New Years 2024


“The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

                                                                                                           Winston Churchill


I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but attempt to live and work as I always have, with varying degrees of optimism, creativity, altruism and risk-taking, while taking things as they come.  Naturally, this requires a little reflection, but I never look back in regret.  And though I recall life’s positive experiences, it is typically the negative ones that in hindsight proved very beneficial, even vital for subsequent growth.

The world is full of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  Over the years I’ve collected hundreds of quotes from accomplished people.  It’s the sage wisdom passed down from those with first-hand experience, who suffered real hardships, that strikes home, and serves as reminders that despite the troubles of our time, there were those whose strength of character was forged in times more troublesome than our own. 

So following are a few of my favorites.  Happy New Year!

"…everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."

Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor


“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

 Helen Keller


“To become a happy person have a clean soul, eyes that see romance in the commonplace, a child’s heart, and spiritual simplicity.”

Norman Vincent Peale


"Beware the lollipop of mediocrity.  Lick it once and you'll suck forever."

 Brian Wilson


"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."

Roger Bannister (1st to break 4 minutes in the mile)


"Failure is unimportant.  It takes great courage to make a fool of yourself."

Charlie Chaplin


“To my mind, to be able to make your work your pleasure is the one class distinction in the world worth striving for…”

Winston Churchill


"The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm."

Fred Dehner


"Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it."

Rene Descartes


"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

Walt Disney


“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Albert Einstein


"Nonsense wakes up the brain cells and it helps develop a sense of humor which is awfully important in this day and age."

Theodore Geisel (Dr Seuss)


“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Audrey Hepburn


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one."

Bruce Lee


“You must remember that some things that are legally right are not morally right.”

Abraham Lincoln


"Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form."

Andre Maurois


"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.  He who has not failed somewhere, that man cannot be great.  Faiulre is the true test of greatness."

Herman Melville


"For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content."

St. Paul


"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along.; You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."

Eleanor Roosevelt


"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arenas; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievements; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither defeat nor victory."

Theodore Roosevelt


"Lazy people tend not to take chances, but express themselves by tearing down other's work."

Anne Rule


“Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

George Bernard Shaw


"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."

Henry David Thoreau


“It’s a dangerous business…going out of your door.  You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

JRR Tolkien


"Always do right.  This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."

Mark Twain


"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."



"If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."

Oprah Winfrey

"We all have ability…just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision."

Stevie Wonder


©Randall S. Fong, M.D.


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