My Favorite Quotes

Thinking Man

Don’t let the 1% ruin the other 99%.
– Christopher Soreco (at age 8)

If you get a job that you love it’s like getting free money.
– Kevin Soreco (at age 8)

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.
– Marcus Aurelius

To live a good life: We have the potential for it. If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.
– Marcus Aurelius

If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.
– Seneca the Younger

What such a man needs is not courage but nerve control, cool headedness. This he can only get by practice.
– Theodore Roosevelt

He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.
– Seneca the Younger

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes?
– Seneca the Younger

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
– John Milton

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
– Louis Pasteur

Don’t set your mind on things you don’t possess…but count the blessings you actually possess and think how much you would desire them if they weren’t already yours.
– Marcus Aurelius

There seemed to be endless obstacles… it seemed that the root cause of them all was fear.
– Joanna Field

It’s weak and despicable to go on wanting things and not trying to get them.
– Joanna Field

Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.
– Marcus Aurelius

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
– Lao Tzu

A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
– Booker T. Washington

It is emotion that drives the intelligence forward in spite of obstacles.
– Henri Bergson

What it takes to win is simple. But it’s not easy.
– Marv Levy

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.
-Hermann Hesse

The wind of anger blows out the lamp of intelligence.
– Unknown

Don’t ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.
– Unknown

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
– Unknown

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
– Seneca the Younger

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
– John Wooden

We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face.
– Unknown

There is no more dangerous error than that of mistaking the consequence for the cause.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.
-Charles Mingus

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
– Napoleon Bonaparte

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
– Thomas Jefferson

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
– Rabbi H. Schachtel

A year from now you will wish you had started today.
– Karen Lamb

The love of comfort is often the enemy of greatness.
Todd Henry

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
– Marcus Aurelius

Good people are not those who lack flaws, the brave are not those who feel no fear, and the generous are not those who never feel selfish. Extraordinary people are not extraordinary because they are invulnerable to unconscious biases. They are extraordinary because they choose to do something about it.
– Shankar Vedantam

Perfect is the enemy of good.
– Voltaire

Working on a problem reduces the fear of it. It’s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on it—even if progress is imperfect and slow. Action relieves anxiety.
James Clear

If you never copy best practices, you’ll have to repeat all the mistakes yourself. If you only copy best practices, you’ll always be one step behind the leaders.
James Clear

The challenge for anyone interested in making progress is to simultaneously have (1) the confidence to go after what you want and (2) the humility to accept who you are right now and (3) the willingness to build skills that bridge the gap between 1 and 2.
James Clear

Showing up means facing into your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors willingly, with curiosity and kindness.
Susan David, Ph.D.

Bible Quotes and Verses

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
Mark 8:36

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
1 Thessalonians 5:15

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
2 Corinthians 7:10

The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:17

A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
Proverbs 13:1

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
Matthew 7:1

Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
1 John 2:4-6

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.
Deuteronomy 15:7-8

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape.
Proverbs 11:9

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:5-6

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 6:1

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:34