“A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation . . . is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.” -George Matthew Adams
“Each day can be one of triumph if you keep up your interests.” -George Matthew Adams
“You are your greatest investment. The more you store in that mind of yours, the more you enrich your experience, the more people you meet, the more books you read, and the more places you visit, the greater is that investment in all that you are. Everything that you add to your peace of mind, and to your outlook upon life, is added capital that no one but yourself can dissipate.” -George Matthew Adams
George Matthew Adams was born on 23 August 1878 in Saline, Michigan, United States of America. He became a newspaper columnist and the founder of the George Matthew Adams Newspaper Service, which syndicated comic strips and columns to newspapers. His own writings were published widely in newspapers. George Matthew Adams passed on at 84 years of age on 29 October 1962.
“A friend in power is a friend lost.” -Henry Brooks Adams
“No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.” -Henry Brooks Adams
“One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.” -Henry Brooks Adams
“There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.” -Henry Brooks Adams
Henry Brooks Adams was born in 1838. He was an American historian and writer. Henry Brooks Adams passed on 1918.
“Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.” -Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams was born in 1722. Samuel Adams passed on in 1803.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” -Scott Adams
Scott Raymond Adams was born on 8 June 1957 in Windham, New York, United States of America. He is a cartoonist, a satirist, a commentator, and a business writer. He is known as the creator of the cartoon “Dilbert.”
“You’ve got to win in your mind before you win in your life.” -John Addison
“Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.” -Joseph Addison
“Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.” -Joseph Addison
Joseph Addison was born on 1 May 1672 in Milston, Wiltshire, England, as the eldest son of Reverend Lancelot Addison. He became an essayist, a dramatist, a poet, a politician, and co-founder with Richard Steele of “The Spectator” (1711 - 1712) magazine. Joseph Addison passed on at 47 years of age on 17 June 1719 in London, England.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else.” -Alfred Adler
Alfred Adler was born in 1870. He was an Austrian psychiatrist. Alfred Adler passed on in 1937.
“You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.” -Mortimer Adler
Mortimer Adler was born in 1902. He was an American philosopher and educator.
“Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.” -Aeschylus
“Few men have the natural strength to honor a friend’s success without envy.” -Aeschylus
“The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.” -Aeschylus
“Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.” -Aeschylus
Aeschylus was born in about 523 B.C.E. in Eleusis, Greece. He became a poet and a tragic dramatist. Among other plays, he wrote “Persians” (472 B.C.E.), “Seven Against Thebes” (467 B.C.E.), “The Suppliants” (463 B.C.E.), and “Oresteia” (458 B.C.E.). Aeschylus passed on at about 67 years of age in about 456 B.C.E. in Gela, Sicily, Italy.
“I cannot afford to waste my time making money.” -Louis Agassiz
“Music I heard with you was more than music, and bread I broke with you was more than bread . . .” -Conrad Aiken
“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” -Leo Aikman
Leo Aikman was born on 22 December 1908 in Dana, Indiana, United States of America. He worked with the National Parks Service in Washington, District of Columbia for several years before transferring to Marietta, Georgia in 1941 to be the historian at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. He became a columnist for the “Atlanta Constitution” from 1948 until he passed away. As a humorist and speaker, he entertained and inspired audiences across the continental United States. Leo Aikman passed on in 1978.
“Behold the vain man, and observe the arrogant; he clotheth himself in rich attire, he walketh in the public street, he casteth round his eyes, and courteth observation. He tosseth up his head, and overlooketh the poor; he treateth his inferiors with insolence, his superiors in return look down on his pride and folly with laughter.” -Akhenaten
“He that giveth away his treasure wisely, giveth away his plagues: he that retaineth their increase, heapeth up sorrow.” -Akhenaten
“Labor not after riches first, and think thou afterwards wilt enjoy them. He who neglecteth the present moment, throweth away all that he hath.” -Akhenaten
“Learn that the advantage lieth not in possessing good things, but in the knowing the use of them.” -Akhenaten
“O think not, bold man, because thy punishment is delayed, that the arm of God is weakened; neither flatter thyself with hopes that He winketh at thy doings. His eye pierceth the secrets of every heart, and He remembereth them for ever . . .” - Akhenaten
“To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.” -Akhenaten
Akhenaten, also known as Akhenaton, was born as Amenhotep IV possibly in about 1380 B.C.E. in ancient Egypt. He became a ruler (1353 B.C.E. to 1336 B.C.E.) of ancient Egypt. He is known for introducing the worship of Aten, or Aton, a deity similar to the idea of a Sun god, considered by some to be a form of monotheism, or a single god. Akhenaten, also known as Akhenaton, passed on possibly in about 1336 B.C.E. in ancient Egypt.
