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“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”   —   Leo Rosten

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”   —   Albert Einstein

 

“The most wonderful places to be in the world are: in someone’s thoughts, in someone’s prayers, in someone’s hearts”. – Unknown

 

“Nothing speaks more loudly to a child than a good parent’s quiet example.”—

H.Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

“How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold?” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

 

“We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.” –  Sir William Osler

 

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” – Eric Hoffer

 

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

 

“I live to laugh, and I laugh to live.” – Milton Berle

 

“Experience is the best teacher, and the worst experiences teach the best lessons.” — Unknown

 

“Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.” – Art Buchwald

 

“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.” – Albert Einstein

 

“You can never make the same mistake twice because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice.”  – Steven Denn

 

  “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” – Khalil Gibran

 

“My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.” – Marlo Thomas

 

“There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.” – Sir Francis Bacon

 

“Who is wise? One who learns from every man. Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations. Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot. Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows”. – Ethics of the Fathers 4:1
“He who has a why to live for, can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“What we refuse to work on is working us.”  – Noah benShea

 

“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”  – Yiddish proverb

 

On This Memorial Day We Remember and are Grateful

The fallen understood this:

“Liberty is one of the most precious gifts heaven has bestowed upon man. No treasures the earth contains or the sea conceals can be compared to it. For liberty one can rightfully risk one’s life”. —Cervantes

 

“When you know what you are willing to die for, then you will know what to live for.”   —   Jewish saying

 

“Life is a sum of all your choices.” – Albert Camus

 

“Circumstances are beyond the control of man; but his conduct is in his own power.” — Benjamin Disraeli

 

“In each journey of your life you must be where you are. You may only be passing through on your way to somewhere else seemingly more important-nevertheless, there is purpose in where you are right now.” – Tzvi Freeman

 

“It is vital that people “count their blessings”: to appreciate what they possess without having to undergo its actual loss.”  — Abraham Maslow

 

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.” – Sam Levenson

 

Don’t predict your future, just be prepared for it

 

“The soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on.” – J. G. Holland

 

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”   —   Haruki Murakami

 

“If you lose your money, you’ve lost nothing. If you lose your health, you’ve lost half.   But if you lose your hope, you’ve lost it all.” – Reb Mendel Futerfas

 

“Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.” – Arnold Bennett

 

“Talent is G-d given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” ― John Wooden

 

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

 

“The last thing to age on anyone is their heart” –  From “Rocky Balboa”

 

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” – Satchel Paige

 

“If you will it, it is no dream.” – Theodore Herzl

 

“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find peace of mind is waiting there.” – George Harrison

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”. – Jimmy Hendrix

 

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

 

“I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.” – Sara Teasdale

 

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”. – Anais Nin

 

“Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?” –  Marcel Marceau

 

“To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.” – Golda Meir

 

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” – John Wooden

 

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.” – Henry Ward Beecher

 

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” – Ingrid Bergman

 

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” – Barbara Bush

 

“Your success as a family… our success as a nation… depends not on what happens inside the White House, but on what happens inside your house. ”
― Barbara Bush

 

“Life like driving can be very hazardous if you’re always looking in the rearview mirror.”

 

“Character is a person’s only real possession.” – Rabbi Israel Salanter

 

“We all have a fear of the unknown, what one does with that fear will make all the difference in the world.” – Lillian Russell

 

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness.”  — Talmud

 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“Let go of yesterday, because yesterday has already let go of you.” – Lehasig

 

 “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” – Ellen Glasgow

 

 “Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.” -Bernard Meltzer

 

“We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.” – W.H. Auden    🙂

 

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.” – Yiddish proverb

 

 “Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an external adjustment.” – Adam Clayton Powell

 

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

 

“Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” – Albert Einstein

 

“One who desires the attention of others, has not yet found himself.” – Rabbi Shlomo Wolfe

 

 “Truth does not become more true if the whole world were to accept it; nor does it become less true if the whole world were to reject it.” —  Maimonides

 

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth” – John F. Kennedy

 

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton

 

“It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain

 

“I was planning to procrastinate, but I never got around to it.” – Unknown

 

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy Goodman

 

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

 

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

 

“Eyesight is of no avail if the heart is blind.” – Rabbi Shlomo ben Yehudah

 

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

“Temptation rushes in to fill the vacuum of meaninglessness. We must fight temptation with meaning.”  —   Rabbi Shraga Silverstein

 

“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.” – Voltaire

 

 “If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up?” – Chuck Palahniuk

 

“Don’t be discouraged, it may be the last key in the bunch that opens the door.” – Unknown

 

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” – Karen Kaiser Clark

 

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Albert Einstein

 

“Why do we fall- so we can learn to pick ourselves up.” – From the movie “Batman Begins”

 

