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“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

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

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

“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


“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.

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.

“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” – 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
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.
“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.” – Voltaire
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.
“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
“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
Time marches on, do you?
“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
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?
“Once you have found that which you are needed for you will have all that you need” – Adapted from