“Unless you know what you want, you can’t ask for it.” -Emma Albani
Emma Albani is the stage name of Marie Louise Emma Lajeunesse, who was born in 1852. She was a Canadian soprano. Marie Louise Emma Lajeunesse passed on in 1930.
“A man can do all things if he but wills them.” -Leon Battista Alberti
Leon Battista Alberti was born on 14 February 1404 in Genoa, Italy. He became a writer, an artist, an architect, a poet, a priest, a linguist, a philosopher, a cryptographer, and a general Renaissance polymath. Leon Battista Alberti passed on at 68 years of age on 25 April 1472 in Rome, Italy.
“There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.” -Amos B. Alcott
Amos Bronson Alcott was born on 29 November 1799 in Wolcott, Connecticut, United States of America. He became a schoolteacher, a writer, and a social reformer. Amos Bronson Alcott passed on at 88 years of age on 4 March 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.
“Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds.” -Louisa May Alcott
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Louisa May Alcott: “Little Women” (1868 - 1869)
“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.” -Louisa May Alcott
“Love is a great beautifier.” -Louisa May Alcott
“‘Stay’ is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.” -Louisa May Alcott
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” -Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott, also known by the pseudonym A. M. Barnard, was born on 29 November 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States of America, as a daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott. She became a novelist. She is known for her book, “Little Women” (1868 - 1869), followed by its sequels, “Good Wives,” “Little Men,” and “Jo’s Boys.” Louisa May Alcott passed on at 55 years of age on 6 March 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.
“It’s not so much the journey that’s important; as is the way that we treat those we encounter and those around us, along the way.” -Jeremy Aldana
“Faith is like a boomerang; begin using what you have and it comes back to you in greater measure.” -Charles L. Allen
“When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.” -Charles L. Allen
Charles Livingstone Allen was born on 24 June 1913 in Newborn, Georgia, United States of America. He became an ordained minister and a pastor, and held the title Reverend, in the United Methodist denomination of Christianity. Charles Livingstone Allen passed on at 92 years of age on 30 August 2005 in Houston, Texas, United States of America.
“Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night.” -George Allen
“Winning can be defined as the science of being totally prepared.” -George Allen
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you sit there.” -James Allen (similar quotation attributed to Will Rogers (William Penn Adair ‘Will’ Rogers (1879 - 1935)))
“He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every thought is allied with power, and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force.” -James Allen: “As a Man Thinketh” (1903)
“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” -James Allen: “As a Man Thinketh” (1903)
James Allen was born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England on 28 November 1864. He became a writer. He is known for his inspirational books and poetry, and as a pioneer in the self-help movement. His first book was “From Poverty to Power, or, the Realization of Prosperity and Peace” (1901), but his best-known work is “As a Man Thinketh” (1903). James Allen passed on at 47 years of age on 24 January 1912 in Ilfracombe, Devon, England.
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.” -James Lane Allen
“We do not attract what we want, but what we are.” -James Lane Allen
“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.” -James Lane Allen
James Lane Allen was born in 1849. He was an American novelist. James Lane Allen passed on in 1923.
“The shortest distance between two points is under construction.” -Noelie Altito
“Live your life with purpose. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes. Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Be yourself and don’t wait for the approval of others. But most importantly, have a positive and humble mindset no matter what situation you are in. Count your blessings, not your problems, and you will realize how beautiful your life truly is.” -Troy Amdahl
“Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.” -Henri Frederic Amiel
“To be always ready a man must be able to cut a knot, for not everything can be untied.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” -Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Henri-Frédéric Amiel, also known as Henri Amiel, was born on 27 September 1821 in Geneva, Switzerland. He became a moral philosopher, a writer, a poet, and a critic. He is known for his book, “Journal Intime” (English: “Private Journal”) (1884). Henri-Frédéric Amiel passed on at 59 years of age on 11 May1881 in Geneva Switzerland.
“To succeed, you have to be open to problems. You have to be open to failure. And as you go up the ladder, you gain the right to get more problems.” -Dave Anderson
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” -Greg Anderson
“As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.” -Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson was born in 1902.
“It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know to be true.” -Sara E. Anderson
“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.” -Walter Anderson
“Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” -Walter Anderson
“Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.” -Walter Anderson: “The Confidence Course” (1997)
Walter Anderson was born on 31 August 1944. He is an American newspaperman and an editor, and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of “Parade Magazine.”
“Even though circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, never lose sight of your goal. Instead, prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.” -Mario Andretti
“Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you’d better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day.” -Mario Andretti
“There is little good in filling churches with people who go out exactly the same as they came in; the call of the Church is not to fill churches but to fill Heaven.” -Father Andrew: “The Way of Victory”
Henry Ernest Hardy, also known as Father Andrew, was born on 7 January 1869 in Kasauli, India. He became an Anglican clergyman, a friar, a painter, and a poet. He is known as a co-founder of the Society of Divine Compassion, which worked for the poor in the East End of London, England. Henry Ernest Hardy passed on at 77 years of age on 31 March 1946 in the East End of London, England.
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou
“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” -Maya Angelou
“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” -Maya Angelou
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” -Maya Angelou
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on 4 April 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America. She became a poet, a memoirist, a dancer, a producer, a playwright, a director, a teacher, an essayist, a singer, and an actress. Maya Angelou passed on at 86 years of age on 28 May 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America.
“Things are beautiful if you love them.” -Jean Anouilh
Jean Anouilh was born in 1910. He was a French playwright. Jean Anouilh passed on in 1987.
“Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere.” -Robert Anthony
Robert Newton Anthony was born in 1916. He was an American writer.
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.” -Susan B. Anthony
Susan Brownell Anthony, also known as Susan B. Anthony, was born on 15 February 1820. She became an advocate of women’s right to vote. Susan Brownell Anthony passed on at 86 years of age on 13 March 1906.
“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” -Antisthenes (about 444 B.C.E. - 365 about B.C.E.)
Antisthenes was born in about 444 B.C.E. in Athens, Greece. He became a philosopher and a rhetorician. Antisthenes passed on in about 365 B.C.E. in Athens, Greece.
“Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” -Thomas Aquinas
“There is nothing on this Earth to be more prized than true friendship.” -Thomas Aquinas
“To love is to will the good of the other.” -Thomas Aquinas: “Summa Theologica” (1265 - 1274), II - II, q. 26, art. 6
Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 in Roccasecca, Italy. He became a Roman Catholic Christian priest and friar, a philosopher, and a theologian. Thomas Aquinas passed on in 1274.
“We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.” -Gaius Petronius Arbiter
Gaius Petronius Arbiter was born in C.E. 27. He was a Roman writer, a senator, and an advisor to Emperor Nero. Gaius Petronius Arbiter passed on in C.E. 66.
Is it so small a thing,
To have enjoyed the Sun,
To have lived light in the Spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done?
-Matthew Arnold: “Empedocles on Etna”
Matthew Arnold was born on 24 December 1822 in Laleham, Staines, England. He was married to Frances Wightman in 1851. He became a Victorian poet, a literary critic, and a social reformer. Matthew Arnold passed on at 65 years of age on 15 April 1888 in Liverpool, England.
“First, religious and moral principles; secondly, gentlemanly conduct; thirdly, intellectual ability.” -Thomas Arnold
Thomas Arnold was born in 1795. He was appointed headmaster of Rugby in 1828. Thomas Arnold passed on in 1842.
“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.” -Mary Kay Ash
“Give yourself something to work toward - constantly.” -Mary Kay Ash
Mary Kay Ash was born as Mary Kathlyn Wagner in 1918 in Hot Wells, Texas, United States of America. She became a businesswoman, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Incorporated, and a writer. Mary Kay Ash passed on in 2001.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe
“The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.” -Alan Ashley-Pitt
Alan Ashley-Pitt is a pseudonym of Francis Phillip ‘Phil’ Wernig.
“Being of good cheer makes it possible for us to turn all of our sunsets into sunrises.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“Greatness is best measured by how well an individual responds to the happenings in life that appear to be totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved.” -Marvin J. Ashton: as quoted in “Ensign” (November 1984) magazine, page 22
“The joys of happiness can only be realized by living lofty principles.” -Marvin J. Ashton
“We are poor in character when we think getting by is a substitute for doing our best.” -Marvin J. Ashton: Brigham Young University devotional
“What we do with what happens to us is more important than what happens to us.” -Marvin J. Ashton
Marvin Jeremy Ashton was born in 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America. He served a mission in Great Britain and worked in the lumber business as a young man. He worked as managing director of LDS Social Services and was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1971 until his passing. Marvin Jeremy Ashton passed on in 1994.
“Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.” -Herbert Henry Asquith
Herbert Henry Asquith was born in 1852. He became a prime minister of Great Britain (1908 - 1916). Herbert Henry Asquith passed on in 1928.
“The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.” -Athenaeus (about C.E. 200)
“Treat the other man’s faith gently; it is all he has to believe with.” -Athenaeus (about C.E. 200)
Athenaeus of Naucratis was born in C.E. 170 in Naucratis. He was a grammarian and a rhetorician of ancient Greece. Athenaeus of Naucratis passed on in C.E. 223.
“Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.” -Chet Atkins
“Procrastination and worry are the twin thieves that will try to rob you of your brilliance - but even the smallest action will drive them from your camp.” -Gil Atkinson
“There are two things needed in these days; first, for rich men to find out how poor men live, and second, for poor men to know how rich men work.” -Edward Atkinson
“What if we had a chance to do it again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” -Kate Atkinson
“The best way to overcome undesirable or negative thoughts and feelings is to cultivate the positive ones.” -William Walker Atkinson
William Walker Atkinson, also known by the pseudonyms Theron Q. Dumont and Yogi Ramacharaka, was born on 5 December 1862. Mental, physical, and financial ruin led him to discover the theories and philosophies found in his works. William Walker Atkinson passed on at 69 years of age on 22 November 1932.
“All that we are not stares back at what we are.” -W. H. Auden
“You owe it to us all to get on with what you’re good at.” -W. H. Auden
Wystan Hugh Auden, also known as W. H. Auden, was born on 21 February 1907 in York, England. He was married to Erika Mann in 1935. He became a writer and a poet. He traveled extensively in Europe, Iceland, and China during in the 1930’s. He fought in the Spanish Civil War. He became a naturalized American in 1938. Wystan Hugh Auden passed on at 66 years of age on 29 September 1973 in Vienna, Austria.
“Lost time is never found again.” -John H. Aughey
“God chooses us, not because we believe, but that we may believe.” -Augustine of Hippo
“Hear the other side.” [English translation]
“Audi partem alterum.” [original Latin]
-Augustine of Hippo
“If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.” -Augustine of Hippo
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” -Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo, also known as Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, was born as Aurelius Augustine on C.E. 13 November 354 in Thagaste, Numidia (now Souk Ahras, Algeria). He became a Christian theologian, a writer, and a bishop of Hippo in Roman Africa (396 - 430). He is known for his works, “The Confessions of Saint Augustine” and “The City of God.” Augustine of Hippo passed on at 75 years of age on C.E. 28 August 430 in Hippo Regius, Numidia (now Annaba, Algeria).
“How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Remember this, - that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.” -Marcus Aurelius
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts . . . take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” -Marcus Aurelius
“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” -Marcus Aurelius
“To expect bad men not to do wrong is madness . . .” -Marcus Aurelius: “Meditations”
“To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” -Marcus Aurelius
“Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!” -Marcus Aurelius
“When you are offended at anyone’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. By attending to them, you will forget your anger and learn to live wisely.” -Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius, also known as Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, was born as M. Annius Verus on C.E. 26 April 121. He became an emperor (C.E. 161 - C.E. 180) of ancient Rome. He is known for his work on Stoic philosophy titled, “The Meditations” (C.E. 167). Marcus Aurelius passed on at 59 years of age on C.E. 17 March 180.
“She was not a woman of many words, for, unlike people in general, she proportioned them to the number of her ideas.” -Jane Austen: “Sense and Sensibility” (1811), volume 2, chapter 12
Jane Austen was born in 1775. She never married. She became an English novelist. Jane Austen passed on in 1817.
“I have two planks for a bed, two stools, two cups and a basin. On my broken wall is a small card which says, ‘God hath chosen the weak things - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ It is true I have passed through fire.” -Gladys Aylward: as quoted in Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, compilers: “The Lion Christian Quotation Collection” (1997)
Gladys Aylward was born in 1902. Gladys Aylward passed on in 1970.