7 quotes about technology and why we must control it

I must say, I love gadgets and I’m a big fan of technology generally.

However, if we’re not careful, technology intended to make our lives easier and more efficient can have the opposite effect.

Dear reader, how often are you about to do something but you then think, “Oh, before I do that I’ll just check Facebook?

Half an hour later and you’ve forgotten what it was you were about to do in the first place. Now, be honest, can you relate to that experience?

Harness technology by all means and use all the benefits it offers.

However, we shouldn’t let it control our lives. We shouldn’t allow it to be a substitute for real life either.

And of course, the use of technology can never replace intelligent thought.

Technology can help us achieve our aims but can also prevent us from achieving our aims if we’re not careful. So my underlying message to you today, dear reader, is to enjoy technology in all its forms but stay in control.

Here are seven quotes about technology and why we must control it.

Quotes about technology:

  1. The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before and so in a sense, it is all about potential. ~Steve Ballmer
  2. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently but too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle. ~James Surowiecki
  3. Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. ~Bill Gates
  4. The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. ~Bill Gates
  5. The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men [and women] do. ~BF Skinner
  6. Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone. ~Steven Spielberg
  7. Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge. ~Daniel J Boorstin

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How to be a good parent and raise a well-balanced child

How to be a good parent and raise a well-balanced child? Now there’s a question worthy of consideration, surely?

It’s a question that’s important because children are the adults of tomorrow. So how you nurture your children does matter.

Parenting is one of life’s great experiences. I can tell you that from personal experience. I’ve had many fine experiences in my life so far, but none have been better or given me greater pleasure and satisfaction than being a parent.

However, parenting is also an interesting experience because nothing in life before you become a parent prepares you for the enormity of the role you’re taking on.

How to be a good parent:

1. Your gift to the world:

Anyone beyond the age of sexual maturity can become a parent fairly easily, assuming you can find a willing partner.

And yet you don’t receive any training for the role at all. None!

You spend 12–14 years at school, and not once does the curriculum cover how to be a good parent. Even if you go on to college or university, the course will not cover parenting at any stage.

And you’ll only realise the magnitude of the task you’ve taken on the day you bring your first child home from the hospital. That’s the point at which the enormity of the challenge will begin to sink in.

Certainly, that’s the way it was for me and my wife, Joan.

Parenting is undoubtedly a great experience, but it’s also a great responsibility.

Your children are your gift to the world.

They’re the future. They’ll be the adults and taxpayers of tomorrow, and they’ll take the baton from your generation and carry it forward.

So how they’re nurtured matters, and the nurturing process must be taken seriously.

2. Your home environment matters:

How to be a Good Parent

Preparation begins with the place in which your children will live their early lives. Your home environment matters, both physically and emotionally.

A parent’s power to create a loving, stable home with a healthy and positive atmosphere and an environment in which children can develop, thrive, and grow is so awesome that it must be used both consciously and responsibly.

So, discipline yourself and control your emotions.

Give your children the light and warmth of love, hope, good cheer, and constant encouragement.

In your home, the physical environment matters, of course, but the emotional environment matters even more, in my opinion. If there’s a bad vibe, children will pick up on it, and it will affect them over time.

3. Be positive, enthusiastic, and supportive:

Raising children can be challenging at the best of times, but remember this: They didn’t ask to be born.

That they’re here on this earth is your responsibility, and you owe it to them to be the best parent you can be.

So you must make a conscious effort to be positive, enthusiastic, and supportive at all times.

This can have an enormously positive impact not only on the emotional well-being of your children but also on their ability to experience the joys and pains of childhood in healthy and constructive ways.

Enjoy every minute with them because the years will fly by all too quickly.

Giving them your time is far more important than any material possessions you might buy for them. Money spent is no substitute for time missed. Happiness is created; it can’t be bought.

Fill your house with joy and laughter. That’s the soil in which healthy children will flourish and grow.

4. Ensure they have a balanced life:

Encourage your children to strike a balance between their schoolwork and the pursuit of the things they genuinely enjoy doing. In that, I’m referring to sports, games, drama, music, and all forms of creative pursuits.

Recognize the importance of an education that will both stretch them and broaden their minds.

Ensure they have a sound grasp of concept-based subjects.

Foster their creative, sporting, and vocational talents.

If something appeals to them, then encourage them to give it a try.

Yes, it might prove to be a five-minute wonder, but equally, it could prove to be something on which their entire future is built.

Just think about Elton John playing the piano or Jimmy Page learning to play the guitar. Imagine if their parents had said, “No, we’re not wasting money on that; you won’t stick with it.

If they find something that they not only enjoy but are good at too, then that will help them build self-confidence and sociability.

And make sure you help them develop their ability to think, speak, and write clearly. These are life’s most important skills.

If they can also develop a dash of style, then that’ll really make them stand out amongst their peers.

5. Establish boundaries and a moral framework:

Set boundaries and make sure they know the penalty for any transgression. And should they cross a boundary, they must know that you’ll ensure that they pay that penalty.

However, it’s not about punishment, it’s about making sure that they learn to make good choices because, ultimately, the choices they make will dictate the quality of the life they lead.

Above all, provide them with the moral framework within which they can lead their lives respectably.

And remember, if you want them to live by the moral code you establish, then you must live by it too. Children will always notice what you do, even if they don’t hear what you say.

How to be a Good Parent6. Keep expectations realistic:

Have high yet realistic expectations of your children.

However, temper those expectations with realism.

Parental expectations are good for children in so far as they help motivate them to strive to achieve and do their best.

Stretching a child can help them realize their full potential, but any stretching must be consistent with the child’s natural ability. Setting them up for an obvious failure would do them more harm than good.

7. Place responsibility on their shoulders:

As they grow and mature, be sure to give them some regular chores to do and gradually place responsibility on their shoulders.

Pocket money should be earned. That ensures they realise that there’s no such thing as a free ride. Money is what we get for doing things for other people. That’s the real nature of work, and it’s a lesson they must learn as early as possible.

Placing responsibility on their shoulders and making them earn their pocket money should instill in them a strong work ethic, which they’ll need if they’re to succeed in life.

Please don’t make the mistake of making it all too easy for them.

Doing that may seem like you’re being kind to them, but in fact, you’d be doing them a great disservice.

Making it all too easy is foolish.

8. Enjoy their achievements:

Enjoy their achievements, but don’t be too disappointed if they don’t quite manage to live up to everything you expect of them.

As long as they’ve done their best, then that’s all you can reasonably expect of them.

However, never, ever let your work or your social life take precedence over you attending their parents’ evening, sports day, school plays, or any of the other significant events in their young lives.

You may not think it matters to a child, but, trust me, it does. I can tell you from my personal experience that it matters a lot to them.

9. Create that rare bird:

If you can do all of these things, you will produce that rare bird, otherwise known as the well-educated, polite, balanced, and confident young person with a strong work ethic.

Achieve that, and the world will be grateful for your contribution to the future.

Never underestimate the importance of good parenting.

Parenting is life’s most important role, and it matters far more than any career. It’s the most important work you’ll ever do, whether you’re the mother or the father.

And when you realise that your children have grown up to be decent human beings, you’ll be glad you took it all seriously.

Lessons in parenting:

At the beginning of this post, I said that we don’t receive any training in parenting.

Actually, that’s not quite true.

Once we become parents for the first time, our parents become the role models we try to emulate. We tend to follow their approach to parenting and do what they do.

So by becoming a good parent yourself, you’ll not only produce well-balanced children, but you’ll also ensure that they have a good role model to follow when they have their children.

Become a good parent, and at least two generations will benefit from you taking your role seriously.

So the world benefits twice. Now that’s a real legacy, surely?

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21 short inspirational quotes to increase your motivation

short inspirational quotes to increase your motivationDo you have a problem getting enthusiastic about what you’re doing? Here are 21 short inspirational quotes to help you increase your motivation.

