Thoughts To Ponder
The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity
Francis Maitland Balfour - morphologist (1851-1882)
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness
James Thurber
We are often so caught up in our destination, that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet along the way
When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us
Alexander Graham Bell
People should learn to use things and love people, instead of loving things and using people
Sorrow looks back
Worry looks around
Faith looks up
Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded, it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again - this is the brave and happy life
J.E. Buchrose
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it
Marcus Aurelius
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if he or she were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again
Og Mandino
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything
Mark Twain
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation
George Washington
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey
Stephen R. Covey
Everyone who does evil, hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth, comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done, has been done through God
John 3:20-21
Truth is seen in what it does and whom it seeks
Darkness cannot drive out darness, only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate, only love can do that
Martin Luther King Jr
Resolve to never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life
Jonathan Edwards
When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen:  either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly
Edward Teller
Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world
Albert Einstein
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men - that is genius
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use
Galileo Galilei
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow
Helen Keller
Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation
Knowlege, in truth, is the great sun in the firmament. Life and power are scattered with all its beams
Daniel Webster
Never ask God to give you anything, ask Him to put you where things are
Mexican Proverb
We are never so happy or unhappy as we think
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks
Samuel Johnson
Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve
Tehyi Hsieh
If you have made mistakes there is always another chance. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down
Mary Pickford
It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action
Al Batt
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook
William James
If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in your mind, give it more thought
Dennis Roch
To be successful, you've got to be willing to fail
Ronald Reagan
If you cry "Forward," you must make plain in what direction to go
Anton Chekov
If you want to see the sun shine, you have to weather the storm
Frank Lane
Opportunities are seldom labeled
John A Shedd
Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much
Oscar Wilde
Knowledge is the power of the mind, wisdom is the power of the soul
Julie Shannahan
It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business
Gertrude Stein
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, and acquaintance or a stranger
Franklin P Jones
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it
Helen Keller
Life consists of what man is thinking about all day
Ralph Waldo Emerson
With each sunrise, we start anew
To love another person is to see the face of God
Victor Hugo "Les Miserables"
I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating
Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision is a dull one that hacks and tears, leaving ragged edges behind it
Let us make one point that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family
Mother Teresa
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action
Johann von Goethe
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once
Jennifer Unlimited
You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely
The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to be important
John Dewey
Don't be resentful. It allows someone you don't like to live in your head rent free
A laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing
Herman Melville
A healthy family is sacred territory
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter
E E Commings
Both humor and faith are the expressions of the freedom of the human spirit, of its capacity to stand outside of life, and itself, and view the whole scene
Reingold Niebuhr
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life's realities
Dr Seuss
Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child
Henry Ward Beecher
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it
Arnold H. Glasgow
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked
Bernard Meltzer
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty
Winston Churchill
If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused
Walter Mondale
We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbour
G. K, Chesterton
Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but doesn't make any progress
Alfred A. Montapert
When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail
Abraham Maslow
Don't be so open minded that your brains fall out
When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need
Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave; when they think that their children are naive
Ogden Nash
The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution lights called family, and you will have flats called jobs. But . . . if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called success! That about sums it up, wouldn't you say?
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it
Life is a beauty, admire it
Life is a dream, realize it
Life is a challenge, meet it
Life is a duty, complete it
Life is a game, play it
Life is a promise, fulfill it
Life is sorrow, overcome it
Life is a song, sing it
Life is a struggle, accept it
Life is a tragedy, confront it
Life is an adventure, dare it
Life is luck, make it
Life is life, fight for it

Mother Teresa
The devil finds work for idle hands
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by  every pebble in the road
Happy moments, praise God
Difficult moments, seek God
Quiet moments, worship God
Painful moments, trust God
Every moment, thank God
It's a good thing to have all the props pulled out from underneath us occasionally.  It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet and what is sand
Madeleine L'Engle
Never ruin an apology with an excuse
Kimberly John
I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining
I believe in love, even when I don't feel it
I believe in God, even when He is silent
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful  that thorns have roses
Alphonse Karr
All human wisdom is summed up in two words: wait and hope
Alexandre Dumas
In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there has always been times like these
Paul Harvey
Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake  when you make it again
We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we  stopped playing
Never miss a good chance to shut up
Be fishers of men - you catch them - he'll clean them
People should learn to use things and love people, instead of loving things and  using people
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of putting it into practice
Otto Von Bismarck
Salvation is a process which begins when a person first becomes a christian, then continues through the rest of his or her life and concludes on the last day
If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it
You can accomplish much if you don't care who gets the credit
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
True faith goes into operation when there are no answers
Elisabeth Elliot
Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment
Ira Gassen
You can only be young once, but you can be immature forever
Happiness is the journey, not the destination