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Quotes for building determination

Winston Churchill “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
Randy Pausch “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Maya Angelou  “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Confucius “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Thomas A Edison “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Marilyn Monroe “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.”
F Scott Fitzgerald “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
Joyce Meyer “Stop determining your worth and value by what other people say. Be determined by what the Word of God (scriptures)says.”
Babe Ruth “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
Tom Hiddleston “You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.”
H G Wells  “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
Franklin D Roosevelt “When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on.”
Patrick Ness “It’s not how we fall. It’s how we get back up again.”
Winston Churchill “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
Elvis Presley “When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
Thomas A Edison “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
J R R Tolkien “Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”
Dale Carnegie “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
George R R Martin “My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.”
James A Michener “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”
Lance Armstrong  “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”
Gena Showalter “Giving up is the only sure way to fail.”
Friedrich Nietzche “That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.”

 

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The virtue of courage

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

103_0532by ~ Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

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What do we really need?

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Amazing Peace

P1130974Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem (excerpt)
By Maya Angelou
from Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.

Peace. Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortal’s, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.