“The roses bloom so beautifully because they are not trying to become lotuses. And the lotuses bloom so beautifully because they have not heard the legends about other flowers. Everything in nature goes so beautifully in accord, because nobody is trying to compete with anybody, nobody is trying to become anybody else. Everything is the way it is.” – Upanishads

 

“The pursuit of the good is the noblest of character builders and one of the sources of true gratification”.  There are other things in life besides self-interest.  Personal involvement in others challenges, in community affairs are the greatest sources of personal achievement and success.  Too many people refuse to understand what it means to be involved and to help others.  They are truly missing something.  There is nothing as gratifying and self-fulfilling as helping others.  Why don’t you try it?  If you do, I can assure you that you will arrive at a similar conclusion.  Try it, you will like it”.– Sam Fox, my Father, Holocaust Survivor (obm)

 

“It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.” – From the movie “Batman Begins”

 

“What grows never grows old.”   —   Noah Benshea

 

“Life Just Passes By While Everything Has To Be Your Way.” – Chaim Werdyger

 

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

 

“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time. — Mitch Albom”

 

“We don’t always see things as they are, we see things as we are” – Anais Nin

 

“It is meaningless to talk about one’s purpose in life if there is no purpose for the existence of the world.” – Rabbi Abraham Twerski

 

“Our aim is not to be superhuman, but super humans.” — Rabbi Shraga Silverstein

 

“Laughter prevents hardening of the attitudes”. – Dunc Muncy

 

“When I first came to America I had nothing, yet I always gave to charity because when I did I felt rich”. – Sam Fox, my Father, a Holocaust Survivor (obm)

 

“In life some people have it easy and make it hard and some people have it hard and make it easy.” – Sam Fox, my Father, a Holocaust survivor (obm)

 

“Success comes in cans; failure in can’ts.”   —   Morris Mandel

 

“Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it became a butterfly”. – Anonymous

 

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Charlotte Whitton

 

“It is easier to do what is right than to right what is done” –  Rabbi Shraga Silverstein

 

“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

 

 “Any love that is dependent on something — when the thing ceases, the love also ceases. But a love that is not dependent on any thing never ceases…” – Ethics of the Fathers, 5:16

 

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

 

“What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever.  What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.” – Leo Buscaglia

 

“As long as you can laugh at yourself you will never cease to be amused.” —   Unknown

 

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back”. – Arthur Rubinstein

 

“Strength is not the absence of weakness, but how we wrestle with our weaknesses” – Noah Benshea

 

“Just as it is forbidden to slander a fellow, it is forbidden to slander oneself.” – Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch

 

“I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.” — Erica Jong

 

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – Art Linkletter

 

“For man is a tree of the field Deut 20:19 “Our roots are our faith and commitment, our trunk and branches are our learning and character, and our deeds are our fruits.” – Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

 

“With love, you set your goals. With fear, you set your boundaries” Unknown

 

“Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.” – Ben Hecht

 

“Limits, like fear, is often an illusion”. – Michael Jordan

 

“There is nothing wrong with being afraid—but there is nothing more wrong than allowing that to be your master.” – Bobby Darin

 

“TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS”. – Unknown

 

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington Carver

 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

 

“Some trails are happy ones, others are blue, it’s the way you ride that trail that counts”. – from the song “Happy Trails” – Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

 

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone”. – Reba McEntire

 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Sir Winston Churchill

 

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” – Herbert Bayard Swope

 

“Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” — Louis Mann

 

“When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done”. — Lou Holtz

 

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” – Proverb?

 

“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.” _ Frank Outlaw

 

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” – James Bryant Conant

 

“If opportunity doesn’t knock build a door” Milton Berle

 

“It did not matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us”. Viktor Frankl from “Man’s Search For Meaning”

 

“If we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel, which changes the way we act, which changes the person we become.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

 

“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.” – Alexander Graham Bell

 

“I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us…if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do.” – Christopher Reeves

 

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” — Abraham Maslow

 

“Each person must see himself as though the entire world were held in balance and any deed he may do could tip the scales.” – Maimonides

 

“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.” – Albert Einstein

 

“You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.” – Pearl Buck

 

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle

 

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” – Frederick Douglass

 

“If a smile doesn’t begin from your heart, let it begin at your lips and it will reach yours and others hearts. Do this enough times and the smile will eventually begin from your heart more and more Adapted from “Life is a Test” by Esther Jungreis

 

“What grows never grows old.” — Noah Benshea

 

“I took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

 

“From one burning candle many candles are lit, yet its own light is not diminished.” – Numbers 11:17

 

“Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination”. – Roy Goodman

 

“An optimist is one who sees opportunity in difficulties; a pessimist sees only difficulties in opportunities.” — Morris Mandel

 

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstances, to choose one’s own way”. – Dr. Viktor Frankl from “Man’s Search for Meaning”

