50 great Paul “Bear” Bryant quotes on the anniversary of his birth

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105 Years Ago Today, September 11, 1913, Paul “Bear” Bryant was born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas.? His contributions to college football, the SEC and inspirational leadership will never be forgotten.

During and after his illustrious coaching career Paul “Bear” Bryant was honored with :


His true force was being a fatherly leader who inspired greatness

In honor of his birth, here are 50 great quotes by the legendary Paul “Bear Bryant

“I’m no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work.”

“I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.”

“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”

“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

“Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.”

“There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.”

“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”

“I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent.”

“If a man is a quitter, I’d rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I’ll know later what I can expect.”

“The idea of molding men means a lot to me.”

“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.”

“If wanting to win is a fault, as some of my critics seem to insist, then I plead guilty. I like to win. I know no other way. It’s in my blood.”

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”

“Get the winners into the game.”

“Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.”

“The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.”

“Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don’t forget them when they leave.”

“I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.”

“Don’t give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half.”

“Don’t talk too much. Don’t pop off. Don’t talk after the game until you cool off.”

“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.”

“It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.”

“In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well get used to it.”

“The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”

“There is no sin in not liking to play; it’s a mistake for a boy to be there if he doesn’t want to.”

“In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway.”

“Be aware of “yes” men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget – people win.”

“If there is one thing that has helped me as a coach, it’s my ability to recognize winners, or good people who can become winners by paying the price.”

“You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns.”

“If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.”

“If you want to coach you have three rules to follow to win. One, surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. I’ve had a lot of them. Two, be able to recognize winners. They come in all forms. And, three, have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead, with it raining cats and dogs and no rain gear because the equipment man left it at home.”

“My approach to the game has been the same at all the places I’ve been. Vanilla. The sure way. That means, first of all, to win physically. If you got eleven on a field, and they beat the other eleven physically, they’ll win. They will start forcing mistakes. They’ll win in the fourth quarter.”

“Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.”

“The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.”

“But there’s one thing about quitters you have to guard against – they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he’ll take somebody with him, and you don’t want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.”

“Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you.”

“People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.”

“I told them my system was based on the “ant plan,” that I’d gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.”

“We can’t have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don’t.”

“When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: 1. Admit it. 2. Learn from it, and 3. Don’t repeat it.”

“I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.”

“Don’t ever give up on ability. Don’t give up on a player who has it.”

“A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time.”

“I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don’t mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I’m talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.”

“I always want my players to show class, knock’em down, pat on the back, and run back to the huddle.”

“I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can live without it, don’t get in it.”

“If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them.”

“I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.”

“What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.”

“If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, “Roll, Tide, Roll!”


Fourth of July Vintage Postcards and Quotes

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Here is a unique way to ring in Independence Day.? We took a step back in time and found some vintage Fourth of July themed postcards to share along with some patriotic quotes.

We hope this puts you all in a very festive and celebratory mood as we take this day to remember our Independence Day.

To our forefathers, settlers, dedicated citizens across the land, this day is for you.? For the farmers, mothers, soldiers, sailors, builders, singers, poets and the dreamers, this is the day we reflect and remember all those, in the spirit of freedom, gave us a beautiful place to call home.

Happy Independence Day

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan


"Our Glorious Fourth." Designed by G. Howard Hilder
“Our Glorious Fourth.” Designed by G. Howard Hilder


“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson


Postcard of boy standing next to box of "Fire Works." Symbolizes the availability of fireworks for small children. Artist is Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Manufacturer is the International Art Publishing Company; printed in Germany. Approx. 1912
Postcard of boy standing next to box of “Fire Works.” Symbolizes the availability of fireworks for small children. Artist is Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Manufacturer is the International Art Publishing Company; printed in Germany. Approx. 1912


“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison


Small boy holding rockets with toy cannon underneath
Small boy holding rockets with toy cannon underneath


“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” – Rosa Parks


Circa 1909
Circa 1909


“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” – Samuel Adams


This "4th of July greeting" displays in one unit shield, eagle, and firecrackers
This “4th of July greeting” displays in one unit shield, eagle, and firecrackers


