SAYINGS

Santoro Education Lifeskills Foundation

I hope you enjoy these short sayings I have collected over many years. These sayings have helped me stay focused on what’s important; also, based upon my life experiences, there are a few here that I have made up myself. As you read them, you’ll know which ones will be important to you.

Sometimes a word or phrase can get you going, such as when someone tells you to have a nice day.  If you respond with something positive, such as “I will”, or “You too”, this can be a first step in demonstrating how having social and emotional skills can change the trajectory of your day -- and your life.  Both phrases are positive, and your responses can change your attitudes.  Enjoy and thrive!

Categorized Sayings

  • Practice the 3 P’s; pleasant, personable, and persistent.
  • Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; plan while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.
  • It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.
  • Determination and perseverance is the ingredients of achievement.
  • Winners do what losers don’t want to do.
  • What you think, you will become.
  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.

GENERAL SAYINGS

  • 90% of our problems in the world is lack of communications.
  • A full life is not determined by how long you live, but how well.
  • A hug is a perfect gift, one size fits all no one minds if you return it.
  • A man’s ability is usually rated by what he finishes, not by what he starts.
  • A man’s mind, once stretch by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
  • A person who is all wrapped up in himself is overdressed.
  • A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
  • A smile is contagious; be a carrier.
  • A smile is something that adds to your face value.
  • About the only thing that comes without effort is old age.
  • Anyone who doesn’t think there are two sides of an argument… They are probably in one.
  • Applied knowledge is power.
  • Be careful if you stretch the truth, it might snap back.
  • Be careful what you pray for, you might get it.
  • Be generous with praise but cautious with promises.
  • Be prepared. You’ll never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
  • Be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might get there.
  • Be your self everyone else is already taken.
  • Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
  • Being a Male is a matter of birth, being a man is a matter of age, being a gentleman is a matter of choice.
  • Can you give a hug without getting one in return.
  • Common sense is not common
  • Compete against yourself in life’s race. Be less concerned with competing against others.
  • Cooperation is spelled with two letters—WE.
  • Counting time is not so important as making time count.
  • Defeat never comes to any person until they admit it.
  • Do it by the book… But be the author.
  • Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the caller’s.
  • Don’t be afraid to say I’m sorry.
  • Don’t be fooled. If something is too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you got.
  • Don’t fight the battle if there’s nothing to win.
  • Don’t kid yourself; tell the truth to yourself as well as others.
  • Don’t let your possession possess you.
  • Don’t major in minor things
  • Don’t think higher price always means higher quality.
  • Don’t waste time learning the “tricks of the trade." Instead, learn the trade.
  • Don’t think a higher price always means higher quality.
  • Don’t walk when you can run.
  • Don’t worry about the things you can’t change.
  • Each man can interpret another’s experience only by his own.
  • Evaluate yourself by your own standards. Not someone else’s.
  • Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
  • Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
  • Excellence is the end result of a job well done.
  • Fill your life with experience, not excuses.
  • Flexible people never get bent out of shape.
  • Focus 90% of your time on Solutions and only 10% of your time on the problems.
  • Forgive honest mistakes.
  • Give advice only when asked.
  • Give people a second chance, but not the third.
  • Give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.
  • Good advice is hard to give, but even harder to follow.
  • Good habits are the shortest route to the top.
  • Good intentions are not a substitute for action.
  • Greatest legacy is not what we leave for people, but what we believe in people.
  • He who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.
  • A House is made of walls and beams. A home is made of love and dreams.
  • Humor yourself and others.
  • I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agrees with me.
  • I’d rather look back at my life and say “I can’t believe I did that" instead of saying “I wish I did that".
  • I’ve learned that, ultimately, takers lose and givers win.
  • If I don’t try new things, I won’t learn new things.
  • If there are no problems, there will be no opportunities.
  • If there is no ups and downs in your life, that means you’re dead.
  • If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today.
  • If you can’t beat them, join then, and then beat them.
  • If you care, it shows.
  • If you do not ask, the answer will always be no.
  • If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
  • If you do what you like you’ll do it well, and you will get paid well.
