LISTEN UP: WORDS OF WISDOM, QUOTES OF NOTE, GOOD ADVICE

This post is inspired by an email that my husband sent to our kids containing quote #1 on this list, Theodore Roosevelt’s THE MAN IN THE ARENA statement.

The right quote can get a person through a hard time.

This list is for my children, to give them a place to find good advice when they need to find it on their own.

The quotes are numbered for reference.  Newest items are at the top.  #1 on the bottom and the latest addition to the collection will be on the top, with the highest number.

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50
You don’t have to be friends, but you do have to be friendly.

49
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Arthur Ashe

48
Fake it ’til you make it.

47
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.  Even if you’re behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.
Arthur Ashe

46
I like living.  I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Agatha Christie

45
The whole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
Carl Jung

44
If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
Roald Dahl

43
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.  But when you listen, you may learn something new.
Dalai Lama

42
Another Harvard Study says that Happiness comes from:

DOING GOOD:
Do Good for Others: Cherish your most important relationships and be a contribution to them.
Do What You Are Good At: Do more of what you’re good at and less of what you’re not so good at.
Do Good for Yourself:  Take care of yourself, your health and well-being, your financial security, and your work/life balance.

41
Harvard Study says,
“Happiness comes from choosing to be happy with whatever you do, strengthening your closest relationships and taking care of yourself physically, financially and emotionally.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-bradt/the-secret-of-happiness-r_b_7450384.html

40
You’ve got to get up every morning
With a smile in your face
And show the world all the love in your heart…
Carole King, From the song BEAUTIFUL

39
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.

A terrific analysis of this quote (falsely attributed to Einstein), here:
http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/04/06/fish-climb/

Makes me think of Pooh’s song, COTTLESTON PIE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/cottleston-pie-a-illustrated-poem-and-singable-too/

38
If you don’t take risks, you will always work for someone who does.

37
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
Maya Angelou

36
Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
Isaac Newton

35
If you feel like something is missing, fill the void with achievement.

34
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama

33
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.
Andy Warhol

32
Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory

A motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War.

31
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

A motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War.

30
Never, never, never give up.
Winston Churchill

29
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

28
Have an attitude of gratitude.

27
Have a positive attitude.

26
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

25
Those who live by the Golden Rule, get the gold.

24
HALF-ASSED DOES’T CUT IT.
Grandpa Mo

23
Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them.
Steve Mariboli

22
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You’re never going to keep me down
Chumbawamba

21
Keep your eye on the prize.

20
Keep your eye on the ball.

19
Knowledge is power.

18
With everything you think, do and say: MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

17
Every day strive to make yourself a better person.

16
Be excellent.

15
Sometimes you have to be your own best friend.

14
Always be friendly, good natured, cooperative, and your best self doing your best work.

13
Never let what you can’t do interfere with what you CAN do.

12
You are what you eat, do, think, say and read.

11
You catch more flies with honey.

10
You lose 100% of the times you don’t try.

9
Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start concentrating on what could go right!

8
There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?
Erin Hanson

7
Two Rules for Being a Good Person:
1: Don’t be an idiot
2: Don’t be an asshole

(and don’t be a dick either)
PS:  This may be less than elegant, but better words to live by I’ve yet to find.

6
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games.
26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

5
You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
Toni Morrison, From SONG OF SOLOMON

4
Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:

At the first gate, ask yourself, “Is it true?”
At the second ask, “Is it necessary?”
At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?”
Sufi Saying

3
THE GOLDEN RULE

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
In other words, treat others as you would like to be treated

2
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
Martha Graham: this quote is what Agnes De Mille recounts from a letter written to her by Martha Graham.

1
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt, excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic,” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

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Related Posts and Links

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HOW TO BE HAPPY (EXPERT ADVICE AND IDEAS)
https://smartthinkingfromsmartpeople.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/how-to-be-happy-expert-advice-and-ideas/

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Emily’s THOUGHTFUL INSPIRATIONS collection of Memes on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/thoughtful-inspirations/

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