“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln


Youth with fireworks
Youth with fireworks


“Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D. Brandeis


Uncle Sam and Thomas Jefferson
Uncle Sam and Thomas Jefferson


“True freedom is the capacity for acting according to one’s true character, to be altogether one’s self, to be self-determined and not subject to outside coercion.” – Corliss Lamont


Circa 1908
Circa 1908


“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.” – Susan B. Anthony


Hurrah 1776, July 4th
Hurrah 1776, July 4th


“Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.” – Maya Angelou


Sailor Boys
Sailor Boys


“Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.” – Davy Crockett


Fireworks, wheel, gun and accessories
Fireworks, wheel, gun and accessories


“The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.” – Henry Cabot Lodge


Girl running from firecracker
Girl running from firecracker


“A declaration of the independence of America, and the sovereignty of the United States was drawn by the ingenious and philosophic pen of Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, a delegate from the state of Virginia.” – Mercy Otis Warren


Design by E. Nash
Design by E. Nash


“The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.” – Eddie Rickenbacker


Designed by Ellen H. Clapsaddle
Designed by Ellen H. Clapsaddle


Decoratively dressed for the holiday
Decoratively dressed for the holiday





To All the Fathers: You are our rock – Thank you Daddy

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“I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.” – Hedy Lamarr

“I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life, because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him.” – Halle Berry

“My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad.” – Beau Bridges

“I pressed my father’s hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life. My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land.” – Chief Joseph


“My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.” – Harry S. Truman

“Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.” – John Mayer

“Father I will always be
that same boy who stood by the sea
and watched you tower over me
now I’m older I wanna be the same as you” – Yellowcard

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

“A man’s desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.” – Helen Rowland

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

“I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life.” – Sidney Poitier


“When Charles first saw our child Mary, he said all the proper things for a new father. He looked upon the poor little red thing and blurted, “She’s more beautiful than the Brooklyn Bridge.” – Helen Hayes

“I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.” – Mario Cuomo

“I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.” – Gordon Brown


“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” – Sigmund Freud

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”” – Harmon Killebrew

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Author Unknown

“Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.” – Author Unknown

“I love my father as the stars — he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.” – Terri Guillemets


“My daddy, he was somewhere between God and John Wayne.” – Hank Williams, Jr.

“It’s only when you grow up and step back from him–or leave him for your own home–it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.” – Margaret Truman

“To her, the name of father was another name for love.” – Fanny Fern

“No music is so pleasant to my ears as that word―father.” – Lydia Maria Child

“[He] adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector.” – Tom Wolfe


“The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.” – Reed Markham

“When my father didn’t have my hand . . . he had my back.” – Linda Poindexter

Easter is about Family: Reflections of Family – Quotes and Pictures

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Easter is about family, faith and love.? It is a time of togetherness and reflection.? This year, Easter and Passover fall together in the Lowcountry and around the world.? To everyone, whatever faith, here are some reminders, via famous quotes and images of the importance of family during this time of the year.

Famous Quotes About the Value of Family During This Holiday Season

“Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children.” – Rosaleen Dickson

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family” – Anthony Brandt

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – George Bernard Shaw

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” – Alex Haley

“You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.” – William D. Tammeus

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

“Family is the most important thing in the world.” – Princess Diana

“The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.” – Mario Puzo

“In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.” – Marge Kennedy

“Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.” – Barbara Bush

“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” – Brad Henry

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – David Ogden Stiers

“A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss… That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all.” – Brad Pitt

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”– George Santayana

“People come and go in our lives, but a beauty of life is that our family is always there.” Catherine Pulsifer

“When you wrap your child warmly every day with layers of your unconditional, healthy love before you send him out into the world, he will rarely feel the cold chill that often comes with life’s changing seasons.” Shadonna Richards

“Love your family. Spend time, be kind & serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised & today is short.”

