March 2010


The same power to perceive is possessed by all alike. The differences in beings consists in the range of perception which has been acquired ... We cannot fail to see that we act in accordance with the ideas of life that we hold, that what we call "our mind" is a number of ideas held by us as a basis for thought and actions; that we change our ideas from time to time, as we find occasion for such change; but that at all times we act from the basis of the ideas presently held.  ~W.Q. Judge

The Soul of man is the Eternal. It is made of consciousness, it is made of feeling, it is made of life, it is made of vision, it is made of hearing; it is made of the earth, it is made of the waters, it is made of the air, it is made of the ether, it is made of the radiance and what is beyond the radiance; it is made of desire and what is beyond desire, it is made of wrath and what is beyond wrath, it is made of the law and what is beyond law; it is made of the All. The soul is of this world and of the other world.   ~Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?  ~Robert Browning

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.   ~Bill Cosby

Desire creates the power.  ~Raymond Hollingwell

Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk.   ~J.C. Penney

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.   ~Soren Kierkegaard

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.   ~William James

Be as you wish to seem.   ~Socrates

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.   ~Henry David Thoreau

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.   ~Helen Keller

It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.   ~Eric Hoffer

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.  ~Ella Fitzgerald

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.  ~Kahlil Gibran

We are always getting ready to live but never living.   ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The inner thought coming from the heart represents the real motives and desires. These are the cause of action.  ~Raymond Holliwell

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.   ~John Lubbock

Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.   ~Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon... must inevitably come to pass!   ~Paul J. Meyer

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win.   ~Denis Waitley

Pearls lie not on the seashore. If thou desirest one thou must dive for it.  ~Chinese Proverb

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.   ~Confucius

Within you is the divine capacity to manifest and attract all that you need or desire.   ~Wayne Dyer

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.   ~Richard Bach

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.   ~Napoleon Hill

The same hammer that shatters the glass forges the steel.  ~Russian Proverb

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.  ~Frank Lloyd Wright

You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.  ~Abraham Lincoln

The first step to becoming is to will it.  ~Mother Teresa

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.  ~Foster C. McClellan

The poorest man is not without a cent, but without a dream. Unknown

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.   ~Harold Taylor

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.  ~Vincent Lombardi

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.   ~Napoleon Hill

Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.   ~John Ruskin

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