Inspirational Aphorisms
Quotes to Inspire

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
   -Chinese proverb

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."
   -Louisa May Alcott

"Do one thing every day that scares you."
   -Eleanor Roosevelt
"You look at a guy who's being brave.  He's afraid, or he wouldn't be brave.  If he isn't afraid, he's stupid."
   -Joe Torre

"Above all, try something."
   -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Faith is the function of the heart."
   -Mahatma Gandhi

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
   -Theodore Roosevelt

"When nothing is sure, everything is possible."
   -Margaret Drabble

"To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it."
   -Mother Teresa

"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
   -Yogi Berra

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
   -Wayne Gretzky

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.  I just wish He didn't trust me so much."
  -Mother Teresa

"One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar."
  -Helen Keller

"Never try, never fail--those are the words I live by."
   -Crank, from the movie Robots (2005 Blue Sky Studios)

"You can tell the measure of a man by how much it takes to discourage him."

"Sometimes it seems as though if you set these big goals, it is just too daunting and overwhelming, we'll never reach it, it's kind of like world peace.  And so, therefore, why even try?  Well, because we are called to try.  That's who we are as human beings and that's especially how we think of ourselves as Americans.  But it's not in anyway exclusive to us.  Every single day we can do something to make the world a better place."
  -Hillary Rodham Clinton

"It's amazing when you're given hope, what happens."
  -Carrie Hess-Jordan, mother of wounded U.S. Army Specialist Eric Jordan

"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito."
  -Anita Roddick

"If you're going through hell, keep going."
  -Winston Churchill

"Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency."
  -Mahatma Gandhi

"Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
  -President John F. Kennedy

"I think life is sort of like a game of tennis.  You have no choice how that ball comes to you but it's how you hit it back that counts."
  -Margaret Moth, CNN camerawoman

"I shall never forget the day when they discovered what was truly wrong with me - it was my second birth...I want to read, talk with my friends via the computer and enjoy my life now that people know I am not dead."
  -Rom Houben, age 46, describing life being trapped in a paralysed body, unable to tell doctors that he was awake, for 23 years

"The important message is never give up. You must have faith."
   -Josephine Houben, mother of Rom Houben

"Hope was our fuel."
  -Marilyn Spivak, mother of a traumatic brain injury survivor and co-founder of the Brain Injury Association of America

"Head down, brain on.  Okay."
  -Bill McLain, father of 18 year-old Army recruit Will McClain, as Will departs for Army basic training

"For years, physicians and researchers thought about individuals as isolated creatures...We now know that the people you surround yourself with can have a tremendous impact on your well-being, whether it's physical or psychological."
  -Stanley Wasserman, social network scholar at Indiana University

"...the enemies we are fighting, they truly are forces of darkness."
  -Amrullah Selah, former Afghan intelligence chief

"You don't get to go back in time...and have do-overs in life."
  -Steve Schmidt, chief Presidential campaign strategist for Sen. John McCain

"In my mind, I've always tried to show that good will win."
  -Rupert, contestant on CBS reality television program "Survivor"

"I've seen nothing make as much misery as alcohol."
  -Tom Turner, M.D., emergency room physician