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
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It’s Never Too Late

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do,
and he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'”
~ Michael Jordan,
Professional Basketball Player (1984-2003) & Author

Change

“Change is the law of life, and those who look
only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

No Regrets

“I have no regrets because I know I did my best – all I could do.”
~ Midori Ito,
Figure Skater (1973-1992, 2011-2013), World Champion (1989), Olympic Silver Medalist (1992 ),
World Figure Skating Hall of Fame (2003) & ISU Adult Figure Skating Championship (2013)
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Playing Dumb

“Intelligence is sexy. Don’t play dumb, especially young girls.
Don’t play dumb, and let people see that you are intelligent.”
~ Iman
a.k.a Iimaan Maxamed Cabdulmajii,
Fashion Super-Model, Actress,
Ethnic Cosmetics Pioneer & Entrepreneur

True Repentance

““True repentance isn’t just saying, “I’m sorry.” It’s. saying “I’m sorry, I’ll never, ever do that again
because my relationship with you means more to me than anything.””
~ Serita Jakes,
Author, Speaker & Potter’s House Executive Director:
God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program,
Distinctively Debs Youth Program & Starting Over

Choose Your Thoughts

“You want to become aware of your thoughts and choose your thoughts carefully
and you want to have fun with this, because you are the masterpiece of your own life.
You are the Michelangelo of your own life. The David you are sculpting is you.”
~ Dr. Joe Vitale,
Author, Marketing Specialist & President of Hypnotic Marketing, Inc

Your Shared Future

“A ring means a commitment. But more than that, it means that you’ve talked about
your shared future and have decided together on a shared vision of it.”
~ Patti Stanger,
Businesswoman, Matchmaker, Author &
Founder & CEO – Millionaire’s Club International, Inc.

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)

Experiences Beyond Your Imagination

“What’s in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination.
Put yourself, and your growth and development, first.”
~ Phylicia Rashad,
Actress, Singer, Stage Director, NAACP Image Award,
Tony Award (2004) & Drama Desk Award

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Goals for Your New Year

“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year.
This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.”
~ Melody Beattie,
Author

Thought About Retiring

“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)

Doing Our Best, Giving Our Best

“A diva is someone who is a perfectionist, who does her best in her craft.
So, if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur & Actress
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Too Much, Sooooo Much

“God loves you too much to let you miss your destiny.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

You’ll Always Find the Time

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“If you love what you do, then you always find the time.”
~ Heidi Klum,
Model, Television Personality, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer,
Singer, Television Producer, Author & Actress

Still Not Retired

“I’ve retired so many times now it’s getting to be a habit.”
“I’m always announcing my retirement. I’m still not retired.”
~ Dick Van Dyke,
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Writer, Producer, Author,
Tony Award (1961), Emmy Awards (5X), Grammy Award (1964),
People’s Choice Awards (1976), American Comedy Awards (1994),
Television Critics Association Career Achievement Award (2003) &
Screen Actors Guild Award (2013)

Never Been Particularly Aware of My Age

“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 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

A Battle with Our Name On It

“We all have a battle with our name on it, and until
we embrace the reality of the battle, we will miss the beauty of the victory.”
~ John Gray,
Comedian, Author, Speaker, Actor, Singer,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church, Playwright &
Senior Pastor – Redemption Church

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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

Health Care Has to Happen in Our Kitchens

“True health care reform cannot happen in Washington.
It has to happen in our kitchens, in our homes, in our communities.
All health care is personal.”
~ Mehmet Oz,
Television Host, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Professor & Author.

Nothing Will Be Able to Defeat You

“Once you truly see that the very Spirit and power of Jesus resides on the inside of you,
NOTHING – no amount of debt, no disease, no problem of any kind –
will be able to defeat you.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author, Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

What’s Really Loved?

“There’s always time for what you really love.”
~ Sheryl Lee Ralph,
Actress, Singer, Author,Activist & Independent Spirit Award (1991

A Little Time Out of Your Day

 

“Take a little time out of your busy day
to give encouragement to someone who’s lost their way.”
~ Diana Ross,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Singer & 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)

I Actually Feel Younger!

