Friday, January 11, 2019

WHAT EVER HAPPENED..."Favorite Quotes"

These are among my most favorite sayings.  I hope you like them too.

“Rescue dogs can make the most incredible pets.” Nat Geo Wild

“God's plan for our life is bigger than our own.” Joel Osteen

“There are two great days in a person's life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” William Barclay, Scottish theologian [Go, Scots, go!]

“The whole purpose of having a life-saving operation is to go back and live life.” Dr. Oz

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“O, would some power the giftie gie us, / To see ourselves as others see us,” Robert Burns, Scottish poet [Telling us the value of seeing ourselves objectively.]

“The words you speak become the house you live in.” Hafiz

“No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today.” Jack Kornfield

“The only way you can change the world is by changing yourself.” Tommy Chong

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Women are like tea bags. We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“I think teaching is the most honorable profession there is.” Oprah Winfrey

“…that if you become a teacher, by your pupils you’ll be taught.” Rogers and Hammerstein’s King and I.

“I forgive, I love, I learn, and I move on.” Marie Osmond [I pray I can do that someday.]

“One person can change things.” John Hall, musician, congressman, author

“It's important to keep reinventing yourself.” Marie Osmond

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

“The sooner you accept it, the sooner you'll get over it.” Girl teenagers I overheard talking at my church. [So insightful – I told them they’d be in my book.]

“Our words have the power to build up or tear down.” Our Daily Bread

“Father, please curb my careless speech and put a guard on my tongue today and every day.” Our Daily Bread

“Don't believe everything you think.” Sound of Life, Hudson Valley, NY, radio station

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” C. S. Lewis

“The world can only change from within.” Eckhart Tolle

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones.” Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” St. Francis de Sales

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” Margaret Lee Runbeck

“Who you are is the sum of all the choices that you make in this life.” Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told [Hallmark movie]

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney

“Less is more.” Robert Browning

“My brain has no off switch.” Cold Case [TV show]

“Understanding is a two-way street.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is what we make it. Always has been. Always will be.” Grandma Moses

“I have never felt that anything really mattered but knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could.” Eleanor Roosevelt

 “A little rain can straighten a flower stem. A little love can change a life.” Max Lucado

“To strengthen the muscles of your heart, the best exercise is lifting someone else's spirit whenever you can.”  Dodinsky

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” Deepak Chopra

“In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?” Buddha

“It is always wise, I think, if you feel something is wrong, to try to stand up for what you believe is right.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, 'It can't be done.'” Eleanor Roosevelt [In my classroom, I told the kids not to use this four-letter word, “can't.”]

“The problems of the world will never be settled unless our national leaders go to God in prayer.” Billy Graham

“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” Walt Disney

“Tomorrow can be a wonderful age.” Walt Disney

“When you believe a thing, believe it all the way.” Walt Disney

“No one’s invisible pain should go unnoticed.” Lady Gaga

“If too many things are planned, there’s too much to remember.” Harry Connick, Jr.

“Our past tells us that our future belongs to the Lord.” Randy Prentiss, Staff Chaplain, Taconic Retreat Center, Red Hook, NY.

“We can be freer if we let stuff go.” Randy Prentiss

“If everyone lends a helping hand to those in need, we would take a giant step towards a more peaceful world.” Harry Swimmer, CNN Hero

“It’s never too soon to be kind.” Our Daily Bread

 “Maybe if you zip [your mouth] up, your wall will come down.” Joel Osteen

“I’ve learned…that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in any other way.” Andy Rooney

“I’ve learned…that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.” Andy Rooney

“I’ve learned…that love, not time, heals all wounds.” Andy Rooney

“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you’ll start believing it.” Jesse Owens, Olympic gold medal track and field athlete

“We’re so over, we need a new word for ‘over.’” Carrie, to Mr. Big, in HBO’s Sex and the City. [Even though she told him it was over, she ended up marrying him. I never married Aiden, so it really is over for us.]

“…because it’s so easy for, I will say, a man to say you’re crazy….” [Taking no ownership of his behavior.] Amber Frey, Dateline NBC’s “The Laci Peterson Story.”

“If you find someone you love in life, you must hang onto it and look after it.” Princess Diana [I miss her SO much!]

     A whole different level of quotes comes from the Bible. Here they are:

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

“God will work out everything for our good.” Romans 8:28

“And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness.” 2 Timothy 2:24-25 [Appropriately – this was printed on my calendar on my birthday – November 1st!]

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

I learn a lot from other people – some famous, some not.


I (Douglas Winslow Cooper) have been excerpting, weekly, material from this almost-final version of the fine book by Janet Johnson Schliff, M.S. Ed., which she wrote over a three-year period with some coaching and editing help from me, through my business, Write Your Book with Me.

Her memoir is now available in paperback and ebook formats from Outskirts Press  and



Janet is taking a much-needed respite from her book tour. More talks will be planned in the spring of 2019… she can be contacted at 845.336.7506 (home) or 845.399.1500 (cell).

Janet Johnson Schliff spoke at the Oblong Books Bookstore in Rhinebeck, NY, on Tuesday, February 6 at 6 p.m.

Janet was on WKNY Radio 1490 in Kingston, NY, on Thursday, March 1 at 9:10 a.m. 

Janet spoke at Barnes & Noble in Kingston, NY, on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. 

Janet spoke at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, NY, on March 6 
at 7 p.m. 

Janet spoke at the Golden Notebook Bookstore in Woodstock, NY, on March 17 at 2 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Morton Library in Rhinecliff, NY, on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. 

Janet spoke at RCAL in Kingston, NY, on April 3 at 4 p.m. [They gave her an impromptu book-launch party.]

Janet spoke at the Parkinson's Support Group at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, NY, on April 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Stone Ridge Library in Stone Ridge, NY, on April 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Hurley Library in Hurley, NY, on May 4 at 6 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Kingston Library in Kingston, NY, on May 9 at 6 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Staatsburg Library in Staatsburg, NY, on May 14 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Clinton Community Library in Rhinebeck, NY, on May 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville, NY, on June 9 at noon.

Janet spoke at the Gardiner Library in Gardiner, NY, on June 11 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Marbletown Community Center in Stone Ridge, NY, on June 20 at 6 p.m.

Janet was interviewed on radio station WTBQ-FM (93.5) on June 29 at 12 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Esopus Library in Port Ewen, NY, on July 13 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Pine Plains Library in Pine Plains, NY, on July 20 at 6 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Ulster Library in Kingston, NY, on July 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Northern Dutchess Bible Church in Red Hook, NY, on August 11 at 1 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz, NY, on September 6 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie, NY, on September 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Janet was interviewed on radio station WRIP-FM (97.9) on September 21 at 8 a.m.

Janet again spoke at the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville, NY, on September 22 at noon.

Janet spoke at the Enchanted Cafe in Red Hook, NY, on September 28 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Hyde Park Library in Hyde Park, NY, on October 4 at 7 p.m.

Janet participated in an Author Weekend at the Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie, NY, on October 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Tivoli Library in Tivoli, NY, on October 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Janet’s interview for the TV program Wake Up with Marci on the You Too America Channel aired on Monday, November 5, and Friday, November 9. It can now be found on the Internet.

Janet spoke at the Germantown Library in Germantown, NY, on November 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Janet participated in the Red Hook Middle School's College and Career Cafe in Red Hook, NY,  on December 19 at 10:30 a.m.

More signings will be coming up. A fine feature about Janet by John DeSantos [845 LIFE] appeared in the Middletown Times Herald-Record on Monday, March 12, as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month. An article about her book was just published in the May 2018 Living Rhinebeck Magazine. An article about her book appeared in the May 14 Daily Freeman of Kingston, NY. and another in the Family Life section of the Poughkeepsie Journal on June 8th. The Millerton News published an article on Thursday, August 2, about her talk at the Pine Plains Library. 

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