Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world.
It is nothing more or less than faith in action.

Henry Chester


We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

Charles Kingsley


Enthusiasm is one of life's greatest qualities, but it must be practiced to become a dominant factor in one's life.  There is real magic in enthusiasm.  It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Norman Vincent Peale

Enthusiasm, like measles, mumps, and the common cold, is highly contagious.

Emory Ward


Here is good news to those to whom enthusiasm does not come naturally:  It can be cultivated.
  At first, you must consciously put your eyes, your voice, your spirit--in a word, yourself--into your appreciation of people and events and things.  Do this around your home, at your work, and in your social contacts, and you will be surprised at how quickly it will become second nature.  You will find yourself living in a more gracious and enthusiastic world, for your enthusiasm will be reflected back to you from the people to whom you give it.

David Dunn


Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm.  Nothing great was ever achieved without it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm.
Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge
or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning.
Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity
but with it you can accomplish miracles.

Og Mandino


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The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his or her enthusiasm.  Let one lose everything but enthusiasm and that person will again come through to success.

H.W. Arnold

Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless people.  Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.

Stanley Baldwin

If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.

Bruce Barton

Enthusiasm is the element of success in everything.
It is the light that leads and the strength that lifts people
on and up in the great struggles of scientific
pursuits and of professional labor.  It robs endurance
of difficulty, and makes pleasure of duty.

George Washington Doane

Enthusiasm is not a thing which some possess and others lack. 
All persons have it potentially, but only a few are able to express it.

William K. Atkinson


If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest
and enthusiasm.  Life does give back in kind.

Norman Vincent Peale


One person has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days,
but it is the person who has it for 30 years who makes
a success of his or her life.

Edward B. Butler


Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence,
is the quality that most frequently makes for success.

Dale Carnegie



The Greeks have given us one
of the most beautiful words of
our language, the word
"enthusiasm"--a god within.
The grandeur of the acts
of people is measured
by the inspiration from
which they spring.  Happy
are they who bear a God within.

Louis Pasteur


There can be no success without enthusiasm.
The secret of a full life is lots of enthusiasm,
the kind that keeps you fighting and winning
over all obstacles--and enjoying every minute of it.

Alfred Krebs


Years wrinkle the skin.  But to lose enthusiasm in life wrinkles the soul.



None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Henry David Thoreau


Indeed, it could be that the saddest phenomenon in the developing
life of any individual is the decay of enthusiasm.  But this sad
process need not take place if creative and positive thought is made
a consistent practice.  And, if the mind has not been disciplined to
those practices that are propitious to the maintenance of enthusiasm,
it is always possible to begin a program of cultivation at any time.
And inevitably, with such revamping will come a powerful rebirth or
rejuvenation of personality force and, who knows,
perhaps of physical force as well!

Norman Vincent Peale



From the glow of enthusiasm I let the melody escape.

Ludwig van Beethoven


It has been said that "to enthuse" means "to fill with spirit," and that
spirit of enthusiasm is awaiting release or manifestation.  Enthusiasm
can be harnessed and activated.  It can be transferred from one person
to another.  The energy of enthusiasm is similar to a radio signal that
carries around the world.  It can be transmitted and received; and when
enthusiasm is shared by a group of people, it can be potentiated
to a higher degree of power.

John Marks Templeton
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Greet the dawn with enthusiasm and you may expect satisfaction at sunset.




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Enthusiasm--from the beginning, a remarkable word.  The ancient Greeks used it to describe an inspired person:  en meaning in, and theos meaning god.  The enthusiastic person, they thought, was one who reflected the presence of an in-dwelling god. . . .

Enthusiasm is more than simple excitement.  It also involves affection for the object that arouses it.  The enthusiastic person loves the thing he or she feels excited about, great or small, important or unimportant, a marriage partner or an ice-cream cone.  When one feels enthusiasm, one gives out love, and this--I'm sure--is the indwelling deity that the Greeks had in mind--or perhaps a fragment of the Kingdom of God that the Bible says is within us. . . .

Because it has optimism in it, because it's closely allied to cheerfulness, enthusiasm has the power to lift people over the rough places in life.  Which of us does not admire some friend who has proved his or her capacity to endure staggering blows, keeping their sense of humor, their interest in things, their vitality intact?  We marvel, as a rule, that such people are able to retain their enthusiasm.  The truth probably is that their enthusiasm--the love power inside--is supporting them.

Arthur Gordon 
Enthusiasm reaches out with joy, for there is nothing depressing about it;
it reaches out in faith, for there is no fear in it; it reaches out with acceptance,
for there is no doubt in it; it reaches out as a child for there is no uncertainty about it.

Ernest Holmes

Nothing great or new can be done without enthusiasm.  Enthusiasm is
the fly-wheel which carries your saw through the knots in the log.

Harvey Cushing


Be enthusiastic till it thrills you.  Display it, radiate
it, till it infects all those around you.

Homi Kharas



Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.  When
you do a thing, do it with all your might. . . . Be active, be energetic,
be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


When you go through a day utterly devoid of enthusiasm, you
are like a sluggish little stream of muddy water, flowing
its easiest, sluggish, downhill course.

Fred Van Amburgh


Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit
which hovers over the production of genius.

Isaac D'Israeli

Enthusiasm is the thing which makes the world go round.  Without its
driving power, nothing worth doing has ever been done.  Love, friendship,
religion, altruism, devotion to career or hobby—all these, and most
of the other good things of life, are forms of enthusiasm.

Robert H. Schauffler

Enthusiasm is the electricity of life.  How do you get it?
You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.

Gordon Parks


Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition:
with it we are great, generous, and true;
without it, we are little, false, and mean.

L.E. Landon


Enthusiasm is the emblem of energy.  Enthusiasm tells you
where you are today, and predicts where you will be tomorrow.
Without enthusiasm you are simply chasing the
rainbow promise that recedes as you pursue.

Fred Van Amburgh

Indifference never wrote great works, nor thought out striking inventions,
nor reared the solemn architecture that awes the soul, nor breathed
sublime music, nor painted glorious pictures, nor undertook heroic
philanthropies.  All these grandeurs are born of enthusiasm,
and are done heartily.



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Enthusiasm means everything.  Not just a little.  Everything.  If you are involved
in some kind of project right now, or launching any personal endeavor, your
enthusiasm (or lack of it) will directly determine how successful this undertaking
will be.  If you are not excited at the core of your being by it, drop it right now.
If you are excited at the core of your being, demonstrate
that in everything you think and say and do.

Neale Donald Walsch

Apathy can only be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be
aroused by two things:  first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm;
and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying the ideal into practice.

Arnold Toynbee


No person who is enthusiastic about his or her work has anything
to fear from life.  All the opportunities in the world are waiting to be
grasped by people who are in love with what they're doing.

Sam Goldwyn



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This novel was written as a tribute to my mother and the town she grew up in--Crested Butte, Colorado, a mountain coal mining town.  The town of her youth bore no resemblance to the CB of today, though, and the town that I visited when I was young was filled with run-down houses and buildings.  It was a dying mining town until it was turned into a ski resort, and the town of the novel is an idea of what it might have become with a few more decades of neglect, when a trio of creatures escapes from a sealed-off mine intent on exacting revenge upon the people of the town.  They've been living in the mine and caverns for sixty years, and they're really, really angry.
A horror novel on this kind of website?  Of course, because reading can be fun, too.  It's not a gore-fest (I really do dislike those), but more a study of how people react to adversity, and how the sins of our fathers sometimes do come back to haunt us many, many years later.
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