A Collection of Inspiring Quotations
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Stephen C Paul
J Paul Getty
I skate where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.
Dr. Jerome Brunner
Dr. Frederick Tilney,
French brain specialist
Jack Schwartz, expert in
Charles Schultz,creator of "Peanuts"
In the book of life's questions, the answers are not in the back.
Make your life a mission-not an intermission.
Consumers are statistics. Customers are people.
James A. Michener, historical novelist, born 1907
If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.
I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.
Zen Buddhist Text
Margaret Young,quoted in The Artist's Way
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
Joel Arthur Barker,
author of Paradigms
Pamela Vaull Starr
The manager administers; the leader innovates.
The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.
The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
John C. Maxwell
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
General Colin Powell
You don't know what you can get away with until you try.
General Colin Powell's
Scout Cloud Lee, The Circle is Sacred
When we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world.
64K ought to be enough for anybody. (1981)
Thomas Watson, founder of IBM
If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.
Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.
What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
You can see a lot just by looking.
Cynthia Pearl Maus
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you could never be;
I know someone who told stories to me.
You could afford your house without the government-if it weren't for the government.
Character matters; leadership descends from character.
If you commit a crime, you're guilty.
Compassion is no substitute for justice.
Poverty is not the root cause of crime.
The Los Angeles riots were not caused by the Rodney King verdict. The Los Angeles riots were caused by rioters.
William M Bulger
Dr. Loretta Scott
Mark Victor Hansen
True or true? Yes or yes?
I never let my subject get in the way of what I want to talk about.
When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it.
In imagination, there's no limitation.
Don't think it, ink it.
Tony Allasandra,Money Talk
Be smart, be intelligent and be informed.
In selling as in medicine, prescription before diagnosis is malpractice.
John Nasibitt,author of Megatrends
Value is what people are willing to pay for it.
You can't aim a duck to death.
You will get good attention and people will be more inclined to listen to you if you can make a statement whereby their response is, "No Shit!" or at least, "No kidding!"
Coach Bear Bryant
William George Jordan
Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
William Wallace in the
E - go, edging God out
L - istening
P - urpose
A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
A crisis is a close encounter of the third kind.
From the movie, The Boy
Who Could Fly
Paul Zane Pilzer
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future.
Every single life only becomes great when the individual sets upon a goal or goals which they really believe in, which they can really commit themselves to, which they can put their whole heart and soul into.
Rev. John Wellesly
I affirm only the best for myself and others.
I am the creator of my life and my world.
I meet daily challenges gracefully and with complete confidence.
I fill my mind with positive, nurturing, and healing thoughts.
Dr. David Schwartz,author of The Magic of Thinking Big
Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.
D A Benton,author of Lions Don't Need to Roar
Guts are a combination of confidence, courage, conviction, strength of character, stick-to-itiveness, pugnaciousness, backbone, and intestinal fortitude. They are mandatory for anyone who wants to get to and stay at the top.
Sydney J Harris
Eugene S Wilson
William Ellery Channing,author of Spiritual Freedom
The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.
We catch on to the truth and technique of expectation in those rare moments when we are stirred by an awareness of a guidance seemingly higher and greater than our own, when for a little while we are taken over by a force and an intelligence above and beyond those commonly felt. Confident and free, filled with wonder and ready acceptance, we permit ourselves to be taken over by our unquestioning self.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower, and draws all good things toward you. Allow your love to nourish yourself as well as others. Do not strain after the needs of life. It is sufficient to be quietly alert and aware of them. In this way life proceeds more naturally and effortlessly. Life is here to Enjoy!
In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.
Earl Nightingale -1989
We must be the epitome-the embodiment-of success. We must radiate success before it will come to us. We must first become mentally, from an attitude standpoint, the people we wish to become.
We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future—Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed, savored.
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.
We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.
Olympic Pole Vaulting Champion
Is not that a great principle for all of living? The people who will really accomplish great things in life are those who are willing to discipline their lives, who maintain their health, their vitality, their efficiency through this process of rigorous disciplining of what they take into their bodies and what they do in life. It's a very important thing in terms of championship living.
You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
author of Wealth Without Risk
Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits.
Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.
author of The Magic of Believing
Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are.
L Ron Hubbard
Richard Milhouse Nixon
from the movie Cool
from the president of
founder of Land's End
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Mighty things from small beginnings grow.
Today, you have 100% of your life left.
An expert is someone who knows a lot about the past.
Chicago Bears coach
Dwight D Eisenhower
Byron J Langenfield
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
You've got to be honest; once you can fake that, you've got it made.
It's good to be here. At 98, it's good to be anywhere.
Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
Ruth E Renkel
Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
The trappings of lifestyle are often that; traps.
E Joseph Cossman
Kitty O'neill Collins
author of On Writing Well
Writing is a craft not an art.
Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.
Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading.
There's no sentence that's too short in the eyes of God.
philosopher of science
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure . . . they govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm it.
Sir Thomas Browne
seventeenth century physician
Father Don Walk
Peace Pilgrim 190? - 1981
Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.
The purpose of problems is to push you toward obedience to God's laws, which are exact and cannot be changed. We have the free will to obey them or disobey them. Obedience will bring harmony, disobedience will bring you more problems.
There is something to that old saying that hate injures the hater, not the hated.
People see themselves as the center of the universe and judge everything as it relates to them.
On the anger habit: Do not suppress it-that would hurt you inside. Do not express it-this would not only hurt you inside, it would cause ripples in your surroundings. What you do is transform it.
The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. In my life, what I want and what I need are exactly the same.
The valid research for the future is on the inner side, on the spiritual side.
Make food a very incidental part of your life by filling your life so full of meaningful things that you'll hardly have time to think about food.
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
I don't eat junk foods and I don't think junk thoughts.
As I lived up to the highest light I had, higher and higher light came to me.
I've met a few people who had to change their jobs in order to change their lives, but I've met many more people who merely had to change their motive to service in order to change their lives.
Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.
Worry is a useless mulling over of things we cannot change.
A pilgrim is a wanderer with purpose.
You're in a much better position to talk with people when they approach you than when you approach them.
This is my peace message in one sentence: This is the way of peace-overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.
We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.
I pray without ceasing now. My personal prayer is: Make me an instrument which only truth can speak.
Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
Many people profess Christianity. Very few live it-almost none. And when you live it people may think you're crazy. It has been truthfully said that the world is equally shocked by one who repudiates Christianity as by one who practices it.
Humanity has only scratched the surface of its real potential.
For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections.
My appointed work is to awaken the divine nature that is within.
Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.
Most of us fall short much more by omission than by commission: "While the world perishes we go our way: purposeless, passionless, day after day."
Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.
We are all cells in the same body of humanity.
We are that which activates the body.
Before the tongue can speak, it must have lost the power to wound.
General Omar Bradley
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
David P Gardner
Sir William Bragg
Arthur C Clarke
Too much of a good thing—is WONDERFUL.
Lewis B Hershey
John W. Gardner
Thinking is heavily endorsed.
The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference.
There's nobody "out there." It's all in here.
It takes only one other person to say it's so—one other point of reality—to make something real.
The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.
A new lens to look through. Hear the pain in people's speaking. People who have an ear to hear can hear. You will no longer tolerate what you used to tolerate. A second point of reality. It's the loving thing to do. What's being revealed here? Dogs don't have things wrong. Wrong disempowers people. Upsets indicate a "right" that's been violated. Notice when you are angry that you are the only one around. The only constant thing is you. Business is made up. It's invented. If it really turns you on, you may want to inform your face. There is no "right" way.
You get paid to impact the world, not be impacted by it.
Skills are cheap; chemistry is expensive.
My wife isn't married to me forever; she's married to me for good. That keeps me on my toes.
When you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.
Reginald B Mansell
If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
Rabbi Harold Kushner
G A Borghese
Lyall Watson, biologist
N Eldon Tanner
David Starr Jordan
There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.
Jules W Lederer
W Clement Stone
That's why many fail-because they don't get started-they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
Herbert Bayard Swope
C C Colton
T S Eliot
Create your future from your future not your past.
Deepak Chopra, MD
Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, "Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being."
To think is to practice brain chemistry.
Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born.
Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.
All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.
To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.
Jesus might have said, "I became man for you. If you do not become God for me, you wrong me."
Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.
Lao-tzu, Tao-te Ching
He who knows he has enough is rich.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
When you find the way/ others will find you./ Passing by on the road/ they will be drawn to your door./ The way that cannot be heard/ will be echoed in your voice./ The way that cannot be seen/ will be reflected in your eyes.
Louis B Mayer
Daniel J Boorstin
Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk—and to act.
When you see a thing clearly in your mind, your creative "success mechanism" within you takes over and does the job much better than you could do it by conscious effort or "willpower."
You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you.
Sir Cecil Beaton
Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.
Some people would rather get even instead of get ahead.
There are winners, there are losers and there are people who have not yet learned how to win.
Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Alexander Graham Bell
What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists . . . and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want . . . and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.
E E Cummings
Here is little Effie's head. Her brains are made of gingerbread.
Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied.
J P Donleavy
(some of his Haigspeak)
Sir William Temple
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it-even if I said it-unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.
Virtue is its own reward.
Dr. Melba Colgrove
H L Mencken
The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
The only people who never fail are those who never try.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized, they die when neglected.
Coco Gabrielle Chanel
Man must be governed by God or he will be ruled by Tyrants.
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Cecil B deMille
John Stewart Mill
General Douglas MacArthur
I have known war as few men now living know it. It's very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.
De Witt Clinton
Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick
Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye and you will be drawn toward it. Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success. Great living starts with a picture, held in your imagination, of what you would like to do or be.
Peter De Vries
Never keep up with Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper.
The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.
