Motto of Francois Constantin, co-founder of watchmaker Vacheron and Constantin.
Do better if possible, which always is possible.


William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, explaining why he wrote his book.
I wrote this book for a sense of personal satisfaction. Just like taking a good photograph or painting a picture or playing a good golf game or something, it's the thing in itself that justifies it.

All high achievers plan their work and work their plan, for they are keenly aware that "luck" is most often being prepared to take advantage of a situation.

Thomas Edison
The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new. This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.

Thomas N. Carruther
Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement.

J. Harold Wilkins
The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.

Thomas Wolfe,
So, then, to every man his chance -- to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining golden opportunity -- to every man his right to live, to work, to be himself, to become whatever his manhood and his vision can combine to make him -- this, seeker, is the promise of America.

Washington Gladden
It is better to say, "This one thing I do" than to say, "These forty things I dabble in."

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances -- it was somebody's name, or he happened to be there at the time, or it was so then, and another day would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Robert Schuller
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.


  • Norman Vincent Peale
    Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
  • Charlotte Bronte
    If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
  • Sir Douglas Bader (1910-1982)
    Don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can't do this or that. That's nonsense. Make up your mind, you'll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible. - Sir Douglas Bader was British fighter pilot who lost both legs in a flying accident, but still fought in World War Two. He was knighted for his work with the disabled, and the quote above is from his talk to a 14-year-old boy who had lost a leg after a car accident.
  • Henry B. Wilson
    He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones. They are made.
  • Portuguese proverb
    What was hard to bear is sweet to remember.
  • From From "The History of Henry Esmond," by William Thackeray
    Tis misfortune that awakens ingenuity, or fortitude, or endurance, in hearts where these qualities had never come to life but for the circumstance which gave them a being.
  • Charles H. Spurgeon
    A high character might be produced, I suppose, by continued prosperity, but it has very seldom been the case. Adversity, however it may appear to be our foe, is our true friend; and, after a little acquaintance with it, we receive it as a precious thing -- the prophecy of a coming joy. It should be no ambition of ours to traverse a path without a thorn or stone.
  • Helen Keller (1880-1968) Blind and deaf from infancy, she became a famous lecturer and author.
    ...we could never learn to be brave and patient , if there were only joy in the world.
  • Thomas Paine
    I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
  • Bruce Barton
    Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.
  • Mallett
    Who hath not known ill fortune, never knew himself, or his own virtue.
  • Elisabeth Guizot
    The effect of great and inevitable misfortune is to elevate those souls which it does not deprive of all virtue.
  • Sigmund Freud
    One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
  • Aristotle
    The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
  • Theodore Roosevelt, speech before the Naval War College, 1897
    Every man among us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship because of the perils over which, in the past, the nation has triumphed; because of the blood and sweat and tears, and labor and the anguish, through which, in the days that have gone, our forefathers moved on to triumph.
  • William Mather Lewis
    The abundant life does not come to those who have had a lot of obstacles removed from their path by others. It develops from within and is rooted in strong mental and moral fiber.
  • Henry Fielding
    Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
  • Chinese proverb
    The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
  • Malcolm Forbes
    Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
  • Helen Keller
    The one resolution, which was in my mind long before it took the form of a resolution, is the key-note of my life. It is this, always to regard as mere impertinences of fate the handicaps which were placed upon my life almost at the beginning. I resolved that they should not crush or dwarf my soul, but rather be made to blossom, like Aaron's rod, with flowers.
  • Rose Terry Cooke
    We've all got to go to school, I expect, and we don't all get the same lesson to learn, but the one we do get is our'n, 'taint nobody else's, and if it's real hard, why, it shows the teacher thinks we're capable.
  • Marshall Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929), supreme commander of allied forces in 1918.
    My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack.
  • Washington Irving
    There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
  • Anonymous
    Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.
  • James Buckham
    Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.


  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    I am thankful for small mercies. I compared notes with one of my friends who expects everything of the universe, and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate goods.
  • Marcus Aurelius
    Take full account of what excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.