“Unconditional love is loving your kids for who they are, not for what they do… it isn’t something you will achieve every minute of every day. But it is the thought we must hold in our hearts every day.” Stephanie Marston

“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” Virginia Satir

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” Frederick Buechner

“Throughout life you will be showered with gifts, but the greatest gift came at birth when your cold body was warmed by the unconditional love only found in the eyes of a mother looking upon her child.” Mark A. Leon


Charleston Affirmations – Quotes and Photos Inspired by our home

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“With the love of Southern soil, a tree becomes a symbol of beauty and a foundation of strength”

“In a world surrounded by hate, sometimes love has a way of creeping up on you and lighting your darkness”

“Take a moment to be thankful for our home, the people and the love we share”

“Find inspiration in the embrace of a neighbor; find comfort in choosing peace; find faith in the sun and the stars and always remember your Southern home”

“Let hope guide you; let persistence and motivation take you to the finish line”

“Charleston, where moments take your breath away”

“Charleston taught us to trust the soul of a person; not the color of their skin”

“Live with passion; act with promise; dream without limits; succeed without compromise.? You will define your path”

“Aim high.? Dream for the clouds.? Never limit the realm of possibility”

“The human spirit is blessed with the exceptional power to meet adversity with the greatest strength on Earth; love”

“Let yourself be swept away by the cool breeze of the ocean; the radiance of the sun.? Let the sand sprinkle your toes for paradise is found”

“Where will the day take you?? Life’s greatest journeys begin with the courage to take one step”

My Charleston Home – Original Poem



Reflections of Charleston Unity Walk – Inspirational Look Back

By Mark A. Leon

By Mark A. Leon

June 21, 2015 marked a momentous moment of solidarity as thousands of all ages and backgrounds took to the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge for the historic Unity Walk.? This event showed the people of Charleston and around that world that we are choosing peace over violence; love over hate.? It was one of the most beautiful and symbolic gestures of hope this city has ever bore witness.

For one night, all communities became one.? Hand in hand they stretched across the Charleston Harbor from the water to the stars in song, prayer and most important celebration.? Celebration of the lives lost and the future ahead.

Often times, an event can change people, but on this night, the people of Charleston changed the world.

Thought inspirational thoughts and images from that memorable evening, let us remember the Unity Walk and reflect on our own personal memories.

Unity Walk for Charleston – June 21, 2015

“Empowerment, thought, collaboration and creativity. All are catalysts of love, life and change. Our body encompasses the most complex and unexplainable invention we know in the universe. We have researched, examined, dissected and observed, but cannot explain. We know this: The power of the heart and mind is the driving force of humanity. It is in this we find strength and the vulnerability to love.”


“The greatest injustice in life is losing sight of oneself. Your legacy is defined by the actions you take, the bonds you create and the path of goodness you lead. To be yourself is a gift with no value. It is a priceless display of individualism and should be blessed and cherished for all our days.”


“The key to life and the pursuit of happiness is balance and accepting the moment. We cannot look back; nor forward. We define our legacy by the achievements and love we give in the now. Life is a chain of moments; each one having an impact on others. Define yourself in this moment; find balance in the now and never hold back on love.”


“Find your peak of achievement and once you catch your breath, reach higher.”


“We live and dream in color. It is condition of humanity that allows us to see a rainbow through the eyes of imagination. For a brief moment we fell into black and white. That will be no more. We are Charleston. Alive with the colors of love.”


“Another day passes and the Earth closes it’s eyes so we may reflect on a day of life and love.”


“Some nights just remind you of the magical gift of being alive.


“Sometimes the moment seizes you. It takes hold of your senses and showers you with an explosion of life’s wonders. Let go. Don’t be a hero, don’t be a savior, don’t be a martyr..Just be. The moment will take over the rest.”


“Life is a tapestry of hope, desire, pain, love, heartache and passion woven with flesh and blood to create the gift of humanity. To find balance; find ease is the potion that will run through your body fueling your existence and laying the groundwork for your legacy.”


“When you open your heart and allow it to be broken and shattered like a precious glass, then and only then will you feel passion and ultimately feel alive”


“The conscious mind has the powerful ability to choose love and be part of the beauty of humanity.”


“The difference between acceptance and greatness is one step. The power to believe in yourself is the greatest pain and reward. Whether you bleed or rejoice, it is worth the journey”


“Find Peace. Hold on tight. Make it a partner in your journey. Harness it and fuel it with insight and curiosity.”


