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Parable of the Pencil

Sheila J. Highland



Parable of the Pencil

Parable of the Pencil

Pencil will become the best pencil it can be.. only if ..

1. It allows itself to be held in someone’s hand, then it will be able to do many great things.
2. It willing to experience a painful sharpening from time to time, then it will become a better pencil.
3. It can manage to correct any mistakes it made.Parable of the pencil
4. It be able to leave a mark and continue writes on any surface and at any condition
5. And the best part of the pencil is always what’s inside it.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you would make you the best person you can be..

1. you will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. and allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
2. You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time by going through various problems in life, but you will need it to become a stronger person.
3. You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
4. On every surface you walk through you must leave your mark. No matter what the situations, you must continue to do your duties.
5. The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.

Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make change.

Parable of the Pencil is a motivating story. One Very Special Seed! is another refreshing story of courage honesty.

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The Warren Buffett Way – 83 Reasons We Love Warren Buffett




The Warren Buffett Way 83 Reasons We Love Warren Buffett

When all of this Corona Virus troubles has settled down and the world is returning back to normal.  There will be new opportunities for fast moving and entrepreneurial folks.  The Warren Buffett way may provide you with the right answers.

If you are interested in opening a business then, you should probably be be modelling the success of those who have achieved success in their businesses. As we all know, starting up any kind of business can be very difficult, especially if you don’t have enough knowledge in handling and even operating a business.

the warren buffett wayAsking help from professional and successful business owners or just modelling other successful entrepreneurs can be a great help. Warren Buffet is arguably one of the most successful investors ever. If you are going to model anyone it should be the Warren Buffett way.

Below are 83 reasons to love Warren Buffet, which I found from

There are many reasons why we should love Warren Buffett. Warren Buffet is one of the most ideal person that businessmen look up to. Not everyone knows how much he has done in helping people improve their business.

1. Intricate, occasionally contradictory complexity hides beneath the “Aw, shucks” folksy charm. As a Forbes writer once put it, “Buffett is not a simple person, but he has simple tastes.”

2. Many people talk about avoiding the madding crowd, but Buffett actually does it by living 1,250 miles away from Wall Street.

3. He has a fortress-like internal scorecard on all things investing, yet a vulnerable, endearing external scorecard on many aspects of his personal life. See his penchant for seeking mother figures.

4. His perspective: “In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.”

5. He is that guy in school who tells you he may have failed the test — only to bust the top of the curve.

6. His time frame for the long run consistently exceeds his life span.

7. He says it better: “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

8. He’s human. He fears nuclear war and his own mortality. He’s frequently more adept at business relationships than personal ones. He can hold a grudge. His hero is his daddy.

9. Classic line: “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1.”

10. Once branded a stingy miser (rightly or wrongly), Buffett has evolved (assuming it wasn’t his intention from the start) into one of the most effective philanthropists I know. After growing his potential givings at a 20% compounded rate per year, he set a plan to give most of it away.


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11. Perhaps as importantly, he put ego aside and outsourced his charitable decision-making to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Circle of competence at its finest.

12. “I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.” Contrast that with computer algorithm-based trading, day trading, and some of the moves you’ve made in your own account.

13. Buffett’s smarter than you and I, but he’s kind enough to let us feel otherwise.

14. David Sokol was once an heir apparent and arguably Buffett’s most trusted operations guy. But when Sokolgate emerged, Buffett stayed true to his word: “We can afford to lose money — even a lot of money. But we can’t afford to lose reputation — even a shred of reputation.”

15. “Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.” He said it early, and we are reminded of it often.

16. In a glimpse of the nuance that some commentators call hypocrisy, Buffett uses derivatives himself. But he does so in a way that doesn’t threaten the entire financial system and explains exactly why in his annual shareholder letters.

17. He doomed himself from ever holding public office: “A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”

18. I like juxtaposing these two quotes: 1) “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” 2) “Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls-Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.”

19. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”

20. He has the ability to resist the allure of the quick fix or quick buck when longer-term dynamics are at play.

21. Not sure if this quote came before or after the Internet: “Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.”

22. For those hoping to become famous and respected, he’s a testament that the challenges and doubts keep coming regardless of the length of the track record. He has publicly prevailed so far.

23. An investing truism: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

24. The business side of that investing truism: “Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it’s not going to get the business.”

25. He uses colorful language and analogies when drab jargon could do the trick.

26. Boring example: moat vs. competitive advantage.

27. Not-so-boring example: sex.

28. “Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.”

