Andy Andrews quotes

  • When faced with a decision, many people say they are waiting for God. But I understand, in most cases, God is waiting for me.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #People #Decision #Waiting

  • I am not a "Christian author." I am an author who is a Christian. While my books reflect my faith, they are not intended as teaching tools for a Christian audience per se. My books are stories created around principles that work for everyone and they work every time.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Christian #Book #Teaching

  • Life itself is a privilege, but to live life to the fullest- well, that is a choice.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Live Life #Choices #Privilege

  • I always encourage authors (especially new authors) to be as generous as we are blessed. For one thing, it is a way to help people. For another, it is a seed one is planting for the life of the book. Someone gave it to someone who gave it to someone else.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Book #Blessed #People

  • While it is true that most people never see or understand the difference they make, or sometimes only imagine their actions having a tiny effect, every single action a person takes has far-reaching consequences.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Differences #People #Tiny

  • I believe persistence is a major key to success in any great endeavor. I want to remind folks to PERSIST in whatever they are tackling at the moment!
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Believe #Persistence #Keys

  • Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you'll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold. There is no growth on the top of a mountain. Sure, the view is great, but what's a view for? A view just gives us a glimpse of our next destination-our next target. But to hit that target, we must come off the mountain, go through the valley, and begin to climb the next slope. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life's next peak.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Views #Giving #Growth

  • Even in the worst time of life, if you are still breathing, that means you are still alive. If you are still here, you haven't accomplished what is still to be accomplished. The most important part of your life is still ahead of you.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Mean #Breathing #Important

  • Most people think it takes a long time to change. It doesn’t. Change is immediate! Instantaneous! It may take a long time to decide to change…but change happens in a heartbeat!
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Thinking #Long #People

  • Everyone has a worst time in their life. There's always a worse time. We are all either in a crisis, coming to one or coming out of one.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Coming Out #Crisis #Worst

  • There are generations yet unborn, whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Moving #Generations #Action

  • Beginning today, I will create a new future by creating a new me. No longer will I dwell in a pit of despair, moaning over squandered time and lost opportunity. I can do nothing about the past. My future is immediate. I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with running feet. When I am faced with the choice of doing nothing or doing something, I will always choose to act! I seize this moment. I choose now.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Running #Passion #Past

  • When you know that everything matters—that every move counts as much as any other—you will begin living a life of permanent purpose.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Moving #Giving #Purpose

  • By your hand, millions - billions - of lives will be altered, caught up in a chain of events begun by you this day.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Hands #Events #Chains

  • Listen carefully to me. Despite popular belief to the contrary, there is absolutely no power in intention...There is no difference in the person who intends to do things differently and the one who never thinks about it in the first place. Have you ever considered how often we judge ourselves by out intentions while we judge others by their actions? Yet intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Thinking #Differences #Judging

  • Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do something you don't necessarily want to do, to get a result you would really like to have.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Adversity #Self #Discipline

  • There are no hopeless situations, sweetheart, only people who have grown hopeless about them. You still have choices you can make.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #People #Choices #Hopeless

  • Remember, young man, experience is not the best teacher. Other people's experience is the best teacher. By reading about the lives of great people, you can unlock the secrets to what made them great.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Teacher #Reading #Men

  • Passion is a product of the heart. Passion is what helps you when you have a great dream. Passion breeds conviction and turns mediocrity into excellence! Your passion will motivate others to join you in pursuit of your dream. With passion, you will overcome insurmountable obstacles. You will become unstoppable!
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Dream #Passion #Heart

  • When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Determination #Heart #Challenges

  • If you worry about what other people think of you, then you will have more confidence in their opinion than you have in your own.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Thinking #People #Worry

  • We begin to forgive by choosing to forgive . . . by deciding, not by feeling. Our feelings don't lead us to forgive. Most times, our feelings lead us the other way. That's why a person has to decide to forgive first. Our feelings always follow along behind our decisions.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Decision #Feelings #Forgiving

  • Keep your head and heart clear. Perspective can just as easily be lost as it can be found.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Heart #Perspective #Lost

  • It is not enough to recognize what is right and true. One must control the impulse to do what is wrong and easy.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Easy #Enough #Impulse

  • Those who are critical of my goals and dreams simply do not understand the higher purpose to which I have been called.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Dream #Goal #Purpose

  • I will not waste time on second thoughts. My life will not be an apology. It will be a statement.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Apology #Waste #Wasting Time

  • I believe that any type of education can be great, but an education about ourselves can create something wonderful. I am a comedian, but people have called me a motivational speaker. I don't really consider myself that at all.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Believe #People #Comedian

  • Successful people make their decisions quickly and change their minds slowly. Failures make their decisions slowly and change their minds quickly.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Successful #People #Decision

  • A life filled with opportunities and encouragement finds more and more opportunities and encouragement, and success becomes inevitable.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Encouragement #Opportunity #Inevitable

  • Everybody wants to reach the top of the mountain, but there is no growth at the peak. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life's next peak.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Motivational #Growth #Mountain

  • Challenges are gifts, opportunities to learn.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Opportunity #Challenges

  • It's time to stop letting your history control your destiny.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Destiny #Your Destiny #Control Your Destiny

  • Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Order #Differences #Making A Difference

  • In desperate times, much more than anything else, folks need perspective. For perspective brings calm. Calm leads to clear thinking. Clear thinking yields new ideas. And ideas produce the bloom...of an answer. Keep your head and heart clear. Perspective can just as easily be lost as it can be found.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Heart #Thinking #Yield

  • The very beating of your heart has meaning and purpose. Your actions have value far greater than silver or gold.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Heart #Gold #Purpose

  • I just think it’s amazing that a person could lose everything, chasing nothing.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Thinking #Chasing #Persons

  • Well, that's why smart people get tripped up with worry and fear. Worry...fear...is just a misuse of the creative imagination that has been placed in each of us. Because we are smart and creative, we imagine all the things that could happen, that might happen, that will happen if this or that happens. See what I mean?
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Smart #Mean #People

  • Do battle with the challenges of your present, and you will unlock the prizes of your future.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Challenges #Battle #Your Future

  • Poor is the man whose future depends on the opinions and permission of others. Remember this, if you are afraid of criticism, you will die doing nothing!
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Men #Criticism #Doing Nothing

  • You have been created with the ability to change the world. Every single choice you make ... every single action you take ... matters. But remember, the converse is also true. Every choice you do not make ... every action you do not take ... matters just as much.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Choices #Matter #World

  • And that destination for which we should strive is one of a successful life not necessarily a life of success.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Successful #Strive #Should

  • While public opinion might sway back and forth, right and wrong do not.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Public Opinion #Might #Opinion

  • Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely. Don't squander your words or your thoughts. Consider that even the simplest actions you take for your lives matter beyond measure...and they matter forever.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Forever #Earth #Matter

  • One way to define wisdom is the ability to see, into the future, the consequences of your choices in the present. That ability can give you a completely different perspective on what the future might look like.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Wisdom #Giving #Perspective

  • See, the ‘small stuff’ is what makes up the larger picture of our lives. Many people are like you, young man. But their perspective is distorted. They ignore ‘small stuff,’ claiming to have an eye on the bigger picture, never understanding that the bigger picture is composed of nothing more than-are you ready?- ‘small stuff’.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Eye #Men #People

  • Remember, the goal is not to raise great kids; it's to raise kids who become great adults.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Kids #Goal #Adults

  • Adversity builds muscle. Adversity creates strength. Adversity, it turns out, is preparation for success.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Adversity #Preparation #Muscles

  • My life - my personality, my habits, even my speech - is a combination of the books I choose to read, the people I choose to listen to, and the thoughts I choose to tolerate in my mind
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Book #People #Personality

  • When I choose to smile I become the master of my emotions.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Emotion #Masters

  • Most people fail at whatever they attempt because of an undecided heart. Should I? Should I not? Go forward? Go back? Success requires the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape. A committed heart does not wait for conditions to be exactly right. Why? Because conditions are never exactly right.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Heart #Emotional #People

  • In the game of life, nothing is less important than the score at halftime.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Games #Important #Score

  • Then the old man's face hardened. "What about you young man?" he asked flatly. "Would you like to get what you deserve?" Jones let that question hang in the air for a moment, then sighed, shook his head, and said "Me? I surely don't want what I deserve. I'm hoping for mercy, not justice.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Men #Air #Justice

  • Circumstances do not push or pull. They are daily lessons to be studied and gleaned for new knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge and wisdom that is applied will bring about a brighter tomorrow. A person who is depressed is spending too much time thinking about the way things are now and not enough time thinking about how he wants things to be.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Thinking #Enough Time #Lessons

  • Until a person takes responsibility for where he is, there is no basis for moving on. The bad news is that the past was in your hands, but the good news is that the future, my friend, is also in your hands.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Moving #Responsibility #Past

  • In Jones's experience, the decision to turn one's life around in a different direction rarely arrived with fireworks and marching bands. Often, the decision came with tears and regret. Then, almost impossibly, the power of forgiveness would fill an unseen void, allowing a new day's optimism and sense of purpose to take hold and point that life in a new direction.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Regret #Optimism #New Day

  • Of course it does, Jomes answered earnestly. Many of life's treasures remain hidden from us simply because we never search for them. Often we do not ask the proper questions that might lead us to the answer to all our challenges. We are so caught up in fear and regret, that hope seems a foolish endeavor. Proof of hope, however, is not only possible, it is an overlooked law of the universe.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Regret #Law #Challenges

  • perserverence w/o exception
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Exception

  • If, in fact, it is what's inside us that makes all the difference, then the difference is made when we choose what goes inside.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Differences #Facts #Made

