"THOUGHTS OF THE DAY"<br />JUNE 1998 - AUGUST 1998 | Motivating and Inspiring

JUNE 1998 - AUGUST 1998

August 31, 1998
" Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Cry and the world tells you to snap out of it."
--- Michael H., Age 9August 31, 1998
" If You Look For The Good In Someone,
You Shall Find The Good In Him,
If You Look For The Bad In Someone,
You Shall See The Bad In Him."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent to from Melanie R., Age 18 --- Melbourne, AustraliaAugust 28, 1998
" Good fortune will elevate even petty minds,
And give them the appearance
Of a certain greatness and stateliness,
As from their high place they look down upon the world;
But the truly noble and resolved spirit raises itself,
And becomes more conspicuous in times of disaster and ill fortune."
--- Plutarch --- Sent in by Brandon Harris --- Alabama August 28, 1998
" Imagine if we didn't have preconceived notions
About what is and isn't possible.
How many extraordinary ideas would come to life
If the dreamer didn't know that they wouldn't work?"
--- Chad King --- Texas August 26, 1998
" When you are confused about your goal in life,
Let go of everything.
Go deep within yourself
And the answer will appear to you."
--- Prem P. Guragain --- California

August 24, 1998
" In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies,
But the silence of our friends."
--- Martin Luther King, Jr. --- Sent in by Katie DurbinAugust 24, 1998
" Against the onslaught of laughter, nothing can stand."
--- Mark Twain --- Contributed by Keith Lowry --- TexasAugust 21, 1998
" Show me a man who says he is afraid of nothing
And I will show you a man who is afraid of being afraid.
No man is without fear."
--- Jim Miller --- IndianaAugust 21, 1998
" The meaning of Life
Does not reside in mere existence of the human being
- Detached and alone -
It comes from being able to survive in a crowd
And being able to negotiate, successfully and skillfully,
The challenges that each new day presents.
We are not cowards that take the easy way of escape;
We plunge headlong and learn to swim in the deep sea."
--- Nirvikar Dahiya --- IndiaAugust 21, 1998
" Since you are the only one to suffer
Or benefit from the decisions you make,
The only advice you should take is your own."
--- Malcolm X. TrotterAugust 19, 1998
" The best ideas are yet to come!"
--- Daniel Yovich --- IndianaAugust 19, 1998

" Two or three minutes-two or three hours
What do they mean in this life of ours?
Not very much if but counted as time,
But minutes of gold and hours sublime
If we will make use of them once in a while
To make someone happy, or make someone smile.
A minute may dry a little lad's tears;
An hour may sweep aside trouble of years;
Minutes of my time may bring to an end
Hopelessness, somewhere, and give me a friend!"
--- Anonymous -- Contributed by Sandra Lalonde --- Ontario, CanadaAugust 17, 1998
" The purpose of life is a life of purpose."
--- Robert Byrne --- Submitted by Gen --- Boston
--- Author's name provided by Debbie O., Age 14 --- New Jersey --- 9/11/00August 17, 1998
A Small Boy

" A small boy
Looked at a star
And began to weep.
The star said
Why are you weeping?
The boy said
You are so far away
I will never be able
To touch you
The star answered
If I were not already
In your heart
You would not be able
To see me."
--- John Magliola
--- Submitted by Lori I., Age 18 --- PennsylvaniaAugust 14, 1998
" There is no education like adversity."
--- Benjamin Disraeli --- Sent in by Martha Varzaly --- PennsylvaniaAugust 14, 1998
" To lead a symphony,
You must occasionally turn your back on the crowd."
--- UnknownAugust 12, 1998
" It is okay to kiss a fool,
it is okay to let a fool kiss you,
but never ever let a kiss fool you."
--- Unknown --- Submitted by Samantha Dorr August 12, 1998
" Love begins on the inside
And when you can feel happy with your own being,
That love spreads to heal others."
--- Lori Hard --- CaliforniaAugust 10, 1998
" It okay to argue.
Just remember to look for the rainbow after the storm."
--- Shelly LopezAugust 10, 1998
Assuming that just because you can hear, you can listen...
Is like assuming that just because you can see, you can read...."
--- Dr. Tony Alessandra --- Contributed by Keith Lowry --- Texas August 7, 1998
" Your reputation can be damaged by the opinions of others,
But only you yourself can damage your character."
Anonymous --- Sent in by Sandra Lalonde --- Ontario, CanadaAugust 7, 1998
" To dear friend,

