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What are some of your Favorite Quotes?

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I love quotes! Some people just have great insight and prospective and I love reflecting on words of wisdom from those with different experiences then my own. So tonight I went on a quote hunt and just read page after page. Some are funny, some inspirational, motivational and just overall interesting life lessons.

This one really stood out for me tonight…

There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.

-Logan Pearsall Smith

A few others that caught my eye…

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.

Denis Watley

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.

George Bernard Shaw

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Jim Ryun

People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.

Norman Vincent Peale

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

So how about you? Any favorites out there? If you can’t think of one I recommend searching and reading through a few. It’s really a fun way to find some inspiration and motivation!

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    June 18, 2008

    my two favorites:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi


    “I drink champagne when I am happy, and when I am sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it–unless I am thirsty”.-Madame Bollinger


    June 18, 2008

    The following quote was one of my mother-in-law’s favorites. Sadly, she passed away last summer from Lou Gehrig’s disease. It has now become one of my favorite quotes!

    “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that matter. It’s the life in your years.”
    -Abraham Lincoln



    June 18, 2008

    I would like to share my two favorite quotes:

    If you are not happy with what you have how will you ever be happy with what you want.

    If it is to be, it is up to me.


    June 18, 2008

    goals are dreams with timelines!



    June 18, 2008

    “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”- Norman Vincent Peale

    “A strong positive attitude will bring more miracles than any wonder drug.”-Patricia Neal


    June 18, 2008

    How weird. I get a quote a day sent to my email address because I just love them. I read today’s one and thought, ‘that must go on my blog and fridge’ and then I saw your post! Anyway I think this quote sums up perfectly the weight loss/healthy eating struggle.

    “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.”


    June 18, 2008

    “Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.”
    ~ Robert Half


    June 18, 2008

    My two favorites

    First quote is one I got when I made a purchase from Signals catalog. It came engraved on a bracelet. I’ve stopped wearing the bracelet and after reading this topic I’m going to dig out the bracelet and start wearing it again. It was very inspiring and definitely when I felt down about my weight it would encourage me to keep going. Author unknown. The quote reads:

    “Nothing is as important as this day.”

    My second one again author unknown:

    “You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how to live your life.”


    June 18, 2008

    These quotes are awesome! Here is one of my favorites:

    “You can only do your very best. More than that does not exist.”

    Roni I hope you are doing well! I’ve been thinking of you :)


    June 18, 2008

    here’s one I have had for 7-8 years taped to my fridge to read in the mornings

    Pick your eyes up from the pavement. Look the world in the face with love, and know each person, including you, has worth beyond compare. Never forget: the external is a temporary illusion, while the internal will always be there.


    June 18, 2008

    One of my favorites is:
    There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to smething, you accept no excuses, only results. Art Turock


    June 18, 2008

    Two of my favorite quotes are…..

    “Love is….giving to others at the expense of yourself. Lust is….giving to yourself at the expense of others.”
    -Author unknown

    “Watch your pennies, and your dollars will take care of themselves.”
    -(My Boss)


    June 18, 2008

    Did you know that Oprah collects quotes? Just a fun fact! ;)

    My two faves are:

    “Be the change you want to see in others.” – Ghandi

    “Well behaved women rarely make history.” – Laurel Thather Ulrich

    Scrumpy's Baker

    June 18, 2008

    LOVE the quotes!

    My favorite…

    “It is never too late to be what might have been.”

    -George Eliott

    This one speaks right to my soul about so many things.

    Amanda Daybyday

    June 18, 2008

    I have two favorites currently.


    “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
    ~ Zig Ziglar

    And the second that I just heard the other day that helped me back on track…

    “People never crumble in a day, it’s a slow fade.”
    ~ Casting Crowns

    Great question!


    June 18, 2008

    I have two that I love so much…that I use for encouragement and motivation.

    “She believed she could…so she did” – unknnown

    “The miracle isn’t that I finished…The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” -John Bingham



    June 18, 2008

    These are two I have hanging up:

    “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
    – Theodore Roosevelt


    “Don’t let the bastards get you down.”
    – John Wayne

    Big Girl

    June 18, 2008

    Hi there… i just found you through the Blogherads home page. First off, I looked at your progression pictures and WOW! what an amazing transformation and motivator. Congrats.

    One of my favorite quotes is:

    “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” -Lao Tzu


    June 18, 2008

    That wasnt very nice to not tell us how you’re feeling and how everything went.. :(

    but i will be nice and tell you my favorite quote.. it came on the inside of a Dove chocolate wrapper
    (dark chocolate of course!!!)and anything that wraps a peice of dark chocolate is good in my book!

    It says:

    “Be the change you hope to see.”

    It was really influential to me at the time because i was in a big fight with my sister in law and always blamming her for everything, and saying bad things about her. It sure gave me a kick in the pants!


    June 18, 2008

    These are all great guys!


    Ryley – I’m doing OK, In a bit of pain but ok. I’ll post more tonight.

    Diane@A Picture is Worth....

    June 18, 2008

    All that glitters is not gold!


    June 19, 2008

    I came across this one very recently and it really struck a chord “Always assume good intent” – PepsiCo CEO Indira Nooyi’s dad always told her this. I found this optimistic quote to be very good advice – it definitely helps me keep a much more positive attitude and it seems rub off on everyone around me too :) – Priti


    June 19, 2008

    “Six months is going to go by whether you do anything or not. You might as well do it.” Dr. Phil

    Cabell and Penny

    June 19, 2008

    I like several quotes but I will give a serious one then a not so serious one.

    “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that matter. It’s the life in your years.”
    -Abraham Lincoln


    Build a Bridge and GET OVER IT! I don’t know who said it first but I use it often!


    June 19, 2008

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” –Eleanor Roosevelt

    “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

    “Don’t drink the Shampoo even though it smells good”

    Later Gator

    June 23, 2008

    One of my favs:

    “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
    -John Bingham