  • If you don’t know what you want from life, what do you think you’ll get?
  • If you don’t try new things, you won’t learn new things.
  • If you don’t understand yourself, you don’t understand anybody else.
  • If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.
  • If you know why you failed, you can no longer call it a failure.
  • If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss the fun.
  • If you put fences around people, you get sheep.
  • If you smile at people they will almost always smile back.
  • If you try to please everyone, somebody is not going to like it.
  • If you wait until retirement to really start living, you waited too long.
  • If you want to enjoy life, take yourself a little less seriously.
  • If you were too strong for some people, that’s their problem.
  • Ignoring the facts does not change the facts.
  • In a world where you can be anything be kind.
  • In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we didn’t have, and decisions we waited too long to make.
  • In the process of becoming beautiful; it is best to start from the inside and not the outside.
  • It is impossible to accomplish anything worthwhile without the help of other people.
  • It is impossible to teach without learning something yourself.
  • If it’s worth doing, it’s got to be done right.
  • It’s better to sleep on things beforehand, then be wide awake about them afterwards.
  • It’s better to walk alone than with the crowd going in the wrong direction.
  • It’s easier to fight for women’s principles then to live up to them.
  • It’s easier to get into something then to get out of it.
  • It’s easy to be critical about something you’ve never experienced.
  • It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
  • It’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.
  • It’s not what you say it’s how you say it.
  • It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
  • It’s easier to keep up than to catch up.
  • Just because you’ve gotten the last word doesn’t mean you’ve won the argument.
  • Keep your words soft and tender, because tomorrow you may have to eat them.
  • Knowledge is power.
  • Don’t look backwards, unless you plan on going that way.
  • Learn from the mistakes of others, you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
  • Learn to listen, listen to learn.
  • Learn to listen. Opportunities sometimes knock very softly.
  • Let people know what you stand for and what you want to stand for.
  • Life is not a dress rehearsal make it count.
  • Life is not a dress rehearsal.
  • Life is not tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
  • Life is the greatest bargain; we get it for nothing.
  • Live for today, plan for tomorrow, and the future will take care of itself.
  • Look back to learn. Look forward to succeed.
  • Look for the evidence before you make up your mind.
  • Love one another.
  • Make a customer not a sale.
  • Make time for people in your life. It will not always be there.
  • Making a living is not making a life.
  • Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
  • Move simply, speak kindly, care deeply, love generously.
  • Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
  • Never believe a few caring people can change the world. Indeed that’s all who ever have.
  • Never burn your bridges you’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  • Never overestimate your power to change others.
  • Never pay for a job until it’s completed.
  • Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
  • Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed.
  • No problems, no opportunities.
  • No, simply means begin again at one level higher.
  • Nothing holds more power over one’s body than beliefs held in the mind.
  • Nothing in life is to be feared only to be understood.
  • Nothing is easy to the unwilling.
  • Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
  • Nothing of value comes without effort.
  • Of all the things you are, your expressions are the most important.
  • One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that your presence and absence both mean something to someone.
  • One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears.
  • One’s greatest wealth is freedom to choose.
  • Out of sight out of mind.
  • Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
  • Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.
  • People may doubt what you say, but they always believe what you do.
  • People only make progress when they stick their neck out.
  • People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.
  • Potential is interesting, performance is everything.
  • Praise performance well done.
  • Purpose is what gives life meaning.
  • Putting your best foot forward at least keeps it out of your mouth.
  • Read carefully anything that requires your signature. Remember, the big print gives it and the small print takes it away.
  • Regardless of the situation, react with class.
  • Regrets for the past is a waste of Spirit.
  • Remember, everyone you meet wears an invisible sign. It reads, “notice me, make me feel important”.
  • Remember, how you say something is as important as what you say.
  • Remember, that much truth is relative…
  • Remember, that no two things are ever the same.
  • Remember the more you know, the less you fear.
  • Respect cannot be learned, purchase, or acquired, it can only be earned.
  • Self-pity is a waste of time.
  • Smart people know what they don’t know, and asked for help.
