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 Do You Want to Develop a Positive Attitude?
     Do you find that you want to change your attitude or change your perspective? Have you tried self-help books and discovered them to leave you less enthusiastic and optimistic than when you began to investigate them? Do you want to make proper judgment without being judgmental? Are you tired of attempting to make other people understand you, rather than seeking to understand? Do you resent being labeled, categorized or pigeon-holed, or labeling, categorizing or pigeon-holing those who disagree with you?

     You will not find the answers to these concerns by reading a few quotes about forgiveness, or memorizing quotes about love or peace. You will not change your attitude or perspective by just reading any book. Improved attitude or perspective begins with the desire to change, not to change others, but to find and grow a different perspective.   Reading Woodcutter’s Revival will not cause you to achieve personal development and enlightenment. If you read the book and truly desire to change your perspective or attitude, you might find yourself walking in the right direction to begin that journey.

     You can find Woodcutter’s Revival in traditional bound version, or ebooks such as Kindle or Nook - instantly downloadable versions.  

Quotes on Leadership

“Besides, I think we are talking more about controlling and managing the faculty, not leading them. You have to know something about education and learning to lead other teachers…” (Page 71)

 “With no risk, there is no courage. Without adversity there are no heroes.” (Page 73)

 “His (Teddy Roosevelt) slogan was, ‘Get action; do things; be sane; don’t fritter away time; create; act; take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action.’” (Page 104)

 “He (Teddy Roosevelt) offered praise and encouragement all the time. Morale was always high simply because we were serving with him. Most ranking officers, in leading a charge, would say, ‘Go up’ and lead from behind. He would get in front and say, ‘Come up.’” (Page 105)
 “The best leaders are those who lead with authority. They do not have to threaten to get people to follow them. They do not see themselves as being better than the individuals being led, or entitled in any way as if they deserve to be in leadership by birthright. They will not ask anybody to do something they would not do themselves.” (Page 110)

Quotes on Love

“As he looked, attempting not to stare, he thought the clerk and Daryl could probably hear his heart racing. He was, once again, shocked that he reacted so strongly and out of control to an individual he had only previously seen once in his entire lifetime.” (Page 29)

 “This was the first time he felt this strange aching feeling. While feeling the pain, he wondered why the thought of her also brought so much exhilaration, as he always caught himself smiling when day dreaming about her.” (Page 57)

 “He gave his best effort to appear as if he did not notice her. He would sneak sly glances in her direction that would not be noticed as glances if she were not looking. He found that as he sat there, the glances became more frequent and longer in duration.” (Page 60)

 “Thoughts of Victoria were filling his every waking and sleeping moment. Seeing her had not brought any relief, only intensification of the condition.” (Page 62)

 “From Victoria the words shot straight into Raymond’s heart, overriding any logic or defense he had considered. The words acted as a magic elixir, bolstering any real courage he lacked.” (Page 74)

  “He drifted into and out of conscious thought, unable to distinguish between reverie and actual dreams. The theme was consistent, as the only thing he could focus on was a future with Victoria. He could put up with Mr. Thomas forever if his future included Victoria.” (Page 191)

 “Matters of the heart are never certain. Hopes and emotions can cause you to read a lot into a situation.” (Page 194)

Quotes on Forgiveness

 “The cheating, I could forgive. The lying to me and about me, I could forgive. The fact that he would not reason with me was more than I could bear.” (Page 50)

 “I remembered my readings: ‘But I say unto you everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court.’” (Page 51

 “At first I was shocked I could have thought of such an act, even committed it in my mind. I then began to thank God for not allowing me to carry it out. It took some time, but I finally was able to forgive Edward.” (Page 51)

 “Injury of the soul also requires action. The injured person must do something for the person who caused the injury. This is the ultimate act of forgiveness. It also places the injured person back into active duty. The inability to forgive does little or nothing to the person you refuse to forgive. An unforgiving attitude hurts and continues to debilitate the person refusing to forgive.” (Page 164)

 “I’m not sure about the psychology of pain, but I know a person can wallow in self pity. You can justify to yourself why you should continue to harbor a grudge. Doing something to demonstrate forgiveness breaks that cycle of self pity as surely as walking and stretching helps a person gain full strength and recovery of an injured limb.” (Page 164)

 “The stories about me and ignoring me were the easy parts. The fact that you could just turn your back on your brother, that took longer. I had things I wanted to say to you, but you wouldn’t even reason with me. That is truly water under the bridge. I would like to know that I am forgiven for wanting to kill you back then.” (Page 263)