Norman O Brown
Bruce J Freidmen
Know and believe in yourself, and what others think won't disturb you.
There is enough in the world for everyone to have plenty, to live happily, and to be at peace with his neighbors.
A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Guilt is never a rational thing; it distorts all faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him in confusion.
Sir Thomas More, lawyer
Lawyers—a profession it is to disguise matters.
The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.
It is your work in life that is your ultimate seduction.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.
Sir Heneage Ogilvie
The really idle man gets nowhere. The perpetually busy man does not get much further.
As a housewife, I feel that if the kids are still alive when my husband gets home from work, then hey, I've done my job.
Wernher von Braun
We can lick gravity but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
There is perfect order in the universe. Mankind, and mankind alone, can understand that order. It is good for mankind to understand that order.
I don't have anything against work. I just figure, why deprive somebody who really loves it.
William Butler Yeats
I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.
In Hollywood all the marriages are happy, it's trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems.
Carl G Jung
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
Seldom or never does a marriage develop into an individual relationship smoothly and without crisis. There is no birth of consciousness without pain.
Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.
The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then marry him.
If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.
Ralph Waldo Trine
All truth goes through three steps: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life . . . I think that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.
David H Comins
Losing my virginity was a career move.
Sir Lawrence Olivier
What's right is what's left after everything else has been wrong.
Marcus Aurelius 121-180
Vex not thy spirit at the course of things; they heed not thy vexation. How ludicrous and outlandish is astonishment at anything that may happen in life.
The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling.
B F Skinner
Dr. Rob Gilbert
It's all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.
Loser's visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.
The world is not to be put in order, the world is order incarnate. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.
We live at the edge of the miraculous.
R A Dickson
What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
In the heating and air conditioning trade, the point on the thermostat in which neither heating nor cooling must operate-around 72 degrees-is called the "Comfort Zone." It's also known as the "Dead Zone."
I'm at an age where I think more about food than I do about sex. Last week I put a mirror over my dining room table.
My wife met me at the door the other night in a sexy negligee. Unfortunately, she was just coming home.
Henry S Haskins
William Jennings Bryan
Being a newspaper columnist is like being married to a nymphomaniac. It's great for the first two weeks.
Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.
Sophocles, 5th Century BC
To him who is in fear, everything rustles.
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatsoever that it is not entirely absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
We know too much and feel too little. At least we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life spring.
Alan Alda, actor
Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has even been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you will discover will be wonderful. What you will discover will be yourself.
When your kids turn 13, an alien being invades their bodies and doesn't leave until they're 20.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
The only thing I can't stand is discomfort.
It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
John Kenneth Galbraith
In the choice between changing one's mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.
Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
Humor is emotional chaos remembered in emotional tranquility.
It is better to ask some of the questions than know all the answers.
All men should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)
The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
Talent does what it can, and genius does what it must.
Alvin Toffler, futurist & writer
Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise, bureaucrats.
In terms of the game theory, we might say the universe is so constituted as to maximize play. The best games are not those in which all goes smoothly and steadily toward a certain conclusion, but those in which the outcome is always in doubt. Similarly, the geometry of life is designed to keep us at the point of maximum tension between certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. Every important call is a close one. We survive and evolve by the skin of our teeth. We really wouldn't want it any other way.
What was once impossible now summons us to dismantle the walls between ourselves and our sisters and brothers, to dissolve the distinctions between flesh and spirit, to transcend the present limits of time and matter, to find, at last, not wealth or power but the ecstasy (so long forgotten) of commonplace, unconditional being. For the atom's soul is nothing but energy. Spirit blazes in the dullest of clay. The life of every woman or man-the heart of it-is pure and holy joy.
W H Auden
We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
It's not the having, it's the getting.
Not the fruit of experience but experience itself, is the end.
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1869-1959
The doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines.
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.
Henry C Link
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
Joseph Joubert Persees
Children need models rather than critics.
Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb about.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
Will Durant, historian
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to say.
The sun will set without thy assistance.
He that gives should not remember, he that receives should never forget.
From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish.
Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.
Oliver Herford 1863-1935
Many are called but few get up.
There is no time like the pleasant.
Your Master Teacher knows all you need to learn, the perfect timing for your learning it, and the ideal way of teaching it to you. You don't create a Master Teacher-that's already been done. You discover your Master Teacher.
You have to follow the old rule for a while. In fact, once you master the old rule, you are then the master—and masters get to change things.
Life is not a struggle. It's a wiggle.
Most people, once they graduate from the School of Hard Knocks, automatically enroll in the University of Adversity.
When it comes time to teach, teach from your experience. Go out and do, learn from the doing, then teach from the knowing.
Find your horse. Discover the direction the horse is going. Ride the horse in that direction.
Mistakes show us what we need to learn.
The irony is that the person not taking risks feels the same amount of fear as the person who regularly takes risks.
Choosing what you want to do, and when to do it, is an act of creation.
Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it's a small price to pay for living a dream.
This is how it happens. We get the dream, but we don't get to dictate every step toward the dream.
When we put things off until some future—probably mythical-Laterland, we drag the past into the future. The burden of yesterday's incompletions is a heavy load to carry. Don't carry it.
Willingness opens the doors to knowledge, direction, and achievement. Be willing to know, be willing to do, be willing to create a positive result. Be willing, especially, to follow your dream.
Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that's true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.
Heroes became heroes flaws and all. You don't have to be perfect to fulfill your dream.
To affirm is to make firm.
We are not responsible for every thought that goes wandering through our mind. We are, however, responsible for the ones we hold there. We're especially responsible for the one's we put there.
Keep your goals away from the trolls.
Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort.
The amount of power freed by telling yourself you no longer choose to put energy into something can be remarkable. Be prepared for extra energy.
Do what you love and the necessary resources will follow.
First, all relationships are with yourself—and sometimes they involve other people. Second, the most important relationship in your life—the one you have, like it or not, until the day you die—is with yourself.
We can do anything we want. The next time you hear yourself saying, to another—and especially yourself—"I Can't," take a deep breath and say instead, "My resources are otherwise engaged.
What's more important—your goal, or others' opinions of your goal?
Let your intentions create your methods and not the other way around.
The reason we feel hurt and anger when things and people outside us let us down is because we believe those things and people shouldn't. Well, sorry, that's not life here on earth.
If you change the belief first, changing the action is easier.
And neither shall we learn to war with ourselves anymore.
Emotion is energy in motion.
In order to truly master the comfort zone, you have to learn to love it.
When we realize one Dream, sometimes a deeper Dream reveals itself. At other times a parallel Dream appears. The one that scares the hell out of you is probably it.
You can have anything you want in life, you just can't have everything you want.
You can change anything you want. You just can't change everything you want.
For writing, getting off our buts means getting on our butts—putting it into a chair and not moving from the chair for a set period of time.
People who want to appear clever rely on memory. People who want to get things done make lists.
Wealth is enjoying what we already have, not getting more of what we think will make us happy.
Nothing adventured, nothing attained.
To the degree we can live without the things of this world, to that degree we are wealthy.
If we learned everything there is to know in kindergarten, it was promptly drummed out of us in first grade.
Hans Solo The Empire Strikes Back
Never tell me the odds.
No one ever went broke by saying no too often.
I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day.
I find it unusual that it is more socially acceptable to complain about what you have than it is to ask for what you want.
Nothing would be done at all if a man waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.
Have no fear of perfection—you'll never reach it.
C Northcote Parkinson
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
Expenditure rises to meet income.
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
Be bold-and mighty forces will come to your aid.
Money will come to you when you are doing the right thing.
Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
Every creative act involves . . . a new innocence of perception, liberated from the cataract of accepted belief.
Sir Nathan Meyer Rothschild
I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't.
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
W Eugene Smith
Passion is in all great searches and is necessary to all creative endeavors.
Margaret Fuller 1810-1850
Men, for the sake of getting a living forget to live.
The rich live hand-to-mouth too—just on a higher level.
A poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy because the poor person has hope. He thinks money will help.
A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide nothing can be done.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
The past should be a springboard not a hammock.
Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it, and habits fill what time remains.
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
James Bryant Conant
Behold the turtle: He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity.
No man ever yet became great by imitation.
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
St Petersburgh Times
In vain have you acquired knowledge if you have not imparted it to others.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.
People travel and wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of rivers, at the vast compass of the oceans, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass themselves without even wondering.
You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
If you have a job without aggravations, you don't have a job.
Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great or great evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.
The hours that make us happy make us wise.
Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
No man is lonely while eating spaghetti. It requires so much attention.
There is only one success—o be able to live your life in your own way.
There are three ingredients in the good life: yearning, learning, and earning.
Could we but rightly comprehend the mind of man, nothing would be impossible to us upon the earth.
Emily Zola J 'accuse
If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground it will but grow and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
There are no ordinary moments.
H Ross Perot
When building a team, I first look for people who love to win, if I can't find any of those, then I look for people who hate to lose.
Life is never more fun than when you're the underdog competing against the giants.
Talk is cheap. Words are plentiful. Deeds are precious.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
President of Czechoslovakia, 1990
Hope is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can get with just a kind word.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
A house without books is like a room without windows.
Unfaithfulness in keeping an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You might as well borrow a person's money as his time.
John Randolph Price
The only problem facing you in life is the belief in separation from your Source. Solve that one and all the other ones will vanish.
To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, To hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, and Eternity in an hour.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
Great things happen when men and mountains meet.
The closest distance between two people is a good laugh.
Orison Swett Marden
There is only one thing for us to do, and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives; to use our best judgment, and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in his hand.
The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.
The ability to talk well is to a man what cutting and polishing are to the rough diamond. The grinding does not add anything to the diamond. It merely reveals its wealth.
Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.
The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably thought and act.
The road to success is always under construction.
We're all in this alone.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
Hope is an orientation of spirit, an orientation of the heart. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
William Drury, Sr College
of the Atlantic
Robert Ringer, author of Winning Through Intimidation & others
With a written agreement you have a prayer; with a verbal agreement you have nothing but air.
Bach Ya ibn Pakuda 11th centry A.D.
Days are scrolls: Write on them only what you want remembered.
Andre Gide 1869-1951
The belief that becomes truth for me . . . is that which allows me the best use of my strength, the best means of putting my virtues into action.
Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going back and begin again.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
Tom Crum, author of The
Magic of Conflict
We find comfort among those who agree with us—growth among those who don't.
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
Charles Fletcher Lummis
I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things, sorrow, misfortune, and suffering, are outside my door. I am in the house and I have the key.
If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world.
Life is a state of consciousness.
Logan Pearsall Smith
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of noavail.
Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums who can't and those in cemeteries.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
J. Willard Marriott
Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.
Man is what he believes.
Thomas Henry Huxley
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only hold man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.
author of The Greatest Salesman in the World
Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.
There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.
Yoda, Jedi Master in Star Wars
You will find only what you bring in.
That is why you fail. (in response to Luke saying, "I don't believe it.")
Do or do not. There is no try.
M Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled & others
One extends one's limits only by exceeding them.
Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.
Vermont Governor 1927-1991
Thinking is more stinking than drinking, but to feel is for real.
William Arthur Ward
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
Time on My Side,
Two great things you can give your children: one is roots, the other is wings.
author of How to Live in the World and Still Be Happy
John Quincy Adams 1767-1848
John Quincy Adams is well but the house in which he lives at the present time is becoming dilapidated. It's tottering on its foundations. Time and the seasons have nearly destroyed it. Its roof is pretty well worn out. Its walls are much shattered and tremble with every wind. I think John Quincy Adams will have to move out of it soon. But he himself is quite well, quite well. 1848
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Black Elk, Sioux Medicine Man
. . . anywhere is the center of the world.
1897-1970 American Poet
- means The Song of the Lord
Much better to do one's own work even if you have to do it imperfectly than it is to do somebody else's work perfectly.
There is nothing lost or wasted in this life.
A man who sees action in inaction and inaction in action has understanding among men and discipline in all action he performs.
Even if you are the most evil of all sinners, you will cross over all evil on the raft of knowledge. Just as a flaming fire reduces wood to ashes Argina, so the fire of knowledge reduces all actions to ashes.
Sever the ignorant doubt in your heart with the sword of self-knowledge. Observe your discipline. Arise.
The latter part of a man's life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.
St Francis of Assisi
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
I have been all things unholy; if God can work through me, He can work through anyone.
Charles Evans Hughes,
former Chief Justice Supreme Court
That which offends the ear will not easily gain admission to the mind.
Say yes to your Universe.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor do the children of man as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
The best way out is always through.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why ships are built.
Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, he must look foolish to the crowd.
Order is heaven's first law.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
French philosopher 1500's
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is how to live with purpose.
The thing I fear most is fear.
My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.
The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it.
No wind favors him who has no destined port.
The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
I conceive that pleasures are to be avoided if greater pains be the consequence, and pains to be coveted that will terminate in greater pleasures.
Dr. John G. Hibben
Education is the ability to meet life's situations.
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
In the consciousness of the end is the limitation of the moment.
Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it, is as one who plows but does not sow.
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
A human being is a deciding being.
I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.
What is to give light must endure the burning.
Henry James 1843-1916
Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't matter what you do in particular, so long as you have had a life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?
Gore Vidal, author 1925-
Style is knowing who you are, what to say, and not giving a damn.
Hasdai Ibn Shaprut (10th Century A.D.)
Your son at five is your master, at ten your slave, at fifteen your double, and after that, your friend or your foe depending on his bringing up.
Abraham Maslow 1908-1970
The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.
When the only tool you have is a hammer you tend to see every problem as a nail.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
Satya Sai Baba
You are seeking joy and peace in far-off places. But the spring of joy is in your heart. The haven of peace is in yourself.
Life is a song-sing it.
Life is a game-play it.
Life is a challenge-meet it.
Life is a dream-realize it.
Life is a sacrifice-offer it.
Life is love-enjoy it.
Man's many desires are like the small metal coins he carries around in his pocket. The more he has, the more they weigh him down.
It takes a thorn to remove a thorn.
After enlightenment, the laundry.
When the student is ready the teacher will appear.
Those who know don't tell and those who tell don't know.
When you seek it, you cannot find it.
Money is a good servant but a bad master.
Whatever kind of word thou speakest, the like shalt thou bear.
The gods only laugh when people ask them for money.
If you plan for one year, plant rice. If you plan for ten years, plant trees. If you plan for 100 years, educate mankind.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
The one who pursues revenge should dig two graves.
A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.
He who treads softly goes far.
Do not anxiously hope for that which is not yet come; do not vainly regret what is already past.
Look for a thing until you find it and you'll not lose your labor.
It may be those who do most, dream most.
When you truly give up trying to be whole through others, you end up receiving what you always wanted from others.
I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death.
It is natural to man to indulge in the illusion of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of the siren, till she transforms us into beasts.
Norman Vincent Peale
Worry is simply an unhealthy and destructive mental habit.
A peaceful mind generates power.
Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.
The controlled person is a powerful person. He who always keeps his head will get ahead.
Man's reach should exceed his grasp else what's a heaven for.
So, the All-Great, were the All-loving too.
Do it, dump it, or change it.
To conquer oneself is the noblest and greatest triumph.
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
Failure is the tuition you pay for success.
It is more noble to to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.
In the last analysis it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions life puts to us.
The longest journey is the journey inward.
minister "Chaplain of Bourbon Street"
You never become a howling success by just howling.
A faith to live by, a self to live with, and a purpose to live for.
Paul J Meyer,
Success Motivation Institute
Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.
The world is a looking glass. It gives back to every man a true reflection of his own thoughts.
Attitudes are more important than facts.
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
Fail your way to the top.
I would as soon appear before an audience half clothed as half prepared.
John F Kennedy
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.
There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
To whom much is given, much is required.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
No man can live happily who regards himself alone, who turns everything to his own advantage. Thou must live for another, if thou wishest to live for thyself.
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
The fates lead him who will—him who won't they drag.
If wisdom were offered me with the provision that I should keep it shut up and refrain from declaring it, I should refuse. There's no delight in owning anything unshared.
A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.
Life is a play. It's not its length, but its performance that counts.
The cure for anger is delay.
Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be a revelation.
The best soldier does not attack. The superior fighter succeeds without violence. The greatest conqueror wins without struggle. The most successful manager leads without dictating. This is intelligent nonaggressiveness. This is called the mastery of men.
One who is too insistent on his own views, finds few to agree with him.
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them—that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
A tree that can fill the span of a man's arms grows from a downy tip; A terrace nine stories high rises from hodfuls of earth; A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one's feet.
He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands himself is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
Ken Keyes, Jr ,
author of Handbook to Higher Consciousness
To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.
I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now, unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.
Life is the movie you see through your own eyes. It makes little difference what's happening out there. It's how you take it that counts.
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy.
William H Johnsen
Franklin P Jones
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.
Mary Kay Ash
Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it's enough
Kermit the Frog
Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
Adam was human; he didn't want the apple for the apple's sake; he wanted it because it was forbidden.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head.
Loyalty to a petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul.
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.
There's nothing more dangerous than an idea if its the only one you have.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
The difference between the right word and the wrong word is like the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug.
A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words . . . the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.
It is a good idea to obey all the rules when you're young just so you'll have the strength to break them when you're old.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
Put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket!
Courage is the mastery of fear—not the absence of fear.
Do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to correct that.
There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and create new ones; it can lift men to angelship.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read, but nobody wants to read.
Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger and we will make not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
God comes to the hungry in the form of food.
To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.
The only tyrant I will accept in this world is the "still small voice" within me.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall - Think of it, ALWAYS.
We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
If I had more time I would write a shorter letter.
Law, without force, is impotent.
All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
Read in order to live.
Martin Luther King
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
Given a big enough why people can bear almost any how.
If we would only testify to the truth as we see it, it would turn out that there are hundreds, thousands, even millions of other people just as we are, who see the truth as we do . . . and are only waiting, again as we are, for someone to proclaim it. The Kingdom of God is within you.
American physicist and author
author of The Discoverist
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
author of The Fountainhead (Howard Roark)
A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
A P Erkkila
Jonas Salk, M D
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
To find yourself, think for yourself.
One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will—he will be sure to repent it.
The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
Vincent Van Gogh
Enter through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it. But how narrow is the gate that leads to life, how rough the road, and how few there are who find it. Mathew 7:13-14
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
When you come to the end of your rope . . . tie a knot and hang on.
T J Watson
The Superior Philosophy of Man
founder of MacDonalds
Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.
A Course in
Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.
I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.
I am never upset for the reason I think.
Only my condemnation injures me.
Teach only love for that is what you are.
This instant is the only time there is.
Would you rather be right or happy?
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
Ninety percent of success is showing up.
A "Bay Area Bisexual" told me I didn't quite coincide with either of her desires.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she would come in and sink my boats.
I was thrown out
of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked
into the soul of the boy next to me.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue: but moderation in principle is always a vice.
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
These are the times that try men's souls.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
We have it in our power to begin the world again.
Interdependency follows independence.
The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.
The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (the Personality Ethic) rather than from our own inner core (the Character Ethic), others will sense that duplicity. We simply won't be able to create and sustain the foundation necessary for effective interdependence.
