Daily quote from “Spirit Lifters”

Highlight quote: “禪宗契此和尚《播秧詩》云:「手把青秧插滿田,低頭便見水中天,六根清淨方為道,退步原來是向前。」”

While I am reading the following daily quotes, I also like to play my favorite listening on YoutTube.com (Click the link to play the video): 1) Rubinstein plays Beethoven “Emperor” Piano Concerto No.5, Op.73 – 2nd Movement; 2) Frédéric Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2. II Larghetto | Arthur Rubinstein 3) a very exciting recording: Beethoven – 5th Piano Concerto ‘Emperor’ (Zimerman, Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker) 4) To quiet my mind: “The second movement of Dvořák Symphony No. 9 – “From the New World” symphony 5) Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto II. Adagio | Arthur Rubinstein (2/3) 6) Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites – 1 and 2 7) George Frideric Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks (such a grandeur) 8) Classical Music for Relaxation… 9) Castle in the Sky 久石讓 – 天空之城交響樂版 10) Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite (阿萊城姑娘) – 小步舞曲 & 法蘭多爾舞曲-4th movement 11) Haydn Trumpet Concerto (3rd Movement): Wynton Marsalis, trumpet 12) Amazing Grace – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Specials: Click the following link for the video of Walk Beside Me (Live In Concert From The Round Room At The Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland)  Quote: “… song was written by Mutt Lange. Based on a quote by Albert Camus, French philosopher “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.””

A friend gave me, probably in year 2006, a deck of 365 cards titled “Spirit Lifters: Inspirational thoughts for each day of the year”.  I continue to read the daily quote since then.  A friend of mine, Gwen Jorgensen, mentioned to me on April 29, 2016 that I might consider to post the daily quote for sharing; so I start here.

(Aside: I’m a buddhist, but I appreciate this prayer said in Mother Teresa’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1979 quoted in the following): The entire Acceptance speech can be found here http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/social-justice/mother-teresas-nobel-peace-prize-acceptance-speech.html#.V3cHUlYemFg.facebook

Mind calming song in Mandarin: Tzu Chi song: Love and compassion are in my prayer. Also《慈濟歌曲》誠心齋戒(十遍)Tzu Chi’s prayer

Mother Teresa said: The poor people are very great people. They can teach us so many beautiful things.

Lord, make a channel of Thy peace
that, where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that, where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that, where there is error, I may bring truth;
that, where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that, where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that, where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that, where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted,
to understand than to be understood;
to love than to be loved;
for it is by forgetting self that one finds;
it is forgiving that one is forgiven;
it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

– St. Francis of Assisi

Daily Quote from “Spirit Lifters” by McAn Ltd., 6 Hampton on Auburn Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, 1984 edition:

April 29: Character is like the foundation to a house … It is below the surface.

April 28: Love truth, and pardon error.

April 27: It’s bad to have an empty purse, but an empty head is a whole lot worse.

April 26: Don’t let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.

April 25: Don’t feel bad about growing old.  Some people never get the chance.

April 24: You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

April 23: Truth doesn’t hurt unless it ought to.

April 22: Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not to envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not to flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.

April 21: Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases.

April 20: Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment, the more experiments you make, the better.

April 19: There are three ways to get things done; do it yourself, hire someone, or forbid your kids to do it.

April 18: The truest joys they seldom prove, who free from quarrels live; ’tis the most tender part of love, Each other to forgive.

April 17: Don’t tell your friends their social faults, they will cure the fault and never forgive you.  (Ren’s own note – Personally, I disagree with this thought because if the social fault is cureable, it should be told.)

April 16: Love cannot be wasted.  It makes no difference where it is bestowed, it always brings in big returns.

April 15: Three hundred sixty-five days in a year You work like the dickens to make it And just when you’re ready To start eating steady, The government’s ready to take it.

April 14: Be more prompt to go with a friend in adversity than in prosperity.

April 13: Friendship is a commitment.  A trust that consists of not letting a person down when they need you.  It is rare and should be treasured.

April 12: Light tomorrow with today!

April 11: He who merits praise he never receives is better off than He who receives praise he never merits.

April 10: Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.

April 9: Blessed are the hard-of-hearing for they miss much small talk.

April 8: Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.

April 7: Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

April 6: We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

April 5: Don’t part company with your ideals.  They are anchors in a storm.

April 4: Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

April 3: The only way to help yourself is to help others.

April 2: It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little.  Do what you can.

April 1: If a donkey bray at you, don’t bray at him.  A. Lincoln

March 31: Some people think they are honest because they’ve never been caught stealing.

March 30: Patience is a virtue that carries a lot of wait.

March 29: Life is too short — To remember slights and insults.  To cherish grudges that rob me of happiness.  To waste time in doing things that are of no value.

March 28: Forget injuries; never forget kindness.

March 27: Just about the time you think you can make both ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

March 26: Everybody wants to live forever; but no one wants to grow old.

March 25: The first point of wisdom is to know the truth; the second, to discern what is false!

March 24: Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.

March 23: If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.

March 22: He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.

March 21: Money will buy a fine dog, but only love will make him wag his tail.

March 20: It is natural to love them that love us, but it is supernatural to love them that hate us.

March 19: When alone, we have our own thoughts to watch; When in family, our tempers; When in society, our tongues.

March 18: True patience means waiting without worrying.

March 17: Prescription for a happy marriage: never forget your wife’s birthday, and never remember which one it is.

March 16: For if there were no grief to hollow out our hearts, where would there be room for joy.

March 15: So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

March 14: Don’t let your mind become so busy that your heart can’t respond.

March13: The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

March 12: Some people grin and beat it.  Others smile and change it.

March 11: Be grateful for luck, but don’t depend on it.

March 10: There is no limit to how much good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.

March 9: Luck is only where preparation meets with opportunity.

March 8: Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.

March 7: Never ask of money spent where the spender thinks it went.  Nobody was ever meant to remember or invent what he did with every cent.

March 6: It’s not the number of hours you put in, but what you put in the hours that count.

March 5: Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

March 4: Better ask twice than go wrong once.

March 3: Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels, but they live like men.

March 2: The mind like a parachute functions only when open.

March 1: Assert your right to make a few mistakes.  If people can’t accept your imperfections, that’s their fault.

February 29: Assert your right to make a few mistakes.  If people can’t accept your imperfections, that’s their fault.

February 28: Cherish your own emotions, and never undervalue them.

February 27: If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow.

February 26: Take time to live because the world has so much to give.

February 25: The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.

February 24: Make your life a mission – not an intermission.

February 23: The world is full of beauty when your heart is filled with love.

February 22: Look to a gown of gold, and you will at least get a sleeve of it.

February 21: Real love begins where nothing is expected in return.

February 20: Flattery is like cologne; it is to be smelled, not swallowed.

February 19: The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.

February 18: When you have an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him.

February 17: There is no greater invitation to love than in loving first.

February 16: Let each day be your masterpiece.

February 15: “I expect to pass through this world but once.  Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me know it now… for I shall not pass this way again.”

February 14: Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay.  Love isn’t love ’til you give it away.

February 13: No man is so poor as to have nothing worth giving.  Give what you have to some, it may be better than you dare to think.

February 12: I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.  Abe Lincoln

February 11: Faith is the key to fit the door of Hope, but there is no power anywhere like love for turning it.  Elaine Emans.

February 10: Happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the road.

February 9: Don’t grumble because you don’t have what you want; be thankful you don’t get what you deserve.

February 8: We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

February 7: The person who is always finding fault, seldom finds anything else.

February 6: “Cheerfulness and content are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.”

February 5: To overlook the little things in life is to miss the biggest part of life itself.

February 4: The only sharp edged tool that gets sharper with use is the tongue.

February 3: A good thing to remember  And a better thing to do,  Is to work with the Construction Gang  And not the wrecking crew.

February 2: God wisely designed the human body so that we can neither pat our own backs nor kick ourselves too easily.

February 1: He who has no money is poor, but he who has nothing but money is the poorest of all.

January 31: If you have lost faith in yourself, just go out and get acquainted with a small child.  Win his love and your faith will come streaking back to you before you know it.

January 30: Be responsible: No one can be perfect; he can only aim at being a likable, reasonable being.

January 29: Humility is a strange thing-when you think you’ve gained it, you’ve lost it.

January 28: Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

January 27: A gossip is someone who suffers from acute indiscretion.

January 26: Where there is great love there are always great miracles.

January 25: The secret of life is to know who you are and where you are going.

January 24: Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.

January 23: I asked of life: “What have you to offer me?”  And the answer came: “What have you got to give?”

