Motivational Quotes 8/23/19

Work will keep your mind off your worries

Without pleasure work needs double the effort and yields half the profit; with pleasure, it yields double the profit from half the effort

When we are well, we forget misery; when unwell we forget wellbeing

Where there is an inspiration there is a way

What is now written on stone, was once written on paper

What joy do the old have but to take an interest in the life of the young?

The face is the canvas of the brain; it paints a vision of what the brain thinks

Creativity is everything. When the mind is at its best, it is the most creative

When Rome is burning, you can’t stay the course

Our wills and fates do so contrary run -Shakespeare

Half the job is looking the part, the other half is acting it

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Motivational Quotes 6/24/19

George Shetuni

There is no way to go back, but there may be a way to go forward

Whether it is lived right or lived wrong, life is hard. But the life that is lived right is hard in a rewarding way, while the life that is lived wrong is hard in a regrettable way.

The first draft sometimes is the best draft

Even a Toad has four ounces of strength – Chinese proverb

“We lived our lives as if life was forever. To live one’s life without a sense of time is to squander it.” — Diana Trilling, The Beginning of the Journey

Failure is only true after a real and worthy effort; failure after the first try is a foolish lie.

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation? –Thornton Wilder

If you count everything you been through, it proves you are stronger than you think

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Motivational Quotes 7/26/19

Sometimes it’s good to hold on, sometimes it’s better to let go

When you mind your own business, life is easier

Success is temporary and failure is temporary –Phil Collen, Def Leopard

My position couldn’t be any worse! –Fitzgerald

Timing is of the essence!

Only destiny can protect you in life

Do better!

I don’t want to change my life. I want to like my life!

Our intelligence travels throughout our body, and especially to where others place their gaze

It doesn’t matter that you don’t do your craft at the highest level; it matters that you do it

We envy what we ourselves cannot do

Opportunity is where luck meets preparation -popular

Motivational Quotes 6/24/19

There is no way to go back, but there may be a way to go forward

Whether it is lived right or lived wrong, life is hard. But the life that is lived right is hard in a rewarding way, while the life that is lived wrong is hard in a regrettable way.

The first draft sometimes is the best draft

Even a Toad has four ounces of strength – Chinese proverb

“We lived our lives as if life was forever. To live one’s life without a sense of time is to squander it.” — Diana Trilling, The Beginning of the Journey

Failure is only true after a real and worthy effort; failure after the first try is a foolish lie.

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation? –Thornton Wilder

If you count everything you been through, it proves you are stronger than you think

How can they say my life isn’t a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escape being eaten? –Logan Pearsall Smith

I don’t want to change my life. I want to like my life!

The light that burns twice as bright lasts half as long. -popular

 

Motivational Quotes 5/10/19

Life itself is always one’s greatest achievement

Your faith has made you well -Jesus

Bill and I believed all lives are of equal value – Melinda Gates

 “When your toil has been a pleasure, you have not earned money merely, but money, health, delight, and moral profit, all in one.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“A man does what he must in spite of personal consequences, obstacles and dangers,” John F Kennedy; the price he paid for making the world a better place was his life.

“Never underestimate the healing power of humor.”

“Use humor to turn a bleak situation upside down on its head.”

Happy people may people happy –G Rubin

Enjoy the journey for arrival means the end.

Motivational Quotes 4/5/19

Whoever put us on this earth knew what we had to do here, and in doing it, we become worthy of the afterlife.

The good have good things to say. Only the bad have bad things to say.

Sometimes life is harder on the good. -folk

Just keep going

What we seek is already within us. My life was perfect, but i didn’t know it… -Bellamy Young

Sometimes in life, your strength will be used against you.

Know your worth -folk

It is funny how a person’s troubles seem small to another, but one’s own troubles seem serious.

The greatest enemy in life is not a person. It is a place you don’t belong. The greatest ally in life is not a person. It is your home.

The right thing, though hard, is the smartest thing, and in many ways the easiest – Alex and Brett Harris

Life is never problem free. Just when one obstacle is overcome, a new obstacle is put there to take its place.

The body is not the source of true strength; it is the soul!

Petro Marko (Albanian Writer)

“What are memories? Life lived with emotions, with all the weapons that keep it alive, with all the norms and canons which the assembly of centuries has created.
Once I have written eight stanzas about MEMORIES. And, as far as I remember, I said:
“O memories, o my life! Come out of there from where you’ve been thrown gathered with your determination, without any crush or threat, come out just as you were registered on the unending reel of my magnetic-brain. I need you now!”

Why did I ask for my memories to come out, to come out just as they were gathered from the emotions, visions, images, scenes, dramas, tragedies, tragi-comedies of my life? Because then when I wrote these stanzas, I was interned on the deserted island of Ustica, there on that lonesome bank, far from Sicily, far from Palermo. And the person separated from life, or better termed dead, because dead is he that lives with memories, winds his magnetic-brain and passes time quietly, by counting the steps of his feet and of his thought, of his heart and of his experience.

What remains in memory, has passed through the screen of years, of worries, and of dreams, of bare reality and of the deep footprints of emotions, images, visions, landscapes, hands, eyes, hearts, voices, lamentations, songs, dances, intrigues, passions, preoccupations, loves, flirtations, languages, sounds, daily shows on the endless screen of life . . .”

-Petro Marko, excerpt from autobiography, Interview with Myself

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Across the street, mom and I saw a big sign that read: Petro Marko Library. We mentioned it to Uncle Ibrahim who proudly and confidently said Petro Marko is from Vlora. But who is Petro Marko anyway? Petro Marko (1913 – 1991) is an Albanian writer. I have read his autobiography. It is full of adventure. His opinion of himself is that he is a special person, shrouded in mystery. He is also a rebel. And no one can have Petro Marko. For example, one day, after graduating high school, he was leaning up against a wall in Tirana. He was jobless, sharing a shack with a few buddies, and next to starving. A government official, a big shot, pulled up to him with his car driven by a chauffeur.

He rolled down the window and said to Petro: “Sonny, why aren’t you eating lunch?” Petro replied: “May you eat for all of us, your Excellency!” But that big shot had a big heart. He was impressed and he made arrangements for Petro to go to a village in the south and work as a teacher. Later in life, Petro found himself in France. While there he got an innocent English girl to fall in love with him. But of course that could not work. She cried after him in letters, he says, and sadly, she wound up living in a huge estate with her wealthy grandma, a lonely maid for her entire life. But enough about Petro Marko. This is about me! We made it off the main street. It was dark but from what I could see Vlora did not look pretty on that night; broken sidewalks, dirty roads, and old, decaying apartments.

excerpt from my travel diary: Albania: A Visit Back Home (2012)