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To the world you may be just one person; but to one person, you may be the world.  Josephine Billings

Tough choices, typically are, are those that pit one "right" value against another.   Rushworth M. Kidder, March 10 2008

A Teacher or culture doesn't create a human being. It doesn't implant within him the ability to love, or to be curious, or to philosophize, or to symbolize, or to be creative. Rather, it permits or fosters or encourages or helps what exists in embryo to become real and actual. Maslow. March 9 2008

Of all the knowledge , the wise and good seek most to know themselves. William Shakespear, March 8 2008

It is easier to interest men in war than in peace it therefore requires more moral courage to talk peace than war. Paul Harris, March 7 2008

No can go back and make a brand-new start; but anyone can start from here and make a brand-new end. Dan Zadra March 1 2008

Mastery of life is the opposite of control. Echart Tolle. February 18 2008

The world can only change from within. Echart Tolle. February 17 2008

The simplest toy, one which ever the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent. Sam Levenson February 16 2008

If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream, come true. Bill O' Hanlon. February 15 2008

It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.- John Locke, February 14 2008

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. Joel Arthur Barker, February 13 2008

Morality is not first and foremost about restriction and constraint. Morality is about human flourishing. Its about the deepest sort of happiness. And it's about living the best sort of life. It's all about what we honour, what we cultivate, and what we become. Tom Morris, February 12 2008

Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult. Karl von Clausewitz, February 11 2008

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare; my business is to create. William Blake, February 10 2008

Ethics is not primarily about staying out of trouble. Ethics is about creating strength. Inner strength. And Interpersonal. strength. Ethical living produces stronger people, stronger families, stronger communities, stronger organizations, stronger institutions of all kinds, and ultimately, stronger nations. Tom Morris, February 9 2008

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. William Penn, February 8 2008

 

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. February 7 2008

The path forward is about becoming more human, not just more clever. Peter Senge, February 6 2008

Then let us pray that come it may
As comes it will for a that
That Sense and Worth , o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, and a'that
For a'that and a'that
Its comin'yet for a that
That Man to Man, the world o'er Shall brithers be for a'that
Robert Burns, February 5 2008

One of the hardest things [we] have to learn is that the sincerity of [our ] intentions does not guarantee the purity of [our] practice. Stephen Brookfield, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, February 4 2008

Right versus right is at the heart of our toughest choices. Rushworth Kidder, February 3 2008

The future is made of the same stuff as the present. Simone Weil February 2 2008

It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted. Mary O'Connor February 1 2008

See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy. Stephen Covey January 31 2008

Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousand mourn! Robert Burns, January 30 2008

Birthdays are good for you - the more you have the longer you live. January 29 2007

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
Pamela Vaull Starr, January 28 2008

Agreeing to let people learn only in a way that feels comfortable and familiar can seriously restrict their opportunities for development. Stephen Brookfield, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, January 27 2008

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Martin Luther King Jr. January 26 2008

Democratic discourse - the ability to talk and listen respectfully to those who hold views different from our own- is a habit that is rarely learned or practiced in daily life. Stephen Brookfield, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, January 25 2008

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. Reggie Leach, January 24 2008

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes, 3:1, January 23 2008

We must be the change we want to see in the world. Gandhi, January 22 2008

It's never to late to become what you always wanted to be. Anonymous, January 21 2008

If we understand, things are just as they are; if we don't understand, things are just as they are - Zen Proverb - January 20 2008

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they give up - Thomas Edison, January 19 2008

If you treat an individual as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, January 18 2008

One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely in the intelligence - Lewis Mumford, January 17 2008

One love, One Heart. Let's get together and feel all right. January 16 2008

Ideology critique is a process, the purpose of which is to help us recognize how unjust dominant ideologies, uncritically accepted, are embedded in everyday situations and practices. Dominant ideologies are sets of values, beliefs, myths, explanations, and justifications that appear to the majority to be self-evidently true and morally desirable. Because of their apparent obviousness, they are hard to to identify and even harder to challenge. Ideologies manifest themselves in language, social habits, and cultural forms. They legitimize certain political structures, and educational practices so that these come to be accepted as representing the normal order of things. Stephen Brookfield, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, January 15 2008

I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to get to know me more than I want burt offerings. Hosea 6:6, January 14 2008

