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David Bruce Smith, author and publisher

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“Author and publisher David Bruce Smith* has a bachelor’s degree in American Literature from George Washington University, and a master’s in journalism from New York University. During the past twenty years he has been a real estate executive and the Editor-in-Chief/ Publisher of Crystal City Magazine.

Smith has written 11 books: “In Many Arenas,” • “13 Young Men, Tennessee,” • “Three Miles From Providence,” • “Conversations with Papa Charlie,” • “Afternoon Tea with Mom,” • “Letters to My Children,” • “Building the Community,” • “Continuum,” • “Building My Life,” • and his most recent, “American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

His company David Bruce Smith Publications, specializes in creating, designing, and composing limited-edition books on a variety of subjects: authors, historic figures, artists, and leaders. Several are about the amazing life-story of real estate developer and philanthropist Charles E. Smith. David Bruce Smith Publications is committed to educating young children through books, literature and historic sites.

In January 2014 he launched the The Grateful American™ Series — an interactive, multi-media program designed to restore enthusiasm in American history for children.

For more information, visit davidbrucesmith.com.

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler