Archive for August, 2010

See every difficulty as a challenge, a stepping stone, and never be defeated by anything or anyone.

August 31, 2010

Eileen Caddy

 Eileen Caddy MBE (August 26, 1917 – December 13, 2006) was a spiritual teacher and new age author, best known as one of the founders of the Findhorn Foundation community at the Findhorn Ecovillage, near the village of Findhorn, Moray Firth, in northeast Scotland. The commune which she started with her then husband, Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean in 1962 was an early New Age intentional community, has today been home to over 400 residents and thousands of visitors from over 40 countries, today it is one of the UK’s largest alternative spiritual communities, and also known as the ‘Vatican of the New Age’.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eileen_Caddy

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We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.

August 30, 2010

Konrad Adenauer

Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer (German pronunciation: [ˈkɔnʁaːt ˈhɛɐman ˈjoːzɛf ˈaːdənaʊɐ]; 5 January 1876 – 19 April 1967) was a German statesman who took Germany from the ruins of World War II to the most powerful nation in Europe. He was the first chancellor (top official) of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, called West Germany), 1949–63. He was the founder and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), a coalition of Catholics and Protestants that since 1946 has generally dominated German politics. A devout Catholic, he belied his age as the oldest elected leader in world history by his intense work habits and his uncanny political instinct. He displayed a strong dedication to a broad vision of democracy, capitalism, and anti-Communism. A stern patriarch and shrewd politician, Adenauer was deeply committed to the traditional values of Christianity and pursued a single-mindedly Western-oriented foreign policy. He restored the West Germany economy to dominance in Europe, rebuilt its army, came to terms with France, helped establish European unity, fought relentlessly against the Communists in rival East Germany, made his nation a pillar of NATO and a firm ally of the United States and commenced the long process of reconciliation with the Jewish people and Israel after the Holocaust. He brought Germany prosperity, democracy, stability and respect. To a large extent Adenauer’s policies still dominate Germany.

Although his political career spanned sixty years, beginning as early as 1906, he is most noted for his role as the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (then known as West Germany) from 1949–1963 and chairman of the Christian Democratic Union from 1950 to 1966. He was the oldest chancellor ever to serve Germany, beginning his first ministry at the age of 73 and leaving at the age of 87. His 14-year tenure was the second-longest for a German Chancellor (behind Otto von Bismarck) until Helmut Kohl passed him in 1996.

As a Catholic Centre Party politician in the Weimar Republic, he served as Mayor of Cologne (1917–1933) and president of the Prussian State Council (1922–1933). As such he was one of the most prominent politicians of interwar Prussia and a leading democratic adversary of Prime Minister Otto Braun.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Adenauer

What you don’t need is just as important as what you do need.

August 28, 2010

Romare Bearden

Romare Howard Bearden was born on September 2, 1911, to (Richard) Howard and Bessye Bearden in Charlotte, North Carolina, and died in New York City on March 12, 1988, at the age of 76. His life and art are marked by exceptional talent, encompassing a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, including music, performing arts, history, literature and world art. Bearden was also a celebrated humanist, as demonstrated by his lifelong support of young, emerging artists.

http://www.beardenfoundation.org/artlife/biography/biography.shtml

No one ever went broke by saying no too often.

August 27, 2010

Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay is the author of the New York Times #1 bestsellers Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. Both books are among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. In total, Harvey’s books have sold 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 37 languages and sold in 80 countries.

http://www.harveymackay.com/biography/index.cfm

The basic goal-reaching principle is to understand that you go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always be able to see farther.

August 26, 2010

Zig Ziglar

Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar (born 6 November 1926) is an American author, salesperson, and motivational speaker. He penned a 2007 book titled God’s Way Is Still the Best Way.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zig_Ziglar

If you want to be happy, be.

August 24, 2010

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy, or Count Lyev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лeв Никола́евич Толсто́й​ (help·info), Russian pronunciation: [lʲev nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ tɐlˈstoj]; September 9 [O.S. August 28] 1828 – November 20 [O.S. November 7] 1910), was a Russian writer widely regarded as the greatest of novelists. His masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina represent in their scope, breadth and vivid depiction of 19th-century Russian life and attitudes, the peak of realist fiction

Tolstoy’s further talents as essayist, dramatist, and educational reformer made him the most influential member of the aristocratic Tolstoy family. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them…

August 23, 2010

Tom Krause

 

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.

August 22, 2010

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time. Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He became the advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-36. “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” is one of Hill’s hallmark expressions. How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach for the average person, were the focal points of Hill’s books.]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Hill

Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

August 21, 2010

Louis E. Boone

Louis E. Boone (born 1941) is a United States academic author. His works cover contemporary business and economics. His most famous works include university-level texts Contemporary Marketing and Contemporary Business (both with David L. Kurtz). He lives in Mobile, Alabama where he is the emeritus professor of business at the University of South Alabama. He also owns the most extensive collection of Barbizon art in the United States, which is now part of the collection of the Mobile Museum of Art.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_E._Boone

In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths.

August 20, 2010

Betty Eadie

Betty (Jean) Eadie (born 1942) is a prominent American author of several books on near-death experiences (NDEs). Her best-known book is the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Embraced by the Light (1992). It describes her near-death experience. It is arguably the most detailed near-death account on record. It was followed by two other works: The Awakening Heart (1996), also a best-seller, and The Ripple Effect (1999), published independently.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Eadie