The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. Albert Einstein, January 13 2008

Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the sun. Leon Lederman January 12 2008

"Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate". If there are two competing theories, other things being equal, the simpler one is more likely to be correct. January 11 2008

One cannot live without meaning. Albert Camus, January 10 2008

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. Seneca, January 9 2008

The only way to become a better thinker is to think. John Chaffee, January 8 2007

But creativity is not just grand inventions that have altered the course of civilizations; it is a force that should play a prominent role in our everyday lives as well. John Chaffee, January 7 2008

I don't reject your Christ, I love your Christ. Its just that so many of you christians are so unlike your Christ. Gandhi, January 6 2008

All you need is love. The Beatles, January 5 2008

The heart has its reasons that Reason doesn't know. - Blaise Pascal, January 4 2008

Go as far as you can see and when you get there, you will always be able to see farther. - Zig Ziglar, January 3 2008

Investing in our own personal growth virtually guarantees a jackpot, if we're willing to stick with it long enough.- John Hoover - January 2 2008

To lead the people walk behind them. - Lao-Tzu, January 1 2008

Leave the impossible to God and get on with the possible. Alan Loy McGinnis, December 30 2007

It is as much a part of human nature to be moral as it is to be hungry, horny, jealous, and in love. Michael Shermer December 29 2007

Rejection of utopia and myth: If I had three wishes, with the first I would wish that I didn't have the second and third. Noster Semaj December 28 2007

If you are sitting at the foot of the greatest master in the world and you see a man in need of soup, leave the master and give the man soup. Noster Semaj December 27 2007

In order to be truthful you must embrace your whole being. A Person who exhibits both positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses, is not flawed, but complete. Rumi, December 26 2007

A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place and when we expect nothing in return. Bhagavad Gita, December 25 2007

Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. G. K. Chesterton, December 23 2007

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca, December 22 2007

If your heart did not break now and then, how would you know it is there? December 21 2007

Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we should make ourselves happy, but how we should make ourselves worthy of happiness. Immanuel Kant, December 20 2007

Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something that you are convinced should be done. Vance Packard, The Pyramid Climbers, December 19 2007

When its dark enough you can see the stars - if you look up. December 18 2007

There are two ways to be happy: The first is to have money to buy the things you would enjoy; the second is to have the wisdom to enjoy the things you have. Alan Loy McGinnis, December 17 2007

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little. December 16 2007

There are no hopeless situations in life; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them. Clare Booth Luce, December 15 2007

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. Reggie Leach, December 14 2007

We must be the change we want to see in the world. December 13 2007

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare; my business is to create. December 12 2007

It's never to late to become what you always wanted to be. December 11 2007

The heart has its reasons that Reason doesn't know. Blaise Pascal, December 10 2007

Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for. Victor Frankl, December 9 2007

This is the one true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one;
the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances,
 complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long
as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no `brief candle' to me.

It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to
 make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

- George Bernard Shaw,December 8 2007

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. December 7 2007

If you don't know where you're going, you're never get there. December 6 2007

You must change your actions to change your results. December 5 2007

The way we see the problem is the problem. December 4 2007

There are two kinds of people, those who think there are two kinds of people and those who do not. Robert Fritz, December 3 2007

Making commitments generate hope. Keeping commitments generate trust. Blaine Lee, December 2 2007

It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.- John Locke, December 1 2007

Nothing is impossible., we just don't know how to do it yet. - L. L. Larison Cudmore, November 30 2007

What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. Albert Einstein, November 29 2007

Go as far as you can see and when you get there, you will always be able to see farther. - Zig Ziglar, November 28 2007

The person who wants more and gets it from that moment on has only one desire - to get more. Anonymous, November 27 2007

For me God is personal and internal - a resource, a source of energy, an essence that provides guidance and inspiration. My concept of God is of an inner experience that others use the words "spirit" or 'soul" to describe. Noster semaj November 26 2007

Look forward and be hopeful, look backward and be thankful, look downward and be helpful, look upward and be humble. Anonymous, November 25 2007

Do not discus the ways in which belief in a god or gods has changed human behaviour and history. Discuss what humans have done and do for the sake of their gods. Noster Semaj, November 24 2007

