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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.

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

“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.

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– 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

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

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

– Arundhati Roy

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

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

– Corita Kent

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

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

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

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

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

– Virginia Woolf

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

– Maureen Cook

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

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

– Jesse Jackson

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

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

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

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

– Michelle Sedas

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

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

– Charles Darwin