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“Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependent upon popular opinion?” – William Lloyd Garrison

“Hate the sin but not the sinner. Do not forget the past but do not be held captive by it. Be willing to fight your enemies but never allow yourself to be defined by them or become like them. Learn to love and forgive. Acknowledge the evil men do, but stay focused on the good that is in our power to do. Only thus do we raise the moral sights of humankind and help redeem the world we share.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom”. – Stephen Covey

“Maturity is the point where emotion merges with intellect.” — Sheim M’Shmuel

Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts. – E. B. White

“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.” – Winston Churchill

“The truly happy man is the one who has everything money can’t buy.” — Rabbi Shraga Silverstein

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

“We suffer under the constraints of our habits simply because we had them yesterday. We are slaves to ingrained pathways of our lives and our world; because we are too busy dusting the covers of our Book of Life to read its pages.” – The Rebbe

“The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.” – Martin Buber

“If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.” – Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch (1808-1888)

“Open your eyes to see only the good in every person, the positive in every circumstance, and the opportunity in every challenge.” — The Rebbe

“If you carry your own lantern, you will endure the dark.” – Chasidic Proverb

“Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

 “It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.” – Dick Cavett

Man is endowed with two eyes: one to see his neighbors’ virtues, the other to see his own faults. – Chasidic Proverb

“The beginning is embedded in the end, and the end is embedded in the beginning” – Sefer Yetzirah 1:7

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” – Helen Keller

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank

 “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do” – Potter Stewart

“Life offers its wisdom generously. Everything teaches. Not everyone learns.” — Rachel Naomi Remen

“When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.” – Joseph Joubert


“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin

“Instead of scrutinizing a container, explore it’s contents” – Ethics of the Fathers

“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.” – Arthur Helps

“You see things and say “Why”, But I dream things that never were, and say “Why Not” – George Bernard Shaw

“A book gives knowledge, but it is life that gives understanding.” – Jewish saying

“Life is not about where you are.  It’s about where you are headed.” – Tzvi Freeman

“Although no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending!”… Carl Bard?

Always wear a smile. The gift of life will then be yours to give.”   —   Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

“Your diet is not only what you eat. It’s what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, and the people you hang around with. Be mindful of what you put into your body– emotionally, physically, and spiritually.” – Unknown

“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.” – John Burroughs

“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.” – William James

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” – Edmund Burke

 “We cannot put off living until we are ready.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.” – Socrates

“What you believe is what your perceive. What you perceive is what you receive.” – Rabbi David Aron

“If you want today to be a good day – do some good today”

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

“Peace doesn’t mean that everybody thinks the same way. Peace occurs when plurality discovers it’s higher oneness.” – The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson


“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison

“Victimhood comes from the inside.  No one can make you a victim but you .  We become victims not because of what happens to us but when we choose to hold onto victimization.” – Dr. Edith Eva Eger

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” – C. S. Lewis

 “Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he should be, and he will become what he could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” – James Joyce


“Do not appease a person while he is still angry.” (Avot 4:18).

“A righteous person always sees the good in others. A self -righteous person can’t get over their own goodness.” – Aron Moss

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.” – Alfred Adler

“There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.” – Robert Quillen


“Sometimes people hate the truth, luckily truth doesn’t care.” – Lehasig

“People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true.” – Robert J. Ringer

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

“He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it.” – Henry George

“Do not follow the majority to do evil.” — Exodus 23:2.

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin


“The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Life always offers us a possibility for the fulfillment of meaning” – Viktor Frankl

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E. Frankl

“Of all the music that reaches farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.” – Gregory Benford

“The world is built upon kindness” – Psalms 89:15


“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face”. – Victor Hugo

“There are no problems in the world, there are only challenges”. – Dr. Edith Eva Eger


“The man who has stopped hoping has stopped living.” – Peretz Smolenskin

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”― Erma Bombeck

“Fear builds walls to bar the light.” –  Baal Shem Tov

“Think good and it will be good.” – Rabbi Menachem Mendel the “Tzemach Tzedek,”

“The more you know, the more you know how much more there is to know.” – Rabbi Simon Jacobson

“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.” – J.D. Salinger

“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” -E. Joseph Cossman

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” – William Arthur Ward

“We have the capacity to hate and the capacity to love. Which one we reach for, is up to us.” – Dr. Edith Eva Eger from her book “The Choice”

“You can’t choose how you feel, but you can choose what you think, and what you think has the power to change how you feel.” – Tzvi Freeman

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And alll things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.” L.R. Knost

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” – Albert Einstein

“You can’t change what happened, you can’t change what you did or what was done to you.  But you can choose how you live now.  My precious, you can choose to be free.” – Dr. Edith Eva Eger from her book “The Choice”


