Quotes & Inspiration

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are –
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

-Author Unknown

Sarita’s Top 12 Favorite Quotes

“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.”
–John Burroughs

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.  An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
-Winston Churchill

“Experience is a hard teacher.  It gives you the test first and the lesson later.”
-From movie Red Tails

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
-Oscar Wilde

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
-Maya Angelou

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for doing the best in the next moment.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“Courage doesn’t roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ”
-MaryAnne Radmacher

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
-John Maxwell

“When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship building. ”
-Stephen R. Covey

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
-Mother Teresa

“If you try and fail, you have temporary disappointment.  If you don’t try, you have permanent regret.”
-Bern Williams

”We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”

I Know Something Good About You

Wouldn’t this old world be better,
if the folks we meet would say;
I know something good about you,
and then treat us just that way!

Wouldn’t it be fine and dandy,
if each hand-clasped warm and true,
carried with it this assurance,

I know something good about you!
Wouldn’t things here be more pleasant
if the good that’s in us all,
were the only thing about us
that folks bothered to recall!

Wouldn’t life be lots more happy
if we’d praise the good we see,
for there’s such a lot of goodness
in the worst of you and me.

Wouldn’t it be nice to practice
this fine way of thinking too;
You know something good about me,
I know something good about you!

-This poem shared by Lisa Carroll, participant in Sarita’s 9/11/11 seminar in Washington, DC

Finish Each Day and Be Done with It

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live With Intention

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Continue to learn.
Appreciate your friends.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
-Mary Anne Radmacher