20 Powerful Quotes For Life In Foster Care: Part 3

These are precepts to live by.

Jamie Schwandt October 16, 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.

Click here to read part two.

1. Fall

“Fall seven times. Stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb

2. Mysterious

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all that is true art and science.” – Albert Einstein

3. Story

“Your life is your story; go write it.” – Clare

4. Fearless

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.” – Rabindranath Tagore

5. Danger

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo Buonarroti

6. Travel

“He who travels has stories to tell.” – Gaelic proverb

7. Better

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.” – Emile Coue

9. Moments

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Unknown

10. Lost

“If something stands to be gained, nothing will be lost.” – Miguel de Cervantes

11. Things

“The best things in life are not things.” – Ginny Moore

12. Success

“Success does not come through grades, degrees or distinctions. It comes through experiences that expand your belief in what is possible.” – Matea

13. Believe

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

14. Plan

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – E.M. Forster

15. Knowledge

“That is the beginning of knowledge – the discovery of something we do not understand.” – Frank Herbert

16. Footsteps

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.” – Matsuo Basho

17. Courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

18. Impossible

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

19. Wise

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” – Bruce Lee

20. Stumble

“A stumble may prevent a fall.” – English Proverb

21. Worth

“Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.” – Philip Dormer Stanhope

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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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