Frequently I receive or find great stories, poems, or quotes with a lesson to be learned.  If you have a favorite that you would like to share with us, please forward it for consideration.  Thanks, I hope you enjoy the ones we have listed.



"A failure means you've put forth some effort. That's good. Failure gives you an opportunity to learn a better way to do it. That's positive. A failure teaches you something and adds to your experience. That's very helpful. Failure is an event, never a person; an attitude, not an outcome; a temporary inconvenience; a stepping stone. Our response to it determines just how helpful it can be."

Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker

To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.

Bernard Edmonds, American Writer

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

Albert Einstein 1879-1955, German-born American Physicist

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American
Artist, Film Producer

It takes less time to do things right that to explain why you did it wrong.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
1819-1892, American Poet

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports us; when we succeed, it betrays us.

Charles Caleb Colton

One reason God created time was so there would be a place to bury the failures of the pas t. 

James Long

It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up that counts .

Vince Lombardi

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind. 

William James

Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends upon what you are made of.

John C. Maxwell

A pessimist finds difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist finds opportunity in every difficulty.

Napoleon Hill

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.

Washington Irving

Two centuries ago, when a great man appeared, people looked for God's purpose in him. Tod ay we look for his press agent.

Daniel Boorstin

The master addiction is control. It is not lack of courage that keeps us from moving forward, as most people think; it is the fear of losing control.


No one loves the one whom he fears.


Anyone who has ever been in a combat zone knows that the soldiers are never motivated to fight out of pure patriotism. ...When you must actually do battle, you ha ve only two motives: you hope to stay alive and you want to help your bud dies. Psychologists have called the second 'the affiliative motive.' That is, most of us will pay a large price to be a part of some group of peop le where we depend on each other - where we know that others will cover f or us, stand up for us, and bail us out if we're in trouble. If you can c reate such an association, people will flock to join you, work harder tha n they've ever worked, and often stick with you even if the financial ben efits would be greater in some other place. 

-Alan Loy McGinnis in "The Balanced Life"

Nothing happens unless first a dream. 

Carl Sandburg

Some men see things as they are and say, Why? I dream things that never were and say , Why not?

George Bernard Shaw

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint Exupery

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

Author unknown

Consensus is the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead.

Margaret Thatcher

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Henry Ford

Humility means two things. One, a capacity for self-criticism... The second feature is allowing others to shine, affirming others, empowering and enabling others. Those who lack humility are dogmatic and egotistical. That masks a deep sense of insecurity. They fell the success of others is at the expense of their own fame and glory .

Cornel West

Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with.

Peter Marshall

If you conduct yourself as though you expect to be successful and happy, you will seldom be disappointed.
Brian Tracy, American Trainer, Speaker, Author, Businessman

A lot of people have a good aim on life, they just don't seem to know when to pull the trigger.

Roy Rogers

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

Being positive is part of being a hero maybe the hardest part, because if you are a hero you're smart enough to know all the reasons why you should be discouraged.

Michael Dorris

A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox