Best Quotes About Gift

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. -Emile Zola

Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven. -Walter Savage Landor

Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself. -John Jay Chapman

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is a gift you give yourself. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. -Garth Brooks

Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked. -Saint Augustine

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. -George MacDonald

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you?' -William Arthur Ward

Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. -Carrie Snow

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift. -Steve Prefontaine

Your anger is a gift. -Zack de la Rocha

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving. -Erma Bombeck

For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift. -Wernher von Braun

When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely. -Truman Capote

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. -Albert Einstein

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. -Desmond Tutu

We are all gifted. That is our inheritance. -Ethel Waters

Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other. -Elie Wiesel

Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building. -A. Bartlett Giamatti

He was one of those inexplicable gifts of nature, an artist who leaps over boundaries, changes our nervous systems, creates a new language, transmits new kinds of joy to our startled senses and spirits. -Jack Kroll

The violinist must possess the poet's gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within. -Yehudi Menuhin

When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole. -Thornton Wilder

Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. -Jean Paul

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive. -Antisthenes

Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain. -Christopher Morley

I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. -Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. -Charles R. Swindoll

Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention. -Jim Rohn

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever. -Jimmy Carter

We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself. -Charles M. Schulz

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. -Mary Manin Morrissey

Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present. -Bil Keane

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination. -Elizabeth Hardwick

Reason is God's crowning gift to man. -Sophocles

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences. -Freeman Dyson

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. -Marie Curie

Hope… is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles. -Samuel Smiles

Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that. -Aretha Franklin

You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift. You cannot afford to let too many outside things get in the way. -Sarah Brightman

I was always told I was special. And I was also assured that I had a gift and a purpose. -Ashley Judd

I'm not really religious but very spiritual. I give money to this company that manufactures hearing aids on a regular basis. More people should really hear me sing. I have a gift from God. -Christina Aguilera

I think it's a gift to become a star, to become a celebrity. -Amy Smart

The gifts of God should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi. -Medgar Evers

The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods. -Bill Cosby

It's always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don't know where it comes from, it's just there and I don't question it. -Miles Davis

Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four. -Katharine Hepburn

A book is a gift you can open again and again. -Garrison Keillor

Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer. -Barbara De Angelis

People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights. -Friedrich Nietzsche

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. -Margaret Mead

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have. -Ralph Marston

Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue. -Virginia Woolf

You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty. -Louisa May Alcott

If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm. -Bruce Barton

Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me. -Alice Walker

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony. -Ruth Bernhard

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life. -Anatole France

Life is a gift, given in trust – like a child. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. -Voltaire

That's my gift. I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck's back. If it's not positive, I didn't hear it. If you can overcome that, fights are easy. -George Foreman

Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons. -John Ruskin

I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts – spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. There was only one gift he held back – length of life. -Rose Kennedy

I think miracles exist in part as gifts and in part as clues that there is something beyond the flat world we see. -Peggy Noonan

Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago. -Erma Bombeck

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. -Pierre Corneille

A gift in season is a double favor to the needy. -Publilius Syrus

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. -Buddha

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another. -Bono

Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul. -Gaston Bachelard

We inadvertently bombed the Chinese Embassy. But Clinton now is working very hard. He has sent a letter of apology to the Chinese. And, he's also given them a gift certificate for future nuclear secrets. -David Letterman

Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love. -Leo Buscaglia

Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success! -David O. McKay

The gifts that one receives for giving are so immeasurable that it is almost an injustice to accept them. -Rod McKuen

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it. -John Lennon

For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor. -Quintilian

I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts. -Virgil

Conceit is God's gift to little men. -Bruce Barton

Love the giver more than the gift. -Brigham Young

I think it better that in times like these a poet's mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right. -William Butler Yeats

The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account. -Alice Walker

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred. -Barbara De Angelis

To be free from evil thoughts is God's best gift. -Aeschylus

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. -Jean Anouilh

All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold. -Anita Brookner

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. -Leo Buscaglia

The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling. -Andre Gide

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you. -Jean de la Bruyere

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A truly appreciative child will break, lose, spoil, or fondle to death any really successful gift within a matter of minutes. -Russell Lynes

The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization. -Sigmund Freud

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. -Albert Einstein

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle. -Helen Keller

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. -Hubert H. Humphrey

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. -Francis of Assisi

He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them. -Charles Kingsley

Marvelous is the power which can be exercised, almost unconsciously, over a company, or an individual, or even upon a crowd by one person gifted with good temper, good digestion, good intellects, and good looks. -Anthony Trollope

The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring. -Robertson Davies

I don't want expensive gifts; I don't want to be bought. I have everything I want. I just want someone to be there for me, to make me feel safe and secure. -Princess Diana

Now as of old the gods give men all good things, excepting only those that are baneful and injurious and useless. These, now as of old, are not gifts of the gods: men stumble into them themselves because of their own blindness and folly. -Democritus

The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts. -Ivan Illich

Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest. -Sophocles

In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

There is only one real deprivation… and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most. -May Sarton

A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus. -Thomas Carlyle

It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale. -Thomas Carlyle

What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children? -Marcus Tullius Cicero

You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door. -Robert Collier

To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed. -Samuel Johnson

Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior. -Mary McCarthy

Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the 'good life' we thinks others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts. -Sarah Ban Breathnach

All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know. -Alexis Carrel

I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain. -Joyce Cary

Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church. -Pope John Paul II

It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner. -Jonas Salk

Nothing is so envied as genius, nothing so hopeless of attainment by labor alone. Though labor always accompanies the greatest genius, without the intellectual gift labor alone will do little. -B. R. Hayden

In suggesting gifts: Money is appropriate, and one size fits all. -William Randolph Hearst

When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons. -John Webster

An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. -Washington Irving

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. -Eleanor Roosevelt

You fall into my arms. You are the good gift of destruction's path, When life sickens more than disease. And boldness is the root of beauty. Which draws us together. -Boris Pasternak

Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard. -Pope John Paul II

Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. -Carl Sandburg

Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good. -Sophocles

Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing. -Charles Lamb

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. -Denis Waitley

Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people. -Jim Rohn

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. -Tony Robbins

Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed. -Jean de la Bruyere

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. -Albert Camus

All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else. -Plato

I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within. -Plautus

To be able to feel the lightest touch really is a gift. -Christopher Reeve

I believe with all my heart that America remains 'the great idea' that inspires the world. It is a privilege to be born here. It is an honor to become a citizen here. It is a gift to raise your family here, to vote here, and to live here. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift. Every life has a purpose. And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11. -Bill Frist

Freedom is not a gift nor does it simply exist for us to have, but rather it is a sacred duty, and its blessed yield of hope is born from none other than the blood of the innocent. -Bryant H. McGill

Education is our greatest opportunity to give an irrevocable gift to the next generation. -Ernie Fletcher

What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning. -Chuck Grassley

Vocational education programs have made a real difference in the lives of countless young people nationwide; they build self-confidence and leadership skills by allowing students to utilize their unique gifts and talents. -Conrad Burns

There was a combination of not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, but also really not wanting to be stuck in Lord of the Rings for the rest of my life, and being desperate to kind of make sure that I could do something else with my life. -Sean Astin

I played Liddy Dole last year and met her as well. From the artful way she phrased it, I still don't know if she had actually seen me play her. She made it sound like it was good, but that's just a gift they have. -Ana Gasteyer

Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another. -Elie Wiesel

What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird? -Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. -Pindar

My goals have gone from being an all-star to just being able to play basketball. I always took for granted that I could play. Now I know what a gift it is. -Rebecca Lobo

I think that's one of the most important gifts we have in television – the ability to heal through laughter. -Soleil Moon Frye

I live to hail that season by gifted one foretold, when men shall live by reason, and not alone by gold. -George Linnaeus Banks

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it. -Pope John Paul II

It's difficult to understand why people don't realize that pets are gifts to mankind. -Linda Blair

Come Christmas Eve, we usually go to my mom and dad's. Everybody brings one gift and then we play that game when we all steal it from each other. Some are really cool, others are useful and some are a bit out there. -Amy Grant

Freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. Thy claim it as their own and none can keep it from them. -Kwame Nkrumah

I'm certain that it was an incredible gift for me to not only be friends with some of the greatest blues people who've ever lived, but to learn how they played, how they sang, how they lived their lives, ran their marriages, and talked to their kids. -Bonnie Raitt

For whatever a man has, is in reality only a gift. -Christoph Martin Wieland

Christians need to take the lead in educating people that children are gifts, as my autistic grandson most surely is. By going down the path we're currently on, we might one day get rid of genetic diseases, but only at the cost of our own humanity. -Charles Colson

Even a lot of kids who are gifted can be kids who feel like wimps or nerds. -Eric Wilson

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. -Walter Anderson

Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another. -Thomas Hughes

This life that has been given to us as a gift, as such a precious gift. To really try to understand it, really try to recognize it, is the greatest meditation. Through the media of this Knowledge we can tap into our inner sources that are so beautiful. -Prem Rawat

Verily, great grace may go with a little gift; and precious are all things that come from a friend. -Theocritus

But somehow I feel like still it's a gift, and I wonder, how can I give this gift to others? Just work hard, and do whatever I can do, to be that, and to return the love to the fans. I like to give them joy and smiles to them. Give back to them. -Bai Ling

I think when you are the parents of a gifted athlete, the best thing in the world you can do is to encourage them, in my opinion. My dad didn't push me and I didn't push my children in athletics. -Bob Lilly

The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false. -Thomas Aquinas

I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life – whoever you are, whatever our differences. -John Denver

I would so much like young people to have a sense of the gift that they are. Not many of them feel like that. -John Denver

Great masters neither want nor need your worship. Your greatest gift to them and yourself is to emulate their divinity by claiming it as your own. -Alan Cohen

We can learn from him that suffering and the gift of himself is an essential gift we need in our time. -Pope Benedict XVI

One of the greatest gifts of Black feminism to ourselves has been to make it a little easier simply to be Black and female. -Barbara Smith

No one should ever say that it was my ignorance if I did or showed forth anything however small according to God's good pleasure; but let this be your conclusion and let it so be thought, that – as is the perfect truth – it was the gift of God. -Saint Patrick

I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah. -William Tecumseh Sherman

One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received from my mother was her love of literature and language. With their boundless energy, libraries open the door to these worlds and so many others. I urge young and old alike to embrace all that libraries have to offer. -Caroline Kennedy

I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment. -Frances Farmer

We Americans have the great gifts of freedom and democracy, but it has been our education system that has fulfilled the promise of democracy. -James E. Rogers

Immortality is not a gift, Immortality is an achievement; And only those who strive mightily Shall possess it. -Edgar Lee Masters

The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace. -John Owen

I see my job as an actor to be as good a channel as I can be. Acting is a gift, and I have respect for it. -Lili Taylor

Of what value is a mind when placed in the brain of a coward? If mind is a gift of God to man for his use, let him use it. A mind is not in use when doing no good. -Andrew Taylor Still

Liberty is the most precious gift we offer our citizens. -Tom Ridge

Making lasting gifts for animals in our estate plans is perhaps the single most important thing we can do to ensure animals have the strongest possible voice for their protection. -Bea Arthur

I'm grateful to God for His bountiful gifts… He gave me courage and faith in myself. -Loretta Young

Certainly tears are given to us to use. Like all good gifts, they should be used properly. -Loretta Young

I realised from a very early age that God gave me a gift, and that gift was to run, and I wanted to use it to the best of my ability. -Betty Cuthbert

My salvation was a free gift. I didn't have to work for it and it's better than any gold medal that I've ever won. -Betty Cuthbert

The limitless loving devotion to God, and the gift God makes of Himself to you, are the highest elevation of which the heart is capable; it is the highest degree of prayer. The souls that have reached this point are truly the heart of the Church. -Edith Stein

The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention. -Julia Margaret Cameron

I wanna change the game in way where I'm not knocking nobody out of the way, not claiming to be the best at this or that, but just doing wonders with the gift I've been given. -Anthony Hamilton

Mammograms are really sort of a gift. You can either catch something early or count your lucky stars because nothing was discovered. Either way, you're ahead of the game. -Charlotte Ross

Pray God in the bowels of his mercy to send you his Holy Spirit; for he hath given you his great gift of utterance, if it pleased him also to open the eyes of your heart. -Jane Grey

Envy comes from people's ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts. -Jean Vanier

For those of us who have lost loved ones in their prime – as I did when my father and other relatives succumbed – even one of those years would have been a precious gift. -Michael Milken

So I like to make music, and I like to share music. This is also a gift. -Cecilia Bartoli

I feel like it's important to use this gift God gave me, my life and my career to do something to make the world a better place. It's an easy thing for me to do. -Martina McBride

I'm unable to ignore the gift that God gave me, so I'm going to sing. -Lisa Nicole Carson

In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift – a more human face. -Steven Biko

One of the prerogatives by which man is eminently distinguished from all other living beings inhabiting this globe of earth, consists in the gift of reason. -William Godwin

I have never received a flute from them for free and I would not accept such a gift from any manufacturer. -James Galway

We are all gifted, but we have to discover the gift, uncover the gift, nurture and develop the gift and use it for the Glory of God and for the liberation struggle of our people. -Louis Farrakhan

I know it is a somewhat delicate matter to refuse a gift, but in this case the statue is so atrocious that every endeavour should be made to keep it out of the church. -Giles Gilbert Scott

The greatest gift is not being afraid to question. -Ruby Dee

Tomorrow is no man's gift. -Gilbert Parker

There are enormously gifted Episcopal priests around this church who are gay and lesbian, some of whom are partnered, who would make wonderful bishops and they're going to be nominated and they're going to be elected. -Gene Robinson

You know, we'd just had a birthday, he was… you know, he still had a future out of him, and all I can is he was just one of the most beautiful people in the world… a very gifted man, and it's a loss to the world, not just for us. -Robin Gibb

Freedom is such a gift. -Ryan Gosling

The gift of song is just like… I think music is one of those true things in this world that is universal. -Charles King

You know when I really realized like 'wow' what a gift this is was when I sang at camp and a girl wrote me a letter and said the song that I sung kept her from committing suicide. -Charles King

Such a gift might be easily taken back again. -Veronica Franco

I guess maybe another gift I have is a great work ethic. -Vince McMahon

I also believe my musical abilities are a true gift from God. -Wynonna Judd

I want to give as many Canadians the opportunity to be successful and if we can use their athletic gifts to get them a free degree or a free diploma across the border then I guess I'm doing my job. -Donovan Bailey

Growing up Catholic has been a gift. -Moira Kelly

Had I not come out with an inspirational CD, you perhaps would have never known that I feel like I feel, that all songs, all the music I've ever done is a gift from God. -Smokey Robinson

Songwriting is my gift from God. -Smokey Robinson

Talent is a gift that brings with it an obligation to serve the world, and not ourselves, for it is not of our making. -Jose Marti

I think I was given a gift to play golf and to be mentally strong. -Karrie Webb

I consider everything I compose a gift. -Keith Emerson

Most analysts would agree that if all the undocumented immigrants in California were deported in one day, our state would experience a severe economic downturn. This does not even consider the many cultural and spiritual gifts these immigrants bring to our state and nation. -Roger Mahony

This truth is a remedy against spiritual pride, namely, that none should account himself better before God than others, though perhaps adorned with greater gifts, and endowments. -Johann Arndt

If they want to talk about aliens and anything like that… that's part of the gift God gave us. That's what makes life exciting. We're pretty stuck, you know. What gives flight to our life is our imagination. -Michael Moriarty

I had been living with dialysis for three years or so, and the new kidney felt like a reprieve, a new gift of life. I felt alive again and I guess that has had an effect on my use of colour. -Peter Wright

The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess. -Carter G. Woodson

President Bush's mercury rule is a gift to the big energy companies that helped put him in office. -Tom Allen

The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice – by work. -Donna Tartt

I think Whitman more than any other poet possessed the gift of revealing to others the beauty of everything around us, the beauty of nature, the beauty of human beings. -Ella R. Bloor

When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it. -Yo-Yo Ma

I do give books as gifts sometimes, when people would rather have one than a new Ferrari. -Dean Koontz

Composers today get a TV script on Friday and have to record on Tuesday. It's just dreadful to impose on gifted talent and expect decent music under these conditions. -Alex North

The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it. -Esther Williams

I've written many nonfiction books, but that's a special gift. -Tim LaHaye

I have healed the sick by the power of the God. I have spoken with the gift of tongues. -Clayton M. Christensen

I thank the Creator of the universe to have discovered the discipline of music was the greatest gift that I could have been given, the possibility to be a student working in the world. -Anthony Braxton

I further value this gift as it gave me an opportunity to accept this distinguished honor in a country so devoted to this cause and whose history marks a wonderful chapter in world development. -Frank B. Kellogg

We sometimes received – and I would read – 200 manuscripts a week. Some of them were wonderful, some were terrible; most were mediocre. It was like the gifts of the good and bad fairies. -Marilyn Hacker

And writing I think is a gift that you have, the same as acting, in a way. -Matthew Vaughn

Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have. -Peter Garrett

The earlier practice of the Church had been more or less to employ in worship under the presidency of the pastor or pastors, the gifts of the congregation. -Robert Rainy

The teams who play against us don't give us any gifts, but we were too kind. -Robert Laurent

I'm not God's gift to rockabilly. There's great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they've gotten. -Brian Setzer

I know now what this meant, that the bison were the gift of a good spirit and were our strength, but we should lose them, and from the same good spirit we must find another strength. -Black Elk

I think one of my greatest gifts is leading worship. -Michael W. Smith

To help the poor to a capacity for action and liberty is something essential for one's own health as well as theirs: there is a needful gift they have to offer which cannot be offered so long as they are confined by poverty. -Rowan Williams

When Courtney's mother and I first separated I tried to be Disney Dad, showering her with gifts, trips and then I snapped out of it. You don't have to try to impress your kids. If they're not getting what they need from you, they will let you know. -Al Roker

Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God. -Felix Mendelssohn

You automatically are trusting because not only is the person a friend, they are so incredibly gifted that you know someone is going to be able to hit the ball back to you across the net. -Jennifer Beals

I adore being with Roberta. I adore being in her spiritual light. I adore being close to her talent and gifts. -Peabo Bryson

I talked with Brian Stokes Mitchell, who agreed with me that if you have a gift there is always stuff to do. -Estelle Parsons

Wynton and Christopher were really great experiences for me because they are both very gifted artists. -Kathleen Battle

The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake. -Basil Hume

One of the greatest gifts I've ever gotten is my daughter. -Ace Frehley

Lee's great gifts are teaching and inspirational guidance, not administration and management. -Cheryl Crawford

He's meant to be that classic Homer, Ulysses, Hercules – a character who goes out or has some gift of some kind. He goes on a journey of discovery and part of that is falling into darkness – the temptations of life. -Robert Redford

I love giving gifts and I love receiving them. I really like giving little kids extravagant gifts. You see their little faces light up and they get excited. If it's a really good gift, I love receiving it, like jewels, small islands. -Gina Gershon

But most importantly, we can all be donors. It does not matter how old you are, your race, where you live; all of us can give the gift of life. -Jay Inslee

Because essentially Schoenberg was an extremely gifted man. And in spite of many of his theories and so on, when he really began to write music, he still was guided very much by his internal hearing, by what we call your internal ear. -Leo Ornstein

Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift. It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone. -Amy Tan

It is the gift of seeing the life around them clearly and vividly, as something that is exciting in its own right. It is an innate gift, varying in intensity with the individual's temperament and environment. -Bill Brandt

As precious as life itself is our heritage of individual freedom, for man's free agency is a God-given gift. -David O. McKay

I have the wherewithal to challenge myself for my entire life. That's a great gift. -Twyla Tharp

Many of the critics today get airline tickets, hotel accommodation, bags, beautiful photographs, gifts and other expenses paid by the distributors, and then are supposed to write serious articles about the movie. -Wim Wenders

However, all gifts seem now to be absorbed in one and a man must be either a Preacher or nothing. -Adam Clarke

Well, really the way worked was that I had probably built fifty robots before Mystery Science Theater, and I had sold them in a store in Minneapolis in a store called Props, which was kind of a high end gift shop. -Joel Hodgson

This was good training for research, because large parts of experimental work are sometimes boring or involve the use of skills in which one is not particularly gifted. -Martin Lewis Perl

I think all music is a gift from God. -Pharrell Williams

Without natural gifts technical rules are useless. -Quintilian

I really feel like the gift is also the curse. It's always half-and-half. Whatever brings you the most joy will also probably bring you the most pain. Always a price to pay. -Alice Hoffman

Well, maybe so, although I don't think I am particularly gifted in languages. In fact, oddly enough, it may have something to do with my being slow at languages. -Robert Fitzgerald

The easiest gift to give my husband is anything to do with airlines and flying. -Kelly Preston

I try to speak in everyday language. I feel like God has gifted me to take Bible principles and make them practical. -Joel Osteen

There will be no misgiving, no shrinking back, no calculation of overpowering odds, no terror of possible consequences, if you frankly accept the gift which God offers you tomorrow. -Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Children remind us to treasure the smallest of gifts, even in the most difficult of times. -Allen Klein

I'm basically a gift-giver. -Christie Hefner

From the time that I can remember, I worked to make money – either baby-sitting, or one year wrapping gifts at a department store at Christmas, so I could have my own money. -Christie Hefner

Feminism – the word – can give us a handle, a rallying point, a common ground, and help us build a bridge. Why not claim the gift of the word as a place to begin? -Betty Buckley

The word, and the concept of feminism, was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and a way of defining how I wished to live my life. -Betty Buckley

Looking back at it now, I really feel like it was a gift because I don't know if I have the talent to become a prima ballerina. It's such a hard job to have. I don't have any regrets about it. -Diane Kruger

It was actually a very nice little book done by a gift book company. They illustrated it with pictures from 1920s football, before there were face guards. -Gregg Easterbrook

Being in the studio is okay but sitting in a room by yourself composing is a discipline that takes a certain type of mind set and Tommy has a great gift for that as did the previous guy. -James Young

So I show appreciation for the little gifts that have been handed to me. -Terrence Howard

Then all of a sudden, Quentin Tarantino comes along and puts a song from 40 years ago in one of his films and they've suddenly discovered you. That was a real gift that Quentin gave me. -Nancy Sinatra

Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift. -Tommy Shaw

Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays. -John Clayton

Some artists shrink from self-awareness, fearing that it will destroy their unique gifts and even their desire to create. The truth of the matter is quite opposite. -James Broughton

The most astonishing joy is to receive from the muses the gift of a whole lyric. -James Broughton

Our ministry is supported entirely by faith, through the missions gifts of readers who receive my messages every three weeks. We seldom mention money, and we never burden supporters. -David Wilkerson

In 1995, I founded The Molecular Sciences Institute with a gift from the Philip Morris Company where I hoped that we could create an environment where young people could pursue science in an atmosphere of harmonious purpose and high intellectual challenge. -Sydney Brenner

Not to discriminate every moment some passionate attitude in those about us, and in the very brilliancy of their gifts some tragic dividing on their ways, is, on this short day of frost and sun, to sleep before evening. -Walter Pater

It is often said that the earth belongs to the race, as if raw land was a boon, or gift. -William Graham Sumner

The United States invented the Internet and it has been our gift to the world, paid for by our taxpayers. The U.N.'s desire to take that gift as a means of increasing its power must be stopped. -John Doolittle

It is a natural gift I was born with but it's something I've had to nurture in training. -Michael East

I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer. A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young… he killed himself in the prime of his life. -Gustav Mahler

Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift. -Gustav Mahler

I'm not gifted, but I'm not hopeless. -Norman Spinrad

Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen. It is not enough to do your own job. There's no particular virtue in that. Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility. -Dalton Trumbo

I would hope it's better, but I'm actually acknowledging now that I want to explore all these levels from a whisper to a scream with this gift I've been given. -David Coverdale

First, I have to thank God for giving me the gift that he did as well as a second chance for a better life. -Oksana Baiul

Mrs. White, in my opinion, made false statements. She misused what she claimed was the prophetic gift she had. -Walter Martin

Any gifted child can potentially get in real trouble because of the way they are handled. -Itzhak Perlman

That's the goal, to survive your gift. -Itzhak Perlman

I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me. -Elia Kazan

It's rather like attending a university seminar where you are talking to a few gifted specialists who deliver a paper to an audience of their peers. That's one way of making music. -Gavin Bryars

What I work hard at doing is staying on a path of being kind and showing and proving that I'm a good person to society. That's hard. The talent, that's a gift. I just came here like that. -Erykah Badu

I consider my musical ability to be a gift from the Creator. It's not that I try to work hard or nothing like that, it's a gift, it was given to me, and I appreciate it. -Erykah Badu

Anything that had to do with art I been doing all my life. It was a gift. It's nothing I work real hard at doing. -Erykah Badu

More and more, unsolicited gifts from without are likely to be received with unconscious resentment. -Edward Sapir

These people being of a sharp and acute intellect, and gifted with a rich and powerful understanding, excel in whatever studies they pursue, and are more quick and cunning than the other inhabitants of a western clime. -Giraldus Cambrensis

To be an artist includes much; one must possess many gifts – absolute gifts – which have not been acquired by one's own effort. And, moreover, to succeed, the artist much possess the courageous soul. -Kate Chopin

I don't consider myself to be particularly gifted in the way that other filmmakers are gifted. -Steven Soderbergh

We were always able to sing and blend well together; that's our gift. But aside from that, we're really two different guys. -Paul Simon

Tennessee Williams was a gifted talker with a beautiful accent and we had lots of things in common. -Gloria Swanson

A woman's gifts will make room for her. -Hattie McDaniel

I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever, by using the many gifts of the English language to intrigue and hook a reader. -Dick Schaap

No, what I should really like to do right now, in the full blaze of lights, before this illustrious assembly, is to shower every one of you with gifts, with flowers, with offerings of poetry – to be young once more, to ride on the crest of the wave. -Knut Hamsun

Today riches and honours have been lavished on me, but one gift has been lacking, the most important one of all, the only one that matters, the gift of youth. -Knut Hamsun

No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself unless he has crystallized into expressive and original phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart. -Alfred de Vigny

I wish with all my heart that you may be the most lovable prince in the world, and I bestow my gift on you as much as I am able. -Charles Perrault

Talent can be developed, gift is God-given. But artists have both. -Carroll O'Connor

It's not a gift of mine, but one given to me, to be able to criticise myself and not be crushed, by myself or by others. -John Malkovich

Having good health, being able to breathe and be happy, that's one of the most beautiful gifts. On top of that, I have the gift to play music and make people happy through that. I'm just telling you from my heart, I'm so in love with life. -Roy Ayers

An actress who has the gift of swaying the emotions of an audience, of compelling tribute of tears, or of moving the public to joyous merriment, cannot always be satisfied to set aside her whole career, in the work that she loves, simply because she is married. -Billie Burke

How many McDonald's gift certificates would it take to sway a lot of Americans to pledge to never publicly criticize the U.S, President? -James Bovard

Suffering passes, while love is eternal. That's a gift that you have received from God. Don't waste it. -Laura Ingalls Wilder

The real beauty of it – key to my life was playing key chords on a banjo. For somebody else it may be a golf club that mom and dad put in their hands or a baseball or ballet lessons. Real gift to give to me and put it in writing. -Vince Gill

I'll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth. -Barry White

I was born with a natural gift. My mother recognized the talent. -Bernie Worrell

I'm immensely grateful for the precious gift my mother has given me. She is my hero today and every day. -Steven Cojocaru

I have never planned anything. I have been doing this job for over 50 years. I have been paid to work with some wonderful people and it has been a huge gift, to me. -Donald Sutherland

God touches and moves, warns and desires all equally, and He wants one quite as much as another. The inequality lies in the way in which His touch, His warnings, and His gifts are received. -Johannes Tauler

Often when He comes, He finds the soul occupied. Other guests are there, and He has to turn away. He cannot gain entry, for we love and desire other things; therefore, His gifts, which He is offering to everyone unceasingly, must remain outside. -Johannes Tauler

With Whitney she has such a unique sound and powerful instrument that she made those songs her own. She might as well have written them because she brought such a power and passion to them that were very unique. She has a great gift. -Justin Guarini

The gift that has been given to me says much about our capacity for great compassion and generosity, and I hope it sends an inspiring message to others about the importance of organ donation. -Steven Cojocaru

By a great man, however, we mean a man who, because of his spiritual gifts, his character, and other qualities, deserves to be called great and who as a result earns the power to influence others. -Fredrik Bajer

I am rich from the bequests other gifted people have seen fit to leave to me. -Mercedes McCambridge

Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself. I don't put it on a platform. I don't campaign about it. It's just something that works for me. It enabled me to really connect with another human being – my wife, Sheryl – which I was never able to do before. -Rob Lowe

I have a feeling we are going to be world champions, I can't really explain why. Brazil are probably the best team in the world in terms of individual players. But the team with the most gifted players do not always win. -Oliver Kahn

Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my saviour. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what's important. -Elle Macpherson

It was pretty extensive – we worked out 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 3 months, which I think is more than anybody in the Olympics. I thought well I don't need this, the girls need it, but it was a gift. -David Carradine

I've always known I was gifted, which is not the easiest thing in the world for a person to know, because you're not responsible for your gift, only for what you do with it. -Hazel Scott

God gave me the gift to be able to play instruments and I have to play. -Lenny Kravitz

