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Here are the last two of my favorite quotes from my 2013 desk calendar. I have now cleared out my desk drawer of all the sheets that were torn off and stuffed into the drawer for future reference!

“Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.” ~Richard Byrd, U.S. Navy admiral and explorer


“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.” ~Abraham Lincoln.


Hope you enjoyed this little series. Are there any quotes that you’ve found inspiring or helpful through the past year? Share them!

  • August 8 – “Hope is not a feeling of certainty, that everything ends well. Hope is just a feeling that life and work have a meaning.” Vaclav Havel, Czech president and writer
  • February 18 – “Half-heartedness never won a battle.” William McKinley, U.S. President
  • May 14 – “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.” William F. Buckley Jr., American editor and journalist
  • June 28 – “It is the same with men as with horses: those which do the most prancing are generally the ones which make the least progress.” Baron de Stassart, 19th-century Deuth-Belgian politician
  • August 17

“Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.” ~Edward Albee, American playwright

  • December 31 – “The best thing about the future is that is comes only one day at a time.” Abraham Lincoln
  • August 19 – “There are no happy endings. . . there are only happy people.” Dorothy Gilman, American novelist
  • January 8 – “If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.” Catherine Aird, pseudonymous English writer
  • July 23 – “Sometimes you eat the bear, but sometimes the bear eats you.” James Crumley, American novelist
  • June 21

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus

Five more favorites from the 2013 desk calendar:

  • November 2 – “Many things cause pain which would cause pleasure if you regarded their advantages.” Baltasar Gracian, 17th century Spanish writer
  • August 20 – “No great thing is created suddenly.” Epictetus, ancient Greek philosopher
  • May 16 – “He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” Edmund Burke, 18th-century English statesman
  • December 24 – “Never get to fascinated by the extraordinary that you miss the ordinary.” Magdalen Nabb, English novelist
  • January 21 – “Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotable Year Image

Every year, for as long as I can remember, my dad has gotten me a calendar for Christmas. Wall calendars, desk calendars—every year it’s something different based on current interests or hobbies. I love the tradition. For 2013, dad got me a quote of the day desk calendar, and I’ve enjoyed pulling off each page and reading the little blurb of wisdom before I buckle down and get some work done. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll share some of my favorites.

Starting off:

  • December 14 – “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” C.S. Lewis
  • August 12 – “Sometimes you work for wages, sometimes not, but what does anybody make but a living?” Henry Ford
  • January 10 – “Lick ’em tomorrow” Ulysses S. Grant