Lose/Win people bury a lot of feelings. And unexpressed feelings come forth later in uglier ways. Psychosomatic illnesses often are the reincarnation of cumulative resentment, deep disappointment and disillusionment repressed by the Lose/Win mentality. Disproportionate rage or anger, overreaction to minor provocation, and cynicism are other embodiments of suppressed emotion. People who are constantly repressing, not transcending feelings toward a higher meaning find that it affects the quality of their relationships with others.
In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment-independent will-that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.
Private victories precede public victories.
The ability to manage well doesn't make much difference if you're not even in the right jungle.
Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things . . . I am tempted to think . . . there are no little things.
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
Playing safe is only playing.
Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.
Jean Paul Getty
John D Rockefeller
I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.
The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success . . . If you do each day's task successfully, and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right.
Make the iron hot by striking it.
People who have attained things worth having in this world have worked while others have idled, have persevered while others gave up in despair, and have practiced early in life the valuable habits of self-denial, industry, and singleness of purpose. As a result, they enjoy in later life the success often erroneously attributed to good luck.
No person is important enough to make me angry.
All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart!
Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself and yourself alone one question. . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.
Dr. James Farr
A difference, to be a difference, must make a difference.
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing—hat's why we recommend it daily.
You can get anything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
The real test in golf and in life is not in keeping out of the rough, but in getting out after you are in.
You do not pay the price of success, you enjoy the price of success.
The person who will not stand for something will fall for anything.
Happiness is not pleasure, it's victory.
Most people stand on the dock of life waiting for their ship to come in when deep down inside they know it has never left port.
It's your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude.
You are what you are and you are where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You change what you are and you change where you are by changing what goes into your mind.
The best revenge is massive success.
Trickery and treachery are practices of fools that have not wits enough to be honest.
Beware the hobby that eats.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
The body of B Franklin, printer, like the cover of an old book, its contents worn out and stript of its lettering and guilding lies here, food for worms but the work shall not be lost for it will, as he believes, appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, corrected and improved by the author. Franklin's epitaph written by himself 8-31-1776
Let thy discontents be thy secrets.
Lying rides upon debt's back.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.
Well done is better than well said.
Drive thy business or it will drive thee.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.
There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
Sloth makes all things difficult; industry all easy.
Employ thy time well if thou means to gain leisure.
Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.
Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities.
Beware of little expenses. Small leaks will sink great ships.
Observe all men, thyself most.
If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately.
If a man empties his purse in his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Some people die at twenty-five and aren't buried until they are seventy-five.
Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou owest, all thou hast, nor all thou can'st.
Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
What has become clear to you since we last met?
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
One today is worth two tomorrows.
If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
H E Jansen
James M Barrie
J F Clarke
John Charles Salak
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt . . . .Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picturize it for the audience.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
Naturalness is the easiest thing in the world to acquire, if you will forget yourself-forget about the impression you are trying to make.
Today is life—the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.
Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.
Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain—and most of them do.
The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?
Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
Willa A Foster
C W Ceran
Harold V Melchert
When you hire people who are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are.
Daniel H Burnham
Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal: My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
H W Arnold
Sir Walter Scott
The will to do, the soul to dare.
St Francis De
Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea.
General George S
A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.
Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
I do not fear failure. I only fear the "slowing up" of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, "keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?"
Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
Howard W Newton
There lies more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.
I am a part of all that I have seen.
The Book of
An Indian Chief's
He can who thinks he can, And he can't who thinks he can't. This is an indisputable law.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few people engage in it.
The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Never complain. Never explain.
When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
Coming together is a beginning; Keeping together is progress; Working together is success.
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
They can because they think they can.
Laurens Van du
Michael E. Angier
An investment in yourself will pay dividends for the rest of your life. It won’t depreciate, it will appreciate. It will never be devalued or stolen. Clearly, your inner portfolio is the best investment you can make.
If you develop the habits of success, you will make success a habit.
Facts are cheap, information is plentiful—knowledge is precious.
The greatest lever for change is awareness.
Real courage is moving forward when the outcome is uncertain.
It's never boring to listen to someone tell the truth. When people are speaking from the heart, you can't help but be interested regardless of the content or whether or not you agree with them.
The only thing that has to be done today is to breathe.
It's better to curl up with a good book and a good woman than a good book.
If you learn to appreciate more of what you already have, you will find yourself having more to appreciate.
Confidence isn't something that you get. It's something that you do.
Old dreams never die; they just get filed away.
It's important; but it's not serious.
A successful day: to learn something new; to laugh at least 10 times; to lift someone up; to make progress on a worthy goal; to practice peace and patience; to do something nice for yourself and another; to appreciate and be grateful for all your blessings.
All through history, highly-evolved people have always been, at the very least, misunderstood. They have been criticized and condemned and, for the most part, have been killed.
If you ask something of someone and you are upset over their response, then it wasn't a request, it was a demand.
Your progress is hindered to the degree that you are upset about where you are. If you are in Chicago and want to get to LA, it does no good to be upset about being in Chicago. In fact, it detracts from your ability to get to LA. What is, is.
Ideas are worthless. Intentions have no power. Plans are nothing . . . unless they are followed with action. Do it now!
Spiritual Principle is much like the wind. It is neither good nor bad and you must know how to use it. You can be run aground, be dismasted, or use it to move you where you want to go.
You have a choice to be happy or unhappy. Since you must be one or the other, why not choose happiness?
Today's action becomes tomorrow's habit.
We never do what we have to do. We always do what we want to do. It just seems like we have to.
There is a price for success but there is also a price for failure. Given the choice, the price of success clearly has the best return on investment.
A person with some doubt but taking action is better than one with no doubt taking no action.
We do not take action to gain or prove we are valuable, we take action to gain results and discover more of who we already are.
Everything I do, I do to make my heart sing.
Reading can be a powerful catalyst for thinking; it has the potential for stimulating wisdom.
Use your head, but live in your heart.
The only way to truly have what you want is to give up what you think you have to have.
Our job is to decide; the Universe's job is to provide.
When you learn something, share it with at least three people on different occasions and it will be yours.
Getting the right answers is only possible when you have asked the right questions.
It's not whether you win or lose it's whether or not you play the game.
There are no honorariums for people to get up and tell how they didn't do it.
Conquer your fears. Otherwise, your fears will conquer you.
It matters not what road we take but rather what we become on the journey.
You can only be happy when you are in the process of achieving a goal. Without a goal there can be no accomplishment. Without accomplishment there is no meaning—no satisfaction. Man was created for accomplishment.
If I can always find a way to survive, then I have the same skills it takes to thrive.
It's expensive to be a maverick.
J Francis Angier
Farmers have always had two good years—one about twenty years ago, and next year.
Louisa May Alcott
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they may lead.
When you are already in Detroit, you don't have to take a bus to get there.
W Somerset Maugham
The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
Pierre Teilhard de
1881-1955 French Jesuit priest
Evolution is gaining the psychic zones of the world. . . . life, being and ascent of consciousness, could not continue to advance indefinitely along its line without transforming itself in depth. . . . The being who is the object of his own reflection, in consequence, of that very doubling back upon himself becomes in a flash able to raise himself to a new sphere.
Someday, after mastering winds, waves, tides and gravity, we shall harness the energy of love; and for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.
Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.
Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world . . . Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.
The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.
We have only to believe. And the more threatening and irreducible reality appears, the more firmly and desperately we must believe. Then, little by little, we shall see the universal horror unbend, and then smile upon us, and then take us in its more than human arms.
A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
No man is free who is not master of himself.
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.
God has no hands but these.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
God doesn't require that we succeed; He only requires that we try.
Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?
Life is a flower of which love is the honey.
Attitudes are the forerunners of conditions.
We don't change what we are, we change what we think what we are.
Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself-a force that works against man or, against God, if you will.
In studying mathematics or simply using a mathematical principle, if we get the wrong answer in sort of algebraic equation, we do not suddenly feel that there is an anti-mathematical principle that is luring us into the wrong answers.
There is no such thing as a lack of faith. We all have plenty of faith, it's just that we have faith in the wrong things. We have faith in what can't be done rather than what can be done. We have faith in lack rather than abundance but there is no lack of faith. Faith is a law.
The one thing that a fish can never find is water; and the one thing that man can never find is God.
Most people show up for work being physically accoutered but mentally disheveled.
Our job is not to set things right but to see them right.
Fundamentalists believe Jesus was God becoming man. I believe that Jesus was man becoming God.
Your fortune is not something to find but to unfold.
Prosperity is not just having things. It is the consciousness that attracts the things. Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just having money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things.
Where you are in consciousness has everything to do with what you see in experience.
I am not what I think. I am thinking what I think.
While many people are trying to be in tune with the infinite, what they really are is in tune with the indefinite.
God can only do for you what He can do through you.
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it but what they become by it.
Doing is the great thing. For if, resolutely, people do what is right, in time they come to like doing it.
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
co-founder of Unity School of Christianity
We shall serve for the joy of serving, prosperity shall flow to us and through us in unending streams of plenty.
L P Jacks
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty.
Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.
Man's mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.
A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.
The only difference between a a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.
So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs.
Our imagination is the only limitation to what we can have in the future.
The Wright brothers flew through the smoke screen of impossibility.
Paul Vernon Buser
Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential.
CANI! (pronounced kuhn-EYE) stands for Constant And Never-ending Improvement
All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.
If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible.
If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
It's not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.
Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy.
A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.
Repetition is the mother of skill. (might be someone else who wrote it)
People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals—that is, goals that do not inspire them.
Want to learn to eat a lot? Here it is: Eat a little. That way, you will be around long enough to eat a lot.
Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.
The quality of your life is the quality of your communication. (with yourself as well as with others)
Personal power is the ability to take action.