I am not trying to change the world. I am just offering my gift that God gave me, and if somebody is moved by it, that's beautiful. -Lenny Kravitz

That's a big gift when people say to you that a song helped them or brought them to some place in their life where they needed to be. -Lenny Kravitz

It is my fondest wish that the gift of song that God has given me will flow from my soul to yours and help ease any burden that might weigh upon you. -Bobby Womack

Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that's their gift. -Denzel Washington

If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end, this is not to the discredit of science but is rather an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely the gifts placed within our hands. -Polykarp Kusch

For whatever reason, not all people are born with the particular gift of being able to express ourselves through music. And, believe me, it is a gift. -Billy Joel

When I was doing theater, I was very successful at believing that I was great, God's gift to the theater. -Morgan Freeman

What he has done for women is final: he gave to their service the best powers of his mind and the best years of his life. His death consecrates the gift: it can never lessen its value. -Millicent Fawcett

I don't want to be thought of as a survivor because you have to continue getting involved in difficult situations to show off that particular gift, and I'm not interested in doing that anymore. -Carrie Fisher

I consider myself an artist. God granted me some gifts so that I could express myself artistically. -Don Johnson

The earth is a tremendous gift. There is nothing else like it in the known universe. I want to leave it the way I found it. -Dennis Weaver

Mitch and I have known each other for such a long time, and we're both so pleased to be given this opportunity at this point in our lives to play characters that we've never really had a chance to play before. It's a great gift. Plus we're wise enough to appreciate it. -Susan Sullivan

I think if I have any kind of unique gift, it's more in the comedy area than it is in the dramatic area. -Susan Sullivan

My physics teacher, Thomas Miner was particularly gifted. To this day, I remember how he introduced the subject of physics. He told us we were going to learn how to deal with very simple questions such as how a body falls due to the acceleration of gravity. -Steven Chu

The ability to make music is a gift that you're born with; it's not something you can learn. -Robin Trower

I learned at an early age that I was given something special when I was born, and that was the gift of music. -Randy Bachman

I have a very strange melodic gift: melodies come to me effortlessly. -Michel Legrand

For an actress there is no greater gift than having a camera in front of you, listening to the most beautiful music in the world and just being looked at! -Isabelle Huppert

Honestly, I've been very blessed. Yes, I am cursed with this gift. -Wilmer Valderrama

I feel I've been blessed with a gift of creativity and composition. That's why I've been able to keep going. -Robin Trower

My talent for playing the drums was a gift from God. -Keith Thibodeaux

I was blessed with a gift. It's a gift and a curse. It never ends. -Dan Fogelberg

I always try to give my songs as gifts. -Dan Fogelberg

One needs a Seer's Vision and an Angel's voice to be of any avail. I do not know of any Indian man or woman today who has those gifts in their most complete measure. -Sarojini Naidu

A lot of the players are not involved with any NHL team, so to play and travel around with the Oldtimers' it's a kind of gift that the players really appreciate. -Guy Lafleur

Here's what I tell anybody and this is what I believe. The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. We understand that. That comes from our Creator. We're given a body. Now you may not like it, but you can maximize that body the best it can be maximized. -Mike Ditka

Who is there that ever receives a gift and tries to make bargains about it? Let us, then, return thanks for what He has bestowed on us. Who can tell whether, if we had had a larger share of ability or stronger health, we should not have possessed them to our destruction. -Alphonsus Liguori

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

It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never gifted any political party with all of political wisdom or blinded it with all of political folly. -John George Nicolay

Having yet another vote on refinery legislation that uses high oil prices as an excuse to weaken environmental protections and to give more legislative gifts to the oil industry is misguided in the extreme. -Sherwood Boehlert

It is so easy to forget that this is good that we're alive. We should be enjoying this gift of being alive. -Victoria Principal

I didn't have a financial need, and I wasn't very gifted at relationships. I probably was more like what we think of boys as being: hard to pin down and wary of commitment. -Candice Bergen

A gift of truth is the gift of love. -David Icke

Being gifted needs courage. -Georg Brandes

I certainly didn't think of myself as gifted. The standards for being gifted in my environment were if you were good in Little League or if you were good in football. -James Cameron

It took me a while to figure that out and to realize what a gift that I had been given. And when I finally did, I dedicated myself to be the best pitcher I possibly could be, for as long as I possibly could be. -Nolan Ryan

Talent is a gift that can be given, and it can be taken away. We have to appreciate that. -Sidney Sheldon

If you take all that I've learned from Joe and all that Joe has learned from me, and you throw all that into a song, not only are you using the gifts that God gave you, but also all the experiences you've had. -Steven Tyler

While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness. -Gilda Radner

The winner's edge is not in a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner's edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success. -Denis Waitley

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift. -Kate DiCamillo

I like Spike Lee a lot. He's incredibly gifted and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves as a filmmaker. -Tim Robbins

Some people just come in, do it and they know it's right. It turns out better than you imagined it was going to sound. When that happens, you take it as a gift. -Jules Shear

Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God. -Willie Stargell

I waited with a beeper for a year and 10 months to get that gift. -Shelley Fabares

We have tried you citizens; we are trying you now, and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers, brothers and sisters by way of a charity gift. -Rose Schneiderman

Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us. -Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have. -Carol Ann Duffy

I'm not religious, but I believe that what I have is a gift, and I respect it and live up to it. -Sugar Ray Leonard

What is hard to remember when you're in the middle of it is that when you get through to the other side, you always walk away with a gift. If you can stand in there and not walk away from it, you get transformed by it. -Kathy Mattea

President Reagan achieved such successes because when you sat in a room with him, there could be over 1,000 people in the room, yet you felt like there was only the two of you, and his wonderful wit would put you at ease. That was a tremendous gift. -Elton Gallegly

President Reagan is now at rest. We mourn his passing, but we are grateful for the gifts he gave us: a safer world, strong economic base, and a renewed belief in America's greatness. -Elton Gallegly

I know very little about acting. I'm just an incredibly gifted faker. -Robert Downey, Jr.

I've learned one important thing about God's gifts – what we do with them is our gift to Him. -Robert Wagner

There's this idea that it has to be made in London. But we've got everything up here, and if you've got comics who are gifted because of where they're from, you shouldn't drag them away from that natural resource. -Johnny Vegas

Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do. -Gian Carlo Menotti

A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present. -Thomas Fuller

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God. -Martin Luther

God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind. -Aeschylus

Peace is our gift to each other. -Elie Wiesel

Each day provides its own gifts. -Marcus Aurelius

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. -Suzanne Somers

Beauty is the lover's gift. -William Congreve

A chaplain's biggest gift is to be present and just listen. -Diane Johnson

The gift of broadcasting is, without question, the lowest human capacity to which any man could attain. -Harold Nicolson

My greatest gift that I have in life is basketball. -Isaiah Thomas

One reason people get divorced is that they run out of gift ideas. -Robert Byrne

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us. -Boris Pasternak

A woman may race to get a man a gift but it always ends in a tie. -Earl Wilson

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. -Meryl Streep

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third. -Marge Piercy

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. -Charles Dudley Warner

The greatest gift that you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest gift of the human cerebrum. -Alexis Carrel

He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver. -Thomas a Kempis

Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience. -Arnold Palmer

Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it. -Montesquieu

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. -Brian Tracy

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. -Horace

Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused. -Edward Gibbon

Intuition is truly a feminine quality, but women should not mistake rash conclusions for this gift. -Minna Antrim

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present. -Joan Rivers

He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich. -Evelyn Waugh

I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator. -Allen Ginsberg

Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness. -Richard Bach

People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped. -Nadine Gordimer

Knowing is the most profound kind of love, giving someone the gift of knowledge about yourself. -Marsha Norman

I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered. -Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you it will be with a knife. -Louise Brooks

Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge. -Matthew Arnold

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you. -Les Brown

The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body. -Quintilian

It's not listed in the Bible, but my spiritual gift, my specific calling from God, is to be a television talk-show host. -Jim Bakker

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, A gauntlet with a gift in it. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

All sorts of spiritual gifts come through privations, if they are accepted. -Janet Erskine Stuart

I feel like I'm a good actor, but I wouldn't call myself a gifted actor. -Adam Pascal

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together. -Margaret Atwood

You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness. -Brad Garrett

The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality. -Florence Nightingale

I wasn't naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that's the way I'll be as a coach. -Wayne Gretzky

Adolescence is when girls experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts. -Mary Pipher

You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There's a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that's just begun. -James Weldon Johnson

Last year my boyfriend gave me a painting – a very personal one. I really prefer personal gifts or ones made by someone for me. Except diamonds. That's the exception to the rule. -Minnie Driver

God gives us intelligence to uncover the wonders of nature. Without the gift, nothing is possible. -James Clavell

Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

In an individualistic culture, the narcissist is God's gift to the world. In a collectivist society, the narcissist is God's gift to the collective. -Christopher Lasch

Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood! -Honore de Balzac

But this is a true saying among men: the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless. -Sophocles

Musical practice is too young an art in America to warrant a search for men with a conductor's gift. -Anton Seidl

Beauty is a fragile gift. -Ovid

The ability to conduct is a gift of God with which few have been endowed in full measure. -Anton Seidl

Eloquence, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white. -Ambrose Bierce

Creative genius is a divinely bestowed gift which is the coronation of the few. -Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts. -Thornton Wilder

Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart. -Sarah Ban Breathnach

It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self. -Max Stirner

I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift. -Septima Poinsette Clark

The children have been a wonderful gift to me, and I'm thankful to have once again seen our world through their eyes. They restore my faith in the family's future. -Jackie Kennedy

Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts. -Aeschylus

Fidelity is a gift not a requirement. -Lilli Palmer

The conductor's gift does not always go hand in hand with that of composition; indeed, the union is found much more seldom than is popularly believed. -Anton Seidl

The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind. -Vladimir Nabokov

Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are. -Desmond Tutu

When you're special to a cat, you're special indeed, she brings to you the gift of her preference of you, the sight of you, the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand. -Lester B. Pearson

Forgetfulness – a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience. -Ambrose Bierce

The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it. -Katherine Anne Porter

A thick skin is a gift from God. -Konrad Adenauer

For the will and not the gift makes the giver. -Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

I know a man who doesn't pay to have his trash taken out. How does he get rid of his trash? He gift wraps it, and puts in into an unlocked car. -Henny Youngman

Today the House has a chance to give 25 million married couples the best Valentine's Day gift possible, elimination from the most unfair of taxes, the marriage tax penalty. -Jerry Weller

A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God… When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy. -Marian Anderson

I think he would have been proud and smiling… when we laid him to rest because his family was together. I think that was a great gift to be able to give Dad at the end. -Michael Reagan

One of the best lessons I learned early is that not everything in life is about you. It is about service. If you want trips and excessive gifts, then don't get into public service. -Sean Hannity

There were no gifts. Everything is properly accounted for. I provided testimony and evidence to the committee… This was all stuff that was previously known. -Robert Torricelli

If you wish to make a man look noble, your best course is to kill him. What superiority he may have inherited from his race, what superiority nature may have personally gifted him with, comes out in death. -Alexander Smith

Given the choice, children who don't want for anything will not save… We have an obligation as parents to give our children what they need. What they want we can give them as a special gift, or they can save their money for it. -Barbara Coloroso

The Chavez-Obama pictures will join a postmodern photo array that includes Donald Rumsfeld gifting Saddam Hussein with spurs from President Reagan. -Christine Pelosi

High School Musical has been a blessing and a gift. -Zac Efron

The worst gift that I ever gave a girl was a suitcase for Christmas. As in, 'I can't think of anything to give you, but here's a new suitcase.' Afterward, I was like, 'What were you thinking, idiot?' -Jensen Ackles

I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don't have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It's always fun. -James Lafferty

John Wells let me write a couple of West Wings, which was an incredible gift. I loved it once I got past the brain injury part of it, and so I'm working on a couple of things that are far from fruition, but what I want to pursue. -Bradley Whitford

Democracy is an extraordinary adventure. It's difficult, full of daring and risk and danger. But it's the greatest gift we have. -Jon Voight

For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words, but for a lifetime John McCain has inspired with his deeds. -Sarah Palin

Free is really, you know, the gift of Silicon Valley to the world. It's an economic force, it's a technical force. It's a deflationary force, if not handled right. It is abundance, as opposed to scarcity. -Chris Anderson

Freedom and opportunity are precious gifts and the purpose of our politics is to expand them, for all our people. -Ed Miliband

Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal. We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition. -Fred Melamed

This is a gift. This is a gift from God. It's really like the old Biblical passage that talks about your body being a temple. That's not to say that I've never done anything but I've never abused myself. Never gone over the top for a long period of time. -Teena Marie

I just think it's a blessing that I was able to have the gift of words and to be able to put them into music. I was given a great gift all the way around. I didn't ever have to really go out and look for songs, you know. -Teena Marie

It's just a whole different thing, and it's just that my life has been a blessing, and I thank god every day for the gifts that he has given me and for my daughter and to be able to watch her grow and be a part of her joys and her excitement and what she wants to do in life. -Teena Marie

When I grew older and awkward, when my parents divorced and life had gone all to hell, Demetrie stood me at the wardrobe mirror and told me over and over, 'You are beautiful. You are smart. You are important.' It was an incredible gift to give a child who thinks nothing of herself. -Kathryn Stockett

First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her – for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys. -Queen Elizabeth II

It's a real gift to be able to have the works of brilliant, great people to learn from and build from. It gives you so much more to draw on, and then you don't have to be all about three-chord pop songs. I don't really like that kind of writing. -Regina Spektor

I just like being all over the place and writing whatever comes to mind. Having the tools? It's such a gift. -Regina Spektor

This is not an election where we hand out gifts. It is an election where we ask everyone to contribute more. -Helle Thorning-Schmidt

I'm constantly learning, and that is the greatest gift of life in my opinion – to always be learning and growing. -Kristin Chenoweth

Many will view the compromises that will be made during your negotiations as painful concessions. But why not view them as peace offerings, ones that will provide in return the priceless gifts of hope, security and freedom for our children and our children's? -Abdullah II of Jordan

Over the past few years, the road to confrontation has shown its consequences: loss of innocent lives, destruction and fear. Most costly, however, was the loss of hope. The most precious gift that you can present to your peoples over the coming weeks is renewed hope born out of tangible progress on the ground. -Abdullah II of Jordan

Plunderous is the palate I gift to you, openly I hug the universe of our friendship expanding its outer limit. -Bradley Chicho

My responsibility to God is to live. That's the gift he gave me. -Mary J. Blige

What I thought at the moment was the worst thing that could happen was absolutely the biggest gift I've received. -Trey Anastasio

I had eight brothers and sisters. Every Christmas my younger brother Bobby would wake up extra early and open everybody's presents – everybody's – so by the time the rest of us got up, all the gifts were shredded, ribbons off, torn open and thrown aside. -Tommy Hilfiger

