Friday, January 16, 2009

Just a few notable words

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today. –President-Elect Barack Obama

The opportunity to guide others to their potential should not be taken lightly. As leaders, we hold the lives of others in our hands. These hands need to be gentle and caring, and always available for support. –Ken Blanchard

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use. –Galileo Galilei

…To lead by example,
Love as if you will live forever,
Work as if you have no need for money,
Dream as if no one can say no,
Have fun as if you never have to grow up,
Sing as if no one else is listening,
Care as if everything depends on your caring,
And raise a banner where a banner never flew. -

The mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled. –Plutarch

Let him that would move the world first move himself. –Socrates

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future.
Because unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so.
If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope.
If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, [that] there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world.
The choice is yours.
–Noam Chomsky

With God, nothing shall be impossible. –Luke 1:37

After a century of mayhem, slaughter, and failed ideology, the people who will make the greatest advances in the new millennium will be those with the greatest capacity to forgive.
–Andrew Russell

The essence of destiny: watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Choose your words, for they become your actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny. –Unknown

I figure that sometimes you know what’s in your lunchbox, if you bring it to school everyday. Then every once in a while, your momma will throw in a tuna sandwich and surprise you. –Bridget Harrell

No one can say that I’m not strong. I’m the strongest [person] I know…None of those [expletive] had to live the life I lived. –Derek J. Cheramie

I might stumble, but I’ll never fall. –Randy Duet

“For I know the plan I have for you,” declared The Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…” –Jeremiah 29:11

It is not about who you were three days ago. It is about who you are from this day further.

Pray about everything; worry about nothing. –Pastor John Haston

…Leaders of the future will need the traits and capabilities of leaders throughout history: an eye for change and a steady hand to provide both vision and reassurance that change can be mastered, a voice that articulates the will of the group and shapes it to constructive ends, and an ability to inspire by force of personality, while others feel empowered to increase and use their own abilities. –Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. –Arthur James Balfour

Fear is the assassin of greatness. –T.D. Jakes

First they went after the Communists,
and I did not stand up, because I was not a Communist.
Then they went after the homosexuals and the infirm,
and I did not stand up, because I was neither.
Then they went after the Jews,
and I did not stand up, because I was not a Jew.
Then they went after the Catholics,
and I did not stand up, because I was a Protestant.
Finally, they went after me,
and there was no one left to stand. -Pastor Martin Neimoller

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