Words of Encouragement

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

The mind is everything. What you think you become.  –Buddha

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown

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

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford

An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford

Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. –Jesus

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato

Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe

Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb

Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucius

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington