Thursday, September 10, 2009

Words Of Wisdom

I watched President Obama’s recent speech on education and found that several of the remarks he made were easily applicable to different facets of life. It inspired me to make a list of quotations that I feel are likely to assist me as I take this journey. The words and phrases I gather here are largely not specific to persevering to make healthier choices, but I believe that they do have the ability to encourage and motivate me when I veer from my path of losing weight.

“There is no excuse for not trying. Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you.”
~ Barack Obama ~

“In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.”
~ Benjamin Franklin ~

“Thou shouldest eat to live, not live to eat.”
~ Cicero ~

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”
~ Dr. Seuss ~

“You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”
~ Edwin Louis Cole ~

“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~

“History is apt to judge harshly those who sacrifice tomorrow for today.”
~ Harold MacMillan ~

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
~ Henry Ford ~

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
~ Japanese Proverb ~

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”
~ Jewish Proverb ~

“Failure is not fatal; failing to change will be.”
~ John Wooden ~

“The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling.”
~ Lucretius ~

“The odds of hitting a target go up dramatically when you aim at it.”
~ Mal Pancoast ~

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be?”
~ Marianne Williamson ~

“Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.”
~ Mark Twain ~

“I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
~ Michael Jordan ~

“Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.”
~ Mohandas Gandhi ~

“Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.”
~ Ralph Marston ~

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

“Obstacles are what we see when we take our eyes off the goal.”
~ Rita Davenport ~

“Hope always triumphs over experience.”
~ Robert Fulghum ~

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
~ T.S. Eliot ~

“The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.”
~ Wayne Fields ~

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”
~ William Shakespeare ~

“Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”
~ Winston Churchill ~


  1. Some of my favourite quotes there, thanks for bringing them all together.

  2. One thing on my to do list was to find a list of quotes for my planner, thank you ;)

  3. I really like a lot of those, and am printing them out now! I especially find the Benjamin Franklin quote interesting. How fascinating that even all those years ago he realized the excess of food can lead to excell indulgence!

    Thanks for posting these.

  4. Another one I love (that I don't exactly remember and will surely mangle) is about falling off one's plan and is something about if you drop an egg on the floor, do you get out another egg or throw away the whole carton?

    Okay, so the real quote is much better. :-)

  5. Nice! I'll have to look the egg one up!