There are days when you would much rather just roll over and go back to sleep.
Most folks manage to get out of bed anyway and just soldier on, doing what they must because they have personal responsibilities, bills to pay and mouths to feed. While it may be tempting to say “the heck with this” and pull the covers over your head, most people manage to get on their feet and do their best to lead a productive life.
The next time you are in the doldrums, why not try something different and read a few of the best motivational quotes for work you can find (more here http://www.lifedaily.com/top-10-motivational-quotes-for-work-success/). You may be surprised how easy it is to kick start your day with a few words of good advice from someone who understands life’s many challenges. To help you on your way, here are some of the gems of wisdom we find helpful when we need a little assistance getting out of bed in the morning. One thing we have learned over the years is that it sure beats having a glass of cold water poured over your head!
1. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, artist, and politician. Goethe was the crown prince of German poets and one of the most highly gifted and accomplished men of the 18th century.
2. “In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing”
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Jr. was the 26th President of the United States. He was famous for his outgoing personality, wide range of interests, achievements and his leadership of the Progressive Movement.
3. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don’t quit.”
Conrad Nicholson Hilton was the founder of the Hilton Hotels chain. Hilton owned 188 hotels in thirty-eight cities in the U.S., including the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D. C., the Palmer House in Chicago, and the Plaza Hotel and Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, along with fifty four hotels outside the United States.
4. “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was a champion of individualism and a powerful critic of the pressures of society.
5. “Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Washington was the leader of the African-American community during the late 19th and early 20th century.
If we are blessed, we begin with the tender care of our parents, who will support and nurture us from infancy. The affection we receive in our childhood may influence our romantic choices for the rest of our lives.
As we grow and develop and become young men and women, we experience the awakening of the first hints of passion, which is often referred to as “puppy love.” The fond memories of teenage romance will stay with us to the end of our days and prepare for adulthood, when we begin the search for a soul-mate; the one person with whom we will spend our life.
Love has a language all its own and perhaps no one speaks it better than the great poets From ancient times to the present day, poets have devoted their energies and talents in an all consuming quest to capture the power and passion of love in their verses. The truly great romantic poems have been etched in the universal consciousness of mankind. We now present a few of our personal favorites for your enjoyment.
1. How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime and has remained popular to the current day. How Do I Love Thee may well be to most treasured and best known love poem ever written.
2. Wild Nights Wild Nights!
Wild Nights Wild Nights!
Were I with thee
Wild Nights should be
Futile ñ the winds
To a heart in port
Done with the compass
Done with the chart!
Rowing in Eden
Ah, the sea!
Might I moor Tonight
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, she lived an introverted and reclusive life, almost completely isolated from the outside world. Most of her friendships were carried out by correspondence and many of her letters were burned at the end of her life. Along with Walt Whitman, Dickinson is considered the founder of a unique American poetic style.
3. The Kiss
She pressed her lips to mind.
How many years I must have yearned
for someoneís lips against mind.
Pheromones, newly born, were floating
between us. There was hardly any air.
She kissed me again, reaching that place
that sends messages to toes and fingertips,
then all the way to something like home.
Some music was playing on its own.
Nothing like a woman who knows
to kiss the right thing at the right time,
then kisses the things sheís missed.
How had I ever settled for less?
I was thinking this is intelligence,
this is the wisest tongue
since the Oracle got into a Greekís ear,
speaking sense. Itís the Good,
defining itself. I was out of my mind.
She was in. We married as soon as we could.
Stephen Dunn is an American poet. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2001 collection, Different Hours and he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
4. Love in a Life
Room after room,
I hunt the house through
We inhabit together.
Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her,
Next time, herself!not the trouble behind her
Left in the curtain, the couch’s perfume!
As she brushed it, the cornice-wreath blossomed anew,ó
Yon looking-glass gleamed at the wave of her feather.
Yet the day wears,
And door succeeds door;
I try the fresh fortune
Range the wide house from the wing to the centre.
Still the same chance! she goes out as I enter.
Spend my whole day in the quest,who cares?