I understand what my gift is, which is making people laugh, hopefully. It's more on that level. I don't need to be a leading man, I'm fine with that. -Chris Kattan

Greece has given Europe the opportunity to fix a defect in the euro zone, that is the fact that we did not have a fiscal union. Now steps have been taken to begin that process. And there is more solidarity from nation to nation, and that is a good thing. That has been Greece's gift to Europe. -George Papandreou

It doesn't matter what age you are. You can look sexy and feel great, and that doesn't have to be a gift only for the young. It can be a gift for any age, even the old, whatever that is nowadays. -Carol Alt

I wanted my new release 'Get Back Up' to benefit Haiti in their tragedy and I am blessed to use my music to help as your purchase becomes our gift. -TobyMac

I think I have a gift, but I haven't really opened that gift yet and given it to myself. -Billy Boyd

The first time I had sat down to a meal I had grown on my own, along with a bottle of wine that we had made, I burst into tears. To be in touch and be in tune with that is an extraordinary gift. -Emilio Estevez

I've actually been given a great gift. When I walk into an audition with a director, I'm carrying no baggage. They haven't seen me in anything, even though I've done nine films. -Jessica Chastain

My daughter is exceptionally chatty. I'm not a braggy mother but she is gifted – with the personality of a Russian gymnastics coach. -Caroline Rhea

Beauty, unlike the rest of the gifts handed out at birth, does not require dedication, patience and hard work to pay off. But it's also the only gift that does not keep on giving. -Paulina Porizkova

The best gift we can have is living in the present moment and really enjoying it for what it is; and, not being in our heads and getting sidetracked. -Amy Smart

You know, the point of a novel – or to me, the point of a novel, the gift of a novel is to go really deeply inside people's lives and inside their personal experiences. -Curtis Sittenfeld

I always think about which blood drive was going on in Georgia that day when that husband or mom or school teacher rolled up their sleeve and actually gave me a second chance at life. It's the ultimate gift of life, and I'm the one who was on the other end. -Niki Taylor

I'm an actor. That's what I'm gifted at. It's what makes me breathe. -Samantha Morton

For me, singing is the most natural thing in the world. I've grown up with it and I know I've got that gift. -Stella McCartney

I don't give any gifts to the rich. -Nicolas Sarkozy

My mother is an amazing woman. Not only did she manage the entire household, she noticed a gift in each of her kids and instilled confidence in all of us that that gift would take us wherever we wanted to go. -Barbara Corcoran

My season 2 'Good Wife' wrap gift was this deluxe package of Mortal Kombat. I played it for, like, two weeks straight. -Matt Czuchry

Honor is a gift a man gives himself. You can be as good as anyone that ever lived. If you can read, you can learn everything that anyone ever learned. But you've got to want it. -Ricky Gervais

You know, God gave me a gift to do other things besides play the game of basketball. -LeBron James

I have learned that track doesn't define me. My faith defines me. I'm running because I have been blessed with a gift. -Allyson Felix

My faith inspires me so much. It is the very reason that I run. I feel that my running is completely a gift from God and it is my responsibility to use it to glorify him. -Allyson Felix

I couldn't have foreseen all the good things that have followed my mother's death. The renewed energy, the surprising sweetness of grief. The tenderness I feel for strangers on walkers. The deeper love I have for my siblings and friends. The desire to play the mandolin. The gift of a visitation. -Mary Schmich

I feel like it's a gift for any writer to be recognized like this. -Tracy K. Smith

Animals, they are one of the most beautiful gifts we have and, you know, if there are people that have compassion, there are very few people that put their money into animal rescue organizations. And if there is someone that has that passion, animals need all the help they can get. -Alyssa Milano

I'm a terrible singer. I feel lucky to play baseball. You can't be gifted in everything. -Alex Rodriguez

I was blessed with certain gifts and talents and God gave them to me to be the best person I can be and to have a positive impact on other people. -Bryan Clay

Reading is such a personal thing to me. I'd much rather give someone a gift certificate to a bookstore, and let that person choose his or her own books. -Erik Larson

My mother taught me that the universe guides, teaches, and offers up gifts… even when bad things happen. -John Wozniak

Violence would be a huge gift to those who want a divided Lebanon. -Saad Hariri

When you're young, you think you can do anything, and that was really a gift. That's why I can never understand someone telling me 'no' today. 'No' just isn't an option. -Sandra Lee

I know that I have a voice and can use it for good or bad. It's a gift from God. -Demi Lovato

I was very fortunate in my gene mix. The gambling instincts I inherited from my father were matched by my mother's gift for analysis. -T. Boone Pickens

Michael is a gift from Allah, and he is taking him back. The world didn't appreciate him. -Jermaine Jackson

The guy that I worked on 'Thriller ' was a genius and he was 20 years old, but it was like working with a gifted 10-year-old. The guy who I worked on with 'Black Or White' was crazy. Michael had gone mad. -John Landis

I happen to be interested in watching a face age. I like faces of women aging so it makes me personally quite sad. That's a beautiful gift from God. If people don't want to see that anymore then I won't be in anymore movies. -Debra Winger

Honestly, I just think we all have special gifts, everyone. You know, obviously, some are more noticeable than others and that's why there's the limelight. Everybody's in it. -Kelly Clarkson

It's important when you're married not to forget those things you used to do when you were trying to get her to marry you. You can't send flowers and buy gifts then, when you're married, say, 'Right, get my tea on'. That doesn't go down well. So you've got to keep that level of interest going. -David Walliams

If I'm hunting down gifts, I like to buy locally. -Arabella Weir

I approve designs not because I think I am more gifted or somebody who can see ahead three or four years from now, but just to make sure that the design is a logical, rational decision, taken after analyzing pros and cons. -Carlos Ghosn

Even as a young boy, my passion was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life. There can be few greater gifts than that. -Valentino Garavani

When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands. -Maria Shriver

The greatest gift is our own eyes, sense of smell, and abilities to deduce. -Patricia Cornwell

In terms of instilling the values of mental toughness and work ethic, discipline is the gift that keeps on giving. -William Baldwin

To give somebody your time is the biggest gift you can give. -Franka Potente

I'd love to be an artist that's multifaceted. At the moment, I am not. But wouldn't that be cool if I was like, 'Yeah, let me pull out my guitar and play you a song.' I would adore that. I am so far not gifted in that way. But I am a very hard worker and a very determined person, so who knows? -Anne Hathaway

In a real-world way, my gifts are very limited in terms of what I can do. -Sherman Alexie

The Lord has never spoken to me, but I feel Chick-fil-A has been His gift. -Dan T. Cathy

My father was a very good craftsman. He made furniture, he made silverware and he had an incredible gift in terms of how you can make something yourself. -Jonathan Ive

I'm not going to give a courtesy gift to a person who's going to win, and I'm not going to give a sympathy gift to a person who's going to lose. -Tim Kaine

I try to be grateful for the abundance of the blessings that I have, for the journey that I'm on and to relish each day as a gift. -James McGreevey

I view the experiences that I have had – both the tough ones and the pleasant ones – as gifts. -Deval Patrick

Science is global. Einstein's equation, E=mc2, has to reach everywhere. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity, we should not distort it. Science does not differentiate between multiple races. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do. -Mitt Romney

Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can't find the work they studied for, or any work at all. So here's the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years? -Paul Ryan

Books are my very favorite gift to give. If you give a book to someone and they really respond to it, you feel you've actually changed their life in some way. -Jeannette Walls

I still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man. -George Michael

Find out what your gift is and nurture it. -Katy Perry

You know, I think the greatest gift in the world is a good employee, you know, or people who can do your work for you and do it well the way you'd like to have it done. And I've always been able to surround myself with really good people. -Kenny Rogers

A lot of the jewelry that I wear are fan gifts because they're so awesome and they give me great presents. -Taylor Swift

The Beatles created something that never trailed off. What a gift that was to their fans. If you're into the Beatles, you loved them from beginning to end. -Jerry Seinfeld

I had to confront my fears and master my every demonic thought about inferiority, insecurity, or the fear of being black, young, and gifted in this Western culture. -Lauryn Hill

As musicians and artists, it's important we have an environment – and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the industry, that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society. -Lauryn Hill

To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me. -Lauryn Hill

Jamie Foxx does a good rendition of me. It's a real gift, mimicry of that kind, the tonal thing. It's sort of like having a talent for playing an instrument. -Al Pacino

You go on these Internet blogs and people say the meanest things. I'm a normal person. Just because I'm in the spotlight doesn't mean I'm God's gift to the world. I'm learning and making mistakes just like every other 17-year-old girl out there. -Hayden Panettiere

The whole Valentine's thing is fine, but you don't back it up right next to the biggest gift-giving holiday of the year. Unbelievable. And we find it acceptable. -Lewis Black

My mind is always racing, and always going and always working, and it's a gift and a curse. -Sean Combs

If you give a good performance, something that gets some feeling across to people, that's such a rare gift. It's underestimated at this point in history, when the music biz is inevitably turning into a kind of politics. -Iggy Pop

It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity. -Cesar Chavez

I mean these people who work on Broadway, in my opinion, are the most gifted of everyone. I mean they really know how to dance. They really know how to act. They really know how to sing. They know how to perform. -Harry Connick, Jr.

An unexamined faith is not worth having, for fundamentalism and uncritical certitude entail the rejection of one of the great human gifts: that of free will, of the liberty to make up our own minds based on evidence and tradition and reason. -Jon Meacham

If we misuse the gift of sexuality, we're going to suffer the consequences, and I firmly believe we are suffering the consequences. -Salvatore J. Cordileone

Love is a gift. -Kathy Najimy

Well, Mozart is extraordinary not only in that he became virtuoso along the lines of his father, but that he had that compositional gift, that melodic gift. By the time he was four, he was doing piano concertos with harmony in the background. -Twyla Tharp

One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man. -Ben Okri

I just think that giving a child a chance and sharing what you have with a child is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, as well as a child. -Hillary Clinton

I'm cursed with the gift of foresight. -Morrissey

I wake up every day and I can't wait to go to work, and that's a gift. Not too many people have the opportunity to feel that way. -Tiger Woods

The thing is, people can't complain about profit-oriented moves if they're only interested in profit themselves. You can't have it both ways. If they're willing to polish up a gift and sell it to make money, they can't really complain about the fact that somebody above them has sold them down the river. That's the way it goes. -Ian MacKaye

I think we're all blessed with gifts and I was lucky I just found out what mine was early on and have planted that seed and tried to water it every day. -Katy Perry

I just feel like I have this gift that I've been given. It's like, 'Someone unwrap it! Here it is!' That drive can't be held down. -Katy Perry

When you lose something in your life, stop thinking it's a loss for you… it is a gift you have been given so you can get on the right path to where you are meant to go, not to where you think you should have gone. -Suze Orman

Here's my gift-giving rule: Respect your current financial situation. -Suze Orman

When Little Richard used to stand up and play it was just fabulous, and Liberace had the candlesticks and the rings and the gift of the gab. The piano's is the most ungainly rock' n' roll instrument of all time but those two people transcended it, as did Jerry Lee Lewis. -Elton John

Well, I think part of my gift, or if I have one, is that I love listening. -Eric Clapton

My mom brought me up to believe that my talent is a gift and a blessing. -Christina Aguilera

You're gifted to do something. -Karen Kingsbury

I love what I do. I was given the most incredible gift that can be given to anyone. I could never imagine a world without music, and I feel grateful that I've been given the ability to share that. -Dionne Warwick

Sometimes things in life happen that allow us to understand our priorities very clearly. Ultimately you can see those as gifts. -Mariska Hargitay

When Whitney Houston died, I felt great sadness. My sadness, of course, was about our collective loss – when you listened to this nightingale sing, your body would drop into a chair, your head would tilt up, a small smile would creep across your face, and inside you knew that there was a higher power somewhere: gifted, beautiful, spiritual. -James Belushi

High expectations weren't nurtured in my neck of nowhere back then – children weren't fawned over from an early age as 'gifted' and groomed for a prizewinning future; self-esteem was considered something you had to pick from the garden yourself. -James Wolcott

I hope that I would be considered romantic. I don't know… one of my favorite movies is 'The Notebook' so I guess that would be considered romantic. But I think being romantic is more than the flowers and the gifts. It's about connecting with the person and being able to talk and share things with her. -Taylor Lautner

Everyone is given one gift, a reason for being, and it's our obligation to do something with it. Obviously, it's a challenge – but if you're not taking the bull by the horns, I have no patience for you. You're just taking up space. -Melissa Rosenberg

Now that we have a bit of money, it is nice to get gifts for people. Before I was getting and not really giving. -Zayn Malik

Tobacco is America's greatest gift to the world! -David Hockney

I knew I was blessed with a gift of having both parents. -Kendrick Lamar

I wouldn't be able to do the songs as long as I've been doing if I didn't feel the pulse of the world. But I can feel people and I know what they want. I feel like I know how they are, because I am the people. And I just have a gift. -R. Kelly

I thought my life was mapped out. Research, living in the forest, teaching and writing. But in '86 I went to a conference and realised the chimpanzees were disappearing. I had worldwide recognition and a gift of communication. I had to use them. -Jane Goodall

I don't care if Margot is a Dame of the British Empire or older than myself. For me she represents eternal youth; there is an absolute musical quality in her beautiful body and phrasing. Because we are sincere and gifted, an intense abstract love is born between us every time we dance together. -Rudolf Nureyev

I was born with the gift. -Joe Namath

I'm not against gifts that entertain, but I really believe that some of the most valuable gifts that we can give are the things that help us to develop a skill and be entertaining. -Mike Huckabee

Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thanks to God for this gift. -Lionel Messi

I've written some great things. That's a gift, but there's consequences. Yeah, you get this great work, but you suffer. You really, really suffer. -Frank Ocean

I was born with a great gift, and sometimes with that comes a destructive streak. -George Best

Every day, I love what I do and I think it's a gift and privilege to love your job. -Sarah Burton

In some ways, my gift for music and writing was born out of tragedy, really, and loss. -Joni Mitchell

I am lucky to have had an attentive, curious and loving dad and heart-smart, down-to-earth, gifted mother. They changed the outlooks of their own lives and have never forgotten the people and organizations that helped them dream bigger than their circumstances should have allowed. -Jennifer Garner

I'm honestly not a great gift giver. I could give better – my girlfriends have always complained about that. -John Legend

I love and adore being a mother. It's the greatest gift I've ever been given. -Uma Thurman

My parents always made education and school the number one priority. They believed that an education is the best gift you can give to your child. -Debra Messing

I was trained by Method acting teachers and we were taught that aside from whatever gift you may or may not have or the level of that gift, that you were obliged to know how to build a table. It's a craft. It's like being a ballerina or a violinist. -Ellen Barkin

