Words that Inspire

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From the beginning of time when words were first spoken, the ability to communicate has played a significant role in the history of mankind. Communication is more than just letters strung together to form words. Whether in spoken or written form, words have the power to change the world we live in.

Words can inspire love, laughter, heroism, friendship, virtually every emotion we feel as humans. Unfortunately, they can also evoke anger, hatred, and fear. Yet, our language is at its best when it is used to inspire others to find the best in themselves. It is with that in mind that we offer this page to share with you words of inspiration. We will continue to add to the page over time and welcome suggestions from our visitors. Let’s begin with one of my favorite phrases.

Imagine the possibilities . . .

To Have Succeeded

To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics;
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give one’s self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived . . .
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.
J.C. Watts, Jr. – U.S. Congress member

Some people see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not?”
Robert F. Kennedy

Let the word go forth from this time and place that the torch has been passed to a new generation.
John F. Kennedy

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare composed poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.” 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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