“I believe that everything happens for a reason.
… and sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer and Film Producer
“Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned
to be grateful, no matter what happened in my life..”
~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist
“Even when there are times that we’re not happy,
happiness will creep in.”
~ Dyan Cannon,
a.k.a Samille Diane Friesen
Film & Television Actress, Director, Screenwriter, Editor, Producer,
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress,
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress,
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture,
& Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them.
They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures,
and on the next action steps they need to take
to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals
rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”
~ Jack Canfield,
Author, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Entrepreneur,
Founder & CEO of The Canfield Training Group, Founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem,
& Guinness World Record – 7 New York Times Best-sellers Listed simultaneously.
“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
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
~ Julie Andrews a.k.a.,
Film and Stage Actress, Singer, Author, Theatre Director & Dancer
Academy Award (2X), BAFTA Awardee, David di Donatello Awards (2x),
Disney Legends Awardee, Drama Desk Awardee, Emmy Award (2x),
Golden Globe (5x), Golden Plate Awardee, Grammy Awards (3x),
Hasty Pudding Theatrical Awardee, Hollywood Walk of Fame Awardee,
Kennedy Center Honors Awardee, Laurel Awards (4x), People’s Choice Award,
Prince Ranier Award, San Sebastian International Film Festival Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Award, Society of Singers Awardee, Theatre World Award,
UCLA George & Ira Gershwin Award and Women in Film Awardee
“We cannot solve our problems
with the same thinking
that we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize for 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)
“Out of difficulties grow miracles. ”
~ Jean de la Bruyère,
Philosopher & Moralist.
“The biggest mistake that people make is
they give up too soon, and they throw in the towel.
Becoming a successful leader has a lot to do with
realizing how strong you are.
The human body, the human mind and
the human heart can take a lot.
Fight through bad times in business,
and you’ll be surprised you can
work through it usually.
But people give up too soon,
and they don’t realize how much more
they can put into it without giving up.”
~ Tilman J. Fertitta,
Owner, Chairman & CEO of Fertitta Entertainment
(Landry’s & Golden Nugget)
“Your lowest points are launching pads to God’s greatest promotions.”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor of New Creation Church
“But, I think my mistakes became the chemistry for my miracles.
I think that my tests became my testimonies.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker
“I don’t remember any mistakes, only opportunities to overcome problems.””
~ James Sorenson,,
Founder – Sorenson Companies & Philanthropist
“Do not let circumstances control you.
You change your circumstances.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation
“In life, we will always encounter difficult people.
Don’t allow them to frustrate you or steal your joy.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry
“The times when you feel like laughing the least
are usually the times you need to laugh the most.”
~ Chonda Pierce,
Comedienne, Author, Philanthropist &
Co-Founder – Branches Recovery Center
“Life is like an iceberg. Ninety percent is under the water, invisible to the naked eye.
The only way to understand the supernatural world is through the Bible.
I don’t know how I existed without knowing God, or living in His love 24/7,
or experiencing His peace no matter what the circumstances, or gaining His wisdom in all of life’s choices.
I can honestly say, “I now have no fear of lack, sickness, or even death.””
~ Sid Roth,
Founder – Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!, Author, Talk Show Host & Telly Award (2010)
“Epigenetic research reveals that our lifestyle choices —
the foods we eat, the supplements we take, the exercise we pursue,
and even the emotional content of our daily experiences —
are all involved in orchestrating chemical reactions
that activate or deactivate parts of our genome
that will either code for outcomes that
threaten health and pave the way for disease
or create an internal environment
conducive to longevity and disease resistance.”
~ Joseph M. Mercola ,
Entrepreneur & Natural Health Expert
“It’s a lack of faith
that makes people afraid
of meeting challenges,
and I believe in myself.”
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)
“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested,
they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
~ Jon Stewart
a.k.a Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz,
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, Media Critic,
& Television Host, The Daily Show (1999-2015)
“Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish.
It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.
It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success.
It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)
“I think the secret to happiness is having a Teflon soul.
Whatever comes your way, you either let it slide or you cook with it.”
~ Diane Lane,
Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award,
New York Film Critics Circle Award & Women in Film Crystal Award
“Every time I start chasing my tail, and I’m trying to control all these elements of my universe, I pray,
‘I’m not in control of any of this. I can just do the best I can.
Please guide me. Please help me figure how I can move through this in the way You would have me.'”
~ Cheryl Ladd,
Actress, Singer and Author
“Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.
But to hold it together, when everyone else would understand
if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
~ Author Unknown,
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“Life is tough; and if you have the ability
to laugh at it, you have the ability to enjoy it.”
~ 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) Continue reading “To Laugh at It”
“There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual
as a habitual sense of humor.”
~ Thomas Wentworth Higginson,
Minister, Author, Abolitionist, and Soldier
“If I didn’t mould my reality then,
I’d still be in the ghetto,
where people like me are supposed to stay.
