Most Popular of 2015

Here, in order of popularity, are my 50 most popular tweets of 2015, based on number of times liked or retweeted on Twitter.

"Sometimes you feel like giving up, but then you look at other people who have given up, and the results aren't that good."

"You don't take over a room by making everyone in it feel small.  You take over a room by making everyone in it feel noticed."

"Nothing in life means anything unless someone cares, and the whole trick is to keep being that someone."

"The best comment on anything is a pleasant smile.  It is always interpreted favorably and rarely misquoted."

"Happiness is having everything you've worked for and someone for whom you'd give it all up -- who would never ask you to.

"Life is too short to wait for answers, especially when the answer nearly always is, "It's up to you."

"You can be sure that the person who disparages others in your presence disparages you in their presence."

"Somewhere in everybody's family tree are two people who never should have got married and never should have had kids."

"Two wrongs don't make a right, although some folks seem hell-bent on finding out how many wrongs will."

"Do not envy another person's success unless you can recall envying their struggle."

"I've learned this about judging people -- you can have all the facts and not know the whole story."

"What you must realize about a hopeless situation is that it's just a situation -- you are the one supplying the hopelessness."

"Life is many things, but above all others, it is the chance you've been waiting for."

"It's not about getting people to like you.  It's about getting people to like themselves when they're with you."

"Sometimes there aren't any right words, but if you're a friend, you have to show up and fumble for them anyway."

"Do things while you can, and while they matter to you, because neither is a permanent state of affairs."

"There is no motivation like a world that thinks you can't and a partner who thinks you can."

"Life is a collection of moments you would have appreciated more if you had only known they were moments."

"Many people consult God, but few consult God for the purpose of hearing a different opinion."

"Sometimes there are words you haven't heard in so long, you almost think you might believe them again."

"A soulmate is someone who knows where you went when you were last seen wandering aimlessly."

"The trouble with spending your life acquiring wealth is that you never get wealthy enough to buy back your life."

There are times when you just have to look in the mirror and say, "I will if you will."

"Maybe you never catch the dream you chase all your life, but it usually takes you up the road you want to travel."

"Why chase a hopeless dream?  I dunno, maybe for the dream, maybe for the chase, maybe to meet another hopeless dreamer."

"I think that often our happiest memories are made up of things we wish we still believed."

"There is no due date on an apology.  If it is owed, it is due."

"There's nothing like an old photo of yourself to remind you how many different people have hid out behind that same face."

"The trouble with countries defending their honor is that they always defend more honor than they have."

"No matter how carefully you plan your life, your happiness in the end will come down to someone who one day just walked into it."

"Never say that someone does not deserve mercy.  Mercy is never deserved.  If it were, it would be justice."

"A lesson you eventually learn is that nothing that benefits you and you alone benefits anyone."

"When you can be the sunshine in someone's life, or the warm spring rain, why would you be the cold north wind?"

"If you will plant the seed and nourish the soil, the flower will shape itself."

"If you can't be anything else to anyone today, you can be the passing stranger who nodded hello."

"There can be heroism in the moment, but courage is always in the day-to-day."

"The danger of thinking you're 100% right is that it's the only way you can be 100% wrong."

"Sometimes a silent hug is the only thing to say."

"We undervalue the courage of simple civility, for who knows what heartache lies behind a pleasant hello, what worry lurks beneath a gracious smile."

"May it be said of you that you relished the dance of life and went out applauding the band."

You know you're an optimist when you find yourself saying things like, "Okay, I know the situation is temporarily hopeless."

"It's a good day when everyone you meet thinks a little more of themselves for the encounter."

"There are times in a relationship when we say things we regret, and discover they needed to be said, and regretted."

"We accept the weakness in others that makes them just like us, but we despise the weakness in ourselves that makes us just like them."

"Ever get the feeling that sometime early in life there was a briefing you missed?"

"Sometimes we wish for an easy life, but fate intervenes and makes it a happy one."

"A shattered dream is like broken glass -- you never quite sweep up all the pieces."

"It's a sad lament -- the happiness you might have found if you had taken the path that still lies right there in front of you."

"They say it's never too late, but sometimes it is, and you have to wait a day or two before it isn't again."

"I am a guest in your life.  You are a guest in mine.  Not something, perhaps, requiring a dress code, but a little etiquette?"

~~ Robert Brault