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Thursday

Be Awake

Our only role in this world is to be awake. Consciously do things to bring yourself into the moment. If you’re with someone and not paying attention, stop and zone in on that person and be with them fully. Start to eliminate background noises and sights until it’s just you and them. If this is difficult, while you’re alone, practise removing other senses so you begin to focus on one thing. Close your eyes for a minute and focus on a single noise or cover your ears and look at a single object.
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Sunday

Be Aware of Your Connection to the Universe.

Live with the awareness that everything you are end everything you do directly or indirectly affects everything and everyone around you. Small or big, what you choose to do can alter the course or destiny of living or non-living things that come your way. As you realize this, you will take more responsibility for your actions and influence, and will never take spiritual things lightly.
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Friday

Quotes About Ambition


Every man believes that he has a greater possibility.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
Charles de Gaulle

As he was valiant, I honor him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him.
William Shakespeare

Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
Walter Savage Landor

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Oscar Wilde

Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another’s fame.
Baltasar Gracian

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
Ben Jonson

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
Samuel Johnson

A man’s worth is no greather than the worth of his ambitions.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
Jean de La Bruyre

Ambition hath no mean, it is either upon all fours or upon tiptoes.
George Savile

Ambition is the grand enemy of all peace.
John Cowper Powys

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?
Robert Browning

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease.  The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Thomas Alva Edison

Nothing is so commonplace as to wish to be remarkable.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

If Man, Ambition is the common’st thing:/ Each one, by nature, loves to be a King.
Robert Herrick

One often goes from love to ambition, but one rarely returns from ambition to love.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Thursday

Quotes About Action



As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do.               
Andrew Carnegie

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Paul Valery

Be willing to make decisions.  That’s the most important quality in a good leader.  Don’t fall victim to what I call the “ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome.” You must be willing to fire.
T. Boone Pickens

The world’s great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor great scholars great men.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Thomas Alva Edison

One must act in painting as in life, directly.
Pablo Picasso

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

It is difficult to keep quiet if you have nothing to do.
Arthur Schopenhauer

No one is more liable to make mistakes than the man who acts only on reflection.
Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
Joseph Conrad

You don’t learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
Thomas Henry Huxley

It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
Winston Churchill

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
William Blake

A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action...You must act as you breathe.
Georges Clemenceau

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Robert Louis Stevenson

No sooner said than done--so acts your man of worth.
Quintus Ennius

Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only.
James 1:22

A person may cause evil to others not only by his action but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
John Stuart Mill

We have petitioned and our petitions have been disregarded; we have entreated and our entreaties have been scorned.  We beg no more, we petition no longer, we now defy.
William Jennings Bryan

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.
Charles Dudley Warner

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats.
H. L. Mencken

Don’t just do something, stand there.
Daniel Berrigan, on the importance of thought as well as action during the 1960's war protests

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Talk without effort is nothing.
Maria W. Stewart

Violence of language leads to violence of action.  Angry men seldom fight if their tongues do not lead the fray.
Charles Victor Roman

Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.
Frantz Fanon

Always behave like a duck--keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.
Lord Barbizon

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Eldridge Cleaver

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Wednesday

Quotes About Achievement



No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you.
Althea Gibson Darben

The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.
Ginger Rogers

It is sobering to consider that when Mozart was my age he had already been dead for a year.
Tom Lehrer

Men too involved in details usually become unable to deal with great matters.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.
E. B. White

There may now exist great men for things that do not exist.
Samuel Burchardt

Noise proves nothing.  Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
Mark Twain

Restlessness is discontent--and discontent is the first necessity of progress.  Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Thomas Alva Edison

The key to everything is patience.  You get the chicken by hatching the egg--not by smashing it.
Ellen Glasgow

Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences.  Originality is the sum total of a man’s thinking and writing.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
Laurence J. Peter

Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
Sam Rayburn

To achieve great things, we must live as though we are never going to die.
Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues

Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.
Samuel Johnson

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit of doing them.
Benjamin Jowett

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

No man knows what he can do till he tries.
Publilinus Syrus

There are only two ways of getting on in the world; by one’s own industry, or by the weaknesses of others.
Jean de La Bruyere

None climbs so high as he who knows not whither he is going.
Oliver Cromwell

The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his ass.
General Joseph Stillwell

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel

If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you...It may break your heart, but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right.
Maxwell Anderson

In this world there are only two tragedies: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
Oscar Wilde

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we call results are beginnings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklin

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

He who can, does.  He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard Shaw.”

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Tuesday

Quotes About Accountability


When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.
Louis Nizer

If you can’t stand the heat, you’d better get out of the kitchen.
Harry S. Truman (attrib.)

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for injury.
John Stuart Mill

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
Stanislaw Lec

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Benjamin Franklin

There can be no true response without responsibility; there can be no responsibility without response.
Arthur Vogel

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
Dean Acheson

If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you.
Robert Anthony

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit of doing them.
Benjamin Jowett

The irony of the matter is that the future generations do not have a vote.  In effect, we hold their proxy.
Charles J. Hitch, regarding the environment

If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything.
Claude McKay

I have her life, I can take life away.
Mary Beth Whitehead, on her role as surrogate mother to Baby M

People think responsibility is hard to bear.  It’s not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear.  You have a great feeling of impotence.
Henry Kissinger


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Monday

Quotes About Ability


If initiative is the ability to do the right thing, then efficiency is the ability to do the thing right.
Kelly Miller

Our ability to create has outreached our ability to use wisely the products of our invention.
Whitney Moore Young, Jr.

The superior man is distressed by his want of ability.
Confucius

It is a great ability to be able to conceal one’s ability.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Don’t let your will roar when your power only whispers.
Thomas Fuller

You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
William Henry Hudson

One good head is better than a hundred strong hands.
Thomas Fuller

Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
George Bernard Shaw

The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art.  If you cannot master it, you inevitably get into war.  If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.
John Foster Dulles

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan

What another would have done as well as you, do not do it.  What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it.  Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself--and thus make yourself indispensable.
Andre Gide

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
Laurence J. Peter

Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
Sam Rayburn

Don’t wish me happiness--I don’t expect to be happy...it’s gotten beyond that somehow.  Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor--I will need them all.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.
Damon Runyon
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