It is customary this time of year for us to look inward; we promise to be better/more. This is a compilation of inspirational quotes on kindness, generosity, health, hope, being open to learning, and caring about our animal friends. In this leap year, we have the gift of an extra day to make a difference.

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  • Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.—Og Mandino
  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.—Maya Angelou
  • It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even — or rather, especially — when we’d prefer not to be. —Josh Radnor

Mind Our Animal Friends


  • He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.—Immanuel Kant
  • It is up to the public to stop attending these theatrical and aquatic shows and circuses with wild animals. The rhetoric about how the animals are happy and well cared for are lies. Don’t be swayed by them. The money behind these shows is huge; there is nothing good about them.—Tippi Hedren
  • Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you’re lucky enough to see lots of them,  that means that you’re in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don’t see sharks.—Sylvia Earle

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  • It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.—Mahatma Gandhi
  • Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.—Hippocrates
  • Your body hears everything your mind says.—Naomi Judd

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  • Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.—Frank A. Clark
  • Obviously, you would give your life for your children, or give them the last biscuit on the plate. But to me, the trick in life is to take that sense of generosity between kin, make it apply to the extended family and to your neighbour, your village and beyond.—Tom Stoppard
  • True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.—Suze Orman

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  • Hope is patience with the lamp lit. —Tertullian
  • There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.—Bernard Williams
  • Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.—Dale Carnegie

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  • A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.—Bruce Lee
  • Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?—Walt Whitman
  • Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.—Epictetus

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