When the bible mentions man being created in God's image, it indicates a certain spiritual potential within every human being. It does not distinguish between non-disabled people and people with disabilities. Rabbi Michael Levy, NOvember 23 2007

It is one of life's laws that as soon as one door closes, another opens. But the tragedy is that we look at the closed door and disregard the open one. Andre Gide, November 22 2007

Each of the parts brings to the others and to the whole Association the benefits of its own gifts so that the whole and each of its parts are increased by a mutual exchange and by a common effort towards a fullness in unity. NOster Semaj, November 21 2007

The world will change once we have changed. Marianne Williamson, November 20 2007

If a person was in rapture as great as St. Paul once experienced and learned that a neighbour were in need of a cup of soup, it would be best to withdraw from his rapture and give the person the soup she needs. Meister Eckhart, November 19 2007

I have ascertained by full enquiry, that Utopia lies outside the bounds of the known world. Guillaume Bude, November 18 2007

 

Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. November 17 2007

You have to be willing to look bad in order to get good. Jack Canfield November 16 2007

Do not speak unless you can improve on silence. Irving Layton November 15 2007

Making commitments generate hope. Keeping commitments generate trust. Blaine Lee. November 14 2007

There's nothing as dangerous as an idea when it's the only one you have. Bill O'Hanlon. November 13 2007

When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Dakota tribal saying. November 12 2007

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr NOvember 11 2007

Perception is not determined by the stimulus pattern , rather it is a dynamic searching for the best interpretation of the available data. R. L. Gregory November 10 2007

Because God "so loved the world" He did not send a school board or a department of education. He sent mothers and fathers and it was to them that He entrusted the continuing generations of little ones. Arthur Solomon, November 9th 2007

May you live every day of your life. Jonathan Swift November 8 2007

Destiny is not a matter of chance; its a matter of choice. William Jennings Bryan, November 7 2007

It is not how long you live but how well you live that counts. Seneca, November 6 2007

If one of us in trouble, all of us is in trouble. We live in a Global Village. Unknown November 5 2007

If something is to stay in the memory it must be burned in; only that which never ceases to hurt stays in memory, Nietzsche, November 4 2007

We make our destinies by our choice of our gods Virgil November 3 2007

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step Lao Tzu, November 2 2007

Every pearl is the result of an oyster's victory over an irritation. November 1 2007

Before I got married I had 6 theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester October 31 2007

The point is not to do remarkable things, but to do ordinary things with the conviction of their immense important. Teilhard de Chardin October 30 2007

Rotary 4 Way Test "of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?" Rotary International, October 29 2007

If something is worth doing, its worth doing poorly until you can do it well. Robert Fritz October 28 2007

Pray: To ask that the laws of the universe bed annulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy. Ambrose Bierce October 27 2007

It takes a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. October 26 2007

There are two kinds of people ...those who think there are two kinds of people and those who do not. Robert Fritz, October 25 2007

"WIIFM" - What's in it for me. October 24 2007

Over worked, doesn't work. Noster Semaj, October 23 2007

The secret of staying young is live honestly, stay active, and lie about your age. Noster Semaj, October 22 2007

Sacred cows make the best burgers, Robert Kriegal and David Brant, October 21 2007

We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. October 20 2007

When "Do no evil has been understood, then learn the harder, braver rule, "Do good."Arthur Gutterman October 19 2007

A comprehended God is not God. John Chrysostom, October 19 2007

Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting. October 18 2007

You are only young once. After that you have to think of another excuse. October 17 2007

A man's home is his castle until the queen arrives. October 16 2007

He who laughs, lasts. October 15 2007

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. John Heider, The Tao of Leadership October 14 2007

No one was ever made "good" by being informed they were "bad". Nathaniel Branden, October 13 2007

We must become what we wish to teach. Nathaniel Branden, October 12 2007

If my aim is to prove I am enough the project goes on to infinity - because the battle was already lost on the day I conceded the issue was debatable, Nathaniel Branden, October 12 2007

To trust one's mind and to know that one is worthy of happiness is the essence of self-esteem. Nathaniel Branden, October 11 2007

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others, John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, October 10 2007

"Esse est percipi", "To be is to be perceived." George Berkeley, October 9 2007

Cogito ergo sum, Cognito ergo cognito sum: I think, therefore I am. I think, therefore I think I am. Noster Semaj October 8 2007

It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have ever once been deceived, Rene Descartes, October 7 2007

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them, Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, October 6 2007

Be a philosopher but, amid all you philosophy, be still a man, David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, October 5 2007

How do you know that you know? C. Otto Scharmer
The Objective: "I know that I know when my knowledge is actionable -that is, when I can produce it" (Chris Argyris)
The Intersubjective: I know that I know when my knowledge is helpful to the various clients and practitioners in the field (Ed Schein)
The Transsubjective: I know that I know when I develop the capacity to create the results I really care about - when what you know allows you to create (Peter Senge), October 4 2007

Love is being stupid together. Paul Valery, October 3 2007

Good teaching is one fourth preparation and three fourths theater. Gail Godwin, October 2 2007

In love, one and one are one. Jean-Paul Sartre, October 1 2007

We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do. Ethel Barrett. September 30 2007

If you have great talents industry will improve them, if you have moderate abilities industry will supply their deficiency. Sir Joshua Reynolds, September 29 2007

Beauty is is not simply a matter of personal opinion, dependent upon the eye of the beholder. It is the result of dynamic, evolving processes that consist of order, structure, and harmonious totalities. David Bohm, September 28

Beauty is no quality in things themselves; it exists merely in the mind which contemplates them. David Hume, September 27 2007

One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson, September 26 2007

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. Frankl A Clark, September 25 2007

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. Henry C. Link September 24 2007

Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying. Charles F. Gellert, September 23 2007

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory. Paul Fix, September 22 2007

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well. Joe Ancis, September 21 2007

Success is like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you are tired-you quit when the gorilla is tired. September 20 2007

People are capable of doing an awful lot when they have no choice. Courage is when you have choices. Terry Anderson, September 19 2007

The lesser evil is also an evil, Naomi Mitchinson, September 18 2007

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy, sweat will get you change. Jesse Jackson, September 17 2007

Live and work with integrity, and everything else is a piece of cake. Pat Salvatore, September 16 2007

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings you as the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Lewis L. Dunnington, September 15 2007

Enjoy life - there are no re-runs. Shirl Lowery, September 14 2007

The real trick is to stay alive as long as you are alive. Ann Landers, September 13 2007

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy, September 12 2007

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Amy Carmichael, September 11 2007

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything; but I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. Edward Everete Hale, September 10 2007

A pint can't hold a quart - if it holds a pint it is doing all that can be expected of it. Margaret Deland, September 9 2007

Our problem is not to find better values but to be faithful to those we profess. John Gardner September 8 2007

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run. Sydney J. Harris, September 7 2007

Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what actually happened, but of what men believe happened. Gerald Johnson,September 6 2007

The only gift is giving to the poor; All else is exchange. Thirulluvar, September 5 2007

You can not make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings. Pearl Buck, September 4 2007

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. Aneurin Bevan, September 3 2007

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. The Cockle Bur, September 2 2007

Look to this day
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of happiness
Look well, therefore to this day
Sanskrit Prover, September 1 2007

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these. Paul Harvey, August 30 2007

It is better to wear out then rust out Frances E. Willard, August 30 2007

The good is the greatest rival of the best. Nellie L. McClung, August 29 2007

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. Christopher Morley, August 28 2007

They who want milk should not sit in the middle of a field and wait for a cow to back up to them. Lillian Katz, August 27 2007

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally. Flannery O' Connor, August 26 2007

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. Milton Berle, August 25 2007

If we take care of the moments, the years will take of themselves. Maria Edgeworth, August 24 2007

A ship in port is safe , but that 's not what ships are built for. Grace Murray Hopper August 23 2007

What I spent, is gone; what I kept, I lost; but what I gave away will be mine forever. Ethel Percy Andrus, August 22 2007

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. William Blake, August 21 2007

The trouble is that not enough people come together with the firm determination to live the things which they say they believe Eleanor Roosevelt, August 20 2007

Courtesy words are our most elementary way of indicating that we are aware of the presence of other people, and of the impact we may be having on them. Lynne Truss

August 19 2007

If we win, nobody will care. If we lose there will be nobody to care. Winston Churchill, August 18 2007

Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes. Kenneth Hildebrand, August 17 2007

Vanity ask the question - is it popular?

