Gifts & Blessings

“If you’re given gifts or blessings in your life, it’s up to you to help the guy coming up behind you.”
~ Jimmy Smits,
Actor, Co-Founder – National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts,
Primetime Emmy Award (1990), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995),
Golden Globe Awards (1996), Satellite Awards (1998),
ALMA Awards (2006) & Saturn Awards (2009)
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A Marriage of Friendship & Passion

“Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love.
For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other
which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer, Humanitarian & Film Producer

Just As Noteworthy

“There’s so much negative imagery of Black fatherhood.
I’ve got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids and​ doing the right thing as a father.
​”How come that’s not as noteworthy?””
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper & Songwriter

When Envy Rises

“When you feel that envy rising up in you,
that should be your cue to intentionally bless that person;
it sort of fixes that in you.”
~ Priscilla Shirer,,
Author, Inspirational Speaker & Actress,

Whole-Hearted

I’m wholehearted about whatever I do.
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Places in Which We Live

“No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral
well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.”
~ Booker T. Washington,
Educator, Author, Orator & Advisor to Presidents

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Making Other People Shine

“I know that if I concentrate on making other people shine, I will shine.
It is really about the other person, never about you.”
~ John Schneider,
Actor, Singer, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Director,
Co-Founder – Children’s Miracle Network & Founder – FaithWorks Productions

Somewhere, Sometime, Someone Helped

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone
gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.
Remember, also, that you are indebted to life
until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

I Do Give

“I do give money to panhandlers, but my husband and I [also] have several charities
where we are hands-on and have such a ways to go to reach our goals.
I prefer to give there.”
~ Pauletta Washington,
Artist, Actress, Philanthropist, Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award (2000),
BET Humanitarian Award (2005) & The Prince Rainier III Award (2010)

Teaching Kids to Be Safe Online, Too

“My new passion is to get Internet education mandated in all schools.
We’ve got to start teaching our kids how to be safe in the 40,000 plus chat rooms
that are out there. Because they’re being had.
These sexual predators groom the kids. I know, I’ve arrested enough of them.”
~ Henry Enrique “Erik” Estrada,
Actor, Voice Actor, Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, Author & Activist

Teamwork Makes Their Dream & Your Dream Work

“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.”
~ Les Brown,
a.k.a Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown
Motivational Speaker, Author, Radio DJ, Television Host &
Ohio House of Representatives (JAN 3, 1977 – JAN 3, 1983)

Doing More

 “Do More… Do more than exist—live. Do more than hear—listen. Do more than agree—cooperate. Do more than talk—communicate. Do more than grow—bloom. Do more than spend—invest. Do more than think—create. Do more than work—excel. Do more than share—give. Do more than decide—discern. Do more than consider—commit. Do more than forgive—forget. Do more than help—serve. Do more than coexist—reconcile. Do more than sing—worship. Do more than think—plan. Do more than dream—do. Do more than see—perceive. Do more than read—apply. Do more than receive—reciprocate. Do more than choose—focus. Do more than wish—believe. Do more than advise—help. Do more than speak—impart. Do more than encourage—inspire. Do more than add—multiply. Do more than change—improve. Do more than reach—stretch. Do more than ponder—pray. Do more than just live—live for Jesus.” 
~ John Mason,
Author

Waiting for Love

“Sometimes love takes a long time.
Wait for love and you’re gonna get the chance to love.
… When you take the chance on love, you see.
It’s not a waste of time, if you truly believe.”
~ Luther Vandross,
Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer

When I’m Done, I’m All Yours

“What I try to do is that when I’m at home, I’m at home. We’re working hard at putting
away our devices and not taking calls. Sometimes, you have to, but I’ll say, ‘Look guys,
I’ve got to take this call, but when I’m done, I’m all yours. I just need 20 minutes.'”
~ Al Roker,
Journalist, Weather Forecaster, Actor,
Television Personality & Author

Made on Purpose

“You were made on purpose for a purpose.”
~ Tony Evans,
Founder & Senior Pastor – Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship,
Founder & President – The Urban Alternative,
Former Chaplain – Dallas Cowboys, Chaplain – Dallas Mavericks,
Radio Broadcaster – The Alternative & Television Broadcaster

Christmas’ Spirit of Love

“My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love
which comes at Christmastime
fill our homes and our lives
and linger there long after the tree is down
and the lights are put away for another year.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

For Your Blessings, …

“Be true to yourself,
help others,
make each day your masterpiece,
make friendship a fine art,
drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible,
build a shelter against a rainy day,
give thanks for your blessings and
pray for guidance every day.”
~ John Wooden,
Basketball Player, UCLA Head Coach (1948–1975), Author,
Lecturer, The Sporting News “Greatest Coach of All Time” (2009)

Channels for Sharing

“We are not cisterns made for hoarding,
we are channels made for sharing.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision, &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

If We Do Not Stop to Help

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’
But… the good Samaritan reversed the question:
‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

~ Dr Martin Luther King,
Dreamer, Pastor, Activist, Humanitarian
& Leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement

Extreme Wealth & Responsibility

“For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth.
But, with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility.
And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people,
and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor, Philanthropist, & Founder of Virgin Group

We’ve Got to Do What Good We Can!