Short inspirational quotes (1-10)

  1. If you can dream it, you can do it. ~Walt Disney
  2. Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin
  3. If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. ~H.G. Wells
  4. It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop. ~Confucius
  5. We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. ~Maya Angelou
  6. You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. ~Rabindranath Tagore
  7. Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. ~St. Jerome
  8. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. ~Ayn Rand
  9. What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~Zig Ziglar
  10. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ~Thomas A. Edison

Short inspirational quotes (11-21)

  1. The mind is for seeing, and the heart is for hearing. ~Arab Proverb
  2. Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ~Mark Twain
  3. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby
  4. I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. ~George Burns
  5. If you want to achieve things in life, you’ve just got to do them, and if you’re talented and smart, you’ll succeed. ~Juliana Hatfield
  6. True love isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about two people being true to each other even when they are separated. ~Author Unknown
  7. You have the same number of hours in the day as everyone else. What you accomplish depends on how wisely they are used. ~Roy Sutton
  8. Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you. ~Author Unknown
  9. You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. ~Bernard Meltzer
  10. Use the talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best. ~Bernard Meltzer
  11. Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed at, but with what is still possible for you to do. ~Pope John XXIII

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101 Proverbs that everyone should know

PROVERBSThere are literally thousands of proverbs. These are simple sayings that express essential truths and they exist in every language.

Most have become clichés but they’re based on common sense and centuries of experience and they’re no less valid for their overuse.

Here are 101 proverbs that everyone should know.

These proverbs can be very useful when your aim is to emphasise a point. So, see how many of them you can work into your conversations today.

101 Proverbs (1-25):

  1. There’s no place like home
  2. Beggars can’t be choosers
  3. Opportunity never knocks twice at any man’s door
  4. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  5. Possession is nine-tenths of the law
  6. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse
  7. A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
  8. Adversity makes for strange bedfellows
  9. There’s honour among thieves
  10. There’s no fool like an old fool
  11. Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion
  12. Don’t get mad, get even
  13. The road to hell is paved with good intentions
  14. Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself
  15. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  16. East, west, home is best
  17. Every picture tells a story
  18. Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
  19. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
  20. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
  21. A change is as good as a rest
  22. The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  23. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach
  24. Faint heart never won fair lady
  25. Fortune favours the brave

101 Proverbs (26-50):

  1. Give credit where credit’s due
  2. Children and fools tell the truth
  3. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face
  4. He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
  5. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
  6. Once a thief, always a thief
  7. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
  8. If anything can go wrong, it will
  9. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
  10. Into every life, a little rain must fall
  11. It never rains but it pours
  12. There are none so blind as those that will not see
  13. There’s an exception to every rule
  14. It’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive
  15. The early bird catches the worm
  16. Once bitten, twice shy
  17. It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
  18. Judge not, that ye be not judged
  19. Least said, soonest mended
  20. Let the buyer beware
  21. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
  22. Many a true word is spoken in jest
  23. Many are called but few are chosen
  24. Marry in haste, repent at leisure
  25. Necessity is the mother of invention

101 Proverbs (51-75):

  1. No pain, no gain
  2. Nothing is certain but death and taxes
  3. Oil and water don’t mix
  4. Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
  5. One good turn deserves another
  6. One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
  7. Prevention is better than cure
  8. Procrastination is the thief of time
  9. Rome wasn’t built in a day
  10. Still waters run deep
  11. Stupid is as stupid does
  12. Talk is cheap
  13. The apple never falls far from the tree
  14. The customer’s always right
  15. Revenge is a dish best served cold
  16. The Devil finds work for idle hands
  17. When in Rome, do as the Romans do
  18. Where there’s muck there’s brass
  19. You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family
  20. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs
  21. The darkest hour is just before the dawn
  22. You can’t win them all
  23. You’ll catch more flies with sugar than you will with vinegar
  24. Never give a sucker an even break
  25. You reap what you sow

101 Proverbs (76-101):

  1. The Devil is in the details
  2. The end justifies the means
  3. To the victor go the spoils
  4. The exception which proves the rule
  5. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
  6. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  7. In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
  8. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts
  9. There’s no such thing as a free lunch
  10. There’s no such thing as bad publicity
  11. Familiarity breeds contempt
  12. There’s nowt so queer as folk
  13. There’s one born every minute
  14. Time is money
  15. There’s safety in numbers
  16. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
  17. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  18. The pen is mightier than the sword
  19. Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
  20. Time and tide wait for no man
  21. Tomorrow never comes
  22. Truth is stranger than fiction
  23. There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle
  24. There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip
  25. You win some, you lose some
  26. Youth is wasted on the young

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10 powerful quotes to inspire the greatness in you today

10 powerful quotes to inspire the greatness in you todayIt’s sad that people will often avoid doing something they’d really like to do simply for fear of what they believe other people may think.

People will actually allow the limitations of other people’s thinking to stop them from having a go at something.

Why?

The reason for this is usually because they fear embarrassment if they have a go at something and then fail in some way.

Well, let me tell you if being a little embarrassed is the worst thing that ever happens to you dear reader then you’ll be very lucky indeed.

Never fear embarrassment:

What other people think is simply what they think. Who cares? Because it really doesn’t matter.

It certainly doesn’t mean they’re right. It probably just means they’re a little narrow-minded or they can’t quite appreciate how good you’ll feel when you succeed.

Then again, perhaps they just don’t want you to succeed at something they would be unwilling to try.

Well, life’s too short to worry about what others think.

Give them something to gossip about:

Let them think whatever they like. As long as you feel it’s worth trying then ignore the doubters. Give them something to gossip about.

If you fancy having a go at something then just have a go.

It’s your life and you’ll only live it once. Therefore you must make the most of it.

If you have a go, either you’ll succeed or you won’t.

If you succeed you’ll prove the doubters wrong.

And if you’re unsuccessful then you’ll learn a valuable lesson and at least you won’t spend your life wondering what might have been.

And why feel embarrassed anyway? At least you had the guts to have a go.

So go on, have a go but not before you’ve read these ten powerful quotes to inspire the greatness in you.

Powerful Quotes to Inspire Greatness:

  1. Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day and you are a success. ~William J.H. Boetcker
  2. The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. ~Ferdinand Foch
  3. Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  4. Don’t be afraid of failure. If something doesn’t work, use what you’ve learned to try and try again. ~Sir James Dyson
  5. Life is like a grindstone: Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of. ~Author Unknown
  6. Man ought to know that in the theatre of human life, it is only for God and the angels to be spectators. ~Francis Bacon
  7. The single most powerful thing I can be is to be myself. ~Dwayne Johnson
  8. The dreams and passions stored within hearts are powerful keys which can unlock a wealth of potential. ~John C. Maxwell
  9. Make treating yourself a priority and always remember your life is happening now. Don’t put off all your dreams and pleasures to another day. In any balanced personal definition of success, there has to be a powerful element of living life in the present. ~Mireille Guiliano
  10. I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals. ~Harvey Mackay

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Here’s why the only disability in life is a bad attitude

the only disability in life is a bad attitudeHave you experienced a lot of adversity in your life dear reader?

Maybe you’re feeling a little bit sorry for yourself?

Life hasn’t been fair to you recently, possibly?

If life’s unfair, you might feel that you’re entitled to have a bad attitude. Everyone’s doing fine but you, so why shouldn’t you let the world know that you’re not happy, right? We all feel that way occasionally, don’t we? I do, that’s for sure.

However, if you’re trying to get people on your side with a negative attitude then you really should think again. No one will be joining you at the pity party. You won’t find anyone that is sympathetic to a bad attitude, trust me.

If there’s one genuine disability in life it’s a bad attitude.

It’s a fact that negativity never impresses anyone, ever. Other people have got enough problems of their own.

It doesn’t get people on your side, it will simply alienate them. You’ll be pushing them away rather than gathering their support and winning hearts and minds.

Life isn’t fair. If never has been and it never will be. That’s a fact, unfortunately.

You’ll find that life doesn’t care about what you want. It doesn’t care about what anyone wants.

It doesn’t care about any sense of entitlement you may have.

Nor does life care that you feel that you should have a bigger piece of the pie.

In my experience, life is what you make it. Nothing happens by accident unless you’re very, very lucky. And no one is that lucky consistently.

The life you enjoy or don’t enjoy will be defined by your attitude.

It’s not about what happens to you. Stuff happens to us all.

Yes, it’s true, some people bear a greater share of life’s challenges than others. However, ultimately, your life will be defined by how you respond to everything that happens to you.

Positive beats negative:

Attitude is everythingNo matter how tough life gets, a positive attitude will take you further than a negative one ever will.

A positive attitude is the most powerful response to life’s misfortunes.

It says you can knock me down as many times as you like but you won’t keep me down. I will get up and I will keep getting up until I get to where I’m going.

Now that sort of attitude really does impress people.

Life responds positively to those with a positive attitude. I can tell you that from personal experience.

You’ll find that a positive attitude will always get people on your side. Show them that you can rise above everything life throws at you and you’ll have their respect.

In the embedded video included below, Matthew Jeffers, a senior acting major at Towson University in Maryland, provides us all with an inspiring message with the letter he wrote to the Baltimore Ravens, his favourite NFL team.

The letter was entitled “A Reason to Win” and it’s all the more impressive when considered against Matthew’s own struggles with Skeletal Dysplasia.

The ultimate lesson is that life’s not going to cut you any slack just because you’re feeling sorry for yourself.

Attitude is everything:

Yes, it’s true. Attitude is everything. If you believe you can, you will; if you believe you can’t, you won’t. It’s that simple.

Many people experience tough lives and however hard your life is there’ll be plenty of people out there whose lives are far tougher than yours. Many people experience disabilities of varying degrees of severity but actually, as Matthew Jeffers observes, the only real disability in life is a bad attitude.

So if you’re feeling a bit dispirited right now, take a good hard look at yourself and think about the positives you have in your life, rather than constantly focusing on the negatives.

This video will inspire you, so take a look at it now. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time.

The only disability in life is a bad attitude:

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15 inspirational quotes about society to get you thinking

Quotes-About-SocietyToday dear reader, let’s explore some quotes about society. Personally, I think the importance of society is not always fully appreciated.

People are social animals and society is the fabric that binds us all together.

We don’t have to like each other but we do have to get along with each other if life is to be tolerable and people are to feel safe and secure.

Getting along requires us to treat each other with respect of course but society could not function without an accepted system of governance, a broadly common culture and everyone feeling that they are being treated fairly.

That does not mean people within a given society must be completely homogeneous. It does not mean that there cannot be differences. There are and will always be some differences between people within society and that’s fine.

However, no group can stand completely apart from everyone else in society, if society is to function well. You’re either part of a society or you’re not.

We all have a responsibility to society:

If you choose not to be part of a given society for whatever reason then that’s your decision and it’s perfectly reasonable to have a preference for living in some other society.

After all, that’s why people emigrate, to find a way of life that’s more consistent with the way they would prefer to live.

However, you cannot accept the benefits that come with being a member of a given society and then reject the obligations you have to your fellow citizens which are a natural part of living within a given society.

Our fellow citizens matter too:

We all have a duty to try to understand our fellow citizens and try to appreciate the reality of their existence.

The better we know other people the more we will see them as people just like us with hopes and dreams and a desire to create a better world for their children.

Strip away superficial differences and we are in fact all the same. Well, I think so anyway.

Society must exist for the benefit of everyone if it is to mean anything at all.

Benefits versus obligations:

Everyone should benefit from being a member of society but that means we all have an obligation to contribute to the society within which we live as well. And we must respect our fellow citizens too.

Those making the greatest contribution may derive the biggest rewards but the strong should also lend a hand to the weak.

We all have a part to play and we all gain when society functions well. If we all work for the common good then society can benefit everyone.

The question to ask yourself:

Ask yourself this question: “What is my contribution to society and what will my legacy be for future generations?

To think about it another way; for what will you be remembered? For what would you actually like to be remembered?

How is the contribution you make, making the world you know a better place right now?

Well, here are 15 inspirational quotes about society to get you thinking.

Quotes about society (1-8):

  1. I think the first duty of society is justice. ~Alexander Hamilton
  2. The most violent element in society is ignorance. ~Emma Goldman
  3. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  4. The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  5. He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god. ~Aristotle
  6. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  7. Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. ~Robert Kennedy
  8. We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. ~Ronald Reagan

Quotes about society (9-15):

  1. There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. ~Nelson Mandela
  2. Individual commitment to a group effort; that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, and a civilization work. ~Vince Lombardi
  3. Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability. ~Sandra Day O’Connor
  4. Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. ~PJ O’Rourke
  5. Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it. ~John Lennon
  6. An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. ~Robert A. Heinlein
  7. No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable. ~Adam Smith

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10 powerful quotes that’ll really make you think today

I’m a huge fan of powerful quotes. I’ll bet you are too dear reader. Am I right?

Personally, I love quotes that really make me think.

Also, I like using memorable quotes to get a message across when I’m giving presentations.

