.

Babatunde Olatunji

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Eleanor Roosevelt

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Epictetus

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

Confucius

But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.

Paulo Coelho

Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.

Joan Didion

Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.

Stephen Covey

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.

Cecil B. DeMille

Conflict cannot survive without your participation.

Wayne Dyer

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.

Anais Nin

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

Tony Robbins

We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.

Thomas Merton

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Patricia Neal

We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.

Lyndon B. Johnson

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Annie Dillard

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.

Christopher Morley

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.

Blaise Pascal

Nothing else matters much — not wealth, nor learning, nor even health — without this gift: the spiritual capacity to keep zest in living. This is the creed of creeds, the final deposit and distillation of all important faiths: that you should be able to believe in life.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

The only cure for grief is action.

George Henry Lewes

>When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln

 

Tuesday Affirmations

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.

Leo Buscaglia

Good habits result from resisting temptation.

Ancient Proverb

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.

Oscar Wilde

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.

Joan Baez

We all have a few failures under our belt. It’s what makes us ready for the successes.

Randy K. Milholland

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.

Anne Frank

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

Demosthenes

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.

Ramona L. Anderson

Independence is happiness.

Susan B. Anthony

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

Abraham Lincoln

The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.

W.E.B. Du Bois

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.

Anna Quindlen

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

William James

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Henry Ford

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.

Les Brown

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.

Wayne Dyer

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Helen Keller

When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.

Edward Teller

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.

Hugh Miller

We all have a few failures under our belt. It’s what makes us ready for the successes.

Randy K. Milholland

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Maya Angelou

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself

Leo Tolstoy

Sometimes it’s hard to avoid the happiness of others.

David Assael

Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.

Sir William Osler

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

Aldous Huxley

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

Ovid

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

Destroying is a necessary function in life. Everything has its season, and all things eventually lose their effectiveness and die.

Anonymous

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

Janis Joplin

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

Carol Burnett

Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Audre Lorde

No man is happy who does not think himself so.

Publilius Syrus

If one is estranged from oneself, then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward.

Patricia Sampson

Then, without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong.

Anne Frank

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.

James Freeman Clarke

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; its when you had everything to do, and you’ve done it.

Margaret Thatcher

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

Rachel Carson

My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.

Elaine Maxwell

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.

Arthur Rubinstein

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.

Samuel Johnson

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.

Oprah Winfrey

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them.

Henry Steele Commager

A man who doesn’t trust himself can never really trust anyone else.

Cardinal De Retz

God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.

Mother Teresa

Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.

Les Brown

Wednesday Affirmations

The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.

Isabelle Eberhardt

You always pass failure on the way to success.

Mickey Rooney

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

Abraham Lincoln

I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

Helen Keller

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

Henry Ford

People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.

Tony Robbins

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.

Leo Buscaglia

I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.

Wayne Dyer

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

Alice Walker

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

James Oppenheim

My happiness isn’t connected to my husband’s or my boss’s or my children’s behavior. You have control over your own actions, your own well-being.

Michelle Obama

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Mahatma Ghandi

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than attempting to satisfy them.

John Stuart Mills

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there!

Will Rogers

Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can’t accept your imperfections, that’s their fault.

Dr. David M. Burns

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place.

Washington Irving

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Jim Ryun

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.

Henry James

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

Aristotle

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Unknown

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.

William Saroyan

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

Albert Camus

As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.

Adelle Davis

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

Henri Bergson

We tend to judge others by their behaviors and ourselves by our intentions.

Stephen Covey

The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.

Al Neuharth

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.

Dorothy Day

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

James A. Froude

What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.

Victor Frankl

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Epicurus

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

Zig Ziglar

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Wayne Dyer

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Lao Tzu

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.

Roy M. Goodman

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I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.

Georg C. Lichtenberg

Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manage change and conflict or it will manage you.

Terry Paulson

There is very little difference in people – but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

W. Clement Stone

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.

