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Quotes for
the Journey:



If we do not change our daily lives,
we cannot change the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh


Every moral act of love, of mercy, and of sacrifice brings to pass the end of the world where hatred, cruelty, and selfishness reign supreme.       -Nicholas Berdyaev

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.  It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing.  It's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.       -Margaret Thatcher
Having the world's best idea will do you no good unless you act on it.  People who want milk shouldn't sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.       -Curtis Grant

There is a tendency among many shallow thinkers of our day to teach that every human act is a reflex, over which we do not exercise human control.  They would rate a generous deed as no more praiseworthy than a wink, a crime as no more voluntary than a sneeze. . . Such a philosophy undercuts all human dignity. . . All of us have the power of choice in action at every moment of our lives.
-Fulton J. Sheen

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and the time that the tide will turn.       -Harriet Beecher Stowe

We are like people on a moving sidewalk which is going the wrong way.  If we stand still, our goal recedes.  If we walk at an easy pace we barely keep from slipping back.  Only through extra effort can we win real gains.       -Harry K. Wolfe

I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade.  It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.       -D.H. Lawrence

The main thing is to be honest with yourself, know and recognize your limits and attain maximum achievement within them.  I would for example get more satisfaction from climbing Snowdon, which I know I could, than from attempting Everest, which I couldn't.       -Stirling Moss

You know, we can't get out of life alive.  We can either die in the bleachers or die on the field.  We might as well come down on the field and go for it!       -Les Brown


I will act as if I do make a difference.        -William James

Every successful business in the world is in existence because its founder recognized in a problem or need an opportunity to be of service to others.  Every problem or need in your life is in reality an opportunity to call forth inner resources of wisdom, love, strength, and ability.       -J. Sig Paulson
Not enjoyment and not sorrow
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us further than today. . . .

Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead past bury its dead!
Act--act in the living present!
Heart within, and God overhead!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One must learn by doing the thing; though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.       -Sophocles


Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.      -Benjamin Disraeli
(also attributed to William James)


The way of the sage is to act
but not to compete.


I will not steep my speech in lies;
the test of any person lies in action.



We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.       -Jacob Bronowski


Young people say, What is the sense of our small effort?  They cannot see that they must lay one brick at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action at the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.       -Dorothy Day

All life is a chance. So take it!  The person who goes the furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare.       -Dale Carnegie
I do the very best I know how--the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything.  If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.      -Abraham Lincoln


Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

John Wesley

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The best portion of a good person's life,--
Their little nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.

William Wordsworth


No one can write their real religious life with pen or pencil.  It is written only in actions, and its seal is our character, not our orthodoxy.  Whether we, our neighbor, or God is the judge, absolutely the only value of our religious life to ourselves or to anyone is what it fits us for and enables us to do.       -Wilfred T. Grenfell
We must not hope to be mowers,
And to gather the ripe old ears,
Unless we have first been sowers
And watered the furrows with tears.
It is not just as we take it,
This mystical world of ours,
Life's field will yield as we make it
A harvest of thorns or of flowers.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.       -Will Rogers


Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions.


We have too many high sounding words,
and too few actions to correspond with them.

Abigail Adams

from the Bhagavad-Gita:

Activity is better than inertia.  Act, but with self-control. . . .
The world is imprisoned in its own activity, except when
actions are performed as worship of God.

Let not the fruit of action be your motive to action.
Your business is with action alone, not with the fruit of action.

Perform all necessary acts, for action is better than inaction;
none can live by sitting still and doing nought; it is by action only
that a person attains immunity from action.


Deliberation is the work of many people.  Action, of one alone.      -Charles de Gaulle

If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run, yours is the earth and everything that's in it.        -Rudyard Kipling

Virtue is not to be considered in the light of mere innocence, or abstaining from harm; but as the exertion of our faculties in doing good.         -Joseph Butler
One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honour or observation.        -Walter Scott
I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where the immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
-John Milton
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.  Each time a person stands up for an ideal or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.        -Robert F. Kennedy
Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off for tomorrow
Has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide. . . .
And there's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all.

Victoria Shaw, Garth Brooks

Parents impose their own limited concepts on their children, often ignoring their temperaments, special needs, and abilities.  Your parents and teachers may have mistakenly ignored your strengths or may not have encouraged you to develop them.  You can discover your basic capacities by experimenting with things that you always wanted to do.  Don't be discouraged by notions that seem "silly" or "foolish" or "not you."  Do it!  Who knows what will happen?          -Ari Kiev
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.        -Vincent van Gogh
Few are they who have never had a chance to achieve happiness-- and fewer those who have taken that chance.         -Andre Maurois
If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?        -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.        -Julia Sorel
Risk! Risk anything! . . . Do the hardest thing on earth for you.  Act for yourself.  Face the truth.        -Katherine Mansfield
We can do no great things; only small things with great love.         -Mother Teresa
Conditions are never just right.  People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.        -William Feather
There are risks and costs to a program of action.  But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.        -John F. Kennedy
To know what has to be done, then do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.       -William Osler
Action is the antidote to despair.       -Joan Baez

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When you're frightened don't sit still, keep on doing something.  The act of doing will give you back your courage.        -Grace Ogot
It will never rain roses:  when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.       -George Eliot
Speak little; do much.  Well done is better than well said.        -Benjamin Franklin
In the performance of a good action, we not only benefit ourselves, but we confer a blessing upon others.        -Philip Sydney
No one knows what they can do until they try.       -Publilius Syrus

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