Words of Wisdom

shareasimage-4Last week I posed a question on my Facebook page asking people what their favorite quotes were.  Wow!  What a great response!  While I knew of many of them there were quite a few that were brand spanking new to me and I love that!

So today join with me as I share what many of my friends (and their friends) shared as their favorite quotes.  Find a new favorite one today.   The first one is mine.

  • “The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening.” Oswald Chambers
  • “Use your voice.” Clay Aiken
  • “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Suess
  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs
  • “Somebody’s gonna be crying!”  (Attributed to my own Mom but  I suspect it is a universal Mom phrase.)
  • “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” Unknown
  • “No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.”  Buddha
  • “Your most important contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.” Andy Stanley
  • “Love one another.” Jesus
  • “Tell me how he died—I will tell you how he lived.” The Last Samurai
  • “God is a comedian playing to an audience who’s afraid to laugh.” Voltaire
  • “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
  • “Eat whatever you want, and if anyone tries to lecture you about your weight—eat them too.” 🙂
  • “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh?’ he whispered.  ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.'” A. A. Milne
  • “If not now, when?’
  • “I shall assume that your silence gives consent.” Plato
  • “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”  Rabindranath Tagore
  • “Many people think excitement is happiness…But when you are excited you are not peaceful.  True happiness is based on peace.” Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “life is either a heat adventure or nothing.”
  • “To thyself be true.”
  • “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou
  • “Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.”
  • “If you cold kick the perks in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”
  • “The frist gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” Werner Heisenberg
  • “Never say never–God has a sense of humor.”
  • “It’s absurd to divide people into good and bad.  People are either charming or tedious.” Oscar Wilde
  • “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.” Nietzsche
  • “No matter where you are, that is the place to be.”
  • “They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.” Oscar Gamble
  • “I will seek the light for it shows me the way.  I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” Og Mandino
  • “Of all the words of tongue and pen, the saddest of all, ‘It might have been.'”
  • “If your dreams don’t scare you. They’re not big enough.”
  • “Art washes away from the south the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
  • “Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions.  Small people do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain
  • “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.” Ayn Rand
  • “You’ll end up very disappointed if you think everyone has the same heart as you do.”
  • “Everyone is responsible for their own happiness. You’re as happy as you want to be.”
  • “Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take them away.”
  • “Those who matter don’t mind.  Those who mind don’t matter.” Dr. Seuss
  • “You reap what you sow.”

Do you have a favorite to add to the list?  Please feel free to leave it in the comments section.  Remember, all comments this month will help towards our donation to the New Beginnings House of Hope in Mason City.


  1. hmmmm…Nietzsche’s quote reminds of something my swim coach told me before a big race. “Just remember it’s nearly impossible to hurt a trained body in this race. Go!” Unafraid (of hurting myself) I took off the block and swam my best time that day.

  2. That’s a great list! I may print that list for future reference.

  3. what an amazing list!!

  4. I love vibrant Facebook discussions. It was fun to watch this one unfold. Lots of things to think about today!

  5. This is a quote for picture takers.. “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
    ― Ansel Adams

  6. Awesome! Thanks for this!…I had to print these out and add them to my quote collection.

  7. Love your list, Beth Ann. I’m quite fond of quotes and have them saved in various places around the house. And on my computer. And on my phone. Isn’t it wonderful when somebody famous has said exactly what you are feeling?!

  8. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” “Get busy living or get busy dying.” -The Shawshank Redemption-

  9. Whew! What a list!

  10. One of my favorites is: ‘Every man is my superior, in that I can learn something from them’ I don’t know the origin, but the message is superb.

  11. You collected a great list! I particularly like “life is either a great adventure or nothing.”. I think you and I follow that one all right.

  12. love reading all these! what a great list.

  13. I like the one about the moments that take your breath away. One of my favorites it: “If not excellence, what. If not now, when?”

  14. Lots of good ones, but Maya Angelou’s stands out for me.

  15. Nice thought starters to give one more perspective.

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