I have my own personal quote that I often use as a tagline. It is a bit of a motto actually, and is something I have been saying since I was in junior high school. I use it on all of my personal profiles and have been known to make homemade buttons and signs that display the following words:
“If you don’t have a smile…I’ll give you one of mine!”
It is something I try to remember when I see someone on the street whether friend or stranger, and I can’t even begin to count how many times giving someone a simple friendly smile had yielded one in return. (It has also yielded me a raised middle finger accompanied by the scowl of all scowls, but I am choosing to ignore that response).
For today’s post I have decided to go with a bit of inspiration. I absolutely love to read, and am constantly highlighting passages and dog-earing pages of books that have quotes or lines that I love. I would like to share a few of my favorites with you today.
Miss Riki’s Favorite Quotes on Happiness:
Happiness and the idea of being happy is one of my favorite subjects, and the following quotes never fail to bring a smile to my face and increase my own joy. I hope you find a gem here to make you smile as well!
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” – E. B. White
“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” -Author unknown, although Commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin
Miss Riki’s Favorite Quotes on Love:
Who doesn’t love to love, and these quotes are among my little darlings.
“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” -Ingrid Bergman
“A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.” -George Jean Nathan
“Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love. I’d stepped in it a few times.” -Rita Rudner
Miss Riki’s Favorite Motivational Quotes:
I often use these when I’m physically or emotionally stuck. (Most recently they have come in handy for my weight-loss and workout efforts).
“Ninety percent of the game is half mental.” -Yogi Berra
“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” –Unknown author
“Pain is temporary; pride is forever.” –Unknown author
“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” -Marilyn vos Savant
Miss Riki’s Favorite Quotes on Faith:
Who couldn’t use a little more faith in their lives?
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” -Mother Teresa
“Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. And lo, no one was there.” -Author Unknown
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Miss Riki’s All-Time Favorite Quote on Creativity:
“Let yourself sound crazy. Lie. Blow up your feeling. Make it enormous the way we do when we’re hysterical, ecstatic or in the middle of a tantrum, a love affair or a panic attack. You might be amazed at what comes out of you.” – Susan G. Wooldridge (from her book Poemcrazy)
Do you have a favorite quote or motto that lifts your spirits, brings you joy, or motivates you? I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!