". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Thursday, April 11, 2013

SOME of My Favorite Quotes

*"I love people who can make me laugh when I don't even want to smile." ~Unknown  (Hubby can usually do this when he wants to. When he's around...)


*"A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away." ~Arabian Proverb   (One of my all time favorites!! How I need these kinds of friends! I have a lot to blow away!)



*"What music of the heart it is to have someone love you for who you are...not for what they thought you were, or what they wish you would become! ~James L. Giles  (People so often fall in love with the idea of who they want a person to be with the idea of molding them into that person in time. That is not love, that is manipulation.)


*"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves." ~William Arthur Ward  (How often do you seek faults in others? You WILL find them because we ALL have them. However, if we SEEK the GOOD in others, we WILL FIND THEM, because we ALL have THEM! Those qualities will be emphasized in both of us more and how much better will the world be if more of us did THAT??)


*". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne   (This should be the cornerstone for ever blogger and author out there. Notice it in my heading? It's dear to my heart. My story is a roller coaster and not always pretty and sometimes not comprehensible... but it's real... and somewhere along the ride, someone will relate with something and maybe it will make a difference.)



*"Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough."~Mary McLeod Bethune  (Think of all the great men and women of today... the ones you admire for the wonderful things they do... They started somewhere! As a child, in school, in church, in college, in sports, etc... Think of where you are and those you come in contact with. Treat each of those POTENTIAL SOULS as a future DIAMOND! Something precious! They need encouragement! They may not get it anywhere else. They ARE ALL precious to God. Help them in their journey.)

*"Be true to who you are and the family name you bear." -Gordon B. Hinckley  (As you can see, this hangs above our front door as you leave as a reminder... in the hopes that they will remember the things they've been taught about right and wrong and keep pride in our family name. We stick together no matter what, and it does get tested. That is the test of life and part of that is how we move forward. It is with love and family support and the atonement of Christ. We get back up, brush off, and try again!)


*“Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love." ~ Francis Bacon  (Ever been all alone in a crowded room? I have... That about sums it up. Alone is not a matter of how many people surround you.)



*"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge   (So true!! Gentle advice is received so much better from a humble giver than from a boisterous know-it-all that you turn off the instant they begin to speak. Say it ain't so... ?)


*"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." ~George Washington  (This has been an interesting one because I stress to my kids to be kind to everyone and they like to throw scenarios at me... SO the kids that SAY do things the shouldn't invite them to "hang out"... it would be RUDE NOT to... RIGHT??? WRONG!! Son, you CAN KINDLY decline the invitation and tell them to go have fun you'll see them later. Being KIND does NOT mean HANGING OUT! If you are out with them and they re doing things they shouldn't and you are NOT, YOU are assumed guilty by association. If they shoplift or paint graffiti, YOU are arrested, too. BOOM! YOU have a record for HANGING OUT! JUST be KIND and keep your distance. 'Nuff said!)



*"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."  ~Mother Teresa  (SO, so, so TRUE! Such a loving, kind, selfless woman! Leave the judging to God! If we love people, it will better help us and others get to Him!)



*"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."  ~Plato~  (I can't imagine life without music!! Music can transport me to another place and time. Thank you, God, for MUSIC!)


*"We are not diminished when someone else is added upon."  ~Jeffrey R Holland   (Why do some people get upset when someone else succeeds at something? We should be happy for them! Think about it! It doesn't take AWAY from US! We are not in a race with THEM. Are we? We shouldn't be. We should be doing our best for ourselves while they are doing their best for themselves... We should be cheering each other on!!)


*"The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog."  ~Mark Twain  (Come on... there are days we can all relate to this and that is why I love it. My dog loves unconditionally and is always happy to see me... even if I'm a grouch. She is SUCH a sweet soul!!)



*"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."  ~Victor Hugo  (Good to remember when going through hard times.)


*"Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow.""  Thomas S Monson  (Some people will never understand how much courage it takes for some to just get out of bed and face the world again... or if something went terribly wrong one day, to face all those that witnessed it the next. This is awesome!)

*"You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel."  ~Johnny Depp (Rather profound for a quirky actor... LOL! ~ Sometimes I wish I could turn my feelings off... things would hurt less. :p  Burying our heads in the sand only creates more problems, though. Open your eyes, people. Problems won't solve themselves and when you open them they will only be worse...)

*"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  ~Maya Anjelou  (This goes both ways... BUT... We should always think about the things we say and do and how they will make others feel because of those lasting impressions. ESPECIALLY when it comes to children!)


*"When life gets too hard to stand, KNEEL!"  ~Gordon B Hinckley  (Remeber that God can help us through the rough spots, but we need to humble ourselves enough to ask.)

"What e'er thou art, act well thy part"  ~Quentin L Cook  (Don't get it? It means that whatever task you're given, whatever role you play... DO IT WELL! Do your BEST! Do yourSELF proud knowing that whether the task was too difficult or you felt it beneath you, you gave it your all and no one can honestly consider you a slacker. If they think it, you and God KNOW better and who else matters?)


Mama’s Losin’ It

I'm sorry, I TRIPLED the requested 6 quotes, but I seriously could go ON and ON... going to the site and seeing  some of the samples, maybe she was looking for MOM quotes... BUT, these are LIFE quotes, and I definitely teach them to my kids, too. So here is just a smidgen of quotes I cherish.  Enjoy!

6 comments:

Tammigirl said...

I love most of these, but especially the one about our stories.

incognitusscriptor.com said...

Good ones! Really good advice.

Amy said...

I love them all! Hadn't heard a few of them - definitely enjoyed my visit!

TMW Hickman said...

Enjoyed these! Definitely food for thought.

Karen M. Peterson said...

Those are some great quotes, Holly!

zunaira mehar said...



Absolut Hammer Comment, das wollte ich selbst schon Mal ausdrucken, wusste nur nicht wie ich das niederschreiben konnte.
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