Personal Profile - Favorite Quotes

These are just a few of my favourite quotes... I use them for my inspiration and hope you find something to motivate yourself from them also.

"Always remember that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."    Author Unknown

"I think that you appreciate that there are extraordinary men and women, and extraordinary moments when history leaps forward on the backs of these individuals... that what can be imagined can be achieved... that you must dare to dream but that there's no substitute for perseverance and hard work and team work, because noone gets there alone... and that while we commemorate the greatness of these events and the individuals who achieved them, we cannot forget the sacrifice of those who make those achievements and leaps possible."
Scully to Mulder in "The X-Files"

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than successful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."    President Calvin Coolidge

"Never lose sight of the bigger picture. Never lose sight of what you set out to achieve."
  National Australia Bank, Advertising campaign 1996-

"It is not the critic who counts; nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
  Theodore Roosevelt

"If there were ever a time to dare to make a difference, to do something really worth doing, that time is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily, but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your aspiration, something that's your dream. You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch.
Dream big.
Know though that things worth doing seldom come easily. There will be good days. And there will probably be bad days. There will be times when you want to turn around, pack it up, and  call it quits. Those times come only to tell you that you are pushing yourself, and that you are not afraid to learn and grow.
Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools, you can do great things. Let your instincts, your intellect and your heart guide you.
Believe in the incredible power of the human mind, in the power of doing things that really make a difference, of working hard, of laughing and hoping, of reaching out, of saying "I love you," of lasting friends, of all things that will cross your path this year. The start of something new brings hope of something great. Anything is possible.
There is only one you. And you will pass this particular way only once.
Live your dream! Make a difference!"
    Joyce Giula

"Just for today I am happy. Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of external circumstances. Happiness is a choice. Just for today I work with what I have and don't complain of lack. I do whatever it takes to find or create the circumstances I need to achieve my goals. Just for today I take care of my body. I exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding. Just for today I strengthen my mind. I learn something useful. I am not a mental loafer. I read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. Just for today I exercise my soul in three ways; I do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I do at least two things I don't want to do, just for exercise. Just for today I am agreeable, I look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk softly, act courteously, I am liberal with compliments, criticize not at all, nor find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone. Just for today I live through this day only and don't tackle all my problems at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime. Just for today I have a program. I write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I have it. It eliminates two pests, hurrying and indecision. Just for today I have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax. In this half-hour sometimes I think of God, to get more perspective into my life. Just for today I am unafraid, especially I am not afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me."    Author Unknown

"I am a `No Excuse!' person!
I live self-responsibly and I am accountable for everything I say and do. I know what it means to be alive, and my direction is clear. I understand my purpose in life, and do things with a sense of mission. I act with integrity, own all my decisions, and always do the best I can. I forgive myself and others for what was or was not done that may have caused heartache and failure in the past. I forgive my environment and I overcome obstacles. I let go of the past and move-on to achieve excellence. I have intact self-esteem and maintain it by value judging no one. I give everyone total unconditional acceptance, because we are all equal in the eyes of God. I am no better than anyone else, and no one is better than me. However, as a `No Excuse!' person, I am always confident of my talents and skills. I maintain excellent health, feel energetic, and carry a cheerful countenance. I maintain self-control in thought, word, and deed, and I have the patience to see things through. I am always honest with myself and others, and set goals which are true for me. I have a dream big enough to overcome my fears, handle risks, and live the life I choose. I am always learning and growing; ever expanding my mind and learning new skills. I care about people, and encourage them to be all they can be. I understand and communicate effectively with others. I honor my family and friends and realise how important they are to me. I respect others, appreciate their talents and skills, and have love and compassion for everyone. I have a strong desire to serve others and make a difference. I balance my activities among the seven key areas of life: Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Family, Career, Financial, and Social. My life is a product of the decisions I make, and I am in charge of it. I have `No Excuse!' All my excuses are gone. `No Excuse!' living is for me.
I am a `No Excuse!' person."
    Jay Rifenbary, with Mike and Marjie Markowski

"I am the sum total of the genetic endowment with which I came into the world, and of all the experiences which have made up my life. Some of them have been good, some bad, but all of them have been mine. What I currently am is what I deserve to be. My life, my reputation, my influence is the mirror of the choices I have made. If I am not everything I can be, it is because I haven't chosen to be more. I am determined not to live in my past, which I cannot change, or to waste time waiting for the future, which I cannot guarantee, but to live in the emerging reality of the now, which is all I have. I cannot do everything, but I can do some things. I certainly cannot do everything well, but I can do some things well. I cannot guarantee I will win, but I can promise I will not allow losing to becoming a habit, and if I fail, it will not be a failure of nerve. So I will stand tall, feel deeply, think large, and strive mightily, remembering what I accomplish probably won't change the course of human history, but what I attempt will create the course of my personal history. Toward making this declaration a reality, I hereby commit myself!"
  John Compere


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