"MOTIVATION"
THE BEGINNING OF 1998


"The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself often well beyond any latent ability previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete, the body is simply the means it uses."
--- 'The Power Of One' by Bryce Courtenay
--- Submitted by John Haralambous --- South Africa



"To submit to the vulnerability of Love is far greater than winning a circumstance by our knowledge."
--- Jaime Miller --- Wisconsin


"Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher that you think..."
--- Benjamin Disraeli
--- Submitted by Darryl Jones



"Listening to your heart, finding who you are, is not simple. It takes time for the chatter to quiet down. In the silence of not doing, we begin to know what we feel. If we listen and hear what is being offered, then anything in life can be our guide. Listen."
--- Author Unknown
--- Contributed by Maggie Sanchez --- New York



"When I'm loved I'm the universe, if I'm not I'm merely a dying star."
--- Angela Keith


"Never, Never, Never Say NEVER !"
--- Gary Thadani


"A mind is like a parachute; it only functions when it's opened."
--- James Dewar
--- Submitted by Jeff B., --- North Carolina
--- Submitted by Fredrik Beskow --- Sweden
--- Correction by Tea L. --- Norway --- 2000



"Competition is easier to accept if you realize that it is not an act of aggression. I've worked with my best friends in direct competition. Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it, too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it."
--- Diane Sawyer





"Winning isn't everything. Wanting to is."
--- Catfish Hunter


"Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great."
--- La Rochefoucauld
--- Sent in by Martin Ptasinski



"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
--- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
--- Sent to us by Caroline Sampson



"This is not a rehearsal, but life itself."
--- Unidentified hostel master, Cira 1985
--- Contributed by Gavin Dingley --- Australia



"Happiness is illusive and not easily attained by most. People are quick to tire of the normalcy of life and search fruitlessly for things unattainable. To waste one's existence on the futile quest for something they already posses is one of life's greatest disappointments. To enjoy what one has before it is gone is the true path to happiness. They merely hasten to destruction and sadness. Love your life, as it now is. Your future self will bless you for it."
--- Lori Hard --- California


"Impossible only defines the degree of difficulty."
--- Unknown
--- Submitted by Tracy Thomas --- Texas



"It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts."
--- Adlai Stevenson
--- Submitted by Sue --- Australia



"Action is water and light that grows the seeds of ideas into the flowers and fruits of life."
--- Michael Merlin --- Australia


"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
--- Albert Camus
--- Sent in By Joshua Dela Cruz --- Hawaii
--- Completed by N.S. --- Pennsylvania --- 2001



"Success is getting what you want, Happiness is liking what you get."
--- Author Unknown
--- Contributed by Jody C. Burnett --- California
--- Contributed by Sandy J.H. --- New Jersey



"When life is kicking others in the teeth, become a dentist."
--- Kevin Meyers


"Turn out the light,
And maybe tonight,
While watching my dreams fall apart;
I'll discover a clue,
To make them come true,
Or at least find the right way to start."
--- Francis Rogerson --- New Zealand


"This is the way to success in all things: Make your plan and follow it to it's completion. Then relax and enjoy the bounties that life brings."
--- Lori Hard --- California


"Take a walk with your fear
And allow it to run
For the courage that you gain
Is the fear you overcome."
--- Ty Higgins --- Georgia


"Victory is what happens when ten thousand hours of training meet up with one moment of opportunity."
--- Author Unknown
---Submitted by Tracy Thomas --- Texas



THE MIRACLE
Life is borne within your dreams
Success is making dreams come true
A Successful Life , is well within your means
The Miracle of future Life ....is You.
--- Francis Rogerson --- New Zealand


"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can."
--- Michael Korda


"Your central self is totally untouched by grief, confusion, desperation."
--- Vernon Howard
--- Contributed by Jodi Brunschwig



If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And counting find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard;
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went-
Then you may count that day well spent.
--- George Eliot --- Sent in by Laura K. --- California


"Make today your center and concentrate on happiness and love. The future will be better for these things."
--- Lori Hard ---- California


"If it's meant to be; it's up to me."
--- Terri Gulick
--- Sent in by Alison Marney --- Australia
--- Completed by Rosie Laquerre



