Sunday Quotes – Optimism

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The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser — in case you thought optimism was dead.

Robert Brault

An optimist is the human personification of spring.

Susan J. Bissonette

Optimism is the foundation of courage.

Nicholas Murray Butler

If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say, in a pleasant and hopeful voice, “Well, this isn’t too bad. I don’t have my left arm anymore, but at least nobody will ever ask me whether I am right-handed or left-handed,” but most of us would say something more along the lines of “Aaaaah! My arm! My arm!”

Lemony Snicket

Sunday Quotes – Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.

William Arthur Ward

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

Paul Boese

Some forgive and forget, more forgive and remember, most forgive and remind.

Robert Brault

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury.

E.H. Chapin

Sunday Quotes – Purpose

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Never ask, “What reason do I have to be happy?” Instead ask, “To what purpose can I attach my happiness?”

Robert Brault

When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.

Author Unknown

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.

Gautama Buddha

If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.

Thomas Merton

Sunday Quotes: Kindness

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Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

Robert Brault

A good character is the best tombstone.  Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered.  Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

Charles H. Spurgeon

What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.

Cleveland Amory

When I was young, I admired clever people.  Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.

Author Unknown

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Sunday Quotes – Self-discovery

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You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful.  What you’ll discover is yourself.

Alan Alda

Never mind searching for who you are.  Search for the person you aspire to be.

Robert Brault

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.

Dr. Alexis Carrel

The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.

Julien Green

If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe?  The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.

Author Unknown

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.

Hugh Prather

To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying “Amen” to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday Quotes For Teens – Dare To Be Great!

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Put your future in good hands – your own.  ~Author Unknown

Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.  ~Max L. Forman

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.  ~Author Unknown

Don’t let anyone steal your dream.  It’s your dream, not theirs. ~Dan Zadra

Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius.  ~Robert Brault

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.  ~Allen H. Neuharth

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Sunday Quotes – Pets

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The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.

~Robert Brault

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. 

~George Eliot

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. 

~Martin Buber

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. 


If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.  All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. 

~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.

~Joseph Wood Krutch