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Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Ff July 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.


I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.  – Michael Jordan

The greatest mistake we can make is to be continually fearing that we will make one. ~ Elbert Hubbard

If you aren’t making some mistakes, you aren’t taking enough chances ~ John Sculley

Our glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.  ~ Nelson Mandela

You cannot fail until you stop trying.

Edison FAILED to invent the lightbulb 1,037 times before the lightbulb finally went off.

When we hang on too tightly to what isn’t working, we lose the opportunity to gain that which is worth having.

When we are jealous of the success of others, we cannot achieve true success in our own life.

I’ve never liked the quote, “Good guys finish last,” because it implies that greed, and power, and arrogance will get you to the finish line first . . . but that’s not the finish line that I’m aiming for.


No God.  No peace.  Know God.  Know peace.

Have faith that you are growing whole
And learning lessons craved by your soul.

God is the breath inside the breath.  ~ Kabir

Even in the stillness, the cosmos swirls. Even when silence reigns, we hear its heartbeat.

Awaken to Spirit and you will know.


Although the chance of stubbing your toe increases the more you walk, it is always better than going nowhere by standing still. ~ Robin Sharma, in The Top 200 Secrets of Success and the Pillars of Self-Mastery

Face your fears.  Rise above your limitations.

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. – Moliere

Freedom lies in being bold. Do one thing every day that scares you.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Each act of forgiveness is, of course, an act of love. ~ Lama Surya Das

Betrayal by others is a gift which allows us to grow in forgiveness.  We betray ourselves by hanging on to every slight, real and imagined.

Failure to forgive is like swallowing poison and hoping it hurts the other person.

Be patient with everyone, but above all, with yourself. ~ St. Francis de Sales

Always forgive your enemies.  Nothing annoys them so much. ~ Oscar Wilde

When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us:  power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.  Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil. ~ Dale Carnegie

When you have conquered the enemy within, there are no enemies left to conquer.


We take showers each morning to wash off yesterday’s junk, but we often forget to toss out yesterday’s anger, pain, and frustration.  Instead of toting yesterday’s trash around, let it go. ~ Marianne Richardson (paraphrased)

How can you seize the day until you let go of yesterday?

People hang on to so much of the past that they can’t find room for the present moment.

To fully embrace this moment, you must let go of the past.

He who trims himself to suit everyone else will soon whittle himself away.
~Raymond Hull

Be who you are and say what you mean, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  ~ Dr. Seuss

Happiness overflows and spills onto others when we take the time to please ourselves.

How much time we waste on matters we would brush aside if we knew our time grew nigh.

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Do what you will and harm none. ~ Wiccan Philosophy

Moments of freedom will never be given to you.  You must take them.

When we understand who we really are, we free ourselves from the illusions that hold us back.

I am invisible . . . or is that invincible?

What you think of me is none of my business.  ~ Wayne Dyer


1. cindy - July 30, 2010

Forte, from the French fort for “strength”;

Forte, a person’s strong point (“Preparing gourmet cuisine is his forte”).

Forte (music), a musical dynamic meaning “loudly” or “strong”

Forte (fencing), a fencing term for the “strong” part of the blade


nrhatch - July 30, 2010

Ooh, I love that theme of inner strength.

Thanks, Cin!

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