"It's never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise."
--- Nancy Thayer
--- Sent in by Martha Varzaly --- Pennsylvania



"Some things have to be believed to be seen."
--- Ralph Hodgson


"A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something."
--- Anonymous
--- Contributed by Gary Harrington --- Michigan



"Our job is not to straighten each other out, but to help each other up."
--- Neva Cole
--- Contributed by Chocosmiley --- New Jersey



"Blessed are the risk takers for they shall bring us tomorrow."
--- Daniel Yovich --- Indiana


"You must work--- we must all work to make the world worthy of its children."
--- Pablo Casals
--- Contributed by Brandi Nunnery



"You've only failed, if you've failed to try."
--- Author Unknown
--- Contributed by John Elliott --- Ontario, Canada



" There is nothing worse than falling prey to someone else's confusion."
--- Valerie Natress
--- Sent in by Shellene Schaus
      B.C., Canada



If I Had My Life Over - I'd Pick More Daisies
Of course, you can't unfry an egg, but there is no law against thinking about it.

If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes. I would relax. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I know of very few things that I would take seriously. I would be less hygienic. I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less bran.

I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles. You see, I have been one of those fellows who live prudently and sanely, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I have had my moments. But if I had it to do over again, I would have more of them - a lot more. I never go anywhere without a thermometer, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had it to do over, I would travel lighter.

It may be too late to unteach an old dog old tricks, but perhaps a word from the unwise may be of benefit to a coming generation. It may help them to fall into some of the pitfalls I have avoided.

If I had my life to live over, I would pay less attention to people who teach tension. In a world of specialization we naturally have a superabundance of individuals who cry at us to be serious about their individual specialty. They tell us we must learn Latin or History; otherwise we will be disgraced and ruined and flunked and failed. After a dozen or so of these protagonists have worked on a young mind, they are apt to leave it in hard knots for life. I wish they had sold me Latin and History as a lark.

I would seek out more teachers who inspire relaxation and fun. I had a few of them, fortunately, and I figure it was they who kept me from going entirely to the dogs. From them I learned how to gather what few scraggly daisies I have gathered along life's cindery pathway.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted a little earlier in the spring and stay that way a little later in the fall. I would play hooky more. I would shoot more paper wads at my teachers. I would have more dogs. I would keep later hours. I'd have more sweethearts. I would fish more. I would go to more circuses. I would go to more dances. I would ride on more merry-go-rounds. I would be carefree as long as I could, or at least until I got some care- instead of having my cares in advance.

More errors are made solemnly than in fun. The rubs of family life come in moments of intense seriousness rather that in moments of light-heartedness. If nations - to magnify my point - declared international carnivals instead of international war, how much better that would be!

G.K. Chesterton once said, "A characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity. Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. One 'settles down' into a sort of selfish seriousness; but one has to rise to a gay self-forgetfulness. A man falls into a 'brown study'; he reaches up at a blue sky."

In a world in which practically everybody else seems to be consecrated to the gravity of the situation, I would rise to glorify the levity of the situation. For I agree with Will Durant that "gaiety is wiser than wisdom."

I doubt, however, that I'll do much damage with my creed. The opposition is too strong. There are too many serious people trying to get everybody else to be too darned serious.
--- Copyright © Don Herold
--- Sent in by Robyn Mauza --- B.C, Canada
--- Completed by Benjamin Rossen --- Netherlands



"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."
--- Washington Irving
--- Contributed by Lori Hard --- California



"Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to the law of diminishing returns."
--- John Maurice Clark
--- Contributed by Keith Lowry --- Texas



"Follow your heart and you'll never get lost."
--- Submitted by Tracy Thomas --- Texas


"The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so."
--- William Ralph Inge
--- Contributed by Amy Yates ---Texas



Download happiness from love's site
Sorrows make you search this site
Only if you know how to surf with kindness
You can come out of all errors and mess.
Beware of the jealousy virus
And come out of that doubtful fuss.
Hold the hand of faith
And see how you can browse joyfully
Far & wide with this mate.
Your wishes & Hopes leads you to net dreams,
And with Love for life only
Can we live in full esteem.
--- Prakash --- Ghana, Africa


