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Father’s Day “The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched.” ~ Justin Ricklefs

“A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.” ~ Susan Gale

“Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing father.” ~ Unknown

“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” ~ Tim Russert

“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” ~ Steve Martin

“A father is a banker provided by nature.” ~ French proverb

“When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” ~ Linda Poindexter

“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” ~ Unknown

“My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” ~ Liza Minnelli

“Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.” ~ Unknown

“[My father] has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.” ~ Chelsea Clinton

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” ~ Unknown

“A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely. In the hour of need, when all else fails, we remember him upon whose knees we sat when children, and who soothed our sorrows; and even though he may be unable to assist us, his mere presence serves to comfort and strengthen us.” ~ Émile Gaboriau

“You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.” ~ Jerry Seinfeld


Flag Day “Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality; he carried the American Flag .” ~ Adrian Cronauer

“The American Flag is the most recognized symbold of freedom and democracy in the world.” ~ Virginia Foxx

“That piece of red, white and blue bunting means five thousand years of struggle upwards. It is the full-grown flower of ages of fighting for Liberty. It is the century plant of human hope in bloom.” ~ Alvin Owsley

“The red and white and starry blue is freedom’s shield and hope.” ~ John Philip Sousa

“Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” ~ James Bryce

“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom.” ~ John Thune

“The emblem of equal rights. It means free hands, free lips, self-government, and the sovereignty of the individual.” ~ Robert Ingersoll

“You can’t appreciate home till you’ve left it, money till it’s spent, your wife until she’s joined a woman’s club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on a shanty of a consul in a foreign town.” ~ O. Henry (1862-1919)

“Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow — red, yellow, brown, black and white — and we’re all precious in God’s sight.” ~ Jesse Jackson

“The whole inspiration of our life as a nation flows out from the waving folds of this banner.” ~ Unknown

“Our flag is not just one of many political points of view.  rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity.” ~ Adrian Cronauer

“Ev’ry heart beats true ‘neath the Red, White and Blue.” ~ George M. Cohan




“Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. Make good art.” ~ Neil Gaiman

“Be bold, be courageous, be your best.” ~ Gabrielle Giffords

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” ~ Anatole France

“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” ~ Kerry Washington

“There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.” ~ Dick Costolo

“Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“Compromise where you can. Where you can’t, don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say ‘No, you move’.” ~ Captain Steve Rogers (Captain America)

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” ~ B.B. King

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill

“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.” ~ Edward Koch

“Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.” ~ Michael Josephson


Memorial Day


“Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.” ~ Rodney Frelinghuysen

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The legacy of heroes — the memory of a great name, and the inheritance of a great example.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~ St. Ambrose

“May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn’t free.” ~ Sgt. Major Bill Paxton

“…And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” ~ Ronald Reagan

“Duty, honor, country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” ~ Gen. Douglas MacArthur

“As we set today aside to honor and thank our veterans, let us be mindful that we should do this every day of the year and not just one.” ~ Beth Pennington

“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” ~ Bob Dylan

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” ~ Adlai Stevenson II


Nurse Appreciation


“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

“Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital.” ~ Anonymous

“Remember: nurses are like icebergs. At any one time, you are only seeing what they are actually doing.” ~ Ian Miller

“Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.” ~ Elizabeth Kenny

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” ~ E.E. Hale, American writer

“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion and caring without even a prescription.” ~ Val Saintsbury

“To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.” ~ Rawsi Williams

“Save one life, you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, you’re a nurse.” ~ Anonymous

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” ~ Patch Adams

“Nursing is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said the finest of Fine Arts.” ~ Florence Nightingale

“Nurses are the heart of healthcare.” ~ Donna Wilk Cardill

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I am telling you it’s going to be worth it.” ~ Art Williams

“If love can’t cure it, nurses can.” ~ Unknown


Mother’s Day “When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” ~ Charley Benetto

“Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” ~ Susan Gale

“The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” ~ James E. Faust

“It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” ~ Elder M. Russell Ballard

“Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person’s everything.” ~ Unknown

“My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was.” ~ Lisa Leslie

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” ~ Maya Angelou

“A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” ~ Unknown

“Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” ~ George Eliot

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“A mother’s love is more beautiful than any fresh flower.” ~ Debasish Mridha

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” ~ Jill Churchill

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.” ~Lisa Alther

“Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. Thanks for all you do. I love you.” ~ Ruth Orr


Gardening “Life begins the day you start a garden.” ~ Chinese proverb

“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.” ~ Unknown

“There are not gardening mistakes, only experiments” ~ Janet Kilburn Phillips

“Garden as though you will live forever.” ~ William Kent

“God Almighty first planted a garden.  And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” ~ Francis Bacon

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” ~ Greek proverb

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.  To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” ~ Alfred Austin

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” ~ Claude Monet

“When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.” ~ Minnie Aumonier

“If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” ~ Robert Brault

“Gardeners, I think, dream bigger dreams than emperors.” ~ Mary Cantwell

“All gardeners know better than other gardeners.” ~ Chinese proverb

“The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow.  The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.” ~ Daniel Webster


Earth Day “The Earth is what we all have in common.” ~ Wendell Berry

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” ~ anonymous

“He that plants trees loves others besides himself.” ~ Dr. Thomas Fuller

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson

“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” ~ John Paul II

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” ~ John Ruskin

“Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.” ~ George Washington Carver

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” ~ Gaylord Nelson

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” ~ Helen Keller


Tax Day


“Taxation without representation is tyranny.” ~ James Otis

“Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.” ~ Gerald Barzan, humorist

“A tax loophole is “something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform.” ~ Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator

“No government can exist without taxation. This money must necessarily be levied on the people; and the grand art consists of levying so as not to oppress.” ~ Frederick the Great, 18th Century Prussian king

“The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.'” ~ James Madison, U.S. President

“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always rely on the support of Paul.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“I think the idea that the hedge fund manager gets lower taxes than the taxi driver or the physics professor is insane. The legislators who leave that policy in place are derelict in their duties to be rational and fair. There are plenty of them in both political parties. It’s totally outrageous.” ~ Charlie Munger

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” ~ Winston Churchill

“There may be liberty and justice for all, but there are tax breaks only for some.” ~ Martin Sullivan

“Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody’s got to pay for them so they’re a necessary evil.” ~ Michael Bloomberg

“No matter how bad a child is, he is still good for a tax deduction.” ~ American proverb