“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu


“Sometimes, when it feels like nothing good is happening to you, remember that you just might be the good thing that is supposed to happen to someone else.” – Unknown

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin


“Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.” – Connor Franta


“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” – Aesop

“Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First we make our choices. Then our choices make us.” – Anne Frank

“Carry a heart that never hates, a smile that never fades, and a touch that never hurts.” –  unknown


“Don’t watch the clock; Do what it does, keep going.” – Sam Levenson

“It is not the events of our lives that shape us, but the meaning we assign to those events.” – Mendel Kalmenson

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” – Jean de la Bruyere


“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Mendel Kalmenson


“If you have it and you know you have it, then you have it. If you have it and don’t know you have it, you don’t have it. If you don’t have it but you think you have it, then you have it.” – Jackie Gleason


“To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“There are people who have money and people who are rich.” – Coco Chanel


Recognizing and accepting that there is always something or someone bigger than you, makes you bigger, not smaller

“A thousand words will not leave an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen

“If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.” — Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – Dale Carnegie

“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” – Oscar Wilde


“A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.” – Albert Einstein

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas


“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” – Vincent Van Gogh


“Man – a being in search of meaning.” – Plato

“Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.” – Henry James


“Perhaps a human being does not die until he no longer sees anything but the past and the present moment.” — Leo Baeck

“If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.” – Cavett Robert


“Give of yourself . . . you can always give something, even if it is only kindness . . . No one has ever become poor from giving.”  — Anne Frank


“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan

 “When motivation to change stems merely from wanting to avoid a bad outcome, rather than obtaining a good result, the change is usually temporary.” – Hanna Perlberger


“Remember your destination. This will help you to distinguish between an opportunity to be seized and a temptation to be resisted.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks


“The human mind is capable of rationalizing and modifying morality to meet a person’s needs or desires.” – Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski

“Love is a ladder; it allows us to climb out of ourselves” – Noah benShea

“Hard and happy aren’t mutually exclusive.” – Kate from the TV show “The Village”


“Peace, if it ever exists, will not be based on the fear of war, but on the love of peace. It will not be the abstaining of an act, but the coming of a state of mind.” – Herman Wouk

“Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.” – Thomas Browne

“The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology”. – Red Auerbach

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

“An apology might help, but you can change your life without one”. – Robin Quivers

“Forgivness happens when we realize that our connection towards the person is much deeper than the act that separated us”. – Unknown

“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.” – William Arthur Ward

“The wound is a place where the light enters you”. – from the TV show “The Village”


“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.” — Diane Ackerman


“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.” – Mark Twain

“The only thing that is going to save mankind is if enough people live their lives for something or someone other than themselves.” – Leon Uris


“I pray that my missing finger serves as a constant reminder to me. A reminder that I am part of a people that has survived the worst destruction and will always endure.” – Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein Chabad of Poway, Ca.


“We are going to stand tall, we are going to stand proud of our heritage. If a little light can dispel a lot of darkness, than many lights can truly illuminate the whole world.” – Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Chabad of Poway,Ca.

“To survive tragedy and trauma, first build the future. Only then, remember the past.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“Next time you meet someone radically unlike you, try seeing difference not as a threat but as an enlarging, possibility-creating gift.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.” – Albert Pike

“I’ve learned…. That being kind is more important than being right.” – Andy Rooney


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

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Suess

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Gustav Jung

“The salvation of man is through love and in love” –  Dr.Viktor Frankl

“A man is lonely until he finds himself.” – Ben-Gurion

“Coincidence is G-d’s way of remaining anonymous.” – Rabbi Benzion Welton

“The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” – William Arthur Ward

People tend to look upwards, contemplating the mysteries of the heavens. They would do well to look inward and examine what’s happening within themselves. – Rabbi Menachem Mendel Kotzk

“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.” – J. D. Salinger

“I’ve learned…. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.” – Andy Rooney


“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.” – Katherine Hepburn

“Love turns one person into two and two into one.” – Rabbi Don Yitchak Abarbanel

Bring your mind to where your body is, because you are where your mind is

Today, you are the sum of all your choices so far.  You will become the sum of your choices, starting right now.