“Don’t be a finger painting. Be a masterpiece. You are alive, therefore you have the capability to dream and achieve. Stop wishing for heaven. Find it within yourself and let it breathe.”


“Greatness is not about what you accomplish, but who you share it with.”


“Greatness is not about what you accomplish, but who you share it with.”

To all the Moms: A Celebration of your unconditional love – Happy Mother’s Day

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” –Tenneva Jordan

“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.” –Mildred B. Vermont

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” –Author Unknown

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” –Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” –Marion C. Garretty

“Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.” –T. DeWitt Talmage

“The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” –Abraham Lincoln

“You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.” –William D. Tammeus

“Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.” –Author Unknown

“A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” –Author Unknown

“Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother.”
Ann Taylor

“A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.” –Author Unknown

“On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you. In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines: You’re my mother, I would have no other!” –Forest Houtenschil


“Mom, when thoughts of you are in our hearts, we are never far from home.” –Author Unknown

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” –Washington Irving

“Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” –Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Before a day was over,
Home comes the rover,
For mother’s kiss – sweeter this
Than any other thing!”
William Allingham

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” –Marcel Proust

“A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.” –Author Unknown

“Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.” –Marilyn Penland

“No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” –Edwin Hubbell Chapin

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” –Honoré de Balzac

“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” –Meryl Streep

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” –Washington Irving

“Once you become a Mother, your life belongs to another.? Your hopes, dreams and passion are shared and your mission is a tomorrow of promise for your children.” – Mark A. Leon


Memorable Quotes About Charleston, South Carolina…And a Must See Historic Video

Every day, we see something memorable and utter words profound and poetic to describe those moments we embed into our memory bank.? We see stunning sunrises, historic architecture, beautiful animals, lovely Southern beauties, hand crafted signs and creative talents.? We are a melting pot of tradition, beauty, creativity and warmth.

Here are some of the most memorable quotes spoken about our Southern home of Charleston, South Carolina.

  • “Come quickly, have found heaven.”? – Artist Alfred Hutty in a wire to his wife upon discovering Charleston
  • Charleston has a landscape that encourages intimacy and partisanship. I have heard it said that an inoculation to the sights and smells of the Carolina lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes, other alien geographies. You can be moved profoundly by other vistas, by other oceans, by soaring mountain ranges, but you can never be seduced. You can even forsake the lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston and her marshes.”Pat Conroy
  • “During the settling of the American colonies, it was said that the Spaniards would first build a church, the Dutch would first build a fort and the English a tavern. Welcome to Charleston, an English colony founded in 1670.”? – Mark R. Jones
  • “Walking the streets of Charleston in the late afternoons of August was like walking through gauze or inhaling damaged silk.”? – Pat Conroy
  • “I’m going back to dignity and grace.? I’m going back to Charleston, where I belong.”? -Rhett Butler
  • “Charleston is an amazing place. I probably didn’t appreciate it enough when I was growing up.”? -Thomas Gibson“This bigoted hateful act touched the hearts of citizens around the world.” Mayor Joe Riley after the Emanuel AME tragic shooting
  • “There is no city on Earth quite like Charleston. From the time I first came there in 1961, it’s held me in its enchanter’s power, the wordless articulation of its singularity, its withheld and magical beauty. Wandering through its streets can be dreamlike and otherworldly, its alleyways and shortcuts both fragrant and mysterious, yet as haunted as time turned in on itself.”Pat Conroy
  • “I had come to Charleston as a young boy, a lonely visitor slouching through its well-tended streets, a young boy, lean and grassy, who grew fluent in his devotion and appreciation of that city’s inestimable charm. I was a boy there and saw things through the eyes of a boy for the last time. The boy was dying and I wanted to leave him in the silent lanes South of Broad.I would leave him with no regrets except that I had not stopped to honor his passing. I had not thanked the boy for his capacity for astonishment, for curiosity, and for survival. I was indebted to that boy. I owed him my respect and my thanks. I owed him my remembrance of the lessons he learned so keenly and so ominously.”? – Pat Conroy
  • “Charleston is one of the best built, handsomest, and most agreeable cities that I have ever seen.”Marquis de Lafayette
  • “I don’t think you ever think of a big city as sweet or community, but there are cities that I think of as charming and particular and interesting cities. I live in one now, Charleston.Anne Rivers Siddons

