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#quotes to #inspire & #motivate

Here are 25 of our most recent FAV tweets from the By George Journal Twitter stream:

  • There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. – Christopher Morley
  • There is more to life than increasing its speed. – Gandhi
  • It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. – Epictetus
  • There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. – Aldous Huxley
  • It’s not what you know, it’s what you use that makes a difference. -Zig Ziglar
  • Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. – John Wooden
  • Make each day your masterpiece. – John Wooden
  • You can do more good by being good than any other way. – John Wooden
  • What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. – John Rohn
  • The more I think of it, the more I realize there are no answers. Life is to be lived. – Marilyn Monroe
  • You can’t be too kind or too generous. – Patricia Fripp
  • Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose. -G.K. Nielson
  • Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. – Confucius
  • Success is something you attract by the person you become. – Jim Rohn
  • Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement. – Alfred Adler
  • You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. -Martin Luther
  • A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill
  • A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. – Confucius
  • For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.- HL Mencken
  • Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. – Dennis P. Kimbro
  • Never confuse movement with action. – Ernest Hemingway
  • There is no one thing that’s true. It’s all true. – Ernest Hemingway
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle
  • In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. – Robert Frost

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Featuring Our Favourite 15 FB Wall Posters of 2012

Over the past few days, By George has re-posted our top-15-favourite wall posters of 2012 on our Facebook page. Readers will know that in past commentaries, we have argued the notion that FB wall posts are modern man’s hieroglyphics. When you skim through a FB timeline, it is akin to gazing over a wall in a pre-historic cave dwelling.


In featuring our favorite wall posters on Facebook, we are recognizing and celebrating those core messages By George strives to re-enforce in all its projects and writings. Our drive is to foster self-awareness, purpose and compassion in an increasingly complex and troubled world. Our editorial mission is to provide provocative and thoughtful ideas through articles in this writer’s blog, daily tweets @ByGeorgeJournal and, yes, the wall posters on our Facebook page.


Here is the #1 wall poster from 2012. You can view all 15 of our favourite posters by visiting the FB page of Chris George.

Marcus Aurelius on time and man’s significance

In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius provides us with a very sobering view of one’s own significance. In a powerful way, he speaks to the need for each of us to seize the moment, live each day as if it’s our last, and appreciate the lightness of our being. Here are a few remarkable statements about time and man’s significance:

  • Do not act as if thou wert going to live then thousand years. Death hangs over thee. While thou livest, while it is in thy power, be good.
  • Consider thyself to be dead, and to have completed thy life up to the present time; and live according to nature the remainder which is allowed thee.
  • Short then is the time which every man lives, and small the nook of the earth where he lives; and short, too, the longest posthumous fame, and even this only continued by a succession of poor human beings, who will very soon die, and who know not even themselves, much less him who died long ago.
  • Everything is only for a day, both that which remembers and that which is remembered.
  • Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too.


(ed. – Excerpts taken from a 1862 translation by George Long.)


A Dozen Great Quotes on (ever-elusive) Time

  • The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Albert Einstein
  • Time … thou ceaseless lackey to eternity. – William Shakespeare
  • Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst. – Willaim Penn
  • We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams. – Jeremy Irons
  • Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings. – John Updike
  • Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away. – Charles Caleb Colton
  • But what minutes!  Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day. – Benjamin Disraeli
  • Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!…. his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes. – Charles Dickens
  • Time is an old firmly rooted tree; we are the breeze rustling its leaves. – Terri Guillemets
  • Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. – Dion Boucicault
  • A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life. – Charles Darwin
  • Time is the longest distance between two places. – Tennessee Williams

A Dozen Great Quotes on Managing Time

  • Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves. – Lord Chesterfield
  • The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it. – Shoppenhauer
  • Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing. – Thomas Jefferson
  • If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got. – Lee Iacocca
  • It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau
  • Never let yesterday use up today. – Richard H. Nelson
  • To do two things at once is to do neither. – Publius Syrus
  • The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something. – Carl Sandburg
  • Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Napoleon Hill
  • The Future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. – C.S. Lewis
  • Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real. – Sara Paddison
  • You’re writing the story of your life one moment at a time. – Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Our most recent 25 FAV #quotes tweeted by @ByGeorgeJournal

  • Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso
  • Perhaps the worst sin in life is knowing right and not doing it. – Martin Luther King
  • People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn
  • The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us. – Marianne Williamson
  • One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself. – Nelson Mandela
  • Wisdom is knowing I am nothing; love is knowing I am everything; and between the two, my life moves. – Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • View change as the one constant in your life. Welcome it. Expect it. Anticipate it. – Denis Waitley
  • It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. – J.K. Rowling
  • The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook. – William James
  • If you have no purpose or definite aim in life, don’t expect any results. – Zahida A. Khan
  • You are afraid to die, and you’re afraid to live. What a way to exist. – Neale Donald Walsch
  • If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you dream it, you can become it. – William Arthur Ward
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop
  • For hope is but the dream of those that wake. – Matthew Prior
  • We make our own fortunes and call them fate. – Benjamin Disraeli
  • The miracle is this the more we share, the more we have. – Leonard Nimoy
  • What great things would you attempt if you knew you could not fail. – Robert Schuller
  • Every calling is great when greatly pursued. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Make your dream your most habitual thought. – Proverb
  • What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult to each other? – George Eliot
  • The future always arrives too fast, and in the wrong order. – Alvin Toffler
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot
  • If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill
  • People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point. – George Carlin


Important Questions for the Self

Day-to-day, month-to-month, the greatest challenge we all wrestle with is our self-motivation; maintaining that inspiration and nurturing that passion to excel. Though each of us possess different dreams and we draw our energy in different ways, for a great many of us, motivation emanates from within. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, that we should establish for ourselves a process of inspection and reflection that will foster a stronger motivation.


By George Journal present a series of important questions to pose to yourself in the quiet of each evening. These questions will help to focus your thoughts around your purpose. They will better fuel your soul with the motivation you require to tackle each and every day with vigor and determination.


1.  Consider “your life” question: What is my sentence? Think about a single sentence that will sum up your life – perhaps the lead sentence of your obituary. This sentence captures your purpose, aspirations and most satisfying accomplishment. Settle on that one sentence and then, ask yourself nightly, Am I fulfilling my purpose?


2.  Question your daily actions and thoughts, and consider that with achieving every small goal you improve. Ask the question of yourself every evening:  Was I better today than yesterday?  Set small goals to help you progress – and be realistic that you will not make some remarkable leap to the finish line in just one day. Take incremental steps – make small goals – to move you forward. Every night, review your steps and set goals for the next day.


3.  Do you feel like you need to re-focus? Consider a 360-self review. Have you set realistic goals? Are you meeting targets? Why/why not? What skills and tools do you need to reach your goals? Not happy – do your present actions align with your life question? Be brutally honest in your self-appraisal:  Am I satisfied with my performance?  Write down those actions necessary for you to improve – and repeat this 360-review within 3 months.


It was the philosopher Miletus of Thales who stated some of most powerful, self-motivating words of our human race:  “Know Thyself.”  Important questions (and honest answers) will prove illuminating and most powerful in your personal journey. Q1: Am I fulfilling my purpose? Q2: Was I better today than yesterday? Q3: Am I satisfied with my performance?


5 Steps to Mastering Your Performance (Ericsson)

Anders Ericsson,FloridaStatepsychology professor, has presented us with a “deep practice” method that will produce lifelong “improved performance in a specific domain.” Follow these five steps (for a decade-plus) and you can become a master of your desired endeavor.

  • Deliberate practice has one objective: to improve performance. If you are doing a task but once a week, you will not get better at doing that task. Ericsson: “Deliberate practice is about changing your performance, setting new goals and training yourself to reach a bit higher each time.”
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat. Repetition matters. Don’t settle for what you did yesterday. Do it again. Do more.
  • Seek constant, critical feedback. If you don’t know how you are doing, you won’t know what to improve.
  • Focus ruthlessly on where you need help. Ericsson: “Those who get better work on their weaknesses.”
  • Prepare for the process to be mentally and physically exhausting. That is why so few people commit to it; that’s why it works.


Our FAV Twitter quotes to inspire & motivate

Here are 25 of our most recent FAVs as tweeted @ByGeorgeJournal.  We welcome you to join us on Twitter to receive daily #quotes that will #inspire & #motivate   

  • Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Make your dream your most habitual thought. – Proverb
  • Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James
  • Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Failure is not about insecurity. It’s about lack of execution. – Jeffrey Gitomer
  • A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. – Jackie Robinson
  • It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project. – Napoleon Hill
  • The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. – William A. Ward
  • The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. – Alan Watts
  • If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn
  • Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin. – Guan Yin Tzu
  • There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all. – R. West
  • Don’t be afraid to take a big step if 1 is indicated; u can’t cross a chasm in 2 small jumps. – DL George
  • You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. – Margaret Thatcher
  • The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence. – Robert J. Shiller
  • Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. – William Bryan
  • The impossible is often the untried. – Jim Goodwin
  • Everyone dies. Not everyone really lives. – William Wallace
  • Talent develops in solitude, character develops in the stream of life. – J.W. von Goethe
  • Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. – Paulo Coelho
  • The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little. – Thomas Merton
  • Action expresses priorities. – Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • A year from now you will wish you had started today. – Karen Lamb
  • Success is not something you pursue. Success is something you attract by the person you become. – Jim Rohn
  • Nobody can go back & start a new beginning, but anyone can start today & make a new ending. – Maria Robinson

15 Remarkable Quotes from Marcus Aurelius


Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninius) was a Roman Emperor 161 – 180 AD. He is a world-renown Stoic and author of an ageless philosophical piece called “Meditations.” Here are 15 remarkable musings from the works of Marcus Aurelius. 

  • The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
  • Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
  • Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.
  • Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
  • A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.
  • Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.
  • When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …
  • You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
  • Life is opinion.
  • Confine yourself to the present.
  • If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
  • Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.
  • The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.
  • Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left and live it properly. What doesn’t transmit light creates its own darkness.
  • It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

Sources of inspiration and motivation

By George Journal offers e-books, posters and other materials that serve as sources of inspiration and motivation – all available on-line in our By George Store.