January 22: Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others.

January 21: Every day is given to you as an eternity to be happy.

January 20: Children may close their ears to advice, but they open their eyes to example.

January 19: If you meet one too tired to smile, Leave one of yours; Nobody needs a smile, as much as those who have none to give.

January 18: Tomorrow is not promised us, so let us take today and make the most of it.

January 17: The palest ink is better than the best memory.

January 16: To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

January 15: Whatever my secrets are, remember when I entrust them to you, they are part of me.

January 14: Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.

January 13: Only in a world of love can we unfold and bloom.

January 12: True wisdom lies in gathering precious moments out of each day.

January 11: Times flies, suns rise and shadows fall.  Let time go by.  Love is forever.

January 10: To be mature means to face and not evade every fresh crisis that comes.

January 9: You cannot lift your children to a higher level than on which you live yourself.

January 8: When you’re tired and worn at the close of the day; And things don’t seem to be going your way, When even your patience has come to an end, Try taking time out and confide in a friend.

January 7: You can’t keep trouble from coming, but you needn’t give it a chair to set on.  — Old Proverb

January 6: Blessed are they who are pleasant to live with.

January 5: Ulcers are what you get from mountain climbing over molehills.

January 4: Make the mistakes of yesterday your lessons for today.

January 3: A little more kindness in word and in deed.  A little more boosting that others may need.  A little  more love for the folks that we know.  A little more effort so friendships may grow.  Just a little of these-as we plod along here – Will make it a wonderful, wonderful year.

January 2: This year is the one in which you promised to do so much last year.

January 1: God bless thy year- the rough, the smooth, the bright, the dear- GOD BLESS THY YEAR!

December 31: And as the Old Year slips away, He kindly with him takes The pages we have blurred and marred With failures and mistakes.  The blighted hopes and needless fears are gone beyond recall.  And ours once more than fair, clean page  The New Year brings to all.

December 30: It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.

December 29: Beware of the high cost of low living.

December 28: You can’t change the past, but you ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.

December 27: The greatest thing in life is to be needed.

December 26: It’s a little too much to save, And a little too much to dump.  There’s nothing to do but eat it.  That makes the housewife plump.

December 25: CHRISTMAS is the delight of loving and being loved in return, not for gifts tied with bows, but for gifts of the Spirit offered with an open heart every day of the year. Peal Buck

December 24: Many look with one eye at what they give, but with seven at what they receive.

December 23: Not what we give, But what we share, For the gift without the giver is bare.

December 22: Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.  H. W. Mable

December 21: Christmas is a time to remember timeless stories from days of yore, A time to ponder what’s ahead, A time to open another door.

December 20: Before your gifts are all wrapped up and gayly ribbon tied, Please remember to tuck a lot of love inside.

December 19: There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

December 18: Christmas is a time for children  No matter what their age.  Spirit is the only ticket, And heart the only gauge.

December 17: A partnership with God is motherhood.

December 16: A fault-mender is better than a fault-finder.

December 15: CHEER UP!  Birds also have bills, but they keep on singing.

December 14: Help me never to judge another until I have walked a day in his steps.

December 13: God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference.

December 12: Every speaker has a mouth, An arrangement rather neat.  Sometimes it’s filled with wisdom, Sometimes it’s filled with feet.

December 11: When God measures a man, He puts the tape around the heart instead of the head.

December 10: To err is human; to forgive, infrequent.

December 9: People rarely succeed at anything unless they have fun doing it.

December 8: So much of what is great has sprung from the closeness of family ties.

December 7: Finish each day and be done with it… You have done what you could, some blunder and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; You shall begin it well and serenely.  Ralph W. Emerson

December 6: Love is not measured by how many times you touch each other, but by how many times you reach each other.

December 5: When a happy person enters the room, it’s as if another candle had been lighted.

December 4: Get pleasure out of life: as much as you can.  Nobody ever died from pleasure.

December 3: You cannot possess a richer treasure than that of the loyalty of a friend.

December 2: Even the best things are not equal to their fame.

December 1: He who distributes the milk of kindness cannot help but spill a little on himself.

November 30: Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.

November 29: I used to censure everyone, I was a Pharisee; Until, quite unexpectedly.  I got a glimpse of me.