Conscience ask the question-is it right?, August 16 2007

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval, George Santayana, August 15 2007 2007

If there is righteousness in the heart,
There will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
There will be harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home,
There will be order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, August 14 2007

Aristotle said that, if you want to be good, it's not a bad idea to practice. Lynne Truss August 13 2007

It is no accident that the word "etiquette" derives from the same source as "ticket".Lynne Truss August 12 2007

Not everything that that counts can be counted, Not every thing that is counted, counts. Einstein August 11 2007

Those who changed the universe never did it by changing the officials, but by inspiring the people. Napoleon, August 10 2007

Start doing what is necessary. Then do what is possible. Then suddenly you are doing the impossible. August 9 2007

Needing people is like needing a parachute. If it's not there the first time you need them, the chances are you will not be needing it again. Scott Adams, August 8 2007

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away, August 7 2007

The problem with the rat race is that if you win, you're still a rat, Lily Tomlin August 6 2007

Staying young is mostly brought about by ensuring that your dreams far outnumber your regrets. Grey Owl August 5 2007

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. David Starr Jordan, August 4 2007

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose but no power to escape the necessity of choice.Ayn Rand, August 3 2007

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered, Ralph Waldo Emerson, August 2 2007

Everything is nothing
'Til you make it something more.
For Everything is special.
If you only make it so!
Beverley Enderby Kinzey, August 1 2007

There is only one religion, the religion of love
There is only one caste, the caste of Humanity
There is only one language, the language of the heart
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, July 30 2007

Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should, Max Ehrmann, July 29 2007

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects, Will Rogers, July 28 2007

An "intellectual" is a man who takes more words than he needs to say more than he knows. Dwight Eisenhower July 27 2007

Believe that you have it, and you have it. Latin Proverb. July 26 2007

It is not how much we have , but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon, July 25 2007

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life, Confucius, July 24 2007

Three can keep a secret if two of theme are dead, Benjamin Franklin, July 23 2007

Don't wait for your ship to come in; swim out to it. July 22 2007

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. C. W. Cerar July 21 2007

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt, July 20 2007

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison, July 19 2007

There will be enough sleeping in the grave, Benjamin Franklin, July 18 2007

A man is literally what he thinks James Allen, July 17 2006

All you can do is all you can do but all you can do is enough, A. L. Williams July 16 2007

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Scott Peck, July 15 2007

One can conceive of counting the number of seeds in and apple but not how many count the number of apples there is in a seed. Dr Wayne Dyer, July 14 2007

You are at once a beating heart and a single heartbeat in the body called humanity. Dr Wayne Dyer July 13

Transformation is the ability and willingness to live beyond your form. Dr Wayne Dyer, July 12 2007

Constancy of purpose is the secret of success. Disraeli, July 11 2007

Every calling is great when greatly pursued. Oliver Wendell Holmes, July 10 2007

Do what you love, the money will follow. Marsha Sinetar, July 9 2007

If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. July 8 2007

As God's truth is what God comes to know as he creates and assembles it, so human truth is what man comes to know as builds it, shaping it by his actions. Giambattista Vico, July 7 2007

The World is not the thing; the map is not the territory, Alfred Korzybski, July 6 2007

Fifty years from now it will not matter what kind of car you drove, what kind of house you lived in, How much you had in your bank account, or what your clothes looked like. But the world may be a little brighter because you were important in the life of a child. July 5 2007

Every day and in every way, I am getting better and better Emil Coue, July 4 2007

Dare to know. Have courage to use your own understanding! Immanuel Kant, July 3 2007

Nature has placed mankind under two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. Jeremy Bentham, July 2 2007

There can be no end to the troubles of...humanity...till philosophers become kings ...or ...those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers ...there is no other road to real happiness, either for the society or the individual. Plato, July 1 2007

One benefit of knowing that you're not perfect is knowing that you can improve. Noster Semaj June 30 2007

Basic Research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing. Werner von Braun, June 29 2007

Reality is not perceived, it is conceived. C. S. Holling, June 28 2007

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. Alan Watts, June 27 2007

There are no facts, only interpretations. Friedrich Nietzsche, June 26 2007

My life is an indivisible whole, and all my activities run into one another...My life is my message. Mahatma Gandhi June 25 2007

Rules cannot take the place of character. Alan Greenspan June 25 2007

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is today. Chinese Proverb June 24 2007

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Ambrose Bierce, June 23 2007

"I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day."