  • Spend your life lifting people up, not putting people down.
  • Stop thinking in terms of limitation and start thinking in terms of possibilities.
  • Strive for excellence, not perfection.
  • Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on if the others have let go.
  • Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
  • Take care of your reputation it is your most valuable asset.
  • Take your time and don’t be afraid to change your mind.
  • The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your arms.
  • The best way to appreciate something is to be without it for a while.
  • The best way to be understood is to be understanding.
  • The best way to forget your own problems is to help someone else solve theirs.
  • The biggest game is not football, basketball, it’s LIFE.
  • The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
  • The extra mile puts you miles ahead of your competition.
  • The greatest use of knowledge is not knowledge but action.
  • The guy who “got it all” might be the one who stands out in a crowd – but the guy who gives his all is the one who stands out in the world.
  • The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.
  • The journey of 1000 miles starts with the first step.
  • The mind, like a parachute, functions only when open.
  • The more proactive you are, the less reactive you need to be.
  • The one thing worse than a quitter is a person who is afraid to begin.
  • The only easy discussions are the ones without options.
  • The only people you should ever want to get even with are those who have helped you.
  • The only person who saves time is the one who spends it well.
  • The person who knows everything has a lot to learn.
  • The person with the biggest dream is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
  • The reason we have two eyes and one tongue is so we see twice as much as we speak.
  • The road of life is always under construction.
  • The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.
  • The secret to life is to know who you are and where you are going.
  • The surest way to get somewhere is to know where you are going.
  • The surest way to go broke is sitting around waiting for a break.
  • The true measurement of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
  • The wishbone will never replace the back bone.
  • There are no misunderstandings; there are only failures to communicate.
  • There are two mistakes you can make along the road to truth; not going all the Way, and not starting.
  • There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
  • There is no adversity so great that it cannot be turned into an advantage.
  • There will never be another day like today. Make the most of it.
  • Think big thoughts, but relish in small pleasures.
  • Thrive for excellence, not perfection.
  • To accomplish great things we must not only act. But also dream; not only plan. But I also believe.
  • To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish and then resolve to pay the price to get it.
  • To hear you must listen with your ears, and not your eyes.
  • Treasure people by the size of their hearts, not the size of their bank accounts.
  • Treat everyone with respect, and get respect in return.
  • Truly wise men share their wisdom with those who are younger.
  • Trust everyone but cut the cards.
  • Understand the difference between fact and opinion.
  • Understand the difference between the concrete and the abstract.
  • Unless we change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed.
  • Use words carefully. Words matter.
  • Vision with actions changes things.
  • Vision without action is only a dream.
  • Volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
  • Watch for big problems. They disguise big opportunities.
  • We can’t learn unless we listen.
  • LIFE is the biggest game.
  • Whatever I love to do, I do it well.
  • When you begin to dislike someone, do something nice for them.
  • When you forgive you heal, when you let go you grow.
  • When you know all the answers, you haven’t asked all the questions.
  • When you make a comment you build hope. When you keep it you build trust.
  • Why do you think you were born with two ears and one mouth? You learn more when you listen.
  • Why not learn to enjoy the little things, there are so many of them.
  • Wisdom is wasted on the old if not passed on to the young.
  • Worry is a misuse of the imagination.
  • You are a product of your environment.
  • You are never too old to try something new.
  • You are not a product of your circumstances; you are a product of your decisions.
  • You are the company you keep.
  • You can always find something good out of something bad.
  • You can’t buy time.
  • You can’t feel something you don’t know.
  • You do not have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
  • You don’t make many mistakes with your mouth shut.
  • You have not only the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
  • You leave a little piece of yourself with everyone you teach.
  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
  • You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
  • You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
  • You shouldn’t speak unless you can improve the silence.
  • You will become as small as your controlling desires; as great as your dominant aspirations.
  • You can never get hurt by something you don’t say.

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