MY FAVORITE QUOTES

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."

- Cicero

"The heart has reasons the brain knows nothing of."

- Blaise Pascal

"Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself
makes you fearless."

- Lao Tzu

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

- Christina Cuomo

"There is no love, there are only proofs of love."

- Pierre Reverdy

"The true art of memory is the art of attention."

- Samuel Johnson

"The secret of happiness is something to do."

- John Burroughs

"Success is a lousy teacher.
It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."

- Bill Gates

"Tell, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn."

- Benjamin Franklin

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore,
is not an act but a habit."

- Aristotle

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."

- Tony Robbins

"There is always a barrier between me and someone who does not like dogs."

- Ellen Glasgow

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

- Maya Angelou

"Three o'clock is always too late, or too early, for anything you want to do."

- Jean-Paul Sartre

"She wasn't doing a thing that I could see except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together."

- J.D. Salinger

"Every charitable act is a step toward heaven."

- Unknown

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."

- Henry Ward Beecher

"I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day,
as each day came."

- Abe Lincoln

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection,
we can catch excellence."

- Vince Lombardi

"Nothing which has entered into our experience is ever lost."

- William Ellery Channing

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."

- Frank Lloyd Wright

"Cruel, but composed and bland, dumb, inscrutable and grand. So Tiberius might have sat, had Tiberius been a cat."

- Matthew Arnold

"The hardest thing for me is the sense of impermanence.
All passes; nothing returns."

- Ellen Glasgow

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Tommy Joe, don't take any wooden nickels."

- Dolly Hale (my Mom)

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

- Albert Einstein

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

- Vivian Greene

"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other is for helping others."

- Audrey Hepburn

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

- Dolly Parton

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

- Chinese Proverb

"An unexamined life is not worth living."

- Socrates

"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is."

- Vince Lombardi

"Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them, but you know they are there."

- Christy Evans

"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."

- Christopher Columbus

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

- Henry Ford

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why."

- Mark Twain

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

- Anais Nin

"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."

- Aristotle

"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart."

- Ancient Indian Proverb

"It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare."

- Mark Twain

"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."

- Mark Twain

"How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly."

- Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

- Lewis Carrol

"One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed. For no one can lay a hand on our dreams."

- E.V. Lucas

"A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer."

- Unknown

"It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it."

- Albert Einstein

"The years teach me much which the days never knew."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness."

- Unknown

"Forget injuries; never forget kindness."

- Confucius

"Success is going from failure without losing your enthusiasm."

- Winston Churchill

"When they call the roll in the Senate, they don't know whether to answer "present' or "not guilty."

- Theodore Roosevelt (still true today)

"My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers."

- Jimmy Carter

"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."

- Babe Ruth

"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."

- Albert Einstein

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."

- Henry David Thoreau

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much."

- Jim Rohn

"If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?"

- Joe Namath

"You can't pour from an empty cup."

- Robin Miget

"I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."

- Thomas Jefferson

"You've got to try your luck at least once a day because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it."

- Jimmy Dean

"The secret to a long and happy marriage is not finding someone you can live with for 50 years. It's finding someone you can't live without."

- Frank Caprio

"Truth isn't always easy to find or to face. "

- George T. Conway III

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts."

- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

- Dale Carnegie

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."

- Cicero

"The heart has reasons the brain knows nothing of."

- Blaise Pascal

"Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless."

- Lao Tzu

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

- Christina Cuomo

"There is no love, there are only proofs of love."

- Pierre Reverdy

"The true art of memory is the art of attention."

- Samuel Johnson

"The secret of happiness is something to do."

- John Burroughs

"Success is a lousy teacher.
It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."

- Bill Gates

"Tell, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn."

- Benjamin Franklin

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."

- Aristotle

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."

- Tony Robbins

"There is always a barrier between me and someone who does not like dogs."

- Ellen Glasgow

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

- Maya Angelou

"Three o'clock is always too late, or too early, for anything you want to do."

- Jean-Paul Sartre

"She wasn't doing a thing that I could see except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together."

-J.D. Salinger

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AS MY WORLD TURNS

My Superpower: The Gift of Connection

If I could possess a superpower, it would be the extraordinary ability to connect with people on a profound level, much like the great orators of our time, Billy
Graham, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their words had the power to inspire, unite, and ignite change.
This superpower appeals to me because I've always struggled with effective communication, especially with strangers, making it challenging to forge new friendships. As I've grown older, I've come to appreciate the importance of having friends who bring fresh perspectives, exciting experiences, and laughter into my
life.
If I were to gain this gift of connection, I would first explore its depths by practicing with loved ones, observing its impact, and refining my abilities. Once confident in my newfound superpower, I would begin by writing thought-provoking articles for magazines and newspapers, gradually gaining national attention.
From there, I would transition to television appearances and eventually host mass gatherings in stadiums and concert halls. My message to the world would be a call to action–to recognize the power each individual holds to positively affect the lives of others, not just those they know, but also those they may never meet.
I would strive to instill a selfless desire to help those less fortunate, reminding people that minor acts of kindness can create ripples of change. If I could inspire even a fraction of the world's population to embrace this mindset, I would truly possess a superpower–the ability to connect hearts and minds, fostering a more
compassionate and united humanity.

~ Tommy Hale ~

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