November 28: The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

November 27: Thank God for dirty dishes, They have a tale to tell; While others may go hungry, we’ve eaten very well.  With home, health and happiness I shouldn’t want to fuss, By the stack of evidence, God’s been very good to us.

November 26: If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot.

November 25: The price of success is perseverance.  The price of failure comes cheaper.

November 24: If you can think of nothing for which to give thanks, you have a poor memory.

November 23: Love me what I am, Not what you want me to be.

November 22: What makes life worth the living is our giving and forgiving.

November 21: Tolerance is a virtue, but the greatest crime of our age has been the toleration of wrong.

November 20: When you begin to dislike someone, do something nice for him.

November 19: Aspirations can cure headaches.

November 18: You may not have been responsible for your heritage, but you are responsible for your future.

November 17: Virtue is like rich stone, best plain set.

November 16: ‘Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal and not the storms of life.

November 15: The Golden Rule is of no use to you whatever, unless you realize that it is your move.

November 14: Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.

November 13: Ideas are funny little things.  They won’t work unless you do.

November 12: My grandfather once told me that there are tow kinds of people; Those who do the work and Those who take the credit.  He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition there.

November 11: Behavior is a mirror in which everyone displays his image.

November 10: When things are bad we take a bit of comfort in the thought that they could always be worse.  And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.

November 9: Faults are thick when love is thin.

November 8: We lose the peace of years when we hunt after the rapture of moments.

November 7: Optimism is the handmaiden of faith.  Together, they help us see the light at the end of tunnels yet to be built.

November 6: Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity.

November 5: Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

November 4: In labors of love, every day is pay day.

November 3: In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.

November 2: Success covers a multitude of blunders.

November 1: Never open the door to a little vice lest a great one enter with it.

October 31: Good intentions are no substitute for action; failure usually follows the path of least persistence.

October 30: Take a tip from nature — man’s ears weren’t made to shut — his mouth was.

October 29: You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.

October 28: Do not worry about whether or not the sun will rise. Be prepared to enjoy it.

October 27: Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much.

October 26: An old man was asked what had most robbed him of joy in his life. His reply was, “things that never happened”.

October 25: Hide not your talents, they for use were made.  What’s a sun-dial in the shade?

October 24: If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

October 23: Trouble is part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.

October 22: No brain is stronger than its weakest think.

October 21: There is no freedom on earth or in any star for those who deny freedom to others.

October 20: Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

October 19: Treat the other man’s faith gently; it is all he has to believe with.  His mind was created for his own thoughts not yours or mine.

October 18: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

October 17: Don’t walk before me I many not follow, Don’t walk behind me I may not lead, Just walk beside me And be my friend.

October 16: Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

October 15: Contentment consists not in great wealth but in few wants.

October 14: Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.

October 13: Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.

October 12: Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

October 11: Love is like a bazaar. The admittance is free but it costs you something before you get out.

October 10: The man who pays an ounce of principle for a pound of popularity gets badly cheated.

October 9: Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.

October 8: True obedience neither procrastinates nor questions.

October 7: Waste of time is the most extravagant and costly of all expenses.

October 6: Do not trust the man who tells you all his troubles but keeps from you his joys.

October 5: Money is a terrible master, but an excellent servant.

October 4: Find an aim in life before you run out of ammunition.

October 3: If people could really see your heart, would they be happily surprised or dismally disappointed?

October 2: Age is a matter of the mind; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

October 1: Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

September 30: If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

September 29: Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

September 28: If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise the price.

September 27: Knowledge is folly unless grace guides it.

September 26: You are young and useful at any age if you are still planning for tomorrow.

September 25: While faith makes all things possible, it is love that makes all thing easy.

September 24: Demand not that events should happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do, and you will go on well.

September 23: Some husbands know all the answers.  They’ve been listening for years.

September 22: Some folks carry their religion on their shoulder like a burden, instead of in their hearts like a song.

September 21: Keep looking up; Remember there is only mud under your feet.

September 20: Don’t discuss yourself, for your are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself you are disbelieved.

September 19: If you find it hard to say, “Thank You” make up your mind that there is something wrong with you.

September 18: The world has weary hearts That we may bless and cheer, And a smile for every day Makes sunshine all the year.

September 17: He that will not command his thoughts will soon lose command of his actions.

September 16: Failure is success if we learn from it.

September 15: Don’t make use of another’s mouth unless it has been lent to you.

September 14: Help me overlook others faults in the hope that they will overlook mine.