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“I always say to people when I have the chance to talk to them
about Orphan’s Promise: we can’t change them all,
but we can speak to the ones who cross our paths.
We can make a difference.
You can’t just sit down because you can’t fix the whole problem.
You gotta do what you can with what’s in front of you.”
~ Terry Meeuwsen,
Author, Singer, Co-Host – CBN 700 Club,
Miss America (1973) & Director – Orphan’s Promise

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Do What We Can Do for Our Country

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Serving Others

“I feel an important part of beauty is not only what you do on the outside,
but also what you put into the inside.
Good fresh food with many vegetables along with love and caring for others.
I spend way more time serving others than I do on my beauty routine daily.”
~Kim Alexis,
Model, Actress & Marathoner

Caring for Each Other & Ourselves

“Everyone of us needs to show
how much we care for each other
and, in the process, care for ourselves.”
~ Diana Frances Windsor,
Princess of Wales

Truly Love from The Soul

“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul,
and know love as the ultimate truth
at the heart of all creation.”
~ Michael Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer & Actor.

Treat Them Well

“When you love someone, you treat them well.”
~ Tippi Hedren ,
Actress, Animal Rights Activist & Fashion Model

Taking the Time to Raise Them

“I know I did the right thing
by taking time off to raise my son.”
~ Arsenio Hall,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host,
NAACP Image Award (1988) & American Comedy Award (1989)

Valuing Life’s Important Things

“I think I value things more correctly.
I hope I look at my life in a way that makes sense.”
~ Oded Fehr,
Actor

Innocence of Kids

“Hold back the tide. Keep your kids innocent as long as possible.”
~ Tony Danza,
a.k.a Antonio Salvatore Iadanza
Actor, Television Personality,
Tap Dancer, Boxer, Teacher

Even Better the Next Day

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“I always wanted to be someone better
the next day than I was the day before.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

The World Around You

“Help others and give something back.
I guarantee you will discover that while public service
improves the lives and the world around you,
its greatest reward is the enrichment
and new meaning it will bring your own life.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Investor, Author,
Philanthropist, Activist, Politician,
Professional Bodybuilder & 38th Governor of California (2003-2011)

Eyes Opened: Injustice & Need

“I try to live my life every day in the present,
and try not to turn a blind eye to injustice and need.”
~ Susan Sarandon,
Actress & Activist

Being a Black Being

“I love being black in America, and
especially being black in Hollywood.”
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper & Songwriter

Hours with Your Child(ren)

I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever.
I started my business when he started school.
When he is in school, I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else.
I cook him breakfast. Bring him to school. Pick him up.
Prepare his lunch. I spend the afternoon with him.
I do it myself.
You know, those hours with your child are really important ones,
even if it’s just the two of you, being quiet in the car together.
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )

Those Who Do the Most

“I began learning long ago that those who are happiest
are those who do the most for others.”
~ Booker T. Washington,
Educator, Author, Orator & Advisor to Presidents

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Loving, Laughing & Giving


“Another fresh, new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker
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Be a Champion

“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will
never give up on them, who understands the power of connection
and insists that they become the best that they can become
the best that they can possibly be.”
~ Rita F. Pierson,
Educator, Car Enthusiast, Author, Humanitarian, & Speaker – TED Talks Education TV

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Small Things, Good Things

“I do small things. I try to do good things every day.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

Of Every Relationship & Every Institution.

… a clear, meaningful purpose and compelling ethical principles evoked from all participants
should be the essence of every relationship, and every institution.”
~ Dee Ward Hock,
Founder & former CEO of Visa

The Way CJ Said To

“But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.”
~ Michael Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer & Actor.

Living Dreams

“I’ve been blessed to live my dream more than half my life,
so I want to help give that back to someone else.”
~ Mariah Carey,
Singer, Song-writer, Actress, Record Producer & Philanthropist

Thoughts Have Wings


“I hold it true that thoughts are things
Endowed with bodies, breath, and wings,
And that we send them forth to fill
The world with good results – or ill.”
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
Author & Poet

It Is Speaking to Us

“When I look at the Gospel,
I see how it is speaking to me at this time.
I see how to be to others and it helps.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

Adorned with Our Smiles

“Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.”
~ Connie Stevens
a.k.a Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia
,
Actress, Film Director, Screenwriter & Singer

Using the Money

“Use the money to do the research, to do the work, to help people.
I don’t give to be thanked. I give because I want to help.”
~ Isabel Sanford,
Stage, Film and Television Actress, Philanthropist,
Prime-time Emmy Award (1981)
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2004),
Prime-time Emmy Award nominee (7X),
Golden Globe Award nominee (5X)

A Wildfire of Kindness

“When you are kind to someone in trouble,
you hope they’ll remember
and be kind to someone else,
and it’ll become like a wildfire.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award

Nobody Need Wait

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait
a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~ Annelies Marie ‘Anne’ Frank,
Diarist and Writer

Don’t Rob It, Bless It!

