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Words of Inspiration Submitted By Our Upstate Family

Inspiring Quotes

During this time of crisis, Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, invites the Upstate community to share the inspiring quotes or words of wisdom that resonate with them now. The quotes below were submitted by members of our Upstate family. To share the quote that inspires you the most at this time, submit it here.


When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind --- and you will always be right.
Author: Unknown
Submitted by: Senior Staff Assistant in Pathology



Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Author: Gautama Buddha
Submitted by: An Administrative Assistant


You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
Author: Unknown
Submitted by: Office Ninja (aka Administrative Assistant)



If you focus on results you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.
Author: Unknown
Submitted by: An Executive Assistant



Without love in the dream it will never come true
Author: Robert Hunter
Submitted by: Ron Saletsky



It is not how much we do – it is how much love we put into the doing.
Author: Mother Theresa
Submitted by: Registered Nurse



Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
Author: Amelia Earhart
Submitted by: Danielle Masursky
Director, Writing Resource Center



If you focus on results you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.
Author: Unknown
Submitted by: An Administrative Assistant



If you do not understand the benefits of difference, you will always align yourself to your similarities, and in doing so you will miss out on the beauty that variety brings to the table.
Author: Sarah Richson - Human Development Coach
Submitted by: An Administrative Assistant



Always show more kindness than you think is necessary because the receiver needs it more than you know.
Author: Arthur Caliandro
Submitted by : Deb Stehle
Director of Operations, College of Health Professions



One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts but team work dynamites.
Author: Jin Kwon
Submitted by: Office Ninja (aka Administrative Assistant)



It's better to lose a minute in life, than lose a life in a minute. Make Time for Social Distancing.
Author: Us All
Submitted by: Assistant Contracts Administrator



Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.
Author: Pema Chodron
Submitted by: Rebecca Alexander
Physical Therapist



Unbowed, unbent, unbroken.
Author: House motto of House Martell, from George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones
Submitted by: Ryan Meath
Research Tech



Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. 
Author: Henry Ford 
Submitted by: Research Tech, Psychiatry



Be strong, go with your heart and believe in miracles because anything - anything can happen.
Author: Marlo Javidando
Submitted by: Anne Peer
Sr. Administrative Assistant



What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What if our America is not dying, but a country still waiting to be born?
Author: Valerie Kaur
Submitted by: Jim Brule
Assistant Chaplain




Reflect on the past; live in the present; and optimistically look to the future!
Author: Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics
Submitted by: Amy Green
Executive Assistant to Dave Amberg




We have only today, let us begin
Author: Mother Teresa
Submitted by: Lorraine Murray




Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Author: Helen Keller 
Submitted by: Megan Chase 
Employee Engagement Specialist




When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
Author: Peter Marshall
Submitted by : An Administrative Assistant, Hospital Administration 




Staying positive doesn't mean you have to be happy all the time. It means that even on hard days you know that there are better ones coming.
Author: Unknown
Submitted by: An Administrative Assistant, Office of the President



I am only one, but a I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, that I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I shall do.
Author: Edward E. Hale
Submitted by : Rev Terry Culbertson
Chaplain Supervisor  



When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves
Author: Viktor Frankl
Submitted by: Project Manager



If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal"
Author: Unknown
Submitted by : Project Manager



Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient
Author: – Dr. Steve Maraboli
Submitted by : Project Manager



The two most important days in life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
Author: Mark Twain
Submited by : Project Manager



The greatest compassion is the prevention of human suffering through patience, alertness, courage and kindness.
Author: Amit Ray
Submitted by: An Administrative Assistant, Office of the President



Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.
Author: Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Submitted by: AVP Community Relations



In the tender compassion of God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Author: St. Luke
Submitted by: Chris A
Program Assistant to the Hospitalist Service



We say we can when they say we cain't
See what it is when they see what it ain't
With blood sweat and tears and a new coat of paint
We're just a Sinner's choir, singing a song for the Saints
Author: Kenny Chesney, Chorus from Song for the Saints
Submitted by : Ryan M.
Research Tech



You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.
Author: Winnie the Pooh
Submitted by : Ashley Sullivan
Social worker 



Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know 
Author: Pema Chodron
Submitted by : Tammy Smith
Clinical Documentation Improvement



Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction!
Author: Rumi
Submitted by : Rev Terry Culbertson
Chaplain Supervisor



