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Celebrations in Youth

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There are several types of rites of passage at a young age. These rites carry such names as e.g. confirmation, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Coming of Age, Sweet Sixteen, Quinceañera and Seijin Shiki.

Youth is also marked by several steps of graduation and these rites carry such names as e.g. general admission, matriculation, commencement, convocation and invocation. All these major celebrations require words of guidance and congratulations. Good parents and teachers may also find inspiration from this section.

Application of One's Knowledge and Gifts

  • Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke
  • It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. - William Shakespeare
  • The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate! - Robert Browning
  • There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. - Francis Bacon
  • Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge. - Matthew Arnold
  • 'He means well' is useless unless he does well. - Titus Maccius Plautus
  • He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. - Francis Bacon
  • Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. - Baltasar Gracián y Morales
  • Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other; yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely; for science is but one. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. - John Ruskin
  • No one knows what he can do until he tries. - Publilius Syrus
  • If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. - Publilius Syrus
  • Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Creativity

  • Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely the ideas as they pour in. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Anything you may hold firmly in your imagination can be yours. - William James
  • In the society, where people are just parts in a larger machine, individuals are unable to develop fully. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • It is a bad plan that admits of no modification. - Publilius Syrus
  • Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. - Leo Burnett
  • Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will. - George Bernard Shaw

Collaboration

  • No man is wise enough by himself. - Titus Maccius Plautus
  • A problem shared is a problem halved. - English proverb
  • Give credit where credit is due. - English proverb
  • Obedience may have its uses, but it is no substitute for willing, uncoerced co-operation. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Where there is unity, there is always victory. - Publilius Syrus
  • Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. - Bertrand Russell
  • Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller
  • Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. - Mattie Stepanek
  • I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed. - Steve Lacy
  • If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. - Henry Ford

Importance of Gaining Knowledge & True Understanding

  • Freedom can occur only though education. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • One's work may be finished someday, but one's education never. - Alexandre Dumas
  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. - Joseph Addison
  • Measure your mind's height by the shade it casts. - Robert Browning
  • Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory. - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss. - English proverb
  • Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise. - William Shakespeare
  • If a man begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. - Francis Bacon
  • Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. - Francis Bacon
  • Knowledge is power. - Francis Bacon
  • Wonder is the seed of knowledge. - Francis Bacon
  • Seek to learn constantly while you live; do not wait in the faith that old age by itself will bring wisdom. - Solon
  • Each time you learn something new you must readjust the whole framework of your knowledge. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. - Doris Lessing
  • To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. - Edmund Burke
  • Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. - Edmund Burke
  • Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future. - Euripides
  • In youth we learn, in age we understand. - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
  • What youth deemed crystal, age finds out was dew. - Robert Browning
  • Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate. - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
  • If a man begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. - Francis Bacon
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket. - English proverb
  • Ne quid nimis. Moderation in all things. - Publius Terentius Afer
  • Brevity is the soul of wit. - William Shakespeare
  • You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. - Marcus Aurelius
  • The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius
  • Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. - Marcus Aurelius
  • Our life is what our thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius
  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius
  • Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. - Quintus Horatius Flaccus [Horace]
  • As long as you live, keep learning how to live. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Perseverance

  • Habits change into character. - Publius Ovidius Naso
  • Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence. - Publius Ovidius Naso
  • Victory belongs to the most persevering. - Napoleon Bonaparte
  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. - English proverb
  • Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again. - Robert Browning
  • Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius
  • It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. - Confucius
  • Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. - Francis Bacon
  • The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times. - Paulo Coelho
  • A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • All things are possible until they are proved impossible - and even the impossible may only be so, as of now. - Pearl S. Buck

Procrastination

  • To begin, begin. - William Wordsworth
  • Will it, and set to work briskly. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • No great inner event befalls those who summon it not. - Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • He who considers too much will perform little. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss. - English proverb
  • There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. - Francis Bacon
  • Procrastination is the thief of time. - Edward Young
  • A poor workman always blames his tools. - English proverb
  • Actions speak louder than words. - English proverb
  • If ifs and ands were pots and pans, there'd be no work for tinkers. - English proverb
  • Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow. - Quintus Horatius Flaccus [Horace]
  • He has the deed half done who has made a beginning. - Quintus Horatius Flaccus [Horace]
  • Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible. - Doris Lessing
  • While we are postponing, life speeds by. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Remaining Truthful, Being Honest, Having a Noble Heart

  • Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. - William Wordsworth
  • Keep true to the dreams of thy youth. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • Honesty prospers in every condition of life. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinion of us, forms our true honor. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. - Francis Bacon
  • Measure your mind's height by the shade it casts. - Robert Browning
  • We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I do not know. - Matthew Arnold
  • Honesty is the best policy. - English proverb
  • Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. - English proverb
  • God is in the details. - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • Trust yourself, then you will know how to live. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. - William Shakespeare
  • People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Give credit where credit is due. - English proverb
  • Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. - Sophocles
  • It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Why should we build our happiness on the opinions of others, when we can find it in our own hearts? - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • The man forget not, though in rags he lies, and know the mortal through a crown's disguise. - Mark Akenside
  • Happy is the man who has broken the chains, which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all. - Publius Ovidius Naso
  • To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. - Francis Bacon
  • You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. - Marcus Aurelius
  • The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius
  • Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking. - Marcus Aurelius
  • By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflections, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is bitterest. - Confucius
  • When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you. - Laozi
  • At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. - Laozi
  • He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. - Laozi
  • Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. - Paulo Coelho
  • The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • A good reputation is more valuable than money. - Publilius Syrus
  • The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself. - Publilius Syrus
  • There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself. - Ralph Waldo Trine
  • A miracle is nothing more or less than this. Anyone who has come into a knowledge of his true identity, of his oneness with the all-pervading wisdom and power, this makes it possible for laws higher than the ordinary mind knows of to be revealed to him. - Ralph Waldo Trine
  • An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding. - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Unsubstantiated Fears

  • I've never begun any important venture for which I felt adequately prepared. - Sheldon Kopp
  • Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass? - Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again. - Robert Browning
  • I count life just a stuff to try the soul's strength on. - Robert Browning
  • There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. - Francis Bacon
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Trust yourself, then you will know how to live. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says: "It can't be done". - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Don't cross the bridge till you come to it. - English proverb
  • Modo liceat vivere, est spes. While there's life, there's hope. - Publius Terentius Afer
  • Fortis fortuna adiuvat. Fortune favors the brave. - Publius Terentius Afer
  • With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. - Marcus Aurelius
  • If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. - Marcus Aurelius
  • The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius
  • The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. - Marcus Aurelius
  • Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. - Marcus Aurelius
  • Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. - Confucius
  • A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. - Laozi
  • There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. - Paulo Coelho
  • Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart. - Paulo Coelho
  • True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Where fear is, happiness is not. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • He who is brave is free. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear. - Publilius Syrus
  • Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back. - Publilius Syrus
  • You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand? - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. - Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

Where There's Room for Improvement

  • Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. - Edmund Burke
  • Ambition can creep as well as soar. - Edmund Burke
  • Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon. - Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says: "It can't be done". - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • We are all born originals – why is it so many of us die copies? - Edward Young
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. - English proverb
  • Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop. - Publius Ovidius Naso
  • Haste makes waste. - English proverb
  • The devil is in the details. - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • Ne quid nimis. Moderation in all things. - Publius Terentius Afer
  • Necessity is the mother of invention. - English proverb
  • Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits. - Edmund Burke
  • In the society, where people are just parts in a larger machine, individuals are unable to develop fully. - Friedrich von Schiller
  • A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Good order is the foundation of all things. - Edmund Burke
  • Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. - Euripides
  • Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. - Marcus Aurelius
  • How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. - Marcus Aurelius
  • The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. - Marcus Aurelius
  • Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. - Confucius
  • Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. - Laozi
  • Habits change into character. - Publius Ovidius Naso
  • Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. - Titus Maccius Plautus
  • It is quality rather than quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • All cruelty springs from weakness. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. - Publilius Syrus
  • An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason. - Publilius Syrus
  • Never promise more than you can perform. - Publilius Syrus
  • From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. - Publilius Syrus
  • Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid. - Publilius Syrus

Particularly For Teachers & Parents

  • The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow. - Publius Ovidius Naso
  • Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • What you cannot enforce, do not command. - Sophocles
  • Obedience may have its uses, but it is no substitute for willing, uncoerced co-operation. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Where old age is evil, youth can learn no good. - English proverb
  • Each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds appointed to guard the past. - Maurice Maeterlinck
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. - English proverb
  • A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they say: we did it ourselves. - Laozi
  • If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. - Confucius
  • The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. - Denis Waitley
  • The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. - Brian Tracy
  • Whatever advice you give, be short. - Quintus Horatius Flaccus [Horace]
  • He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful. - Quintus Horatius Flaccus [Horace]
  • That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force. - Publilius Syrus
  • An angry father is most cruel towards himself. - Publilius Syrus

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