Quotes on Life

 “It seems you can work for your whole life and earn enough to support yourself and your family, but what of it? Those who get more never seem to have enough.” (Page 5)

 “Gramps told me about the battle the two parts of our mind wage against each other. It seems the thoughts we have when we first awaken reveal our true attitude toward life. Our subconscious is still active before the conscious mind begins to attempt to control our thoughts. If we wake up fearful about something, it might take several hours to shake it. If we are excited about something, we might not be able to contain our enthusiasm.” (Page 8)

 “At first Raymond contemplated these words. He began to wrestle with them. ‘For what cause would be worth dying? More importantly, for what reason should a person live?’” (Page 26)

 “Whichever way one chose to live, life depended upon death. The animals did not seem to mind belonging to the food chain as long as they were the predator and not the prey.” (Page 40)

 “The snow on the farm reminded me of an egg shell – secure but within a delicate balance – vulnerable. We had already been through the depressing days of fall, after the harvest. The snow would then come and seal everything in, but you knew under the snow cover, life was beginning to form and would soon be out for the next year.” (Page 42)

 “When you are around other people, you need to think their thoughts and believe their ideas as your own. You accept the way most people do things as ‘normal.’ Normalcy is dictated by trends in style, convenience, preference or necessity.” (Page 77)

 “As you grow older, you find only things that really matter are those things you cannot accumulate, but conversely the things nobody can take from you.” (Page 77)

 “That is the way life is. We are each given only a short segment of the total continuum. Some have it better than others. Some put their time into better use. If we worry or fret about the section we didn’t get, or grumble about the one we got, our short segments will be over and we will not have even realized it.” (Page 80)

 “Sure, I have missed a lot of things I would have experienced down there, but I would not trade the things I have gained. Besides, an experience is never wasted if you learn from it, and no lessons are free of cost.” (Page 80)

 “The main conclusion I have drawn is the only things of lasting value, besides the necessities of survival, are those things which affect the lives of others. Those things which cause others to evaluate their perspectives and change them as needed.” (Page 147)

 “Stewart remembered what Michael taught him. Michael said, ‘Believe your dreams, trust your instincts, and doubt your fears.’” (Page 169)

Quotes on Peace

 “…I mean I would like to feel secure and know that if, for some reason, I could not work, I could still have enough so I could eat, be comfortable and have nice things. I guess I would also like to be free from conflict.” (Page 6)

 “When I think of peace, I think of something more difficult to explain. To me it means I would be doing the right thing with my life – like I am where I should be – not always wondering if I should be doing something else. That type of assurance would bring peace even in the midst of conflict.” (Page 6)

 “I have even come to realize that all things happen for a purpose – even the things which seem evil. God can use it to shape and mold the victim. Whenever I get too proud of my piety, God can remind me of the potential evil in my mind.” (Page 51)

 “It seems we do not grow as people unless we have gone through some adversity. About peace, I am not torn by the doubt of whether I should be some other place or doing something else.” (Page 53)
“Somehow, he knew these thoughts would be like a star on which he would guide the course of his future. He would never be able to reach out and touch the star, but most of the time, he would be able to look up and see if he was going in the right direction toward it.” (Page 53)

 “Don’t’ worry, Princess. I’m not going anywhere. I am right where I belong.” (Page 263)

Quotes on Self Respect

 “It was like he wanted to demonstrate that he was superior to them and to me. If he truly felt he was superior, why did he have to go to such lengths to impress them with his money and power?” (Page 45)

 “He built the church and went overboard, not so much out of reverence, but to gain her approval. There was no need for such a fancy cathedral way up here. He might have been attempting to buy his way into heaven. I always knew he did not really know her or other people. Most of all, he did not know himself.” (Page 46)

 “The more powerful he became the more self-respect he attempted to demonstrate. It occurred to me, if a person truly has self-respect, he does not have to use all his energy to convince himself.” (Page 46)

 “Father, they fear you. How far would they follow you because of fear? They would have followed him to their death. It is not respect when people do what you say because you have power over them.” (Page 68)

 “She was beginning to question that if he was so strong, why was he so afraid of allowing anybody to break through his veneer. She was also beginning to understand that actions postured as self-respect were actually attempts to gain or convince himself of respect by dominating others.” (Page 68)