“No man steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man” – Heraclitus

“I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

“There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.” – Joseph Addison


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

“No doctor can cure the blind in mind.”  – Jewish proverb


“Indecision may or may not be my problem.” – Jimmy Buffett


“To give and then not feel as one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.” – Max Beerbohm

“We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.” – Douglas A. Lawson

“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

“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.” –  The Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson

“Sometimes we only learn to see after the lights go out” – Rabbi Yonason Goldson

“If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that G-d has left for you to complete. But if you only see what is wrong and how ugly it is, then it is yourself that needs repair.” – The Lubavitcher Rebbe

I know enough to know that I don’t know enough

“Who is wise? One who learns from every person.” –  Mishnah

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


“Put your heart into it, well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Think less of what the future will bring us and more of what we can bring to the future.” — Rabbi Shraga Silverstein

It’s not the smooth road you’ll remember but the potholes you’ve overcome. — Dave Weinbaum


“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – C. S. Lewis

“Every human soul is a divine lamp.” (Proverbs 20:27)

“A little light will dispel much darkness.”   — Isaachar Eilenburg, Tzeda LaDerek

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

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

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” – Helen Keller

“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.” – Franz Kafka

“All gave some and some gave all”- Korean War veteran Howard William Osterkamp

“Complacency breeds anxiety. To be healthy, a person needs to be affecting his surroundings, uplifting those about him and bringing in more light.” – Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, . . .” – Martin Luther King Jr.


“Hate tries to sever but the uniting power of love is forever.” – Rabbi David Aaron

If you want today to be a good day – do some good today

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.” – Glenn Turner


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

“Do not say something that should never be heard, because ultimately it will be heard” – Hillel the Elder, Avot 4:2.


“Every day may not be good…
but there’s something good in every day” ― Alice Morse Earle


“Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?” – William Lloyd Garrison


“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.” – Bertrand Russell

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” – E. Joseph Cossman


“Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors”. –Dr. Jonas Salk

“Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another”. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.” – Nadia Boulanger


“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.” -Golda Meir

“When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t.” – William Temple

“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” – Satchel Paige


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Such is the way of creation: first comes darkness, then light” – Talmud, Shabbat 77b


“Whenever you find yourself distressed because someone hasn’t done for you what you think they should have done, turn the thought around, and then do it for them.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” — Unknown

“All of life’s choices have a price. We can’t choose the price. We can only choose whether we are willing to pay it.”

“The secret to happiness and vitality is to be more rather than to have more.”  —   Rabbi David Aaron

“The door to happiness opens outward.” – Dr. Viktor Frankl

“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

“A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.” ~ Yiddish Proverb

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” – Saul Bellow


“Who is strong? One who conquers his impulse.” – Ben Zoma, Talmud


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

“We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.” – Roderick Thorp

“The next one”. – The answer Michelangelo gave to the question “What is your greatest creation”?

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

“The worst fault a person can have is to forget his intrinsic greatness as a human being.” –  Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin

“Humility, is a language in which the I is silent, so that one can hear the thou.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“Love not what you are, but what you may become.” – Miguel de Cervantes

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

“Malicious talk is like an arrow. A person who unsheathes a sword can regret his intention and return it to its sheath. But the arrow cannot be retrieved” – Midrash Tehillim

“Interesting, isn’t it, how one can detect a speck on another’s hair, but can’t see flies on his own nose?” — Mendel Moicher Sefarim

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” – Marcus Aurelius

“What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.” – Hillel

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

“Our days are scrolls: Write on them what you want to be remembered for”. — Chovos Halevavos

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

“People who believe they have the power to exercise some measure of control over their lives are healthier, more effective and more successful than those who lack faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives.” – Albert Bandura, Phd.


“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.” – Bernard Meltzer

“If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn’t be anything for us to do.” – George Bernard Shaw

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him”. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.” – Thomas Paine

“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.” – Dwight L. Moody

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; The tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Integrity is doing the right thing when you don’t have to — when no one else is looking or will ever know — when there will be no congratulations or recognition for having done so.” — Unattributed

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

“The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.” – Dean Acheson

“Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity—even under the most difficult circumstances—to add a deeper meaning to his life.” – Dr. Viktor Frankl from “Man’s Search For Meaning

“Happiness is an inside job.” – William Arthur Ward

“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” – Marvin Gaye

“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” – Zig Ziglar

“Ask not ‘why’ is this happening to me. Rather ask ‘what’ this happening asks of me.” — Rabbi David Aaron

“It’s good to hope; but bad to depend solely on it.”  – Jewish saying


“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” – George Burns


“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” – Thomas Paine

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” – John Burroughs

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden


“Whatever you do, pour yourself into it.” – Robert Mondavi

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” – Walt Whitman

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

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

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Emma Phillips

“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.” – Lehasig

“Goodness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Declaration of Independence July 4,1776

“We only see what we want to see; we only hear what we want to hear. Our belief system is just like a mirror that only shows us what we believe.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

“We all look at the same world, but what we see depends on who we are.”—R’ Isaac of Homil

“A man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.” – Sir Francis Bacon

“It’s not what we don’t know that gets us in trouble, it’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

“Lose with truth and right rather than gain with falsehood and wrong.” — Maimonides

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

“Truth exists, only lies are invented.” – Georges Braque

“Not caring about contradiction is the same as not caring about the truth.” – Jamie Whyte

“A lie told often enough becomes truth.” – Vladimir Lenin

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” – Winston Churchill

“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“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


“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.