My Favorite Quotes

I read a lot.  When I have time, I also enjoy watching DVD's and on-demand movies.  Here are a few quotes that have either inspired me, caused me to change my behavior or just flat out made me LOL! I hope they do the same for you...




“Whatever you do, do it in moderation.  If you drink too much water at one time, it can kill you.”
– William H. Scott, Sean's Grandfather

“Never let a short term desire get in the way of a long term goal.”
– Curtis Martin, New York Jets running back

“The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
– Coach John Wooden

“Do the right thing.  It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
– Mark  Twain

“Talent is God given.  Be humble.  Fame is man-given.  Be grateful.  Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
– Coach John Wooden

“Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.”
– Mark Twain

“Wait for the Lord.”
– Psalm 27:14

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“When in the moment of serving people in need, my focus is equivalent to that of a dog chasing a ball. There is nothing more important on earth to that dog than that ball. Nothing else exists except that ball.”
– Sean Sheppard

“But who prays for Satan?  Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?”
– Mark Twain

“I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”
– Maya Angelou

“I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me.  It would be a better world.”
– Muhammad Ali

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.  Don’t make money your goal.  Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
– Maya Angelou

“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
– Coach John Wooden

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 "It's hard to tell the difference between a fool, and a person arguing with the fool."
 - Sean's Grandfather

“Only dumb people try to impress smart people.  Smart people just do what they do.”
– Chris Rock

“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”
– Moliere

“If a plant could talk it would tell you how painful it is to be pruned.  It would also tell you how thankful it is that the gardener prunes it.  Without the pruning and the pain, it would never grow to its full potential.”
– Sean Sheppard

“The squeaky wheel gets oiled.”
– Dolores Sheppard, Sean's mother

“As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.”
– Fidel Castro

“If you can't find it in New York, then it doesn't exist.”
– William H. Scott, Sean's Grandfather

“You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it's your last.  Bull.  Life is long.  You're probably not gonna get hit by a bus.  And you're gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next fifty years.”
– Chris Rock

“The draft is white people sending black people to fight, yellow people to protect the country they stole from the red people.”
– Stokely Carmichael on the Vietnam draft

“The world owes you nothing.”
– Paul Sheppard, Sean's father

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
– Maya Angelou

“You will never know how a mother loves.”
– Dolores Sheppard, Sean's Mom

“There are two types of people:  Good people, and those struggling to be good.”
– William H. Scott, Sean's Grandfather

“This is what gym class must look like in Heaven.”
– Captain Ralph Haynes, San Diego Fire & Rescue, at a multi-cultural Embrace exercise event for low income ,middle school children.

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
– Muhammad Ali

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“Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.”
– Mark Twain

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou

“I am the greatest.  I said that even before I knew I was.”
– Muhammad Ali

“I got heart like John Starks.”
– AD Rock, The Beastie Boys

“The record shows, I took the blows - and did it my way.”
– Frank Sinatra

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.”
– Andy DuFresne (Tim Robbins), Shawshank Redemption

“Every mountain has a top.”
– Sean Sheppard

“If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.”
– Coach John Wooden

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”
– Coach John Wooden

“I'm definitely gonna be the People's champion … but I just ain't gonna be the champ the way you want me to be the champ.  I'm gonna be the champ the way I wanna be.”
– Muhammad Ali

“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”
– Mark Twain

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“You are black and I am white, you're as blind as a bat and I have sight."
– Joe Piscopo during an SNL skit with Eddie Murphy

“Well, 'aight, check this out, dawg.  First of all, you throwin' too many big words at me, and because I don't understand them, I'm gonna take 'em as disrespect. Watch your mouth, and help me with the sale.”
– Smart Tech Customer (Kevin Hart) during an exchange with Jay (Romany Malco), 40 Year Old Virgin

“Scotty doesn't know.”
– Donny (Matt Damon), movie EuroTrip

"Sometimes I do what I want to do, the rest of the time, I do what I have to."
 - Cicero (Tommy Flanagan), Gladiator

“Because contrary to popular opinion, I'm the head n**** in charge!”
– Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume) Lean On Me

“Mi scusi.”
– Italian guy on train (Fred Armisen), EuroTrip

“I hope you brought an umbrella, cause it's raining cold hard facts up in here.”
– Sears Commercial

“What we do in life … echoes in eternity.”
– Maximus (Russell Crowe), movie, Gladiator

"What do you want for yourself?"
 - Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), The Last Samurai

“Well, sir, you are a cowardly son of a b****!  You just shot an unarmed man!
Well, he should have armed himself if he's going to decorate his saloon with my friend.”
– Exchange between Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman) and William Munny (Clint Eastwood), Unforgiven

“And what else?  Why don't you just jump off the roof, right here and now?  That's what you really want, isn't it?  Yes, you do.  You smoke crack, don't you, boy?  Don't you smoke crack?  Yeah, I thought so.  And you know what that does to you?  You don't?  It kills your brain cells, son.  It kills your brain cells!  Now when you're destroying your brain cells, you're doing the same thing as killing yourself.  You're just doing it slower!  Now, I say if you wanna kill yourself, don't f*** around with it, do it expeditiously!  Go on and jump!  Jump!”
– Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman), Lean On Me

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“God doesn't want you to be addicted to anything in life except Him.”
– Pastor Miles McPherson

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
– Jesus Christ, John 15:5-8

“When you get, give.”
– Maya Angelou

“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
– John 7:14-20, the Apostle Paul

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
– Isiah 40:28-31

"Your arms are too short to box with God."
 - Unknown

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
– Romans 8:31, the Apostle Paul

“And now these three remain:  faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul

“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
– Maya Angelou

“There's a Ram in the bush.”
– Lilian Carruth, Sean's Aunt Lil

“Grown men can learn from very little children, for the hearts of the little children are pure.  Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.”
– Black Elk

“Here I am.”
– Abraham, to the Angel of the Lord

“If you want God to bless your relationship, honor God through your relationship.” 
– Pastor Miles McPherson

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
– Coach John Wooden

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“Penny for your thought?”
- Helen Scott, Sean’s grandmother

“Pork Fat Rules!”
– Emeril Lagasse

“Lazy is a 4 letter word!”
– Chef Gordon Ramsay

“I can't forget New Jersey.”
– Biz Markie

“I love New York.”
- Universal expression

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