When You’re Not Blinded by Lust

“Waiting gives you better knowledge of your partner. When you’re not blinded by lust
or the counterfeit intimacy that can come with premarital sex,
you can see the person you’re dating for who they are.”
~ DeVon Franklin,
TV Producer, Author, Speaker & Spiritual Success Coach
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You’re Famous for What?

“There are so many famous people now that are
not really gifted or talented at doing anything
other than getting made up, putting on tight dresses, acting badly, getting married.
I mean, what the hell? I don’t know where we are
going with this here in America. And we are setting a tone
for the world, because everyone looks at what we do.”
“There was a time when fame meant that you were either
someone who is really gifted in your field or you were making an impact,
or you are famous because you were a really horrible person, you know?
But now, you can become famous by eating a frog. It’s just not the same thing.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a Deborah Kaye Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

Honesty & Truth Are…

“I used to be ashamed by the way that I grew up. I tried to lie my way through better times,
but when you think that honesty and truth is really your best weapon you embrace it and put it behind you.
In the end, it drives you and motivates you to do good work.
No one should be ashamed about where they come from
as long as you desire to be a compassionate and decent person.”
~ 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)

Continuous Christmas

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.”
~ Ben Franklin,
a Founding Father of the United States,
Polymath, Author, Printer, Political Theorist,
Politician, Postmaster, Scientist, Inventor,
Humorist, Civic Activist, Statesman & Diplomat

Communicating Honestly

“Honest communication is built on truth and integrity
and upon respect of the one for the other.”
“If what is communicated is false, it can hardly be called communication.”
~ Benjamin E. Mays,
President – Morehouse College (August 1940 – July 1967), Minister,
Civil Rights Icon & Schomburg Honor Roll of Race Relations Inductee,

When the Truth Wants to Find You

“I say when the truth wants to find you or wants to be found by you,
it will come after you. You cannot stop that force.”
~ Kim Basinger,
Actress, Model, Singer, Producer & Animal Rights Activist,
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award,
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award,
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Athena Award
& Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2)

Beauty is Something, Not Everything

“Beauty is not everything!”
~ Chita Rivera,
a.k.a. Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero
Actress, Dancer & Singer,
Tony Awards (2x),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009)
& Kennedy Center Honors Award (2002)

 

Doing What is Right

“You know sometimes you just have to stand your ground.
You know when you KNOW that what you’re doing is … right.
Then, you have to really be true to your path and true to yourself.”
~ Gina Torres,
Actress (Television, Film & Voice) & ALMA Award (2001)

Facing My Part, My Fault

“I went through a long period of time in that marriage
when I didn’t believe anything was my fault.
I had to face what my part was,
and only because of that difficult work
was I able to trust a man again.”
~ Connie Sellecca,
Actress, Producer, Spokesperson, Activist & Model

Honest Communication

“Honest communication is built on truth and integrity
and upon respect of the one for the other.”
~ Benjamin E. Mays,
President – Morehouse College (August 1940 – July 1967), Minister, Author,
Civil Rights Icon & Schomburg Honor Roll of Race Relations Inductee,
Amistad Award – American Missionary Association (1968), Merrick-Moore-Spaulding Award (1968)
Myrtle Wreath Award – Atlanta Chapter, Hadassah (1969),
Religious Leaders Award – National Conference of Christians and Jews (1970),
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Your Employees, Advisors & Partners

“Seek out and hire employees who are
brimming with talent, energy, integrity, optimism and generosity.
Search for advisors and partners who
compliment your skills and understand your ideals.”
~ Martha Stewart,
Entrepreneur, Writer, Television Host,
Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia & former Fashion Model

Let’s Have a Sunny Life, Instead

“A shady business never yields a sunny life.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

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

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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Being the Best We Can Be

“I like to see a driven kid: somebody who wants to come from the ground up.
I love to see somebody who wants to be the best they can be.”
~ Kim Basinger,
Actress, Model, Singer, Producer & Animal Rights Activist,
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award,
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award,
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Athena Award
& Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2)

Let’s Find Common Ground

“I like to see myself as a bridge builder,
that is me building bridges
between people, between races, between cultures, between politics,
trying to find common ground.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