 “He had self respect. That is how you gain authority. People who have to resort to power to get others to follow them lack respect for themselves. They have to attempt to gain the admiration of others, in a vain attempt to gain self esteem. Respect is earned by trust and gaining the confidence of others.” (Page 111)

 “I want to keep politics out of the church, but when you discuss something with somebody and they do not agree, they may resort to labeling you rather than discussing the issues. Even in this great land of ours, people will still attempt to dominate your thoughts, try to convince you to think like them and even control or suppress you if you think differently.” (Page 233)

Quotes on Hope

 “I just think of the possibilities ahead of us. I hate to sound trite, but our future is as limitless as the sky above us. Have you ever seen so many stars?” (Page 7)

 “That is what restoration is all about and making up for the years the locust have stripped. It is revealing the wrong, reviving the wronged.” (Page 83)

 “It seems you have so much to share. I know people will find it useful. If someone could suffer a little less by reading about your suffering, it’ll have been worth the effort. If somebody gains by reading about the injustices you suffered, that may bring some sort of restitution and healing.” (Page 152)

 “Well, you don’t reach your dreams until you set and reach toward your goals. Dreams are like the ridge or mountain you are steering toward. Goals are the steps you take to get there. You can change and alter your goals, but keep your dreams in view.” (Page 181)

 “Yeah, money is great. Not everyone can get it though. Even fewer of those who do can keep it.” (Page 181)

 His father always told him, “When you are doing a job, try to keep a positive outlook. Whether you like the work or not, and odds are there will be more you dislike than you like, convince yourself to be happy. You have your health and ability. Learn everything you can in every situation. No experience, no matter how painful or full of drudgery is wasted if you learn and grow from it. Have an attitude of gratitude. If you work with others, try to make them happy. Your day will go faster and you will be well liked.” (Page 183)

Quotes on Friendship

 “Michael also trusted his ability to judge character. From his vantage point and his own past experience, he seemed to have a way of knowing people and being able to determine their motives. He knew he could trust his perceptions of people when he was wise enough to not allow his emotions to get in the way.” (Page 19)

 “Another factor that seemed to add to their growing relationship was the total dependence Michael felt for Stewart. He did not feel a sense of the dependency so much as a humbling feeling of being placed in the position of allowing another person to do the necessities he had always done for himself. For Stewart the feeling was like a type of bonding a doctor might feel for a patient. Stewart had never been in a position in which another person totally depended upon him.” (Page 36)

 “Michael was quieter than usual this morning. Stewart knew why and honored the quiet. Besides, he honestly did not know what to say. Would it seem arrogant to attempt to console another who was saddened by your departure? Was it presumptuous to think Michael was quiet because he was anticipating the departure? Stewart had no answers for his questions.” (Page 158)

Quotes on History

 “These were times when it was common for young men to leave the farm and seek a better life.” (Page 1)

 “During the early prospecting days, almost all the miners were single men, hoping to send money back to their families so they could make their way out west to join them.” (Page 57)

 “Gold had already been pretty well played-out. We decided to go after silver. It gained no value until the gold was gone.” (Page 43)

 “One year after Teddy graduated from Harvard, he was elected to the new York State Assembly. That is where he became a leader of the GOP as a “Reformer.” In those years he wrote several of his books, including the Navel War of 1812. In 1884, his wife and mother both died on the same day. He left politics and the public life for a spell to become a rancher in the ‘Badlands.’” (Page 107)

 “There was something else T.R. gained from his police commissioner days. He had a nostalgic fondness for the Colt 38. There were other, more powerful guns around, but since the police used the Colt, Teddy liked it. The irony was that he carried a Colt in Cuba. It had been issued to the captain of the battle ship Maine. When the Maine exploded in Savanna Harbor, Navy divers recovered it.” (Page 108)

 “It (placer mining) was outlawed in the Mining Act of 1872. The process destroyed too much of the natural environment, caused erosion, and pollution. He argued that it was more economical and why should he be punished in his ability to make money?” (Page 142)

Quotes About Happiness

 “He became philosophic about the situation and wondered how many of life’s circumstances which are chosen for us are better than the choices we might have made for ourselves.” (Page 36)

 “Happiness to most people is either the hope they hold for the future or pleasant memories of the past. True happiness can only come from living in the present.” (Page 53)

 “He had not spent any extra money educating these people for more than just the expense. Oh, he provided a school, but that was more to indoctrinate than to educate. He feared that the more people were educated the less they tended to be controllable. He had justified this belief by referencing that Fredrick Douglass, a slave who broke the law by educating himself and becoming a writer and orator was able to get the anti-slavery message out.” (Page 70)

