Getting What You Want

“If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”
~ Dalai Lama

“The first step to getting what you want is to have the courage to get rid of what you don’t.”
~ Zig Ziglar

“When you achieve one dream, dream another. Getting what you want is only a problem if you have nowhere to go next. Dreaming is a lifetime occupation.”
~ Rudy Ruettiger

“You can search the world over, but you won’t find happiness until you realize that happiness isn’t getting what you want. It’s being content with what you already have.”
~ Yasmin Mogahed

“Life always kills you in the end, but first it prevents you from getting what you want.”
~ Douglas Coupland

“Nothing makes you realize you don’t know what you want more than getting what you want.”
~ Jane Wagner

“The first step in getting what you want from life-decide what you want.”
~ Ben Stein

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
~ Michael Jordan

“There are three kinds of people in this world: people who make it happen, people who watch what happens, and people who wonder what happened.”
~ Tommy Lasorda

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
~ Henri Matisse

Making The Right Choice

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.”
~ Jim Elliot

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
~ Wayne Dyer

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.”
~ Stephen Covey

“The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.”
~ Charles R. Swindoll

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
~ William Jennings Bryan

“Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.”
~ Valerie Bertinelli

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”
~ Aeschylus

“Man is fully responsible for his nature and his choices.”
~ Jean-Paul Sartre

“True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.”
~ Ben Jonson

“We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.”
~ William James

“To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else.”
~ David A. Bednar

“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”
~ Oscar Wilde

“The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.”
~ Charles R. Swindoll

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
~ J. K. Rowling

“Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.”
~ Wayne Dyer

“Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.”

~ Tom Hopkins

“Making better choices takes work. There is a daily give and take, but it is worth the effort.”
~ Tom Rath

“To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.”
~ Patrick Ness

“The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.”
~ Steve Maraboli

“I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.”
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Losers sulk; posers talk; winners walk – choose wisely.”
~ Orrin Woodward

Today’s History Lesson

An Everyday History Lesson

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
~ Marcus Garvey

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
~ Carl Sagan

“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.”
~ James A. Baldwin

“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”
~ Woodrow Wilson

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.”
~ John F. Kennedy

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”
~ Karl Marx

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
~ George Orwell

“History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.'”
~ Eduardo Galeano

“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.”
~ Norman Cousins

“The teacher reminded us that Rome’s liberties were not auctioned off in a day, but were bought slowly, gradually, furtively, little by little; first with a little corn and oil for the exceedingly poor and wretched, later with corn and oil for voters who were not quite so poor, later still with corn and oil for pretty much every man that had a vote to sellexactly our own history over again.”
~ Mark Twain

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.”
~ Voltaire

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”
~ H. G. Wells

“History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.”
~ Cicero

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”
~ Milton Friedman

“History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.”
~ Charles de Gaulle

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
~ George Santayana

“Some people make headlines while others make history.”
~ Philip Elmer-DeWitt

“Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong-these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”
~ Sir Winston Churchill

“History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we made today.”
~ Henry Ford

“You can’t destroy America by destroying our elite. Think about America’s elite. Think about it down through history. Destroy our elite, and about half the time, you’re doing us a favor.”
~ P. J. O’Rourke

“History is a vast early warning system.”
~ Norman Cousins

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Whats In Your Day

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”
~ Dalai Lama

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
~ William Barclay

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
~ Matsuo Basho

“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”
~ Joel Osteen

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
~ Charlie Chaplin

“At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.”
~ Erin Cummings

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
~ Maimonides

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”
~ J. B. Priestley

“Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.”
~ John Wooden

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
~ Jim Rohn

The Other Side Of Fear

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
~ George Adair

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”
~ Albert Camus

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
~ H. P. Lovecraft

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“Try a thing you haven?t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.”
~ Virgil Thomson

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
~ Gandhi

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
~ John Steinbeck

“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”
~ Japanese Proverb

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
~ Helen Keller

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.”
~ Eric Hoffer

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
~ James Stephens

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
~ Frank Herbert

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
~ Bertrand Russell