“You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it
with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped
resources locked away within you.”
~ Myles Munroe,
Inspirational / Motivational Speaker,
Founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI),
Founder of Myles Munroe International (MMI),
Author

Expressing Truth & Beauty

“My goal as a creative person is to express truth and beauty in whatever I do.”
~ Tony Bennett a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

The Steps, the Biologicals & the Spirituals

“I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working, diligently,
to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Are We Mentoring?

“I try to mentor as many people as I can.”
~ Betty W. Liu,
News Anchor, Business Journalist, Author,
Dow Jones Newswires Award (1997),
“Top 30 Business Journalists Under 30 List (2000-2002, 3x)
& Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2011)

What They See

“I think that the only way to teach is by example,
as children will more easily follow what they see you do
than what you tell them to do.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

Ageless Creativity

“If you are creative, you get busier as you get older.”
~ Tony Bennett a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Better Life for All

“Through free enterprise, one can benefit people all over the world …
by contributing to a better way of life for all. Peace, love & happiness.”
~ John Paul DeJoria,
Entrepreneur, Co-Founder – Paul Mitchell Hair Care & Philanthropist

The Blessed One

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“”Benedetto” means the “blessed one”
and I feel that I have truly been blessed.”
~ Tony Bennett a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

They Made Things Comfortable & Easy

“There were all kinds of people in my life
that made things comfortable and easy for me.”
~ Nancy Wilson,
Singer (Blues, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop & soul)
Grammy Awards (2007, 2005 1964, 3X)

Our Mortal Hands

“The world is very different now; for man holds in his mortal hands
the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.”
~John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

The Idea of Life

“The idea of life is to give and receive.”
~ Dizzy Gillespie
a.k.a John Birks Gillespie
,
Jazz Trumpeter, Bandleader, Composer & Singer.

A Claim to Fame

“My claim to fame will not be that I inherited my father’s company and bled it.
My claim to fame will be that I inherited my father’s entrepreneurship abilities and I built many companies.
Not only did I build them, but I trained and continue to train others to do the same thing.
I work with partners to ensure that they experience the kind of success that I am having.
I don’t know how a human being can enjoy himself any more than I am.”
~ Bernard Bronner ,
President and Show & Sales Director, Bronner Brothers,
Publisher,Upscale Magazine
& Partner, Rainforest Films

Time, Spirit & Knowledge

“For some people the definition of success is attaining a lot of material things. For others it’s fame or fortune.
For me, success means being fulfilled and leading a balanced life. I feel that I have truly been blessed in all areas of my life
and the only true thing to do is to give back. I compare it to tithing, … I’m tithing of my time, spirit and knowledge.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

An Idea, Problems or Wrongs!


“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.
If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.
Founder & CEO of NeXT, Disney Legend (2013, posthumously)
Grammy Trustees Award (2012), California Hall of Fame (2007)
‘Most Powerful Person in Business’ by Fortune Magazine (2007)
Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by Inc. Magazine (1989)
Jefferson Award for Public Service (1987) & National Medal of Technology (1985)

When No One’s Looking

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.
There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right
is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.”
~ Julius Caesar Watts,
Politician & Canadian Football League Player (1981-1986)

Thoughts Boomerang!

 

“You never can tell when you send a word,
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
Just where it may chance to go.
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend.
Tipped with its poison or balm,
To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart,
It may carry its pain or its calm.

You never can tell when you do an act
Just what the result will be;
But with every deed you are sowing a seed,
Though the harvest you may not see.
Each kindly act is an acorn dropped
In God’s productive soil
You may not know, but the tree shall grow,
With shelter for those who toil.

You never can tell what your thoughts will do,
In bringing you hate or love;
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe—
Each thing must create its kind,
And they speed o’er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind.”

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
Author & Poet

Seeing Who Rises

“A star wants to see himself rise to the top.
A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.”
~ Simon Sinek,
Author
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It’s a Cliche, So True!

“The more you give,
the more you get –
it’s a cliche, but it’s really true.”
~ Christie Brinkley
a.k.a Christie Lee Hudson,

Super-Model, Actress, Artist,
Author & Entrepreneur
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Really, Really Love

“It is really rare to find someone you really, really
love and that you want to spend your life with and all
that stuff that goes along with being married.
I am one of those lucky people. And I think she feels that way too.
So, the romantic stuff is easy because you want them to be happy.”
~ Harry Connick, Jr.
a.k.a Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.,
,
Singer, Pianist, Composer/Arranger & Actor