20 Powerful Quotes For Life In Foster Care: Part 2

These are precepts to live by.

Jamie Schwandt September 26, 2017

I recently came across a phenomenal book full of wonderful precepts or rules to live by – 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts by R.J. Palacio. This book provides the reader inspirational quotes for every day of the year.

Palacio comments in the book, “I came across this wonderful line: We carry within us the wonders we seek around us. The beauty and power of that line stopped me cold, for some reason. Maybe it was exactly what I needed to hear at that particular moment in my life, a time when I was racked with indecision.”

Life in foster care is extremely challenging. My hope is that these powerful quotes will serve as precepts in the life of a foster child, foster parent, or social worker. I am hoping that these are exactly what they need to hear at this moment in their life.

Moreover, I decided to turn this into a four-part series. This book is full of powerful quotes, for which I could not use them all. I reduced the list from 365 and dwindled it down to my top 80… which is still quite a few.

Click here to read part one.

1. World

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

2. Forward

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard

Knocked Down
3. Knocked Down

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

4. Universe

“The universe is what you illustrate it to be.” – Rory

5. Extraordinary

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

6. Rose

“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can be grateful because thorn bushes have roses.” – Ziggy (Tom Wilson)

7. Stars

“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.” – Carl Schurz

Great Man
9. Great Man

“The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute – he simply speaks and does what is right.” – Mencius

10. Start

“Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.” – Austin Kleon

11. Carry

“It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” – Archimedes

Plan A
12. Plan A

“If plan A doesn’t work, just remember: the alphabet has 25 more letters.” – Unknown

13. Purpose

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne

14. Choices

“You’re free to make your own choices, but you will never be free of the consequences of your choices.” – Srishti

15. Million

“Making a million friends is not a miracle… the miracle is to make such a friend who can stand with you when millions are against you.” – Unknown

16. Conversation

“A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.” – Chinese proverb

17. Ignorance

“Ignorance is not saying, I don’t know. Ignorance is saying, I don’t want to know.” – Unknown

18. Impossible

“Start by doing the necessary, then the possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi

19. Going

“Life moves forward. If you keep looking back, you won’t be able to see where you’re going.” – Charles Carroll

20. Decide

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. Believe

"Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you are absolutely right.” – Henry Ford

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Jamie Schwandt

Dr. Jamie Schwandt (Ed.D.) is an author and former foster child. He is a TV show host, motivational speaker, lean six sigma master black belt, statistics professor, and a major in the U.S. Army. Dr. Schwandt is the author of the books Finding Your Hero (2015) and Succeeding as a Foster Child (2014). He is the host of the inspiring TV show Dreaming Big and is a fitness expert with a unique mindset for positive growth. You can find his published work here, his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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