Wilferd Peterson Quotes

August 21, 1900 - June 2, 1995

Be inspired by this collection of quotes; Wilferd Peterson words contain wisdom and still have application today. Wilferd Arlan Peterson was born in Whitehall, Michigan. He worked for an advertising firm. But he also loved to write. In the 1960's he wrote many inspirational essays for a magazine called This Week. He ended up writing many books including The Art of Living.


Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.
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Success   |  


You may plan to write a book some day, but you are living a book every day.
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Quote of The Day  |


In between waking and sleeping are the golden hours of the day.
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The Art of Living Each Day  |


We give of ourselves when we give the gift of words: encouragement, inspiration, guidance.
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Inspirational Quotes  |


There are no guarantees, no infallible guards against danger and disease, no positive security. Our objective should be to live, really live, all the days of our lives, through joys, disasters, threats, sunshine and storms.
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Positive Quotes   |  


How can we best keep Christmas? How can we best defeat the little bit of Scrooge in all of us and experience the glory of the Great Day? By sinking the shafts of our spirits deep beneath the sparkling tinsel of the surface of Christmas and renewing within us the radiance of the inner meaning of the season.
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Christmas   |  


Moment by moment you are building the story of your life. You control your thoughts and acts as an author of a novel controls the thoughts and actions of the characters in his story. No matter what happens to you in the pages of time, you have the power to react like a hero!
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Graduation   |  


To be a friend a man should be tolerant, he should have an understanding heart and a forgiving nature, know that all men stumble now and then, and that he who never made a mistake never accomplished anything.
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Tolerance   |  


Release your problems to God with a prayer that the answer will come in its own good time and place. Hold the attitude of faith and expectancy, knowing that God has all the answers, that His knowledge is limitless and can never be exhausted.
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God   |  


Faith is not only daring to believe, it is also daring to act. When I believe in myself as a son of God, I attribute to all men the same quality. This goes for men of every class, creed and color. The proof that I believe this way will be measured by the way I act towards others.
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Faith   |  


By accepting the fact that old age and death are natural and inevitable, that to fear them is futile, and that they can best be faced with a calm and quiet mind by ignoring them and gallantly living a day at a time.
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Age   |  


The winds of life - the conflicts, pressures, changes - will bend us but if we have resiliency of the spirit they cannot break us. To courageously straighten up again after our heads have been bowed by defeat, disappointment and suffering is a supreme test of character.
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Quotes about Life   |  


Memory is a record of your personal experience. It is a record of trial and error, defeat and success. Past failures will warn you against repeating them. Past victories will inspire you to set new marks of achievement. Through memory you can focus the thngs you've learned in the past on the life you are living today.
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Memory   |  


The brotherhood of man is usually thought of as something unattainable, the vision of a dreamer. The truth is that brotherhood exists now and has always existed. The brotherhood of man is here. It is not a fancy but a fact. It is not a dream but a reality.
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Brotherhood   |  


He who hopes to avoid all failure and misfortune is trying to live in a fairyland, the wise man realistically accepts failures as a part of life and builds a philosophy to meet them and make the most of them.
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Failure   |  


The littleness of men gets in the way of the bigness of God. We have set up barriers of fear, prejudice, suspicion, hatred, which have prevented the goodness of God from breaking through. We have expected God to work miracles directly from heaven, when He can only work them through men.
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Miracle   |  


There is another kind of optimism that has built civilization. It could well be called deep optimism. Deep optimism has strong roots in the goodness of God. It is anchored in love, hope, courage and faith. The deep optimist responds heroically to every test. He realize that he cannot control everything that happens to him but that he can control his response to what happens to him.
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Optimistic   |  


The shallow optimists give up. The deep optimists never stop trying even when causes seem to be lost. Deep optimism runs like a golden thread through the whole story of the progress of man on this earth.
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Inspirational Stories   |  


Most of all, learn to laugh at yourself, meet each day with a sense of humor.
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Humor   |  


Those three words were spoken to the young Lincoln as his mother was dying. Calling the boy to her, and tenderly stroking his face with her fingers, Lincoln's mother said: "Be somebody, Abe!" The inspiration of those words life Lincoln from a log cabin to the White House. They inspired him to think, study, grow.
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Encouraging   |  


Happiness does not depend upon what happens outside of you but on what happens inside of you; it is measured by the spirit in which you meet the problems of life.
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Problem   |  


The world needs less heat and more light. It needs less of the heat of anger, revenge, retaliation, and more of the light of ideas, faith, courage, aspiration, joy, love and hope.
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Hope   |  


Many a young man has been helped and inspired to carry on because someone has shown him the possibilities of the future.
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Possibilities   |  


Arousing the imagination arouses the creative powers of man. Help a man to see himself as he wishes to be. Help him to visualize himself succeeding. Help him to dream great dreams.
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Imagination   |  


Men need to be taught the wisdom of working and waiting. Many a man has left the dock just before his ship came in. Time has great power to solve problems. Counsel patience.
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Patience   |  


Simply and plainly defined, a leader is a man who has followers. The leader deserves to have followers. He has earned recognition. Authority is no longer enough to command respect.
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Leadership   |  


Champion the right to be yourself; dare to be different and to set your own pattern; live your own life and follow your own star.
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Being Yourself   |  


Happiness doesn't come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.
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Happiness   |  


Let me look upward into the branches of the flowering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.
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Wise   |  


To be a friend a man should remember that we are human magnets: that like attracts like, and that what we give we get.
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Friend   |  


Words of encouragement fan the spark of genius into the flame of achievement.
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Words of Encouragement   |  


Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.
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Love   |  


Happiness does not depend upon a full pocketbook, but upon a mind full of rich thoughts and a heart full of rich emotions.
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Happy   |  


You mould your character and your future by your thoughts and acts.
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Character   |  


Great men are little men expanded; great lives are ordinary lives intensified.
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Greatness   |  


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