Noel Grove writer for National Geographic, wrote that "my dad was very quotable" when he was writing about us for the article "North with the wheat cutters".  Upon finding out that I had written down some of my own, he said "the apple didn't fall far from the tree".  Fitting that I start with a quote from Noel about me.

"Having spent his summers in the company of field hands and basking in the indulgence afforded the only male heir, Mikel seems less a child than a miniature adult.  He walks with a swagger, a Lilliputian drill sergeant with the saltiest vocabulary I've ever heard from a preschooler".  (National Geographic writer, Noel Grove describing me at age 5/6 for the article "North with the wheat cutters" National Geographic Magazine August 1972.)

Quotes of my own or that I like:

"I wish you knew Mike, the way I do". A friend said that years ago. Not sure he knows that his mom told me he said it? It's basically about not judging people until you get to know them.

"Some people may hate you for no reason at all, simply because your confidence reminds them of their insecurities". Ali B. Moe

"Don't be too quick to judge someone based on their past work, sometimes they are limited by their opportunities, it doesn't mean they are not capable of more"!  Mikel M. Louder

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincent Peale

"You are your fathers son, that doesn't have to define you" Frank Rourke aka The late Bill Paxton on the cbs television series, Training Day. Training Day on CBS"

Anyone can take great pictures, photography is about much more than just that or everyone would be a professional photographer". MML

"Take the lemons and make lemonade". from my buddy Sparky aka model Laura Aliria

"The greatest change can bring about even greater opportunity".  from the movie "Night at the museum, battle of the Smithsonian".

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Jackie Robinson.

"It's not adversity itself, but what we do with it that determines our fate".  From the book "The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.

"Happiness is not about lying to ourselves, or turning a blind eye to the negative, but about adjusting our brain so that we see the ways to rise above the circumstances".  Shawn Achor "The Happiness Advantage".

From the movie Tombstone,

[Doc begins coughing violently.]

Jack Johnson: Doc, you ought to be in bed. What the hell you doin' this for, anyway?

Doc Holliday: Wyatt Earp is my friend.

Jack Johnson: Hell, I've got lots of friends.

Doc Holliday: I don't.

Somewhere there's someone who dreams of your smile, and finds in your presence that life is worthwhile. So when you are lonely remember it's true: somebody, somewhere is thinking of you.

"When we're together, I know I'll never fail". Stolen from a photographer friends, Starbucks cup.

"People with a poor attitude will always turn what you say into a negative, no matter how encouraging & supportive you try to be, they hear what they want despite what you're saying". (believe me, I was once one of them) Mikel M. Louder

"Don't over analyze your relationships, life, job...etc. If you pick something apart, your bound to find fault. Nothing is perfect. Find the good aspects of what you have and don't dwell on the imperfections". Mikel M. Louder

"I'd spend a lifetime with someone who verbalizes their anger & gets it off their chest, before I'd spend 10 seconds with someone who hits me"! (might not be my exact words, but it is my quote) Mikel M. Louder

"It happens to all of us! Everyone has their days, when you get in a negative rut, that's why we have our positive minded friends to pull us back from the edge of the cliff"

"When bad things happen in your life you have a choice to make, whine and complain about how unfair life is to you or use the circumstance as motivation to move on and become a better person because of it".

"To err is human, to forgive divine".  Alexander Pope An Essay on Criticism English poet & satirist (1688 - 1744)

"When considering the advice of others, take into account, do they really know the person or situation well enough to decide what is right for you"? "friends, family, and others mean well, but ultimately you have to make the decisions for yourself". "I listen to opinions, but the deciding vote is mine, which is the only way I want it". "I like that responsibility & am fully prepared for the blame, if I'm wrong". Mikel M. Louder

"If I could only find a note to make you understand i'd sing it softly in your ear and grab you by the hand just keep it stuck inside your head, like your favorite tune and know my heart's a stereo that only plays for you"

"They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel." ~Carl W. Buechner

"If you ask me how I'm doing, I would say I'm doing just fine.  I would lie and say that your not on my mind".  Gavin DeGraw from the song "Not over You".

"Never ignore a person that loves you, cares for you, & misses you.  One day you'll wake up to realize that you lost the moon while counting stars".

"Don't let your own impatience decide that someone is unreliable or won't follow through on a promise, some things take time".

"Apologizing does not always mean you're wrong and the other person is right.  It just means you value your relationship more than your ego."

"Be who you are, because the hateful angry people will make you into something that justifies their reasons for disliking you". "Let'em make up the stories, your true friends/fans know the truth about who you are & what your like". "Have a beer & laugh at those wasting their time & energy being mad at you". :-) MML

I am thankful for the difficult people in my life.  They have shown me exactly who I don't want to be.

"If you decide he (or she) doesn't exist, you won't be looking when he (or she) comes around". MML

"Don't expect your compliments to go to my head. I'm happy that you think enough of me or my ability to give me them, but chances are they are about the guy you see or think you know, not that person inside". MML