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All of us, each one of us - you, me, everyone in the world - has a simple, single mission: to leave the place a little bit better than we found it. Frank O'Dea, Co-founder of Second Cup

It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see. Winston Churchill

Remember you can make yourself sick or well by the habitual thoughts you think. Don't drain back into your body the disease thoughts of your mind. Norman Vincent Peale, The Tough-Minded Optimist

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. Kahlil Gibran

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it. Benjamin Franklin

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. Oscar Wilde

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. Lao Tzu

You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. Steven D. Woodhull

If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree. Jim Rohn

See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. Pope John XXIII

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

…the royal road to a man's heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most. Dale Carnegie How To Win Friends and Influence People.

When you feel anxious about the present, think of the worst anxiety you ever had in the past. Instead of one grip on the mind, there will be two distinct grips - and the greater grip of the past will overpower the lesser one in the present. Lord Beaverbrook, Don't trust to Luck

Now that it's all over, what did you really do yesterday that's worth mentioning? Coleman Cox

The poorest people are those who have everything, for they have nothing to look forward to. Greg HenryQuinn 365 Meditations for Teachers

What would you do if you weren't afraid? Spencer Johnson Who Moved My Cheese?

. . . we're usually better off having many small positive moments than waiting to be happy all at once when we win the lottery, receive the next promotion or raise, or can afford that special vacation or car. Robert K. Cooper, The Other 90%

Energy doesn't only come from exercise. The people we surround ourselves with can also make an enormous difference. Sloan, Tina. Changing Shoes. Gotham Books, 2010, p. 175.

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Don't ignore weaknesses in areas that must be bolstered, but don't waste your life trying to be a professional athlete if your strength is really in music. Jenkins, Jerry. Twelve Things I Want my Kids to Remember. R. G. Mitchell Family Books, 1991, p. 142.

The greatest single resources any of us has: Ourselves. Neviaser, Donald. The Inner View. Kanevia Books, 2000, p. 19.

People exceed their capabilities all the time when they're not aware that what they're doing is "impossible. Quinn, Greg Henry. 365 Meditations for Teachers Scholastic Inc., 1995

When you let anybody dump on you, then you are putting your life in their hands, and the price you always pay for permitting that to happen is very high. Og Mandino, The Choice

The real journey of life is not upward; it is inward. Pain is life's greatest teacher, if we let it teach us. Dennis Wholey, When The Worst That Can Happen Already Has

Surround yourself with those kinds of people who just seem to brighten a room by their presence. Deborah Norville, The Power of Respect

Words are how we give form and action to our thoughts, and they have enormous energy and power. You have the opportunity each time you open your mouth to turn your world and the world around you into a better place.
Yvonne Oswald