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True Values of Life

Added by Holger Bergner on November 16, 2012. · No Comments · Share this Post

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Compiled by H. Bergner:

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.—Helen Keller

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Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men.—Albert Einstein

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The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.—William James

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Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.—Norman MacEwan

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Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.—Omar N. Bradley

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We must understand spiritual truths and apply them to our modern life. We must draw strength from the almost forgotten virtues of simplicity, humility, contemplation, and prayer. It requires a dedication beyond science, beyond self, but the rewards are great and it is our only hope.—Charles Lindbergh

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Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.—Albert Schweitzer

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We are here to add what we can to, not what we can get from, life.—Sir William Osler

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An elderly carpenter was ready to retire, and he told his boss of his plans to leave and live a more leisurely life with his wife. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see such a good worker go, and he asked the carpenter to build just one more house as a personal favor.

The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work, the employer came to inspect the house. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said. “It is my gift to you.”

The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the house we have built.

If we could do it over, we’d do it much differently. But we cannot go back.

You are the carpenter of your life. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Your attitudes and the choices you make today build your “house” for tomorrow. Build wisely!—Author unknown

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One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.—Dale Carnegie

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Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.—William A. Ward

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You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.—Harriet Martineau

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I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.—Groucho Marx

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I do not count myself to have [attained]; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 3:13–14

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In life, you can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Life isn’t a matter of milestones but of moments.—Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

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When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.—Samuel Johnson

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Life is a flower of which love is the honey.—Victor Hugo

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The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them.—Michael de Montaigne

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In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.—Abraham Lincoln

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Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.—John 12:24

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Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.—Mother Teresa

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Dear Lord, keep me from having my life so full of good things that I don’t have time for the best. Help me not to be so pressured that I put off my time with You. Help me to bask in Your spiritual sunshine, rest in Your arms, drink deeply of Your Word, and inhale of Your Spirit. Help me to seek You most of all—more than any of the other things I enjoy. Help me to remember how You said that without You, I can do nothing,2 so that I won’t have misplaced priorities, but I will have You, Your love, and Your values in the right place—first!


1 Luke 12:15 NKJ.
2 John 15:5.

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