"As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue."
- Richard E. Burton.
"I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God."
- Helen Keller.
"Everyone has ancestors and it is only a question of going back far enough to find a good one."
- Howard Kenneth Nixon.
"An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather."
- Washington Irving.
"How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success."
- Anne Sophie Swetchine.
"Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites."
- Christian Nestell Bovee.
"Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy."
- Felicia Hemans.
"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
- Chinese Proverb.
"Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice."
- Francois De La Rochefoucauld.
"It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted."
"Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least."
- Lord Chesterfield.
"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
"Make yourself necessary to somebody."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts."
- John Locke.
"The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators."
- Edward Gibbon.
"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it"
- Winston Churchill.
"We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel."
"Men do not become perfect overnight, just as an acorn does not become a strong oak tree overnight."
- Spencer W. Kimball.
"A couple who were married for several years were raising their family. The wife reminisced while she sat with me and focused in on a Monday morning. It could perhaps be called a blue washday Monday. There had been some irritation and a disagreement; then some biting words between husband and wife. Interestingly enough, she couldn't remember how it all started or what it was over. "But," she said, "nothing would do but that I follow him to the gate, and as he walked up the street on his way to work I just had to call that last biting, spiteful remark after him."
Then as the tears began to flow, she told me of an accident that took place that day, as a result of which he never returned. "For fifty years," she sobbed, "I've lived in hell knowing that the last words he heard from my lips were that biting, spiteful remark."
- Boyd K. Packer.
"Too often we don't realize what we have until it is gone;
Too often we wait too late to say "I'm sorry-I was wrong".
Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones we hold dearest to our hearts;
And we allow foolish things to tear our lives apart.
Far too many times we let unimportant things into our minds;
And then it's usually too late to see what made us blind.
So be sure that you let people know how much they mean to you;
Take that time to say the words before your time is through.
Be sure that you appreciate everything you've got
And be thankful for the Little Things in life that mean a lot."
"Most of Life's good lessons are not friendly."
"Wherever there is kindness, there is goodness."
"Our circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become"
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty"
- Maya Angelou.
"To embrace the special qualities and virtues of Elegance, Class and Modesty, elevates one to new and special heights. When this happens, real beauty manifests itself as in no other way and expresses its full potential. At this elevation and vantage point, one has the blessing of seeing life from a different perspective. The road that one takes to achieve and live by these standards is the road less traveled by and is not as popular as some other avenues and accepted choices by an ever darkening world today.
Reserve that which is special and sacred for special and sacred times and you will invite and nurture the qualities of dignity and respect within your own heart and soul. Peace and strength will become your constant and special companions and by so doing you will invoke these same feelings from those with whom you associate. You will inspire them to choose this most worthy path for their own life. True joy and lasting happiness will follow.
To observe and witness these special qualities in some one close to you, fosters a feeling of reverence and some how makes us want to do and to be better. When this happens then the very place you are in is better simply because you were there.
May the tenderness of your heart feel a special comfort and love, giving a lighted pathway and direction to follow, like a beacon far away. May the truthfulness and sweetness of this message fill the very special chambers of your heart, now and for always…………"
- Lawrence R. Fuller.
"Those things that are not worth doing are not worth doing well"
"You can make someone's day simply by sending them a little card"
"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him"
- Brooker T. Washington.
"it's not what you have in life but whom you have in your life that counts"
"You've got to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was"
- Irish Proverb.
"Adversity can be the best teacher. Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors"
"I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them."
"Whenever I decide something in kindness, I usually make the right decision."