Sing in the Desert, Dance in the Promise-Land

“You have to learn to sing in the ‘desert’,
before you can dance in the ‘promise land’.”
~ Samuel Rodriguez,
Founder & President – National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference,
Evangelist, Pastor, Movie Producer, Civil Rights Activist, Television Personality & Author

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

Risking Failure

“It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things.
When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience.”
~ Lupita Amondi Nyong’o,
Actress, Film Director & Academy Award

They Teach Him Something Every Day

“I love my kids so much. They teach me something every day;
it always brings richness to my work, and even more in life.”
~ Blair Underwood,
Actor (Television, Film & Stage), Director, Philanthropist,
1993 Humanitarian Award (1993), NAACP Image Awards (3X) & Grammy Award

The Advice & Experiences of the Amazing, Smart Ones

“I’ve learned that while I’d be a fool not to stay open to the advice and experiences of the smart, amazing people in my life, I also need to listen to what I have to say.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

The Power of Prayer, Words & Predictions

“I feel the presence of a higher power.
I believe that what you give is what you get.
It’s universal law. I believe in the power of prayer and of words.
I’ve learned that when you predict that negative things will happen, they do.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

Upholding America’s Founding Documents

“If the citizens of the United States are to turn away from the Communist Manifesto
and preserve the purpose of the Declaration of Independence,
the U.S. Constitution, and our Bill of Rights,
we must first thoroughly reexamine and learn about each of them,
and uphold America’s founding documents by testing every political action in light of them.”
~ Chuck Norris,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, U.S. Air Force Air Policeman, Author, Philanthropist, National Defense Service Medal,
Korea Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Service & Small Arms Expert Marksmanship
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If Someone Doesn’t Like You

“The one thing I really learned, and learned well, in group therapy was that
you don’t die if someone doesn’t like you.”
~ Rita Moreno,
a.k.a. Rosa Dolores Alverio,
Actress, Dancer, Singer,
Academy Award (1961), Golden Globe Award (1961), Joseph Jefferson Award (1968)
Grammy Award (1972), Tony Award (1975), Emmy Award (1977),
Emmy Award (1978), Sarah Siddons Award (1985),
Library of Congress Living Legends Award (2000), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2001),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, California Hall of Fame (2007),
National Medal of Arts (2009), Hispanic Organization of Latin Actresses – Lifetime Achievement Award (2010),
Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2013) &
Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (2015)

Your Prayers Answered in Wondrous Ways

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.
The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author