I found the following quotes and poems in one place or another and either just plain like them or think they are good food for thought.
We see or seem
A dream within
Edger Allen Poe
Practice Random Acts
and Senseless Acts
Never run faster than your guardian angel can fly!
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
There has been in recent years excessive emphasis on a citizen's rights and inadequate stress put upon his duties and responsibilities.
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
William Jennings Bryant
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryant
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.
Dr. David M. Burns
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be.
Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman
Knowledge is power and enthusiasm pulls the switch.
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
The more you put into living, the more you get out of life.
Happiness adds and multiplies as we divide it with others.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
Admonish your friends in private, praise them in public.
Life is cruel, it's probably the worst thing that will ever happen to you.
James Kolbo and Bryan T. Adams
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.
It is better to keep ones mouth shut and be assumed a fool than to open it and remove any doubt.
While it is well enough to leave footprints on the sands of time, it is even more important to make sure they point in a commendable direction.
James Branch Cabell
You have to be with a child today to be in his memory tomorrow.
Steffen T. Kraehmer
Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.
Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.
Thomas F. Jones, Jr.
Life is a comedy for the rich, a game for the fool, a dream for the wise, a tragedy for the poor.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
As you go through life, you are going to have many opportunities to keep your mouth shut. Take advantage of all of them.
"Honesty" without compassion and understanding is not honesty, but subtle hostility.
Rose N. Franzblau
The most important things to say are the hardest to say because words diminish them.
Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high, that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes in it to drain it dry.
We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Friendship is like a bank account. You can't continue to draw on it without making deposits.
Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
Abigail Van Buren
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
Sydney S. Harris
Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
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