Things do not have meaning. We assign meaning to everything.
There is always a way-if you're committed.
You always succeed in producing a result.
The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.
Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thoughts.
When people are like each other they tend to like each other.
It's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
If you don't set a baseline standard for what you'll accept in life, you'll find it's easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that's far below what you deserve.
Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.
Remember, the quality of your life is dependent upon the quality of the life of your cells. If the bloodstream is filled with waste products, the resulting environment does not promote a strong, vibrant, healthy cell life-nor a biochemistry capable of creating a balanced emotional life for an individual.
E James Rohn
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
It's easier to get rich than it is to explain not getting rich.
It's not the hours you put in, but what you put into the hours that count.
Service to many leads to greatness—great respect, great satisfaction.
The major value in life is not in what you get, but in what you become.
It's easy to let life deteriorate into making a living instead of making a life.
Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity and the emotions to affect other people.
Communication is the ability to affect other people with words.
The more you know the less you need to say.
You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?
Money is usually attracted, not pursued.
Wealth is not a matter of intelligence it's a matter of inspiration.
Success is not having to wait until someone goes to Hong Kong before you get a camera.
Five minutes complaining is five minutes wasted. If continued, you will suffer from an economic cancer which will haul you off into a financial desert where you will choke on the dust of your own regrets.
When you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
Work as hard on yourself as you do on your job.
All of life is a risk; in fact we're not going to get out alive.
Learn to express rather than impress. Expressing evokes a "me too" attitude while impressing evokes a "so what" attitude.
Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well.
Casualness leads to casualties.
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
Failure: A few errors in judgment repeated every day. Success: A few simple disciplines practiced every day.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or old laws will be expanded and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with a license of a higher order of beings.
I was determined to know beans. (might be Emerson quote)
We have never quarreled. (HDT's response when asked if he had made his peace with God)
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.
Be not simply good; be good for something.
We are constantly invited to be who we are.
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.
Our life is frittered away by detail . . . simplify, simplify!
To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.
You never gain something but that you lose something.
Things do not change; we change.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?
If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. To confront only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn from it what it had to teach and not when I came to die discover that I had not lived.
There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains it's original dimensions.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of an eye, the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.
Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now—always.
The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity, and execute with vigor; to sketch out a map of possibilities; and then to treat them as probabilities.
George Bernard Shaw
Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
Lack of money is the root of all evil.
I often quote myself; it ads spice to my conversation.
Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; who persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. (Man and Superman)
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.
Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I of dream things that never were, and say, "Why not?"
The worst sin . . . is . . . to be indifferent.
Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
The finest eloquence is that which gets things done.
Frank Giblin, II
Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.
From the tomb of
Egyptian writer and Nobel Prize winner
There are only two ways to look at life: either everything is a miracle or nothing is a miracle.
I have no particular talent. I am merely extremely inquisitive.
Science without religion is lame; Religion without science is blind.
All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
If you sit with a beautiful girl, two hours seem like two minutes. If you sit on a hot stove, two minutes seem like two hours. That's relativity.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
God does not roll dice.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
How do I work? I grope.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
If A is success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X, Y is play, and Z is keeping your mouth shut.
The significant problems we face today cannot be solved on the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Perfections of means and confusion of goals seem—in my opinion—to characterize our age.
When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is incomprehensible.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
The legs are the wheels of creativity.
3rd Patriarch of
The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.
On attachment: The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.
Our bodies are our gardens . . . our wills are our gardeners.
Cowards die a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once.
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst then be false to any man.
There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound by shallows and in misery. Julius Caesar
Assume a virtue if you have it not.
Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed.
Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Dream what you dare to dream. Be where you want to go. Be what you want to be. Live! JLS
The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
Listen to what you know instead of what you fear. TBAF
I've got the answer you need, but there's not a prayer you will listen before you get yourself flattened by the great steamroller of experience. TBAF
Argue for your limitations and they are yours.
The way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."
Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah. The Savior's Manual
Everything in this book may be wrong. The Savior's Manual
Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true . . . You may have to work for it, however.
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
Once you label me you negate me.
Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.
They who are all things to their neighbors cease to be anything to themselves.
Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.
You can be right or you can be happy.
The best way to navigate through life is to give up all of our controls.
A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.
Roy L Smith
Nothing can resist a human will that will stake even its existence on the extent of its purpose.
Man is not the creature of circumstance; circumstances are the creatures of men.
The secret to success is constancy to purpose.
There is no education like adversity.
There can be economy only where there is efficiency.
The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.
Little things affect little minds.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance.
Life is too important to take seriously.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
I can believe anything, provided it is incredible.
When the gods choose to punish us, they merely answer our prayers.
One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.
author of Prospering Woman
We won't even attempt to achieve what we do not believe at a deep level we can have or deserve.
A "should" is a "have to" with no teeth; it is dead energy.
In this game, by trying to win; you automatically lose.
Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
Never, never, never, never, never, never give up.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Men stumble over the truth from time to time but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then a third time—a tremendous whack.
When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty.
It's no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.
The best way to keep your word is not to give it.
character in Excalibur
You are the land. The land is you.
contrarian investor, Burlington Vermont
Turn your scars into stars
Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution.
Every burden is a blessing.
Tough times never last but tough people do.
It takes guts to get out of the ruts.
Success is never certain. Failure is never final.
What great things would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.
Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.
God's delays are not God's denials.
I would rather attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.
You never suffer from a money problem, you always suffer from an idea problem.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
Nature goes her own way and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing. A confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Every situation—nay, every moment—is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
Before you can do something you must first be something.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you.
Edwin C Bliss
I do the best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned with what his grandson will be.
People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
All that we are is a result of what we have thought.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
Every person is responsible for his own looks after 40.
It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Happiness is activity.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. or, Think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
Nothing is terrible except fear itself.
1870-1937, Austrian psychiatrist
Man knows more than he understands.
I am not a teacher, but an awakener.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
An idea is a feat of association.
The first thing I do in the morning is to make my bed and while I am making up my bed I am making up my mind as to what kind of a day I am going to have.
By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
We dance round in a ring and suppose,/But the secret sits in the middle, and knows.
The best way out is always through.
Forgive me my nonsense as I forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.
We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.
Shun idleness, it is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.
No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.
The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do.
The heights by great men reached and kept/ Were never attained by sudden flight,/ But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
Thomas Alva Edison
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.
Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
There is no expedient to which a man will go to avoid the real labor of thinking.
Results! Why man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.
What you are will show in what you do.
The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
When one is willing and eager, the Gods join in.
There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.
Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.
Genius is the capacity to take infinite pains.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what clearly lies at hand.
Henry Ward Beecher
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed—there's so little competition.
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
Money never made a fool of anybody; it only shows 'em up.
It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
Some folks are wise and some otherwise.
Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
If you can
dream-and not make dreams your master;
If you can make
one heap of all your winnings
If you can talk
with crowds and keep your virtue,
I had six honest serving men who taught me all I know; their names were what and how and why, and when and where and who.
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
Words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind.
Take away the cause, and the effect ceases.
Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
If a man loves the labor of his trade apart from any question of success or fame, the Gods have called him.
The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.
Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, until the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means.
There is no duty we so much underrated as the duty of being happy.
Wear your learning, like a watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.
Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.
Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings.
T B Aldrich
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.
Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.
The superior man thinks only of virtue; the common man thinks only of comfort.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow—I have still joy in the midst of all these things.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
A wise man who stands firm is a statesman, a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.
My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Act in earnest and you will become earnest in all you do.
There can be no existence of evil as a force to the healthy-minded individual.
Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.
Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
The great use for life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the "as if" technique.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.
A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.
When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.
If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
Francois De La
We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.
If we had no faults, we should not take pleasure in noting those of others.
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
T S Elliot
G K Chesterton
An adventure is only an inconvenience, rightly considered.
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
Charles Muses &
Dr Wayne Dyer
Softly and kindly remind yourself, "I cannot own anything." It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you struggle to improve your financial picture, worry about investments, and plan how to acquire more and more. It is a universal principle which you are part of. You must release everything when you truly awaken. Are you letting your life go by in frustration and worry over not having enough? If so, relax and remember that you only get what you have for a short period of time. When you awaken you will see the folly of being attached to anything.
As you think so shall you be! Since you cannot physically experience another person, you can only experience them in your mind. Conclusion: All of the other people in your life are simply thoughts in your mind. Not physical beings to you, but thoughts. Your relationships are all in how you think about the other people of your life. Your experience of all those people is only in your mind. Your feelings about your lovers come from your thoughts. For example, they may in fact behave in ways that you find offensive. However, your relationship to them when they behave offensively is not determined by their behavior, it is determined only by how you choose to relate to that behavior. Their actions are theirs, you cannot own them, you cannot be them, you can only process them in your mind.
The last suit that you wear, you don't need any pockets.
You are important enough to ask and you are blessed enough to receive back.
Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.
Present-moment living, getting in touch with your "now," is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives. One thing is certain, you cannot live it until it does appear.
Successful people make money. It's not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do.
The components of anxiety, stress, fear and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.
To sit in judgment of those things which you perceive to be wrong or imperfect is to be one more person who is part of judgment, evil or imperfection.
You can never get enough of what you don't want.
Anything that has been accomplished by any other human being in the physical realm is within the field of possibility.
Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.
If we are to have magical bodies, we must have magical minds.
Prosperity in the form of wealth works exactly the same as everything else. You will see it coming into your life when you are unattached to needing it.
When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.
The fact that you are willing to say, "I do not understand, and it is fine," is the greatest understanding you could exhibit.
Our intention creates our reality.
You can't choose up sides on a round world.
The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.
There's no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.
My circumstances do not make me what I am, they reveal who I have chosen to be. (from James Allen)
When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out—because that's what's inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.
Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.
A am realistic-I expect miracles.
If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a fact, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.
Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you.
Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.
If you are living out of a sense of obligation you are slave.
We are Divine enough to ask and we are important enough to receive.
Transformation literally means going beyond your form.
A transcendent being can be any miracle.
Everything is perfect in the universe—even your desire to improve it.
Everything is in motion. Everything flows. Everything is vibrating.
I think and that is all that I am.
What I am trying to do is to unmuddle the metaphysical.
You're only lonely if you don't like the person you are alone with.
There is no way to prosperity, prosperity is the way.
Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality.
I will grow. I will become something new and grand, but no grander than I now am. Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness is not deficient, so am I presently perfect and not deficient because I will be different tomorrow. I will grow and I am not deficient.
A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is "the quiet acceptance of what is."
People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least get the most.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. (from the Sufis)
Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.
That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
Finish each day and be done with it . . . You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you should begin it well and serenely.
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for the better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
To the dull mind all of nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.
Money is the representative of a certain quantity of corn or other commodity. It is so much warmth, so much bread.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.
Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are.
I hate quotations.
A foolish consistency is the hobglobbin of little minds.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
To be great is to be misunderstood.
Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.
What is Success? To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.
In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
The ancestor of every action is thought.
There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrate to some stroke of the imagination.
Do the thing and you will have the power.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
The high prize of life, the crowning fortune of a man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness.
We lie in the lap of immense intelligence.
Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.
Self-trust is the first secret to success.
We become what we think about all day long.
"Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.
Mrs. Hubbard Davis,president of ROAL
To be born free is an accident; To live free a responsibility; To die free is an obligation.
Mental toughness is many things. It is humility because it behooves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness and meekness is the sign of true strength. Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.
I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline . . . I firmly believe that any man's finest hour-this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear-is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious.
Winning is not a sometime thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Winning isn't everything but the will to win is.
Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing.
Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
The green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time.
It's hard to be aggressive when you're confused. (when asked why he had his players run such simple plays)
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.
author of Rhinoceros Success
The best way to make happy money is to make money your hobby and not your god.
Making money is a hobby that will complement any other hobbies you have, beautifully.
Understand that most problems are a good sign. Problems indicate that progress is being made, wheels are turning, you are moving toward your goals. Beware when you have no problems. Then you've really got a problem . . . Problems are like landmarks of progress.
All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
Mind is the Master-power that molds and makes, and Man is Mind, and evermore he takes the Tool of Thought, and shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills-He thinks in secret and it comes to pass; Environment is but his looking-glass. As A Man Thinketh
You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him. He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.
To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.
He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.
Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.
For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
Vice Admiral James
author of Success
Happiness is a journey . . . not a destination.
Goal Setting, Success Motivation Institute
Wonder if there is life on another planet? Let's suppose there is. Suppose further, that only one star in a trillion has a planet that could support life. If that were the case, then there would be at least 100 million planets that harbored life.
Erickson: The Growth of His Work by Robert Coles
Dennis the Menace
People wait for opportunity to come along . . . yet it is there every morning.
M H Alderson
Stanely J. Randall
One man with courage makes a majority.
Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what's wrong with it.
Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.
If you think nobody cares if you are alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles by it.
So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
Frank A Clark
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Lady Bird Johnson
The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.
The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.
The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives—the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.
The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
Dame Flora Robson,
Friends BBC London
Real wealth is ideas plus energy.
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
God is a verb.
The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual.
We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.
Controlled time is our true wealth.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.
Our power is in our ability to decide.
Integrity is the essence of everything successful.
I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
Everyone is born a genius.
You can't learn less.
Courage is grace under pressure.
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
There's no one thing that is true. They're all true.
Anything the human mind can believe, the human mind can achieve.
Man, alone has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone can dream and make his dreams come true.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
A goal is a dream with a deadline
Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Thoughts mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire are powerful things.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
Character is to man what carbon is to steel.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him.
Work is love made visible. And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth.
Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Time is the scarcest resource of the manager; If it is not managed, nothing else can be managed
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter.
Dinah Maria Mulock
from a church in Sussex, England, 1730
A soft answer
turneth away wrath.
I Cor. 3:17
I Cor. 14:40
I Cor. 16:13
I Cor. 3:17
II Cor. 5:17
II Timothy 4:7
Pain is temporary. Glory Lasts forever.
A peaceful mind generates power.
The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn.
I would rather be an optimist and proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right.
Fifty years from now it will not matter what kind of car you drove, what kind of house you lived in, how much you had in your bank account, or what your clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because you were important in the life of a child.
The best year-round temperature is a warm heart and a cool head.
No man is my enemy, no man is my friend. Every man is my teacher.
If you don't think about the future, you can't have one.
God looks on the inside. People look on the outside.
Great teams are fearless in their efforts to take new ideas to great heights—always working hand in hand . . . searching for new horizons.
When I talk, I only know what I know. When I listen, I not only know what I know, but I also know what you know.
Character is who you are when no one is watching.
Most people aim at nothing in life and hit it with amazing accuracy.
Any day above ground is a good day.
Enthusiasm is contagious. Not having enthusiasm is also contagious.
Most people operate out of their personal history instead of living into the possibility of what they can imagine.
If you don't program yourself, life will program you.
The smallest deed is better than the biggest intention.
Do not let what you do not have, prevent you from using what you do have.
The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing, because you think you can do only a little.
It doesn't take much of you to be a success. It takes all of you.
Big things are never done by little people. However, it often takes a big person to do little things.
Let's suppose you had a bank that each morning credited your account with $ 1,440 —with one condition: Whatever part of the $ 1,440 you had failed to use during the day would be erased from your account and no balance carried over. What would you do? Of course you'd draw out every cent, everyday and use it to your best advantage. Well, you have such an bank and its name is TIME. Every morning the bank credits you with 1,440 minutes. It writes off forever whatever portion you failed to invest to a good purpose. INVEST WISELY
Success has many mothers, but failure is a bastard.
Ask yourself this question: Is my attitude worth catching.
Never compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.
Anyone can "start," only the thoroughbred will "finish!"
No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.
Every line a person writes, every act in which he/she indulges, and every word uttered serves as inescapable evidence of the true nature of that which is deeply imbedded in his/her own heart-a pure confession that cannot be disavowed.
Success is rarely created unless you're having fun at it.
Go for the luxuries, and the necessities will take care of themselves.
A focused mind is one of the most powerful forces in the universe.
Facts Tell; Stories Sell!
Be proactive: If you're falling off a cliff, jump.
If you're on thin ice, dance.
Self confidence is just enthusiasm at work.
One who works with his hands is a laborer; one who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman; one who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is a master.
The intention is not to see through people, but rather to see people through.
If you don't have that inspired enthusiasm which is contagious, whatever you do have is also contagious.
Our job is to maximize the benefits for our customers. Profit will be the result, not our objective or goal. a German stove manufacturer
Business is a lot like playing tennis; if you don't serve well, you lose.
Customer service is like taking a bath; you have to keep doing it.
The expedient thing and the right thing are seldom the same thing.
The best way to get credit is to give it away.
You can't sink someone else's end of the boat without sinking your own.
Chicken Little acted before her research was complete.
God didn't make us with an "off switch."
A man with stature has no need for status.
Definition of status seeking: Buying things you can't afford, that you don't need, to impress people you don't like.
We should not measure life by how many breaths we take, but rather by the number of breathtaking moments we experience.
Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.
A habit makes a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.
Attitude is more important than facts.
It's never crowded along the "extra mile."
You are completely responsible for all your responses to other persons and events. You control your response and therein lies your freedom.
Do you see difficulty behind every opportunity, or opportunity behind every difficulty.
You are your own authority. Choose not to be affected by the negative opinions or attitudes of others.
If you truly expect to realize your dreams, abandon the need to be liked by all.
A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together.
It's not the amount of time you devote, but what you devote to the time that counts.
Do not measure your life by your goals but what you are actually doing to achieve them.
Little and often makes much.
Anyone who is satisfied to stand still should not complain when others pass him.
The thought that leads to no action is not thought—it is dreaming.
You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.
The years teach much which the days never know.
Worry is the first cousin of fear.
There is a way to everything you want.
Happiness isn't an outside job, it's an inside job.
If you do not understand my silence you will not understand my words.
A real leader is one who is able to articulate what lies unspoken in the hearts and minds of the people.
Building boys is easier than mending men.
Men do not fail . . . they give up trying.
Free enterprise gives everybody a chance to get to the top. Some depend too much on the free and not enough on the enterprise.
It is difficult to say who does us the most mischief, our enemies with the worst intentions or our friends with the best.
All people are born equal. Each has a right to earn his niche by the sweat of his brow. But some sweat more and carve larger niches.
The best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.
A good wife doubles a man's pleasures and divides his cares.
Not just live and let live . . . but live and HELP live.
The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience; while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence.
Hate is spiritual suicide.
When you begin to coast you're on the downgrade.
As long as you stand in your own way, what does it matter what other obstacles you face?
A good memory is fine but the ability to forget is the one true test of greatness.
Better to wear out than to rust out.
Make haste slowly.
True ideas possess greater ultimate power than physical might.
Life is never so bad at its worst that it is impossible to live; it is never so good at its best that it is easy to live.
A sound that started before you were born and ended after you died you would call silence.
How long to prepare a speech: 15 min-1 wk to prepare, 30 min-3 days, go on along as long I want-I can start now
And in the end, I learned that what I was searching for wasn't something to be found but something to be made. from the movie, She's Having a Baby.
When things go wrong, don't go with them.
If the people lead, the leaders will follow.
The line between tormentor and mentor is oftentimes very thin.
We are here to create not merely survive.
War doesn't decide who's right—only who's left.
Immoralists do it forever.
The Universe always says yes.
You can't out-give spirit.
One dreamed of becoming somebody. Another remained awake and became.
Any job, big or small; do it right, or not at all.
Great things are accomplished only by the perfection of minor details.
Enjoy Life. This is not a dress rehearsal.
Nothing is a waste of time if I learn something from it.
Excellence is the difference between what I do and what I am capable of.
God and me makes a majority.
Time is love: What you give your time to is what you love.
The reason a lot of people do not recognize an opportunity when they meet it is that it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like hard work.
A friend is someone with whom you can think aloud.
Not everyone can afford to be a bum.
The truth is always bearable when told with compassion.
I am grateful for all those people who said no. It is because of them that I did it myself.
We need to attract people who create more light than heat.
IT only gets better when YOU get better.
Intimacy = Into Me See
If the world seems cold, kindle a fire to warm it.
The most important things in life aren't things.
Whether you think you will or think you won't—you're right!
Everything is impossible until somebody does it.
Would you rather be right . . . or enlightened.
Real financial security is having complete confidence in generating the income you need regardless of your employment situation.
Money is gratifying, not satisfying.
The surest way to have nothing to give is to give nothing.
Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think and thinking where we ought to feel.
Your attitude plus your aptitude equals your altitude.
People may doubt what you say but they will believe what you do.
In-action in selling makes the telephone weigh 500 pounds!
Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go where there is no path . . . and leave a trail.
If you don't make dust you eat dust.
A real friend is one who helps us to think our noblest thoughts, put forth our best efforts, and to be our best selves.
Punctuality is the politeness of kings and the duty of gentle people everywhere.
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.
You can't slide uphill!
Let me grow
lovely, growing old
Emotions are like waves. Watch them come and go on the vast ocean of existence.
Life is a school; Why not try taking the curriculum?
No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings while the dawn is still dark.
He who laughs, lasts.
blessings, not your crosses.
Your dream must be bigger than your fear.
The way to get to the top is to get off your bottom.
There is no shame in failure—only in quitting.
You can always tell the size of a man's character by the size of the problems that get him down.
There are 3 ways to get things done: (1) do it yourself, (2) hire someone, (3) forbid your kids to do it.
Life between the trapezes.
Be all you are!
The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Did is a word of achievement, Won't is a word of retreat, Might is a word of bereavement, Can't is a word of defeat, Ought is a word of duty, Try is a word each hour, Will is a word of beauty, Can is a word of power.
Successful people do what failures won't.
Success will not attack you. You must attack it.
You feed your body every day. You must also feed your mind.
Winner vs. Loser
When two men in a business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
Winners expect to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Don't wait for your ship to come in; swim out to it.
The man who believes he can do something is probably right, and so is the man who believes he can't.
We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
Be careful how you live. You may be the only bible some people read.
Equal rights is not the same as everyone being equal.
The three basic ingredients of the capitalistic system: money, energy, and ideas.
Choice not chance determines destiny.
Bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with.
Dogs don't bark at parked cars.
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Obstacles are built into every opportunity. You have to be willing to work through them to succeed.
I gave up what I could lose in order to gain what I could not lose.
Life is not a problem to be solved but rather a mystery to be lived.
Worries and concerns tend to rent space in your head.
What kind of a world would this world be if everyone in it was just like me?
The opposite of fear is love.
There is no security in life, only opportunity.
There are two ways to shine . . . You can be the candle or, the mirror that reflects it.
No man is free who cannot command himself.
Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.
Have faith in the force of right and not in the right of force.
The horizon is not the world's boundary.
By trials God is shaping us for higher things. We are always in the forge or on the anvil.
Who has deceived you so much as yourself?
If you were to list the ten smartest people in the world, who would be the other nine?
We may be taught by every person we meet.
The key to problems is usually the ignition key.
The first step in making a dream come true is to wake up!
Wealth is a means to an end . . . not the end itself.
Sow an act
and you reap a habit.
We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
Habits are at first cobwebs . . . then steel cables.
One who does nothing but wait for his ship to come has already missed the boat.
of time is wound but once,
To listen well is as to talk well and is as essential to all true conversation.
Today's profits are yesterday's good will ripened.
Happiness or unhappiness depends more on the way we meet events than on the nature of those events themselves.
We cannot be happy unless we think we are the means of good to others.
There are no riches above a sound body.
Some pleasures are more trouble than trouble.
It is good to let a little sunshine out as well as in.
There are no bad days; some are just better than others.
Don't spend your time stringing and tuning your instrument. Start making music now!
If I am at war with myself, I can bring little peace to others.
Good timber does not grow in ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The farther sky, the greater strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In tree and man good timber grows.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
The aim of education is to teach us how to think, not what to think.
A college graduate is a person who had a chance to get an education.
Talent knows what to do; tact knows when and how to do it.
Poise is the art of raising the eyebrows instead of the roof.
Character development is the true aim of education.
One seed can start a garden, one drop can start a sea, one doubt can start a hating, one dream can set us free.
Stages of a Project . . .
Borrowing trouble from the future does not deplete the supply.
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
It is by those who have suffered that the world is most advanced.
An obstinate person does not hold opinions, they hold him.
A purpose is the eternal condition for success.
That which is painful to the body may be profitable to the soul.
Speakers have been showering us with pearls of wisdom for centuries and if their valuable advice were laid end to end it would still be as good as new. Very little of it has ever been used.
No one agrees with the opinion of others. He merely agrees with his own opinions expressed by someone else.
What we need is not new light, but new sight; not new paths, but new strength to walk in the old ones; not new duties, but new strength from on High to fulfill those that are plain before us.
No one has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice you give to others.
Practice an attitude of gratitude.
Be the labor great or small . . . Do it well or not at all!
If the cake is bad, what good is the frosting?
The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.
The greatest truths are the simplest; and so are the greatest men.
Sign in a workaholic's office: Thank Goodness it's Monday!
A students usually work for the C students.
One of the most irresponsible things you can do is to take on someone else's responsibility.
And so in the strife at the battle of life, It's easy to fight when you're winning, It's easy to slave and starve and be brave when the dawn of success is beginning. But the man who can meet despair and defeat with a cheer, there's the man of God's choosing, the man who can fight to heaven's own height, is the man who can fight when he's losing.
Let me be broke or let me be wealthy but never let me accept mediocrity.
You don't send a duck to eagle school.
Spectacular accomplishment is always preceded by less than spectacular preparation.
A leader is a person who gets someone to do something they otherwise would not have done.
A short pencil is usually better than a long memory any day.
No one ever built a statue to a critic.
Friendship is like a bank account. You can't continue to draw on it without making deposits.
If you have your sight, you are blessed. If you have insight, you are a thousand times blessed.
Most of us will never do great things, but we can do small things in a great way.
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
Life is easy. There is nothing to do.
You are a child of God, now act like it.
Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the conquest of it.
Perceived failure is oftentimes success trying to be born in a bigger way.
Inch by inch life's a cinch. Yard by yard life is hard.
Broke is only temporary; poor is a state of mind.
My tastes are simple, I like to have the best.
Not having a goal is more to be feared than not reaching one.
The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.
Faith is knowing there is an ocean when you can only see the stream.
In the heart of man a cry, in the heart of God, supply.
Thou shalt not should on thyself or others. (11th Commandment)
Let the dogs bark, the caravan moves on.
Success requires no excuses; failure permits no alibis.
There's more to balance than not falling over.
If you do not run your subconscious mind yourself, someone else will.
If you do not have a plan for your life, someone else will.
One's ships come in over a calm sea.
No man is your enemy, no man is your friend. Every man is your teacher.
Things don't just happen; they happen just.
To be afraid is to have more faith in evil than in God.
Most people go through life not knowing what they want to do but being certain that what they're doing isn't it.
The measure of time to your next goal is the measure of your discipline.
God, help me to make my words this day tender and tasty for I may have to eat them.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. or, Most people don't plan to fail—they fail to plan.
It doesn't take guts to quit.
Never be less than your dreams.
Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.
Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.
When you're up to your ass in alligators, you sometimes forget that you're here to drain the swamp.
Those who wish to sing always find a song.
God opens ways that to human means there are no ways.
God can do great things through the person who doesn't care who gets the credit.
People rise to your expectations.
Wherever you are; Be there.
I'm willing to believe in anything that is good.
No problem leaves you where you found it.
There are three kinds of people: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what the heck happened.
I winner never quits. I quitter never wins.
Plan your work and work your plan.
Do it now.
It's not what you know but what you USE of what you know that counts.
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
Success is an accumulation of successful days.
You are what you think about all day long.
If I'm lying I'm dying.
Management is getting things done through other people.
A smile increases your face value.
Change your thoughts and you change your destiny.
She lived her life like a candle in the wind. "Norma Jean"
People are not persuaded by what we say but rather by what they understand.
You cannot become rich except by enriching others.
Anything worth having is worth working for.
You have two ears and one mouth. Listen twice. Speak once.
The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions. A rut is like a grave with both ends kicked out.
A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.
When you complain, 90% of the people don't care and 10% are glad.
Planning is the prelude to successful action.
The heavy chains of worry are forged in idle hours.
Happiness isn't in having what you want but rather in wanting what you have.
When it gets dark enough, you can see the stars.
Repetition is the father of skill.
Don't just spend time. Invest it.
When what you are is what you do, then when you don't, you ain't.
Beauty is only skin deep, ugly goes to the bone.
A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.
Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.
Our purpose in life is not to get ahead of other people—but to get ahead of ourselves.
