H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Quotes

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.

Be smarter than other people, just don’t tell them so.

Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.

Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.

Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people’s bad manners.

I never expect to lose. Even when I’m the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.

If someone offers you a breath mint, accept it.

If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure.

In business or in life, don’t follow the wagon tracks too closely.

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.

Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.

Luck marches with those who give their very best.

Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture.

Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.

Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.

Oh, the difference between nearly right and exactly right.

Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.

We’re constantly striving for success, fame and comfort when all we really need to be happy is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.

When you are angry or frustrated, what comes out? Whatever it is, it’s a good indication of what you’re made of.

When you have nothing important or interesting to say, don’t let anyone persuade you to say it.

You can always tell when a man’s well informed. His views are pretty much like your own.

You can’t hire someone to practice for you.

You either make dust or eat dust.

You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.