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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 biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

– Winston Churchill

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

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

– Hindu Proverb

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

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

– William James

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

– Corita Kent

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

– Benjamin Franklin

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

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

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Maureen Cook

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

– Francesca Reigle

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Noela Evans

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

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

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Albert Schweitzer

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

– Anais Nin

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

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

– Ray Bradbury

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

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

– Oscar Wilde

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

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

– Michelle Sedas