“I’m grateful for all of my friends,
my family and the life that I have,
and the possibilities in my future.”
~ Raquel Welch,
Actress, Singer, Author & Golden Globe Award (1974)
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.
In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce,
but still only light and flickering.
As love grows older, our hearts mature and
our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”
~ Bruce Lee,
Actor, Film Director, Martial Artist,
Philosopher & Founder of Jeet Kune Do (martial art)
“When grandpa was ill and could’ve died,
I would have swapped all my record sales so he could get well.
He is the reason I am a singer.
He was my best friend growing up.”
~ Michael Buble
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer,
American Music Award (2010), Grammy Awards (4X),
Juno Awards (13X) & BC Entertainment Hall of Fame (2009)
“Be good to those that have betrayed you,
show mercy to those that have hurt you.
Be kind to the people that tried to hold you back.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author
“I have a lot of friends who say that one of the freedoms of being older is
you don’t care what other people think, which I don’t think is right.
You care what other people think, but
if you’re comfortable in your own skin, that doesn’t bother you.”
~ Dick Van Dyke,
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Writer, Producer, Author,
Tony Award (1961), Emmy Awards (5X), Grammy Award (1964),
People’s Choice Awards (1976), American Comedy Awards (1994),
Television Critics Association Career Achievement Award (2003) &
Screen Actors Guild Award (2013)
“Love calls on you to do things you don’t want to do sometimes.
It calls on you to care for people you wouldn’t typically want to care for.
It causes you to go fishing with folks you don’t want to be around.”
~ Larnelle Harris,
Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (5X) & Dove Awards (11X)
“The way I save people, it’s like I’m seeing a friend.
… I’m like, ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ These people are asking for help.
They’re just waiting for someone to speak with them.”
~ Yukio Shige,
Policeman, Suicide Preventer &
Founder – Kokoro ni Hibiku Bunshu Henshukyoku
“We all have someone who meant something to us,
and we all have the power to mean something to someone else.”
~ Ann Curry,
Journalist, Photojournalist, Emmy Awards (3x), Golden Mike Award (4x),
Quinn Award & Grace Award
“Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday.
I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it,
hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents.
But, mostly, I love having family and friends
gathered, and sharing traditions.”
~ Ellen Hopkins,
Author, Poet, Silver Pen Award (2006) & Nevada Writers Hall of Fame (2015)
“The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love:
my wife, my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.”
~ Sammy Davis, Jr.,
Singer, Actor, Dancer & Comedian
“Be true to yourself,
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)
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Oprah Gail Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist
“Although I have a lot of close female friends in my life,
my number one is still my mom.
Without her, I wouldn’t have the values that I have
and see the world the way that I do today.
She taught me how to appreciate and respect women.
She taught me chivalry and how to love a woman
and respect their feelings and emotions.”
“Let a woman have her place,
because as you provide foundation for her,
she provides a foundation for you.
And through that vulnerability comes strength.”
~ Shemar Moore,
Actor & Model
“The starting point for building great relationships
is making wise decisions about who we allow close to us.
We need people who will build us up and take us forward,
and good friends will do just that. ”
~ Brian Houston,
Executive Producer, TV Host, College President, Author & Pastor
“When you love someone, you treat them well.”
~ Tippi Hedren ,
Actress, Animal Rights Activist & Fashion Model
“I think it’s important to get your surroundings, as well as yourself,
into a positive state – meaning surround yourself with positive people,
not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do.”
~ Heidi Klum.,
Supermodel, Television Personality, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Singer,
Television Producer, Author, Actress, Philanthropist & Crystal Cross Award (2014)
“As I’ve gotten older and older …
I’ve learned that relationships really matter. That being likeable really matters….
Those things are also almost as important, and maybe even more so,
than just being a really excellent writer or a really great show host.”
~ 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)
“I think I value things more correctly.
I hope I look at my life in a way that makes sense.”
~ Oded Fehr,
“When I was growing up,
my mother was always a friend
to my siblings and me
(in addition to being all the other things a mom is),
and I was always grateful for that
because I knew she was someone I could talk to and joke with,
and argue with and that nothing would ever harm that friendship.”
~ Marlo Thomas,
Actress, Producer, Social Activist
National Outreach Director St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
Emmy Awards (4), Golden Globe Award, George Foster Peabody Award,
Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame,
Grammy Award (Thanks & Giving All Year Long),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2014)
“I have friends and family that are filled with massive amounts of integrity,
and it shouldn’t be an oddity.”
~ Sandra Bullock,
Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur,
Founder – Fortis Films & Philanthropist
“All dope can do for you is kill you… the long hard way.
And it can kill the people you love right along with you.”
~ Billie Holiday
a.k.a Eleanora Fagan,
Jazz Musician & Singer-Songwriter
“Everyone is your best friend when you are successful.
Make sure that the people that you surround yourself with
are also the people that you are not afraid of failing with.”
~ Paula Abdul,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Choreographer & Actress
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds.
A good deed is never lost;
he who sows courtesy reaps friendship,
and he who plants kindness gathers love.”
~ Saint Basil,
Bishop & Theologian
“All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers.
They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect,
and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
~ Brian Tracy,
Author, Keynote Speaker,
Entrepreneur & Business Coach