You have to dream your way out of the nightmare.”
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,
Grammy Awards (7), American Music Awards(8), Billboard Music Award,
Daytime Emmy Awards (2), Latin Grammy Award, Television Rack Awards (10),
Teen Choice Award, MTV Video Music Awards (2) and World Music Awards (3)
It does not mean
to be in a place where there is
no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things
and still be calm in your heart.”
“A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.”
~ Mignon McLaughlin,
Writer (Redbook, Cosmopolitan & other magazines),
Copy Editor + Managing Editor (Glamour)
“I have seen what a laugh can do.
It can transform almost unbearable tears
into something bearable, even hopeful.”
~ Leslie Townes Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS,
a.k.a Bob Hope
Comedian, Vaudevillian, Actor, Singer,
Dancer, Athlete, & Author
Academy Awards (1940, 1944, 1952, 1959, & 1965)
Congressional Gold Medal (1962), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969)
Kennedy Center (1985), Television Hall of Fame (1987),
Ronald Reagan Freedom Award (1997)
“You may not be able to change a situation,
yet with humor you can
change your attitude about it.”
“Humor does not diminish the pain –
it makes the space around it get bigger.”
~ Allen Klein,
Author, Lecturer & a Gelotology Pioneer
“A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker
“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body.
It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression.
It is a business asset.
It attracts and keeps friends.
It lightens human burdens.
It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.”
~ Grenville Kleiser,
Author & Public Speaking Instructor
“Every man’s life
ends the same way.
It is only the details
of how he lived
and how he died
that distinguish one man from another.”
~ Ernest Miller Hemingway,
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, recipient (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient (1954)
“Turn your biggest challenges
into your biggest victories.”
~ Jennifer Gayle
“The practice of extreme gratitude can lead to
joy in the face of adversity,
unshakable inner peace
and unwavering freedom.”
~ Jodi LeBlanc,
“Gratitude: Counting your blessings
and seeing the beauty in this world
Before, During and Following life’s storms.”
“Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances,
if one uses them rightly.
They not only test the fiber of character, yet strengthen it.
Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy.
Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit
makes a soul nobler & stronger
than it was before.”
~ James Buckham
““Sometimes life knocks you on your a__… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” .”
~ Steve Maraboli,
Author & Speaker
“You’ve got to look for the good in the bad,
the happy in your sad,
the gain in your pain,
and what makes you grateful, not hateful.”
~ Karen Salmansohn,
“People are like stained-glass windows, they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, …
when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within.”
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Psychiatrist & Author
“A man is not finished when he is defeated.
He is finished when he quits.”
~ Richard Nixon
37th President of the United States (1969-1974),
U.S. Representative, Senator, &
36th Vice President of the United States (1953-1961)
“It’s never paid to bet against America.
We come through things,
… its not always a smooth ride.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder of the Buffett Foundation
“I’ve been so fortunate because I never really had ups and downs as far as my career.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’ve been sold out all over the world.”
~ Tony Bennett,
a.k.a. Anthony Dominick “Tony” Benedetto
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
“Life has all sorts of hills and valleys,
you don’t end up doing what you had your heart set out on,
but sometimes that’s even better!”
~ Ruth Buzzi,
Comedienne and Actress
of Theatre, Film, and Television
“Fall seven times, Stand up eight.”
~ Japanese Proverb
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.
It is best to admit them quickly,
and get on with improving your other innovations.”
~ 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)
‘Most Powerful Person in Business’ by Fortune Magazine (2007)
Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by Inc. Magazine (1989)
Jefferson Award for Public Service (1987) & National Medal of Technology (1985)
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work
but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes
after the achievement of a difficult task
that demanded our best.
~ Theodore Isaac Rubin,
Psychiatrist & Author
“Two things define you:
your patience when you have nothing, and
your attitude when you have everything.”
HomeBunch Founder, Editor & Blogger,
Houzz Writer & Interior Décor Entrepreneur
“Certain caterpillars metamorphose into butterflies; their greatest state.
When the caterpillar-existence ends,
the Creator’s planned, delightful butterfly-existence begins.
Similarly, humans can become their greatest self
by following our Creator’s complete plan.”
~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie
“What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.”
~ J. Sidlow Baxter
1903-1999, Author and Theologian
“Be patient. Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to get to the best.”
“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Essayist, Lecturer, and Poet
Look for the ‘stars’ in a ‘dark’ circumstance; you’ll see them if you look for them.
Sometimes solutions do not become obvious (& ‘visible’) until the darkest moments.
“Believe that problems do have answers,
that they can be overcome, and that we can solve them.”
~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author and Minister
Good day, Everyone! Enlightening quote, as follows:
“The mind is its own place,
and in itself can make a paradise from adversity,
or create a prison from blessing.”
~ John Milton
Poet, Polemicist, Man of Letters
& Civil Servant – Commonwealth of England
Good day, All! What a dynamic quote!:
“Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them.”
Robert R. Updegraff