Cecil B. DeMille

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

Jack London

Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

Abraham Lincoln

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

Jonathan Kozol

You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.

Les Brown

The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.

Dee Hock

Every one of us lives his life just once; if we are honest, to live once is enough.

Greta Garbo

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.

Mary Pickford

Thursday Affirmations

You really can change the world if you care enough.

Marian Wright Edelmand

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Bertrand Russell

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

HH the Dalai Lama

Be who you are and say what you feel, because in the end those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.

Dr. Seuss

Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.

Wayne Dyer

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

Horace

There’s no point in burying a hatchet if you’re going to put up a marker on the site.

Sydney Harris

Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. If you could see them clearly, naturally you could do a great deal to get rid of them but you can’t. You can only see one thing clearly and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.

Kathleen Norris

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Andy Warhol

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

Henry Van Dyke

The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own.

Eric Hoffer

You are always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.

Diane von Furstenberg

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Henry Ford

We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.

Winston Churchill

If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?

Dolores Huerta

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Stephen Covey

Un-being dead isn’t being alive.

e. e. cummings

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

Coco Chanel

Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.

Wayne Dyer

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Abraham Lincoln

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Confucius

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.

Leo Buscaglia

The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else.

Roy L. Smith

Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.

Corita Kent

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt.

Jane Addams

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Allan K. Chalmers

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.

Abraham Lincoln

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.

Dr. David M. Burns

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.

George Eliot

Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.

Malcolm S. Forbes

Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.

Mel Brooks

Worrying is like a rocking chair…its gives you something to do, but you end up going nowhere.

Unknown

Procrastination is an enemy of progress but an ally of regrets.

Rebekkah Lana

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.

Arnold Bennett

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.

Buddha

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.

James M. Barrie

Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.

Greg Anderson

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great.

Mark Twain

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This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.

William James

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?

Mary Manin Morrissey

It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want.

Aristotle

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana

Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

Anonymous

The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.

Keshavan Nair

Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself…True happiness is born of self-reliance.

The laws of Manu

Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist.

Robert G. Allen

It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear . . . . It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.

Marilyn Ferguson

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

Frederick Douglass

Just because you are sitting in the shade of a tree doesn’t mean that the tree isn’t beautiful and that the sun isn’t shining.

Jennifer DeFrance

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I am comforted by life’s stability, by earth’s unchangeableness. What has seemed new and frightening assumes its place in the unfolding of knowledge. It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us.

Pearl S. Buck

Friday Affirmations

To succeed, we must first believe that we can.

Michael Korda

Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed.

Lloyd Jones

You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.

Tony Robbins

Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy.

Wayne Dyer

A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.

Kurt Lewin

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Eleanor Roosevelt

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves — there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.

Joan Didion

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope.

Barbara Kingsolver

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

George Horace Lorimer

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.

Abraham Lincoln

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture…Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.

Norman Vincent Peale

Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.

Sister Mary Rose McGeady

Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.

Arthur Rubinstein

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 Wright Edelman

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.

Al Franken

Discipline isn’t just punishing, forcing compliance or stamping out bad behavior. Rather, discipline has to do with teaching proper deportment, caring about others, controlling oneself and putting someone else’s wishes before one’s own when the occasion calls for it.

Lawrence Balter

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.

Josh Billings

When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.

Nicole Kidman

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.

Barack Obama

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

Demosthenes

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

Leo Buscaglia

To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.

Anne-Sophie Swetchine

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

Phillip Brooks

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.

Art Turock

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

James Oppenheim

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Theresa

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Confucius

Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.

Bernadette Devlin

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

Frederick Douglass

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Aesop

The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choices words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.

Edwin H. Friedman

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill

What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.

HH the Dalai Lama

No one, Eleanor Roosevelt said, can make you feel inferior without your consent. Never give it.

Marian Wright Edelman

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.

Jerome P. Fleishman

The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.

Amelia Earhart

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.

Mary Pickford

The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realizing that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.

Arnold Bennett

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.

Henry Ford

The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.

Elbert Hubbard

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Frederick Douglass

You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.

Zig Ziglar

You are important enough to ask and you are blessed enough to receive back.

Wayne Dyer

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Alan Kay

No person has the right to rain on your dreams.

Marian Wright Edelman

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.

Henry Ford

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Ovid

Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant.

Stephen Sigmund

Saturday Affirmations

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient

Aristotle

If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

Thomas Alva Edison

Experience teaches only the teachable.

Aldous Huxley

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.

Arthur Schopenhauer

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

John Wooden

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Annie Dillard

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.

Mary Kay Ash

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Benjamin Franklin

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.

John Dewey

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Mark Twain

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

Charles Darwin

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Albert Schweitzer

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

C. S. Lewis

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

Marcus Aurelius

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

Josh Billings

Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.

John Keats

I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . I’m free to choose what that something is, and the something I’ve chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands — this is not optional — my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.

Jimmy Carter

There are no gains without pains.

Benjamin Franklin

All my growth and development led me to believe that if you really do the right thing, and if you play by the rules, and if you’ve got good enough, solid judgment and common sense, that you’re going to be able to do whatever you want to do with your life.

Barbara Jordan

You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I release the need for this in my life’.

Wayne Dyer

Begin with the end in mind.

Stephen Covey

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.

Henry Ford

I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see. And pursuing that vision.

Howard Schultz

We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

Maxwell Maltz

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

George Bernard Shaw

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Epictetus

The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realization of the world in which we live.

Bertrand Russel

They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

If there is no wind, row.

Unknown

Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.

H. Jackson Brown

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities.

Norman Vincent Peale

Men spend their lives in anticipations,—in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other—it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come.

Charles Caleb Colton

There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.

David Burns

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, ‘It all depends on me.’

Andre Gide

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Anne Bradstreet

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Robert Collier

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.

Aldous Huxley

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.

John Milton

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

Dalai Lama

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.

Wayne Dyer

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.

Robert Heinlein

A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?

Jane Wagner

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

Zig Ziglar

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.

Alex Noble

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

Democritus

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

Mahatma Ghandi

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.

Ayn Rand

Sunday Affirmations

Act as if it were impossible to fail.

Dorothea Brande

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

Richard Bach

By the choices and acts of our lives, we create the person that we are and the faces that we wear. By the choices and acts of our lives we give to the world wherein our lives are lived, hoping that our neighbors will find our contributions to be of worth, and hoping that the world will be a little more gracious for our time in it.

Kenneth Patton (adapted)

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

Cicero

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.

Solomon Ibn Gabriol

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson

To find what you seek in the road of life the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.”

Edward Bulwer Lytton.

Don’t find fault, find a remedy.

Henry Ford

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Confucius

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Franklin P. Jones

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.

Saul Alinsky

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.

Zig Ziglar

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.

Gail Sheehy

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.

Barack Obama

The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.

Helen Keller

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.

Ayn Rand

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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

Lin Yutang

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.

Wayne Dyer

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.

James Russell Lowell

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;<br>And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Robert Frost

To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.

Michael Hanson

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Barack Obama

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.

Dorothy Thompson

To follow without halt, one aim; there is the secret of success. And success? What is it? I do not find it in the applause of the theater; it lies rather in the satisfaction of accomplishment.

Anna Pavlova

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.

Michel de Montaigne

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Audrey Hepburn

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.

Joseph Addison

It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Ovid

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.

Margaret Bonnano

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.

Corita Kent

To fly, we have to have resistance.

Michael Korda

Once you choose hope, any thing’s possible.

Christopher Reeve

What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness.

Baruch Spinoza

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

Bill Cosby

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

John Quincy Adams

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.

Leo Buscaglia

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Pearl S. Buck

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.

Oprah Winfrey

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

Helen Keller

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

Christopher Reeve

It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.

James Gordon, M.D.

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