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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.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

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

– Albert Einstein

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

– Arundhati Roy

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

– Henry Miller

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Groucho Marx

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

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

– Maureen Cook

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

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

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

– Napoleon

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

– Barack Obama

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

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

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

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

“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.

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

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

– General Omar Bradley

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

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

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

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