Blowing out somebody else's candle doesn't make yours burn any brighter.
Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
You don't realize how strong a person really is until you see them at their weakest moment.
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don't make peace with ourselves.
Happiness is your choice to make. How happy or how miserable do you want to be?
To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.
-Jill Bolte Taylor
Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you respond to it.
The problem with humans is that we set ourselves up in lives that make happiness impossible to achieve, and then sit there wishing we were happy instead of doing something about it.
Here is the test to find out whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn't.
We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.
Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and live through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were before.
Other people can handle their own problems today while I try to deal with mine.
-James Downton, Jr.
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.
The easiest thing in the world to be is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
Trouble shared is trouble halved.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.
Don't sleep counting sheep, count blessings.
The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.
I'm trying very hard to be the person my doctor medicates me to be.
Who needs other peoples' criticism when we do such a thorough job of criticizing ourselves?
-James Downton, Jr.
Western civilizations these days place great importance on filling the human brain with knowledge, but no one seems to care about filling the human heart.
-The Dalai Lama
Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since.
Life is not how it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.
Freud, who occasionally comes up with nuggets of wisdom sandwiched between mountains of nonsense, says that everyone needs two things to make life worth living: love and work. The two are really one, for love is a work and work is a love. Love is a work, for it is something you do, not simply something you just feel or fall into. And work must be a love, for if not, it is threatening and boring.
Overthinking tomorrow can keep us from enjoying today.
To ugly ducklings everywhere: Don't worry about those fluffy yellow morons. They'll never get to be swans.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia!