Some Thoughts On Conviction From Various Authors

“No man knows the genuineness of his convictions until he has sacrificed something for them.”

E.H. Chapin

“Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.”

Thomas Carlyle

“It takes a disciplined person to listen to convictions which are different from their own.”

Dorothy Fuldheim

“When you take a stand out of deep conviction, people know. They may not even agree, but they ask, “Do I want someone who is willing to take a hard stand and someone I can trust to do that when the chips are down?” They want that.”

Barbara Boxer

“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.”

Ralph Nader

Some Thoughts On Integrity From Various Authors

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

Harper Lee

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”

Albert Einstein

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”

Barbara De Angelis

“It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some Thoughts On Laughter From Various Authors

“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.”

Maya Angelou

“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”

L.M. Montgomery

“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”

Mandy Hale

“Laughter is poison to fear.”

George R.R. Martin

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”

Mark Twain

Some Thoughts On Excuses From Various Authors

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

George Washington

“Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help.”

Criss Jami

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.”

John Wooden

“We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams.”

Steve Maraboli

Some Thoughts On Frustration From Various Authors

“Forget perfect on the first try. In the face of frustration, your best tool is a few deep breaths, and remembering that you can do anything once you’ve practiced two hundred times. Seriously.”

Andrea Buchanan

“Frustration is commonly the difference between what you would like to be and what you are willing to sacrifice to become what you would like to be.”


“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

Tom Robbins

“Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing.”

Eric Hoffer

“When you are angry or frustrated, what comes out? Whatever it is, it’s a good indication of what you’re made of.”

H. Jackson Brown

Some Thoughts On Rationalization From Various Authors

“Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one’s emotions.”

Ayn Rand

“Sometimes, we need little lies to save our pride. And sometimes we need big lies to save our souls.”

Bettie Sharpe

“Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal.”

Robert A. Heinlein

“Procrastination of any decision leads to the rationalization of failure.”

Tuchy Palmieri

“People have a tendency to rationalize what they can, and forget what they can’t.”

Richie Tankersley Cusick

Some Thoughts On Possibilities From Various Authors

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”

Thomas Merton

“It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.”

Nicholas Sparks

“Nobody knows how things will turn out, that’s why they go ahead and play the game…You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it’s hardly ever what you expect.”

Gennifer Choldenko

“Just because an apple falls one hundred times out of a hundred does not mean it will fall on the hundred and first.”

Derek Landy