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)

When We’re in a Certain Season

“‘Seed-time and Harvest’ is God’s covenant law of sowing and reaping.
He will not break His covenant. There are things that God has for you
that don’t open up to you until you are in a certain season.”
~ Bill Winston,
Preacher, Author, Entrepreneur, Founder & Senior Pastor – Living Word Christian Center,
Founder – Joseph Business School, Founder – The Joseph Center®,
Fmr. United States Air Force Fighter Pilot, United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross Award,
United States Air Force Air Medal Award, United States Air Force Squadron Top Gun Award
Distinguished Alumni of Tuskegee University Award, Chicago Tuskegee Club Incorporated Heritage Award,
Tuskegee Airmen Chicago DoDo Chapter Award

Behaving Like a Princess

“Behaving like a princess is work.
It’s not just about looking beautiful or wearing a crown.
It’s more about how you are inside.”
~ Julie Andrews a.k.a.,
Film and Stage Actress, Singer, Author, Theatre Director & Dancer

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

A Matter of The Whole Package

“For me, the beauty of a person is a matter of the whole package.
You have to look at the whole thing,
not just a matter of outward appearance or whatever.
It has to do with one’s character, personality,
upbringing and so on.”
~ Gong Li,
Actress

It Shouldn’t Be an Oddity

“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

The Kind of Self You’ll Be Happy With

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.
Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny,
inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
~ Golda Meir,
Teacher, Kibbutznik, Stateswoman, Politician, & Fourth Prime Minister of Israel

Whatever Else You Do Well

“If you bungle raising your children,
I don’t think whatever else you do well
matters very much.”
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
Photographer, Book Editor &
35th First Lady of the United States (1961 – 1963)

Business at a Higher Level

“Successful business owners are constantly learning new ways
to make their businesses grow and operate at a higher level.
They are reading industry blogs, listening to podcasts,
attending conferences, and taking courses.”
~ Brandon Gaille,
Marketing Podcaster, Blogmaster – The Blog Millionaire

Integrity: The Real

“Real integrity is doing the right thing,
knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

Oprah G. Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Better Than We Say

“Do what you say you’re going to do.
And try to do it a little better than you said you would.”
~ Jimmy Dean,
Singer, Television Host, Actor, Businessman.
Creator of Jimmy Dean Sausage, Actor &
Country Music Hall of Fame nominee (2010)

That Faith, Ever Since

“I committed my life to Christ, and that faith
has been most important to me ever since.”
~ Peyton Williams Manning,
National Football League (NFL) Quarterback (1998-2015)

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

Virtuoso of Self

“One can have no smaller or greater
mastery than mastery of oneself.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist & Writer

Considered as An Expert

“A winner knows how much he still has to learn,
even when
he is considered an expert by others;
a loser wants to be considered an
expert by others
before he has learned enough to know
how little he knows.”
~ Sydney J. Harris,
Journalist, Author, Drama Critic, Teacher & Lecturer

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)

Our Sense of Nationhood

“Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy,
because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.”
~ Jimmy Carter, Jr.
a.k.a James Earl Carter, Jr.
,
Naval Officer, Farmer, Politician, Author,
39th President of the United States (1.20.1977-1.20.1981) &
Nobel Peace Prize (2002)

The Greatest Legacy

“The greatest legacy one can pass on
to one’s children and grandchildren
is not money or other material things
accumulated in one’s life,
but rather a legacy of character and faith.”
~ 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

Let’s Be Pretty & …

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“We get so worried
about being ‘PRETTY’.
Let’s be:
Pretty Kind,
Pretty Funny,
Pretty Smart,
Pretty Strong.”
~ Niki Taylor,
Super-Model & Founder, Begin Foundation

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What I Do Have is Great

“I don’t have a ton of friends,
but the friends I have are great ones.
I don’t have huge family,
but the family I have is a great one.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook
,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

Be a Great Spirit, Instead

“Great spirits
have always faced
violent opposition
from mediocre minds.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist & Nobel Prize – Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921),
Copley Medal (1925), Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926),
Max Planck Medal (1929) & Time Person of the Century (1999)

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

So Much Fun!

