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The Smartest Words

Ever Spoken
1001 Timeless Quotes

Compiled by Lee Jenkins

A Better Choice Publishing


The Smartest Words Ever Spoken:
1001 Timeless Quotes

Copyright © 2010 Lee Jenkins

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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

The smartest words ever spoken : 1001 timeless quotes


/ compiled by Lee Jenkins.

Issued also in an electronic format.


ISBN 978-0-9866789-2-9

1. Quotations, English. 2. Motivation (Psychology)--


Quotations, maxims, etc. I. Jenkins, Lee, 1959—

PN6084.S45S62 2010 082 C2010-906736-3


To all my Facebook page fans.
You continue to inspire me with your comments and show that
a positive attitude is the start of all good things.
http://www.facebook.com/ConceiveBelieveAchieve

To Gretchen, who understands, inspires


and puts up with me.
I’ve always been inspired by the timeless thoughts of others
who seem to have been able to shed the shackles of worldliness
and bring their minds to a higher plane. They raise my mental
state, help me aspire higher, think bigger and become the
person I know I can be.

I know this collection of some of my favorites will do the same


for you.
Contents
ACCEPTANCE...................................................................... 6
ACHIEVEMENT................................................................... 9
ACTION.............................................................................. 14
ATTITUDE........................................................................... 19
CHANGE............................................................................. 22
CHOICE.............................................................................. 26
CONFIDENCE..................................................................... 29
DECISION........................................................................... 33
DESIRE............................................................................... 38
DREAMS............................................................................. 43
FAITH................................................................................. 46
FEAR.................................................................................. 52
FOCUS................................................................................ 57
FORGIVENESS.................................................................... 61
FRIENDSHIP....................................................................... 64
GOALS................................................................................ 67
GRATITUDE........................................................................ 73
HAPPINESS......................................................................... 77
HOPE................................................................................. 82
IMAGINATION.................................................................... 84
PASSION............................................................................. 89
PATIENCE........................................................................... 92
PERCEPTION...................................................................... 94
PERSISTENCE & PERSEVERENCE........................................ 98
PROSPERITY....................................................................... 103
RELATIONSHIPS.................................................................. 105
RESPONSIBILITY................................................................. 107
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION................................................. 110
THOUGHTS........................................................................ 116
WEALTH............................................................................. 119
WISDOM............................................................................ 124
ACCEPTANCE

ACCEPTANCE
1. “When you find peace within yourself, you become the
kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
—Peace Pilgrim

2. “Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves—regret


for the past and fear of the future.”
—Fulton Oursler

3. “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.


It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the
imperfections.”
—Unknown

4. “As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll
be better able to decide what is best for you—the first time
around.”
—Oprah Winfrey

5. “Deep down even the most hardened criminal is starving


for the same thing that motivates the innocent baby: Love
and acceptance.”
—Lily Fairchilde

6. “A true man never frets about his place in the world, but
just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and
swings there as easily as a star.”
—Edwin Hubbel Chapin

7. “Some people confuse acceptance with apathy, but there’s


all the difference in the world. Apathy fails to distinguish
between what can and what cannot be helped; acceptance
makes that distinction. Apathy paralyzes the will-to-action;
acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.”
—Arthur Gordon
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ACCEPTANCE
8. “The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who
has just done you a small favor wish that he might have
done you a greater one.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

9. “That is the definition of faith—acceptance of that which


we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.”
—Dan Brown

10. “California sunlight—sweet Calcutta rain—Honolulu


starbright—the song remains the same.”
—Led Zeppelin

11. “But there isn’t any second half of myself waiting to plug in
and make me whole. It’s there. I’m already whole.”
—Sally Field

12. “Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of


the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you’re going to
do about it.”
—Kathleen Casey Theisen

13. “If a ship has been sunk, I can’t bring it up. If it is going
to be sunk, I can’t stop it. I can use my time much better
working on tomorrow’s problem than by fretting about
yesterday’s. Besides, if I let those things get me, I wouldn’t
last long.”
—Admiral Ernest J. King

14. “The only thing that will make you happy is being happy
with who you are, and not who people think you are.”
—Goldie Hawn

15. “Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-


altering lessons.”
—Jessica Lange

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