“The older I get, the younger I feel.
Growing up, I was always the kid,
but I spoke like an adult and was in adult roles.
I didn’t feel like a kid.
The older I get, I actually feel younger!
Which is good. I always thought when you get older,
you’ll want to slow down, but I want to do even more.”
~ Brooke Shields,
Actress, Model, Author & Animal Activist

Life Together in the Years to Come

“If you’re going to get engaged make sure you’ve talked
to your partner about life together in the years to come.”
~ Patti Stanger,
Businesswoman, Matchmaker, Author &
Founder & CEO – Millionaire’s Club International, Inc

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)

A Lifetime Investment in Overall Health

“I’m a huge proponent of health for your whole family, starting with your children.
If you’re not healthy and not living a healthy lifestyle you’re not going to be good for anyone else.
If you treat your body right you have the energy and stamina to do it all.
Helping kids understand the importance of proper nutrition and exercise
is a lifetime investment in overall health.”
~ Cristina Ferrare,
Supermodel, Designer, Chef, Author, Actress & TV Talk-Show Host

One of the Biggest Blessings: Mom & Dad

“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent,
and one of the biggest blessings in the world
is to have parents to call Mom and Dad.”
~ Jim DeMint,
Author, Writer, Politician, United States Senator (2005-2013)
& United States Representative (1999-2005)

Motherhood is Absolutely Amazing

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“Motherhood is a dream. It really is absolutely amazing.”
~ Jessica Simpson,
Singer, Actress & Philanthropist

Waiting for Love

“Sometimes love takes a long time.
Wait for love and you’re gonna get the chance to love.
… When you take the chance on love, you see.
It’s not a waste of time, if you truly believe.”
~ Luther Vandross,
Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer

Daydreaming Your Victories & Success

“All men dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds,
wake in the day to find that it was vanity:
but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act on their dreams with open eyes,
to make them possible.”
~ T. E. Lawrence,
Archaeologist, Military Officer, Diplomat & Writer

Comfortable in Your Own Skin

“I have a lot of friends who say that one of the freedoms of being older is
you don’t care what other people think, which I don’t think is right.
You care what other people think, but
if you’re comfortable in your own skin, that doesn’t bother you.”
~ Dick Van Dyke,
Actor, Comedian, Singer, Dancer, Writer, Producer, Author,
Tony Award (1961), Emmy Awards (5X), Grammy Award (1964),
People’s Choice Awards (1976), American Comedy Awards (1994),
Television Critics Association Career Achievement Award (2003) &
Screen Actors Guild Award (2013)

Writes Them Down & Puts Them in Bible

“Every year for New Years
I write down all of my goals and dreams
and put them in my Bible.
At the end of the year
I go and pull the paper out and
check this off and check that off.”
~ Nene Leakes,
a.k.a. Linnethia Monique Johnson,
Television Personality, Actress, Presenter, Author & Fashion DesigneR

The Subtleties of Everything We Do, Think & Say

“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

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Worthless Complaining

“Complaining about your current position in life is worthless.
Have a spine and do something about it instead.”
~ Robert Toru Kiyosaki,
Investor, Businessman, Author, Speaker,
Financial Literacy Activist, & Commentator

Nurturing One’s Spirit

“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)

Your Golden Dream

“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream.
You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”
~ Diana Ross,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Singer & Author

Thrive with Passion, Compassion, Humor & Style

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive;
and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Professor, Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress, Civil Rights Activist, and Dancer

Longer-Lived Than the Academy

“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),

The Best of Good Moments

“I live in the moment. The moment is the most important thing.
That’s my entire philosophy: Make the best of the good moments.”
~ Rita Moreno,
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)

Whatever Tomorrow Brings

“I teach my children that in life, there is no control of what tomorrow is going to bring.
There really isn’t. But in whatever it brings, we have choices, and
I’m glad because I made more right choices than wrong,
but in the wrong choices, there are lessons to be learned.”
~ Benjamin “BeBe” Winans,
Singer, Songwriter, Author, Producer,
Grammy Awards (2X) & Dove Award (2010)

What You Spoke from Your Heart

“Today, you are a picture of what you spoke
from your heart in the past.”
~ Gloria Copeland,
Author, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

Things You Have Always Dreamt Of

“Try to accomplish things you have always dreamt of while you can.
I know it sounds cliche, but the biggest lesson
I have learned is that life is precious; enjoy it while it lasts.”
~ Lisa Ling,
Journalist, Television Presenter & Author

The Perfect Time to Celebrate

“Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family
and to create memories that will last forever.
Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift.
The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift,
but we are able to share it with others on Christmas
and every other day of the year.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Founder – Lakewood Church TV,
Senior Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author

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

Another One When I’m 80!

