Sparking Beliefs:  

If you are having trouble uncovering a personal belief, perhaps something below will help you clarify your thoughts.  

Belief Statements: Do any of the following resonate with you? (Think about how you could make them “yours” and less cliche.)

Quotations:  Can you connect with any of the following quotations?

1. The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.           - Epictetus


2. The greatest and most important problems in life are all in a certain sense insoluble. They

can never be solved, but only outgrown. - Carl Jung


3. The greatest thing about man is his ability to transcend himself, his ancestry, and his

environment and to become what he dreams of being. - Tully C. Knoles


4. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts... take care that you

entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. - Marcus Aurelius


5. The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.   - Cicero


6. The love we give away is the only love we keep.    - Elbert Hubbard


7. The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether

it is the same problem you had last year. - John Foster Dulles


8. The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

- Chinese Proverb


9. The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will

have. - Norman Vincent Peale


10. The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline. - Bum Phillips

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