  • Remember, whatever you focus upon, increases...When you focus on the things you need, you'll find those needs increasing. If you concentrate your thoughts on what you don't have, you will soon be concentrating on other things that you had forgotten you don't have-and feel worse! If you set your mind on loss, you are more likely to lose...But a grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person's life.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Grateful #Loss #Perspective

  • It’s obvious you kids are smart-school and good teachers will do that for you-but wisdom is something altogether different. Wisdom can be gathered in your downtime. Wisdom that can change the very course of your life will come from the people you are around, the books you read, and the things you listen to or watch on radio or television.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Teacher #Smart #Book

  • Whatever you focus upon, increases......When you focus on the things you need, you'll find those needs increasing......A grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person's life.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Grateful #Perspective #Focus

  • The longer you've known someone- the more history there is between you- the longer it will take to establish in their mind that you have truly changed. Remember, forgiveness is an altogether different thing from trust or respect. Forgiveness is about the past. Trust and respect are about the future. Forgiveness will be in the hands of others and cna be given to you, but trust and respect are in your own hands and must be earned.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Past #Hands #Mind

  • By your hand the people shall live
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Hands #People

  • Wisdom is what separates average people from extraordinary people.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Average #People #Ordinary People

  • Every man of character will have that character questioned. Every man of honor and courage will be faced with unjust criticism, but never forget that unjust criticism has no impact whatsoever upon the truth. And the only sure way to avoid criticism is to do nothing and be nothing.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Character #Men #Impact

  • Experience is not the best teacher. Other people's experience is the best teacher.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Teacher #People #Best Teacher

  • Worry is just imagination used in an unproductive way.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Imagination #Worry #Way

  • Everybody wants to make a difference, but nobody wants to be different. And you simply cannot have one without the other.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Differences #Making A Difference #Different

  • All people—all lives—are either in a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or headed for a crisis.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #People #Coming Out #Crisis

  • You have chosen the pathway to your present destination. The responsibility for your situation is yours.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Responsibility #Pathways #Destination

  • A grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person's life.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Grateful #Perspective #Abundance

  • Your big picture will never be a masterpiece if you ignore the tiny brushstrokes. You're trying so hard to be successful that true success is eluding you.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Successful #Trying #Tiny

  • But did you know that during the past quarter century, no presidential election has been won by more than ten million ballots cast? Yet every federal election during the same time period had at least one hundred million people of voting age who did not bother to vote!
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Past #People #Voting

  • When I was 19 years old, both of my parents died in the same year; my mom of cancer and my dad in a car accident. Through the next two or three years and a series of bad decisions - all my own, I might add - I ended up literally homeless, before that was even a word. I even slept occasionally under a pier on the Gulf Coast.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Mom #Dad #Cancer

  • After all, the seeds of depression cannot take root in a grateful heart.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Grateful #Heart #Roots

  • Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Goal #Action #Insult

  • It isn't until you forgive what's in the past that you'll be able to receive the gift of the present
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Past #Forgiving #Able

  • Every good thing that has happened in your life happened because something changed.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Things Change #Life Happens #Good Things

  • Curiously, a principle affects your life whether you are aware of it or not. For instance, the principle of gravity was working long before the apple ever fell on Newton's head. But once it did, and he understood it, then we as a society were free to harness this principle to create, among other things, airline flight.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Apples #Long #Principles

  • Little things do matter. Sometimes, little things matter the most. Everybody pays a lot of attention to big things, but nobody seems to understand that big things are almost always made up of little things. When you ignore little things, they often turn into big things that have become a lot harder to handle.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Attention #Littles #Pay

  • Whatever you focus upon, increases.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Focus #Increase

  • I possess the greatest power ever bestowed upon mankind, the power of choice. Today, I choose to persist without exception. No longer will I live in a dimension of distraction, my focus blown hither and yon like a leaf on a blustery day. I know the outcome I desire. I hold fast to my dreams. I stay the course. I do not quit.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Dream #Choices #Focus

  • If one makes a mistake, then an apology is usually sufficient to get things back on an even keel. However-and this is a big ‘however’- most people do not ever know why their apology did not seem to have any effect. It is simply that they did not make a mistake; they made a choice…and never understood the difference between the two.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Mistake #Apology #Two

  • Truth is like a wild animal; let it loose and it will defend itself!
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Animal #Truth Is #Wild Animal

  • I am a teacher and the reason I'm a teacher is because I'm learning as hard as I can. I'm not any different from anybody else. I am searching and having some success finding answers.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Teacher #Different #Answers

  • A committed heart does not wait for conditions to be exactly right. Why? Because conditions are never exactly right. Indecision limits The Almighty and His ability to perform miracles in your life. He has put the vision in you - proceed! To wait, to wonder, to doubt, to be indecisive is to disobey God.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Heart #Waiting #Miracle