An upset is an opportunity to see the truth.
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten.
Ignorance on fire is better than knowledge on ice.
Keep on keeping on.
Every day is a new life to a wise man.
You're not a failure because you don't make it, you're a success because you tried.
Security is not in having things; it's in handling things.
The thing in us that we fear just wants our love.
There is no glory unless you put yourself on the line.
The fastest way to the top is to get off your bottom.
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
Time is the best teacher. Unfortunately, it kills all of its students.
If you are not willing to die for freedom you don't deserve to live for it.
By thy stumblings, the world is perfected.
Failure is feedback. And feedback is the breakfast of champions.
All defense is an attack—or, at least, it is experienced as such. You give as much offense by taking it as in giving it.
It's tough to be fascinating.
The Universe tends to treat you pretty much like you treat yourself.
Force equals too much; effort equals too little; being equals enough.
Out of confusion comes new patterns.
I seek not so much to find the answer as much as to understand the question better.
What I am is God's gift to me. What I make of myself is my gift to God.
The ultimate goal of life is death—the experience of life is where the value is, not the results we achieve.
You become blank when you let others do your thinking for you.
What's behind the door I do not know, But this I know and know it well: The more I open the more I sell.
The person who learns to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.
Winning starts with beginning.
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through.
God hath not promised peace without pain,
Joy without sorrow, sun without rain.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day
Rest for the weary
Help on the way
Grace for the trials
Help from above
It isn't our position but our disposition that makes us happy.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading nor any pleasure so lasting.
He is no better who can read and does not than one who simply cannot.
Leaders are readers.
Sorrow, like rain, makes both roses and mud.
If at first you do succeed . . . try something harder.
The bravest battle that was ever fought;
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not;
It was fought by the mothers of men.
Judge nothing before its time.
Don't lessen the lesson.
Happiness is not a reward, it's a consequence.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner!
Well-arranged time is the surest sign of a well-arranged mind.
Rest not from duty, but find rest in it.
He that loves wisdom loves life; and they that seek her early shall be filled with joy.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas . . . but for scars.
Men are apt to settle a question rightly when it is discussed freely.
Beyond are nobler work and sweeter rest.
Expect the best!
People do not lack strength they lack will.
Quitters never win . . . winners never quit.
The principle business of life is to enjoy it.
The man who rows the boat doesn't have time to rock it.
Toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always—and never turn back.
To belittle is to be little.
A rolling stone gathers no moss . . . but it obtains a certain polish!
Hard work is the accumulation of easy things you didn't do when you should have.
Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.
Time flies. Suns rise and shadows fall. Let time go by. Love is forever over all.
Genius is eternal patience
Good writing is easy. All you do is sit at a keyboard and open a vein.
Those who plan the battle don't battle the plan.
Courage is doing what you are afraid to do.
You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.
When you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.
Truth, beauty, and contact lenses are in the eye of the beholder.
To think is easy; to act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.
Make your life an exclamation, not an explanation.
Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
When we follow the vision within our heart we experience our oneness with all that we see and feel.
Letting go of fear is personal disarmament.
You'll never find peace of mind as long as you are giving the world a peace of your mind.
A feeling is an idea with roots.
When you stop learning you start dying.
If you can describe a thing you don't understand it. ancient saying
Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.
Life's a mountain not a beach.
On writing—A blank sheet of paper is God's way of letting you know what it feels like to play God.
Life is a sexually transmitted terminal illness.
Outward actions are a reflection of our inner thoughts.
May my faith always exceed my fears—no price is too great to go through life afraid.
It's a thin line between the child you were and the adult you have become.
Don't repay a kindness, pass it on.
When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
No one can predict what heights you can soar. Even you will not know until you spread your wings.
Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember: A kite rises against the wind rather than with it.
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
If you're not playing a big enough game, you'll screw up the game you're playing just to give yourself something to do.
Fear is interest paid on a debt you may not owe.
From a fortune cookie: Your request for no MSG was ignored.
It's better to be a coward for a minute than to be dead for the rest of your life.
I know a man who gave up drinking, sex and rich food. He was healthy right up until the time he killed himself.
Those awaiting the future be advised. A little arrives every day.
The efficient person gets the job done right. The effective person gets the right job done.
The one who marries for money earns it.
I used to live for sex, now I'd die for some.
Nothing, multiplied by five billion, is still nothing.
Time is the thing that keeps everything from happening all at once.
Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits.
If you follow the herd, you'll end up stepping in shit.
It's the space between the notes that creates the music.
The mystic is someone who sees what others do not see.
If I bring forth what is inside me, what I bring forth will save me. If I fail to bring forth what is inside me, what I bring forth will destroy me.
The worst thing about having nothing to do is that you don't know when you're finished.
This is the winter of my discontent.
Guilt: The difference between who you think you should be and who you really are.
A wise man generally consists of one pound of learning to one pound of common sense.
An obstacle is something you see when you take your eye off the goal.
Education will never be as expensive as ignorance.
Some may succeed because they are destined to, but most because they are determined to.
One must carve one's life out of the wood one has.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. ( abbreviated version: "screw it")
Doing little things well is a step towards doing big things better.
Wisdom is divided into two parts: Having a great deal to say, and not saying it.
Worry is an old man with bended head carrying a load of feathers which he thinks is lead.
A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he gives up.
All things come to him who goes after them.
Of all our human resources, the most precious is the desire to improve.
The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.
What would we pay to watch the moon rise if nature in all its providence had not provided it for free.
If someone calls you a horse you can ignore it. If two people call you a horse, you might want to consider it. If three people call you a horse, you had better buy a saddle.
Success is getting up just one more time than you fall down.
Wisdom comes more from living than from studying.
Speak softly and sweetly. If your words are soft and sweet, they won't be as hard to swallow when you have to eat them.
Why is it that when a person speaks to God it's prayer, but when God speaks to a person it's schizophrenia.
It's not only important to add years to your life, but to add life to your years.
The river of life runs between the banks of pleasure and pain.
The greatest fertilizer on the farm is the farmer's footprints.
Instead of giving someone a piece of your mind, give someone the peace of your mind.
A kind word will keep someone warm for years.
Some people dream of worthy accomplishments while others stay awake and do them.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.
The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
You cannot discover new oceans unless you are willing to lose sight of the shore.
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people attain uncommon results.
The man on the top of the mountain did not fall there.
Leaders are like eagles, they don't flock . . . you find them one at a time.
We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
It takes months to find a customer . . . seconds to lose one.
To lead a symphony, you must occasionally turn your back on the crowd.
Rule #1: If we don't take care of the customer someone else will.
Customer complaints are the schoolbooks from which we learn.
Commitment is what turns a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions that speak louder than words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.
Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
You can marry more money in five minutes than you can earn in a lifetime.
In this world of give and take, there are few who are willing to give what it takes.
You've never lived until you've almost died.
You can be right or you can be rich.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
You're either growing or rotting away.
When you don't care who gets the credit, there's no limit to how high you can climb.
Failure is a dress rehearsal for success.
You can see through people or, you can see people through.
Some pursue happiness. Some create it.
He who hesitates is lunch.
Character grows in the soil of experience with the fertilization of example, the moisture of ambition, and the sunshine of satisfaction. Character cannot be purchased, bargained for, inherited, rented or imported from afar. It must be home-grown.
He that cannot ask cannot give.
To do nothing is to be nothing.
Nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute.
Quality isn't expensive. It's priceless.
Success walks hand in hand with failure.
I always see better with my heart.
Some people are vibrant—they are the kind of people who wear their clothes out from the inside.
In order to win, you have to finish.
In order to stand in the light you must endure the burning
A politician is someone who thinks as far ahead as the next election. A statesman thinks through the next generation.
It's no wonder that everyone frowns at enthusiasm in the world when the ultimate compliment is to be cool.
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
There are three kinds of people in this
When you're arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing.
The only true wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing.
Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love.
Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, a tolerance for stupidity, and a bulldozer when necessary.
Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Sometimes you're the bug, sometimes you're the windshield.
Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant!
Better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
76.4% of all statistics are meaningless.
Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening all at once.
The glass is neither half empty nor half full. It's twice as large as it needs to be.
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did—in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming—like those passengers in his car.
Strategic planning is when you can't see the
forest or the trees.
You can have two things in life: reasons and results. And reasons don't count.
I am free to invent my life.
A hundred years from now, it will not matter what sort of house I lived in. But the world may be better because I was important in the life of a child.
Life itself cannot give you joy unless you really will it. Life just gives you time and space—it's up to you to fill it.
What the future has in store for you depends largely upon what you place in store for the future.
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk being called sentimental. To reach out to another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk showing your true self. To place your ideas and your dreams before a crowd is to risk being called naive. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. Chained by things that are certain, he is a slave. He has forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free.
The Essence Of Survival
SW, SW, SW, N
Success is being at peace with yourself.
Whatever your lot in life, build something on it.
Killing time murders opportunities.
Every little bit helps. Every little quit hurts.
Think bigger. God did.
To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful.
A mentor is someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.
The six steps to becoming a better listener
form a LADDER:
Working together works.
If you live out of your memory, you
live out of your history. That's
what once was.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
Success is when you get what you want. Happiness is when you want what you get.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package.
Perceived value is real value.
If you would plant for days, plant
All the water in the world can't sink a ship unless it gets inside.
A Toast: May the best of your past be the worst of your future.
Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.
WHO AM I?
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,
And I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done,
And after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men
And, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine
Plus the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin;
It makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me
And I will put the world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am HABIT!
Kitchen Table Wisdom
ASUME - When you assume, it makes an A**, out of You and
DIN - Do It Now.
KASH - Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, Habits
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Last Updated 04/07/2011