Dec 31, 2011

Who Can Make You Happy?

There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is YOU.
Dr. David Burns, the best-selling author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, is credited with this quotation.  When this book became a best seller in the 1980s, Dr. David Burns popularized Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Dec 29, 2011

On Gratefulness

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  

Marcel Proust was born Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust 10 July 1871 and died 18 November 1922.  He was a French novelist and essayist who was best known for writing À la recherche du temps perdu (known in English as In Search of Lost Time).

Dec 27, 2011


The man who has no imagination has no wings.

This quote has been credited back to world-famous former boxing champ, Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942.  Aside from boxing, he has also been a philanthropist (mostly after retirement) and a social activist.  Read more about The Champ in his autobiography Muhammad Ali - The Whole Story.

Dec 25, 2011

Love and Giving

Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.

Dale Evans was an American movie star, songwriter, singer, and writer. She was born Frances Octavia Smith on October 31, 1912 and lived until February 7, 2001. She was known as a legendary "cowgirl" and contributed greatly to the radio and television industry.

You can hear the music of Dale Evans (with her 4th husband, Roy Rogers) in Songs of the Old West. You can also view some a collection of their country western movies in the Roy Rogers With Dale Evans Collection (6-disc set).

Dec 23, 2011


Even if you can't sing well, sing.
Sing to yourself. Sing in the privacy of your home.
But sing.

This beautiful and inspiring quote had been credited to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.  He lived from April 4, 1772 – October 16, 1810.  According to Wikipedia, Rebbe Nachman's religious philosophy revolved around closeness to God and speaking to God in normal conversation "as you would with a best friend."

Dec 21, 2011

Music and Love

If music be the food of love, play on.

This short quotation has been credited back to famous English poet and playwright William Shakespeare.  His date of birth is not certain, though his recorded baptismal date was in April 1564.  He died in April 1616.  His works have been studied by historians, theater, and literature students for centuries.  One interesting website devoted to the works of Shakespeare is simply called William Shakespeare The Complete Works.  Another interesting site which also analyzes his works is called Shakespeare Online.

Dec 19, 2011

Happiness is...

Happiness is a warm puppy.

Who doesn't remember good old Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang?  Well then you wouldn't forget its creator, Charles Schulz either.  Charles Schulz was an American cartoonist who was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in St. Paul.  After his service in the military ended in 1945, he started teaching art for Art Instruction, Inc. and did lettering for a Roman Catholic comic magazine.

You can read about Charles Schulz's life in Sparky and in Good Grief: The Story of Charles Schulz.

Dec 17, 2011

Gifts of time and love

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.

Peg Bracken was an American author of humorous books.  She was born Ruth Eleanor Bracken on February 25, 1918.  She died in 2007. 

If you're a mother from the 1960s or 1970s, you'll likely find her books familiar because they poked humor at the many household tasks commonly taken care of by women during those times.  They brought a lighter side to life, allowing women not to stress out over the little things.  Check out some of Peg Bracken's published works:

The I Hate To Cook Book

I Hate to Housekeep Book

On Getting Old For The First Time

I Try To Behave Myself

Dec 15, 2011

Key To Success

One important key to success is self-confidence.  
An important key to self-confidence is preparation.

Arthur Ashe grew up in segregated Richmond, Virginia.  He spent countless hours reading for pleasure and listening to music with his mother.  As a youth, he was so skinny that people didn't think he'd ever grow up to become the famous athlete that he is today.  He earned a tennis scholarship to UCLA and from there, he earned national recognition for his abilities in tennis.  His legacy is not just in playing tennis so well but also for creating a positive influence in the field as well as in the causes that he championed.

Dr. Maya Angelou wrote a wonderful book about him called Arthur Ashe - Citizen of the World.  You can also learn more about Arthur Ashe, the humanitarian, online at Arthur

Dec 13, 2011

Follow Your Destiny

Let us follow our destiny, ebb and flow.  Whatever may happen, we master fortune by accepting it.

This is a translation of a quote by Virgil, an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. World Literature/Mythology classes always includes his work, especially the Aeneid, which has been considered the national epic of ancient Rome. His work has had a profound influence on western literature.  In fact, he is even included in Dante's Inferno as the poet's guide in the underworld.

Dec 11, 2011

The Truth Will Set You Free

The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.

Gloria Steinem couldn't have said it any more bluntly but she sure is right about that, don't you agree?  Born on March 25, 1934, Gloria Steinem is one of the most recognized feminist activists, writers, editors, and lecturers of our century.  She also helped create two of the United States' leading magazines New York and Ms.  

Check out Gloria Steinem's writing in Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem

Dec 9, 2011

The Beauty We Love

Let the beauty we love become the good we do.

This quote may sound so simple but it is so full of meaning when it comes to learning to appreciate life and bestowing good to others.  This quote is traced back to Rumi, a 13th century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His major work is considered to be the Maṭnawīye Ma'nawī, which has been referred to as a Persian version of the Quran.

Dec 7, 2011


I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.

Dr. Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928.  She has been hailed as a global renaissance woman and is one of the most renowned and influential women of the 20th century.  She has lived in various countries including Egypt, Ghana, and the United States.  As a public figure (author, poet, activist) she has received over 30 honorary degrees.  To learn more about her, please visit The Official Website of Maya Angelou.

Dec 5, 2011

Saying I Love You

To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I"...

How true it is!  You really have to know yourself and love yourself to be able to love another person.  It's not being selfish.  If you can't love yourself first, how can you love someone else or expect them to love you back?  Seriously.

Ayn Rand has shared her philosophical teachings in many of her written works.  Two of her best known works are The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The Center for the Advancement of Objectivism (The Ayn Rand Institute) offers an online source of information about Ayn Rand. There are also cash prizes available in the essay contests sponsored by the institute. Check it out if you'd like to learn more.

Dec 4, 2011

Sing Anyway

Some days there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.

This quote by Emory Austin is a an encouraging quote.  She is a successful businesswoman and an internationally sought-after motivational speaker.  She helps listeners connect their own personal experiences to insights that help them design their own path to success.  Learn more about Emory Austin at her official website.

Dec 2, 2011


If you don't like something, change it.  If you can't change it, change your attitude.

Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most remarkable women of modern times.  She was born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928.  Active in the Civil Rights Movement, she is also known for her autobiographical works, including "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings."

To learn more about Maya Angelou, visit her official website at