Quotable Quotes

Here, you will find some quotes to live or laugh by. Enjoy!

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” ~ Fred Rogers

“It’s always better to leave too early than stay too late.” ~ Kathryn Joosten, actress (said when her character, Mrs. Landingham, was killed on The West Wing. From Rob Lowe’s book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends)

“A crisis is a good opportunity for thinning out your Rolodex.” ~ Bill Bennett

“…the race is long–to finish first, first you must finish.” ~ Garth Stein in Racing in the Rain

When you are in the middle of a crisis, your first inclination may be to think: how can I fix this? or who is responsible for this?  Try instead to ask, what’s God trying to teach me? Lessons are often learned much quicker when that is our attitude. ~ Dana Edwards, Ph.D.

A house unclean is better than a life unlived.” ~ Rebecca West

“You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster. Up, down. Up, down. Oh what a ride! I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together. Some didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.” ~ Grandma (in Parenthood, the movie)

“This is your life. Are you who you want to be?” ~ Switchfoot

“The lives that have been a blessing to you are those who have been unconscious of it.” ~Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest

“Luck is more about being open to opportunities – beyond how the task or situation presents itself.” ~ Tony Hsieh (author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc. in Katie Couric’s The Best Advice I Ever Got)

“Nothing in life is unfair. It’s just life.”  ~ Rob Lowe in Stories I Only Tell My Friends

I possess the greatest power ever bestowed upon mankind, the power of choice. Today, I choose to persist without exception. No longer will I live in a dimension of distraction, my focus blown hither and yon like a leaf on a blustery day. I know the outcome I desire. I hold fast to my dreams. I stay the course. I do not quit….In Jeremiah, my Creator declares, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, plans to proper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ From this day forward, I will claim a faith in the certainty of my future.” ~ Andy Andrews in The Traveler’s Gift

“Strange isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” ~ Clarence (It’s a Wonderful Life)

Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the  fear of failure. ~ Jack Lemmon (in Katie Couric’s The Best Advice I Ever Got)

“The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.”~ Alfred Adler

“Each morning when I open my eyes, I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it will be. Yesterday is dead; tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I just have one day, today, and I am going to be happy in it.” ~Groucho Marx (in Katie Couric’s The Best Advice I Ever Got) Who knew he was such a philosopher?

“…perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18

“If you ever lose your mind, I’ll be kind.” ~ Cole Porter, Friendship

It is not so true that prayer changes things as prayer changes me and I change things.” ~ Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest

“The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and creulty have always been at war and we know that God is not neutral between them.” ~ President George W. Bush (speech he made right after 9/11; head speechwriter, Mike Gerson; in Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends)

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”  ~ Ingrid Bergman


2 thoughts on “Quotable Quotes”

  1. Dana, I hope you won’t mind if I add a few of my favorites:

    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot

    A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. C. S. Lewis

    Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God. Bro. Lawrence

    Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?” David Livingstone

    “Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me.
    Lay any burden on me, only sustain me.
    Sever any ties but the tie that binds me to Thy service and to Thy heart.” David Livingstone

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