A Past, Present or Future: Caregivers

“There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.”
~ Rosalynn Carter
First Lady of the United States (1977-1981), Author, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (1998- ), National Women’s Hall of Fame (2002), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1999), Mental Illness Foundation Dorothea Dix Award (1988), Georgia Woman of the Year Award (1996), Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1996), United Nations Children’s Fund International Child Survival Award (1999), Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health – Institute of Medicine (2000), United States Surgeon General’s Medallion (2000) & American Peace Award (2009)
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We Won’t Ignore Their Cries

“People with mental problems are our neighbors. They are members of our congregations, members of our families; they are everywhere in this country. If we ignore their cries for help, we will be continuing to participate in the anguish from which those cries for help come. A problem of this magnitude will not go away. Because it will not go away, and because of our spiritual commitments, we are compelled to take action.”
~ Rosalynn Carter
First Lady of the United States (1977-1981), Author, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (1998- ), National Women’s Hall of Fame (2002), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1999), Mental Illness Foundation Dorothea Dix Award (1988), Georgia Woman of the Year Award (1996), Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1996), United Nations Children’s Fund International Child Survival Award (1999), Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health – Institute of Medicine (2000), United States Surgeon General’s Medallion (2000) & American Peace Award (2009)
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The Way You’re Living in the Meantime

“Faith is about how you live your life in the meantime, how you make decisions when you don’t know for sure what’s next. What you do with yourself between the last time you heard from God and the next time you hear from God is the ongoing challenge of a life of faith.”
~ Priscilla Marie ‘Cece’ Winans Love,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Talk Show Host, Speaker,
Author, Dove Awards (23X) Stellar Awards (15X) & Grammy Awards (12X)

Assuring the Survival & Success of Liberty

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Doing What You Can to Show You Care

“Do what you can to show you care about other people and you will make our world a better place.”
~ Rosalynn Carter
First Lady of the United States (1977-1981), Author, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (1998- ), National Women’s Hall of Fame (2002), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1999), Mental Illness Foundation Dorothea Dix Award (1988), Georgia Woman of the Year Award (1996), Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1996), United Nations Children’s Fund International Child Survival Award (1999), Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health – Institute of Medicine (2000), United States Surgeon General’s Medallion (2000) & American Peace Award (2009)
~

This Kind of Poverty: A Whole Different World from Our Own

“The truly poor won’t be at our church services. They won’t be at our committee meetings. They won’t be at the supermarket where we shop. And they aren’t here today. We have to reach out and find them where they are.”
“We found a whole different world from our own. We found people living without bathrooms or running water – with holes in their roofs and floors – people so poor they had no beds, no stoves, no shoes. Until that day, I had never imagined this kind of poverty – right next door to our own snug and comfortable lives.”
~Barb Mains
Founder – Help4Kids
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Be a Blessing

“Make it a point to be a blessing to someone today with a smile, a word of encouragement or an act of kindness.”
~ Lisa Osteen Comes,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author

Connecting with Others in a Positive Way

“We have to be kind and connect with others in a positive way, giving what we can to those in need.”
~ Drew Scott
Real Estate Broker, Actor, Reality Television Personality, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
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Only One Act of Kindness

“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

Learn to Stand Up for Yourself

“I allowed myself to be bullied because I was scared and didn’t know how to defend myself.
I was bullied until I prevented a new student from being bullied.
By standing up for him, I learned to stand up for myself.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

Appreciation, Respect & Kindness

“I guess at the end of the day,
all women like to be appreciated and treated with respect and kindness.”
~ Sofia Vergara
Actress, Television Producer, Presenter, Model, Imagen Foundation Awards (2011), NAACP Image Awards (2011),
Screen Actors Guild (2012), Glamour Awards (2012), Screen Actors Guild (2013) & People’s Choice Award (2017)
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Beauty Born of Our Actions, Aspirations & Kindness

“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.”
~ Alek Wek
Model, Designer, Missionary – World Vision International & Author
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A Certain Kind of Man

“My father was a certain kind of man –
I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treated strangers,
and I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father’s name.”
~ 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

Coming From Little & Giving a Lot

“My parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot:
buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving,
delivering meals to people in hospices,
giving spare change to those asking for it.”
~ Meghan Markle,
Duchess of Sussex,
Actress, Model, Calligrapher,
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – The Tig (2014-2017)
& Humanitarian

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

A Yardstick of Your Success

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success
will be how you treat other people –
your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
~ Barbara Bush,
37th First Lady of the United States (1989-1993), 33rd Second Lady of the United States (1981–1989),
Jefferson Awards Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged Award (1995),
The Miss America Woman of Achievement Award (1997)

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

Being Good to One Another

“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things.
It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.”
~ Carrie Fisher,
Actress, Writer, Comedian, Activist, Saturn Awards (1990),
Grammy Awards (2018) & Teen Choice Awards (2018)

Every One of His Creatures

“I believe that… every one of God’s creatures was created equal.
I believe that everyone should be treated equal,
that’s the way I was raised and that’s the way I live my life.”