"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe�s couplets: "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!"
--- William Hutchison Murray
--- Submitted by Richard T. Simmons --- Louisiana
--- Submitted by Jeff Moore --- England, UK



"Once in a while you meet someone, and soon you both discover the two of you are truly something special to each other. You share your thoughts and feelings so relaxed, so openly, and right away you know your friendship's truly meant to be."
--- Gary Harrington --- Michigan


"Do not be afraid to fail. It's one sure sign of living!"
--- Pete Zafra --- California


"Striving for excellence is a positive quality, striving for perfection is self-defeating."
--- Unknown
--- Submitted by Jennifer Knepper



"Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness."
--- James Thurber--- (1894-1961)
--- Originally sent in by Katie Durbin
--- Correction provided by Gwen Knehr --- 1999



"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning."
--- Louis L'Amour
--- Sent to us by Tracy



Dreams
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
--- Langston Hughes
--- Submitted by Samantha Dorr



"Do not teach your children, for they will not understand - rather show them how you live and they will follow you."
--- Jacqueline Watts --- Washington


"The only credential the City (NY) asked was the boldness to dream. For those who did, it unlocked its gates and its treasures, not caring who they were or where they came from."
--- Moss Hart (1904-1961)
--- Submitted by Sandi Murdock --- D.C.



The Value of a Smile
It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it and none so poor but are richer for its benefits.

It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in a business, and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anyone 'til it is given away. And if in the hurly-burly bustle of today's business world, some of the people you meet should be too tired to give you a smile, may we ask you to leave one of yours?

For nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give.
--- Dale Carnegie
--- Sent in by Joady Frits --- California



"Life does not determine a champion. A champion determines life."
--- Tracy Thomas --- Texas


"I've also learned along the way that sometimes it's our pain that makes things possible."
--- Tammie Fowles, PhD.


"The only difference between a Good Day and a Bad Day is your ATTITUDE!"
--- Dennis S. Brown, Motivational Speaker


"Don't wait to be happy to laugh... You may die and never have laughed!"
--- La Bruyere
--- Sent in by Octavian Trofin --- Romania



"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
--- Kahlil Gibran
--- Contributed by Amy Yates --- Texas



"Sometimes, it takes misfortune to find the true secret of happiness. When one does not have great possessions, one's attention is drawn to the simple beauties of life."
--- Lori Hard


"Success is achieved and maintained by those who TRY, and keep TRYING. Where there is nothing to lose by TRYING, and a great deal to gain if SUCCESSFUL, by all means, TRY. DO IT NOW!"
--- W. Clement Stone
--- Sent in by Robert Dabkowski --- Colorado



"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."
--- Aesop
--- Sent in by Joady Frits --- California
--- Completed by by Christine Rainey --- 2000



"Nothing is worth more than this day."
--- Goethe
--- Contributed by Amy Yates --- Texas



&quotThe future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
--- Eleanor Roosevelt
--- Contributed by Chrissy Boyce --- North Carolina



"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been."
--- Madeleine L'Engle
--- Sent to us by Martha Varzaly --- Pennsylvania



"The heart has arguments with which the logic of mind is not acquainted."
--- Blaise Pascal
--- Contributed by Chocosmiley --- New Jersey



"Do not fear to step into the Unknown for where there is risk, there is also reward."
--- Lori Hard


Quote for Life
"Count no day lost in which... you waited your turn, took only your share, and sought advantage over no one!"
--- Sent to us from Fran Sawyer --- Florida


"If you want to be happy, be."
--- Tolstoy
--- Contributed by Chocosmiley --- New Jersey



"Make good use of your time and you shall never lack for satisfying experiences."
--- Lori Hard


ALWAYS HAVE A DREAM
Forget about the days when it's been cloudy
But don't forget your hours in the sun

Forget about the times you've been defeated
But don't forget the victories you've won

Forget about mistakes that you can't change now
But don't forget the lessons you've learned

Foget about misfortunes you've encountered
But don't forget the times your luck has turned

Forget about the days when you've been lonely
But don't forget the friendly smiles you've seen

Forget about the plans that didn't seem to work out right
But dont forget to always have a dream.
--- Amanda Bradley
--- Sent in by Vicki Hoyle