29. Classic line: “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

30. He backs up his saying, “Our favorite holding period is forever,” by keeping past-their-prime subsidiaries that others would “spin off to unlock value.”

31. His Robin (Charlie Munger) can kick your Batman’s butt.

32. He makes loophole-free handshake deals.

33. “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

34. Quote No. 1 on keeping it simple, stupid: “The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.”

35. Quote No. 2 on keeping it simple, stupid: “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.”

36. The Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A ) (NYSE: BRK-B ) annual meeting is an unrivaled spectacle in investing, truly living up to its billing as the Woodstock for Capitalists.

37. One of the most concise summations of why America is great: “There are 339 million people out there that are trying to improve their lot in life. And we’ve got a system that allows them to do it.”

38. Trash-bin-diving caution No. 1: “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

39. Trash-bin-diving caution No. 2: “Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.”

40. He’s an eternal optimist in a sound-bite culture that often rewards pessimistsThe Warren Buffett way

41. His shareholder letters reveal an artisan-like craftsmanship only seen when the proprietor cares deeply about his creation.

42. The contrarian credo: “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

43. He recognizes that genius fails: “When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.”

44. Like so many great thinkers, Buffett is able to ignore noise and whittle a decision down to its core variables. After he explains those variables, the decision sounds elementary.

45. Why banking can be dangerous: “When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.”

46. He allows me to see the name Buffett without thinking of Jimmy.

47. Buffett maintains a high thought-to-speech ratio.

48. Buffett’s librarian fantasy: “If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.”

49. He converts a deadly sin into a virtue: “You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.”

50. Averaging 20% returns for almost half a century results in beating the S&P 500 78-to-1!

51. Even though he has fewer and fewer meaningful investing options because of the size of Berkshire Hathaway, he continues to wow us.

52. On a chili-dog-and-onion-ring-flavored note, Berkshire Hathaway owns Dairy Queen, my favorite fast-food chain.

53. Many of Buffett’s managers were wildly successful entrepreneurs before selling out to Berkshire. Convincing successful, headstrong, boss-less superstars to subjugate themselves, and keeping those people motivated and happy, is quite a feat.

54. On a related note, Buffett doesn’t micromanage — good thing, with an empire this large.

55. He gets doubted again and again and again and proves the doubters wrong most of the time. Yet you never hear him say, “I told you so.”

56. Well, maybe sometimes he gloats. Harvard Business School rejected him, which led him to study under his mentors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd at Columbia. His “How do you like me now?” statement: “Harvard did me a big favor by turning me down. But I haven’t made any contributions to them in thanks for that.”

57. He has become America’s de facto investing teacher. And he has done so willingly.

58. Perhaps my favorite Buffett line: “We like things that you don’t have to carry out to three decimal places. If you have to carry them out to three decimal places, they’re not good ideas.”

59. Not that he can’t be ruthless, but Buffett tends to look for win-win situations where possible. Contrast that with the Wall Street art of “ripping the face off” of clients.

60. He’s often described as a “learning machine,” extending his natural abilities and allowing him to make behemoth investing decisions over the span of just hours.

61. He added to Ben Graham’s teachings with the help of that learning ability and Munger’s counsel.

62. Now is a good time to point out that companies’ annual reports, which are available to all, are the primary fuel in his learning machine. He reads them voraciously to compare and contrast companies and build his business knowledge base. See the next point.

63. When asked what the most important key to his success was, Buffett answered, “focus.” His biographer Alice Schroeder elaborates: He has “focus like you have never seen on anybody else.” For good or ill, Buffett’s entire life has been dedicated to investing. It’s much harder than he lets on.

64. There are plenty of business fish in the sea: “There are all kinds of businesses that I don’t understand, but that doesn’t cause me to stay up at night. It just means I go on to the next one, and that’s what the individual investor should do.”

65. How many people can pull off being a contrarian by buying shares of Coca-Cola?

66. Even in an investing world full of Buffett students and imitators, he manages to surprise.

67. He takes every legal, ethical advantage available in the current system, but he lobbies for a better system. For example, he supports higher taxes for the rich, more severe estate taxes, and a level playing field. As he puts it, “I don’t like anything where the bottom 20% keep getting a poorer and poorer deal.”

68. He is grateful for the advantages he has had in life — like many of us, he won the “ovarian lottery.”

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69. When he talks, E. F. Hutton listens.

70. Like many geniuses, he is frequently the confounding exception to the rule. For example, Berkshire Hathaway has never paid a dividend and only started share repurchases recently. It also doesn’t split the chairman and CEO roles. And we shareholders thank him for it.

71. Buffett buys what he knows (and frequently loves), but he doesn’t overpay out of affection. He has the discipline to wait decades for the right opportunity.

72. He gives credit to his direct reports.

73. Not only is Buffett a great investor and manager, but he’s one hell of a writer. My jealousy grows.

74. He once picked up a date in a hearse he co-owned.

75. Before making his money work for him, he worked for his money early on with a series of jobs, schemes, and ventures. These included a paper route, selling chewing gum door to door, a pinball business, a sales job at J.C. Penney’s, caddying, marking up refurbished golf balls, and founding a horse-racing tip sheet.

76. He’s a permabull — on women.

77. It’s very possible that the house you live in is worth more than the house Buffett lives in — the house in Omaha he bought in 1958.

78. Over the years, he has relied on a similar set of answers to oft-asked questions. That his philosophy has stayed stable throughout that time is remarkable.

79. His wealth has bought him the ultimate trophy: He does whatever he wants to do just about every single day.

80. He’s the outsized calming influence a lot of us need. From his biography Snowball: “If a tornado were barreling straight toward Kiewit Plaza [where his office is], Buffett would say that things were ‘never better’ before mentioning the twister.”

81. Anyone who can make the hyper-opinionated Charlie Munger regularly utter “I have nothing to add” must be saying something impressive.

82. When his time to step down finally comes, it will take a village (a CEO, a chairman, and multiple portfolio investors) to perform his current responsibilities.

83. That said, he fully expects this list to one day reach well into the triple digits. And I look forward to adding those lines. Happy birthday, Mr. Buffett!

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221 Courage Quotes

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Courage quotes

The world is a scary place today.  With the Covid-19 virus infecting hundreds of thousands of people with many thousands of  deaths as well.  Countries are in lockdown and people are forced into their homes.

So now is the time for each individual, no matter how fearful about the future you may be, it stand up, pull your shoulders back and declare to the world that this will not beat me.  This will not beat us.  We will overcome this virus and survive, and not just survive but to come out the other side and thrive.

Today is the day to find your courage, that inner strength that will allow you to face the dangers of today without fear.

So the team at Wise Life Lessons have put together a collection of Courage Quotes, for you to use to help you to find that spark inside that will help you to be the best that you can be.  We hope that you enjoy these courage quotes.

Stay safe, stay strong.

Courage Quotes

Courage is the ability to do something that frightens one. Courage can also be strength in the face of pain or grief.

Courage quotes

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.


You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

-Louis Pasteur

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

-Napoleon Bonaparte

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Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

-Lao Tzu

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.


Calm mind brings inner strength and self confidence.

-Dalai Lama

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.


inspirational quotes about courage

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

Edmund Hillary

History reminds us that dictators and despots arise during times of severe economic crisis.

-Robert Kiyosaki

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

-Thomas Paine

Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.

-Winston Churchill

Quotes on courage

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

-Napoleon Hill

Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

-Bruce Lee

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

-Leonardo da Vinci

Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Quotes about courage

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

-Ernest Hemingway

Close scrutiny will show that most ‘crisis situations’ are opportunities to either advance or stay where you are.

-Maxwell Maltz

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

-Christopher Reeve

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

Norman Vincent Peale

Courage quotes

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.

-Winston Churchill

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.

-Charles Dickens

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

-Peter Marshall

Force has no place where there is need of skill.


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Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis.

-C.J. Redwine

When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

-John F. Kennedy

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

-Robert H. Schuller

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

-Walt Disney

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Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

-William Ellery Channing

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.

-Winston Churchill

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


Quotes on courage

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

-Khalil Gibran

Yielding will overcome anything superior to itself; its strength is boundless.

-Bruce Lee

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

-Oprah Winfrey

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

-Lao Tzu

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famous quotes about courage

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person.

-Albert Einstein

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.

-Thomas A. Edison

Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent People Ignore.

-Albert Einstein

Quotes about strength and courage

Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit.

-Joe Lewis

Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation.

-Michael Jordan

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.

-Satchel Paige

If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.

-Mark Spitz

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I understand that it’s hard for everyone, but one cannot give in to emotions… we’ll have to draw lessons from the current crisis and now we’ll have to work on overcoming it.

-Boris Yeltsin

Do what is right, not what is easy.