When you meditate or pray… both are forms of meditation… you give up control and find the answer and you open yourself to receive God's gift, the universal force, or whatever that is. -Erin Gray

I'm a romantic, and I like guys to bring flowers and buy some gifts – not expensive things, just romantic things. -Bai Ling

I guess I feel like it's a gift to meet those talented artists like George Lucas and Oliver Stone, Spike Lee and Richard Kelly. Even if it's a small role, it's a gift to be working that closely with them. -Bai Ling

Basically, I have a gift as an actress, and I want to present the sophisticated side of me as an actress and a person. -Bai Ling

Our fears are an amazing gift of the imagination… a way of glimpsing what might be the future when there's still time to influence how that future will play out. -Karen Thompson Walker

When I have an argument with someone, even with someone I am not very close with, I can't sleep at night thinking about it. It's terrible. But I still manage speak out frankly because I have also been gifted with the ability to read people. I can sense when they start to get irritated with me, and then, I shift. -Hans Rosling

When you're a houseguest and you leave, it's nice to straighten something up or send your hosts a useful gift. And when you leave the planet, it's nice to have made a positive contribution. -Alexander Payne

It's amazing how I can just ramble on for hours, isn't it? And so unentertaining or uninteresting. But I can ramble on for hours. It's a sort of terrible gift, isn't it? -Graham Norton

Too many people are buying gifts for themselves when they pick out a gift for a friend. -Phoebe Cates

You'd be surprised how inspired you'll be when you go into a different store than the one you normally go to for gifts. -Phoebe Cates

Practical gifts are another great way to be thoughtful, and they work for anything from birthdays to dinner-party gifts. -Phoebe Cates

A tea set is good for a newborn girl. It is a gift that instantly makes the room a girl's room. -Phoebe Cates

My life has been a gift up to this point, and I've been blessed beyond my wildest imagination. And wherever this ride takes me is where I'm going. -Sean Hannity

Love is the greatest gift that God has given us. It's free. -Taraji P. Henson

'The Good Wife' was definitely the biggest surprise and gift that I've had in a long time, and that did come out of some other work that I had done. That whole adage of 'work begets work' actually worked in that case – it was at the very end of their first season that my character was first introduced. -Carrie Preston

Writing is writing. It's an abiding, wonderful talent, craft, gift that stays with you your whole life. And you can go in different forms, and you can try them. Look at me: I'm writing novels because I found something I love because I tried it. -Adriana Trigiani

I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It's a gift you give yourself. -T. D. Jakes

There are some actors that are so gifted, that move you in such a way that every time you see their names again, you go and pay another ticket because you want to have that experience again. -Demian Bichir

This is a gift that God has given me. I'm not smart enough to write for everybody, but it's the love in these books that comes from Him and goes out to my reading audience. I'm forever grateful for that. It's a privilege. -Jan Karon

To make a song is a gift, and once it's done it keeps evolving and changing and becomes a tool to interact with other people. It's like a conversation. -Ryan Adams

I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal. -Ben Carson

There is no greater gift than time. -Jonathan Safran Foer

The best V-Day gift I've ever received was a personalized photo collage. -Candice Swanepoel

In college, I had a lot of friends who were writers and wanted to be writers and I felt intimidated by it. I just didn't know if I had any gift or voice and I had no confidence about it. -Rashida Jones

My favorite toy growing up was Polly Pocket. But one gift that I wanted though never received for Christmas was a pair of trampoline moon shoes. You strap them to your feet and they have springs on them, and you can just jump around! -Lucy Hale

I get really cool gifts, and I know this sounds really lame, but I think one of the best gifts I've ever received was the Easy Bake Oven when I was younger. When I was little, I loved to bake! I want to get one now so I can make weird mini desserts for people. -Ashley Benson

I've been funny my whole life. This is a gift God gave me. -Tracy Morgan

I would kill to do more work with Orla Brady, I think she's that gifted. -John Noble

To be in a position, at my age, where I am financially independent, I can help develop things, I can promote stuff that I believe in, I can say no a lot and spend time writing – that is a gift. -Ellen Page

Honestly, I was a good kid but I figured out pretty early that I had a gift for making people laugh. I wanted to entertain and when that happens you tend to get yourself in trouble in class. -Eric Ladin

I consider my girls the greatest gift from God in life. And I also love the career that I have built, lost and rebuilt. But the highs and lows of my career would not have been as exciting or manageable to me if I didn't have children and a partner for life with whom to share it all. -Mika Brzezinski

I had forgotten how thrilling a snow day is until my son started school, and as much as he loves it, he swoons at the idea of a free day arriving unexpectedly, laid out like a gift. -Susan Orlean

They will be given as gifts; books that are especially pretty or visual will be bought as hard copies; books that are collectible will continue to be collected; people with lots of bookshelves will keep stocking them; and anyone who likes to make notes in books will keep buying books with margins to fill. -Susan Orlean

I just think my own ambition would not allow me to sit on the gifts that my creator had given me. And so that's when I realized that I could actually go away. -Janelle Monae

Becoming a CoverGirl is truly an honor and a gift. It opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out. -Janelle Monae

I never had worked in high fashion before, had never experienced it when I was a model before. I appreciate it, being able to work with such talented people; it feels like a gift now. I think for everyone everything happens at the right time, and this is my time. -Saskia de Brauw

If you love dance and you have the gift of teaching, teaching is super amazing and important because my teachers planted that seed in me. As a teacher you understand the difference or the definition of a Baryshnikov or a Gregory Hines, so teaching is really important and very necessary. -Laurieann Gibson

People were being so mean as a result of my ability – a gift, really. So I think that's what makes me fight harder to provide an option to aspiring kids or artists. I wouldn't want anyone to go through what I went through… to see a little girl or a little dancer experience such unnecessary rejection. -Laurieann Gibson

One of the best gifts you can give to an animal is a donation of a blanket to your local animal shelter during the winter months. -Carrie Ann Inaba

I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child. -Ann Brashares

My chief gifts are – naturally good at all sports with a raw talent for pretty much everything, which if nurtured could develop into improper talent. -Michael Sheen

When my girlfriend and I talk about being happy, I'll get choked up, which I think is the greatest gift you can give a girlfriend. -Seth Meyers

Being attractive, it's not something I do consciously. It's incredibly flattering that people think I appeal to women. But that was a gift from my parents. -Ioan Gruffudd

I've got two Rolexes that I'm very proud of – a gold Presidential that was a gift and a white gold one I gifted myself. I'm trying to step my game up and get a few more of those. -J. Cole

My mother really loved me. And one of the gifts that I have been given is that I have never thought for one second of my life that I was not greatly beloved. -Mary Gordon

Lady Gaga is one of the most amazingly talented musicians to bring her gifts to humanity in a long time. -Jared Polis

I feel like before I came to the planet I asked God for the gift of music. I didn't want to come here without the gift of music and God granted it to me. -Narada Michael Walden

I was a shy kid, but somehow I knew I would make it as a performer. I'd always be telling my mum that I was going to be a famous singer. In my school yearbooks I would write, 'Remember me when I'm famous.' I knew I had a gift. -Nicole Scherzinger

Martin Sheen was extraordinary. He's a very gifted man. -Terrence Malick

I'm not sure I have a natural gift. I think it's just that some people have an easier time expressing their emotions, maybe because of the way they've been raised, and I've always been expressive. -Thomas Horn

One can always come up with funny lists and jokes. You know what? I take it back. Not everyone can always come up with funny lists and some jokes. I'm very lucky to have a gift where I can do that pretty ably. -John Hodgman

I'm the hardest person to buy a gift for. -Stacy Keibler

My grandmother taught me that accomplishments meant less than what you left behind. I started to ask myself what impact my comedy would have on people's lives. And that changed my act. I got cleaner. I stopped talking about generic stuff like airplane peanuts and started speaking the truth about my gift. -Sherri Shepherd

I worked at Sears in the Woodfield Mall as a gift wrapper. I'm actually a great gift wrapper, and the customers were so nice to me. I was only 16, and eventually Sears put me in customer service because I was so friendly. -Sherri Shepherd

We often talk about people with great memories as though it were some sort of an innate gift, but that is not the case. Great memories are learned. At the most basic level, we remember when we pay attention. We remember when we are deeply engaged. -Joshua Foer

I love learning, and I think that curiosity is a wonderful gift. -Andie MacDowell

When you decide you're going to join a project, it's all about the gift you're giving the audience. -Joyce DeWitt

I really felt that 'Three's Company' was a gift. When it ended, I had money in the bank and had the luxury to pursue a life that meant something, to learn and discover. -Joyce DeWitt

I think architecture has to be a gift. -Jean Nouvel

I use Ole Henriksen eye gel when I think of it, and go for facials when spa gift certificates appear as a professional thank-you or in a gift bag. Once ensconced in a facialist's chair, I let myself be coaxed into all sorts of treatments, because I'm there already, so why not? -Sloane Crosley

Where would the memoir be without bipolar writers? I mean, that's what – that whole oversharing thing is really a very clear symptom of bipolar disorder. And I'm not saying that every, you know, I'm not accusing every memoirist of being bipolar. But I think in a way it's kind of a gift. -Ayelet Waldman

I look at my voice and my abilities as a gift. I don't feel that I can even take any credit for it, but it's such a huge presence in my life. It is my life. It's my identity, it's everything. And it's given me a great deal of joy and a sense of purpose – I can't imagine my life without it. -Emmylou Harris

I mean, I could tell that I really had… a precious gift. And I'm so glad that I have followed through with it and really used that gift and nurtured it, honed it, made it sharp and tried to use it as a tool now to make music and to make a living for my family. -Ricky Skaggs

The people of the United States don't recognize it, but the oil industry has given the greatest gift to the people of the nation, and that gift is the low cost of energy. Bottom line is this enables the country to be very competitive manufacturing-wise and in the world economy. -Ray Lee Hunt

There were a lot of gifted amateurs in my day. Most of the kids now play fantastically well. I think there are so many bands around now who might get there, but it's a tougher journey. -Nick Mason

Well, I have a Norwegian father who emigrated to America in the 1950s, and he still speaks with varying degrees of an accent. Over my lifetime my ear has been well-tuned to that accent. Any first generation kid has that wonderful gift from their parents. -Christopher Heyerdahl

The nature of human beings is to eat meat and fruits and vegetables, and therefore we have to kill animals. I don't have a problem with that. But it's a sacred moment. It's a gift of life. -Eric Ripert

It is so gratifying to hear from people who look up to you and see you in these places that they never thought they could ever dream to be. It's emotional. You really feel like you're opening up people's minds, who otherwise thought that they couldn't dream big. That's such a huge opportunity. It's such a gift. -Julia Jones

I get such lovely gifts from fans… amazing pictures, handmade jewellery. I'm very lucky! -Leona Lewis

The Internet is truly God's gift to the Chinese people. -Liu Xiaobo

As an actor, you just want to work, and then you just want to be on a show or have a job that you love, and you hope that job will last – those things have happened. To have that platform to then talk about something that is very personal to me like marriage equality, it feels like a gift. I try and really respect that voice and not abuse it. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

I was given such a great gift. It's a miracle that never stops amazing me and reminding me to give thanks, every day. Having a wife and daughter gives me a lot more purpose. I was much more selfish before, but now I think about what kind of role model I'll be. I just want to be a better man. -Jake Owen

Anyone who says they don't like to receive a gift is lying. -Dita Von Teese

To know that every moment – regardless of how it comes wrapped – is a gift greater than you can give yourself, is to be well on your way to a life without fear. -Guy Finley

Giving gifts to others is a fundamental activity, as old as humanity itself. Yet in the modern, complex world, the particulars of gift-giving can be extraordinarily challenging. -Andrew Weil

In my view, the best gift is one that benefits both the receiver and the planet. -Andrew Weil

A beautiful bouquet or a long-lasting flowering plant is a traditional gift for women, but I have recommended that both men and women keep fresh flowers in the home for their beauty, fragrance, and the lift they give our spirits. -Andrew Weil

Unless and until Barack Obama addresses the full depth of Americans' anger with his full arsenal of policy smarts and political gifts, his presidency and, worse, our economy will be paralyzed. -Frank Rich

In the bubble decade, making money as an end in itself boomed as a calling among students at elite universities like Harvard, siphoning off gifted undergraduates who might otherwise have been scientists, teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, artists or inventors. -Frank Rich

I am so grateful to God for giving me the gift of 48 years with my daughter. And I accept that He knew when it was time to take her. -Cissy Houston

Good acting is good acting, however you learn it. Some people who haven't studied are amazing. Some people like Leonardo DiCaprio are naturally gifted – he's learned technique by working with people early on. -Sam Rockwell

The idea of being on a show where each season stands alone, and you can come back the next year and show an entirely different aspect of your personality or your talent or your anything is an enormous gift that you rarely get in television. -Sarah Paulson

Every role that I play is a gift and is something that I approach differently. -Jesse Johnson

I have learned a lot from jazz. I compare good acting to jazz music. The more you study and prepare as an actor, the more equipped you are to live in the moment. Just like the gifted musicians in my dad's quartet, it takes a courageous actor to be free. -Nat Wolff

The coolest gift I've ever gotten from a fan was from the Franklin Mint. It was a knife, and it had a picture of General Wade Hampton, who my oldest son is named after. It's a collector's item and came with a case and a stand and everything. -Josh Turner

I love writing songs. I love doing my radio show and talking to the fans and listening to what they have to say, but there's a certain responsibility that comes along with being given the gift of music. I take that seriously, but at the same time I try to use it to do something that makes a difference in a positive way. -Randy Owen

What I notice about people who are gifted in filmmaking is that they're great thinkers. They engage with big ideas and they engage with people. -Ben Whishaw

I would say I have sort of a natural gift for character, and following one person's point of view at a time, and dialogue, but I'm not naturally good at strong plot. -Emma Donoghue

It's okay to fail 'cause there's no failure, you're just informing the richness of your experience, and that's – that's the greatest gift you can possibly give yourself. -Ben Foster

I've never used chat-up lines; I don't have the gift of the gab. -Ricky Whittle

There's some way in which we would prefer not to see very clearly the immense gifts and intelligence of some of the people who live in our most abject conditions. Maybe there are some things at work in deciding who gets to be society's winners and who gets to be society's losers that don't have to do with merit. -Katherine Boo

My grandfather, a devout Christian, had the gift of healing. -Richard Paul Evans

I think good actors are born with a kind of native gift. When you study too much with an acting teacher, that gets taken away. You lose your sense of spontaneity. -Titus Welliver

Cheating is not the American way. It is small, while we are large. It is cheap, while we are richly endowed. It is destructive, while we are creative. It is doomed to fail, while our gifts and responsibilities call us to achieve. It sabotages trust and weakens the bonds of spirit and humanity, without which we perish. -Terrence McNally

