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Patty Craig: A Slice of Time

Words of others or quotes can be helpful. Life’s experiences may cause us to relate to certain quotes. When facing a difficult path, encouraging and motivational quotes can give us strength. And people often use quotes as inspiration to start a new path, to stay positive, or to stay the course.

Thinking about how people relate to quotes, I asked friends and family, “What is your favorite quote?” Their responses are below, and some people listed two or more.

-God is good!

-A woman’s work is never done.

-John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you…” speech.

-To my children: I will always love you, but I may not always like what you do.

-If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

-That your faith should not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

-Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s life. ~Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad

-I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.

-Life – For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whatever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

-You could rattle the stars. You could do anything if you only dared. ~Sara J. Maas

-I can survive well enough on my own if given the proper reading materials. ~Sara J. Maas

-Just remember, it is what it is.

-Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. ~Mark Twain

-Sing like no one is listening, love like you never been hurt, dance like no one is watching, and live like it is heaven on earth. ~Mark Twain

-For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. ~2 Timothy 1:7 (NASB)

-Do the best you can with what you have, where you are.

-A lot of things broke my heart but fixed my vision.

-The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. ~Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

-What goes around comes around.

-You reap what you sow.

-Growth is when you realize that not every situation deserves your response or even your full attention.

-The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~Mahatma Gandhi

-You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. ~Winston Churchill

-Being nice to someone you dislike doesn’t mean you’re fake, it means you are mature enough to control your emotions. 

-Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. ~Steve Jobs

-Surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. ~Bill Gates 

-You can’t change the fruit without changing the root. ~Stephen Covey

-If there is something you want to be, do whatever is necessary in order to live out that dream. ~Ron Clark

-You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in your life. ~Winston Churchill

-A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. ~Winston Churchill

-When character is lost, all is lost. ~Billy Graham

-Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly. ~a part of Micah 6:8 (NASB)

-Procrastination on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.

-Be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present. ~Stephen Covey

-Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. ~Billy Graham

-Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

-If you have made mistakes with money, you know what that makes you? Over 12. We all mess up, get up and do it right. ~Dave Ramsey

-The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

-Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

-With great power comes great responsibility.

A favorite quote may be something a loved one said, a Bible verse, advice someone gave, or something written or heard that resonated. Life experiences may affect our choice of favorites. Do you have a favorite quote?


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