But ’tis twilight, you see,with such suites to explore,
Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!
Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. He was the husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
5. Song to Celia
Drinke to me, onely, with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kisse but in the cup,
And Ile not looke for wine.
The thirst, that from the soule doth rise,
Doth aske a drinke divine:
But might I of Jove’s Nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.
I sent thee, late, a rosie wreath,
Not so much honoring thee,
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered bee.
But thou thereon did’st onely breath,
And sent’st it back to mee:
Since when it growes, and smells, I sweare,
Not of it selfe, but thee.
Born in 1572, Ben Jonson is regarded as one of the major dramatists and poets of the seventeenth century. He is best known for his satirical plays, particularly Volpone, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fair, and his lyric poems.
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
These words represent the philosophy of football’s most inspirational coach; Vince Lombardi. Although his coaching career was cut short due to his early death at 57 from cancer, Lombardi won six National Football League Championships and two Super Bowls in 10 years. His regular season record as an NFL head coach was 96-34-6 for a .738 winning percentage, the third highest in pro football history.
Lombardi came from humble beginnings as the son of an Italian immigrant who worked as a barber in Sheepshead Bay, Long Island. Vince hoped to play pro football after a successful stint as a starting defensive lineman at Fordham University, but he decided to forgo playing in order to support his young family. In 1939, Vince took a job at St. Cecilia High School, where he coached football and taught Latin, Physics and Chemistry for a salary of $900 a year.
After winning six high school championships, Lombardi began to climb the ladder in the coaching world, first at his old alma mater, Fordham, then on to West Point, and finally, as an assistant coach with pro football’s New York Giants. Then in 1959, Lombardi was offered the job of his dreams; head coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Vince took the Packers from a dismal 1-10-1 record the year before he arrived to a 7-5 record in his first season and he was named NFL Coach of the Year. Lombardi had a simple outlook on football that he expressed to his players at every opportunity: “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
And winning was what Vince did best. His talented Green Bay teams went on to dominate the league with crushing defense and a powerful, take no prisoners offense. A true believer that a human being was defined by his character and his efforts to succeed, Lombardi refused to embrace the racial prejudice that was so common in the 20th century. Lombardi expressed his beliefs about equality in terms of pro football: “I view my players as neither black nor white, but Packer green.”
Before illness ended his coaching career and took his life, Vince won eight pro football world championships. Vince Lombardi will always be remembered as the greatest football coach who ever lived. A true leader in every respect, Vince left us with the final word on the meaning of leadership with one his most inspirational and motivational quotes: “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
He was convinced that a life without love was meaningless and barren, a point he made to great effect with these immortal words: “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
Throughout human history, love was often on the minds of our greatest poets, writers, artists, sages and philosophers. From them, we have been granted a vast library of powerful statements celebrating the noblest of human emotions. Take a moment to enjoy a sampler of famous love quotes from prominent personalities, both past and present, and gain further understanding about the passions of the human heart:
1. Richard Bach, author of the new age best seller, Jonathan Livingston Seagull:
“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.”
2. Judy Garland, Hollywood legend, actress and singer, star of the Wizard Of Oz:
“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”
3. Rainer Maria Rilke, Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist:
“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”
4. Andre Breton, the founder of Surrealism and author of the first Surrealist Manifesto:
“All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.”
5. Rupert Brooke, an English poet, who wrote the legendary World War One poem, “The Soldier.”
Brooks died at 27 years of age from an infected mosquito bite while on the way to the disastrous landing at Gallipoli. About his death, his close friend, William Denis Browne, wrote, “I sat with Rupert. At 4 oíclock he became weaker, and at 4.46 he died, with the sun shining all round his cabin, and the cool sea-breeze blowing through the door and the shaded windows. No one could have wished for a quieter or a calmer end than in that lovely bay, shielded by the mountains and fragrant with sage and thyme.”
From Brooke, we receive this lovely quote on the subject of love:
“A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.”
6. Our final quote comes from the finest songwriter of our time, the one and only Bob Dylan, who spoke these immortal words:
“May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.”