A simple definition of life: The chance you've been waiting for.

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.

Man is the only trained animal who expects his reward before he does his trick.

You never have a friend all figured out. Just when you think you know what makes them tick, they tock.

There is no expert on what happiness is but many on what it might have been.

How slight a nod it would take, how bare a smile, to give everyone you meet today a sense of worth.

Time brings an end to everything. We should not mistake for a tragedy what is no more than the passage of time.

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead.

Where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith.

One learns to ignore criticism by first learning to ignore applause.

Happiness is an occasional brief glance into how simple it all can be.

Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.

One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.

More good has been accomplished by simple people seeking their own honest ends than by all the philanthropists in history.

Sometimes we don't find the thing that will make us happy because we can't give up the thing that was supposed to.

It is the first purpose of hope to make hopelessness bearable.

Looking back you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life- and it was you. It is not too late to find that person again.

A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

What a unique treasure are the things we have learned to live without, for no thief can take them from us.

The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness.

The object of most prayers is to wangle an advance on good intentions.

Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one.

Few can accept happiness if it means change. We want the life we have now, only happier.

The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.

Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it.

The Lord gives us friends to push us to our potential — and enemies to push us beyond it.

Learning is a lifetime process, but there comes a time when we must stop adding and start updating.

You can as easily love without trusting as you can hug without embracing.

We try to achieve beauty by covering up all traces of age and end up looking like we tried to achieve youth by covering up all traces of beauty.

To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it.

Do what you must, and your friends will adjust.