"A problem is a problem is a problem.
"Find out what you care about ... and ... live a life that shows it."
Don Myers --- Sent in by Richard Chorley --- Amsterdam
"Average is as close to the bottom, as it is to the top."
Don Kinney --- New Jersey
"The ultimate measure of a man
Is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
But where he stands in times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King, Jr. --- Sent in by Eric Dahlquist --- Virginia
"Life is all about timing...
the unreachable becomes reachable,
the unavailable become available,
Have the patience, wait it out
It's all about timing."
"Those who overcome the illusion of the impositives,
Become positive without an illusion. "
Jeremy Hood --- Minnesota
"The glass isn't half empty or half full - it's overflowing.
Share the spillage!"
Unknown --- Kirk Scherz --- Washington
"Winning is heart put on the line."
Eric Seidelman --- Michigan
"Reach for the stars.
If you fall, don't worry;
There are soft clouds below.
It may rain a bit in those clouds,
But you are much nearer to the stars now."
Soupfish, Age 19 --- Selangor, Malaysia
"You don't lose by getting knocked down.
You lose by staying down."
Author Unknown --- Sent in by Annice LeGrande --- Maryland
"You will never be hurt by what you don't say."
Jim Patrick --- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm
"Not all are blessed with great ability,
But with teamwork and perseverance,
All can accomplish great things."
M.D. Boyer --- Pennsylvania
"Hard work is simply the accumulation of easy things you didn't do
When you should have done them."
Mateen Cleaves (MSU Basketball player)
--- Submitted by Jon Cook --- Michigan
"Laughter is the shock absorber of life."
Unknown --- Sent in by Chocosmiley --- New Jersey
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
It is time to pause and reflect."
Mark Twain --- Sent in by Angelica Leigh ---Missouri
"Remember, God is still on the throne,
Even when we think He has gone for a midnight snack."
Maria Leavens --- Tennessee
"You win the race only after you cross the finish line,
Regardless of what place."
"The first rule of holes:
If you are in one, stop digging."
Sent in by Jeff Pappas --- Texas
"All people have one thing in common.
We spend too much of our lives
Concentrating on the things we can't have,
When we should be concentrating on the things we can."
Jon Cook --- Michigan
"Lack of money is no obstacle.
Lack of an idea is an obstacle."
Source Unknown --- Sent in by Terésa Meyer --- Perth, Western Australia
"If you don't think every day is a great day try going without one."
Jim Evans --- Wisconsin
"Kindness is NOT a weakness nor is rudeness a strength.
On the contrary,
Those who lack humility and act in an unmerited cockiness
Are clearly feigning something.
This 'something' is strength."
Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky
"Nearly all men can stand adversity,
But if you want to test a man's character,
Give him power."
Abraham Lincoln --- Sent in by Terésa Meyer --- Perth, Western Australia
- Hang in There With Optimism
Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl,
One was an optimistic soul;
But the other took the gloomy view,
"I shall drown," he cried, "and so will you."
So with a last despairing cry,
He closed his eyes and said, "Goodbye."
But the frog, with a merry grin,
Said, "I can't get out, but I won't give in!
I'll swim around till my strength is spent.
For having tried, I'll die content."
Bravely he swam until it would seem
His struggles began to churn the cream.
On the top of the butter at last he stopped
And out of the bowl he happily hopped.
Author Unknown --- Sent in by Andrea Hamand --- Colorado
"You can make more friends in two months
By becoming interested in other people
Than you can in two years
Trying to get people interested in you."
Dale Carnegie --- Submitted by Kirk Scherz --- Washington
"The teaching is not what counts.
It is the doing that is important."
Talmud --- Sent in by Stephen N. Hollman --- California
"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause,
While the mark of the mature man is he wants to live humbly for one."
From Catcher in the Rye --- Sent in by Laura A. Hoof --- Wisconsin
"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
For as ever long as you can."
John Wesley --- Submitted by Maegen Mac --- Michigan
--- Author's name provided by Laura Valadez --- Mexico --- 5/31/99
"Nothing good comes, easy."
Unknown --- Sent in by Stephen Kaggwa --- Kampala, Uganda
"Courage is not simply one of the virtues,
But the form of every virtue at the testing point."
C.S. Lewis --- Sent in Anonymously
"One major success and all your failures become Learning Experiences!"
"Never underestimate the enemy,
But equally on the other hand always remember,
Regardless of the odds,
Man to man,
Team to team,
Yours is best."
Author Unknown --- Sent in by Rory --- Adelaide, Australia
"The path to ignorance is straight and wide,
But the path to wisdom is crooked and narrow."
Mike Vizer --- Wisconsin
"Swallow your pride occasionally, it's non-fattening!"
Unknown --- Sent in by Jennifer Lemieux --- Ontario, Canada
"If you have it and you know you have it, then you have it.
If you have it and don't know you have it, you don't have it.
If you don't have it but you think you have it, then you have it."
Jackie Gleason - 60 Minutes interview
--- Sent in by Rob Narejko --- Ontario, Canada
"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself:
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be.
Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."
Groucho Marx --- Sent in by Ray Leduc --- Ontario, Canada
"Character is what you are in the dark."
Author Unknown --- Sent in by Tracy Aldridge --- North Carolina
"It's good to have an open mind,
But sometimes it needs to be closed for repair."
Ray Taylor --- England
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation
And five minutes to ruin it."
--- Sent in by Kellie B., Age 16 --- California
--- Sent in by Ashley Scott --- Virginia
"The probability that we may fail in the struggle
Ought not to deter us from the support of a cause
We believe to be just."
--- Sent in by William Davidson --- Queensland, Australia
"There are two keys to life-
1) Don't tell everybody your secrets.
Unknown --- Sent in by ---Taviae B
"A worthy goal in life is to strive to be the kind of person
That your dog thinks you are."
Unknown --- Sent in by Mark Rinsem --- Missouri
"Leaders lead after being called.
Leaders lead by not leading.
Leaders lead without being heard.
Leaders lead by being led.
Leaders lead by being just.
Leaders lead by example.
It's time the world had more "Leaders" we can trust."
Sent in by Humble Human --- New York
"Anger is only one letter short of danger."
Sent in by Lori Hard --- California
- 14 Ways to Be a Champion in Life!
1. Compliment three people everyday.
2. Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
3. Be the first to say hello.
4. Live beneath your means.
5. Treat everyone like you would want to be treated.
6. Never give up on anybody; miracles happen.
7. Never deprive someone of hope; it may be all they have.
8. Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.
9. Be tough-minded, but tenderhearted.
10. Be kinder than necessary.
11. Keep your promises.
12. Learn to show cheerfulness, even when you don't feel like it.
13. Remember that overnight success usually takes about 15 years.
14. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
Author Unknown --- Sent in by John De Lorenzo --- Michigan
"The Three P's of Success:
Passion, Persistence and Patience."
Doug Bronson --- Ontario, Canada
"A true leader walks his talk."
Told to me and practiced by my business leader
--- Submitted by Trudy McKinnon --- Ontario, Canada
"To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart."
John C. Maxwell
"If we fall to the ground, and the people around us
Continue to offer us assistance in getting up,
We can never learn to get up on our own."
Paul Stuart Wichansky --- New Jersey
All problems have solutions - if we keep them in perspective."
Trae Cotton --- Submitted by Lee LeBlanc --- Florida
"If we accept sunshine and warmth,
Then we must also accept the thunder and lightning."
Author Unknown --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- Washington
"Life is a journey, not a single destination
We are all searching for happiness.
It's ok to feel 'lost' sometimes,
As it is in these lost times that we go inside ourselves
And find more of our hidden potential.
The next time you feel like life is going nowhere,
Take some quiet time to listen to the awesome power inside you.
It's there, just waiting to come out."
Paul Hanna --- Sent in by Helen Di Giunta --- Australia
"I haven't found what I want to do
But I have found what I want to be."
David Matoc --- Ontario, Canada
"WANT leads to CHOICE, which leads to COMMITMENT.
SHOULD leads to DECISION, which leads to SACRIFICE."
Cherie Carter-Scott --- Sent in by Melissa Stroupe --- Virginia
"We must have courage to bet on our ideas,
To take the calculated risk, and to act."
Martin Brown --- UK
"Don't give up on our young people,
Instill and teach character lessons...and remember,
It's not too soon to start...and it's never too late to try!"
Gordon Fulton --- North Carolina
"Sometimes you have to ignore the fact that the horse is blind
And just load the wagon."
Author Unknown --- Sent in by Katie P., Age 18 --- Pennsylvania
"Impossibility is an opinion, not a fact."
Author Unknown --- Sent in Bumsuk Han --- California
"If you can dream it, you can do it.
Your limits are all within yourself."
Brian Tracy --- Sent in by Andrew Ho --- Malaysia
"It's not what your Customer can do for you,
But what YOU can do for your Customer."
Jeff Kelly --- Tasmania, Australia
"A smile is contagious - start an epidemic! "
Anonymous --- Sent in by Kevin Field --- New Zealand
"Things cannot always go your way.
Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations,
Cultivate the gift of taciturnity,
And consume your own smoke with an extra draught of hard work,
So that those about you may not be annoyed
With the dust and soot of your complaints."
Osler --- Ibid. ch. 22 --- Submitted by JL Crowder --- Georgia
"Invest in yourself,
It will pay you for the rest of your life."
Malcolm Nothling --- South Africa
"You must have long range goals
To keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures."
Bob Bales --- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm
"Anger is a thief who steals away the nice moments."
Joan Lunden --- Sent in by Chen Fawn Meng - Malaysia
"He did each single thing as if he did nothing else."
Charles Dickens --- Sent in by Jeremy Walker ---Michigan
"The way a man wins shows most of his character,
The way he loses shows all of it."
Kevin M. Clear --- Ohio
"For the love you need, give the love you have,
And you will have the love you need."
MaryAnne Thompson --- Japan
"Regret only what you do..., not what you should have done."
Rohn Zimmerman --- Pennsylvania
"Don't stop payment on my reality check."
Author Unknown --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- Washington
"Don't be discouraged.
Everyone who got where they are today,
Started where you are now."
R. W. Emerson --- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm
"Negative thoughts could kill the world in one day."
Bruce H. Liu --- California
"F E A R :
Finding Excuses And Reasons"
Paul Kearley -- New Brunswick, Canada
"To arrive to your destination 10 minutes early
Means you're on time.
To arrive to your destination on time
Means you're late.
To arrive to your destination 10 minutes late,
Well....don't bother showing up."
"Pursue your goals!"
Rob Pritchard --- Birmingham, United Kingdom
"Good is not good if better is expected and best is possible."
Pramit Mehta --- Mumbai, India
"Enjoy the little things in life,
For one day you may look back
And realize they were the big things."
Antonio Smith, MSU Basketball player
--- Submitted by Jon Cook --- Michigan
"No one can choose your mountain
Or tell you when to climb
It's yours alone to challenge
At your own pace and time."
Patricia J. Hacker-Harber
--- Author's name provided by Kim Spears - 12/05/01
"Success is measured not in achievement for self,
But in accomplishment for others."
Jeff Wood --- Pennsylvania
"Never let anyone take advantage of you;
You are worth more than you think."
Richelle Lane --- Indiana
"If the brave do not lead, the timid will not follow. Be brave!"
Ken Annandale --- Sent in by Penny Jones --- South Africa
"Things may come to those who wait,
But only what's left behind by those who hustle."
Abe Lincoln --- Sent in by Diana --- Pennsylvania
"Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure."
"When a person is down in the world,
An ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching."
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
--- Submitted by Maegen Mac --- Michigan