~ Paula Deen,
Celebrity Chef & Cooking Show Host, Restaurateur,
Author & Daytime Emmy Award (2007)

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

Something for the Rest of the World

“I realize that I’m in the top one percent of the world.
I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve seen immense poverty in the world,
and I can’t live with everything I’ve had and be comfortable
with everything I have unless I do something for the rest of the world.”
~ Andie MacDowell,
Actress, Model & Philanthropist

To Make it Through Challenges

“In life we face challenges and
oftentimes we need one another to make it through.”
~ Priscilla Marie ‘Cece’ Winans Love,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Talk Show Host, Speaker,
Author, Dove Awards (23X) Stellar Awards (15X) & Grammy Awards (12X)

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

He’s Been in My Corner from the Time We Met

 

“I married somebody who is very secure.
He’s been in my corner from the time we met,
and we grew in this together.”
~ Susan Lucci,
Actress, Television Host, Author, Entrepreneur,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2005), Broadcasting Hall of Fame (2006),
Founder – The Susan Lucci Collection, Disney Legend (2015)

That One Thing Isn’t Their Totality

“You cannot define a person on just one thing.
You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things
that a person has done because one thing
didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off.”
~ Aretha Franklin,
Singer, Musician & Philanthropist

Dad Wrote Me a Letter

“I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events – that was my side job while I was auditioning.
I think handwritten notes are a lost art form.
When I booked my first pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have.
The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.”
~ Meghan Markle,
Duchess of Sussex,
Actress, Model, Calligrapher,
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – The Tig (2014-2017)
& Humanitarian

My Best Friend Growing Up

“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)

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)

 

Goodness, Mercy & Kindness

“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

Constant Kindness

“Constant kindness can accomplish much.
As the sun makes ice melt,
kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
~ Albert Schweitzer,
Theologian, Organist, Philosopher,
Physician, Philanthropist & Medical Missionary
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Love’s Call

“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)

Making Something that Improves Lives

“… if you can make something that makes people’s life better,
then that’s something that’s really good.”
~ Mark Zuckerberg,
Computer Programmer, Internet Entrepreneur, MIT Technology Review’s TR35 List (2007),
Co-Founder – Facebook, Co-Founder – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative & Philanthropist

Diapers: 30 Seconds Flat

“I can change a diaper in 30 seconds flat.
I set the new one beneath the old one.
That way, it’s just wipe and pull the flap over.”
~ Drew Brees,
Quarterback – San Diego Chargers (2001–2005) & New Orleans Saints (2006–Present),
Super Bowl champion (XLIV), Super Bowl MVP (XLIV),
Pro Bowl (11× – 2004, 2006, 2008–2014, 2016, 2017),
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2010),
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2006),
Author, Businessman, Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Brees Dream Foundation

As Fellow Members of Humanity

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this:
we will be there for one another
as fellow members of humanity,
in the finest sense of the word.”
~ Goran Persson,
Prime Minister of Sweden (1996-2006)

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

People Are More Kind & Open-Hearted

“Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving.
It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted.”
~ Gisele Bündchen,
Model, Environmentalist, Philanthropist &
Executive Producer – Gisele & the Green Team

Christmas is A Tonic

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls.
It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves.
It directs our thoughts to giving.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

Giving Without a Thought of Getting

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting.
It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others.
It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

He Gives Us Parables

“Jesus kinda fools around and gives you parables.
He doesn’t oftentimes say exactly what He means.
But, in Matthew 25, He’s very, very clear.
And He delineates what it takes to get into the Kingdom of Heaven
very, very clearly. And He says how you treat the least among us,
the least of our brothers, that’s how you treat Him.”
~ Juan Vargas,
Attorney, U.S. House of Representatives (2012–Present)
California State Senate (2010–2013),
California State Assembly (2000–2007)

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

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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The Greatness of A Community

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“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by
the compassionate acts of its members,
a heart of grace and
a soul generated by love.”
~ Coretta Scott King,
Author, Activist, Civil Rights Leader

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)

Appreciation, Respect, Chivalry & Love

“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

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

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.

When You Help Others

“It’s also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others.
I’ve been helped by acts of kindness from strangers.
That’s why we’re here, after all, to help others.”
~ Carol Burnett,
Actress, Comedienne, Singer & Writer,

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)

Isn’t Everyone Supposed to Be?