 

“Words from the heart enter the heart” – The Sages

 

“I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

 

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.” — Soren Kierkegaard

 

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

“In a desert, there is always sunshine, but for growth you need rain, and for creativity you need thunderstorms.” – unknown

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“If I am I because I am I, and you are you because you are you, then I am I and you are you. But, if I am I because you are you, and you are you because I am I, then I am not I and you are not you.” –  R’Mendel of Kotzk

 

“The virtue of angels is that they cannot deteriorate; their flaw is that they cannot improve. Humanity’s flaw is that we can deteriorate; but our virtue is that we can improve.” – Chassidic Saying

 

“Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.” – Peter McWilliams

 

“If we spent less time trying to make this world a better place to live in, and more time trying to make ourselves better persons to live with, the world would be a better place to live in.” — Rabbi Shraga Silverstein

 

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” – Leonard Cohen

 

“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

“A joyful person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” Hugh Downs

 

“Adversity introduces a man to himself”. — Albert Einstein

 

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens

 

“Life is a sum of all your choices.” – Albert Camus

 

“Character is a person’s only real possession.” – Rabbi Israel Salanter

 

“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett

 

“Perhaps the greatest madness of all is to see life only as it is and not as it ought to be.” – Cervantes I would make a little change and say “as it can be”!

 

“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.” – Voltaire

 

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” — Benjamin Disraeli

 

“The first duty of love is to listen.” – Paul Tillich

 

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” – Yakov Smirnoff

 

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” – Phyliss Diller

 

“It takes 17 muscles to smile,and 47 muscles to frown. Conserve energy.” – unknown

 

“The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.” Dr. Jonas Salk

 

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” —Pesach and Chana Burston

 

“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.” – Voltaire

 

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” – Rosa Parks

 

“Life is a rollercoaster. Try to eat a light lunch”. – David A. Schmaltz

 

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” Hillel in Ethics of the Fathers,1:14

 

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” – Mark Twain

 

“Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.” – Regina Brett

 

“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” – Lucretius

 

“When everyone thinks alike, no one thinks very much.” — Walter Lippmann

 

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

 

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

 

“If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” – Billie Holiday

 

“When you forgive, you in no way change the past — but you sure do change the future.” — Bernard Meltzer

 

“Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” — Louis Mann

 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.”Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski

 

“It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”. – Sir Edmund Hillary

 

“Life’s not about waiting for the storms to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~Vivian Greene

 

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Helen Keller

 

“Circumstances are beyond the control of man; but his conduct is in his own power.”— Benjamin Disraeli

 

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler

 

“In order to move forward you have to leave yourself behind”. – Tzvi Freeman

 

“In life, it doesn’t matter how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward” – Rocky Balboa in Rocky 6

 

“It’s choice, not chance that matters.”- Jean Nidetch, founder of WeightWatchers

 

“Good judgement comes from bad experience” – from an elderly wise person

 

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

 

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss

 

“You become what you think, even if you don’t think so.” Dr. Morris Mandel

 

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Albert Einstein

 

“A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” — Donna Roberts

 

“There is no better exercise for your heart, than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” – Bernard Meltzer

 

“Once you have found that which you are needed for you will have all that you need” – Adapted from Rabbi Schnuer Zalman of Liadi

 

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.’ – Elvis Presley

 

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” – Leonard Cohen

 

“The entire purpose of our existence is to overcome our negative habits.” – Vilna Gaon

 

“When you forgive, you in no way change the past — but you sure do change the future.” — Bernard Meltzer

 

“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Don’t carry a grudge. While you’re carrying a grudge the other guy is dancing.” – Buddy Hackett

 

Spinning Rabbi Sayings

 

You Cannot Lower Your Mountain But You Can Elevate Yourself

 

Don’t predict your future, just be prepared for it

 

If you are always looking back, then your future will look like your past

 

The I that matters most is the I in kindness

 

Time marches on, do you?

 

You are given life for this moment, so that you can give this moment life.

 

More is not always better. Better is always more

 

What you do for a living is not who you are, but how you do it is

 

A day of fulfillment is a day full and filled with purposefulness

 

The question shouldn’t be how is life treating you, but rather how are you treating life

 

You are not just matter. It is you that matters.

 

If it’s worth starting, it is worth that much more when you finish

 

Once you have found your goal, make sure that all of your actions are aimed at that goal.

 

While I’m licking my wounds, someone else is being wounded

 

Whatever our situation is, what matters most to us, is to know that we matter to someone. We matter to someone when we show someone that they matter.

 

I am not who I once was and not yet who I will be

 

Believe in yourself, if you don’t, no one else will, and if you don’t why should they?

 

Always look ahead towards your goal. If you are not looking ahead now, you will be looking back later.