 “Gramps used to say, ‘The things you do to make you happy are not as important as the things in which you choose to be happy.” (Page 101)

 “Be safe, be healthy, and be happy. Remember to guard your perspective and have an attitude of gratitude.”  (Page 171)

Quotes About Education and Personal Growth

 “Michael loved seeing people motivated toward growth and learning just for the sake of enlightenment.” (Page 35)

 “I don’t believe any man truly teaches us. It seems more like others help us confirm or rethink our own values. Now those values are probably planted by our parents and other significant people along the way. But they have to grow in fertile soil.” (Page 52)

 “She was like Mr. Gradgrind in Dickens’s novel, Hard Times. She thought she could reduce education to a mathematical equation. She thought she could convey all facts without appealing the emotion of the learner.” (Page 71)

“Michaels’ philosophical challenges could make you rethink your position without causing you to feel like a fool.” (Page 76)

“…we all benefit from the wisdom and the technological progress of others and have responsibility to pass on what we have learned.” (Page 80)

“When I hear a heart-felt performance or read an inspiring thought, I sometimes weep - not only because the music was beautiful or the thought deeply profound. Rather, I weep when I see someone applying themselves and putting their heart into their expression, demonstrating passion. Though they may never obtain it, they are reaching for their potential.” (Page 149)

“Stewart thought back over years of Sunday school, church, family and school, how he had tacitly learned that to seek one’s potential was wrong. One should be satisfied with his position in life and not seek self glory. Accepting a station or position in life sounded less like fate and more like ‘fatal’ to Michael and now to Stewart.: (Page 165)

Michael had said, “God inspires and empowers us to follow Him. God is not concerned with our ability or inability, only in our availability.”  (Page 165)
Gramps was right when he told Stewart, “Facts are negotiable, perceptions are not.” (Page 206)

“…don’t try to change people. Don’t label them if they think differently than you. Change your mind. Be radical. Seek to understand before you attempt to make somebody understand you.” (Page 236)

“I’m teaching them some classical literature like Dickens. We started with Hard Times and Bleak House. I’m also teaching them some American History. They love my Rough Rider accounts. We are doing some calculations, grammar and a little science. We get to teach them about an hour of Bible reading with discussion every day. I have them work through the answers themselves. I am showing them the difference between education and indoctrination.” (Page 258)

Quotes on Dread, Fear or Melancholy

 “There was also the sickness of the soul that hung over the miner. When he was not in the mine, he still could not get the dread out of his mind – the dread of going back into the living grave and not knowing if the narrow tunnel would become an actual grave.” (Page 57)

 “As he returned to his room he felt the solitude and the emptiness the sparse setting seemed to reveal to his soul. He had felt homesickness, but this was the first time he realized what it was to feel loneliness.” (Page 62)

 “The swarming locusts are all those burdens which seem to overwhelm us. The creeping locusts are the thoughts we hold in our minds and never know how they got so entrenched there. They are the thoughts that keep us awake at night or the thoughts that cause our hearts to jump or our stomachs to sour when we awaken. They are fears and worries. The stripping locusts are the problems that arise after we think we cannot carry another burden. Finally, the gnawing locusts are the concerns which take our joy and cause us to be melancholy.” (Page 82)

 “It seemed more like the chain of events which kept happening tended to finally wear us down. We tended to grieve more over choices which turned bad than over natural disaster. For example, try taking a person’s life and he will fight you, but a person can give up and might even consider taking his own life. Some people call it melancholy. I call it the ‘Despondency.’” (Page 144)

 “Then, you get the dreaded realization that you are getting older. The things that used to be easy, like going through the day with little sleep, or putting in a full day’s work with energy to spare, become more difficult. When you are doing your required daily tasks, you want to be sleeping. When you are in bed, trying to go sleep, you wish it were day so you could get things done. The night seems endless and the things you picture in your mind seem to have a dark pallor of dread hanging over them.” (Page 145)

 Michael responded, “I don’t think it is the fear of failure or injury we all face, like those night terrors. I think we fear that our dreams, if reached, won’t be as fulfilling as we had imagined.” (Page 157)

 “The night was dark. The sound of the revelers in the street did not diminish the darkness or the loneliness. His thoughts were more of despondency. He recognized the loneliness and the fatigue. He was unfamiliar with the melancholy.” (Page 169)