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Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power. ~ Clint Eastwood, actor

I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity. ~ Julius Erving, Athlete

There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self. ~ Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher

When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself. ~ Mark Twain, author

The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him. ~ William Lyon Phelps, educator

Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. ~ Albert Einstein, physicist

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. ~ Albert Camus, philosopher

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don’t agree with or like. ~ Margaret Mead, scientist

Perhaps the surest test of an individual’s integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect. ~ Thomas S. Monson, clergyman

Our moral, religious, and political traditions are united in their respect for the dignity of human life. ~ Robert Casey, Politician

With my wife I don’t get no respect. I made a toast on her birthday to ‘the best woman a man ever had.’ The waiter joined me. ~ Rodney Dangerfield, comedian

How do leaders serve their people? They may pay good wages and treat employees with respect. ~ John C. Maxwell, clergyman

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. ~ Albert Einstein, physicist


Quote of the day

Only the mediocre are always at their best. ~ Jean Giraudoux, dramatist

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. ~ Elizabeth Kenny, celebrity

Peace is its own reward. ~ Mahatma Gandhi, leader

When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough. ~ Maurice Maeterlinck – Dramatist

Gray skies are just clouds passing over. ~ Duke Ellington, musician

The great artist is a slave to his ideals. ~Christian nestell Bovee, author

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. ~ H. L. Mencken, writer

Our entire life – consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are. ~ Jean Anouilh, playwright

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them. ~ Diane Arbus, photographer

In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty. ~ Christopher Morley, author

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

Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards. ~ Fred Hoyle, scientist

Never have more children than you have car windows. ~ Erma Bombeck, journalist

It is not how old you are, but how you are old. ~ Jules Renard, dramatist

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~ John Muir, environmentalist



He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. ~ Confucius, philosopher

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. ~ Benjamin Franklin, politician

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti, philosopher

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~ Albert Einstein, physicist

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. ~ Winston Churchill, statesman

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. ~ Galileo Galilei, scientist

The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead. ~ Jack Nicholson, actor

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss, mathematician

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. ~ Vince Lombardi, coach

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable. ~ George S. Patton, soldier

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. ~ Will Rogers, actor

Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you? ~ Walt Whitman, poet


Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

The time is always right to do what is right.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’



New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. ~ James Agate, critic

In fact, my New Year’s resolution every year, and I’m Jewish so I get two New Years a year, is to meditate, and I fail every time. ~ Sheryl Sandberg, businesswoman

New Year’s resolutions work like this: you think of something you enjoy doing and then resolve to stop doing it. ~ Charlie Brooker, critic

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to change something, change it today and don’t wait until the New Year. ~ Georgina Bloomberg, celebrity

My New Year’s resolution is to stick to a good workout plan that will keep me healthy and happy. ~ James Lafferty, actor

My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds. ~ Nia Vardalos, actress

My new year’s resolution is to stop making five-year plans. I stress over where I’m going to be in five years so often. ~ Lzzy Hale, Musician

You just have to live today. And I think one of my New Year’s resolutions is definitely trying to stop and live in the moment and cherish it. ~ Thomas Rhett, musician

New Year’s resolutions often fail because toxic emotions and experiences from our past can sabotage us or keep us stuck with the same old thoughts, patterns and regrets. ~ Debbie Ford, author

I believe in living life the way that you want to live it every day, and if you do that, you don’t really need to have New Year’s resolutions. ~ Tom Ford, designer

I’m trying to spend less time with the phone when the kids are awake in general. I need to get better about that. It’s a perennial New Year’s resolution. ~ Jake Tapper, journalist


New Year’s Eve

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey, entertainer

Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough. ~ Mark Twain, author

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~ Bill Vaughan, journalist

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. ~ Helen Keller, author

Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come. ~ Melody Beattie, writer

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. ~ Benjamin Franklin, politician

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. ~ MGilbert K. Chesterton

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to change something, change it today and don’t wait until the New Year. ~ Georgina Bloomberg, celebrity

I feel like every year I get better, every year I learn something new, and I don’t plan on stopping. ~ Paul George, athlete

A New Year’s resolution that I can never keep? To be able to make decisions. ~ Ashanti, musician

You always want to be open to possibilities in the new year. ~ Bob Casey, Jr., politician


Christmas God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. ~ Pope Francis

And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. ~ Jesus Christ

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. ~ Dr. Seuss

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~ John Steinbeck

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. ~ Thomas S. Monson

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

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

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. ~ Johnny Carson

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. ~ Andy Rooney

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

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays. ~ Henny Youngman

I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness. ~ Carrie Fisher


Winter Solstice

Winter is coming. ~ House Stark, Game of Thrones

The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory. ~ Gary Zukav

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for a home. ~ Edith Sitwell

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~ John Steinbeck

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius. ~ Pietro Aretino

I celebrate the spirit of Christmas. It’s the winter solstice celebration, rebirth and new possibilities. ~ Ian Astbury

In a way Winter is the real Spring – the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature. ~ Edna O’Brien

The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time — a time to contemplate your immortality. A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken.” ~ Frederick Lenz

The sun returns! The light returns! The earth begins to warm once more! The time of darkness has passed, and a path of light begins the new day. Welcome, welcome, the heat of the sun, blessing us all with its rays. ~ Pagan Solstice prayer

Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me. ~ Anne Morrow-Lindbergh


Frank Sinatra birthday 1915

I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family – and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually. ~ Frank Sinatra, musician

Dare to wear the foolish clown face. ~ Frank Sinatra

What I do with my life is of my own doing. I live it the best way I can. I’ve been criticized on many, many occasions, because of – acquaintances, and what have you. ~ Frank Sinatra

Our civilization, such as it is, was shaped by religion, and the men who aspire to public office anyplace in the free world must make obeisance to God or risk immediate opprobrium. ~ Frank Sinatra

A man doesn’t know what happiness is until he’s married. By then, it’s too late. ~ Frank Sinatra I like intelligent women. When you go out, it shouldn’t be a staring contest. ~ Frank Sinatra

Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing – if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail. ~ Frank Sinatra

I’m supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I’ve flunked more often than not. I’m very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don’t understand them. ~Frank Sinatra

Rock ‘n Roll: The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear. ~ Frank Sinatra

Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels. ~ Frank Sinatra

My father had a piano that was a nickelodeon – put a nickel, and the roller would play. ~ Frank Sinatra