?American’s Most Historic City – Charleston 1930’s Promotional Marketing Video


Dare To Be Great – Quotes of Inspiration

Helen Keller
Helen Keller

“Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius.” – Robert Brault

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” – Ann Landers

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you can dream it,you can do it.” – Walt Disney

“Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

“To the question of your life you are the answer, and to the problems of your life you are the solution.” – Joe Cordare

“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” – Woody Allen

“In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality.” – Kristian Kan

“Dreams are free, so free your dreams.” – Astrid Alauda

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” – Veronica Shoffstall

“Don’t let anyone steal your dream. It’s your dream, not theirs.” – Dan Zadra

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.” – James Dean

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

“The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.” – Michelangelo

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.
They push the human race forward, and while some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world… are the ones who do.” – Apple Ad Campaign

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”? –Robert Frost

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” –Babe Ruth

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.? Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker

“Every child is an artist.? The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” –Pablo Picasso

Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” –Mark Twain

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.? Live the life you have imagined.”–Henry David Thoreau

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –Anne Frank

“Limitations live only in our minds.? But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” –Jamie Paolinetti

“You become what you believe.” –Oprah Winfrey

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

The Surfer’s Moment – Inspirational Quotes about Surfers and Surfing

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Yesterday morning, a ball of regeneration rose from the distance in the ocean.? On lookers were equipped with cameras, tripods an IPhones waiting to capture the first moments of the sunrise.? At 7:00 AM a young female surfer began to swim out on her board.? She maneuvered through the small waves until she was alone rested on her board soaking in the morning rays.? It was a moment of peace shared only by the ocean, the sun, her and the board.? It was in that instance I understood the surfer’s moment; the motivation behind the passion.

Surfing is about the rush.? There is no denying it, but it is also as much about the connection to the ocean and nature.? That vision inspired us to share some of the great quotes by and about surfers and surfing.

If you are not a surfer, you may begin to understand its culture a little more after reading these inspired words.

Surfing Quotes / Affirmations

“Out of water, I am nothing.” – Duke Kahanamoku

“We’re all equal before a wave.” – Laird Hamilton

“The joy of surfing is so many things combined, from the physical exertion of it, to the challenge of it, to the mental side of the sport.” – Kelly Slater

“Sometimes in the morning, when it’s a good surf, I go out there, and I don’t feel like it’s a bad world.” – Kary Mullis

“Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave.” – Paul Walker

“One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surfboard, and a wave.” – Naima Green

“Surfing is the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven.” – John McCarthy

“Surfing, alone among sports, generates laughter at its very suggestion, and this is because it turns not a skill into an art, but an inexplicable and useless urge into a vital way of life.” – Matt Warshaw

“What I love the most about surfing is that it’s my first love. It’s the first thing I can remember being consumed by.” – Stephanie Gilmore

“It’s not tragic to die doing something you love.” – Mark Foo

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” – Bethany Hamilton

“It’s all about where your mind’s at” – Kelly Slater

“Surfing expresses …. a pure yearning for visceral, physical contact with the natural world.” Matt Warshaw

“If you are doing what you love then you’re doing what is right.? Desire and passion resonate with your body, mind and soul.? When you’re passionate you don’t question, judge, criticize, second-guess, or doubt.? It’s that passion that will fuel the fire to overcome challenges.” – Layne Beachley

“Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you’ve done it.” – Paul Strauch

“Surfing is for life.” – Bruce Jenkins

“For those searching for something more than just the norm. We lay it all down, including what others call sanity, for just a few moments on waves larger than life. We do this because we know there is still something greater than all of us. Something that inspires us spiritually. We start going downhill, when we stop taking risks.” – Laird Hamilton

“Surfing teaches patience.? On land, surfers cannot will a swell to appear.? They have to wait for nature to make the call.? So surfers wait.? They keep their eyes on the horizon and they wait.” – Shaun Tomson


It’s a way of life Charleston.? One that we embrace with the rising and setting of the sun.

Feeling the rush, becoming one with nature and losing yourself in another place is why so many look to the waves to find that inner peace