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Packet 3A: Non-Religious Quotes


All Packet 3A Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Alphabetical Order

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1. “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

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2. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

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3. “A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.”             

Charles Gordy

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4. “Allowing an unimportant mistake to pass without comment is a wonderful social grace.” 

Judith Martin

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5. “Always laugh when you can.  It is cheap medicine.”          

Lord Byron

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6. “Be a creator of mental sunshine.”           

Book:  Attitudes of Gratitude, p. 17

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7. “Don’t find a fault. Find a remedy.”              

Henry Ford

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8. “Everyone planning to make something worthwhile out of himself must be a self-remade man, and should be an intelligent remodeling job going on all the time.”        

Sterling W. Sill

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9. “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”

Margaret Lee Runbeck

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10. “I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am---and listening to them.  And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.”             

Henry Kaiser

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11. “If you are patient in one moment of anger,  you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”

Chinese Proverb

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12. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

The Dalai Lama 

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13. “If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions, but subtract from the sum of his desires.”         


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14. “It is not where you begin, it is where you end that counts.”

Faith Littlefield

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15. “It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it’s the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ursula K. LeGuin – quoted in the book:  Attitudes of Gratitude, p. 127

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16. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow.”

Helen Keller

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17. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”       

Mark Twain

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18. “Let him that would move the world, first move himself.”      


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19. “Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”

Peter Marshall

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20. “Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you will not take money.”

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21. “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

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22. “Nothing is so contagious as an example.  We never do great good without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.”

Hugues De La Roche Foucauld (b. 1020 C.E.)

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23. “One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present.  In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.”                  

Stephen R. Covey

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24. “One reason the dog has so many friends:  He wags his tail instead of his tongue.”

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25. “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”

George Elliot

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26. “Our life is frittered away by detail. . . . Simplify, simplify.”

Henry David Thoreau

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27. “Our two greatest gifts are time and the freedom to choose.  The key is in not ‘spending’ time, but in ‘investing’ it.”             

Stephen R. Covery – Book:  First Things First, p. 302

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28. “Our work-a-day lives are filled with opportunities to bless others.  The power of a single glance or an encouraging smile must never be underestimated.”    

G. Richard Reiger, quoted in the book: Attitudes of Gratitude, p. 39

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29. “The distance a person goes is not as important as the direction.”

Cited in More of…The Best of BITS & PIECES

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30. “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”   

Joseph Addison, quoted in the Book:  Attitudes of Gratitude, p. 109

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31. “The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”                                   

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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32. “The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with the concern.”    

Max Lucado,  Reader’s Digest, March 1998

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33. “To make decisions while infuriated is as unwise and foolish as it is for a captain to put out to sea in a raging storm.”               

El Ray L. Christiansen

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34. “We can’t demand heat before we gather the wood.”

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35. “We could learn a lot from crayons:  some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors…but they all exist very nicely in the same box.”

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36. “We experience power and peace each day as we accomplish what matters most.”

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37. “We see things not as they are, but as we are.”          

as quoted by Delbert L. Stapley in General Conference

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38. “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” 


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39. “What are the one or two most important things I could do in this role this week that would have the greatest positive impact?”   

Stephen R. Covey – Book:  First Things First, p. 149

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40. “You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest, that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.”                 

Jan Glidewell

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41. “You can stand tall without standing on someone.  You can be a victor without having victims.”

Harriet Woods

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42. “You don’t have to be a ‘person of influence’ to be influential.  In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.”   
Scott Adams 

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