Imaginative empathy is one of the great gifts that humans have, and it means that we can live more than one life. We can picture what it would be like from another perspective. -Dan Chaon

Whenever I go to Germany I find that my readers have T-shirts with my book covers printed on them. They come to all the events, they have gifts and they come with their families. They are always very open to sharing their personal stories. -Cecelia Ahern

I enjoyed singing and playing guitar but didn't have the stamina to make music-making a career. In reality, writing was my real gift, and as soon as I figured that out I never looked back. -Ann Powers

There's this old saying that, if you aren't particularly gifted in natural sciences, if you don't want to become a teacher or pastor or doctor, and don't know what else to do, then you become a lawyer. But I've never regretted it. -Bernhard Schlink

My family supported me. I wasn't hot-housed at all as a young child; I didn't go to any kind of gifted school. They didn't exist in the very poor parts of England when I grew up in the 1980s. I had a great time to learn, had access to libraries and teachers who were patient and enthusiastic when I showed ability in some subjects. -Daniel Tammet

If I were not African, I wonder whether it would be clear to me that Africa is a place where the people do not need limp gifts of fish but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond. I wonder whether I would realize that while African nations have a failure of leadership, they also have dynamic people with agency and voices. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I'm not a wildly gifted person; I don't play an instrument or speak another language or have great accomplishments in another field, as many writers do. But writing feels natural to me; the act of it seems to free up my unconscious, so that sometimes I feel that I have access to more ideas and information than my conscious mind could think up. -Jennifer Egan

I consider myself a songwriter before anything else. The fact that I have been able to write both of my records and establishing myself as a songwriter is super-important to me. Some people have that gift, where they can take on anything and make people believe it. I like to do a song from personal experience. -Kate Voegele

For Christmas I do gift bags for my friends and the cast, and I put 'treat yo self' key chains in there. And people send me pictures of 'treat yo self' all the time. -Retta

I get really excited if I think I'm going to introduce somebody to a writer they haven't found before and I think they'll love. My favorite books to get as gifts are any that the giver is messianic about. -Monica Ali

Garrison Keillor read several of my poems on 'The Writer's Almanac' and I've heard from listeners nationally and internationally. That's one of the great gifts of email. -Ellen Bass

It might be liberating to think of human life as informed by losses and disappearances as much as by gifted appearances, allowing a more present participation and witness to the difficulty of living. -David Whyte

I was never forced to go to church, and there is a lot of beauty in Christianity that I take in my life as a gift, and there is a lot of beauty in other religions. I'm kind of a spiritual mutt. -Emily Saliers

You know, when George Bush talks about freedom not being America's gift to world but God's gift to all humankind, it smells like market testing to me. -Joe Klein

On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations. -John Hoeven

I cling to the idea that Herman Melville had to work at the end of his career watching ships in a dock, as a shipping agent in New York. Any writer who thinks they should be given patronage because of their gift… you don't have to look too far in history to see that's just not the case. -Jess Walter

There is no better gift a society can give children than the opportunity to grow up safe and free – the chance to pursue whatever dreams they may have. -John Roberts

I have to certainly stand for life. I know that there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view. But I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have on abortion is in that case – of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. -Richard Mourdock

For me, I was given a great gift by my father and my mother in that I was never told any idea was bad. I was told I could explore any thought as long as I wasn't hurting someone else. -Jennifer Lynch

A dog is the greatest gift a parent can give a child. OK, a good education, then a dog. -John Grogan

I give novels as gifts, and there is nothing I like to receive more as a gift. -Khaled Hosseini

To be able to make up stories has been a great gift to me from my ancestors and from the storytellers who were so numerous at Laguna Pueblo when I was growing up. I learned to read as soon as I could because I wanted stories without having to depend on adults to tell or read stories to me. -Leslie Marmon Silko

I do needlepoint from kits. I give them as gifts to people in the form of cushion covers and they are often speechless with horror. -Lynne Truss

What I see in the Bible, especially in the book of Psalms, which is a book of gratitude for the created world, is a recognition that all good things on Earth are God's, every good gift is from above. They are good if we recognize where they came from and if we treat them the way the Designer intended them to be treated. -Philip Yancey

I wrote a book on grace, and grace is a free gift, but to receive the gift you have to have your hands open. And a lot of people don't have their hands open, there's something they're grasping because there's a lot of things to grasp in a prosperous country. -Philip Yancey

I watch people get older and lose their intellectual acuity; you lose that sharpness, that cleanness, that brain that you worked so hard on and that you were gifted with and lose the gifts that were given. -Bryce Courtenay

As a writer, I am not goddess of the universes I create. I am at most a stage manager of the plentiful gifts which tumble out of the horn of plenty, which is to say there is a source so sweet and forgiving and generous that I pray every day to let that source be my guide. -Rebecca Wells

Someone who has experienced trauma also has gifts to offer all of us – in their depth, their knowledge of our universal vulnerability, and their experience of the power of compassion. -Sharon Salzberg

We were a religious, practicing, Catholic family – Mass together on Sunday, Catholic schools, and parents who practiced everything they preached. A great gift was their total absence of any derogatory talk about people of any race or culture and we were on a street of many faiths, though no other races at that early time. -Trina Paulus

For millions of years, this world has been a great gift to nearly everything living on it, a planet whose atmosphere, temperature, air, water, seasons, and weather were precisely calibrated to allow us – the big us, including forests and oceans, species large and small – to flourish. -Rebecca Solnit

The world you live in is not a given; much of what is best in it has been built through the struggles of passionate activists over the last centuries. They won us many freedoms and protected many beauties. Count those gifts among your growing heap. -Rebecca Solnit

You experience your soul each time you sense yourself as more than a mind and body, your life as meaningful, or you feel that you have gifts to give and you long to give them. -Gary Zukav

We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives. -Gary Zukav

Liu Fang is a truly gifted, world-famous player of the pipa and the guzheng, classical Chinese stringed instruments. -Guy Gavriel Kay

Writing is never, ever easy but I wake up every morning grateful for the gift of being able to do this. -Guy Gavriel Kay

I get asked, 'What do you miss most about being a pastor?' I think it's the intimacy, the incredible gift of intimacy. You go through death with somebody, with their families, and there's an intimacy that comes through that that is just incomparable. -Eugene H. Peterson

Life-writing calls for any number of dubious gifts: A touch of O.C.D., a lack of imagination, a large desk, neutrality of Swiss proportions, tactlessness, a high tolerance for archival dust. Most of all it calls for an act of displacement. 'To find your subject, you must in some sense lose yourself along the way,' is Richard Holmes's version. -Stacy Schiff

I kind of – I like my life; I feel I have lots of opportunities. And my parents actually having had such high expectations for me – I would say it's the greatest gift that anyone has ever given me. I complained a lot when I was little, but that's how I feel now. And that's why I tried to do the same with my two daughters. -Amy Chua

I was raised, myself, by extremely strict but also extremely loving Chinese immigrant parents. To this day, I believe that their having high expectations for me, coupled with love, was the greatest gift that anyone's ever given me. And so that's why, even though my husband is not Chinese, I try to raise my own two daughters the same way. -Amy Chua

Westerners often laud their children as 'talented' or 'gifted', while Asian parents highlight the importance of hard work. And in fact, research performed by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has found that the way parents offer approval affects the way children perform, even the way they feel about themselves. -Amy Chua

Beauty is an asset, just like physical prowess, charisma, brains or emotional intelligence. The key with any gift is in the way that you use it. It doesn't define you as a person. Rather, it's an asset to be used judiciously and with an understanding of how it is just a small part of who you are. -Dale Archer

I'm on a lot of nonprofit boards, but if I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't do it. I haven't yet done anything that's transformational in philanthropy. But I hope at some point to target two or three causes or organizations and really make transformational gifts. -David Rubenstein

I admit that invective is one of my pleasures. This only brings me problems in life, but that's it. I attack, I insult. I have a gift for that, for insults, for provocation. So I am tempted to use it. -Michel Houellebecq

There are a million 'oughts' in the world. There's a million ways in which I ought to be serving the world. But the ways I'm gifted to serve and the opportunities that come to me to serve are not a million. -Parker Palmer

Inner-life questions are the kind everyone asks, with or without benefit of God-talk: 'Does my life have meaning and purpose?' 'Do I have gifts that the world wants and needs?' 'Whom and what shall I serve?' 'Whom and what can I trust?' 'How can I rise above my fears?' -Parker Palmer

Even when life challenges us, it's a gift beyond all measure. -Parker Palmer

I always had a philosophy which I got from my father. He used to say, 'Listen. God gave to you the gift to play football. This is your gift from God. If you take care of your health, if you are in good shape all the time, with your gift from God no one will stop you, but you must be prepared.' -Pele

The starting point of discovering who you are, your gifts, your talents, your dreams, is being comfortable with yourself. Spend time alone. Write in a journal. Take long walks in the woods. -Robin S. Sharma

The writing of 'Topdog' was a great gift. I feel the play came to me because I realized that my circumstances, while causing me despair and heartbreak, also held great possibility, if only I could see it. -Suzan-Lori Parks

The dominant characteristic of an authentic spiritual life is the gratitude that flows from trust – not only for all the gifts that I receive from God, but gratitude for all the suffering. Because in that purifying experience, suffering has often been the shortest path to intimacy with God. -Brennan Manning

It's a gift that I have and I became good at it. When I heard my first song I didn't even know that I could write songs. -Rico Love

My #1 goal is to become a successful singer and share my gift with the world. -Leah LaBelle

I think the word 'social entrepreneur' is a really good description of what I am. What that means me to is that you have the entrepreneurial gift and spirit to create something out of nothing. -Blake Mycoskie

The love of husband and wife, which is creative of new human life, is a marvellously personal sharing in the creative love of God who brings into being the eternal soul that comes to every human being with the gift of human life. -Vincent Nichols

Faith in God is the gift that takes us beyond our limited self, with all its incessant demands. It opens us to a life that stretches us, enlightens us, and often springs surprises upon us. Such faith, like love, sees that which is invisible and lives by it. -Vincent Nichols

Nature best teaches how to pray, and how to reverence all the gifts the Almighty has given us. She is like a vast outspread handkerchief, embroidered with God's eternal name, on which we may dry alike our tears of sorrow and of joy; she turns weeping into ecstasy, and fills our hearts with speechless, quiet reverence and resignation. -Robert Schumann

I have the gift of laughter. I can make people laugh at will. In good times and in bad. And that I don't question. It was a gift from God. -Buddy Hackett

The most important thing in anyone's life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun and joy and happiness. This is my gift. -Ginger Rogers

Free people make the only milieu possible in society for the full gift of one's self to church, state, and family. Free people enjoy and sustain and feel with one another because they live for one another. The paths of life are intermingled lives. -Haniel Long

Some of us must wait for the best human gifts until we come to heavenly places. Our natural desire for musical utterance is perhaps a prophecy that in a perfect world we shall all know how to sing. -Lucy Larcom

No matter what your work today, if it is worth while at all – time to plan it out, time to do it well, and time to finish it, is your day's greatest gift and your greatest job. -George Matthew Adams

The Jews did not go into darkness all at once. It was a gradual work, until they could not discern the gift of God in sending his Son. -Ellen G. White

You're supposed to be using your gifts and fulfilling your dreams, at every age. -Victoria Moran

I like to spend Christmas with family and friends, pigging out, exchanging gifts and basically doing nothing. -George Kotsiopoulos

I think acting is a gift. -Jonathan Jackson

I collect skulls; I think that a beautiful skull is a really good gift for a guy. -Bella Heathcote

I like giving music-themed gifts. I've given a couple of music documentaries to boys. Especially if they don't have the same taste as me, I try to infiltrate their mind with my favourite bands. -Bella Heathcote

You know the greatest thing about working on 'Fallon?' I get so many anonymous gifts. -Questlove

Just to eat is a gift. -Ferran Adria

The truth is that throughout my careers in both chess and the martial arts, I often knew that my rivals were more naturally gifted than me – either with their mental machines or their bodies. But I have believed in my training, my approach to learning, and my ability to rise to the challenge under pressure. -Joshua Waitzkin

Very gifted people, they win and they win, and they are told that they win because they are a winner. That seems like a positive thing to tell children, but ultimately, what that means is when they lose, it must make them a loser. -Joshua Waitzkin

Darkness is the only path to light. It is not our wonderful gifts that make us closer to God: it's using our garbage to transform ourselves. This is the key that unlocks the door that opens to God. -Yehuda Berg

I'm always a bit suspicious of writers who have the gift of the gab. -Zadie Smith

I'll tell you something: my dad was a nuclear engineer and he was really bright, and I've always said that because of negotiating at such a young age with my dad, it was really such a gift because I could then negotiate with very difficult personalities – and not end up being the scapegoat. I learned to really pick and choose my battles. -Faith Prince

The best Mother's Day gift I ever got was just a full day with the kids where they did their mommy pampering. They cut cucumbers and put them on my eyes and my daughter gave me a facial. I'm not even sure what was in it! -Elisabeth Hasselbeck

I think that's my gift in this world is to put experience into music. -Elle Varner

I got this Christmas gift with the entire Beatles catalog. I had fun trying to duplicate what I was hearing on these records, only using the instruments I had at hand – an acoustic guitar, and that's all. It was endlessly amusing to me to try to imitate John Lennon and Paul McCartney's harmonies using the guitar. -M. Ward

As an actor, I don't really think you find yourself. I mean, once you find yourself, I think it becomes boring and you become set in your ways. I think, as an actor I think it's not a bad thing but more of a gift. It's something you're always doing as an actor. You're adjusting constantly. -Justin Chon

When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer world. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I love all the gift guides that the magazines put out, whether it's 'InStyle' doing Mother's Day gifts or color guides, or the 'O' magazine Christmas guide. -Dylan Lauren

To save money on gifts, give someone their favorite candy in a beautiful, customized vessel with a personalized tag. It's sweet and always appreciated. -Dylan Lauren

I don't know if I particularly want to be remembered for anything. I personally do not think I'm a great gift to the world. I've been very fortunate. -Edmund Hillary

The greatest gift in life is to be remembered. -Ken Venturi

The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy. -P. T. Barnum

I believe we all must face the fact of death. It is both gift and curse. -Richard Lamm

Just as we would have no need of the farmer's labor and toil if we were living amid the delights of paradise, so also we would not require the medical art for relief if we were immune to disease, as was the case, by God's gift, at the time of Creation before the Fall. -Saint Basil

I think that Jews – because they are a distinct, gifted and successful group that differentiates itself from societies in which it lives – are vulnerable wherever the rule of law is not paramount. -Louis Begley

I don't give books as gifts. Books are extremely personal, and I would hate to give someone a book that they don't like or want, because it would break my heart if they didn't read it. -Meg Cabot

I know that every time I step on the stage it's a real gift, so I try not to take it for granted, and I try to make it an experience that the public can really participate in. -Joyce DiDonato

Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others. Discover your gifts and let them shine! Softball is amazing that way as a sport. Everyone on the field has a slightly different ability that makes them perfect for their position. -Jennie Finch

The greatest gift of all time is that you can make creation infectious because people spend less time being negative… If you log all the time with negativity in the while world, I wonder how much better the world would be if people sat down and did something positive. It spirals. -Skrillex

Despite living in an increasingly digital world, there are a few things I still like to keep as physical reminders. So every time I see an exhibition, I make a pit stop at the museum gift shop to buy a postcard of something that inspired me. -Ruzwana Bashir

We who work in technology have nurtured an especially rare gift: the opportunity to effect change at an unprecedented scale and rate. Technology, community, and capitalism combine to make Silicon Valley the potential epicenter of vast positive change. -Justin Rosenstein

People are fighting over how our heartsongs are different. But they don't need to be the same. That's the beauty. We are a mosaic of gifts. Each of us has our inner beauty no matter how we look. -Mattie Stepanek

Expressing my feelings and then the opportunity to share it with others is just such a gift. -Mattie Stepanek

I've gotten books published. I've met famous people that are very nice. I look back and I say, 'Wow. Thank you, God, for giving me this gift. And thank you for helping me to keep going.' -Mattie Stepanek

I feel that God has given me a very special opportunity that I should not let go to waste. I use the gift he has given me. -Mattie Stepanek

Remember to look at your glass half full and not half empty. A lot of my strength comes from God. God has given me a gift – the gift of life – and it's amazing that I live each day. -Mattie Stepanek

One of the greatest gifts we can give people is the hope that their death is nothing to fear – you know, not that it has no fear in it, but the promise of scripture is that God will lead us through the valley of the shadow of death. -Max Lucado

Women of this planet need some essential resources: wells, seeds and roads. That is primarily all we have ever needed. Added to that, women need righteous and strong men who will help us to use our most cherished gifts: the ability to multitask and problem solve. -Roseanne Barr

To my young friends out there: Life can be great, but not when you can't see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life. -Nancy Reagan

I have found in work that you only get back what you put into it, but it does come back gift-wrapped. -Joyce Brothers

I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. -Roger Ebert

I think relationships are work, but love is a gift. -Anne Hathaway

In a serious relationship, I will definitely write music about a guy. I'm totally into mix tapes and I'm all about small little things. I'll drop by their door and just leave a gift or come over if they're sick and make them chicken noodle soup and rent a DVD and play board games. I think those little things mean a lot to someone. -Aly Michalka

I would like to thank my parents in Vergaio, a little village in Italy. They gave me the biggest gift: poverty. -Roberto Benigni

My daughter is the biggest gift; I've said it so many times and it sounds like a cliche, but the thing about being a parent is when you think you've cracked it, and you're on top of your game, they change again and you have to catch up and adjust. I feel such a responsibility to instill good values in her, to be polite, to have discipline. -Geri Halliwell

My mother's songs are really turning out to be masterpieces. I have inherited this incredible legacy and am so fortunate to bathe in her sensibilities. It is tinged with tragedy. I'd much rather she was here in person, but there is still a positive force to come out of her death and that is having the gift of music that she gave. -Rufus Wainwright

My humor is my creativity, and my skepticism is a gift. -Josh Tillman

Christopher Hitchens was a wit, a charmer, and a troublemaker, and to those who knew him well, he was a gift from – dare I say it – God. -Graydon Carter

I have to say, I'm good with gifts. If I find something perfect for a certain person, I'll just get it and put it away in a kind of nook under my bed – a little gift hutch, if you prefer. -Julian Casablancas

There's no trick of teaching acting. Either someone wants to do it and is gifted, or not. -Marian Seldes

I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift. -Steven Pinker

Life is such a precious gift. Whatever life throws at us, if we could just learn to get through that day and hang on to the next, you never know what may come. It may get worse, but you never know. -Stephen Baldwin

Starting in '98 when I was researching 'Traffic,' I got to meet really serious people in Washington, which for a screenwriter was kind of a great gift. And I really valued these guys; I stayed in touch with them, and I find their point-of-view quite interesting. -Stephen Gaghan

I think one of the greatest gifts you can give to someone is just access to the possibility of freedom that you don't have to be totally depressed and enslaved by your own environment. -Amanda Palmer

Human beings are infinitely worth studying, especially the peculiarities that often go along with outstanding gifts. -Paul Johnson

In the past, the U.S. has shown its capacity to reinvent its gifts for leadership. During the 1970s, in the aftermath of the Nixon abdication and the Ford and Carter presidencies, the whole nation peered into the abyss, was horrified by what it saw and elected Ronald Reagan as president, which began a national resurgence. -Paul Johnson

From the time that I was a child, I loved interacting with people. I would go around door-to-door and sell candies and gift-wrapping paper, and it was a great way to interact with people and communicate with people. -Jeff Koons

I'm a creative guy. And I only do businesses as a result of like I've – I'm try to find what my gifts are and give them immediately. As soon as I get them and I understand, I give them back. -Russell Simmons

Feeling good about your life, but not expressing a heartfelt 'thank you,' is like wrapping a gift for someone and never giving it to them. -Chip Conley

I know it's corny, but laughter is a two-way gift, and hearing people laugh just warms me through and through. -Andy Dick

I'm so impressed by Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan. They have this exquisite taste. They are very gifted in their ability to make great choices. -Claire Danes

My go-to gifts are scarves from my friend Matin Maulawizada's nonprofit organization, Afghan Hands, which supports disenfranchised women in Afghanistan. In exchange for their beautiful embroidery, the women are given financial aid and classes in math and literacy. The scarves are all stunning and one of a kind. -Claire Danes

Am I a trance medium? No. Have I got a gift psychically? Absolutely not. But I believe in the survival of consciousness after death. -Dan Aykroyd

I'm one of those people that will say, 'My cancer was a gift.' -Melissa Etheridge

My father lived by the philosophy, 'Be yourself, because everyone else is taken,' and he made sure I did, too. Whatever I wanted to do, he supported me. I don't mean that I was spoilt – he didn't believe in material gifts – but he watched my back while I worked to achieve things. -Tommy Lee

Doctors are human animals. They want to be loved, they are tribal, they instinctually favor stories over scientific evidence, they make mistakes, and even small gifts make them susceptible to being biased. -Alice Dreger

I'm not particularly gifted; I'm not genetically freakish in any sense; I'm absolutely average. -Ben Saunders

I think it is a great gift to make people laugh, and it shouldn't be underestimated. -Beeban Kidron

At the end of the day, the TV show is the best job in the world. I get to go anywhere I want, eat and drink whatever I want. As long as I just babble at the camera, other people will pay for it. It's a gift. -Anthony Bourdain

If I had spent a quarter of the time that I spent manipulating my sexuality in front of a piano instead, I would be the most gifted piano player of my lifetime. -Ricky Martin

Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us. -Maria Shriver

The gift my mother gave me was the gift of possibility. From an early age, she instilled in me a belief that I could do anything I wanted to do. It wasn't a matter of, 'Can I?' or 'Should I?' It was just, 'You can, you must, you will!' She wanted me to believe that anything was possible. -Maria Shriver

I try to be very honest in my writing. It's amazing, though, to think that people are responding to what we do, but it's okay if they're responding in a positive way too, because I think just creating anything at all to put out there is a gift. -Tavi Gevinson

It's almost a blessing when we meet people who naturally want to do the sort of things that are in high demand in society. What a gift to do that, as opposed to other people who would say, 'I want to be a novelist but actually I have to be an accountant.' -Alain de Botton

When I design something, I think of it as a gift to somebody else. -Eva Zeisel

I may be the first actress to admit that beauty doesn't hold you back. I think beauty is a gift that you have to make the most of. I've worked hard at trying to look my best. -Catherine Zeta-Jones

Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering. -Ezra Taft Benson

It is not from your own goods that you give to the beggar; it is a portion of his own that you are restoring to him. The Earth belongs to all. So you are paying back a debt and think you are making a gift to which you are not bound. -Saint Ambrose

God is not accustomed to refusing a good gift to those who ask for one. Since he is good, and especially to those who are faithful to him, let us hold fast to him with all our soul, our heart, our strength, and so enjoy his light and see his glory and possess the grace of supernatural joy. -Saint Ambrose

I love what I do, and I just remember that every breath and every moment is a gift and it can be taken away at any time, so I want to appreciate it and be grateful for it while it's here. -Alyson Stoner

Picasso's superhuman gift for draftsmanship might have made him lazy about pursuing the full potential of color. It was not unusual for him to build a composition by first outlining figures and objects in black and then filling the interstices in a perfunctory manner that can put one in mind of a museum-shop coloring book. -Martin Filler

I've always wanted to be a mom because I want to give a kid all of the magical gifts my mom gave to me, such as love and friendship. She and I had this incredible connection that was so unbelievable. -Jennifer Love Hewitt

When I meet young girls, I'm always like, 'Just do me one favour. Love what you look like right now – and remember I said it 10 years from now because it's the greatest gift I can give.' -Jennifer Love Hewitt

I consider the voice a gift from the heavens, and as all the gifts from the heavens, they must be used, but the minute that the heavens call it back then of course I will stop. -Andrea Bocelli

I don't have an extraordinary degree of self-confidence, but I know the gift I have been given from God and I try to share it with as many people as possible. Having a great voice is not a merit. I don't think it is a merit. -Andrea Bocelli

My approach as an actor has always been the same, in that the greatest gift that you're ever going to have is your imagination because you're not going to have all life experiences. So you draw on things that are sort of close to it but you spend your time expanding on it or drawing something specific on whatever your situation is. -Vince Vaughn

Music has been so healing in my life, so the fact that my music could be that for someone else is the best gift of my whole career. People have told me that they got married to my music, divorced to my music, and played my music while they were having their baby. -Gloria Estefan

To apply for a gifted program, children as young as 4 are required to sit through hour-long verbal exams. -Hanna Rosin

From a very young age, I liked to take apart things. All of my Christmas gifts would wind up in a million pieces. I actually recall taking apart my dad's lawnmower three times to understand how combustible engines work. -Homaro Cantu

Water is at the center of every chemical reaction, and therefore should be the earth's most precious gift. -Janine Benyus

The best gift I was ever given was the arts. My mum gave me those on a silver platter. Growing up, her and my grandmother would take me to ballets, classical concerts, even smoky jazz clubs I wasn't supposed to be in! -Jill Scott

I think there's something that happens at 40 where you settle into your own skin and you stop caring what people think – you realize life is a gift from God and you want to live it to the fullest. -Tyler Perry

Being able to stay with a character over the course of years is a gift. -Jennifer Hale

I'm really not interested in showing me or playing me. My gift as an actor, given to me, is to be able to become other people. -David Suchet

Celebrity is a gift. I'm very lucky. -DJ Qualls

The greatest gift that an actor can have is good scripts because then you're relieved of the responsibility of trying to elevate the material. -Holt McCallany

I would say that one of the really special gifts about playing an athlete is that it's the best motivation you'll ever have to get in top shape and stay in top shape because you know that you're going to be expected to deliver. -Holt McCallany

I thought I was God's gift to mankind and the greatest Irishman since George Best. -James Nesbitt

We should not have a petty regard for God's gifts, though we may and should despise our own imperfections. -Saint Ignatius

God our Lord would have us look to the Giver and love Him more than His gift, keeping Him always before our eyes, in our hearts, and in our thoughts. -Saint Ignatius

Art is elemental. Reason alone as it's expressed in the sciences can't be man's complete answer to reality, and it can't express everything that man can, wants to, and has to express. I think God built this into man. Art along with science is the highest gift God has given him. -Pope Benedict XVI

You can take lessons to become almost anything: flying lessons, piano lessons, skydiving lessons, acting lessons, race car driving lessons, singing lessons. But there's no class for comedy. You have to be born with it. God has to give you this gift. -Steve Harvey

When you're in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back. -Paul Stanley

I always thought every day was a gift, but now I am looking for where to send the thank you note. -Randy Pausch

Peace is one of the most precious gifts God has promised His children. I know, because for many years my life was not peaceful, and I was miserable. -Joyce Meyer

We all face storms in life. Some are more difficult than others, but we all go through trials and tribulation. That's why we have the gift of faith. -Joyce Meyer

Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift! -Joyce Meyer

If you're not careful to think and speak words of faith, worry will creep in, and it will not only steal your peace and joy, it will steal your 'today.' The present is the greatest gift God ever gives us. So hold on to the peace that's yours in Christ. Don't let it go. -Joyce Meyer

We don't get the Tony gift basket anymore. You used to get incredible swag – there was like $5,000 worth of stuff. I remember getting an MP3 player, gift certificates to restaurants, a three-year gym membership. -Kevin Chamberlin

I became an actress and studied human emotions so that I could give the gift of feelings to my son. This is what my whole journey has been about. -Tisha Campbell-Martin

One of the greatest gifts that God has given us is free will. Even though it's free, we don't take advantage of it as much as we could when it comes to matters of the heart. -Niecy Nash

That's an amazing gift as an actor – to be able to say I have an audience in so many countries in the world and that people know my work. -Elisabeth Harnois

In Latino culture, the quinceanera's a big thing – it's when a girl becomes a woman. But I think age is just a number – you become a woman with the responsibilities you take on and the decisions you make. I started realizing that every day is a gift – you have every day to be thankful you're alive. -Emily Rios

I don't know whether I much enjoyed education. I was not academically gifted. -Joseph Mawle

My speed is a gift from God, and I run for His glory. Whatever I do, it all comes from him. -Allyson Felix

Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others. Discover your gifts and let them shine! -Jennie Finch

I consider wisdom supernatural because it isn't taught by men – it's a gift from God. -Joyce Meyer

I like gifts. I like to give them and I like to get them. -Joyce Meyer

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. -Joyce Meyer

Peace is one of the most precious gifts God has promised His children. -Joyce Meyer

Some people are born good-looking. Some have the gift of gab. And some are lucky enough to be born smarter than the rest of us. Whether we like it or not, Mother Nature does not dole these characteristics out evenly. -Simon Sinek

One of the biggest gifts you can give a child is confidence, because confidence will take you miles – more than talent, more than anything else. So yes, I want my children to have confidence and to be kind. -Rafe Spall

When I was 17, I taught music; I had 65 students a week, and I did that for a year. So that's pretty regular. But it was great to give the gift of music to people, seeing them learn. It's great to influence young people in a creative way. -Matt Schulze

The best gift a fan could give me is undeniable support. -Jessie J

In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It's their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education… it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond. -Malala Yousafzai

I'm a storyteller… I haves a God-given gift that I can share with you and perhaps entertain you and bring you along for the ride… So when anybody tries to take that away from me, or impede that, I get defensive. -Kurt Sutter

