"INSPIRATION"
EARLY 1998 ( second page )

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"SLOW DOWN, STOP,

Find a quiet place and listen.
It should be very quiet.
The only sounds you should hear is your heart beating.
Listen.
Peer deep down inside your heart.
Do you see someone that holds a special place in your heart?
Maybe they have always been there when you need them;
Often offered words of encouragement;
Taught you a lesson;
Comforted you when you were sick;
Praised you on your accomplishments.
Make this Friday their lucky day.
You have the POWER to spread happiness today.
A quick note or a kind word is all it takes to bring a smile
And lasting memory to someone special today!"
--- Gary Harrington --- Michigan


" There's one sure way a quitter can succeed in life:
If the quitter finally quits quitting
And starts doing what it takes to win!"
--- Pete Zafra --- California


" A friend is like a tube of toothpaste.
She comes through in a tight squeeze."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kristina Woiderski --- Michigan


" What the mind of man can conceive and believe,
It can achieve."
--- Napoleon Hill
--- Contributed by Nathan Allen --- New Brunswick, Canada
--- Contributed by Erik Patek --- Texas



" Know in your heart that your world has been transformed
By your abilities."
--- Christine Lane


" When faith shuts the door, go in through the window."
--- Unknown --- Submitted by Nicole --- Massachusetts


" To know the future is to experience the reality of your dreams."
--- Christine Lane


" The best gift we have is life.
The second best gift is our ability to direct our life.
This is our last life.
How are you going to spend it?"
--- Pete Zafra --- California


" In the essence of spring, here are seeds for the spirit.
Stay grounded in the spirit.
It's time to plant our gardens.
As you plant, may I suggest the following rules for your garden planting:

" PLANT three rows of squash:
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash criticism
3. Squash indifference

PLANT three rows of peas:
1. Purity
2. Patience
3. Perseverance

PLANT six rows of lettuce:
1. Let us be unselfish and loyal
2. Let us be faithful to duty
3. Let us search the scriptures
4. Let us not be weary in well-doing
5. Let us be obedient in all things
6. Let us Love one another

NO GARDEN is complete without turnips:
1. Turn up for church, prayer service, and Bible study
2. Turn up with a smile, even when things are difficult
3. Turn up with determination to do your best for God's cause"

--- Received on the Internet, no author given
--- Contributed by Robert "Gary" Lee --- Maryland



" Complacency is devastating."
--- Alex Boothe --- Delaware


" What is a man, in that he measures himself
In his accomplishments and his dreams.
Let him measure himself by what he is,
And let God take care of the rest."
--- Contributed by Tim Burns --- Texas


" Truth hurts ---
Not the running after;
The running from."
--- Contributed by Sandy --- New Jersey


" It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."
--- Marv Wood --- Submitted by Debbie Kibler
--- Author's name provided by K.B. --- Indiana --- 4-20-01



" It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
--- Confucius --- Contributed by Chris Oakley


" If you look at what you have in life,
You'll always have more.
If you look at what you don't have in life,
You'll never have enough."
--- Oprah Winfrey --- Contributed by The Mc Loughlins --- Ireland


" Preparation is not the enemy of success, but a dear friend.
Be good to yourself and the favor will return."
--- Samuel Cunningham


" Complete forgiveness ... Is memory without pain....."
--- Betty Grandell --- Delaware


" A talent is a gift from God.
What you do with that talent is your gift to God."
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by The Mc Loughlins --- Ireland


" All truly wise thoughts have been thought thousands of times;
But to make them truly ours we must think them over again honestly,
Until they take root in our personal experience."
--- Goethe --- Submitted by Christine Lane


" The ox is slow, but the earth is patient."
--- From the movie "High Road to China" --- Contributed by Gaylor


" To make someone happy, you have to make yourself happy first. "
--- Sandy J.H. from New Jersey


" Someone said it couldn't be done...It wasn't me."
--- Jef Gray --- Saudi Arabia


" Don't try to become great;
be great now,
and discover that excellence is a reward
you don't need others to confirm."
--- 'Freedom From the Ties That Bind.' --- Guy Finley
--- Submitted by Cheryl Thomas



" Do not the most moving moments of our lives
find us without words?"
--- Marcel Marceau --- Submitted by Ashley --- North Carolina
--- Author's name provided by Justin Hertzler --- Alabama



" You've got to sing like nobody's listening,
You've got to love like you'll never get hurt,
You've got to dance like nobody's watching,
You've got to live like it's Heaven on Earth."
--- Unknown --- Contributed by Adelheid --- Cleveland


" I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge
That myth is more potent than history
That dreams are more powerful than facts
That hope always triumphs over experience
That laughter is the only cure for grief
And I believe that love is stronger than death."
--- Robert Fulgham --- Contributed by Jude --- Ontario, Canada


" ART is a word which summarizes
THE QUALITY OF COMMUNICATION."
--- L. Ron Hubbard --- contributed by Ron Baginski --- Ohio