“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,
Actress

A Mountain So High …

“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 …”

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)

The More YOU Live, The …

“The more I live, the younger I am.”
~ Lancôme,
Commercial

Embracing Your Whole Life

“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)

Her Greatest Beauty Secret

“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,

A Big Reason for My Life

“People in love look into each other’s souls,
and it is that feeling that I try to capture when I sing.
I listen to the people.
That was a big reason for my life, maybe the main reason,
I’m singing because I love it when people say to me,
‘Thank you.’ I thank them. It’s a marriage.”
~ Julio Iglesias,
a.k.a. Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva
Singer, Songwriter, Guinness Record (3x),
2600+ Certified Gold and Platinum Albums,
Grammy Award, Latin Grammy, World Music Award,
Billboard Awards, Silver Gull, ASCAP,
American Music Award & Lo Nuestro Awards

Positive Deposits in the Daily Life

You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day
by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content
and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.”
~ Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar,
Author, Salesman, & Motivational Speaker

Life is Worth Living

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“I woke up and realized life is great
and people are awesome
and life is worth living.”
~ Hulk Hogan,
a.k.a Terry Gene Bollea,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Television Personality,
Entrepreneur & Rock Bassist.

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)

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)

Laughing Once a Day

“It’ll keep you alive for another 10 years, if you get yourself a laugh once a day:
either provoke it, or look around in the wildest laboratory in the world, the public.”
~ Jerry Lewis,
a.k.a Joseph Levitch
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Producer, Humanitarian, Screenwriter and Film Director
Winner of several Lifetime Achievements Awards from:
The American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association,
& Venice Film Festival, Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2x)
Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors
(highest Emmy Award, 2005)
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(2009)

The Prayers of Tears

“Every now and then your tears will pray a prayer your words never could.”
~ John Gray,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church, Comedian, Author, Speaker,
Actor, Singer & Playwright

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The Older, The Better

“I never thought I’d feel this way …,
the older I get, the better I feel.”
~ Chaka Khan,
Singer, Songwriter, Activist & Grammy Awards (10x)

Living Gracefully

“I want to get old gracefully. I want to have good posture,
I want to be healthy and be an example to my children.”
~ Sting,
a.k.a. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, & Actor

Putting Yourself Twenty Years Ahead

“Instead of looking at the past,
I put myself ahead twenty years
and try to look at what I need to do now
in order to get there then.”
~ Diana Ross,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Singer & Author

He Recognized Destiny Calling

“I was a wife and a mother, and I was completely fulfilled.
But my husband recognized the signals in me which said,
“I’ve been doing enough gardening, I’ve cooked enough good dinners,
I’ve sat around the house and mooned about what more interior decoration
I can get my fingers into.”
It’s a curious thing with actors and actresses,
but suddenly the alarm goes off.
My husband is a very sensitive person to my moods
and he recognized the fact that I had to get on with something.
‘Mame’ came along out-of-the-blue, just at this time.
Now isn’t that a miracle?”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards (6x), Tony Awards (5x),
& Grammy Award

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Sacred Secrets That Shame

“You are not alone if you have sacred secrets that shame you
from participating in the great things God has planned for you,
… it is time for you to confess to God the truth of your secret
so that He can free you from your past.”
~ Serita Jakes,
Author, Speaker & Potter’s House Executive Director:
God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program,
Distinctively Debs Youth Program & Starting Over

Being Likeable

“As I’ve gotten older and older …
I’ve learned that relationships really matter. That being likeable really matters….
Those things are also almost as important, and maybe even more so,
than just being a really excellent writer or a really great show host.”
~ Betty W. Liu,
News Anchor, Business Journalist, Author,
Dow Jones Newswires Award (1997),
“Top 30 Business Journalists Under 30 List (2000-2002, 3x)
& Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2011)