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Inspirational quotes are popular because we see reflected in the wise words of great minds validation of who we feel we are and motivation for whom we want to become.

Each month Gary Blair, President and owner of i24 Call Management Solutions publishes a newsletter containing his favourite quote ‘gems’.

Your Inspirational Quotes for October from Gary's Gems

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Welcome to October – the month where things go bump in the night. Halloween, short for Hallow’s Eve or Hallows’ Evening has a long and interesting history.

Did you know that Ireland is considered its birthplace – who knew?

Here’s some Halloween trivia:

The word ‘witch’ comes from the old English word ‘Wicce’ which means ‘wise woman’.

The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually turnips.

The largest recorded pumpkin weighed in at 836 pounds. And believe it or not, people who suffer from a fear of Halloween have Samhainophobia.  Sounds like you have nothing to fear but fear itself, to me!

'October is a symphony of permanence and change.'Click To Tweet – Bonaro W. Overstreet

'Expect the unexpected, and whenever possible, be the unexpected.' Click To Tweet– Lynda Berry

'It’s not about charity, it’s about sharity.'Click To TweetMallence Bart-Williams

'Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.'Click To TweetDouglas Ivester

'A person who buys excuses will soon attempt to sell them to others.'Click To TweetOrrin Woodward

'When you live in reaction, you give your power away. Then you get to experience what you gave your power to.'Click To TweetN. Smith

'People who claim to “have no filter” and are “brutally honest” are often more concerned with the brutality than with the honesty.'Click To TweetAuthor Unknown

'I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to follow it.' Click To TweetRosalia De Castro

'Life will let you get away with something for a while, but sooner or later, you will pay the price. Everything you do in life causes the effects that you experience. When you get the bill, be prepared to pay.' Click To TweetIyanla Vanzant

'All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.'Click To TweetGalileo Galilei

'The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.'Click To Tweet– Robert Louis Stevenson

'The law of win/win says, ‘Let’s not do it your way or my way, let’s do it the best way.' Click To TweetGreg Anderson

'There are no rewards or punishments – only consequences.' Click To TweetWilliam Ralph Inge

'When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane. 'Click To TweetSteven Wright

'It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.'Click To Tweet – Helen Keller

'Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.' Click To Tweet– Seneca

'There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.'Click To TweetRalph Marston

And the thought I’d like to leave you with this month is:

“Let me explain a couple of things.

Time is short.  That’s the first thing.

For the weasel, time is a weasel.

For the hero, time is heroic.

For the whore, time is just another trick.  

If you’re gentle, your time is gentle.

If you’re in a hurry, time flies. 

Time is a servant if you are its master.

Time is your god if you are its dog.

We are the creators of time, the victims of time, and the killers of time.

Time is timeless.

That’s the second thing.

You are the clock.”

The character of Emit Fiesti (anagram for Time itself) … from the movie Faraway so Close … by Wim Wenders


About the Author:

Gary Blair is Owner and Chief Engagement Officer for i24 Call Management Solutions and Founder of the Art for Healing Foundation. He's passionate about creating connections between people through both his for-profit and not-for-profit activities. Communication is the name of the game.


  1. Maria D'Andrea October 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Gary ,you are the GREATEST GEM OF ALL. Thank you.

    • Gary Blair October 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Maria, takes one to know one. 🙂

    • Deborah Anders October 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Maria, this is the truest statement I have seen yet! He shines brighter than any others I am blessed to know 🙂

  2. Betty Bouchie October 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Awesome as always. xo

    • Gary Blair October 1, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Betty! Hope you guys are having the same beautiful sunny start to the month!

  3. Bernice October 1, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Always on the dot, you inspire me, thank you and continue on this path of yours that you share so generously … Hugs xx

    • Gary Blair October 1, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      You were a blessing in my life when we met and continue to be one of my great inspirers and teachers Bernice, so I am honoured to know this. Enjoy the beautiful, sunny launch to what is, admittedly, one of my favourite months!

  4. daniel kaufman October 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Gary, I am so pleased your “gems” will continue, and truly you yourself are a gem which I treasure very much!

    • Gary Blair October 2, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Dan, very kind of you to say. Have a super October!

  5. Wayne October 1, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I always look forward to your gems of the month and sharing them. Most of them are rude awakenings for most of us and something to learn wisely from. Great to reconnect by phone. Hope to talk soon.

    • Gary Blair October 2, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

      Hi Wayne, yes, great to reconnect. Look forward to continuing our catch up!!

  6. Jean Stutsman October 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I really look forward to these each month. Love the new format!
    Jean Stutsman at NTS

    • Gary Blair October 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Jean – glad to know you enjoy! Cheers

  7. LInda October 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    What a fabulous format! Very trendy and slick yet delivering the same wonderful gems. Love it!

    • Gary Blair October 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Linda, Thanks for the very kind words and yes, important that the essence remain the same, so happy to hear that that’s the case. Happy Octobering!

  8. Carmela October 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I love receiving your monthly gems Gary. Thank you so much for taking the time and doing the research for all of us and sharing them.Have a great October and keep feeling inspired. Carmela

    • Gary Blair October 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Carmela, thanks so much for your always kind words. It’s my passion to research and my pleasure to share. Happy October to you as well and Shana Tova to you and Michael as well! May the new year be blessed with love and light!

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