" Uncertainties haunts life like a dark cloud
But the answer comes through it like a ray of sunshine.
And that alone gives us hope on a dark cloudy day."
--- Submitted by Sim Yee --- Malaysia


" I'd rather believe time is a companion
that goes with us on a journey,
and reminds us to cherish every moment.
Because, it will never come again."
--- Jean Luc Picard - Capt. USS Enterprise
--- Submitted by Bart Heer --- Washington



" It matters not how tall you are,
but how straight you grow."
--- Written by Kelly Marshall


" Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul
None is more gladdening or fruitful than to know
You can regenerate and make yourself what you will."
--- William James --- Submitted by Christine Lane


" Everyone is an angel.
Simply take a moment,
Spread your wings and discover how truly wonderful life can be."
--- Janie DeYoung --- Indiana


" To break a promise is to deny the reality of the past;
Therefore it is to deny the hope of a real future...."
--- Ursala Lequin from "The Dispossessed"
--- Contributed by Jude --- Ontario, Canada



" To excel forward in a relationship, a situation,
And most importantly life,
One must first forget about the past."
--- Regina Mckay --- New Jersey


" To accept another human being
Is ONE of the hardest things in the world to do.
The hardest, is accepting ones' self."
--- Chris Matheson


" I think we're all heroes, if you catch us at the right time."
--- Andy Garcia in the movie "Hero."
--- Submitted by Kevin Meyers --- Missouri



RISK IT

"To laugh is to risk being a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To express feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd
Is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

The person who risks nothing,
Does nothing,
Has nothing and is nothing.

They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But they simply cannot learn,
Feel, change, grow, love or live.

Risks must be taken because,
The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
Only a person who risks is free."
--- Leo Buscaglia --- submitted from Erin Bender --- Wisconsin
--- Author's name supplied by Phillip Schmidt



" The greatest oak was once a tiny nut that held its ground."
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Junior --- Pennsylvania


" The effects of kindness are not always seen immediately,
Sometimes it takes years until your kindness will pay off,
And is returned to you.
And sometimes you never see the fruits of your labors,
But they are there,
Deep inside of the soul of the one you touched."
--- Written/Submitted by Dan Kelly and all his friends --- Illinois


" A wise man learns something new every day..
The fool knows it all already"
--- Author Unknown --- By my dad, Ian Moore
--- Contributed by Jeff Moore --- England



" Look to this day,
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a,
Dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a,
Vision of hope.
Look well,
Therefore to this day."
--- Author Unknown --- English translation of a Sanskrit Proverb
--- Contributed by Kanaka Ramiah



" God gave man limited ability,
But unlimited ambition and desire."
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Sarah Deibler


" Your life is made up of years that mean nothing;
Moments that mean all."
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Tania --- Moscow


" Faith gives us real eyes ,
To realize where the real lies."
--- Author Unknown --- from Jason Mack


" To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour"
--- 'Auguries of Innocence'--- William Blake 1757-1827
--- Contributed by Kanaka Ramiah



" Heal another's heart and in the process you will heal your own."
--- Written/Submitted by Dan Kelly and all his friends --- Illinois


" Tell others of the positive effects of their actions.
It will help return the kindness they showed to you."
--- Written/Submitted by Dan Kelly and all his friends --- Illinois


" Any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for."
--- Prof. Xavier --- Submitted by Dan Kelly and all his friends --- Illinois


" If you can dream it you can do it."
--- Walt Disney --- Contributed by Kristi Wright


" One can never hope to discover new oceans
if they don't have the courage to lose sight of the shore. "
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Kyle Looney


" Life is learning - from our mistakes as well as our successes.
The only real mistake in life one said,
Is the mistake not learned from. "
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Q.A.


" Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow;
it empties today of its strength."
--- Contributed by Doris Rodriguez


" If I am not for myself, who is for me?
But if I am for my own self only, what am I,
and if not now, when? "
--- Rabbi Hillel ---Submitted by Dan Kelly and all his friends --- Illinois


" My philosophy ?
To always Risk more than others judge to be safe,
To Care more than others believe is wise,
To Dream more than others deem practical
And to Expect more than others think is possible. "
--- Cheri Marti --- Nebraska


" Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You've all that the greatest of men have had;
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise,
With this equipment they all began--
So start from the top and say, I CAN.

Look them over, the wise and the great,
They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes;
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you've all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will;
You're well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have arms and legs and a brain to use;
And the man who has risen great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place.
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know;
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within
The man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself my lad,
You were born with all that the great have had;
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say, I CAN."
--- George Washington Carver --- Submitted by Phoebe Wilson


"It ain't braggin' if you can do it."
--- Dizzy Dean --- Contributed by Kristi Wright


" One mind awake can awaken another,
The second awake can awaken their next door brother.
Three awake can awaken the town
By turning the whole place upside down.
Many awake can make such a fuss
That they finally awaken the rest of us."
--- Helen Kromer --- Contributed by Paul Bastien --- Ontario, Canada


" Circumstance does not make me, it reveals me."
--- William James --- Submitted by Christine Lane


" You can't do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth."
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Melissa --- Ohio


