Life is a Gift

“To me, life is a gift, and it’s a blessing to just be alive.
And each person should learn what a gift it is to be alive no matter how tough things get.”
~ Tony Bennett
a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
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A Sense of Humor Can Save You

“It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself
and the problems you face in life. Sense of humor can save you.”
~ Margaret Cho,
Stand-Up Comedian, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author & Singer-Songwriter.

Choose Positivity

“In this life, I’m always going to choose the positive.”
~ 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).

A Great Family

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“I come from a great family. I’ve seen family life
and I know how wonderful, and how nurturing it can be.
~ 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

Whole-Hearted

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

Life Is a Process

“Life is a process, and you just take it a day at a time,
and you can’t live in tomorrow, and you can’t reach back and be in yesterday.
No matter how much you want to, you just have what’s right there in front of you.”
~ Amy Grant,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Media Personality,
Grammy Awards (6X), Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (22X)
& Hollywood Walk of Fame (star)

Blind, Furious Optimism

“I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism.”
~ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone,
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer & Director

Be Your Own Advocate

“Be your own advocate [in] every aspect of your life.”
~ Starlet Jones,
Lawyer, Journalist, Talk Show Host, Writer, Author, Fashion Designer

Sometimes Life Hits You

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick.
Don’t lose faith.”
~ 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)
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Happening at the Right Time

“Sometimes things in your life happen at the right time
and you have to be willing to acknowledge the signs.”
~ Jayne Kennedy Overton,
Actress, Model, Sportscaster, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Miss Ohio USA 1970

What We Get & What We Give

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill,
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)

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)

How Good Is My Attitude?

“Life is as good as your attitude.”
~ April Osteen Simons ,
Speaker

Take Time for Yourself, Too!

“It’s okay to take time for yourself. We give so much of ourselves to others and
we need to be fueled both physically and mentally.
If we are in balance, it helps us in all our interactions.”
~ Faith Hill,
Singer, Actress & Record Producer

Facing Big Changes

“Something that helps me remain joyful when I’m facing big changes is focusing
on what I am gaining and not what I am losing.”
~ Drenda Keesee,
Speaker, Television Host, Entrepreneur, Author,
Co-Founder – Faith Life Now

High School’s Accidental Life Lessons

“I think you accidentally learn things in high school that turn out to be life lessons,
when you are able to step back a bit and study them in more depth.”
~ Megan Fox,
Actress, Model & Philanthropist

Adversity’s Special Moments

“Sometimes when you have adversity it brings along special moments in life.”
~ Vinny Testaverde,
National Football League (NFL) Quarterback (21 seasons), Heisman Trophy (1986), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987–1992),
Cleveland Browns (1993–1995), Baltimore Ravens (1996–1997), New York Jets (1998–2003), Dallas Cowboys (2004),
New York Jets (2005), New England Patriots (2006), Carolina Panthers (2007), Pro Bowl (1996 & 1998),
Maxwell Award (1986), Davey O’Brien Award (1986), Walter Camp Award (1986), Sporting News Player of the Year (1986),
UPI Player of the Year (1986) & Consensus All-American (1986)

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)

Faith Comes First

“Faith has a role to play in life. It is not related to success.
It is the other way round. Success is related to faith. Faith comes first.”
~ Andrea Bocelli,
Classical-Crossover Tenor, Singer,
Songwriter & Record Producer

Life: A Lot of Colors & Situations

” Life is an awful lot of colors and situations to be handled.”
~ Diahann Carroll,
Actor, Advocate, Dancer, Model, Singer, Author, Philanthropist,
Tony Award (1962), Golden Globe Award (1969) & Television Academy Hall of Fame (2011)

Her Da Da’s Admiration

“She’s so wonderful. Just seeing her evolve into a little person
has definitely been one of the highlights of my life. She’s just really fun.”
~ Carter Oosterhouse,
Carpenter, Television Host, Model, Author, Founder – Carter’s Kids,
Co-Founder – Bonobo Winery, Co-Founder – SmartHouse

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

A Beautiful Challenge

“Life is a beautiful struggle, but life is worth living.”
~ Jaeson Ma,
Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer, Musician, Missionary,
Media Executive, Music Artist, Inspirational Speaker & Author.

The Possibilities in My Future

 

“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)

It is a Calamity Not to Dream

“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals.
The tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach.
It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled,
but it is a calamity not to dream.”
~ Benjamin E. Mays,
President – Morehouse College (August 1940 – July 1967), Minister,
Civil Rights Icon & Schomburg Honor Roll of Race Relations Inductee,