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Words to Ponder

Favorite Quotes and Quotes by Me

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Sometimes the words come out of your mouth and you just have to put them on paper.  It is a triuphant moment in time, when the words appeal to the emotional chords inside your heart.

Quotes about business:

"Return customers are a fundamental resource of any business."
~ Jan Verhoeff

"Productivity does not determine profitability, though profitability may actually be a direct result of productivity."

~ Jan Verhoeff

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."

~ Thomas Paine

Quotes about education:

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company ...a church ...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past ...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude ...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ...we are in charge of our attitudes."

~ Charles Swindoll

Quotes about music:

 "I love the music of a storm. The rumble and roar and the steady drip of rain, or the thunderous pouring."
~ Jan Verhoeff

"If I wrote music it would be like the storms - power and solitude disrupted by the clambour of laughter."
~ Jan Verhoeff

Quotes about writing:

"Writing is power. It is the ability to focus the readers energy on a philosophy of life so deep and ingrained in the subject that the reader must choose NOT to believe."
~ Jan Verhoeff

"When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing."

~ Enrique Jardiel Poncela


Did you ever start reading something and a few words jumped off the page and grabbed your heart?  Those are significant words; quotes. 
As a writer, I'm often astounded by the words that come out of my own mouth, as well as other people's mouths.  So, I decided to start this page of quotes, for my own words, and for the words of others whom I have found inspirational.  I pray you can find something on this page to inspire the inner soul of your heart too.
Jan Verhoeff

"There is a misleading, unwritten rule
that states if a quote giving advice comes from someone famous,
very old, or Greek, then it must be good advice."
~ Bo Bennett

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