20 Powerful Quotes for Life in Foster Care Part 4

These are precepts to live by.

Jamie Schwandt November 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. Let’s take a look at the fourth and final set.

(For the other parts of this series, click here, here, and here.)

Time enough
1. Time enough

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” – Rabindranath Tagore

True wisdom
2. True wisdom

“The wisest men follow their own course.” – Euripides

What life's about
3. What life's about

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

4. Accept

“Accept what you can’t change. Change what you can’t accept.” – Unknown

5. Progress

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglas

6. Redirection

“Sometimes rejection in life is really redirection.” – Tavis Smiley

Better than
7. Better than

“I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you thought you could be.” – Ken Venturi

Dream first
9. Dream first

“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” – Carl Sandburg

10. Monuments

“Your deeds are your monuments.” – Inscription on an Egyptian tomb

11. Act

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” – G.K. Chesterton

Everyday effort
12. Everyday effort

“What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.” – Unknown

13. Smile

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

The life you've imagined
14. The life you've imagined

“Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.” – Unknown

15. Change

“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.” – Amy Tan

16. Significance

“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.” – Carl Sagan

Darkest hour
17. Darkest hour

“Even the darkest hour has only sixty minutes.” – Morris Mandel

Think and become
18. Think and become

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Unknown

Nurture it
19. Nurture it

“Find out what your gift is and nurture it.” – Katy Perry

Wounds to wisdom
20. Wounds to wisdom

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

This concludes the list of precepts to live by. Just remember, “True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by.” – E.S. Bouton… I wanted to sneak one last quote in!

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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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