Thanks for what you have sent me.
It is not I, what matters is we.
I see what I like.
We see what is the fact.
I dream my own wishes.
We have a whole new world to build.
I am worried about my own sorrows.
We can build up happy tomorrows.
So let I not remain only I.
For that you have to near me stand by.
Giving me hope like you always do.
Share the life like I always do.
Take care and be there always."
--- Prakash --- Ghana, AfricaAugust 5, 1998
" If you were offered a brand new B.M.W
Would you give it up because of the color???
So why do we do that to people????"
--- Jessica Redmond --- Quebec, CanadaAugust 5, 1998
" Humor is the shortest distance between two people."
--- Henny Youngman --- Contributed by Keith Lowry --- TexasAugust 3, 1998
" Personal power does not have the energy to light a light globe, but it does have the power to enlighten the lives of others."
--- Steve Gray --- Gelong, AustraliaAugust 3, 1998
" If it was easy anyone would do it !!!!"
--- Randy H. --- Arkansas July 31, 1998
" A solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities."
--- Maya Angelou --- Contributed by Martha Varzaly --- PennsylvaniaJuly 31, 1998
" To become ones ideal,
One must discover the truth about the inner self.
As strange as this may seem,
To discover that truth one must not search.
The way to inner knowledge is in the service of others."
--- Lori Hard --- CaliforniaJuly 29, 1998
" Whenever the rain stops the earth smells sweeter,
It's nice to lose your temper once in a while."
--- Nirvikar Dahiya --- IndiaJuly 29, 1998
" Show me a man who has no fear
And I'll show you a man who's never changed a diaper.
Fatherhood is the most courageous of all occupations."
--- W.H. Mertz III July 27, 1998
" I've dreamt in my life dreams
That have stayed with me ever after and changed my ideas;
They've gone through and through me,
Like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind."
--- Emily Bronte
--- Contributed by Robyn Mauza --- British Columbia, CanadaJuly 27, 1998
" The ego craves the end result,
But the undisciplined brain cannot command the Effort!!!"
--- Unknown --- Sent by Jody C. Burnett --- CaliforniaJuly 24, 1998
" In your sacrifices - Success will meet you..."
--- Jannie Putter --- South AfricaJuly 24, 1998
" It's all right letting yourself go,
As long as you can get yourself back."
--- Mick Jagger --- Compliments of John Haralambous --- South AfricaJuly 22, 1998
" Increase your service to others
And you will increase your value."
--- Kandi RicoJuly 22, 1998
" The atmosphere of expectancy
Is the breeding ground for miracles."
--- Submitted by Tracy Thomas --- Texas July 20, 1998
" Courage is contagious.
When a brave man takes a stand,
The spines of others are stiffened."
--- Billy Graham
--- Sent in by Hunter Willard --- North CarolinaJuly 20, 1998
" Success is to be measured not so much
By the position that one has reached in life
As by the obstacles which he has overcome
While trying to succeed."
--- Booker T. Washington
--- Contributed by Mary M., Age 18 --- GeorgiaJuly 17, 1998
" No other success can compensate for failure in the home."
--- David O. McKay --- Submitted by W.H. Mertz IIIJuly 17, 1998
You Tell Me

It cannot be so, you say
Simple hands cannot change the fate of humanity
I say Humanity is a boundless, absorbing heart;
Transcending death & generations and centuries
Absorbing bullets and stitches and tear gas
Enduring humiliation and illegal abortions and thankless jobs
I say to you,
The heart of Humanity has not
And will not be broken
And let us raise ourselves like lanterns
With the millions of others--
With the mad and the forgotten
And the strong of heart
--- Jewel --- Contributed by Heather --- IdahoJuly 15, 1998
" Don't find fault, find a remedy."
--- Henry Ford --- Submitted by Christine Pyle --- New YorkJuly 15, 1998
" When a person shows you their true-self
Believe them the first time.
Don't make them show you 28 more times."
--- Maya Angelo --- Contributed by Dana DeshawJuly 13, 1998
" We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human experience."
---- e.e. cummings --- Sent in by Katie DitmoreJuly 13, 1998
" Real heroes do not wear spandex and capes.
YOU are someone's hero."
--- Kevin MeyersJuly 10, 1998
" Don't worry over things in which you have no control."
--- By My Dad --- Contributed by Dana DeshawJuly 10, 1998
" Morality is not properly the doctrine
Of how we make ourselves happy,
But how we make ourselves worthy of happiness."
--- Immanual Kant
--- Sent in by Martha H. Varzaly ---PennsylvaniaJuly 8, 1998
" If we seek God in the minutes,
We shall find him in the hours."
--- Cooper --- Sent in by Jeaninne Stokes --- TexasJuly 8, 1998
" Answer to yourself: Who am I today?
The answer lies in the difference you have made in other's lives..
Where am I going? Without a vision you shall perish... (Proverbs)
When do I want to be there?
Without a definite date - you will always be going
What prevents me from changing my course now?
Be very honest!
How much happiness have I had by not changing my course in life?
What do I stand to lose if I do not change my course today?
What can I gain if I do change?

If God comes today - will He be proud of what I have done,
Or would He have expected a bit more?
Only I really know...
Am I ready to go, or do I still have to change a few things... (When?)
Have I accepted and do I trust the Lord Jesus Christ
As my personal saviour,
Or do I still want to be a "friend of the world"?
Never try to please people - always please God -
That is where eternity is...
(Where do you want to spend eternity?)
Make a choice today, and stick to what you choose.
God will give you the power to fulfill your purpose
If you are just available!"
--- Jannie Putter --- South AfricaJuly 6, 1998
" The greatest weakness of most humans
Is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them
While they're still alive."
--- O.A. Battista --- Contributed by Karina Maria --- MarylandJuly 6, 1998
" I may not always get what I want;
But in the end I always win."
--- Ainsley CarryJuly 2, 1998
Re: Overcoming Interruptions:

" Don't let someone,
Who doesn't have to suffer the consequences
Of how you spend your day,
Determine how you spend your day."
--- By Keith Lowry, of Speak, Inc. July 2, 1998
" The pupil dilates in the night and at last finds day in it,
Even as the soul dilates in misfortune,
And at last finds God in it."
--- Les Miserables --- (1862) Jean Valjean: Book Three - Chapter One
--- Contributed by David SmithJuly 2, 1998
" If you clutter up your mind with little things,
Will there be any room left for the big things?"
--- Sent in by Vanessa Bergmann --- OregonJune 29, 1998
" If a man would keep a secret,
Then he must keep it a secret
That he has a secret to keep."
--- Francis Bacon --- Contributed by John Rayfield --- United KingdomJune 29, 1998
" In youth we learn.,
In age we understand."
--- Marie von Ebner Eschenbach
--- Contributed by Martha Varzaly --- PennsylvaniaJune 26, 1998
" The seeds of life's failures are sown
When actions are first consummated
Never having been contemplated."
--- Michael D. MangumJune 26, 1998
Life's Goal

" A Faith to Live by,
A Self to Live With,
And a Purpose to Live For."
--- Contribution from Robert Sgarlata June 26, 1998
" Whatever he was - that robot in the Garden of Eden,
Who existed without mind, without values,
Without labor, without love -
He was not man."
--- Ayn Rand, "Galt's Speech," Atlas Shrugged
--- Compliments of David SmithJune 24, 1998
Killing Time

" Men often speak of killing time
While time is killing them.
Short the span we have to play
This game so full of whims

I wish this and I wish that
You hear it often said.
They just wish away for what they want
But won't get out of bed.