Our latest addition to the store has been a series of scenic note cards featuring David Demoe’s trips to Africa, California, Nova Scotia, as well as his local treks through the Niagara Region. (The accompanying photo displays the seven remarkable photos that grace the cover of these blank-inside note cards. Click on the image to see larger, clearer photos.)

There are also available 3 striking By George Inspirations posters that feature evocative quotes and remarkable imagery.

We currently have four publications on the e-bookshelf:  Becoming Better Communicators – a self-empowering handbook to improve your workplace and social exchanges; A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul – a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes; 1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government – a compilation of favourite, remarkable quotes; and, By George Treasury – a potpourri collection of the very best from the early years of By George.

There is also a selection of memorable one-pagers – Bulletin Board Wisdom – that are free to print off for use in your workplace or at your next social.

All materials can be purchased via PayPal in the By George Store.

A Dozen Essential Modern-Day Maxims

 Happiness is a choice not a response.

Success is … more attitude than aptitude. 

Count your age by friends, count your life by smiles.

Seek joy in what you give not in what you get.

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

Talk less – say more.

It’s better to be trusted than liked; so, under-promise and over-perform.

Failing to prepare, we prepare to fail.

Failure is the path of least persistence.

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

If you don’t care where you’re going any road will get you there.

To succeed do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.

A Selection of Modern-Day Maxims

 Well done! is better than, Well said!

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.

The greater part of progress is the desire to progress.

For every person who climbs the ladder of success there are a dozen waiting for the elevator.

An ego trip won’t get you anywhere.

If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.

Happiness is the place between too little and too much.

A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out.

A natural tendency is to want to be understood rather than understand.

If you don’t lie down no one can walk on you.

People don’t fail, they give up.

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime.

Smile, it takes only 13 muscles – a frown takes 64.

You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails. 


Modern-day maxims certainly do not have the “weightiness” of those traditional aphorisms from ancient Greece and the Enlightenment Period, but there still is an element of truth twisted into these short, pithy sayings.  Last Fall, By George Journal editors provided three posts with 200 or so modern statements of principle and advice. Here is a link to those three postings.

Modern-Day Maxim (1)  

Modern-Day Maxim (2)

Modern-Day Maxim (3)

Top 10 most-excellent motivational quotes

Business Insider magazine recently published a list of the “top 100 motivational quotes.” By George Journal has taken the liberty of presenting the “top 10” from that list.

  1. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. – William B. Sprague
  2. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle
  3. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
  4. Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent. – Marilyn vos Savant
  5. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden
  6. Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. – Napoleon Hill
  7. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  8. Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. – Mahatma Gandhi
  9. There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. – Dr. Denis Waitley
  10. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain 

To view the full 100 quotes in the Business Insider list, here is the article.

Rejuvenate Yourself!

Need an inspirational break, or a motivational boost?  Here are some probing thoughts and questions to pose to yourself. Through reflection, you just may clear that mental hurdle and complete your day “in a sprint.”

10 morning thoughts to a productive day   

  • In welcoming a new day, breathe deeply. Take time to settle into the moment.
  • Set one or two goals for the day. Tell yourself a story about how you will meet these goals.
  • Pick a skill/habit you would like to focus on today. Write it down. Revisit it throughout the day.
  • Place somewhere close to you a list of your values and pause throughout the day to reflect on them.
  • After an hour into it, reflect on the goals set. How is what you are doing working towards those goals? Is a shift in focus needed?
  • Take a moment to settle into your next task. Notice your 5 senses, your thoughts, your feelings.
  • Needing a mental break? Sit without any external & internal input. Appreciate the now. Experience your five senses. Notice the physical. Notice any thoughts. Notice any feelings.
  • Step outside and breathe in the outdoors air. Feel the sun shining on your face. Appreciate the gifts of the outdoors. Is there a breeze? What do you hear?
  • Reflect on the day so far. Revisit your written goals for the day. Visualize your actions to achieve these goals.
  • Let go of the morning and refocus on the one or two things you can do today to move yourself forward

3 questions to help you through your day 

  • How are you feeling at this very moment? Anger. Sadness. Fear. Guilt. Gratitude. Happiness. Hopefulness. Pride. What does this suggest you want and/or need? How can you healthfully address your feelings?
  • What can you focus on appreciating today to provide you with balance when you struggle? What do you appreciate about this day? What are you grateful for?
  • In what small ways are you moving towards your goals today? What might you shift for tomorrow?

3 pointers for the end of the day 

  • What helps you to separate from life’s stresses in the evening? Make time for one or two activities that bring you true relaxation. Relax, meditate, exercise, cook a favourite meal, spend time with friends, try a new activity…
  • As the day winds down, reflect on its meaning & small blessings.
  • Sleep is an essential piece. Dim the lights, turn off the TV or computer, let go of your worries, be mindful of becoming drowsy.


This post has been inspired by the constant chirping of Mindful Spark, a Twitter feed @MindfulSpark.