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A popourri of inspirational thoughts.


Without dreaming, work loses its purpose.

Without working, dreaming loses its purpose.

Think of the Future

"People who take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendents."

Thomas Babington Macauley

No Need to Talk

"When you work speaks for itself, don't interrupt."    Henry J. Kaiser

Thoughts to Live By

Think big thoughts and your life will be filled with grandiose things. Think small and your life will be trivial and inconsequential.

You can't keep people from saying unkind or bad things about you. But you can keep them from being true.

The basketball marksman is successful because he completes the action; he follows through. Most of us are fast starters, but too many of us are not faithful finnishers. There is no accopmplishment without the follow-through -- no victory without completion of the task.

Education covers a lot of ground, but it does not cultivate it.

Two Woodcutters

Time used for planning and preparation is very important as is illustrated by the following story.

Two woodcutters had an all day job chopping wood. One of the workers chopped all day and did not even stop for occasional rests. At the end of the day, he had a large pile of logs.

The other chopper would work for fifty minutes and then take a ten minute break. He worked calmly and steadily. At the end of the day, he had a much larger pile of logs than his companion.

"How can that be possible?! asked the first woodcutter. "I never stopped working!"

"It's simple," responded his friend. "When I stopped to rest, I also sharpened my ax!"

C. Neil Strait

Building Blocks

Bricks lying on the ground separate are useless; placed together, united, they form a building. So obedience is the mortar by which truths are retained and become a part of the being. Truths which would otherwise be lost.

So every truth given by God must be lived out.

One Small Peach Tree

Several years ago I planted a small peach tree in our backyard. I watered and fertilized it until it grew to about half of its full height. Spring came, the tree blossomed, and small buds appeared. Then an unseasonable cold snap froze the buds and blossoms.

That evening I complained about the terrible weather and the loss of the anticipated peaches. Then our young son said, "Wow, Dad, aren't you glad we don't raise peaches for a living?"

Immediately I realized how warped my perspective had been. I felt foolish for denouncing the fate of my one small peach tree while ignoring the problems of the orchard growers in the next county.

At times each of us has looked at life through a microscope. Our vision is often limited by selfish concerns. We tend to ovrlook those in need and forget to be thankful for what we have.

Dennis E. Saylor

Pearls of Wisdom

Each word of yours can be like a pearl that you drop into the secret place of another's heart. In some hour of need, which may or may not ever be known by the giver, the recipient may find the trasure and realize for the first time its value.

What You Can't Buy

You can buy a man's time; you can buy his physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of his skilled muscular motions per hour.
But you cannot buy enthusiasm...you cannot buy loyalty...you cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds or souls. You must earn these.

Clarence Francis

Honking or Helping

A driver was waiting in traffic at an intersection when the car stalled. While attempting to get it started, the person behind began honking on the horn every few seconds. Finally the driver of the stalled car got out and walked back to the car behind and said to the driver, "Mister, I'd like to make a deal with you. If you go to start my car, I'll stay here and honk your horn."

The truth of the matter is that it's easier to honk than help, to talk than to assist, to criticize than to work.

Little Pleasures

If we noticed little pleasures as we noticed little pains,
If we looked for people's virtues, and their faults refused to see,
What a comfortable , happy, cheerful place his world would be.


Someone once gave this definition for maturity. We all can relate the four statements to ourselves.

1. Maturity is carrying out an assigned job without supervision.
2, Maturity is finishing a job once it is started.
3. Maturity is being able to carry money without spending it.
4. Maturity is being able to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.

A Tiny Little Grudge

I had a tiny little grudge, I held it close to me.
Until it grew a hundred fold and fed my misery.
It crowded out the part of me that charity contained.
And when at last I threw it off the scar of it remained.

I had a tiny little grudge, I threw it far from me.
And filled my mind with better thoughts, thoughts of love and charity.
After that, every day was sunny, and every day was bright.
I'd learned life's oldest lesson, two wrongs don't make a right.

Author Unknown

Take Time.

Take time to think; it is the source of power.
Take time to read; it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to play; it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet; it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to be aware; it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved; it is God's greatest gift.
Take time to laugh; it is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly; it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream; it is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray; it is the greatest power on earth.

Author Unknown

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