"Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don't hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people."
"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter."
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses."
To the lamp of love: may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial.
When we talk to God, we're praying. When God talks to us, we're schizophrenic. ~Jane Wagner
The Lord's Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart.
~Frederick Denison Maurice
Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.
Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.
Listening to both sides of a story will convince you that there is more to a story than both sides.
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
~John Kenneth Galbraith
"A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug."
~ Patricia Neal
"Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us."
~ John N. Mitchell
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
~ Jimmy Dean
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.
I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
~Alice Roosevelt Longworth