“When I see myself on film it makes me smile; I mean making a good living doing what I enjoy is so much fun. I just hope that everyone has the chance to enjoy life like I do.”
~ Adrienne Barbeau,
Actress & Author

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).

You, Him & Everyone Else

“80% of people’s problems are about how they feel about themselves.”

“Stop being tormented by everyone else’s reaction to you.”

“Today, Lord, I am going to do my best with Your help and for Your glory.
I realize that there are many different people in the world with a variety of opinions and expectations.
I will concentrate on being a God-pleaser and not a self-pleaser or man-pleaser.
The rest I leave in Your hands, Lord. Grant me favor with You and with men
and continue transforming me into the image of Your dear Son. Thank You Lord.”

~ Joyce Meyer,
Author, Speaker

Conduct & Behavior, Wherever They Go

“Sixty-five percent of Americans don’t have the conversation with their children.
So you’re sending off boys and girls off to college, off to high school, off to wherever they go,
and nobody’s had the conversation about how to conduct themselves.
About a man telling his son how to be a man.
How to respect a woman.
How do you respect yourself?”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)

Succeed at Home, Too!

“No amount of success can compensate for failure at home.”
~ Nathaniel Bronner, Sr.,
Founder & President – Bronner Brothers (1947–1993)

Life-Sides: Light & Dark

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“Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it’s up to us to choose
which way we’re going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side,
it doesn’t mean you have to continue your journey that way.
You always have time to turn it around.”
~ Taraji Penda Henson,
Actress & Singer

The Right Answer

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.
Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

His Dreams & Destiny

“May all of God’s dreams for you come to pass.
May His destiny for you never be thwarted.”
~ Rory & Wendy Alec,
Founders, GOD TV

To Stay on Top of Things

When asked to share her secret to having a long career in a competitive industry:

“There is no secret. Prayer, good old-fashioned hard work, giving the personal touch,
never compromising my integrity, listening to good business advice
and keep a talented group of people on my team to help me stay on top of everything.”

~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
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Be Not Questionable

“No one will question your integrity
if your integrity is not questionable.”
~ Nathaniel Bronner, Jr.,
Manufacturing Director, Bronner Bros., President, Century Systems Inc.
& Senior Pastor, Ark of Salvation Church

Sticky Values

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested,
they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
~ Jon Stewart
a.k.a Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
,
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, Media Critic,
& Television Host, The Daily Show (1999-2015)

Be Not a Part

“We want you to focus on responsibility, on accountability,
and making sure that anyone who is behaving in a way that takes
your company down a path of criminal activity
be not a part of the process — and that’s something
that we’ll be taking very seriously.”
~ Loretta Lynch,
U.S. Attorney General

Beautiful Characters

“Character contributes to beauty.
It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
A mode of conduct, a standard of courage,
discipline, fortitude, and integrity
can do a great deal
to make a woman beautiful.
~ Jacqueline Bisset,
Actress, Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur Insignia Award (2010)
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

In Nothing Great, Nor Small

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small,
large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

Style-of-Life Lies

“Euphemisms persist (for some people) because lying
is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.”
~ Bergen Evans,
Professor of English, TV Show Host,
& George Foster Peabody Award (1957)

These Are the Magic Keys

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth.
Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys
to living your life with integrity.”
~ W. Clement Stone,
Businessman, Philanthropist & Author

Really Have Something

“If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing.
You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world,
but if you are not a moral and ethical person,
you really have nothing.”
~ Henry Kravis,
Businessman, Philanthropist
& Co-Founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
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The Surest Test

“Perhaps the surest test of an individual’s integrity
is his refusal to do or say anything
that would damage his self-respect.”
~ Thomas S. Monson,
Author & President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Ultimate Vision

“Don’t walk through life just playing football.
Don’t walk through life just being an athlete.
Athletics will fade. Character and integrity,
and really making an impact on someone’s life,
that’s the ultimate vision,
that’s the ultimate goal – bottom line.”
~ Ray Lewis,
NFL Football Linebacker (1996–2012)
& ESPN Analyst