" No one could tell me where my Soul might be.
I searched for God, but God eluded me.
I sought my Brother out, and found all three."
--- Ernest Howard Crosby --- Contributed by Kristin
--- Quote correction and author's name provided by Randy Weinstein --- New Jersey --- 3/27/02

" It's not where you start that matters, but where you finish."
--- Contributed by Peggy Richard --- Louisiana


" Taking the Lord for granted simply says to Him,
You are number much more than one."
--- Excerpt from "Did I Forget"--- Gary Lee --- Maryland


" HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others:
To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition, or a job well done;
To know that even one other life has breathed because you lived. -- This is to have succeeded."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson


" Confidence is:
Going after Moby Dick in a rowboat,
And taking the tarter sauce with you.
A Bullfighter who goes in the ring with mustard on his sword."
--- Zig Zigler --- Contributed by Kelly K. Marshall --- Tennis Pro


" Do not worry about anything;
Instead, pray about everything;
Tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him
for His answers."
--- Phil 4:6 --- Contributed by Doris Rodriguez


" When you have solved all the mysteries of life you long for death,
for it is but another mystery of life."
--- Khalil Gibran --- Contributed by Tania --- Moscow


" When your Passion and Contribution are the same,
You have found your Purpose."
--- Unknown --- Contributed by Kiran Patel


"Would those of you who say it can't be done,
stop bothering those of us who are doing it."
--- Contributed by Peggy Richard --- Louisiana


"The greatest pleasure in life,
is doing the things people say we cannot do."
--- Walter Bagehot --- Contributed by Q.A.


"The ability to emotionally feel what can be is a Dream ...
To enthusiastically achieve it is a Dream-Come-True.
Success is appearing stupid at road-bumps in the journey."
--- Kiran Patel


"No man is a failure who is enjoying life."
--- William Feather --- Contributed by Kristen Hope Rigsby


"People asking questions, lost in confusion,
well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions."
--- John Lennon --- Contributed by Fredrik Beskow --- Sweden


"Don't miss the magic of the moment by focusing on what's to come."
--- Contributed by Q.A.


"Oh man, the jewel is in your bosom;
why look for it everywhere else?"
--- Anonymous --- Contributed by Hazel Dudley --- Australia


"You can complain because roses have thorns,
Or you can rejoice because thorns have roses."
--- Ziggy --- Contributed by PenE


"Build a dream and the dream will build you."
--- Robert Schuller --- Contributed by Corky Akins


"Dreams are the building blocks of the future."
--- Unknown --- Contributed by Michael Reed --- Hawaii


"It is only the great hearted who can be true friends.
The mean and cowardly,
Can never know what true friendship means."
--- Charles Kingsley --- Contributed by Kristen Hope Rigsby


"Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come shining through. No matter how your heart is grieving , if you keep believing the dream that you wish will come true."
--- From Cinderella --- Contributed by Q.A.


"If you have made mistakes... there is always another chance for you... you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."
--- Mary Pickford --- Contributed by an unnamed e-mailer


"Look for the good in everything and you will find it."
--- Anonymous --- Contributed by an unnamed e-mailer


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
Committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
--- Margaret Mead ---Contributed by Patricia Cole & Kyle Looney


"Self-respect is earned as surely as someone else's;
If you don't have it you know why,
And you mustn't ever back down
From an opportunity to create some."
--- Ed Howdershelt


"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams."
--- Henry David Thoreau --- Contributed by Corky Akins


"No one knows what it is he can do until he tries."
--- Publilius Syrus --- Contributed by Patricia Kesicki --- New York


"Some people come into our lives and quickly go
Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts...
And we are never, ever the same.."
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Martha Black --- Nova Scotia


"Faith is the bird that feels the light, and sings when the dawn is still dark."
--- Rabindranath Tagore --- Contributed by Hazel Dudley --- Australia


"I am an old man and have a great many troubles,
But most of them never happened."
--- Mark Twain --- Contributed by Hazel Dudley --- Australia


"Aspire to inspire before we expire."
--- Contributed by Albert Clarke Jr. --- Bahamas


"Do what you can with what you have, where you are."
--- Theodore Roosevelt --- Contributed by Beth Garvin --- Mississippi


"You always learn in life from the good and bad;
Either what to do or what not to do!"
--- Ehren Goossens


"Only the flexibly creative person can really manage the future,
Only the one who can face novelty with confidence and without fear."
--- Abraham Maslow --- Contributed by Tomasz Kostecki --- Poland


"What does today hold?
Today holds the love of God.
Let us all look to the Lord and rejoice in His blessings."
--- Contributed by Timothy Freitag


"If I were to begin life again, I should want it as it was.
I would only open my eyes a little bit more."
--- Jules Renard --- Contributed by Beth Garvin --- Mississippi


"Children are the dreams we send to a future that we will never see."
--- Author unknown --- Contributed by Tracy Hunter


"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again "
--- Stephen Grellet --- Contributed by Beth Garvin --- Mississippi


"A mind is like a canvas:
The more open your mind,
The more colors you can use."
--- Ehren Goossens


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