  • Charles Dickens
    Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
  • Henry Ford
    Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
  • Sir Winston Churchill
    An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; A pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.
  • From 'A Hope In the Unseen', the story of Cedric Jennings
    Thinking positively and holding my head up to the heavens is something I take great pride in doing. (Cedric Jennings rose from a Washington ghetto to an Ivy League college.)
  • Ancient Persian saying
    I wept because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet.
  • Malcom Forbes
    Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
  • Beatrice Vincent
    The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude. If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find these unlovely traits echoed all about you. But if you are on your best behavior, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your waking hours.
  • Ziege
    Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goals; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
  • William James
    Human beings, by changing the inner attitude of their minds, can change the outer aspect of their lives.
  • Unknown
    Attitude determines altitude.
  • William J. Johnston
    The most significant change in a person's life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions.
  • Arthur Rubinstein
    To be alive, to be able to see, to walk,...it's all a miracle.
  • Baltasar Gracian
    A prudent man will think more important what fate has conceded to him, than what it has denied.
  • Dale Carnegie
    Would you sell both your eyes for a million dollars...or your two legs..or your hands...or your hearing? Add up what you do have, and you'll find you won't sell them for all the gold in the world. The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate them.
  • Epictetus
    He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.
  • Eddie Rickenbacker
    Think positively and masterfully with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
  • Helen Keller
    Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves but in our attitude towards them.
  • Brooks Atkinson
    The humorous man recognizes that absolute purity, absolute justice, absolute logic and perfection are beyond human achievement and that men have been able to live happily for thousands of years in a state of genial frailty.
  • H.G. Wells
    While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness is not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful.
  • Shirley MacLaine
    I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself... and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.
  • Elizabeth T. King
    I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort.
  • Harold B. Melchart
    Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.
  • William James
    The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick
    One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best.
  • William James
    Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me," and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
  • W. L. Shirer
    Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is hard to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline.
  • Charles F. Dole
    Goodwill is the mightiest practical force in the universe.
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Give us, O give us, the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he is equal to any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness. He will do more in the same time -- he will do it better, he will persevere longer. One is scarcely sensible of fatigue whilst he marches to music.
  • Nicholas Murray Butler
    Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
  • Sir William Osler
    Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in your humdrum routine, as perhaps it may be thought, the true poetry of life.
  • Lord Avebury
    Most of us can, if we choose, make this world either a prison or a palace.
  • William James,
    Do not be afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Eliot
    In doing your work in the great world, it is a safe plan to follow a rule I once heard on the football field: Don't flinch, don't fall; hit the line hard.
  • Sir Winston Churchill
    In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.
  • Betty Smith
    Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.


1. Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.

2. Daily prayer will diminish your cares.

3. Giving is sowing and God promises a harvest!

4. Most people want to serve God-- but only in an advisory capacity.

5. Problems are those things we see when we take our eyes off the goal.

6. Do you want to go to heaven? Flight instructions given here!

7. Having truth decay? Brush up on your Bible!

8. Exercise daily-- walk with the Lord!

9. The rapture is coming, ▄get right or get left!

10. Smoking won't send you to hell, it'll just make you smell like you've been there.

11. To be Born Free is a Divine Blessing, To Die Free is a Dutiful Responsibility

12. If you've got enough of Jesus to get to heaven, you have enough of Jesus to get you to church.

13. "Sit In Demonstration This Sunday at 11:00AM"

14. "The Ten Commandments--- You cant break them but they'll break you".

15. "Visitors welcomed, Members Expected"

16. "May your teenage head banger meet The Ageless Heart Knocker!"

17. A Faith that Fizzles before the Finish had a Flaw before the First.

18. "Men will die, this is sure, sin the cause, Christ the cure. "

19. If you don't have anything to pray about, thank God you don't.

20. Faith goes where eyes can't see.

21. When you don't witness you just did.


23. We always find time for the things we value most.

24. If you can't stand the heat-- better make plans to avoid it.

25. The perfect Church-- for those who aren't.

26. Redemption: God's recycling plan.

27. Salvation is free-- but not until you ask for it.

28. Wisdom is respect for God and making proper decisions.

29. God answers prayer--- not advice.

30. Our strength is seen in the things we stand for.

31. The wages of sin is death-- quit before payday!

32. "A Bible in the hand is worth two in the bookcase. "

33. Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

34. Decisions can take you out of Gods will but not out of His reach.

35. Remember the banana-- when it left the bunch it got skinned.

36. Expect great things from God! Attempt great things for God!

37. Failure isn't falling down-- it's staying down.

38. Wisdom has two parts: 1) Having a lot to say. 2) Not saying it.

39. No force is greater then the power of God!

40. If you have a kind thought, share it now!

41. Fear him who is able to destroy the body and the soul!

42. Fall seven times--- stand up eight!

43. Christians are like coals of a fire. Together they glow--- apart the grow cold---

44. The thing to spend on your children is 'time'.

45. For every sin the devil has an excuse.

46. I asked Jesus, how much do you love me. . . and he stretched his arms wide. . . and died.

47. God's last name is not "Damn".

48. "As long as there are tests there will be prayer in school"

49. "Attend any AM service and receive a free Y2K compatible Bible"

50. "Life is our gift from God. . . ▄Our gift to God is how we live our lives!"

