This page includes some of my favorite quotations.  I find these words to be inspiring and hope that you will find a similar value in them.  They aren't in any particular order.


"He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help," President Abraham Lincoln


"Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle," G.K. Chesterton


"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead," Louisa May Alcott


"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved," Helen Keller


"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on," Sir Winston Churchill


"If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God," G. K. Chesterton 


"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept," Ansel Adams


"They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea," Francis Bacon


"Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow," President Abraham Lincoln


"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives," Albert Einstein


"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time," T.S. Eliot


"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being," Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


"The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid," G. K. Chesterton


"Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent," Victor Hugo


"We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them," Abigail Adams


"There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living," Nelson Mandela


"It's not the critic who counts.  It's not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of the deed could have done it better.  The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who strives valiantly, who errs and come up short again and again, who at best knows the high achievement of triumph, who at worst, fails while daring greatly for he knows his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory no defeat," President Theodore Roosevelt


"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work," Thomas Edison


"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs-even though checkered by failure than to take rank with these poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much.  Be wise, they live in the gray twilight that know not of victory, nor defeat.  Nor true sorrow nor true love," President Theodore Roosevelt


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others,” Marianne Williamson