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Proverbs

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady

"I just knew, even though I had not yet named the technique, that a gift with a purchase was very appealing."

-- Estee Lauder, cosmetics executive


"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."

-- Vince Lombardi, American Football Coach


"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of The United States of America


"Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing."

-- Phil Jackson, basketball coach


"Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."

-- Grace Hopper, American Computer Scientist


"Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still."

-- Chinese Proverb


"A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror."

-- Ken Keyes


"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. "

-- Dale Carnegie, author


"The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others."

-- Don Shula, football coach


"Learning is not compulsory, but neither is survival."

-- W. Edwards Deming, quality expert


"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones."

-- Phillips Brooks


"I believe through learning and application of what you learn, you can solve any problem, overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal that you can set for yourself."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Experience is valuable only if it's imbued with meaning from which one can draw salient conclusions. Otherwise, experience becomes imprisoning."

-- Barry McCaffrey, general



"For every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage."

-- Clement Stone, executive


"Character is like a tree, and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States


"Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome."

-- Samuel Johnson, Essayist, Lexicographer


"You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"It's not your position in life; it's the disposition you have which will change your position."

-- Dr. David McKinley


"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

-- Jack London, Author


"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again."

-- Abraham Maslow, Psychologist


"Making a decision usually means taking one of two roads. One is doing the right thing. To take the other road, you have to sit back and spin a story around the decision or action you are taking. If you find yourself thinking up an elaborate justification for what you are doing, you are not doing the right thing."

-- Wayne Sales


"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Author, Philosopher


"Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet

"The person who would like to make his dreams come true MUST STAY AWAKE."

-- Richard Wheeler, Rotarian


"You can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price"

-- Vince Lombardi, American Football Coach


"I don't think there's any such thing as setting your goals too high. The higher you set your goals, the more you are going to work. If you don't reach them, then it's okay, just as long as you set it and then give 100% of yourself."

-- Dan Jansen, Speed Skater


"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."

-- Katherine Mansfield, author


"Study the public behavior of top stars and you can detect a keen attentiveness to brand value."

-- Peter Bart, American Journalist


"No matter how much success you're having, you can't continue working together if you can't communicate."

-- Matt Cameron, Musician


"In sales, a referral is the key to the door of resistance."

-- Bo Bennett, Author


"No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet


"A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner."

-- English proverb


"It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste time."

-- Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company Founder


"Everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself."

-- Leo Tolstoy


"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."

-- Peter F. Drucker, Author and Management Expert


"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Author


"The person who pays an ounce of principle for a pound of popularity gets badly cheated."

-- Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president


"Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it."

-- Brian Tracy, Speaker, Author, Consultant


"You have to believe in yourself, that's the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world."

-- Charlie Chaplin, Actor


"There's only one direction you can coast."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Self-esteem is like a difficult-to-cultivate flower. It requires frequent nurturing that occurs when you keep your word and follow through on your promises."

-- Derrick Bell


"A man can get discouraged many times, but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying."

-- John Burroughs, Writer


"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."

-- Vince Lombardi


"I always remember an epitaph in the cemetery at Tombstone, Ariz. It says: "Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest." I think that's the greatest epitaph a man can have."

-- Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States


"Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will and be judged by only one thing: the result."

-- Vince Lombardi, football coach


"Long-range goals keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures."

-- J.C. Penney, Retailer


"Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch"

-- Ivern Ball, Poet


"Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine and eminently unsatisfying."

-- J. Paul Getty, industrialist


"The highest form of success... comes... to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president


"The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket"

-- Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist


"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are."

-- Tobias Wolff, Writer


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

-- Charles Kingsley, Clergyman


"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

-- John Kennedy, 35th President of the United States


"The most important thing is your self-respect. It doesn't matter what people think about you, but what you think about yourself."

-- Robert H. Abplanalp


"Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure."

-- Tommy Lasorda, baseball manager


"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."

-- William Saroyan, Writer


"A man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool of himself; indeed, he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself."

-- George Bernard Shaw, Writer and Critic


"Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing."

-- Alexander Woollcott, Critic and Commentator for The New Yorker magazine

"Imagination grows by exercise and, contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."

-- Paul McCartney, musician


"The unexamined life is not worth living."

-- Socrates


"No matter what it is, pick yourself up and go on to the next project."

-- Shelley Duvall, actress


"Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe"

-- Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host


"A man with ability and the desire to accomplish something can do anything"

-- Donald Kircher, Executive


"Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have."

-- Emile Chartier, Philosopher


"The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work."

-- Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host


"If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence."

-- Richard DeVos, Amway Co-founder


"I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right upfront, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it."

-- Lee Iacocca, executive


"Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes."

-- Henry Kaiser, industrialist


"My father instilled in me that if you don't see things happening the way you want them to, you get out there and make them happen."

-- Susan Powter, Author

"There are only four ways to create value (in a digital economy): information, entertainment, convenience, and savings."

-- Jay Walker, Priceline founder

 

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you'll be a success."

-- Albert Schweitzer, humanitarian


If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's. And guess what they might have planned for you? Not much."

-- Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker


"A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures."

-- John Kennedy, 35th U.S. President


"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; and the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."

-- Abraham Joshua Heschel, Leading Jewish theologian of the 20th century


"Everybody talks bout wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that's a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect."

-- Rob Reiner, director


"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

-- John Wooden, basketball coach


"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. "

-- Plato, Philosopher


"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president


"We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity."

-- Walter E. Cole, Korean War Hero


"To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you."

-- Tony Dorsett, American Football Player


"The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win."

-- Bobby Knight, Basketball Head Coach


"Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people."

-- Lee Iacocca, Auto Executive


"My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there."

-- Charles Kettering, Social Philosopher


"I believe in me more than anything in this world."

-- Wilma Rudolph, Olympic runner


"A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck."

-- James Garfield, 20th President of the United States


"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

-- John Wooden, basketball coach


"Life begins when you do."

-- Hugh Downs, American Broadcaster


"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you."

-- Brian Tracy, Author

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."

-- Paul Boese


"Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use."

-- Charles Schulz, Cartoonist


"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes."

-- Peter F. Drucker, Author and Management Expert


"Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along."

-- Napoleon Hill, Writer


"Every artist was first an amateur."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


"There are three hungers that people are trying to feed throughout their lives. The first is to connect deeply with the creative spirit of life. The second is to know and express your gifts and talents. The third is to know that our lives matter. Fulfillment comes from feeding these three hungers."

-- Richard Leider, executive


"Life without risk is not worth living."

-- Chuck Lindbergh, aviator


"Some of us learn from other people's mistakes and the rest of us have to be other people."

-- Zig Ziglar, Author


"It is not the employer who pays wages -- he only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages."

-- Henry Ford, Industrialist


"Our greatest enemies, the ones we must fight most often, are within."

-- Thomas Paine, statesman


"Tears will get you sympathy. Sweat will get you results."

-- Anonymous


"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."

-- John F. Kennedy, 35 President of the United States


"Only those who constantly retool themselves stand a chance of staying employed in the years ahead."

-- Tom Peters, Author


"I will prepare, and someday my chance will come."

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States


"In order for you to profit from your mistakes, you have to get out and make some."

-- Anonymous


"Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up if thou wilt always search there."

-- Marcus Aurelius, philosopher


"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

-- Henry Ford, Industrialist


"There comes a special moment in everyone's life; a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission-a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour."

-- Winston Churchill, British prime minister


"Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it."

-- J. M. Barrie, Dramatist


"I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it."

-- Mike Ditka, Football Coach


"Your company's most valuable asset is how it is known to its customers."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity, but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat."

-- Allen Klein, businessman


"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others."

-- Robert Louis Stevenson, writer


"Never turn down a job because you think it's too small. You don't know where it can lead. "

-- Julia Morgan, architect


"The difference in winning and losing is most often... not quitting."

-- Walt Disney, Animator, Film Producer


"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Without a compelling cause, our employees are just putting in time. Their minds might be engaged, but their hearts are not. Meaning precedes motivation."

-- Lee J. Colan


"Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things."

-- Denis Diderot, French Philosopher and Writer


"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

-- Vince Lombardi, Legendary Football Coach


"Don't be afraid to take a big step if needed. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."

-- Anonymous

"People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity."

-- Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist


"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther."

-- J.P. Morgan, industrialist


"Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push."

-- Joann Thomas


"If you want to have good ideas, you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away."

-- Linus Pauling, chemist


"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to."

-- George Allen, football coach


"Every man dies. Not every man lives. The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the "buts" you use today."

-- Les Brown, Author and Motivational Speaker


"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. "

-- Anonymous


"Parents can only give good advice .but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."

-- Ann Frank, writer


"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."

-- Demosthenes, statesman


"All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers."

-- Orison Swett Marden, writer


"No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance."

-- Bruce Barton, Executive


"I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been."

-- Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Player


"When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it - but all that had gone before."

-- Jacob Riis, Photographer and Journalist

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."

-- Michael Altshuler


"All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea."

-- Napoleon Hill, author


"Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning."

-- Winston Churchill, British prime minister


"When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures, so I did 10 times more work."

-- George Bernard Shaw, Writer and Critic


"I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America


"You must master your time rather than becoming a slave to the constant flow of events and demands on your time. And you must organize your life to achieve balance, harmony, and inner peace."

-- Brian Tracy

 

"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk."

-- J.C. Penney, businessman


"Common sense is genius dressed up in work clothes."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it."

-- Rene Descartes


"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of The United States of America


"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity."

-- John F. Kennedy, 35 President of the United States


"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible."

-- Mary Bethune, educator


"To get the full value of a joy, you must have somebody to divide it with."

-- Mark Twain, Writer


"Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul."

-- Douglas MacArthur, General


"The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be."

-- Og Mandino, author


"There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen."

-- Hugh Prather

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

-- Harriet Beecher Stowe, author


"Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."

-- Erica Jong, Author


"Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become."

-- Jim Rohn, Author


"Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking."

-- Anita Roddick, Entrepreneur and Activist


"In calm water every ship has a good captain."

-- Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th U.S. President


"When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value."

-- Thomas Edison, inventor

 

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. "

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President


"You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first."

-- Frederick Wilcox, writer

"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are."

-- Malcolm Forbes, Publisher


"It's not where you start - it's where you finish that counts."

-- Zig Ziglar, Author


"Deal first with whatever is causing you the greatest emotional distress. Often this will break the logjam in your work and free you up mentally to complete (the) other tasks."

-- Brian Tracy, motivational coach


"Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement."

-- Claude M. Bristol, Author


"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little 'extra'."

-- Jimmy Johnson, American Football Coach


"All life is a chance. So take it! The person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare."

-- Dale Carnegie, motivational expert

"The entrepreneur is... the most important player in the building of the global economy. So much so that big companies are reconstituting themselves as networks of entrepreneurs."

-- John Naisbitt, writer


"In the middle of every difficulty comes opportunity."

-- Albert Einstein


"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."

-- Muhammad Ali, boxer


"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the staircase."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader


"Set higher standards for you own performance than anyone around you, and it won't matter whether you have a tough boss or an easy one. It won't matter whether the competition is pushing you hard, because you'll be competing with yourself."

-- Rick Pitino


"Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve."

-- Benjamin Franklin, statesman


"Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others. "

-- Martin Luther King Jr., clergyman


"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

-- John Mason, Writer


"Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have."

-- Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker


"When the solution is simple, God is answering."

-- Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist


"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."

-- Walter Elliott


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

-- Bruce Barton, Author and Politician


"We must take change by the hand or rest assuredly, change will take us by the throat."

-- Winston Churchill, Former British prime minister


"Each man (is) the architect of his own fortune."

-- Appius Caecus, builder



"The most important thing about goals is... having one."

-- Geoffry F. Abert


"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."

-- Leo Tolstoy, Author


"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."

-- George Bernard Shaw, Playwright


"Every mistake that I made - and we all make mistakes - came because I didn't take the time to get the facts. I didn't drive hard enough."

-- Charles Knight, publisher


"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."

-- George Washington Carver, botanist


"You can become an even more excellent person by constantly setting higher and higher standards for yourself and then by doing everything possible to live up to those standards."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus."

-- Oprah Winfrey, talk show host


"If you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else. "

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady


"You make the world a better place by making yourself a better person."

-- Scott Sorrell


"Believe you will be successful and you will."

-- Dale Carnegie, motivational speaker


"Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It's also a powerful motivator."

-- Yogi Berra


"A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That's where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It's having backbone."

-- Robert Kiyosaki, Motivational Speaker


"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. "

-- Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist


"Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition."

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president


"Successful people recognize crisis as a time for change - from lesser to greater, smaller to bigger."

-- Edwin Louis Cole, Author


"There's been nothing but discipline, discipline, discipline all my life."

-- Celine Dion, singer


"The secret of business, especially these days, is to focus relentlessly on your unfair advantage - the thing you do that others don't."

-- John Rollwagen, executive


"Financial education needs to become a part of our national curriculum and scoring systems so that it's not just the rich kids that learn about money.. it's all of us."

-- David Bach, Personal Finance Author, Speaker and Consultant


"When you affirm big, believe big and pray big, putting faith into action, big things happen."

-- Norman Vincent Peale, clergyman


"Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair."

-- Douglas MacArthur, General


"Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place."

-- Abigail Van Buren, Advice Columnist


"I think there's a great beauty to having problems. That's one of the ways we learn."

-- Herbie Hancock, musician


"People die of fright and live of confidence."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Author, Philosopher


"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

-- John Kennedy, 35th U.S. President


"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States


"In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these."

-- Paul Harvey, broadcaster


"The more informative your advertising, the more persuasive it will be."

-- David Ogilvy, Advertising Executive


"The beginning is the most important part of the work."

-- Plato, philosopher


"If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flys feels the attraction of earth."

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author


"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure."

-- George Woodberry, Poet


"Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade."

-- Rudyard Kipling, author

"Ingenuity - plus courage, plus work - equals miracles."

-- Bob Richards, Olympic Gold Medalist


"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."

-- William Faulkner, Author


"Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead... You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin."

-- Kathleen Norris, Writer


"Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire."

-- Napoleon Hill, Motivational Writer


"What matters is where you want to go. Focus in the right direction!"

-- Donald Trump, Billionaire Real Estate Developer


"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."

-- Roger Bannister, Runner


"You can't have a better tomorrow if you're thinking about yesterday."

-- Charles Kettering, Inventor


"Investment decisions or personal decisions don't wait for the picture to be clarified."

-- Andrew Grove, executive


"Time flies. It's up to you to be the navigator."

-- Robert Orben


"There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity."

-- Tom Peters, Author


"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes in to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands, and hopes we've learned something from yesterday."

-- John Wayne, Actor


"The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends."

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

 

"The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job."

-- Michael Gerber, Author and Entrepreneur


"Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life."

-- Wayne Dyer, Self-help Author


"When you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them."

-- Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker


"It's the little things that make the big things possible. Only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class."

-- J. Willard Marriot


"The fixed determination to have acquired the warrior soul, to either conquer or perish with honor, is the secret of victory."

-- George Patton, General


"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader."

-- Dolly Parton, Singer


"Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good."

-- Norman Schwarzkopf, General


"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves. "

-- Dale Carnegie, Author


"Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure."

-- George Sand, novelist


"The key is not to prioritize what is on the schedule, but to schedule your priorities."

-- Stephen Covey, Author and Speaker


"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability."

-- Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company


"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."

-- Booker T. Washington, Educator


"Dig the well before you are thirsty."

-- Chinese Proverb


"Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can."

-- Willis R. Whitney


"You can't talk yourself out of a problem you behaved yourself into."

-- Stephen Covey, Author and Speaker


"Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than you think."

-- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield


"Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success."

-- Bo Bennett, Author


"I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success, but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life."

-- Madeleine Albright, secretary of state

"Confidence... thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them, it cannot live."

-- Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. president


"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

-- William Faulkner


"Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"If you only care enough for a result, you will almost certainly attain it."

-- William James, Psychologist


"Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm."

-- Publilius Syrus


"Who has not served cannot command."

-- John Florio


"The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability."

-- Henry Ford, carmaker


"A major stimulant to creative thinking is focused questions. There is something about a well-worded question that often penetrates to the heart of the matter and triggers new ideas and insights."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Wake up with a smile and go after life... live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it."

-- Joe Knapp


"Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so. "

-- Thomas Carlyle, Scottish Essayist, Satirist, and Historian


"If you want to achieve a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances."

-- Alberto Salazar, American Marathon Runner


"Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable."

-- Coco Chanel, Fashion Designer


"Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory."

-- Diane Arbus, American Photographer


"I might have been born in a hovel, but I am determined to travel with the wind and the stars."

-- Jacqueline Cochran, aviator


"It is the studying that you do after your school days that really counts. Otherwise, you know only that which everyone else knows."

-- Henry Doherty



"A good marriage is when you're married not to someone you can live with, but to someone you really cannot live without."

-- Dr. Howard Hendricks


"If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business."

-- B. C. Forbes, Founder of Forbes Magazine  


"Knowing thyself is the height of wisdom."

-- Socrates


"A strong imagination begetteth opportunity."

-- Michel de Montaigne, writer


"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will."

-- Chuck Palahniuk, Author


"During my 87 years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think."

-- Bernard Baruch, financier


"You can't do it unless you can imagine it."

-- George Lucas, director


"Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours."

-- Tom Hopkins, sales trainer


"Everyone wants to be appreciated. So if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret."

-- Mary Kay Ash, Entrepreneur


"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting."

-- E.E. Cummings, American poet


"I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on."

-- Samuel Goldwyn, movie executive


"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and you would achieve nothing."

-- Margaret Thatcher, British prime minister


"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

-- John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States


"The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have."

-- Leonard Nimoy, Actor


"Your greatness is measured by your horizons."

-- Michelangelo


"You can't get a pay raise when you're angry. People will react to the negative energy and will resist you."

-- Stuart Wilde, Self Help Author and Lecturer


"Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got."

-- Larry Bird, American NBA basketball player


"Think you can, think you can't; either way, you'll be right."

-- Henry Ford, Industrialist


"Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory."

-- Mahatma Gandhi, Statesman


"If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires."

-- Abigail Van Buren, Advice Columnist


"If anything terrifies me, I must try to conquer it."

-- Francis Chichester, adventurer


"There are risks and costs to a plan of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."

-- John F. Kennedy, 35 President of the United States


"I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good."

-- Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host


"All serious daring starts from within."

-- Eudora Welty, writer


"Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy."

-- Wayne Dyer, Teacher


"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady


"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture."

-- Norman Vincent Peale, Author


"An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive business advantage."

-- Jack Welch, General Electric CEO


"Difficulties in life are intended to make us better not bitter."

-- Dan Reeves, Football Coach


"I was just pursuing what I enjoyed doing. I mean, I was pursuing my passion."

-- Pierre Omidyar, eBay founder and Internet Entrepreneur


"Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman - not the attitude of the prospect."

-- W. Clement Stone, Author


"The man who chases two rabbits catches neither."

-- Confucius, philosopher


"These are not dark days; these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived."

-- Winston Churchill


"Choice, not chance, determines human destiny."

-- Robert W. Ellis


"Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live."

-- Dorothy Thompson, journalist


"Courage is grace under pressure."

-- Ernest Hemingway, Author


"Being smart is an elusive concept. There's a certain sharpness, an ability to absorb new facts, to ask an insightful question or relate to domains that may not seem connected at first."

-- Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder


"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

-- Nelson Mandela, Civil Rights Leader


"To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes, the wise and the good learn wisdom for the future."

-- Plutarch, Historian


"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle."

-- Benjamin Franklin, Inventor


"Successful people are simply those with successful habits."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"If you want to conquer fear, don't sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy. "

-- Dale Carnegie, motivational expert


"Not being in tune with your customers is like living in an alternate reality; the way you think your customers feel about your product is not always the same as what your customers really think about your product."

-- Bo Bennett, Author



"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. "

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States


"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But, I can't accept not trying."

-- Michael Jordan, basketball star


"I always view problems as opportunities in work clothes."

-- Henry Kaiser, businessman


"As a coach, your high standards of performance, attention to detail and-above all-how hard you work set the stage for how your players perform."

-- Don Shula, Football Coach


"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

-- Winston Churchill, British prime minister


"The fact is, everyone is in sales. Whatever area you work in, you do have clients and you do need to sell."

-- Jay Abraham, Marketing Expert

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

-- Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist


"All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties."

-- William Bradford


"Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities."

-- Sugar Ray Leonard, boxer


"If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful."

-- Michelangelo, Artist


"Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"People don't buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons."

-- Zig Ziglar, Author


"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

-- Maya Angelou, poet


"If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough."

-- Edward Everett Hale, Clergyman


"No great performance ever came from holding back."

-- Don Greene, performance coach


"People with goals succeed because they know where they're going"

-- Earl Nightingale, Motivational Speaker

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word "crisis." One brush stroke stands for danger, the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of danger--but recognize the opportunity."

-- John Kennedy, 35th President of the United States


"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions."

-- Albert Einstein, Physicist


"The ability to communicate with everybody, regardless of who are you are, is a great thing."

-- Bobby Bonilla, Baseball Player


"I enjoy every opportunity and live every moment. And that is why I have no regrets. It's when you are not scared of losing that you win everything."

-- Shailendra Singh, Vice President, Sequoia Capital


"You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do."

-- Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company


"Only free people can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end, and prefer the interests of mankind to any narrow interest of their own."

-- Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States


"A man's doubts and fears are his worst enemies. "

-- William Wrigley Jr., entrepreneur


"Who begins too much accomplishes little."

-- German Proverb


"At home we have always regarded the dining table as the prime seat of learning. We planned it so it was impossible to see or hear a TV from the table, and it has paid dividends in the volume of ideas that have been shared over the evening meal."

-- Noel Whittaker, Financial Advisor


"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end."

-- Denis Waitley


"Change before you have to."

-- Jack Welch, Businessman


"Miracles can be made, but only by sweating."

-- Giovanni Agnelli, auto executive


"Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks."

-- Phillips Brooks, clergyman


"When everybody tells you that you are being idealistic or impractical, consider the possibility that everybody could be wrong about what is right for you."

-- Gilbert Kaplan


"Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, "Make me feel important." Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life."

-- Mary Kay Ash, Entrepreneur


"Fear melts when you take action towards a goal you really want."

Robert Allen


"Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless."

-- Mary Kay Ash, Entrepreneur


"Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants."

-- Epictetus, Philosopher


"Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem."

-- Henry Kissinger, secretary of state


"Great minds have purpose, others have wishes."

-- Washington Irving, American Author


"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

-- Buddha


"You are the way you are because that's the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you would be in the process of changing right now."

-- Fred Smith


"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

-- Hans Hoffmann


"I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


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

-- Og Mandino


"If you want risk taking, set an example yourself and reward and praise those that do."

-- Jack Welch, General Electric CEO


"Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed."

-- Vincent van Gogh, artist


"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. "

-- Marcus Aurelius, Emperor


"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."

-- Dale Carnegie, Author

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark."

-- Michelangelo, Artist


"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

-- Plato, Philosopher


"The only difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is extraordinary determination."

-- Mary Kay Ash, Entrepreneur


"I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. "

-- Thomas Edison, inventor


"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity"

-- Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist


"Concentration can be cultivated. One can learn to exercise will power, discipline one's body and train one's mind."

-- Anil Ambani, Billionaire Businessman


"We are what we repeatedly do."

-- Aristotle, Philosopher


"A champion is one who gets up even when he can't."

-- Jack Dempsey, Heavyweight Boxing Champion


"Trying times are not the times to stop trying."

-- Ray Owen, Writer


"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."

-- William Jennings Bryan, 41st United States Secretary of State


"As for worrying about what other people might think - forget it. They aren't concerned about you. They're too busy worrying about what you and other people think of them."

-- Michael le Boeuf


"I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way."

-- Martha Beck, Author


"The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better."

-- Barbara Pletcher, author


"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you."

-- Althea Gibson, Tennis Player


"Some people fold after making one timid request. They quit too soon. Keep asking until you find the answers. In sales there are usually four or five "no's" before you get a "yes."

-- Jack Canfield, Success Coach


"The future you see is the future you get."

-- Robert G Allen, Business, Finance & Motivational Author


"I have never known a really successful man who deep in his heart did not understand the grind, the discipline it takes to win."

-- Vince Lombardi, American Football Coach


"We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life."

-- Edwin Markham, American Poet


"Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get."

-- Dave Gardner, comedian


"sometimes when you innovate, you make mistake. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations."

-- Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder


"Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost."

-- Robert Schuller, Clergyman


"The great creators-the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors-stood alone against the men of their time."

-- Ayn Rand, writer


"Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyway."

-- Mary Kay Ash, Entrepreneur


"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. "

-- Winston Churchill, British prime minister


"Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it. "

-- Irving Berlin, American Composer and Lyricist


"Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad. "

-- Denis Waitley, writer


"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

-- Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist


"Your needs will be met once you can find a way of projecting energy and fulfilling someone else's need."

-- Stuart Wilde Biography, Self Help Author and Lecturer


"There is no remedy for love but to love more."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Author


"You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself."

-- Harvey Firestone, tire executive


"Feedback is the breakfast of champions."

-- Rick Tate

"Samson killed a thousand men with the jaw bone of an ass. That many sales are killed every day with the same weapon."

-- Anonymous


"You must do the things today that others will not do so that you can have the things tomorrow that others will not have."

-- Anonymous


"A good goal is like a strenuous exercise - it makes you stretch."

-- Mary Kay Ash, cosmetics pioneer


"Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. "

-- Napoleon Hill, Pioneer of Personal Achievement Philosophy


"Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams. "

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


"We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them."

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Philosopher


"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."

-- Japanese Proverb


"The making of friends who are real friends is the best token we have of a man's success in life."

-- Edward Hale, theologian


"You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration."

-- James Allen


"Confidence and enthusiasm are the greatest sales producers in any kind of economy."

-- O. B. Smith


"To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge."

-- Benjamin Disraeli, British prime minister


"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."

-- William Faulkner, Author


"You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals."

-- George Patton, General


"You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere."

-- Helen Adams Keller, American Author and Lecturer


"Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit."

-- Paul J. Meyer



"Fortune favors the audacious."

-- Desiderius Erasmus, Theologian


"Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea, and the resources to make it happen."

-- Anita Roddick, Body Shop founder


"When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts."

-- Larry Ellison, entrepreneur


"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."

-- Jonathan Winters, Comedian


"The one word that makes a good manager - decisiveness."

-- Lee Iacocca, Auto Executive


"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but also the parent of all the others."

-- Cicero, Philosopher


"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Author, Philosopher


"Your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president


"People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar of coffee, and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun."

-- John D. Rockefeller


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

-- Mark Twain, Author


"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

-- Ferdinand Foch, military strategist


"I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you."

-- Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host


"The barriers are not erected that can say to aspiring talents and industry, "This far and no farther.""

-- Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer


"If you're not making mistakes, you're not trying hard enough."

-- Vince Lombardi, football coach


"A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. "

-- Frank Capra, director


"All life is a chance. The person who goes farthest is the one who is willing to do and dare."

-- Dale Carnegie, Writer


"A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one."

-- Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company


"An amazing thing, the human brain. Capable of understanding incredibly complex and intricate concepts. Yet at times unable to recognize the obvious and simple."

-- Jay Abraham, Marketing Expert


"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

-- Thomas Edison, Inventor


"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."

-- Carlos Castaneda, author


"Everyone starts from scratch, but not everyone keeps on scratching!"

-- Anonymous


"Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind."

-- Robert G Ingersoll, American Political Leader


"I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy."

-- Marie Curie, Physicist


"Dreams never hurt anybody if he keeps working right behind the dream to make as much of it become real as he can."

-- Frank Woolworth, Entrepreneur


"Miracles sometimes occur, but one has to work terribly hard for them"

-- Chaim Weizmann, Chemist


"Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes."

-- Benjamin Disraeli, British prime minister


"Of course you want to be rich and famous. It's natural. Wealth and fame are what every man desires. The question is: What are you willing to trade for it?"

-- Confucius, Philosopher


"The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life."

-- Brian Tracy, Author

 

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently."

-- Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company



"The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our actions."

-- Andres Godin


"An effective leader develops the ability to correctly identify the pertinent detail or details - incidentals in a market, industry or sport that might create an incremental advantage."

-- John Wooden, Basketball Coach


"Flexibility in a time of great change is a vital quality of leadership."

-- Brian Tracy, Tracy


"Any person who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved, has already defined his own limitations."

-- Cavett Robert


"Only through curiosity can we discover opportunities, and only through gambling can we take advantage of them."

-- Clarence Birdseye, Entrepreneur


"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity."

-- Albert Einstein, physicist


"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."

-- Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion


"One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But speaking for myself, I can honestly say this isn't so... I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success."

-- Thomas Edison, inventor


"Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it."

-- Moliere, Playwright


"Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more. "

-- Lou Vickery, American Business Writer


"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere."

-- Proverb


"Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self-respect springs."

-- Joan Didion


"Never forget that it is the spirit with which you endow your work that makes it useful or futile."

-- Adelaide Hasse, librarian



"Every time we've moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block and try something new."

-- Thomas J. Watson, executive


"Only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."

-- Dag Hammarskjold, statesman


"All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim and have fixed their gaze on a goal that is high--one that sometimes seems impossible."

-- Orison Swett Marden, Motivational Writer


"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. "

-- Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club


"One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination. "

-- Sam Levenson, humorist


"If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build, end up building us."

-- Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker


"Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly - until you learn to do it well."

-- Steve Brown


"People spend their lives in the service of their passions instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives."

-- Sir Richard Steele


"High expectations are the key to everything."

-- Sam Walton, Wal-Mart Founder


"Determine never to be idle. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."

-- Thomas Jefferson, Third U.S. President


"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude."

-- Ralph Marston, Author


"There is no such thing as natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls."

-- Lee Trevino, golfer


"Goals are dreams with deadlines."

-- Diana Scharf Hunt, Author


"It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it."

-- John Steinbeck, Author


"True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done."

-- John Wayne

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."

-- Galileo Galilei, astronomer


"I don't think that once you get to one level, you can relax. You've got to keep pushing. "

-- Larry Bird, basketball player


"The path of least resistance is the path of the loser. "

-- H.G. Wells, author


"A vision is a clearly-articulated, results-oriented picture of a future you intend to create. It is a dream with direction."

-- Jesse Stoner Zemel


"Success in any endeavor does not happen by accident. Rather, it's the result of deliberate decisions, conscious effort, and immense persistence... all directed at specific goals."

-- Gary Ryan Blair, Author and Motivational Speaker


"Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people"

-- John. D. Rockefeller, American Industrialist


"What will your children remember? Moments spent listening, talking, playing and sharing together may be the most important times of all."

-- Gloria Gaither


"He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. "

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author


"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

-- Charles Darwin, scientist


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

-- Edward Butler, Discount-Store Entrepreneur


"If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him, either."

-- Anonymous


"Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. "

-- Aristotle, Philosopher


"Do a little more than you're paid to. Give a little more than you have to. Try a little harder than you want to. Aim a little higher than you think possible, and give a lot of thanks to God for health, family, and friends."

-- Art Linkletter


"It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always."

-- Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host

"I love the man who can smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection."

-- Thomas Paine, Statesman


"The most common cause of executive failure is inability or unwillingness to change with the demands of a new position. The executive who keeps on doing what he has done successfully before is almost bound to fail."

-- Peter Drucker, management expert


"I never won anything without hard labor and the exercise of my best judgment."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president


"It's not what you do once in a while; it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference."

-- Jenny Craig, diet guru


"Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat"

-- Napoleon Hill, Motivational Writer


"Man was created as a being who should constantly keep improving, a being who on reaching one goal sets a higher one."

-- Ralph Ransom


"If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it."

-- James Garfield, 20th U.S. President


"It is impossible to win the great prizes in life without running risks."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President


"Gauge your success by what you gave up to achieve it."

-- Eden Hampson


"People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds. It is something one creates."

-- Thomas Szasz, psychiatrist


"Keep your sense of humor. There's enough stress in the rest of your life to let bad shots ruin a game you're supposed to enjoy."

-- Amy Alcott, golfer


"An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life."

-- Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker


"People will not bear it when advice is violently given, even if it is well founded. Hearts are flowers; they remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain."

-- John Paul Richter


"We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state."

-- Margaret Thatcher, British prime minister


"Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else."

-- Peter F. Drucker, Author and Management Expert

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady


"Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due."

-- William Ralph Inge, writer


"Skill and confidence are an unconquered army."

-- George Herbert, Priest


"Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get"

-- Ray Kroc, Executive


"To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people; they have to be satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build a relationship with mutual trust."

-- George Ross, Star of The Apprentice with Donald Trump


"I will study and prepare, and someday my opportunity will come."

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States


"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do."

-- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Author


"It does not matter how slowly you go up, so long as you don't stop."

-- Confucius, Philosopher


"When you're riding, only the race in which you're riding is important."

-- Bill Shoemaker, Jockey


"If you don't fail now and again, it's a sign you're playing it safe."

-- Woody Allen, Director


"To see what is right and not do it is a lack of courage."

-- Confucius, philosopher


"When you dare to dream, dare to follow that dream; dare to suffer through the pain, sacrifice, self-doubts and friction from the world."

-- Laura Schlessinger, talk-show host


"The first part of success is "Get-to-it-iveness"; the second part of success is "Stick-to-it-iveness.""

-- Orison Swett Marden, Editor, Success Magazine


"Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion."

-- Dorothea Brande, Writer


"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."

-- Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist


"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."

-- Frank A. Clark



"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

-- Johann von Goethe


"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."

-- Will Rogers, humorist


"Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterward to explain that it was not possible."

-- Cesar Ritz, hotelier


"Courage is not limited to the battlefield. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like enduring pain when the room is empty or standing alone when you're misunderstood."

-- Charles Swindoll


"What keeps so many employees back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort."

-- Orison Swett Marden, motivational expert


"Once you surrender to your vision, success begins to chase you."

-- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari


"The biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources - though this is tragic; the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him."

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


"Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you're ready or not, to put this plan into action."

-- Napoleon Hill, Motivational Writer


"Every great man of business has got somewhere a touch of the idealist in him."

-- Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. president


"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."

-- Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist


"My father taught me that reputation, not money, was the most important thing in the world."

-- William Rosenberg, Dunkin Donuts founder


"Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders. "

-- Bob Moawad, Business Speaker


"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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady


"Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity."

-- H. Jackson Brown, Author


"I am willing to put myself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level."

-- Diana Nyad, swimmer


"The price of greatness is responsibility."

-- Winston Churchill, Former British prime minister


"As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big."

-- Donald Trump, Real Estate Magnate


"To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate."

-- John Glenn, astronaut


"Don't play for safety. It's the most dangerous thing in the world."

-- Hugh Walpole, Writer


"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

-- William Arthur Ward, Scholar


"Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience."

-- Hyman Rickover, Admiral


"Chance favors those in motion."

-- James H. Austin, Professor of Neurology and Author


"If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want."

-- Zig Ziglar, Author


"Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory."

-- George Patton, General


"Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind, because that's what makes you different from everyone else."

-- Dave Thomas, Wendy's founder


"I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing. "

-- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball player


"Every successful man I have heard of has done the best he could with conditions as he found them, and not waited until the next year for better."

-- Edgar Howe


"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heav'n of hell and a hell of a heav'n."

-- John Milton, poet


"Focus your messages on the results you expect, not on the methods for doing the job."

-- Marty Brounstein, communications trainer



"Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time."

-- Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker


"A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family."

-- Thomas Scott


"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

-- Benjamin Franklin, Inventor


"The world is more malleable than you think, and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape. "

-- Bono, musician


"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance."

-- H. Jackson Brown, Author


"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things."

-- Albert Einstein


"Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile. "

-- Gary Ryan Blair, Author and Motivational Speaker


"A business is successful to the extent that it provides a product or service that contributes to happiness in all of its forms."

-- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Professor of Psychology and Management


"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. "

-- Sir Edmund Hilary, First to reach the summit of Mount Everest


"Education is of no value and talent is worthless - unless you have an unwavering aim. Never find yourself without a compass."

-- Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State


"All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think."

-- Thomas J. Watson, Former President of IBM


"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."

-- Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. president


"If you're not having problems, you are missing an opportunity for growth."

-- Anonymous


"Happiness is only a byproduct of successful living."

-- Austen Riggs, psychiatrist


"Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your talent, there is only one way to obtain it-work."

-- Jack Nicklaus, golfer

"A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough. "

-- Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president


"The value decade is upon us. If you can't sell a top-quality product at the world's lowest price, you're going to be out of the game."

-- Jack Welch, Executive


"It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don't get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We're always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important."

-- Steve Jobs, Apple Co-founder


"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true."

-- Leon Suenens, Clergyman


"It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly."

-- Isaac Asimov, author


"Opportunities are not offered. They must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance..and courage. "

-- Indira Gandhi, Indian prime minister


"God gives everyone certain attributes, characteristics, talents, and then He says, "If you use what you have I'll increase it, but if you don't use it, you'll lose it." Use it or lose it; it's a law."

-- Charlie "Tremendous" Jones


"Our aspirations are our possibilities."

-- Robert Browning


"The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose."

-- John McEnroe, tennis champion


"The pro is the person who has all the hassles, obstacles, and disappointing frustrations that everyone else has. yet continues to persist, does the job, and makes it look easy."

-- David Cooper, Sales Trainer


"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

-- Arthur Ashe, Tennis Player


"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants."

-- Isaac Newton, scientist


"The most dangerous question a prospect or customer asks is "Why should I?" And he may ask it more than once... The product and its communication stream must continue to provide him with both rational and emotional answers."

-- Lester Wunderman, marketing pioneer


"I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities -- a sense of humor and a sense of proportion. "

-- Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. president

"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. "

-- George S. Patton, US Army General


"it is time to get back to basics: to self-discipline and respect for the law, to consideration for others, to accepting responsibility for yourself and your family, and not shuffling it off on the state."

-- John Major, Former British Prime Minister


"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."

-- Paul Valery, French Poet


"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress."

-- Nicholas M. Butler, American Philosopher


"Throughout the centuries, there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision."

-- Ayn Rand, Novelist


"I don't believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing."

-- Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president


"Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change."

-- Tom Clancy, Author


"It's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

-- Mario Andretti, Race Car Driver


"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open."

-- Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor


"A good plan is like a road map: It shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there."

-- H. Stanley Judd, Writer


"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."

-- Zig Ziglar, Author


"Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances."

-- Bruce Barton, advertising executive


"Chance favors the prepared mind."

-- Louis Pasteur, Chemist


"Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene."

-- Arthur Christopher Benson, British Author


"Wisdom is knowing what to do; virtue is doing it."

-- David Jordan, scientist

"Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it immediately. "

-- Stephen R. Covey, Author and Speaker


"Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true. "

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity."

-- Peter Drucker, Businessman


"Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in."

-- Alan Alda, Actor


"You miss 100% of the shots you never take."

-- Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Great


"All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we've tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they're probably right"

-- Cathy Guisewite, Cartoonist


"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

-- Darrell Royal


"It's better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."

-- Jacki Joyner-Kersee, Athlete


"In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance."

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Author


"Winning isn't everything. Wanting to win is."

-- Catfish Hunter, Baseball Player


"A work well begun is half-ended."

-- Plato, Philosopher


"I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties."

-- J.C. Penney, businessman


"The nose of the bulldog is slanted backwards so he can continue to breathe without letting go."

-- Winston Churchill, British prime minister


"If you are going through hell, keep going."

-- Winston Churchill, Former British prime minister


"The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge."

-- Elbert Hubbard



"The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven't thought of yet."

-- Ann Landers, Advice Columnist


"It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts."

-- Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer


"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astonish ourselves."

-- Thomas Edison, Inventor


"I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more."

-- Jonas Salk, virologist


"Bottom line: if you show a genuine interest in learning about how others became successful, you can open up a world of opportunities."

-- Armstrong Williams, Political Commentator


"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it."

-- Robert Heinlein, American Novelist


"I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work."

-- Pearl Buck, Novelist


"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first."

-- Frederick Wilcox, writer


"I just knew, even though I had not yet named the technique, that a gift with a purchase was very appealing."

-- Estee Lauder, cosmetics executive


"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."

-- Vince Lombardi, American Football Coach


"What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time."

-- Don Zimmer, Baseball Manager


"Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used."

-- Richard Byrd, Explorer


"Character is much easier kept than recovered. "

-- Thomas Paine, author


"Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?""

-- Brian Tracy, Author



"Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it."

-- Stan Smith, Tennis Champion


"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."

-- Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. President


"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. "

-- Bill Cosby, Comedian


"The most powerful element in advertising is the truth."

-- William Bernbach, ad executive


"Asking questions will get you the performance you are after far better than dictating demands."

-- Dan James


"If you want to get the best out of a person you must look for the best that is in him."

-- Bernard Haldane


"So great has been the endurance, so incredible the achievement that, as long as the sun keeps a set course in heaven, it would be foolish to despair of the human race."

-- Ernest Woodward, Publisher


"I teach something called The Law of Probabilities, which says the more things you try, the more likely one of them will work. The more books you read, the more likely one of them will have an answer to a question that could solve the major problems of your life.. make you wealthier, solve a health problem, whatever it might be."

-- Jack Canfield, Success Coach


"If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse."

-- Walt Disney, Animator, Film Producer


"Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there's something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you're good at - something that's bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again."

-- Whit Hobbs


"It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him. "

-- John Steinbeck, author


"Evidence is conclusive that your self-talk has a direct bearing on your performance."

-- Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker


"Great hopes make everything great possible."

-- Benjamin Franklin, Statesman


"I learn something new about the game almost every time I step on the course."

-- Ben Hogan, golfer


"There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living"

-- Nelson Mandela, 11th President of South Africa


"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom."

-- Theodore Isaac Rubin, Psychiatrist


"We must do that which we think we cannot."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady


"Problems should be solved on the spot, as soon as they arise. No frontline employee should have to wait for a supervisor's permission."

-- Jan Carlzon, airline executive


"If life was so easy that you could just go buy success, there would be a lot more successful companies in the world. Successful enterprises are built from the ground up."

-- Lou Gerstner, IBM CEO


"The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat."

-- Napoleon Hill, author


"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who sought and found out how to serve."

-- Albert Schweitzer, Humanitarian


"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. "

-- Stephen King, author


"No matter how bad someone has it, there are others who have it worse. Remembering that makes life a lot easier and allows you to take pleasure in the blessings you have been given."

-- Lou Holtz


"If you want to leave your footprints on the sands of time, be sure you're wearing work shoes."

-- Author Unknown


"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed."

-- Cavett Robert


"The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us."

-- Marianne Williamson, Author and Spiritual Activist


"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before. "

-- Steve Young, football player


"Worry often gives a small thing a great shadow."

-- Swedish Proverb


"The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help."

-- Napoleon Hill, Pioneer of Personal Achievement Philosophy

"A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer and attempting a task he cannot achieve."

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., physician


"Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself. "

-- Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host


"You have to pretend you're 100% sure. You have to take action; you can't hesitate or hedge your bets. Anything less will condemn your efforts to failure. "

-- Andrew Grove, Intel co-founder


"Energy and persistence conquer all things."

-- Benjamin Franklin, Inventor


"Until you commit your goals to paper, you have intentions that are seeds without soil."

-- Anonymous


"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

-- T.S. Eliot


"We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated."

-- Maya Angelou, poet


"In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends."

-- John Churton Collins, critic


"One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter.""

-- Lewis Carroll, author


"Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect."

-- Leonardo da Vinci, Artist


"Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound."

-- James Allen


"When you believe and think "I can," you activate your motivation, commitment, confidence, concentration and excitement - all of which relate directly to achievement."

-- Dr. Jerry Lynch

 

"Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively."

-- Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States


"Don't quack like a duck.. soar like an eagle."

-- Ken Blanchard, Business Author and Speaker


"There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or out. There's no such thing as a life in-between. "

-- Pat Riley, basketball coach


"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

-- Chinese Proverb

"If you want more, you have to require more from yourself."

-- Dr Phil, Motivational Author and Talk Show Host


"This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: We are given one life, and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind or whether to act and, in acting, to live."

-- Omar Bradley, General


"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

-- Walt Disney, Animator, Film Producer


"If you play to win, as I do, the game never ends."

-- Stan Mikita, hockey player


"The key to successful time management is doing the most important task first, and giving it your full concentration, to the exclusion of everything else."

-- Alex MacKenzie


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady


"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."

-- Lloyd Alexander


"The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity."

-- Thomas J. 'Tom' Peters


"No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves."

-- Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States


"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts."

-- Arnold Bennett, Novelist


"Victory often goes to the army that makes the least mistakes, not the most brilliant plans."

-- Charles de Gaulle, 18th President of the French Republic


"Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. "

-- Angelique Arnauld, Abbess of Port-Royal


"The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things."

-- Ernest Dimnet


"A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement."

-- Kurt Lewin, Psychologist


"No great thing is created suddenly."

-- Epictetus, philosopher

"The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example."

-- Thomas Morell, Librettist


"Purpose and laughter are the twins that must not separate. Each is empty without the other."

-- Robert K. Greenleaf, Founder of the modern Servant leadership movement


"The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery, and tenacity."

-- Mahatma Gandhi, Statesman


"I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they've been."

-- Sam Walton, Wal-Mart founder


"Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you'll have left is your character"

-- Vince Gill, Musician


"It is a peculiarity of man that he can only live by looking to the future. And this is his salvation in the most difficult moments of his existence, although he sometimes has to force his mind to the task."

-- Viktor Frankl, Austrian Neurologist


"The difference between intelligence and education is this: Intelligence will make you a good living."

-- Charles Kettering, Social Philosopher


"if you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it"

-- William James, Psychologist


"Lost time is never found again."

-- Benjamin Franklin, inventor


"Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. "

-- Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker


"The greatest lesson of life is that you are responsible for your life."

-- Oprah Winfrey, talk show host


"Self-image sets the boundaries of accomplishment."

-- Maxwell Maltz, Author


"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."

-- Samuel Johnson, Lexicographer


"You win or lose, live or die - and the difference is just an eyelash."

-- Douglas MacArthur, General


"There are managers so preoccupied with their e-mail messages that they never look up from their screens to see what's happening in the non-digital world."

-- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Professor of Psychology and Published Author



"In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States


"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

-- St. Francis of Assisi


"You are not beaten until you admit it."

-- George Patton, general


"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons."

-- Jim Rohn, Motivational Coach


"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of The United States of America


"There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment, and you start to decline."

-- Andy Grove, Intel CEO


"The most delightful surprise in life is to suddenly recognize your own worth."

-- Maxwell Maltz, Surgeon


"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries."

-- James Michener, Author


"Someone might have a germ of talent, but 90% of it is discipline and how you practice it, what you do with it. Instinct won't carry you through the entire journey. It's what you do in the moments between inspiration."

-- Cate Blanchett, actress


"Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness-its opposite-never led to good intention's goal."

-- Miguel de Cervantes, writer


"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve."

-- Leonardo da Vinci, Artist


"Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad... when the business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at their lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner."

-- Walt Disney, producer


"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."

-- Benjamin Disraeli, statesman


"What holds so many employees back is an unwillingness to pay the price, to make the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort."

-- Orison Marden, writer


"Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so."

-- Charles de Gaulle, statesman


"A bold, vigorous assault has won many a faltering cause."

-- Ira Eaker, General


"Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing."

-- Phil Jackson, basketball coach


"I've felt that dissatisfaction is the basis of progress. When we become satisfied in business, we become obsolete."

-- J. Willard Marriott Sr., hotel executive


"It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours, and you'll drift in that direction."

-- Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, CEO

 

"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative."

-- H.G. Wells, writer


"When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice."

-- William James, Psychologist


"When I thought I couldn't go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck. "

-- Estee Lauder, entrepreneur


"To be prepared is half the victory."

-- Miguel de Cervantes


"Leaders are people who can discern the inevitable and act accordingly. When people talk about business acumen, discernment is a big part of it. It's a bit like gut instinct, but a little more developed."

-- Donald Trump Biography, Billionaire Real Estate Developer


"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't."

-- Jerry Rice, Football Player


"Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use."

-- Ruth Gordon, actress


"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

-- John Wooden, Basketball Hall of Famer


"Successful people form the habit of doing what failures don't like to do. They like the results they get by doing what they don't necessarily enjoy. "

-- Earl Nightingale, Motivational Speaker



"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"No matter how good an idea sounds, test it first. "

-- Henry Bloch, H&R Block co-founder


"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."

-- Jesse Owens, Olympic Athlete


"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

-- Maya Angelou, Poet


"Go out on a limb - that's where the fruit is"

-- Will Rogers, Humorist


"Three billion people on the face of the earth go to bed hungry every night, but four billion people go to bed every night hungry for a simple word of encouragement and recognition."

-- Cavett Robert


"The wisest mind has something yet to learn."

-- George Santayana, Philosopher


"Skill to do comes of doing."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet


"What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet


"Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success. "

-- Henry Ford, automaker

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."

-- Charles Kettering, Inventor


"Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is."

-- Blaise Pascal, Writer


"You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

-- Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Player


"Freedom lies in being bold."

-- Robert Frost, poet


"If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started."

-- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Philosopher


"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."

-- Grace Hopper, American Computer Scientist


"Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still."

-- Chinese Proverb


"A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror."

-- Ken Keyes


"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. "

-- Dale Carnegie, author


"The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others."

-- Don Shula, football coach


"Learning is not compulsory, but neither is survival."

-- W. Edwards Deming, quality expert


"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones."

-- Phillips Brooks


"I believe through learning and application of what you learn, you can solve any problem, overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal that you can set for yourself."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Experience is valuable only if it's imbued with meaning from which one can draw salient conclusions. Otherwise, experience becomes imprisoning."

-- Barry McCaffrey, general


"For every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage."

-- Clement Stone, executive


"Character is like a tree, and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States


"Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome."

-- Samuel Johnson, Essayist, Lexicographer


"You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"It's not your position in life; it's the disposition you have which will change your position."

-- Dr. David McKinley


"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

-- Jack London, Author


"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again."

-- Abraham Maslow, Psychologist



"Making a decision usually means taking one of two roads. One is doing the right thing. To take the other road, you have to sit back and spin a story around the decision or action you are taking. If you find yourself thinking up an elaborate justification for what you are doing, you are not doing the right thing."

-- Wayne Sales


"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Author, Philosopher


"Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet


"The person who would like to make his dreams come true MUST STAY AWAKE."

-- Richard Wheeler, Rotarian


"You can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price"

-- Vince Lombardi, American Football Coach


"I don't think there's any such thing as setting your goals too high. The higher you set your goals, the more you are going to work. If you don't reach them, then it's okay, just as long as you set it and then give 100% of yourself."

-- Dan Jansen, Speed Skater


"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."

-- Katherine Mansfield, author


"Study the public behavior of top stars and you can detect a keen attentiveness to brand value."

-- Peter Bart, American Journalist


"No matter how much success you're having, you can't continue working together if you can't communicate."

-- Matt Cameron, Musician


"In sales, a referral is the key to the door of resistance."

-- Bo Bennett, Author


"No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet


"A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner."

-- English proverb


"It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste time."

-- Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company Founder


"Everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself."

-- Leo Tolstoy


"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."

-- Peter F. Drucker, Author and Management Expert


"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Author


"The person who pays an ounce of principle for a pound of popularity gets badly cheated."

-- Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president


"Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it."

-- Brian Tracy, Speaker, Author, Consultant


"You have to believe in yourself, that's the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world."

-- Charlie Chaplin, Actor


"There's only one direction you can coast."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Self-esteem is like a difficult-to-cultivate flower. It requires frequent nurturing that occurs when you keep your word and follow through on your promises."

-- Derrick Bell


"A man can get discouraged many times, but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying."

-- John Burroughs, Writer


"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."

-- Vince Lombardi


"I always remember an epitaph in the cemetery at Tombstone, Ariz. It says: "Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest." I think that's the greatest epitaph a man can have."

-- Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States


"Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will and be judged by only one thing: the result."

-- Vince Lombardi, football coach


"Long-range goals keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures."

-- J.C. Penney, Retailer


"Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch"

-- Ivern Ball, Poet


"Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine and eminently unsatisfying."

-- J. Paul Getty, industrialist


"The highest form of success... comes... to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president



"The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket"

-- Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist


"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are."

-- Tobias Wolff, Writer


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

-- Charles Kingsley, Clergyman



"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."

-- John Kennedy, 35th President of the United States


"The most important thing is your self-respect. It doesn't matter what people think about you, but what you think about yourself."

-- Robert H. Abplanalp


"Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure."

-- Tommy Lasorda, baseball manager


"Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."

-- William Saroyan, Writer


"A man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool of himself; indeed, he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself."

-- George Bernard Shaw, Writer and Critic


"Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing."

-- Alexander Woollcott, Critic and Commentator for The New Yorker magazine


"Imagination grows by exercise and, contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."

-- Paul McCartney, musician


"The unexamined life is not worth living."

-- Socrates


"No matter what it is, pick yourself up and go on to the next project."

-- Shelley Duvall, actress


"Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe"

-- Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host


"A man with ability and the desire to accomplish something can do anything"

-- Donald Kircher, Executive


"Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have."

-- Emile Chartier, Philosopher


"The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work."

-- Oprah Winfrey, Talk Show Host


"If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence."

-- Richard DeVos, Amway Co-founder


"I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right upfront, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it."

-- Lee Iacocca, executive "


Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes."

-- Henry Kaiser, industrialist


"My father instilled in me that if you don't see things happening the way you want them to, you get out there and make them happen."

-- Susan Powter, Author


"It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed."

-- Napoleon Hill, author


"There are only four ways to create value (in a digital economy): information, entertainment, convenience, and savings."

-- Jay Walker, Priceline founder


"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you'll be a success."

-- Albert Schweitzer, humanitarian


"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's. And guess what they might have planned for you? Not much."

-- Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker


"A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures."

-- John Kennedy, 35th U.S. President


"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; and the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."

-- Abraham Joshua Heschel, Leading Jewish theologian of the 20th century


"Everybody talks bout wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that's a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect."

-- Rob Reiner, director


"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

-- John Wooden, basketball coach



"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. "

-- Plato, Philosopher

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people."

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president


"We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity."

-- Walter E. Cole, Korean War Hero


"To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you."

-- Tony Dorsett, American Football Player


"The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win."

-- Bobby Knight, Basketball Head Coach


"Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people."

-- Lee Iacocca, Auto Executive


"My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there."

-- Charles Kettering, Social Philosopher


"I believe in me more than anything in this world."

-- Wilma Rudolph, Olympic runner


"A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck."

-- James Garfield, 20th President of the United States


"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

-- John Wooden, basketball coach


"Life begins when you do."

-- Hugh Downs, American Broadcaster


"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use."

-- Charles Schulz, Cartoonist


"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes."

-- Peter F. Drucker, Author and Management Expert


"Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along."

-- Napoleon Hill, Writer


"Every artist was first an amateur."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


"There are three hungers that people are trying to feed throughout their lives. The first is to connect deeply with the creative spirit of life. The second is to know and express your gifts and talents. The third is to know that our lives matter. Fulfillment comes from feeding these three hungers."

-- Richard Leider, executive


"Life without risk is not worth living."

-- Chuck Lindbergh, aviator


"Some of us learn from other people's mistakes and the rest of us have to be other people."

-- Zig Ziglar, Author


"It is not the employer who pays wages -- he only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages."

-- Henry Ford, Industrialist


"Our greatest enemies, the ones we must fight most often, are within."

-- Thomas Paine, statesman


"Tears will get you sympathy. Sweat will get you results."

-- Anonymous


"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."

-- John F. Kennedy, 35 President of the United States


"Only those who constantly retool themselves stand a chance of staying employed in the years ahead."

-- Tom Peters, Author


"I will prepare, and someday my chance will come."

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States


"In order for you to profit from your mistakes, you have to get out and make some."

-- Anonymous


"Look well into thyself; there is a source which will always spring up if thou wilt always search there."

-- Marcus Aurelius, philosopher


"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

-- Henry Ford, Industrialist


"There comes a special moment in everyone's life; a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission-a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour."

-- Winston Churchill, British prime minister


"Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it."

-- J. M. Barrie, Dramatist


"I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it."

-- Mike Ditka, Football Coach


"Your company's most valuable asset is how it is known to its customers."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity, but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat."

-- Allen Klein, businessman


"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others."

-- Robert Louis Stevenson, writer


"Never turn down a job because you think it's too small. You don't know where it can lead. "

-- Julia Morgan, architect


"The difference in winning and losing is most often... not quitting."

-- Walt Disney, Animator, Film Producer


"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Without a compelling cause, our employees are just putting in time. Their minds might be engaged, but their hearts are not. Meaning precedes motivation."

-- Lee J. Colan


"Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things."

-- Denis Diderot, French Philosopher and Writer


"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

-- Vince Lombardi, Legendary Football Coach


"Don't be afraid to take a big step if needed. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."

-- Anonymous


"People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity."

-- Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist


"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther."

-- J.P. Morgan, industrialist


"Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push."

-- Joann Thomas


"If you want to have good ideas, you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away."

-- Linus Pauling, chemist


"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to."

-- George Allen, football coach


"Every man dies. Not every man lives. The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the "buts" you use today."

-- Les Brown, Author and Motivational Speaker


"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. "

-- Anonymous


"Parents can only give good advice .but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."

-- Ann Frank, writer


"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."

-- Demosthenes, statesman


"All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers."

-- Orison Swett Marden, writer


"No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance."

-- Bruce Barton, Executive


"I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been."

-- Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Player





"When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it - but all that had gone before."

-- Jacob Riis, Photographer and Journalist


"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."

-- Michael Altshuler


"All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea."

-- Napoleon Hill, author


"Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning."

-- Winston Churchill, British prime minister


"When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures, so I did 10 times more work."

-- George Bernard Shaw, Writer and Critic


"I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America


"You must master your time rather than becoming a slave to the constant flow of events and demands on your time. And you must organize your life to achieve balance, harmony, and inner peace."

-- Brian Tracy


"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk."

-- J.C. Penney, businessman


"Common sense is genius dressed up in work clothes."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it."

-- Rene Descartes


"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of The United States of America


"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity."

-- John F. Kennedy, 35 President of the United States


"To get the full value of a joy, you must have somebody to divide it with."

-- Mark Twain, Writer


"Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul."

-- Douglas MacArthur, General


"There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen."

-- Hugh Prather


"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

-- Harriet Beecher Stowe, author


"Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."

-- Erica Jong, Author


"Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become."

-- Jim Rohn, Author


"Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking."

-- Anita Roddick, Entrepreneur and Activist


"The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation."

-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President


"In calm water every ship has a good captain."

-- Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th U.S. President


"When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value."

-- Thomas Edison, inventor


"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. "

-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President


"You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first."

-- Frederick Wilcox, writer


"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are."

-- Malcolm Forbes, Publisher


"It's not where you start - it's where you finish that counts."

-- Zig Ziglar, Author


"Deal first with whatever is causing you the greatest emotional distress. Often this will break the logjam in your work and free you up mentally to complete (the) other tasks."

-- Brian Tracy, motivational coach


"Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement."

-- Claude M. Bristol, Author


"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little 'extra'."

-- Jimmy Johnson, American Football Coach


"All life is a chance. So take it! The person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare."

-- Dale Carnegie, motivational expert


"The entrepreneur is... the most important player in the building of the global economy. So much so that big companies are reconstituting themselves as networks of entrepreneurs."

-- John Naisbitt, writer


"In the middle of every difficulty comes opportunity."

-- Albert Einstein


"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."

-- Muhammad Ali, boxer


"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the staircase."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader


"Set higher standards for you own performance than anyone around you, and it won't matter whether you have a tough boss or an easy one. It won't matter whether the competition is pushing you hard, because you'll be competing with yourself."

-- Rick Pitino



"Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve."

-- Benjamin Franklin, statesman


"Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others. "

-- Martin Luther King Jr., clergyman


"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."

-- John Mason, Writer


"Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have."

-- Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker


"When the solution is simple, God is answering."

-- Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist


"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."

-- Walter Elliott


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

-- Bruce Barton, Executive


"We must take change by the hand or rest assuredly, change will take us by the throat."

-- Winston Churchill, Former British prime minister


"Each man (is) the architect of his own fortune."

-- Appius Caecus, builder


"The most important thing about goals is... having one."

-- Geoffry F. Abert


"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."

-- Leo Tolstoy, Author


"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."

-- George Bernard Shaw, Playwright


"Every mistake that I made - and we all make mistakes - came because I didn't take the time to get the facts. I didn't drive hard enough."

-- Charles Knight, publisher


"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."

-- George Washington Carver, botanist


"You can become an even more excellent person by constantly setting higher and higher standards for yourself and then by doing everything possible to live up to those standards."

-- Brian Tracy, Author


"Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus."

-- Oprah Winfrey, talk show host


"If you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else. "

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady


"You make the world a better place by making yourself a better person."

-- Scott Sorrell


"Believe you will be successful and you will."

-- Dale Carnegie, motivational speaker


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