Appreciative Pebbles

Appreciative Pebbles



Appreciative Pebbles are Quotes or illustrative Stories designed to inspire and energize an appreciative attitude. 

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Throwing away ideas too soon is like opening a package of flower seeds and then throwing them away because they’re not pretty.

written in Creativity Fringes, ed. Karl H. Mettke

A pile of rocks ceases to be rocks when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you want to know what the future is, be part of its development.

Peter Drucker

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

John Andres Holmes

Real change begins with the simple act of people talking about what they care about.

Margaret J Wheatley

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

Maria Robinson

Don’t ask the mountain
To move, just take a pebble
Each time you visit

John Paul Lederach


We must become the change we want to see.

Mahatma Gandhi

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'

George Bernard Shaw

We are what we imagine ourselves to be.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where you stand as in what direction you are moving.



Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.

Henry David Thoreau

Meaning is made in conversation, reality is created in communication, and knowledge is generated through social interaction….  Language is the vehicle through which we create our understanding of the world.

Diana Whitney & Amanda Trosten-Bloom

We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.

Anais Nin

We don’t live in a world of reality, we live in a world of perceptions.

Gerard J. Simmons

Speak only that which you choose to have come into manifestation now and continuously.

Robert Tennyson Stevenson

What I see is not what I am looking at but what I am looking with.  And so my first and principal duty…is to find my eyes of love.

Dan Jones


The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating.  The paths to it are not found but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.

John Schaar

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.  The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

Henry Miller

The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but seeing with new eyes.

Marcel Proust

Focusing on what we do want will create more of it, while focusing on what we don’t want will create more of that as well.

Jacqueline Bascobert Kelm

It’s not ‘seeing is believing;’ it’s ‘believing is seeing.

The Santa Clause

If you focus on problems, you find more problems.  If you focus on successes, you find more successes.

Mac Odell


Thus the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.


I keep my mind focused on peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then, I can’t be distracted by doubt, anxiety or fear.

Edith Armstrong

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.

Ronald Laing

Quality questions create a quality life.

Anthony Robbins

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize Winner)

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather the wood, divide the work, and give orders.  Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint Exupery

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein


You have to go and fetch the future.  It’s not coming towards you, it’s running away.

Zulu Proverb

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.

Yogi Berra

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

William Arthur Ward

It is said that people resist change; my own experience is that people are attracted to change.  People want to understand the truth, to help patients and residents, and most of all to do something creative and even beautiful.  Transitions are hard, but change is not.  Getting from here to there is hard, but upon arrival life can be better than ever.

David C. Leach, MD

You cannot make something happen, but you can create a space in which what you want is more likely to happen.

Chinese Proverb

Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer.

Ernest Holmes

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas Alva Edison


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Judging by what I have learned about men and women, I am convinced that far more idealistic aspiration exists than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are much less numerous than the underground streams, so the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what men and women carry in their hearts, unreleased or scarcely released. Mankind is waiting and longing for those who can accomplish the task of untying what is knotted and bringing the underground waters to the surface.

Albert Schweitzer

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Albert Einstein

The man who really wants something finds a way; the other man finds an excuse.

E.C. Mckenzie

We need to discover the root causes of success rather than the root causes of failure.

David Cooperrider


If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.



The sense of wonder, that is our sixth sense.

D.H. Lawrence


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

Charles Caleb Colton


We often spend so much time coping with problems along our path that we only have a dim or even inaccurate view of what’s really important to us.


Peter Senge



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