"My goal is to be a candle.  A candle not only provides light, it can light many new candles - and even some torches."

"Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty."
~ Louis D. Brandeis, American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court  from 1916-1939

"My wife is so analytical with raising kids, and I am not.  My feeling is if they turn out good, then that means I was a good daddy and put a lot of effort into it.  If they turn out bad, it means they took after her side of the family."

~ Jeff Foxworthy, stand-up comedian












"If it's a penny for your thoughts and you put in your two cents worth, then someone, somewhere is making a penny."
~Steven Wright, American comedian


05/06/14:"I have a new philosophy:  I'm only going to dread one day at a time."
~Charles M. Schultz, American Cartoonist

"You can do anything, but not everything."
~David Allen, Productivity Consultant


"The most important thing in life is knowing the most important things in life."
~David F. Jakielo, Speaker & Author

"I always wanted to be someone, but now I realize I should have been more specific."
~ Lily Tomlin, American actress, comedian, writer, and producer


"Don't find fault, find a remedy.  Anybody can complain."
~Henry Ford, American industrialist & founder of Ford Motor Company

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American pastor, activist, and humanitarian


"Celebrate what you want to see more of."
~ Tom Peters, American writer



"All the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911."

~ Lewis Black, American comedian

"The best revenge is massive success."
~ Frank Sinatra, American singer and film actor



"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress."
~ John Adams







“Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~ Howard Thurman, African American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, civil rights leader




"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."
~Lily Tomlin, American actress & comedian



"If you can't be kind, at least be vague."
~ Judith Martin, "Miss Manners"

"The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away."
~Author Unknown

"Social networks are to socializing what reality TV is to reality."
~Aaron Sorkin, Academy & Emmy-award winning American screenwriter, producer, and playwright


"Shun idleness.  It is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals."
~Voltaire, French writer, essayist, and philosopher



You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss, American writer, poet & cartoonist



You will never stub your toe standing still.  The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.
~ Charles F. Kettering, American inventor


Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
~ B.F. Skinner, American psychologist


March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.
- Thalassa Cruso, authority on plants (the "Julia Child of Horticulture")

Don't follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet


One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.
~ Dale Carnegie, Pioneer in public speaking and personality development


It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
~ Epictetus, Greek philosopher

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.
~ Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist

"People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people's families.  The only family that ever horrifies you is your own."
~ Doug Coupland, Canadian novelist

"My restaurants are never opened on Thanksgiving;  I want my staff to spend time with their family if they can.  My feeling is, if I can't figure out how to make money the rest of the year so that my workers can enjoy the holidays, then I don't deserve to be an owner."
~ Michael Symon, Award winning American chef

"Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you."
~ Frank Tyger, Nationally published editorial cartoonist, columnist, and humorist

"The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away."
~ Author unknown

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
~ Vince Lombardi, American football coach 

"Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain."
~ Unknown 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.'” ~ Fred Rogers, longtime host of children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty.  The activist is the man who cleans up the river." ~ Ross Perot, US Businessman and Presidential candidate in 1992 and 1996 

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
 ~ John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist 

I would really like to go back to school.  I would love it now.
 ~ Fiona Apple, Singer-Songwriter and pianist  

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth."
 ~ Dan Rather, American journalist and former news anchor of CBS Evening News  

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
 ~ Thomas Paine, American political theorist & writer  

Summer afternoon--summer afternoon;  to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
 ~ Henry James, American-born author 


I wanted a perfect ending.  Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end.  Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.  Delicious ambiguity.
 ~ Gilda Radner, American comedienne and actress 

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
~ Dalai Lama, head monk of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddism 


Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian yogi and guru 

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.

~ Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President

Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.
~ Wilma Rudolph, American athlete 

What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: curious and teachable.
~ Roger Ebert, American journalist and film critic

Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess baggage, the shorter the trip.
~ Arnold H. Glasow, American humorist

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives and wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.
~ Washing Irving, American author

It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts.
~ Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz and song vocalist

May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion. 
~ Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father  

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. 
~ Mark Twain, American author and humorist  

It is clear that the nations of the world now can only rise and fall together.  It is not a question of one nation winning at the expense of another.  We must all help one another or all perish together. 
~ Carl Sagan, American astronomer (Quote from his speech dedicating the Peace Memorial at Gettysburg National Cemetery Park, 1988) 

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. 
~ Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil rights leader and activist 

It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it. 
~ Lillian Hellman, American author 

Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake.  Sing in the shower.  Dance to the radio.  Tell stories.  Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem.  Do it as well as you possible can.  You will get an enormous reward.  You will have created something. 
~ Kurt Vonnegut, American writer 

Life is short, art is long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgement difficult.
~Hippocrates, ancient Greek physician, referred to as the "Father of Western Medicine" 

Sooner of later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved.  The real milestones are less prepossessing.  They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave.  Our lives are measured by these.
~Susan B. Anthony, American civil rights leader 

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want."
~Ben Stein, Writer, actor, and TV personality 

I can't get over that at this age I don't feel this age.  I'm not trying to be any younger.  I'm not lying about my age.  If I were lying about my age, I would say I was 89.  I'm just at one of those good times in one's life.  I'm at one of the high spots.  I'm healthy enough to enjoy it.  I'm surrounded by friends I adore.  Isn't that kind of the best way to sign off?
~Betty White, on turning 90 on January 17th 

You'll never feel better about yourself than when you're helping others.
~Glenn Shepard, Best-selling author 

One resolution I have made, and try to always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things.

~John Burroughs, American essayist

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
~Henry David Thoreau, American author

When one door of happiness closes, another opens;  but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
~Helen Keller, American author and educator 

Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.
~Charles M. Schwab, US entrepreneur & steel-industry pioneer

The sleeping fox catches no poultry.
~Benjamin Franklin

Thanksgiving is an emotional time.  People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year.  And then discover once a year is way too often.
~Johnny Carson

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
~Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter 

You're only here for a short visit.  Don't hurry, don't worry.  And be sure to stop and smell the flowers along the way.
~Walter C. Hagen, Professional golfer

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
~John F. Kennedy 

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
~ Carl Bard, American Academic

I am only one; but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.  And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
~Everett Edward Hale

"When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target."
~George Fisher

"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word I am saying."
~Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."

~George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

"Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things."
~George Carlin, Comedian

"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."
~William Shakespeare

"The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like.  But we cannot wait until tomorrow.  Tomorrow is now."
~Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do or do not, there is no try."
~Yoda, Jedi master