When the sun shines we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be your friend
Took an oath Imma stick it out till the end
Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
Author: Plain White T's - Umbrella - Rihanna Cover
Submitted by: Support staff



Statement of Strength: Experience gives the test first & then lessons afterwards. 
Author: John C. Maxwell
Submitted by : Tree



And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, if the storm is really over. But one thing is certain...When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in.
That's what this storm is all about.
Author: Haruki Murakami
Submitted by : Tiara Wells
Opioid Bridge Clinic LPN



Accept-then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it...This will miraculously transform your whole life.
Author: Eckhart Tolle
Submitted by: A Social Worker


Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less?
Author: Marie Curie
Submitted by: Tammy Smith
Clinical Documentation Improvement


So far, you have survived 100% of your worst days.
Author: Unknown
Submitted by: A fourth-year medical student


Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.
Author: Anne Frank
Submitted by: John Iwaniec
Research Support Specialist - Microbiology and Immunology


However difficult matters are at present.... humanity will ultimately pass through this ordeal, and it will emerge on the other side with greater insight...
Author: The Universal House of Justice
Submitted by: Heidi Noce
Radiology Quality and Safety


To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.
Author: Rawsi Williams
Submitted by: Sean
ICU Nurse


A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Author: Christopher Reeves

Submitted by: Allison Roberts
Assistant Director of Social Work

Submitted by Tiara Wells
Opioid Bridge Clinic LPN


We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.
Author: St. Francis of Assisi
Submitted by: Rev Terry Culbertson
Chaplain Supervisor


I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Author: Frank Herbert
Submitted by: Karan Ramakrishna
Resident Physician


We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say "It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem." Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.
Author: Fred Rogers
Submitted by: Martin Durkin
Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel Upstate Medical University


How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
Author: Florence Nightingale
Submitted by: Kelly Dolan
Assistant Director of Nursing


So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, then you will rejoice and no one can rob you of that joy.
Author: John 16:22
Submitted by: An Administrative Assistant


Never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.
Author: Rahm Emanuel
Submitted by: A Hospital Administrator


Be strong, be brave, be true. Endure.
Author: Dave Eggers
Submitted by: E. Frederiksen
Director of Management Engineering


Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Author: Joshua J. Marine
Submitted by: Shelby Robinson
Clinical Training Specialist at the Community Campus OR


I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear
Author: Nelson Mandela
Submitted by: Zsuzsa S. Meszaros, MD, PhD
Psychiatry Residency Program Director
And by: Deb Mickinkle
Administrative Assistant


When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘We’, Illness becomes Wellness
Author: Malcolm X
Submitted by: A Family Medicine physician


We are a strong community here at Upstate and we will get through this. We have some stellar employees here that work very hard & are team players. I have the utmost confidence we will recover from this & be the shining stars that we are!!! Hang in there Upstate family...we got this!
Author: Michele Martin
HSPC 2 PM&R dept


“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
Author: JK Rowling, Albus Dumbledore
Submitted by: A Nurse


Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
Author: Mattie Stepanek
Submitted by: Scott Jesmore
IMT PC Support - Cardiology


Relinquish control and leap empty-handed into the void. What beckons is the creative power of the unknown.
Author: Unknown
Submitted by: A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.
Author: Nelson Mandela
Submitted by: Tammy Smith
Clinical Documentation Improvement


In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.
Author: Fred Rogers
Submitted by: Matthew Capogreco
Cancer Center Program and Events Coordinator


If you can only carry one thing throughout your entire life, let it be hope. Let it be hope that better things are always ahead. Let it be hope that you can get through even the toughest times. Let it be hope that you are stronger than any challenge that comes your way. Let it be hope that you are exactly where you are meant to be right now, and that you are on the path to where you are meant to be... Because during these times, hope will be the very thing that carries you through.
Author: Nikki Banas
Submitted by: An Administrative Assistant, Office of the President


Not all those who wander are lost.
Author: J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Submitted by: Ryan M. Meath
Research Tech, Psychiatry


In The difficult moments, seek God. In The quiet moment worship God. In every moment thank God.
Author: Unknown
Submitted by: Mary Pharmacist


Let your passion and your purpose be the people you serve.
Author: Kaushal B. Nanavati, MD
Submitted by: A member of the Upstate family


Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.
Author: Mary Anne Radmacher
Submitted by: Emily Ryan
Administrative Assistant


Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character.
Author: WA Ward
Submitted by : Patty Gooden
Staff Assistant, Academic Affairs