Get off your lazy butt I say
Procrastinate no more
There is much to do
Just look outside your door.
No matter what your problems are
(They seem to change each day)
The only thing I know for sure
Is you can't wish them away."
--- Wayne Warren --- TexasJune 24, 1998

" I never saw a wild-thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird can drop
frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt
sorry for itself."
--- d.h. lawrence
--- Author's name provided by Linda --- 6/01/00

June 22, 1998
" Never grow a wishbone, daughter,
Where you backbone ought to be."
--- Clementine Paddleford (My mother always told me this)
--- Contributed by L. Modany --- PennsylvaniaJune 22, 1998
" There are two ways to live your life...
(1) As if nothing is a miracle, and
(2) As if everything is."
--- Albert Einstein --- Contributed by Fran Sawyer - FloridaJune 19, 1998
" The great dividing line between success and failure
Can be expressed in five words:
I did not have time."
--- Franklin Field --- Contributed by Mike Ver VeldeJune 19, 1998
" Good pitching will always stop good hitting, and vice versa."
--- Casey Stengel --- Contributed by David SmithJune 17, 1998
" Our attitude is the most important aspect of our ability to succeed."
--- Dr. Dorothy Wagner
--- Submitted By Angie and Shelley --- IowaJune 17, 1998
" Listen to life, it is the wisest teacher of all."
--- Samuel GilmoreJune 15, 1998
" With age comes wisdom, if you stay awake along the way."
--- Dave Annis --- WisconsinJune 15, 1998
" The worst prison would be a closed heart."
--- Pope John Paul II -- contributed by Chocosmiley --- New JerseyJune 12, 1998
" Don't procrastinate or leave things undone,
Because when driving down the freeway of life,
Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear."
--- Stephen Power --- Virginia June 12, 1998
" Life Is Spent In Dreaming;
Dreaming Is Spent in Believing."
--- On the Hard Rock in Cancun --- Sent in by JeffreyJune 10, 1998
" I can forgive, but I cannot forget,
Is only another way of saying: I will NOT forgive.
Forgiveness should be like a canceled note,
Torn in half and burned up,
So that it can never be used against someone again."
--- Sent in by Fran Sawyer --- FloridaJune 10, 1998
" Condemnation is a load of bricks
To the soul adrift in the sea of sin."
--- Donna Winegarner SimpsonJune 8, 1998
" The end of wisdom is freedom,
The end of culture is perfection,
The end of knowledge is love,
The end of education is character."
--- Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
--- Sent to us from Vinod K. ReddyJune 8, 1998
" It is always scary at the beginning...
The end is usually sad...
Enjoy the middle, because it is the best part."
--- From the movie Hope Floats
--- Submitted by Amanda Campbell --- North CarolinaJune 5, 1998
" It's easy to fall in love but,
Hard to find someone who will catch you."
--- Unknown --- Contributed by KatieJune 5, 1998
" Never have regrets.
And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family,
For they have helped make you the person that you are today.
Pass this along to your friends.
It could make a difference.
The difference between doing all that you can...
Or having regrets which may stay with you forever."
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Fran Sawyer --- FloridaJune 5, 1998
" To be what we are,
And to become what we are capable of becoming,
Is the only end to life."
--- Robert Lewis StevensonJune 3, 1998
" If practice makes perfect, and nobody is perfect, why practice?"
--- Unknown --- Contributed by Gillian Manson --- North CarolinaJune 1, 1998
" We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them.
We say we love trees, yet we cut them down.
And people still wonder why some are afraid
When told they are loved."
-- Unknown --- Contributed by KatieJune 1, 1998
" Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules - and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress."
--- Ransom K. Fern contributed by Alan Stedall --- England
--- From the book - "The Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut




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