So here are 10 powerful quotes which really made me think.

How many of them can you use today? Perhaps not all of them but some will be useful to you I’m sure. I hope so anyway.

Powerful Quotes:

  1. The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. ~Lucretius
  2. Anybody who thinks money will make you happy hasn’t got money. ~David Geffen
  3. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. ~Dr Norman Vincent Peale
  4. The price of greatness is responsibility. ~Winston Churchill
  5. To lead people, walk beside them. ~Lao Tsu
  6. Rich people have small TVs and big libraries and poor people have small libraries and big TVs. ~Zig Ziglar
  7. I think that much of the advice given to young men about saving money is wrong. I never saved a cent until I was forty years old. I invested in myself – in study, in mastering my tools, in preparation. Many a man who is putting a few dollars a week into the bank would do much better to put it into himself. ~Henry Ford
  8. If you’re given a choice between money and sex appeal, take the money. As you get older, the money will become your sex appeal. ~Katherine Hepburn
  9. I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful. ~Warren Buffet
  10. Don’t gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver or gold. ~Bob Marley

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15 inspirational quotes about friends and why they matter

quotes about friendsWhy do friends matter?

They matter because people are social animals and we all need other people. They might drive us nuts occasionally but we still need them.

A fundamental human need is the need to feel secure. So having other people in our lives gives us a greater sense of security. It means we feel slightly less vulnerable.

Another fundamental need is the need for certainty.

So having the same people in our lives on a regular basis provides us with a greater sense of certainty. In other words, friends and family help in satisfying this need.

And then there’s sharing our lives with people whose company we enjoy.

People who see the world the way we do. People who enjoy the things we enjoy. Those people who appreciate our company more than they might be put off by our many faults and idiosyncrasies.

We don’t always value our friends as we should but having a few really good friends makes life special I think.

If you’re lucky enough to have at least one good friend then make sure you let them know how much they mean to you.

Here are 15 inspirational quotes about friends to reinforce why I believe they matter.

Inspirational quotes about friends:

  1. It’s always good to make new friends. ~Jose Feliciano
  2. Friends are the siblings God never gave us. ~Mencius
  3. It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich
  4. If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. ~Maxwell Maltz
  5. A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. ~Elbert Hubbard
  6. You cannot buy with gold the old associations. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go. ~Margaret Walker
  8. Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. ~Bill Watterson
  9. It’s not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. ~Epicurus
  10. Trust is hard to come by. That’s why my circle is small and tight. I’m kind of funny about making new friends. ~Eminem
  11. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  12. I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it friends make life a lot more fun. ~Charles R. Swindoll
  13. Friendship is not something you learn in school but if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. ~Muhammad Ali
  14. Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. ~Octavia Butler
  15. When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. ~Henri Nouwen

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19 inspirational quotes about life and success today

quotes about life and successIf you want to be successful, observe successful people and do what they do. If it worked for them then it will probably work for you.

In life, if you’re determined and you’re prepared to work hard you can achieve almost anything. However, success means different things to different people. What does it mean for you?

Perhaps you’d be happy with a steady job and a decent wage?

Alternatively, success for you might be becoming a Hollywood movie star, possibly?

Well, it doesn’t really matter how you define success. Just decide what it is you want and then go for it.

Here are 19 inspirational quotes about life and success to help you reflect on what it all means to you.

Quotes about life and success (1-13):

  1. Don’t go through life, grow through life. ~Eric Butterworth
  2. Action is the foundational key to all success. ~Pablo Picasso
  3. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. ~Albert Einstein
  4. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. ~Dale Carnegie
  5. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. ~Mark Twain
  6. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. ~Stephen Hawking
  7. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~Buddha
  8. The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed. ~Eminem
  9. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ~Albert Schweitzer
  10. Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that he has overcome. ~Booker T. Washington
  11. I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. ~John D. Rockefeller
  12. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ~Lao Tzu
  13. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ~Vince Lombardi

Quotes about life and success (14-19):

  1. Grit is that extra something that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. ~Travis Bradberry
  2. Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again. ~ Clement Stone
  3. We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. ~Michelle Obama
  4. At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure. ~Erin Cummings
  5. Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do. ~Napoleon Hill
  6. Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine. ~Chris Hadfield

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