51. Eternal trip to Heaven. . . all expenses paid. Inquire inside! (Church in Alabama)

52. If God seems far away - ▄who moved?

53. God does not promise a comfortable journey, only a safe landing.

54. God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.

55. Religion is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions.

56. God never closes a door without opening a window.

57. Hem your day with prayer and it will be less apt to ravel at the edges.

58. In case of nuclear attack-- the ban on praying in school is lifted.

59. Get a life ! See John 3:16

60. We're called to stand out! Not blend in!

61. Is your life running on empty? Free fillups here every Sunday!

62. Download your worries, get on-line with God!

63. God is always on-line! Never a busy signal!

64. Never give the devil a ride because he'll want to do the driving!

65. Children brought up in Church are seldom brought up in Court.

66. On the race tract of life make pit stops: Pray, Inspire, Touch!

67. We believe on UFO's: Unity, Forgiveness & Outreach !

68. Unplugged? ▄'Plugin' and get current ▄with God!

69. The prodigal son was having a bad 'heir' day!

70. Prayer is the next best thing to being there.

71. God bless you, and all whom you love.

72. If you love Jesus --- COME ON IN !

73. Down in the mouth --- Have a FAITH LIFT

74. Feeling far from God --- WHO MOVED?

75. We are distributors of the Bread of Life.

76. "Get out of WordPerfect and get into God's perfect Word. "

77. A peaceful heart finds joy in all of lifes simple pleasures.

78. A Cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition!

79. Re: Video Gambling issue in SC

1. Vote no to bondage.

2. Its not about freedom-- its about addiction.

3. Freedom is by Grace-- not by gambling--

80. If you're looking for a sign from God-- this is it! (Church in Monroe, NC)

81. The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

82. How to be Y2K compliant (Philipians 4:6-20): Yield to God's Peace, Plan, Power & Provision.

83. The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

84. Are you still doubting the Love of God ?

85. In the dark? Follow the son!

86. Jesus is changing the world-- one life at a time.

87. "They'll know we are Christians by our love".

88. Offer 'hospitality' without grumbling.

89. Too many people clamor for the freedom to do what should not be done.

90. WWJD = Walking With Jesus Daily

91. In order to understand GOD, we must stand under GOD (Dr. Stephen Tong)

92. GOD gives and forgives; men get and forget.

93. Where He guides-- He provides!

94. "FOR MEMBERS ONLY. Trespassers will be baptized. "

95. Spring. . . . ▄Gods greeting card.

96. The greatest Man in history was also the poorest.

97. Who wants to be a Christianaire?

98. Morning praise will make your days.

99. The cross is is God's compass pointing to heaven.

100. The cross is Gods way of making a plus sign out

1. Watch your step carefully! Every one else does!

2. Men do not fail, they give up trying.

3. It's easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

4. Don't lessen the lesson.

5. Make haste slowly.

6. You can't slide uphill.

7. To belittle is to be little.

8. To be good is fine, but to be proud of it ruins the whole thing!

9. The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases

to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation. --William Hutton

10. "Your actions speak so loud I can't hear what you're saying. "

11. After all is said and done-- there's usually more said than done--

12. He who has tact-- has less to retract.

13. By perseverance-- the snail reached the Ark.

14. Love sees through a telescope, not a microscope.

15. Even a fish stays out of trouble if he keeps his mouth shut.

16. In trying times-- don't quit trying!

17. Every crisis in life makes us 'bitter' or 'better'-- it's our choice!

18. A clean conscience makes a soft pillow.

19. Don't crawl when your spirit wants to soar.

20. Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.

21. The best surprises often come when we're out of hope.

22. Profanity is the linguistic crutch of the inarticulate. Lord Byron

23. Don't let 'out of control people' make you 'out of control'!

24. If you talk by the yard and act by the inch, you might get the foot!

25. "Doing" flows out of our "Being"!

