Quote Vote: Early to Bed, Early to Rise…

…Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

I’m a little early on the October newsyletter, but I thought you’d be interested in this opportunity to challenge your brains, and get rewarded for it. Just perfect for an over-the-weekend think!

I’ve used Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard” quote before in writing and speaking.

Because there’s nothing like a good quote to highlight a truth, substantiate a concept or illustrate an idea powerfully.

Drawing on the wisdom of a professional ‘quoter’, James C Humes, Ryals Professor of Language and Leadership (Uni. Southern Colorado), reveals some insights on quotes (especially in public speaking):

  • Feel comfortable – with the quote, the person who said/wrote it; the context
  • Select Prominent and Pithy – short quotes tend to be remembered; relevant people make them even more impressive
  • Make it relevant – quoting to underline and accentuate a thought makes them more dynamic. Quotes inserted into writing that lack connection to the surrounding words may be nice, but not influential or significant.
  • Dramatise – by giving the quote the emphasis and focus it deserves, the words can become even more powerful. Perfect practice makes perfect, and practicing the delivery of a quote when you are speaking can be an investment that gives great returns

Hypnotic advice. The mind likes short ‘story-like’ phrases to associate and connect with. The more we compound/repeat something, the more deeply imprinted it is in the subconscious mind – that’s when we can feel good and really own a quote.

While I’d rather see BF’s quote updated (to include late risers and) to make it relevant to the power of the subconscious – maybe something like:

“Within one’s mind the answer lies… to make a person healthy, wealthy and wise.”

I don’t think that it will necessarily catch on… We’re all making potentially powerful quotes whenever we write or speak, but some comments have withstood the test of time and their repetition reinforces their insight. So…

Calling All Great Quotes!

Grey Matter Network is looking for great quotes about the mind, the power of thought, or about change / personal growth. We’re asking readers to submit their favourite quote on any of these subjects to us. Brief is better – shorter is sweeter.

To get things rolling, here are a few examples:

“The mind is everything. What we think we become.” Buddha

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

 “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

 “Things don’t change, we change” Henry David Thoreau

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” E. M. Forster

“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”  – Socrates

Mens agitat molem (Mind Moves Matter) – Vergil

Nature does not demand that we be perfect. It requires only that we grow. — Josh Liebman

And we want to reward those who help us! On the subject of “healthy, wealthy and wise”, we’ve got a number of great courses coming up this month and next (weight release, golf excellence, money magnetism, self-hypnosis, study skills), and we’re giving them away…

To win a course of your choice, just submit your favourite quote(s), and let us know which class you’d like to participate in. If your quote is selected, your class is on us!

Should you not be located in Singapore, we’ll send hypnotic recordings to you as a thank you, wherever you are!

If several of you pick one of the same great quotes we decide to select, we’ll enter names into a ‘hat’ will draw one of the names submitted for that quote as the winner.

Forward this to friends/family/colleagues/quote masters – they can benefit too!

To commemorate the power of quotes, here are some tips, information on courses you can win and a few quotes that have to do with “health, wealth and wisdom”.


If you don’t have your health what do you have?

“Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

 Mind tip for health: 

Find Joy in Health – while I can imagine the joy of chocolate quite easily, I might have more trouble with brussel sprouts. However, health has its great fantasy foods/activities to help direct us in getting active and well too. Write down great and healthy taste sensations (like a strawberry, or fresh green beans…) or the thrill of exercise (a swim in the sea, or that feeling you get after completing something really energetic) – you can use them as healthy imagery to help get you back on course when you feel snacky or unmotivated to move. Remember, where your focus goes, your energy flows.

Join ProActive or HypnoGolf to help foster greater health.

ProActive Mind & Body: Weight Release and Health Freedom – October 11, 18 & 25 (Tuesdays) – 7pm-9:30pm; Plus November 15, Freedom Forward Night

Imagine what it would be like to feel energised, stronger, more in control…

ProActive’s group sessions give you an opportunity to learn how to release yourself from old patterns and ways of thinking that could be keeping you in your weight and health ruts. Discover areas beneath your awareness that might be sabotaging your desire to achieve your ‘perfect’ weight and give you a healthy body image.

When your mind and body are working towards the same goal, it makes it easier to take control of your thoughts, exercise regime and eating habits to create a lifestyle where you only do what’s best for you holistically.

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” -Buddha

HypnoGolf I: Basic Mental Golf Training – October 24, 2005 (Monday) – 7-9:30pm

Golf is 90% mental, and the rest is in you head. During this Mental Golf Training workshop, participants will begin to “un-learn” patterns and beliefs that are no longer helping their game, and learn skills that will accelerate and enhance golf performance. From practice to tournaments, golfers will learn the fundamentals of using the power of your own mind from more enjoyment and lower scores!

Become a “Master” by signing up for HypnoGolf II: Mental Golf Training – Attitude & Imagery on November 8, 2005 (Tuesday) – 7-9:30pm as well, and save even more.

“It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get” – Arnold Palmer



“Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.” – Ayn Rand

Mind Tip for Wealth:

Is it time to dump other’s money misperceptions? – take a moment and think about three people in your life who had an influence on you when you were growing up – what were their views on money, wealth and abundance? If you’ve been borrowing something from them that is hurting you now, it may be time to thank them for their input (based in their own experience), and give it back, with interest…

Help direct abundance into your life with the Abundant Life Sessions.

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. ” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Abundant Life Sessions: Create a Mental Money Magnet – October 13, 20, & 27 (Thursdays) – 7pm-9:30pm

The Abundant Life Sessions helps you to focus on what you want and deserve, imagine yourself in your new life as an abundant, prosperous being, recreate beliefs of success, and uncover the your own natural ability to attract money.

Now’s the time to release self-sabotage, and move from a state of scarcity to one of abundance!

“A fool and his money are soon parted.” -Thomas Tusser



“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”  – Confucius

Mind Tip for Wisdom: 

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it” – says George Santavana, so what wise lessons have you learned from the good, bad and ugly of your past? Take a moment and look at the 5 biggest ‘mistakes’ of your life and discover the wisdom and lessons you learned. Enjoy the strength that comes from experience and insight.

Enhance wisdom with these courses…

 7th Path Self-Hypnosis: Change your life in the ‘privacy of your own mind’ – October 16, 2005 (Sunday) – 9:30am-5pm

“De-Bug” Your Brain & Program Yourself for Success with Self Hypnosis!

7th Path Self Hypnosis is a new holistic Mind-Body-Spirit Approach – a new and unique form of self-hypnosis combining the best of meditation and hypnosis for fantastic results. Many have benefited from following this practice and you can benefit too!

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” -Abraham Lincoln

Power up the Subconscious Supercomputer: For Study and School Skills (Age 13 – 16 Years Old) – Wednesday 26th October 2005 – 5.30pm – 7.30pm. At the American Club – go to www.sacac.com for more details)

Sometimes it feels like our brains have frozen – just like a computer screen, or maybe have picked up something like a computer ‘virus’ which seems to slow our minds down when we are trying to work hard and do well, at school and at life. The subconscious mind is just like a computer, and there are ways to help you power it up, using skills that you already possess. This class will discuss ways to create the right environment for your mind to work at its peak performance, which makes school a whole lot easier.

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” – Naquib Mahfouz (this writer is new to me, but I love the quote!)

All classes are held at Grey Matter Network, 35A Neil Road (except for Power up the Subconscious Supercomputer). For more information and to register please go to the ‘Classes’ section at www.GreyMatterNetwork.com  (I still have to learn how to insert links!) or write to us at [email protected]. Have fun in quoting and have a great October!


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