-Roy T. Bennett

Growth is overrated. Endurance is underrated.

-Shane Parrish

The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.

-Thomas Carlyle

Courage quotes

There’s a moment in fighting when strength of muscle ain’t everything because the enemy has already given you enough energy to gain the victory.

-Toba Beta

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

-Andre Gide

We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.

-Mao Tse-Tung

Courage quotes

A lot of my strength came from my upbringing.

-Ruby Bridges

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

-Hermann Hesse

Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.

-Christopher Reeve

Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.

-Publilius Syrus

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I find it takes a lot of strength to endure myself.

-Henry Rollins

With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.

-Margaret Mitchell

We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.

-Roy T. Bennet

I went through a long period where I was afraid of doing things I wanted to do, and you get your courage back, which is what’s important.

-George Michael

famous quotes about courage

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

-Albert Schweitzer

Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

-Harper Lee

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

-Teddy Roosevelt

Traveling gives you some perspective of what the rest of the world is like. I think that having the courage to step out of the norm is the most important thing.

-Meghan Markle

inspirational quotes about courage

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

-Vince Lombardi

It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.

-Rick Riordan

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

-Audre Lorde

Quotes about strength and courage

inspirational quotes about courage

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.

-Alfred Adler

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.

-Marie Rutkoski

Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality.

-Shannon L. Alder

Quotes on courage

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

-Victor Hugo

Hardships make or break people.

-Margaret Mitchell

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

-Shannon L. Alder

There is a strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.

-Aaron Lauritsen

courage quotes

A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.

-Wayne Dyer

Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Try to look at your weakness and convert it into your strength. That’s success.

-Zig Ziglar

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You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

-Marcus Aurelius

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.

-Thomas Jefferson

Don’t try to understand life. Live it! Don’t try to understand love. Move into love. Then you will know and all that knowing will come out of your experiencing. The more you know, the more you know that much remains to be known.


We acquire the strength we have overcome.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes about courage

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.

-Charles Spurgeon

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.

-Alan Cohen

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

I count life just a stuff to try the soul’s strength on.

-Robert Browning

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quotes about courage

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.

-Vincent Van Gogh

There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.

-14th Dalai Lama

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.

-Franklin D Roosevelt

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

-Audrey Hepburn

inspirational quotes about courage

Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.

-Drew Barrymore

One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.

-Michael J. Fox

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

-Arnold Schwarzenegger

Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.

– Mason Cooley

Quotes on courage

strength and courage quotes

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.

-Vincent Van Gogh

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

-Lao Tzu

Self control is the chief element in self respect, and self respect is the chief element in courage.


Courage quotes

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

-J.K. Rowling

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.

-Criss Jami

But she wished she had had the guts to go up to him and say hello. Or possibly break his legs, she wasn’t sure which.

Stieg Larsson

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.

– Tori AmosQuotes about courage

And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.

-Paulo Coelho

Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.

-Tennesse Williams

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.

-George Orwell

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

– John Muir

Courage quotes

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

-Christopher Reeve

You can always die. It’s living that takes real courage. Himura Kenshin

-Watsuki Nobuhiro

It is better to lock up your heart with a merciless padlock, than to fall in love with someone who doesn’t know what they mean to you.

-Michael Bassey Johnson

We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.

– Cesar Chavez

inspirational quotes about courage

Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through the tears.

-Demi Lovato

Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.

-Joel Osteen

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.

-Paul Tillich

I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.

-Erica Jong

famous quotes about courage

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.

-Louisa May Alcott

Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.

-Chris Bradford

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.

-Jean Paul

quotes on courage

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.

-Maya Angelou

Problems are messages.

-Shakti Gawain

Continuous effort not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.

-Winston Churchill

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inspirational quotes about courage

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

-E.E. Cummings

Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice.

-Shawn Johnson

Adversity is the first path to truth.

-Lord Byron

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Quotes about strength and courage

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

-Coco Chanel

Heroism is endurance for one moment more.

-George F. Kennan

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

-Walter Bagehot

Courage Quotes

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

-Nora Ephron

Problems are the price you pay for progress.

-Branch Rickey

Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.

-Alexander Pope

Quotes on courage

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.

-William Faulkner

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

-Joseph Kennedy

The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.

-Charles Dickens

Quotes about strength and courage

Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.

-Erica Jong

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.

-August Wilson

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.

-John Ruskin

famous quotes about courage

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

-Maya Angelou

Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.

-Eddie Rickenbacker

I tend to think you’re fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway.

-Christian Bale

Quotes about strength and courage

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.


Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

-Winston Churchill

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.


301 Rumi Quotes for Balance and Spirituality

strength and courage quotes

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

-Anais Nin

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

-Maya Angelou

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.

-Mary Anne Radmacher

Inspirational Quotes About Courage

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A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

-John A. Shedd

Always be courageous and strong, and don’t fear.

-Gabby Douglas

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

John Quincy Adams

quotes on courage

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear.

-Mark Twain

Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Life is not about living the safer option. Life is about living a life worth living.

-Robert Their

famous quotes about courage

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

-Muhammad Ali

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

-Joseph Chilton Pearce

People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop! 

-Steve Maraboli

inspirational quotes about courage

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.


The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.

-Napoleon Bonaparte

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.

-Oscar Wilde

Quotes about strength and courage

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

-Vincent Van Gogh

Courage a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.

-William Tecumseh Sherman

Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.


Courage quotes

To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.


How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

-Benjamin Franklin

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes about strength and courage

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

-Nelson Mandela

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.

-Mahatma Gandhi

To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man.


quotes on courage

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.

-Amelia Earhart

Courage only counts when you can count.

-Suzanne Collins

Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams.

-Alice Walker

Strength and Courage Quotes

inspirational quotes about courage

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.

-Rabindranath Tagore

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.

-Thomas Jefferson

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.


inspirational quotes about courage

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

-Ray Bradbury

You must study to be frank with the world: Frankness is the child of honesty and courage.

-Robert E. Lee

Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.

-Denis Waitley

Quotes about courage

Courage is found in unlikely places.

-J. R. R. Tolkien

It was queer how sometimes a child’s innocent eyes can see things that grown men are blind to.

-George R.R. Martin

The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.

-Thomas Aquinas

famous quotes about courage

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

-Charlie Chaplin

Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.

-Dale Carnegie

You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.

-Benjamin Disraeli

quotes about courage

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.

-John Wayne

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.

-Saint Francis de Sales

Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.

-Miguel de Cervantes

inspirational quotes about courage

Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.

-Marilyn Monroe

If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?

-Veronica Rossi

What we want from modern dance is courage and audacity.

-Twyla Tharp

I had to find the courage to turn my life around.

– Nikki Sixx

Quotes about strength and courage

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.

-Carrie Jones

Without fear there cannot be courage.

-Christopher Paolini

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.

-Criss Jami

Quotes about courage

We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.

-Che Guevara

War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.

-Benito Mussolini

The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.

-Michel de Montaigne

Quotes about strength and courage

The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.

-Juliette Lewis

If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.

-Criss Jami

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.

-Erma Bombeck

quotes about courage

Courage is knowing what not to fear.


Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.

-Ursula K. Le Guin

Bravery hides in amazing places.

-Kiera Cass

quotes on courage

Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.

-Rollo May

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.

-Mary Tyler Moore

In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential… it’s no different in the financial realm.

-Suze Orman

quotes on courage

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.

-Dan Rather

There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.

-Woody Hayes

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

-Albert Camus

Quotes about courage

The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.

-Blaise Pascal

This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.

-Ludwig van Beethoven

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

-Bob Marley

strength and courage quotes

I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.


It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.

-Jon Krakauer

Being mentally strong doesn’t mean you won’t feel afraid. Instead, mental strength is about feeling afraid and doing it anyway.

-Amy Morin

strength and courage quotes

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

-Mother Teresa

I don’t understand why people say that I am full of courage. I feel terribly nervous.

-Aung San Suu Kyi

Courage and willingness to just go for it, whether it is a conversation or a spontaneous trip or trying new things that are scary it is a really attractive quality.

-Alanis Morissette

strength and courage quotes

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

-Stephen R. Covey

I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.

-Joshua Graham

Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.


strength and courage quotes

I feel quite fearless protecting the people I love.

-Paloma Faith

Courage means standing next to someone you don’t always agree with for the betterment of the country.

-Amy Klobuchar

Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality.

-Shannon L. Alder

201 Yoga Quotes to Inspire your Daily Rituals

strength and courage quotes

Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let us be shy no longer. Let us go to our strength. Let us offer hope. Let us tell the world that a new age is not only possible but probable.

-Ronald Reagan

It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.

-Mahatma Gandhi







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The Old Carpenter’s Story- A Wise Life Lesson

Sheila J. Highland



The Old Carpenters Story

You are the carpenter of your life.

