Thoughts on Courage

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.  (Nelson Mandela)

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  (Winston Churchill)

You will never do anything in this world without courage.  It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.  (Aristotle)

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.  (Mark Twain)

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Thoughts on Love

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.  (Helen Keller)

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love.  This is how the whole scheme of things work.  All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.  (Confucius)

Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.  (Maya Angelou)

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Thoughts of Wisdom

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.  (Socrates)

By three methods we may learn wisdom:  First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.  (Confucius)

Patience is the communion of wisdom.  (Saint Augustine)

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Betty White’s Book

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Betty White’s book is excellent.  She discusses her childhood, work as an actor, personal life as an adult, her passion for animals, and gives general advice to the reader.

Here are my favorite passages.

I prefer the company of animals to humans.  Animals don’t lie.  Animals don’t criticize.  If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.

I think everyone needs a passion.  Whether it’s one passion or a hundred, that’s what keeps life interesting.  If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.  You might leave behind pleasant memories in the minds of friends and acquaintances, but those dissipate quickly.

Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it-don’t take it for granted. 

You can’t get carried away with your image, because you know better than anyone else who the real person is.

Thoughts on Exercise

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.  – Wilhelm von Humboldt 

The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.  – Kenneth H Cooper

When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get. – Tich Nhat Hanh

If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness. – Robin Sharma

To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise. – Gene Tunney

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