Today, we will be taking a journey together into the hearts and minds of several of the world’s great thinkers. They, in return, will be sharing their knowledge with us in the form of positive quotes that offer us guidance to deal with the daunting task of being a successful human being.
No one is perfect and we do not presume to have all the answers. But through this small collection of inspiring quotations, you may be motivated to seek out more information, and acquire more of the tools you will need to accomplish your goals.
1. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” - Zig Ziglar
Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker. He was married to the same woman from the age of 19 until his death last year at the at of 86. He raised his family, lived a good life and shared his exuberant spirit with millions of Americans.
2. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” -John Robert Wooden
John Robert Wooden was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood”, he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year periodóseven in a rowóas head coach at UCLA. Although he was revered as the most inspirational and successful coach in the history of College Basketball, Coach Wooden knew that even the greatest athlete would learn and grow from his or her mistakes.
3. “The only reason we make good role models is because you guys look up to athletes and we can influence you in positive ways. But the real role models should be your parents and teachers!” - Damieon Dante Hall
Damien Dante Hall is a former American football return specialist and wide receiver who played nine seasons in the National Football League. He is considered one of the greatest return specialists in NFL history.
4. “We have a positive vision of the future founded on the belief that the gap between the promise and reality of America can one day be finally closed. We believe that.” - Barbara Charline Jordan
Barbara Charline Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors.
Her 1976 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address is considered one of the five greatest speeches in the history of the United States. As the first Black woman ever to give the Keynote Address to her party’s national convention, Rep. Jordan closed with this quote from Abraham Lincoln:
“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of Democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no Democracy.”
5. ‘Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldnít be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesnít know that so it goes on flying anyway.” - Mary Kay Ash
Mary Kay Ash was an American businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. She was honored as a leading female entrepreneur in American history.
Although Ms. Ash intended her quote to serve as positive inspiration, it should be mentioned, in the interest of honesty, that scientifically, she is incorrect. The misunderstanding about a bumblebee’s ability to fly is the result of comparing the length of a bumblebee’s wings to that of a fixed wing aircraft, in which case the bee’s wings would be too short to fly. But a bumblebee is an insect and not an aircraft and it flies quite well, without any difficulty in takeoff or landings.
The winter is over and the sun is shining brightly once again. The days are becoming warmer, the trees are putting forth fresh buds, and the birds are singing sweetly. This is the time of year when our thoughts may turn to the all important emotion of love.
No matter if you have been married for 50 years years or if you are a teenager in the first bloom of life, love is unpredictable and often all consuming. It may bring true happiness or incredible disappointment, but one thing is true, love never discriminates by age or gender.
Over the centuries many great poets have tried to express the power of love in words. The language of poetry is wonderfully suited to capturing all the passion, longing, sweetness, and sadness that accompanies this powerful emotion. In honor of the newly awakened bloom of springtime, we present a selection of romantic poems guaranteed to stir your heartstrings:
The Nymph that undoes me, is fair and unkind;
No less than a wonder by Nature designed.
She’s the grief of my heart, the joy of my eye ;
And the cause of a flame that never can die !
Her mouth, from whence wit still obligingly flows,
Has the beautiful blush, and the smell, of the rose.
Love and Destiny both attend on her will;
She wounds with a look; with a frown, she can kill!
The desperate Lover can hope no redress;
Where Beauty and Rigour are both in excess!
In Sylvia they meet; so unhappy am I !
Who sees her, must love; and who loves her, must die!
Sir George Etherege was an English dramatist. He wrote the plays The Comical Revenge or, Love in a Tub in 1664, She Would if She Could in 1668, and The Man of Mode or, Sir Fopling Flutter in 1676. In his poem Sylvia, he captures all the pain and delight experienced by a man in love.
2. i carry your heart with me
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
Edward Estlin Cummings, popularly known as e. e. cummings was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. One of the great poets of the 20th century, Cummings was a master at describing the bittersweet side of romance.
3. How Do I Love Thee?
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. The beloved wife of famed British poet and dramatist, Robert Browning, her poem “How Do I Love Thee” from the book “Sonnets from the Portuguese” is considered one of the finest love poems ever written.
4. Love’s Coming
She had looked for his coming as warriors come,
With the clash of arms and the bugle’s call;
But he came instead with a stealthy tread,
Which she did not hear at all.
She had thought how his armor would blaze in the sun,
As he rode like a prince to claim his bride:
In the sweet dim light of the falling night
She found him at her side.
She had dreamed how the gaze of his strange, bold eye
Would wake her heart to a sudden glow:
She found in his face the familiar grace
Of a friend she used to know.
She had dreamed how his coming would stir her soul,
As the ocean is stirred by the wild storm’s strife:
He brought her the balm of a heavenly calm,
And a peace which crowned her life.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was ” Solitude,” which contains the lines: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone”.
5. “My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose”
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
Thatís newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
Thatís sweetly play’d in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till aí the seas gang dry:
Till aí the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wií the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands oí life shall run.
And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Thoí it were ten thousand mile.
Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who lived in the 18th century. He is considered the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. His poem, “My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose” was originally written as a song and it has been recorded by many famous musicians, including Jean Redpath, Pat Boone, Kenneth McKellar, the Fureys, Eddi Reader, Camera Obscura, Eva Cassidy, Izzy, and Ronnie Browne of the Corries.
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