September 13: Good, better, best; never let it rest till your good is better and your better is best.

September 12: Nothing we wear makes as much difference as the expression on our faces.

September 11: In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

September 10: Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.

September 9: Have the courage of your desire.

September 8: Have regard for your name, since it will remain for you longer than a great store of gold.

September 7: Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.

September 6: Never let a difficulty stop you; it may be only sand on your track to prevent your skidding.

September 5: Make the most of your regrets… to regret deeply is to live afresh.

September 4: I saw tomorrow look at me from the little children’s eyes, and I thought how carefully we’d teach, if we were really wise.

September 3: When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.

September 2: It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

September 1: The way you go must be your decision.

August 31: A parent cannot in simple justice demand from any child a standard of conduct which he does not himself fulfill.

August 30: Love is never afraid of giving too much.

August 29: Trouble is usually produced by those who produce nothing else.

August 28: Make sure to be in with your equals if you’re going to fall out with your superiors.

August 27: The ornaments of a house are the friends who visit it.

August 26: Those who won’t mind their own business, soon have no business to mind.

August 25: Don’t run too far; you will have to return the same distance.

August 24: The trick is to make sure you don’t die waiting for prosperity to come.

August 23: Kindness is becoming at any age.

August 22: It’s the little things that bother us, And keep us on the rack; We can sit upon a MOUNTAIN, But not on a TACK.

August 21: He who forgives, ends the quarrel.

August 20: Behold the turtle.  He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

August 19: Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.  Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.

August 18: One of the beautiful surprises of middle age is the discovery that mature love is not only richer and deeper, but every bit as breathtaking as it was in the beginning.

August 17: A SMILE: It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, and is the countersign of friends.

August 16: The size of your troubles generally depends on whether they are coming or going.

August 15: Let brotherly love continue.  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

August 14: We flatter those we scarcely know, And please our fleeting guest, But render many a heartless blow, To those we love the best.

August 13: Never suffer the prejudice of the eye to determine the heart.

August 12: The art of conversation lies in listening.

August 11: Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

August 10: If we appreciate what we have, it always becomes more.  If we belittle what we have, it always becomes less.

August 9: The time to pray is not when we are in a tight spot but just as soon as we get out of it.

August 8: If you can laugh at your troubles, you will never run out of something to laugh about.

August 7: Never mind whom you praise, but be very careful whom you blame.

August 6: A quiet tongue shows a wise head.

August 5: With a small boy cleanliness is not next to godliness.  It is next to impossible.

August 4: Giving advice is sometimes only showing our wisdom at the expense of another.

August 3: If you think you can win, you can win.  Faith is necessary to victory.

August 2: A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.

August 1: When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

July 31: If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.

July 30: To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage, or of principle.

July 29: The surest way to go broke is to sit around waiting for a break.

July 28: There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks all of them.

July 27: You can’t turn the clock back.  But you can wind it up again.

July 26: Half our trouble comes of wanting to have our own way, and the other half is due to failure to face the facts.

July 25: Youth is not a time of life, It is a state of mind.  Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; People grow old by deserting their ideals.

July 24: Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials.  Hold on; hold fast; hold out.  Patience is genius.

July 23: Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.

July 22: About the only thing that comes without effort is old age.

July 21: Always refuse the advice that passion gives.

July 20: If you cannot do great things, you can at least do small things in a great way.

July 19: A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

July 18: Peace of mind never comes to any home when someone is always handing out a piece of his mind.

July 17: Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

July 16: It’s not what you eat that causes ulcers; it’s what’s eating you.

July 15: With the kiss of the sun for pardon  And the song of the birds for mirth  One is nearer God’s heart in a garden  Than anywhere else on earth.

July 14: Stay at home in your mind.  Don’t recite other people’s opinions.

July 13: The way some people find fault, you’d think there was a reward.

July 12: Never mind yesterday, life is today!  Never mind yesterday, lay it away!  Never mind anything over and done, Here is a new moment, lit with new sun.

July 11: You can never do a kindness too soon … because you never know how soon … it will be too late.

July 10: It is always commendable to get in and dig, but be careful where you throw the dirt.

July 9: Be careful that victories do not carry the seeds of future defeats.

July 8: You are often sorry for saying a harsh word.  But you will never regret saying a kind one.

July 7: The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss of smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment.

July 6: Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.

July 5: A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.

