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            A vision of a desired future allows you to engage and identify immediately in your focus with an improved condition. It changes what you perceive and how you perform - NOW. Its not about achieving something in time. Its rather about the quality of choices you are making in this moment what you choose to perceive, feel, and do.  Its about getting the most out of your experience.

                                                    -David Allen

                Optimism is an intellectual choice.

                                                        -Diana Schneider

                  The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.

                                                -William James

                    The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

                                            -Frank Lloyd Wright

                    Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.


                    Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.

                                                    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

                        Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.

                                                -William Feather

                    When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: What a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.

                                                        -Eileen Caddy

                        Wisdom is to finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours.

                                                    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

            To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.

                                            -William James

            That best portion of a man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.  

                                            -William Wordsworth

            Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

                                                -Guillaume Apollinaire

            Such is human psychology that if we don't express our joy, we soon cease to feel it.

                                            -Lin Yutang

            A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." 

                                            -Winston Churchill

            The difference between optimism and pessimism resides in memory.  The pessimist aptly recalls the hurts and failures of yesterday, but cannot remember the plentiful possibilities of a new tomorrow.  The optimist has a hopeful future already memorized.

                                        -Charles E. Jinks

            A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. 

                                        -John Barrymore

            As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.  

                                            -John Mason

            I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.  


            Frustration is commonly the difference between what you would like to be and what you are willing to sacrifice to become what you would like to be. 

                                            -Anonymous, Reader's Digest

                One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour.  Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

                                            -Ralph Waldo Emerson

                Every day I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well. 

                                            -Mary Cholmondeley

                For a long time, it had seemed to me that life was about to begin--real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. 

                                            -Alfred D. Souza

                If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old.  

                                            -Ed Howe

                A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. 

                                            -William Arthur Ward

                The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. 

                                            -William James  

             Psychology is a science that can not be pursued with the sole purpose of developing occasional experts.  Only the understanding of human nature by every human being can be its proper goal.

                   -Alfred Adler, M.D.- Understanding Human Nature - Chicago, 1927

              Psychology, perhaps more than any other discipline, belongs to the people.

                       -Raymond D. Fowler, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer, 

                               American Psychological Association, APA Monitor, May 1999

             I submit to you that we can train today's young psychologists who have the courage and the humanity for such work to better understand, predict, and even prevent [ethno political conflicts].  When the worst does occur, we can train psychologists to help pick up the pieces by helping people and communities heal and learn to love and trust together again.

                           -Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., President of APA, 1998-99,  

                            Presidential Address, American Psychologist, August 1999

            Destiny is not a 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

            I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude. 

                            -Judith M. Knowlton

            The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.  

                            -James Oppenheim

                It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.  

                            -Charles Spurgeon

                It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. 

                            -Margaret Bonnano

                It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. 

                            -Desiderius Erasmus

                Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become.  Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be;  your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.

                            -James Lane Allen 

            To the degree we're not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves. 

                            -Peter McWilliams

            Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. 

                        -Ralph Waldo Emerson 

            If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. 

                        -Marcus Aelius Aurelius 

            Courage is the display of a decision to let go of the familiar as you explore the unknown.

                        -David L. Hanson

            You see this all the time.  A lot of women feel depressed and feel like they are failing when they have a disease. They are overwhelmed with worry and not channeling their energy into constructive pursuits like getting better. These women tend to get more episodes of inflammatory bowel disease.

                        -Albert B. Knapp, MD, assistant professor of medicine and gastroenterology at New York University Medical School in New York City

            Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

                        -Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

            Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting. 

                        -Arthur Brisbane

            Pessimists are more likely to be right.  Optimists are more likely to be happy.

                    -Sandra E. Lamb

            To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.

                    -Marquis De Vauvenargues

            A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others.  Be a carrier. 


            An inch of time is an inch of gold. 

                    -Chinese Proverb

            Change starts when someone sees the next step.

                    -William Drayton

            Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions. 

                    -Diogenes Laertius

            Never mistake motion for action. 

                    -Ernest Hemingway

            The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn,and relearn. 

                    -Alvin Toffler 

            Don't judge a day by the weather.  Regardless of climate, create a good day.

                    -David L. Hanson



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