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire, and he told his boss of his plans to leave and live a more leisurely life with his wife. He would miss the paycheck, he could get by, but he needed to retire. The contractor was sorry to see a good worker go, and he asked the carpenter to build just one more house as a personal favor.

The carpenter said yes but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated are the carpenter of your life


When the carpenter finished his work, the contractor come to inspect the house. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. ” This is your house,” the contractor said. “It’s my gift to you.”  The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into building. Then with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built.

If we could do it all over again, we would do it much differently. But we cannot go back!

But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build the “house” you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, Build wisely!

Wise Life Lesson: You are the carpenter of your life. Each day you build a little more. Your attitudes and choices you make today build your “house” for tomorrow.
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One Very Special Seed!

Sheila J. Highland



One Very Special Seed

One Very Special Seed!

An emperor in the far east was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing his assistant or his children, he decided something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day and said ” It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you”.The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here after one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next emperor!”.One Very Special Seed

One boy named Ling was there that day and he, like others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the story.

She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. 3 weeks.. 4weeks.. 5weeks.. went by. Still, nothing, By now, others were talking about their plants but Ling didn’t have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months went by, still nothing in Ling’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ling didn’t say anything to his friends, however, he just kept waiting for his seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling’s mother told him to bring the empty pot and be honest about what happened, Ling felt sick to his stomach but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace. When Ling arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other youths. They were beautiful in all sizes and shapes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the others laughed at him, a few felt sorry for him and just said: “Hey nice try”.

When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ling just tried to hide at the back. ” What a great plant. trees and flowers you have grown,” said the emperor. “Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!” All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front, Ling was terrified. “The emperor knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!”.

When Ling got to the front, the emperor asked his name. “My name is Ling, ” He replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, ” Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!” Ling couldn’t believe it. Ling couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor?! Then the emperor said, ” One year ago, I gave everyone here a seed, I told you to take the seed, plant it water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow. All of you, except Ling. have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one  who will be the new emperor!”…


Our Very Special Seed is a story of courage and honesty. Never Stop Being You is a poem of motivation.

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Elephant Story

Sheila J. Highland



Elephant Story - Changes for Survival

Elephant Story

As I was passing the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. I saw a trainer nearby and ask why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. Elephant Story - Changes for Survival” Well, he said, when they were very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away.

They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free. I was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t they were stuck right where they were. Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? It has been said throughout history that whatever you believed, with conviction, you can achieve. Don’t be like the poor elephant and go through your life stuck because of a limiting belief you were given or developed years ago. take charge of your life and live it to the fullest. You deserved the best!

Moral: Break the chains that hold you back.  It is only you, limiting your beliefs that prevent you to grow.


Elephant Story – Changes for Survival is a refreshing story. Parable of the Pencil is another motivating story.

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“Why Me?” A Beautiful Message by Arthur Ashe

Sheila J. Highland



Why Me A Beautiful Message by Arthur Ashe

“Why Me?” A Beautiful Message by Arthur Ashe

Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. the legendary Wimbledon player was a prominent African American Tennis player who was born and raised in USA, was dying of AIDS. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease?”

Be Thankful To GodTo this Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. replied:
⁃ 50 Million children started playing Tennis,
⁃ 5 Million learned to play Tennis,
⁃ 500 000 learned Professional Tennis,
⁃ 50 Thousand came to Circuit,
⁃ 5 Thousand reached Grand Slam,
⁃ 50 reached Wimbledon,
⁃ 4 reached the Semifinals,
⁃ 2 reached the Finals and
When I was holding the cup in my hand, I never asked God:
“Why Me?” So now that I’m in pain how can I ask God: “Why Me?”
Happiness … keeps you Sweet!
Trials … keep you Strong!
Sorrows … keeps you Human!
Failure … keeps you Humble!
Success … keeps you Glowing!
But only, Faith … keeps you Going!
Sometimes you are not satisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life. A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead dreams of flying, while a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of returning home. That’s Life! Enjoy yours … If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets. But only poor kids do that! If power ensures security, then VIP’s should walk unguarded. But those who live simply, sleep soundly. If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages!Live simply, be happy! Walk humbly and love genuinely!

“Why Me?” A Beautiful Message by Arthur Ashe is a reminder that in whatever situation we are in we need to be grateful. Changing The World With Kindness, Justice, and Peace. Is another auspicious story.


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