“Sure, I’ve thought about retiring, but in my mind,
if you can’t sing the song anymore, change the song and sing a different one!”
~ Johnny Mathis,
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Author, Philanthropist, Grammy Hall of Fame (3X), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2003),
Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), Hit Parade Hall of Fame (2007), Great American Songbook Hall of Fame (2014),
Founder – Jon Mat Records, Inc., Founder – Global Records, Inc. Founder – Rojon Productions, Inc.,
San Francisco State University Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree (2017)
“There’s no prerequisites to worthiness. You’re born worthy,
and I think that’s a message a lot of women need to hear.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer
“Sin is SNEAKY, because sin promises to please and to satisfy,
but it only serves to enslave and to dominate.
It’s sort of like the Pandora’s Box: just get a sample and you’re hooked!”
~ Dale C. Bronner,
Founder & Pastor – Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral
Author, Co-Author, Writer, Co-Owner – Bronner Brothers Manufacturing Company
Conference Speaker & Leadership Trainer
“If something is too big for your mind, it will be too big for your hand.”
~ 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
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”
~Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer
“I’ve never been particularly aware of my age.
It’s like being on a bicycle – I just put my foot down and keep going.”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards winner (6x), nominee (+9x),
Tony Awards winner (5x), nominee (+2x),
Emmy Awards nominee (16x) & Grammy Award winner-nominee
“Take a thought, GIVE IT time. Take a thought, give it TIME.”
“Any thought you don’t want to manifest into your life, don’t speak it.
Don’t speak it. Don’t SPEAK it. DON’T speak it.
A thought unspoken will die unborn.”
~ Dale C. Bronner,
Founder & Pastor, Word of Faith Worship Center & Author
“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)
“I’ve had 60 years of ups and downs, and all of the downs that I’ve had, I’m happy that I’ve had them because it’s taught me to appreciate all the ups.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, & Actress
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“I always felt like something bigger was waiting for me out there.”
~ Jonathan Cain,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter & Author
“The world is awarding its richest prizes to the thinkers.
Matter is powerless, passive, inert. Mind is force, energy, power.
Mind shapes and controls matter.
Every form which matter takes
is but the expression of some pre-existing thought.”
~ Charles F. Haanel,
Author, Philosopher & Businessman
“Everything you do,
every thought you have,
every word you say
creates a memory
that you will hold
in your body.
It’s imprinted on you
and affects you in subtle ways –
ways you are not always aware of.
With that in mind,
be very conscious and selective.”
~ Phylicia Rashad,
Actress, Singer, Stage Director, NAACP Image Award,
Tony Award (2004) & Drama Desk Award
While single, I couldn’t believe “how much people would judge a woman’s worth
or judge how successful she is based on whether or not she’s married.
And I’m not slamming marriage — marriage and family are some of the most beautiful parts of my life.
But everybody meets their own person in their own time,
and I don’t think a woman should be looked at like,
‘Oh, you’re still not married?’ Why do people still think that way?!”
~ Holly Madison
Model, Showgirl, Television Personality & Author
“Every setback means you’re one step closer
to seeing the dream come to pass.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker & Author
“I certainly believe that being in contact with one’s spirit
and nurturing one’s spirit is as important as nurturing one’s body and mind.
We are three dimensional beings: body, mind, spirit.”
~ Laurence Fishburne,
Actor, Producer, Playwright, Screenwriter,
Film Director, Tony Award (1992), Emmy Award (2X), Black Movie Award (2006)
NAACP Image Award (3X), NAACP Theatre Awards (2X) &
Theatre World Awards (1992)
“I just realized something, I’m older than the Academy,
plus 4 months, maybe 5.
I’m very proud of that.
Just keep moving!”
~ Eva Marie Saint,
Academy Award (1954), Primetime Emmy Award (1990),
Golden Boot Awards (2007), Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2X),
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival – Lifetime Achievement Award (1999),
Savannah Film and Video Festival – Lifetime Achievement Award (2000),
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival – King Vidor Memorial Award (2004),
& 2nd Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards – Best Female Vocal Performance (2012),
“Jealousy… is a mental cancer.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League
“I have a feeling, when I’m 80 years old,
I’m going to get a phone call: There’s going to be another ‘Rocky’.”
~ Talia Shire,
“Dream on it. Let your mind take you to places you would like to go,
and then think about it and plan it and celebrate the possibilities.
And don’t listen to anyone who doesn’t know how to dream.”
~ Liza Minnelli,
Actress, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Philanthropist,
American Theater Hall of Fame inductee, Best Actress Academy Award,
BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, David di Donatello Career Award,
Grammy Award, Grammy Legen Award, Primetime Emmy Award & Tony Award
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear;
knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
~ Rosa Parks,
“When you are grateful – when you can see what you have –
you unlock blessings to flow in your life.”
~ Suze Orman,
Author, Financial Advisor,
Motivational Speaker & Television Host
“I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something,
then there’s nothing left for you to work towards.
I want to believe that there is a mountain so high
that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.”
~ Cicely Tyson
Actress, Fashion Model, Tony Award – Best Actress in a Play (2013),
BFCA and SAG Awards (The Help, 2011), SAG Award nominations (4x, The Help, 2011)
NAACP’s Spingarn Medal (2010), Primetime Emmy Awards nominee (12x) Continue reading “A Mountain So High …”
“I used to think that my best years were my twenties.
But now I have the home of my dreams, the man of my dreams,
my daughter is grown, my mother is happy.
These are my best years. My sixties are my best years.
Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s your attitude that counts.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)
“You can’t embrace your whole life if you’re shut down.
I found out that I can’t just run away and shut down.
I’m losing the rest of my life doing that.”
~ Steve Perry,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer,
Journey (1977-1987 & 1995-1998)
& Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2017)
“My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself.
I don’t use special creams or treatments – I’ll use a little bit of everything.
It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself.
I believe that a lot of how you look
is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life.
Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.”
~ Tina Turner,
Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,