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye is a better pupil, more willing than the ear;
Fine counsel is confusing, but example is always clear,
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see a good put in action is what everybody needs.

I can soon learn how to do it if you will let me see it done;
I can watch your hand in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lesson by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles, and a strong man stands behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

One good man teaches many; men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noted is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to everyone is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day.
--Author unknown, June 22 2007

Mourn not too long that he is gone, but rejoice forever that he was. Ancient proverb, June 21 2007

Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve. Earl Grollman June 20

The word discipline comes from the word disciple - a devoted student and follower...We can approach all we need to learn in order to move freely towards our big dream with enthusiasm, joy and excitement. We become the disciple of our life, our goal, our path. In this, we find freedom. John-Roger & Peter McWilliams, June 19 2007

Rotary is about Service, fellowship and fun. James Retson, June 18

A student asked Soen Nakagawa during a meditation retreat, "I am very discouraged. What should I do? Soen replied, "Encourage others."June 17 2007

Our most important task as parents is raising children who will be decent, responsible, and caring people devoted to making this world a more compassionate place. Neil Kurshan, Raising Your Child to BE a Mensch, June 16 2007

Suffering is a natural part of life and we cannot eliminate it. What we can eliminate are the things we do to unnecessarily compound our own suffering. Barbara Colorossa June 15 2007

Life is not fair. I learned long ago not to ask why or why not. Those kind of questions have no good answers and give no solace. Barbara Colorossa, Parenting with wit and wisdom June 14 2007

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have, Rabbi Hyman Schachtel, June 13 2007

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent, Jean Kerr June 12 2007

There is no time like the pleasant, Oliver Herford, June 11 2007

Man must choose whether to be rich in things or in the freedom to use them. Ivan Illich, June 10 2007

Freedom is found in discipline. John-Roger & Peter McWilliams, June 9 2007

Nothing can be attained without suffering but at the same time one must begin by sacrificing suffering. Gurudjieff, June 8 2007

To boldly go where everyone else has already gone, Bumper sticker, June 7 2007

Progress: Tolerate, accept, value, celebrate-Noster Semaj - June 6 2007

One man can not do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole". Mahatma Gandhi, June 5 2007

Love is a value that is actualized through loving actions. Proactive people subordinate feelings to values. Love, the feeling, can be recaptured. Stephen Covey, June 4 2007

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour. Henry David Thoreau, June 3 2007

Life does not cease to be funny when someone dies, as it does not cease to be serious when people laugh. George Bernard Shaw, June 2 2007

Generous amounts of laughter are essential to a healthy, hopeful lifestyle - as long as the first laugh is at our own expense. John Hoover, June 1 2007

Pain can make you bitter or better. - Andre Auw, May 31 2007

Let one therefore keep the mind pure, for what a man thinks, that he becomes - The Upanishads - May 30 2007

Nothing is impossible., we just don't know how to do it yet. - L. L. Larison Cudmore, May 29 2007

Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else and out of your self create, impatiently or patiently. the most irreplaceable things. Andre Gide, May 28 2007

One is glad that religion strives to work for the realization of the moral principle. Yet the moral imperative is not a matter for church and religion alone, but the most precious tradition of all mankind. Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years May 27 2007

In Rotary, sharing doesn'tít mean giving away the things you donít need for yourself. In Rotary, sharing means giving of yourself, freely for the good of others. It means taking the time to see what our community needs and to decide which of those needs we can most effectively. It means sharing what we have with those around us, as well as with those we will never have the chance to meet Wilfrid Wilkinson, May 26 2007

A permanent peace cannot be prepared by threats but only by the honest attempts to create mutual trust. Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years, May 25 2007

Investing in our own personal growth virtually guarantees a jackpot, if we're willing to stick with it long enough. John Hoover, How to Live with an Idiot, May 24 2007

The four political virtues: wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice. PLato, May 23 2007

We are responsible not only for what we do but for what we don't do. - Jean-Baptiste Moliere - May 22 2007

Moral conduct does not mean merely a stern demand to renounce some of the desired joys of life, but rather a sociable interest in a happier lot for all men. Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years, May 21 2007

