In preparing my letter to my college-bound daughter Samara, I found and created lots of quotes that I liked, but that didn’t make the cut. Here are some of them.
- Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.
- People don’t have to like you. You’re not a Facebook status.
- Cultivate the power to choose your thoughts just as you choose your clothes. You will get more of what you want and enjoy more of what you get.
- You should expect people to pay a fair price for their mistakes, but it’s not fair to make them pay more than once.
- You can dodge your responsibilities, but not the consequences of dodging your responsibilities.
- Don’t worry about the world coming to an end; it’s already tomorrow in Australia. — Charles Schultz
- To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.
- Be kind whenever possible; it’s always possible.
- Any effort can result in failure but you are a failure only when you stop making the effort.
- Happiness is where you find it, but it’s not always where you seek it.
- It’s good to say what you mean and mean what you say; just don’t be mean when you say it.
- You get a much better return by giving people a bit of your heart rather than a piece of your mind.
- The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.
- When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t. — Thomas Edison
- Live without pretending. Love without depending. Listen without defending. Speak without offending.
- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.