He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.

Sunshine Magazine

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge

But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round... as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.

Charles Dickens

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Chinese Proverb

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Japanese Proverb

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Norman Vincent Peale

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Theordore Roosevelt

Snowflakes are kisses from heaven.

Author unknown

Kindness is like snow; it makes everything it covers beautiful.

Author unknown

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.

W.T. Ellis

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

Washington Irving

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

Charles Dickens

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

Oren Arnold

Friendship is a precious gift. To give at Christmas time. A Cherished gift, a treasured gift that lasts through all time.

Author unknown

Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.

Dr. Thomas Dooley

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but is has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.

Helen Keller, My Religion, 1927

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.

Johann von Schiller

One kind word can warm three winter months.

Japanese Proverb

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering you own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.

Saint Francis de Sales

Man is what he believes.

Anton Chekhov

Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.

Author Unknown

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

Carol Burnett

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.


Win hearts, and you have all men's hands and purses.

William Cecil Burleigh

Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.

Michael Masser and Linda Creed

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

Carl Sandburg

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture...Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.

Norman Vincent Peale

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Benjamin Disraeli

Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.


He who would travel happily must travel light.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1887

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905

Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary.

Peter Minard

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Malcolm X

Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.

Edmund Burke

A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.

John Locke

Ask advice only of your equals.

Danish Proverb

Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.

Lyman Beecher

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.

William Cowper

There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to; and that is, every now and then to be completely idle to do nothing at all.

Sydney Smith

Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

September tries its best to have us forget summer.

Bern Williams

 Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.

Author Unknown

O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.

William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, 1604-1605

Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.

Charlotte Bronte


Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody is watching.

Author Unknown

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.

Mary Kay Ash

Worries go down better with soup than without.

Jewish Proverb

 ...it is as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you.

Woodrow Wilson

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Robert Louis Stevenson

When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.

Paul Brown

Some days you're a bug, some days you're a windshield.

Price Cobb

When you are in any contest you should work as if there were - to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Leave well - even 'pretty well' - alone: that is what I learn as I get old.

Edward Fitzgerald

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes, 'Le Discours de la Methode,' 1637

Deeds, not words shall speak me.

John Fletcher

A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

Dave Meurer, "Daze of Our Wives"

I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, so it's not a waste of time.

Martha Stewart, in McCall's

Just as you began to feel that you could make good use of time, there was no time left to you.

Lisa Alther

If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.

Yugoslav Proverb

It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living.

Simone de Beauvoir

Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.

Lenore Hershey

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham

Honest criticism is hard to take - especially when it comes from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

Franklin P. Jones

When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your BEST FRIEND  will be there.

Author Unknown

I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.

John Constable

If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Act as if it were impossible to fail.

Dorothea Brande

Don't let the past hold you back, you're missing the good stuff.

Author Unknown

BEST FRIENDS might be the siblings God has given us.

Author Unknown

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future one.


Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.

Paxton Hood

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

 Getting fired is nature's way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.

Hal Lancaster, in The Wall Street Journal

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.

Sally Kempton

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

John Locke

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin, volume 3, 1939-1944

Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear.

Author Unknown

Don't cry over anyone who won't cry over you.

Author Unknown

Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.

Author Unknown

History never looks like history when you are living through it.

John W. Gardner, quoted by Bill Moyers

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977

We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to vibrantly alive in repose.

Indira Gandhi

Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.

Charles Dickens

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

Ernest Hemingway

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965

Fear not those who argue but those who judge.

Marie Ebner; von Eschenbach, Aphorisms, 1905

In order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work, but a good judge of his work.

John Ruskin

Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and paying the price aren't things to think about any more. All that matters is value - the ultimate value of what one does.

James Hilton

You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.

Marquis de Condorcet

Let's talk about kindness and forget hatred. Let's talk about forgiveness and forget revenge. Let's talk about friendship and forget what our enemies want. let's talk about travel before we are incapable of. Let's talk about love, Let's talk about .

 Author Unknown

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.

Emily Dickinson

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Horace Mann, address at Antioch College, 1859

If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong.

Robert Louis Stevenson

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.

Ingrid Bengis

For all their strength, men were sometimes like little children.

Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999

When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, simply drop it.

Marquis de Vauvenargues

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.

George Bernard Shaw

Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth.

Charles A. Dana

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.

Henry Kissinger, Wilson Library Bulletin, March 1979

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts

John Locke

Experience suggests it doesn't matter so much how you got here, as what you do after you arrive.

Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?

Benjamin Franklin

God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me.

Thomas H. Huxley

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

Helen Keller

It is no profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well.

Publilius Syrus

Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.

William Hazlitt

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Grasp the subject, the words will follow.

Cato the Elder

Be kind - Remember every one you meet is fighting a battle - everybody's lonesome.

Marion Parker

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way...you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.


Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.

Eugene Delacroix

When in doubt, tell the truth.

Mark Twain

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

Arthur Schopenhauer

You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once.

Oprah Winfrey, quoted by Susan Litwin in 'TV Guide'

Our envy of others devours us most of all.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.

  Jacob Braude

Be neither too remote nor too familiar.

Prince Charles, of Wales

Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which and be pointed out by your finger.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty.

Ellen Glasgow, The Woman Within, 1954

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

Albert Einstein

You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and most delicate ways, improve yourself.

John Ruskin

No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.

Dr. Joyce Brothers

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Mahatma Gandhi

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.

Rene Descartes, 'Le Discours de la Methode,' 1637

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.

Joseph Addison, 'Cato'

When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win.

Ed Macauley

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.

Phyllis Theroux, in House Beautiful Magazine

When a man takes one step toward God, God takes more steps toward that man than there are sands in the worlds of time.

The Work of the Chariot

Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.

William Bridges

A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.

Kurt Lewin

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.

Michel de Montaigne

Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.

Clementine Paddleford

A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.

Sallust, 'Jugurthine War,' 41 B.C.

Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.

Publilius Syrus

The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.

Rita Mae Brown, Venus Envy

He who will not economize will have to agonize.


I don't believe in intuition. When you get sudden flashes of perception, it is just the brain working faster than usual. But you've been getting ready to know it for a long time, and when it comes, you feel you've known it always.

Katherine Anne Porter, 1989