The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments. It is a very high goal which, with our weak powers, we can reach only very inadequately, one might state it but which gives a sure foundation to our aspirations and valuations...free and responsible development of the individual, so that he may place his powers freely and gladly in the service of all mankind...and the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or impose himself in any other way. Albert Einstein, Out of my Later Years, May 20 2007

The greatest advantage of knowing that you are imperfect is that you know you can improve - Noster Semaj - May 19 2007

Social Revolutions occur when people who are defined as the problem seize enough power to redefine the solution Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, May 18 2007

Every person has to decide which personal values are more important than others in making a particular major life choice. Pull Carling, Return to Community, May 17 2007

They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them. Gandhi, May 16 2007

We are reluctant to let go of the belief that if I am to care for something I must control it. Peter Block, stewardship - May 15 2007

Reality Isn't what it used to be. Walter Truett Anderson, May 14 2007

A powerful strategy for increasing choice is to offer consumers support wherever they choose to live, work or learn, and to assume that working out the complexities of offering services is the service provider's responsibility, not an obstacle that should be used to force consumers to choose only among those places where services are traditionally available. Paul Carling, May 13 2007

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellent, them is not an act, but a habit - Aristotle - May 12 2007

Humour is your friend. You must learn to use it in healthy ways. There's a barrel of laughs hiding behind the bucket of tears we tend to cry when things don't go our way. John Hoover - May 11 2007

The Greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. Benjamin Disraeli, May 10 2007

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. Lin Yutang, May 9 2007

Feeling gratitude and not showing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward, May 8 2007

The golden rule of friendship is to listen to others as you would have them listen to you. David Augsburger, May 7 2007

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich, May 6 2007

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift- that Ďs why itís called 'the present'. May 5 2007

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on. Robert Frost, May 4 2007

All that is gold does not glitter; not all that wander are lost. J. R.R. Tolkien, May 3 2007

So many of our dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable. Christopher Reeve, May 2 2007

Celebrate what ever you have accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed. Mia Hamm, May 1 2007

It wasn't raining when Noah built the Arc, April 30 2007

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. April 29 2007

A gift is anything that one is or has or does that creates an opportunity for a meaningful interaction with at least one other person. Gifts are the fundamental characteristics of out human life and community. - Judith Snow, April 28 2007

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca, April 27 2007

Every man hears only what he understands April 26 2007

Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves .April 25 2007

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention April 24 2007

If your heart did not break now and then, how would you know it is there? April 23 2007

The greatest secret of success in life is for a person to be ready when their opportunity comes. Benjamin Disraeli, April 22 2007

Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something that you are convinced should be done. (Vance Packard, The Pyramid Climbers) April 21 2007

We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are, April 20 2007

When its dark enough you can see the stars - if you look up.Alan Loy McGinnis, April 19 2007

Leave the impossible to God and get on with the possible, Alan Loy McGinnis, April 18 2007

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve. Napoleon Hill, April 17 2007

There are two ways to be happy: The first is to have money to buy the things you would enjoy; the second is to have the wisdom to enjoy the things you have.Alan Loy McGinnis, April 16, 2007

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little. Edmund Burke, April 15, 2007

There are no hopeless situations in life; there are only men who have grown hopeless about them. Clare Booth Luce, April 14 2007

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. Virginia Satir, April 13, 2007

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes, 3:1, April 12 1007

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye., April 11 2007

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, Mao, April 10 2007

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. - Helen Keller, April 9 2007

If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true. Bill O' Hanlon. April 8 2007

It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.- John Locke, April 7 2007

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. Joel Arthur Barker, April 6 2007

Morality is not first and foremost about restriction and constraint. Morality is about human flourishing. Its about the deepest sort of happiness. And it's about living the best sort of life. It's all about what we honour, what we cultivate, and what we become. Tom Morris, April 5, 2007

Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult. Karl von Clausewitz, April 4 2007

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare; my business is to create. William Blake, April 3 2007

Ethics is not primarily about staying out of trouble. Ethics is about creating strength. Inner strength. And Interpersonal. strength. Ethical living produces stronger people, stronger families, stronger communities, stronger organizations, stronger institutions of all kinds, and ultimately, stronger nations. Tom Morris, April 2, 2007

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. William Penn, April 1, 2007