The best gift I could give my father would be to represent India in the Olympics. If I can do that in 2016, and even win a medal, it will be fantastic. -Jeev Milkha Singh

Justification and sanctification are both God's work, and while they can and must be distinguished, the Bible won't let us separate them. Both are gifts of our union with Christ, and within this double-blessing, justification is the root of sanctification and sanctification is the fruit of justification. -Tullian Tchividjian

I felt that one of the things God impressed on me was that I needed to start a nonprofit corporation, so that any money that came my way, whether it was an honorarium, a book sale or a gift, would go into a nonprofit ministry. -Anne Graham Lotz

I'd love to be the political voice of my generation, but that's not my gift. -Anita Baker

Time has nothing to do with the gifts that the gods give you; it's what you do. -Anita Baker

I thought that when you have more success that you'd feel more buoyed or feel more confident. But in fact my brain has the gift of switching it around and saying, 'Now people are expecting something. Now you're really going to let people down.' -Maria Bamford

I would like to go back and spend a Christmas with my family and myself when I was five years old and just see what that dynamic would be like. Observe it. I think it would be a magical gift. -Sharon Lawrence

I like to keep most of my bats. I think I have about 250 bats, including my first – which cost Rs 2000 – a gift from my dad in 1998, when I moved to the hostel. -Suresh Raina

I want to move people; it's not about me. I have been given the gift of being an entertainer. I love getting to touch people's lives. -Bethany Joy Lenz

I've heard people say that God is the gift of desperation, and there's a lot to be said for having really reached a bottom where you've run out of any more good ideas or plans for everybody else's behavior; or how to save and fix and rescue; or just get out of a huge mess, possibly of your own creation. -Anne Lamott

Age has given me the gift of me; it just gave me what I was always longing for, which was to get to be the woman I've already dreamt of being. Which is somebody who can do rest and do hard work and be a really constant companion, a constant, tender-hearted wife to myself. -Anne Lamott

I write because writing is the gift God has given me to help people in the world. -Anne Lamott

I was a scholarship minor public school day boy at Ardingly College and later Whitgift School. Then, straight into work as a journalist – a wonderful thing for a writer. -Neil Gaiman

There is a gift of the Holy Spirit that is given to both men and women in the New Testament. This is what makes the New Testament a New Testament rather than the Old Testament, in which women did not have such privileges. -Tony Campolo

Being able to scream at the top of my lungs in front of people is very therapeutic. It is a great gift for me to be able to do that. -Dave Matthews

Debt is part of the human condition. Civilization is based on exchanges – on gifts, trades, loans – and the revenges and insults that come when they are not paid back. -Margaret Atwood

Intuition is the wisdom formed by feeling and instinct – a gift of knowing without reasoning… Belief is ignited by hope and supported by facts and evidence – it builds alignment and creates confidence. Belief is what sets energy in motion and creates the success that breeds more success. -Angela Ahrendts

I have a very personal feeling about how special America is, and I know how precious freedom is. It is a sacred gift, sanctified by those who have lived it and those who have died defending it. My right to speak my mind, to have a voice, to be what some have called 'opinionated,' is a right I deeply and profoundly cherish. -Teresa Heinz

The most beautiful gift I have received in my life is the trust of Clint Eastwood. When you have this respect and this kind of responsibility on your shoulders, of course you bring the best of yourself. -Cecile de France

Anytime you have an opportunity as an actor to really grow along with your character, I think that's a real gift. -Alan Ritchson

To me, spending your life doing what you love is a gift. Everyone enjoys different walks of life, so find what you love to do and try to make a living at it. -Tim Holmes

In playing, I suppose my greatest gift was to express the way I felt or the willingness to express myself. -Eric Clapton

I'm really in touch, whether it's prayer or meditation… there are so many powers greater than me in the world. I've been blessed and lucky enough to have been given a gift to share with other people. -Lindsay Lohan

I think feminism means what it has always meant – women want to use all their gifts, all their talents and be judged impartially for them. I don't think feminism has ever meant anything else. -Erica Jong

Defining art is huge; I feel like it's such a subjective thing. It's more like what's not art. You know what I mean? I think there can be an art in the way people live their lives, and art can be a gift someone gives to somebody. -Kathleen Hanna

It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. -Maya Angelou

That's the biggest gift I can give anybody: 'Wake up, be aware of who you are, what you're doing and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill.' -Maya Angelou

Salvation and Christ's love is a gift. You don't earn it. You've got to receive that gift. -Joel Osteen

The older I get, the better I understand that every day is a gift. -Joel Osteen

I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you're a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation. -Joel Osteen

I want to challenge you today to get out of your comfort zone. You have so much incredible potential on the inside. God has put gifts and talents in you that you probably don't know anything about. -Joel Osteen

I try to live what I teach. A lot of things come against us in life, but we should try to find something to be grateful for, and see each day as a gift. -Joel Osteen

Every day is a gift from God. There's no guarantee of tomorrow, so that tells me to see the good in this day to make the most of it. -Joel Osteen

The future of America is not an entitlement. We have been given a treasure chest of gifts and opportunities, but some people are being left behind, and success is not sustainable unless it is shared. -Howard Schultz

When I was younger we had a grape arbor, and my mom would go out and pick grapes and make grape jam in the sink – boil it, put it in jars, and give it away as gifts. -Taylor Swift

I love the process of acting, and to turn your passion into a career is the biggest gift. -Ram Kapoor

Anyone who has been given the gift of being opposite an actor who gives and gives, it just makes you better. -Sandra Bullock

You need to have a relationship with what you put inside you. I don't want to get all spiritual about this, but I believe our bodies are a gift, and to deface it is disrespectful. -Michael Moore

I have enormous respect for anyone who would offer to sacrifice their life to defend my right to live. Is there any greater gift one can give another? -Michael Moore

This life is a gift, and to reject that gift or abuse that gift is not human and not worthy of us. -Michael Moore

George Carlin was great right up to the end of his life. But Richard Pryor was probably the best, most gifted stand-up comedian who will ever live. -Denis Leary

I don't have an extraordinary degree of self-confidence, but I know the gift I have been given from God, and I try to share it with as many people as possible. -Andrea Bocelli

I never think about gifts. It's enough to have my family present. -Andrea Bocelli

I've had the fame and the joy of getting laughter – those are gifts. -Mary Tyler Moore

Oftentimes, actors are looked at as court jesters. They are not looked at as deep-thinking, smart people who do many other things or have gifts in other areas. -Goldie Hawn

Don't make anybody a homemade gift. Unless you're really good, or it's going to be really practical. If it's a little thing you think is cute 'cause you made it, just forget it. -Amy Sedaris

My ex-husband happens to be one of the most gifted moviemakers. And what is so bizarre about working with someone like that? I guess it is bizarre to be good friends with your ex-husband. -Ali MacGraw

I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming 'War Horse' on Dartmoor. -Steven Spielberg

In the entertainment business, the biggest gift you could ever get is not an Oscar, it's not a Grammy, it's longevity. -Christian Kane

Stephen Moyer is probably the most gracious, gifted actor that I've met. He's really intelligent. He has a real sensitivity to his character, to scenes, to scripts. -Valerie Cruz

On my wedding day, I gifted my wife a platinum ring. -Vijender Singh

Everyone knows, or should know, that everything we type on our computers or say into our cell phones is being disseminated throughout the datasphere. And most of it is recorded and parsed by big data servers. Why do you think Gmail and Facebook are free? You think they're corporate gifts? We pay with our data. -Douglas Rushkoff

Happy accidents are real gifts, and they can open the door to a future that didn't even exist. It's kind of nice sometimes to set up something to encourage or allow happy accidents to happen. -David Lynch

My talent is definitely a gift. I don't understand where it comes from. I don't play an instrument, and I never went to school for music production, but I know exactly how a song should sound and how to give an artist direction. -Sean Combs

My Catholic faith is my life. Any artist, if he is to be faithful to how he perceives the world and to the nature of his creative gifts, cannot divorce the two. To create is to love. To love is to create. -Michael O'Brien

Greet every morning with open arms and say thanks every night with a full heart. Each day is a precious gift to be savored and used, not left unopened and hoarded for a future that may never come. -Regina Brett

The only gift my dad ever bought me is still in my jewelry box. It died at 10 minutes to 11 decades ago, but the gold Caravelle watch keeps my dad alive. A watch isn't about keeping time. It's about stopping it. -Regina Brett

I played rugby for years, and I had a rugby jacket that I lost when I was 14. Somehow, my brother found it in storage 15 years later, and he gave it back to me for my 30th birthday. That was amazing and probably one of the best gifts I've ever received. -Ryan Reynolds

Making a mix CD – albeit slightly old school – is generally a pretty cool gift and something I like to receive, or giving someone a book that moved you. Writing an inscription inside makes it even better. -Ryan Reynolds

Fragrance is a very personal gift, and I think that's why it makes a great Christmas gift. There's a very distinct signature to it, so if you give it as a gift, I like to think that it's from a person that thinks very highly of you. -Ryan Reynolds

I'm pretty good at surprising friends and family with gifts. I tend to go towards the more sentimental side of giving. -Ryan Reynolds

Stories about mental aberration and oddity only make sense in context. Just how do people live with someone who is peculiar, gifted, strange or alien? It's odd because there's a little part of me that wants to write about exotic, strange bizarre subjects. Instead, I've rather reluctantly realised that what I write about is families. -Mark Haddon

I'm definitely aware that the physical appearance is a very temporary gift. I'm very thankful for the opportunities that I've been able to experience, but I keep it all in check and don't let it consume me. -Marisa Miller

The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy. -Henri Nouwen

As peacemakers, we must resist all the powers of war and destruction and proclaim that peace is the divine gift offered to all who affirm life. Resistance means saying 'No' to all the forces of death, wherever they may be. -Henri Nouwen

Our glory is hidden in our pain, if we allow God to bring the gift of himself in our experience of it. -Henri Nouwen

I like helping children. I have a big thing with children. You can correspond with the child, send something to them as a gift. You know it's actually getting there and you are doing something to help. -Lisa Marie Presley

The good thing about being an actor, and the gift of being an actor, is that you are beautifully forced to see the world with different eyes. -Javier Bardem

Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Kids are naturally gifted at art from a very young age. The problem is when they get older and become self-conscious. The process should always be fun, though. -Damien Hirst

Most Americans acquire dogs impulsively and for dubious reasons: as a Christmas gift for the kids. Because they saw one in a movie. To match the new living-room furniture. Because they moved to the suburbs and see a dog as part of the package. -Jon Katz

Our choosing the right consistently whenever the choice is placed before us creates the solid ground under our faith. It can begin in childhood, since every soul is born with the free gift of the Spirit of Christ. With that Spirit we can know when we have done what is right before God and when we have done wrong in His sight. -Henry B. Eyring

Every child of Heavenly Father born in the world is given at birth, as a free gift, the Light of Christ. -Henry B. Eyring

God's purpose in creation was to let us prove ourselves. The plan was explained to us in the spirit world before we were born. We were valiant enough there to qualify for the opportunity to choose against temptation here to prepare for eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God. -Henry B. Eyring

We are the spirit children of a Heavenly Father. He loved us and He taught us before we were born into this world. He told us that He wished to give us all that He had. To qualify for that gift we had to receive mortal bodies and be tested. Because of those mortal bodies, we would face pain, sickness, and death. -Henry B. Eyring

Life eternal is to live in unity, in families, with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Eternal life is only possible through the keys of the priesthood of God, which were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Holding that eternal goal before the youth you lead is as great a gift as you could give them. -Henry B. Eyring

Increased spiritual strength is a gift from God which He can give when we push in His service to our limits. Through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our natures can be changed. Then our power to carry burdens can be increased more than enough to compensate for the increased service we will be asked to give. -Henry B. Eyring

To find gratitude and generosity when you could reasonably find hurt and resentment will surprise you. It will be so surprising because you will see so much of the opposite: people who have much more than others yet who react with anger when one advantage is lost or with resentment when an added gift is denied. -Henry B. Eyring

Repentance, prayer, and pondering over the scriptures are essential parts of our qualifying for the gifts of the Spirit in our priesthood service. Further magnification of our power to serve will come as we respond with faith to go forward in our callings with the Holy Ghost to help us. -Henry B. Eyring

Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals. -David A. Bednar

Revelation is communication from God to His children on the earth and one of the great blessings associated with the gift and constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. -David A. Bednar

The spirit of revelation is available to every person who receives by proper priesthood authority the saving ordinances of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost – and who is acting in faith to fulfill the priesthood injunction to 'receive the Holy Ghost.' -David A. Bednar

Conversion is an offering of self, of love, and of loyalty we give to God in gratitude for the gift of testimony. -David A. Bednar

The Holy Ghost is manifested to men and women on the earth both as the power and as the gift of the Holy Ghost. The power can come upon a person before baptism; it is the convincing witness that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. -David A. Bednar

The ordinance of confirming a new member of the Church and bestowing the gift of the Holy Ghost is both simple and profound. -David A. Bednar

Obedience opens the door to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. And the spiritual gifts and abilities activated by the power of the Holy Ghost enable us to avoid deception – and to see, to feel, to know, to understand, and to remember things as they really are. -David A. Bednar

My main trick is to work with amazing people. It's a long and twisty journey, and you need people that really are amazing and have this rare gift of honesty and courage and really open up. -Lucy Walker

If you can help guide somebody through a challenging moment because you've been there, that ends up becoming a great gift. -Christian Slater

I wanted to go to acting school, and I did a few modeling jobs to pay for acting school. I never aspired to be a model. I met lots of photographers, and I learned a lot about light – as a source of love and illumination, light as a gift of love. On film, that's a massive contribution. -Jacqueline Bisset

At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar. They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child. -Queen Elizabeth II

If you're lucky, I think you know what you want to do with your life. I think that's a greater gift that any of the gifts you might have when you do know, if you know what I mean. It must be awful to not know what to do. -Maggie Smith

During 'Chicago Hope,' I never let directors talk to me, because I was so spoiled. I started off with people like Milos Forman, Sidney Lumet, James Lapine, unbelievably gifted people. So there I was, saying, 'Don't talk to me, I don't want your opinion.' I behaved abominably. -Mandy Patinkin

One of the greatest gifts that 'Homeland' has given me is it's affirming on a daily basis. -Mandy Patinkin

I'm blessed. I have a 13-year-old girl's eye and a 14 year-old boy's eye. I've been given the gift of sight by people who decided to donate organs. I try to do as much organ-donor work as I can. -Mandy Patinkin

I always tell people I'm grateful for my cancer diagnosis because it was the greatest gift because it completely changed my life. I was able to stop and let my whole life and world just crash over me like a wave. And I stood there and went, 'Wow.' And for the first time, I stopped everything. I had to. -Melissa Etheridge

Parents are supposed to instruct their kids. It doesn't mean they necessarily have that gift of teaching. -Francis Chan

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