“There’s no chivalry in culture any more. Sometimes you meet someone who everyone says is polite
and you’re like, “Wow!”, but then it’s like, “Hang on, isn’t everyone supposed to be polite?””
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist, Continue reading “Isn’t Everyone Supposed to Be?”

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

Kindness, Love & Compassion for Each Other

“As citizens of this great nation,
it is kindness, love, and compassion for each other
that will bring us together – and keep us together.”
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )

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 Million Dollars’ Worth of Love

“The only way to get love is to be lovable.
It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money.
You’d like to think you could write a check:
‘I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love.’
But it doesn’t work that way.
The more you give love away, the more you get.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder – Buffett Foundation

Nearly Every Moment

“Nearly every moment of every day,
we have the opportunity to give something to someone else
– our time, our love, our resources.”
~ S. Truett Cathy,
Entrepreneur, Founder – Chick-fil-A, Founder – WinShape Foundation,
Foster Parent (30 years), Horatio Alger Award,
Omicron Delta Kappa Laurel Crowned Circle Award (2009),
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership (2008),
Norman Vincent & Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award,
Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award,
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership,
Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame (2003)

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

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)

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

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

Even If You Don’t Like Them

“Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things.
Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly,
be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.”
~ Stacy London,
Stylist/Fashion Consultant, Author & Magazine Editor

It Changes Your Perspective

“The moment you have a child, in an instant your life is not for you,
and your life is completely, 100 percent dedicated to another human being,
and they will always come first.
It changes you forever. It changes your perspective,
and it gives you a nice purpose and focus.”
~ Angelina Jolie,
Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian, Academy Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Awardee (2X) & Golden Globe Awardee (3X)
Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George

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)

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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Spirit: Love, Generosity & Goodness

“The Spirit of Christmas
is the Spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness.
It illuminates the picture window of the soul,
and we look out upon the world’s busy life
and become more interested in people than in things.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

Like They Will Buy

“Look, you need to treat the prospect like a buyer — treat everyone like a buyer.
One of the biggest errors made by salespeople — especially experienced salespeople —
is the supposed ability to determine who is and who isn’t a real buyer.
I don’t care what the situation they told you is— no money, no budget, they got tax problems,
and they’re not the decision maker — treat the buyer like a buyer. Treat them like they WILL buy from you.”
~ Grant Cardone,
Author, Entrepreneur, Producer,
& Online Sales Training Expert

A Grateful Heart

“Your grateful heart opens the door for many more blessings to come.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

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

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

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.

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)

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

My Strength & Stay

“My husband has, quite simply,
been my strength and stay all these years,
and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

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

Let’s Be Pretty & …

"We get so worried about being 'pretty' ..." quote by Niki Taylor
“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)

A Kindness Destiny

“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society.
It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny.
Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.”
~ Diana Frances Windsor,
Princess of Wales

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

Kindness: A Lovely Quality

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“… just as important as being kind to my skin is being kind to younger women.
Kindness is a lovely quality to nurture as you get older.
It makes you feel good about yourself.”
~ Iman
a.k.a Iimaan Maxamed Cabdulmajii
,
Fashion Super-Model, Actress,
Ethnic Cosmetics Pioneer & Entrepreneur

Being a Partnership

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“The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be
a great marriage without being a partnership.”
~ Helen Mirren,
Actress
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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).

Succeed at Home, Too!

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

They Make All of It Worthwhile

“… I wanted children who were caring and who are giving.
I’m proud of my children. They make it all worthwhile.”
~ Nancy Wilson,
Singer (Blues, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop & Soul)
Grammy Awards (2007, 2005 1964, 3X)

Gifts We Can Give, All Year

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“Christmas gift suggestions:
to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service.
To all, charity. To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”
~ Oren Arnold,
Author

For That Chance

“If I can play a little part in the world’s healing,
and making it a better place than when I came,
then I just thank God for that chance.”
~ 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)

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)

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

An Inspiring Attitude

“My father didn’t talk too much, and wasn’t very much into giving me advice, verbally.
It was his attitude, mainly, that inspires me as a mother and a working woman today.
He taught me the importance of humility. How we all work to make ourselves a living
and that there’s no need to feel superior.”
~ Gaia Trussardi,
Creative Director, Trussardi Group

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

More Than Anything Else

“Goodness is about character –
integrity, honesty, kindness,
generosity, moral courage, and the like.
More than anything else,
it is about how we treat other people.”
~ Dennis Prager,
Radio Host, Political Commentator, Columnist, Public Speaker,
Founder of Prager University, Author & Television Personality

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 Great Sport!

“And I highly recommend for all the women in the world, even if they’re 71,
you can never take for granted that he loves you.
It’s always good to flirt with him. It’s a great sport.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)