26. A gift is not a gift 'til given--

27. There is no right way to do a wrong thing.

28. If you take care of your character, your reputation will

take care of itself.

29. You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

30. He who is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

31. A fellow who says it can't be done is likely to be

interrupted by someone doing it.

32. Kindness is difficult to give away 'cause it keeps coming back.

33. He who angers you controls you!

34. This too will pass.

35. There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in

the best of us that it hardly becomes us to talk about the rest of

us. E. W. Koch

36. If you don't know where you're going-- you'll probably end

up where you don't want to be. David Campbell

37. Goals are dreams with a deadline.

38. Example is a language anyone can read.

39. Be careful of your life lest a child stumble over it.

40. If you stand for nothing you'll fall for anything.

41. A Grouch spreads good will wherever he does not go!

42. Good preparation for tomorrow includes good use of today.

43. Kindness is the oil that reduces the friction of life.

44. Every home is a school. What do you teach?

45. Worry is the darkroom in which 'negatives' are developed.

46. A lot of people would do right if they thought it was wrong--

47. Happiness without reason is the ultimate freedom.

48. Having a sharp tongue may cut your own throat.

49. We make a living by what we get--, we make a life by what we

give--Winston Churchill

50. Even if you're on the right tract, you'll get run over if

you just sit there. Will Rogers

51. Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head.

52. Truth is ! Lies have to be invented.

53. He who is content with little, possesses much.

54. The tongue weighs practically nothing, but few people can hold it.

55. The best way to have the last word is to apologize.

56. To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.

57. Anger is only one letter away from danger.

58. The vitamin good for friendship is "B1"

59. Your heart is happiest when it's beating for others.

60. To who's tune are you dancing?

61. More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.

Billy Sunday

62. Worry---Stewing without doing!

63. A strong fish goes against the flow.

64. If you did have everything-- would you share it?

65. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

66. 'Character' is doing what's right when no one is looking.

67. A radical is someone with both feet planted firmly in the air.

68. He who throws dirt loses ground.

69. Love is never afraid of giving too much.

70. Be thankful for stumbles for they prevent falls.

71. Your kind words today may be cherished by someone forever.

72. When you lose--- don't lose the lesson.

73. Kind words make good echoes.

74. Choices have consequences.

75. Now even Darwin believes!!

76. Many possess much but have little.

77. Plan ahead-- remember, the ark was built in a drought!

78. Pick your friends-- but not to pieces.

79. Smile-- it increases your face value.

80. When the trumpet sounds-- I'm outta here!

81. Be content with what you have but never with what you are!

82. Everything is difficult before it's easy.

83. Men who have never failed are men who have never tried.

84. "Say there is no absolute truth? Are you absolutely sure?"

85. Children are like mirrors-- they reflect our attitudes.

86. Know all about yourself, but don't tell all you know.

87. Good things come to the one who waits on himself.

88. Sunny spirits make even the darkest skies shine.

89. When you are through improving-- you are through.

90. If you scatter thorns-- don't go barefoot.

91. When you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

92. If someone says something untrue about you, you must live

life so that no one will believe it!

93. Making a living is not the same as making a life.

94. When you have pains you don't have to be one.

95. April 1: National Athiests Day

96. More doors are opened with "please" than with keys.

97. Nothing I do to punish another for hurting me brings me healing.





102. Life is change. . growth is optional. . choose wisely!

103. A sharp tongue is seldom an indication of a sharp mind.

104. True character is unveiled in misfortune.

105. Dreams need some doers!

106. To ease the heartache of another will ease the weight of one's self--

This quote reminded me of Dante's quote regarding the "hottest place in Hell is reserved for those... who remain neutral." When we turn a blind eye or do not care, we make injustice possible.


"Do not fear your enemies. The worst they can do is kill you. Do not fear friends. At worst, they may betray you. Fear those who do not care; they neither kill nor betray, but betrayal and murder exist because of their silent consent."
-Bruno Jasienski

The young always have the same problem -- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
                                                                        --Quentin Crisp

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."
--Eric Hoffer

"The person who knows "how" will always have a job. The
person who knows "why" will always be his boss."
--Diane Ravitch

WARNING: Dates in Calendar are closer thanthey appear.
Always remember, you're unique, just like everyone else.
Be nice to the kids. They'll choose your nursing home.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.