July 4: This day must be remembered.  The stars and stripes unfurled; Ours is a glorious heritage.  So bless the whole wide world.

July 3: The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.

July 2: People who deal in sunshine Are the ones who draw the crowds.  They always do more business Than those who peddle clouds.

July 1: You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

June 30: A golden wedding is when the couple has gone fifty-fifty!

June 29: Love does not consist of looking at each other, but in looking outward together, in the same direction.

June 28: While looking for ways to serve and help others, you will find most of your own faults automatically corrected.

June 27: Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.  Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.

June 26: Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.

June 25: When you turn “green” with envy, You’re getting “ripe” for trouble.

June 24: Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?

June 23: When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade.

June 22: You cannot help people permanently, by doing for them what they should do for themselves.

June 21: We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.

June 20: Always behave like a duck.  Keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.

June 19: The three great essentials of happiness are: Something to do, Someone to love, And Something to hope for.

June 18: A friendship true is like pure gold … It won’t wear out because it’s old.

June 17: The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.

June 16: You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.

June 15: Only a dad, but he gives his all.  To smooth the way for his children small; These are the lines that for him I pen; Only a dad, but the best of men.

June 14: Many a man who is offered the chance of a lifetime for a song can’t sing.

June 13: When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.

June 12: If you think what you ought to do for other people your character will take care of itself.

June 11: When saving for old age, be sure to lay up a few pleasant thoughts.

June 10: A heart full of joy and gladness will always banish sadness and strife, so always look for the silver lining and try to find the sunny side of life.

June 9: If a thought comes to you of doing a kindness to some one, do it that very minute!  What’s the use of doing kindness if you do it a day too late?

June 8: Children are the only people wise enough to enjoy today … without regretting yesterday or fearing tomorrow.

June 7: To some people a tree is something so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes.  To others it is just a green thing that stands in the way.

June 6: No parent should spend all of his time in the garden of a child’s life digging up weeds; there is always the danger of scratching out flowers not above the ground.

June 5: Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.

June 4: When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.

June 3: Learn how to pay compliments.  Start with the members of your family, and you will find it will become easier later in life to compliment others.  It’s a great asset.

June 2: Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

June 1: Better do a kindness near at home than walk a thousand miles to burn incense.

May 31: Could we read the final chapter of our life, then we would see great advantages and blessings come from our adversity.

May 30: If you cannot lift the load off another’s back, do not walk away.  Try to lighten it.

May 29: Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts.  The only gift is a portion of thyself.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 28: What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.  They are but trifles to be sure, but scattered along life’s pathway the good they do is inconceivable.

May 27: In giving advice, seek to help, not please your friend.

May 26: If you cannot make light of your troubles, keep them in the dark.

May 25: Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  God is awake.

May 24: Great opportunities come to those who make most of small ones.

May 23: If a parent takes one step into the world, his children will take two.

May 22: The way to a friend’s house is never long.

May 21: Worry does not empty the day of its trouble, but only of its strength.

May 20: The real character of a man may be measured by what he does when no one is looking.

May 19: When you “bury the hatchet” don’t leave the handle sticking out.

May 18: Always begin anew with the day, just as nature does; it is one of the sensible things that nature does.

May 17: When a thing is done, its done.  Don’t look back.  Look forward to your next objective.

May 16: If you are being run out of town, get in front of the crowd and make it look like a parade.

May 15: When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

May 14: Some things may come to us with rough wrappings, but there is good inside.

May 13: You are young only once, but you can stay immature for life.

May 12: Life is precious; handle with prayer.

May 11: You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold; Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me.

May 10: The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.

May 9: There is nothing human so dependable, so irresistible, so unselfish as true mother love.

May 8: A mother is the only person on earth who can divide her love among ten children and each child still have all her love.

May 7: Keeping house is like threading beads on a string with no knot at the end.

May 6: Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

May 5: If you have built castles in the air, your work not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put foundations under them.

May 4: A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials.

May 3: If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.

May 2: Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

May 1: Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

April 30: Don’t be afraid of opposition: Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind.

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2 responses to “Daily quote from “Spirit Lifters”

  1. Thank you, Ren! Consistently, you inspire me, uplift my heart, and remind me of our deepest purpose as human beings: to look deeply into our hearts, listen to the spirit within, and work toward becoming a better person every day. It is a privilege to know you and to count you as my friend.

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